Ebby Halliday Companies Named Top Place to Work


The Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has been named one of the Top 100 Places to Work in North Texas in the Large Companies category by The Dallas Morning News. The announcement came at the Morning News’ 12th-annual Top 100 Places to Work event, which took place online on November 12. The Ebby Halliday Companies placed No. 10 in the Large Companies category.

The annual contest is overseen by The Dallas Morning News’ research partner, Workplace Dynamics, a recognized leader in measuring the health of U.S. companies based on employee opinions. Companies are graded in performance of leadership, sense of mission, career opportunities, culture, and pay and benefits.

“It’s so meaningful for the Ebby Halliday Companies to be named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by The Dallas Morning News as we celebrate our 75th anniversary of serving the residential real estate needs of North Texans and those choosing to move here,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “This is a great honor for us as a company. I’m most proud that our people are so passionate about the workplace they’ve helped build together.” 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is comprised of three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as core-services companies Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm, Ebby Halliday today is the largest residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. It was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. 

“Our people are humble, hungry and smart,” Kelly says. “We treat the Ebby Halliday family of companies as one team and share a common goal of service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community. 

“As an Ebby Halliday Companies client, you’ll benefit from knowledgeable, respected real estate agents and a team of trusted professionals dedicated to making buying or selling your home one convenient experience,” Kelly says. “While our skilled agents help you navigate the market, our family of affiliated core-services companies will handle your mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care.”

For more information about Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit ebby.comdaveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com

Happy Veterans Day


Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. On this day, we honor all current and former members of the Armed Services. Our country’s greatness is built on the foundation of your courage and sacrifice.

As a small way of expressing our thanks to you, we’re proud to be part of U.S. Military on the Move, a free real estate rebate and information program developed by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, to allow all active duty, retired military and wounded warriors to earn cash back when they buy or sell a home.

When you buy or sell a home through U.S. Military on the Move, you’ll receive a cash rebate based on the actual sales price – and you’ll receive your rebate at settlement. Military on the Move is offered exclusively by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. To be eligible for the program, register with U.S. Military on the Move before contacting a real estate agent. To register, visit usmilitaryonthemove.com.

At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we know that Veterans are highly disciplined, hardworking, team-oriented and accustomed to overcoming obstacles – all skills that translate well to the real estate profession.

This, combined with the fact that Veterans often face challenges re-entering the workforce after serving our country, is why we have implemented our Veterans to Realtors program. The program eases the transition into the real estate profession for Veterans.

“If you live in the North Texas region, and have served in any branch of the military, then you could be qualified for our Veterans to Realtors program,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “If you are able to make a commitment to real estate and are accepted to the program, we will pay your fee at our company school, and you will receive a $500 reimbursement after your first closing.

“We also recognize that military service is a shared duty and sacrifice for the entire family,” says Kelly. “We are proud to also provide this program to any spouse of an active or reserve-duty military service member.”

If you are a Veteran and would like to get your residential real estate career started, contact Ebby Halliday Companies Recruiting Specialist Shelly Nelson at shellynelson@ebby.com or any branch office sales manager for Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate or Williams Trew.

Veterans Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t guaranteed. It’s protected by the men and women in our Armed Services. To those who secure our way of life, thank you!

New Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office Offers One Door to Real Estate Services


On October 22, Ebby Halliday Realtors celebrated the opening of its beautiful new Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office at 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 450.

“Located in the same shopping center, Hillside Village, as Ebby’s original Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office, this contemporary new office is built for the future,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “It offers an exceptional East Dallas location and is a statement of our commitment to serving this popular area – and well beyond – for years to come.”

Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands team is now enjoying a spacious, contemporary environment that includes cutting-edge technology, larger conference rooms and well-appointed meeting areas.

“This new space offers a sophisticated atmosphere and the latest technology in a much-sought-after East Dallas location with amazing new restaurants and retail space,” says René Barrera, sales leader of Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office. “Our sleek new interior is matched by a newly renovated exterior. We’re thrilled with the way they turned out and can’t wait to share our new space with our agents and valued clients.”

Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office will accommodate approximately 100 agents. It offers “one-door” access to everything you need to buy or sell a home, including brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services, ensuring the easiest and most secure real estate experience available, Barrera says. 

“We’re proud of our commitment to this unique, extraordinary part of North Texas,” says Barrera. “And , we look forward to serving current and future residents in the manner they have come to expect from Ebby agents for many years to come.”

Throughout 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas. 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. 

For more information on Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office, its sales associates and listings, call 214-826-0316 or visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Acquires Cedar Creek Lake Brokerage


North Texas-based Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Johnson Monroe Realtors, a leader in the Cedar Creek Lake residential real estate market for the past 38 years. 

Johnson Monroe Realtors has long been a premier real estate company at Cedar Creek Lake. Its heritage goes back to the original real estate agency in the area, Paschal Real Estate, which began prior to the creation of the Cedar Creek Lake reservoir in 1966.

“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 the Cedar Creek Lake area,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with over 100 years of residential real estate experience.”

Malinda Howell, Vice President of Brokerage for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Over our 75-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of the outstanding real estate professionals of Johnson Monroe will help ensure our leading market position for many years to come.” 

Natalie Thomas, Sales Leader of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake office, will lead the newly combined teams. “We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Johnson Monroe and believe this move significantly strengthens our leading position in the Cedar Creek marketplace. 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 will be joining our office.”

