Lots of real estate brokerages try to claim a top spot in DFW, but numbers don’t lie. The sales volume of the Ebby Halliday Companies puts them in the No. 1 spot in North Texas, with $7.8 billion in 2016 sales, according to MLS data. 

Comprised of Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, the Ebby Halliday Companies also is No. 1 based on average sales price among the five brokerages with the most DFW transactions and No. 1 among independent brokerages. That’s quite an accomplishment. 

“Congratulations to all of the dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” said Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “While 2016 was truly an exceptional year, we already know that 2017 is destined to be another extraordinary year for North Texas real estate and the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

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Ebby Halliday Companies

The Ebby Halliday Companies participated in 19,718 home sales in 2016, according to MLS data. Ebby Halliday, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, represented $7.8 billion in residential real estate this past year, garnering 11.13 percent of the North Texas market. That’s 50 percent more sales volume than its nearest competitor and 70 percent more than the second-nearest competitor.

In addition to being the North Texas market leader in sales volume, the Ebby Halliday Companies led all competitors in the luxury market with an astounding 19.67 percent of all sales of over $750,000 in 2016. That’s 31 percent more than the nearest competitor.

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luxury buyers

Luxury buyers’ needs are very different than they used to be. Once known as a birthright, luxury today is primarily defined by a lifetime of hard work. For affluent consumers worldwide, the No. 1 goal in life has become fulfillment – at work, at home, and in their personal development. This evolution in personal goals has impacted the market for fine objects, real estate, experiences, and services.

No one knows this better than the people at Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury marketing arm of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the Ebby Halliday Companies’ partner in marketing luxury properties.

Perhaps the person best positioned to explain this change is Luxury Portfolio International Executive Vice President Stephanie Pfeffer Anton. She recently presented an informative update on the global luxury market and new marketing tools to approximately 250 Associates of Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew Real Estate.

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preston hollow

The five-bedroom home at 6739 Lupton Dr. in Preston Hollow is offered by Ebby’s Penny Rivenbark for $2,399,000.

I’ve lived in Preston Hollow for many years and I think it’s one of the most special neighborhoods in Dallas. With oversized lots and tree-lined streets, it has an out-of-the-city feel, but you can get anywhere in town with ease because of its central location, just six miles north of downtown. Fifty six of the acres that make up the neighborhood used to be a dairy farm, and it still has that country feel: did you know that if you have an acre or more in Preston Hollow, it’s grandfathered in that you can have horses? One resident who takes advantage of that is former President George W. Bush!

Of course, you can’t talk about Preston Hollow without noting the incredible, landmark architecture located in the area. These are some of the most impressive — and expensive — houses in Dallas, many of which are estates and mansions.

When it comes to selling Preston Hollow, Ebby Halliday Companies sold one in three homes in the area in 2016, according to MLS data, the industry gold standard for measuring market share. Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, sold 571 homes in Preston Hollow, garnering an astounding 28.5 percent of the market by units. The nearest competitor sold 10 percent. Even when broken down by individual brands, Ebby’s two Dallas-based brands lead all competitors in Preston Hollow.

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ebby hallidayThe 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.

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew Real Estate, participated in 20,626 real estate transactions in 2015, with a sales volume of $7,853,653,323. Its 12.82 percent share of the North Texas real estate market led all competitors, the nearest of which garnered 3.39 percent.

“Congratulations to all of our dedicated, hard-working associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” said 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.”

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photo courtesy of Danny Piassick

photo courtesy of Danny Piassick

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

About this photo: Dallas photographer extraordinaire Danny Piassick sent me a message as soon as our post went up. “Years ago, I ran into her male assistant, who’s name I can not remember. He told me that Ebby mentioned to him that she wanted this image to be used for her obituary. I thought that was a nice thing to say!” 

Dave Perry-Miller and Ebby CFO Ron Burgert (Photo: Aggie Brooks)

Dave Perry-Miller and Ebby CFO Ron Burgert (Photo: Aggie Brooks)

Congratulations to the hardworking team at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as the luxury boutique brokerage has passed the $1 billion in sales mark just halfway into 2015.

“I’m so proud of the work our agents have done on behalf of our clients this year,” said Dave Perry-Miller, the firm’s founder and director of its Luxury Properties Division, in a press release. “The exceptional level of service our agents provide is the main reason we remain the leading brand for marketing homes in Dallas’ most established neighborhoods.”

But don’t expect the firm to sit on its laurels at just $1 billion. Maybe this is the year they run roughshod over $2 billion in sales:

This is the fifth consecutive year that the firm’s sales have surpassed the $1 billion milestone, and its agents show no signs of slowing down. As of noon today, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents were marketing 136 properties listed for at least $1 million, including 13 homes priced at more than $5 million.