Ebby Names Catherine Sims VP of New Core Services Division

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News from Ebby Halliday: Catherine Sims has been named Vice President of Core Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Core services are real estate related companies and, well, services that touch and enhance the real estate transaction. They are necessary, but you usually have to shop around for them. Ebby’s affiliated core-service companies available to clients include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, announced Sims’ new position this week. And he 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, including now core services.

“To ensure this unique distinction remains at the forefront of our business strategy, we have created the role of Vice President of Core services,” Kelly said in a statement. “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, focusing on how our amazing mortgage, title and insurance teams deliver an exceptional experience.” 

Sims has been with Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners for more than 10 years. She has served as a loan originator and in sales-management positions. Now she will help coordinate a seamless real estate transaction for every Ebby client.

“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.”

As Chris Kelly explains it: when you buy a car, you don’t go to one place for the body, the next for tires, then another for interiors and a steering wheel. The real estate transaction is many more parts than just the contract. Ebby Halliday aims to make the entire experience as seamless a transaction as possible, with “one-stop shopping”, something that HomeServices has been doing in other markets for years.

The Ebby Halliday Companies was acquired by 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’ 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.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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