Celebrity Homes: Miami Mansions for LeBron James

Now that LeBron James has signed to play for the Miami Heat, his next order of business is likely finding a place to live. MSNBC recently reviewed several available options that might make an ideal home for the Heat’s newest player. And after watching this video you’ll see why LeBron is not your typical 25-year-old homebuyer:

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The last home in the MSNBC video is listed by one of our fellow Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection members – learn more about that $13 million Miami mansion at the Luxury Portfolio Blog.

McKinney Ranked #5 Best Place to Live in America by MONEY Magazine

Each year, MONEY magazine sets out to find the best cities to live in America – and this year they focused on those with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. To determine which cities made the list, reporters weighed several factors including job opportunities, fiscal strength, good schools, low crime, etc.

And after it was all said and done, the city of McKinney came in at #5! According to MONEY, while many surrounding Dallas cities have low crime, affordable homes and good jobs, the factor that set McKinney apart was its historic downtown, where restored 19th-century buildings house restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

In addition to McKinney, two other North Texas cities also made this year’s list – Allen came in at #16 and Rowlett came in at #24.

To see the full list, visit CNNMoney.com.

Looking to make a move? To find your dream home in McKinney, Allen, Rowlett or other great DFW cities, visit the website recently voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

46 New Associates Start Ebby School Today

Every other month, The Ebby Halliday Companies welcome new Associates to the two-week Ebby School, a world-class, results-driven new agent education program at the Ebby Halliday training center.

Today marked the first day of the July class and the 46 new Associates attending will be trained in lead generation, open house techniques, lead conversion, client presentations, business planning, negotiation, marketing, risk management and more.

Led by Debbie Watson, director of career development, new Associates will enjoy presentations from leaders in the industry to better prepare them for a successful career in real estate with the #1 independent residential real estate company in Texas.

A warm welcome to all our new Associates who started class today – you re going to love it and we re so glad to have you at Ebby Halliday!

And if you re interested in a career with Ebby, contact Debbie Watson to set up a confidential interview at 972-980-6610 or debbiewatson@ebby.com.

Mary Frances Burleson Named Favorite CEO by Addison Magazine

The Addison and North Dallas Corridor have a highly respected reputation for being home to many great businesses, restaurants and venues. But what are the favorites? Recently, Addison Magazine posed that question to their readers in its Second Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Thousands of votes were cast online, the results are in and there’s one category we’re particularly proud of.

Our very own Mary Frances Burleson was voted Favorite CEO!

Mary Frances is pictured above at last night’s awards ceremony held at Addison’s Water Tower Theatre with Sharla DeFrancisco, advertising director and Rodney Hand, editor-in-chief of Addison magazine.

Congratulations, Mary Frances, we agree with the voters, you’re our favorite CEO, too!

Videos of Ebby Halliday, Realtors New 190 Office Groundbreaking

Ebby Halliday, Realtors continues building for the future with a new 190 Office serving Richardson, Garland, Murphy, Sachse, Wylie, Rowlett and surrounding communities. The organization welcomed its new office with a groundbreaking recently located off of 190/George Bush Turnpike. Following the event, a celebratory luncheon was served at the Ye Shire Tavern in the Shire Shopping Center in Richardson. Dignataries who spoke and attended the event included Ebby executives, Richardson city leaders and Dale Wamstad, founder of Del Frisco s, III Forks and The Silver Fox. He s opening a new concept restaurant called the Four Sisters Café. The new office is scheduled to open in March of 2011.

Please see this report from KDFW-TV Fox 4 and our Ebby Video to see highlights of the festivities.

114 Ebby Companies Associates Named Best Real Estate Agents in Dallas 2010 by D Magazine

The list is out and this year the Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to have 114 Associates, or roughly one third of the total list, named as “Best Real Estate Agents in Dallas 2010”!

These Associates are featured in the July issue of D Magazine, on newsstands now, which also ranks the top suburbs in DFW. You can also see all our featured Associates online:

Ebby Halliday, Realtors Best Real Estate Agents 2010

Dave Perry-Miller & Associates Best Real Estate Agents 2010

Ellen Terry, Realtors Best Real Estate Agents 2010

Congratulations to our 114 Associates honored this year!

Preservation Dallas Offers Summer Sizzlers Education Lectures

This week, the Preservation Dallas 2010 Summer Sizzlers education lectures begin – a popular lecture series offering insights into local preservation topics, architecture and history.

The series kicks off this Thursday, July 8 with HVAC in Historic Homes. If you’re considering a remodel of a historic home, the heating and cooling mechanical system is often a primary concern. This lecture will show you that with the right design and installation contractor, historic homes have heating and cooling options that can compete with conventional HVAC systems on design, ducting space requirements, aesthetics, efficiency and comfort.

HVAC in Historic Homes
Thursday, July 8 | 6-7:30 pm
Wilson Carriage House, 2922 Swiss Avenue (behind Preservation Dallas)
Speaker: Travis Dodson, Senior UNICO Project Management

For more information or to register, contact Sue Roebuck at 214-821-2390 or sroebuck@preservationdallas.org.

To see all of the upcoming lectures in the Summer Sizzlers Series, click here.

Ebby s Nell Ann Hunt Celebrates 17th Annual Great Flag Caper with 40,000 American Flags in Irving

Ebby Halliday, Realtors was founded on three points of service – one of those being service to the community. And each year, as a service to her community, Ebby Associate Nell Anne Hunt literally paints the town red, white and blue by placing American flags all across the city of Irving.

Her annual “Great Flag Caper” has grown tremendously over the past 17 years. What started with Nell Anne placing a few hundred flags herself has grown to include an army of hundreds who plan to place up to 40,000 flags this July 4th holiday.

And Nell Anne’s army is already hard at work, WFAA Channel 8 caught up with them recently. Check out this great video:

The Ebby Halliday Companies salute Nell Anne and her volunteers for their dedication to serving their community. And we wish you all a very happy and safe July 4th weekend!