The Clock Is Ticking

First-time home buyers still have time to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit, but time is running out.

To qualify for the tax credit, a home sale must close before December 1, 2009.

The last week of November will be extremely busy for title companies. With Thursday, November 26th and Friday the 27th being Thanksgiving holidays, that entire week and Monday the 30th may be grid-locked with last minute closings.

Many loans now take a minimum of 30 days to process because of new lending requirements and appraisal issues, and some can take longer.

This means first-time buyers wanting the $8,000 tax credit must have applied for their loan, finalized their contract, and have it at the title company by the last week in October to ensure enough time to process and close their transaction before the deadline.

If you would like to take advantage of the tax credit or know someone who may be interested in a first-time purchase, encourage them to act soon.

The next six weeks will pass quickly – don’t miss out!

Who s Marketing Your Luxury Home?

Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection continues to have the largest property inventory of any single luxury broker network – check out the statistics above (click to enlarge).

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be an advisory board member of this fine organization, which is the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Comapnies of the World. In fact, Ebby herself was one of the three founding members of RELO, which is know known as LeadingRE.

See the original ad from Luxury Portfolio here.

Ebby Goes To School. World Takes Notice.

If you missed Sunday’s Dallas Morning News, you missed a great article by Cheryl Hall about Ebby recently attending the mandatory 15-hour continuing education required by the Texas Real Estate Commission to maintain her license. That’s right, 98-year-old Ebby Halliday personally attended class at the Champions School of Real Estate in Plano. And she says she learned a lot. Truth be told, the class and instructor probably learned a lot from her, too.

This story has become quite popular in the last few days – from local coverage, to national, and even Australia!

You can read Cheryl Hall’s original story here.

Congratulations, Ebby! You continue to make us proud.

Luxury Portfolio Blog: Beverly Hills Comes to Dallas

Luxury Portfolio recently took notice of Dave Perry-Miller’s fantastic new listing which backs to Turtle Creek near Highland Park. In fact, they were so impressed, they liken this home to a boutique luxury hotel, complete with a natatorium and full service spa.

You can read the full post and see more of the home here.

And, as a bonus, you can see a video tour by D Magazine’s Real Estate Editor Candy Evans here.

Ebby Companies Support The Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm Academy

This afternoon, The Ebby Halliday Companies served as a sponsor for the 2009 Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon held at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Addison. The annual luncheon benefits The Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm Academy which is a Christian boarding and day school on the fringe of the Metroplex near Granbury. Boys and girls – ages five to eighteen – live, work and study on a 500-acre, working farm/campus. Happy Hill Farm Academy accepts no Federal or State funding, nor United Way money.

The luncheon was attended by the entire Dallas Cowboys team and coaching staff as well as Owner & General Manager Jerry Jones and family. Additional sponsors included Flowserve, Interstate Batteries, Ford, American Airlines, Neiman Marcus, Whole Foods and Staples.

Pictured above with Ebby are famed sportscaster Pat Summerall, Luke Strawn, director of new businses development for The Lending Partners and Tom Parker, president of The Lending Partners.

For more photos from today’s luncheon, visit the Official Ebby Halliday Facebook Fan Page here.

Ebby McKinney Office Hosts Flag Raising Ceremony

This past week, the Ebby McKinney Office along with Republic Title of McKinney held a flag raising ceremony to honor the first day of raising the American and Texas flags. Those in attendance included Gerry Russell, Manager of the Ebby McKinney Office, staff and Sales Associates and members of the community, many of whom are veterans of the armed forces. The program concluded with the pledge of allegiance to both the American and Texas flags and the singing of God Bless America. You can see more photos from the event here.

Manager Gerry Russell was also chosen as a “Mover & Shaker” of the community by the McKinney Courier Gazette this past week, you can read the full profile here.

Thank you Gerry and our Ebby McKinney Office for your dedication to the community.

Incredible Global Property Exposure, Courtesy of Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection

Each month, Luxury Portfolio releases their web traffic statistics via their proprietary LuxeAnalytics reports and once again, the luxury listings of The Ebby Halliday Companies have received an abundance of national and international exposure. In fact, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Ellen Terry Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates are consistently in the Top 5 for members with the most web traffic on this award-winning site. Since the beginning of the year, our luxury homes have received almost 400,000 property impressions with visitors from 120 countries who have translated the property descriptions into almost a dozen languages.

To help put this accomplishment into perspective, here are some basic statistics for the site averages 102,000 visitors per month and 1.2 million high-net-worth visitors per year. It also has the greatest overall market share of luxury properties, both nationally and globally, as well as more U.S. listings priced at $1 million and above than Christie s, Sotheby s, Coldwell Banker Previews, etc.

And be sure to check out the beautiful new home page design which debuted this past month. In fact, the remarkable Santa Barbara-style estate on White Rock Lake, listed by Brett Gray of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is one of the featured homes on the home page this month.

Bottom line – when you list a luxury property with an Ebby Halliday Company, you can be assured it will be marketed to the world through the best luxury afilliation around – Luxury Portfolio. How many other companies can claim that?

Leadership MetroTex Class 19 Begins

This past weekend, Class 19 of Leadership MetroTex, the leadership program of the MetroTex Association of Realtors, officially began with a ropes course/team building activity at Stony Ranch in Ponder.

MetroTex is the largest real estate trade association in North Texas with over 14,000 professional members who are highly trained to work in all aspects of the real estate industry. The mission of their leadership program is to develop and enhance participant s leadership skills and abilities so that they may be better prepared to fill future leadership roles in the Association, their professions and their communities.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are well represented in this year s class with the following members:

Kara Bolding

Douglas Avenue

Laura Crowl

Preston Center

Debrah King

Northeast Dallas

Agnes Mu


Tricia Rhea

Preston Keller

Bobby Stephens

Northeast Dallas

Sid Thom

Douglas Avenue

Best of luck to all the members of Class 19!

Ebby Companies Swing Fore Yellow

Today, The Ebby Halliday Companies served as a sponsor for the Swing Fore Yellow Charity Golf Classic to help support cancer research at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano. Pictured above are Malinda Brownlee Howell, Manager of the Ebby Firewheel/190 and Richardson Offices, Host Linda Armstrong Kelly (mother of Lance Armstrong) and Betty Misko, Senior Vice President & Director of Sales Offices for Ebby Halliday.

A special thank you to all of our Associates and staff who represented The Ebby Halliday Companies at the event!