30 New Associates Graduate Ebby School

The final Ebby School of the year just concluded with all the pomp and circumstance of a true graduation (thank you Debbie, Terry and Tamra).

Today’s 30 graduates celebrated the completion of our two week, results-driven new agent education program which features extensive training on various topics including lead generation, open house techniques, lead conversion, client presentations, business planning, negotiation, marketing, risk management and more.

Congratulations to all of our November 2010 graduates we re so glad to have you at Ebby Halliday!

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.

To see more photos from today’s graduation ceremony, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

Ebby Halliday, Realtors Rolls Out Red Carpet at Opening of New Mansfield Office

We rolled out the red carpet for the grand opening of our new Mansfield office this week. And the star of the show was our favorite lady, Ebby Halliday,who autographed her biography Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate and visited with all those in attendance.

The guest list included a who s who of civic leaders and dignitaries from the city of Mansfield and real estate industry. Everyone enjoyed great food, networking and touring the wonderfully designed and new state-of-the-art office before gathering for a ribbon cutting marking a new future in Mansfield for the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and 8th largest in the country.

The opening of the Ebby Mansfield office is part of the company s yearlong 65 Years of Service campaign marking the 65th anniversary of Ebby Halliday, Realtors.

The new Ebby Mansfield office is the gateway of this amazing developing area, says Marilyn Newton, sales manager of the Ebby Mansfield office. The Highway 287 corridor is developing at an amazing pace and this will bring more clients and increase our visibility in our communities. Our central location to vibrant cities, exceptional neighborhoods, businesses, education centers and the southern region of the DFW Metroplex will help us better serve customers at all levels.

The new Ebby Halliday Mansfield office is located at 1600 Highway 287 North, Suite 100 and represents Ebby s continued commitment to the incredible growing area of Mansfield and the rest of Southern Tarrant County. The office will also serve Midlothian, Burleson and other outlying areas.

Click here to visit the Ebby Facebook page to see photos of the Mansfield office opening.

Ebby Associates Nominated for Annual MetroTex Awards

Ebby Halliday, Realtors was founded on three points of service, one of which is service to the real estate industry. That commitment to industry service is as evident today as it was 65 years ago and we’re proud to announce that three of our Associates have been nominated for the most prestigious annual industry awards presented by the MetroTex Association of Realtors! The nominees are:

Carolyn Rosson, Manager of the Ebby Southlake Office and

Becky Connatser, Manager of the Dave Perry-Miller InTown Office

Nominated for the Easterwood Cup Broker/Manager of the Year Award

Frank Hayward, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates

Nominated for the Lois Hair Bernays Salesperson of the Year Award

These awards will be presented at the MetroTex Annual Awards & Charity Event on December 6 at the Las Colinas Country Club. In addition to the awards presentation, this event also serves as an opportunity for the MetroTex Public Education Committee to raise funds for its public school grant program.

For more details on the event, visit dfwrealestate.com.

Congratulations to Carolyn, Becky and Frank!

It s an OPEN HOUSE Weekend!

If you think this great fall weather is perfect to get out and about and tour open houses, you’re in luck. This weekend, the best source of Metroplex open houses, ebbyopenhouses.com, features almost 1,000 opens to choose from!

To start planning now, visit ebbyopenhouses.com and use the search criteria on the left side of the page to pinpoint which open houses meet your desired criteria.

Also, be sure not to miss the great open house tours coordinated by some of our Ebby Offices:

Lakewood Open House Tour – Saturday, November 6

Garland Open House Tour – Sunday, November 7

Collin County Open House Tour – Sunday, November 7

Happy house searching, everyone!

Who Will Win the Ebby Home Bowl? More than 41,000 Votes Cast!

The Ebby Home Bowl is almost over, have you voted for your favorite video cheer? We’re excited to report than more than 41,000 of you have!

We’re in the home stretch – public voting ends tomorrow, November 5 at 11:59 pm – so make sure you check out the videos and cast your vote. And remember, you can only vote once per day!

After the public voting ends, our panel of soon-to-be-named celebrity judges will cast their votes, which will be combined with the public voting scores to determine the overall Ebby Home Bowl LXV Champion!

Good luck to all the teams!


See Ebby s Jennifer Clark on WFAA-TV s Good Neighbor Segment

If you missed this morning’s Good Neighbor segment on WFAA-TV featuring Ebby’s Jennifer Clark, be sure to watch the full video below.

