Announcing Ebby s Top Associates Companywide Fourth Quarter 2011


Be sure and check out the back page of the Main Section in today s Dallas Morning News. There you ll find the Ebby Halliday Companywide Top Associates for Fourth Quarter 2011!

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!

The Homes of Mark Zuckerberg and Other Tech Titans


Have you ever wondered where some of the heavy hitters from the tech industry plug their laptops in at night?

MSNBC shares some of the homes of the industry giants including famous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, pictured above. He may not list his address on his Facebook profile, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a view of his home.

This $7 million house is a modest choice for the Harvard dropout, who is reportedly worth $17.5 billion, but it is just down the road from his Facebook empire and offers heated floors in the master bath and an outdoor fireplace.

To see the full article and view homes from other well-known techies of Twitter, Zynga, Spotify, One Kings Lane, Google and more, click here.

Home Sales Climbing in North Texas


For the first time in nearly five years, homes sales in the Dallas area are rising! The Dallas Morning News reports that pre-owned home sales in 2011 were up in the majority of Dallas neighborhoods. And, home sales should continue to climb modestly in 2012.

We have seen this improving trend first hand here at Ebby Halliday. Company President Mary Frances Burleson is quoted in the article:

Our company had a better year in 2011 than we have had in several years.

Mary Frances attributes affordable mortgage rates as one reason for the improving housing market:

I m not saying it s 2006 again, but things are doing so much better than they were. I have never seen interest rates this low ever.

To see the full article and read more of what Mary Frances has to say, check out the front page of the Business section in today s Dallas Morning News. DMN subscribers can read the article online here.

Come Discover Texas Version of Seaside, Florida Monday Night Cinnamon Shore


Are you already daydreaming about the beach this summer? Then we’ve got a great opportunity for you that’s not just for summer, it’s forever.

Cinnamon Shore is bringing the beach to Dallas this Monday, January 30. Join Texas’ premier real estate blogger, Candy Evans, and come meet the team at one of our favorite places – Marquee Grill in Highland Park Village. If you’re not hooked yet, here’s what Candy has to say about this amazing opportunity:

“One of my favorite vacation home destinations is Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island in southern Texas, just about an hour south of Corpus Christi, and maybe five miles west of the charming fishing village of Port Aransas. It s a budding beach community development and poster child for New Urbanism. CS captured my heart when I visited last March. If you ve ever been to Seaside, Florida, or the St. Joe clone of Watercolor, you will see that Cinnamon Shore is a Seaside clone in Texas. And there is nothing wrong with cloning something that works! Seaside was a planned beachfront community that remains one of the biggest second home real estate and New Urbanism success stories in the U.S. If you ve ever driven down Route 30A outside of Panama City Beach, you will see a stretch of Gulf shore developed from my hearthrob Alys Beach to Rosemary Beach, Seaside to Watercolor. Cinnamon Shore brings the same flavor, style and quality of construction to the Texas coast.”

And if you attend, be sure to register for a complimentary Stay & Play Weekend Getaway!

Cinnamon Shore Overview
Monday, January 30 | 6:30-9pm
Marquee Grill at Highland Park Village
RSVP to Lee Ann at
leeann@cinnamonshore.com

To learn more, visit cinnamonshore.com or read Candy’s full Cinnamon Shore report at her Candy’s Dirt Blog.

Inside Aspen s Ranch of Riches Listed by Joshua & Co. of Luxury Portfolio International


According to the Travel Channel, Aspen, Colorado offers some of the most expensive real estate in the country, with an average home price of $6 million.

Which is why Jigsaw Ranch, priced at $48,500,000, is truly the best of the best in US real estate – and the riverfront family compound happens to be offered by Joshua & Co., our Luxury Portfolio International counterpart in Aspen.

