AS SEEN IN THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Luxury Home Network Brings Global Buyers


The following story was written by Stewart Lytle and appeared on the front page of the Home Center section of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, April 29:

When Mary Poss listed a $4.3 million home in Preston Hollow for sale recently, she knew she wanted to advertise it on the Luxury Portfolio International web site.

Limited to homes priced at more than $750,000, the high-end real estate web site markets more than 25,000 properties a year around the world. This site translates the home advertisements into nine languages, in more than 200 countries and in more than 60 different currencies.

So Poss was not entirely surprised when she got calls about the house from a potential buyer in India, but she also heard from buyers in Paris, France and Paris, Texas.

I thought that was pretty funny, she says. But not unusual.

The Ebby Halliday Realtor, who was the president pro tem of the Dallas City Council, says, Every single day someone from around the world is moving to Dallas.

A big reason, she thinks, is Ebby Halliday Realtors’ affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International. The site was created in 2005 by the Leading Real Estate companies of the World, which Ebby Halliday helped start 48 years ago.

It is targeted at the affluent homebuyer. According to an independent research firm, the typical visitor to LuxuryPortfolio.com has a household income of $1.32 million, owns a primary home valued at more than $3.8 million and a secondary home valued at more than $5 million.

Luxury Portfolio has established itself as the go-to website for today s affluent consumers, delivering the industry s most comprehensive online information on luxury homes, markets and trends and representing quality companies, agents and service in markets worldwide, says Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio International.

In addition to bringing the affluent buyer, Luxury Portfolio’s reporting system allows brokers to share with their sellers not just how much traffic each house receives, but where the prospective buyers live and what language they viewed the site in.

Ebby Realtor Heidi Loewinsohn attributed a recent sale to the network because of the data she could give her client.

Loewinsohn was working with a corporate CEO to sell his 5,000-square-foot house in Flower Mound.

Because it was listed with Luxury Portfolio, the CEO could see who was looking on the web at his $845,000 house sitting on 4 acres near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Almost 20 percent of the interested home lookers were from the Washington, D.C., area. Another 11 percent were from San Francisco, CA, the web site told him.

That information was very helpful to him. We were able to target some additional advertising in those markets, she said.

The home was sold in a matter of weeks to a Major League Baseball player.

The site is also useful for out-of-town buyers, who have no clue what Realtor could help them buy a new home in an unfamiliar city.

We are known for the best locally branded companies in the world, and we maintain that reputation by holding our firms to a higher standard of quality and service, Boomsma says.

Stephanie Pfeffer, the network’s executive vice president, put it more succinctly. We are the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS Named Best Real Estate Company in Texoma for Second Year in a Row


We’re proud to announce that yesterday’s Herald-Democrat unveiled its annual “Best of Texoma” awards and Ebby Halliday, REALTORS was named “Best Real Estate Company” for the the third time (and the second year in a row)!

“Our offices are made up of Sales Associates who have a commitment to client service, continuing-education programs, dedication to our industry and devotion to the communities we serve,” says Sherry Smith, manager for the Ebby Sherman and Whitesboro offices which represent the Ebby name in the Texoma area.

These offices in Texomaland have always strived to the best and we are so proud and honored to be recognized with this award. We ve always known they are the best in Texoma and we re sure their efforts will bring them this honor for many more years to come.

You can follow these offices and their sales associates at Facebook.com/EbbySherman and Facebook.com/EbbyWhitesboro.

Fresh Listing Friday: A Modern Masterpiece in Plano


Today’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to an award-winning home in Plano. This modern estate won the 2009 Best Whole House Renovation from the Homebuilders Association and it’s easy to see why. The gorgeous modern contemporary features a large chef’s kitchen with a 6-burner range, sub-zero fridge, double dishwashers, and custom tiger wood cabinetry. Windows throughout the home look out to a saltwater pool in the spacious backyard. Other rooms included in the open floorplan are a media room, mudroom, library and wine cellar.

Get out and enjoy the great weekend weather and come see this home’s modern elegance in person during open houses this Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. And be sure to visit the property website for more information.

