Fresh Listing Friday: Modern Luxury near White Rock Lake


Today s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the ultimate in modern luxury living near White Rock Lake.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home at 7117 Lyre Lane was remodeled from the studs in 2008. Offering an open floor plan and extensive hardwood flooring, this prime listing is just two blocks from Lakewood Park and provides easy access to the lake. It is offered for $450,000.

Beautiful natural stone complements the neutral tones throughout the home and gorgeous granite shines in the kitchen, dry bar and each of the three baths.

Among the recent improvements are a stone patio with built-in seating, a raised gas fire pit and a cedar covered walkway.

Tour 7117 Lyre Lane now at

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Ebby Halliday Companies Support the 2012 Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon Benefiting Happy Hill Farm Academy

The field at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington was the place to be this afternoon. But today, all the plays were for a great cause. For the third time, Jerry s World was filled with hundreds of luncheon tables for the annual Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon, which benefits The Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm Academy.

Happy Hill Farm Academy is a Christian boarding and day school on the fringe of the Metroplex near Granbury where boys and girls ages five to eighteen live, work and study on a 500-acre, working farm/campus. They accept no Federal or State funding, nor United Way money.

As it is every year, the luncheon was attended by 2,000 individuals including the entire Dallas Cowboys team and coaching staff as well as Owner & General Manager Jerry Jones and family. In addition to the Ebby Halliday Companies, other sponsors included Flowserve, Ford, Staples, United Healthcare, Interstate Batteries, American Airlines, Exxon Mobil, Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani and more.

The luncheon was attended by 8 Ebby branch office managers: Laura Brewer, Denton; Kathy Darrow, McKinney; Ginger Gill, Preston Center; Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, Rockwall; Connie Niedzwiecki, Flower Mound/Lewisville; Bill Tucker, Preston Plano Parkway; Van Vanaman, Arlington/Mansfield; Kay Wright, Plano. Also present were Betty Misko, vice president and director of sales offices, CFO Ron Burgert, Karen Greene, vice president and director of Corporate Real Estate Services, Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing, Alex Parker, sales manager for The Lending Partners, and Martin Ripoll, president of Texas Premier Title.

Of course, emcee Brad Sham pointed out to the crowd that the one person in the room who had lived to see every single Dallas Cowboys game ever played, was our very own, 101-year-young founder, Ebby Halliday.

For more photos from today s luncheon, visit the Official Ebby Halliday Facebook Fan Page here.

And to learn more about Happy Hill Farm Academy or to make your own donation, visit

Director of Builder Sales Bob Hafer Honored for Outstanding Service

Recently the Associates, builders and remodelers of Dallas came together at the Westin Galleria to recognize, celebrate and honor members of the Dallas Builder Association at the Annual ARC Awards banquet. Bob Hafer, Ebby’s Director of Builder Sales, received the award for Outstanding Service to the Home Building Industry by a Real Estate Professional for the second year in a row. Bob was also awarded the coveted Associate of the Year Award.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to have someone of Bob s caliber working full-time building and developing relationships between Ebby agents and Dallas builders, developers and remodelers. Congratulations to Bob Hafer for a job very well done!

Click here to learn more about Ebby’s Builder Sales & Service program.

AS SEEN IN THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Ebby Website Opens Doors To A New Home

The following story was written by Stewart Lytle and appeared on the front page of the DFW Real Estate Finder section of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, Aug. 26:

With an estimated 95 percent of all homebuyers starting their home search online, Ebby Halliday Realtors considers a strong website a very high priority. The redesigned features numerous innovative new home-search features sure to please even the most-discerning buyers.

Like the vast majority of today s house hunters, Cathy Elster started looking for her and her husband s dream home online. After searching through several of the many real estate websites available at her fingertips, she decided to use, although she was not working with an Ebby Halliday agent.

When visiting other websites, Elster had become frustrated when she spotted the perfect home, only to have it go under contract before she and her husband could make an offer. They felt even worse after finding out that a home presented as an active listing had, in fact, been under contract for weeks.

The Ebby site is very good at updating, particularly in getting photos posted quickly, Elster says.

The Elsters want to live in Plano or McKinney. They re looking for a three-bedroom home in the $300,000-range, ideally with a pool and a backyard large enough for their two sizable dogs.

