HomeServices of America is No. 1, Again


Country's Largest Real Estate Company? HomeServices of America

 

All of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies are proud that HomeServices of America, our parent company, is once again the country’s largest real estate company based on the recently released REAL TRENDS 500 transaction report. The Ebby Halliday Companies include real estate brands Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

“This recognition belongs to all of the hard-working agents and staff throughout the HomeServices and Ebby Halliday families,” said Chris Kelly, president & chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “They have worked tirelessly to guide their clients with expertise and impeccable service toward the dream of homeownership.”

 

HomeServices of America executives Ron Peltier and Gino Blefari recognized and congratulated employees, agents and sales managers across HomeServices’ family of businesses for again being recognized as the country’s largest real estate company. In 2019, the company closed 329,680 residential transactions and facilitated approximately 219,000 mortgage, insurance, title and escrow transactions.

 

“This achievement affirms the hard work of our incredible team and while we are celebrating this moment, we recognize the challenges of these turbulent times,” said Blefari, CEO of HomeServices. “HomeServices is better positioned to manage through this volatility than any other real estate firm. And we are committed to supporting our agents as they safely and skillfully guide buyers and sellers through today’s home-transaction process.”

 

“HomeServices offers the full suite of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance services,” added Peltier, executive chairman of HomeServices. “That, together with our financial strength, stability, and unparalleled leadership team will continue to make HomeServices an industry leader into 2020 and beyond.”

 

“A safe and secure home has never been more important,” concluded Blefari. “HomeServices’ family of companies is uniquely positioned to making homeownership not just a dream, but a possibility even during these extraordinary times.”

 

To view the complete list of rankings, visit https://www.realtrends.com/rankings/rt500.

Digital Escapes From Around the World


 

Coral Reefs

 

Looking for a way to pass the time on your lunch break or better yet, a simple way to entertain your new “co-workers”? We found some digital escapes sure to please a variety of audiences at home.

 

Here are some of our favorite virtual experiences from around the world.

 

Skyline Webcams | Major Cities and Tourist Attractions

We may all be stuck at home, but we can still travel in our imaginations. Webcam aggregator allows you to see numerous landmarks all over the world in real time.

 

Art Selfie | Anywhere, Everywhere

To make art more accessible to everyone, Google created an experiment that finds your doppelgänger among tens of thousands of artworks from the collections of their partner museums around the world. Watch the video, install the app, take a selfie, and search to see if any look like you.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York City, New York

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City — The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.

 

The Uffizi Gallery | Florence, Italy

The Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’Medici to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany. Over time, the top floor loggia became an exhibition of the dynastic collection of ancient sculpture, artwork and artifacts.

 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium | Monterey, California

Be delighted by the antics of the sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of the jellies. With 10 live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

 

Contributed by Victoria Larocca

The Weekly Wrap-up


Are you in the market for a new home in North Texas? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

 

1_1402 Post Oak

1402 Post Oak Place | Westlake | $4,259,750

 

2_3505 Turtle Creek

3505 Turtle Creek Blvd., Penthouse 20F | Turtle Creek | $2,590,000

 

3_3608 Mockingbird

3608 Mockingbird Lane | Highland Park | $1,225,000

 

4_1251 Crooked Stick

1251 Crooked Stick Drive | Prosper | $950,000

 

5_7003 Audubon

7003 Audubon Drive | Parker | $839,000

 

6_6426 Ellsworth

6426 Ellsworth Avenue | Lakewood | $599,000

 

7_1310 Granger

1300 Granger Drive | Allen | $460,000

 

8_700 Wooster

700 Wooster Lane | Plano | $449,000

 

9_9024 Bretshire

9024 Bretshire DriveEastwood Hills | $375,000

 

10_705 Nottingham

705 Nottingham Drive | Richardson | $369,700

 

To view more exceptional properties, visit ebby.com.

COVID-19 and North Texas Residential Real Estate


COVID-19 and North Texas Residential Real Estate

 

North Texas is home. Through wars, recessions, natural disasters and other challenges, our great region has not only survived, it has thrived.

