Have Lunch with Ebby in Oak Cliff Tomorrow

Want to have lunch with a legend? Tomorrow, Ebby will be the featured speaker at the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce’s Food for Thought Luncheon. Our almost 99.5-year-old dynamo will speak to the group about her past memories of the Oak Cliff area of Dallas as well as her thoughts on what the next 100 years will bring.

The Oak Cliff Chamber presents a Food For Thought Luncheon

“Then, Now, Future”

Featuring Ebby Halliday

Thursday, August 26 | 11:30 am

Weiss Auditorium at Methodist Hospital

1441 W. Beckley Avenue

Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for prospective members. Seating is limited, please RSVP to the Chamber at 214-943-4567 or cklepfer@oakcliffchamber.org.

Register to Win Tickets to See Tim McGraw LIVE at Cowboys Stadium on September 10

All year long we’ve been giving away tickets to the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Kickoff Concert Series as part of our 65th Anniversary. Faith Hill at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall in March, Sting at Dallas’ Winspear Opera House in May and now the finale concert takes place at the site of the big game, Cowboys Stadium.

And just as Jerry-World is more than a stadium, XLV Countdown is more than a concert. In addition to a live performance by Tim McGraw, you’ll also see a star-studded tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Dallas Cowboys, a celebration of Emmitt Smith’s Hall of Fame career, NFL Films archival footage scored by the 90-piece University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra and a rare public performance by Van Cliburn.

If your interest is peaked and you’d like to find yourself with 2 VIP floor seat tickets, plus access to the VIP pre- and post-concert receptions (you never know who you might rub shoulders with there), we can help you out.

You can register to win your tickets now through September 3 at Ebby.com – and to increase your chances, you can register daily! We hope to see you there!


And starting today, our promotion takes to the airwaves. Check out this video to hear our radio commercial which will be airing on 96.3 KSCS:

Ebby Associates Enjoy Wonderland Adventure at the Gaylord Texan for Breakfast of Champions Celebration

This morning, the Top Associates from each Ebby Halliday Family of Companies office for Second Quarter 2010 were invited to a Breakfast of Champions celebration and networking event held at the Gaylord Texan Hotel on Lake Grapevine.

The group enjoyed breakfast at the Gaylord’s Riverwalk Cafe and were treated to a personal welcome from hotel representatives who talked in depth about their Summerfest Wonderland Adventure going on throughout the hotel. As a special treat, Alice and the Cheshire Cat were present so Associates could see firsthand the Breakfast with Alice experience which has been popular for children’s parties this summer.

A special thank you to Arch Foundation and CCS who served as our breakfast sponsor.

To see more photos from this morning’s breakfast, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

And if you’re looking for cool escape from the Texas heat without driving too far, keep the Gaylord Texan’s Summerfest in mind. Some of the fun opportunities offered are the Journey Down the Rabbit Hole 3-D Black Light Maze, the Cheshire Cat’s Challenge, the Alice Through the Atrium Glass free exhibit, fireworks and more. To find full details, visit GaylordHotels.com.

It s Time to Shop Tax-Free, North Texas!

It’s that time of year again; the annual Texas Tax-Free Shopping Weekend is upon us. A perfect time to snap up all those back-to-school clothes and even school supplies!

Tax Free Weekend takes place August 20, 21 and 22 and applies to most clothing and footwear priced under $100. Think of it as saving about $8 for every $100 you spend. Starting this year, the tax exemption also applies to most school supplies priced under $100, purchased for use by a student in elementary or secondary school.

For more details and specifics on exactly what items are tax-exempt, click here.

And don’t think a shopping holiday goes unnoticed by area malls:

NorthPark Center in Dallas is presenting their annual Kim Dawson Model Search and ON THE RUNWAY, featuring trendsetting styles from 24 NorthPark Retailers including CUSP by Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York CO-OP, Nordstrom, Intermix, XXI Forever, Ted Baker and more. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets to any of the shows, visit NorthParkCenter.com.

And up north, Stonebriar Centre in Frisco is hosting a Tax Free Weekend Kickoff tomorrow from 10am to 3 pm. Radio station KSCS will be broadcasting live from the Sears Court and giving away prizes from your favorite Stonebriar Centre retailers including Buckle, Fossil, Gap, Bath and Body Works, Barns & Noble and more. For full details, visit ShopStonebriar.com.

Happy shopping, everyone!

Make Yourself at Home in the Great Outdoors

The Texas summer heat is sizzling, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little outdoor living, especially in DFW Metroplex homes. The trend to bring the indoors out is big – retailers everywhere are now offering outdoor rugs, drapes and lamps in addition to the usual outdoor furniture. And it’s not unusual for homes to feature multiple outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, televisions, fans, misters, etc – basically anything that goes indoors can now go outdoors also.

