“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.”
Are you looking for the perfect gift for your movie-loving family member or maybe this is a gift for the entire family? We have the perfect gift that everyone can enjoy — a home theater.
Our partners at Zaarly break down the top things you need to consider before you jump in and start planning your family’s new in-home theater!
Location, Location, Location
Ideally, you want a space that is at least 20 feet long by 13 feet in width. If it’s possible, you’ll want to have your theater room in an area of the house that is isolated.
Having an addition built off of the family room
Use a spare bedroom
Finish your garage into a theater room
A theater room needs to be properly insulated so that walls don’t shake with every explosion in Mission Impossible. If you are framing and insulating, it’s best to insulate the floor, ceiling and interior walls.
It’s always best to work with a service provider that installs and sets up sound systems. Pre-wiring your home theater is an essential step, but not one that most people can sleuth on their own. A typical home theater uses a 7.1 surround system. You’ll also want a subwoofer and seven-channel speakers (left, right, center, two surround sound, and two rear speakers).
If you want a true movie-theater experience, the best way to go is a projector. Be sure that you talk to an audio-visual service provider about pre-wiring, which needs to be completed before you start on the rest of the room.
Movie theater lighting usually will have recessed lighting in the ceiling and then sconces along the two side walls. Extra touch — lighting strips on the floor to help guide people in and out of the room during a movie.
In most of your home, it’s recommended to stick with white ceilings — this is not the case for media/theater rooms. Pick a dark neutral color that matches the paint color that you pick for the rest of the room. We recommend choosing a dark natural shade. Using a dark paint color on the ceiling will help maintain accurate colors on your screen and prevent light from bouncing off the walls onto your screen.
You can’t have a theater room without having great seating. When making plans for the room, make sure platforms are built out for stadium seating. When choosing seating the go-to choice for most homeowners is comfy, large recliners with cup holders. Ideally, two rows of four seats will fit comfortably in a 20 by 13 theater.
Just for Fun
There are lots of extras you can add to a theater room!
Big movie posters of favorite movies
Vintage movie posters
A thick, deep red curtain to pull back on the sides of your screen
How would you gift a theater room to someone in your home or your entire family?
A popcorn bucket with all of their favorite theater snacks with a note about plans for a home theater in 2020
Vintage movie poster or poster of a favorite movie
Print out fake movie tickets with admission to a brand new theater room!
Ninety-one Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents were featured on D Magazine’s list of Best Residential Real Estate Agents for 2019. More than half of DPMRE’s award-winning agents were also listed among Dallas’ top producers.
D Magazine reached out to more than 15,000 real estate, insurance and mortgage professionals and more than 10,000 magazine subscribers and recent homebuyers to nominate individuals that have gone above and beyond in Dallas real estate.
Congratulations to our agents for being named the best of Dallas real estate.
In 2018, HomeServices’ sales associates closed 346,629 residential transactions reflecting a 5.6 percent increase over 2017. The REAL TRENDS ranking is based on 2018 closed transaction sides for the country’s top 500 brokerages.
“2018 was a year of incredible growth and strategic expansion and we couldn’t be more proud that we have achieved this No. 1 industry ranking,” said Ron Peltier, executive chairman of HomeServices. “This milestone is a testament to the commitment and hard work of thousands of employees and tens of thousands of talented agents and sales managers across HomeServices who deliver an exceptional real estate experience to their buyers and sellers.”
Added Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “We are honored and proud to be part of the nation’s premier residential real estate brokerage, HomeServices of America. Ebby Halliday Companies agents and clients enjoy many advantages that are a direct result of our affiliation with the nation’s largest homeownership services company. Each and every day, our sales associates and employees put our valued clients first, ensuring the Ebby Halliday Companies remain No. 1 in North Texas and throughout our great state.”
In addition to the brokerage services offered by Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated companies include Home Team Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, offering buying and selling clients a convenient, one-stop residential real estate experience.
In addition to HomeServices being named No. 1 and the Ebby Halliday Companies’ status as the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas, Berkshire Hathaway was recently named the No. 3 most-admired company in the world by Fortune. It’s truly a great time to be part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies!
To view the complete list of REAL TRENDS rankings, click here.
Sunday, May 21st, marks the 10th anniversary of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The brand, which was absorbed into the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies a decade ago, has steadily risen in the ranks of area brokerages over a relatively short period of time. It had ascended to the number one spot for total sales volume in Dallas proper by the end of 2016 and has maintained this placement through Q1 of 2017 (according to MLS data for Areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 25).
To celebrate the milestone — an impressive achievement given the company’s formidable competition and the prolific nature of the industry – agents will be holding open 140+ homes citywide, as well as handing out token gifts to attendees as a “thank you” for supporting the brand.
“In its infancy, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate survived the 2008-2010 market downturn,” said Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert, “and continued not only to grow, but to thrive. This is a testament to the caliber and resolve of the many agents who have remained loyal through the years. They’ve worked hard to make sure clients understand the brand’s core values of service, excellence and unparalleled market knowledge. Once you get someone to experience this difference for themselves, they typically make the shift to seeing a DPM agent as their ‘agent for life.’”