I am very picky, Elster, a kindergarten teacher, says.

The Ebby site allows her to view listings by satellite and check out the size of the yard. She also likes the Advanced Search features, which let her input criteria and see only the homes that fit her choices. Elster signed up for daily email alerts one for Plano and the other for McKinney which provide details on new listings and indicate which homes are off the market or have been reduced in price. She hasn t found the perfect home yet. But she keeps looking daily.

Elster is one of approximately 7,200 individuals who visit about 17,000 times each day, June Feltman, vice president for special projects, says.

Long before the Internet became essential to the homebuying business, Ebby Halliday Realtors had positioned itself as a technology leader. The 67-year-old company launched its first website in 1996, placing it at the forefront of Internet commerce.

Feltman and Randall Graham, vice president and marketing director, have made vast improvements to the Ebby site over the past 15 years. This year, they undertook a total redesign, using a respected website-building company that specializes in constantly improving technology for an invited few real estate brokerages.

Feltman is very excited about the new

It s wonderful, she says, adding that one of her favorite features is the Proximity Search, which identifies homes within a specific distance of work, schools, parks, medical care, friends and family. There is also a Map Search that employs a tool to draw boundaries around the desired location, as well as a design-your-own Open House Tour.

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we are actively pursuing online features that will continue to make the go-to source for North Texas real estate, Feltman says. Try it for yourself. You ll discover why so many buyers and sellers are so excited about the new

12 Ebby Agents and Staff Members Celebrate 25 Years of Service

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, Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, and Founder and Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday were all present yesterday at The Chocolate Angel Tea Room in Richardson as we honored our 25-year Diamond Pin Recipients for 2012. The Ebby Halliday Companies would like to extend a special congratulations and thank you to the following Associates and Staff celebrating their 25th year:

Kathy Anderson
Southwest Dallas/Ellis Co. Office

Kathey Anthony
Flower Mound/Lewisville Office

Shelley Davis
Corporate Office – Relocation Team

Sandy Donsky
Ebby’s Little White House Office

Bobbie Flynn
Plano Office

Carleen Hardin
Preston Keller Office

Marlene Jaffe
Dave Perry-Miller Highland Park Office

Irene Johnston
Southlake Office

Susan McCrory
Frisco Office

Lydia Reiser
White Rock/Lake Highlands Office

Myrna Rix
Allen Office

Jan Stell
White Rock/Lake Highlands Office

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

Four North Texas Communities Among America s Best Small Cities

No fewer than four North Texas communities were just named to Money magazine s 2012 list of the Best Small Cities (pop. 50,000 to 300,000) in the United States. The magazine identified locations with economic strength, quality health care, low crime, great schools and lots to do.

2302 Forest Hills Court in McKinney.

McKinney earned the top spot among North Texas best small cities and ranked #2 nationwide on the Money list. About McKinney, Money says, Established in 1849, McKinney is one of northern Texas’ oldest towns. Stroll around downtown, and you’ll see cotton mills and feed stores transformed into hip boutiques and art galleries … For more, click here. To learn more about homes for sale in McKinney and the McKinney office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, click here.

1600 Putnam Lane in Allen

Allen ranked high on Money s list at #13 nationwide. About Allen, Money says, To see Texas-style supersizing in action, look no further than Allen High School’s new stadium: The $60 million project will welcome as many as 18,000 spectators when it opens for the fall season For more, click here. To learn more about homes for sale in Allen and the Allen office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, click here.

1509 Valleywood Trail in Mansfield

Mansfield ranked #28 on the Money Top 100 list. About Mansfield, Money says, One of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Mansfield boasts an increasing number of jobs, a prime location about half an hour from Dallas-Fort Worth, affordable homes, and strong schools … For more, click here. To learn more about homes for sale in Mansfield and the Mansfield office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, click here.

1808 Southwicke Drive in Flower Mound

Rounding out the North Texas towns, Flower Mound placed #32 on Money‘s Top 100 list. About Flower Mound, Money says, Flower Mound didn’t let the economic downturn stop its expansion plans, at least not for long; the town has spent more than $200 million on infrastructure over the past 10 years For more, click here. To learn more about homes for sale in Flower Mound and the Flower Mound/Lewisville office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, click here.

