Dallas-Area Home Prices Climb Above Pre-Recession Levels

An extremely strong spring selling market has pushed Dallas-area home prices ahead of where they were before the recession. Dallas is one of only two major U.S. markets to climb above pre-recession levels, according to the most-recent Standard & Poor s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. The other is Denver. Both markets are up 1 percent over June 2007 prices which were measured just before the economic meltdown hammered residential values across the country.

The latest Case-Shiller report is another strong sign for the Dallas area s economy and real estate market, says D Ann Petersen, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The just-released report also shows prices of pre-owned homes in the Dallas area were up 7.6 percent in May from the same month in 2012. It s the largest year-over-year percentage gain since Case-Shiller started tracking Dallas home prices in 2000.

While Dallas and Denver are ahead, nationwide home values are still about 24 percent lower in the Case-Shiller report than they were before the recession. The biggest deficits are in Las Vegas, still down 51 percent from the peak, and Phoenix, down 41 percent.

North Texas home prices have been at record high levels for several months. In June, the median price of homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service was up 13 percent from a year earlier to $185,820. Total pre-owned home sales through the first half of 2013 were up 19 percent from the same period a year ago, a new high for the six-month period.

With home values on the rise and interest rates still at near record lows, now is an ideal time to buy or sell a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Contact 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.

Of The Day: Condo/Townhome Living

So many of our posts are about homes with tons of square footage, properties on large lots, and houses that have rooms to spare. This is all wonderful, but what if you live alone, or you re a newly empty-nester couple, or you just want something that is lock-up and leave? If you don t want excess space or the fuss of lawn care, you may be better suited for a condo or townhome. Lucky for you, we have plenty on the market! Today we ve got six beautiful properties to share with you that are filled with amenities and style, and they provide a glimpse into a little simpler form of homeownership.

3831 Turtle Creek Blvd. 3E & F, Dallas, TX: Three-bedroom, three-bath

2220 Worthington St., Dallas, TX: Three Bedroom, 3 1/2-bath

3429 Westminster Ave. #4, Dallas, TX: Three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath

6675 Mediterranean Dr. #3406, McKinney, TX: Two-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath

5921 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, TX: Four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath

6126 Averill Way #210W, Dallas, TX: Two-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath

We hope these homes have inspired you to look for your very own condo or townhome. To see more that are on the market, click here. Happy hump day, everyone!

Of The Day: Back To School

It s almost that time again. Summer is beginning to wind down, and even though the high temperatures won’t stop for a while, school will be starting soon. We re sure there are mixed emotions on this; parents glad their kids are going back and parents sad; kids sad to see their summer end and kids glad to reunite with school friends; drivers sad traffic will be picking up again and drivers well, maybe the drivers are just sad about this one. Whatever the emotion though, another summer has almost come and gone and that means it s time to crack open those summer reading books and cram before school begins again. With that in mind, we ve found some fabulous study rooms where kids can have their own space to get work done and parents can make sure kids keep organized while also staying out of the way of learning minds.

814 N Shore Drive, Highland Village, TX: An in-bedroom desk means supplies are always right at hand.

5915 Kenswick Court, Dallas, TX: Desk space for multiple kids and table space to spread out or for study buddies.

1621 Winding Creek Road, Prosper, TX: Enough room for a desk and a table to spread out.

4544 Biltmoore Drive, Frisco, TX: It may be a craft room now, but this room would be perfect as a study room- especially for group projects.

8941 Waterchase Circle, Fort Worth, TX: With a little color this room would be the perfect kid’s study space. Lots of storage to keep them organized.

509 Riviera Drive, McKinney, TX: The perfect nook for a kid. Drawers and cabinets for organization.

There are still a few weeks left, but before we know it school will be back in session. These spaces are ideal for getting back to work and staying focused on your studies. Thanks for reading today’s OTD!

Of The Day: Lovely Living Rooms

The living room is the social center of the home. It s the setting for board games, game day parties, snazzy soirées, and cuddling up with a favorite movie or book. This room can be decorated for style, comfort, or somewhere in between. But, no matter what the decor, the living room has a special place in the home and in the hearts of its homeowners. Obviously, there was an endless amount of properties to choose from for this post, so we ve tried to hit a range of price ranges, locations, and sizes just to give you a small taste of what s out there on the market. We hope you re able to enjoy all of these wonderful rooms, and perhaps call upon a memory or two that you connect with a living room of your own. Thanks for stopping by the blog to check out today’s OTD! Happy Monday!

3708 Northaven, Dallas, TX

2608 Clublake Trail, Mckinney, TX

7204 Old Province Way, Frisco, TX

5605 Plantation Circle, Plano, TX

4418 Holland Avenue B, Dallas, TX

2404 Brushcreek Drive, Keller, TX

6631 Orchid Lane, Dallas, TX

5120 Corinthian Bay Drive, Plano, TX

4206 Buena Vista B, Dallas, TX

7039 Cliffbrook Drive, Dallas, TX

Ebby App for iPad Makes Buying, Selling a Home Easier Than Ever

Don t be left out of the digital revolution taking place in residential real estate. Download the state-of-the-art Ebby Halliday Realtors app for iPad and start enjoying an exceptional online real estate experience that fully utilizes the latest interactive mapping technology.

