Cornerstone Brokerage Joins Ebby Halliday Companies


Real Estate Leader Furthers Commitment to East Texas

Residential real estate leader The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Cornerstone Brokerage, based in Tyler, approximately 100 miles east of Dallas. In addition to Tyler, Cornerstone serves the residential and farm & ranch real estate needs of Smith and surrounding counties. It will now operate as Ebby Halliday Tyler.

“This is a very exciting day at the Ebby Halliday Companies as we further our commitment to serving the incredible communities of East Texas,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded, market-leading companies committed to the highest standards of serving our clients and communities.” 

Travis Mathews, Chief Operating Officer for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Today’s announcement is the ideal next step following our expansion into Jacksonville, allowing our Tyler and Jacksonville agents to create a growing network and expanded market. We are excited to become part of the Tyler brokerage community and to cooperate with our fellow brokerages and agents in the best interests of home buyers and sellers.” 

Founded in 1997, Cornerstone is celebrating 25 years in 2022. The firm’s 19 agents, including its seven partners with a combined 162 years of real estate experience, have always been dedicated to providing extraordinary real estate service to their clients in East Texas.

“We believe those years of experience, along with, listening to and caring for the needs of our clients, have contributed to the growth and success of our company,” says Founding Partner and Broker of Record Andy Guinn. “Our agents and employees are dedicated not only to personal success but to our overall success.”

Adds Partner Melanie Baker, “Although smaller in number, our sales production ranks in the top of our market. This is due to our business being based largely on referrals and repeat clients, offering customer service on a personal level. Our track record of success speaks to the respect we have earned in the community.”

Operating as Ebby Halliday Tyler, the 21 agents from Cornerstone Brokerage are excited to join the Ebby Halliday Companies family!

Says Partner Steven Farrell, “Joining the Ebby Halliday Companies takes us to an entirely new level. We now offer agents and their clients a dedicated and seasoned support team. As a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, we’ve worked with the fine people at Ebby for many years providing relocation services to our clients. Their approach to business is very similar to ours – always putting people first.”

In addition to their affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International, agents in Ebby’s Tyler office will benefit from the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience – a hallmark of Ebby’s approach to making real estate transactions convenient and seamless.

“We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Tyler to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” says Senior Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell. “Their team has a hard-earned reputation for integrity, service and client satisfaction, and we believe they are an ideal fit for the Ebby family.” 

Guinn, Baker and Farrell, along with the rest of the team at Ebby Halliday Tyler, are actively involved in the community, supporting such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Christian Women’s Job Corp, and Clark’s 5k, which benefits Young Life and honors deceased Cornerstone Partner Clark Crawford’s dream of sending “a busload of kids to camp.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information about Ebby’s Tyler office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Jacksonville Hosts Grand Opening


We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of Ebby’s new Jacksonville office was a huge success! The event was well-attended by local dignitaries, company leadership, the office’s agents and staff, and many members of the very supportive Jacksonville-area community.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by and help celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting for our new Ebby Halliday Jacksonville office,” says Natalie Thomas, Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ newest office – one that marks the residential real estate leader’s entry into the East Texas market. “What a celebration it was. We are so proud to have so much love and support from our community!”

The office, formerly Homes & Property Realty, serves the residential real estate needs of Jacksonville, Tyler, Rusk, Bullard, Flint and surrounding East Texas areas.

“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our combined companies to better serve current and future residents, as well as second-home buyers and sellers, in East Texas,” said President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with extensive residential real estate experience.”

Add Travis Mathews, Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Over our 77-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of these outstanding East Texas real estate professionals helps ensure our leading market position for many years to come.”

In addition to the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience, agents in Ebby’s new Jacksonville office and their valued clients benefit from Ebby’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network. 

For more information about Ebby’s Jacksonville office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Realtors Celebrate Rookies of the Year 2022


In 2021, you got it done. In 2022, we drink to you!

Maybe they’re new to the business, but these Rookies finished their first year like longtime pros. We had so much fun celebrating their successes with a special luncheon at Haywire.

Keep up the great work in Year 2, everyone!

Check out our Rookies of the Year Luncheon 2022 video below.  

For more photos from the Rookies of the Year Luncheon 2022, click here.

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

6 Tips to Overcome Low Inventory


Today, the greatest challenge faced by homebuyers is low inventory. In this highly-competitive market, it’s important to work with an agent who has an in-depth understanding of how to navigate the situation. Here are six tips to help you achieve your goals, even when facing low inventory.

Get Pre-Approved

In any housing market, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is always the first step in the home-buying process. When searching for a home, buyers and their agents need to know exactly how much they can offer. And in a market defined by low inventory and multiple offers, sellers may not seriously consider offers without a lender letter. While waiting to get approved, you may be passed over in favor of potential buyers who submit proof of funds and mortgage approval letters with their offer.

