WELCOME TO THE

The Franklin Team

It is the mission of The Franklin Team to exceed your expectations in buying or selling your home and to make your experience a positive one. Our main objective is to efficiently deliver world class service with accuracy, integrity and professionalism. Our goal is to create clients for life with an experience that's worthy of your personal referrals!

Jimmy Franklin

Founder | Broker Associate

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Jimmy has over 36 years experience in the Houston area. He knows many Realtors, builders, brokers, loan officers and other professionals in the business. He constantly works with this network to sell your home. Jimmy's clients describe him as intuitive, knowledgeable and hard working.

The Franklin Team's philosophy is to do the best job for the client and to make the experience as pleasant as possible. The team's retention is second to none.

When he's not working, Jimmy is usually relaxing by the pool at his lake house in the hill country. He loves spending time with his children, exercising and traveling.

Andy Gleason

Partner | Licensed Agent

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Andy has over 23 years experience in the real estate industry, including mortgage finance. Andy's background in finance really compliments the Home Buyout Program, while his extensive sales experience is the main reason he helps sell so many homes. He frequently tours listings to see what suggestions he can make to improve showings and attract buyers.

Andy's personal time is dedicated to his wife and three young boys, Zachary, Cameron and Brady. He is a coach for the boy's sports teams during just about every season of the year. He enjoys the outdoors and his season tickets to the Houston Texans.

Sarah Savard

Partner | Licensed Agent

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Sarah is Jimmy's daughter and a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University. She has worked in residential real estate for over 12 years, all with The Franklin Team. As one of the owners of the team, Sarah has gained valuable experience in how to operate and grow a profitable business.  Since taking the reins from her father, Sarah, her brother Andrew, and their third partner Andy, have seen the business double over the last 5 years.

Buying or selling a home is the largest transaction a homeowner will undergo. Sarah's ability to communicate effectively and dedication to her clients always facilitates a smooth transaction.  At her previous broker, Sarah received a number of awards including Rookie of the Year and the 100% Club.  She is very excited about the team’s move to EXP Realty and hopes to share her experience and knowledge with new team members and agents.

Sarah loves spending time with her family (especially her 3-year-old daughter, Logan and 1-year-old son, Jack). She enjoys working out, shopping and traveling.

Andrew Franklin

Partner | Licensed Agent

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Andrew is Jimmy's son and a graduate of Washington & Lee University. Before joining the team, Andrew worked in investment banking for approximately 6 years, primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Andrew has been around residential real estate since he was a kid and learned early that putting clients' needs first is always smart business.

Andrew is an avid sports fan. He spends most of his time with friends and family, watching or playing sports and traveling.

Ann Franklin

Licensed Agent

It’s only natural that Jimmy’s wife, Ann, recently took the steps to become a licensed Real Estate Agent. She has been surrounded by the best in the business for close to a decade and has had the opportunity to learn by example, working alongside Jimmy while he negotiated transactions or worked up a home buyout.

Ann earned both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from U of H - Clear Lake. Before staying home to raise her 3 daughters, she worked as a Financial Analyst for South Shore Harbour Development. Over the past 50 years, she has resided in the Houston area as far south as League City and Clear Lake to as far north as The Woodlands and Magnolia, giving her a broad understanding of the greater Houston area residential communities.

Besides spending time with her blended family of 5 adult children and 2 precious grand babies, she most enjoys remodeling (much to Jimmy’s chagrin), photography, podcasts, hiking and fitness.

Alex Armistead

Licensed Agent | Listing Specialist

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Alex rejoins the team after nearly 3 years of serving as the Listing Agent for one of Houston's largest residential real estate firms. During his time away Alex successfully listed and closed over 560 properties across the Greater Houston area; giving him the experience needed to get the job done. Alex's fact based approach provides full transparency and brings simplicity to an often over complicated process. "The sale of your home ranks among the most important of life's financial decisions and it should be treated as such by someone that shares your same passion and dedication".

