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.

Prosper I Celina Office to Open Summer 2017


	Prosper I Celina Office to Open Summer 2017

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has announced plans to open a new Prosper I Celina Office. Scheduled to open in July 2017, the approximately 5,000-square-foot office is located at the northeast corner of Highway 289 (Preston Road) and Prosper Trail in fast-growing Prosper. It will be “home” to approximately 50 residential real estate agents serving the greater Prosper/Celina area.

 

“This state-of-the-art office will greatly enhance our ability to serve the needs of the area’s growing number of home buyers and sellers for many years to come,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as affiliated companies Texas Premier Title, Home Team Insurance and Home Team Mortgage Company.

 

“The location of our new office is phenomenal,” says Ebby Halliday Companies Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, who was instrumental in selecting the new site and building out the new office. “Strategically situated along State Highway 289 (Preston Road), it offers easy access to the 289 and U.S. 380 corridors, as well as the Dallas North Tollway.”

 

Ebby’s new Prosper I Celina Office will feature collaboration centers where Associates and clients may meet to discuss residential real estate needs, says Cathie Skinner, who recently was named sales manager of Ebby’s new Prosper I Celina office. Cutting-edge technology will help the office’s Associates assist buyers with their home searches and sellers with their understanding of local market trends.

 

Skinner, who has been a real estate agent for seven years, joined Ebby’s Plano/Willow Bend Office three years ago. She has been a multimillion-dollar producer every year since she entered the real estate business. Skinner says she chose Ebby Halliday Realtors because of her respect for the firm’s founder, Ebby Halliday, who passed away two years ago at the age of 104, and because of the firm’s stellar reputation.

 

“From day one, Ebby Halliday Realtors has offered a firm foundation for my business,” Skinner says. “Having owned many properties and having experienced the ups and downs of the market, I strongly believe in homeownership and in our company.”

 

A very open, authentic person, Skinner says she is a mentor-teacher at heart.

 

“I love to see others succeed, and I’m excited about this opportunity to use my enthusiasm and sales skills to ‘sell’ Ebby as a company,” Skinner says. “Agents have choices and they can’t choose a better company than Ebby Halliday Realtors. I am really looking forward to investing in our Prosper I Celina agents by encouraging them and giving them the tools to be the best they can be.”

 

For more information about Ebby’s new Prosper I Celina Office, visit prospercelina.ebby.com.

 

PHOTO: Cathie Skinner

PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Motta

 

An Enduring Legacy


An Enduring Legacy

 

As we near the end of another year, we’d like to pause to reflect on the significance of 2015, the year that marked the passing of our company’s founder, Ebby Halliday.

 

Ebby was 104, but knowing her passing was imminent didn’t make it any easier. Throughout her life Ebby illuminated everything she touched, everything she said and everything she did. In the meantime, she brought light to each of our lives.

 

In the few months since she left us the spirit of her companies has been unwavering. Those of us fortunate enough to be part of the Ebby Halliday Companies have witnessed a sense of solidarity – a united front – that seems to run from the agent level right to the top. Simply put, the Ebby Halliday Companies are stronger than they have ever been.

 

The pride is palpable; it’s invigorating to be a part of Ebby’s legacy. And, truth be told, Ebby would be so proud of each and every one of us and how we’ve faired these past few months without her.

 

In 1945, Ebby Halliday founded her namesake company on three principles of service. As we enter 2016, that company is one the most-admired in America and more committed than ever to honor her legacy through exemplary service to our clients, our industry and the North Texas community.

 

 

Burleson Among Industry’s Best


Burleson Among Industry's Best

 

Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, was just named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives by Real Estate Executive Magazine.

 

The award recognizes and celebrates the service, dedication and hard work Mary Frances has put in while she and our extraordinary team of Associates and staff have built Ebby Halliday into one of the premier real estate brokerages in America.

 

Ms. Burleson, who has also received the National Association of Realtors’ Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Highland Park Independent School District, says “Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three principles of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. I am extremely proud to be a part of an organization that places service to others at the forefront of everything we do.”

 

With more than $6.64 billion in sales in 2014, Ebby Halliday is the No. 1 independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and No. 10 in America, according to REAL Trends, Inc.

 

Learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings at the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Business Journal Ranks Ebby No. 1


 

Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. has again topped the Dallas Business Journal’s annual list of the Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages.

 

The journal’s most-recent list ranked North Texas real estate firms based on closed transactions in 2013. The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, closed 19,523 transactions, an almost 20 percent increase over 2012, and approximately 42 percent more transactions than our nearest competitor.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ approximately $6.4 billion in sales volume in 2013 was 25 percent higher than 2012, which also places the Dallas-based firm No. 1 in sales volume in North Texas.

 

A sincere thank-you to our valued clients and our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff. It’s clear that North Texas is the best place to be in business, and that Ebby Halliday is the best place to be in real estate!

Housing Price Gains Smallest Since Last Summer


Housing Price Gains Smallest Since Last Summer

 

Dallas-area home prices rose at the slowest rate in 10 months, according to the just-released Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

 

Dallas prices were up 8.6 percent in May from a year ago. Nationwide, prices rose 9.4 percent in the same period.

 

The lower home price gains had been predicted by analysts who see some moderation after many months of double-digit price increases. Eighteen of the 20 cities Case-Shiller surveys had lower gains in May than in April.

 

Dallas’ increase was the smallest since July of last year. Earlier this year local home prices were growing at more than 10 percent from a year ago.

 

The largest annual gains in May were in Las Vegas, 16.9 percent, and San Francisco, 15.4 percent. The smallest increase was in Cleveland, 2.4 percent.

 

Dallas-area home prices are now at a record level – up more than 9 percent from where they were before the recession. And prices here are almost 25 percent ahead of where they were at the worst of the economic downturn in 2009. Dallas-area prices have been rising in the Case-Shiller study for more than 24 months.

 

PHOTO: The Dallas Morning News

 

‘The Property Perspective’ Premieres


Post Property Perspective

 

We’re excited to announce the launch of “The Property Perspective,” Ebby Halliday Realtors’ brand-new feature each Friday morning on CBS 11! The 60-second spots will introduce D-FW residents to the wide variety of homes available across the Metroplex, including some of the most exceptional properties to hit the market in recent days. “The Property Perspective” airs at 6:50 a.m. Fridays, starting April 25.

 

“From urban to suburban, large to small, homes featured on ‘The Property Perspective’ come in all shapes, sizes and styles,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “The common denominator is each offers a great buying opportunity.”

 

In addition to showcasing D-FW-area homes for sale, “The Property Perspective” will provide timely, relevant updates on what’s happening in the local housing market. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, sales-price trends, average days on market, and current mortgage interest rates.

 

To view “The Property Perspective” by Ebby Halliday Realtors, tune in to CBS 11 each Friday morning at 6:50 a.m. You’ll be glad you did!