Dripping Springs Elite Launches Re-brand

Dripping Springs Elite Real Estate Professionals launched a new brand identity this month as the organization enters its 7th year of operation.

“Because branding is an organization’s personality, ours was ready for a refresh as we have developed and adapted to the growing Dripping Springs market,” said Edith Austin, STANBERRY Realtors agent and chair of DS Elite’s Marketing Committee.

The designer was asked to create a more sophisticated look and feel that represented DS Elite’s hyper local focus.

“We wanted a logo that incorporated our dedication to Dripping Springs -- keeping our maroon and gold colors to follow the local school district -- DSISD. And we wanted a brand that used DS Elite as that is how we are commonly known. This new mark speaks of our professional organization of top performing REALTORS,” Austin added.

Using a local artist for the redesign, the Marketing Committee cut the designs down from 16 to three, and presented the finalists to the membership as a whole for a vote of the top choice. The new brand conveys “Elite” and sophistication for the Texas Hill Country luxury, ranch and land real estate that is today’s Dripping Springs market.

The 25 agents represent eight different brokerages with a combined 413 years of experience as real estate professionals. The 2023 Membership is made up of the following agents: Edith Austin, Stacy Bass, Kim Burke, Bill Cafferata, Stephanie Collins, Alexia Dauterive, Michelle Diegle, Melanie Fenelon, Josh Friedman, Cody George, Mica Gutierrez, Crystal Horton, Carlisle Kennedy, Lisa Little, Mauricio MacGregor, Steve Mallett, April Mayo, Gigi Jacks-McClaskey, Amy Paczosa, Stephanie Pope, Melissa Roberts, Kristen Rummel, Letisha Scharff, Betsy Smith, and Ashley Tullis.

About DS Elite

What started in 2016 with a small group of local REALTORS meeting to discuss not only the special nuances of helping clients buy and sell Hill Country real estate but also the growing challenges of the industry, launched into an alliance of 25 individual brokers and agents in 2017. At that time, 67% of all homes in Dripping Springs were sold by agents who didn’t live or work in the area, and many buyers and sellers were negatively impacted because of it. This was the driving force behind the formation of Dripping Springs Elite Real Estate Professionals – a collaboration to strengthen the Dripping Springs real estate market and improve services to those buying and selling in the area. Clients who hire one of the Dripping Springs Elite agents can be assured that they have employed one of the very best.

Dripping Springs Elite’s founding principle is that clients deserve to be represented by a knowledgeable, experienced agent who will help them buy or sell with the smoothest transaction and best financial outcome possible. With their professional alliance, they offer expertise, synergistic networking and a dedicated commitment to those in their community.

How it Works

Eligibility for membership in this elite group requires agents to meet a high level of yearly real estate residential sales, occupy an office in Dripping Springs, and focus more than 50% of their yearly business within the Dripping Springs community. The goal of the group is to offer the highest level of service to clients as well as a vast degree of expertise in all the intricacies of buying and selling properties in a rural setting which can often be far more multi-faceted than city residential sales. Additionally, the Dripping Springs Elite are engaged in many areas of the community and have intimate knowledge of what the projected growth and issues are for Dripping Springs.

Dripping Springs Elite Real Estate Professionals are 25 independent, local brokers and agents with experience and in-depth knowledge of Hill Country real estate, specifically Dripping Springs. By uniting their vast expertise, knowledge and marketing resources with the highest levels of ethics and professionalism, the Dripping Springs Elite contributes to the quality development of the community through collaboration and community outreach. Learn more about here.