Ebby Halliday Companies Join CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion


In 2019, the Ebby Halliday Companies joined a growing coalition of CEOs pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. President & CEO Chris Kelly is among the more than 1,000 CEOs who have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, committing himself and the Ebby Halliday Companies to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“By signing on to this commitment, the Ebby Halliday Companies pledged to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion,” Kelly says. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies also appointed longtime leaders within the company Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young Diversity & Inclusion Officers. Since their appointments they have worked diligently to diversify recruitment and ensure that the Ebby Halliday Companies’ offerings reach the widest and most-inclusive group of homeowners and buyers.   

Organizations joining the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge have taken a step toward effecting positive change, exchanging tangible learning opportunities, creating collaborative conversations and fostering innovation.

“Diversity and inclusion are vital to the improvement of our work culture, the future of our business and industry, as well as the future of the region we are privileged to call home,” says Kelly. “As the market leader in North Texas, it is our responsibility to take action.”

Kelly says that the Ebby Halliday Companies have recognized that the Southern Sector of Dallas County is underserved by residential real estate brokerages and affiliated services, such as mortgage, insurance and title, and they are actively working to expand their presence in the Southern Sector, including the construction of a new office in Cedar Hill. 

“As we expand our Southern Sector presence, we will increase homeownership opportunities and provide expert representation for the area’s buyers and sellers,” says Kelly. “As part of this commitment, we are dedicated to expanding the diversity of our employees and sales force.”

In addition, the Ebby Halliday Companies – which includes three brokerage brands, as well as in-house mortgage, insurance and title brands – recognized the need to hire loan officers from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in order to best serve North Texas’ increasingly diverse population. Recruiting, hiring and retaining loan officers to better serve the entire North Texas community is one of the company’s stated goals. 

“It is a priority for us to provide our clients loan officers that they enjoy working with and who serve their home-buying and selling needs by providing a variety of loan products appropriate to their needs,” says Kelly. “This is an important initiative for us in 2020 and moving forward into the future.”

To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies’ residential real estate brands, visit ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.

Real Estate Icon’s Legacy of Service Carried Out Daily Across North Texas


Throughout 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas.

“Long life is a privilege not everyone – or every company – gets to enjoy,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “During this anniversary year, we acknowledge this fact with a spirit of gratitude.”

The legacy of Ebby Halliday, who founded Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945, is carried out daily in North Texas through 2,000-plus agents and staff across three real estate brands and in-house mortgage, insurance and title companies. It is now amplified by the Ebby Halliday Companies’ affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America, the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company. 

Acquired by HomeServices in 2018, the Ebby Halliday Companies are modernizing homeownership services and are focused on ensuring that homeownership is available to everyone who wants to own a home in North Texas. Among the company’s primary business objectives in 2020 is furthering access to homeownership opportunities for historically marginalized communities. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies include real estate brands Ebby Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew and core-services companies Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title

“Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly.“ Purchasing or selling in any other way would be like going back in time. Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texas and North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.”

For more information about the Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit ebby.comdaveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com

Today’s the Day: North Texas Giving Tuesday


Today's the Day: North Texas Giving Tuesday

 

Our greatest asset in an unprecedented time is each other. With many nonprofits seeing an increase in demand for critical services and cancellations of in-person fundraising opportunities, all charitable organizations, including many North Texas nonprofits, are reeling from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In concert with the global #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, the Dallas Cowboys and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas have teamed up to support those who need help the most. North Texas Giving Tuesday Now is today, May 5, from 6 a.m. to midnight. You can browse the needs of more than 3,000 local nonprofits and support the organizations of your choice here.

 

Nonprofits of all types – from arts to education, social services, and zoos – are struggling in this unprecedented time. From food pantries, to medical support and financial assistance, to displaced workers and educational programming challenges, there are people in our communities facing real needs, right now. The needs are diverse and they are many, and these organizations urgently need support.

 

To show your support for our North Texas neighbors today, please click here.

 

Living Local: Supporting North Texas Small Businesses


Living Local: Supporting Small Business

 

Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.

 

With Shelter-in-Place orders in effect in North Texas, we’re limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That’s left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love, while abiding by CDC guidelines and Shelter-in-Place orders.

 

Below are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:

 

Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.

 

Spread Word of Mouth (digitally, of course)

If you’ve picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in our community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business’ success.

 

Don’t Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you’re a loyal customer who’s excited to see them later.

 

Purchase Gift Cards

If a business offers digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (and, maybe one for you while you’re at it). It’s a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.

 

#TakeOutTuesday

Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout. Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, many with curbside service.

 

And there you have it – five easy ways to show locally owned North Texas businesses some love.

 

Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you’re not feeling well. We’re in this together.

