ReeceNichols and Carol Jones, REALTORS® Join Forces to Create Top Residential Firm

LEAWOOD, Kan. – ReeceNichols Real Estate, the top-ranking real estate company in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and Carol Jones, REALTORS®, a leading real estate firm based in Missouri and HomeServices of America sister company, have joined forces. The combined companies will operate under the ReeceNichols brand in all markets.

The merger unites the two companies, creating the largest real estate company in both Missouri and Kansas with more than 2,500 real estate professionals in 29 offices serving buyers and sellers across southern Missouri and the Kansas City metropolitan area. In 2017, the combined firm closed over 20,000 transactions and $5.5 billion in sales volume.

Carol Jones, REALTORS® serves the Branson, Springfield, Neosho and West Plains regions in southern Missouri. Shaun Duggins, currently CEO of Carol Jones, will continue in his leadership role as President of ReeceNichols Southern Region. Linda Vaughan, CEO of ReeceNichols, together with Mike Frazier and the executive and sales leadership team will continue to lead the firm’s growth initiatives and manage day-to-day operations.

“We are combining two organizations, each with immensely talented agents, sales managers and employees and a shared commitment to delivering an exceptional real estate experience,” Vaughan said. “Expanding the ReeceNichols brand into southern Missouri will allow us to guide even more Missourians through their home ownership journeys.”

“Joining forces with ReeceNichols gives our agents access to new, cutting-edge tools and extended in-office support that will in turn help us better serve the people of southern Missouri,” Duggins said. “We’re thrilled to be part of this well-respected brand, and we think our agents and our clients will benefit greatly from these innovations. Plus, ReeceNichols’ membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World will help us extend our reach and offer our clients a deeper breadth of service.”

The tools ReeceNichols will introduce to the southern Missouri markets include:

  • The ReeceNichols app, which integrates seamlessly with the desktop site to allow users to save searches and use their phone camera to scan homes and receive full property details.
  • The ability to search, save and view homes for sale on your computer or mobile device through Home Match.
  • Expanded training opportunities for agents to further hone their skills.
  • Enhanced marketing resources to support agents’ efforts.
  • Complete suite of home ownership services through HomeServices Lending, HomeServices Insurance and Kansas City Title.

“We’re excited to expand the trusted ReeceNichols brand into southern Missouri,” said Mike Frazier, ReeceNichols president and CFO. “As sister companies within HomeServices of America, we’ve worked closely with Shaun over the years and are looking forward to having him and his experienced team of agents join the ReeceNichols family.”

About ReeceNichols

ReeceNichols Real Estate is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. With over 2,500 REALTORS® operating from 29 branch offices and 28+ franchise offices across Kansas and Missouri, ReeceNichols has proudly served Missouri and Kansas since 1905. The ReeceNichols family of services includes HomeServices Lending, Kansas City Title, HomeServices Insurance and Reece Commercial Real Estate. For more information, visit

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HomeServices of America® Announces the Acquisition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate

Minneapolis, Minn. (June 19, 2018) – HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced that it has acquired Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate as well as an ownership interest in Ambassador Title Services. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Ambassador Real Estate serves the Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Fremont, and Dundee communities with 630 sales associates operating in five sales offices. In 2017, Ambassador closed more than $2.1 billion in sales volume.

Led by its president Vince Leisey, Ambassador Real Estate has experienced year-over-year market-share growth and is widely recognized for its progressive and collaborative culture. In 2017, the company was ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine and CultureIQ’s Top Company Cultures list as the 12th best company culture in the United States in the large-company category.

Leisey is among the real estate industry’s most recognized and charismatic leaders and is known for his inspirational leadership style and approach to driving employee and agent engagement and productivity through one-on-one coaching, teamwork, and communication. Along with his existing executive team and sales managers, he will continue to lead Ambassador Real Estate’s strategic planning and growth initiatives as well as manage the company’s day-to-day operations.

“I am thrilled to join HomeServices’ family of companies. When you combine the exceptional culture that is the core of Ambassador’s productivity and success with HomeServices’ commitment to delivering exceptional service to its buyers and sellers and its unsurpassed growth opportunities, there is no limit to what we can accomplish,” said Leisey.

“Vince brings strategic vision, an innovative spirit and proven leadership qualities and, together with his team of sales managers and agents, has built an extraordinary organization,” said Ron Peltier, HomeServices’ chairman and CEO.

