Transaction Closed!

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS

Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. is pleased to announce that its acquisition by HomeServices of America, Inc., is complete and the Ebby Halliday Companies are now proud Berkshire Hathaway affiliates. The three real estate brands: Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as the firm’s mortgage and title companies,  are now fully affiliated with the powerful HomeServices organization. The acquisition provides a unique avenue for the Halliday organization to continue its legacy of providing the unparalleled real estate services for which it is so well known far into the future.

Serving North Texas residents since 1945, Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. is one of the country’s most highly respected real estate brokerages. Its affiliation with Home Services joins the firm with the nation’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and the nation’s leading provider of homeownership services.

Memberships in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, and numerous other industry networks, and now its new affiliation with Home Services ensure that Ebby Halliday Companies’ sales professionals are ideally positioned to continue to represent clients across North Texas for years to come.

I am personally delighted to share this exciting news with each of you, and look forward to our mutual opportunity for an even more successful and rewarding future as the undisputed leader in Texas real estate!

Mary Frances





The enemy of productivity is distraction.

Think about it. All around us, companies are throwing advertisements at us constantly. Social media is another culprit. You start looking at social media and the next thing you know, two hours have passed.

I recently watched a video by Darren Hardy, the publisher of Success Magazine titled “Insane Productivity.” In it, he mentions that distraction is the number one enemy of productivity. It costs companies tons of money every year. I believe it.

I think about how much time TV, the Internet, and other things distract me from what I am doing.

Eliminating Distraction

So, here are three things that I have found that help eliminate some of the distractions so I can be more productive.

  1. An app called BrainFocus. It allows me to set a simple timer for however long I need it to be so I can focus. When the timer counts down to zero, an alarm goes off on my phone telling me to take a break. After four cycles, it gives me a longer break.
  2. Use my office. My wife gets on me for using the couch sometimes but if I go in the office, there is no TV, radio, or people walking around the house that can distract me.
  3. Since my office can be anywhere, I sometimes find myself in a coffee shop or eatery where there are other people. It’s much harder to eliminate distractions there but I can put my earbuds in and put on some soothing music to help drown out the noise. Having been a parent to many kids, I have developed the skill of tuning out, so there’s that.

With so many distractions, it can be hard. As an entrepreneur, it falls on you to eliminate those distractions so you can focus on what you need to do each day.


Speaking of what to do each day, another suggestion by Darren Hardy is to make a list of three things you want to accomplish each day in priority order. Make the list the day before and take them one at a time. Work on the first one until it is complete, then move to the second one and so on. If there is something that doesn’t get done that day, make your list for the next day and determine the priorities.

What do you do to eliminate distractions in your work and business life?

Be Aware

Carrot Ranch 99 Word Challenge

Be Aware

They were told walking through the woods would bring them closer to nature. They said to be aware of their surroundings. It would be good for the soul, they said.

Stan and Jessica felt much more in touch with their own feelings about nature and each other.

They took their shoes off and strolled through the shallow stream holding hands.

As the afternoon began to succumb to dusk, they headed back to the lodge to rejoin their group.

By midnight they were itching terribly. Not only did their arms itch, but their legs too.

Poison Ivy and chiggers. Ugh!

Sunny Spring Weather?

Another Challenge from CarrotRanch – 99 Word Challenge

Sunny Spring Weather - Soccer

Yay! It’s Spring!

I’ve been waiting for the trees to start budding, flowers to bloom, and all the sensory feelings of spring.

I wake up and get dressed. Shorts, Flip-Flops and a T-shirt. It’s going to be a great day.
Moving to the kitchen, I eat a hasty breakfast.

A game of soccer to kick off the day. Kick off the day. Ha! I crack myself up.
Grabbing the keys, I open the door. Brr! A frigid cold chills me right to the bone.

I check my phone. 30 degrees. Ugh!

So much for spring in Upstate New York.

Floating On Air

CarrotRanch 99 word challenge.

Float On Air

Sally held her hand out the back window of the car, feeling the force of the wind. It felt like her fingers were flying. She was doing her best to try and keep her hand level. A challenge at 60 mph.

Bruce jumped into the front seat and sat down.

Sally began to daydream as she stared past her hand towards the outstretched fields.

Suddenly, her hand was sticky wet, jolting her out of her daydream.

“Bruce! No!” she shouted.

Bruce, their Great Dane, had his head out the window and was drooling.

That’s when her dad started laughing.


Deep Thinking

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme “follow your dreams.” From CarrotRanch.

Follow Your Dreams

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” she said.

He shrugged and continued eating his cereal without looking up.

“You can’t just sit around complaining about what you don’t have.”

He stopped mid shovel and looked up at her. Then, shrugging again, he went back to his feeding frenzy.

He knew she was right. He needed to follow his dreams if he was going to make something of himself.

“I can’t do this anymore! Get work that you’re passionate about or I’m leaving. Damn it! Your 40 years old.”

He stopped again and said, “You’re right.”

Just Desserts

99 Word Fiction Challenge from Carrot Ranch.

Just Desserts

“Eh – What’s Up Doc?”

You could just hear the sarcasm dripping in his voice.

I had just lost a job I had been doing for over twenty years and was in no mood, but it made me laugh anyway.

I needed some humor to relieve the stress I was under. It’s tough getting downsized.

I smiled and said, “How about a piece of that carrot cake you got there?”

“No problem sir. I’ll get that right away. Need a drink with that?” he said.

“How about some ice cold milk?”

Somehow, I knew things were going to be ok.