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, October 7:
In today s increasingly connected world, relocating consumers have a wealth of information at their fingertips. What they often don t have is a way to tailor that information to their personal needs. That s where the relocation experts at The Ebby Halliday Companies enter the picture.
Led by Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene, a respected national figure in the relocation industry, Ebby s team of specialists the largest such in-house team in North Texas – connects relocating consumers with a real estate agent who not only specializes in their area of geographic interest, but also is knowledgeable about lifestyle issues affecting their move, regardless whether that move is into or out of North Texas.
Each client is unique and we work tirelessly to help them find just the right home, whether they are buying or leasing, Greene says.
Greene s enthusiasm is shared by Director of Corporate Development Tina Swenson, who says, We are truly in the right place at the right time. North Texas offers affordable housing, a business-friendly climate, a transportation hub centered on Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and an educated workforce with a median age of only 32.7 years.
Ebby employees and agents who assist relocating clients offer a plethora of services to help newcomers settle into their new homes in North Texas and to ensure those who are moving out of the area receive the same level of service.
The Ebby team is one of the preferred providers of relocation services in North Texas. In addition to corporate transferees, they also assist individuals, like the physician who called recently asking for help in finding the right Dallas neighborhood to set up his practice.
The process of relocating is not cheap. The Employee Relocation Council (ERC), a trade association, estimates that it costs nearly $100,000 to relocate an employee who owns a home. So corporations often turn to The Ebby Halliday Companies to minimize the costs and complications associated with moving.
The two primary questions relocating employees and individuals ask the Ebby relocation team focus on schools and commuting times.
Most people prefer to live 30 minutes or less from their jobs, says Jamie Schmalzried, who manages destination services for Ebby. Our team can help decipher not just distances, but true commute times. And North Texas many great school options, including public, private, parochial and charter, are something we can really demystify for our incoming clients.
Moving out of town presents a different set of issues. When a home s owner has been transferred to another city and the home is empty, who checks to see if last night s storm damaged the roof? We do! says Shelley Davis, who manages corporate listings. It s all part of the array of services available to Ebby s 1,500 sales associates and the firm s impressive list of clients.
Merry Shuck, manager of Ebby s Leading Real Estate Companies of the WorldÂ® network, is confident that Ebby clients will be treated well in their new city because the team coordinates each client s needs with one of 500 top real-estate firms affiliated with LeadingRE. Through this exceptional network we can locate an experienced agent with one of the leading independent companies Âto work with our outbound clients anywhere in the world, Shuck says.
For clients who prefer to lease, Ebby Halliday is able to seamlessly meet their needs with its own Apartment Leasing division, led by LaTressa May, and its Corporate Suites division, led by Sylvia Smith.
As the largest relocation team in North Texas we offer an exhaustive list of services, but the bottom line, in the relocation business, is it all comes down to the agents having the right people in the right place, Greene says. At Ebby Halliday, we have a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve.