Carneal Named Preston Center Office Manager

Today was a red-letter day in the life of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Preston Center office. After going for more than a month without a permanent office manager, senior management representatives from parent company Ebby Halliday stopped by to let agents know a replacement had been determined. The reins will go to longtime associate Charles Carneal.

Ebby Halliday CEO Mary Frances Burleson, CFO Ron Burgert, newly announced Preston Center Office Manager Charles Carneal, and Executive VP and Director of Sales Offices, Betty Misko.
Ebby Halliday CEO Mary Frances Burleson, CFO Ron Burgert, newly announced Preston Center Office Manager Charles Carneal, and Executive VP and Director of Sales Offices, Betty Misko.

Betty Misko, Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices, acknowledged that while finding someone to lead the team of 85 agents quickly was preferable, it was more important that the process be allowed to thoroughly play out so the right person would be hired. She reassured those gathered they felt it had done so.

“We know how much you all want someone you know and trust and respect,” Misko said. “To preserve the established culture, we knew this person most likely had already been involved with the DPM brand for a long time. Charles Carneal has been here almost 15 years, and he has contributed much to the healthy, productive environment you enjoy today.”

In his first official remarks to the group as office manager, Carneal started by saying, “I chose to wear this green tie to the meeting for a couple of reasons. First, I am a prisoner of Ralph Lauren. He gets the importance of branding, just like we all do as agents working for one of the most successful luxury brokerages in town.”

“I also wore the tie because it’s green like grass,” Carneal continued. “For anyone tempted to think the grass may be greener elsewhere, I would remind them: the only time the grass is actually greener on the other side, is when they maintain it better. My focus here will be on fertilizing and watering the grass. There won’t be a lot of change because what we have seems to be working well.”

As office manager, Carneal sees his job as “attracting, training and supporting the best, most-productive agents in Dallas.” (The office has the numbers to prove that last part.)

“What I liked most in his interview,” Misko said, “was that he never even asked how much the job pays. I could just tell he’s really looking forward to teaching and helping all of you.”

Ebby Halliday CEO Mary Frances Burleson jokingly added, “Please help him fertilize and mow.”

CFO Ron Burgert concluded the meeting by re-affirming the parent company’s support for and commitment to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,” said Burgert emphatically. “This brand has had a tremendous past several years, and we will do everything we can to see that it has many more.”

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc.

Meridith Hayes Joins Firm as Agent, Puts Legal Background To Work Negotiating Contracts

There’s no more formidable ally for a buyer or seller than a real estate agent with a law degree. Meridith Hayes comes to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate with both her undergrad and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. The Tyler native practiced law for over a decade in Dallas, specializing in school law with a focus on labor/employment and real estate, so her transition to a new field didn’t come with a huge learning curve.


Meridith Hayes joins Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in Spring 2016

In addition to those educational qualifications, she is married to Mark Hayes, of Hayes Signature Homes, and is intimate with the process of growing a home-building business.  With this rare combination of a legal education plus a real estate business background, you quickly understand just how much this Dallas real estate agent brings to the table.  She has a unique ability to educate and guide her clients during the life-changing process of buying or selling a home with her expertise, knowing what’s behind the walls, the value of the land and how to negotiate on behalf of her client.

Meridith is a resident of Preston Hollow and has two sons that attend Wesley Prep, where she currently serves on the School Board.  She is a firm believer that education changes lives and jumped at the opportunity to serve the school in this capacity.  She enjoys volunteering for her sons’ sporting events and school activities, and is a foodie who loves traveling with her husband and friends.

Welcome to the team, Meridith!


Agents Hear Good News from Ebby CFO, Downtown Update from President/CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc.

When is status quo ever a good thing in business?  When your firm’s “more of the same” looks like “continuous growth and change,” that’s when!

And so Ebby Halliday, Inc., CFO Ron Burgert started yesterday’s quarterly Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate meeting by telling his audience of agents, things were looking “status quo.”

Ebby Halliday, Inc. CFO Ron Burgert brings agents up to speed on Q1 results
Ebby Halliday, Inc. CFO Ron Burgert brings agents up to speed on Q1 results

“Over the past six months, the firm has seen an 8% gain year-over-year in sales volume, and units sold are up more than 9%,” Burgert said. “No small wonder, when 1,000 people a day are moving into Texas.”

The forecast looks strong well into next year, he also predicted. Hardly status quo in the typical sense, and yet very much “status quo” for this dynamic Ebby company!

