North Texas Market Sizzles this Summer


Colorful inflatable toys floating in a pool

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) in North Texas, summer “officially” begins tomorrow. 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 47 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 3.4%.

 

*  The number of homes sold is up 2.7%.

 

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.

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.

Customer Service Award Winners Announced


Companywide Customer Service Award Winners Announced

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three points of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. That emphasis on service is as apparent today as it was in 1945 when Ebby Halliday Realtors was a one-woman, one-office operation.

 

“As our company celebrates 72 years of service this year, we would like to announce, as we do each year, the companywide winners of our VIP Excellence in Service Award,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “This award recognizes a level of excellence that is truly above and beyond.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winners for 2016:

 

Top Companywide Office – 190 – Richardson Office

Top Companywide Winner – Helen Curry of the Plano Office

Top Companywide Runner-up – Karen Hallman of the 190 – Richardson Office

 

VIP Excellence in Customer Service Award winners are determined by the total number of points received from questions pertaining specifically to service in buyer/seller surveys sent to Ebby clients. In 2016, 99 percent of respondents ranked Ebby Halliday and their sales associate as “Excellent” or “Good.”

 

The 190 – Richardson Office is located at 3621 Shire Blvd., Suite 100, in Richardson, near the corner of State Highway 190 and Jupiter Road. Managed by industry leader Malinda Howell, the office serves the real estate needs of Richardson, Garland, Rowlett, Sachse, Wylie, Murphy, Plano, Allen, Lucas, Lovejoy, Parker, North Dallas, and beyond.

 

“I’m proud to be affiliated with the No. 1 independent real estate company in Texas, and I’m thrilled to be part of the 190 – Richardson Office, our VIP Excellence in Service-award winning office for 2016,” says Ms. Howell. “Ebby Associates throughout our company offer their clients exceptional service day in and day out.”

 

Ms. Curry is widely admired by clients and peers alike for exemplary customer service and her dedication to helping clients enjoy a smooth transition in one of the most important decisions of their lives.

 

“Helen’s stellar reputation has been built on treating her clients and fellow agents with respect, providing remarkable customer service, and doing the right thing,” says Kay Wright, sales manager of Ebby’s Plano Office. “She goes to great lengths to ensure every client has an exceptional real estate experience.”

 

Ms. Hallman is well known for her honesty, integrity and extensive knowledge of the North Texas area.

 

“From the moment you meet Karen, you know she has your best interests in mind,” says Ms. Howell. “She listens closely to her to clients and delivers extraordinary results.”

 

To learn more about all of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ offices, Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

PHOTO: Shown, front row, from left, are Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winner Helen Curry, Companywide VIP Runner-up Karen Hallman and 190 – Richardson Sales Manager Malinda Howell. Back row, from left, are Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Plano Sales Manager Kay Wright.

PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Motta

 

 

2016 VIP Excellence in Service Individual Awards by Ebby Office

190 – Richardson

Karen Hallman (also Companywide runner-up)

Ann Stewart – Runner-up

 

Allen

Nancy Spaans

Ann Parsley – Runner-up

 

Arlington

Dorothy Howard

Julie DeMott – Runner-up

 

Campbell/Coit

Suzanne Ussery

Bob Baba – Runner-up

 

Denton

Sue Cogdell

Shelby Bell – Runner-up

 

Ebby’s Little White House

Terri Gum

Ken Leach – Runner-up

 

Flower Mound/Lewisville

Karen Sefcik

Linda Bartley – Runner-up

 

Frisco

Debi Leavitt

Janice Berg – Runner-up

 

Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell

Van Vanaman

Tonya Harp – Runner-up

 

Lakewood/Lake Highlands

Bobby Stephens

C J Prince – Runner-up

 

Mansfield

Joel Arredondo

Mary Prunty – Runner-up

 

McKinney

Christine Hogan

Katherine Niesman – Runner-up

 

Plano

Helen Curry (also Companywide winner)

Linda Jackson – Runner-up

 

Plano/Willow Bend

Pixie Young

Cary McCoy – Runner-up

 

Preston Center

Jay Forrester

Jini Cyr – Runner-up

 

Preston Keller

Sue Nelms

Tannah McGaughy – Runner-up

 

Preston Plano Parkway

Robin Light

Mollie Hancock – Runner-up

 

Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard

Dell Osborn

Kelli Wenzel – Runner-up

 

Sherman

Sheryl Bentley

Traci McCarthy – Runner-up

 

Southlake

Chip Reid

O C Chapa – Runner-up

 

Southwest Dallas/Ellis County

Pam Smith

Karen James – Runner-up

 

Whitesboro

Lisa Moden

John Dean – Runner-up

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

 

 

 

Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market


	Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market

 

What was once considered real estate wisdom – the ideal time to list your home for sale is the traditional spring selling season – is no longer true for North Texas homeowners.