That’s why our ad in today’s Fort Worth Star Telegram highlights some great outdoor living areas in homes currently offered by Ebby offices that serve the Tarrant County area of the Metroplex. In addition to the great Colleyville home for sale pictured above, which offers limitless outdoor living options, you’ll also find a place to relax outdoors in Fort Worth, Southlake, Mansfield and Arlington homes for sale.

To see the full ad from today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram, click here.

Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas Raises $200,000 for Alzheimer s Research

Or $200,185 to be exact. Not bad for a group of determined young professionals, especially considering this was only their third year and in the first two years combined they raised $210,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas. And they all deserve a standing ovation for making it look so easy to play football in the 105+ degree Texas heat this past Saturday night.

Our own Ebby Halliday also braved the heat to toss the coin before the game at Highlander Stadium at Highland Park High School. Ebby Halliday, Realtors served as a Touchdown Sponsor of this year’s game, which ended with Team Blonde taking their third straight win with a final score of 41-13.

A special thank you to our team of Ebby cheerleaders who threw Ebby footballs into the crowd of about 800 throughout the game and our friends from the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee who turned out to take votes for the 100 greatest moments in North Texas football history for their Century in the Making campaign.

To see photos from the game, visit the Ebby Facebook Page.

Other media present with great post-game coverage inclue D Magazine, the Dallas Observer and Sean Gallagher Photography.

Ebby Associates Welcome New Teachers

While it certainly doesn’t feel like it weather-wise, summer is winding down and for kids, that means one thing – back to school. But before the students hit the books, Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex school districts are busy welcoming their newest teachers and employees. And last week they got a little help from Ebby Associates.

Firewheel/190 office manager Malinda Howell along with Associates Sheila La Torres, Linda Brownlee and Robert Sewell (pictured at the top of this post) welcomed almost 250 new teachers to Garland ISD at the Special Events Center in Garland.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Metroplex, Southlake office manager Carolyn Rosson and Tina Swenson, vice president and director of Ebby Corporate Development (pictured below with a representative from fellow sponsor Chick-fil-A) welcomed the newest recruits to Southlake’s Carroll ISD as a WE CARE platinum sponsor.

With only a few days remaining before most area schools start, now’s the time to begin your back-to-school shopping if you haven’t already. Don’t forget that this coming weekend, August 20-22 is the annual Texas Tax Free weekend – a great opportunity to stock up on school supplies and clothes.

For more information and a complete list of items that qualify for Tax-Free Weekend, click here.

Ron Burgert Receives Lifetime CFO Award From the Dallas Business Journal

Congratulations to our very own Ron Burgert, CFO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, for being honored by The Dallas Business Journal with the 2010 CFO Lifetime Achievement Award. Making everyday count, investing in a dream and thriving on change are a few of the principles that helped Ebby Halliday guide her company for over 65 years. An essential part of this growth is due to Ron, who for the past 33 years has provided exceptional leadership and fiscal acumen, guiding the company s remarkable growth.

Ron is one of 31 CFOs being honored as part of the Dallas Business Journal 2010 CFO of the Year Awards. Past winners and other judges selected this year s 30 finalists from a group of more than 75 nominations. Winners will be announced at the Dallas Business Journal s 2010 CFO of the Year Awards Luncheon on October 14.

The Ebby Halliday family congratulates Ron on this honor!

Please click here to read more about this award.

Best Dallas Real Estate Blog? It s the Ebby Blog!

That’s right, we’re proud to announce that the Ebby Blog has won the Zillow-sponsored “People’s Choice Best Real Estate Blog Award” in Dallas!

Thank you all for your votes and support!

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Ebby Blog updates via e-mail (click the “Subscribe by E-mail” button on the top left of this page). We also welcome your comments on our posts.

Thanks again!

Positive Real Estate News: Steve Brown Reports DFW Home Prices Rise

Some positive real estate news from this morning’s Dallas Morning News. Steve Brown reports that DFW home prices rose 2.1 percent for second quarter 2010, while the nationwide increase was 1.5 percent.

Part of this increase could be attributed to the sharp rise of home sales in DFW’s affluent neighborhoods. The Ebby Halliday Companies participated in several such sales in second quarter, don’t forget Dave Perry-Miller’s $24 million sales week which included an 18,000 square foot spec home on famed Beverly Drive in Highland Park that was the most expensive home sold in North Texas so far this year.

To read Steve Brown’s full article, visit DallasNews.com.

To start your search for DFW homes for sale, visit ebby.com.