Arlington Homes for Sale Featured on WFAA s Daybreak This Morning

It’s no secret that our friend Candy Evans knows Dallas/Fort Worth real estate, which is why she’s a recurring guest on WFAA’s Daybreak with Ron Corning. She stopped by this morning to give viewers a video tour of Phil Romano’s Strait Lane home and highlight homes for sale in the great city of Arlington.

It’s no surprise that at the top of her Arlington list was 701 Sunrise Court, listed by Linda Magazzine and the Linda Magazzine Group.

Offered for $1,195,000, this private compound is nestled on 1.648 heavily wooded acres with a 5 acre lake, a separate guest house and maid’s quarters. The main house has five bedrooms, five full baths, two half baths, and an entire wing is devoted to the master suite, complete with an exercise room. Other amenities include a sport court, a pool with a cascading waterfall, and a pool house with two baths and a full kitchen.

You can learn more about this great home and others in the Arlington area by watching the full segment below. And if you love 701 Sunrise Court as much as Candy does, be sure and note there’s an open house this Sunday, October 14 from 2-4 pm.

To search homes for sale in Arlington or any other North Texas area, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association,

World-Class Entertainment is Close to Home

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to sponsor the first full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra s new performance series, DSO on the GO. Beginning today, the series brings the DSO to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

DSO on the GO performances feature the full Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing familiar classical pieces and popular light classics. The series also includes enrichment programs such as open rehearsals and student master classes.

DSO on the GO brings the excitement of a world-class orchestra directly to the communities where many of our clients, Associates and employees live and work, says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for The Ebby Halliday Companies. Community involvement is part of The Ebby Halliday Companies 67-year tradition of service, and we are honored to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra s newest community enrichment efforts.

Click here for the full schedule of DSO on the GO performances.

When Selling A Home, Do Words Really Matter?

Want to sell your house fast? It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.

Houses that real estate agents describe as “move-in condition” sell 12 percent faster than homes listed without those words, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, titled A Motivated Seller by Any Other Name … “starter homes” sell 9 percent faster. But be careful: A house called a “handyman special” sells about 50 percent faster, but the final price is 30 percent lower than listings that lack those words.

For the past decade, Paul Anglin, associate professor of real estate at the University of Guelph in Ontario, has been studying the effect of certain words in house descriptions.

One of the worst offenders is “motivated” sellers, according to Professor Anglin. He says this term may serve to both lower the selling price and slow the sale. Oddly, frantic pleas of “must sell” have no effect on selling time or price, the professor says.

In a 2005 National Bureau of Economic Research study, words that depict distinct attributes “granite,” “maple” and “gourmet” correspond with higher sale prices. Words deemed “superficially positive” like “clean,” “quiet,” “fantastic” and “charming” are either ineffective or even hurt prices.

A separate study by Thomas Thomson, a professor of real estate and finance at the University of Texas at San Antonio, found that words that describe specific attributes are more likely to boost the selling price: Mentioning “garage” increases the sale price by 9.8 percent, “fireplace” by 6.8 percent and “lake” by 5.6 percent.

View the full Wall Street Journal article here and take an online quiz to test your aptitude for choosing just the right words.

And to start your home search or find just the right agent to represent your home, visit the Website voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association,

AS SEEN IN THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Experts help buyers and sellers

The following story was written by Stewart Lytle and appeared on the front page of the DFW Real Estate Finder section of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, October 7:

In today s increasingly connected world, relocating consumers have a wealth of information at their fingertips. What they often don t have is a way to tailor that information to their personal needs. That s where the relocation experts at The Ebby Halliday Companies enter the picture.

Led by Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene, a respected national figure in the relocation industry, Ebby s team of specialists the largest such in-house team in North Texas – connects relocating consumers with a real estate agent who not only specializes in their area of geographic interest, but also is knowledgeable about lifestyle issues affecting their move, regardless whether that move is into or out of North Texas.

Each client is unique and we work tirelessly to help them find just the right home, whether they are buying or leasing, Greene says.

Greene s enthusiasm is shared by Director of Corporate Development Tina Swenson, who says, We are truly in the right place at the right time. North Texas offers affordable housing, a business-friendly climate, a transportation hub centered on Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and an educated workforce with a median age of only 32.7 years.

Ebby employees and agents who assist relocating clients offer a plethora of services to help newcomers settle into their new homes in North Texas and to ensure those who are moving out of the area receive the same level of service.

The Ebby team is one of the preferred providers of relocation services in North Texas. In addition to corporate transferees, they also assist individuals, like the physician who called recently asking for help in finding the right Dallas neighborhood to set up his practice.

The process of relocating is not cheap. The Employee Relocation Council (ERC), a trade association, estimates that it costs nearly $100,000 to relocate an employee who owns a home. So corporations often turn to The Ebby Halliday Companies to minimize the costs and complications associated with moving.

The two primary questions relocating employees and individuals ask the Ebby relocation team focus on schools and commuting times.

Most people prefer to live 30 minutes or less from their jobs, says Jamie Schmalzried, who manages destination services for Ebby. Our team can help decipher not just distances, but true commute times. And North Texas many great school options, including public, private, parochial and charter, are something we can really demystify for our incoming clients.

