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Paige Ewert has always been intrigued with real estate as the industry marries her two top qualities; connecting people to their dream home in a community they can thrive. She is coming up on her 1 year real estate anniversary in November and says that she was able to break into this industry by "luck." Previously she had been in sales since college ranging from dental supplies and equipment, medical devices (spinal and orthopedic implants), and HR Technology.

The best part about her job is being a part of such a memorable purchase as a home is typically the largest investment in one's life. She loves working to make dreams come true!

Justin Williams has always loved houses and buildings in general. In fact, when he was a kid he wanted to be an architect. Prior to Real Estate, he worked in the IT industry for about 20 years. Usually, telecommunications centered but he was lucky enough to get to work in just about all areas of the industry from finance to engineering. There is a lot that translates from IT to Real Estate; consistent processes, technology-based aids of all sorts, data analysis, etc...the parallels have been fun to explore and leverage. When he got the chance to try something new for a career after IT, Real Estate was recommended to him by a close friend and it's been a great fit so far! He is currently one year in the business and found his first year to be really fun and challenging. He learned a tremendous amount, made some awesome friends, and had a great time! He can't wait to see what the next year will bring.

The best part about his job is getting to meet new people every day. They get to explore a big part of their futures together and his clients trust him to find them a great fit in a new home while ensuring their old home will be cared for. He finds this experience incredibly exciting and rewarding. 

Carmon Weeden has always had a passion for architecture and design which is why becoming a realtor was an easy decision. She loves to remodel her own homes as well as decorate them. Fort Worth became home for her 18 years ago. She loves this rapidly-growing, amazing city that is full of fabulous culture and history. Carmon loves her job and is passionate about helping her clients with any and all of their real estate needs and finds joy in helping them with one of life’s biggest decisions.  

If Fort Worth could add ONE business it would be more vegan restaraunts. 

To sum herself up in five words she is: driven, passionate, enthusiastic, loyal, and a people-person.

Jayne Landers and Andrea Halbach are a mother and daughter team who both have a passion for real estate!

Jayne got into real estate 26 years ago after Doug McKenziem, a partner in Brants Realtors years ago, told her that she should get her license. Before that, she worked as a volunteer and for her family's business, Landers Machine Company. The best part about real estate is getting to work with her daughter and all the people she has met along the way.

As for Andrea, she got into real estate 11 years ago because of her mother. Prior, she was the director of special events at Dillard's and had been with them for over 20 years as the area manager, buyer, and director of special events. She loves her career in real estate because she gets to work with her mom every day.

Beth Caraway got into real estate 8 years ago after her youngest son graduated from high school. She had always been very involved in their school and knew she would need the challenge to avoid empty nest syndrome. Her good friend, Caren Parten, encouraged her to consider real estate and the rest is history. For years she was a stay at home mom and wife but before children, she was the sales director for the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

The best part about her job is knowing when her clients have found "the one" and they immediately know it. 

To sum herself up in five words, "Call Beth- she'll plan it!"

Karly Johnston got in to real estate about 9 years ago but has been helping people find their "spot" for as long as she could work. She started out leasing properties and preferred new communities that provided the challenge of leasing up a high volume of properties in a short amount of time. She eventually got her license and the rest is history!

The best part about her job is giving people peace of mind. Getting a fair price for your home as a seller or finding the home that makes your dreams come true is what she loves the most. The funniest thing she has ever seen when showing a client a home would have to be the time a couple was sitting on the couch, smoking a pack of Red's, and didn't even acknowledge that she and her clients were in the house!

To sum herself up in 5 words she: "BRINGS CHIPS TO THE PARTY"

Melinda Deckert has always had a strong interest in land development and residential floor plans. She and her husband Ben would spend hours driving through old and new subdivisions reviewing floor plans and sharing house listings with people they knew were looking to buy a home. 11 years ago, Ben urged Melinda to get her real estate license and she has loved it ever since. She even recently convinced Ben to get his real estate license and he is now an agent at Burt Ladner too!

Before real estate, she and her husband were both licensed ministers and worked at developing and implementing operational guidelines and training for a global non-profit.

The best part about her job is the people she gets to work with. She loves the challenge of helping individuals or families find that special place to call home! The funniest thing she has ever seen when showing a client a home would have to be the time she found a large raccoon in a master bedroom closet of a vacant home!

To sum herself up in 5 words she is: Friendly, Determined, Spontaneous, Compassionate, and Loyal.

Lisa Looney and Amanda Osterkamp are a mother and daughter team who both have a passion for real estate!

Lisa decided after her three children were grown and off to college that it was time for a career change. After having been a stay-at-home mom, volunteer, and owning her own decorating business she was ready for something that would offer her the opportunity to meet and help new people with their home buying and selling needs...Real Estate seemed like the natural next step.

As for Amanda, she was looking for a change out of the corporate world that would allow her the flexibility and ability to be her own boss while still feeling fulfilled. Her mother, Lisa, had already begun her real estate career and kept encouraging Amanda to come and work with her. She finally said, "YES!" and the rest is history. Previously, Amanda had worked in commercial real estate managing Class A office buildings for CBRE and Crescent Real Estate. 

Kaci Strawn first got in to real estate, 4.5 years ago, when a realtor friend of hers suggested it. She figured she would get her license and just "try it out" but now says, "it's been a dream come true ever since!" Before real estate she taught college history for three years and was in medical sales for six. She is a "historic home specialist" so real estate has been an amazing way to mix her prior experiences. 

The best part about her job is getting to know people on an all new level. Even when helping good friends, she learns new things about them through the process of buying a home.

The funniest thing she has ever seen while on the job would be when her client was closing on a house and the buyers had to sign closing documents with the closer in their car to avoid being seen in the office - apparently there was an employee they recognized and their marriage was a secret!

Jennifer Cohn first got in to real estate after a friend, who was a realtor, approached her and thought it would be the perfect fit. If there was really a job that would allow her not only to meet new people all the time, but simultaneously get to practice arguing like a lawyer every now and then- she may have truly found her dream career. And just like that, she now has 6 years of real estate experience! Before real estate, Jennifer owned and operated a tanning salon and spa, here in Fort Worth, for 12 years.


About Selling the Fort

Suzanne Burt & Laura Ladner

We began as friends and we share a passion for our city, our neighbors, and our homes, so it only made sense to work alongside each other in the real estate industry. Between the two of us we have over 40 years of experience working in real estate. We have lived here most of our lives so rest assured when we tell you; we know this city like the back of our hand!

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