‘Tis the Season to Sell Your Home


  Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season – especially this holiday season – may actually be an ideal time to offer your North Texas home for sale! Why?

  • The average home sales price in North Texas is up almost 15 percent over this time last year.
  • Interest rates are at historic lows, which means buyers have more buying power than ever before.
  • Inventory of homes for sale remains at historic lows while showing activity is still tracking higher than this same time last year.
  • Many people are still working from home, which means a lot of them may want more space, home offices, or just a change of scenery. Combined with lighter work schedules and less (anticipated) travel during the holidays, prospective buyers may use the extra time to search for a new home.
  • Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.
  • Typically there are even fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. Translation: less competition for you.
  • Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.
  • Many transferees are not able to wait until the spring market to buy. They are here now and need a home now.
  • By selling now, you’ll have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses will be for sale, which may mean lower prices. This could allow you to sell high and buy low.

Ebby Halliday Companies Named Top Place to Work


 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, of which Williams Trew is a proud member, 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, Williams TrewEbby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 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, visit williamstrew.com.

Pick Your Pumpkins from the Patch


With more breezy mornings and somewhat cooler weather in North Texas, the time is now for iconic fall traditions.

Whether you’re planning a delicious dish or adorning your porch with festive décor, these seasonal spots offer endless options for your perfect pumpkin search.

FORT WORTH

The Green Space Pumpkin Patch
3005 East Belknap Street, Fort Worth
Open: October 1 – 31
Weekdays, by appointment only
Weekend, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Arlington Heights UMC
4200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Open: October 11 – 31
Sunday-Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

ALVARADO

Sunset Hill Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch
3400 County Road, 206, Alvarado
Open: October 2 – 31

ARLINGTON

St. John the Apostle UMC Pumpkin Patch
5450 Mansfield Road, Arlington
Open: October 12 – 31

AUBREY

Aubrey Pumpkin Patch
1042 W. Sherman Drive, Suite 201, Aubrey
Open: September 26 – November 8

BEDFORD

Pumpkin Hollow
209 Harwood Road, Bedford
Open: October 2 – 31

CANTON

Canton Pumpkin Patch Yesterland Farm
15410 Interstate 20, Canton
Open: Select dates, September 19 – November 8

CLEBURNE

Mainstay Farm Family Pumpkin Days
1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne
Open: September 25 – November 1

DALLAS

Autumn at the Arboretum
8525 Garland Road, Dallas
Open: September 19 – November 1

Green Meadow Petting Farm
6400 W. Red Bird Lane, Dallas
Open: October 9 – 31

DFW Pumpkin Patch at the Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas
Open: September 12 – October 31

St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
9845 McCree Road, Dallas
Open: September 26 – October 31

DENISON

Elves Christmas Tree Farm
601 Harvey Lane, Denison
Open: October 3 – 31

GUNTER

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
15102 TX-289, Gunter
Open: September 26 – November 25

FAIRVIEW

Creekwood Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival
261 Country Club Road, Fairview
Open: October 4 – 31

FLOWER MOUND

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound
Open: October 3 – 31

FORNEY

The Gentle Zoo Pumpkin Patch
12600 FM 2932, Forney
Open: October 1 – 31 (while supplies last)

FRISCO

Pumpkins on the Prairie
3521 Main St., Frisco
Open: October 17 – 31

GRAPEVINE

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine
Open: Beginning October 2

MANSFIELD

St. John Youth Ministry
1218 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield
Open Daily: September 21 – October 31

MCKINNEY

Storybook Ranch
3701 Custer Road, McKinney
Open: September 26 – November 1

MIDLOTHIAN

Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm
1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian
Open: October 3 – November 1

PLANO

Pumpkin Patch on the Corner
3101 Coit Road, Plano
Open: September 28 – October 31

RICHARDSON

Arapaho United Methodist Church
1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson
Open: October 3 – 31, 2020

ROCKWALL

Blase Family Farm
1232 E. Fork Rd, Rockwall
Open: September 26 – November 1

SOUTHLAKE

The Patch at Southlake
101 E. Highland St., Southlake
Open: September 27 – October 31

STEPHENVILLE

Lone Star Family Farm
4199 U.S. Highway 67, Stephenville
Open: September 26 – November 7

Be sure to visit each pumpkin patch website for specific times, cost and safety information.

