Only 79 More Shopping Days Til Christmas

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus, the mother ship of luxury retail, unveiled their 2009 Christmas Book today.

Among this year’s fantasy gifts are a cupcake-shaped electric car for kids (there’s also a 2010 Jaguar XJL super-charged sedan, complete with a set of luggage that matches the car’s leather interior, for the big kids on your list), the world’s fastest electric motorcycle, his and hers sports aircrafts with pilot training for two and an Algonquin Round Table Experience which includes dinner for two at New York’s Algonquin Hotel with eight famous authors including Malcolm Gladwell, John Lithgow and Nora Ephron.

And in response to the current economy, NM points out that about 40% of the items in this year’s catalog are priced below $250. Call it “recession-chic”.

You can read more about today’s launch here from The Dallas Morning News and see the catalog for yourself here.

And be sure to check out the Fantasy Gift video here!

Happy shopping!

Another Fall Cover Home

The design wizards at Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events have done it again. Last week they created another Fall masterpiece at the great new listing of Joe Kobell at 5106 Shadywood Drive in Bluffview. This time, the weather was much more fitting of the season than for our first Fall ad shoot.

You can see some behind the scenes footage of the creation of the final photograph below. You can also see the finished product in tomorrow’s Dallas Morning News – back page of the Business Tuesday Section and in the November/December issue of D Home.

It’s not even Halloween yet and it’s already time to start searching for the perfect Holiday Home – stay tuned!

Expert Opinions On The State Of Dallas Luxury Real Estate Market

Some of the area s top luxury home experts recently attended a Fall market overview and 4th Quarter prediction by home appraisal experts Brad Edgar, President, Edgar Appraisal Services, D.W. Skelton, President, D.W. Skelton and Associates and mortgage specialist, David Chance, Sr. Loan Consultant, The Lending Partners. These gentlemen came together for an afternoon focused on the market outlook for the next six months, specifically as it relates to the luxury home market.

The event was hosted and organized by sales associate Lynn Gardner Collins, a senior vice president with Ellen Terry, Realtors and sponsored by Mr. Chance and The Lending Partners. The setting was Ms. Collins listing at 10647 Strait Lane, a home inspired by an historic 19th century Louisiana plantation where guests were greeted with hundreds of pumpkins, fall foliage and garlands by Dr Delphinium Designs & Events.

Below are highlights from the presentation:

To see full details from the event, click here.

53 Years In The Making

In early August, the front page article of the White Rock neighborsgo section of The Dallas Morning News featured a story about 97-year-old Raymond Ogas of Vickery Place. In the article, Mr. Ogas stated that he had lived in the same house that he bought from Ebby Halliday herself back in 1956.

Ebby read the article and wanted to follow up with her past client.

Last Saturday, Ebby, 98, and Mr. Ogas were reunited. They traded stories and shared a glass of lemonade on on the front porch of the home Ebby sold him 53 years ago.

You can read more about their meeting here or see a slideshow below.

Ebby Companies Welcome 38 New Associates in August

Comprised of three brands and more than 1,600 Sales Associates and staff in 30 offices that serve more than 12,000 square miles in North Texas, The Ebby Halliday Companies continue to grow. We are pleased to welcome the following new Associates in August:

Amy Alexander Preston Keller

Brandt Barham Lakewood

Raquel Barrientos Arlington

Angela Campbell Lakewood

Cliff Carty McKinney

Olga Cooper Rockwall

Cheryl Cory Plano

Tracy Crouch Frisco

Stephanie Crum Southlake

Colleen Davidson Frisco

Julie Dees Arlington

Gary Garrett Ebby’s In-Town

Camille Harper Richardson

Frank Hayward Dave Perry-Miller – HP

Alana Hosea Denton

Michele Howard Frisco

Carmen Jones Dave Perry-Miller – HP

Nadder Khatemi Flower Mound/Lewisville

Kari Kohler Frisco

Chuck Lande Firewheel/190

David Long Plano

Cary Macey Preston Plano Parkway

Cindy Pan Allen

Bee Phillips Irving/Las Colinas

Icela Robles Southwest Dallas & Ellis Co.

Jim Rooks Lakewood

Valrie Rosen Southlake

Greg Russell Dave Perry-Miller – HP

Navid Salehezadeh Douglas

Brenda Shaw Ellen Terry

Hal Shuman Willow Bend Plano

Nancy Spaans Allen

Ginger Stancil Dave Perry-Miller – HP

Angie Stephens Richardson

Drew Evan Stewart Firewheel/190

Jim Summers Southlake

David Verhaert Tri-Counties

Casey Williams Tri-Counties

If you would like to learn more about a career with The Ebby Halliday Companies, contact Debbie Watson, Director of Career Development, at 972-980-6610 or

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

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.