The Latest on Housing Starts



Despite the nationwide housing inventory shortage, homebuilders are not building new homes in needed quantities, according to just-released data from the National Association of Realtors.


New-home construction activity remained low in February, below one-year-ago levels. On a positive note, the number of housing permits rose, indicating that new-home construction will be rising a bit in the upcoming months.


The housing shortage in many U.S. markets is likely to persist. NAR projects homebuilders need to increase production by at least 50 percent from current levels in order to meet the demand for newly constructed homes.


The Bottom Line: There is little chance of home-price declines in markets where there is a shortage of housing. Rents will continue to rise.

Fort Worth has America’s #1 Downtown

Fort Worth Voted America's No. 1 Downtown

According to, Fort Worth’s downtown is the No. 1 downtown in the U.S., a pretty awesome accolade if you ask us. We’ve raved about the city’s development of Sundance Square and we’ve also talked about the major attraction that is the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. These two things combine to make Fort Worth an entirely unique and exciting place to visit.


“Few downtowns have achieved the cohesion between cowboy culture and urban sophistication that Fort Worth has to offer,” the article states. “The number of people living in downtown Fort Worth continues to grow as new developments add residential, office and retail options.”


Much of this growth is attributed to the leaders of the city who continue to bring in new improvement and rehabilitation projects that boost the economy, employment rate, and create a more walkable environment with less traffic congestion. There is further growth expected in relation to the Trinity River Vision Project, which includes a plan to develop 800 acres connecting downtown, the Cultural District and the Stockyards that could eventually double the size of downtown.


Some other noteworthy stats about the city are:

-13 parks for residents and visitors to dine and relax

-80 locally owned restaurants and bars

-The 2,056-seat Bass Performance Hall

-A population of 777,898 people

-2.6% decrease in retail vacancy between 2012 & 2013

-3.3% average income growth

-6.6% unemployment


Congrats to Fort Worth and to all of us who get to visit the No. 1 downtown in America!



This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

If you’re looking for some great food and drink to indulge in this week, check out the list below. We’ve also got some sad news about two restaurant closings.


Pecan Lodge: Get your taste of great barbecue and wine at the Pecan Lodge Brisket and Malbec Dinner at Wine Poste. From 6:15-8:15 p.m., $30 will get you 1/2lb. of brisket and 6 delicious malbec samples.


The Ginger Man: The Uptown bar and patio spot will debut a new beer on Thursday, March 20. Stop by from 6 to 8 p.m. to taste Spiced Orange, a Crabbie’s creation. You can also try out a Crabbie’s ginger beer float.


Savor Dallas: This annual wine and food festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, which means it’s just getting better. From March 20-22, experience a day at the Dallas Arboretum, an Arts District wine stroll, live music, a grand tasting, and several seminars.


White Rock Local Market: Find the best of local produce, meats and cheese, breads and pastries, pickles, jams, tamales and more at this wonderful farmer’s market. On the 1st and 2nd Saturdays you will also find hand made furniture, toys, clothes, soaps and more, all made by North Texans.


Village Kitchen and Toko V: After attempts to revamp and stay occupied, this duo in Highland Park Village will close after dinner service on March 30.


The Greek: There’s been a struggle for restaurants to stay in business in One Arts Plaza. Cafe des Artistes closed in December 2013 and now The Greek has close its doors after serving its final meal last Friday, March 14.


Photo via Pecan Lodge

Welcome Back the Front Porch

According to the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders, front porches are heading for a comeback as one of the most popular amenities in 2014. Though you may not have realized, front porches have been traded out in recent years for front-facing garages, more backyard space, and decks in the back of homes that offer more privacy to homeowners.


This year, builders expect to see a great reemergence of the front porch. Most often associated with a great place to drink a cup of morning coffee and a resting place for parents watching over their kids out in the neighborhood, the front porch is a sign of simpler times. Even if it’s not a grand space, a front porch adds architectural detail, curb appeal, and is an inviting feature for home buyers. Adding a couple rocking chairs, a porch swing, or a small bench creates an extension of the home and a place to sit back and connect with neighbors.


