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.
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.
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.”
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 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.”
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.”
Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. On this day, we honor all current and former members of the Armed Services. Our country’s greatness is built on the foundation of your courage and sacrifice.
As a small way of expressing our thanks to you, we’re proud to be part of U.S. Military on the Move, a free real estate rebate and information program developed by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, to allow all active duty, retired military and wounded warriors to earn cash back when they buy or sell a home.
When you buy or sell a home through U.S. Military on the Move, you’ll receive a cash rebate based on the actual sales price – and you’ll receive your rebate at settlement. Military on the Move is offered exclusively by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. To be eligible for the program, register with U.S. Military on the Move before contacting a real estate agent. To register, visit usmilitaryonthemove.com.
At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we know that Veterans are highly disciplined, hardworking, team-oriented and accustomed to overcoming obstacles – all skills that translate well to the real estate profession.
This, combined with the fact that Veterans often face challenges re-entering the workforce after serving our country, is why we have implemented our Veterans to Realtors program. The program eases the transition into the real estate profession for Veterans.
“If you live in the North Texas region, and have served in any branch of the military, then you could be qualified for our Veterans to Realtors program,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “If you are able to make a commitment to real estate and are accepted to the program, we will pay your fee at our company school, and you will receive a $500 reimbursement after your first closing.
“We also recognize that military service is a shared duty and sacrifice for the entire family,” says Kelly. “We are proud to also provide this program to any spouse of an active or reserve-duty military service member.”
“Located in the same shopping center, Hillside Village, as Ebby’s original Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office, this contemporary new office is built for the future,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “It offers an exceptional East Dallas location and is a statement of our commitment to serving this popular area – and well beyond – for years to come.”
Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands team is now enjoying a spacious, contemporary environment that includes cutting-edge technology, larger conference rooms and well-appointed meeting areas.
“This new space offers a sophisticated atmosphere and the latest technology in a much-sought-after East Dallas location with amazing new restaurants and retail space,” says René Barrera, sales leader of Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office. “Our sleek new interior is matched by a newly renovated exterior. We’re thrilled with the way they turned out and can’t wait to share our new space with our agents and valued clients.”
Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office will accommodate approximately 100 agents. It offers “one-door” access to everything you need to buy or sell a home, including brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services, ensuring the easiest and most secure real estate experience available, Barrera says.
“We’re proud of our commitment to this unique, extraordinary part of North Texas,” says Barrera. “And , we look forward to serving current and future residents in the manner they have come to expect from Ebby agents for many years to come.”
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. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company.
For more information on Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office, its sales associates and listings, call 214-826-0316 or visit the award-winning ebby.com.