Don’t forget to check back next week for another edition of Fresh Listing Friday! Until then, you can always start a custom home search of your own at ebby.com.

Start Your Open House Search at Ebby.com


The National Association of Realtors has designated this weekend, April 28-29, National Open House Weekend. If you re considering buying a home the large number of open houses this weekend in North Texas offers an ideal opportunity to tour available properties.

From urban to suburban, large to small, there s something for everyone and the best place to start your search for a home is the award-winning website ebby.com, where you can search all the open houses in the North Texas MLS.

The site offers two exceptional ways to search for your dream home: the Ebby Open House Tour and the new, state-of-the-art Proximity Search.

The Ebby Open House Tour feature allows users to create their own custom open house tour, complete with turn-by-turn driving directions. Visitors may browse all open houses for a specific day or time period based on their criteria. Properties of interest are added to a cart, which is used to generate a tour map. To create an Open House Tour, visit ebbyopenhouses.com.

The Proximity Search feature is perfect for finding homes within a certain distance of a specific location or landmark. Users may search by proximity to jobs, schools, parks, entertainment centers, medical care, or just about anything they choose. Additional fields are available to further narrow your search. To use the Proximity Search, visit proximity.ebby.com.

Best of all, these features are available for all open houses in the Multiple Listing Service, not just properties listed by Ebby Halliday, REALTORS®, says June Feltman, Director of Special Projects for The Ebby Halliday Companies.

The National Association of Realtors estimates 90 percent of today s buyers use the Internet in their home searches.

At Ebby Halliday we are constantly focused on innovation, and to do that in today s market, you must be focused online, Feltman says. We are actively pursuing online features that will continue to make ebby.com the go-to source for North Texas real estate.

Ebby.com recently added another award to its long list of accolades. The Website Quality Certification (WQC) is presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World to member companies that have demonstrated excellence in website design, functionality and execution.

Every aspect of the ebby.com site was reviewed to ensure exacting standards were met in numerous key areas, ranging from design and content to human interactivity to search-engine optimization.

It is vital for a real estate firm to have a current, easy-to-use and relevant website, says Pam O Connor, president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. By earning the Website Quality Certification, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® has demonstrated that it offers fundamental online resources to home buyers and sellers, which are further supported by the expertise that only a dedicated real estate professional can provide.

For more information about Ebby Halliday, REALTORS®, visit ebby.com.

Celebrity Homes Represented by Luxury Portfolio International


Celebrity related news, particularly celebrity real estate, is always a hot topic – which is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most exclusive and beautiful celebrity homes currently on the market. And we’re proud that all of the following celebrity homes are represented by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International members:

Basketball Legend Michael Jordan
Highland Park, IL | $29,000,000

This secluded, 56,000 square foot compound includes an indoor, regulation-size basketball court, a tennis court, a putting green and three multi-car, climate-controlled garages. Tour this home.

Actress & Talk Show Host Rosie O’Donnell
Miami Beach, FL | $19,500,000

Located on prestigious Star Island, this waterfront estate is comprised of an 11,000 square foot main house, two separate guest houses and 203′ of Biscayne Bay frontage with a large dock. In addition, neighbors include names such as Madonna, Sylvester Stallone and Gloria Estefan. Tour this home.

Singer Ricky Martin
Golden Beach, FL | $17,900,000

Live La Vida Loca at this Mediterranean estate located on one of Florida’s most exclusive private oceanfront communities, popular with International homeowners and celebrities because of its 24-hour security patrol. Your own private 108′ beach is included. Tour this home.

Actor Jack Nicholson
Aspen, CO | $15,000,000

Aspen is no stranger to celebrity homes, but this one is unique. Instead of a sprawling estate, this home is an historic Victorian built in 1895. Known as Newberry House, the home overlooks Hallam Lake in Aspen’s West End. And Jack isn’t planning to leave the area, this is one of two homes he owns in Aspen. Tour this home.