With the Ebby app for iPad, you ll enjoy searching for homes like never before, says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. This state-of-the-art app provides information in a natural way starting with a map, not a menu.

With the Ebby app for iPad, you ll enjoy searching for homes using three innovative options:

Journey Search This feature shows available properties as you travel through a neighborhood. As with each of the Ebby app s interactive search functions, you may choose to delve deeper into properties of interest by immediately viewing details and interior photos.

Perimeter Search This feature allows you to draw boundaries on the map view with a finger, enabling viewing of available homes within the perimeter and the selected parameters of your search.

Scope Search Aim your iPad s camera down a street and this innovative augmented-reality search displays available properties. Select any of the properties for details and photos.

See a home you love and want to request a showing? Your inquiry will be responded to promptly. Want to save searches and favorite properties? With the Ebby app for iPad, it s all at your fingertips.

Downloading the innovative Ebby app for iPad is easy: Simply visit the Apple App Store and search for Ebby Halliday Realtors. You’ll be glad you did.

Of The Day: Coppell is Compelling

Coppell is a wonderful city in the northwestern part of Dallas County known for its great school system and growing communities. The city is situated just north of D-FW airport, making it an ideal place to live for those who love to travel. Coppell’s population and quality of life have seen nothing but positivity over the past years, meaning it’s a place you should definitely consider during your search for a new home. Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful listings in Coppell that are currently on the market with Ebby agents!

At 413 Meadowcreek Road is a beautiful house and property on 2.3 acres. It is a stunning brick home with architectural details to die for; there are high ceilings, vaulted ceilings, and ceilings with wood beams, plus a stone fireplace and an open floor plan. The kitchen has granite countertops, a stovetop with a custom stone archway, tons of cabinetry, and double ovens. The master suite is a true retreat. It features dual sinks and a steam shower in the bath, along with a separate tub, beautiful tile flooring, AND two walk-in closets. Oh wait, it also has a private balcony where you can take in the gorgeous views seen from the back of this home. An outdoor patio, fabulous arbor, and a large pool among tall trees welcome you to the backyard. For more details, contact Cathy O’Toole at 214-356-9769 or cathytoole@ebby.com.

Our second feature today can be found at 166 E Bethel Road. This home also has a beautiful brick exterior with tall ceilings and large windows inside. There is an eat-in kitchen that has tons of storage space, built-in appliances, and is open to the breakfast area and a wall of windows. The master suite is very spacious, with a fireplace and a sitting area in the bedroom and a glass and tile shower, separate tub, and dual vanities in the bathroom. The backyard has a beautiful pool with waterfalls, a covered porch, lush landscaping, and an open patio. Contact Charlie Wade at 214-632-0904 or charliewade@ebby.com to get more information on this wonderful property.

Next up is 126 Turnberry Lane. Looks like we have an accidental theme going on, because this home is also brick. It sits on a creek lot with a pond and a great size, fenced-in backyard with a covered patio. The entry way is phenomenal. It’s two-stories high and is open to the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The open feeling continues and draws your eye up the stairway and across the upstairs that looks over the first floor. The kitchen is beautiful hues of brown, gray, and black, and has all your built-in appliances. We know you want more on this property, so contact Lisa Johnson at 214-629-5474 or ljohnson@ebby.com.

Well, guess this turned out to be another story about brick homes, huh? Maybe Coppell has a thing for them- if so, count us in for a visit! Remember, these are only some of the homes on the market right now in Coppell. If you want to see more listed with Ebby agents, click here. And to see all Coppell homes, click here.

Thanks for stopping by the Ebby Blog and checking out today’s OTD. Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

Fresh Listing Friday: Amazing Addison Abode

Hey, hey, it’s Friday! We hope everyone’s week has flown by and gone smoothly! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the wonderful city of Addison. This home just hit the market, and we’re thrilled to be featuring it today because, y’all, this home is gorgeous.

In the heart of Addison on almost .9 acres is our five-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath feature at 14901 Lake Forest Drive. This one-story home takes your breath away the second you go through the gated entrance and up the large circle driveway. The front door is an eye-catcher, and the entryway is stunning with four large windows and a crystal chandelier.

These chandeliers follow you through the home, creating a sense of opulence and elegance while maintaining the comforting feelings of home. Keep looking up, because all the ceilings are either vaulted, rimmed by thick crown moldings, accented by beautiful white columns, or some combination of these. The formal dining room, living rooms, study, kitchen, and all the bedrooms are in perfect harmony with one another thanks to these moldings and warm wall colors.

The kitchen has a multitude of white, detailed cabinetry as well as granite countertops, built-in stainless-steel appliances, and a custom hood over the gas range. This room is open to the breakfast area and the living room, which has not one but two chandeliers.

Additionally there is a large media room, game room, wine room, stunning master suite, and a spacious backyard with a pool.

