Sale Prices Rise and Days on Market Decrease at the Ebby Halliday Companies

The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies by president and CEO Mary Frances Burleson. It was such great news, we thought we would share with you, too:

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ sales associates continue to lead the Dallas/Fort Worth and North Texas housing recovery!

The Dallas Morning News reported on May 30 that the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Housing Price Index showed an increase in Dallas area home prices of 1.5% in March over March 2011, reflecting an improving housing market.

This year, at the Ebby Halliday Companies the average price of homes sold has increased from $265,978 in January to $318,539 in May – an increase of more than 19% in just 5 months. At the same time, average days-on-market for Ebby sales fell from 92 to 71.

Rising sale prices and significantly shorter marketing times are both strong indicators that a housing recovery is already well underway at the Ebby Halliday Companies!

Mary Frances

Welcome to Our Newest Associates May 2012

The third Ebby School of 2012 recently concluded with all the pomp and circumstance of a true graduation. And a lot of fun, too.

More than 20 graduates celebrated the completion of our two week, results-driven new agent education program which features extensive training on various topics including lead generation, lead conversion, open house techniques, client presentations, business planning, negotiation, marketing, risk management and more.

Congratulations to all of our May 2012 graduates we re so excited to welcome you to the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies!

Whether you re new to the real estate business or a seasoned agent, if you re interested in a career with Ebby, contact Linda Argo to set up a confidential interview at 972-980-6628 or

To see more photos from the May 2012 graduation ceremony, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

Positive Signs Continue for North Texas Housing Market

Today s Dallas Morning News reports Dallas-area home prices were up for the first time in more than 18 months. Real estate editor Steve Brown writes in today s Morning News that Dallas prices rose 1.5 percent in March from a year ago, according to Standard & Poor s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

Dallas was one of seven U.S. markets in the closely watched monthly survey that saw year-over-year price gains. The other markets are Charlotte, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis and Phoenix.

In addition, Brown reports, preowned home sales prices in North Texas are up 6 percent so far this year compared to the same period of 2011 and preowned home sales were up 14 percent in the first four months of the year.

All of this confirms what Ebby agents across North Texas have been telling us for some time now: There has never been a better time to buy or sell a home in Dallas-Fort Worth. subscribers can read the full article online here .

If you re curious about what s available for sale in your neighborhood and at what price, visit the new . Helpful hint: find homes within a specified radius of your exact address by using the Ebby Proximity Search .

Announcing the New & Improved

We re very proud to announce the launch of the new We’ve taken a page from Steve Jobs’ book and the new site features lighter colors and cleaner lines which gives it a streamlined look and improved readability.

The new layout allows for more prominent placement of Featured Listings, which are highlighted with vibrant photography. And, conveniently located on the homepage are tabs showcasing Just Listed Homes, Recently Reduced Homes, Luxury Properties and Open Houses.

The new site also employs a social toolbar that offers users the opportunity to actively engage with us via the Ebby Blog, Twitter and YouTube. It also incorporates a feed from Facebook with our newest post.

In addition to updating the design of the site, we made a point of enhancing search functionality, content and layout to create a more user-friendly experience for our valued site visitors.

Enhancements include:

Advanced Search

The redesigned site allows users to search by more fields within the MLS using expandable filter bars. A results counter tells visitors how many properties match their criteria – they are then able to easily narrow down the results to find a home that meets their specific needs.

Updated Content

The new site offers easy access to information relevant to the home buying process, such as details about the North Texas area, mortgage and insurance needs and buyer s and seller s guides.

Community Page Updates

We ve added new, vibrant photos and descriptions to better showcase the uniqueness of North Texas diverse communities. And, site users now have easy access to school and community data.

As with any new site launch, we’re still making edits, so we encourage you to give us your feedback via the blue “Feedback” tab located on the right of the screen when you’re searching

We re proud of the new and hope you enjoy it also. Shopping for or selling a home in North Texas is now easier, and more fun, than ever!

Fresh Listing Friday: Shows Like a Model in Little Elm

This week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us north to a home listed just this week in Little Elm.

Situated on an oversized corner lot in Eldorado Estates, this brick and stone 3 bedroom, 3 bath home boasts almost 3,000 square feet for under $250,000! Amenities include an elegant rotunda entry, a gourmet island kitchen with the requisite granite counters and stainless appliances, and a spacious master suite with sitting area.

They say it’s all about the details, and if that’s truly the case, this home has you covered: 18″ diagonal ceramic tile, Frieze carpet, a stone fireplace, plantation shutters, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, multiple art niches, rounded corners, crown moldings, wonderful built-ins and more.

To see full details and photos of this fantastic new listing, visit the property website at

And to start a home search of your own, visit The Best Address In Real Estate,

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

Vote for Ebby!

Readers of ADDISON The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor have nominated Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® as one of their Favorite Residential Realtors in the 4th annual Readers Choice Awards.

We re really proud to be nominated but we also want to win! Since, like us, Ebby Halliday is undoubtedly your favorite residential real estate company, we encourage you to vote for Ebby today. The quick and easy-to-complete online form is available now through June 8 at this link. Look for the Lifestyles category and under that Favorite Residential Realtors.

Go ahead and exercise your right to vote for Ebby! We thank you in advance!