Actor Mark Wahlberg
Beverly Hills, CA | $13,995,000

Located on two prime acres, this gated estate has all the expected amenities, plus a sport court and an incredible detached 2,500 square foot gym, complete with a boxing ring, where the actor trained for his Oscar-nominated performance in The Fighter. Tour this home.

Singer Christina Aguilera
Beverly Hills, CA | $13,500,000

If this home looks familiar, it might be because it was the former home of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne when they filmed their MTV series, The Osbournes. Among the many amenities is the oversized closet with a salon area, which was featured in InStyle magazine. Tour this home.

Rapper 50 Cent
Farmington, CT | $9,999,999

This gated, 50,000 square foot mansion is situated on 17+ acres. In addition to a pond, a pond house, and an infinity edge pool with grotto, the home also offers a night club, theater and gym. Tour this home.

NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw
Thackerville, OK | $9,950,000

Ideal for a family home or corporate retreat, and located only one hour from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, this almost 750-acre ranch has a four-stall stallion barn, a 20-stall show barn with lab and office, a 54-stall mare barn and a 75′ x 140′ covered arena. Tour this home.

Baseball Player Carlos Beltran
Sands Point, NY | $5,800,000

This South Hampton style Colonial is surrounded by over two acres of park-like grounds and includes a gym with kitchen, a karaoke bar, home theater and pool room. Tour this home.

Interior Designer & Television Host Nate Berkus
Chicago, IL | $1,995,000

Oprah’s favorite interior designer remodeled this stunning Gold Coast condo with new hardwoods, a completely redesigned master bath with a custom English tub, and more. And, of course, it’s been featured in Chicago Magazine and Elle Decor. Tour this home.

OTHER NOTABLE HOMES FOR SALE THROUGH LUXURY PORTFOLIO INTERNATIONAL:

The Beverly House
Beverly Hills, CA | $95,000,000

Built by banking executive Milton Getz on property purchased from William Randolph Hurst, this home is located on 3.7 flat acres atop a private knoll, just three blocks from Sunset Boulevard. The celebrity connection? The home hosted John and Jacqueline Kennedy during their honeymoon, and was also featured in the classic films The Godfather and The Bodyguard. Tour this home.

Tranquility, Home of Tommy Hilfiger Co-Founder
Zephyr Cove, NV | $75,000,000

Originally offered for $100 million, Tranquility is Lake Tahoe’s most prestigious property, comprised of 210 acres with its own private lake. The compound is made up of 8 buildings: the main residence, a conservatory, a guest residence, an art studio, a boat house pavilion, a gymnasium with indoor basketball court, a stable, and an additional residence for guests or staff. Tour this home.

To see the finest collection of luxury homes currently available for sale worldwide, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

Comprised of Ebby Halliday, Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, the Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be the exclusive North Texas affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International.

Announcing Ebby s Top Associates Companywide First Quarter 2012


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 First Quarter 2012!

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!

Fresh Listing Friday Part Deux: 5412 Goodwin Avenue


Welcome back for another edition of Fresh Listing Friday! Not only does this mean the weekend is upon us, but we are starting your Friday off with another new and gorgeous Ebby Halliday listing.

Today’s featured home takes us to the historic neighborhood of Vickery Place, in the heart of Dallas. Built in 2006, this elegant 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath home features coveted details like gorgeous handscraped hardwoods, plantation shutters and crown moldings. The spacious kitchen offers a commercial-grade range cooktop, breakfast bar and butler’s pantry. With more than 4,500 square feet of elegant architecture and amenities including a gameroom, media room and study, you will never want to leave your home at 5412 Goodwin Avenue. Click here for more details on this amazing home or visit ebby.com to start your own home search today.

And, don’t forget to visit us here again next Friday for another new Ebby listing!

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd Named Manager of Rockwall Office


Ebby Halliday, REALTORS has appointed Sylvia Sotelo Kidd sales manager of its Rockwall Office. Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

Always energetic and a proven Top Producer, Sylvia will undoubtedly bring the already very successful and well-known Rockwall Office to the next level, Burleson says.

Sotelo Kidd will report to Betty Misko, vice president and director of sales offices.

