Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite


Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

 

Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to participate in its 10th-Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Tuesday, September 25. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco. Recognizing the growing need, Texas Scottish Rite is building a new ambulatory care center in Frisco, at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

 

“Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, as well as certain related neurological and learning disorders, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office.

 

Sponsorship of Ebby’s 10th-Annual Ebby Frisco Charity Golf Tournament offers a great experience for players while also providing the opportunity to advertise their company, says Davis. Most importantly, all support from this tax-deductible event will be directly donated to Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco.

 

“Participants in the tournament will enjoy an exceptional golfing event,” says Davis. “There will be raffles, food, drinks and prizes – all in a fantastic environment that will be enjoyable for all.”

 

“Even if you don’t golf, you’re invited to come to the awards dinner, as well as the live and silent auctions at Stonebriar Country Club,” says Davis. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefiting a great cause, and is only $35. You may also attend the silent auction only for a $10 donation.”

 

To learn more about this event and Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco, click here.

DFW Cities Rank High on First-Time Homebuyers List


 

Three Dallas suburbs have been ranked among the best places in the country for first-time homebuyers, according to a new report by WalletHub.com.

 

The fast-growing cities of Frisco, McKinney and Allen ranked 7th, 8th and 16th among the top markets for first-time buyers, according to the study.

 

WalletHub scored 300 U.S. cities for entry-level home buying using factors including attractiveness, affordability and quality of life.

 

As is often the case with these types of lists, Ebby Halliday Realtors has an office in each of the North Texas cities on the list: Ebby McKinney, Ebby Frisco and Ebby Allen | Fairview | Lucas. If you’re considering buying or selling a home in North Texas – regardless of the town or city – you can find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

See NBC DFW’s report on the new WalletHub list of best places for first-time homebuyers.

 

PHOTO:  The five-bedroom home at 5606 Romantik Road in Frisco is listed by Ebby’s Kam Gill for $599,900.

O’Gorman Group Again Among Top Real Estate Teams in U.S.


O’Gorman Group Again Among Top Real Estate Teams in U.S.

 

The O’Gorman Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors was recently named to the 2018 REAL Trends Top Thousand. Compiled by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc., the “Thousand” is comprised of four annual nationwide Top 250 rankings: Top Individuals by Transaction Sides, Top Individuals by Sales Volume, Top Teams by Transaction Sides and Top Teams by Sales Volume.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Preston Keller Associate Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 3 in D-FW on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $133,619,950 in residential real estate sales in 2017.

 

“Congratulations to The O’Gorman Group for their truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”

 

Cindy O’Gorman began her career in real estate more than 30 years ago and has long been ranked in the top one-half of the top 1 percent of residential real estate agents in the nation. She and her group are well-known for their exceptional national and global marketing, extensive social media exposure, superior customer service with a team of specialists, and expert knowledge of the D-FW real estate market.

 

“I am so honored to be ranked in the top 250 groups nationwide by Real Trends,” says O’Gorman. “The O’Gorman Group looks forward to staying in this elite group ranking every year and we are honored to be among the most-respected agents in the country. Having attained the No. 1 Companywide Top Producer status for Ebby Halliday Realtors for over 27 years in a row, staying in the top 250 nationally has become another annual goal.

 

“My group works hard and continues to prove their knowledge, top-quality customer service and dedication to our buyers and our sellers,” O’Gorman says. “When you choose to work with the O’Gorman Group, you can expect high-quality marketing, extensive visibility, top-notch negotiation expertise and dedicated, knowledgeable Associates.”

 

She adds, “In addition to numerous referrals from relocation companies, our loyal repeat clients consistently refer potential buyers and sellers. The North Texas market is booming and we are seeing many outside investors wanting to put their money into our growing economy. D-FW continues to attract some of the most-successful corporations for their headquarters. It is a wonderful place to live and invest and we are so proud of our strong and growing community.”

 

To contact Ms. O’Gorman, call 972-715-0190 or e-mail cindyogorman@ebby.com.

 

PHOTO: Cindy O’Gorman

Summer Market Sizzles in North Texas


Summer Market Sizzles in North Texas

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) for a while in North Texas, summer “officially” started this past week. With sales prices up and not a large number of homes for sale, this summer offers homeowners ideal conditions to sell a home in Dallas-Fort Worth. Competition among buyers is heated and multiple offers are common.

 

Just how hot is the North Texas housing market? Consider this:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is only 39 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 4.3%.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers a great opportunity. To get started, discover just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Cast Your Vote in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt


 

HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2018 is underway. And, if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties in such categories as Curb Appeal, Amazing Kitchens, Homes with History and Modern Masterpieces, and click the VOTE button for your favorites. After you vote, be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000!

 

As always, Ebby Halliday Companies listings are prominently featured in the Ultimate House Hunt:

 

Curb Appeal

Cast Your Vote in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt

2404 Glade Road | Colleyville – Listed with Kimberly Holt of Ebby Halliday Realtors, this spectacular estate home is ideally situated on nearly 2 acres with gracious gardens and a stocked pond. Dramatic and grand, this home is a masterpiece of intricate architecture and detailed design elements.

 

Amazing Kitchens

Cast Your Vote in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt

6168 Beverly Drive | Frisco – Listed with The O’Gorman Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors, this home on just under 1 acre overlooking a serene lake offers a dream kitchen with two islands, Renalto pizza oven, LaCornue range, reclaimed terra cotta flooring, custom armoire Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and built-in coffee zone.

