Chris Kelly Named Most-Admired CEO by Dallas Business Journal


After a two-year absence, the Dallas Business Journal has announced the third class of its Most Admired CEO Awards. Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly was named among this group of prominent North Texas leaders.

A highly visible and accessible leader, Kelly produces weekly companywide update videos himself, visits multiple offices a week, makes time to meet with staff and agents upon request, attends office socials, company functions and industry conferences, serves on panels, grants interviews with local and national media … in other words, his level of productivity and engagement is highly inspiring to all who serve alongside and under him. He is also quite active on social media, managing his own accounts, interacting with others and championing the Ebby Halliday Companies three real estate brands and its mortgage, title and insurance brands. 

“This past year was one of incredible growth and strategic expansion and I couldn’t be any prouder of our agents and employees,” says Kelly. “This award is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our approximately 2,000 agents and 400 employees who day in and day out deliver an exceptional real estate experience to our valued clients.”

Kelly joined the Ebby Halliday Companies four years ago with a great measure of respect for all he had already accomplished, and it has only grown as staff and agents have gotten to know him and observe the impact he is making both for the company, the industry and the community.

Kelly and his leadership team’s continued expansion efforts into new markets have solidified the company’s ability to take advantage of ongoing migration into the state of Texas as well as the internal migration that is happening within the state among various markets. He has guided growth in new markets, including East Texas, Forney, Stephenville, Tyler, Cedar Creek Lake and Oklahoma, through the acquisition of other brokerages and by opening new offices, which has resulted in agent growth of over 10%.  Under his leadership, the company has also increased and expanded its mortgage, title, insurance and property management services. 

Kelly is actively involved in the North Texas community, including serving on the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber and as Chairperson of the Talent Attraction Committee for the Dallas Regional Chamber.

The Dallas Business Journal’s 2022 Most Admired CEOs will be honored at an event on June 16 and featured in a special publication in print and online in the Dallas Business Journal on June 24.

Ebby Halliday Companies Introduce EHC Design Studio


The Ebby Halliday Companies, long an innovator in the adoption of forward-thinking technology, recently rolled out its latest company-wide technology tool, EHC Design Studio.

“EHC Design Studio is an online design and publishing tool that enables all of our agents to edit, customize and publish digital, print and social media graphics easily and within minutes,” says Travis Mathews, Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes real estate brands Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, as well as in-house mortgage, insurance and title brands.

“EHC Design Studio was built with our core technology mission in mind – simple and easy to use,” adds Mathews. “Just as we did last year with EHC Mobile Apps, EHC Email Marketing and ART – short for Agent Resources and Technology – the rollout of EHC Design Studio is being carefully managed and supported.”

Ebby Halliday Companies agents are now able to easily edit text and photos in sophisticated marketing templates in a matter of minutes. They may choose from hundreds of Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew-branded templates. In addition to the ability to quickly edit and customize marketing collateral, EHC Design Studio provides agents with the ability to seamlessly import MLS property data into their designs, professionally print and distribute materials and utilize the EHC Design Studio mobile app for on-the-go design capabilities.

“To be clear, our incredible team of designers are still here to support all of our agents, but with EHC Design Studio our agents have instant access to a library of content that represents the most commonly requested items from our design team,” says Steve Smith, Vice President of Marketing for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Our brands are a competitive advantage and with EHC Design Studio our agents stand apart from the crowd with hundreds of sophisticated template designs, including social media posts, Facebook banners, LinkedIn content, Instagram Stories, postcards, brochures, flyers, booklets, door hangers and much, much more.”

As part of the rollout of the new EHC Design Studio, Ebby Halliday Companies agents and staff are benefitting from multiple training opportunities. “I am very excited to get this extraordinary new tool into our agents’ hands,” says Mathews. “It is a fantastic addition to the toolkit that differentiates the Ebby Halliday Companies and another reason why EHC is the place to grow a residential real estate career.”

Throughout 2022, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving clients’ residential real estate needs. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today one of America’s most admired real estate services companies. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company. To learn more, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Inventory Is Low. The Time Is Now!


