Staff Reports

Ebby Halliday Companies has entered a marketing partnership with Curbio Inc., the fast-growing real estate technology company that specializes exclusively in pre-sale home renovations. Under the agreement between Curbio and Ebby Halliday, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, Curbio will provide agents with an array of print, digital, and live content with which they will educate their seller clients on the benefits of renovating before selling their homes.

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Janis Forse Wells (right) will now be working with her daughter Betsy Carlton Cameron.

After spending the past 18 years at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Janis Forse Wells has teamed up with the Ebby Halliday Little White House.  She joins her daughter Betsy Carlton Cameron, who manages the office. However, Wells says that alone would not have been enough to make her switch.

“I love my daughter and I respect her. Everybody assumes that’s why I came here but it’s really not,” she said. “I took a look at the changes that are occurring n the Dallas/Fort Worth market and made a decision based on my analysis.”

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Little White House

Fear not — Ebby’s Little White House is going nowhere (photo courtesy Ebby Halliday Companies).

Among some history buffs, a slight tremor of worry cropped up a couple of weeks ago when zoning change signs appeared at the corner of Preston and Northwest Highway — where the “little white house”, long the symbol of the work of the late Ebby Halliday, has sat for 93 years.

In a town where sometimes history sees the business end of a backhoe before it can be preserved, many preservation-minded folks rightfully worry when those city signs crop up.

In this case, however, those fears are unfounded, officials with Ebby Halliday Companies and the Ebby Halliday Foundation said. (more…)

Newly installed Ebby Halliday Companies CEO Chris Kelly is flanked by Malinda Howell and Carolyn Rosson, two hard-working company leaders who were just promoted to Regional Vice President.

From Staff Reports

Last week’s announcement of Chris Kelly taking the helm of the Ebby Halliday Companies as president and CEO left many wondering what other changes were afoot with the most-recognizable real estate brand in North Texas. Today’s news should satisfy that query. The Ebby Halliday Companies just announced that the company has expanded its leadership structure to include two regional vice presidents — Carolyn Rosson, sales manager of the Southlake Office, and Malinda Howell, sales manager of the 190 – Richardson Office. Rosson and Howell will report to Kelly.

“Carolyn and Malinda, both respected leaders in the residential real estate industry, will assist and support our sales managers across the North Texas region, as well as our core services, in delivering a remarkable experience to our clients and sales associates,” Kelly said. “Both Malinda and Carolyn have demonstrated exceptional leadership over the years and we are very happy to have them in positions where they can mentor and assist a wider range of sales managers and associates.”

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Chris Kelly was promoted to CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Longtime president and CEO Mary Frances Burleson will focus on the brands philanthropic endeavors, including the nonprofit Ebby Halliday Foundation.

From Staff Reports

Longtime Ebby Halliday Companies president and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, an icon in the organization hired by founder Ebby Halliday in 1958, has stepped down from her position to focus on the firm’s eponymous nonprofit — the Ebby Halliday Foundation. In her place, Chris Kelly has been named CEO. Kelly, recently the senior counsel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, is expected to mold the company’s strategy and direct operations with the aim of shaping the venerable North Texas brokerage’s brand while preserving the legacy of the company’s highly regarded founder, Ebby Halliday Acers. 

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From left are Ebby Halliday, her brother and Executive Vice President Paul Hanson, Ebby’s first sales associate Mary Lou Muether, and Mary Frances Burleson, who stepped down today as President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Here they celebrate the opening of the Plano office in 1973.

“Mary Frances and her exceptional leadership team set an incredible level of excellence for the company,” Kelly said. “I am thrilled to join this team of immensely talented agents, sales managers, employees and lending and title professionals. The opportunity to help lead this iconic company to its next level of growth and performance is both humbling and exciting.”

Ebby Halliday Companies was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices — a company owned by Warren Buffet — in July of 2018. The news of the acquisition was announced at the recently opened Frisco Star headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys on May 21 to much fanfare. HomeServices also owns Allie Beth Allman & Associates

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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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