Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void


Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

 

We love the above message prominently displayed at the top of the staircase at The Ebby House. And we couldn’t agree more!

 

The Ebby House is an innovative transitional community for young women who have aged out of foster care located at Juliette Fowler Communities in Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood (which we also love!) The Ebby House serves young women ages 18-24 as they make the transition from foster care to living independently.

 

Every year, about 1,500 young Texans age out of the foster care system. Before the age of 21, many of them face severe outcomes due to lack of family and adult connections. The Ebby House seeks to reverse that trend by offering young women a home to live in and mentors to love them while they learn to become self-reliant, entrepreneurial — volunteers and mentors themselves — reflecting the values and life of our company’s founder, Ebby Halliday.

 

To learn more about why The Ebby House is such a special place, click here.

 

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

 

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day


Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day

 

Many people equate Memorial Day with backyard barbecues, trips to the lake or lounging around the pool, but if you ask a veteran what this day means, you will get a very different answer. They know the heart-wrenching realities behind this special day.

 

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving in America’s armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it started after the Civil War to honor those who lost their lives. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.

 

On this Memorial Day, we encourage you to contemplate the cost of our freedoms – the freedom to vote, to live where we choose, to travel, to be ourselves, and to speak our mind – and to honor those who have given their all.

Fresh Listing Friday: Regal in Prestonwood


Fresh Listing Friday
The weekend is finally here, and it’s time for another Fresh Listing Friday. We’re headed to Prestonwood – a Dallas neighborhood with well-known schools and beautiful homes. The home at 5708 Plumtree Drive is no exception. Elegant in design, yet functional, this residence is ideal for everyday living and entertaining.

 

Need-to-know details:

• Elegant traditional, priced at $699,900
• 3,340 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1 half-bath
• Handscraped hardwoods, marble countertops, decorative lighting, spacious rooms
• Two-way fireplace, two wet bars, pool, spa, large covered patio

 


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To view this listing, contact Mary Jo Pope of the Paulette Greene Group at 469-877-6733 or MaryJo@Ebby.com.

Pricing a Property is Serious Business


Pricing a Property is Serious Business

Strategic pricing is the key to selling your home at an attractive price in an acceptable amount of time. While many brokers will gladly list your home, the reality is if it is not properly priced your home may sit on the market month after month and actually help sell competing properties.

 

At Ebby Halliday, our Associates take pricing your property very seriously. Your Ebby Associate will utilize Multiple Listing Service data to create a Competitive Market Analysis that estimates a market-value range for your home based on the recent action of buyers and sellers in your neighborhood. A few of the factors your Ebby Associate will consider when estimating your property’s market value:

 

* Successfully sold homes – Lists the selling price of recently purchased homes comparable to yours.

* Competitive properties for sale – Since they are not yet sold, the market value is undetermined, but they are important, as buyers most likely will view and compare these properties with yours.

* Pending sales – Though they have not yet closed, homes under contract are a good indicator of value in the current market.

* Failed to sell – The listed price of these homes suggests what potential buyers will not pay.

 

If you’re curious about what your home is worth in North Texas’ fast-paced housing market, visit the award-winning ebby.com, where you’ll find just the right real estate professional for your needs.

 

Assessed Value vs. Market Value


Assessed Value vs. Market Value

 

Homeowners are often surprised – or even shocked – when they receive their annual statement from the local tax appraiser’s office. Often the assessed value of their home is very different than what they believe the property is worth.

 

Now’s a great time to take a look at the difference between two common real estate terms: “Assessed Value” and “Market Value.”

 

The Assessed Value is the dollar value assigned to a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of measuring applicable taxes. The number is very often a point of contention with homeowners, who may believe it to be too high or too low. The Assessed Value does not offer a shortcut to a home’s Market Value.

 

The Market Value is the highest estimated price a property will bring in a reasonable amount of time if exposed for sale on the open market. Market Value is influenced by such factors as homes that recently sold in the area, the location of the property, the home’s amenities, and the condition of the property. Of course, Market Value is also influenced by the current economy.

 

Knowing the difference between Assessed Value and Market Value is great. But even better is knowing what your property is worth in today’s fast-paced North Texas housing market. To get started, contact an Ebby Associate today. To find just the right agent for your real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Hike, Bike and Explore in Dallas-Fort Worth


Hike, Bike and Explore in Dallas-Fort Worth

 

Feel like getting out of the concrete jungle and escaping into nature? Did you know that North Texas is home to forests, wetlands, and miles of hiking and biking trails? Take a look below at the beautiful habitats that are just around the corner.

 

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano: Located on the western border of Plano, this 200-acre park features vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activities.  The trail system includes 2.6 miles of paved recreational trails, natural unpaved trails for pedestrians only, and 2.7 miles of designated off-road cycling trail.

