Ebby Halliday Companies Partner with Nations Home Warranty


The Ebby Halliday Companies are excited to announce a new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, a widely respected Dallas-Fort Worth-based home warranty services provider that has served the North Texas region since 1996. Known for exceptional service, Nations Home Warranty offers concierge service regardless of a home’s price point.   

“The Ebby Halliday Companies take pride in continuing to innovate, adding new tools and services that meet agent and market needs and ultimately provide a preeminent experience for our clients,” says Vice President of Finance and Operations Anthony Jackson. “Adding Nations Home Warranty to our arsenal of tools is exactly the type of service that sets our agents and company apart.”

Says Vice President of Core Services Catherine Sims, “We believe Nations Home Warranty is a great local fit in our market. Partnering with this respected brand is a win-win for our agents and our valued clients.”

Sims says that after working with Jonathan Seem, senior vice president of new channel partnerships, and Julie Jones, vice president of real estate sales for Nations Home Warranty, the direction was clear. “Offering a well-established, well-known and respected second warranty partner that will provide exceptional service to our Associates and their clients is something we really wanted to provide,” she says.

In addition to this new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, the Ebby Halliday Companies proudly partner with American Home Shield to provide home warranty services. 

“Our clients always have a choice on the products and services they utilize in their real estate transactions but through these partnerships we’re making it easier than ever to help our agents stand out as the experts in the marketplace,” says Sims.To learn more about Nations Home Warranty, visit home-warranty.com

Rapid Close Gets You Home Faster


At the Ebby Halliday Companies we’re proud to offer Rapid Close, a seamless signing experience that allows you to electronically sign most closing documents before closing. Rapid Close is offered through our affiliated mortgage company, Prosperity Home Mortgage.

With Rapid Close, borrowers can sign all eligible documents electronically prior to closing, leaving you with a limited amount of paperwork to sign at the closing table. Rapid Close saves time, allowing you more time to review documents and ask questions before closing – and gets you to the finish line faster!

5 Simple Steps to Rapid Close

Get the Invitation: You’ll receive an email to access your closing package prior to your scheduled closing date.

Review Documents: After a quick account setup, you’ll be able to review all of your loan documents prior to the closing date.

eSign Documents: On the day of closing, you can electronically sign all eligible documents in advance of your in-person meeting.

Documents are Sent: The e-signed documents are then shared with the mortgage consultant and all necessary parties.

In-Person Meeting: Sign the remainder of your documents and complete the closing in-person!

Contact a Prosperity Home Mortgage consultant today to learn more about Rapid Close!

Expansion Continues With Opening of Forney Office


The Ebby Halliday Companies have opened a new office in Forney. The office, located at 101 E. U.S. Highway 80, will serve fast-growing Kaufman County and the surrounding area. 

“Near the prominent corner of Highway 80 and Pinson Road, our Forney office, like all Ebby offices, will feature the latest in technology and offer home buyers and sellers one convenient residential real estate experience, including brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly.

Adds Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell, “While many companies have contracted during the COVID-19 era, we are proud to continue our significant expansion across North Texas.” 

In addition to opening its new Forney office, the Ebby Halliday Companies recently opened a new Cedar Hill office and are currently building a new Prosper location.

Ebby’s new Forney office is ideally located between the company’s two Rockwall offices and its Cedar Creek Lake Office, Kelly says. 

“Strategically located along U.S. Highway 80, our Forney office offers a superior location and is a statement of our commitment to serving this increasingly popular, fast-growing area for many years to come,” says Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, Co-Sales Leader of the new office and Sales Leader of Ebby’s Rockwall offices. The Forney office will also be led by Natalie Jackson Thomas, sales leader of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office.

“With success comes growth,” says Thomas. “We are assisting clients with one of the most-expensive and important transactions of their lifetime and it is vital that we utilize all of the resources that we can to best serve their needs. We are thrilled to now be able to do that from an exceptional, high-visibility Forney location. Whether you’re considering buying or selling a home or other property, we’re here to serve you.”

Ebby’s new Forney office will offer area residents, those who may be considering calling the area their new home, and top-producing agents an opportunity to be a part of something special. The office is designed to continue to grow along with Forney and the surrounding area and to accommodate the growing number of agents who proudly serve the area.  

Says Sotelo Kidd, “We are actively seeking agents to join our new Forney Office. Natalie and I love to see others succeed, and we’re excited about this opportunity to use our enthusiasm and sales skills to ‘sell’ Ebby as a company. Agents have choices and they can’t choose a better company than Ebby Halliday. Looking to make a move? Contact us today.”

