Your Home Warranty and Insurance Guide


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Home warranty or home insurance? We vote both.

American Home Shield home warranty plans help pay to repair or replace home systems and appliances – things like A/C, heating, appliances and more. Homeowners insurance helps with the cost of repairs needed as a result of accidental damage or theft – things like natural disasters, fires and break-ins.

Contact your Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent to find out more about how American Home Shield can pick up where homeowners insurance leaves off.

Ebby Halliday Companies Partner with Nations Home Warranty


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The Ebby Halliday Companies are excited to announce a new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, a widely respected Dallas-Fort Worth-based home warranty services provider that has served the North Texas region since 1996. Known for exceptional service, Nations Home Warranty offers concierge service regardless of a home’s price point.   

“The Ebby Halliday Companies take pride in continuing to innovate, adding new tools and services that meet agent and market needs and ultimately provide a preeminent experience for our clients,” says Vice President of Finance and Operations Anthony Jackson. “Adding Nations Home Warranty to our arsenal of tools is exactly the type of service that sets our agents and company apart.”

Says Vice President of Core Services Catherine Sims, “We believe Nations Home Warranty is a great local fit in our market. Partnering with this respected brand is a win-win for our agents and our valued clients.”

Sims says that after working with Jonathan Seem, senior vice president of new channel partnerships, and Julie Jones, vice president of real estate sales for Nations Home Warranty, the direction was clear. “Offering a well-established, well-known and respected second warranty partner that will provide exceptional service to our Associates and their clients is something we really wanted to provide,” she says.

In addition to this new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, the Ebby Halliday Companies proudly partner with American Home Shield to provide home warranty services. 

“Our clients always have a choice on the products and services they utilize in their real estate transactions but through these partnerships, we’re making it easier than ever to help our agents stand out as the experts in the marketplace,” says Sims. To learn more about Nations Home Warranty, visit home-warranty.com

Rapid Close Gets You Home Faster


At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we’re proud to offer Rapid Close, a seamless signing experience that allows you to electronically sign most closing documents before closing. Rapid Close is offered through our affiliated mortgage company, Prosperity Home Mortgage.

With Rapid Close, borrowers can sign all eligible documents electronically prior to closing, leaving you with a limited amount of paperwork to sign at the closing table. Rapid Close saves time, allowing you more time to review documents and ask questions before closing – and gets you to the finish line faster!

5 Simple Steps to Rapid Close

Get the Invitation: You’ll receive an email to access your closing package prior to your scheduled closing date.

Review Documents: After a quick account setup, you’ll be able to review all of your loan documents prior to the closing date.

eSign Documents: On the day of closing, you can electronically sign all eligible documents in advance of your in-person meeting.

Documents are Sent: The e-signed documents are then shared with the mortgage consultant and all necessary parties.

In-Person Meeting: Sign the remainder of your documents and complete the closing in-person!

Contact a Prosperity Home Mortgage consultant today to learn more about Rapid Close!

The Weekly Wrap-Up


In the market for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

5744 Brookstown Drive | Melshire Estates | $2,100,000

5427 Preston Haven Drive | Preston Hollow | $1,795,000

746 Harter Road | East Dallas | $799,999

6362 Dominion Drive | Royse City | $795,000

8651 Diceman Drive | Little Forest Hills | $565,000

5320 Brougham Lane | Plano | $515,000

2222 S Tyler Street | Wynnewood North | $289,000

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

The Weekly Wrap-Up


In the market for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

4131 Cochran Chapel Road | Bluffview | $4,995,000

1 Lakeside Park | University Park | $2,295,000

2408 Loving Avenue | Lakewood | $1,695,000

805 Kessler Woods Trail | Kessler Woods | $1,500,000

5849 Versailles Avenue | Frisco | $1,349,000

4230 Merrell Road | Preston Hollow | $899,000

1930 Mayflower Drive | Stevens Park | $724,900

4250 Pebble Creek Court | Frisco | $715,000

1613 Jensen Court | Old East Dallas | $440,000

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Record-Breaking Sales Reach $1 Billion


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With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc worldwide, July turned out to be a time to shine for clients like never before, and the agents of all three Ebby Halliday Companies brands — Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors, and Williams Trew — did. They helped family, friends, neighbors, past clients and new clients get out of homes that no longer worked for them and into ones that did. In its 75-year history, the company has not had another month quite like it: 2,000-plus transactions translated to $1 billion in sales volume.


It’s not surprising given the leadership style of the positive, patient, compassionate and strategic President & CEO Chris Kelly. Agents know they have in him a champion for their corner and have been emboldened to follow his lead.


“Really, really remarkable,” Kelly said, in a recent video call to the entire company. “This just doesn’t happen unless every single one of you are dedicated and getting the job done. Think back to three months ago, and imagine ‘we’re going to have the best month we’ve ever had in our 75-year history during a pandemic …’ It’s just unbelievable. But those transactions did not happen without each and every one of you. So, thank you!”


Not only was it a great month sales-wise, but the Ebby Halliday Companies outperformed the market once again in both New Listings and Pending Sales, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.

North Texas’ residential real estate leader is also growing its footprint across the region. A new Ebby office recently opened in Cedar Hill and a new, larger Prosper office is currently under construction.


“The past few months have been in overdrive with the North Texas real estate market ‘exploding,’ ” Kelly says. “Our team has risen to the occasion and worked days, nights, weekends and everything in between to serve the needs of our valued clients. I am so proud to lead this extraordinary group of individuals – it’s truly been a team effort.”