 

The Buckeye Trail, Southeast Dallas: This trail, which meanders into the Trinity River’s hardwood bottomland forest, provides hikers with a true wild outdoor experience less than four miles from downtown Dallas. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and the Buckeye Grove.

 

Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve, Cedar Hill: A short 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, this natural habitat offers 9 miles of walking trails, bird watching, rare wildlife, and butterfly gardens.

 

Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill: Located on beautiful Joe Pool Lake, this park is one of the most-visited parks in Texas and encompasses 1,826 acres for camping, boating, fishing, and cycling. Hiking and biking trails range from 1/2-mile to 10+ miles long.

 

Dogwood Canyon, Cedar Hill: Including a 6,000-square foot Audubon Center and Dogwood Canyon Trails with more than 200-acres of pristine forest, the Canyon offers trails with scenic overlooks just 16 miles southwest of downtown Dallas.

 

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Fort Worth: This hidden jewel of wilderness is comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands that’s covered in native fauna and flora. More than 20 miles of hiking trails and 3,621 acres of land beckons to those searching for a tranquil piece of nature.

 

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, Oak Cliff: This 121-acre preserve is an oasis of green park located right in the middle of urban Dallas. More than 8 miles of multi-use hiking and biking trails await bird and plant enthusiasts, bicycle riders of all ages, and those wishing for a connection with nature.

 

Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, Plano: At 800-acres, this is Plano’s largest park. The park boasts 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. Nature trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily.

 

Spring Creek Forest, Garland: Home to trees that are 100-300 years old, rare plants, and other forest treasures, this is the perfect place to escape the city and reconnect with nature in its most natural form.

 

Spring Creek Nature Area, Richardson: 4.5 miles of multi-use trail winds through a hardwood forest located at the southeast corner of Central Expressway and Renner Road. Towering trees and impressive views of Spring Creek allow one to easily forget the close proximity to busy streets and to escape easily without traveling off the beaten path.

 

Trinity River Audubon Center, South Dallas: 5 miles of trails in three ecosystems, wetlands, forest, and prairie, allow for diverse and exciting adventures just minutes from downtown Dallas.

 

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Eclectic Find


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to Dallas’ Stevens Park neighborhood – one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Oak Cliff. The contemporary-style residence at 2007 Timbergrove Circle provides exceptional natural light that highlights its eclectic and unique design.

 

Need-to-know details:

• Contemporary-style home, priced at $689,900
• 3,021 square feet: 3 bedrooms and 3 baths
• Hardwood flooring, decorative lighting, stainless-steel appliances, abundance of natural light
• Loft-like space, backyard oasis, fire pit

 


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To view this listing, contact Susan Terrill at 214-493-1818 or SusanTerrill@Ebby.com.

Ebby Among Nation’s Top-Producing Brokerages


Ebby Named Among Nation’s Top-Producing Brokerages

 

RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Report recently named Ebby Halliday the No. 10 residential real estate firm in the United States based on sales volume. Ebby Halliday’s 2015 sales volume totaled more than $7.85 billion, representing 20,632 closed residential transactions.

 

Now in its 28th year, the Power Broker Report has long honored the brokerage firms and real estate leaders who shape the industry.

 

RISMedia President & CEO John Featherston congratulated Ebby Halliday for the company’s prestigious ranking in this year’s Power Broker Report. “The firms represented are the nation’s most elite brokerage firms serving literally millions of consumers with their real estate needs,” Featherston said. “2015 was a growth year for many real estate firms across the country, despite continued inventory shortage in many areas. Today’s homebuyers and sellers need a trusted, credible real estate professional to help them understand the opportunities in today’s market and how to overcome the obstacles that may be holding them back. Being ranked in RISMedia’s Power Broker Report validates Ebby Halliday’s reputation as a trusted resource for today’s real estate consumers.”

 

For more information about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings, and to see all of the homes currently for sale in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Buying a Home is Complicated


Buying a Home is Complicated

 

Setting a budget, sticking to it; making an offer, financing a property once the offer is accepted; seemingly endless paperwork … let’s face it, buying a home is often a daunting process that can strip the anticipated fun and excitement away completely.

 

Fortunately, there’s an Ebby Halliday Realtor to guide you through the process. We’ve been helping people through the process for more than 70 years.

 

“It’s fun to look at all that’s changed since 1945, but what hasn’t changed is our sales associates and employees tirelessly building our brand on trust, coming through when clients need us most,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO. She adds that the goal for the company and its sales associates remains simple: to transform and elevate the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

“We hold homebuyers’ hands through it all, from start to finish, making it an easy, comfortable and enjoyable experience,” Burleson says. “We listen closely to their wants and needs, their worries and their fears. With more than 70 years of success in this business, we offer what no other North Texas real estate company can: a longtime culture of caring. That’s how Ebby built our company. She fostered an internal culture that attracts humble, hardworking people like herself who just plain do the hard work.”

 

To find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit ebby.com.