Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students


At Ebby Halliday, we’re big on little folks and the communities they create. We’re also proud to have been a return sponsor of the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon benefiting the Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm.


AT&T Stadium was the place to be earlier today as the playing field at Jerry World hosted hundreds for the annual luncheon benefiting The Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm. The event was attended by the entire Dallas Cowboys organization, Happy Hill Farm students and supporters from throughout the North Texas region.


Happy Hill Farm is a 500-acre farm that is home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent, accredited, coeducational, interdenominational college-preparatory, day, boarding and international school near Granbury. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 live, work and study at Happy Hill Farm, which accepts no federal or state funding.


Traditionally, more than 90 percent of North Central Texas Academy’s budget has come from donations within the private community from caring individuals, corporations and foundations. The Academy seeks out underserved students and provides scholarships in order that these highly motivated boys and girls receive the opportunity to learn, commit, grow, and eventually assume positions of responsibility and leadership in society.


For many years Happy Hill Farm Academy has been near and dear to the Ebby Halliday Companies. The Ebby Halliday Library is located at Happy Hill’s new academic complex.


We’re proud of our association with Happy Hill Farm and encourage you to consider making a donation in honor of Happy Hill founder Ed Shipman’s remarkable life. Mr. Shipman passed away August 22. Memorials may be made here or by mail at Happy Hill Farm, 3846 North Highway 144, Granbury, Texas, 76048.


To learn more about the good work being done at Happy Hill Farm, visit


Kick-Off Events Supports Deserving Students

10 Outdoor Spaces Ideal for Labor Day

If you think Labor Day isn’t meant for relaxing, you’re wrong. The Department of Labor says so, too.


Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, celebrating the contributions they’ve made to the well-being of our country.


Although a historical holiday, we also know it’s our chance at savoring the last moments of summer. Whether you’re throwing a backyard bash or unwinding with a good book, these 10 listings will have you sitting (and celebrating) pretty.


1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake – Terra Bella | $6,298,880


6049 Lakehurst Avenue | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,895,000


6859 Avalon Avenue | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,199,000


12101 Madeleine Circle | Dallas – Preston Forest | $949,000


5007 Purdue Avenue | Dallas – Briarwood | $915,000


9366 FM 2931 | Pilot Point – The Grove | $875,000


6401 Knollwood Drive | McKinney – Tanglewood at Stonebridge Ranch | $799,999


411 Pennell Road | Sherman | $785,000


2171 Hogan Drive | Irving – Cottonwood Valley | $750,000


2917 State Street | Dallas – Uptown | $562,500


To find just the right agent for your real estate needs and to view properties for sale in North Texas, visit the award-winning

Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London


While all real estate is local, at the Ebby Blog we love to keep up with markets around the world. Below are a few findings from Luxury Portfolio International’s recent Market Pulse report. This is just a snapshot, so stay tuned as we continue to highlight luxury real estate in the world’s hottest markets.



Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London

New York City

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $42,550,000

Compared to last year, prices are: Up

Price point for top 10 percent of inventory: $10,000,000

International buyers are coming from: Australia, Brazil, India, China, Kazakhstan, Europe, U.K., Canada, Hong Kong and Greece

Luxury buyers are looking for: Views, outdoor space, pre-war details and concierge services in new condominiums



Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London

Washington, D.C.

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $18,000,000

Compared to last year, prices are: The change in the monthly median sale price in the Washington metropolitan area has been flat in 2016, with monthly changes of approximately 1 percent

Price point for the top 10 percent of inventory: Ranges from $1 million to $1.5 million

International buyers are coming from: Iraq and India

Luxury buyers are looking for: Outdoor living areas, exceptional service and full-service amenities, such as a door attendant, 24-hour concierge, fitness center and resort-style pools. Also guest suites and social spaces, such as screening rooms, reception rooms and temperature-controlled wine rooms.



Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London


Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $38,883,000

Compared to last year, prices are: Down

Price point for the top 10 percent of inventory: $6,500,000+

International buyers are coming from: 35 percent of the market in Central London is international buyers, with the majority coming from Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Luxury buyers are looking for: Imaginative use of design and bolder use of color, moving away from ‘hotel style’ interior design featuring lots of grey and beige interiors that became very prevalent in London a few years ago


To learn about the Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto real estate markets view the full Luxury Portfolio Magazine article here.


The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International in North Texas. When buying or selling property outside of our local market, Ebby Halliday’s world-class connections can help with real estate needs throughout our continent and to points around the globe.


