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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
“Long life is a privilege not everyone – or every company – gets to enjoy,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “During this anniversary year, we acknowledge this fact with a spirit of gratitude.”
The legacy of Ebby Halliday, who founded Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945, is carried out daily in North Texas through 2,000-plus agents and staff across three real estate brands and in-house mortgage, insurance and title companies. It is now amplified by the Ebby Halliday Companies’ affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America, the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company.
Acquired by HomeServices in 2018, the Ebby Halliday Companies are modernizing homeownership services and are focused on ensuring that homeownership is available to everyone who wants to own a home in North Texas. Among the company’s primary business objectives in 2020 is furthering access to homeownership opportunities for historically marginalized communities.
“Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly.“ Purchasing or selling in any other way would be like going back in time. 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 and North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.”
Harold Decena has been named Vice President of Corporate Real Estate Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Betsy Cameron, vice president of business initiatives, recently made the announcement.
“Harold is a widely admired veteran of the relocation services industry,” Kelly said. “Having led relocation departments at two firms, as well as having effectively served the Ebby Halliday Companies for the past several years in a relocation-services management capacity, Harold is the perfect person to succeed Karen Greene, one of the industry’s most-admired professionals.”
Greene, who recently announced her intention to retire at the end of June, has been a relocation director in North Texas for 35 years. Having long planned to retire in 2020, she has mentored Decena with the goal of a seamless transition in mind.
Greene says that among the things she has most enjoyed about working at the Ebby Halliday Companies are the respect the iconic brand commands nationwide and its long-established relocation department.
“I also enjoyed that every day was different,” Greene says. “In the relocation business, you deal with human beings and a very important part of their lives – their homes. I loved working our agents and the years flew by for me.”
Decena will lead one of the nation’s most-respected and largest in-house Relocation Departments.
“I’m excited to be associated with a company that has deeply established roots,” Decena says. “I consider it an honor to help further the visibility Karen and our team have built in the relocation referral landscape.
“My intention is to build on the success she has established and to further our local and national reputation as a department that helps make relocation a seamless experience for clients,” he says. “I want our clients to have an exceptional experience, but I also want our agents to have a great one. We are so fortunate to have an amazing team of agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”
Decena, a licensed real estate agent who also holds the Certified Relocation Professional designation from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, will lead a department of eight relocation professionals who are known nationwide for their ability to facilitate the real estate referral process – both incoming and outgoing.
“My leadership style is performance and data driven – it’s all about the results,” Decena says. “I want every member of our department to have the tools necessary to succeed. I genuinely want to help each team member achieve his or her goals. I see myself as their partner in achieving success. At the end of the day, it’s about providing an exceptional real estate experience while continuing to build a respected department and collaborative relationships with our agents and sales leaders.”
For more information on the Ebby Halliday Companies’ corporate real estate services, visit the award-winning ebby.com. To contact Harold Decena, call 972-980-6637 or email email@example.com.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary of serving the real estate needs of North Texas in 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are the No. 1 residential real estate firm in Texas by sales volume. In addition to its three real estate brands, Ebby’s Core Services companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. For more information, visit ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.
“Bill brings extensive sales and leadership experience, which includes having served as sales leader of our Preston Plano Parkway Office for the past 10 years,” Kelly says. “A recipient of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s prestigious Maestro Leadership certification, Bill is known for promoting a culture of professionalism, collaboration and high ethics.”
Says Tucker, “I am excited to use the leadership skills I have acquired to take our Frisco agents and office to even higher levels of performance. True leadership is helping others achieve beyond what they believe is possible.”
Tucker, who has been a resident of North Texas since 1996, says he is honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Ebby’s Frisco Office. “As much as I have enjoyed being the sales leader of our Preston Plano Parkway Office, I am excited about the challenge of being at the helm of Ebby’s largest office.
“Having had the privilege of working for Ebby Halliday Realtors for 10 years now, I know many of our Frisco agents and have great respect for what they have achieved,” Tucker says. “I believe I have a firm understanding that it’s not about who is an office’s manager; rather, it’s about our agents. And, the bottom line is we have the right people in the right place, a remarkable group of agents who offer our valued clients an extraordinary level of service.”
Active in the North Texas community, Tucker is a member of the usher team at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging and cycling, as well as spending time at his wife Arla’s parents’ ranch in northern Arkansas.
“I am genuinely excited about my new position as sales leader of Ebby’s Frisco Office,” Tucker says. “My door will always be open for our agents and our valued clients will reap the benefits.”
