Survey Says: Multiple Offers, Rising Sales Prices Evidence of Strong Seller s Market in North Texas


A recent online survey conducted by Harris Interactive and reported by RIS Media reveals “a … dramatic reversal in previous year’s buyer’s market status.” A current lack of inventory is producing a surplus of offers in many markets, with rising home sale prices and sellers often receiving multiple offers on their homes.

The survey also found that many buyers are now willing to compromise on closing dates, amenities, features, and location attributes when searching for a home.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas real estate market, today may be the best time in years to sell a home. A strong seller’s market, low interest rates for buyers, and a shortage of homes currently for sale all are advantages for the home seller.

If you have considered selling your home, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® stands ready to provide the best in professional real estate services throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area. With 25 locations throughout North Texas, Ebby Halliday is ideally positioned to assist with the sale of your home. Visit ebby.com today to find an Ebby Halliday Associate who is an expert in your neighborhood.

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS Welcomes Motorola to Alliance Corridor


Ebby Halliday, REALTORS would like to be among the first to welcome Motorola Mobility to the North Texas neighborhood. The company announced yesterday that its new flagship smartphone, the Moto X, will be manufactured in Fort Worth and will bring 2,000 new jobs to the Alliance Corridor.

Motorola Mobility executive Mark Randall said Motorola had lots of other cities and locations to choose from, but Dallas-Fort Worth made sense. Dallas-Fort Worth has a strong history of mobile … The DNA has mobile in it, said Randall.

Motorola Mobility is owned by Google and the new smartphone will be the first designed under Google s ownership. The yet-to-be-revealed MotoX is rumored to have a much different look and feel than other smartphones, and will allow the company to capitalize on rising consumer preference for U.S. manufacturing.

Logistically, far North Fort Worth is the perfect fit for the company, Randall said. Alliance is here. D/FW Airport is 15 minutes away. The I-35 Corridor means we re close to getting the products to our consumers. That s what we want to do.

Motorola s manufacturing partner in the Fort Worth venture is Flextronics, which has already begun hiring. Approximately 150 new jobs at the Alliance facility were posted online as of last night.

At Ebby Halliday, REALTORS, we re thrilled about this great news for the Alliance Corridor. We too are feeling the growth in this special part of North Texas. Our Southlake Office, which has served the residential real estate needs of Tarrant County for many years, just broke ground on a new 10,000-square-foot stand-alone building at the corner of East Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue across from Southlake Town Square.

This state-of-the-art office will greatly enhance our ability to serve the needs of the area s growing number of home buyers and sellers for many more years to come, says Carolyn Rosson, manager of Ebby s Southlake Office. We re invested in Tarrant County, and we re glad Motorola Mobility is too.

If you have questions about residential real estate in northern Tarrant County, or if you re just curious about the value of your home in today s market, don t hesitate to contact Ebby s Southlake Office at 817-481-5882. To learn more about the Southlake Office, its Associates and listings, visit southlake.ebby.com.

Just Listed: French-Inspired Estate Residence in Old Preston Hollow


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This week s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the six-bedroom, seven-bath and two half-bath French-inspired estate home at 5808 Falls Road in Old Preston Hollow. Situated on a .74-acre lot with mature trees and landscaping, this property offers exceptional drive-up appeal.

Inside, the home features a gracious entry, well-appointed formal rooms, a handsome library, a media room, a game room and a spacious master suite with floor-to-ceiling windows. The remodeled kitchen offers honed marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances and a butler s pantry.

The backyard features a covered outdoor living area with fireplace, a beautiful pool and spa, and a separate play yard.

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To learn more about this just-listed Old Preston Hollow home, click here.

To see all the other properties that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday), click here. To start a home search of your own, visit the website voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Be sure to check back next week to see where the next edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us.

Ebby Associate Gives Back to Honor Wounded Veterans


This past weekend former President George W. Bush brought the third-annual Warrior 100K Ride a three-day mountain biking trek to honor service members injured in Afghanistan and Iraq to the well-worn paths at his Prairie Chapel Ranch outside of Waco. There to lend a hand was Ebby Preston Keller Office Associate and volunteer Heidi Loewinsohn.

The opportunity to give back came to Ms. Loewinsohn, shown at left, through her friend Kim Chance, shown at right, who rides mountain bikes with the former president.

This event was purposeful and touching, especially as we observed amputees persevere through pain to accomplish this athletic challenge, Ms. Loewinsohn says. We are so fortunate to have our soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. What a blessing to have been a part of this weekend hosted by President and Mrs. Bush.

