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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!

Most Powerful People in Real Estate Named


 

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Ebby Halliday Realtors is well represented in the latest Swanepoel Power 200 list – an annual list that highlights the most powerful people in residential real estate in North America.

 

Our founder and favorite philanthropist, Ebby Halliday Acers, and our President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson are featured prominently on the 2014/15 Swanepoel 200. The list is widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business.

 

The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth, and potential.

 

Congratulations to Ebby and Mary Frances on another honor very well deserved!

 

To see the full Swanepoel Power 200 list, click here.

 

PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Acers and Mary Frances Burleson are shown with their National Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Awards.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

National Awards Recognize Service, Hard Work


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Real Estate Executive Magazine recently announced three prestigious awards involving Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

*  Ebby was named No. 10 on the magazine’s Top 200 Brokers in America list.

 

*  President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson was named to the magazine’s 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives in America list.

 

*  The O’Gorman Group, led by longtime Top-Producing Ebby Associate Cindy O’Gorman, was named No. 86 on the magazine’s Top 200 Real Estate Agents list. The O’Gorman Group closed more than $146 million in residential real estate sales in 2013.

 

Each of these awards recognizes and celebrates the service, dedication and hard work of everyone involved in building Ebby Halliday Realtors into one of the premier real estate brokerages in America.

 

A sincere thank-you to our valued clients for entrusting us with the sale or purchase of one of your most-valued assets. While awards are gratifying, our greatest honor is to serve you.

 

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

 

 

First-Quarter Sales Up


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Home sales figures for the Ebby Halliday Companies show continuing growth through the first quarter of 2014, with total sales volume exceeding $1.2 billion, up 9.6% over the first quarter of 2013. Adding to the good news, average days on the market declined 18.6% — from 70 days to just 57 days.

 

During a period many considered to be “cooling off” from the hot D-FW residential real estate market of 2013, the Ebby Halliday Companies once again outperformed the overall market.

 

“The Ebby Halliday Companies’ first-quarter results reflect our sales associates’ exceptional professionalism and their unsurpassed level of service to our clients,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

“At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we’re proud of our undisputed role as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “While the first quarter of 2014 was truly outstanding for our company, what remains most important to us is service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community.”

An evening with Garry Kasparov


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Looking for a stimulating evening that’s sure to elevate the discourse in your home? Then mark your calendar now for the SMU Tate Lecture Series Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture featuring Garry Kasparov on March 4.

 

Garry was the youngest-ever world chess champion at 22, and holds the distinction of being the longest No. 1 rated chess player ever. He also is a renowned global human-rights activist and the author of several books, including, “How Life Imitates Chess,” an in-depth look at the  parallels between decision-making in chess and in the business world.

 

Born in Baku, in what was then the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic (now the Republic of Azerbaijan), Kasparov taught himself how to play chess at 5 years old by watching his relatives solve chess puzzles in a newspaper. He went on to become the world’s No. 1 ranked player for more than 21 years, a record that far outstrips all other champions.

 

An evening with Garry Kasparov is sure to be a memorable and intellectually rewarding experience. Now, it’s your move: Tickets for the Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture are priced from $45 and may be purchased at smu.edu/tateseries.