 

For additional information regarding COVID-19 and food safety, please refer to the CDC and FDA.

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.

Santa Claus Visits Ebby Offices


Santa Comes to Town

 

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re making it easy to update your family photos with Santa Claus.

Over the next three weeks, Santa will make appearances at six Ebby offices across North Texas. So, bring the kids – yes, big kids are welcome, too – and catch up with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his big night.

 

Santa Claus

 

Sunday, December 1 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Ebby Allen | Fairview | Lucas, 955 State Highway 121, Suite 130, Allen

 

Saturday, December 7 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ebby Preston Plano Parkway, 5013 West Plano Parkway, Plano

 

Saturday, December 7 – 1 to 4 p.m.

Ebby Lakewood | Lake Highlands, 6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas

 

Monday, December 9 – 4 to 6 p.m.

Ebby Prosper | Celina, 1170 N. Preston Road, Suite 160, Prosper

 

Wednesday, December 11 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ebby Flower Mound | Lewisville, 6000 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound

 

Saturday, December 14 – 4 to 6 p.m.

Ebby Rockwall | Heath | Lake Ray Hubbard â€“ 2604 Ridge Road, Rockwall

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country, offering brokerage and leasing, as well as mortgage, insurance and title services – creating a one-stop-shop experience for clients. To learn more, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Happy Veterans Day


 

 Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. On this day, we honor all current and former members of the Armed Services. Our country’s greatness is built on the foundation of your courage and sacrifice.

 

As a small way of expressing our thanks to you, we’re proud to be part of U.S. Military on the Move, a free real estate rebate and information program developed by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, to allow all active duty, retired military and wounded warriors to earn cash back when they buy or sell a home.

 

When you buy or sell a home through U.S. Military on the Move, you’ll receive a cash rebate based on the actual sales price – and you’ll receive your rebate at settlement. Military on the Move is offered exclusively by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. To be eligible for the program, register with U.S. Military on the Move before contacting a real estate agent. To register, visit usmilitaryonthemove.com.

 

At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we know that Veterans are highly disciplined, hardworking, team-oriented and accustomed to overcoming obstacles – all skills that translate well to the real estate profession.

 

This, combined with the fact that Veterans often face challenges re-entering the workforce after serving our country, is why we have implemented our Veterans to Realtors program. The program eases the transition into the real estate profession for Veterans.

 

“If you live in the North Texas region, and have served in any branch of the military, then you could be qualified for our Veterans to Realtors program,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “If you are able to make a commitment to real estate and are accepted to the program, we will pay your fee at our company school, and you will receive a $500 reimbursement after your first closing.

 

“We also recognize that military service is a shared duty and sacrifice for the entire family,” says Kelly. “We are proud to also provide this program to any spouse of an active or reserve-duty military service member.”

 

If you are a Veteran and would like to get your residential real career started, contact Ebby Halliday Companies Talent Recruitment Director Merry Shuck at merry@ebby.com or any branch office sales manager for Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate or Williams Trew.

 

Veterans Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t guaranteed. It’s protected by the men and women in our Armed Services. To those who secure our way of life, thank you!

 

 

 

 

DSO on the GO: Classical Concerts Close to Home


DSO on the GO: Classical Concerts Close to Home

 

November offers two opportunities to enjoy one of the world’s foremost orchestras right in your “backyard.”

 

The first Dallas Symphony Orchestra DSO on the GO performance in November takes place on the 16th at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster. The DSO will perform selections from Mozart, Piazzolla, Ravel, Strauss and Grieg.

 

The second opportunity takes place on the 17th at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco. The program includes selections from Strauss, Debussy, Grieg, Mozart, Piazzolla, Ravel, Bizet and Saint-Saens.

 

General admission tickets are $19 and student tickets are $5 with Promo Code STUDENTGO. Tickets may be purchased at mydso.com or by calling 214.TIX.4DSO.

 

Enjoy the shows!

Welcome to the Neighborhood


In tune with the changing seasons, fresh retail spaces and entertainment destinations are joining some of our favorite parts of town. Here’s the scoop on new stores and hotspots opening around North Texas.

 

goyard

Goyard Graces Dallas

The French fashion house brings its first-ever Texas store to popular Park Cities shopping experience Highland Park Village.

 

mule alley

Mule Alley Transforms FW Stockyards

Picture it: 180,000 square feet of restored barns turned mixed-use community, bustling with retail and dining galore.

 

TF Research

More Fresh Debuts

– Treat your face with Tom Ford Research in Highland Park Village.

– Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James charms Southlake Town Square.

– Fort Worth welcomes Dickies Arena.

 

Read the full story in our fall/winter issue of Grand Vie.