Former Acting Mayor Lists Former Dallas Mayor s Home


Ebby Halliday, Realtors is proud to announce that Ebby agent Mary Poss, the former acting mayor of the city of Dallas, has listed the home of the city s former mayor, Tom Leppert, and his wife, Laura.

The estate home at 9525 Alva Court is another jewel in the portfolio of Dallas homes designed by the incomparable Robbie Fusch, Ms. Poss says. It is the fusion of grand elegance with extreme functionality. No detail has been overlooked in this 10,800-square-foot masterpiece built in 2002 in the heart of Old Preston Hollow.

This stunning property features a slate roof, a stone exterior, an electric gate, a circular driveway and manicured landscaping.

Inside, massive timbers in the living and keeping areas set in 11-foot ceilings accentuate these spacious rooms and add to the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of the home.

Designer appliances in the spacious kitchen make cooking for one or for a crowd easy, Ms. Poss says. Massive granite countertops highlight this natural gathering place. Two large dining areas are located at opposite ends of the kitchen. The extensive butler s pantry and storage areas provide plenty of preparation and staging space.

Beyond the confluence of the downstairs living areas are the master suite, a guest suite and two offices. Adjacent to the large master bedroom is a multipurpose room that may be used as an exercise room, a reading room or however the new owners choose. Marble abounds in the master bath, which is accented by an overhead stained-glass window above the luxurious tub. A steam shower and two large designer closets complete this well-appointed bath.

The first-floor guest suite occupies its own wing for privacy and comfort. One of the twin offices features rich, wood-paneled walls; the other is conveniently located by the kitchen and offers significant storage space.

Views of the pool and the cabana are available from almost all of the home s living areas, the master suite and the kitchen.

A state-of-the-art media room is on the second floor, along with a library, a game room and a second laundry facility. A large, covered deck overlooks the backyard. Three bedrooms, each with its own bath and loft, offer plenty of private living space.

For outside entertaining, a beautiful cabana with separate living quarters offers the perfect backdrop to the gorgeous pool and outdoor kitchen, all of which is surrounded by lush landscaping, Ms. Poss says. Four garages, a porte-cochere, a motor court and a circular drive provide ample parking for any number of vehicles on the property.

For more information on this exceptional estate opportunity in Old Preston Hollow visit the property website at 9525Alva.ebby.com, or contact Ms. Poss at 214-738-0777 or mary@dallastex.com.

Ebby Halliday Realtors has 25 North Texas offices covering the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakewood, Rockwall, Lake Texoma, Collin County and Tarrant County. The Ebby Halliday Companies are also the luxury market leader in North Texas, selling more homes priced at $1 million and above than any other broker. To find properties for sale across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Pictured top: Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Ebby Halliday, Tom Leppert, Laura Leppert, & Ebby Associate Mary Poss.

Announcing Ebby s Top Associates Companywide Second Quarter 2012


If you saw the back cover of the main section in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News, then you know which Ebby Associates made the Companywide Honor Roll for Second 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: Details Abound in Garland!


For this week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday, we head to Garland for a newly listed, absolutely gorgeous five-bedroom, four-bath home on a beautiful lot.

Located in the Provence of Firewheel community, this meticulously maintained residence features great drive-up appeal with a striking copper roof above the front porch. Inside, approximately 4,216 square feet of well-appointed living space features the master suite, a secondary bedroom and a study/library downstairs, and three more bedrooms, a game room and a media room upstairs.

The wide-open kitchen offers granite countertops, a breakfast bar and high-end stainless-steel appliances, including double ovens.

Details abound in this exceptional offering, including stone and handscraped hardwoods, crown moldings, plantation shutters, faux finishes, front and back staircases, surround-sound and an Austin stone fireplace. You’ll also enjoy the latest in energy efficiency with tankless hot-water heaters and radiant barrier insulation. To top it off, there’s a neighborhood park, pond and hike-and bike trails.

All this and more for $418,000!

To see full details and photos of this fantastic new listing, visit the property website at 1225HomerJohnson.ebby.com.

To see all the other homes that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday) click here. To start a home search of your own, visit ebby.com.

More Experienced Agents Join Ebby Halliday Realtors


Two of North Texas best-known and most-respected Realtors, Beverly Spillyards and Suzanne Maisto, recently joined the Southlake Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

“Beverly is a longtime agent who is highly recognized and very respected in the real estate community,” says Carolyn Rosson, manager of Ebby s Southlake Office. “She is an incredible addition to the dynamic culture of our fast-growing office.”

“I am so excited to join Ebby Halliday Realtors,” says Spillyards, who is a longtime resident of Southlake. “Over the years, I’ve had close working relationships with many Ebby agents and they have always been very professional and very positive.

“Ebby Halliday Realtors is such an agent-centric company,” she adds. “The morale in the office is terrific and the company s support of agents is unsurpassed in the industry.”

A seasoned Realtor, Spillyards focuses on Southlake and surrounding areas, but she also has extensive sales experience in the Park Cities, North Dallas and Lake Highlands neighborhoods.

For more information about buying or selling a home with Beverly Spillyards, click here.