 

North Texas is being tested again, this time by a virus that many of us, only weeks ago, had never even heard of. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we are concerned first and foremost with the health and well-being of our clients, sales associates and employees. Naturally, we are also concerned with the virus’ impact on our local economy; and specifically, the North Texas residential real estate market.

 

What will happen to the local real estate market in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? No one knows the exact answer to this question, but an optimism runs through the veins of North Texans that is infectious in its own way.

 

This is why so many choose to call our region home – in fact, almost 400 new residents join us each day. After the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, even more people will seek our highly desirable lifestyle of an ideal location in the Central U.S., a moderate climate, world-class amenities and affordable housing, thus sustaining and driving our local economy.

 

With the arrival of COVID-19 in the North Texas region and with Shelter-In-Place Orders now active in most surrounding counties, real estate services have been deemed an essential service and we take that responsibility seriously.

 

There is no question that this latest challenge to our region will leave its own indelible mark. Selling a home will take a bit more patience as we all navigate uncharted waters, but keeping your property on the market is vital as buyers turn more often than ever to online shopping. Virtual tours, photography and videos will offer a competitive edge for sellers.

 

If you would like to discuss selling your home or purchasing a North Texas home, please contact an Ebby Halliday Realtors agent today.

 

As with each Ebby Halliday Companies real estate brand, our Core Services brands, which include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, utilize the latest technologies. They are able to fully serve your mortgage, insurance and title needs online, over the phone and through mobile service.

 

As we mark 75 years of conducting business in North Texas in 2020, we are reminded of the challenges this great company has seen and survived. In many of those moments, the future was unclear, but our company steadied its course, did what was necessary and came out stronger on the other side. It would be our honor to share our knowledge and experience with you.

Transform Your Home Workspace


Modern Home Office

 

Having an office in your home is becoming a need as more companies are sending their employees to work from their homestead. Setting up your workspace can be challenging if you don’t know where to begin.

 

Here are some tips for transforming your home space into a workspace.

 

Make A List

The first step is to identify what essential supplies and tech you’ll need. Depending on your work environment, this can range from needing a desk and laptop to a printer or more advanced equipment. Making a list will help to assure that you have everything you need to work from home.

 

Internet Connection

Your job will most likely require you to use the internet. Test out your internet connection, and if needed, give your service provider a call for more assistance.

 

Setup Your Workspace

Now that you have your essentials, it’s time to build your office! Setup your workspace where you have a good internet connection and proper lighting. It’s important to organize your tech and supplies where it works for you.

 

Organize Your Time

Managing your time properly is key to working effectively from your home. Remember, it’s alright to take breaks, grab a snack, and do some stretches if you can. Create a routine and use a planner to organize what you need to do.

 

Connect With Others

Being at home and away from your office doesn’t necessarily mean removing all human interaction. It’s especially important to still work with others â€“ even if it’s virtually. Find software and apps that can help boost your communication with coworkers.

 

Shelter-In-Place Notice to Our Valued Clients


Shelter-in-Place Notice to Our Valued Clients

 

The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents are always our top priority. Per the Shelter-In-Place Amended Order issued by Judge Jenkins that covers the period of March 23 through April 3 for Dallas County, our agents and employees will be required to work remotely. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

We plan to be fully operational through a remote-work plan designed to ensure that our sales team and clients are supported. We will also continue to monitor and adhere to the guidelines set forth by our health agencies, real estate associations, and local authorities, including all applicable “Shelter-In-Place” orders.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services remotely?

 

* Yes, we have been preparing for this for the past several weeks and our company has executed its remote-work plan. All accounting, human resources, marketing and other critical functions will continue. We ask for your patience as some processes may take a bit more time due to the logistics of working remotely.

