Ebby Halliday Companies Associates Expand Knowledge of Cross-Border Real Estate in Los Cabos, Mexico


Shown, from left, at the Diamante resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, are NAR president-elect Chris Polychron, Lydia Player, Janis Polycron, Leslie Rouda Smith, Brian Smith, and NAR Director of Global Alliances Jeff Hornberger.

Last week, associates of The Ebby Halliday Companies were in attendance at the 2013 AMPI international symposium in Los Cabos. Leslie Rouda Smith and Brian Smith, agents from our Park Cities Office, joined Lydia Player, an agent from Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office, to participate in seminars, discussion panels, training, and to learn about practicing business in Mexico.

Also in attendance were delegates from Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and others from the United States. In addition, representatives from TREC, the Texas Real Estate Commission, and TAR, the Texas Association of REALTORS, attended to promote Texas-Mexico cross border investments and to network with REALTORS in Mexico.

Associates had the opportunity to further their knowledge of real estate in Mexico to assist in advising both current and future clients.

“This forum provided me valuable knowledge about investing in resort and second-home opportunities in Mexico, and the procedures for working alongside AMPI (the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals),” says Ms. Player.

“The conference gave me the skill and contacts to help my clients successfully invest in a Mexico property,” Player says. “I met some wonderful real estate professionals and industry leaders from both sides of the border and look forward to doing business with them.”

To learn more about Dave Perry-Miller & Associates and Ebby Halliday, REALTORS, the firms’ Associates and their listings, visit daveperrymiller.com and ebby.com.

Dave Perry-Miller App Makes Buying, Selling a Home Easier Than Ever


The way consumers utilize online real estate services is vastly different than it was a few years ago. Today’s home buyers are increasingly mobile and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is dedicated to meeting their needs as well as the needs of its home sellers by providing advanced interactive mapping for consumers on the go.

“With the Dave Perry-Miller mobile app you’ll enjoy searching for homes more than ever,” says June Feltman, vice president projects for The Ebby Halliday Companies. “This state-of-the-art app provides information in a natural way – starting with a map, not a menu. It’s perfect for buyers on the go.”

Available for free to iPhone and Android users, the Dave Perry-Miller app provides the latest in augmented reality and allows users to easily search for homes while on the go using three innovative options:

*  Journey Search This feature shows available properties as users travel through a neighborhood. As with each of the Dave Perry-Miller app’s interactive search functions, users may choose to delve deeper into properties of interest by immediately viewing property details and interior photos.

*  Perimeter SearchThis feature allows users to draw boundaries on the map view with a finger, enabling viewing of available homes within the perimeter — and the selected parameters — of their search.

*  Scope Search Aim the phone’s camera down a street and this innovative augmented-reality search displays available properties. Select any of the properties for details and photos.

Some of the additional functionality available to Dave Perry-Miller app users on the go includes the ability to immediately find open houses and newly listed properties. The Dave Perry-Miller app also makes it easy to perform detailed searches and to share properties of interest with friends.

To download the Dave Perry-Miller app on an iPhone, visit the App Store and search for “Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.” To download the Dave Perry-Miller app on an Android phone, visit Google Play Market and search for “Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.”

“At Ebby Halliday Companies, we understand the importance of technology and making it user-friendly,” says Feltman. “We are actively pursuing online features that will continue to make daveperrymiller.com and the Dave Perry-Miller app the go-to sources for North Texas real estate.”

To find properties for sale across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, download the Dave Perry-Miller app now or visit daveperrymiller.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Close $1.1 Billion in Sales in First Quarter


The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies by President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. We love hearing good news about the Texas housing market and we thought you would too!

Associates at the Ebby Halliday Companies set new all-time sales records for both the month of March and the First Quarter of 2013.

Closed real estate transactions of more than $550 Million in March established a new all-time sales record for the month of March and reflected an increase of 47% over March 2012. And, closed sales of more than $1.1 billion in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 34% over the first quarter of 2012, also set a new all-time record for the first quarter.

Sales records of this magnitude reflect an outstanding performance by more than 1,400 Ebby Halliday Companies sales Associates.

We are always pleased to recognize our Associate’s professional accomplishments and success – it’s what keeps the Ebby Halliday Companies at the very top of the real estate market in Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas.

Many, many thanks to each of you for all that you do!

Mary Frances

REAL Trends: Ebby/DPM Ranks Among Top Real Estate Firms Nationwide


The brand-new REAL Trends 500 list of the top 500 residential real estate firms in the United States ranks Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. 12th in the nation based on closed sales volume. Ebby ranked No. 15 nationwide for closed transaction sides.

The REAL Trends 500 is an annual research report that identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential firms. The report represents the most trusted standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading realty service firms.

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which include Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, recently topped the Dallas Business Journal’s list of the Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages.

The list ranked North Texas residential real estate firms based on closed transactions in 2012. The Ebby Halliday Companies closed 15,916 transactions, approximately 45 percent more transactions than its nearest competitor, and an almost 20 percent increase over 2011.

