Chris Kelly Among Top Industry Execs


Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, has been named to the Power 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. To view the just-released Power 200 list, visit bit.ly/Power200ChrisKelly

The rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, office held, 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 Chris Kelly on another honor very well deserved!

Chris Kelly is president and CEO of North Texas-based Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes three real estate brands, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as affiliated mortgage, insurance and title companies. A graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Kansas Law School, Kelly is also a licensed real estate broker. He joined ReeceNichols, HomeServices of America’s Kansas City affiliate, in 2007, and served as corporate legal counsel before being promoted to chief administrative officer. Before joining the Ebby Halliday Companies, he served as senior counsel for HomeServices, where he supported the company’s acquisitions and technology initiatives. Chris and his wife, Melinda, have three children. He enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, and has completed two Ironmans and five Half-Ironmans, as well as numerous marathons and other races. His other great passion is spending time with family.

HomeServices CEO Visits Ebby Halliday Companies


 

HomeServices CEO Visits Ebby Halliday Companies

 

This week it was our honor at the Ebby Halliday Companies to host HomeServices of America CEO Gino Blefari. Gino met with Top Producers, leaders and employees from throughout the company during his Texas visit. He also shared words of wisdom gained during his remarkable career and his excitement about all the extraordinary things happening at HomeServices of America and the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

Blefari has been CEO of HomeServices of America since January 2019. Prior to that he served as chief executive officer of HSF Affiliates. He is the founder of Intero Real Estate Services, based in California’s Silicon Valley, and served as its president and chief executive officer.

 

Blefari began his real estate career in 1982 and for the next 14 years was a top-producing agent averaging 61 homes sold per year. During this time, he not only excelled as a salesperson, but also as a manager and then chief operating officer of Intero. By 2000, he had the top five offices and seven of the top 11 offices within Century 21’s 6,300 worldwide offices.

 

In 2001, he became a senior vice president of NRT, where he began working on a national level. He has more than 25 years of experience in real estate sales, development and management, from local to national operations.

 

In 2014, Blefari was inducted into the Mike Ferry Organization’s Hall of Fame. Out of 5,000 mentors across the country, he was presented with the Mentor of the Year Award in 2012 by The Buffini Company. Additionally, he was honored with RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award for “outstanding achievements among residential real estate’s most influential and charismatic leaders.”

 

At the Ebby Halliday Companies and HomeServices of America we are blessed with extraordinary servant leaders. Thank you, Gino, for your visit to the Ebby Halliday Companies this week – we share in your excitement about our future together!

 

Click here to read Gino’s blog about his visit to the Ebby Halliday Companies and the power of “thinking small.”

 

PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly and HomeServices of America CEO Gino Blefari

 

 

 

 

HomeServices of America Named Country’s Largest Real Estate Company


 

 

HomeServices Named Country’s Largest Real Estate Company

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are now part of the country’s largest residential real estate brokerage. Our parent company, HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has earned the title of the country’s largest residential brokerage in the newly released REAL TRENDS 500. The Ebby Halliday Companies include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew.

 

In 2018, HomeServices’ sales associates closed 346,629 residential transactions reflecting a 5.6 percent increase over 2017. The REAL TRENDS ranking is based on 2018 closed transaction sides for the country’s top 500 brokerages.

 

“2018 was a year of incredible growth and strategic expansion and we couldn’t be more proud that we have achieved this No. 1 industry ranking,” said Ron Peltier, executive chairman of HomeServices. “This milestone is a testament to the commitment and hard work of thousands of employees and tens of thousands of talented agents and sales managers across HomeServices who deliver an exceptional real estate experience to their buyers and sellers.”

 

Added Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “We are honored and proud to be part of the nation’s premier residential real estate brokerage, HomeServices of America. Ebby Halliday Companies agents and clients enjoy many advantages that are a direct result of our affiliation with the nation’s largest homeownership services company. Each and every day, our sales associates and employees put our valued clients first, ensuring the Ebby Halliday Companies remain No.  1 in North Texas and throughout our great state.”

 

In addition to the brokerage services offered by Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated companies include Home Team Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, offering buying and selling clients a convenient, one-stop residential real estate experience.

 

In addition to HomeServices being named No. 1 and the Ebby Halliday Companies’ status as the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas, Berkshire Hathaway was recently named the No. 3 most-admired company in the world by Fortune. It’s truly a great time to be part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies!

 

To view the complete list of REAL TRENDS rankings, click here.

Ebby Halliday Companies Announces New CEO


Ebby Halliday Companies Announces New CEO

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today that Chris Kelly has been named chief executive officer. Mary Frances Burleson, longtime president and CEO, will now focus on the Ebby Halliday Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to honor the legacy and philanthropic commitment of the company’s namesake, Ebby Halliday. Ebby Halliday Companies is owned by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the nation’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company.

Kelly joined ReeceNichols Real Estate, HomeServices’ wholly-owned company based in Kansas City, in 2007 and served as corporate legal counsel before being promoted to chief administrative officer of ReeceNichols Real Estate, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty, Kansas City Title and its other affiliated businesses and services in 2013. In this role, Kelly was actively engaged in virtually all aspects of brokerage operations and as a licensed broker, Kelly provided guidance and direction to the company’s 2,600 licensed REALTORS®. In 2017, Kelly joined HomeServices as Senior Counsel where he supported the company’s acquisitions and technology initiatives.

 

As CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Kelly will shape the company’s strategy and direct operations with a focus on driving future growth while preserving Ebby’s legacy of exceeding clients’ expectations. “Mary Frances and her exceptional leadership team set an incredible level of excellence for the company,” Kelly said. “I am thrilled to join this team of immensely talented agents, sales managers, employees and lending and title professionals. The opportunity to help lead this iconic company to its next level of growth and performance is both humbling and exciting.”

