Texas Top Destination for Corporate Moves


Texas Top Destination for Corporate Moves

When it comes to corporate moves, Texas was the top destination for people packing up and heading across the country in 2019.

Texas topped the list, which also includes California, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina as the states that were the most popular destinations for corporate transfers, according to Allied Van Lines.

Texas, with its business-friendly climate, has ranked as the top move destination for Allied corporate customers for the past six years, the moving company said in its most recent Magnet States Report. The high influx of corporations moving to Texas makes it a highly desirable destination for top talent.

A few other interesting findings:

* The most popular month for Allied corporate moves was June, and the most popular day of the week to move was Friday.

* Allied consumer customers still prefer to move in June; however, in 2019 the most popular day to move changed from Tuesday to Friday, allowing for a full weekend of unpacking and settling in.

* Allied consumer and corporate customers moved a total of 421,780,231 miles over the last six years, which is equal to over 16,937 trips around the world.

Considering a move to North Texas? The Ebby Halliday Companies are here to help. Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texas for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.

To learn more and to get started, contact an Ebby Halliday agent today. People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate.

In Good Times and Bad, We Stand with You


In Good Times and Bad, We Stand with You

Together, the North Texas region has faced one of modern history’s most serious challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies, like individuals, responded to the pandemic, as well as those who rely on their services, in different – often strikingly different – ways.

“As the Ebby Halliday Companies mark 75 years of serving the residential real estate needs of North Texas during 2020, we are grateful for your continued support and we are honored to have served many of our neighbors during this challenging time,” says Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Ebby Halliday’s real estate brands include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

“Within days of COVID-19 arriving in North Texas, we witnessed every major iBuyer close their doors to our community,” Kelly says. iBuyers are major real estate investment firms that use automated-valuation models and other technology to make cash offers on homes. “At a time when people needed shelter more than ever, these iBuyers’ viewed you and your home as a financial risk they were unwilling to take.”

“We, and other longstanding brokerages who have served you through wars, recessions and other times of great stress, saw the real risk of this approach: abandoning you in the middle of a crisis,” Kelly says. “We may be competitors with these brokerages in real estate, but we are partners and we thank them for standing with us in our continued service to you, our neighbors across this great region.

“As the state of Texas continues its phased re-opening, and as iBuyers undoubtedly return to our market, we ask that when the need arises you consider selecting an Ebby Halliday Companies agent to represent your residential real estate needs,” Kelly says. “In good times and in bad times, we are here for you.”

When buying or selling a home, selecting the right broker – one who will stay by your side throughout the often-complicated process – is critical to your experience and success. In addition to 75 years of service to North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies are committed to the homeownership dreams of everyone who calls North Texas home.

“When you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies to represent your real estate needs, you’ll not only have access to the most respected and knowledgeable agents in North Texas – who are part of HomeServices of America and the Berkshire Hathaway family – but also our mortgage, insurance and title services,” says Kelly.

Too often in today’s world, consumers are asked to choose between a technology or a traditional company to fulfill their real estate needs. No more. From home showings to mortgages, insurance to closings, when you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies everything can be completed efficiently and if needed, virtually.

“Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you’ll have the easiest and most secure real estate experience,” Kelly says. “When combined with the personal touch of a local expert associated with North Texas’ leading residential real estate brokerage, it simply is an unmatched experience. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.”

For more information about Ebby Halliday’s brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Kastan Named Sales Leader of Plano/Willow Bend Office


Curt Kastan Named Sales Leader of Plano/Willow Bend Office

 

We are excited to announce that Curt Kastan is the new sales leader for Ebby Halliday’s Plano/Willow Bend Office. Kastan will also continue in his role as sales leader of Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office.

 

“We are thrilled Curt has accepted this additional responsibility and know he is absolutely the right person at the right time in just the right roles,” says Chris Kelly, president & chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Given the proximity of our Plano/Willow Bend and Preston Plano Parkway offices, Curt will be able to quickly generate additional synergies, sharing and collaboration among the two groups of widely admired agents.”

