In Good Times and Bad, We Stand with You


Together, the North Texas region has faced one of modern history’s most serious challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies, like individuals, responded to the pandemic, as well as those who rely on their services, in different – often strikingly different – ways.

“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 Dave Perry-Miller Real EstateEbby Halliday Realtors, and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

“Within days of COVID-19 arriving in North Texas, we witnessed every major iBuyer close their doors to our community,” Kelly says. iBuyers are major real estate investment firms that use automated-valuation models and other technology to make cash offers on homes. “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.”

“We, and other longstanding 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.

“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, insurance to closings, when you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies everything can be completed efficiently andif 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.”

For more information about the Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Elevating Real Estate And Putting People First


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The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way homes are bought and sold and the Ebby Halliday Companies are at the forefront of combining agents’ hard-earned expertise and the latest technology to ensure easy, efficient and safe transactions for clients.

 

“At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we believe some of the new ways of doing business are here to stay,” says President & CEO Chris Kelly. “Simply put, they are safe, streamlined and very efficient.” The Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate brands include Dave Perry-Miller Real EstateEbby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

“Every day our agents and employees are helping individuals and families move to, from and within North Texas,” Kelly says. “How? We’ve created an elevated online experience that takes you inside a home without leaving the comfort of your couch, all while benefitting from our agents’ extensive local market knowledge and expert advice.”

 

While residential real estate was, and always will be a “relationship” business, there are safe, innovative “solutions” that are enabling today’s buyers and sellers to take advantage of a multitude of technologies across the entirety of the home buying and selling journey.

 

Too often, consumers are being asked to choose between a technology or a traditional company to fulfill their real estate needs. From home showings, to mortgages, to insurance, to closings, when you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies everything can be completed efficiently and virtually – and 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.

 

For home buyers, the Ebby Halliday Companies offer virtual consultations in which your needs and desires will be discussed in detail and a game plan then devised and implemented to achieve them, including the entirety of your mortgage and insurance needs. When you receive information about a home that you’d like to explore further, it’s easy and convenient to take a virtual tour and then secure a physical tour. And, from your initial offer through closing, you can choose to sign all documents electronically from the comfort of your home, including virtual notary services and curbside closings with the Ebby Halliday Companies’ title company.

 

For home sellers, Ebby Halliday Companies agents are making it easy to connect via phone or video call to discuss your unique situation and goals – and to learn in-depth how your home will be prepared for sale and ultimately sold in the shortest amount of time and for the highest price possible. From photographs, virtual tours, inspections and showings, all can be done with minimal physical contact for the safety and security of you and your home. Your home will also receive the advantage of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ proven networking – locally, nationally and internationally – through its affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and, in the case of luxury listings, Luxury Portfolio International.

 

“Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly.“Purchasing or selling in any other way would be like going back in time. More than any other real estate company in our region, our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texas and North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you. To learn more and to get started, please contact an Ebby Halliday Companies agent today. People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate.

 

For more information about the Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit ebby.comdaveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.

D-Fw Market Likely To Emerge Healthy From Covid-19


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Texas’ largest markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, are among the U.S. metros least likely to experience a major housing shakeout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research reported here by Dallas Morning News real estate reporter Steve Brown.

 

The research, by analysts at Attom Data Solutions, found housing markets that will be most negatively affected by COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges are mostly in the Northeast and Florida.

 

Researchers looked at almost 500 home markets around the country and rated them based on foreclosures, homeowner equity, wages and other factors.

 

“It’s too early to tell how much effect the coronavirus fallout will have on different housing markets around the country,” said Attom Data’s Todd Teta. “But the impact is likely to be significant from region to region and county to county. What we’ve done is spotlight areas that appear to be more or less at risk based on several important factors.

 

“From that analysis, it looks like the Northeast is more at risk than other areas,” Teta said. “As we head into the spring homebuying season, the next few months will reveal how severe the impact will be.”