The Ebby Halliday Companies is the largest residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,800 agents and staff in 33 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2018, Ebby Halliday was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices of America is the country’s-largest residential real estate company based on transaction sides, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500. Visit the award-winning ebby.com.
Members of the Ebby Halliday Companies leadership team recently gathered for a fun – and productive – team-building event.
Held at PINSTACK in Plano, the event was divided into two halves: an interactive session that addressed such topics as, “How can we better support our sales associates?” and “How can we better communicate as an organization?” The collaborative environment produced answers that leadership throughout the organization can implement to create a more successful and creative workplace for all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies.
The second half of the event – bowling as team members – provided the opportunity to meet people from throughout the company one might not ordinarily interact with while performing their day-to-day job duties. It was a great opportunity to create genuine connections and lay the foundation for an even brighter future for everyone fortunate enough to be associated with the Ebby Halliday Companies.
Catherine Sims has been named Vice President of Core Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and CEO, recently made the announcement. Ebby’s affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.
When making the announcement, Kelly emphasized the Ebby Halliday Companies’ distinct position in the North Texas marketplace as an organization that meets the needs of its sales associates and clients during the entirety of the real estate transaction.
“To ensure this unique distinction and ability remains at the forefront of our business strategy, we have created the role of vice president of core services,” Kelly said. “Catherine Sims possesses an intimate understanding of the strength and capabilities of our core services through her past leadership role within The Lending Partners, where she was frequently at the forefront of connecting and communicating with our sales associates and their clients how our amazing mortgage, title and insurance teams deliver an exceptional experience.”
Sims has been with Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners for over 10 years. She has served as a loan originator and in sales-management positions.
Said Sims, “Tom Parker, president of Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners, and Betsy Sproat, vice president, have been pivotal in my career. I am grateful for the exceptional mentoring they have provided me over the years.
“My new role will be the ‘glue’ that pulls together each of our core services,” Sims said. “This model has been very successful within the HomeServices family of companies, of which we are a proud member.” The Ebby Halliday Companies became part of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, in 2018.
“In my mind, there’s no ‘you’ or ‘us,’ it’s just ‘we,’ ” said Sims. “Simply put, at the Ebby Halliday Companies, we are positioned to be grandly successful for both our agents and our clients. No other company in North Texas makes being a one-stop exceptional experience for its agents and home buyers and sellers a priority the way we do. Each and every day, we are helping clients realize a dream. The goal is to make the experience memorable and exciting for them. In doing so, we all have hit a homerun.”
With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Its real estate brands include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew. Its affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.
The Ebby Halliday Companies, the No. 1 residential real estate firm in Texas by sales volume, announced today that the company has expanded its leadership structure to include two regional vice presidents. Carolyn Rosson, sales manager of the Southlake Office, and Malinda Howell, sales manager of the 190 – Richardson Office, have been named regional vice presidents. Rosson and Howell will report to President and CEO Chris Kelly.
“Carolyn and Malinda, both respected leaders in the residential real estate industry, will assist and support our sales managers across the North Texas region, as well as our core services, in delivering a remarkable experience to our clients and sales associates,” Kelly said. “Both Malinda and Carolyn have demonstrated exceptional leadership over the years and we are very happy to have them in positions where they can mentor and assist a wider range of sales managers and associates.”
Rosson, an industry leader on the local, state and national levels, has created top-producing offices for 25 years by focusing on building a dynamic culture. Rosson began her sales management career in the Las Colinas market and in 2008 became the manager of Ebby’s Southlake Office. She has served on the board of directors of the MetroTex Association of Realtors and as regional vice president of the Texas Association of Realtors. Rosson is Maestro Leadership-certified by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
Howell began her real estate career with Ebby Halliday in 1998. Also, an industry leader on the local, state and national levels, she possesses a vast knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has long served as a mentor to new and experienced real estate agents, as well as new sales managers. Howell is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Association of Realtors and has served as chairwoman of the political action committee for MetroTex Association of Realtors. She is Maestro Leadership-certified by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
“I am very happy to welcome Malinda and Carolyn to our senior management team,” said Kelly. “This new structure positions the Ebby Halliday Companies for an even brighter future. Our goal is to serve our sales associates with world-class tools and our clients with exceptional service, as they make one of the most financially important decisions of their lives.”
PHOTO: Regional Vice Presidents Malinda Howell, left, and Carolyn Rosson with President and CEO Chris Kelly