Ebby Acquires Cedar Creek Lake Brokerage


North Texas-based Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Johnson Monroe Realtors, a leader in the Cedar Creek Lake residential real estate market for the past 38 years. 

Johnson Monroe Realtors has long been a premier real estate company at Cedar Creek Lake. Its heritage goes back to the original real estate agency in the area, Paschal Real Estate, which began prior to the creation of the Cedar Creek Lake reservoir in 1966.

“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our combined companies to better serve current and future residents, as well as second-home buyers and sellers, in the Cedar Creek Lake area,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with over 100 years of residential real estate experience.”

Malinda Howell, Vice President of Brokerage for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Over our 75-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of the outstanding real estate professionals of Johnson Monroe will help ensure our leading market position for many years to come.” 

Natalie Thomas, Sales Leader of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake office, will lead the newly combined teams. “We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Johnson Monroe and believe this move significantly strengthens our leading position in the Cedar Creek marketplace. Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction. We like and respect their approach to the business of people and are very pleased that these highly respected agents will be joining our office.”

Travis Mathews, Vice President of Strategic Growth for the Ebby Halliday Companies, led the efforts on the acquisition along with Tracy Nowell, the owner and broker for Johnson Monroe. “We are working hard to ensure clients and agents alike will enjoy a smooth transition,” says Mathews. Adds Nowell, “It was important for me to find a partner that fits our company culturally and shares the same values on how to service our clients. I truly believe that we found that partner in Ebby Halliday.”

In addition to the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience, Johnson Monroe agents joining Ebby Halliday will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network. 

“We take pride in offering our clients knowledgeable sales associates who provide exceptional service. Simply put, Johnson Monroe agents are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies,” concluded Thomas.

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. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title

For more information about Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Expansion Continues With Opening of Forney Office


The Ebby Halliday Companies have opened a new office in Forney. The office, located at 101 E. U.S. Highway 80, will serve fast-growing Kaufman County and the surrounding area. 

“Near the prominent corner of Highway 80 and Pinson Road, our Forney office, like all Ebby offices, will feature the latest in technology and offer home buyers and sellers one convenient residential real estate experience, including brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly.

Adds Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell, “While many companies have contracted during the COVID-19 era, we are proud to continue our significant expansion across North Texas.” 

In addition to opening its new Forney office, the Ebby Halliday Companies recently opened a new Cedar Hill office and are currently building a new Prosper location.

Ebby’s new Forney office is ideally located between the company’s two Rockwall offices and its Cedar Creek Lake Office, Kelly says. 

“Strategically located along U.S. Highway 80, our Forney office offers a superior location and is a statement of our commitment to serving this increasingly popular, fast-growing area for many years to come,” says Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, Co-Sales Leader of the new office and Sales Leader of Ebby’s Rockwall offices. The Forney office will also be led by Natalie Jackson Thomas, sales leader of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office.

“With success comes growth,” says Thomas. “We are assisting clients with one of the most-expensive and important transactions of their lifetime and it is vital that we utilize all of the resources that we can to best serve their needs. We are thrilled to now be able to do that from an exceptional, high-visibility Forney location. Whether you’re considering buying or selling a home or other property, we’re here to serve you.”

Ebby’s new Forney office will offer area residents, those who may be considering calling the area their new home, and top-producing agents an opportunity to be a part of something special. The office is designed to continue to grow along with Forney and the surrounding area and to accommodate the growing number of agents who proudly serve the area.  

Says Sotelo Kidd, “We are actively seeking agents to join our new Forney Office. Natalie and I love to see others succeed, and we’re excited about this opportunity to use our enthusiasm and sales skills to ‘sell’ Ebby as a company. Agents have choices and they can’t choose a better company than Ebby Halliday. Looking to make a move? Contact us today.”

Contact Sylvia Sotelo Kidd at sylviakidd@ebby.com or 214-476-6082. Contact Natalie Jackson Thomas at nataliejackson@ebby.com or 214-236-1910.

For more information about Ebby’s new Forney office, visit forney.ebby.com and facebook.com/ebbyforney.

Jackson-Thomas to Lead Cedar Creek Lake Office


Natalie Jackson-Thomas Named Manager of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Natalie Jackson-Thomas sales manager of its Cedar Creek Lake Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

 

“Natalie brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation to working effectively with clients through closing and beyond,” Kelly says. “Natalie truly appreciates the wide-ranging educational opportunities available to new and seasoned agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

 

Jackson-Thomas will report to Malinda Howell, regional vice president and former co-manager of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office.

 

“Natalie joined Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office as a sales associate because of our company’s stellar reputation, its exceptional training opportunities and the ongoing support we offer agents,” Howell says. “She believed Ebby Halliday was a place she could grow professionally and she has certainly done that. I am confident her background as an Ebby sales associate will benefit our Cedar Creek Lake Office in many ways.”

 

A longtime North Texan, Jackson-Thomas has been a Realtor since 2003 and a Cedar Creek Lake-area resident for the past three years. She enjoys the everyday challenges and celebrations that working in residential real estate brings.

 

“I love the variety involved in my real estate career,” Jackson-Thomas says. “One of the reasons I chose Ebby is the company’s appreciation for both new-agent education and continuing education for seasoned agents. I really look forward to helping our Cedar Creek Lake agents take their business to the next level.”

 

“Our clients are making one of the largest – if not the largest – purchases of their lifetime, so it’s imperative that we get to know them and develop strong working relationships,” she says. “I want our clients and agents to know that they can rely on me at all times.”

 

In her spare time, Jackson-Thomas enjoys exploring the Cedar Creek Lake area and spending time with family. She and her husband have four children and one grandchild.

 

“I am truly excited to lead the Cedar Creek Lake Office,” Jackson-Thomas adds. “I plan to build on our office’s extraordinary success by emphasizing the high standards of the Ebby brand as we continue to grow in the Cedar Creek Lake area and across North Texas.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office, visit cedarcreeklake.ebby.com.