2015 was probably the biggest year in Dallas/Fort Worth real estate history, and it was not entirely because of the steroidal market. While the first six months were such a frenzy of sales activity that agents could barely cash commission checks, the news of Billion Dollar Mile with Toyota relocating it’s California headquarters to Plano in the Nebraska Furniture Mart/Dallas Cowboys corridor pumped up Plano, Frisco and McKinney sales like nothing we could fathom. The area still remains the hot center of real estate transactions.
More than 90,000 preowned homes were sold by real estate agents in DFW in 2015. Median home sales prices are at an all-time high of more than $200,000 here, which is 20 percent above where they were at the market peak in 2007. Due to a shortage of labor since that recession, the homebuilding biz is lagging pre-recession days. Labor squeeze plus rising material prices have made building costs higher than ever. Still, Dallas home builders will start about 28,000 houses, a little more than half the 50,000 plus houses the industry produced here before the Great Recession.
Come fall, we lost our beloved Ebby Halliday Acers, but we will never, ever, ever forget her.
Dear Ebby Family, It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Ebby, our beloved founder, passed away last night. She died peacefully at home from natural causes. While we certainly grieve the loss of Ebby, we celebrate a long life well lived. Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby has been touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived her life. As you know, Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by, ‘Do something for someone every day.’ That small bit of wisdom served Ebby very, very well and she left the world a better place than she found it. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the causes Ebby was most passionate about: Ebby’s Place at the YW, The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities, Happy Hill Farm and Academy, or the charity of your choice. We will share information on how to make donations soon. Memorial service details will be forthcoming. Mary Frances and Ron.
Ebby’s memorial service was both breath-taking and teary, and she was remembered by a host of dignitaries starting with First Lady Laura Bush —
“Ebby was the first First Lady of Dallas,“spending much time at her own White House, the one we know so well at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston.”
to Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Cowboys executive Charlotte Anderson and her mother, Gene Jones, and Jennifer Staubach Gates, whose famous father, Roger Staubach, shared many a spotlight with Ebby. Of course there was a host of high powered Real Estate brokers and agents: Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, Sheila Rice and Virginia Cook, and a contingent from Dave Perry-Miller including Dave himself.