To learn more about this Fresh Listing Friday “Amazing Addison Abode”, which you definitely should, contact Paulette Green at 972-733-5277 or pg@paulettegreene.com.

To see more homes that hit the market this week, even if they aren’t listed with Ebby agents, click here.

Of The Day: Game Time

Get your game faces on everyone, we’re about to take a look at some houses in Dallas-Fort Worth that are the ultimate dream for sports fans, exercise lovers, gamers, and players of all ages. We’re talking tennis courts, lap pools, home gyms,putting greens, sporting fields, and billiard and poker rooms. How many of you have already stopped reading and jumped ahead to the pictures? Tisk, tisk.

Head to the baseline and get ready to serve, because first up are tennis courts:

5600 Cradlerock Circle, Plano, TX

17603 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive, Dallas, TX

A little too hot out for a tennis match? Well then, take a lap! Not on foot, but in your lap pool, of course.

5701 Cottage Circle, Plano, TX

No? Not one for pools? Maybe a jog? Or some weight lifting? How about in your very own home gym?!

2901 Vista View Lane, Prosper, TX

1924 Armstrong Drive, Allen, TX

Too indoorsy? Not the way you would do it if you had the choice? Well, well, well, aren’t we picky. Good thing Ebby agents have a plenty of homes with plenty of space. How about one with enough yard space to create your own soccer field, football field, baseball diamond, or basketball court?

632 County Road 43400, Paris, TX

3860 Whitehall Drive, Dallas, TX

Love the green, but not all the running around? We have houses that are right on par with that…pun intended.

2502 Round Table Boulevard, Lewisville, TX

13435 Clifton Drive, Frisco, TX

Perhaps you prefer your games indoors with a glass or wine or scotch and a nice cigar. We’ll ante up and then call left corner pocket.

14 Abbey Woods Lane, Dallas, TX

6475 Norway, Dallas, TX

Ok, now we’re all geared up. Can you say family game night? Though this one might be a little more exciting and elaborate than your typical board game and Twister. We hope y’all are loving these Of The Day posts as much as we love writing them- there seriously are SO many amazing properties out there!!

To start your own search for homes with specific features, click here.

Of The Day: Cool Pools

As temperatures continue to rise, all we can find ourselves thinking about is a cool (in both uses of the word) pool. We featured saltwater pools about a month back, but because this summer heat doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon we thought another pool post was only appropriate. Today, we’re featuring twenty five pools around the Dallas-Fort Worth area that are currently for sale. They range from infinity pools, to ones with water features, spas, and shallow lounge areas. We won’t bore you with excessive descriptions, instead sit back and enjoy the beautiful photos- these pools are awesome!

2626 Hemingway Drive, Arlington, TX

4359 FM 697, Sherman, TX

8501 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound, TX

811 N Shore Drive, Highland Village, TX

5941 Club Oaks Drive, Dallas, TX

7 Waters Edge court, Heath, TX

5713 S Woodcreek Circle, McKinney, TX

5119 Longvue Drive, Frisco, TX

430 Churchill Lane, Pottsboro, TX

1908 Foxborough Trail, Flower Mound, TX

9525 Alva Court, Dallas, TX

2504 Beacon Crest Drive, Plano, TX

6520 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX

5325 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX

5808 Falls Road, Dallas, TX

6677 County Road 161, McKinney, TX

17 Stonebriar Way, Frisco, TX

9925 Jourdan Way, Dallas, TX

4731 S Lindhurst Avenue, Dallas, TX

1804 Driskill Drive, Irving, TX

5878 Lakehurst Avenue, Dallas, TX

1600 Winding Creek Road, Prosper, TX

15 Stonebriar Way, Frisco, TX

6435 Shady Oaks Drive, Frisco, TX

6512 Old Gate Road, Plano, TX

We hope you enjoyed this OTD and our little tour around DFW to some of the coolest pools currently on the market. We wish we could dive in right now!

Didn’t find quite what you were looking for? Check out ALL the homes currently on the market with a pool at Ebby.com by clicking here.

Spotted in Palm Springs: Grand Vie

Thanks to Windermere Real Estate Southern California for sending this great photo of the summer 2013 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine coupled with legendary entertainer Bob Hope s star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Hope s stunning Palm Springs estate, which is represented by our Luxury Portfolio International® affiliate Windermere, was featured in a two-page spread in the most-recent Grand Vie, the luxury-home publication of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

A true landmark sitting high atop the exclusive Southridge community, overlooking the Coachella Valley, the extraordinary property was Bob and Dolores Hope s dream home and the largest private residence designed by revered Modernist architect John Lautner.

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International® in North Texas. Unlike some other well-known luxury brands, Luxury Portfolio International® does not sell franchises membership is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide. When buying or selling property outside of our local market, the Ebby Halliday Companies world-class connections can help with real estate needs throughout our continent and to points around the globe.

The approximately 200 firms that comprise Luxury Portfolio International® are some of the most powerful independent brokerages worldwide. This prestigious network represents more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network.

Explore more than 25,000 of the world s finest properties at luxuryportfolio.com.