Spring into Some Outside Living

The 75 degree sunny weather forecast can only mean one thing in North Texas: there’s not an open seat on a single patio to relax and unwind. Why fight the crowds when you could enjoy a patio at your very own home? On top of the Spring weather, MSN Real Estate recently compiled a list of some of the most rocker-ready porches in the nation. While we love the list, we think they may have missed a few in our area. See below for some of the best Dallas/Fort Worth porches on the market today:

Frontyard View in Frisco

This traditional home in Stonebriar Creek sits on a nearly four-acre lot with a great front porch to sit on your rocking chair and wave to the neighbors. Other features include a resort-style pool, six-car garage, six fireplaces and elegant formals. Visit 15riva.ebby.com for more information.

Multiple Patios in McKinney

Built in 2008, a plantation-style home in McKinney offers balconies, covered porches and patios to take in the gorgeous views of the TPC golf course. This home has handscraped hardwood floors, multiple French doors, vaulted ceilings and a chef’s dream kitchen. Visit 5909settlement.ebby.com for details.

Bring Your Rocking Chair to Royal Lane

In addition to the perfect front porch for a swing and rocking chairs, this gated estate has mature trees, a swimming pool and a stable for horses. This home is also in an amazing location. For details, visit 4476royal.ebby.com.

Lounge on this Lakefront Lot

Enjoy breathtaking lakefront views from your extensive back porch with this four-bedroom home in Prestonwood West. With a pool and amazing kitchen, this home is perfect for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Visit 5812Richwater.ebby.com for details.

Wrap-Around Porch in Munger Place

Take in the neighborhood sights and sounds of historic Munger Place from your very own wrap-around front porch. This prairie-style home has gorgeous refinished hardwood floors and large living areas. For details, visit 5003Tremont.ebby.com or visit the open house this Sunday, April 1st.

None of these houses strike your fancy? Well, whether you want a front porch to take in the views, a pool to escape the heat or just a big lot for the kids to play outside, visit Ebby.com to search for your perfect Spring-worthy home.

Should You Rent or Buy? CNNMoney says BUY!

Are you struggling to decide whether you should rent or buy a home? Well, according to CNNMoney, the very clear answer in today’s market is that buying a home is more affordable than renting. In fact, in nearly all of the top 100 housing markets (save Honolulu and San Francisco) it is more affordable to buy a home than to rent. Home prices are falling while mortgage interest rates are low and rents are on the rise.

Ken H. Johnson, a professor of real estate at Florida International, believes home prices nationally have bottomed.

“The ship has turned,” he said. “Markets should slowly start to recover. Housing will return to its traditional role of a safety investment.”

This is very welcome news in the housing market and even better news if you are searching for a new home. Visit CNN.com for the full article by Les Christie. And, if you want to see the available options in your area of choice, visit Ebby.com to start your home search today.

HGTV s House Hunters Documents Ebby Associate and Clients

Ebby Halliday agent, Cindy Solice, recently took on the challenge of representing engaged clients Lindsay and Dayne in the search for their first home together. This unique couple presented a common challenge as they struggled to find an aesthetic to fit both of their tastes. Lindsay is drawn to traditional homes while Dayne prefers a more contemporary style. Their conflicting styles created the perfect formula for s the HGTV show, “House Hunters”. So, the cameras followed Lindsay and Dayne around as Cindy faced the challenge by showing the couple a variety of homes.

In the end, the couple settled on a transitional home, a 70s ranch-style house in North Dallas with formal living and dining areas to satifsy Lindsay, yet tall ceilings and an open feeling for Dayne’s taste. A job well done by Cindy, and we hope Lindsay and Dayne enjoy their new home!

Inspired to begin searching for a home of your own? Start at The Best Address In Real Estate, Ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday & Dave Perry-Miller Maintain Luxury Market Leadership

In 2011, the Ebby Halliday Companies maintained its position as the luxury market leader in North Texas, selling more homes priced at $1 million and greater than any other firm, according to NTREIS MLS Sold Data. Comprised of Ebby Halliday, Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, the firm surpassed its nearest competitor by almost $160 million in sales, and more than doubled the sales of the third nearest competitor.

The truest measure of an extraordinary luxury real estate brokerage is not in the claims, but rather in the sustained proven results, said Company President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. While 2011 was a year of many changes for luxury real estate in our market, our focus has remained the same since 1945 to first and foremost deliver an unparalleled level of service to our clients. We strongly believe that commitment to service, and the dedication to our core values of ethics and trust, are what allowed us to remain the leader in luxury sales in our marketplace.