 

Kastan quickly established himself as a remarkable sales leader within the PPP office and is a highly respected member of Ebby’s leadership team, Kelly says. He is well known for his relationship-based style of leadership and for genuinely caring about those he leads.

 

A third-generation real estate sales professional, Kastan literally grew up in the business. His grandparents owned a boutique brokerage on the beach in Ventura, Calif., and his mother was a top-producing luxury agent. Kastan followed in their footsteps, becoming licensed in 2000 and, by building on his family’s knowledge and experience, enjoyed early and sustained success.

 

With over 20 years of experience, Curt brings real-world knowledge to his roles as sales leader of Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway and Plano/Willow Bend offices. He possesses keen marketing and transactional knowledge, luxury property expertise, a tireless work ethic, genuine integrity and a positive outlook.

 

A longtime agent whose transition into management was an organic one, Kastan says he is, at heart, a servant leader. “I always try to place myself in others’ ‘shoes,’ ” he says. “I never ask people to do things I haven’t done or am not prepared to do myself.”

 

When he is not working, Kastan enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

 

In additional exciting news, Jason Bell, an agent with Ebby’s Plano/Willow Bend Office, has accepted the role of Agent Development Director and will assist Kastan in this capacity at both the Plano/Willow Bend and PPP offices.

 

Born in Dallas and raised in the Lake Highlands area, 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.

Kastan Named Sales Leader of Plano/Willow Bend Office

“Jason joined Ebby Halliday in 2016 and has built a successful real estate practice by consistently going above and beyond for clients,” Kelly says. “He has a thoughtful communication style that will make him very relatable to the agents he serves. We are thrilled to welcome Jason to this new role.”

 

Bell holds the Graduate, Realtor Institute and Pricing Strategy Advisor designations. Before embarking on his real estate career, he worked in the life and health insurance industries for 15 years. Jason is excited to be working with and learning from an excellent leader like Kastan, and will also be furthering his leadership development with Ebby Halliday Companies Vice Presidents of Brokerage Carolyn Rosson and Malinda Howell.

 

For more information on Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Officer, visit PrestonPlanoParkway.Ebby.com. For more information on Ebby’s Plano/Willow Bend Office, visit PlanoWilllowBend.Ebby.com.

 

 

D-FW Market Likely to Emerge Healthy From COVID-19


 D-FW Market Likely to Emerge Healthy From COVID-19

 

Texas’ largest markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, are among the U.S. metros least likely to experience a major housing shakeout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research reported here by Dallas Morning News real estate reporter Steve Brown.

 

The research, by analysts at Attom Data Solutions, found housing markets that will be most negatively affected by COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges are mostly in the Northeast and Florida.

 

Researchers looked at almost 500 home markets around the country and rated them based on foreclosures, homeowner equity, wages and other factors.

 

“It’s too early to tell how much effect the coronavirus fallout will have on different housing markets around the country,” said Attom Data’s Todd Teta. “But the impact is likely to be significant from region to region and county to county. What we’ve done is spotlight areas that appear to be more or less at risk based on several important factors.

 

“From that analysis, it looks like the Northeast is more at risk than other areas,” Teta said. “As we head into the spring homebuying season, the next few months will reveal how severe the impact will be.”

 

Attom Data estimates the major housing markets most at risk from the virus include four in New Jersey and the New York area, three in Connecticut and 10 from Florida. Only one was in California, and none were located in other West Coast states.

 

“Texas has 10 of the 50 least vulnerable counties from among the 483 included in the report, followed by Wisconsin with seven and Colorado with five,” according to Attom Data. “The 10 counties in Texas include three in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro (Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties).

 

Click here to read the full article by Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News.