Contact Sylvia Sotelo Kidd at sylviakidd@ebby.com or 214-476-6082. Contact Natalie Jackson Thomas at nataliejackson@ebby.com or 214-236-1910.

For more information about Ebby’s new Forney office, visit forney.ebby.com and facebook.com/ebbyforney.

Jason Bell Named Sales Leader of Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office


Jason Bell is the new sales leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office. Bell will also continue in his role as sales leader of Ebby’s Flower Mound | Lewisville Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Carolyn Rosson, vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

“We are thrilled Jason has accepted this additional responsibility and know he is absolutely the right person at the right time in just the right roles,” says Kelly. “Jason brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation to working effectively with clients through closing and beyond.”

Bell succeeds Kim Nwachukwu as sales leader of Ebby’s Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office. Nwachukwu has chosen to return to serving clients as a full-time agent in the office Bell will lead.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as sales leader of this office, working with some of the best agents in the business,” Nwachukwu says. “I have missed, however, the everyday interaction with clients in real estate sales and I’m excited to return to that side of the business. I believe that Jason is just the right person for this job. He brings new energy and ideas and is great with education, technology and social media. Jason and I are focused on ensuring this leadership transition is a smooth one and that this will be a very positive experience for our Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell agents and clients.” 

“Jason joined Ebby Halliday in 2016 and has built a successful real estate practice by consistently going above and beyond for clients,” Rosson says. “He has also been an effective mentor for many of our agents. Jason has a thoughtful communication style that makes him very relatable to the agents he serves.”

Before embarking on his real estate career, Bell worked in the life and health insurance industries for 15 years. He holds the Graduate, Realtor Institute and Pricing Strategy Advisor designations.

“I’ve always enjoyed teaching, mentoring and coaching,” Bell says. “I feel like it’s what I’ve been called to do. I’m super excited about my new role as sales leader of Ebby’s Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office. “I strongly believe that my way is not the only way. I’m more interested in learning about what an agent is comfortable doing and then helping them maximize the opportunities.” 

Born and raised in North Texas, Bell is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He and his wife Amy have three children and enjoy spending time boating, fishing, golfing and watching their children play sports.

For more information on Ebby’s Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office, visit ebby.com. To contact Jason Bell, email jasonbell@ebby.com.

Record-Breaking Sales Reach $1 Billion


Beautiful luxury home exterior at sunset in Dallas, Texas

With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc worldwide, July turned out to be a time to shine for clients like never before, and the agents of all three Ebby Halliday Companies brands — Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew — did. They helped family, friends, neighbors, past clients and new clients get out of homes that no longer worked for them and into ones that did. In its 75-year history, the company has not had another month quite like it: 2,000-plus transactions translated to $1 billion in sales volume.

It’s not surprising given the leadership style of the positive, patient, compassionate and strategic President & CEO Chris Kelly. Agents know they have in him a champion for their corner and have been emboldened to follow his lead.

“Really, really remarkable,” Kelly said, in a recent video call to the entire company. “This just doesn’t happen unless every single one of you are dedicated and getting the job done. Think back to three months ago, and imagine ‘we’re going to have the best month we’ve ever had in our 75-year history during a pandemic …’ It’s just unbelievable. But those transactions did not happen without each and every one of you. So, thank you!”

Not only was it a great month sales-wise, but the Ebby Halliday Companies outperformed the market once again in both New Listings and Pending Sales, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.

North Texas’ residential real estate leader is also growing its footprint across the region. A new Ebby office recently opened in Cedar Hill and a new, larger Prosper office is currently under construction.

“The past few months have been in overdrive with the North Texas real estate market ‘exploding,’” Kelly says. “Our team has risen to the occasion and worked days, nights, weekends and everything in between to serve the needs of our valued clients. I am so proud to lead this extraordinary group of individuals – it’s truly been a team effort.”

Celebrating 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are 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.

Ebby’s Property Management Division on the Move


Mayur Chudasama with Ebby's Property Management Division

The hard-working team at Ebby’s Property Management Division has spent the past year increasing operational efficiencies, expanding its client base and creating opportunities for agents to grow their businesses. Ebby’s Property Management Division is responsible for the day-to-day management of hundreds of single-family homes, townhomes, duplexes and condominiums across North Texas. 