Suzanne Maisto is an assertive, informed Realtor who specializes in residential relocation, says Rosson. She prides herself on providing focused information to her clients, which helps create a sense of ease and familiarity from the onset.

Maisto has extensive sales experience in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, Coppell and Flower Mound. Her professional designations include Accredited Buyer Representative and Fine Homes Specialist.

An active member of the Southlake community, Ms. Maisto is informed and involved.

I am proud to be well-versed in the cities I serve, Maisto says. By attending city council meetings, reviewing school-board meeting information, reading local newspapers and being personally involved in several communities, I keep informed of what is going on.

I believe in clients for life, Maisto adds. In order to achieve that, I provide exceptional customer service and care, which doesn t stop at the home closing.

For more information about buying or selling a home with Suzanne Maisto, click here.

To find properties for sale across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

AS SEEN IN THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Experienced Agents Choose Ebby


Pictured (from left) are Ebby Halliday Realtors Mary Frances Burleson, Linda Grossman, Keith Newman, Lesa Stuart, Terri Macaluso, Judi Wright, Jackie Dorbritz and Betty Misko.

The following appeared on the front page of the Home Center section of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, July 22, 2012:

Locally owned Ebby Halliday, Realtors continues to attract accomplished real estate professionals to its top-rated sales force. With 30 North Texas locations, and including mortgage, insurance and title businesses, Ebby Halliday, Realtors is the broker of choice for many of the area s most-respected and accomplished Associates and is now home to four more seasoned residential real estate professionals.

We are proud to welcome Judi Wright, Linda Grossman, Jackie Dorbritz and Lesa Stuart to the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies, says Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer.

Adds Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices, Each of these agents is admired by her clients and peers, and each brings the knowledge, experience and professional skills Ebby Halliday clients expect and deserve.

Judi Wright recently joined the Frisco Office, managed by Terri Macaluso.

I am honored to be working with Judy in our Frisco Office, Macaluso says. In her residential real estate career Judi has been an agent, an owner and an operating partner. Named the Top Agent in her office four times at her former brokerage, Wright is also a 2012 Texas Monthly magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent. She specializes in Collin and Denton counties.

Linda Grossman joins the Plano/Willow Bend Office, managed by Keith Newman.

Linda, a recognized Top Producer and luxury specialist, offers extensive real estate knowledge and a background in finance that spanned more than a decade, Newman says. She has grown her residential real estate business by focusing on honesty, integrity and a commitment to doing the right thing. Grossman s primary area of focus is McKinney and surrounding communities, but she has extensive knowledge of many North Texas neighborhoods.

Jackie Dorbritz recently joined the Frisco Office.

I am thrilled to have Jackie join the Frisco Office, Macaluso says. She has a consistent record of success. Dorbritz has won many awards, including the Texas Monthly Five Star Real Estate Agent designation. She was also named the No. 1 Individual Producer in her office at another brokerage for the past two years. We are fortunate to have Jackie as a member of the Ebby Frisco family and I look forward to watching her soar, Macaluso says.

Lesa Stuart also recently joined the Frisco Office.

We are excited to welcome Lesa to our Ebby Frisco family, Macaluso says. Stuart brings 23 years of residential real estate sales experience in the D-FW market to the Ebby Frisco office. She was a member of the Hall of Fame at her former brokerage and was twice named Realtor of the Year, most recently in 2011. I am truly privileged to be Lesa s manager, Macaluso says. I look forward to great things from her.

Visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

More Positive Signs for Dallas/Fort Worth Real Estate


The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies by President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. It was so great, we thought we would share with you also:

Signs that a significant recovery is underway in the Dallas / Fort Worth real estate market are everywhere.

“New home starts in D/FW rose 22% in the second quarter from the same period last year.”
Metrostudy, Inc.

“The percentage changes in home prices for pre-owned single-family home sales for the first half of 2012 were up in all but 10 of the 45 Dallas area MLS-area residential districts.”
Dallas Morning News, 07/20/2012

A further sign of strength in the Dallas / Fort Worth and N Texas real estate market is this:

The Ebby Halliday Companies closed 1,300 more homes in the first half of 2012 than in the first half of 2011. That’s 1,300 more Ebby Halliday and Dave Perry-Miller “SOLD” signs in our marketplace!

And, at the Ebby Halliday Companies, the average time to sell a home has fallen to 69 days in June 2012 from 88 days in June 2011.

That’s resounding testament to the professionalism and expertise an Ebby Halliday Companies’ Sales Associate brings to the market!

My personal congratulations to each of you, and thank you for all that you do!

Mary Frances

Fresh Listing Friday: Family Home in Gated Mansfield Neighborhood


For this week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday, we head to Mansfield for a newly-listed 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath family home offered for $575,000.

Located in the gated community of Arbors of Creekwood, this home is situated on a heavily wooded cul-de-sac lot offering incredible views. Built in 1995, the home has many updates including the large gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, and beautiful custom cabinets. The downstairs master suite is comprised of a remodeled bath with a custom designed closet. Upstairs you’ll find the 3 additional bedrooms, a game room and 2 full baths.