There’s no shortage of homes to buy – just sellers to sell.

It’s not a big secret in a market like ours. It has been and will continue to be a challenge heading into Spring.

Mortgage rates are largely forecast to continue to rise over the coming months and serious house hunters are paying close attention. After all, every rate increase could have an impact on affordability, and over time, that will put the brakes on buyer demand. But in the short term, projected rate increases may motivate home buyers and make for an extremely competitive Spring market.

So if you’re thinking of listing your home, don’t wait too long. As others prepare to list and inventory begins to increase, the intense multiple offers will start to ease and home prices will continue to rise – but at a slower pace.

The bottom line: the sooner you list, the less competition you will have.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a member of the Ebby Halliday Companies – the leading real estate company in Texas. If you’re thinking of listing, we’re here to provide an instant valuation of your home and help you prepare. Visit DavePerryMiller.com and connect with one of our experienced agents today!

Inventory Breakdown by County

All Counties: -22.2%

Bosque County: -6.6%

Collin County: -34%

Cooke County: -18.7%

Dallas County: -41.1%

Delta County: -4.3%

Denton County: -36.1%

Ellis County: +13.9%

Erath County: -4.6%

Fannin County: +25.4%

Grayson County: -22.3%

Henderson County: 0%

Hill County: +1.3%

Hood County: -13.2%

Hopkins County: -11.3%

Hunt County: +10%

Johnson County: -14.6%

Kaufman County: -7.9%

Lamar County: +4.1%

Montague County: +27.3%

Navarro County: -9.7%

Palo Pinto County: -16.5%

Parker County: -9.2%

Rains County: +56.7%

Rockwall County: -19.4%

Smith County: -25.8%

Somervell County: +16.9%

Tarrant County: -23.2%

Van Zandt County: -10.8%

Wise County: -40%

Source: NTREIS MLS, January 12, 2022 vs. January 12, 2021.

Chris Kelly, Leslie Rouda Smith Named to 2022 Swanepoel Power 200 List


Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Leslie Rouda Smith, 2022 NAR president and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate broker associate, were named among “The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate” on the just-released Swanepoel Power 200. The prestigious Swanepoel lists are widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. 

“It’s my honor to be named to the Swanepoel Power 200,“ Kelly says. “But I want to give credit where credit is due: Our people are what make the Ebby Halliday Companies special. It’s my honor to work alongside an immensely talented team of professionals who are passionate about serving our clients, our communities and our industry. The opportunity to help lead this iconic company to its next level of growth and performance is both humbling and exciting.”

The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth, and potential.

Congratulations to Chris and Leslie on another honor very well deserved!

To see the full Swanepoel Power 200 list, click here.

This is New NAR President Leslie Rouda Smith’s Journey to the Top


The path of Dallas Realtor Leslie Rouda Smith to today was seemingly determined long ago, as the daughter of an Ohio residential real estate brokerage owner and one-time National Association of Realtors (NAR) president. On November 11, Smith followed in the footsteps of her father, Harley E. Rouda, Sr., while also forging a new path. 

Before the start of the annual Realtors Conference & Expo on Nov. 12 in San Diego, Smith was installed as the seventh female president of the largest trade association in the world, two-thirds of whose members are women – now the majority of the seven-member leadership team for the first time in its almost 115-year history. 

Smith holds her license with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, an Ebby Halliday Company, though she rarely lists a property in her name these days. As she stands on the cusp of her presidency, her devotion to this business is evident. For one thing, these roles are not paid but rather volunteer positions. Yet they are vital to industry members and consumers alike. 

Smith wants everyone to be aware of the commitment required for what are essentially full-time jobs. 

“This underscores just how passionate I am – all of us are – about our profession, homeownership, and private property rights,” Smith says. “I wish all my local Realtor friends knew and understood the importance of investing in their business through the Texas Political Action Committee, also known as TREPAC in our state.” 

On a national level, she is also proud of NAR’s work on Capitol Hill. 

“Everything we’ve passed or defeated in our favor, legislatively, has benefited agents and homeowners,” Smith says. “Our Chief Lobbyist is one of the 20-most influential women in Washington, D.C. We are fortunate to have her.”