Travis Mathews, Vice President of Strategic Growth for the Ebby Halliday Companies, led the efforts on the acquisition along with Tracy Nowell, the owner and broker for Johnson Monroe. “We are working hard to ensure clients and agents alike will enjoy a smooth transition,” says Mathews. Adds Nowell, “It was important for me to find a partner that fits our company culturally and shares the same values on how to service our clients. 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, Johnson Monroe agents joining Ebby Halliday 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, Johnson Monroe agents are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies,” concluded Thomas.

Throughout 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas. 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. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title

For more information about Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Sales Leaders Earn NAR Diversity Certification


Ebby Halliday Companies sales leaders were recently awarded the At Home with Diversity certification from the National Association of Realtors. 

Leaders from Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew join more than 17,000 other real estate professionals in North America who have earned the certification after completing an 8-hour course addressing topics of diversity, fair housing, and business planning development. The program is designed to meet the nation’s fair housing commitment by educating and equipping NAR’s members with the tools they need to expand homeownership opportunities. 

These real estate professionals meet the needs of diverse clients, while maintaining a competitive edge. The At Home with Diversity certification allows Realtors to not only apply the multi-faceted skills and tools they learned in the course to business practices, but conveys to clients they’re dynamic real estate professionals with expertise that transcends cultural barriers. 

For more information on the At Home with Diversity certification, visit nar.realtor.ahwd.

Ebby Halliday Companies Expand Into Oklahoma


The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today that the largest residential real estate services company in Texas is expanding into Oklahoma. 

“We are so excited to announce today that the Ebby Halliday Companies are open for business in Oklahoma,” says President & CEO Chris Kelly. “Ebby clients benefit from knowledgeable, respected agents and a team of professionals dedicated to making buying or selling a home or property one convenient experience. While our skilled agents help them navigate the market, our affiliated core-services companies handle mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care. We are thrilled to offer those looking to buy or sell in Oklahoma the same great service we have long been known for in North Texas.” 

Says Marsha Butler, Ebby’s Broker of Record in Oklahoma, “As a company, we are passionate about this expansion and the opportunity to serve the real estate needs of Oklahomans and those looking to purchase property in the Sooner State.”

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Butler is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Her family has resided in the state since before it became one. Butler has been affiliated with the Ebby Halliday Companies for five years as an agent and mentor in the company’s Prosper | Celina Office.

Butler says exceptional recreational, farm, ranch and residential opportunities are abundant in Oklahoma and she is excited to introduce clients to all the state has to offer. 

“I am so grateful to be a part of Ebby’s Oklahoma expansion,” Butler says. “It has been a team effort for many months now involving an extraordinary group of agents, executives and employees. We are ready to hit the ground running and are so excited about assisting North Texans with their real estate needs in Oklahoma as well as introducing our incredible company to those that already call the Sooner State home.”

Adds Kelly, “2020 has been a memorable year for the Ebby Halliday Companies as we’ve celebrated our 75thanniversary. But more importantly, 2020 has been a significant year of growth as we open new offices in Cedar Hill, Prosper and Forney, and as we expand into the Oklahoma market to serve the needs of our valued clients. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we can’t wait to further grow our ‘footprint’ across this great region as we seek to provide the professional representation and attention to every detail of each transaction that our valued clients so deserve.”

For more information about Ebby Halliday’s residential real estate services in Oklahoma and to search for your Oklahoma home, visit ebby.com/oklahoma. Contact Marsha Butler at marshabutler@ebby.com.

Shelly Nelson Named Recruiting Specialist


Shelly Nelson with Ebby Halliday Realtors

Shelly Nelson has been named Recruiting Specialist for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and CEO, recently made the announcement. 

Ebby’s in-house recruiting is recognized among the best in the residential real estate industry. Former Director of Recruiting Merry Shuck will transition to a new role as Director of Market Expansion for the Ebby Halliday Companies.

“I want to thank Merry for her significant contributions and I’m very happy to welcome Shelly Nelson to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” Kelly said. “Widely admired and respected in the North Texas residential real estate industry, Shelly possesses an extensive résumé and an intimate understanding of recruiting.” 

Said Betsy Cameron, vice president of business initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Shelly has held recruiting leadership positions at well-known brokerages and worked as a sales manager for a major corporation for 13 years prior to entering the recruiting industry. Her extensive background and industry knowledge are valued assets that will benefit our brands daily.”

A longtime resident of North Texas, Nelson grew up in Lake Highlands and has lived in Frisco since 2011. In addition to having served as a recruiter for two well-known real estate brands, she holds a residential real estate license and has worked as an agent. 

“I am passionate about recruiting, particularly within real estate,” Nelson said. “I love the real estate industry and the people who are part of it; they make a difference in the lives of others in pursuit of the American dream of homeownership.

“Ebby Halliday Companies agents are a very loyal group who are known for professionalism and integrity,” Nelson said. “Ebby is such an iconic brand and our industry-leading training sets our company and agents apart. I am very much looking forward to doing all I can to help attract new and experienced agents to the incredible culture and resources available to them at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”  

Adds Nelson, “As a recruiter, I want to help each person I interact with choose the best route to reach their professional goals. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we offer a time-proven path to a successful real estate career.”

When not working, Nelson enjoys spending time with friends, networking and playing golf. She is the proud mother of adopted twins, who are now in high school.

To contact Shelly Nelson, email shellynelson@ebby.com.

With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies include some of the most-respected brands in the country. Its real estate brands include Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its core-services companies include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

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.