To promote the open home tour — extending from Southlake to Rockwall, and Prosper to South Dallas — the firm has taken out five digital billboards and two full page ads in the Dallas Morning News and ramped up its email efforts and social media presence. For a complete list of homes that will be held open today, visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.
Diane Gruber has been appointed sales manager of the Preston Center Office of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Betty Misko, Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices of the Ebby Halliday Companies, made the announcement Friday, April 14.
“Diane is what I would call an agent’s agent,” Misko says. “She began her career in real estate in 1978 and brings with her a thorough understanding of all aspects of the industry. She has perfected her marketing and lead generation techniques, and knows how to work effectively with clients. With her even temperament, positive outlook and exceptional people skills, she can pass this extensive knowledge along in a productive way to her up-and-coming agents. Conversely, Diane has much to offer even the seasoned agents who already respect her, having worked alongside her for years.”
Gruber majored in real estate and management at SMU. After graduation, she began her career in the relocation domain, ultimately becoming the relocation manager for one of the largest companies in Dallas. Having worked with numerous high-profile clients, she blended flawlessly into Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s unique culture because of the prioritization she already placed on discretion and confidentiality. Gruber has also been a consistent Top Ten Producer for the company, including earning this status again for 2016.
“Her teammate and daughter, Becky, will prove a powerful influence for helping Diane keep the Dave Perry-Miller brand top of mind,” Misko continued. “She understands the mindset of young buyers, who make up a large percentage of those in the market today. I believe this office will reach even greater heights with Diane at the helm.”
“I am looking forward to my new role as manager of our flagship office,” Gruber says. “It is a great office filled with great agents!”
There is no better venue to host a gathering of Dallas’ most elite, service-oriented real estate agents than Dallas’ most elite, service-oriented hotel. The Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 2016 Top Producers Award Luncheon was held on Friday, February 18, at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas in Uptown. Sales managers, agents and support staff from all five area offices convened in the Cypress Ballroom — along with senior executives from Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., and a handful of valued vendors — to toast with mimosas and dine on Teen Romaine Salad, Moroccan-spiced Grilled Chicken Breast with Sauteed Kale and Quinoa, and Citrus Twist Cheesecake.
After lunch, Ebby CFO Ron Burgert kicked off the awards portion of the event with a recap of 2016. The firm did $2.1 billion in sales volume, he announced. He also reiterated the strength of and bright future for the brand. Ebby CEO Mary Frances Burleson also congratulated agents on another remarkable year, and hinted of the presentation to come by retelling a personal Ritz-Carlton memory that has stayed with her for 15+ years.
Agent Sharon Quist, herself a homeowner at The Ritz-Carlton, introduced the highly anticipated guest speaker, The Ritz-Carlton Dallas General Manager Roberto van Geenen. Mr. van Geenen entitled his talk “Memorable Customer Service” and highlighted the high standards this luxury hotel brand has in place to keep guests satisfied and loyal. He acknowledged many parallels in the way The Ritz-Carlton staff treats guests and the way Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents treat clients, and left his audience freshly inspired by his industry-leading insights.
After Mr. van Geenen concluded, Robb Puckett, Sales Manager of the Highland Park Office took the podium to begin handing out awards to his 2016 Top Producers (pictured below):
The Rhodes Group (Tom Rhodes, Burton Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Thomas Rhodes, Neil Broussard, Nina Sachse)
Mysti Stewart Group (Mysti Stewart, Diane Beaty)
Top Individual Units: Scott Kaserman
Top Individual GCI: Madeline Jobst
Top Group Units: The Rhodes Group
Top Group GCI: The Rhodes Group
Next, Becky Connatser, Sales Manager of the InTown Office, announced her Top Ten Producers (pictured below):
The Bleeker-O’Brien Group (Brian Bleeker, Melissa O’Brien)
Forke+Shindler Group (JL Forke, Jennifer Shindler)
The Wayne Garcia Group (Wayne Garcia, Jerry Gutierrez, Michael Hubach)
Gullotto-Barnes Group (Joseph Gullotto, Jarrad Barnes, Frances Jacobs, Stephene Tolocko)
Hewitt & Habgood Group (Kathy Hewitt, Steve Habgood, Jason Saucedo, Lance Hancock)
Layne-Rothwell Group (Paul Layne, Trina Rothwell)
Emily Ray-Porter Group (Emily Ray-Porter, Jessica Hill, Henry Barber, Brittani Frankowiak)
Top Individual Units: Carmen DiPenti
Top Individual GCI: Carmen DiPenti
Top Group Units: Hewitt & Habgood
Top Group GCI: Hewitt & Habgood
Lee Thomas, Sales Manager of the Lakewood and Park Cities Offices, presented his 2016 Top Producers (pictured below):
The Heather Guild Group (Heather Guild, Haley Wagstaff, Amy Sack)
The Holmes/Clyce Team (Eric Holmes, Andy Clyce)
The Scott Jackson Group (Scott Jackson, Lauren Moore, Laura Reynolds, Tucker Bomar)
Top Individual Units: Nancy Johnson
Top Individual GCI: Nancy Johnson
Top Team Units: The Holmes/Clyce Team
Top Team GCI: The Homes/Clyce Team
Top Group Units: The Scott Jackson Group
Top Group GCI: The Scott Jackson Group
