Springtime is the Ideal Time


After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Ebby Halliday Realtors will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Curious About Your Home’s Value?


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Homeowners are often surprised when they receive their annual statement from the local tax appraiser’s office. Often the assessed value of their home is very different than what they believe the property is worth.

Now’s a great time to take a look at the difference between two common real estate terms: “Assessed Value” and “Market Value.”

The Assessed Value is the dollar value assigned to a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of measuring applicable taxes. The number is very often a point of contention with homeowners, who may believe it to be too high or too low. The Assessed Value does not offer a shortcut to a home’s Market Value.

The Market Value is the highest estimated price a property will bring in a reasonable amount of time if exposed for sale on the open market. Market Value is influenced by such factors as homes that recently sold in the area, the location of the property, the home’s amenities, and the condition of the property. Of course, Market Value is also influenced by the current economy.

Knowing the difference between Assessed Value and Market Value is great. But even better is knowing what your property is worth in today’s fast-paced North Texas housing market.

To get started, contact an Ebby Associate today. To find the right agent for your real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Doug Selzer Named Sales Leader of Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office


Doug Selzer has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Malinda Howell, vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

A member of the Ebby Halliday family since 2012, Selzer has served as an agent in the office he will be overseeing. He is an active member of the East Dallas community, has served as the East Dallas MLS Representative for MetroTex Association of Realtors and serves as both a mentor in the Ebby Lakewood | Lake Highlands office as well as an instructor for the Ebby EDGE (Education/Discipline/Growth/Excellence) orientation program. 

“Doug has earned a reputation not only as a top producer along with his wife Elizabeth, but someone that lives our People First mission in the way he treats his clients and other agents,” Kelly says. Adds Howell, “As a Dallas native and Lake Highlands resident, Doug has already invested so much of himself in the area. He will help ensure this office remains a vital real estate resource to the surrounding residents.”

Selzer succeeds Rene Barrera, a respected industry veteran who recently took the helm at Ebby’s 190 – Richardson Office after Malinda Howell stepped aside to focus solely on her role as vice president of brokerage of the Ebby Halliday Companies. 

Prior to real estate, Selzer had an extensive background in senior management and leadership within the banking and financial services sectors. This position, he feels, is a natural extension of his career path.

“I have a long history of sales, customer service and management,” he says. “The best part of every role has been helping people – whether it is helping a client buy or sell a house, or helping a new agent be successful in their real estate career.” 

Asked what he will bring to his new role, Selzer replies, “I am a collaborator. I want to work with new and experienced agents alike to share ideas – processes and procedures – that will make everyone better. I also see our office as a resource for the community. Of course, we want to help people buy or sell a house, but I also see us as being a go-to source of real estate information for those who live and work in the area.”

Selzer is a Certified Negotiation Expert and a Historic Home Specialist, in addition to a ‘D Best’ Real Estate Agent since 2018 and an Advocate ‘Top 25 Realtor’ since 2015. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a degree in Economics and is married to Lakewood | Lake Highlands agent Elizabeth Selzer. They have two sons. Doug enjoys fishing, cooking and relaxing with friends. 

For more information on Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office, visit the award-winning ebby.com. To contact Doug Selzer, email dougselzer@ebby.com.

Simple, Fast and Free, New Ebby Halliday Companies Home-Search Apps Now Available


The Ebby Halliday Companies’ brand-new, just-released apps mean your new home could be just a tap away. The Ebby Halliday Companies include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew.

“With our new apps, MLS listings across North Texas are in the palm of your hand,” says Travis Mathews, vice president of Strategic Growth & Technology for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Our primary goal for this release was providing consumers with the most intuitive mobile real estate experience possible.”

Whether they’re shopping by price, location or aesthetics, users of the new Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller and Williams Trew apps will find it’s easier than ever to browse homes for sale.

“Our new mobile apps provide access to real-time property information and smart messaging tools,” Mathews says. “They make it easy to connect with your agent from any mobile device, as well as create saved searches and add favorites at your convenience. Simply put, our mobile-first home search with built-in chat makes collaboration fast, easy and fun.”

In addition to the ability to connect anytime, anywhere, the new Ebby Halliday Companies apps offer easy-to-use home-search options, including a Draw Tool that allows you to draw custom boundaries using your finger on a map view to filter available homes within a specific area; a Commute Time feature, in which you can view properties within proximity to your work, daycare or other regularly traveled places; and a Home Scan feature that uses augmented-reality technology to overlay property details through your device’s camera.

“In the mobile world that we live in, simplicity is the name of the game,” says Mathews. “It’s simple to find our apps in the Apple App and Google Play Stores. And perhaps most importantly, it’s extremely simple to navigate the apps themselves. They’re fast, look great, and feature such functions as scheduling a showing and pre-qualifying for a mortgage. All while keeping your agent’s contact information at your fingertips.”

