Join Us Saturday for the Children s Medical Center Holiday Parade


The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies are proud to again serve as a sponsor of the annual Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade which will take place this Saturday, December 4 at 10 am through the streets of Downtown Dallas!

This parade has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of thousands of families and this year it will be lead by recording artist David Archuleta and five patients of Children’s who will serve as Grand Marshals. In addition, there will be 11 giant inflatable balloons, 5 floats, 9 marching bands, 1,000 girls from drill teams across the state, specialty units, celebrities and children’s characters such as The Grinch, Curious George and more! Proceeds benefit the Child Life Department at Children’s Medical Center.

Be sure to watch for the giant inflatable Frosty the Snowman balloon, which will be carried by Sales Associates from each of the 30 offices of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. You won’t be able to miss us, we’ll be decked out in our festive football jersey attire promoting our 65th Anniversary year and our sponsorship of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee.

The parade is free for the public to attend, but be sure to arrive early to find a great spot – learn more here. You may also purchase reserved bleacher seating:

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And if you can’t make it out to see the parade in person, you can watch it live on WFAA Channel 8. The parade will also be syndicated throughout the holiday season to more than 350 television stations in 159 markets.

Happy Hallidays, everyone!

Attention DFW Shoppers: Black Friday is Upon Us


For you serious sport-shoppers out there – tomorrow is your Super Bowl. And every good player and coach knows that the key to winning is having a good plan in place. That’s why several area media outlets have compiled their own lists of Black Friday deals and tips to help you plan your winning strategy.

A few that you might find helpful:

Black Friday Deals – NBC-DFW

Black Friday (and Thursday) Opening Times – Pegasus News

Black Friday Opening Times – CBS-DFW

Black Friday 2010 Guide – About.com

Best of luck to all you shoppers out there – happy hunting!

Ebby Halliday Acers: Thanksgiving in Tough Times Offers Blessings


The following op-ed piece written by Ebby first appeared in The Dallas Morning News on November 25, 2008. We thought it would be appropriate to repost today. Here’s wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving from The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies.

Most of you who are reading this do not remember the Great Depression in the 1930s, but I am a product of it. It was a hard time that saw many good people flounder and fall, giving up because they could not find a job, a way to support their families or themselves.

However, many lifted themselves by trying and trying again, no matter how deep they fell. Those of us lucky enough to have jobs were not only grateful for them but learned the wisdom of thrift and the art of preserving things. It was a time when families were broken, but equally a time when families grew stronger bonds because they learned the beauty of sharing.

Many of us found that the person in rags on the corner was a former neighbor, and so we opened our rather empty pockets to help, often with uplifting words as well as material things. It was a time when children learned to play with little but their imagination.

Today, trying times are upon us again, hopefully not as deep and lasting as those of the Great Depression. But now is our time to test ourselves. Some will learn how to do with fewer comforts, and others will have even less. Many will not be able to travel this Thanksgiving.

Let s ask ourselves: Has our cup been half-full or half-empty? Are we ready for what comes next? Is our place in order? Our place may be a hut, a mansion or no dwelling at all. But how we feel about our presence our place in the world is very important.

Do we feel entitled to live carefree lives? Do we deserve to have things our way, always? Have we given enough to our communities to create an environment, a neighborhood of acceptance of our fellow human beings?

Dallas may have escaped the worst of the housing and economic storms thus far. But hidden inside our statistics are families who are in need, often not of their own making. They can be found in every neighborhood. Do we owe them any assistance?

Over 200 years ago, Albigence Waldo, a surgeon at Valley Forge, said, Mankind is never truly thankful for the benefits of life until they have experienced the want of them.

Yes, many will not travel this Thanksgiving. But did you know there are places right here that offer a meaningful way to spend your time? I suggest our own great treasure, Thanks-Giving Square, in downtown Dallas. The wise founders of this unique place chose thanksgiving as its core because it is a virtue and a tradition for people of all faiths and cultures.

Come learn about America s founders who, through thanksgiving, wrought victory out of defeat, forged unity out of diversity and healed the wounds of untold hurts while remaining true to their own beliefs. Discover how clergy in Dallas gave thanks together more than 100 years ago when others dared not even try.