 

Attom Data estimates the major housing markets most at risk from the virus include four in New Jersey and the New York area, three in Connecticut and 10 from Florida. Only one was in California, and none were located in other West Coast states.

 

“Texas has 10 of the 50 least vulnerable counties from among the 483 included in the report, followed by Wisconsin with seven and Colorado with five,” according to Attom Data. “The 10 counties in Texas include three in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro (Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties).

 

Click here to read the full article by Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News.

 

How Housing Markets Fare with COVID-19

Major U.S. Counties Ranked from Worst to Best out of 483 Metros

Worst

8. Ocean, N.J.

9. Essex, N.J.

10. Prince George, Md.

11. Broward, Fla.

12. Bergen, N.J.

13. Cook, Ill.

14. New Haven, Conn.

15. Polk, Fla.

 

Best

479. Harris, Texas

477. Dallas, Texas

468. Denver, Co.

463. King, Wash.

457. Travis, Texas

449. Tarrant, Texas

441. Santa Clara, Calif.

439. Collin, Texas

 

Source: Attom Data Solutions

Statewide Essential Services Notice To Our Clients


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The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents is always our top priority. Per the Executive Order issued by Governor Abbott on March 31, 2020 with an effective period of April 2nd through April 30, we are providing the below information with respect to our businesses and services. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services at this time?

 

* Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, real estate services have been deemed an essential service within the State of Texas.

* For the health and safety of our workforce, we have executed our remote-work plan.

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance also remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses as Financial Services.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

 

* Your listing will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

* Per the Executive Order, if you permit, showings may still take place with adherence to the CDC and local health officials’ hygienic and social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of masks by all agents and prospective buyers. However, this is a decision all sellers will make based on their

individual circumstances.

* We are advising against Open Houses at this time due to the difficulty in enforcing CDC social distancing at such events.

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

* Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?            

 

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

* Showings may be conducted, if allowed by the seller and if handled under the standards set by the CDC and local health officials for hygienic practices and social distancing, including the wearing of masks by all parties.

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

 

* The Executive Order allows us to continue to service your contract all the way through closing.

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

Covid-19 And North Texas Residential Real Estate


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North Texas is home. Through wars, recessions, natural disasters and other challenges, our great region has not only survived, it has thrived.

 

North Texas is being tested again, this time by a virus that many of us, only weeks ago, had never even heard of. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we are concerned first and foremost with the health and well-being of our clients, sales associates, and employees. Naturally, we are also concerned with the virus’ impact on our local economy; and specifically, the North Texas residential real estate market.

 

What will happen to the local real estate market in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? No one knows the exact answer to this question, but optimism runs through the veins of North Texans that is infectious in its own way.

 

This is why so many choose to call our region home – in fact, almost 400 new residents join us each day. After the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, even more people will seek our highly desirable lifestyle of an ideal location in the Central U.S., a moderate climate, world-class amenities, and affordable housing, thus sustaining and driving our local economy.

 

With the arrival of COVID-19 in the North Texas region and with Shelter-In-Place Orders now active in most surrounding counties, real estate services have been deemed an essential service and we take that responsibility seriously.

 

There is no question that this latest challenge to our region will leave its own indelible mark. Selling a home will take a bit more patience as we all navigate uncharted waters, but keeping your property on the market is vital as buyers turn more often than ever to online shopping. Virtual tours, photography, and videos will offer a competitive edge for sellers.

 

If you would like to discuss selling your home or purchasing a North Texas home, please contact a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent today.

 

As with each Ebby Halliday Companies real estate brand, our Core Services brands, which include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, utilize the latest technologies. They are able to fully serve your mortgage, insurance and title needs online, over the phone and through mobile service.

 

As the Ebby Halliday Companies mark 75 years of conducting business in North Texas in 2020, we are reminded of the challenges this great company has seen and survived. In many of those moments, the future was unclear, but our company steadied its course, did what was necessary and came out stronger on the other side. It would be our honor to share our knowledge and experience with you.

