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Happy Birthday To The First Lady of Real Estate, Who Turns 103

Written by Realty Times Staff on Thursday, 06 March 2014 1:22 pm

Happy Birthday, Ebby!

(DALLAS, TX March 6, 2014) Happy Birthday to Ebby Halliday, who turns 103 on Sunday, March 9.

Affectionately known near and far as the First Lady of Real Estate, Ebby Halliday arrived in Dallas on a train from Omaha, Nebraska, in 1938. Ebby had transferred to the city to take charge of the W.A. Green store's millinery department. She brought with her sales and people skills Ebby had nurtured since age 8, when she started selling Cloverine salve to neighboring farmers.

Following her employment with W.A. Green, she opened Ebby's Hats in what today is known as Uptown. Her career in real estate began after a client brought a message from her husband, "If Ebby can sell you those crazy hats, maybe she can sell my crazy houses." The gentleman had built several insulated-cement "spec" homes and was in need of a salesperson.

Ebby knew to sell the homes she would have to be creative. She decided to furnish each with carpet, draperies, a couch, armchair and coffee table to allow buyers to visualize the potential of their new home.

"This was a successful approach and I sold all of his cement homes," Ebby says. "Did I know at the time I was ‘staging' properties? No. I was doing what I needed to do to get the homes sold. That's when I changed my product from hats to houses."

Ebby Halliday And, the rest, as they say, is history. In 2013, the Ebby Halliday Companies participated in more than 19,500 property transactions with more than $6.4 billion in sales. But for Ebby, her life's work has always been about more than selling houses. Building community and serving society are pillars of her work ethic and her namesake company's mission: serve the client, serve the community, and serve the industry.

Sharing her ideas, growing her business and encouraging her co-workers to get involved and improve their lives by improving the lives of those around them have always been close to her heart.

"It is our duty and privilege as Realtors to get involved, participate in the activities of our cities, and to help build our communities," she says.

Ebby Halliday has lived an extraordinary life that includes her rise from humble beginnings to become one of America's most-admired entrepreneurs. Her philanthropy in her hometown of choice and beyond is legendary. In 2005, she received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, which honors the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity.

Today the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas announced Ebby's Place, which will house the YW Women's Center. The building is a testament to a life of extraordinary integrity and a focus on empowering women.

"In lieu of birthday gifts this year, I encourage the public to support Ebby's Place at the YWCA," Ebby says. "Your support will positively impact lives in our community for many years to come."

To learn more about the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, visit

Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Companies is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the nation. The 68-year-old company, with approximately 1,500 sales associates and staff in 30 area offices covering 12,000 square miles of North Texas, participated in more than 19,500 property transactions in 2013, exceeding a sales volume of more than $6.4 billion. Ebby Halliday is one of the oldest and most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country, offering brokerage, leasing, mortgage, insurance and title services. In addition to Ebby Halliday, REALTORS®, the Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, Home Team Mortgage Co., Home Team Insurance, and Texas Premier Title.


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