Case-Shiller: Dallas-Area Home Prices Up 6.8 Percent


The Dallas-area continues to see gains in home prices in the closely-watched Standard & Poor s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

Dallas-area home prices were up 6.8 percent in March from a year ago in the latest monthly home price comparison. Homes prices were up 7.1 percent in February and 7 percent in January from a year earlier.

Dallas-area home prices are now only about 3 percent below where they were before the recession, according to Case-Shiller s numbers. Prices in the Dallas area have been rising on a year-to-year basis for the past 13 months.

Nationwide, prices were 10.9 percent higher than in March 2012 the biggest increase in the index since 2006.

Home prices in all 20 cities posted annual gains for the third month in a row, says Standard & Poor s David M. Blitzer. Twelve of the 20 saw prices rise at double-digit annual growth.

The largest increase among the 20 cities Case-Shiller tracks was Phoenix with a 22.5 percent home price gain from March 2012. San Francisco prices were up 22.2 percent and Las Vegas had a 20.6 percent increase. The Dallas area never saw the decline in prices those three cities experienced.

Given the continuing increase in home values and the markedly decreased competition for sellers, now is an ideal time to offer your North Texas property for sale. If you re considering listing your home, call an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your home is worth in today s market. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the website voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Local, National, International Marketing Vital to Luxury-Home Sales Success


Shown is 5713 S. Woodcreek Circle in McKinney, one of the many Ebby Halliday Realtors listings that receive substantial international marketing through Luxury Portfolio International s global network.

Ebby Halliday Realtors and its sales associates possess a unique understanding of the global real estate market. This understanding is a result of the locally-owned firm s affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of more than 500 premier real estate brokers in 30 countries, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International.

In addition to state-of-the-art marketing and advertising professionally developed in-house for a broad spectrum of media venues, Ebby Halliday Realtors taps the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilizes its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose North Texas listings priced at or above $750,000 to buyers across the globe. This far-reaching exposure is in addition to a listing s presence on ebby.com, one of the most-visited residential real estate sites in the country with approximately 19,000 visits daily.

Just what are some of the Luxury Portfolio-related advantages of listing a luxury home with Ebby Halliday Realtors?

* The 200 firms that comprise Luxury Portfolio are some of the most powerful independent brokerages and members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Your property will enjoy the benefit of Ebby Halliday Realtors connection to those firms and their sales associates.

* By showcasing high-end listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby Halliday Realtors leverages the strength of a website that consistently ranks at the top of Google search results and has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network.

* Properties marketed on LuxuryPortfolio.com are translated to nine languages. As a result, the site attracts consumers from almost every country on the planet.

* The typical visitor to LuxuryPortfolio.com has a household income of $1.32 million.

* Luxury Portfolio is driving traffic to LuxuryPortfolio.com through a multimillion-dollar brand advertising campaign featuring compelling ads that showcase incredible properties in targeted publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Unique Homes, duPont Registry, Veranda, Smart Money, and more.

* Ebby Halliday clients also benefit from LuxeAnalytics, an exclusive reporting system that allows sellers to see how much traffic their listing is receiving and the origin of that traffic.

* As an Ebby Halliday listing, your luxury property will also be eligible to receive premium advertising placement in such national venues as Unique Homes Magazine, DuPont Registry, Country Life International, Luxe Interiors + Design and regional and international editions of The Wall Street Journal.

Choosing the right firm to sell your home is a critical decision that should be made with careful consideration, says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. I encourage you to explore further the benefits available to you at LuxuryPortfolio.com. Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and the accomplished global network of Luxury Portfolio brokers are ready to assist with all of your residential real estate needs.

Learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of its listings at ebby.com.

Good News Continues for Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas


The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies by President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. We love hearing good news. We thought you would too!


The news for the Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas real estate market is very good!

According to the US Census Bureau, Frisco and McKinney are among the top 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. And, the state s population has risen by 913,642 people since the 2010 census. (Dallas Morning News05/23/2013)

Dallas home prices are up 7.1 percent from a year ago. And there is a less than three-month supply of homes on the market, according to the Case-Shiller Indexes. (Wall Street Journal 05/01/2013)

Texas is No. 1 in job gains, adding more than 326,100 jobs over the past 12 months according to the Texas Workforce Commission. And, Texas unemployment rate of 6.4 percent is well below the national rate of 7.5 percent. (Dallas Morning News 05/18/2013)

So far in 2013, Dallas-Fort Worth area home foreclosure filings have dropped almost 40 percent from the first six months of 2012. The biggest decline in next month s foreclosure postings is in Collin County, where there are 49 percent fewer postings than for June 2012. Dallas County foreclosure filings are down 45 percent. (DallasNews.com 05/21/2013)

Together, these news items reflect an active, robust real estate market in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area.