Be Patient and Prioritize

Due to increased demand and low inventory, it may take longer to find the right home for you. Patience, prioritization and compromise are key. You may not find the perfect home, but if you know what’s most important to you and what’s just a bonus, you’ll be able to find a home that meets most of your search criteria.

Ask About Off-Market and Coming Soon Listings

A savvy real estate agent who’s well-versed in the local market can get you access to off-market or “pocket” listings that are only marketed by word-of-mouth. Your agent will also be aware of any coming soon listings to help you get ahead of the competition.

Be Prepared for a Bidding War

A bidding war is all too common in a market with low inventory. If this happens, it’s important to know your limit beforehand and take the time to consider what the home is worth to you versus its current market value. 

Make Your Best Offer

Gone are the days of back-and-forth negotiating. If you love a home, be ready to put forth your best offer. Keep in mind, when sellers receive multiple offers, it’s not always the highest one that’s the most appealing. There are other ways to set your offer apart such as making a cash offer, waiving contingencies, or offering a seller leaseback. Discuss with your agent the terms that give you the strongest advantage.

Find an Agent You Can Trust

Above all, find an agent you can trust! Buying and selling a home is exciting, but it can be nerve-wracking, too. The process can be complicated and the stakes are high. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, our agents are experienced, knowledgeable professionals who will always put your best interests first and provide you with the most current market research and strategic advice as you make one of life’s biggest financial decisions. They are engaged every day in the buying and selling of real estate. 

Allow Ebby Halliday Realtors to guide you through the process of successfully buying or selling your home. For more information, visit ebby.com today!

Inventory Breakdown by County

All Counties: -9%

Bosque County: +22%

Collin County: -19%

Cooke County: -23%

Dallas County: -27%

Delta County: +35%

Denton County: -9%

Ellis County: +9%

Erath County: +6%

Fannin County: +37%

Grayson County: -6%

Henderson County: +4%

Hill County: -15%

Hood County: -6%

Hopkins County: -8%

Hunt County: +13%

Johnson County: +8%

Kaufman County: +9%

Lamar County: +18%

Montague County: +59%

Navarro County: +15%

Palo Pinto County: -13%

Parker County: -14%

Rains County: +63%

Rockwall County: +15%

Smith County: -35%

Somervell County: +23%

Tarrant County: -13%

Van Zandt County: +10%

Wise County: +12%

Source: NTREIS MLS, 1/1/21-5/1/21 vs. 1/1/22 vs. 5/1/22

Low Inventory Continues as the Spring Market Begins


Spring Market 2022 is shaping up to be even more competitive than 2021. But don’t be intimidated into inaction. Getting what you need and want is still possible with the right mindset… and, more importantly, the right agent!

Now more than ever, a knowledgeable, tenacious representative by your side makes all the difference, especially with such limited inventory. Going in with a plan is critical. And our experienced agents can help you come up with one that’s right for your situation and increases your likelihood of coming out on top as a seller financially, and as a buyer in a multi-offer situation.

If a no-obligation consultation sounds good right about now, we’d love to provide one for you along with a free valuation of your home. Together, we can beat the odds!

Ebby Halliday Realtors is the leading real estate company in Texas and Oklahoma. If you’re thinking of listing, we’re here to provide an instant valuation of your home and help you prepare. Visit Ebby.com and connect with one of our experienced agents today!

Inventory Breakdown by County

All Counties: -17%

Bosque County: +2.1%

Collin County: -27%

Cooke County: -22.4%

Dallas County: -34%

Delta County: +11.8%

Denton County: -30%

Ellis County: +10.7%

Erath County: +9.1%

Fannin County: +29.3%

Grayson County: -22%

Henderson County: -5.1%

Hill County: +4.7%

Hood County: -1.9%

Hopkins County: +8.2%

Hunt County: +9.6%

Johnson County: -7.8%

Kaufman County: -13.6%

Lamar County: +15.5%

Montague County: +36.5%

Navarro County: -1.6%

Palo Pinto County: -15.8%

Parker County: -8%

Rains County: +23.5%

Rockwall County: -17%

Smith County: +-26.0%

Somervell County: +4.3%

Tarrant County: -22%

Van Zandt County: +10.1%

Wise County: -10.1%

Source: NTREIS MLS, 1/1/21-2/25/21 vs. 1/1/22 vs. 2/25/22

Ebby Halliday Companies Introduce EHC Design Studio


The Ebby Halliday Companies, long an innovator in the adoption of forward-thinking technology, recently rolled out its latest company-wide technology tool, EHC Design Studio.

“EHC Design Studio is an online design and publishing tool that enables all of our agents to edit, customize and publish digital, print and social media graphics easily and within minutes,” says Travis Mathews, Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes real estate brands Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as in-house mortgage, insurance and title brands.

“EHC Design Studio was built with our core technology mission in mind – simple and easy to use,” adds Mathews. “Just as we did last year with EHC Mobile Apps, EHC Email Marketing and ART – short for Agent Resources and Technology – the rollout of EHC Design Studio is being carefully managed and supported.”