“For the first time in our history, independent contractors were included in 2020’s stimulus package. The work to achieve that happened while Realtors were listing and selling homes. It wasn’t magic – it was a lot of hard work! The connections we’ve made over the years in Washington are why we are so successful when it comes to legislative, policy and regulatory issues,” Smith says.

Smith’s ascent to her current role has been a gradual one. Growing up in Upper Arlington near Columbus, she never actually imagined that real estate was going to be her career. Still, she’s been able to use her degree in Communications from Ohio State University, albeit in different ways than she originally planned. 

Over the years, Smith has held a variety of committee service and leadership positions at NAR, the Collin County Association of Realtors (CCAR), Texas Realtors, and the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR), including:  

  • 2009 – NAR Liaison
  • 2011 – RPAC (Realtors Political Action Committee) Liaison
  • 2012 – President of CCAR 
  • 2013 – Vice President of NAR
  • 2014 –  ​​Secretary/Treasurer of TAR, received Texas REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award
  • 2015 – Chairman-Elect of Texas REALTORS®
  • 2016 – Chairman of Texas REALTORS®
  • 2017 – NAR Region 10 Vice President
  • 2018 – Texas ‘REALTOR of the Year’
  • 2019 – Elected 2020 first Vice President of NAR  
  • 2020 – Elected 2021 NAR President Elect 

“Observing my dad in his leadership roles inspired me to get involved and to give back to the profession that means so much to me,” Smith says. “I think we should all strive to leave it better than we found it.”

Personally speaking, Smith’s family is as invested in the industry as she is. Her husband Brian is a Farm & Ranch real estate specialist, and they are in a group with their two children Kristin and Austin, as well as Jody Hargus, Josh Vernon, and assistant, Debbie Pounds.  

For more information about Smith, visit nar.realtor/leslie-rouda-smith

25-Year Anniversaries Not Such a Rarity at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate


In an age when many professionals change jobs often and easily, staying in one place for 25 years is definitely not something you see often.

Yet an incredible 43 people at the Ebby Halliday Companies recently achieved that very milestone. Those 43 – independent contractor agents and office staff from the Dave Perry-Miller Real EstateEbby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew brands – were celebrated Wednesday with a special luncheon at Sixty Vines in Uptown Dallas. Because of a COVID delay, some had already progressed from 25 to 26 and 27 years. 

CEO Chris Kelly, who addressed the honorees and presented each with a diamond pin, said this about the afternoon. 

“It was my absolute pleasure to celebrate these team members who have been part of the Ebby Halliday Companies for 25 years or more. We fully appreciate that this kind of loyalty is not the norm in the real estate industry – especially in today’s climate of plentiful options. We think that makes a loud statement about the culture Ebby built here and that we’ve been working hard to maintain.”   

EHC is big on acknowledging such milestones – internally and externally – along with those around production, personal bests, landmark closings, incentive contests and more. It’s not uncommon to get a video email from Kelly himself, congratulating an agent for a key sale or overcoming a challenge. Vice Presidents Carolyn Rosson and Malinda Howell as well as the company’s 28 Sales Leaders also champion their people any chance they get. The brand is known for being as supportive and encouraging as Ebby Halliday herself was.

Could that be the key to why so many stick around? Here’s what some of those celebrating that day said.

Carolyn McCann | Williams Trew | Office Administrator

“I began my career with Ebby Halliday and have greatly enjoyed working for a company that was ‘out in front’ on extending opportunities to women. They also make it a priority to provide agents and employees with many incredible mentors and role models to guide us. There is a feeling of belonging to a family when you work here, and I am still so very proud to call this place home after all these years.”

Janice Berg | Ebby Halliday Realtors | Sales Associate

“I had been living in Frisco since 1977 and had the opportunity to go to the groundbreaking for the Ebby office there 25 years ago. I had my license with another company at the time. I was standing behind Miss Ebby herself and I told her I would love to talk to her about becoming an Ebby agent because I had heard so many good things about the company. She yelled out to the future manager and said, ‘Here’s our first Ebby Frisco agent. Let’s all go to lunch tomorrow!’ And the rest is history. I did become the first agent. And I can’t thank this company enough for what it’s done for me and my family.” 