To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to discover some of the most extraordinary properties currently for sale worldwide, visit

North Texas Market Among Nation’s Hottest

North Texas Housing Market Among Nation’s Hottest


The Dallas-area’s home price gains have earned it a place among the fastest-appreciating housing markets in the U.S. at midyear, according to the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index of rising values. Dallas ranked behind only Portland, Seattle and Denver in the just-released report.


Dallas home prices were 8.9 percent higher in June from a year earlier in the monthly report. Nationwide, prices rose 5.1 percent in the same period.


“Home prices continued to rise across the country led by the West and the South,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “Overall, residential real estate and housing is in good shape.”


All 20 of the major U.S. home markets Case-Shiller tracks showed year-over-year gains in June. Portland led the nation with a 12.6 percent gain. Prices were up 11 percent annually in Seattle and 9.2 percent higher in Denver.


The Dallas-area is among U.S. home markets that have seen the strongest recoveries since the Great Recession. Dallas housing values are now almost 44 percent higher than where they were before the economic downturn.


North Texas Housing Market Among Nation’s Hottest


IBB Design Hosts 3-Day Labor Day Sale

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IBB Design Fine Furnishings
 will host a Labor Day Sale beginning Friday, Sept. 2 and ending Monday, Sept. 5 (closed Sunday, Sep. 4).


Enjoy 50 to 90 percent off warehouse items and special markdowns throughout the showroom.


Follow @IBBDesign on Instagram for special sneak peeks of sale items.


Sale Hours

Friday, Sept. 210 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 310 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4 – CLOSED

Monday, Sept. 510 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Not to be combined with any other promotion or discount. Warehouse sale items are final – no exceptions.

Happy Hill Farm Founder Ed Shipman Passes Away

Happy Hill Farm Founder Passes Away


Today we remember a great man who exemplified Ebby’s motto of “Do Something for Someone Every Day” throughout his life, C. Edward Shipman, Sr.


Mr. Shipman founded Happy Hill Farm, now home to North Central Texas Academy, in 1975 and spent the next four decades changing the futures of thousands of children. It was always one of Ebby’s favorite charitable causes and one that Ebby Halliday Realtors remains committed to today.


Ed Shipman built and operated Happy Hill without state or federal funds. Initially, Happy Hill took in only troubled young people ages 4 through 18.


Said Mr. Shipman in 1986, “All the children who come here are in the midst of some kind of failure cycle. If you can turn that self-image around, you’re a long way down the line toward success.”


Happy Hill later added a day school operation and accepted international students. The name was changed to North Central Texas Academy at Happy Hill Farm. Today, Happy Hill is home to students from 17 countries and continues to change young lives for the better each and every day.


We’re proud of our association with Happy Hill Farm and encourage you to consider making a donation in honor of Ed Shipman’s remarkable life. Memorials may be made here or by mail at Happy Hill Farm, 3846 North Highway 144, Granbury, Texas, 76048.


Fresh Listing Friday: Castle Hills Custom

Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is situated in the popular Castle Hills community of Lewisville, where members have access to an array of amenities, including a private country club and over 25 parks. The custom Darling Home residence at 1209 Lady Carol Drive sits on a large corner lot, overlooks a private lake and provides an abundance of stylish comfort.


Need-to-know Details:

• Custom traditional, priced at $629,000
• 4,140 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1 half-bath
• Open floor plan, hardwoods, plantation shutters, stainless-steel appliances
• Spacious rooms, custom-closet system, large backyard, electric gate


Front Exterior



Formal Dining Area

Living Area

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Master Suite


Rear Exterior


To view this listing, contact Stacey Zimmerman at 469-865-3656 or

6 Steps to a Master (Sleep) Retreat

A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and the years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home and bring it up to speed. Buyers and sellers alike often pay more attention to kitchens, master bathrooms, closets, and yards than they do to the vital space where they will usually spend more than a third of their 24 hours each day. If you’re looking for a change-up or a way to fall back in love with your master bedroom, take a look at the tips below.


1. Choice Spot

4511 Normandy Avenue | University Park | $1,575,000

The bed should be set away from the room’s entrance to keep it out of the main circulation path. Place it in a spot so occupants can enjoy the best view — whether that’s inside (maybe toward a fireplace or favorite piece of art) or outdoors (with views of trees or water where possible). Also, pairing a bed with an upholstered headboard and dressing it up with decorative pillows, a duvet and a throw to personalize it make it more welcoming to tuck in for sleep.


