We had the good fortune of connecting with Deba Douglas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deba, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am so excited to share my story and how Douglas Dwellings got started. As former Assistant Principal in the DFW area, I had the opportunity of meeting so many different families over the years, and I was able to get a glimpse of the disparities regarding housing in so many of my students. I had students that lived in very affluent areas as well as students that lived in low-income areas with limited resources. I remember having a student that told me he lived in a one bed apartment with his mom, two siblings, aunt, and three cousins. He would complain about having back pains all throughout the semester, as I formed a relationship with him, he shared that his back pain was from sleeping on the floor every night. In that moment, I knew that I had to do something to help in my communities. Shortly after this experience, I purchased my first duplex and created Douglas Dwellings. My heart was set on purchasing properties in low-income areas and remodeling them to look as though it was in an affluent area, so every family that lives on our property knows that they’re special and they deserve the very best, regardless of where they live. We believe that confidence is based on your environment and it starts at home. I want children that live in our homes to have the very best and it starts with housing. We send quarterly newsletters to our tenants to share free family outings in the area, job postings, provide rent discount to families when their children make the A honor-roll each grading period, and so much more. Douglas Dwellings was created three years ago. Not only do we purchase properties and remodel them, we also help families facing foreclosure by providing creative options to help save their homes. We will purchase your unwanted house, and now that I am a licensed realtor – I can help everyone in my community with all their housing needs.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Over the years we have helped so many families in different seasons of their lives find housing solutions in the DFW area and we are super excited for what the future holds. We are focused on changing communities one house at a time. We are now expanding our business to help people buy, sell, and rent houses. Buying: We buy houses – any condition. We pay all closing costs and have the ability to close within a week. Selling: We are connected with buyers nationwide that are ready to buy your house. Renting: We are constantly adding more homes to our portfolio to rent and owner finance in the DFW area. We take care of our tenants by providing monthly newsletters, treating you like family, and supporting your family through each season in your life. Realtor: We recently created a realtor group “Deba Douglas Realty Group with some of the best realtors in the nation. We help with renting, listing, and buying your next home. We provide support and creative options to support you. I’m most proud of the ability to create housing for people and help them during that season of their life. I realize that there are lives on the other side of my YES, which is something I do not take lightly. I am honored to be a blessing to others. The biggest thing that sets me apart from other investors and realtors is that I’m not focused on making money, but changing lives with real estate. Douglas Dwellings, LLC is here to serve the DFW community. We are here to help find a solution for all your real estate needs. Let us help you!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of the most fun and interesting places in the Metroplex are: Breadwinners- best brunch in town Klyde Warren Park- Beautiful Oasis in the Center of Dallas. They have great events and concerts all the time. Food trucks are amazing. Be sure to take the horse and carriage ride around Downtown Dallas. Perot Museum of Nature and Science- great place to take the kids and experience natural history and science.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is dedicated to my husband, Samson Douglas. He is my rock, cheerleader, supporter, and my everything. The hardest struggle I had to overcome was fear and doubt. I feared the unknown and doubted my ability to problem-solve. My husband was right by my side through the entire process and encouraging me to keep moving. Starting a business can be tough so it is imperative to have a strong support system. If God placed it in your heart, it is also on his. Be mindful of your circle – they need to be able to lift you up and encourage you through the storms. I have an amazing support system which continues to push me to new heights everyday.
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