 

“Year-over-year home sales for December and the current low inventory of homes available to purchase indicate there is no reason to wait until spring to list your home for sale,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer a very compelling case for those sellers who would like to get a head start on the competition.”

 

A few of the highlights from the NTREIS numbers for December 2016 vs. December 2015 include:

 

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home rose 7.4 percent to $281,596.

 

*  Inventory was down 12 percent to 2.2 months supply.

 

*  The number of homes for sale was down 10.5 percent.

 

*  Finally, the average time a home was on the market was down 4.1 percent to 47 days.

 

“These numbers make it clear that the winter of 2017 offers the ideal climate in which to list a North Texas property for sale,” Burleson says. “Potential sellers should act now to get ahead of the traditional spring market.”

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your home is worth in today’s fast-paced market. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the the all-new, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

VIP Customer Service Award Winners Announced


VIP Customer Service Award Winners Announced

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three points of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the communities it serves. That emphasis on service is as apparent today as it was in 1945 when Ebby Halliday Realtors was a one-woman, one-office operation.

 

“As our company celebrates 71 years of service this year, we would like to announce, as we do each year, the companywide winners of our VIP Excellence in Service Award,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “This award recognizes a level of excellence that is truly above and beyond.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winners for 2015:

* Top Companywide Office – 190 – Richardson Office

* Top Companywide Winner – Ann Stewart of the 190 – Richardson Office

* Top Companywide Runner-up – Dell Osborn of the Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard Office

 

VIP Excellence in Customer Service Award winners are determined by the total number of points received from questions pertaining specifically to service in buyer/seller surveys sent to Ebby clients. In 2015, 99 percent of respondents ranked Ebby Halliday and their sales associate as “Excellent” or “Good.”

 

PHOTO: Shown, from left, are Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, 190-Richardson Sales Manager Malinda Howell, Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winner Ann Stewart, Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard Sales Manager Sylvia Sotelo-Kidd and Companywide VIP Runner-up Dell Osborn.

 

2015 VIP Excellence in Service individual awards by Ebby office:

190 – Richardson

Ann Stewart

(also Companywide winner)

Cindy Bryant – Runner-up

 

Allen

Nancy Spaans

Stacy Solomon – Runner-up

 

Arlington

Rekha McGee

Laura Bumgarner – Runner-up

 

Campbell/Coit

Lynn Carlton

Jessica McMurtrey – Runner-up

 

Denton

Sue Cogdell

Jeanne Jacobs – Runner-up

 

Ebby’s Little White House

Kay Weeks

Sandy Donsky – Runner-up

 

Flower Mound/Lewisville

Linda Bartley

Becky Garrison – Runner-up

 

Frisco

Kathy Gibson

Janice Berg – Runner-up

 

Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell

Ray Ebbighausen

Tonya Harp – Runner-up

 

Lakewood/Lake Highlands

George Haynes

Dennis Hammett – Runner-up

 

Mansfield

Mary Prunty

Joel Arredondo – Runner-up

 

McKinney

Vikki Twigg

Leslie Reeves – Runner-up

 

Plano

Helen Curry

Dana Glass – Runner-up

 

Plano/Willow Bend

Kimberly Woodard

Pixie Young – Runner-up

 

Preston Center

Ralph Vanduzee

Mary Poss – Runner-up

 

Preston Keller

Elissa Sabel

Sue Nelms – Runner-up

 

Preston Plano Parkway

Joe Washburn

Mollie Hancock – Runner-up

 

Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard

Dell Osborn (also Companywide Runner-up winner)

Charlie Pratt – Runner-up

 

Sherman

Ron Hart

Sheryl Bentley – Runner-up

 

Southlake

Donna Akin

Suzanne Maisto – Runner-up

 

Southwest Dallas/Ellis County

Toni Mooney

Jan Davis – Runner-up

 

Whitesboro

Patty Campbell

Carrie Chown – Runner-up

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

 

O’Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.


