Ebby Agent and Good Samaritan Tammy McKinney Reunites with Accident Victim After Seven Years

This Christmas Eve, Tammy McKinney, Associate at the Ebby Douglas Avenue Office, received the ultimate gift. She was reunited with a woman she had helped seven years earlier during a chance encounter on a Mississippi highway.

Tammy happened upon the mangled car of Thomas and Savannah Jones just moments after their accident and helped Savannah get out of the car and cared for her until help arrived. The two spoke briefly by phone several months after the accident, but had not seen each other in person until this past Christmas Eve when they were finally reunited.

WFAA-Channel 8 was there to capture the reunion on film:

You can read the full story at WFAA.com.

Our hats are off to Tammy McKinney for her courageous efforts!

North Texas Advertisers Prepare for Super Bowl XLV

As of right now, there are only 45 days remaining until Super Bowl XLV comes to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

And if you’ve driven on the stretch of I-30 that has been named Tom Landry Super Bowl Highway, you’ve surely noticed the Super Bowl themed messages popping up on billboards in preparation for the many visitors who will converge on the area for the February 6 festivities.

The above Ebby billboard can currently be seen on I-30 near Belt Line Road. Other Ebby Super Bowl-themed boards are located near the American Airlines Center and at the intersection of Lovers and Greenville in Dallas – be sure and look for them!

We’re proud to be an official sponsor of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee.

Is Buying a Home Still a Good Investment?

That’s a great question and one that is being asked more and more lately.

To develop your own answer, you can read several different perspectives on the topic from a recent article that appeared in The Dallas Morning News. The article features Ebby Associate Kay Weeks and here’s her answer:

“Absolutely, it is a good investment. Real estate values are cyclical. And in North Texas, home prices have fared much better than in other large metropolitan areas. It is the right time to buy a home.”

The article also features a couple who recently lost money when they sold their 6,000-square-foot home in Atlanta. But when they purchased their new home in Preston Hollow for a great price, they realized they probably made up the loss.

Ted Wilson of Residential Strategies also shares his story of selling his grandparents’ home for $120,000, which they had purchased 40 years earlier for $5,000. Not a bad investment, huh?

To read the article in its entirety, visit dallasnews.com.

To start your own home search, visit ebby.com.

Ebby President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson Named Among Most Influential Leaders In Real Estate for Second Time

Everyone knows that the real estate industry is comprised of an impressive group of movers and shakers. But who exactly are the most influential leaders today?

Inman News answers that question in its recently released annual list, The Inman 100: Most Influential Leaders 2010.

The Inman 100 recognizes those power brokers, thought leaders, experts, insiders, and visionaries who influence the real estate industry with their words, actions, insight and innovations. The list is comprised of brokerage company executives, technologists, government leaders, media players, economists, online luminaries and other industry heavyweights who hold the power to move the industry forward during this prolonged period of economic hardship and uncertainty. Individuals on the list were selected after a nomination process and an Inman News editorial review.

We’re proud to report that our very own President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson has been named to the 2010 Inman 100 list. She was also included in last year’s list of notable mentions.

To see the complete list, visit Inman News.

Congratulations, Mary Frances!

Dr. Delphinium Decks the Halls in Southlake

It has become a holiday tradition to partner with our friends at Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events each holiday season to transform a current home for sale into a Christmas card masterpiece. And this year the magic happened at 1606 Regal Oaks in Southlake.

The process took place last week and you can see the completed room in the photo above. You might have also seen it in the full page ad on the back of the Business section in yesterday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Like the look? Be sure to check out our behind-the-scenes video below to get a glimpse of what it takes to create a holiday masterpiece. Take notes and you can probably recreate some of the elements yourself. Or if you d like to have it done by a pro, there s still time to call Dr. Delphinium!

A big thank you again to Charles Ingrum and all our friends at Dr. Delphinium they are true magicians. Give them a call to transform your home into a winter wonderland 214-522-9911.

Feast Interruptus Ebby s Little White House Office Celebrates Home Bowl LXV Video Cheer Competition Win

By now you know that the Glee-themed video produced by Ebby’s Little White House Office won the Home Bowl LXV Video Cheer Competition. What you may not know is that in addition to bragging rights and an official trophy, one of the prizes was “an over-the-top tailgate party” to be held at the winning office.

But how does one define “over-the-top”?

We decided to take a cue from the current Feast Interruptus campaign by Tommy Hilfiger – you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about when your memory is jogged by the video below. And so our chic old-fashioned tailgate party was born – plaid covered tables, candlelight, fresh pine garlands a couple of Mini Coopers courtesy of Sewell Automotive, and attendees dressed in their best winter plaids and letter jackets. Eddie Dean’s served up an appropriate fare of brisket and grilled chicken sliders, french fries, fried pickles, Shiner Bock corn dogs, stuffed crab mushrooms and piping hot apple and peach cobblers.

Oh, and there was a very discreet 9 foot by 12 foot video screen rotating 10 feet in the air above the parking lot displaying various Ebby messages. The screen entertained the busy intersection of Preston Road and Northwest Highway from 9am yesterday morning until the trophy was presented that evening – at which time it rotated toward the party and played the winning video to the cheering crowd of staff and Associates.