To see the full Money magazine list of the Best 100 Small Cities in the U.S., click here. And, to learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its exceptional Associates and all of the great communities in North Texas, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association,

Fresh Listing Friday: This Home Shines!


This week s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to a just-listed home in the Prestonwood Estates neighborhood of Dallas. Served by the Richardson Independent School District, the move-in ready home at 14958 Vistaridge was professionally updated in 2008.

The floor plan was redesigned to today’s standards with raised ceilings, wide arched entryways and current textures. From the stone and stucco exterior, the 8-foot double wrought-iron front door, handscraped hardwood flooring and replaced kitchen to the oasis-style pool and deck, this home shines.

An extensive backyard remodel included new landscaping, a pool update, a fence with an electric gate, an arbor and a built-in grill. A two-car garage, a mud room and a fifth bedroom with a private bath were also added to this exceptional property.

Located on a quiet street a bit north of Belt Line Road Road, just west of Hillcrest, this home offers value and easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment.

Tour the home now at

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Ebby Welcomes Associates in July

The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies proudly welcomes Associates who joined the company in July. The newest additions to North Texas’ best and most productive residential real estate sales force are:

Georgia Bradford, 190@Jupiter

Lindsey Bradley, Dave Perry-Miller – Park Cities

Jacqueline Dorbritz, Frisco

Philip Hirsch, Preston Keller

Kathleen Langley, Plano/Willow Bend

Suzanne Maisto, Southlake

Kelli Mitchell-Wenzel, Rockwall

Janet Moore, 190@Jupiter

Jude Nash, Preston Center

Annette Oakes, Ebby Lakewood

Blane Richard, Preston Plano Parkway

Edward Slater, Dave Perry-Miller – Highland Park

Kristin Smith, Dave Perry-Miller – Park Cities

John Solomon, Allen

We’re excited to welcome each of these Associates to the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies! For more information, visit or

Agent Ranks Growing with Stronger Texas Real Estate Market

Photo courtesy of The Dallas Morning News

Ebby Halliday Realtors agent Carol Schacherl was prominently featured in a story that appeared recently in The Dallas Morning News.

In the article, Real Estate Editor Steve Brown reports that with Texas increasingly strong real estate market the number of new agents is growing significantly. Home sales are up 16% so far this year in North Texas and agents are busier than they ve been in a long time, Brown reports. (That s a sentiment that we ve been hearing regularly from many Ebby agents for some time now.)

Schacherl, who joined the Preston Center Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors last year, previously worked in the mortgage business. In the article, she tells Brown her decision to go into residential real estate sales is really starting to pay off. Also featured is Associate Amy Jennings of the Ebby Plano office who has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry. She was taking her real estate license tests the week she was interviewed for the story.

Dallas Morning News subscribers may click here for the full article from Steve Brown.

If you are interested in more information on career opportunities at Ebby Halliday Realtors, click here.

And if you noticed the great home featured in the photos of the story, that’s 6531 Brookshire Drive in Preston Hollow, listed by Lydia Player of the Ebby Preston Center office. To take a tour now, click here.

Enter to Win a Trip to New York for Live Taping of Katie

Ebby Halliday Realtors is the promotional sponsor of a great opportunity to travel to New York City to see Katie, the much-anticipated new talk show starring Katie Couric.

Beginning August 12, readers are encouraged to visit to enter to win two tickets to a live taping of Katie in New York City, three days/two night s hotel accommodations, round-trip airfare for two, an autographed Katie poster and $500 cash courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

Katie Couric is a television icon and Ebby Halliday Realtors is thrilled to offer this opportunity to be a part of something very special, says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. We hope you ll visit today and enter for your chance to win this fun prize.

Couric, who hosted the Today show for 15 years and was the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News for five years, says her new show will be topical and really capture the essence of what people are talking about.

It will be serious at times, obviously informative, and fun, Couric says. It s not going to be a news show, but we ll be talking about issues that people care about.”

To have an hour of television that you can divide into segments as warranted, is just a very exciting proposition for me, Couric recently told The Baltimore Sun. I think there s an opportunity for a deeper conversation about a lot of things that happen in the news, and I think this show will provide an outlet for that.

The Katie show premieres Monday, September 10 on WFAA-TV (Channel 8). The contest s winner will be selected and announced that same day. Visit beginning Sunday, August 12, to enter to win!