Ebby Halliday created her real estate firm, Ebby Halliday Realtors, in 1945. The Dallas firm started with 52 houses located in the North Dallas area on the Walnut Hill Golf Course. Selling those difficult houses led to consistent growth for Ebby Halliday Realtors.
Halliday, who grew up in Abilene, Kansas, was 27 years old when she arrived in Dallas in 1938, seven years before opening her firm. Although it was a one-person firm when she started, it expanded to become the top independent real estate firm in both the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex area and Texas, according to REAL Trends, Inc. It also reached the number 10 position in the United States.
Ebby Halliday Realtors hired Mary Frances Burleson in 1958. She rose through management positions, then became the firm's president and CEO, in charge of its expansion and operations.
Ebby Halliday Realtors is part of Ebby Halliday Companies. The companies acquired Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in 2007 and Williams Trew Real Estate in 2014.
Halliday has received several business and real estate awards, and she won the 2005 Horatio Alger award for her achievements in life. In 2008, the National Association of Realtors named Halliday honorary chair of its 100th anniversary Gala Black Tie Dinner.