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History of Ebby

For 70 years, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® has been selling homes in North Texas and is, today, a household name. The Ebby Halliday, REALTORS inventory in 1945 consisted of some 52 houses built on the old Walnut Hill Golf Course in North Dallas. The successful marketing of these hard-to-sell, hard-to-finance, experimental insulated cement homes formed the springboard for the steady growth of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS as we know it today -- one of the largest privately owned residential real estate firms in the country.

Over the years, Ebby Halliday helped shape the industry, as well as grew her business along with never-ending community service to her beloved hometown. She was honored with practically every industry and business award given, including the Horatio Alger Award. 


In 2008, Ebby launched her biography, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate. Ebby Halliday shares her story from humble beginnings to becoming the Founder and Chairman of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS, one of the largest independently owned residential real estate companies in the nation. For more information on her book, visit


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Mary Frances Burleson, who joined Ebby Halliday in 1958, is now president and CEO — leading the company's expansion and day-to-day operations. For more than 50 years, Ms. Burleson has been part of the Ebby Halliday team, and her awe-inspiring rise through the management ranks has paralleled the growth of the firm from three offices to five brands, 32 offices and more than 1,700 sales associates.

"Mary Frances is the woman to lead us into the 21st century," said friend and mentor, Ebby Halliday. "She has been a driving force in pointing us toward a vast utilization of all our latest technologies and impressive expansions."


As a testament to Mary Frances' impact on the real estate industry, Inman News recently named her among the Inman 100: Most Influential Leaders, their picks for the most ifluential leaders from across the nation that affect today's real estate industry.  To learn more, visit the Ebby Blog.