Ebby Halliday Companies Join CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion


 

In 2019, the Ebby Halliday Companies, which include Williams Trew, joined a growing coalition of CEOs pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. President & CEO Chris Kelly is among the more than 1,000 CEOs who have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, committing himself and the Ebby Halliday Companies to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

“By signing on to this commitment, the Ebby Halliday Companies pledged to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion,” Kelly says.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies also appointed longtime leaders within the company Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young Diversity & Inclusion Officers. Since their appointments they have worked diligently to diversify recruitment and ensure that the Ebby Halliday Companies’ offerings reach the widest and most-inclusive group of homeowners and buyers.

 

Organizations joining the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge have taken a step toward effecting positive change, exchanging tangible learning opportunities, creating collaborative conversations and fostering innovation.

 

“Diversity and inclusion are vital to the improvement of our work culture, the future of our business and industry, as well as the future of the region we are privileged to call home,” says Kelly. “As the market leader in North Texas, it is our responsibility to take action.”

 

Kelly says that the Ebby Halliday Companies have recognized that the Southern Sector of North Texas is underserved by residential real estate brokerages and affiliated services, such as mortgage, insurance and title, and they are actively working to expand their presence in the Southern Sector, including the construction of a new office in Cedar Hill.

 

“As we expand our Southern Sector presence, we will increase homeownership opportunities and provide expert representation for the area’s buyers and sellers,” says Kelly. “As part of this commitment, we are dedicated to expanding the diversity of our employees and sales force.”

 

In addition, the Ebby Halliday Companies – which includes three brokerage brands, as well as in-house mortgage, insurance and title brands – recognized the need to hire loan officers from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in order to best serve North Texas’ increasingly diverse population. Recruiting, hiring and retaining loan officers to better serve the entire North Texas community is one of the company’s stated goals.

 

“It is a priority for us to provide our clients loan officers that they enjoy working with and who serve their home-buying and selling needs by providing a variety of loan products appropriate to their needs,” says Kelly. “This is an important initiative for us in 2020 and moving forward into the future.”

 

To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies’ residential real estate brands, visit williamstrew.com, ebby.com and daveperrymiller.com.

Elevating Real Estate and Putting People First


The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way homes are bought and sold and the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Williams Trew, are at the forefront of combining agents’ hard-earned expertise and the latest technology to ensure easy, efficient, and safe transactions for clients.

 

“At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we believe some of the new ways of doing business are here to stay,” says President & CEO Chris Kelly. “Simply put, they are safe, streamlined, and very efficient.” The Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate brands include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, and Texas Premier Title.

 

“Every day our agents and employees are helping individuals and families move to, from and within North Texas,” Kelly says. “How? We’ve created an elevated online experience that takes you inside a home without leaving the comfort of your couch, all while benefitting from our agents’ extensive local market knowledge and expert advice.”

 

While residential real estate was, and always will be a “relationship” business, there are safe, innovative “solutions” that are enabling today’s buyers and sellers to take advantage of a multitude of technologies across the entirety of the home buying and selling journey.

 

Too often, consumers are being asked to choose between a technology or a traditional company to fulfill their real estate needs. From home showings to mortgages, to insurance, to closings, when you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies everything can be completed efficiently and virtually – and when combined with the personal touch of a local expert associated with North Texas’ leading residential real estate brokerage, it simply is an unmatched experience.

 

For home buyers, the Ebby Halliday Companies offer virtual consultations in which your needs and desires will be discussed in detail and a game plan then devised and implemented to achieve them, including the entirety of your mortgage and insurance needs. When you receive information about a home that you’d like to explore further, it’s easy and convenient to take a virtual tour and then secure a physical tour. And, from your initial offer through closing, you can choose to sign all documents electronically from the comfort of your home, including virtual notary services and curbside closings with the Ebby Halliday Companies’ title company.

 

For home sellers, Ebby Halliday Companies agents are making it easy to connect via phone or video call to discuss your unique situation and goals – and to learn in-depth how your home will be prepared for sale and ultimately sold in the shortest amount of time and for the highest price possible. From photographs, virtual tours, inspections, and showings, all can be done with minimal physical contact for the safety and security of you and your home. Your home will also receive the advantage of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ proven networking – locally, nationally, and internationally – through its affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and, in the case of luxury listings, Luxury Portfolio International.

 

“Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly. “Purchasing or selling in any other way would be like going back in time. More than any other real estate company in our region, our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title, and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texas and North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you. To learn more and to get started, please contact an Ebby Halliday Companies agent today. People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate. For more information about the Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance, and title services, visit williamstrew.com.