After her daughter Dakota received two cochlear implants, Jennifer joined the board for the Dallas Hearing Foundation and is serving as the chairman of the silent auction committee for this year’s Sounds of the Season Gala.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are a proud supporter of the Dallas Hearing Foundation and salute Jennifer for her service to this wonderful organization.

To purchase your tickets for this year’s Sounds of the Season Gala, visit soundsoftheseason.org.

Tis the Season to Sell Your Home?

Halloween is over, which means (like it or not) the holiday season is upon us. With all the parties and family events taking place in the next two months, many people decide to take their homes off the market or delay listing their home for sale until after the first of the year. But the holiday season could actually be the ideal time to sell a home. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Mortgage interest rates are at the lowest levels since World War II.

2. People who look for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.

3. There are usually fewer homes on the market during the holiday season, so homes listed during that time have less competition, which could translate to a higher sales price.

4. Typically, the supply of homes for sale dramatically increases in January, which means there may be less demand for your home after the holidays. Less demand means you ll have to make your home more attractive to a buyer through price reductions, etc.

5. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.

6. Due to vacation schedules during the holidays, buyers have more time to look for homes, specifically during the weekday.

7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons, plus they must close before December 31 to claim a homestead exemption for their taxes.

8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since many transferees may not be able to wait until Spring to buy, your home must be on the market now to capture that pool of potential buyers.

9. Even if your home is listed, you have the option to restrict showings on days you have holiday parties, out of town guests, etc.

10. If your home sells during the holidays, your agent can provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year so your holiday season won t be spent packing.

11. By selling now, you have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses will be available for sale, which most likely means lower prices. This could allow you to sell high and buy low!

Wondering how to make your home picture perfect for the holidays? Our friends at Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events have helped transform several Ebby listings into magazine-worthy masterpieces. Be sure to visit the Ebby Halliday YouTube channel for videos showing the creation of the ultimate autumn curb appeal, a Father-of-the-Bride-esque home for the holidays and an inviting and festive holiday living room. You might pick up a few ideas for your own home. A special thank you to Sean Gallagher Photography for the incredible photos.

If you’re considering listing your home in the next few weeks, call an Ebby Associate today to learn more about the real estate market in your particular neighborhood.

To find an agent now, click here or call 888-298-1557.

There s a New Real Estate Blog in Town: SecondShelters.com

Why stop at one home when you can have multiple? If you agree, there’s a great new blog that should be on your radar – SecondShelters.com.

The new home of all things vacation home is the brainchild of our friend and former D Home Magazine Real Estate Editor and DallasDirt blogger extraordinaire, Candy Evans. This new outlet will be the center of the second home universe with beautiful vacation homes, rental prices and details, community comparisons, celebrity deals, new developments, reviving areas, foreclosures, where it’s hot, where it’s not and much more.

And of course, if it’s going on in real estate, Candy knows. So you’re sure to find the same great local scoop you’re accustomed to from DallasDirt.

Candy – we’re excited about your great new endeavor, we know it will be a huge success!

To start reading now, visit SecondShelters.com.

Jennifer Clark of Ebby Halliday, Realtors to be featured on WFAA-TV Good Neighbor Segment

The feature story on Jennifer Clark, coordinator for Ebby Halliday Corporate Real Estate Services, originally scheduled for this morning has been rescheduled to this Thursday, November 4 at 6:20 a.m. Cynthia Izaguirre recently interviewed Jennifer for WFAA s Good Neighbor segment. She was nominated by Dr. Robert Peters, founder of the Dallas Hearing Foundation, for all of the work she has done as a board member of the Dallas Hearing Foundation and chairman of the silent auction committee for their fundraising event Sounds of the Season .

Jennifer s daughter, Dakota, received a cochlear implant in each ear and has been featured in many of the Foundation s promotional pieces. Jennifer didn t miss the chance to thank Ebby for supporting the Dallas Hearing Foundation, and mentioned Ebby throughout the segment as being very supportive of the Foundation and of Jennifer s efforts.

One of the items being offered at the Foundation s upcoming gala will be Lunch with Ebby . If you are interested in purchasing tickets, making a donation or volunteering, you can contact Jennifer at jennifer@ebby.com.