Brian Smith | Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate | Sales Associate

“Prior to 1984, I had been buying and selling my own real estate. I grew up in Dallas and heard the Ebby name and knew all about the Little White House. I decided to go with them. In fact, during my training is where I met my wife Leslie Rouda Smith (current NAR President). It’s been a really good experience for our family (daughter Kristin and son Austin are also with DPMRE). The reasons I chose them? The excellence, the reputation, the professionalism and the name. The training classes and the continuing education – you just can’t beat them. They keep us very well informed and up on any changes in real estate matters. It’s been a very good career.”

Congratulations to all and thank you for your extraordinary commitment to service! 

To view the 25-Year Anniversary celebration video, click here

For more photos from the 25-Year Anniversary celebration, click here.

To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies, please visit ebbyhallidaycompanies.com/joinus.

These Ebby Halliday Companies Veeps Are Helping Keep a Legacy Alive


Carolyn Rosson (left) and Malinda Brownlee Howell at the Ebby Halliday Companies Home Office Training Center in Plano

The great thing about being a 76-year old company is the automatic credibility and respect amassed each passing year. Like people, companies don’t last that long unless they’re taking care of themselves and living ‘in the now’ with valuable purpose. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are doing both of those things – with the help of two women in leadership who wholeheartedly believe in where the company came from and where it’s going.

Carolyn Rosson and Malinda Brownlee Howell each serve as Vice President, Brokerage, over the three EHC brands:  Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors, and Williams Trew. Both were in the field for many years, and served as Sales Leaders, too. They complement each other with their unique giftings and have a strong partnership.

“We are in these roles to advocate for agents,” says Howell. “By working closely with the Sales Leaders and offices, we hope to ultimately help create the most efficient real estate transactions possible. They know they can reach out to us at any time as mentors, coaches, and cheerleaders. We are accessible and we listen. We also stay on top of what’s happening in the market and industry so we can share these changes with everyone. Carolyn and I have been very active on a local, state, and national level with various associations, and the connections we’ve made throughout the years are available for anyone to tap into.”

Howell and Rosson in North Carolina this September staying strong in their Ninja Selling skills.

Both Howell and Rosson knew Ebby Halliday Acers personally and have made it their professional mission to “bridge the gap” for the new generation of agents who never had the chance to work with her or learn from her.

“Even though the company has a new face,” says Rosson, “it still very much has the same heart. And while we’re moving in a new direction in some respects, we want to ensure we don’t stray from those foundational tenets that were part of who Ebby was, and then became part of who we are. The ethics, integrity, and focus on community are part of our training and culture, and I think they are key differentiators when choosing a brokerage as either a client or an agent.”

Ebby’s renown as a trailblazer comes up frequently in conversation around the home office as leadership talks strategy and innovation. 

“She set us up so well for the future just by being fearless,” says Howell. “Ebby was passionate about advancing women in the workplace before it was even cool to do so. She gave widows and young professionals opportunities they would never have received elsewhere, including Mary Frances Burleson, who went from administrative assistant to CEO. It’s one reason we have so many capable women in leadership roles here.” 

Howell and Rosson addressing agents during a pre-pandemic Honor Roll luncheon.

Rosson continues, “And racial equity was always on her radar, simply because it was the right thing to do. She would be so proud of our accomplishments there, led by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, like community lending programs, translation services, LGBTQ support, and more.”

As Rosson and Howell contemplate the growth the brokerage has seen in recent years – expanding to Cedar Creek and Richland Chambers lakes, north into Oklahoma, and west into Parker County – they are heartened by what they feel is the spirit of Ebby living on in the brands and look forward to keeping it alive through their respective roles. Learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies, including career opportunities, at daveperrymiller.com.