Up next was John Crawford, President and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., a private non-profit organization serving as the primary advocate and champion for Downtown. Crawford spent his time encouraging the group by citing dream after impossible dream that has been realized in our beloved city. He started with an anthemic video entitled “A City Is a Poem,” which artfully captured how much Dallas has changed.

John Crawford. President and CEO of DowntownDallas, Inc., speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents at their quarterly meeting
John Crawford. President and CEO of DowntownDallas, Inc., speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents at their quarterly meeting

“We have successfully transitioned from a one-dimensional central business district to a multidimensional “Live, Work, Play” community, in every sense of the phrase,” Crawford said.

And he should know. He has served on the planning committee since its inception more than 30 years ago, so he has witnessed firsthand and been a critical player in how Downtown Dallas has blossomed — seemingly overnight to anyone still saddled with the misguided perception that nothing’s going on down there.

Today it’s is the only true urban center in North Texas, Crawford continued.

“Every possible existing building has been adapted for residential living — some 10,000 people now live Downtown — and we’re at a point where all that’s left to do is build. The demand will certainly support this,” Crawford said. (See Burgert’s jaw-dropping relocation statistic above.)

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents gather for their quarterly breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents gather for their quarterly breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club

Since 2007, $5 billion has been invested in Downtown, he continued, and $3 billion more will be spent over the next five years. Within the 15 neighborhoods that make up the area, more than 90 developments are currently underway, including 5,000 residential units to be added, plus 60 restaurants and 40 parks and greenspaces/plazas. The current residential inventory is 90% leased. Staggering!

Areas for improvement, he added, include walkability, car/bike sharing programs and convention business. DART has played a huge role in making life without a car even a consideration – it’s now the largest light rail network in North America. And Downtown already has 70 bike racks to help make the bike-share idea come to pass. ZipCar is already here, but could be doing better. Crawford also indicated that if the bullet train to Houston raises full funding, the station would be just south of Downtown – another coup for the city. Convention Center improvements would also further enhance our economy, and are in the works.

“All in all, there’s much to be proud of,” Crawford said. “We’ve made a lot of progress on our strategic plan, but there will always be more to do.”

Ebby CEO Mary Frances Burleson concluded the meeting with an anecdote from a recent trip. At a recent Realty Alliance gathering, she said brokers from across the country expressed their envy of us and our relocation business.

“It’s a great time to live in Dallas. We all need to keep planning ahead, just like John and his team have done, and we’ll be alright.”

Firm Expands Global Reach with the Addition of Hanne Sagalowsky to Team

The real estate world continues to grow ever smaller thanks to advances in technology and transportation that connect buyers and sellers thousands of miles apart. Therefore, strategic agents with a global mindset — like Hanne Sagalowsky –grow ever more essential to the future success of residential real estate firms. For this reason, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is thrilled to announce the addition of the native Dane to the luxury brand’s roster.

hanne sagalowsky pic for blog

In 1989, when Hanne was transitioning from a teaching career to residential real estate, she told her fellow rookie agents during training she was going to focus on having an international reach. She was laughed at.

However, her background as a foreign student (attending Indiana University for her B.A and M.A, and completing an International Baccalaureate program in Denmark), along with her genuinely adventurous personality, her interest in foreign languages (she is fluent in three), and her desire to learn, all told her to press on — this was the way to go! Fast forward to today, 25+ years into an incredibly successful global career, and it’s obvious her instincts were spot on.

“In getting to know Hanne,” firm founder Dave Perry-Miller says, “I was really intrigued to learn of her perseverance on this particular career path. She could see the bigger picture and was quite ahead of her time in doing the legwork to position her so well for today’s competitive market.”

Besides being a long-term top producer, Hanne continues to hone her expertise in this area. She is one of 2,300 real estate professionals worldwide with a CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation. This means she completed rigorous course work that enables her to understand and guide the global buyer.  She recently attended the Luxury Portfolio International® Symposium in Berlin with an exclusive list of 150 professionals from 19 countries. Hanne also currently serves on the National Association of Realtors® Leadership Team as the liaison to all global committees — and is the only “Texan” on the team.

About her transition to the firm, Hanne says, “Servicing a luxury clientele discreetly and professionally is what Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate does best. Because of my knowledge of immigration laws, tax laws and currency fluctuations, and my regular exposure to international buyers and sellers, I can help bridge the gap with the high-end client looking to move to or from this fabulous cosmopolitan area.”