Moving out of town presents a different set of issues. When a home s owner has been transferred to another city and the home is empty, who checks to see if last night s storm damaged the roof? We do! says Shelley Davis, who manages corporate listings. It s all part of the array of services available to Ebby s 1,500 sales associates and the firm s impressive list of clients.

Merry Shuck, manager of Ebby s Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network, is confident that Ebby clients will be treated well in their new city because the team coordinates each client s needs with one of 500 top real-estate firms affiliated with LeadingRE. Through this exceptional network we can locate an experienced agent with one of the leading independent companies ­to work with our outbound clients anywhere in the world, Shuck says.

For clients who prefer to lease, Ebby Halliday is able to seamlessly meet their needs with its own Apartment Leasing division, led by LaTressa May, and its Corporate Suites division, led by Sylvia Smith.

As the largest relocation team in North Texas we offer an exhaustive list of services, but the bottom line, in the relocation business, is it all comes down to the agents having the right people in the right place, Greene says. At Ebby Halliday, we have a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve.

Location, Taste and Character in Preston Hollow: Open Oct. 7, 3:30-5

Today s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to a just-listed traditional-style home in the heart of Preston Hollow. Our advice: Run, don t walk to the open house at 6454 Meadow Road this Sunday, Oct. 7, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. With its tasteful design and sense of warmth and comfort, this home won t be on the open market for long.

Situated on a large, beautifully landscaped lot, this custom home features an ideal floor plan for entertaining and everyday living with an open kitchen, a double study with handsome paneling and a downstairs master suite with sitting area, fireplace and luxurious bath. Just a few of this brand-new listing’s amenities include mahogany front doors, walnut and oak flooring, custom lighting, detailed millwork and cabinetry and quality fixtures and hardware.

Graced with mature trees, the backyard features covered and open patios, a gazebo, a built-in grill, a lagoon-style pool, a brook, a spa with water feature and crushed granite pathways.

Tour the home online at, but definitely make plans to tour it in person from 3:30 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 7. You ll be glad you did.

To see all the other homes that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday), click here. And, to start a home search of your own, visit

Winner of Ebby s Kick it With Katie Promotion Announced

Rose White, fourth from left, the winner of Ebby Halliday Realtors ‘Kick it With Katie’ promotion, is shown with Malinda Brownlee Howell, manager of the Ebby 190 @ Jupiter office; Susan Kassen, Ebby Associate; Lauren Carroll, Ms. White s daughter; Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors; and Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing.

Ebby Halliday Realtors is pleased to announce that Rose White of Richardson will soon be traveling to New York City to see Katie, the new talk show starring Katie Couric! Ms. White s name was drawn at random from hundreds of entrants eligible to win the Ebby Halliday-sponsored trip, which was part of the company s recent Kick it With Katie special promotion.

As part of the promotion, members of the public were encouraged to visit to enter to win two tickets to a live taping of Katie in New York City, two night s hotel accommodations, round-trip airfare for two, an autographed Katie poster and $500 courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

I am so excited to be going to New York, Rose said recently as she was congratulated by Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. I am thrilled to be taking my daughter, Lauren, on this fun trip. We love New York City.

Says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors, Ebby Halliday Realtors is thrilled to provide this opportunity to be a part of something very special. While any member of the public was eligible to win this great prize, it is notable that Rose and her daughter, Lauren, were already clients of Ebby agent Susan Kassen, a sales associate in the Ebby 190 @ Jupiter Office. We are so happy for Rose, Lauren and Susan.

The Katie show premiered in early September. Airing locally on WFAA-TV (Channel 8), the show is fun, informative, and serious at times as Katie Couric, the former host of the Today show and former managing editor of the CBS Evening News, explores issues that people are talking about.

Ms. White is one of the approximately 16,000 daily visitors to, where it s easier than ever to find your next home. At, users enjoy many innovative ways to search homes for sale all across North Texas. These state-of-the-art features are available for all homes in the Multiple Listing Service, not just properties listed by Ebby Halliday Realtors.

Ebby Halliday Realtors has 25 North Texas offices covering the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakewood, Rockwall, Lake Texoma, Collin County and Tarrant County. To find properties for sale across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association,

Now is an Ideal Time to Sell a Home in North Texas

Home prices in Dallas rose 4.3 percent year-over-year in August and increased 0.8 percent from the previous month, according to CoreLogic home-price research released yesterday.

The rising local home prices reflect a nationwide trend with an increase in home prices by 4.6 percent year-over-year for the same time period. The national rise in home prices represents the biggest year-over-year increase in home prices since July 2006, according to the research.

The expectation is for this trend to continue in September’s numbers, says Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. The firm s Pending Home Price Index indicates September house prices are poised to rise 6.3 percent year-over-year from September 2011 and by 0.6 percent month-over-month from August 2012.

Improving price trends over the past few months and our forecast for continued gains in September bode well for a progressive rebound in the residential housing market, says Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.

This news echoes what we are hearing from Ebby sales associates companywide, who emphasize that with fewer homes on the market and homes selling faster than they have in a long time, now is an ideal time to list a home for sale in North Texas.

If you are already an Ebby Halliday client, we thank you. If you are not, contact us today to learn more about we ll tap the strength of the Ebby Halliday brand to successfully market and sell your property, or help you find just the right home for your family.

To learn more about buying or selling a home with Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association,

Welcome to Our Newest Associates September Ebby School Graduation

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

Thirty 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 September 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