Ebby Halliday Companies agents are now able to easily edit text and photos in sophisticated marketing templates in a matter of minutes. They may choose from hundreds of Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew-branded templates. In addition to the ability to quickly edit and customize marketing collateral, EHC Design Studio provides agents with the ability to seamlessly import MLS property data into their designs, professionally print and distribute materials and utilize the EHC Design Studio mobile app for on-the-go design capabilities.

“To be clear, our incredible team of designers are still here to support all of our agents, but with EHC Design Studio our agents have instant access to a library of content that represents the most commonly requested items from our design team,” says Steve Smith, Vice President of Marketing for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Our brands are a competitive advantage and with EHC Design Studio our agents stand apart from the crowd with hundreds of sophisticated template designs, including social media posts, Facebook banners, LinkedIn content, Instagram Stories, postcards, brochures, flyers, booklets, door hangers and much, much more.”

As part of the rollout of the new EHC Design Studio, Ebby Halliday Companies agents and staff are benefitting from multiple training opportunities. “I am very excited to get this extraordinary new tool into our agents’ hands,” says Mathews. “It is a fantastic addition to the toolkit that differentiates the Ebby Halliday Companies and another reason why EHC is the place to grow a residential real estate career.”

Throughout 2022, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving clients’ residential real estate needs. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today one of America’s most admired real estate services companies. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company. To learn more, visit ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Acquire East Texas Brokerage


Residential real estate leader The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Homes & Properties Realty, based in the East Texas town of Jacksonville. Homes & Properties Realty serves the residential real estate needs of Jacksonville, Rusk, Bullard, Flint, Tyler and surrounding East Texas areas.

“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our combined companies to better serve current and future residents, as well as second-home buyers and sellers, in East Texas,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with extensive residential real estate experience.”

Travis Mathews, Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Over our 77-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of the outstanding real estate professionals of Homes & Properties Realty will help ensure our leading market position for many years to come.”

Natalie Thomas, Sales Leader of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake office and Co-Sales Leader of the company’s Forney office, will also serve as Sales Leader of Ebby’s Jacksonville office. “We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Homes & Properties Realty to the Ebby Halliday Companies. Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction. We like and respect their approach to the business of people and are very pleased that these highly respected agents are now part of the Ebby family.”

“We are working hard to ensure clients and agents alike will enjoy a smooth transition,” says Malinda Howell, Vice President of Brokerage for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Says Brenda Stahelin, co-owner of Homes & Properties Realty, “It was important to Vickie (Lough, also co-owner) and me to find a partner that fits our company culturally and shares the same values on how to service our clients.” Adds Lough, “I truly believe that we found that partner in Ebby Halliday.”

In addition to the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience, agents in Ebby’s new Jacksonville office will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network. 

“We take pride in offering our clients knowledgeable sales associates who provide exceptional service. Simply put, Homes & Properties Realty agents are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies,” concluded Thomas.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information about Ebby’s Jacksonville office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Inventory Is Low. The Time Is Now!


There’s no shortage of homes to buy – just sellers to sell.

It’s not a big secret in a market like ours. It has been and will continue to be a challenge heading into Spring. 

Mortgage rates are largely forecast to continue to rise over the coming months and serious house hunters are paying close attention. After all, every rate increase could have an impact on affordability, and over time, that will put the brakes on buyer demand. But in the short term, projected rate increases may motivate home buyers and make for an extremely competitive Spring market.

So if you’re thinking of listing your home, don’t wait too long. As others prepare to list and inventory begins to increase, the intense multiple offers will start to ease and home prices will continue to rise – but at a slower pace. 

The bottom line: the sooner you list, the less competition you will have. 

Ebby Halliday Realtors is the leading real estate company in Texas. If you’re thinking of listing, we’re here to provide an instant valuation of your home and help you prepare. Visit Ebby.com and connect with one of our experienced agents today!

Inventory Breakdown by County

All Counties: -22.2%

Bosque County: -6.6%

Collin County: -34%

Cooke County: -18.7%

Dallas County: -41.1%

Delta County: -4.3%

Denton County: -36.1%

Ellis County: +13.9%

Erath County: -4.6%

Fannin County: +25.4%

Grayson County: -22.3%

Henderson County: 0%

Hill County: +1.3%

Hood County: -13.2%

Hopkins County: -11.3%

Hunt County: +10%

Johnson County: -14.6%

Kaufman County: -7.9%

Lamar County: +4.1%

Montague County: +27.3%

Navarro County: -9.7%

Palo Pinto County: -16.5%

Parker County: -9.2%

Rains County: +56.7%

Rockwall County: -19.4%

Smith County: -25.8%

Somervell County: +16.9%

Tarrant County: -23.2%

Van Zandt County: -10.8%

Wise County: -40%

Source: NTREIS MLS, January 12, 2022 vs. January 12, 2021.

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. 

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