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
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.
Catherine Sims has been named Vice President of Core Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and CEO, recently made the announcement. Ebby’s affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.
When making the announcement, Kelly emphasized the Ebby Halliday Companies’ distinct position in the North Texas marketplace as an organization that meets the needs of its sales associates and clients during the entirety of the real estate transaction.
“To ensure this unique distinction and ability remains at the forefront of our business strategy, we have created the role of vice president of core services,” Kelly said. “Catherine Sims possesses an intimate understanding of the strength and capabilities of our core services through her past leadership role within The Lending Partners, where she was frequently at the forefront of connecting and communicating with our sales associates and their clients how our amazing mortgage, title and insurance teams deliver an exceptional experience.”
Sims has been with Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners for over 10 years. She has served as a loan originator and in sales-management positions.
Said Sims, “Tom Parker, president of Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners, and Betsy Sproat, vice president, have been pivotal in my career. I am grateful for the exceptional mentoring they have provided me over the years.
“My new role will be the ‘glue’ that pulls together each of our core services,” Sims said. “This model has been very successful within the HomeServices family of companies, of which we are a proud member.” The Ebby Halliday Companies became part of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, in 2018.
“In my mind, there’s no ‘you’ or ‘us,’ it’s just ‘we,’ ” said Sims. “Simply put, at the Ebby Halliday Companies, we are positioned to be grandly successful for both our agents and our clients. No other company in North Texas makes being a one-stop exceptional experience for its agents and home buyers and sellers a priority the way we do. Each and every day, we are helping clients realize a dream. The goal is to make the experience memorable and exciting for them. In doing so, we all have hit a homerun.”
With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Its real estate brands include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew. Its affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.
The Ebby Halliday Companies, which include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, 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 servng our country, is why the Ebby Halliday Companies have implemented the Veterans to Realtors program. The program eases the transition into the real estate profession for our valued 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.”
When you join the Ebby Halliday Companies team, you join a company with a proven track record in the North Texas region for over 70 years. To get your residential real career started, contact Ebby Halliday Companies Talent Recruitment Director Merry Shuck at email@example.com or any branch office sales manager for Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate or Williams Trew.
The Swanepoel Power 200, the definitive ranking of the residential real estate industry’s 200 most powerful and influential leaders, has named HomeServices of America Chairman and CEO Ron Peltier real estate’s most powerful person in 2019. HomeServices of America has been a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary since 1999. The annual ranking was released today.
“I am extremely honored and humbled for having received this recognition,” Peltier said. “The real estate industry is filled with talented and committed individuals and I am proud to be part of this amazing group. On behalf of HomeServices, congratulations to all of the HomeServices’ leaders who differentiated themselves by their influence within the real estate industry. Their contribution to HomeServices and our collective success is an ongoing source of pride for the entire organization.”
Peltier ascends to No. 1 based on HomeServices of America’s tremendous, acquisition-fueled growth and its vast access to capital, the key driver in today’s rapidly changing residential real estate industry. With its blockbuster acquisitions of Long & Foster Real Estate, the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, and BHHS Florida Real Estate the firm’s brokerage wing’s annual sales total over $125 billion.
The ranking, compiled by T3 Sixty, considers eight criteria in ranking leaders on the list: the office leaders hold, their tenure, the size of the company they lead, its financial resources, their significance and impact on the industry, their company’s activities in the previous year, other activities outside their own company and their personal power and influence.
“With the SP200, we aim to hold a mirror up to the industry, reflecting residential real estate back to itself by noting who wields the most power and influence (and in what order), whether by position, personal power, employee count, reputation and trajectory,” said T3 Sixty Chairman and CEO Stefan Swanepoel.
Congratulations to Ron Peltier on another honor well-deserved.
The Ebby Halliday Companies, the No. 1 residential real estate firm in Texas by sales volume, announced today that the company has expanded its leadership structure to include two regional vice presidents. Carolyn Rosson, sales manager of the Southlake Office, and Malinda Howell, sales manager of the 190 – Richardson Office, have been named regional vice presidents. Rosson and Howell will report to President and CEO Chris Kelly.
“Carolyn and Malinda, both respected leaders in the residential real estate industry, will assist and support our sales managers across the North Texas region, as well as our core services, in delivering a remarkable experience to our clients and sales associates,” Kelly said. “Both Malinda and Carolyn have demonstrated exceptional leadership over the years and we are very happy to have them in positions where they can mentor and assist a wider range of sales managers and associates.”
Rosson, an industry leader on the local, state and national levels, has created top-producing offices for 25 years by focusing on building a dynamic culture. Rosson began her sales management career in the Las Colinas market and in 2008 became the manager of Ebby’s Southlake Office. She has served on the board of directors of the MetroTex Association of Realtors and as regional vice president of the Texas Association of Realtors. Rosson is Maestro Leadership-certified by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
Howell began her real estate career with Ebby Halliday in 1998. Also, an industry leader on the local, state and national levels, she possesses a vast knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has long served as a mentor to new and experienced real estate agents, as well as new sales managers. Howell is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Association of Realtors and has served as chairwoman of the political action committee for MetroTex Association of Realtors. She is Maestro Leadership-certified by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
“I am very happy to welcome Malinda and Carolyn to our senior management team,” said Kelly. “This new structure positions the Ebby Halliday Companies for an even brighter future. Our goal is to serve our sales associates with world-class tools and our clients with exceptional service, as they make one of the most financially important decisions of their lives.”
