The North Texas region is facing one of modern history’s most serious challenges: an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Companies, like individuals, responded to the pandemic in different – often strikingly different – ways. As is often the case, our home-grown local businesses seemed to have more skin in the game.
“As the Ebby Halliday Companies mark 75 years of serving the residential real estate needs of North Texas during 2020, we are grateful for your continued support and we are honored to have served many of our neighbors during this challenging time,” says Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Ebby Halliday’s real estate brands include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew as well as core services companies Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title, and HSTX Title.
No greater notice was made than that of the “disruptor” iBuyers, who, when the going got tough, got going… right out of Dodge.
“Within days of COVID-19 arriving in North Texas, we witnessed every major iBuyer close their doors to our community,” Kelly says.
iBuyers, of course, are real estate investment firms that use automated-valuation models and other technology to make cash offers on homes. CandysDirt.com was the first local media to report on iBuyers in the DFW market.
“At a time when people needed shelter more than ever, these ‘iBuyers’ viewed you and your home as a financial risk they were unwilling to take,” says Kelly.
“We, and the other long-standing local brokerages who have served you through wars, recessions and other times of great stress, saw the real risk of this approach: abandoning you in the middle of a crisis,” Kelly says. “We may be competitors with these brokerages in real estate, but we are partners and we thank them for standing with us in our continued service to you, our neighbors across this great region.”
That’s what neighbors do.
“As the state of Texas continues its phased re-opening, and as iBuyers undoubtedly return to our market, we ask that when the need arises you consider selecting an Ebby Halliday Companies agent to represent your residential real estate needs,” Kelly says. “In good times and in bad times, we are here for you.”
When buying or selling a home, selecting the right broker – one who will stay by your side throughout the often-complicated process – is critical to your experience and success. In addition to 75 years of service to North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies are committed to the homeownership dreams of everyone who calls North Texas home.
“When you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies to represent your real estate needs, you’ll not only have access to the most respected and knowledgeable agents in North Texas – who are part of HomeServices of America and the Berkshire Hathaway family – but also our mortgage, insurance and title services,” says Kelly.
Too often, in today’s world, consumers are asked to choose between a technology or a traditional company to fulfill their real estate needs. No more. From home showings, to mortgages, to insurance, to closings, when you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies everything can be completed efficiently and, if needed, virtually.
“Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you’ll have the easiest and most secure real estate experience,” Kelly says. “When combined with the personal touch of a local expert associated with North Texas’ leading residential real estate brokerage, it simply is an unmatched experience. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.”