Area Mayors Highlight Development



Approximately 140 members of Ebby’s 190 @ Jupiter and Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard offices were recently treated to an informative presentation on upcoming projects in the cities of Rockwall, Heath, Garland and Rowlett during the Mayors’ Forum at Waterview Golf Club.


The forum featured Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel, Garland Mayor Douglas Athas, Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt and Heath Mayor Lorne Liechty as they each spoke of the highlights of their respective cities and of major developments currently underway.


To learn about all that’s currently happening in Rowlett, Garland, Rockwall and Heath, click here to read the full story in the Blue Ribbon News.


PHOTO: Heath Mayor Lorne Liechty; Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt; Ebby Halliday Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard Sales Manager Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, 190 @ Jupiter Sales Manager Malinda Howell, Garland Mayor Douglas Athas and Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel. Photo by Richard Retig.



This Week in Food & Beverage News

Chow down for some great causes and don’t miss out on all the fun celebrations taking place in the D-FW foodie world this week. Get the details below.


Tuesday, September 29

State Fair of Texas: Aside from concerts, rides and unique shows, this year’s fair promises fried food goodness. Food items this year include red velvet fried Oreos, chicken fried lobster and coca ritas. Fair grounds open at 10 a.m., daily. For tickets, general info and daily schedule, click here.


Hope is Brewing: Abolitionists and activists come together for a good cause at Community Beer Company. Ticket includes dinner, craft beer, pub games, prizes, and a donation to Love146. 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.


Friday, October 2

Burgers and Burgundy: Visit the home of Karen and Bill Seanor for an evening of dining and dancing while chef John Tesar and his team of celebrity chefs grill signature sliders paired with savory wines. All proceeds benefit DIFFA Dallas, which raises funds for organizations fighting HIV/AIDS. Tickets begin at $85/person, and the event starts at 6:30 p.m.


Taste of the Anatole: Celebrate international wine, cuisine and music at this three-day event, featuring hands-on activities like interactive cooking demonstrations, pairing and blending classes, blind tastings and more. Uptown Jazz Dallas artists will entertain guests as they dine on small plates and leisurely taste from a vast collection of global wines and trendy craft cocktails. 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here. To view the event schedule, click here.


Saturday, October 3

Smoked: Get your BBQ on! Chefs from all over the country will make their way to Dallas’ Main Street Garden to show off their unique barbecue chops! Also enjoy music, dancing and drinks. 2 p.m. Purchase tickets here. To see the list of pitmasters and chefs set to perform, click here.


Oktoberfest at Community Beer Company: Join Community Beer as they release their specialty small batch Oktoberfest Lager! Also enjoy live music, delicious food, brewery drinking games, and local artwork. 2 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Sunday, October 4

Bishop Arts District Food Tour: Have a try at some of the most delectable food and drinks of the historic Bishop Arts area. Guests will munch on bites from Eno’s Pizza, Lockhart Smokehouse, Veracruz Cafe and more! $45/person. 11 a.m. Purchase tickets here.

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Leads Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Leads Texas


The Dallas-Fort Worth area had the biggest home sales jump of any major Texas market in August, according to the latest statewide data and Steve Brown at The Dallas Morning News.


Home sales in Fort Worth were up 14 percent last month from a year ago and in the Dallas area sales were 13 percent higher year-over-year.


The North Texas increase is almost twice the 7 percent statewide gain in home sales last month compared with August 2014.


Home sales in the Houston area were flat in August. Sales were 7 percent higher in Austin and up 4 percent in San Antonio.


In August real estate agents sold 29,685 homes were sold statewide, 1,900 more than in August 2014.


The Dallas-area also led the state in median home price increases, up 9.7 percent from August 2104.


Statewide median prices were up 7.4 percent


Dallas Business Journal Ranks Ebby No. 1

Dallas Business Journal Ranks Ebby No. 1


Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. has again topped the Dallas Business Journal’s annual list of the Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages.


The journal’s just-released list ranked North Texas real estate firms based on closed transactions in 2014. The Ebby Halliday Companies closed 19,190 transactions, 35 percent more transactions than our nearest competitor.


The Ebby Halliday Companies also again placed No. 1 in sales volume in North Texas, with approximately $6.64 billion in 2014 sales. In addition, Ebby led all competitors with 1,768 licensed real estate agents.


A sincere thank-you to our valued clients and our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff. It’s clearer than ever that North Texas is the best place to be in business, and that Ebby Halliday is the best place to be in real estate!


Fresh Listing Friday: Charming Tudor

Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! This week on Fresh Listing Friday, we’re ringing in the highly anticipated fall season with the charming Tudor home at 3937 Purdue Avenue. Nestled in University Park, this residence stands the test of time with its charming details and character, yet remains fresh and inviting with pops of color throughout.


Need to know details:

– Traditional Tudor home, listed for $1,300,000
– 4 bedrooms, 4 baths – 3,249 square feet
– Hardwood flooring, decorative lighting, stainless-steel appliances, recently expanded
– Two master suites, two living areas, spacious backyard, large balcony


Front Exterior

Living Area (Near Entryway)


Dining Area

Second Living Area


Master Suite (Main)


Outdoor Sitting Areas

Rear Exterior

State Fair of Texas: Steals and Deals


The State Fair of Texas is finally here! For those planning on going (and why wouldn’t you?), below are some great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sep. 25 – Oct. 18. Just think of all the extra fried food you can indulge in after your savings! And, if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to attend, check out our quick video thats shows some of the fun to expect this year.



Advance Tickets

Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.


Canned Food

Bring in four cans to exchange for $4 general admission any day of the Fair.



Bring a 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for only $6.