Hanne and her husband Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D., Professor of Urology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, are themselves residents of Preston Hollow, and have two adult children and two grandchildren, with two more on the way. They enjoy bi-coastal travel to visit their family, and love that their home in Dallas is right in the middle.

Hanne has garnered the following awards and credentials:

  • NAR® Leadership Team 2016
  • NAR President’s Liaison to Denmark & Sweden 2016
  • Chair, Strategic Planning Committee for Texas Association of Realtors 2016
  • RPAC Hall of Fame
  • Omega Tau Rho Medal for exceptional service to the Real Estate Profession
  • Past Recipient of the Lois Hair Bernays “Realtor of the Year” award
  • Past President Metro-Tex Association of Realtors
  • Board Member NAR
  • Past President & Director NTREIS (Regional MLS)
  • Graduate Realtor Institute
  • Certified Residential Specialist
  • Accredited Buyers’ Representative
  • Dallas Historic House Specialist

Agent Kristin Smith Receives Prestigious North Texas Realtor Award

Celebrating a year of accomplishments, the MetroTex Association of REALTORS recently announced the winners for each of its four prestigious annual industry awards at the MetroTex Annual Awards & Charity Event.

Kristin Smith, of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, was presented with the Lois Hair Bernays Award as the MetroTex Salesperson of Year. Kristin is incoming Vice-Chair for the MetroTex YPN Committee, and serves on the Budget & Finance Committee, and Co-Chair and Co-Founder of TAR YPN. She will be serving on the TAR Strategic Plan Committee in 2016. Kristin has served on the Social Media Advisory Committee, the Diversity Committee, and was a board member of NAR YPN. She is also Vice President of GALORE and was voted in the Top 50 for REALTOR Magazine’s 30 Under 30 issue. In the community, Kristin is the company coordinator for Ebby Halliday’s Special Olympics corporate challenge, and is a business partner of Promote Love.

We’re so very proud of Kristin! Congratulations!

The entire Smith family was on hand to celebrate Kristin. From left, fellow realtors: brother Austin Smith, mother Leslie Rouda Smith, Kristin and father Brian Smith.


Ebby Halliday Acers – A Tribute


Ebby Halliday Acers, who turned a one-woman residential real estate office into one of the country’s largest residential real estate companies, passed away overnight of natural causes. She was 104.

Born Vera Lucille Koch in the small town of Leslie, Ark., on March 9, 1911, the woman who would later take the professional name “Ebby Halliday” was admired worldwide for her ability to combine leadership with femininity and business acumen. Her impact on the residential real estate industry was unmatched. Over the years, Ebby opened the doors to successful careers for thousands of people. Her grace and grit paved the way for generations of women in business.

During the Great Depression, Ebby helped support her family by selling general merchandise and eventually hats at a department store in Kansas City.

When a customer’s husband built 50 single-family spec houses made of insulated concrete, he knew exactly who to call. “If you can sell those crazy hats to my wife, maybe you can sell my crazy houses,” legendary Texas oilman Clint Murchison said to Ebby. Ebby sold all of them and soon changed her product from hats to houses, and the rest was history.

Ebby founded Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® in 1945. Today, the Dallas-based company is the largest independently owned residential real estate services company in Texas and ranks 10th in the nation. The 70-year-old company, with 1,700 sales associates, participated in approximately 19,200 property transactions in 2014 with a sales volume of $6.64 billion.

Ebby’s other great passion was service to the community she proudly called home. She and her company’s philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated. In 2014 alone, the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas announced Ebby’s Place, which houses the new YW Women’s Center, and Juliette Fowler Communities announced The Ebby House, a transitional community for young women who have aged out of foster care. Ebby did not have children of her own, but she helped educate and support many young people.

A tireless volunteer, Ebby served the community as president of the Thanksgiving Square Foundation and on the boards of the St. Paul Medical Foundation, the Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas County Community College District Foundation and the Better Business Bureau. Among the many organizations in which Ebby was active was the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for United Way, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Guild and the State Fair of Texas. She served as president of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Dallas Planning Council and on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board.