 

How Housing Markets Fare with COVID-19

Major U.S. Counties Ranked from Worst to Best out of 483 Metros

Worst

8. Ocean, N.J.

9. Essex, N.J.

10. Prince George, Md.

11. Broward, Fla.

12. Bergen, N.J.

13. Cook, Ill.

14. New Haven, Conn.

15. Polk, Fla.

 

Best

479. Harris, Texas

477. Dallas, Texas

468. Denver, Co.

463. King, Wash.

457. Travis, Texas

449. Tarrant, Texas

441. Santa Clara, Calif.

439. Collin, Texas

Source: Attom Data Solutions

 

 

Statewide Essential Services Notice to Our Clients


 Statewide Essential Service Notice to Clients

 

The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents is always our top priority. Per the Executive Order issued by Governor Abbott on March 31, 2020 with an effective period of April 2nd through April 30, we are providing the below information with respect to our businesses and services. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services at this time?

 

* Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, real estate services have been deemed an essential service within the State of Texas.

* For the health and safety of our workforce, we have executed our remote-work plan.

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance also remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses as Financial Services.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

 

* Your listing will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

* Per the Executive Order, if you permit, showings may still take place with adherence to the CDC and local health officials’ hygienic and social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of masks by all agents and prospective buyers. However, this is a decision all sellers will make based on their individual circumstances.

* We are advising against Open Houses at this time due to the difficulty in enforcing CDC social distancing at such events.

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

* Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?            

 

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

* Showings may be conducted, if allowed by the seller and if handled under the standards set by the CDC and local health officials for hygienic practices and social distancing, including the wearing of masks by all parties.

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

 

* The Executive Order allows us to continue to service your contract all the way through closing.

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

HomeServices of America is No. 1, Again


Country's Largest Real Estate Company? HomeServices of America

 

All of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies are proud that HomeServices of America, our parent company, is once again the country’s largest real estate company based on the recently released REAL TRENDS 500 transaction report. The Ebby Halliday Companies include real estate brands Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

“This recognition belongs to all of the hard-working agents and staff throughout the HomeServices and Ebby Halliday families,” said Chris Kelly, president & chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “They have worked tirelessly to guide their clients with expertise and impeccable service toward the dream of homeownership.”

 

HomeServices of America executives Ron Peltier and Gino Blefari recognized and congratulated employees, agents and sales managers across HomeServices’ family of businesses for again being recognized as the country’s largest real estate company. In 2019, the company closed 329,680 residential transactions and facilitated approximately 219,000 mortgage, insurance, title and escrow transactions.

 

“This achievement affirms the hard work of our incredible team and while we are celebrating this moment, we recognize the challenges of these turbulent times,” said Blefari, CEO of HomeServices. “HomeServices is better positioned to manage through this volatility than any other real estate firm. And we are committed to supporting our agents as they safely and skillfully guide buyers and sellers through today’s home-transaction process.”

 

“HomeServices offers the full suite of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance services,” added Peltier, executive chairman of HomeServices. “That, together with our financial strength, stability, and unparalleled leadership team will continue to make HomeServices an industry leader into 2020 and beyond.”

 

“A safe and secure home has never been more important,” concluded Blefari. “HomeServices’ family of companies is uniquely positioned to making homeownership not just a dream, but a possibility even during these extraordinary times.”

 

To view the complete list of rankings, visit https://www.realtrends.com/rankings/rt500.

COVID-19 and North Texas Residential Real Estate


COVID-19 and North Texas Residential Real Estate

 

North Texas is home. Through wars, recessions, natural disasters and other challenges, our great region has not only survived, it has thrived.

 

North Texas is being tested again, this time by a virus that many of us, only weeks ago, had never even heard of. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we are concerned first and foremost with the health and well-being of our clients, sales associates and employees. Naturally, we are also concerned with the virus’ impact on our local economy; and specifically, the North Texas residential real estate market.

 

What will happen to the local real estate market in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? No one knows the exact answer to this question, but an optimism runs through the veins of North Texans that is infectious in its own way.

