Real Estate Icon’s Legacy of Service Carried Out Daily Across North Texas


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. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies include real estate brands Ebby Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew and core-services companies Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title

“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.”

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

Decena Named VP of Corporate Real Estate Services


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 harold@ebby.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 MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas 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.comdaveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.

Bill Tucker Named Sales Leader of Frisco Office


Bill Tucker Named Sales Leader of Frisco Office

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Bill Tucker sales leader of its Frisco Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, recently made the announcement.

 

“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.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Frisco Office, visit Frisco.Ebby.com.

 

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.

Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration


Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

 

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.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies include real estate brands Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew and affiliated core-service companies Home Team Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

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Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

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Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

Team-Building Event Fosters Connections, Collaboration

Catherine Sims Named VP of Core Services


 

Catherine Sims Named VP of Core Services

 

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.

 

 

Ebby Halliday Cos. Expands Leadership Structure


Ebby Halliday Companies Expands Leadership Structure

 

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

Ebby Halliday Among Nation’s Top Brokerages


Ebby Halliday Among Nation’s Top Brokerages

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors’ reputation as a trusted resource for today’s real estate consumers was validated by the just-released 30th-annual Power Broker Report, published by RISMedia. A definitive source for news and information about the residential real estate industry, RISMedia ranked Ebby Halliday the No. 11 residential real estate firm in the United States based on 2017 sales volume. With $8,038,878,667 in sales, Ebby Halliday moved up one spot from the prior year in the latest Power Broker Report.

 

Says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Congratulations to all of our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these extraordinary sales numbers possible. I also thank our valued clients who trust us to represent their real estate needs. Our clients benefit from the many advantages and resources that are a direct result of Ebby Halliday’s status as the North Texas market-share leader.”

 

The Power Broker Report honors the business feats of brokerage firms and real estate leaders who shape the industry. In 2014, RISMedia honored Ms. Burleson with its National Homeownership Award, recognizing her important contributions to the residential real estate industry.

 

With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. The company and its Associates seek every day to elevate the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the properties available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Celebrating Ebby


Celebrating Ebby

 

Today marks what would have been Ebby Halliday’s 106th birthday. While we miss Ebby dearly, we celebrate the remarkable life she lived and all she did for her adopted hometown and far beyond. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we know just how large Ebby’s “footprint” was – and we seek every day to follow her extraordinary example.

 

We were recently reminded of Ebby’s significant impact on the world of real estate – but more importantly on people’s lives ­– when Pam O’Connor, president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, spoke on nurturing relationships at the organization’s annual conference, held just last week in Miami Beach. She said, “Ebby Halliday was Wikipedia before there was a Wikipedia. If you want to be successful, be like Ebby.” We could not have said it any better.

 

Ebby founded Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945. Today, the Dallas-based company is the largest independently owned residential real estate services company in Texas and ranks 10th in the nation. The 72-year-old company, with approximately 1,800 sales associates, participated in over 19,700 property transactions last year with a sales volume of $7.8 billion.

 

For Ebby, a successful life was about so much more than extraordinary sales figures. She often said her most successful sale was when she “sold” Maurice Acers on marrying her on April 18, 1965. Ebby and Maurice met in a chance encounter while both were on business trips to Beaumont, Texas. A former FBI agent and successful lawyer, Maurice was truly the love of Ebby’s life and her eyes would twinkle whenever she spoke of him.

 

Ebby’s other great passion was service to the community she proudly called home. Simply put, she and the Ebby Halliday Companies’ philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated.

 

Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby was touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived her life. Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by, “Do something for someone every day.” That small bit of wisdom served Ebby very, very well.

 

 

As Seen in The Dallas Morning News


 

Steeped in Tradition, Poised for the Future

 

The following story appeared on the front page of the DFW Real Estate Finder section of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, November 8:

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors is celebrating 70 years of serving North Texas’ residential real estate needs in 2015.

 

In 1945, Ebby Halliday founded her then one-woman, one-office firm based on three principles of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community.

 

“For 70 years, our company has exemplified this simple, yet profound, mission,” says President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. “Each of us at Ebby Halliday Realtors is extremely proud to be part of an organization that places service to others at the forefront of everything we do.”

 

Each year Ebby Halliday Realtors serves the residential real estate needs of more than 20,000 individuals and families moving to, from and within North Texas, always with the commitment of providing exemplary service during what can be one of life’s most-exciting, yet often stressful, events.

 

The company’s commitment to its industry is legendary: Ebby Halliday Realtors is the only real estate firm in America to be honored with three National Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Awards. The winners include Founder and philanthropist Ebby Halliday, who passed away September 8 at age 104, the late Posie Willess, and Ms. Burleson.

 

Ebby Halliday’s third principle, service to the community, has created a dynamic company culture whose philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated. The firm supports a plethora of community initiatives across North Texas. Just a few of those include the United Way, Vogel Alcove, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO community concert series, the annual Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade, the Junior League, and the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s EncoreYouth program.

 

While Ebby Halliday Realtors is widely respected for its three pillars of service, the company and its Associates are also well known for offering clients the real estate industry’s most cutting-edge technology. Ebby.com and the Ebby Halliday Realtors App are benchmarks in the industry and offer homebuyers and sellers considerable advantages.

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors also offers clients the advantages of its affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its global luxury-marketing arm, Luxury Portfolio International. Ebby Halliday was a founding member of the LeadingRE network. By tapping into this worldwide network of 120,000 Associates, Ebby Halliday exposes homes to buyers on six continents. In addition, the company receives inbound clients who are interested in purchasing a home in North Texas. Last year the LeadingRE network was responsible for $314 billion in home sales – more than any national real estate brand.

 

“As the largest in-house relocation team in North Texas, we offer an exhaustive list of services, but the bottom line, in the relocation business, is it all comes down to the agents – having the right people in the right place,” Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene says. “At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we have a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve you.”

 

Adds Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, “As we celebrate our company’s 70th anniversary, we thank our valued clients and our hard-working Associates and employees. As we look forward to the next 70 years, we’re more committed than ever to honor Ebby Halliday’s extraordinary legacy through exemplary service to our clients, industry and community.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Ebby!


Happy Birthday Ebby!

 

Ebby Halliday, the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors and one of Texas’ most-admired entrepreneurs, celebrates her 104th birthday today! Always committed to following one of her company’s founding principles — service to the community — Ebby is again using her birthday as a way to benefit others.

 

Ebby has lived a life of service that is truly remarkable — a life that has positively impacted literally thousands of people along the way. So, it’s not surprising that Ebby has asked, that in lieu of gifts, if you would like to honor her birthday that you make a donation to Ebby’s Place at the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

 

Over the past year, the 20,000-square-foot building near Love Field has been transformed into a beautiful new community outreach center that will help lift economically challenged working women out of poverty. Ebby’s Place, opening this spring, will be a gathering spot where women come to be mentored, coached and encouraged by their peers.

 

To honor Ebby’s wish, simply click here or drop a check in the mail to the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, with a notation on the check that it’s for Ebby’s Place. Send your check to: YWCA, Attention Rena Smith, 2603 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX. 75235.

 

And, to share your favorite Ebby memory or story to be included in a special keepsake book that will be bound and presented to Ebby, simply click here.

 

Happy 104th Birthday Ebby!