Shelter-In-Place Notice To Our Valued Clients


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The safety and well-being of our clients, employees, and agents are always our top priority. Per the Shelter-In-Place Amended Order issued by Judge Jenkins that covers the period of March 23 through April 3 for Dallas County, our agents and employees will be required to work remotely. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

We plan to be fully operational through a remote work plan designed to ensure that our sales team and clients are supported. We will also continue to monitor and adhere to the guidelines set forth by our health agencies, real estate associations, and local authorities, including all applicable “Shelter-In-Place” orders.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services remotely?

 

* Yes, we have been preparing for this for the past several weeks and our company has executed its remote-work plan. All accounting, human resources, marketing, and other critical functions will continue. We ask for your patience as some processes may take a bit more time due to the logistics of working remotely.

 

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity MortgageTexas Premier TitleHSTX Title, and Home Team Insurance remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses within the Financial Sector and therefore may continue to operate as normal through the period the Order is in effect.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

* Your listings will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

 

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online Insurance review and coverage; and

– The enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

* During the term of the Shelter-In-Place Order, it is unlikely that your listing can be physically shown or have an open house. Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video. Recent information released by Google indicated home searching inquiries were at an all-time high, therefore it may be favorable to continue the online exposure of your listing until such time as physical showings are again permitted. If you determine it is in your best interest to temporarily withdraw your listing, your listing agent can work the details with you.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and through our websites, you can connect directly with an agent to learn more about a listing, a neighborhood or community. At a time when physically viewing properties may be limited, this is an excellent way to continue to monitor the market.

 

* Agents may also be able to cooperate with one another to obtain additional video information regarding a property if the property does not already have an existing video tour.

 

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your Insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

 

*  Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

 

*  Our title companies are working with the County Recorder offices to ensure that the recording of your transaction can still take place during the period of the Shelter-In-Place order.

 

*  We are working to clarify with the County if moving companies and other ancillary services connected to closing a real estate transaction are exempted from the Amended Order. As soon as we have additional information we will immediately notify your agent.

 

*  In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis or the Amended Order, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

What about the delivery of my earnest money or option fees?

* Your agent has instructions on the available alternatives for handling both the earnest money and option fee in an electronic manner.

 

What else do I need to be aware of?

*  Do not click on any suspicious links or messages purporting to help you in this crisis from sources that you do not know. Hackers are already attempting to exploit this crisis to take advantage of the public.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

Homeservices Of America Is No. 1, Again


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All of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies are proud that HomeServices of America, our parent company, is once again the country’s largest real estate company based on the recently released REAL TRENDS 500 transaction report. The Ebby Halliday Companies include real estate brands Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate,  Ebby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

“This recognition belongs to all of the hard-working agents and staff throughout the HomeServices and Ebby Halliday families,” said Chris Kelly, president & chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “They have worked tirelessly to guide their clients with expertise and impeccable service toward the dream of homeownership.”

 

HomeServices of America executives Ron Peltier and Gino Blefari recognized and congratulated employees, agents and sales managers across HomeServices’ family of businesses for again being recognized as the country’s largest real estate company. In 2019, the company closed 329,680 residential transactions and facilitated approximately 219,000 mortgage, insurance, title and escrow transactions.

 

“This achievement affirms the hard work of our incredible team and while we are celebrating this moment, we recognize the challenges of these turbulent times,” said Blefari, CEO of HomeServices. “HomeServices is better positioned to manage through this volatility than any other real estate firm. And we are committed to supporting our agents as they safely and skillfully guide buyers and sellers through today’s home-transaction process.”

 

“HomeServices offers the full suite of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance services,” added Peltier, executive chairman of HomeServices. “That, together with our financial strength, stability, and unparalleled leadership team will continue to make HomeServices an industry leader into 2020 and beyond.”

 

“A safe and secure home has never been more important,” concluded Blefari. “HomeServices’ family of companies is uniquely positioned to making homeownership not just a dream, but a possibility even during these extraordinary times.”

 

To view the complete list of rankings, visit https://www.realtrends.com/rankings/rt500.