Outside of selling homes Alex can be found spending time with his wife and young daughter as the family of Native Texans enjoy everything that our great state has to offer. As a former college athlete and an avid off-road motorcycle competitor Alex will bring his competitive nature to the sale of your home.

Shelley Cooley

Licensed Agent

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Whether buying or selling, Shelley will provide her clients with the special attention one expects of a dedicated real estate professional. Shelley joined the Franklin Team in 2009 to meet our clients' home staging needs. Shelley quickly realized she had a passion for the real estate industry and decided to become a licensed agent. She is praised most often by clients for her enthusiasm, work ethic and unwavering loyalty.

Shelley was born and raised in Houston, graduated from the University of Houston, and resides on the north side with her husband and children.

Chris Cooley

Licensed Agent

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Chris is a "Naturalized Houstonian" ...he came to Houston in 1985, and naturally decided to stay! Since then, he earned his undergrad degree at UH, received an MBA from HBU, and gained extensive sales, marketing, and finance experience in a variety of fields, including Commercial Real Estate.

"The most important factor to consider at the beginning of any large financial transaction is choosing a professional to represent you; one that gives you confidence in their commitment to working on your behalf throughout the entire process."

Chris focuses on the north side where he lives with his wife Shelley, (also a Franklin Team agent), their kids, and way too many pets. On rare occasions he's able to squeeze in a round of golf, play some guitar, or crank up his Harley.

Lance Bertolino

Licensed Agent

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Lance offers a diverse real estate and business background, but it all stems from his belief in serving others. Lance has been an active Realtor for over 16 years and prefers helping clients with both residential as well as farm/ranch sales. For him, this side of real estate is more rewarding and exemplifies the adage "If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life."  Additionally, he has over 25 years of negotiating complex commercial values through property tax consulting, arbitration, and litigation support for taxpayers.

A devout family-man, Lance looks forward to spending time with them in the outdoors. Community stewardship is important to him, as he also donates his time to serve the citizens of Fort Bend County as a Captain (Reserve) and Instructor with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, with over 26 years of service. Lance is also the serving Mayor for the Village of Fairchilds in south-central Fort Bend County. 

Hepzi Bertolino

Licensed Agent

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Hepzi has worked and lived in the Houston and surrounding areas for over 35 years building a unique knowledge of multiple market areas. She began both her Real Estate sales and Mortgage origination careers in 2006. Extensive experience in both the lending process, as well as in residential transactions, provide her clients the positive experience they deserve. Clients and industry partners have always enjoyed the benefits of working with her, producing a consistent repeat and referral base. Forging long term, loyal, and trusting relationships through results is a top priority to her. Hepzi is very excited to join her husband, Lance, on The Franklin Team. Further providing her clients and partners with an even higher level of service, as well as new opportunities and products to get to closing seamlessly. The support staff and level of expertise at the Franklin Team is second to none.

On a personal note, Hepzi is committed to serving her church, family, clients, and community with honor and integrity. In her spare time, she enjoys riding their horses, fishing, and attending her daughter's rodeo competitions.

Tyler Knowles

Licensed Agent

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For the last 26 years, Tyler has been able to call Katy his home. Tyler was raised in a "Real Estate Family" with both his Mother and Father as top producing Real Estate agents for over 40 years. Tyler has been a licensed agent for 2 years and is apart of the RE/MAX 100% club. While using knowledge and experience passed on from his family, Tyler pursued and obtained a B.A. in Marketing from Nicholls State University in May 2015. In addition to academics, Tyler participated as a 4-year letterman for the Nicholls State University Football team.

Tyler enjoys the outdoors, along with spending time with his family.

Tim Clarkson

Licensed Agent

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Tim joins The Franklin Team with over 15 years of experience of selling real estate. He has earned many repeat sales and referrals which has lead him to achieve such awards as being inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Platinum Club and RE/MAX Rookie of the Year. Real estate is Tim's passion and his clients can attest to that which is why we are excited that he joined our team. Tim is a Native Houstonian & graduated in 1996 from Texas A&M where he played baseball for the Aggies-Gig'em!