Come with your family and your friends. Come, have your children and grandchildren jump and shout in the center of the Ring of Thanks. Walk up to the chapel and the breathtaking stained-glass window as it lifts you from the mundane to the sublime.

Answer challenging times with your own challenge. List all the reasons you have to be grateful and find a way to make someone else s life better. And, for those of you who can afford it, leave a token of thanks to the square, so that it will continue to bring access to a place of thought, joy, solace and gratitude all the days of the year.

Ebby Staff and Associates to Participate in 43rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Memory of Uly Vlamides


This past July, the Ebby Halliday Companies lost a longtime friend, Uly Vlamides. Uly and his wife, Mary (pictured above), worked for Ebby Halliday, Realtors since 1978, when they became the original Associates of the Property Management and Residential Leasing Division. Their daughter, Tudie Athens, has been a part of the division since 1979 and Uly and Mary’s granddaughter Kris Clift and husband George currently oversee the Arlington branch of the division.

What many may not know about Uly is that he was the only person to participate in every Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot since its inception in 1968.

At the urging of Mary, Uly showed up at White Rock Lake on Thanksgiving Day 1968 for the inaugural 8-mile Trot. He was 42 years old, overweight and wore street clothes. He was intimidated by the other fit and thin participants, but with a loving shove from Mary, he started the race. More than an hour after most participants has crossed the finish line, there was still no sign of Uly. Concerned, Mary and Tudie followed the course and found him with just one mile to go. He told them to tell the race officials not to leave, he was going to finish. And he did – a news crew filmed him crossing the finish line and interviewed him for the evening news.

All the fuss over his finishing the race, even in last place, motivated Uly to continue running and adopt a healthier lifestyle. He completed 62 marathons in his lifetime.

Tomorrow morning will be the first Turkey Trot without Uly, but his presence will definitely be felt. He will be honored with a moment of silence before the race and four generations of his family and more than 50 Ebby Halliday co-workers will be among the more than 40,000 participants in the 43rd Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. What an incredible legacy Uly has left.

To read more about Uly’s inspirational story, check out the recent articles from the Advocate Magazine and The Dallas Morning News.

And for registration information and details on The Trot, visit thetrot.com.

Ebby s Little White House Wins Home Bowl LXV Video Cheer Competition


After more than 45,000 public votes and the input of nine “Celebrity Judges,” the Ebby Home Bowl LXV Champion has been announced – congratulations to the “Ebby-Os” of Ebby’s Little White House Office!

If you haven’t seen their video, it’s a must-see, especially for all you Glee fans. With almost 98% office participation, the Ebby’s Little White House video follows the “Ebby-Os” and their own Sue Sylvester played by Ebby Halliday herself. While the Associates made the final product look effortless, don’t be fooled. Behind the scenes there were multiple hour-long meetings and choreography rehearsals, stunt coordination, and securing a Bentley convertible and surprise celebrity guest, Roger Staubach. You can see it all right here:

Company President Mary Frances Burleson made the surprise announcement to the office this morning, to see photos, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

We’re also pleased to announce that we had a tie for second place:

Ebby’s Arlington Office with their incredible Ebby Cowgirl Cheerleader journey from the Fort Worth Stockyards to an office-wide pep rally on their front steps.

And Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office for their original song, Ebby Halliday: Queen of the Real Estate Deal.

We’d like to close by saying that all of our judges agreed, picking one winner was not an easy decision. The videos truly showcased the individual personality of each office, but the common theme apparent in every video was the unmatched and unmistakable company culture of Ebby Halliday, Realtors. Hats off to all of you!

Thank you again to our nine “Celebrity Judges” – to meet them all, click here.

And to view all of the office videos, click here.

Will You Help the Ebby s Young Professionals Group Make a Difference?


As you know, Ebby Halliday, Realtors is a proud sponsor of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, and one of the committee s major initiatives is community service through its SLANT 45 (Service Learning Adventures in North Texas) program. SLANT 45 challenges area elementary school age children to perform 45,000 hours of community service before the big game on February 6, 2011.

