Ebby Halliday Companies Launch Initiative to Serve Hispanic Community


The Ebby Halliday Companies, Texas’ leading residential real estate services company, is launching an initiative to serve the growing Hispanic community in North Texas. This initiative stems from the Ebby Halliday Companies’ ongoing commitment to serve, reflect, and grow with North Texas.

“Homeownership is a fundamentally important and rewarding experience,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we are committed to serving all members of the communities in which we operate, not only through assisting them with the home buying and selling process but also through education on how to become a homeowner and how to protect their home and its value. We recognize the complexity of this industry and understand the importance for Hispanics to connect and be accurately informed in their language of preference.”

Leading Ebby’s initiative is Community Affairs Director Fabián Gayosso, who is supported by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officers Sylvia Sotelo KiddPamela Young and Sherry Adams. Born and raised in Mexico City, Gayosso earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and his professional experience includes working at two Consulates of Mexico in the United States and at a marketing firm that focuses on the Latin market. He specializes in strengthening community partnerships and building strategic alliances to develop, implement and promote programs and strategies aimed to improve the living standards of the communities.

“With a team of bilingual agents that speak our language (Spanish) and breathe our culture, the Ebby Halliday Companies are ready to guide Latinos to a rewarding experience, help them reach their goals and get them to the place we all want to be: home,” Gayosso says. “As an immigrant myself, I understand the challenges that people, regardless of their cultural, religious or socio-economic backgrounds, face outside their homeland. I am thrilled to lead this initiative at Ebby Halliday to strengthen the communities we serve.”

Although the focus will initially be on the local Hispanic community, this foundation will allow Ebby to better reflect the company’s current and evolving community within its agent population, leadership and client base.

“We realize our business is based on relationships and that every individual interaction makes a difference,” says Gayosso. “We are committed to being a trusted resource for both our agents and the community and to ensuring exceptional service and a transparent process.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. 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-respected residential real estate brokerages. 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 by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Titleand HSTX Title.


For more information about the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit the award-winning daveperrymiller.com.

Three Finalists in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt from Ebby Halliday Companies


HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2022 is underway! There are eight categories and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties and click the ‘VOTE’ button for your favorites.

This year, three homes under the Ebby Halliday Companies umbrella have been chosen as finalists. You will find them all in the Amazing Kitchens category. 

“Industrial-Style Kitchen in Converted Dallas Warehouse”

1517 E Levee Street, Dallas | Henda Salmeron | Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 

“​​Chateau-Style Dallas Estate With Warm & Inviting Kitchen”

9727 Audubon Lane, Dallas | Karen Keegan | Ebby Halliday Realtors 

“Contemporary Gold and White Kitchen With Double Islands”

1621 Carruth Lane, Southlake | Marcontell + Gilchrest | Ebby Halliday Realtors 

Voting takes place now through August 2, and you can vote daily for your favorites in each of the eight categories. After you vote, be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000!  

Cast your vote today! 

2022 marks the 11th consecutive year HGTV has partnered exclusively with Ebby Halliday Companies’ global real estate network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury marketing division Luxury Portfolio International to host the contest, which last year saw over 1.5 million votes cast – making it one of the most popular contests on HGTV.com.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. 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 by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its three legacy brands: Ebby Halliday RealtorsDave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its core-services brands include Prosperity Home MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas Premier Title and HSTX Title

For more information, visit daveperrymiller.com.

*Sweepstakes Details: Limit of one (1) Entry per eligible person, per day, per Website during the Promotion Period. Promotion ends 5:00 p.m. ET on August 2, 2022. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. This Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 21 years of age or older at Promotion start date. One (1) prospective Grand Prize Winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received during the Promotion Period on approximately August 3, 2022, and will be contacted by phone or email on or about three (3) business days following the drawing. The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following (the “Prize”): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) presented in the form of a check. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $10,000. Full Sweepstakes details are available here.

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.

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.

Ebby Halliday Elementary Starts the School Year Strong


Agents of Ebby Halliday Companies Deliver Backpacks, School Supplies for Every Student at DISD’s Ebby Halliday Elementary

The Ebby Halliday Companies is built on a foundation of generosity, extending back to the days when Ebby Halliday herself was running the iconic residential real estate brand. Now a new generation of agents have readily adopted her personal mantra, “Do Something for Someone Every Day,” and are living it out in a variety of ways.

A most recent example is the Back-to-School Backpack Drive initiated by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. Agents were given school supply lists for Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas, and asked to provide. 

The company’s more than 30 offices quickly responded and within a week, hundreds of backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and more, were being delivered to the school – in plenty of time for Meet the Teacher night on August 12.

CEO & President Chris Kelly was quite pleased by the effort.

“Given what we’ve asked the children in our communities to endure and overcome these past 18 months,” said Kelly, “helping get their school year off on the right note is the least we can do to contribute towards their success. I am incredibly proud of how the entirety of the Ebby Halliday Companies rallied around the challenge issued by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.”

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young are EHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officers as well as sales leaders with Ebby Halliday’s offices in Rockwall and Forney, and Southwest Dallas, respectively.

“The Council’s goal was to gather 650 backpacks and we beat that by three!” said Kidd. ”We also have additional supplies for almost 100 more students.”

“Our mission with community outreach efforts like this is twofold,” Kidd continued. “We want to encourage both internal growth among our agents, staff and executives, and growth among our own community members. We want to ensure they have the opportunity to bridge generational wealth gaps. This mindset can start as early as Kindergarten.”

Added Young, “In addition to this, committee members have already identified a few key areas in North Texas where we plan to hold educational seminars regarding credit and lending, and host other beneficial programs. The potential to own a home should be for everyone.”

Ebby Halliday Elementary opened in August 2011 as part of a 2008 DISD bond package. The two-story, environmentally-friendly school is set in a rural-like area called Rylie where manufactured homes and horses are a common sight. Just behind the school, bulldozers prepare lots for a large single-family housing development, perhaps a sign of hope for community members that owning a home can be for them, too. 

Record-Breaking Month: $1.1 Billion in Sales, 2,000 Families Served


Month-end numbers have been tallied at the Ebby Halliday Companies and results confirm the local residential real estate powerhouse, comprising  Dave Perry-Miller Real EstateEbby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew, has again broken a 75-year sales record achieved less than a year ago. 

June 2021 is now officially the North Texas market leader’s best month ever, totaling $1.1 billion in closed sales.  

Chris Kelly, CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, took to video email and social media to congratulate more than 2,000+ agents across North Texas on the accomplishment.

“Your previous record did not stand the test of time,” Kelly said, “as less than a year later, you broke it again. Thank you for the unparalleled service you provide to your clients, as that is what this record represents. In just 30 days, you helped almost 2,000 individuals and families. At this rate, we can anticipate year-end numbers to break even more company records.”

So far in the first half of 2021, agents of the Ebby Halliday Companies have helped over 9,000 individuals and families and closed $5 billion in real estate. 

Having celebrated last year 75 years of service to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by transaction sides. 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 Home MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information, visit www.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.