Happy Birthday, Ebby Halliday!

Ebby, escorted by Roger Staubach

Why all the fuss? It’s hard to explain unless you meet Ebby and know something of her history—her pioneering work in real estate sales, her long-time leadership within the REALTOR® organization, and her contributions to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. “While Ebby Halliday, REALTORS®, has grown to be the largest independent real estate firm in Texas,” said the event co-chairs in a letter published in the evening’s program, “Ebby’s personal commitment to our community has been nothing less than extraordinary. No one gives back like Ebby.”

More than 500 people attended the gala; the event raised $640,000 for FFB-funded research to help find treatments and cures for blindness caused by retinal diseases. That’s a fitting tribute to a woman who has long made community service a centerpiece of her real estate brokerage. Wish I could have been there to raise a toast to the “First Lady of Real Estate”!

Stacey Moncrieff

Stacey is vice president of business-to-business communications for the National Association of REALTORS®, overseeing the association's key communications with NAR members and REALTOR® association executives.

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  1. Ben

    Wow, this woman is a legend in her own time! I remember hearing about Ebby a few years back, and being impressed that she was able to start a woman-owned brokerage in the 1940’s in Texas. To think that she’s still going strong in 2011 is incredible.

    Ebby is an inspiration for real estate pros everywhere.

  2. What an astonishing feat! A rich, successful and giving life that has made a difference to thousands and thousands of people. Ebby, you are truly one in a million. Thank you and God Bless!