Attention DFW Shoppers: Take 20% Off Almost Everything Through November 7


North Texas and shopping go hand-in-hand. It s the birthplace of the iconic Neiman Marcus, is home to America s oldest shopping center, Highland Park Village, and the world-famous NorthPark Center was the very first covered shopping mall in the United States. Dallas also boasts more shopping centers per capita than any other major U.S. city.

So it s no surprise that North Texans have combined their love of shopping with something else near and dear to their hearts philanthropy.

Now through November 7, you can exercise your Amex and benefit The Family Place, one of the favorite charities of The Ebby Halliday Companies. To participate, simply purchase a Partners Card at a participating retailer for only $60 (100% of the $60 card purchase goes directly to support The Family Place programs and services for victims of domestic violence in our community). The card is redeemable at more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants for a generous 20% discount. It s that simple.

And to help you understand what the purchase of the Partners Card can accomplish, check this out:

1 card provides an infant diapers for three weeks and one night of shelter for a woman and her child.

5 cards provide eight telephone crisis lines, 24/7 for four weeks and a two-month DART family bus pass so women and their children have transportation.

And 10 cards provide a family medical supplies and prescriptions for four months and emergency shelter, food and counseling for two children for one week.

If for some reason you re still on the fence, be sure and check out the list of participating retailers we re talking everyone from The Container Store, Pottery Barn and J. Crew to Ferragamo, Gucci, Tod s, Valentino and Versace.

See the complete list here (you can purchase a Partners Card at all stores in bold print).

Let s not forget that it s almost time to start Christmas shopping. Why not do it early and beat the crowds, enjoy 20% off and help women and children in need? Does it get any better?

Happy shopping!

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Purchase and Close on a Fannie Mae-Owned Home and Receive Up To 3.5% Closing Cost Assistance


Record low interest rates, reasonable sales prices and an abundant inventory. Still need another reason to consider buying?

Did you know that for a limited time homebuyers can receive up to 3.5% in closing cost assistance if they purchase and close on a Fannie Mae-owned home by December 31, 2010?

For full details on the program and to find homes in your area of interest that qualify, visit homepath.com/dfw.

Still wondering if now is the right time to buy? Contact an Ebby Sales Associate today for an evaluation of your specific circumstances to see what options are best for you. Search for an Ebby Agent here or call 888-298-1557.

Anyone Care For Some Positive Economy & Real Estate News?


The following was sent to the entire Ebby Halliday Family of Companies organization from President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. From current media headlines, many think the sky truly is falling. But check out these great quotes from leading experts about the state of our economy and the real estate market:

Leading experts agree the economy and the real estate markets are improving:

“The US economy has been ‘sunnier’ for quite some time. The recession officially ended in late spring of 2009, and the economy is now officially in recovery.” – Harvey Rosenblum, Executive VP, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


“I have become more optimistic about the future outlook for home sales since March 2010. Today is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity to buy’ real estate.” – Mark Dotzour, Chief Economist, Real Estate Center at Texas A&M


“New home starts are stronger in Texas – Houston is #1 in the nation, Dallas/Ft. Worth #2; four of the top ten areas are in Texas.” – David Brown, Director, Metrostudy


“The data increasingly illustrates the economy and markets are recuperating.” – Jeb B. Terry, President, Aberdeen Investment Management, LLC

Today is an exceptional time to buy real estate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – historically low interest rates, moderate home values, and a broad selection of property on the market.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Mary Frances

Ebby s Top Associates Companywide Third 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 Third Quarter 2010.

You can also see the complete list at ebby.com.

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

Congratulations to you all!

Ebby Associates Enjoy Breakfast of Champions Celebration at Dallas Arboretum


This morning, the Top Associates from each Ebby Halliday Family of Companies office for Third Quarter 2010 were treated to a Breakfast of Champions celebration and networking event held at the DeGoyler Mansion at the Dallas Arboretum.

The group enjoyed breakfast in the mansion’s library and heard from Arboretum staff members about current and upcoming events and Ebby Halliday senior management about new marketing endeavors and the state of the local and national real estate markets. Company President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson also shared insight from her recent Realty Alliance meeting held in North Carolina.

Following breakfast, Associates roamed the Arboretum grounds, which are a bit more festive than usual this time of year with more than 45,000 pumpkins and gourds.