O'Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.
Longtime real estate industry leaders Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene

 

The O’Gorman Group and the Paulette Greene Group were named today to the 2015 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. The new rankings are  based on 2014 sales.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Preston Keller Associate Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 66 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $147,324,106 in residential real estate sales in 2014.

 

The Paulette Greene Group, led by Frisco Associate Paulette Greene, ranked No. 210 on the Teams by Sales Volume list with $86,435,838 in residential real estate sales in 2014.

 

“Congratulations to both Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene for their truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Both of these professionals are widely admired by clients and peers alike. We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”

Ebby Halliday Acquires Williams Trew


Ebby Halliday Acquires Williams Trew
Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, Williams Trew Co-Founder Joan Trew, Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, Williams Trew Co-Founder Martha Williams, and President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson.

 

We are very excited to announce that Williams Trew Real Estate is now part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. Williams Trew, Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage, was previously a Sotheby’s company. Below is the text of today’s full press release:

 

Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. announced today it has purchased Fort Worth-based luxury real estate boutique Williams Trew Real Estate. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

Williams Trew, which was founded in 2000 by Martha Williams, Joan Trew and Marshall Boyd, will continue to be branded and conduct business under the name Williams Trew, an Ebby Halliday Real Estate Company and will continue to operate out of its current locations in Fort Worth. Ms. Williams and Ms. Trew will continue leadership roles with the company. Mr. Boyd will guide the transition and then pursue other existing business opportunities outside the company.

 

“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our company to better serve current and future residents of Fort Worth,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with many years of residential real estate experience.”

 

Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “We have built our company on several strategic moves in our almost 70 years in business and we believe this acquisition will help ensure our market position for many years to come. From a business standpoint, we are able to combine budgets, marketing and advertising in a more strategic and cost-effective manner.”

 

“We are pleased to join Ebby Halliday and believe this move significantly strengthens our leading position in the Fort Worth marketplace,” says Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate. “As part of Ebby Halliday, our agents and sellers will have more resources without losing our company culture. Both our companies are privately held and customer-focused.”

 

Adds Joan Trew, “Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction. They also have a record of integrating acquisitions smoothly and without employee or market interruption. We like and respect their approach to the business of people.”

 

The acquisition is effective immediately. “We are already working on the transition,” says Williams Trew co-founder Marshall Boyd. “It will be seamless to our clients and our agents and sellers will not be impacted. We will increase our marketing and advertising strength and realize targeted cost efficiencies.”

 

With this transaction, Williams Trew becomes an Ebby Halliday Company and will no longer be affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty.

 

As an Ebby Halliday Company, Williams Trew and its Associates will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network, according to Ebby Halliday Companies Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene.

 

“Membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide,” says Greene, “We take pride in offering our clients knowledgeable Associates who provide exceptional service. Simply put, Williams Trew and its Associates are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, affiliated mortgage, insurance and title companies, and approximately 1,600 associates covering over 12,000 square miles of North Texas. It participated in more than 19,500 real estate transactions in 2013 with a sales volume of more than $6.4 billion. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ 13.5 percent share of the North Texas real estate market led all competitors, the nearest of which garnered 4.03 percent.

 

Independently owned and operated Ebby Halliday Realtors will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015. Having grown from a one-woman office to the largest independent real estate company in Texas, the company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to its support of many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belong to 27 local chambers of commerce.

 

“At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud of our undisputed role as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “While 2014 has certainly been an exceptional year for our company, what remains most important to us is service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community. We welcome – and appreciate – the opportunity to partner with Fort Worth’s most respected real estate brokerage.”

 

Williams Trew Real Estate is Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage firm. With over 80 experienced agents the company provides home buyers and sellers with unparalleled experience in residential, farm & ranch, lake or urban properties in the greater Fort Worth area.

 

For more information, visit williamstrew.com.

 

For more information on Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

 

 

 

O’Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.


Longtime industry leaders Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene

 

The O’Gorman Group and the Paulette Greene Group were recently named to the 2014 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. The new rankings are  based on 2013 sales.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Preston Keller Associate Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 48 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $146,319,408 in residential real estate sales in 2013 and No. 227 on the Teams by Transaction Sides list with 257 sides during the same period.

 

The Paulette Greene Group, led by Frisco Associate Paulette Greene, ranked No. 144 on the Teams by Sales Volume list with $97,163,827 in residential real estate sales in 2013.

 

“Congratulations to both Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene for their truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Both of these professionals are widely admired by clients and peers alike. We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”