And not to forget the video’s inspiration, all music played during the party was from the Glee TV show – from classic Christmas carols to Lady Gaga. In short, the corner was rockin’.

A very special thank you to Daniella Giglio and Sewell Automotive for their partnership and support.

To see photos from Ebby’s Feast Interruptus Tailgate Party, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

And now that you’ve met the Hallidays, meet the Hilfigers, our inspiration:

To see the winning video, visit homebowl.ebby.com.

Ebby s Young Professionals Group Brings Rachel s Challenge to Moseley Elementary

When the Ebby’s Young Professionals Group (EYP) decided to take on a community service project, they took inspiration from Ebby’s football-themed 65th Anniversary celebration and sponsorship of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee to coordinate a SLANT 45 project. SLANT 45 (Service Learning Adventures in North Texas) challenges area elementary school age children to perform 45,000 hours of community service before the big game on February 6, 2011.

And what better group of elementary school age children than those attending Moseley Elementary in South Dallas. Many of the children from Moseley will attend Ebby Halliday Elementary once it is completed for the Fall 2011 school year. To pick the project, EYP members asked the Moseley Student Council members to compile a list of ideas – the number one item on that list was to create an bully-free zone at the school. So the EYP members got to work and utilized the Ebby Halliday network to raise more than $3,000 in order to bring Rachel’s Challenge to the school for two sessions last week.

Rachel’s Challenge is named for Rachel Scott, who 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.

The afternoon was as rewarding for the EYP members who attended and helped raise funds as it was for the children themselves. A very BIG thank you to Holt Barber of the Ebby Preston Plano Parkway Office for serving as the coach for this great SLANT 45 project. Holt and his wife Julie helped raise significant funds and worked to coordinate all aspects of the program.

Also a big thank you to Balfour Beatty Construction for their generous donation. Without them, this project would not have been possible!

To see photos from last week’s event, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

Ebby s Carolyn Rosson Honored with Easterwood Cup Broker/Manager of the Year Award by MetroTex

We’re proud to report that this past Monday night our very own Carolyn Rosson, manager of the Ebby Southlake Office, was awarded the prestigious Easterwood Cup Broker/Manager of the Year Award by the MetroTex Association of Realtors. The award was presented at the association’s Annual Awards & Charity Event held at the Las Colinas Country Club.

The Easterwood Cup is presented each year to a Broker/Manager who has displayed outstanding service to the association. Each year s winner demonstrates a willingness to share their time and knowledge to the real estate industry and to their own community by making an impact locally, regionally and around the state and nation.

The Ebby Halliday Companies have an extensive history with the Easterwood Cup, having 9 employees honored with the award since its inception in 1937. Ebby Halliday herself was the first woman to be honored with the Easterwood Cup in 1964. Company President Mary Frances Burleson was the 1989 recipient.

Congratulations, Carolyn on this outstanding achievement! To see more photos from the awards ceremony, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

We would also like to recognize Becky Connatser, Manager of the Dave Perry-Miller InTown Office who was nominated for the Easterwood Cup and Dave Perry-Miller’s Frank Hayward who was nominated for the Lois Hair Bernays Salesperson of the Year Award.

Other Ebby Associates who have been involved with MetroTex this year include:

Kay Weeks

2010 MetroTex President

2010 MetroTex Directors:

Rene Barrera

Mary Frances Burleson

Mary Pat Coco

Becky Connatser

Chris Gonzales

Steve Habgood

Frank Hayward

Carolyn Rosson

2010 MetroTex Committee Leadership:

Mary Pat Coco

MetroTex REALTORS in Action Chairperson

Marilyn Frederick

Government Affairs Committee Chairperson

Becky Connatser

Government Affairs Committee Vice Chairperson

Steve Habgood

MLS Committee Chairperson

Rene Barrera

TREPAC Committee Chairperson

We would also like to recognize Hanne Sagalowsky, a former President of MetroTex, who is completing her term as the 2010 President of North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS).

What an outstanding testament to Ebby’s continued commitment to service! Bravo to you all.

Santa Claus is Coming to Ebby Lakewood Tomorrow

Calling all kids! Tomorrow is your chance to get up close and personal with the big guy himself and make sure he knows exactly what you want for Christmas.

Ebby’s Lakewood Office is hosting their annual Photos With Santa event and it’s always a good time. Best of all – photos are complimentary! Stop by and enjoy great company, snacks, holiday cheer and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice!

Complimentary Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 11 | 3-5 pm

Ebby’s Lakewood Office

6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75214

Avoid the Holiday Parking Nightmare This Weekend by Touring More Than 500 Great Open Houses!

If you’re looking for an excuse to postpone your holiday shopping a bit and escape those crazy shopping center parking lots this weekend (or if you’re an overachiever and have already finished your shopping), why not tour beautiful homes for sale?

If that sounds like a great plan, why not start by exploring your options online at ebbyopenhouses.com. It’s the best place to see an incredible selection of opens from across the Metroplex. And best of all, you can sort open houses by various search criteria. You’ll find more than 500 to choose from this weekend alone – and the parking should be a breeze!

There’s also a great Saturday tour of Ebby Open Houses in the Lakewood area of Dallas – you can see those 17 homes by clicking right here.

And to visit ebbyopenhouses.com, click here.

Happy shopping!