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Ebby.com is Dallas’ most up to date Realtor-driven website.  I use it to find interesting open houses, check listings, and the like. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s seen a property listed on Ebby.com that hadn’t yet reached the originating broker’s site.

Other local brokerages have great sites, too. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International is easy to navigate with quality graphics. (Don’t worry, we’ll dish on them in a future column.) To a buyer, an agent’s “welcome mat” is their website.  What’s the quality and search-ability of their web site? Is it easy on the eyes? Poor or slow, cumbersome or clunky, and buyers are off to another site.

As a buyer, I’d long ago setup an Ebby Alert daily email for any new listings in the Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek areas.  But recently I got to wondering … was there a way to create an Ebby Alert just for high-rises?

I popped a note off to Ruth Johnson, Ebby’s Implementation and Web Manager to see.

Short answer:  You can.

Long answer: You can do a lot more than that

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It was probably the most beautiful memorial service most of us will ever attend, and it was totally befitting Ebby Halliday Acers, the Duchess of Dallas Real Estate as her pastor, Dr. Jim Denison, called her. The sanctuary at Park Cities Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon was loaded, as was the balcony, and I’m told it holds 3000. The church hall, which holds another 1000, was set up for the overflow.

The afternoon service was laced with beautiful music, beginning with a performance by the Happy Hill Farm Academy choir, Happy Hill being one of the many charities Ebby supported.

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, remembered Ebby first. Mary Frances started with the company as a temporary secretary, who Ebby asked to stay on permanently. Back then she said she made about $2.50 an hour — “Ebby was my graduate school,” she said. (more…)

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We will take time to remember the love and generosity of Ebby Halliday Acers on Thursday, September 17, at 3pm at Park Cities Baptist Church. I’m sure the sanctuary will be loaded, and parking difficult so you might consider taking a taxi. Here is an old picture of me with Ebby when she won the Linz award. I look awful, Ebby looks fantastic!

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I like the article that Inman did on Ebby, though it was short. According to Real Trends, Ebby Halliday is the 12th largest independent brokerage in the United States, in terms of transactions (almost 20,000!).

And I’ll never forget the day I spent with Ebby for D Magazine...  I was ready for a nap, she was off to a Maverick’s game.

There are a lot of plans in place for her memorial, which so appropriately takes place on North Texas Giving Day, to honor the woman who gave us so much. We will keep you posted.

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Ebby should be given credit as a founder for developing and masterminding the best practices for the brokerage of of residential real estate in the post WWII era.  Her style and business model became the gold standard for brokerage companies in the ensuing decades.  The emphasis that the Ebby Halliday Company put on agent education, MLS participation and cooperation, and community service are just as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. Although I never had the good fortune to work in an Ebby office, I’ve always known if I or any of our agents have an Ebby agent on the other side of a transaction, all of the details and communication will be taken care of in the most professional manner possible.  Ebby may be gone now, but not  the legacy of her excellent business acumen and entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

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My relationship with Ebby started when I was a small child.   Ebby’s brother, Paul Hanson, married my Dad’s sister, Fran Crews Hanson. Paul served as President of Ebby Halliday Realtors for a period of time and was instrumental in building the Company to what it is today, fyi.

Back in the1960s Ebby would come visit my family in Karnes City,  the small town in South Texas where I was raised.   I recall vividly her talk of how wonderful the City of Dallas was – vivid descriptions of the people and places and homes in Dallas . I  also recall deciding way back then that someday  that I, too, would live in Dallas!.

After graduating from Texas A&M in 1978 with a Liberal Arts degree , Ebby  and Paul suggested I join  DBG&H, the marketing/public relations/advertising firm  that represented Ebby Halliday REALTORS as well other brokers/developers .   At DBG&H  I was fortunate to be assigned to the Ebby account as well as a “new” brokerage firm called Ellen Terry Realtors .   We also worked for a number of real estate developers in commercial and residential multi-family development, which is how I came  to work on new exciting highrise residential projects like The Claremont, ( now Bonaventure) and La Tour and  many others.

In 1982 Ebby and her husband Maurice Acers called me to say they knew a very special ( and beautiful!)  young lady named Anne Crichton that had worked for Governor Clements in his first administration.   Anne  was looking to return to her hometown of  Dallas and would I please interview her for a position at DBG&H?   I did, and we offered her a job.   Anne  turned down our offer to  accept a position at  Mary Kay Inc  to help  establish a Public Affairs office for Mary Kay Cosmetics.  When Anne declined our offer I said something along the goofy line of  “ if you won’t work for us will you at least have dinner with me?”  and that led to the blessing of Anne marrying me in 1984. And  of course Ebby and Maurice were front and center at the wedding! (more…)