PHOTO: Regional Vice Presidents Malinda Howell, left, and Carolyn Rosson with President and CEO Chris Kelly
On September 29, Martha Williams and Joan Trew, founders of Williams Trew Real Estate, will be honored as Fort Worth’s 2016 Business Executives of the Year by the Fort Worth Business Press, Texas Wesleyan University and the Fort Worth Chamber.
The Forty-Seventh Annual Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame event will take place at the Fort Worth Club and will recognize the significant accomplishments of two of the area’s most-admired civic and industry leaders.
Williams Trew, Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate boutique, became part of the Ebby Halliday family in early 2015. The firm has a unique culture based on a core set of values that promote the success of the team rather than the individual. This concept has helped make it one of the most successful real estate firms in Fort Worth history.
All of us at Ebby Halliday are very proud of Martha and Joan – and everyone associated with Williams Trew. Each and every day, we grow in our appreciation of Fort Worth’s most-respected residential real estate brokerage. Congratulations on this significant honor!
The just-released Real Trends 500 list of the top residential real estate firms in the United States ranks Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. 10th in the nation based on closed sales volume. Ebby ranks No. 15 for closed transaction sides.
The REAL Trends 500 is an annual report that identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential real estate firms. The report represents the most trusted standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading firms.
“Congratulations to all of our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “And I thank our clients who trust us to represent their real estate needs. Our clients benefit from many advantages that are a direct result of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ status as the North Texas market-share leader.”
We’re excited to announce that the fall/winter 2015 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is now being direct-mailed to almost 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.
Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.
In addition to featuring extraordinary luxury properties, the 18th edition of Grand Vie offers plenty of interesting editorial content, including a special section for farm & ranch properties; “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; fall-inspired recipes from local celebrity chefs Kirstyn Brewer of Victor Tangos and Blaine Staniford of Grace Restaurant; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the fall/winter edition: Real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the North Texas ranch market.
We’re confident you’re going to love the fall/winter 2015 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you. See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.
We are very excited to announce that Williams Trew Real Estate is now part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. Williams Trew, Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage, was previously a Sotheby’s company. Below is the text of today’s full press release:
Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. announced today it has purchased Fort Worth-based luxury real estate boutique Williams Trew Real Estate. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Williams Trew, which was founded in 2000 by Martha Williams, Joan Trew and Marshall Boyd, will continue to be branded and conduct business under the name Williams Trew, an Ebby Halliday Real Estate Company and will continue to operate out of its current locations in Fort Worth. Ms. Williams and Ms. Trew will continue leadership roles with the company. Mr. Boyd will guide the transition and then pursue other existing business opportunities outside the company.
“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our company to better serve current and future residents of Fort Worth,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with many years of residential real estate experience.”
Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “We have built our company on several strategic moves in our almost 70 years in business and we believe this acquisition will help ensure our market position for many years to come. From a business standpoint, we are able to combine budgets, marketing and advertising in a more strategic and cost-effective manner.”
“We are pleased to join Ebby Halliday and believe this move significantly strengthens our leading position in the Fort Worth marketplace,” says Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate. “As part of Ebby Halliday, our agents and sellers will have more resources without losing our company culture. Both our companies are privately held and customer-focused.”
Adds Joan Trew, “Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction. They also have a record of integrating acquisitions smoothly and without employee or market interruption. We like and respect their approach to the business of people.”
The acquisition is effective immediately. “We are already working on the transition,” says Williams Trew co-founder Marshall Boyd. “It will be seamless to our clients and our agents and sellers will not be impacted. We will increase our marketing and advertising strength and realize targeted cost efficiencies.”
With this transaction, Williams Trew becomes an Ebby Halliday Company and will no longer be affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty.
As an Ebby Halliday Company, Williams Trew and its Associates will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network, according to Ebby Halliday Companies Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene.
“Membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide,” says Greene, “We take pride in offering our clients knowledgeable Associates who provide exceptional service. Simply put, Williams Trew and its Associates are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies.”
The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, affiliated mortgage, insurance and title companies, and approximately 1,600 associates covering over 12,000 square miles of North Texas. It participated in more than 19,500 real estate transactions in 2013 with a sales volume of more than $6.4 billion. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ 13.5 percent share of the North Texas real estate market led all competitors, the nearest of which garnered 4.03 percent.
Independently owned and operated Ebby Halliday Realtors will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015. Having grown from a one-woman office to the largest independent real estate company in Texas, the company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to its support of many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belong to 27 local chambers of commerce.
“At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud of our undisputed role as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “While 2014 has certainly been an exceptional year for our company, what remains most important to us is service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community. We welcome – and appreciate – the opportunity to partner with Fort Worth’s most respected real estate brokerage.”
Williams Trew Real Estate is Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage firm. With over 80 experienced agents the company provides home buyers and sellers with unparalleled experience in residential, farm & ranch, lake or urban properties in the greater Fort Worth area.