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Mayur Chudasama joining Ebby as director of the division and the changes he and his team have implemented have revolutionized property management at North Texas’ largest residential real estate brokerage.

“I want to thank everyone on our team and throughout the Ebby Halliday Companies for their support over the past year,” Mayur says. “It’s our honor to support the best agents in the business. Operational changes always bring their own set of challenges and I can’t express strongly enough how much we appreciate your support as we have grown our offerings and improved our services over the past year.”

Mayur says three areas of emphasis have been at the forefront since assuming his new role: operational efficiency, expansion and agent education.

Operational Efficiency

Under Mayur’s leadership, Ebby’s property-management clients are benefitting from increased efficiency through updated technology, including a new web-based platform. The division also recently launched a new website for property management. Everything from tenant applications to landlord statements can be accessed online.

Ebby’s Property Management Division is actively growing its partnerships with select third parties, adding convenience for clients and protection for landlords. Just a few examples include a utility concierge service, a pet-screening service for applicants, and an HVAC filter-delivery program.

Expansion

Within the first few months of assuming his new role, Mayur visited each Ebby Halliday Companies sales office to meet directly with agents and to highlight the division’s Property Management services. 

“I have really enjoyed getting to know our agents, whether in-person or virtually, and spending some time with them introducing and reinforcing the range of property-management services we offer,” Mayur says.

In the past year, Ebby’s Property Management Division has grown – and is actively growing – its footprint in North Texas. The division manages approximately 600 properties across the region.

Thirteen agents who focus almost exclusively on leasing and property management serve such cities as Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Arlington, Denton, Sherman and McKinney, among others. In addition to strong local and national connections, some of these professionals have also developed relationships with international clients, helping them find D-FW properties and manage those properties.

As the region grows, corporate suites and short-term leasing will present additional opportunities for future growth, Mayur says. To better serve these valued clients, Ebby’s Corporate Suites Division is now part of the Property Management Division.

Agent Education

Real estate is an ever-changing business and staying on the cutting edge is critical to a real estate professional’s success. Providing education and training is a top priority at the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Under Mayur’s leadership, Ebby’s Leasing class has been revamped. Any agent who wants to be involved in leasing is required to take the new class.

“In this ever-changing business, an agent who stays on the cutting edge through effective education is vitally important to his or her client, and ultimately to a successful transaction,” Mayur says. “Our in-house training programs are recognized as the best in the industry – and I’m proud to say that we offer our agents the highest referral fee possible – typically a half-month’s rent.” 

It’s been a busy year in Ebby’s Property Management Division and Mayur says the future is increasingly bright. 

“We want to expand our number of property managers and the number of properties we manage, all while maintaining the high standards we have set for ourselves and that our clients have come to expect,” he says. “We are grateful for the support we receive daily and are intensely focused on delivering our clients a world-class property-management experience.”

For more information on the Property Management Division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Tiffany Anderson Named McKinney Sales Leader


McKinney Sales Leader Tiffany Anderson

Tiffany Anderson has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ McKinney OfficeChris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Malinda Howell, vice president of brokerage, made the announcement earlier today.

A licensed residential real estate agent since 2003, Anderson was most recently an agent in Ebby’s Plano Office as well as the Agent Development Director for the company’s 190 – Richardson Office.

“Tiffany joined Ebby Halliday in 2010 and has built a successful real estate practice by consistently going above and beyond for clients,” Kelly says. Adds Howell, “Tiffany has also been an effective mentor for many of our agents. She has the perfect background and experience to fulfill this important role.”

Anderson succeeds Kathy Darrow, a respected industry veteran who has led Ebby’s McKinney Office for over nine years and was recently named Texas Referral Alliance Liaison and Contract and Transaction Advisor for the Ebby Halliday Companies. 

Raised in real estate, Anderson’s journey began as a small child observing her late grandmother as she worked as a professional agent. A natural problem solver, innovative and people-oriented, Tiffany followed in her grandmother’s footsteps. A successful business built on referrals is testament to the personal service and professionalism Tiffany has delivered throughout her career. 

A longtime agent whose transition into management has been an organic one, Anderson says she is, at heart, a servant leader. “I get a lot of joy from motivating people and I have always approached work as service. I want to serve our McKinney agents and the wonderful community I’m privileged to call home.” 