The Ebby Halliday Companies 1,450 professional sales associates and its affiliated companies are exceptionally well positioned throughout the D-FW and North Texas area to provide comprehensive real estate services to both buyers and sellers in all facets of today s market.

Mary Frances

Just Listed: Impeccable Craftsmanship, Exceptional Detailing in University Park


This week s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the four-bedroom, five-bath University Park residence at 4369 Potomac Ave. The charms of the 1930s have been carefully preserved in this beautifully renovated home on a 98-by-150-foot corner lot with mature trees.

This home offers a combination of warmth and elegance seldom found, and includes original brass doorknobs, leaded windows and gorgeous hardwood and parquet flooring.

The kitchen, renovated by Kitchens-Kitchens, Inc., is a cook s delight featuring an 8-foot island with breakfast bar, granite countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, an Asko dishwasher and a 48-inch professional-grade Thermador with griddle, double oven and two auto-intermittent simmer burners.

This stunning home has a wall of windows and French doors affording views of the lushly landscaped yard with a large diving pool and fabulous entertaining area featuring an arbor, brick patio and outdoor kitchen including a built-in grill, stone countertops with sink and refrigerator.

The renovated garage features spacious guest quarters above with a cathedral ceiling, a studio kitchen and bath.

Just a few of this home s amenities include two stairways, a mudroom with four wooden lockers, an upstairs utility room with study area, numerous built-ins and storage areas, automatic blinds, an abundance of Pella windows, raised garden beds (by Lamberts) and a security system with exterior sensors and perimeter wall.

To learn more about this just-listed home with impeccable craftsmanship and exceptional architectural detail throughout, click here.

To see all the other homes that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday), click here. To start a home search of your own, visit the website voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Be sure to check back next week to see where the next edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us.

Free Memorial Day Weekend Event Honors Nation s Wounded Veterans


Ebby Halliday Realtors is a proud sponsor of the Smiles Charity Concert, which takes place Sunday, May 26, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Adriatica in McKinney. Make plans now to attend this family-friendly, free Memorial Day Weekend event featuring headliner Ryan Star, opening bands R5 and The Maylee Thomas Band, a World War II airplane flyover and fireworks.

The Smiles Charity s mission is to bring the community together to change the world one home, one family at a time. Since 2011, Smiles Charity has partnered with Operation Finally Home to build four homes for severely wounded military heroes. While the concert is free, your donations will help build more homes for deserving wounded veterans.

One lucky Smiles supporter will win a Cadillac ATS – the 2013 North American Car of the Year – courtesy of Crest Cadillac. Raffle tickets are $100 each. Only 1,000 will be sold. Enter online through Saturday, May 25, or at the concert on May 26. Click here to purchase a raffle ticket.

For more information on this great North Texas Memorial Day Weekend event, visit smilescharity.org.

Ebby Halliday Realtors App Keeps You Connected to North Texas Real Estate


Let s face it, if you re not connected to a smartphone chances are you re a little behind on the latest news. If you re like many Americans today, you rely on your mobile device to keep you in the loop for everything from business to updates from friends and family. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we appreciate the enormous benefits mobile technology has brought to the home-search process.

That s why we weren t all that surprised by the American Affluence Research Center s most recent study, which found a growing dependence on mobile technology and social media among the country s affluent households, says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

At the airport, in a waiting room, or just simply away from your desk, there s no question that mobile devices keep us plugged-in and immensely improve our day-to-day lives. So much so that the AARC reports approximately 80 percent of affluent households have at least one smartphone. More than half of those surveyed report owning two or more mobile devices.

So what are the affluent doing on their mobile devices? According to the AARC, 72 percent participate in social media, the most popular platforms being Facebook and LinkedIn. Once thought of as a playful pastime for college students, there s no questioning that social media has proven an invaluable way to communicate and stay current on global events in real time.

Stay connected to North Texas real estate and Ebby Halliday Realtors by following us on Facebook and Twitter, Graham says. And of course, to view all of the properties available for purchase in North Texas and to enjoy easy-to-use, innovative home-search options, download the state-of-the-art Ebby Halliday Realtors App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Just search for Ebby Halliday Realtors. You ll be glad you did.

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, download the Ebby App now or visit the website voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.