Attention Texas Homeowners: New Homestead Exemption Law Now In Effect


One of the easiest ways homeowners can lower their property tax bill is to file a homestead exemption. Homestead exemptions reduce the appraised value of your home and, as a result, lower your property taxes. 

If you purchased a home in 2021, it’s now time to file your homestead exemption – more details below.

Plan to purchase in the future? Thanks to a new law that took effect January 1, 2022, Texas homeowners may now file for a homestead exemption in the same year they purchase their primary residence, instead of the following year – as was the case in the past.

To apply for a homestead exemption, contact your county appraisal district.

The Application for Residential Homestead Exemption is available here

A list of county appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available here.

If you have any questions regarding residential real estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors is ready to serve you. To learn more, visit Ebby.com and connect with one of our experienced agents today! 

This information is brought to you by Texas Premier Title, a member of the Ebby Halliday Companies. In addition to three legacy brokerage brands, the Ebby Halliday Companies includes mortgage, title and insurance services. Simply put, we offer one “door” to everything you need to buy a home in Texas and Oklahoma. This complete offering ensures our clients the easiest and most secure real estate experience possible. 

Home Maintenance Guide & Calendar


American Home Shield is here to help you protect your budget, which starts with protecting your home. Their comprehensive Home Maintenance Guide and Calendar allow you to keep track of service dates and details, and stay on top of seasonal maintenance tips and tasks.

Download your free Home Maintenance Guide and Calendar by clicking the images below to help improve the condition and longevity of the systems and appliances in your home. The Home Maintenance Guide also offers quick fixes for common systems and appliance issues so you can decide if it’s a DIY project or time to call a qualified repair professional. 

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If there’s one thing homeowners know to expect, it’s the unexpected. American Home Shield helps protect your budget against covered household breakdowns, including components of your air conditioner, heating unit, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as appliances like your oven, refrigerator, and washing machine. You know — the things you count on every single day.

They offer three plans to choose from so you can select the best one for your budget and household, and for more home maintenance and DIY tips, visit their YouTube channel

25-Year Anniversaries Not Such a Rarity at the Ebby Halliday Companies


In an age when many professionals change jobs often and easily, staying in one place for 25 years is definitely not something you see often.

Yet an incredible 43 people at the Ebby Halliday Companies recently achieved that very milestone. Those 43 – independent contractor agents and office staff from the Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew brands – were celebrated Wednesday with a special luncheon at Sixty Vines in Uptown Dallas. Because of a COVID delay, some had already progressed from 25 to 26 and 27 years. 

CEO Chris Kelly, who addressed the honorees and presented each with a diamond pin, said this about the afternoon. 

“It was my absolute pleasure to celebrate these team members who have been part of the Ebby Halliday Companies for 25 years or more. We fully appreciate that this kind of loyalty is not the norm in the real estate industry – especially in today’s climate of plentiful options. We think that makes a loud statement about the culture Ebby built here and that we’ve been working hard to maintain.”   

EHC is big on acknowledging such milestones – internally and externally – along with those around production, personal bests, landmark closings, incentive contests and more. It’s not uncommon to get a video email from Kelly himself, congratulating an agent for a key sale or overcoming a challenge. Vice Presidents Carolyn Rosson and Malinda Howell as well as the company’s 28 Sales Leaders also champion their people any chance they get. The brand is known for being as supportive and encouraging as Ebby Halliday herself was.

Could that be the key to why so many stick around? Here’s what some of those celebrating that day said.

Carolyn McCann | Williams Trew | Office Administrator

“I began my career with Ebby Halliday and have greatly enjoyed working for a company that was ‘out in front’ on extending opportunities to women. They also make it a priority to provide agents and employees with many incredible mentors and role models to guide us. There is a feeling of belonging to a family when you work here, and I am still so very proud to call this place home after all these years.”

Janice Berg | Ebby Halliday Realtors | Sales Associate

“I had been living in Frisco since 1977 and had the opportunity to go to the groundbreaking for the Ebby office there 25 years ago. I had my license with another company at the time. I was standing behind Miss Ebby herself and I told her I would love to talk to her about becoming an Ebby agent because I had heard so many good things about the company. She yelled out to the future manager and said, ‘Here’s our first Ebby Frisco agent. Let’s all go to lunch tomorrow!’ And the rest is history. I did become the first agent. And I can’t thank this company enough for what it’s done for me and my family.” 