Texas Homeowner? Don’T Miss The Opportunity For Savings


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3813 Maplewood Avenue | Highland Park

It’s the beginning of another new year, and we want to remind you that Texas law includes the Homestead Exemption, which allows a partial exemption from local property taxes for your primary residence.

Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with your local appraisal district. The general deadline for filing an application is April 30.

The Application for Residential Homestead Exemption is available here. A list of appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available here.

If you have any questions regarding residential real estate, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and our respected Associates are ready to serve you. To find just the right professional for your real estate needs, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Named Top Place To Work


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The Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has been named the No. 11 best place to work in North Texas in the Large Companies category of The Dallas Morning News’ 2019 Top 100 Places to Work. The announcement came at the 11th-annual Top 100 Places to Work gala event, held November 13 at the Omni Dallas Hotel in downtown Dallas.

 

The annual contest is overseen by The Dallas Morning News’ research partner, Workplace Dynamics, a recognized leader in measuring the health of U.S. companies based on employee opinions. Companies are graded in performance of leadership, sense of mission, career opportunities, culture, and pay and benefits.

 

This year The Dallas Morning News surveyed 330 D-FW companies that employ 154,197 people. The results were determined by 78,960 responses to determine the 100 best.

 

“It’s so meaningful for the Ebby Halliday Companies to be named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by The Dallas Morning News as we approach our 75th anniversary of serving the residential real estate needs of North Texans and those choosing to move here,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “This is a great honor for us as a company. I’m most proud that our people are so passionate about the workplace they’ve helped build together.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is comprised of three real estate brands, Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, as well as core-services companies Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm, Ebby Halliday today is the largest residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. It was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018.

 

“Our people are humble, hungry and smart,” Kelly says. “We treat the Ebby Halliday family of companies as one team and share a common goal of service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community.

 

“As an Ebby Halliday Companies client, you’ll benefit from knowledgeable, respected real estate agents and a team of trusted professionals dedicated to making buying or selling your home one convenient experience. While our skilled agents help you navigate the market, our family of affiliated core-services companies will handle your mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care.”

 

For more information about Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit ebby.comdaveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.

Happy Veterans Day


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Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. On this day, we honor all current and former members of the Armed Services. Our country’s greatness is built on the foundation of your courage and sacrifice.

 

As a small way of expressing our thanks to you, we’re proud to be part of U.S. Military on the Move, a free real estate rebate and information program developed by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, to allow all active duty, retired military and wounded warriors to earn cash back when they buy or sell a home.

 

When you buy or sell a home through U.S. Military on the Move, you’ll receive a cash rebate based on the actual sales price – and you’ll receive your rebate at settlement. Military on the Move is offered exclusively by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. To be eligible for the program, register with U.S. Military on the Move before contacting a real estate agent. To register, visit usmilitaryonthemove.com.

 

At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we know that Veterans are highly disciplined, hardworking, team-oriented and accustomed to overcoming obstacles – all skills that translate well to the real estate profession.

 

This, combined with the fact that Veterans often face challenges re-entering the workforce after serving our country, is why we have implemented our Veterans to Realtors program. The program eases the transition into the real estate profession for Veterans.

 

“If you live in the North Texas region, and have served in any branch of the military, then you could be qualified for our Veterans to Realtors program,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “If you are able to make a commitment to real estate and are accepted to the program, we will pay your fee at our company school, and you will receive a $500 reimbursement after your first closing.

 

“We also recognize that military service is a shared duty and sacrifice for the entire family,” says Kelly. “We are proud to also provide this program to any spouse of an active or reserve-duty military service member.”

 

If you are a Veteran and would like to get your residential real career started, contact Ebby Halliday Companies Talent Recruitment Director Merry Shuck at merry@ebby.com or any branch office sales manager for Dave Perry-Miller Real EstateEbby Halliday Realtors, or Williams Trew.

 

Veterans Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t guaranteed. It’s protected by the men and women in our Armed Services. To those who secure our way of life, thank you!