In Tim's free time he enjoys watching his daughters sporting events and traveling to New Braunfels with his family and friends. You might even see him on the golf course when time permits!

Eric Morton

Licensed Agent

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Eric's #1 priority is providing a seamless home buying/selling experience. In the last 4 years in real estate Eric has been a Top Producer every year helping more people each year to reach their goals. Eric takes the time to thoroughly inform & educate his clients providing constant communication throughout the process. "There is a reason, a motivation, for people to purchase & sell properties, and behind those reasons are goals for that person or family. My job is to help them attain those goals. When the entire process is completed, I want to be able to call my clients, friends, and have them know I am always there to help them or their friends/family when needed." 

A Texas native, Eric moved back to Houston in 2011, after living in Dallas for 10 years to find the city of Houston and its surrounding areas had grown into a unique and fascinating hub of international travel and business. When The Morton's are not working for their clients they are playing with their daughter & two snugly pit-bull babies, traveling, going to concerts & sporting events, at the gym, and enjoying the outdoors.

Susanne Pizzitola

Licensed Agent

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A Houstonian for 40 years, Susanne specializes in residential home sales. Her extensive knowledge of Houston and the surrounding suburbs is an asset to her clients – especially those who may be new to Houston. Susanne’s caring attitude and strong communication skills make her clients comfortable and relaxed through the home buying or home selling process. Client satisfaction is her top priority and she utilizes her organizational and negotiation skills to see that a client’s needs and wants are always met and exceeded.

Prior to a career in real estate, Susanne spent over 20 years in the telecommunications industry with a focus on customer service, sales, marketing, and most importantly, building relationships. She now puts these skills to work helping her clients.

Susanne is married with one son. When she’s not working she spends her time volunteering and serving on the board of Henry’s Home - a non -profit horse sanctuary in Conroe, Texas, playing tennis and golf and spending time with friends and family!

Susanne is a member of the Houston Association of REALTORS®, Texas Association of REALTORS®,  National Association of REALTORS® and has earned the Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) designation. 

Brenda Blach

Licensed Agent

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Brenda brings over 15 years of customer service experience to The Franklin Team. She has worked for United airlines for 19 years and has previous experience working with home builders and in leasing. Her outgoing personality and excellent customer service skills will ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience with her clients.

Brenda is married with 3 children and lives in the Katy area. She enjoys traveling, working out, entertaining friends and shares in her husbands passion for fast cars.

Kesalynn Wiley

Licensed Agent

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Kesalynn is a native Houstonian and has been in the real estate industry for four years. She is dedicated to listening to her client’s explain their vision and executing the plan for it to become a reality, which is the foundation of her practice. Client focus and being results-driven is her real estate philosophy. Kesalynn Wiley, is your client focused realtor.

Kesalynn knows what it means to communicate effectively and what it takes to successfully close the transaction, making the buying and/ or selling experience positive and seamless. Kesalynn believes nothing can substitute the knowledge gained from hard work, which she approaches and delivers to each client.

Jimmy Jones

Licensed Agent

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Jimmy joins the team after 15 years in the investment industry where he learned valuable skills in contract negotiations, relationship building and market research. He chose real estate knowing that buying or selling a home is one of the largest investments most people deal with in life. Throughout his career he has achieved excellence in serving others and demonstrated integrity while hustling to achieve results for his clients.  Jimmy specializes in residential real estate and his clients describe him as knowledgeable, hardworking and very responsive.

He graduated from Sam Houston State University with his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. He has lived and worked in the Houston area for 45 years. Jimmy loves spending time with his wife and kids, playing golf and watching Astros, Texans and Rockets games.

Kirsten Dinges

Licensed Agent

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Kirsten was born and raised in Sugar Land but has called Katy home for the last 13 years. Before getting into Real Estate she attended The University of Texas- San Antonio where she studied Finance and Management. Kirsten has actively been in Real Estate for 4 years. She has a passion for helping others and strives for open communication with all her clients. "When you do what you love, it's not work anymore."- J Balvin

Kirsten is an active member of the community serving on the Executive Board as PTA President in Katy ISD. She is also active in her Phi Mu Fraternity alumni chapter. Volunteering is near and dear to her heart.