2. Window Treatments

5007 Purdue Avenue | Dallas – Briarwood | $915,000

Minimal is the design mantra when it comes to much of the standard room décor today. But while no coverings in some rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, allows in more light and views, some amount of treatment in a bedroom is needed to block outside light and provide privacy – think shutters, electric shades or curtains.


3. Right Lighting

3608 Coral Gables Drive | Dallas – Park Forest | $419,000

Installing recessed cans is discouraged. They tend to chop up a ceiling and aren’t too attractive to look at while in bed. Task lighting from lamps on night tables or wall-mounted sconces are preferred.


4. Conceal or Banish Electronics

12101 Madeleine Circle | Dallas – Preston Forest | $949,000

For years, scientists and health professionals have known about the danger of the blue light that comes from certain electronic equipment and how it adversely affects melatonin production. Homeowners might consider making the master bedroom a no-electronics zone, without TVs and other technology to help train the brain that the bedroom is primarily a place to sleep rather than stay awake.


5. Soothing Palette

4915 Stanford Avenue | Dallas – Rector Place | $1,549,000

Colors that aren’t extreme are more restful. A palette of pale blues, greens, beiges, grays, and whites create a calming environment. In addition, bedding in white and light creams make for a soothing sight to the eye.


6. Creature Comforts

1750 Trace Bella Court | Southlake | $6,298,880

If the room’s size allows, consider adding a chaise, chair and ottoman, and night tables. Also, a large area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting can help deaden noise and provide warmth underfoot. If the room is located so it opens directly to the outdoors, play this up. Real access to bucolic scenery can contribute to a sense of tranquility.

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent


The North Texas real estate market is hot, hot, hot. And, if you want to join in on the fun as a buyer or seller, now is the time to start looking for a Realtor.


This process is different for everyone, but below are a few things to keep in mind:


Experience – Look to agents who have put time into their career and the neighborhoods in which they work. This can mean different things, like trusting someone who has spent years in the business or someone who grew up in the area.


Personality and Interests – Try to do some background work on a potential agent. Many have bio pages, LinkedIn accounts, social media pages, and online reviews. All of these can be helpful, but remember that not having one or the other doesn’t have a direct correlation to how “good” a Realtor is.


Career type – Is being a Realtor the person’s full-time career? If you’re on a time schedule, you’ll want to pick someone who’s in the industry full-time.


The numbers – If you’re a buyer, don’t choose an agent just because their commission is lower. If you’re a seller, don’t choose them just because they agree with you on how much your home should be listed for. We’ll say two things to justify these points – you get what you pay for, and, in real estate, there’s no telling how much your home will really and truly sell for at the end of the day.


Age – Don’t dismiss an agent based on their age, young or old. What makes an agent the right fit for you is not often their age, but their love of their profession, dedication to you, and the points listed above.


Need a good place to start looking? Check out our office locations and search all of our wonderful Realtors.

25-Year Pin Awarded to Members of Ebby Family

25-Year Pin Awarded to Members of Ebby Family


One of the surest signs of a great company is longtime employees, or in our case, sales associates and staff members. The Ebby Halliday Companies are fortunate to have countless individuals who have been with our firm for many years and each year we take the time to honor those who have reached their 25th Anniversary with Ebby Halliday.


Recently, longtime members of the Ebby Halliday family received the 25-Year Pin at an afternoon tea at the French Room at the Adolphus Hotel honoring their significant contributions to the company. In addition to the honorees, this special event was attended by President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko.


Everyone enjoyed spending time together, reminiscing about their time with the company, and sharing favorite memories. “This special occasion reminds us that our company has longevity and that staff members and sales associates enjoy being here,” says Ms. Burleson. “It’s also a great reminder that we are quite a family of caring people.”


We extend a special thank you to the following Associates and staff members celebrating their 25th year:


Peggy Betzel

Corporate Office

Ann Cleveland

Southwest Dallas/Ellis Co.

Alice Davis

Corporate Office – Director of Referral Associates

Shana Davis


Danna Fason


Jim Harp

Preston Center

Anita Palmer

Preston Keller

Carolyn Phillips


Judy Steinberg

Dave Perry-Miller Park Cities

Peggy Walker

Ebby’s Little White House

Jan Washburn

Preston Plano Parkway



PHOTO: Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, Ann Cleveland, Shana Davis, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Alice Davis, Anita Palmer, Jim Harp and Peggy Walker.