Brian Smith | Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate | Sales Associate

“Prior to 1984, I had been buying and selling my own real estate. I grew up in Dallas and heard the Ebby name and knew all about the Little White House. I decided to go with them. In fact, during my training is where I met my wife Leslie Rouda Smith (current NAR President). It’s been a really good experience for our family (daughter Kristin and son Austin are also with DPMRE). The reasons I chose them? The excellence, the reputation, the professionalism and the name. The training classes and the continuing education – you just can’t beat them. They keep us very well informed and up on any changes in real estate matters. It’s been a very good career.”

Congratulations to all and thank you for your extraordinary commitment to service!

To view the 25-Year Anniversary celebration video, click here.

For more photos from the 25-Year Anniversary celebration, click here.

To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies, please visit ebbyhallidaycompanies.com/joinus.

Ebby Halliday Realtors Names Hillary Hansen Sales Leader of New Plano West Office


Hillary Hansen has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Preston Plano Parkway and Plano Willow Bend offices, which will merge in late 2021 to become Ebby’s new Plano West office. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“A widely admired North Texas real estate industry professional, Hillary brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation, to coaching agents and teams to reach their full potential,” Kelly says. “She is the ideal person to succeed Curt Kastan, who is returning to working in his family’s business.”

Says Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell, “We are so excited to welcome Hillary to her new role with our beautiful new Plano West office, located at the corner of Parker Road and the Dallas North Tollway. Day in and day out, Hillary lives out the Ebby Halliday Companies’ People First mission.”

Hansen, who has been an Ebby agent for the past nine years, most recently served as the Associate Development Director for the brokerage’s Plano and Allen offices.

“I am so excited with the direction of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the momentum,” she says. “I’m passionate about real estate and the opportunity we as agents have to be a constant during a time of transition in people’s lives.”

Hansen is a servant leader at heart who leads by example. She is a strong believer in the professional development and mentoring opportunities offered to agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.

“When working with agents, I like to cheer, to educate, and to always create leaders around me,” she says. “I get a lot of joy from watching others succeed. I’m excited about growing our new Plano West office and I am very much looking forward to working with each of our agents on their business plans and helping them achieve their goals.”

Hansen’s passion for real estate and leadership is second only to her family. She and her husband, Dan, a loan officer at Ebby’s McKinney and Denton offices, are the proud parents of a 3-year-old daughter.

In addition to her service to the real estate industry, Hillary is committed to serving the North Texas community. She is a longtime member of the Junior League of Collin County.

“I am honored and excited to take on this new leadership role,” Hansen says. “I’m looking forward to supporting the extraordinary agents who will make up our new Plano West office, as well as growing the Ebby brand across North Texas and beyond.”

To contact Hillary Hansen, email hillary@ebby.com.


Having celebrated 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are Texas’ leading residential real estate services firm. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired in 2018 by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions in 2020. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Sponsors the 25th Annual ‘Neath The Wreath Holiday Gift Market


It’s not officially the holiday season until you’ve shopped a Christmas market and supported small businesses! We are proud to sponsor the Junior League of Collin County’s 25th annual ‘Neath the Wreath event.

The four-day holiday gift market hosts over 13,000 shoppers and over 125 merchants from across Texas and beyond. The market features the best in unique holiday and home décor, ladies’ clothing, accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items, gourmet food, and more.  

Tickets are available now at neaththewreath.org or participating Market Street locations. 

As the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Collin County, the ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market has raised over $4.4 million over the last 25 years to fund educational and community programs such as life-skills training, mentoring, literacy programs and more benefiting Collin County families. 

Ebby Halliday Acers used to live by the saying “Do something for someone every day” and at Ebby Halliday Realtors, we are proud to continue Ebby’s legacy of service to the community. 

