Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs

Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs

Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, ranks No. 8 on the just-released Swanepoel Power 200Top 20 Women Leaders in Residential Real Estate 2016” list. Ms. Burleson also placed No. 54 on the Swanepoel Power 200Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate 2016” list. The Swanepoel lists are widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business.


The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth, and potential.


Congratulations to Mary Frances on two more honors very well deserved!


To see the full Swanepoel Power lists, click here.

SMU Tate Lecture Series Presents Sarah Kay

SMU Tate Lecture Series Presents Sarah Kay


The 34th season of the SMU Tate Lecture Series continues January 26 featuring Sarah Kay.


A spoken-word poet who began performing in New York City at age 14, Kay is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, which uses the spoken word to entertain, educate and inspire young students. She is the author of two books of poems, B and No Matter the Wreckage.


Ebby Halliday Realtors is proud to be in the third year of a four-year sponsorship of the Tate Lecture Series, which brings a broad range of intellectual and entertaining voices to SMU and the D-FW community. A portion of the proceeds from each lecture supports the next generation of leaders by providing full-tuition scholarships and study-abroad opportunities for exceptional SMU students. For single-lecture tickets, visit


Dallas Home Prices Up 9.5%

Dallas Home Prices Up 9.5%


Dallas-area home prices are up 9.5 percent in the latest report from CoreLogic. Dallas had the highest year-over-year price increase in a November comparison of large U.S. metropolitan markets.


Nationwide, home prices were 6.3 percent higher than in November 2014. CoreLogic is forecasting a 5.4 percent nationwide home price gain for 2016.


Determining your home’s market value is a job for a properly educated real estate professional. If you’re considering offering your home for sale, we recommend contacting an Ebby sales associate to determine the current value of your property. To get started, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association,



Team Ebby Assists Victims of Tornadoes

Team Ebby Assists Victims of Tornadoes


Yesterday members of Ebby offices located across North Texas assisted Operation Blessing in cleaning up neighborhoods affected by the tornadoes that struck the Dallas area on December 26.


“We had approximately 80 Ebby agents, as well as Texas Premier Title and Home Team Insurance staff in attendance,” says Malinda Howell, sales manager of Ebby’s 190-Richardson Office.


Groups of volunteers removed debris, including broken glass, nails and shingles, and helped remove fences and soiled carpeting, as well as overall cleanup. Ebby’s team of volunteers also canvassed neighborhoods, seeking out homeowners to determine what additional assistance they need.


“I have seen tornado damage in the past, but as we drove into the neighborhood, I was shocked at the devastation and total losses for so many families,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office. “It was such a privilege to help in some small way for the families that have lost all and still have so much ahead of them as they regain their lives, memories, and rebuild.”


Adds Bill Tucker, sales manager of Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office, “It was a very moving, but rewarding experience. Yesterday was my second time out, and we worked in the same neighborhood in Rowlett. I remember that area well from my days as an agent. I was impressed with the turnout and everyone worked hard. We all went home very tired.”


Operation Blessing International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. Operation Blessing provides strategic relief in 37 countries on an ongoing basis through core programs such as disaster relief, health and medical care, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, safe water and community development.


Team Ebby Assists Victims of Tornadoes



New Shopping Center for Lake Highlands

We’re excited about the newly announced plans to add an 8-acre retail hub to the Lake Highlands Town Center.


New development plans for the retail center show a 30,000-square-foot main building and smaller buildings ranging from 5,000 square feet to almost 10,000 square feet each.




Originally planned to house a mix of shops, restaurants, apartments and commercial space, the 70-acre Town Center first broke ground in 2007 and currently features a 200-unit apartment block.


At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we love Lake Highlands and we know you will, too. This East Dallas classic offers a wide variety of housing options, all within a short distance of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas. Whether you’re looking for a stately Tudor, a ranch-style home or even Art Deco, you’ll find Lake Highlands offers a unique, fun lifestyle and the best of big-city living. To see all of the homes currently available in Lake Highlands area, simply click here.

Plano No. 1 in America for Jobs

Plano No. 1 in America for Jobs


Already the corporate home to Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay and J.C. Penney — and soon-to-be home to Toyota of North America ­— Plano shows no signs of slowing down.


WalletHub just released its annual ranking of the best and worst cities to find a job in 2016 and Plano was crowned the best city in the country for job searchers.


In order to assess the strength of local job markets, WalletHub compared 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 17 key metrics, ranging from job opportunities to employment growth.


After Plano’s top spot in the report, Irving landed at No. 4, Dallas at No. 24, Garland at No. 29, Grand Prairie at No. 32, Arlington at No. 41 and Fort Worth at No. 45.


Overall 16 Dallas-Fort Worth cities made the list.

New Year, New (Home) Resolutions


The new year always serves as a catalyst for personal resolutions and goals: lose weight, save money, volunteer, get organized, etc. Essentially, the same objectives could be set for your home.


We’ve transformed Time magazine’s Top Ten Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions into the top list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish in 2016 and beyond.


Don’t worry, you got this!


1. Cut Your Energy Use (lose weight)


2. Purify Indoor Air (quit smoking)


3. Budget for Improvements (get out of debt)


4. Educate Yourself on Home Finances (learn something new)


5. De-clutter (get organized) 


6. Support Your Community (volunteer)


7. Slash Your Water Use (drink less)


8. Share Home Improvement Projects (spend more time with the family)


9. Exercise Your DIY Skills (get fit)


10. Use Maintenance-Free Materials (be less stressed)


Happy new year!