WiNGS, Ebby Halliday Foundation Team Up to Impact Women in DFW


WiNGS – a 113-year-old nonprofit organization that empowers women, fights poverty and impacts generations – has been named the beneficiary of all donations made to the Ebby Halliday Foundation through the end of summer. This partnership continues the legacy and connection between WiNGS (formerly the YWCA of Dallas) and Ebby, and will expand the impact made on women in Dallas through WiNGS programming.

Ebby Halliday embodied the spirit of entrepreneurship, support and mentorship of women, which is foundational to WiNGS’ mission. Causes benefiting women and children were always dear to Ebby, who supported the organization back when it was known as the YWCA. She remained a faithful supporter of the mission of women achieving financial security and self-sufficiency through the transition to WiNGS, and even became the namesake of the WiNGS building, “Ebby’s Place,” which opened in 2015.

“Ebby Halliday was doing the work of WiNGS before she even knew about WiNGS,” said Kate Rose Marquez, CEO of WiNGS. “This partnership is a continuation of her unwavering support of women, and will allow WiNGS to have an even greater impact on families in Dallas.”

“The WiNGs Center at Ebby’s Place goes above and beyond to help women get back on their feet,” said Chris Kelly, President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies and board member of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. “Its goals and our mission of service align perfectly. We’re very proud to support this vital community asset.”

Just as Ebby approached mentorship, WiNGS is not a one-time service – it is an organization that practices the principle of teaching women to fish. The services at WiNGS empower women to become self-sufficient and take ownership over their path to success. WiNGS staff, coaches, nurses and volunteers take a customized approach to tailor resources, action plans and one-on-one mentorship to each client’s specific goal and build resiliency to prepare for the future. WiNGS views “Ebby’s Place” as more than just a physical building, but rather a state of mind.

The Ebby Halliday Foundation is accepting contributions through the donations page on its website. If you would like to contribute to this life-changing cause, and follow in the footsteps of one of Dallas’ great philanthropic leaders, visit https://www.ebbyhallidayfoundation.org/donate.

For more information about WiNGS and Ebby’s Place, visit wingsdallas.org.

Stacey Buettner Named Sales Leader of Arlington, Mansfield Offices


Stacey Buettner is the new Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Arlington and Mansfield Offices. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Carolyn Rosson, Vice President of Brokerage, recently made the announcement.

“Stacey brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation to coaching agents and teams to reach their full potential,” Kelly says. “She is the ideal person to succeed Cathy Keetch, who has been an incredible leader of our Arlington and Mansfield Offices.” Keetch was recently named co-sales leader of Ebby’s Southlake Office, where she will join Rosson in leading the office.

Says Rosson, “We are very excited to welcome Stacey to her new role with our Arlington and Mansfield Offices and we are so grateful for Cathy’s continuing leadership. Both Stacey and Cathy live our People First mission daily.”

Buettner started her career with Ebby Halliday in 1998. In 2004, she created and opened her own brokerage firm, which she successfully operated for over a decade. Since 2014, she has been the Team Leader for two well-known North Texas real estate offices.

“I definitely feel like I am back at home,” Buettner says. “I am so excited with the direction of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the momentum.”

Buettner is a servant leader at heart who leads by example. “When working with agents, I like to cheer, to educate, and to always create leaders around me. I get a lot of joy from watching others succeed. I’m excited about growing our Arlington and Mansfield Offices to the next level and I am very much looking forward to working with each of our agents on their business plans and helping them achieve their goals.”

Buettner’s passion for real estate and leadership is second only to her family. She has been married for 24 years to her college sweetheart Matt and they have two daughters, one at the University of Maryland on a softball scholarship and the other in the 8th grade and also a stellar softball athlete. 

Stacey Buettner is committed to North Texas and the real estate industry. She served seven years on the Board of Directors for the Collin County Association of Realtors and was the recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. She has also served as the President of the Women’s Council of Realtors. 

“I am honored and excited to take on this new leadership role,” Buettner says. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our Arlington and Mansfield Offices’ extraordinary success and growing the Ebby brand across North Texas and beyond.”

For more information on Ebby’s Arlington and Mansfield Offices, visit ebby.com. To contact Stacey Buettner, email staceybuettner@ebby.com.

Sherra Cameron, Hillary Hansen Named Agent Development Directors


Sherra Cameron and Hillary Hansen have been named Agent Development Directors for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Malinda Howell, vice president of Brokerage, recently made the announcement.

When making the announcement, Howell emphasized the Ebby Halliday Companies’ distinct position in the North Texas marketplace as an organization that supports the professional-development needs of its sales associates throughout the entirety of their careers.

Cameron will serve as the Agent Development Director for Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Preston Plano Parkway and Plano | Willow Bend offices. Hansen will serve as the ADD for Ebby’s Plano and Allen | Fairview | Lucas offices.