 

This is why so many choose to call our region home – in fact, almost 400 new residents join us each day. After the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, even more people will seek our highly desirable lifestyle of an ideal location in the Central U.S., a moderate climate, world-class amenities and affordable housing, thus sustaining and driving our local economy.

 

With the arrival of COVID-19 in the North Texas region and with Shelter-In-Place Orders now active in most surrounding counties, real estate services have been deemed an essential service and we take that responsibility seriously.

 

There is no question that this latest challenge to our region will leave its own indelible mark. Selling a home will take a bit more patience as we all navigate uncharted waters, but keeping your property on the market is vital as buyers turn more often than ever to online shopping. Virtual tours, photography and videos will offer a competitive edge for sellers.

 

If you would like to discuss selling your home or purchasing a North Texas home, please contact an Ebby Halliday Realtors agent today.

 

As with each Ebby Halliday Companies real estate brand, our Core Services brands, which include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, utilize the latest technologies. They are able to fully serve your mortgage, insurance and title needs online, over the phone and through mobile service.

 

As we mark 75 years of conducting business in North Texas in 2020, we are reminded of the challenges this great company has seen and survived. In many of those moments, the future was unclear, but our company steadied its course, did what was necessary and came out stronger on the other side. It would be our honor to share our knowledge and experience with you.

How May We Serve You?


We're Here to Serve You

 

As your North Texas residential real estate partner, Ebby Halliday Realtors continues to closely monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

“We recognize that the nature of our relationship with you is a little different than most businesses,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “We aren’t a business that you stop into occasionally, or one that you can get take-out from over the next several weeks. Our business brings us into your homes. And right now, ‘home’ is where national and local health officials are saying we are the safest and where we should be. That alone means we need to be more mindful than ever of the commitment we have to you and your home.

 

“As we strive to ensure the health and safety of our clients, sales associates, employees and community, it is important for you to know what we are doing as a company,” Kelly says. “We want you to have peace of mind while we help you find that new home or sell your current one at a very unique time in our market. We have robust continuity plans across all of our business lines. All of us will need to exercise a degree of patience in everything we do, as some parts of any business may simply take a little longer – but our doors, whether physically or virtually, will remain open and we are honored to meet your needs. During this time of uncertainty, serving you remains our priority.”

 

Among the ways Ebby Halliday Realtors agents are serving clients:

 

Virtual Tours – Want to see a property or have an open house? Virtual open houses and tours may be the right answer for you.

 

Contracts – Have contracts or agreements in the pipeline? All can be handled electronically and efficiently from the comfort of your home.

 

Loans, Insurance and Closing – Need to apply for a loan, obtain insurance or close on a property? The Ebby Halliday Companies’ mortgage, title and insurance partners Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, offer online, over-the-phone and mobile services.

 

As always, all North Texas homes for sale are available for viewing on ebby.com.

 

“As we mark 75 years of conducting business in North Texas, we are reminded of the wars, recessions, natural disasters and other challenges this great company has seen and survived,” Kelly says. “In many of those moments, the future was unclear, but our company steadied its course, did what was necessary and came out stronger on the other side. This will be no different. I encourage you to be mindful of your and your family’s health in the coming weeks, and on behalf of all us at the Ebby Halliday Companies I thank you for trusting us with your home.”

 

 

 

Market Snapshot: March 2020


Curious how the North Texas housing market is performing? Take a look at the latest stats.

Market Snapshot Blog December 2019

A Message from Our CEO Regarding COVID-19


 

This is a unique time in our market. Your trusted real estate partner for the past 75 years and our over 2,000 sales associates and employees are here to help you through your housing needs across North Texas as we come together as a community. We are combining CDC and local health officials’ guidance, as well as innovative practices, to help better protect you and your home. Our relationship brings us into your home and we are taking that responsibility seriously with you and your health in mind.