Kirsten loves spending time with her 2 sons, Brody and Brandon. When she's not working you will find her cheering on her boys at football and soccer games, going to concerts, and sporting events.

Shaye Mathew

Licensed Agent

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Shaye Mathew is a small town girl who grew up south of Houston. She received her first degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and completed her second degree at Texas Woman’s University. Shaye has 19 years of customer service experience in the medical field.

She is married with two kids and lives in Katy, Texas. Shaye is very passionate about helping others achieve their goals. In her spare time, she cheers on her son at the baseball fields and loves watching her daughter dance. Shaye enjoys running and playing golf.

Trisha Patel

Licensed Agent

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Trisha has lived in the Houston area for 17 years and currently resides in Sugar Land. She comes from a background of entrepreneurship in the hotel/hospitality industry and is deeply passionate about providing the top customer experience to all of her clients. Because of her background, she truly understands the delicate balance of how budgeting and investing come into play when purchasing a home. Buying the right home is one of the most important financial decisions that most people make in their life and she understands that each buyer and seller of real estate has a unique set of needs and desires.

When she's not showing houses or hunting down the perfect property, she loves spending time with her husband and 3 children, enjoys traveling, and looks forward to her weekly Pilates/Yoga classes. Trisha is an active member of the Sugar Land area and takes great pride in her Asian/Indian community. She is bilingual in Gujarati/Hindi, a lifetime member of AAHOA and LPS of Houston. She also contributes to various charities such as BAPS, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and other organizations.

Lea Harper

Business Development Manager

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Lea joins our team as a Business Development professional with several years of experience in HR, Recruiting, and Customer Service. She brings a vibrant dedication to her role of building relationships with our builder clients. She is passionate about communication, trust, and loyalty. 

Born and raised in Texas, Lea currently resides in Cypress with her 3 children and various pets. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BS in Exercise Science. She enjoys traveling, reading, concerts, home improvement, and supporting her children in their various activities. For approximately 10 years she has exhibited her artistry in photography; owning Grin and Bear It Photography, a small photography business specializing in family and senior photography. 

Carrie Bond

Business Development - South

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Carrie started her career in the Houston real estate industry in 2010. As a former New Home Sales Counselor, Carrie knows firsthand how well the Home Buyout Program works. She takes that experience as she markets the programs to our builder clients throughout Houston.

Carrie is a native Houstonian, graduated from Texas Tech in 2007 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and currently resides in Richmond with her husband and two young children. In her free time, you can find her trying new recipes in the kitchen, working out and entertaining friends and family.

Tiffiny Thrasher

Business Development - North

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Tiffiny joins The Franklin Team as a Business Development Professional, excited to share the opportunity of The Buyout Program with our clients. She comes to us with valuable marketing experience in The Mortgage/Real Estate Industry. As a former counselor, Tiffiny values the importance of building strong, trusting, meaningful relationships with our clients. As a native Houstonian, Tiffiny graduated with a BA in Education and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.

Residing in The Woodlands with her 3 children, Tiffiny enjoys fitness, music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Debbie Strong

Licensed Agent | Listing Manager

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Debbie grew up in west Houston and graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown. In 2002 she started her full time career in Real Estate in the northeast, where she lived for 15 years, having dual licenses in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. After returning home in 2015 she continued her real estate career with a large team, closing about 70 listings each year.

Debbie is married with a blended family of six children and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and pure barre classes in her free time.

Bobby Schragel

Licensed Agent | Listing Manager

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Bobby is a native Houstonian and has been in the real estate industry since 2014. In the last 5 years, Bobby has worked as a Transaction Coordinator and Office Manager for multiple brokerages in Houston, and he has been able to amass a wealth of real estate knowledge from his experiences. Bobby places the utmost value on building lasting relationships with clients in order to ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish. Bobby grew up in Missouri City and is pursuing his degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Houston. In his free time, Bobby likes to travel with his girlfriend, go to concerts, read, try out new craft beers, and spend quality time with his cats and reptiles.