Associates of Ebby Halliday and Dave Perry-Miller, who are regarded as the most respected in the industry, also participated in the highest sales in the following neighborhoods (in alpha order): Allen, Bluffview, Flower Mound, Frisco, Greenway Parks, Highland Park, Irving/Las Colinas, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Oak Cliff/Kessler Park, Plano, Preston Hollow, Rockwall, University Park and Uptown.

We re proud to have maintained our luxury position locally, but because now, more than ever, luxury real estate is a global business, we are also proud to be the exclusive Dallas affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International, said Burleson. Through this premier, invitation-only organization, The Ebby Halliday Companies partners with the finest independent brokerages from around the world who embrace a full understanding of international marketing, which brings unrivaled global exposure to the luxury homes it represents. Significant 2011 sales for Luxury Portfolio included both the buyer and seller of the Spelling Mansion in Holmby Hills, California, which was listed at $150 million, and the Evermay Estate in Washington, D.C., last listed at $25.9 million.

Celebrating almost 70 years, the Ebby Halliday Companies is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the nation. The company was also recently ranked #1 based on closed transactions and number of properties listed by Dallas leading business publication. In addition to residential real estate sales, the company is also comprised of its ancillary service divisions, The Lending Partners, Home Team Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

For more information on the luxury leadership of The Ebby Halliday Companies, visit luxuryleaders.com. To see current luxury homes for sale, visit ebby.com and daveperrymiller.com.

Hot Off The Press: Luxury Portfolio International Releases Latest Edition of Luxury Magazine

The spring edition of the Luxury Portfolio International Magazine is now available. This publication is produced two times a year by the luxury real estate network Luxury Portfolio International and includes extensive home design and luxury-focused content, as well as a selection of the world s most exclusive properties from around the globe.

In the latest edition readers will enjoy a rare look at the Illinois compound of NBA legend Michael Jordan, bask in the ultimate serenity of a Bali-themed Kauai estate and survey a timeless oceanfront luxury estate in British Columbia. Luxury enthusiasts can also catch up on trending topics such as the new design paradigm in home décor or take a look at how special property types complement specific luxury lifestyles. The magazine also reveals interior designer insights and the latest innovation, exploration and relaxation amenities.

The newest edition is mailed and distributed to affluent consumers through Luxury Portfolio s network in more than 30 countries and sold on newsstands in over 50 countries. In addition, it will be circulated at the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT, March 22-24 at Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida.

We are exceptionally pleased with this edition and especially thrilled to be able to feature the property of NBA legend Michael Jordan, notes President of Luxury Portfolio International Paul Boomsma. The content, features, design tips and truly breathtaking properties are sure to transport any reader and enthrall the luxury enthusiast we know is drawn to our publication.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be founding members and the exclusive Dallas affiliates of Luxury Portfolio International. All luxury homes represented by Ebby Halliday, Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates benefit from the extensive national and global distribution of the magazine, which directs traffic to the award-winning website, LuxuryPortfolio.com. In addition, the company has several current listings featured in this edition of the magazine.

Click here to view the latest edition of Luxury Portfolio International Magazine, or visit www.luxuryportfolio.com to learn more.

Grand Vie Spring 2012 Has Arrived!

The Spring 2012 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine has arrived and has been direct mailed to almost 30,000 luxury homes across the DFW Metroplex.

As usual, it s filled with some of the most luxurious homes currently for sale including the truly amazing landmark home at 4248 Armstrong, which is one of the most significant architectural properties ever built in Highland Park; an exquisite European estate located at 5115 Ursula which is surrounded by bountiful gardens, a lighted tennis court and outdoor living spaces perfect for springtime dining al fresco; and our elegant cover home which is perfectly sited at 4212 Versailles, greeting guests with a dramatic entry and a gracious circular staircase. From classic to contemporary, this edition also features luxury homes in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Fairview and Rockwall.

For the second time, we explore spectacular luxury vacation homes in a special section. Just in time for your summer getaway, Dallas real estate blogger Candy Evans showcases several sandy hot spots for fun in the sun including a Spanish-style estate in Casey Key, Florida that features 290 feet of waterfront and your own tropical sanctuary. Also on her radar are the many perks of life in the Caribbean. The beautiful estate in Turtle Cove, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands is just what you need to relax with its five master suites and breathtaking ocean views. This section will also take you to Montecito, California, dubbed the American Riviera (and for good reason), and Kilauea, Hawaii.

The “Spotlight On” feature highlights the USA Film Festival, which is dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of excellence in the film and video arts. Be sure to add the 42nd Annual Film Festival, April 25-29, to your schedule. You might have even spotted Grand Vie in the gift bags at the Festival’s Oscar Night America Dallas event, Dallas’ only official Oscar-watching party.