 

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses within the Financial Sector and therefore may continue to operate as normal through the period the Order is in effect.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

* Your listings will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

 

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval processes;

– Online Insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

* During the term of the Shelter-In-Place Order, it is unlikely that your listing can be physically shown or have an open house. Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video. Recent information released by Google indicated home searching inquiries were at an all-time high, therefore it may be favorable to continue the online exposure of your listing until such time as physical showings are again permitted. If you determine it is in your best interests to temporarily withdraw your listing, your listing agent can work the details with you.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and through our websites, you can connect directly with an agent to learn more about a listing, a neighborhood or community. At a time when physically viewing properties may be limited, this is an excellent way to continue to monitor the market.

 

* Agents may also be able to cooperate with one another to obtain additional video information regarding a property, if the property does not already have an existing video tour.

 

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval processes;

– Complete your Insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

 

* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

 

* Our title companies are working with the County Recorder offices to ensure that the recording of your transaction can still take place during the period of the Shelter-In-Place order.

 

* We are working to clarify with the County if moving companies and other ancillary services connected to closing a real estate transaction are exempted from the Amended Order. As soon as we have additional information we will immediately notify your agent.

 

* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis or the Amended Order, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

What about the delivery of my earnest money or option fees?

* Your agent has instructions on the available alternatives for handling both the earnest money and option fee in an electronic manner.

 

What else do I need to be aware of?

* Do not click on any suspicious links or messages purporting to help you in this crisis from sources that you do not know. Hackers are already attempting to exploit this crisis to take advantage of the public.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

Service to Community: How You Can Help


Smiling young girl helps at food bank

 

As COVID-19 continues to make an impact across North Texas, many families are left wondering where their next meal might come from. In the spirit of one of our founding principles, we’ve gathered a list of places where you can volunteer, spread the word and support the community.

 

North Texas Food Bank

In the wake of job losses from the coronavirus pandemic, NTFB is partnering with Shiftsmart, providing job opportunities to employees in the hospitality industry. NTFB plans to create 60,000 family meal boxes a week and collaborate with the City of Dallas and local school districts.

 

Minnie’s Food Pantry

Minnie’s Food Pantry is seeing a 20% increase in clientele due to the effects of the coronavirus. On average, the nonprofit feeds 5,000 individuals a month. To donate to Minnie’s Food Pantry, click here.

 

Dallas Independent School District

Dallas ISD announced it will be passing out three days worth of meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays at 50 campuses beginning Monday, March 23. Other school districts may have limited pickup locations. Please see those district websites for specific details.

 

Cedar Hill Food Pantry

Food distribution will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. t0 noon. To volunteer or donate, click here.

 

Pleasant Grove Food Pantry

Volunteers are needed to help prepare for food distribution on Mondays and Tuesdays. To volunteer or donate, click here.

 

This information is accurate as of noon, March 20. Please check direct links for updates, as details and needs may change.

13 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Join Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties open to visitors this weekend.

 

Please visit ebby.com for the most up-to-date information, as dates and times may change.

 

1_1100 Tealwood

1100 Tealwood Court | Southlake$990,000

 

2_4515 Briar Oaks

4515 Briar Oaks Circle | Dallas$850,000

 

3_511 Alamo

511 Alamo Court | Southlake$785,000

 

4_4001 Mockingbird

4001 Mockingbird Lane | Colleyville$615,000

 

7_12315 Creekspan

 12315 Creekspan Drive | North Lake Highlands | $475,000

 

8_7807 Hillsdale

7807 Hillsdale Drive | Sachse$449,900

 

9_2423 Remuda

2423 Remuda Drive | Sherman$428,500

 

10_14336 Regency

 14336 Regency Place | Dallas$408,000

 

11_3941 Bamboo

3941 Bamboo Trail | McKinney | $379,000

 

12_4042 Dalton

4042 Dalton Drive | Rowlett$370,000

 

13_7813 Fossil Creek

7813 Fossil Creek Trail | McKinney$368,000

 

14_15706 Terrace

15706 Terrace Lawn CirclePrestonwood$339,000

 

15_6917 Lake Meadow

6917 Lake Meadow Lane | Sachse$332,500

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Cathy Keetch Named Sales Leader of Arlington, Mansfield Offices


Cathy Keetch Named Sales Leader of Arlington, Mansfield Offices

 

Cathy Keetch has been named sales leader of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ Arlington and Mansfield offices. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, recently made the announcement.