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

And for those of you looking for a great weekend activity, be sure to check out Autumn at the Arboretum through November 14. You’ll enjoy the world’s only Pumpkin Village, complete with four walk-through houses made entirely of pumpkins. For full details, visit dallasarboretum.org.

Must Have Accessory for WCR High Tea? Ebby s Hat!


Realtors across the Metroplex wait patiently all year to don their elaborate hats for the annual Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) High Tea and Fashion Show. That waiting came to an end Tuesday as hundreds of well dressed real estate professionals filled Brookhaven Country Club for this year’s festivities.

While the crowd was dotted with many elaborate and beautiful hats, one in particular was very special – a hat that formerly belonged to Ebby, which was worn by Ebby Associate Jennifer Johnson of the Richardson Office. Jennifer is pictured above left with Ebby and Dawn Redmond of the Firewheel/190 Office following the High Tea.

As many of you know, Ebby worked in the millinery department of the W.A. Green store in downtown Dallas when she first moved to Dallas in 1938 before eventually opening her own hat boutique. In 1945, the husband of her best customer built 50 insulated cement houses but they weren’t selling. He told his wife “If Ebby can sell you all those crazy hats, maybe she can sell my houses.” Ebby accepted that challenge, changed her product from hats to houses, sold the entire inventory of homes and the rest is history.

Ebby’s love of hats continued and over the years, she amassed quite a collection. The hat Jennifer wore was purchased at an auction a few years ago by Ebby Associate Donna Nichols, who loaned it to her for Tuesday’s event. To prove the authenticity, Ebby’s signature appears on the top of the hat (see the above photo).

To see more photos from Tuesday’s WCR High Tea and Fashion Show, which featured Ebby Vice President and Director of Sales Offices, Betty Misko and her granddaughter Kristen (above), visit the Real Estate & Friends Facebook Page.

Have Lunch with T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith & Roger Staubach Next Week


If you’ve ever wanted to have lunch with a living legend, next week is your opportunity to dine with four – T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach will be the featured speakers at next week’s 2010 Expanding Worlds Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel. The fourth legend? Our very own Ebby Halliday, who has been named Honorary Chair Emeritus for the event. The program is billed as a lively discussion of “Past, Present and Future,” moderated by Scott Murray.

Proceeds from the event directly support LaunchAbility and its commitment to provide innovative, high quality programs with the best long term results for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. To learn more, visit LaunchAbility.org.

2010 Expanding Worlds Luncheon

Featuring a conversation with

T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith & Roger Staubach

Moderated by Scott Murray

Tuesday, October 26

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Fairmont Hotel – International Ballroom

1717 N. Akard Street, Dallas, 75201

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Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert Awarded 2010 CFO Lifetime Achievement Award at Dallas Business Journal CFO of the Year Awards


Congratulations to Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, for receiving the 2010 CFO Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dallas Business Journal. He was presented the accolade at the Dallas Business Journal s 2010 CFO of the Year Awards luncheon held recently at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas. Lisa Bormaster, publisher of the Dallas Business Journal; Juan Elizondo, editor of the Dallas Business Journal; George R. Carlton, shareholder, Godwin Ronquillo PC; and Robert C. Wiegand, shareholder, Godwin Ronquillo PC presented the award. Ron reflected about his 33 years at Ebby Halliday, Realtors and thanked everyone for their support leading up to this award.

First and foremost I would like to thank Ebby Halliday, says Ron. There isn t a better business leader or mentor and I am honored to have had the opportunity to spend my career with her.” More than 40 members of the Ebby Halliday Home Team, as well as business associates, and Ron s wife, Kay, were in attendance in support of this career milestone.

Ron s contributions are many and our company has been the benefactor of his strong fiscal guidance these many years, says Ebby Halliday. I am so pleased about this much-deserved award.

Ebby Halliday Companies, celebrating its 65th anniversary, is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and 8th in the Nation. The company operates 30 sales offices and three brands including Ebby Halliday Realtors, Ellen Terry Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. It also has mortgage and personal insurance businesses.

Click here to see photos from the event on the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

Below is the article that appeared in the Dallas Business Journal s CFO of the Year special section.