I have great confidence in Sylvia, Misko says. With her successful real estate background, I know that she will continue to perform with distinction.

For the past 10 years Sotelo Kidd has been a top agent in the White Rock/Lake Highlands Office of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS. She was the first recipient of the Yellow Rose of Distinction Award, a companywide award for her numerous and significant contributions to the community and her positive impact on the lives of others.

Among the reasons for my success are the extensive training and tools that come with being a member of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies, Sotelo Kidd says. The Ebby Rockwall Office has long been No. 1 in Rockwall County. My job is to keep it the leader — and make it even better.

Sotelo Kidd, who is bilingual, has extensive experience in management, operations and human resources for both corporate and non-profit organizations. She is well known for her significant service in a variety of community activities.

Sotelo Kidd has served as a board member or officer with the Dallas Zoo, YWCA, Center for Non-Profit Management, Hispanic Women s Network of Texas – Dallas Chapter, Dallas Summit for local businesswomen and AVANCE for at-risk Hispanic children. She has served as a member of the DISD Superintendents Advisory Council, Women s Museum Board and SMU Meadows School of Art Executive Board.

She also has served as chair of the Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Dallas and chair of the Hispanic 100, a group of senior executive Hispanic women. She currently is on the Parkland Foundation Board, is the Chair of MomentumTexas and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Theater Center. Sotelo Kidd was 1 of only 20 women nationwide selected to the National Latina Leadership Institute to participate in an intensive leadership program.

I very much look forward to using my executive management and community experience as resources to support the Rockwall office s agents, our buyers and our sellers, Sotelo Kidd says. My door will always be open.

For more information on Ebby s Rockwall office, visit rockwall.ebby.com.

Snapshot of the Dallas Housing Market


The most popular question when anyone begins to look for a home is, “What can I get for my money?”. Well, in honor of the spring housing season MSN Real Estate recently published an article that answers that very question. The article gives an interesting glimpse at the housing markets in four cities including San Jose, Omaha, Winston-Salem, and our neighbros to the South, Austin. We add a fifth city to that list with a brief look at Dallas homes on the market today in a variety of price ranges:

$200,000 | 6452 Lovers Lane

This home has an amazing price tag for a four bedroom, two bath home on one of the most recognizable streets in Dallas. It also has beautiful hardwood floors, two fireplaces and a spacious backyard. Unique accents inside this charming home include a bay window, built-in cabinets and a back patio. For details, contact Paula Streiff.

$500,000 | 6747 Alexander Drive

This three bedroom, three bath Lakewood home is zoned for the Exemplary Lakewood Elementary and perfect for a family. Amenities include a great second living area with a wood-burning fireplace. And imagine enjoying this beautiful spring weather on the gorgeous front porch. For details, contact Margot Strong.

$1,185,000 | 1855 Timbergrove Circle

It’s almost impossible to choose just one million-dollar Dallas home that we love, but this Kessler Park Mid-Century Modern stands apart from the rest. Situated on a nearly one-acre lot, this home has an open flow, high ceilings, a dramatic staircase, and a wall of windows to enjoy the scenic backyard with mature trees and a gorgeous pool. For details, contact Carol McCracken.

Ready to start a home search of your own? To see more homes on the market, start your home search at The Best Address In Real Estate, Ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Presents Spring Clean Thing


Need some motivation to start your Spring Cleaning? Well, the Ebby White Rock/Lake Highlands office is here to help with the “Spring Clean Thing” at the North Lake Shopping Center (10233 E Northwest Highway) this Saturday, April 21st. Goodwill will be on hand to collect clothes, shoes, games & toys, small sports equipment, small appliances, books, DVDs, computers & accessories, housewares, jewelry & accessories, purses and backpacks. And, if you need to rid yourself of old and unnecessary paper work, there will be a shredder on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. so you can safely destroy those documents.

It’s a great way to get yourself in gear and help your home while helping others! Click here for more information on this great event! Or, need some assistance letting go? Go here for helpful tips on cleaning out your closet.