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ approximately $4.8 billion in sales volume in 2012 surpassed its nearest competitor by about 58 percent, and was 24 percent higher than the firm’s 2011 sales volume, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

“Congratulations to all of the dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “While 2012 was truly an exceptional year, we are already looking forward to what the record books will say about the Ebby Halliday Companies in 2013.”

Locally owned Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded in 1945 on three principles: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. In business now for more than 68 years, and having grown from a one-woman office to the largest real estate company in Texas, the company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to its support of many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belong to 27 local chambers of commerce, promoting our local economy.

“At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we’re proud of our undisputed role as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “Our clients benefit from many advantages that are a direct result of our status as the market-share leader.”

To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies or buying or selling a home in North Texas and beyond, visit ebby.com or daveperrymiller.com.

Dallas Business Journal: Ebby Halliday Companies No. 1 in North Texas


The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, topped the Dallas Business Journal’s just-released list of the Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages.

The business journal’s list ranked North Texas residential real estate firms based on closed transactions in 2012. The Ebby Halliday Companies closed 15,916 transactions, an almost 20% increase over 2011, and approximately 45% more transactions than its nearest competitor.

The Ebby Halliday Companies approximately $4.8 billion in sales volume in 2012 was 24 percent higher than 2011, and surpassed its nearest competitor in 2012 by approximately 58 percent.

See the business journal’s story here. The list is available in the March 22-28 print edition of DBJ.

Congratulations to all of the dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible. While 2012 was exceptional, we are already looking forward to what the Dallas Business Journal has to say about The Ebby Halliday Companies in 2013!

New App Makes Buying, Selling Easier


The way consumers utilize online real estate services is vastly different than it was a few years ago. Today’s home buyers are increasingly mobile and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is dedicated to meeting their needs as well as the needs of its home sellers by providing advanced interactive mapping for consumers on the go.

“With the Dave Perry-Miller & Associates mobile app, you’ll enjoy searching for homes more than ever, ” June Feltman, vice president, projects for the Ebby Halliday Companies, says. “This state-of-the-art app provides information in a natural way, starting with a map, not a menu. It’s perfect for buyers on the go.”

Available for free to iPhone and Android users, the Dave Perry-miller app provides the latest in augmented reality, Feltman says, and allows users to search for homes while on the go using three innovative options. This feature shows available properties as users travel through a neighborhood.

The Dave Perry-Miller & Associates app utilizes advanced interactive mapping to make home shopping easy for on-the-go buyers, says Ebby Halliday Companies' June Feltman.

As with each of the Dave Perry-Miller app’s interactive search functions, users may choose to delve deeper into properties of interest by viewing property details and interior photos. This feature allow users to draw boundaries on the map view with a finger, enabling viewing of available homes within the perimeter, and the selected parameters, of their search.

Dave Perry-Miller app users can also immediately find open houses and newly listed properties, perform detailed searches and share properties of interest with friends.

To download the Dave Perry-Miller & Associates app on an iPhone, visit the App Store and search for “Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.” To download the Dave Perry-Miller app on an Android phone, visit Google Play Market and search for “Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.”

“At Ebby Halliday Companies, we understand the importance of technology and making it user-friendly,” Feltman says. “We are actively pursuing online features that will continue to make daveperrymiller.com and the Dave Perry-miller app the go-to sources for North Texas real estate.”

As Seen in Grand Vie Spring 2013: The Dallas Blooms Festival


The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, are proud to be associated with many of North Texas’ most prestigious addresses. Among the very best is 8525 Garland Road, home of the spectacular Dallas Arboretum.

Each spring the Dallas Arboretum kicks off this beautiful season in North Texas with one of the most-spectacular floral displays in the world: Dallas Blooms. This year marks the 29th anniversary of this nationally acclaimed floral festival, which began March 2 and continues through April 7.

Dallas Blooms features 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, in addition to 100,000 pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other annuals and perennials. During the festival, more than 100 Cherry Blossom trees bloom for a 10-day period. The finale of this celebration of spring is the mass flowering of the arboretum’s 6,000 azaleas, which bloom into April.

In addition to this exceptional display of natural beauty, the Dallas Arboretum offers activities for all ages during Dallas Blooms, including but not limited to musical guests, spring teas and children’s activities.

Don’t miss out on one of the true treasures of North Texas: Dallas Blooms. And, mark your calendars now to attend Tour des Fleurs, a 10K/20K race presented by Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. Held on Saturday, September 21, this fun event will showcase the beautiful running trails around White Rock Lake and culminate with a post-race party on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn of the Dallas Arboretum.

For more information on the Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Blooms festival and Tour des Fleurs, visit dallasarboretum.org.

Congratulations to Our 2012 Top Producers


Celebrating an unprecedented year with $1.3 billion in residential real estate sales, Dave Perry- Miller & Associates honored Top Producers and Associates at the firm’s 2012 Awards Presentation. The ceremony was set among the magnificent grounds of the The DeGolyer Estate at the Dallas Arboretum.

“It was a perfect evening to reflect on another record breaking year for Dave Perry- Miller & Associates and to celebrate the momentum of 2013… which is already poised to surpass the firm’s remarkable 2012 success, “ says Bud Bush, general manager. According to company records, with just one month into 2013, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates has already booked over $200 million in pending contracts.