As Agent Development Directors, Cameron and Hansen will assist in providing training of all real estate tools available to Ebby agents, assist with planning and conducting sales meetings, help implement company initiatives, work with sales leaders to identify talent in the marketplace and interview candidates, and assist with recruiting and onboarding agents.

 “I am thrilled to welcome Sherra and Hillary to their new roles,” Howell said. “Admired and respected in the North Texas residential real estate industry, they both possesses extensive résumés and an intimate understanding of the important work real estate professionals perform each and every day.”

Cameron began her real estate career with Ebby in 2017, and was named a companywide Rookie of the Year in her first year. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise in the areas of technology and systems with new and existing agents. She also has extensive knowledge of the mortgage banking industry from her time at a top Fortune 500 financial institution.

Cameron received the prestigious Graduate Realtor Institute designation in 2018. She has a history of volunteerism and a passion for community service. She and her family have resided in Carrollton for over 20 years.

Hansen joined Ebby Halliday in 2012 after graduating from University of North Texas with a degree in business. In her nearly 10 years with Ebby she has become a companywide Top Producer, a member of the Plano | Willow Bend Advisory Board and has been recognized in D Magazine as a Top Producing agent. She holds the Accredited Buyer’s Representative and E-Pro designations.

She is passionate about professional development, is an active member of the Junior League of Collin County, and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Celina. Hillary is married to Dan Hansen and they live in Celina with their daughter Rile and two dogs.

To contact Sherra Cameron, email sherra@ebby.com. To contact Hillary Hansen, email hillary@ebby.com.

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

Curious About Your Home’s Value?


Woman at home using smartphone

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.

The Weekly Wrap-up


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

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

4919 Swiss Avenue | Dallas | $1,995,000

207 Cape Shore Drive | Mabank | $1,100,000

6917 Mozart | Colleyville | $985,000

3236 Koscher Drive | Grand Prairie | $869,900

5225 Tennington Park | Far North Dallas | $750,000

3795 Vinecrest Drive | Dallas | $674,900

2744 Brookside Lane | McKinney | $564,900

7619 Spring Valley Road | Dallas | $529,000

633 Stillmeadow Drive | Richardson | $392,000

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

Ebby Halliday Companies Expand Into Oklahoma


The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today that the largest residential real estate services company in Texas is expanding into Oklahoma. 

“We are so excited to announce today that the Ebby Halliday Companies are open for business in Oklahoma,” says President & CEO Chris Kelly. “Ebby clients benefit from knowledgeable, respected agents and a team of professionals dedicated to making buying or selling a home or property one convenient experience. While our skilled agents help them navigate the market, our affiliated core-services companies handle mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care. We are thrilled to offer those looking to buy or sell in Oklahoma the same great service we have long been known for in North Texas.” 

Says Marsha Butler, Ebby’s Broker of Record in Oklahoma, “As a company, we are passionate about this expansion and the opportunity to serve the real estate needs of Oklahomans and those looking to purchase property in the Sooner State.”

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Butler is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Her family has resided in the state since before it became one. Butler has been affiliated with the Ebby Halliday Companies for five years as an agent and mentor in the company’s Prosper | Celina Office.

Butler says exceptional recreational, farm, ranch and residential opportunities are abundant in Oklahoma and she is excited to introduce clients to all the state has to offer. 

“I am so grateful to be a part of Ebby’s Oklahoma expansion,” Butler says. “It has been a team effort for many months now involving an extraordinary group of agents, executives and employees. We are ready to hit the ground running and are so excited about assisting North Texans with their real estate needs in Oklahoma as well as introducing our incredible company to those that already call the Sooner State home.”

Adds Kelly, “2020 has been a memorable year for the Ebby Halliday Companies as we’ve celebrated our 75thanniversary. But more importantly, 2020 has been a significant year of growth as we open new offices in Cedar Hill, Prosper and Forney, and as we expand into the Oklahoma market to serve the needs of our valued clients. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we can’t wait to further grow our ‘footprint’ across this great region as we seek to provide the professional representation and attention to every detail of each transaction that our valued clients so deserve.”

For more information about Ebby Halliday’s residential real estate services in Oklahoma and to search for your Oklahoma home, visit ebby.com/oklahoma. Contact Marsha Butler at marshabutler@ebby.com.

Prep Your Home for Fall


Cozy autumn evening on a modern designed patio

Cool breezes and colder months call for necessary upkeep. Now is a good time to be proactive about protecting your home against cooler temperatures. Follow these steps to prepare your home for fall.

Exterior

Roof – Inspect for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make necessary repairs to keep cold air and precipitation out.

Gutters and Downspouts – Clear leaves and debris. Check alignment to ensure water can flow through and drains away from your home and foundation.