Check out these listings that represent the many homes we have on the market with this charming feature:

Welcome Back the Front Porch^6519 Gaston Ave., Dallas

Welcome Back the Front Porch

4034 University Blvd., University Park

Welcome Back the Front Porch^5540 Victor St., Dallas

Welcome Back the Front Porch^5410 Mercedes Ave., Dallas

Welcome Back the Front Porch^503 FM 2194, Farmersville

Welcome Back the Front Porch^812 Sandy Creek Road, Bowie

Home Searching Made Incredibly Easy



The Ebby App was recently named the Best Real Estate App in America by the Web Marketing Association.


Download the state-of-the-art Ebby app and start enjoying an exceptional online real estate experience that fully utilizes the latest interactive mapping technology. With the Ebby app, we guarantee you’ll enjoy searching for homes like never before.


Downloading the Ebby app is easy: Simply visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for Ebby Halliday Realtors. You’ll be very glad you did!

Own Your Own Island Paradise



Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their own island paradise?


Little Bokeelia Island, offered by Luxury Portfolio International affiliate Michael Saunders & Company, features more than 100 acres of romantic splendor and majestic tropical living just off Florida’s Sunset Coast. From the Spanish-style estate home with a private guest wing to the old Florida village just a short stroll away, you are sure to be overcome with a sense of peace and serenity the moment you step off your boat.


In addition to the approximately 6,500-square-foot main home , the private island also features a luxurious pool, nature trails, tennis courts and, of course, sandy beaches. Only an hour from Fort Myers International Airport, Little Bokeelia Island is ideally positioned between Sarasota and Naples.


Although Little Bokeelia is just a short boat ride from mainland marinas, privacy is guaranteed as the surrounding state and privately owned land can never be developed. Should you decide such seclusion is overrated, however, the island is already equipped with the utilities necessary to develop 29 large waterfront lots.


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Little Bokeelia Island




Little Bokeelia Island


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The Time Is Now: Spring Clean 2014

It’s that time of year again- we’ve reset the clocks, warmer temperatures are becoming more and more common, and we’re mentally prepping to tackle spring cleaning. A good, deep clean is the ultimate way to clear your home and mind of the clutter that’s been building over the last year. It may seem a little daunting to think about all there is to clean in your home, but that’s why we’re here to help!


Take a week or a long weekend and knock out this spring cleaning list we found by BrightNest (also see their list of necessary supplies). It will take some elbow grease but we guarantee it will give you a renewed sense of pride in your home and set ease to your mind during the months ahead.


Spring cleaning list 2014

10 Best Patios & Outdoor Spots in Dallas

Yesterday we told you about a new restaurant trend we’d spotted, highly specialized restaurants popping up all over D-FW. Well, it turns out CultureMap Dallas has spotted a trend of their own and it’s come just in time for spring and warmer weather. They published an article yesterday titled “The 10 best patios in Dallas to Drink and Dine outdoors.” Even though it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, this week was filled with the kind of gorgeous weather that’s perfect for taking advantage of spots just like these. Here’s the breakdown of their 10 favorite spots. Click here to see the full article.


Belly & Trumpet: Located on McKinney Ave. in Uptown, just a block from West Village, they have a wraparound patio and serve an assortment of small plates and wine. The environment is perfect for couples and “grown-ups” looking for a relaxing spot and great food.


Boxwood Tap + Grill: Located in the old TABC in State Thomas, the patio features a wall of green boxwood sprigs, a great drink selection, and plenty of picnic-style tables for mingling.


Canne Rosso White Rock: This family-freidnly spot near the lake offers fabulous pizza and a sprawling, spacious patio perfect for taking in the spring sun.


Le Bilboquet: With a patio described as a place to see-and-be-seen, this Knox-Henderson restaurant’s menu takes hints from it’s original New York location that has a hint of French elegance.


The Lot: Located near White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum, The Lot is perfect for a cold beer after a day at either landmark. It even has a sandbox so parents can take a break to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere.


Mutts Cantina: If you have a dog or you live in the Uptown area, there’s no doubt you’ve seen Mutts. Studded with picnic tables, hot dogs, and cold beer, you can take in the outdoors while watching your favorite four-legged friend play with the neighborhood dogs.