“Developing strategies that drive innovation and productivity across HomeServices’ family of companies is key to our mission of delivering value to our agents and consumers,” added Peltier. “We look forward to working with Vince and his team and are very proud to welcome them to HomeServices.”

The acquisition further expands HomeServices’ presence in the Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska markets, which include Omaha-based CBSHOME and Lincoln-based Woods Bros. Realty and HOME Real Estate. They will continue to operate as independently-branded companies in their respective markets.

With this transaction, HomeServices has nearly 43,000 real estate professionals operating in nearly 900 offices across 30 states. In 2017, the company’s associates facilitated over $137 billion in residential real estate sales and nearly 360,000 transactions (including the 2017 and 2018-to-date acquisitions pro-forma), further strengthening HomeServices’ position of becoming the nation’s largest real estate brokerage company based on transactions.

Ebby Halliday Companies to Join HomeServices of America, Inc.

Minneapolis, Minn. (June 4, 2018) – HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced it has acquired the Ebby Halliday Companies, the largest private residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. The acquisition includes Ebby Halliday’s three real estate brands—Dallas-based Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate along with Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate—and their affiliated mortgage and title companies. Ebby Halliday’s portfolio of companies will continue to operate under their current brand names. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Dallas, Ebby Halliday Companies serves metropolitan Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding communities with approximately 1,800 sales associates and staff operating in 35 offices across 12,000 square miles in North Texas. Ebby Halliday is the 12th largest residential real estate company in the United States by sales volume and the 17th largest by transaction sides, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. In 2017, the company closed $8.0 billion of sales volume.

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm by industry visionary Ebby Halliday, the firm has grown to become one of the nation’s foremost full-service real estate companies. The Ebby Halliday name is synonymous with providing clients the highest level of customer service, local expertise and resources, all delivered by a team of knowledgeable agents using the firm’s innovative technologies. Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO and Ron Burgert, the company’s chief financial officer will continue to lead the firm’s strategic growth initiatives and manage day-to-day operations together with their sales management teams.

Also announced today is the formation of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. Building on a lifetime of service by the foundation’s namesake and the simple saying she lived by, “Do something for someone every day,” the nonprofit organization will continue Ebby’s legacy of service to North Texas.

“Among Ebby’s greatest passions was service to the community she proudly called home,” says Burleson. “A tireless volunteer, her philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated. Through the Ebby Halliday Foundation, her legacy will be felt in our community and beyond for many years to come.”

“Finding the right partner to maintain the legacy, culture and integrity of the Ebby Halliday Companies was of upmost importance,” said Burleson. “We are joining an organization known for its strength and stability – and for its impeccable reputation and commitment to protecting brands. Joining with HomeServices ensures that our history of market leadership and industry service continues.”

“The Ebby Halliday brand and its legacy of integrity and service to our clients, industry and community will continue as it has for the past 73 years,” said Burgert. “Simply put, joining HomeServices makes us an even stronger company. HomeServices is an outstanding company that shares our commitment to delivering exceptional customer service. We are thrilled with this partnership and the many benefits it brings our valued clients, agents and employees.”

“Ebby Halliday is a premier company with talented, experienced agents, long-term ties to the communities and a brand that is well known throughout the industry,” said Ron Peltier, HomeServices’ chairman and CEO. “We are honored to be part of Ebby Halliday’s future and are committed to its continued growth and success.”

The acquisition further expands HomeServices’ presence in Texas, which includes Dallas-based Allie Beth Allman & Associates, which HomeServices acquired in 2015.With this transaction, HomeServices has nearly 42,500 real estate professionals operating in nearly 900 offices across 30 states.

“This is an important transaction for HomeServices,” concluded Peltier. “And we are very proud to welcome the Ebby Halliday Companies to the HomeServices family.

About HomeServices of America

HomeServices of America is the country’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and, is through its operating companies, one of the country’s premier providers of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Real Living Real Estate and Prudential Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC, is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America, which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. Information about HomeServices is available at

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About Ebby Halliday Companies

Dallas-based Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® ( is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,850 agents and staff in 35 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2017, the company participated in over 18,800 transactions with a sales volume of more than $8 billion. The company acquired Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( in 2007, and Williams Trew ( in 2014. It also has affiliated mortgage and title businesses.




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