The Elliott & Elliott Group (Paige Elliott, Curt Elliott, Lynn Gardner-Collins, Adam Whitmire)
The Phyllis Glover Group now the GPS Group (Sissy Pardue, Andy Scott)
The Christine McKenny Group (Christine McKenny, Megan Stern)
The Kathy Myers Group (Kathy Myers, Lacy Schultz, Wendy Harkness, Carla Hea, Libby Barnes)
The Provenzano Group (Julie Provenzano, Rebecca Bruant, Mike Yates)
The Brian Smith Group (Brian Smith, Kristin Smith, Leslie Smith, Joshua Vernon)
Top Individual Units: Lynn Beaurline
Top Individual GCI: Stewart Lee
Top Group Units: The Phyllis Glover Group now the GPS Group
Top Group GCI: The Christine McKenny Group
Finally, Charles Carneal, Sales Manager of the Preston Center Office, rounded out the afternoon with his Top-Ten list (pictured below):
The Gromatzky Group (Kimberlee Gromatzky, Taylor Gromatzky)
Diane & Becky Gruber
The Perry-Miller/Streiff Group (Dave Perry-Miller, Ryan Streiff, Laura Michelle, Karen Fry, Gaynelle Henger, Courtney Jubinsky, Jason Bates, Charles Gregory)
Thayer-Braymer Group (Gayl Braymer, Jonathan Thayer)
Martha & McKamy Tiner
Updike Pugh Group (Jeff Updike, Weston Pugh, David Lee, Jan Folmar)
Top Individual Units: Hanne Sagalowsky
Top Individual GCI: Mark Cain
Top Team Units: The Gromatzky Group
Top Team GCI: Thayer-Braymer
Top Group Units: Updike Pugh Group
Top Group GCI: The Perry-Miller/Streiff Group
Puckett had this to say after the ceremony was over. “Our vision as a leadership team is to inspire our associates to provide clients with the level of service Mr. van Geenen and The Ritz-Carlton provide their guests. Quality is a value that transcends time and one of the hallmarks that makes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate the success it is today. Today’s luncheon to recognize our associates for their phenomenal work and achievements, is never tiring and sets the stage for a prosperous 2017.”
Established in 1917, MetroTex Association of REALTORS represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country! They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more.
For their centennial anniversary this year, MetroTex is celebrating with tree planting events across DFW to show their “deep roots.” The kickoff was held January 21, 2017, at Moore Park in Dallas. Fifteen Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents were on hand for the event. Many of these agents from across the firm’s five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving/have served fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities with MetroTex.
To drive home the organization’s ongoing commitment to the community after 100 years of helping people find homes across North Texas, MetroTex will be planting 20 new trees in four locations and then handing out more than 100 trees at each event to the public. Not only do these events demonstrate the organization’s history in and gratitude for Dallas, they help bring greenery and cleaner air to the parks and greenspaces we all love and enjoy.
We appreciate their involvement and dedication to serving other REALTORS and ultimately all of North Texas in this way!
In North Texas alone, there are 18,000 people involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Since that’s a pretty sizeable bunch, odds are you know at least one of them, right? Especially with the crazy-strong housing market we’ve had the last few years. “For Sale” signs are everywhere, and hundreds of new agents have gotten their licenses.
Like any reputable industry, these local real estate professionals look to a unifying umbrella organization to help them maintain and further their careers and interests. MetroTex Association of REALTORS® is this organization. They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more. Established in 1917, MetroTex represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country!
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — both the brokerage and the individual agents who comprise it — not only benefits from the work MetroTex does, they contribute to it in many significant ways. This year, several agents across the five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities.
James Eriksson Martin (top left) – Incoming President Patty Brooks (top center) – MLS Representative for Oak Cliff Becky Connatser (top right) – Past President Appointee Kimberlee Gromatzky (not pictured) – Global Affairs Committee
Eric Holmes (middle left) – MLS Representative for East Dallas Angela McCants (middle center) – Vice Chair of Public Education Dave Millheiser (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member, Professional Development Committee Robb Puckett (middle right) – Vice Chair of Professional Development Alicia Schroeder (bottom left) – Board of Directors and Chair of Public Education Brian Smith (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member
Kristin Smith (bottom center) – Board of Directors and Chair of Young Professionals Network
As President, James Martin has this to say about 2017:
“MetroTex is poised for an exceptional year — incidentally our Centennial — where anything is possible. We’re committed to our cities, members and clients, and with that in mind, we have many events planned. We are launching a four-part New Professionals Entrepreneur Breakfast Series geared toward professional development. We will also be holding five tree-planting community service events throughout the year, with the first to take place next month in South Dallas. Our goal is also to give away 100 trees, free to the communities we serve. Those are just a few examples.
MetroTex has a long tradition of success, and we will use this solid foundation to build a greater tomorrow. Of course, building a greater tomorrow starts today!”
Congratulations to all for making a difference in North Texas real estate!