Travis Mathews Named VP of Operations


Travis Mathews has been named Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“Travis joined the Ebby Halliday Companies in 2019 and has adeptly led our growth strategies through acquisitions, franchising and related expansion opportunities, as well as our IT infrastructure and commercial real estate growth, all while skillfully overseeing our consumer-facing technology and the extensive suite of technology tools available to our agents,” says Kelly. “In his new role, Travis will expand upon these functions to oversee finance and accounting, facilities, and our growing property management and Apartments by Ebby divisions.”

Says Mathews, “As Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, I have the privilege of leading a dynamic team dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our agents and clients. In this role I am also sharply focused on growing the reach of the Ebby brand, in North Texas and beyond.”  

Mathews has been in the real estate industry for 18 years, starting as an agent with Briggs Freeman Real Estate in 2004. He joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates in 2008, most recently serving as its Chief Operating Officer. In 2018, Mathews joined the Ebby Halliday Companies’ parent company, HomeServices of America, as Director of Operations, overseeing critical and innovative technology initiatives.

“I am so excited with the direction and growth of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the incredible momentum this iconic company is experiencing,” Mathews says. “Our leadership, employees and agents are dedicated to providing our valued clients with a world-class residential real estate experience, day in and day out.”

Mathews graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is married to Brittany Mathews, a real estate agent in Dallas. The couple have two children.

Mathews adds, “I am honored and excited to take on this expanded leadership role with the Ebby Halliday Companies and I am looking forward to building on the extraordinary success and the hard-earned equity of each of our brands.”Having celebrated 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 in 2018 by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions in 2020. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate brands include Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew. Its core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Simple, Fast and Free, New Ebby Halliday Companies Home-Search Apps Now Available


The Ebby Halliday Companies’ brand-new, just-released apps mean your new home could be just a tap away. The Ebby Halliday Companies include Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew.

“With our new apps, MLS listings across North Texas are in the palm of your hand,” says Travis Mathews, vice president of Strategic Growth & Technology for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Our primary goal for this release was providing consumers with the most intuitive mobile real estate experience possible.”

Whether they’re shopping by price, location or aesthetics, users of the new Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate app will find it’s easier than ever to browse homes for sale.

“Our new mobile apps provide access to real-time property information and smart messaging tools,” Mathews says. “They make it easy to connect with your agent from any mobile device, as well as create saved searches and add favorites at your convenience. Simply put, our mobile-first home search with built-in chat makes collaboration fast, easy and fun.”

In addition to the ability to connect anytime, anywhere, the new Ebby Halliday Companies apps offer easy-to-use home-search options, including a Draw Tool that allows you to draw custom boundaries using your finger on a map view to filter available homes within a specific area; a Commute Time feature, in which you can view properties within proximity to your work, daycare or other regularly traveled places; and a Home Scan feature that uses augmented-reality technology to overlay property details through your device’s camera.

“In the mobile world that we live in, simplicity is the name of the game,” says Mathews. “It’s simple to find our apps in the Apple App and Google Play Stores. And perhaps most importantly, it’s extremely simple to navigate the apps themselves. They’re fast, look great, and feature such functions as scheduling a showing and pre-qualifying for a mortgage. All while keeping your agent’s contact information at your fingertips.”

The new Ebby Halliday Companies apps seamlessly integrate with daveperrymiller.com, ebby.com and williamstrew.com, so clients’ accounts, saved searches and favorited properties sync between the apps and websites. The Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Ebby Halliday Realtors, and Williams Trew apps are available on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, and on Google Play for Android devices. Download the apps today for free and experience modern home searching with ease.

With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies include some of the most-respected brands in the country. In addition to its real estate brands, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew, its core-services companies include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Named Top Place to Work


The Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has been named one of the Top 100 Places to Work in North Texas in the Large Companies category by The Dallas Morning News. The announcement came at the Morning News’ 12th-annual Top 100 Places to Work event, which took place online on November 12. The Ebby Halliday Companies placed No. 10 in the Large Companies category.

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.

“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 celebrate 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, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors, and Williams Trew, as well as core-services companies Prosperity Mortgage, Home 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,” Kelly says. “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 daveperrymiller.com ebby.com, and williamstrew.com