CFO of the Year Winner – Ron Burgert, Ebby Halliday Companies

Dallas Business Journal – by Bill Hethcock

Ron Burgert is a rarity in these days of job hopping, layoffs and corporate restructuring.

The chief financial officer of Ebby Halliday Cos. has been at the same job, in the same position, for 33 years.

I wouldn t know how to fill out a resume, he says.

Burgert s family ties to the venerable Dallas-based real estate company run even deeper. Burgert s father, Raymond F. Burgert, who was also a CFO, served on the board of directors, helping with the company s extensive expansion in the 1970s.

Burgert calls his decision to join the company the best choice he s ever made. But the job hasn t always been easy.

Exhibit A in the hard-times file was the real estate downturn in the 1980s, he says. A change in tax laws in 1986 that removed tax shelters and reduced incentives to buy homes, along with the savings-and-loan crisis and high interest rates, forced Burgert and the company to make tough decisions and cut costs.

Exhibit B continues to unfold, three years after the home mortgage crisis helped spark a severe recession, with business failures, high unemployment, foreclosures and lower property values across the board.

While the North Texas economy and the state overall are better off than most of the country, the real estate industry won t fully recover without stronger job growth and more confidence that people will keep the jobs they have, Burgert says.

Real estate is generally the largest investment a family will make in their lifetime, he says. It gets back to, Can you afford to buy a house? People will hesitate to make that major commitment as long as they fear losing their job.

Burgert s first job was a paper route, starting when he was 10 years old. He liked the independence that earning his own money brought and the discipline the job instilled in him by forcing him to wake at 4 a.m. to bike his route.

He was less fond of bad-weather days and the dogs that hounded him as he made his rounds.

There was this one dog that I swore I d get even with, Burgert says. I finally hit him with the paper.

Burgert graduated in 1966 with an accounting degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas. He worked auditing and other administrative jobs for the U.S. Department of Defense and later worked for defense contractors including Bell Helicopter and LTV Aerospace and Defense before joining Ebby Halliday Realtors.

In his years with Ebby Halliday, Burgert has helped the company expand from six offices to 30, and he s currently helping to open offices in Richardson, Denton and Mansfield. He remains committed all the while to his top duty: managing the company s balance sheet so it can serve its clients, the community and the industry, he says.

Making every day count and thriving on change helped Burgert and Ebby Halliday Realtors make it through times like the 1980s and the current economy, he says. Compiling a team made up of the best executives, managers, staff and sales associates has helped the company stay profitable in good times and bad, he adds.

Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Takes Over NYC with Luxury (and Edible) Real Estate Offerings


For those of you counting, there are only 66 shopping days remaining until Christmas. And to help you out with your gift-giving dilemmas, a few weeks ago we brought you the fantasy gift ideas from the pages of the 2010 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. We’re particularly fond of the great real estate offerings – a luxury house boat and a custom-made, life-size gingerbread house.

Early this morning, the Dallas-based luxury retailer took over the streets of New York to show off its super luxe gift ideas on the TODAY Show. Check out this fun video, which proves NM has the perfect gift for just about anyone. In addition to the great real estate, you’ll also find the perfect gift for Ebby Halliday herself (hint: it’s the second featured gift):

Celebrity Real Estate: Inside Ralph Lauren s Manhattan Apartment


The name Ralph Lauren is synonymous with laid back, all-American style. So it’s a bit surprising that when the company’s namesake and his wife Ricky redesigned their Manhattan apartment, the outcome can best be described as clean, open and modern. And while it’s not quite what you’d expect, the apartment’s effortless style is still unmistakably Ralph Lauren.

Elle Decor magazine features the apartment on the cover of its October issue. The corresponding editorial follows the renovation of the Fifth Avenue duplex, which has been in the Lauren family for more than 30 years – from the initial do-it-yourself attempt to the hiring of the late decorator, Angelo Donghia. The open spaces, predominantly white color theme and expansive views of Central Park that bring the outdoors in, create a comfortable, simple home which Lauren likens to living in a cloud.

To read the full article from Elle Decor, visit elledecor.com. To see a slideshow of Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan apartment, click here.

And this isn’t the first time one of Ralph Lauren’s homes (there are currently five) has graced the pages of a magazine. The Bedford, New York country estate, the sprawling Double RL Colorado ranch and his Jamaican villa have all been featured in Architectural Digest.