2012 Top Producers

Preston Center Office

(L to R) Mark Cain (Top Individual Sales), Diane Gruber, Stan Williams, Laura Michelle (Top Individual Units), Jennifer Miller (Top Group Units & Sales), Clarke Landry, Sherri Pizitz, Gayl Braymer (Braymer/Thayer Group-Top Team Sales), Gaynelle Henger, Weston Pugh and Jeff Updike (Updike/Pugh Team-Top Team Units) Not Pictured: Jonathan Thayer (Top Team Sales)

Park Cities Office

(L to R) Julie Provenzano (Top Individual Units), Stephen Collins, Stewart Lee, Paige Elliott (Top Team Units & Sales), Sissy Pardue, Carolyn Vandagriff and Phyllis Glover (Top Group Units & Sales), Sharon Quist, Curt Elliott (Top Team Units & Sales), and Henda Salmeron Not Pictured: Debbie Sherrington (Top Individual Sales), Kathy Myers, Lacy Schultz, Lisa Johnson, Kristi Johnson

Highland Park Office

 

(Back Row) Neil Broussard, Burton Rhodes, Tom Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Thomas Rhodes (The Rhodes Group-Top Group Units & Sales) (Front Row) Ralph Randall, Brady Moore (Top Individual Units), Bonnie Bauer, Chris Hickman (Hickman+Weber-Top Team Units & Sales) Not Pictured: Gianna Cerullo (Top Individual Sales), John Weber (Hickman+Weber-Top Team Units & Sales), Marlene Jaffe, Betty Crawford, Stephen Pryor, Madeline Jobst

InTown Office

(L to R) Karen Estes, Andy Steingasser, Jessica Hill, Barbara Barney, Henry Barber, Emily Ray-Porter, Kathy Hewitt & Brian Bleeker (Hewitt & Habgood-Top Group Units & Sales), Anne Bingham, Melissa O’Brien (Hewitt & Habgood-Top Group Units & Sales), Jarrad Barnes, Tricia Weiner, Brandon Fleeman, Nadine Meyer (Top Individual Units & Sales), Christopher Miller, Paul Layne & Trina Rothwell Not Pictured: Steve Habgood (Top Group Units & Sales), Beth Borman & Michael Zahn (Top Team Units & Sales), Joseph Gullotto, Frances Jacobs

 

Lakewood Office

 

Top Producers for the Lakewood Office (L to R) Scott Skinner, Meg Skinner, Lauren Moore, Ashley Rassmusen, Scott Jackson (Scott Jackson Team-Top Group Units & Sales), Nancy Johnson (Top Individual Units & Sales), Susan Nelson Wheeler Not Pictured: Marissa Fontanez

Announcing the New & Improved DavePerryMiller.com


The Best Homes at a New Address: We’re very proud to announce the launch of the new DavePerryMiller.com.

Daveperrymiller.com is unique to the residential real estate community. The site’s new tools guarantee an enjoyable and easy search to locate the perfect home for any lifestyle. The visual presence is extraordinary. It successfully communicates the Dave Perry-Miller & Associates signature sophisticated style while enhancing search functionality, content and layout, which creates a more user-friendly experience.

The new home page showcases architecturally significant homes. Conveniently located on the homepage are tabs showcasing New Listings, Featured Open Houses and a focused Quick Search.

The new site also employs a social toolbar at the bottom of each page that offers users the opportunity to actively engage with us via the Dave Perry-Miller Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

In addition to updating the design of the site, we made a point of enhancing search functionality, content and layout to create a more user-friendly experience for our valued site visitors.

Enhancements include:

Advanced Search

The redesigned site allows users to search by more fields within the MLS using expandable filter bars. A results counter tells visitors how many properties match their criteria – they are then able to easily narrow down the results to find a home that meets their specific needs.

Proximity Search

Now you can find a home located near a desired school, country club, Public Park or even your favorite shopping destination.

Community Page Updates

We’ve added new, vibrant photos and descriptions to better showcase the uniqueness of Dallas’ diverse communities. And, site users now have easy access to school and community data.

As with any new site launch, we’re still making edits, so we encourage you to give us your feedback via the blue “Feedback” tab located on the left of the screen when you’re searching DavePerryMiller.com.

We’re proud of the new DavePerryMiller.com and hope you enjoy it also.  Shopping for – or selling – a home in North Texas is now easier, and more fun, than ever!

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies: Ahead of the Trend and Leading the Market


The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies by President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. It was such fantastic news, we thought we would share it with you also:

The National Association of Realtors recently reported its Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings (pending sales), was 9.5% above January 2012.

The North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) MLS sales records for January showed an increase of 13% in pending single family residential sales over 2012.

And once again, sales associates at the Ebby Halliday Companies stayed far ahead of the trend locally with January 2013 pending sales that were over 30% greater than in January 2012. And, February pending sales are on track to increase more than 30% over February 2012.

With increases like these, it’s clear that sales associates at the Ebby Halliday Companies are the trend-setters and market-leaders in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas residential real estate market.

Congratulations to this great team!!

Mary Frances