The Junior League of Collin County – an all-female, nonprofit organization of almost 1,000 volunteers – works to disrupt the cycles of economic insecurity and family violence, and strengthen and advance women, children, and families in Collin County. To learn more, visit www.jlcollincounty.org

Ebby Halliday Realtors, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is the leading full-service real estate company in Texas. To learn more, visit ebby.com

8 Reasons to List During the Holidays


‘Tis the Season to Sell Your Home! Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season – especially this holiday season – may actually be an ideal time to offer your North Texas home for sale! Here’s why…
  1. Average home sales price in North Texas is up over 20 percent over this time last year.
  2. Interest rates are at historic lows, which means buyers have more buying power than ever before.
  3. Inventory of homes for sale remain at low levels while buyer demand is strong. 
  4. Many people are still working from home, which means they may want more space, home offices, or a change of scenery. With more flexible work schedules and less travel during the holidays, many prospective buyers may use the extra time to search for a new home. 
  5. Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.
  6. Typically there are even fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. Translation: less competition for you!
  7. Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.
  8. Many transferees are not able to wait until the spring market to buy. They are here now and need a home now.

Ebby Halliday Realtors is the leading real estate company in Texas. If you would like to buy or sell in this market, you will need a full-time, experienced agent by your side. Visit ebby.com and connect with one of our experienced agents today!

The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

5765 Cedar Grove Circle | Plano | $899,000

4560 Acacia Parkway | Prosper | $775,000

145 Erling Lane | Irving | $739,900

701 Waterlane Drive | Mansfield | $580,000

Visit ebby.com to view more listings throughout North Texas and to connect with one of our experienced agents today!

The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

1801 Seville Cove | Westlake | $3,299,000

3910 Fox Glen Drive | Irving | $1,100,000

8706 Groveland Drive | Dallas | $995,000

2145 Fawnwood Drive | Plano | $899,900

5200 Standing Oak Lane | Rockwall | $875,000

These Ebby Halliday Companies Veeps Are Helping Keep a Legacy Alive


Carolyn Rosson (left) and Malinda Brownlee Howell at the Ebby Halliday Companies Home Office Training Center in Plano

The great thing about being a 76-year old company is the automatic credibility and respect amassed each passing year. Like people, companies don’t last that long unless they’re taking care of themselves and living ‘in the now’ with valuable purpose. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are doing both of those things – with the help of two women in leadership who wholeheartedly believe in where the company came from and where it’s going.

Carolyn Rosson and Malinda Brownlee Howell each serve as Vice President, Brokerage, over the three EHC brands: Ebby Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew. Both were in the field for many years, and served as Sales Leaders, too. They complement each other with their unique giftings and have a strong partnership.

“We are in these roles to advocate for agents,” says Howell. “By working closely with the Sales Leaders and offices, we hope to ultimately help create the most efficient real estate transactions possible. They know they can reach out to us at any time as mentors, coaches, and cheerleaders. We are accessible and we listen. We also stay on top of what’s happening in the market and industry so we can share these changes with everyone. Carolyn and I have been very active on a local, state, and national level with various associations, and the connections we’ve made throughout the years are available for anyone to tap into.”

Howell and Rosson in North Carolina this September staying strong in their Ninja Selling skills.

Both Howell and Rosson knew Ebby Halliday Acers personally and have made it their professional mission to “bridge the gap” for the new generation of agents who never had the chance to work with her or learn from her.

“Even though the company has a new face,” says Rosson, “it still very much has the same heart. And while we’re moving in a new direction in some respects, we want to ensure we don’t stray from those foundational tenets that were part of who Ebby was, and then became part of who we are. The ethics, integrity, and focus on community are part of our training and culture, and I think they are key differentiators when choosing a brokerage as either a client or an agent.”

Ebby’s renown as a trailblazer comes up frequently in conversation around the home office as leadership talks strategy and innovation. 

“She set us up so well for the future just by being fearless,” says Howell. “Ebby was passionate about advancing women in the workplace before it was even cool to do so. She gave widows and young professionals opportunities they would never have received elsewhere, including Mary Frances Burleson, who went from administrative assistant to CEO. It’s one reason we have so many capable women in leadership roles here.” 

Howell and Rosson addressing agents during a pre-pandemic Honor Roll luncheon.

Rosson continues, “And racial equity was always on her radar, simply because it was the right thing to do. She would be so proud of our accomplishments there, led by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, like community lending programs, translation services, LGBTQ support, and more.”

As Rosson and Howell contemplate the growth the brokerage has seen in recent years – expanding to Cedar Creek and Richland Chambers lakes, north into Oklahoma, and west into Parker County – they are heartened by what they feel is the spirit of Ebby living on in the brands and look forward to keeping it alive through their respective roles. Learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies, including career opportunities, at ebby.com.