The new Ebby Halliday Companies apps seamlessly integrate with ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com, so clients’ accounts, saved searches and favorited properties sync between the apps and websites. The Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew apps are available on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, and on Google Play for Android devices. Download the apps today for free and experience modern home searching with ease.

With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies include some of the most-respected brands in the country. In addition to its real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, its core-services companies include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Texas Homeowner? Don’t Miss the Opportunity for Savings


Among the many benefits of living in Texas is the Lone Star State’s Homestead Exemption law, which allows a partial exemption from local property taxes for your primary residence.

Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with your local appraisal district. The general deadline for filing an application is April 30.

The Application for Residential Homestead Exemption is available here. A list of appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available here.

If you have any questions regarding residential real estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and our respected Associates are ready to serve you. To find just the right professional for your real estate needs, visit ebby.com.

Jill Reagor Smith Named EHC Success Coach


The Ebby Halliday Companies have appointed Jill Reagor Smith to a new position at the North Texas-based residential real estate services firm: Success Coach. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“A natural teacher and mentor with over 20 years of real estate experience in D-FW, Jill brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew,” Kelly says. “We are very pleased that she has accepted the role of Success Coach with the Ebby Halliday Companies and feel strongly that new and experienced sales associates will benefit from Jill’s passion for excellence.” 

Adds Betsy Cameron, Vice President of Business Initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Jill is a highly respected veteran of North Texas real estate. She brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate and truly appreciates the wide-ranging educational opportunities available to new and experienced agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

A sixth-generation Texan, Reagor Smith is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships she is privileged to enjoy. 

“I am very relationship-driven,” Reagor Smith says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving new and seasoned agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”

Reagor Smith adds, “My leadership style is collaborative. There is so much to learn from other agents. I love that the Ebby Halliday Companies feel like a family. The culture, professionalism, educational opportunities, integrity and high standards really set our brands apart.”

As a licensed real estate agent, Reagor Smith became a trusted advisor for clients. As the Success Coach for the Ebby Halliday Companies, she will coach and hold accountable new sales associates and those looking to take their business to the next level. She will evaluate needs, develop training materials and present classes and seminars in unison with, and under the direction of, Professional Development Officer Denaige Pizzutello. In addition, Reagor Smith will conduct in-person and virtual sessions and training with individuals and groups.

After graduating from Texas A&M University and prior to entering the real estate profession, Reagor Smith worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. She is married to Brian, a real estate appraiser, and the couple has an 18-year-old son, Spencer. She particularly enjoys volunteering, designing jewelry and cooking. Her other great passion is spending time with family and friends at the family’s Texas Hill Country ranch.

“I am so excited about my move to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” Reagor Smith says. “I love to listen and understand how agents work and help them take their business to the next level. My door will always be open for our agents, and our valued clients will reap the benefits.” 

For more information on Jill Reagor Smith and professional opportunities available at the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.  

Helping Neighbors, Honoring 75 Years of Service


Considered one of Texas’ most successful businesswomen, Ebby Halliday Acers left a mark not only as a pioneer in North Texas’ residential real estate industry, but as a philanthropist who believed in giving back to the communities her namesake company serves. This commitment to, in her words, “do something for someone every day,” is still very much a part of the fabric of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew.

To mark our 75th anniversary as a leading real estate provider, we chose to honor this legacy by hosting a fundraising drive across our approximately 2,000 agents and employees to support the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Ebby employees reached out to their networks to raise funds for hunger-relief in North Texas at a time when food bank services are needed more than ever due to the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Our agents’ work and efforts this year have resulted in a thriving real estate market during a pandemic,” said President and CEO Chris Kelly. “But we know there are so many more in our community who are struggling, and this is a year, more so than ever, to really support them.”

The impact of the pandemic is a driving factor in the Ebby Halliday Companies’ focus on community outreach and charitable giving as we celebrate 75 years of service. And in this season of giving thanks, our storied brand saw a great opportunity to showcase how collaboration and partnership strengthens our communities. 

As the employee giving campaign entered its final push leading up to Thanksgiving, the board of the Ebby Halliday Foundation made a matching gift offer. The Foundation provided a $2 match for every $1 donated (up to $30,000), tripling donations and encouraging agents to meet – and surpass – the $75,000 goal. We are thrilled as a company that not only did we meet the goal, we raised $110,000, providing 330,000 meals for our neighbors across North Texas.

With the ongoing pandemic and its devastating results, food insecurity remains a major issue in our region. If you are able to donate to the North Texas Food Bank or the Tarrant Area Food Bank, we encourage you to “do something for someone today.”