The Ebby s Young Professionals Group (EYP) has decided to coordinate a SLANT 45 project of their own with the children who will be attending the soon-to-be-opened Ebby Halliday Elementary School in south Dallas. EYP received a list of ideas from the children themselves and their number one request was to create a bully-free zone at their school.

To fulfill their request, EYP has decided to invite Rachel s Challenge to come to the school with their award winning program. Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. After her death her father found six journals and a paper she had written challenging people to go out of their way to show compassion and kindness to start a chain reaction and see how far a little kindness can go. Her life has become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America.

That’s where you come in. EYP is asking for YOUR help in raising $5,000. The amount of $3,000 is all that is required to bring in Rachel s Challenge, but EYP would also like to support the school and community with a few of their first acts of kindness projects. If you are able, please make a donation, which will start a chain reaction of kindness that will impact generations in this community.

To make your donation, contact Sherry Adams at 972-980-6612 or mail your check, payable to Ebby Halliday, Realtors, to:

EYP Rachel’s Challenge
ATTN: Sherry Adams
4455 Sigma Road
Dallas, Texas 75244

Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy project!

This Saturday, the Holidays Begin Downtown


We have less than one week until Thanksgiving, but Santa’s elves will officially herald the arrival of the holiday season tomorrow night in Downtown Dallas with City Lights 2010.

The family-friendly festivities begin at 5:00 pm at Main Street Garden with an outdoor market, face painting, ornament making and live music, followed by the lighting of the 65-foot Downtown Dallas Holiday Tree at 6:30 pm. Then moonwalk over to the flagship Neiman Marcus for the 7:00 pm unveiling of the 2010 holiday windows and lights and the much anticipated opening of “Big Encounters of the Little Kind”.

It all takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 20 – for full details, visit downtowndallas.org.

And if you’re wondering what exactly “Big Encounters of the Little Kind” is, check out this great behind the scenes video highlighting the creation of the 2010 Neiman Marcus holiday windows. “Tis the season!

Celebrity Real Estate: Nicole Kidman s NY Condo For Lease by Luxury Portfolio Member


Want to live like Nicole Kidman? Our fellow Luxury Portfolio member, Halstead Property, is currently offering her West Village New York condo for lease at $45,000 per month. The posh digs are located in the famous 176 Perry Street building designed by Richard Meier. You might know Mr. Meier’s work in Dallas – he was the designer of the Rachofsky House located at Preston Road and Northwest Highway.

So what does one get for $45,000 per month? For starters, 3,785 square feet, three bedrooms, three full and one half baths and mesmerizing views of the Hudson River, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Still not convinced? Rumor has it your celebrity neighbors would be the likes of Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis, Calvin Klein and Hugh Jackman.

To see full details, visit Halstead.com.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be the exclusive Dallas member of Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, attracts more than 1.2 million high-net-worth visitors per year and features more $1 million-plus residences than any other luxury real estate organization, including Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

Step Inside the World s Most Luxurious Closets


When searching for the perfect home, potential buyers consider many different options. And often times, one of those options is closet space – whether it be for practical storage or housing a vast collection of Louboutins. Which is why the closets and dressing areas of today’s homes range from the practical and efficient to spaces as big (or bigger) than an average size home.

Recently Architectural Digest combed their archives to compile a collection of the most luxurious dressing rooms and closets that have ever graced their pages. Their results range from a sensitively renovated dressing area in an 11th century French chateau to the walk-in master closet of Las Vegas hotelier Steve Wynne which resembles a Rodeo Drive boutique. No matter your budget or needs, you’re sure to enjoy perusing these fantastic spaces that prove fashion and function can go hand in hand.

To view the full Architectural Digest collection of luxurious dressing rooms, visit architecturaldigest.com.

And to start the search for your own dream closet, visit ebby.com.

Last Day to Register to Win Tickets to See the Cowboys on Sunday!


How ’bout them Cowboys? If yesterday’s victory has renewed your team pride (or if you never lost it), how would you like to find yourself sitting pretty in a luxury suite at Cowboys Stadium for this Sunday’s game?

We’re giving away not one but three pair of tickets, which also include a suite visit from a legend player. But there’s one catch – today is the last day of the giveaway! So make sure you enter to win before midnight tonight! Good luck everyone!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO WIN NOW