Ebby s John C. Weber Speaks at 2009 REAL Trends Innovation Conference

This morning, Ebby Associate John C. Weber of the Hickman + Weber Group served on a top agent panel discussion, What Do Agents Value in a Brokerage Firm Today? , at the 2009 REAL Trends Innovation Conference. John cited reputation, education and training as the reasons he chose Ebby Halliday and said he remains with the company for those same reasons as well as the support at both the office and corporate level.

We have a dynamic office environment I love the ability to share knowledge and even to gain business from being in our office. In fact, that s how I got my very first lead when I started in the business one of our top producers at the time had both sides of a transaction and approached me in the office to represent the buyer. I did and that lead actually produced two additional transactions via referrals.

He also stated that even in this different market, the Hickman + Weber Group is on track to have their best year ever by going back to basics, making a solid business plan and following through with that plan.

Held at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, the conference was attended by broker/owners, CEOs, presidents, COOs, senior managers, marketing directors and technology directors from the leading residential real estate firms, association executives, senior managers of the national real estate franchise firms, relocation companies and referral networks and mortgage and title companies.

Pictured above from this morning s closing session are Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection and executive vice president of marketing for The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, John C. Weber and Randall Graham, vice president & director of marketing for The Ebby Halliday Companies.

Impressive Update From Leader s Choice

The Leader’s Choice program, one of the most successful real estate training programs in the country, isn’t even to the half way mark yet and the results are already impressive. With 63 Associates participating, in the past week alone they have achieved:

11 Sales

45 New Listings

And in the past three weeks of the program, they have achieved a grand total of:

55 Sales

120 New Listings

Another example of the exclusive training opportunities offered to Ebby Halliday Associates on a continual basis. If you’re interested in a career with Ebby Halliday and would like to schedule a confidential interview, please contact Debbie Watson, Director of Professional Development at 972-980-6610 or debbiewatson@ebby.com.

Ebby Listings (and Clients) Featured In D Home Magazine

The latest issue of D Home Magazine recently hit newsstands and the Ebby Halliday Companies are well represented! It starts on the very first page with some of our most beautiful listings:

6812 Hunters Glen in University Park’s Volk Estates listed for $18,000,000 by Ellen Terry Associate Patricia Massey.

3515 W. Lawther on White Rock Lake, listed for $4,895,000 by Brett Gray of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

66 Braewood in Dallas’ Glen Abbey, listed for $3,495,000 by Cindy O’Gorman of The O’Gorman Group.

1727 Byron Nelson in Southlake, listed by Jo Ann Wilson for $1,750,000.

Flip to page 117 for D Home Real Estate Editor Candy Evans’ picks for “Hot Properties” which includes 9338 Meadowbrook Drive (her #1 pick) a Preston Hollow estate offered for $7,995,000 by Dave Perry-Miller of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

And on page 120 you’ll find a feature on Ebby clients Tim Loecker and Justin Kettler who are saving midcentury North Dallas ranches one house at a time. You might remember their last home on Princess Lane (sorry, it sold quick).

D Home is on newsstands now – be sure and pick up a copy.

Ebby s Christy-Norcross-Thomas Team Supports Cats For The Cure

When Lake Highlands volleyball team member Emily Obenhaus was diagnosed with melanoma, her teammates and her community decided to raise cancer awareness through their “Cats for the Cure” campaign and fundraiser. The team began selling pink “Cats for the Cure” t-shirts for $10 with all proceeds being donated to various cancer resesearch foundations in honor of Emily.

Ebby Associates Glen Christy, Robin Norcross and Jason Thomas were quick to jump on board by sponsoring the campaign with an initial order of 72 t-shirts. The shirts were an instant hit and the Christy-Norcross-Thomas Team placed three more orders. So far, 530 shirts have been sold which has raised more than $4,500 for the cause!

The team was on hand at a recent Lady Cats game to present checks to two cancer research organizations.

The Ebby Halliday Companies salute the efforts of the Christy-Norcross-Thomas Team and encourages everyone to keep Emily in their thoughts and prayers.