Anderson, who holds the Graduate, Realtor Institute designation, is a graduate of St. Edwards University and a resident of McKinney. She is an active community volunteer and is married with three boys who are themselves active in sports and the outdoors. She enjoys yoga, dancing, gardening, boating, biking and traveling, as well as playing sports with her boys and watching them play sports. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role in Ebby’s McKinney Office,” says Anderson. “I consider it a new way to give back to the industry I love, and I am very much looking forward to using the professional skills I have developed to help new and established agents take their real estate careers to the next level.”

For more information on Ebby’s McKinney Office, visit ebby.com. To contact Tiffany Anderson, email tiffanyanderson@ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Break Ground on New Prosper | Celina Office


The Ebby Halliday Companies officially broke ground on their new Prosper | Celina Office on June 30. Members of Ebby’s current Prosper | Celina Office and company leadership gathered at the site of the new office, 1360 N. Preston Road in Prosper, for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

“This state-of-the-art office is being built for the future,” says Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes real estate brands Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as core-services companies Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. “It offers a superior location and is a statement of our commitment to serving this increasingly popular, fast-growing area for many years to come.”

“The new 7,500-square-foot stand-alone building will replace our current Prosper | Celina Office,” says Ebby Halliday Realtors Prosper | Celina Sales Leader Cathie Skinner. “Near the corner of Preston Road and Prosper Trail, our new office will offer a highly visible location and the latest in technology. Offering one convenient real estate experience, in addition to brokerage services it will also provide our valued clients with mortgage, title and insurance services.”

Ebby’s new Prosper | Celina Office will promote collaboration among sales associates and clients, as well as provide conference rooms, private offices and training areas.  

The new office directly stems from one of Skinner’s favorite quotes, “With success comes growth.” Since the Prosper | Celina Office’s inception in 2017 it has certainly had its share of success and growth.

“The agents of our Prosper | Celina Office have worked hard to build market share as well as an energetic, positive and collaborative culture that continues to attract talent,” Skinner says. “With our new office we will ensure that we have room for our current talent and those who join us. I couldn’t be prouder of this team’s professionalism, dedication and work ethic as we serve the residents of Prosper, Celina and greater North Texas.”

Skinner says Ebby’s new Prosper | Celina Office will offer area residents, those who may be considering calling the area their new home, and top-producing agents an opportunity to be a part of something special. The new office, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, is designed to continue to grow along with Prosper and Celina and to accommodate the ever-expanding number of agents who proudly serve the area.  

To speak with Cathie Skinner, email cathieskinner@ebby.com or call 972-893-3130. For more information on Ebby’s Prosper | Celina Office, its Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.  

Jennifer Young Named Sales Leader of Ebby’s Preston Keller Office


Jennifer Young is the new sales leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Preston Keller OfficeChris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Carolyn Rosson, vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

“Jennifer 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 Vivian Black, who has been an incredible leader of our Preston Keller Office for many years.”

Adds Rosson, “We are very excited to welcome Jennifer to her new role with our Preston Keller Office and we are so grateful for Vivian’s leadership and friendship over the years.”

Black, who recently announced her intention to retire, began her real estate career with Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1991 and has led the Preston Keller Office for 29 years.

“Vivian Black has been an extraordinary example for all of us at the Preston Keller Office and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead an office that is so widely respected,” says Young.  

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Young worked as a registered nurse before becoming a real estate agent in 2014. When she moved to Dallas from Louisiana her Realtor was Mike Harvey. Young says Harvey, with his enthusiasm for real estate, convinced her to become an agent. She joined The Harvey Team in 2014, and when the team moved to Ebby in 2015 she joined them in the Preston Keller Office.

“I knew I could learn so much from working with Mike and Pam Harvey,” Young says. “They are so widely admired and respected. Both Mike and Pam have been great mentors and so helpful to me over the years.”

Young says while learning the real estate business from Mike and Pam, she began to notice how much she also enjoys teaching and mentoring. 

“I’m a servant leader at heart,” she says. “As a former nurse, I love to take care of people and I get a lot of joy from watching others succeed. I’m excited about growing our Preston Keller Office to the next level and I am very much looking forward to working with each of our agents on their business plans and helping them achieve their goals.”

Young and her husband, Chris, are the proud parents of four children, ages 16 to 21. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, volunteering in the community and cheering on the LSU Tigers. 

“I am honored and excited to take on this leadership role,” Young says. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our Preston Keller Office’s extraordinary success and growing our brand as the Ebby Halliday Companies celebrate 75 years of serving North Texas.”

For more information on Ebby’s Preston Keller Office, visit ebby.com. To contact Jennifer Young, email jenniferyoung@ebby.com.

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.