Top Stories: Ebby Halliday Realty Companies Sold; Dallas Symphony Hires New Conductor

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Dallas-based real estate group Ebby Halliday, which has sold homes across North Texas for decades, has a new owner. HomeServices of America announced the agreement on Monday.

The deal includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday’s three real estate brands — Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew Real Estate, plus their affiliated mortgage and title companies.

Founder Ebby Halliday died in 2015 at age 104. The company she started in 1945, according to a statement announcing the sale, now has about 1,850 agents and staff in 35 offices, with sales volume last year topping $8 billion.

HomeServices is an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, which is owned by billionaire Warren Buffett.

Other stories this evening:

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has appointed a Grammy Award-winning Italian as its new music director. Fabio Luisi has a five-year contract and replaces Jaap van Zweden, who left to lead the New York Philharmonic. Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks reports the new director will take over gradually, but his appointment wasn’t the only big news from the DSO.
The largest health insurer in Texas has delayed a stricter review policy for 500,000 customers. As Houston Public Media’s Allison Lee reports, plans to launch that change have instead been delayed for two months because of pushback from the Texas Medical Association and a dozen other groups.

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