Dr Pepper

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on a Tuesday or any day after 5 p.m. and pay only $5 for general admission (Tuesdays) or half off (any day after 5 p.m.).


Free Attractions

Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the car show, and always stay late for the free light show. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket.


Group Tickets

For groups of 20 people or more, the Fair has a deal for you. Depending on how large your party is, tickets range from $9 to $13.50 each.


106.1 KISS-FM

Visit the radio station’s website on Fridays to download a coupon for $5 off general admission.  You can’t get this deal at the gate, so remember to download and print before you go.



When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. They’ll save you $5 on general admission and half the price of a kid’s admission any day.


Opening Day

Bring a sealed bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sep. 25) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.


School Tickets

Chances are your kid(s) will be given a free Fair ticket from whichever North Texas school they attend. Take the opportunity to treat them. Or, save them for another day.


Season Pass

Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and comes along with a free bag of goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.


Senior Thursdays

Senior citizens (age 60 and up) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 1, 8 and 15).


Thrifty Thursdays

Aside from the free admission for senior citizens and the discounted admission with a 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product (see above), this year the Fair has announced a new discount promotion taking place every Thursday – Thrifty Thursdays. This tasty program offers special pricing on signature menu items. To see the full menu of discounted items, click here.


For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit

Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco

Frisco Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco


Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to participate in its Seventh-Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Thursday, October 22. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco. Recognizing the growing need, Scottish Rite is building a new ambulatory care center in Frisco, at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway.
This year’s golf tournament, as in years past, is sold out.


Even if you don’t golf, you’re invited to come to the awards dinner and live and silent auction at Stonebriar Country Club. It’s sure to be a fun time benefiting a great cause, and is only $35. You may also attend the silent auction only for a $10 donation.



DFW Weekend Round Up (9/24-9/27)

AAATexasMosaicThe State Fair of Texas is finally here! When you’re done indulging in fried food, be sure to take in everything else DFW has to offer this weekend, including the Arboretum’s pumpkin patch and Klyde Warren Park’s hottest culinary event. Get the details below.


Thursday, September 24

Autumn at the Arboretum: The highlight of the Dallas Arboretum fall festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team. This year, to continue with the ongoing Texas theme, the display will be recreated into an Old Texas Town in the Pecan Grove – on display now through November 21. Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.


Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest: Visit Panther Island Pavilion for an authentic, three-day, German celebration with just the right amount of Texas thrown in. You’ll find authentic German food, music, dancing, games, biergartens, dachshund races, as well as Spaten and other fall and Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets begin at $3. For a schedule of events, click here.


Friday, September 25

State Fair of Texas: Aside from concerts, rides and unique shows, this year’s fair promises fried food goodness. Food items this year include red velvet fried Oreos, chicken fried lobster and coca ritas. Fair grounds open at 10 a.m. For tickets, general info and daily schedule, click here.


San Jacinto Plaza Music Series: Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday evenings in Downtown Rockwall’s newest public space, San Jacinto Plaza. Café style tables and chairs, as well as seat walls, fill the space. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, food and beverages. FREE. 6:30 p.m. For the music schedule, click here.


Park & Palate: For two days, Klyde Warren Park will be the host of the hottest culinary event in the city. Park & Palate, the park’s inaugural celebration of wine and food, will showcase the region’s most popular chefs as well as wineries, breweries, and spirits from around the world, all against the backdrop of the distinctive Dallas skyline. 7:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.


Saturday, September 26

Dog Days of Denton: Travel to Denton’s North Texas State Fairgrounds and celebrate Texas’ original festival for pooches and their people. Enjoy a canine couture fashion show, live entertainment, demos and performances by canines and their trainers, plus much more. FREE. 9 a.m.


Yoga in the Garden: Start your weekend off on the right foot, with free yoga in the gardens of the Harwood District (located between Saint Ann and Mercat Bistro). Join instructor Colby Ranae Hanks, and bring your own mat and water. 9 a.m.


Sunday, September 27

Eclipse Watch Party: North Texans are invited to gather at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for the first supermoon eclipse in more than 30 years. The Noble Planetarium and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society will host a watch party from the Museum’s Member Parking lot, providing telescopes and a telescopic live stream of the event. 8:30 p.m. to midnight.


Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Mortgage Insight: Dos and Don’ts of Mortgage Financing

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You’re in the midst of purchasing a new home and find yourself with a lot on your to-do list. The basic requirements – utilities, phone and Internet – are often accompanied by new furniture, décor and general replacing of the “old” with the “new.” It’s easy to get carried away, but before you do, the following is a list of dos and don’ts to assure your credit and loan approval are protected.



For 19 years, Home Team Mortgage Company has been committed to building long lasting relationships by providing exceptional service with competitive rates. With an office located in each Ebby Halliday Real Estate branch, HTM loan officers offer the convenience of one-stop shopping, coupled with expertise to ensure peace of mind for borrowers and agents alike.


To learn more about the mortgage process and to determine how much you qualify to borrow for a home purchase, contact Home Team Mortgage at 972-665-1900 or

Burleson Addresses Women in Housing Summit

Burleson Addresses Women in Housing Summit


This past Friday, Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, addressed the audience at the Five Star Institute’s Women in Housing Leadership Forum at the Hilton Anatole.


Recognizing the strength and leadership of women across the housing and mortgage servicing industries, the third-annual Women in Housing Leadership Forum featured female industry trailblazers, each of them discussing important lessons learned as they have traveled their career paths.


Ms. Burleson shared her awe-inspiring story of joining Ebby Halliday Realtors as a temporary secretary and rising through the ranks to become the company’s president and CEO. She shared the stage with former Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Sheila C. Bair, CEO OF HSBC Kathryn Madison, and Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Kathleen Malone.