Nora Restaurant and Bar: The brand new rooftop is the main attraction here. You’ll get a great view of Greenville Ave. and you can cool off under Miami-style shades or warm up on a cool night by the fire pit.


The Rustic: Picnic tables, fire pits, a grassy hill, and live music have made The Rustic a hot-spot for all ages in Uptown. It has a great stage for any day, because it opens to guests both outside and inside, and having Pat Green as a co-founder only helps make this place a great one for sunny Saturdays.


Truck Yard: Back on Greenville Ave., just around the corner from Nora, Truck Yard has become a hit largely because of it’s rotating food trucks, eclectic decor, and beer selection. It has a patio, picnic tables, and you can even grab a seat in a refurbished truck bed.


Savor: Savor has become a fixture of Klyde Warren Park with it’s glass walls and inviting ambiance. The patio is great for taking in the activities of the park and has a great view of downtown- and the tasty food doesn’t hurt.


Photo via Mutts Cantina

Fresh Listing Friday: Waterfront Wonder


We posted some of our stunning lakefront properties for you to check out yesterday, and this week’s Fresh Listing Friday just goes to show how many of these amazing homes we have on the market. If you love the water and enjoy Mediterranean touches, you’ll fall for our feature home in a heartbeat. It’s located at 2620 Perkins Road in Arlington and has five bedrooms, 3 1/2-baths, 5,099 square feet, and a three-car garage.

2620 Perkins Road

This waterfront estate is located on 1.22 acres on Lake Arlington and has breathtaking views of the lake and its beautiful sunsets. The home welcomes you through two lovely wood front doors, which open up to a two-story entry that shows off the beautiful wood and ironwork of the main staircase.

2620 Perkins Road

Follow the hall through the home and you’ll immediately notice a wall of windows in the living room as well as it’s gorgeous stone fireplace with a mediterranean-style hood. This room is open to the formal dining room that has its own wall of windows and is connected to the kitchen.

2620 Perkins Road

The kitchen has it’s own fireplace, an island with seating for four, custom built-in and stainless-steel appliances, dark wood cabinetry, and granite countertops. This room, like all the others in this beautiful home, is filled with light thanks to two windows over the sink and a bay window with a window seat.

2620 Perkins Road

The first-floor master suite is very spacious, with a sitting room, a fireplace, dual sinks, a glass shower, two amazing walls of built-in closets, and, of course, a wall of windows.

2620 Perkins Road

The four reaming bedrooms fill up the second floor, while a game room and a sunroom with a hot tub round off the first floor. The sunroom is a treat, with three walls of windows that capitalize on the stunning views that surround this home. Outside, a wood deck with a fireplace and a pool allow for some of the best in lakefront entertaining.

2620 Perkins Road

Down on the water, there is a a covered boat dock that is just waiting for summer.


How easy is it to imagine a sunny summer day a this home? Click on any of the photos or the property address link above to learn more about this amazing home and all of its amenities.


To see all the homes that went on the market this week, click here.

Marketing of Luxury Homes Enhanced



Ebby Halliday Realtors is enhancing its marketing of the Luxury Portfolio International brand. Luxury Portfolio is the luxury property marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest global network of premier local independent real estate companies. Ebby Halliday is a founding member of the invitation-only network, which produces more annual home sales than any other real estate network.


“We are proud to be a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and to offer our clients both sophisticated in-house marketing and the benefits of Luxury Portfolio International’s worldwide reach,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors.


Ebby Halliday Realtors places luxury listings in front of prospective buyers with premium placement in such publications as FD Luxe; Patron magazine; and in the OnStage playbill distributed to patrons of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Luxury homes listed with Ebby Halliday also receive exposure in local niche papers such as People Newspapers and online venues popular with affluent international consumers, including and, the No. 1 Chinese international property website.


Through our affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International, Ebby’s luxury listings are often featured in Luxury Portfolio-branded advertising, including full-page ads in The Wall Street Journal, and other prominent publications such as Unique Homes, duPont Registry, Veranda, Smart Money and Velocity, published for CityJet.


To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International, click here.