Ebby’s dedication to her profession and her fellow man remained constant. This dedication is clearly evidenced in the many honors she received as a result of her civic and professional endeavors. They include the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® and the International Real Estate Federation, induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, induction into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame, the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, the YWCA’s 100 Women 100 Years award, and the Linz Award, which is presented annually to a Dallas County resident whose civic or humanitarian efforts benefit the city of Dallas. In addition, Ebby was the first recipient of Executive Women International’s Executive Excellence Award. The Emergency and Chest Pain Center at St. Paul Medical Center Foundation was dedicated in honor of Maurice and Ebby Halliday Acers.

“There is no one associated with residential real estate that I have more admiration and respect for than Ebby Halliday. She had that rare combination of traits: wisdom, leadership, and vision. But she brought all of these traits to everyone she met through a connection of love, and a sincere desire for that person to succeed and be their best. She demanded much of others… but one always wanted to be their best for her because she demanded the best of herself. Add one of the sharpest wits and keen senses of humor, well it’s not wonder that everyone respected her, admired her, and more important loved her so much. It was an honor to be personally associated with a true legend and a lady who was such a visible landmark for the best of Dallas,” says Dave Perry-Miller, Director-Luxury Property Division Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ebby Halliday Acers is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas, TX 75225.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebby’s Place at the YW (YWCA, 2603 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75235), The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities (Juliette Fowler Communities, 1234 Abrams Road, Dallas TX 75214), Happy Hill Farm and Academy (Happy Hill Farm, 3846 N. Hwy. 144, Granbury, Texas 76048), or the charity of your choice.

Dallas-Area Home Prices Hit Record High


Dallas-area home prices hit a record high in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

According to the report released earlier this week, local home prices were up 10 percent in March from a year earlier. March marks the fourth-consecutive month that Dallas-area home prices increased at a double-digit rate from the previous year. Prices were up 1.2 percent over February.

Nationwide, prices were up 10.3 percent from 2013.

“All cities were higher than a year ago and all but New York were higher in March than in February,” said S&P’s David Blitzer. “However, only Denver and Dallas have set new post-crisis highs and they experienced relatively lower peak levels than other cities.”

Dallas-area home prices are now 6 percent higher than they were at the previous peak of the market back in 2007. Nationwide, prices are still almost 20 percent below where they were before the recession.

Dallas-Area Home Prices Rise


Dallas-area home prices were up 11 percent in March from a year earlier, according to a report released today by CoreLogic Inc.

The Dallas-area gain was about the same as the 11.1 percent nationwide increase. A shortage of homes for sale in many markets – including North Texas – is fueling home price gains.

The biggest annual home price increases in March were in Riverside, Calif., 20.9 percent, and Los Angeles, 17.1 percent.

“Colorado, the District of Columbia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming all surpassed their previous home price peaks in March 2014,” according to the report. “In all, 23 states and the District of Columbia are at or within 10 percent of their peak home price appreciation.”

If you’re considering listing your North Texas home, contact a Dave Perry-Miller & Associates agent to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your property is worth in today’s fast-moving market. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit

Texas Tops in Recovery


The good news just keeps coming for the Lone Star State. Texas is home to the Top 4 U.S. metro areas when ranked for best performance during the recession and the subsequent recovery. That’s according to the Brookings Institution’s Metro Monitor, which tracks the performance of the 100-largest U.S. metro areas in four indicators — jobs, unemployment, output (gross product), and home prices. Click here to delve deeper into each metro’s performance during the recession and during their recovery.

The Top 10

1. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

2. Houston-Sugarland-Baytown, Texas

3. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

4. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

6. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee

7. Provo-Orem, Utah

8. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

9. Salt Lake City, Utah

10. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska-Iowa

Texas has the Best Cities for Jobs

WalletHub recently released their findings from a survey titled “The Best Cities to Find a Job,” which analyzed the relative employment opportunities among the 60 largest U.S. cities. The study sought to discover the cities that have the strongest job markets and the greatest prospects for long-term financial security. And what was No. 1 on the list? Fort Worth, TX!

Arlington (No. 4), Dallas (No. 5), Austin (No. 6), and Houston (No. 10), also made the overall top ten! Additionally, the survey found that Arlington ranked No. 2 for most job openings per capita, Austin and Houston ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, for highest average annual income, Fort Worth ranked No. 5 for fastest-falling unemployment, and Fort Worth and Arlington ranked No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, for annual home-buying power with median salary.

Great news all around for Texas residents! Corpus Christi (No. 12), San Antonio (No. 23), and El Paso (No. 42) also represented the great Lone Star State in the overall rankings.

Too see all the survey’s results for Texas and cities across the country, click here.