Ebby Halliday tops North Texas Real Estate firms (Dave Perry-Miller is an Ebby Halliday company)

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Ebby Halliday again tops North Texas real estate firms

07:52 AM CDT on Friday, May 28, 2010


By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News


Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors has been at the top of the list of the largest North Texas real estate sales firms for decades.

The latest ranking, an annual industry study by Colorado-based Real Trends Inc., finds Ebby in its usual first place.

Ebby Halliday ranked 12th nationally among the 500 largest residential sales firms. The rating is based on the number of home sales transactions real estate agents completed in 2009.

Staying on top hasn't been easy given where the housing market has been in the last couple of years.

"The past 18 to 20 months we've had to bust it every day," said Ebby Halliday CEO Mary Frances Burleson. "And we are at the best place in the country to be.

"While our market has been down, we are still up there."

Other North Texas residential firms in the ranking include Keller Williams Realty Dallas, Century 21 Judge Fite Co. and Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors of Richardson.

Despite the shakeout in nationwide home sales and prices, the rankings of major residential brokerage firms haven't changed much, said Real Trends' Steve Murray.

"There are very few markets where we are seeing new entrants knock off incumbents or incumbents disappearing," Murray said. "Few exceptions are Chicago – where there are two new firms in the top five – and Michigan, where two of the top three had to merge with others.

"That is about it."

Real Trends surveys hundreds of residential sales firms around the country for its annual ranking.

The firms are ranked by total number of transactions, and companies are not combined by franchise. If two Remax offices have different owners, for example, each of them is ranked separately.

The largest residential company in the U.S., according to Real Trends, is New Jersey-based NRT LLC, which owns real estate brands including Coldwell Banker and Century 21. NRT also operates corporate-owned sales office around the country, including in North Texas.


Top D-FW residential sales firms
Largest locally owned firms based on number of transactions handled in 2009.*
Local rank Company National rank
1 Ebby Halliday 12
2 Keller Williams Realty Dallas 23
3 Century 21 Judge Fite 56
4 Coldwell Banker Apex 99
5 Remax DFW Associates 133
6 Century 21 Mike Bowman 168
7 Remax Premier Group 169
8 Keller Williams Realty Plano 225
9 Keller Williams Realty Fort Worth 248
10 Keller Willams Realty Frisco 280
*Does not include companies that have an out-of-town owner or franchises combined together, only separately owned firms.
SOURCE: Real Trends

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