 

Homes with History

Cast Your Vote in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt

 

6220 Worth St. | Old East Dallas – Listed with Henda Salmeron of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, this Spanish Mission-style home with a grand curving staircase, boxed ceilings, inlaid hardwoods and intricate wood detailing throughout features a masterful renovation with the finest modern amenities.

 

Modern Masterpieces

Cast Your Vote in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt

 

1 Vanguard Way | Dallas – Listed with Charlotte Thompson of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, this extraordinary residence is located in Urban Reserve, an enclave of 50 modern homes on a mission to bridge the gap between man and nature. This premier property features regionally sourced materials and is sited for maximum enjoyment of the wooded surroundings along White Rock Creek and Trail.

 

This is the fifth-consecutive year HGTV has partnered exclusively with Ebby Halliday’s global real estate network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury marketing division Luxury Portfolio International to host the contest, which last year saw over 1 million votes cast, making it one of the most popular contests on HGTV.com.

 

Click here to vote for your favorites now. HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt ends July 17.

 

Home Sales, Prices Set Record in May


Home Sales, Prices Set Record in May

 

North Texas home sales surged in May, setting new records, according to Steve Brown, real estate editor at The Dallas Morning News.

 

Real estate agents sold 11,302 preowned single-family homes in May — the largest number of home sales ever in a single month in North Texas.

 

May’s home sales were 9 percent higher than the same month in 2017, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

 

The median sales price for a North Texas home was $266,500 — the highest ever recorded. That’s up 5 percent from May 2017, and is half the gain seen at the same time the prior year.

 

The greatest increase in home purchases this year has been for houses priced between $200,000 and $500,000. Overall home sales in North Texas were 4 percent higher in the first five months of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

 

More than 22,000 homes were listed for sale through the real estate agents’ multiple listing service in May. That’s up 13 percent from a year earlier.

 

To find just the right agent for your North Texas residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

 

 

Ebby Halliday Companies Joins HomeServices of America


Ebby Halliday Companies Joins HomeServices of America

 

HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced it has acquired the Ebby Halliday Companies, the largest private residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. The acquisition includes Ebby Halliday’s three real estate brands—Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate along with Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate—and their affiliated mortgage and title companies. Ebby Halliday’s portfolio of companies will continue to operate under their current brand names. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

Headquartered in Dallas, Ebby Halliday Companies serves metropolitan Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding communities with approximately 1,800 sales associates and staff operating in 35 offices across 12,000 square miles in North Texas. Ebby Halliday is the 12th largest residential real estate company in the United States by sales volume and the 17th largest by transaction sides, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. In 2017, the company closed $8.0 billion of sales volume.

 

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm by industry visionary Ebby Halliday, the firm has grown to become one of the nation’s foremost full-service real estate companies. The Ebby Halliday name is synonymous with providing clients the highest level of customer service, local expertise and resources, all delivered by a team of knowledgeable agents using the firm’s innovative technologies. Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO, and Ron Burgert, the company’s chief financial officer, will continue to lead the firm’s strategic growth initiatives and manage day-to-day operations together with their sales management teams.

 

Also announced today is the formation of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. Building on a lifetime of service by the foundation’s namesake and the simple saying she lived by, “Do something for someone every day,” the nonprofit organization will continue Ebby’s legacy of service to North Texas.

 

“Among Ebby’s greatest passions was service to the community she proudly called home,” says Burleson. “A tireless volunteer, her philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated. Through the Ebby Halliday Foundation, her legacy will be felt in our community and beyond for many years to come.”

 

“Finding the right partner to maintain the legacy, culture and integrity of the Ebby Halliday Companies was of upmost importance,” said Burleson. “We are joining an organization known for its strength and stability – and for its impeccable reputation and commitment to protecting brands. Joining with HomeServices ensures that our history of market leadership and industry service continues.”

 

“The Ebby Halliday brand and its legacy of integrity and service to our clients, industry and community will continue as it has for the past 73 years,” said Burgert. “Simply put, joining HomeServices makes us an even stronger company. HomeServices is an outstanding company that shares our commitment to delivering exceptional customer service. We are thrilled with this partnership and the many benefits it brings our valued clients, agents and employees.”

 

“Ebby Halliday is a premier company with talented, experienced agents, long-term ties to the communities and a brand that is well known throughout the industry,” said Ron Peltier, HomeServices’ chairman and CEO. “We are honored to be part of Ebby Halliday’s future and are committed to its continued growth and success.”

 

The acquisition further expands HomeServices’ presence in Texas, which includes Dallas-based Allie Beth Allman & Associates, which HomeServices acquired in 2015. With this transaction, HomeServices has nearly 42,500 real estate professionals operating in nearly 900 offices across 30 states.

 

“This is an important transaction for HomeServices,” concluded Peltier. “And we are very proud to welcome the Ebby Halliday Companies to the HomeServices family.

 

HomeServices of America is the country’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and, is through its operating companies, one of the country’s premier providers of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Real Living Real Estate and Prudential Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC, is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America, which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. Information about HomeServices is available at homeservices.com.

 

Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors (ebby.com) is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,850 agents and staff in 35 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2017, the company participated in over 18,800 transactions with a sales volume of more than $8 billion. The company acquired Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) in 2007, and Williams Trew (williamstrew.com) in 2014. It also has affiliated mortgage and title businesses.

 

PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies CFO Ron Burgert, Ebby Halliday Companies President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America Ron Peltier