Plumbing – If you’ve noticed issues or leaks, get them checked. Winterize pipes that are exposed outdoors.

Trees – Inspect your property for damaged branches, and trim limbs at least 2 feet from your roofline.

Interior

Heat – Inspect furnace, water heater and air ducts. Fix any issues and replace air filters.

Windows – Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim and broken glass. Caulk, weather strip and repair as needed; the same goes for doors.

Detectors – Test and replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that keep you safe.

Fire Extinguisher – Test your fire extinguisher and replace or recharge if necessary.

Backup – Have working flashlights and spare batteries for potential outages.

Attic – Check for moisture or leaks and repair immediately; same for basements, where necessary.

10 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1 Southwestern

4220 Southwestern Blvd. | University Park | $1,599,000

 

2 Gateridge

6706 Gateridge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,450,000

 

3 Woods Edge

17511 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,099,000

 

4 McFarlin

3613 McFarlin Blvd. | University Park | $995,000

 

5 Forefront

6476 Forefront Ave. | Frisco | $899,900

 

6 Via Italia

6617 Via Italia Drive | Flower Mound | $849,000

 

7 San Juan

1112 San Juan Court | Arlington | $729,000

 

8 Mesa

4331 Mesa Drive | Prosper | $625,000

 

9 Canyon

1825 Canyon Court | Allen | $535,000

 

10 Alejandra

11651 Alejandra Lane | Frisco | $474,950

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

13 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1 Brookshire

6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,199,000

 

2 Rosedale

2717 Rosedale Avenue | University Park | $1,550,000

 

3 Lavendale

6339 Lavendale Avenue | North Dallas | $1,525,000

 

4 Mashpee

3893 Mashpee Street | Frisco | $899,000

 

5 Clayton

7012 Clayton Avenue | Lakewood | $630,000

 

6 Annapolis

6144 Annapolis Lane | Dallas | $625,000

 

7 Gentle Wind

901 Gentle Wind Drive | Keller | $619,900

 

8 Luckenbach

1406 Luckenbach Drive | Allen | $599,900

 

9 Fairmount

3310 Fairmount Street, 15E | Uptown | $585,000

 

10 Wycliff

3715 Wycliff Avenue | Oak Lawn | $475,000

 

11 Balmoral

5349 Balmoral Drive | Frisco | $425,000

 

12 Prairie Creek

2705 Prairie Creek Court | Plano | $405,000

 

13 N Plano

770 N. Plano Road, No. 103 | Richardson | $398,000

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Food + Wine Fest Benefits Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco


Food + Wine Fest Benefits Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco

 

Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to its inaugural EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest at The Chapel at Ana Villa on Thursday, October 10. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco.

 

“One of the founding principles of the Ebby Halliday Companies is service to the community,” says President and CEO Chris Kelly. “Our agents and employees take pride in serving their neighbors across North Texas, and I couldn’t be more excited about our Frisco Office’s new Food + Wine Fest benefitting Texas Scottish Rite for Children.”

 

Says Bill Tucker, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office, “Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, as well as certain related neurological and learning disorders, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.”

 

The EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest’s VIP Experience includes a Riedel Glass Seminar hosted by a Riedel expert. Each participant will receive a Riedel Tasting Set, a $140 value, and taste four extraordinary wines. Afterward, participants are invited to join the EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants offering specially curated appetizers. The VIP Experience is $175.

 

The Ebby Frisco Food + Wine Fest’s Signature Event featuresa wine glass and general admission to a walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants’ specially curated appetizers. The Signature Event is $50.

 

“Participants in our inaugural Food + Wine Fest will enjoy an exceptional evening, all benefitting Texas Scottish Rite for Children, one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers,” Tucker says. “Texas Scottish Rite expanded to Frisco in 2018 with the opening of Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center and we’re thrilled to once again support such a widely respected, local organization.”

 

The EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest will also feature a silent auction with great prizes, including a wine enthusiast refrigerator filled with 36 bottles of wine; a 5-day/4-night stay at a Mustang Beach home in Port Aransas; a 7-day/6-night stay at a Lake Arrowhead, Calif., home with $400 airfare card; a Dallas Cowboys game-day suite; a Dallas Stars or Mavericks VIP suite; Texas Rangers game packages and memorabilia; an entertainment suite for 20 plus dinner and Dr Pepper products at a Frisco RoughRiders game; a Pizzeria Testa 40-person pizza party; rounds of golf at Stonebriar Country Club, Old American Golf Club and The Tribute; signed Hall of Fame jersey, balls, bats and books; and additional one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia.

 

“Even if you’re not a wine enthusiast you’re invited to the inaugural EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest,” says Tucker. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefitting a great cause.”

 

To learn more about the EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest and to purchase your tickets, visit ebbyfriscofoodandwinefest.org.