On the 6th day of Christmas, my Realtor offered me

Six fireplaces in a lakefront home…

With six custom fireplaces for Santa to choose from, you will be the favorite house on his list. And, what better way to cozy up during the holiday season than in front of a fireplace? Don t worry, with six custom fireplaces there is plenty of warmth to go around. Located on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall at 1600 S. Lakeshore Drive is a five bedroom, four full and three half bath home situated on an incredible waterfront lot. Among the more than 8,000 square feet of gorgeous home is a climate controlled wine grotto, a home theater, a billiards room, an exercise room and gorgeous lake views. Be careful, with a home like this, Santa is likely to stay a while. Good thing he can park his sleigh in the four-car garage.

For more information on this amazing Rockwall home, click here.

Check back tomorrow for the seventh house in our 12 Homes of Christmas series. And, as always you can be in control of your own home search at The Best Address in Real Estate, ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Still Sells for Builders

The Ebby Halliday companies have a long and storied past with home builders. After all, it was a homebuilder who first encouraged Ebby to try her hand at home sales when he enlisted her help with his single-family Walnut Hill homes. And, as the story goes, Ebby sold all 52 homes in just nine months. While our company has greatly expanded its reach and expertise over the last 67 years, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS remains committed to Dallas-area homebuilders and new home sales.

So, on December 7th, Ebby Halliday Builder Sales & Service awarded New Home Sales Certification Diplomas to eight deserving Ebby Associates. This certification makes associates eligible for the new Sell for a Builder program, where they can sell for a new homebuilder, full-time , in a model home situation. It s another great opportunity for Ebby associates to expand their knowledge and build their business.

Congratulations to the following associates who participated in the program:

Gene Barnard

Brittany Briones
Irving/Las Colinas

Vickie Cleveland

Laura Michelle
Dave Perry-Miller & Associates Preston Center

Tari Sparks

Brian Parker
Ebby s Little White House

Bruce Rayburn

Leslie Reeves

To learn more about Ebby s Sell for a Builder program contact Bob Hafer, the Director of Builder Sales & Service at 972-980-6654 or bobhafer@ebby.com.

On the 5th day of Christmas my Realtor offered me

Five ornate balconies…

Think how great those balconies would look strung in lights and garland during the holiday season. This stunning Highland Park home will make any Christmas fancy with beautiful formals including a library, den and wet bar with a wine room. The master suite is as amazing as the rest of the home with a sitting area, fireplace, breakfast bar and double master bath. The elegance continues outside with a covered outdoor patio area with a kitchen. Imagine your family gathering in this gorgeous home for the holiday season.

For more details on 4212 Versailles Avenue, click here.

Check back tomorrow for the sixth home in our “12 Homes of Christmas” series. And, as always, you can be in control of your own home search at The Best Address in Real Estate, ebby.com!

On the 4th day of Christmas, my Realtor offered me

…a four-bedroom home within
four miles of American Airlines Center.

Santa s not the only one making a big appearance on Christmas Day. Now that the NBA lockout is officially over, the World Champion Dallas Mavericks will open their season on December 25th with a home game rematch against the Miami Heat. With all of the Mavs action you will certainly need to be close to the court (are you listening Khloe?), and this amazing four bedroom, three bath home at 5702 Anita Street near the popular M-Streets area of Dallas is a mere 3.84 miles away from American Airlines Center. Located on a corner lot, this home was updated in 2008 and features a gourmet kitchen, stunning grand entry and a luxurious master suite. This show-stopping home also features high ceilings, perfect for a 6 10 power forward. For more information on this home, click here.

Whether you want to be near the Dallas Mavericks, the Texas Rangers or even just your favorite mall, the Ebby.com proximity search makes it easy to find a home in the location that s perfect for you. If your thought process is a bit more practical, you can use this tool to search homes for sale near your workplace, a child’s school, etc – the possibilities are endless!

Check back tomorrow for the fifth home in our 12 Homes of Christmas series. And, as always, you can be in control of your own home search at The Best Address in Real Estate, ebby.com!

For Sale: The House that White Christmas Built

‘Tis the season for gorgeous homes. Just like this one.

Just in time for the holiday season, our friends at Luxury Portfolio International present the former desert home of legendary entertainer and Christmas-music king, Bing Crosby. The Irving Berlin classic, “White Christmas,” has been covered by just about everyone (including Lady Gaga), but the most popular version of all time still remains the one sung by Bing Crosby. Mr. Crosby spent much of his time entertaining high-profile celebrities and guests in this phenomenal five bedroom, five and one-half bath home in Rancho Mirage, California. The private guest wing was even named The Kennedy Wing after President Kennedy visited in 1962. Located on more than one-acre, this mid-century modern home has a state-of-the-art theater, walls of glass and a custom pool. This home also has unsurpassed mountain views on one side and city light views on the other – truly the best of both worlds.