Celebrating 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning daveperrymiller.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Property Management Division on the Move


The hard-working team at Ebby’s Property Management Division has spent the past year increasing operational efficiencies, expanding its client base and creating opportunities for agents to grow their businesses. Ebby’s Property Management Division is responsible for the day-to-day management of hundreds of single-family homes, townhomes, duplexes and condominiums across North Texas. 

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Mayur Chudasama joining the Ebby Halliday Companies as director of the division and the changes he and his team have implemented have revolutionized property management at North Texas’ largest residential real estate brokerage.

“I want to thank everyone on our team and throughout the Ebby Halliday Companies for their support over the past year,” Mayur says. “It’s our honor to support the best agents in the business. Operational changes always bring their own set of challenges and I can’t express strongly enough how much we appreciate your support as we have grown our offerings and improved our services over the past year.”

Mayur says three areas of emphasis have been at the forefront since assuming his new role: operational efficiency, expansion and agent education.

Operational Efficiency

Under Mayur’s leadership, Ebby’s property-management clients are benefitting from increased efficiency through updated technology, including a new web-based platform. The division also recently launched a new website for property management. Everything from tenant applications to landlord statements can be accessed online.

Ebby’s Property Management Division is actively growing its partnerships with select third parties, adding convenience for clients and protection for landlords. Just a few examples include a utility concierge service, a pet-screening service for applicants, and an HVAC filter-delivery program.

Expansion

Within the first few months of assuming his new role, Mayur visited each Ebby Halliday Companies sales office to meet directly with agents and to highlight the division’s Property Management services. 

“I have really enjoyed getting to know our agents, whether in-person or virtually, and spending some time with them introducing and reinforcing the range of property-management services we offer,” Mayur says.

In the past year, Ebby’s Property Management Division has grown – and is actively growing – its footprint in North Texas. The division manages approximately 600 properties across the region.

Thirteen agents who focus almost exclusively on leasing and property management serve such cities as Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Arlington, Denton, Sherman and McKinney, among others. In addition to strong local and national connections, some of these professionals have also developed relationships with international clients, helping them find D-FW properties and manage those properties.

As the region grows, corporate suites and short-term leasing will present additional opportunities for future growth, Mayur says. To better serve these valued clients, Ebby’s Corporate Suites Division is now part of the Property Management Division.

Agent Education

Real estate is an ever-changing business and staying on the cutting edge is critical to a real estate professional’s success. Providing education and training is a top priority at the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Under Mayur’s leadership, Ebby’s Leasing class has been revamped. Any agent who wants to be involved in leasing is required to take the new class.

“In this ever-changing business, an agent who stays on the cutting edge through effective education is vitally important to his or her client, and ultimately to a successful transaction,” Mayur says. “Our in-house training programs are recognized as the best in the industry – and I’m proud to say that we offer our agents the highest referral fee possible – typically a half-month’s rent.” 

It’s been a busy year in Ebby’s Property Management Division and Mayur says the future is increasingly bright. 

“We want to expand our number of property managers and the number of properties we manage, all while maintaining the high standards we have set for ourselves and that our clients have come to expect,” he says. “We are grateful for the support we receive daily and are intensely focused on delivering our clients a world-class property-management experience.”

For more information on the Property Management Division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit daveperrymiller.com.

The Weekly Wrap-Up


In the market for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

3612 Dartmouth Avenue | Highland Park | $3,499,000

14308 Hughes Lane | Far North Dallas | $2,895,000

14650 Kiawah Drive | Malakoff | $2,750,000

6939 Santa Maria Lane | Lakewood | $1,125,000

4528 Roland Avenue A | Highland Park | $979,000

4910 Ellensburg Drive | North Dallas | $899,000

4227 Holland Avenue #103 | Oak Lawn | $625,000

2833 Thomas Avenue | Uptown | $615,000

5710 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $544,900

9370 Forest Hills Boulevard | Casa Linda | $497,570

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Three easy things to do for your home in August


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It’s officially the last few weeks of summer! Soon, you’ll be ordering pumpkin spice lattes and decorating for fall. But before you get too far ahead of yourself, it’s time to schedule important end-of-summer home maintenance.

Get rid of unwelcome house guests.
Now is a great time to think about a once-a-year pest control solution. With pests, it’s best to be proactive rather than reactive. When you see them, you can be sure there are more around the corner. A once-a-year pest control solution is the most effective and economical solution there is.

Get out the germs.
We’ve all been in the house more than usual this summer. It might be time to give your home a deep clean. Go beyond mopping the floors and get your dryer vent and air vents cleaned, have your mattresses disinfected and cleaned, have your carpets cleaned and clean your washing machine and dishwasher. Doing a deep clean will improve air quality, reduce energy use, and clear out the germs. 

Get organized.
A new school year is starting, and with that comes a lot of chaos. It’s an excellent time to get organized. Donate or toss things that no longer help you or your kids. If possible, set up a homework station in your home. This not only keeps you organized, but it also helps kids to focus on their schoolwork. You’ll also want to set up a “drop zone,” a place for your kids to drop-off their backpacks, shoes, jackets and anything else they might have carried home.

If the thought of getting organized is overwhelming, there are pros that can help. Professional organizers don’t just move piles around or hide things; they come up with entire systems to help you and your family stay organized.

Zaarly, a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate partner, helps homeowners find and work with the best home service pros in the North Texas area. Visit Zaarly for assistance with everything from pest control and cleaning to home organization.