The Matise story began in 1939 in Tyler, Texas, when Mike Matise founded Matise, Realtors.  An industry leader instrumental in the formation of the Tyler Board of Realtors, Mike established his East Texas business upon strong principles, creativity, knowledge, foresight, and, most importantly, hard work. 


The son of Sicilian immigrants, Mike was a true entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He loved working with people and providing them service.  During the 1940’s at the time of World War II, he simultaneously managed the Safeway grocery store in Tyler, Texas,  owned 2 Army Surplus trading posts, listed and sold real estate, built houses, owned the sandwich concession for the Camp Fannin army base near Tyler, built warehouses out of discarded wooden ammunition boxes, was appointed to oversee the East Texas State Parks by the governor, established and ran bus service to and from Tyler to the State Parks, owned a pig stye with the local policemen, and finally, owned 2 restaurants that he used the leftover restaurant food as slop for the piglets. And then World War II ended, the army bases closed, and with them went most of his businesses. 

But this is not the end of his story; it is truly where Mike’s greatness was realized. His fearless determination allowed him to focus on real estate with a primary emphasis on selling motels and hotels because the deals were larger. Most of the time, he acted as agent, financier and closer on his transactions. He was a founding member of the Greater Tyler Board of Realtors and gave numerous hours of service to the Tyler community, earning him the Silver Beaver Award through the Boy Scouts of America.

This vision broadened to encompass Dallas when his son Hoyt R. (Dick) Matise relocated to the  Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in 1969.  With his large yellow and black signs blanketing D/FW, Dick would ultimately preside over one of the largest commercial firms in the region.

In the late 1980's, the strategic decision was made to concentrate solely on the marketing, sale, and finance of funeral homes and cemeteries throughout the United States.  At this time, Mark Matise joined Hoyt Matise Corporation, bringing with him a strong desire to continue the family business while establishing his own roots in the Texas real estate community though innovative enterprise and the development of commercial, retail and residential properties.

The Matise expansion into the residential market was led by Patricia Matise in 1979, who continues to be a dedicated member of the brokerage community and an invaluable resource for information on specific areas, market trends and finance options.   As an interior designer and antiques expert, Patricia offers exceptional guidance in home staging, decorating and editing in the event of a client downsizing.

Patricia’s efforts were enhanced when Melinda Matise joined the family business in 1989 after graduating from Southern Methodist University.  With depth of knowledge and understated business style, Melinda advises a growing number of clients who use her services while simultaneously recommending her to others.   She is an expert in complex contract negotiations and many of her transactions are completed as a result of her extensive network within the real estate community prior to the property ever reaching the open market.

The depth of experience provided by the Hoyt Matise Corporation in all aspects of brokerage services, including mergers and acquisitions and finance, is unparalleled in the industry. Now in its third  generation, Hoyt Matise Corporation is setting the industry standard representing sellers and  buyers in the death care industry. 

We understand that it is the relationships between people that are most important; helping others and doing our share, and oftentimes not the actual business itself. Our experience is incomparable, but our success is dependent on the relationships we build and our commitment to serve our clients.


Dick Matise

(214) 725-6713

Patricia Matise

(214) 714-4136

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Melinda Matise

(214) 668-8976


Associates & Staff

Bruce Berman
Commercial Real Estate, Funeral Homes and Cemeteries

Dale Gilliam
Marketing and Administration

Jerry Thornton
Mortgage and Finance, Funeral Homes and Cemeteries

Dimitri Demoloukis
IT Management

Sales Agent

Real estate is one of the most attractive professions today where you can gain control of your career, your income and your future.


You must complete a total of 210 classroom hours before submitting your application for a salesperson license to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). 

These hours should consist of:

150 Classroom hours in the following Core courses:

1. Principles and Practices of Real Estate (60 hours) 

2. Real Estate Law and contracts (30 hours) 

3. Real Estate Law of Agency (30 hours) 

4. One additional Core Real Estate Course (30 hours)

60 Classroom hours in core related courses are acceptable to TREC – basic college courses may be acceptable for fulfilling this requirement.

You can take courses online or in person. To obtain a full listing of education providers visit:

Application/Testing Process

  • You must furnish the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) satisfactory evidence of successful completion of all the education requirements along with the required fees.
  • TREC will notify you with an approval of your education requirements. This usually takes about two weeks.
  • You will then submit the original Salesperson application along with all applicable fees (If you include a Sponsorship Request, your license will be issued Active upon passing the licensing exam).
  • Upon completing an application for licensure, you will receive a letter of eligibility from TREC with an identification number and a Candidate Information Brochure will be mailed separately by the examination services provider.
  • You can either call to make an appointment to sit for the exam or apply on-line – advance registration is required and no walk-in registrations or same-day retakes are allowed.
  • Examinations will only be administered at TREC Examination Centers and two forms of identification will be required when you arrive. Test results will be made available to you immediately after taking the exams. 

Your Association With A Broker

  • You must pass your exam within six months of filing your application with TREC.
  • If you did not submit a Sponsorship Request with your application, your license will be issued Inactive.
  • You must pass your exam within six months of filing your application with TREC.
  • If you did not submit a Sponsorship Request with your application, your license will be issued Inactive. 
  • You must then submit a Sponsorship Request to become Active. Please contact an office manager now with any questions.
  • You are not authorized to perform any act for which a real estate license is required until an ACTIVE Texas Real Estate commission license is in the possession of your sponsoring broker.
  • 60 additional hours of core real estate education will be required in the first year you earn your license.
  • Mandatory Continuing Education requirements are 15 hours of approved credit which include 6 hours of Ethics and Legal Topics.
  • Formal education is available and encouraged while working in real estate. Matise, Realtors offers a comprehensive two-week training program for new associates, special seminars and weekly office meetings.

Additional information can be obtained at the TREC website or Call 1-800-250-TREC.


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