And finally, this issue continues the use of Quick Response (QR) technology. At The Ebby Halliday Companies, we continuously strive to provide our clients with the very best in home marketing, utilizing the most current communication tools. That s why every page features a graphic QR code, that when scanned with a Smartphone QR Reader, immediately delivers a full photo gallery, property details including room dimensions, current price and school information, and direct access to the listing Associate via phone or e-mail. Some even feature property videos. This immediate connection to the online world makes it easier than ever for Grand Vie readers to find instant, up-to-date information on their property of interest.

Like walking into a good friends’ home, we hope you feel at home in the pages of our spring edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living.

If you would like the see the latest edition of the magazine now, browse the online flipbook (complete with links to the property detail pages with the most up-to-date information) at grandviemagazine.com.

Blogger Candy Evans Dishes Dallas Real Estate Dirt with Ron Corning on WFAA s Daybreak

First of all, is there any media outlet Candy Evans hasn’t been featured on?

Our favorite Dallas blogger recently sat down with Ron Corning on WFAA’s Daybreak to give a state of the real estate market report – sales are up 20 percent, why some of the best homes never hit the open market and, of course, the upcoming auction of Champ d’Or. She also showed off some of her favorite current homes for sale. Watch the full clip here:

And if you’re interested in any of the homes Candy highlighted, find more information here:

2100 Kimball Hill Court | Southlake | $1,445,000

5006 Maple Springs | Dallas | $549,900

11110 Flamingo | Dallas – Lochwood | $239,000

6011 Winton | Dallas – M-Streets | $200,000

Want to take a trip to Candyland on a daily basis and keep up with all the best Dallas/Fort Worth real estate news? Visit CandysDirt.com.

APPLAUSE: Ebby Halliday Announces 2011 Companywide Honor Roll

If you missed yesterday’s Home Center section of The Dallas Morning News, we again congratulated our Companywide Top Associates for the past year. Our President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson was quoted:

These Associates exemplify the utmost in professionalism, having established themselves as leaders in our industry. For over 65 years Ebby Halliday, REALTORS has been in the forefront of the area s real estate market, setting the standard for customer service and building a name that is synonymous with trust. Today, our company continues to be focused on innovation, growth and people. It is those people that we honor today. We applaud their accomplishments and join in celebrating their success.

In addition to yesterday’s front page story, the 2011 Companywide Honor Roll was featured in a full page ad on the back cover of the main section of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, February 25, on the home page of the award-winning Ebby.com, as the header of our Sunday property ad in TDMN for the past three weeks and in various print media mentions and social media outlets.

The following Associates were named to the top of their categories:

To see our full Honor Roll featuring all of our 2011 Companywide Top Associates, visit applause.ebby.com.

Congratulations again to you all!

A Word From Our President: SALES ARE BOOMING IN 2012!

The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies today by President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. Given our previous blog entry highlighting a story from The Dallas Morning News about low home inventory in North Texas, we wanted to share this. Homes are selling – and they are selling fast!

Sales at the Ebby Halliday Companies have increased dramatically for 2012.

The sales volume of properties placed under contract during February 2012 was $402 million – that’s a 28% increase over 2011.

And, as of March 15, 2012, total company-wide pending sales exceeded $580 million.

What a fine testament to the continuing hard work and professionalism of all the Ebby Halliday Companies’ Associates!

Now is the time to List, List, List!

Thank you all for all that you do – you are truly exceptional!

Mary Frances

Want to see what’s for sale in your neighborhood? Search homes for sale at The Best Address In Real Estate, ebby.com.

WANTED: Homes To Sell

There’s no doubt that the spring real estate market has arrived. We’ve heard countless stories from our Associates who say they are running out of inventory – homes are selling and they are selling fast!

Yesterday’s Dallas Morning News reported that overall the number of pre-owned homes for sale in North Texas is at its lowest level in more than a decade. Many neighborhoods have about a four-month supply of homes. A six-month supply is considered a balanced market. Ebby Associate Lydia Player is quoted:

Inventory is way down, and our showings are up and pending sales are way up. Even houses that have been sitting on the market for more than 200 days are getting more showings. Investors are really scrambling because they realize the market has bottomed out and this is the time to buy.

The tightest home markets in North Texas right now are in the suburbs: Grapevine with a 2.5-month supply, and Bedford and Frisco each with a three-month supply. Even the Park Cities, where higher prices usually mean longer selling time, only has a five-month supply of houses for sale.

So what does this mean? If you’ve been considering selling your home, now may be the ideal time! Call an Ebby Associate today to learn more about the conditions in your area.

To read the full story from The Dallas Morning News, click here.