DSO Kicks Off Free Outdoor Performances

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud sponsors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra s 2012 Community Concert Series. The series kicks off today, May 23, with a concert at Paul Quinn College. The series includes four concerts in different Dallas parks, including the popular patriotic celebration at Flagpole Hill on Memorial Day. Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda will lead the DSO in a wide variety of classical favorites. All of the 2012 Community Concerts are free and open to the public.

The 2012 DSO Parks Concerts Series schedule:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8 p.m.

Concert at Paul Quinn College

3837 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas

Rain Site: Grand Lounge (on campus)

Monday, May 28, 2012 8 p.m.

Memorial Day Concert & Fireworks Display at Flagpole Hill

8007 Northwest Highway, Dallas

Rain Site: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 8 p.m.

Concert at Exall Park

1355 Adair St., Dallas

Rain Site: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8 p.m.

Concert at Kidds Springs Park

711 W. Canty St., Dallas

Rain Site: Kidd Springs Recreation Center, 711 W. Canty St., Dallas

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the Southwest. We hope you ll take advantage of this fun opportunity to experience the world-renowned DSO performing the classics under the stars for free!

Ebby s 2011 Top Associates Share Market Insight

The top six Sales Associates for Ebby Halliday, REALTORS in 2011 sold a combined 505 homes last year for a sales volume of almost $251 million.

These six individuals, Cindy O Gorman, Paulette Greene, Martha Morguloff, Danna Morguloff-Hayden, Dee Evans and Kathy Lakatta, and their office managers were guests of honor at the annual President s Luncheon hosted by Company President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson along with Founder & Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday, Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert and Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko.

The luncheon, recently held at the newly renovated Dallas Country Club in Highland Park, served as a valuable opportunity for these top Associates to join together and share their insights into the current North Texas real estate market. The overriding theme of the conversation at the luncheon was the increasing strength of the local market.

Following are a few of their thoughts:

Cindy O Gorman, 2011 Companywide Top Group, The O Gorman Group, Preston Keller Office:

The local real estate market has changed quite a bit since the first of the year, O Gorman says. Activity and demand is much higher in all price points. We have great interest rates and prices are very attractive. Those who don t buy now will likely be sorry later.

Paulette Greene, 2011 Companywide Top Group Runner up, The Paulette Greene Group, Frisco Office:

I am seeing a shortage of inventory in all price points — and I am seeing prices rising, Greene says. These two indicators taken together are creating a shift in the market that will lead to a seller s market.

Martha Morguloff & Danna Morguloff-Hayden, 2011 Companywide Top Team, Preston Keller Office:

We are experiencing a terrific resurgence of activity in the buying market. I am very optimistic about this market, Morguloff says. Adds teammate and daughter Danna Morguloff-Hayden, Interest rates are so favorable right now. Buyers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are really getting a lot of amenities for their money.

Dee Evans, 2011 Companywide Top Individual, Rockwall Office:

I am seeing more buyers than I have seen in 2 ½ years, including buyers from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arizona, Ms. Evans says. Lending money has loosened up and interest rates are very favorable.

Kathy Lakatta, 2011 Companywide Top Individual Runner Up, Mansfield Office:

Buyers are feeling much more comfortable. There are a lot more people out and about this spring who are ready to buy, Lakatta says. I ve had multiple offers on three newly listed properties in the past two weeks alone. It s going to be an amazing year.

Stay tuned in the coming days as we will spotlight each of these Sales Associates individually with more of their thoughts on the current market.

To learn more about buying or selling a home with Ebby Halliday, REALTORS, visit the award-winning

Shown above, from left, are Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko; Terri Macaluso, manager of the Frisco Office; Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert; Associate Paulette Greene; Associate Dee Evans; Founder & Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday; Associate Cindy O Gorman; Associate Martha Morguloff; Associate Danna Morguloff-Hayden; Vivian Black, manager of the Preston Keller office; and President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson. Not shown is Associate Kathy Lakatta.

Make Plans to Attend the Richardson Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival This Weekend!

If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, then look no further than the Richardson Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival!

In addition to the family fun and incredible music lineup, be sure to check out the Art Guitar Program & Auction. Since this program was introduced at the 2003 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, it has won both state and international awards for Best New Fund-Raising Program. Festival sponsors, local artists, celebrities, and sports figures are invited to enter a decorated guitar.

Guitar entries, either electric or acoustic, are transformed, painted, tiled, airbrushed, gilded in gold or whatever way the artists wish to express themselves. The guitars are then put on display in the Eisemann Center and sold in a silent auction for the duration of the Festival. Proceeds from the auction benefit the NETWORK of Community Ministries and the fine art programs in the secondary level of the R.I.S.D.

The Ebby Halliday offices at 190 @ Jupiter, Campbell/Coit, Preston Plano Parkway and Preston Keller are proud to be sponsors of this annual event. Be sure and stop by and tell them hello!

To see full details of this weekend long festival, visit

Fresh Listing Friday: Prestonwood Estates

A gorgeous home on a wooded lot in Prestonwood Estates graces this Friday’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday.

Located in North Dallas, 6834 Vineridge has abundant windows allowing light to pour in to the open and bright floor plan. The living area has hand-finished hardwood floors while the kitchen offers granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and travertine floors. And you must see the spacious backyard with gorgeous trees and a covered patio for entertaining.

Don’t miss this four bedroom, three bath home, because if the current market conditions hold true, this fresh listing might not be around for long!

And you can always search for homes for sale by your specific criteria at The Best Address In Real Estate,