 

“I am pleased to welcome Chris as CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices. “Chris understands the real estate business from all perspectives and is keenly aware of the opportunities and challenges faced every day in brokerage offices. He is the right leader to grow the company and help position the agents for even greater success.”

 

Mary Frances joined the Ebby Halliday Companies in 1958 and held numerous leadership positions before being named president and CEO in 1989. Throughout her career she has instilled the Ebby Halliday culture of delivering exceptional service through teamwork, market knowledge, empathy for others and integrity as she has set the strategy and led the company’s expansion and day-to-day operations for more than 1,700 sales associates.

 

“I am proud of everyone at Ebby Halliday and what we have achieved,” said Burleson. “Honoring Ebby’s legacy of service to the client, service to the industry and service to the communityhas always been a top priority for me. Chris has shown himself to be a leader with impeccable business ethics, personal sincerity and a deep understanding of the real estate business — all values that align with our heritage while pointing to an exciting future. I believe that Ebby would agree that with Chris at the helm, the future of Ebby Halliday couldn’t be brighter.”

 

“Chris brings extensive industry knowledge to the Ebby Halliday Companies and the HomeServices executive team. I am confident that under his leadership, the Ebby Halliday Companies are well-positioned for future growth,” concluded Peltier. “Mary Frances helped guide Ebby Halliday to become one of the country’s foremost real estate companies. On behalf of HomeServices, we thank Mary Frances for her years of service and her vision and leadership, which helped the Ebby Halliday Companies achieve the market-leading position they enjoy today.”

 

Dallas-based Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® (ebby.com) is the largest residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume and ranked 12th in the United States, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500report. Founded in 1945, the company has almost 2,000 agents and staff in 35 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2017, the company participated in over 18,800 transactions with a sales volume of more than $8 billion. The company acquired Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) in 2007, and Williams Trew (williamstrew.com) in 2014. It also has affiliated mortgage and title businesses.

 

HomeServices of America is the country’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and, is through its operating companies, one of the country’s premier providers of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC, is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America, which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. Information about HomeServices is available at homeservices.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Joins HomeServices of America


Ebby Halliday Companies Joins HomeServices of America

 

HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced it has acquired the Ebby Halliday Companies, the largest private residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. The acquisition includes Ebby Halliday’s three real estate brands—Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate along with Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate—and their affiliated mortgage and title companies. Ebby Halliday’s portfolio of companies will continue to operate under their current brand names. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

Headquartered in Dallas, Ebby Halliday Companies serves metropolitan Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding communities with approximately 1,800 sales associates and staff operating in 35 offices across 12,000 square miles in North Texas. Ebby Halliday is the 12th largest residential real estate company in the United States by sales volume and the 17th largest by transaction sides, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. In 2017, the company closed $8.0 billion of sales volume.

 

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm by industry visionary Ebby Halliday, the firm has grown to become one of the nation’s foremost full-service real estate companies. The Ebby Halliday name is synonymous with providing clients the highest level of customer service, local expertise and resources, all delivered by a team of knowledgeable agents using the firm’s innovative technologies. Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO, and Ron Burgert, the company’s chief financial officer, will continue to lead the firm’s strategic growth initiatives and manage day-to-day operations together with their sales management teams.

 

Also announced today is the formation of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. Building on a lifetime of service by the foundation’s namesake and the simple saying she lived by, “Do something for someone every day,” the nonprofit organization will continue Ebby’s legacy of service to North Texas.

 

“Among Ebby’s greatest passions was service to the community she proudly called home,” says Burleson. “A tireless volunteer, her philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated. Through the Ebby Halliday Foundation, her legacy will be felt in our community and beyond for many years to come.”

 

“Finding the right partner to maintain the legacy, culture and integrity of the Ebby Halliday Companies was of upmost importance,” said Burleson. “We are joining an organization known for its strength and stability – and for its impeccable reputation and commitment to protecting brands. Joining with HomeServices ensures that our history of market leadership and industry service continues.”

 

“The Ebby Halliday brand and its legacy of integrity and service to our clients, industry and community will continue as it has for the past 73 years,” said Burgert. “Simply put, joining HomeServices makes us an even stronger company. HomeServices is an outstanding company that shares our commitment to delivering exceptional customer service. We are thrilled with this partnership and the many benefits it brings our valued clients, agents and employees.”

 

“Ebby Halliday is a premier company with talented, experienced agents, long-term ties to the communities and a brand that is well known throughout the industry,” said Ron Peltier, HomeServices’ chairman and CEO. “We are honored to be part of Ebby Halliday’s future and are committed to its continued growth and success.”

 

The acquisition further expands HomeServices’ presence in Texas, which includes Dallas-based Allie Beth Allman & Associates, which HomeServices acquired in 2015. With this transaction, HomeServices has nearly 42,500 real estate professionals operating in nearly 900 offices across 30 states.

 

“This is an important transaction for HomeServices,” concluded Peltier. “And we are very proud to welcome the Ebby Halliday Companies to the HomeServices family.

 

HomeServices of America is the country’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and, is through its operating companies, one of the country’s premier providers of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Real Living Real Estate and Prudential Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC, is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America, which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. Information about HomeServices is available at homeservices.com.

 

Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors (ebby.com) is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,850 agents and staff in 35 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2017, the company participated in over 18,800 transactions with a sales volume of more than $8 billion. The company acquired Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) in 2007, and Williams Trew (williamstrew.com) in 2014. It also has affiliated mortgage and title businesses.

 

PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies CFO Ron Burgert, Ebby Halliday Companies President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America Ron Peltier