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.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Celebrates 10 Years with 140+ Open Houses


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).

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has purchased five billboards around Dallas to promote this Sunday's Open House extravaganza.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has purchased five billboards around Dallas to promote this Sunday’s Open House extravaganza.

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.

Firm Helps Bring ‘Blue Skies’ Exhibit to NorthPark


In case you couldn’t tell by our ongoing affiliations with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the Dallas Stars, the Dallas Art Fair, and the USA Film Festival, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is devoted to the Dallas’ arts and entertainment scene. We look for compelling opportunities to enhance the lives of our city’s citizens, even beyond that of our business clientele, and help to make those opportunities come to pass through financial contributions when it makes sense.

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This month we’re pleased to partner with 1814 Magazine to bring a traveling exhibit of the works of Geof Kern entitled “Blue Skies” to Dallas. Kern,  born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1950, opened his first studio in Dallas in 1978 after graduating from Brooks Institute, the former photography school in Santa Barbara California.  His early career of fashion and editorial photography let to advertising assignments worldwide on a wide range of subject matter. Professional recognition came through editorial work for magazines such as Esquire, GQ, (the early) Detour, Beach Culture, and Rolling Stone.  With a career now spanning 40 years, Kern has photographed many award-winning campaigns for clients such as Bloomingdales New York, Selfridges London, Matsuda Tokyo, Neiman-Marcus, Mercedes France, Acura, Ford Europe, and Interface International.

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Kern’s hallmark style is creating images with strong contrast in scale and unexpected elements. Twelve 40×30″ giclee prints from the “Art of Fashion” campaign, which embody his style, will be on display at NorthPark Center in front of Neiman Marcus until the end of the month.

 

Gruber Named New Preston Center Office Manager


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.

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“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!”

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.

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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