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Award-Winning Luxury Realtor and Local Expert Navigates Celina Real Estate with Knowledge and Experience

Article by Sharla Davenport

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Celina Lifestyle

This real estate market is challenging. Having a good understanding of where you've been helps make visualizing what comes next easier. As Celina continues to grow and evolve at breakneck speed, a robust understanding of who we are and where we have come from as a community is key to navigating the coming years. Lori Vaden’s ties to our community run long and deep and it's this experience and perspective that is needed when navigating Celina real estate.

Lori Vaden West is an award-winning realtor with The Lori Vaden Group, Compass Real Estate. Some claim she was the first realtor in Celina.  She’s been here since 1999, so it might be true! Regardless, it’s safe to say that Lori knows every property in the Celina area. One of her favorite transactions was a property on County Road 134.  It was a popular home and appeared on a HGTV show. Lori says it was “so beautiful it looked like a scene in the movie, On Golden Pond.” 

When Lori moved to Celina, she didn’t know anybody, so she immediately started volunteering with the PTO and the Bobcat Moms organization.  This resulted in life-long friends with other mothers in Celina. As her children grew, Lori shifted to community service serving on the Celina City Council.  She said it was an amazing time to be on council because developers were pitching ideas for the housing communities that are now well-established. She also spent time serving on the Main Street Board. Lori enjoyed this because the city created events still hosted today like the Friday Farmers Market and Celina Movie Night. The board also worked on the downtown revitalization efforts and she is proud to see those ideas now implemented.

Currently, Lori is a member of the Leadership Celina Inaugural Class.  She particularly likes Leadership Celina because “the people with me are from all career backgrounds holding leadership positions in their work”. She appreciates the organization’s charitable focus. Lori also is involved with Helping Hands of Celina assisting the organization with the school supply drive, the clothing drive and aid to foster families. It is her focus “because they help people of our community” she says. 

As a Celina realtor for over twenty years, Lori values that Celina is community-driven even with growth. She likes how the city balances the small-town charm and the commercial development. She says, “I know it is growing but Celina is still special. The City has prepared properly for the growth. We had years to plan." When asked how real estate has changed in Celina, Lori is glad that there are actually houses to sell compared to limited inventory like in the early 2000’s. Today, new communities are popping up all over, as well as the current thriving established neighborhoods. 

Lori believes her job is a service. She states you cannot do her job without the service component, and she is happy to give back to Celina where she has spent “a third of my life having raised my children here plus making lifelong friends.”  Something she believes is a blessing from above serving a town she loves. This same town believes Lori is a blessing too.

Contact the Lori Vaden Group for your real estate needs at 214.797.1015

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