Kathy Francis

Licensed Agent - Listing Coordinator

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Kathy has lived in the Katy area for over 35 years.  She started working for The Franklin Team in 2006 after selling her home through the team.  She assists with listings through the time of contract and assists the closing department.  She has many responsibilities with The Franklin Team which keeps her job rewarding and challenging.

Kathy loves spending time with her family, especially her new granddaughter.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling and taking care of her three goofy dogs.

Elizabeth Spangler

Licensed Agent | Listing Coordinator

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Elizabeth is the listing coordinator for all the office's new listings. She schedules the photography appointments, gathers information about each home and enters all the information in to MLS.

Elizabeth grew up in Katy and attended Texas A&M University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and weekend trips to the ranch and Matagorda.

Stacy Klein

Licensed Agent | Assistant Listing Coordinator

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Stacy Klein is a listing coordinator and has worked in the real estate industry since 2001.

Originally from New Orleans, she has made Katy her home for over 20 years. Stacy enjoys traveling and spending time with family & friends.

Ameenah Barrera

Licensed Agent | Closing Coordinator

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"Over 6 years in real estate and over 10 years of customer service experience serve as the pillars to Ameenah’s success. Ameenah is professional, efficient, and passionate about real estate.

As a native Houstonian, she enjoys the local art, culture, and restaurant scenes. Ameenah loves to travel with her family and enjoys cheering on Houston teams.

Eileen Franklin

Licensed Broker | Assistant Closing Coordinator

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Eileen is a licensed real estate broker with over 20 years experience in real estate including leasing, rental management, buying and selling. She assists in our closing department. Eileen has a bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Houston.

She enjoys spending time with her grandbabies and the rest of the family, attending UH football games and going to a variety of events in the Houston area.

Lisa Dickson

Internal Sales Specialist

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As our Internal Sales Specialist, Lisa joined The Franklin Team developing our customer relationships, streamlining processes, and staying connected to customers. Lisa brings a work ethic of serving people to the best of her ability and appreciating the opportunity to do so.

Lisa and her family are from Scotland, living in the US for the last 12 years and is now very happy to call Houston home! Lisa has 3 children and in her spare time she enjoys Yoga, playing tennis and squash, and reading!

Natalie Standley

Licensed Assistant

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Natalie is an integral part of The Franklin Team. She assists all of the team members any way she can. She specializes as the front desk coordinator with answering phone calls, managing emails, confirming appointments and facilitating paperwork. 

She is an avid outdoorswoman spending time in nature with her daughter, along with working in her garden. Natalie enjoys a good book every now and again when she isn’t working in the office or yard.

Lori Mitchell

Licensed Assistant

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I realize customer service has become a thing of the past. That does not mean you should settle for anything less than absolute top of the line service & attention when buying or selling one of your largest investments.

Whether you are buying or selling, I can skillfully guide you so you feel completely comfortable and confident making informed decisions.

Commitment...Integrity... and Experience are all the attributes I am most proud of. More importantly, I measure my success based on my client's satisfaction. I'm committed ....and.... I promise to give my best to YOU!!!

Lori is married with 2 sons, 3 step daughters and 2 fur babies. In her free time she enjoys hunting and fishing with her husband of 5 years. We also run a nonprofit origination called Adapt and Overcome. We assist families, individuals, special needs children and veterans in need. Every year we hold various fundraisers and benefits with proceeds solely to meet the goals of helping others. “Living the dream”!

Kaye Armistead

Weekend Receptionist

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Kaye is our weekend receptionist. Her background is in the Mortgage Industry. Kaye and her husband have 2 grown boys who all share the LOVE of baseball. She enjoys traveling with her family to the mountains and in her spare time, she loves to spend time with her granddaughter and read.

Drew Distefano

Office Runner

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Drew Distefano comes to us from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After a successful Olympic & Broadway careers, Drew is ready for the newest chapter of his life.

Drew is so happy to be joining the family business. He’s the brother in law to Andy Gleason. He resides in Katy with his family and 2 dogs.

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