For more information on this home, click here. And to learn more about all the amazing properties available through Luxury Portfolio International, visit LuxuryPortfolio.com.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be the exclusive Dallas affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas My Realtor Offered Me

A three bedroom, three living area,
three thousand square foot modern home.

This stunning and modern three-bedroom home sits on an almost .75 acre lot at 11220 Valleydale Drive in the sought-after Janmar area of Dallas. And it’s the perfect home to celebrate your next Christmas with an abundance of space to host guests and entertain, including three bedrooms, three living areas and more than 3,000 square feet of open living space. The outside of the home boasts a unique modern ranch design while the inside is complete with quartz countertops, wide-plank hardwood floors and gorgeous high-end lighting. The perfect addition to your Christmas list this year, you could own a home like no other.

For more information on this stylish and unique home, click here.

Check back tomorrow for the fourth home in our 12 Homes of Christmas series. And, as always, you can be in control of your own home search at The Best Address in Real Estate, ebby.com!

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My Realtor Offered Me

On the second day of Christmas my Realtor offered me, a home with two dozen mature pecan trees…

Perfect for making pies this holiday season, right? And as a bonus, everything comes in twos in this custom home. Located at 1800 Country Club Circle in Garland, it is situated on more than two beautifully landscaped acres with more than two dozen pecan trees (obviously a very valuable commodity – have you ever heard of pecan theft?) and a 40,000 gallon diving pool complete with a water slide. The circular driveway allows for double car parking before you go through the gorgeous double front doors into a dramatic marble entryway. Double vision continues in the gourmet kitchen as it’s equipped with two ovens and two sinks for the master chef. Finally, the interior of the home is conveniently equipped with two central vacuum systems.

For more information on this gorgeous home, click here.

Check back on Monday for the third home in our “12 Homes of Christmas” series. And, as always, you can be in control of your own home search at The Best Address in Real Estate, ebby.com!

Announcing The 12 Homes of Christmas

They say home is where the heart is and that phrase is never truer than during the holiday season.

A home is where families gather, presents are exchanged and delicious meals are consumed. And if you are in search of a new home to build memories for many holidays to come, Ebby.com is the perfect place to start your search – it’s been called the best real estate website in all of North Texas and no other broker site offers as many great tools and search options.

So in the spirit of the season, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the most unique, extravagant and exciting Ebby houses on the market – all to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. So be sure to check back here over the next 12 (business) days to see if there is a dream home perfect for your Christmas list. Let’s get things started:

On the first day of Christmas my Realtor offered me an incredibly low mortgage interest rate.

Doesn’t that sound a lot more useful than a partridge in a pear tree? OK, so we know this is the 12 “homes” of Christmas, but it just seemed appropriate that we should point out right up front how incredibly low interest rates are – that’s a gift to every single home buyer out there! Taking advantage of these rates is a key piece to a sound financial plan, so consider giving yourself the best present this holiday season a new home with smart financing. Affordable home prices combined with exceptionally low rates truly make this the real estate opportunity of a lifetime!

If you would like to learn more, the dedicated staff at Home Team Mortgage are well trained and prepared to find the loan program that s best for you. Get personal attention from experienced mortgage experts that you can trust by contacting Home Team Mortgage at 972-665-1900 or email customerservicehtm@yhtm.com for more information. And for your convenience, a Home Team Mortgage loan officer may also be found in each of our Ebby Halliday Sales Offices.

Check back tomorrow for the second home in our “12 Homes of Christmas”. And, as always, you can be in control of your own home search at The Best Address in Real Estate, ebby.com!

Ebby s Guide to 2011 North Texas Holiday Events

North Texas never has a shortage of parties and events – and the holiday season is no exception! During this special time of year various communities come together for parades, tree lightings and visits from Santa just to name a few.

We want to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the holiday action, so we have compiled a list of events and activities throughout the region to bring out your holiday cheer.

To see our comprehensive list of 2011 Holiday Events across the DFW Metroplex, click here.

Happy Hallidays!

Ebby Agents and Staff Celebrate 25 Years

They say one of the best signs of a great company is longtime employees, or in our case, Sales Associates and Staff. The Ebby Halliday Companies are fortunate to have countless Associates who have been with our firm for many years – in fact, some have been with us for more than half a century! That’s why each year we take the time to honor those who have reached their 25th Anniversary with Ebby Halliday.

Company President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, CFO Ron Burgert and founder and Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday were all present on Monday night at The Chocolate Angel Tea Room in Richardson as we honored our 25-year Diamond Pin Recipients for 2011. The Ebby Halliday Companies would like to extend a special congratulations and thank you to the following Associates and Staff celebrating their 25th year:

Cheryl Coney
Preston Plano Parkway

Fran Dolinar
Executive Office

Pam Downing
Preston Plano Parkway

Marilyn Plymale Lee

Danna Morguloff-Hayden
Preston Keller

David Mucha
Preston Center

Kathy Thomas
190 @ Jupiter

Marie Walton

Donna Wheat
190 @ Jupiter

See more photos from the event at the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page. Congratulations and thank you again to all of our honorees!