The Ebby Blog Needs Your Vote!

We’re proud to announce that the Ebby Blog has been nominated for the Zillow-sponsored People s Choice Best Real Estate Blog Award in Dallas!

And now, we need your help! Voting has begun and we’re asking all of you to help by voting for the Ebby Blog. Anyone can vote once per 24 hours and voting ends at 2:00 pm central time on August 11.

Once the voting is over, the blog with the most votes will be declared the winner in each city and those winners will have their blog link placed on Zillow s Dallas local page. So start voting now once per day and tell your friends!


Ebby Halliday Signs Biography at Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of New Denton County Office

A jazz group from the University of North Texas greeted visitors to the Grand Opening of the new Denton office of Ebby Halliday, Realtors on Thursday. Their music set the stage as the Grand Dame of Real Estate, Ebby Halliday, signed her biography Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate and shared her timeless stories while others networked and discussed the latest in Denton County real estate.

Everyone also checked out the new high tech office that includes advances like new flat panel monitors showcasing properties, conference rooms with the latest technology and displays, networking and Wi-Fi and an open productive office layout.

The Denton Chamber of Commerce also helped with a ribbon cutting. Denton Manager Shawn Strodoski shared what the new office means for the area.

Denton and our surrounding cities are going through tremendous growth, she says. Our new office and the legacy of the Ebby name help place us on the forefront of providing the very best real estate services for our clients.

To see photos from the event, visit the Ebby Facebook page by clicking here. Look for a video in the near future.

Ebby Named National Trustee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness

Our own Ebby Halliday has just been named as a national trustee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), the largest source of non-governmental funding for retinal degenerative disease research in the world.

Ebby was appointed because of her support of FFB’s mission to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for those affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and other retinal degenerative diseases. She received the Foundation’s visionary award at the Dallas inaugural Dining In The Dark dinner in 2008.

Ebby has made significant contributions, in a variety of ways, to our research efforts to create treatments and cures to retinal degenerative diseases, said Bill Schmidt, Foundation Fighting Blindness CEO. We are appreciative of the contributions she has made to our mission and we look forward to her ongoing leadership and support for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

More than 10 million Americans suffer from retinal degenerative diseases that can lead to blindness and, with an aging population in the U.S., the number of people affected is expected to increase by 50 percent by 2020. With 50 volunteer-led chapters across the U.S., the Foundation has raised more than $370 million in its 39 year history to put an end to retinal degenerative diseases.

Most recently, the Foundation is funding gene therapy clinical trials treating patients affected with Leber congenital amaurosis, a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa that causes blindness or substantial vision loss at birth. Results from the breakthrough study showed that gene therapy has restored significant vision in 25 patients, including children and young adults who were previously blind. The advancement paves the way for using gene therapy to treat a wide variety of retinal degenerative diseases, proving that a cure is just around the corner.

Learn more from The Dallas Business Journal.

Bring a Little Luxury to Your Outdoor Living Area this Summer

Here in the DFW Metroplex, while the summers do get a little warm, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoors almost year round. Which must be the reason why so many North Texas homes have great outdoor living areas.

For those homeowners looking to take their outdoor living area to the next level, our friends at Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection have a few products and ideas in their latest issue of LuxeTrends to help you maximize the luxe factor of your outdoor escapes.

From Kalamazoo’s K900 Hybrid Grill which allows you to grill with any combination of charcoal, wood and gas, dramatic lighting options, “waterscaping” and even ultra luxe hummingbird feeders, you’ll find lots of great options to bring a little luxury to your outdoor living space this summer.

To read the full issue of LuxeTrends, visit

To find a great new living space – outdoors or indoors – start your search at

Preview Event at Ebby Halliday, Realtors New Denton Office

People from around the community gathered for a preview event at the new Ebby Halliday, Realtors office in Denton. Guests enjoyed hamburgers and cold drinks from the Hamburger Man catering as well as a sneak peek at the new state-of-the-art office that provides Sales Associates the latest technology to better serve clients.

The official grand opening will take place on Thursday, July 29 from 1-3 p.m. Many dignitaries are expected to attend, including Ebby, who will be on hand to sign copies of her book, Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate. Stay tuned for more announcements next week leading up to the event.

To see photos from yesterday s preview event, click here to visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

What Makes Dallas the It Economy? Find Out Tomorrow.

As part of its 125th Anniversary celebration, The Dallas Morning News continues its Anniversary Discussion Series tomorrow and the topic focuses on how Dallas’ globalized, diversified economy has positioned our area for future growth.

The discussion will feature an expert panel including our very own Ebby Halliday along with David Biegler, chairman of Southcross Energy LLC, Michael Cox, director of O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at SMU and Gina Puente, owner and chief executive of Puente Enterprises Inc. The discussion will be led by DMN Business Columnist, Cheryl Hall. Full details:

What Makes Dallas the “It” Economy?

Saturday, July 24 | 2-4pm

SMU Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center

3150 Binkley Avenue, Dallas

Seating is limited. To reserve your space, visit But hurry, reservations close at 3 pm today.

Ebby s Top Associates Companywide Second Quarter 2010

Be sure and check out the back page of the Business Section in today s Dallas Morning News. There you’ll find the Ebby Halliday Companywide Top Associates for Second Quarter 2010.

You can also see the complete list at

The Ebby Halliday Companies salute these Associates for their tireless dedication to providing preeminent service to their clients.

Congratulations to you all!

Rockwall in the Spotlight on WFAA Channel 8

WFAA Channel 8 Daybreak spotlighted Rockwall last Friday live from its studios in Victory Plaza in downtown Dallas. The focus of the feature was Great Communities to Live and Work In . Rockwall Mayor Bill Cecil discussed how the city is a great choice for families and businesses. He pointed out that Rockwall is a wonderful place to live with friendly people and a high quality of life. Family Magazine named it one of their 10 Best Towns for Families.

Ebby’s own Frances Egan, sales associate in the Rockwall office, was in the crowd as part of Rockwall Chapter of Soroptimist International. The group consists of women business leaders in the Rockwall area who improve the lives of women and children in local communities and through the world. The organization joined others to share the amazing things Rockwall offers as a city.

Here is video from WFAA on their live interview from Victory Park.

Could You Live in an 89 Square Foot House?

That’s right, an entire house that’s just 89 square feet.

Jay Shafer has called just such a place home for 10 years now – in fact, he built the home himself without any prior building experience. And his little do-it-yourself project turned the former grocery store clerk into a budding entrepreneur – he now has his own business building small houses similar to his own.

While there are many advantages of downsizing, he says one of the best is paying about $100 per year for utilities. That’s right, per year.

To learn more about Jay’s tiny house, check out the video at

And to find a house of your own, small or large, visit

Texas Ranked Top State for Business by CNBC

Back in May, Chief Executive magazine named Texas the best state for business. And, it must be true, because just this week, CNBC came to the same conclusion in their fourth annual Top States for Business.

In this study, all 50 states are measured on 40 different metrics in ten key categories of competitiveness including cost of doing business, workforce, quality of life, economy, etc. Throw in the fact that Texas now has more Fortune 500 companies than any other state and that we’ve managed to avoid the worst of the real estate crisis and you know why this is the Lone Star State’s second time to take the #1 spot in CNBC’s ranking.

To read the full report, visit

And if you’re looking to make a move to the North Texas and DFW Metroplex area, start your home search now at