This rare legacy opportunity is for sale for the first time in 37 years and is nestled on 80 serene acres which boasts two main houses, a guest house, a log cabin and a gatehouse. And because it’s located only minutes from downtown Aspen you can easily indulge yourself with the best Aspen has to offer by shopping Gucci, Fendi and Prada, or dining at Caribou Club, Cache Cache and Il Mulino.

This amazing property was recently featured on the Travel Channel – you can see the full video tour featuring Joshua Saslove by clicking here.

And if you’re in the Aspen area, visit our friends at Joshua & Co. at one of their four locations, including their newest space at 630 E. Hyman Street pictured above. To search the best offering of luxury homes for sale across the globe, visit LuxuryPortfolio.com.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be the exclusive Dallas affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International, which boasts more global properties than Sotheby’s or Christies.

Welcome to Our Newest Associates


The first Ebby School of 2012 concluded this past Friday with all the pomp and circumstance of a true graduation. And a lot of fun, too.

Almost 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, lead conversion, open house techniques, client presentations, business planning, negotiation, marketing, risk management and more.

Congratulations to all of our January 2012 graduates we re so excited to welcome you to the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies!

Whether you’re new to the real estate business or a seasoned agent, if you re interested in a career with Ebby, contact Linda Argo to set up a confidential interview at 972-980-6628 or lindaargo@ebby.com.

To see more photos from the January 2012 graduation ceremony, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

FOR SALE: One of D Magazine s 10 Most Beautiful Homes


Patti Dee Flanders, of the Ebby Preston Center office, was just appointed as the listing agent for a home that was named by D Magazine as one of Dallas’ 10 Most Beautiful Homes in 2011. 3722 Cragmont Avenue is one of the city’s prettiest pads, with three bedrooms, and two full and one-half bath.

This English Tudor, built in 1927, has a slate roof, stone walkway, beamed ceilings, leaded glass windows and gorgeous greenery. The outside of the home has a storybook charm, while the inside is just as beautiful with a mosaic floored entry with a curved staircase. You have to see this renovated home to truly discover all it has to offer.

To see the full list of the 2011 most beautiful homes, click here. For more information on 3722 Cragmont, visit the property website at 377Cragmont.ebby.com.

Ebby Associate Anne Westphal s Listing Featured on The Today Show


An Ebby Halliday-listed home garnered national attention Friday morning when it was featured on The Today Show segment, “Charming Homes Under $250,000”, hosted by real estate expert Barbara Corcoran. The first home featured in the segment was 18565 Vista Del Sol, listed by Anne Westphal of our Campbell/Coit office. The video highlights some great features of the home including the bright and sunny kitchen (pictured above), open living room and available tennis club membership!

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home sits in a quiet subdivision with a community lake and is offered for $199,900.

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To see the full video clip featuring the home, click here. For more information on 18565 Vista Del Sol, visit the website or contact Anne Westphal.

Ebby Manager Honored with Service Award



Sherry Smith
, manager of the Ebby Halliday Sherman office, was recently recognized as the Devoted Service Award recipient by The Greater Texoma Association of Realtors. This marks the second year in a row that Sherry was honored by the association, as last year she was a Distinguished Leadership awardee.

Sherry, who began her real estate career in 1998 after retiring from a successful 20-year career as a Contracting Officer in United States Air Force, and has been recognized numerous times with sales and service awards.

She perpetuates the Ebby Halliday belief of the founding principles of service; service to the industry, service to the client and service to the communities in which we serve.

Congratulations Sherry!

Ebby s Rockwall Office Honored


Ebby s Rockwall office was named Best Small Business Partner at the 6th Annual Rockwall Area Chamber Awards & Appreciation Banquet held at the Allure Restaurant in Chandler s Landing on January 12th. It was a great evening for the office which was awarded this recognition for their strong involvement and unwavering support of the Chamber.

Congratulations to the Ebby Halliday Rockwall office and all of the staff and agents that make the office truly special. To see homes for sale from the office or to contact an Ebby professional to help represent your home for sale, please visit rockwall.ebby.com.