 

“Cathy is a widely admired veteran of the North Texas real estate industry,” Kelly said. “Known for always going above and beyond for clients, she possesses a thorough understanding of residential real estate and a deep appreciation for our company’s reputation for outstanding service.”

 

Said Carolyn Rosson, vice president of brokerage for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Cathy brings to her new role an extensive and varied background in the real estate profession, having previously served in brokerages, title companies and law firms. Her background and experience will be invaluable assets to the clients and sales associates of our Arlington and Mansfield offices.”

 

Before entering real estate, Keetch, a graduate of Texas Christian University, was a special education teacher. She received her real estate license in 1995. A servant leader throughout her professional career, she believes to be a great leader you must serve others first.

 

“My decision to join Ebby was easy because of the company’s history,” Keetch said. “I plan to nurture and grow the incredible culture Ebby and many others have built over the past 75 years.”

 

Keetch most recently worked for a well-known title company and is passionate about serving families.

 

“I love people,” she said.  â€œI will be ever-mindful of our agent’s needs, the needs of their valued clients, as well as the needs of the Arlington and Mansfield communities.”

 

“As the sales leader of Ebby’s Arlington and Mansfield offices, my guiding principle will be the same as our company’s – service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our communities,” Keetch says. “The Arlington and Mansfield offices will continue to uphold these pillars upon which our company has built its reputation. I couldn’t be more excited to walk alongside our Arlington and Mansfield agents as they grow their careers and businesses.”

 

When not busy working, Keetch enjoys spending free time with her family, including her three children, ages 18, 20 and 22. She is also passionate about nurturing friendships and travel.

 

For more information on Ebby’s Arlington and Mansfield offices, visit Arlington.Ebby.com and Mansfield.Ebby.com. To contact Cathy Keetch, email cathykeetch@ebby.com.

 

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm, the Ebby Halliday Companies are today No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

 

How May We Serve You?


We're Here to Serve You

 

As your North Texas residential real estate partner, Ebby Halliday Realtors continues to closely monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

“We recognize that the nature of our relationship with you is a little different than most businesses,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “We aren’t a business that you stop into occasionally, or one that you can get take-out from over the next several weeks. Our business brings us into your homes. And right now, ‘home’ is where national and local health officials are saying we are the safest and where we should be. That alone means we need to be more mindful than ever of the commitment we have to you and your home.

 

“As we strive to ensure the health and safety of our clients, sales associates, employees and community, it is important for you to know what we are doing as a company,” Kelly says. “We want you to have peace of mind while we help you find that new home or sell your current one at a very unique time in our market. We have robust continuity plans across all of our business lines. All of us will need to exercise a degree of patience in everything we do, as some parts of any business may simply take a little longer – but our doors, whether physically or virtually, will remain open and we are honored to meet your needs. During this time of uncertainty, serving you remains our priority.”

 

Among the ways Ebby Halliday Realtors agents are serving clients:

 

Virtual Tours – Want to see a property or have an open house? Virtual open houses and tours may be the right answer for you.

 

Contracts – Have contracts or agreements in the pipeline? All can be handled electronically and efficiently from the comfort of your home.

 

Loans, Insurance and Closing – Need to apply for a loan, obtain insurance or close on a property? The Ebby Halliday Companies’ mortgage, title and insurance partners Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, offer online, over-the-phone and mobile services.

 

As always, all North Texas homes for sale are available for viewing on ebby.com.

 

“As we mark 75 years of conducting business in North Texas, we are reminded of the wars, recessions, natural disasters and other challenges this great company has seen and survived,” Kelly says. “In many of those moments, the future was unclear, but our company steadied its course, did what was necessary and came out stronger on the other side. This will be no different. I encourage you to be mindful of your and your family’s health in the coming weeks, and on behalf of all us at the Ebby Halliday Companies I thank you for trusting us with your home.”