Ebby Halliday Companies Announce Home Office Move


The Ebby Halliday Companies, the No. 1 residential real estate services company in Texas, is proud to announce the move of its corporate office to a state-of-the-art facility in the Legacy Business Park area of Plano. 

“This beautiful new office is built for the future and now reflects the current culture and mission of our organization,” says Chris Kelly, President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Situated just off the Dallas North and Sam Rayburn Tollways, it is centrally located to our 31 offices across North Texas.” 

Adds Vice President of Finance and Operations Anthony Jackson, who oversaw the project from inception to completion, “The Ebby Halliday Companies new headquarters was designed from the ground up to support our agents and clients. We now have all of our central operations under one roof, including brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services. In addition, we have a beautiful new onsite training center.”

Completed with attention to detail by Dallas-based Conceptual Interiors, Ebby’s new corporate office features approximately 17,000 square feet of space that better meets today’s work needs with a focus on employee collaboration. Given today’s modern work environment and needs, the new space is deliberately smaller than the previous space which was over 34,000 square feet. However, you would never know it when you walk the space with its increased use of glass-enclosed offices and conference rooms, a nostalgic 30-foot wall mural of Ebby overlooking downtown Dallas in the 1950s, a video and photo studio, and a shaded outdoor courtyard.

Conceptual Interiors Vice President of Business Development Aaron Wallace says it was an honor to work on the project with the Ebby Halliday Companies as the firm celebrates 75 years of serving North Texas in 2020. “As employees and sales associates celebrate a milestone anniversary of one of our region’s most-storied businesses, we are very proud to have played a part in ensuring they are poised for the next 75 years. I love the way this new space turned out and I believe Ebby would be very proud.” 

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ new corporate office is located at 5560 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 100. For more information, call 972-980-6600 or visit ebby.com.

The Weekly Wrap-up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

Home at 1100 Broad Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas

1100 Broad Avenue | Fort Worth | $10,950,000

Home at 1250 Shady Oaks Drive in Southlake, Texas

1250 Shady Oaks Drive | Southlake | $3,299,000

Home at 5502 Monterey Drive in Frisco, Texas

5502 Monterey Drive | Frisco | $2,790,000

Home at 5818 Club Oaks Court in Dallas, Texas

5818 Club Oaks Court | Far North Dallas | $1,999,999

Home at 5333 Highflyer Hills Trail in Frisco, Texas

5333 Highflyer Hills Trail | Frisco | $850,000

Home at 5160 Statesman Lane in Frisco, Texas

5160 Statesman Lane | Frisco | $779,000

Home at 7002 Merrilee Lane in Dallas, Texas

7002 Merrilee Lane | Lakewood | $749,000

Home at 3831 Turtle Creek Boulevard, No. 10G in Dallas, Texas

3831 Turtle Creek Blvd., No. 10G | Turtle Creek | $679,000

Home at 2204 Chunk Court in Dallas, Texas

2204 Chunk Court | Lower Greenville | $575,000

Home at 5335 Holland Avenue in Dallas, Texas

5335 Holland Avenue | Dallas | $525,000

Home at 6213 Crested Butte Drive in Dallas, Texas

6213 Crested Butte Drive | Far North Dallas | $431,900

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Named Top Place to Work


The Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has been named one of the Top 100 Places to Work in North Texas in the Large Companies category by The Dallas Morning News. The announcement came at the Morning News’ 12th-annual Top 100 Places to Work event, which took place online on November 12. The Ebby Halliday Companies placed No. 10 in the Large Companies category.

The annual contest is overseen by The Dallas Morning News’ research partner, Workplace Dynamics, a recognized leader in measuring the health of U.S. companies based on employee opinions. Companies are graded in performance of leadership, sense of mission, career opportunities, culture, and pay and benefits.

“It’s so meaningful for the Ebby Halliday Companies to be named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by The Dallas Morning News as we celebrate our 75th anniversary of serving the residential real estate needs of North Texans and those choosing to move here,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “This is a great honor for us as a company. I’m most proud that our people are so passionate about the workplace they’ve helped build together.” 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is comprised of three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as core-services companies Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm, Ebby Halliday today is the largest residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. It was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. 

“Our people are humble, hungry and smart,” Kelly says. “We treat the Ebby Halliday family of companies as one team and share a common goal of service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community. 

“As an Ebby Halliday Companies client, you’ll benefit from knowledgeable, respected real estate agents and a team of trusted professionals dedicated to making buying or selling your home one convenient experience,” Kelly says. “While our skilled agents help you navigate the market, our family of affiliated core-services companies will handle your mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care.”

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