To top it off, this home also has a 42′ covered back patio and amazing backyard landscaping and living spaces perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

Tour the home now at 7Valleywood.ebby.com.

To see all the other homes that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday) click here. And, to start a home search of your own, visit ebby.com.

Real Estate Blogger Candy Evans Talks Collin County Real Estate (and Ebby homes) on WFAA s Daybreak with Ron Corning


Our favorite real estate blogger Candy Evans sat down with Ron Corning again this morning on WFAA’s Daybreak. This time the topic was Collin County real estate, and three homes listed by the Ebby Halliday Companies were featured.

To learn more about the homes featured on this morning’s show, see below:

941 Circle in the Woods | Fairview | $1,995,000

1008 Howell | McKinney | $330,000

1725 Quarry Lane | McKinney | $219,500

Want to take a trip to Candyland for yourself? Find out all the latest Dallas/Fort Worth real estate scoop at Candy Evans’ blog, candysdirt.com.

And if you’re inspired to start a home search of your own, visit North Texas’ leading real estate website, ebby.com.

VIDEO: Record Low Interest Rates, Booming Real Estate Market in DFW. Ebby Associate Jennifer Johnson Interviewed by CBS 11.


We’ve told you for a while now that the real estate market in Dallas-Fort Worth is hot, hot, hot. And now it’s making the evening news. Last night, CBS 11 reported on the latest record low mortgage interest rates (now 3.56%), and how some areas of DFW have become a seller’s market.

The new story featured Ebby Associate Jennifer Johnson and her client Brooke Pretzel, who along with her husband, recently decided to sell their home in Frisco because of the low mortgage rates.

We re moving up in our square footage, but we re going to be paying only a few hundred dollars more per month, Pretzel said.

The best news though, when the Pretzels listed their home with Jennifer, they expected it to be on the market for several months. That wasn’t the case:

Once we were on the market, we only had to do showings for two days, she said.

Jennifer added that unlike recent years, houses that are well maintained and updated are selling very quickly.

You can see the full video feature from CBS 11 here:

And if you’re curious to see what’s for sale in your neighborhood, or to start your own home search, visit North Texas’ leading real estate website, ebby.com.

Dive Into Luxury: Grand Vie Summer 2012 Has Arrived


It s summer! It s time to relax a little, enjoy your family and friends, and take some time to reflect, rejuvenate and reconnect. It s also time for vacations, weddings, camp, and parties. And, for many, it s home buying time, too! This summer the world will also turn its attention to London, as we welcome the 2012 Olympic Games in a few weeks.

It’s also a great time to focus on the beautiful properties showcased in the summer edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, which recently arrived in the mail boxes of almost 30,000 luxury homes across North Texas. In addition to being featured in Grand Vie, we re proud that the featured homes are all receiving additional luxury market exposure through our membership in Luxury Portfolio International, of which we are the exclusive North Texas affiliate. This true luxury network is unmatched in the global arena, with properties in over 45 states and 29 countries, website visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month, site translation in nine languages, conversion to multiple currencies and a total inventory of available properties totaling almost $40 billion. London also happens to be home to Luxury Portfolio s European headquarters, strategically located in Trafalgar Square. The growth of our international reach through membership in Luxury Portfolio has propelled our company into the global luxury real estate market, where Luxury Portfolio has become a vital resource for those searching for extraordinary properties.

Our extraordinary cover estate at 4612 Watauga, perfectly sited on rolling terrain in Bluffview, is bordered by exquisitely landscaped grounds by Harold Leidner, creating the ultimate outdoor environment. If you want to feel like you re in Colorado every day, don t miss the Tuscan Villa nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in Preston Hollow at 9918 Avalon Creek Court. You will be transported to the Rockies in its beautiful setting on the banks of a manicured creek just beyond the lagoon pool.

Speaking of having some time to reflect, rejuvenate and reconnect, do not miss the spectacular properties featured in our Summer Escape Vacation Homes section. Any one of these luxurious second homes would be the perfect locale for generations to relax and enjoy life, surrounded by majestic mountains. Real estate blogger, Candy Evans, takes us on a tour of several extraordinary properties from Luxury Portfolio members in California, Colorado and New Mexico. All perfect destinations for your summer fun!

Our Spotlight On features the annual Blondes vs. Brunettes powder puff football game fundraiser. This group of dedicated young men and women meet up each summer to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and care, and we re proud to once again support their efforts.

This issue continues the use of Quick Response (QR) technology. At The Ebby Halliday Companies, we continuously strive to provide our clients with the very best in home marketing, utilizing the most current communication tools. That s why every page features a graphic QR code, that when scanned with a Smartphone QR Reader, immediately delivers a full photo gallery, property details including room dimensions, current price and school information, and direct access to the listing Associate via phone or e-mail. Some even feature property videos. This immediate connection to the online world makes it easier than ever for Grand Vie readers to find instant, up-to-date information on their property of interest

Whether you re going across the pond this summer or a staying a little closer to home, we hope you enjoy your time out and about. You can see the summer issue of Grand Vie in an online flipbook format at GrandVieMagazine.com.