You can read more about the “Cats for the Cure” campaign at the Lake Highlands Today website here.

Luxury Portfolio Features Ebby Properties in The Wall Street Journal

On Friday, Luxury Portfolio highlighted 30 beautiful listings of the Ebby Halliday Companies in The Wall Street Journal – another example of the marketing power Luxury Portfolio brings to all luxury homes listed by Ebby Halliday Realtors, Ellen Terry Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates . The full page ad featured a variety of luxury homes from all over the Metroplex ranging in price from $18 million to just under $800,000. If you missed Friday s WSJ, you can see the full ad here .

The Making of a Fall Ad

Tomorrow officially marks the first day of Fall and here’s a little something to get you in the mood. Our friends at Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events were kind enough to once again lend their creative genius to turn one of our beautiful listings into a true work of art.

This particular home is located on famed Strait Lane in Dallas’ Preston Hollow area and is listed by Ellen Terry Sales Associate Lynn Gardner Collins. The final product will appear on the cover of an upcoming magazine (we’ll keep you posted).

While the photo definitely gives you that Fall feeling, in order to meet the magazine deadline, this masterpiece was created and photographed in early September. Only Dr. D could make several hundred pumpkins appear before they were officially in season and even more impressive was how quickly they made them disappear the day after.

It was close to 100 degrees outside that day and that very evening the infamous monsoon rains began, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect – you’ll notice in the video that the photo was actually taken as the drizzle began. Not even rain can put a damper on the amazing work of photographer Sean Gallagher.

Here’s how this year’s ad was created:

And you can see the making of last year’s ad here.

Thanks to Kelly, Charles and all our friends at Dr. Delphinium and Sean Gallagher for all your help with this project – the end result was fantastic!

Cowboys Stadium Officially Opens. Texas-Style.

The outcome of yesterday’s game may not have been ideal, but the new $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium made its official debut in true Texas style – with a black tie gala Saturday night hosted by Gene & Jerry Jones.

Those in attendance were a who’s who of both the society and football worlds including Ebby, H. Ross Perot, Bob Costas, John Madden, Tony Dorsett, Bob Lilly, Randy White and Emmitt Smith. The evening’s featured entertainer was legendary performer Diana Ross.

Pictured above with Ebby is her assistant Betty Turner and Sales Associates Ellen Terry and Joe Kobell.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more details here.

Ebby.com Honored With WebAward From The Web Marketing Association

What’s the best real estate website around? It’s Ebby.com according to the Web Marketing Association! The winners of the 2009 WebAwards, which are presented by the Web Marketing Association, were recently announced and Ebby.com was honored with a Standard of Excellence Award.

The WebAward recognizes the standard of excellence for which all Web sites should strive and the competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and marketers worldwide. In its 13th year, the Web Marketing Association has set the standard for achieving excellence in Internet marketing and website development. The awards were judged by a panel of independent Internet experts on various criteria including design, interactivity, technology, content, innovation, copywriting and ease of use to the target audience.

See the award winning website for yourself and find your perfect home at Ebby.com.

Ebby Wins Big In Collin County

The awards just keep coming. The Star Community Papers just announced the winners of their annual Readers’ Choice Awards and Ebby Halliday Realtors received the Following:

Best Real Estate Office in Frisco

Best Real Estate Office in McKinney

Best Real Estate Office in Plano

Best Mortgage Lender in Allen – Home Team Mortgage

Ebby also has individual Associates who won awards:

Debi Leavitt

#1 Real Estate Agent in Frisco

Tonya Riggs

#1 Real Estate Agent in McKinney

Geri Cook-Lenahan

#1 Real Estate Agent in Plano

Congratulations to Debi, Tonya, Geri, Frisco Office Manager Terri Phipps, McKinney Office Manager Gerry Russell, Plano Office Manager Kay Wright and the Sales Associates and Staff from all these offices. It’s because of people like you that Ebby continues to be The First Name In Real Estate!