“Buying Beverly Hills” star home in Dallas

Melissa Platt to The Agency, Derrick Bracks to Houston, Tod Zhang to Mohr Partners

“Selling Beverly Hills” Star Moves to The Agency Dallas
The Agency's Melissa Platt, Stealth Realty Advisors' Derrick Bracks, Mohr Partners' Tod Zhang and HistoryMaker Homes' Zac Thompson (Melissa Platt, The PR Boutique, LinkedIn, Getty)

Reality TV star Melissa Platt, born and raised in North Texas, has moved to The Agency Dallas.

Platt, a cast member of “Buying Beverly Hills” on Netflix, started her career in Los Angeles but grew up in Plano, and she comes from a real estate family.

Her dad, Todd Platt, is CEO of the Perot family company Hillwood.

The Agency, based in Los Angeles, opened its Dallas office in March, and “Buying Beverly Hills” is based on the firm, founded by Mauricio Umansky.

Melissa Platt previously worked with Alex Perry of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Perry is the No. 1 agent in Texas and did about $303 million in sales last year, according to RealTrends.

Perry “has challenged me, guided me, and significantly increased my knowledge of real estate,” Platt said.

The Agency enables Platt to market herself for one agency across both the Dallas and Los Angeles markets, she said.

Platt and her “Buying Beverly Hills” co-star Farrah Brittany helped former NBA player Chandler Parsons purchase his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles for about $12.5 million in 2017. Platt has been involved in over $250 million in sales, according to a news release from The Agency.

She sold a condo priced at $3.5 million in the Museum Tower in downtown Dallas’ Arts District in January. Her buyers were a couple of empty nesters downsizing from the suburb of Flower Mound. 

Platt primarily  focuses on selling luxury homes in Highland Park, Preston Hollow and the suburbs.

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Platt has been working with her “Buying Beverly Hills” cast members for 10 years, she said.

“Filming with them every day has been a really great time,” she said. “But we also show our day-to-day, and we’re really real estate agents, and it’s not all peaches and cream, this real estate business. It’s a tough job.”

Season two of “Buying Beverly HIlls” is in production.

Here’s what else is shaking in Texas real estate:

TICI Group of Companies promoted Derrick Bracks to managing director of capital markets for healthcare and life sciences. Bracks, who has worked for TICI subsidiary Stealth Realty Advisors for more than two years, moved from Los Angeles to Houston. He “has played a pivotal role in the growth of the company by identifying acquisition opportunities for its partners and clients throughout the country,” according to a news release from TICI.

Houston-based commercial real estate attorney Shams Merchant is moving to Jackson Walker’s Fort Worth office, where he will be working under partners Ginger Webber and Joel Heydenburk. Merchant is leaving Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has experience representing investors, developers, landlords, tenants and private equity firms in real estate transactions across Texas and nationwide.

CBRE has added a four-person team in Austin. Will Majors joined as senior vice president, bringing along a team of brokers: Carson Hawley, Adelaide Ehrlich and Davis Franklin. They all made the move from SRS Real Estate Partners.

Mohr Partners has added Tod Zhang as a director in its Dallas office. He will focus on building a tenant-representation practice in North Texas. Zhang leaves Mercer Company, where he represented industrial tenants in Dallas-Fort Worth submarkets.

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