Fourth of July Fun


Fourth of July FunDon’t miss your chance to celebrate the United States! No matter where you’re planning to be for Independence Day in D-FW, there’s no shortage of ways to commemorate our nation’s birth. Details below:

 

Sunday, July 3

Addison

Kaboom Town

Arlington

Light Up Arlington

Coppell

Spirit of Coppell Celebration and Fireworks

Dallas

Red White & Boom on the Bridge

Farmers Branch

Independence Day Celebration

Fort Worth

Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic (July 2, 3 and 4)

Frisco

Frisco Dachshund Dash and Firecracker Glow Run

Granbury

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Grand Prairie

Lone Stars & Striped Celebration

Lake Texoma

Fireworks at Chickasaw Point/West of Hwy 70

Various Lake Texoma events

Mansfield

Mansfield’s Rockin’ 4th of July

Princeton

City of Princeton July Spectacular

 

Monday, July 4

Castle Hills

Fourth of July Freedom Festival

Dallas

Fair Park Fourth

Lake Highlands Fourth of July Parade & Carnival

Lakewood Fourth of July Parade

Denison

July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza

Fort Worth

Fort Worth’s Fourth

Frisco

Freedom Fest

Garland

Star-Spangled Spectacular

Grapevine

34th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

Irving

Independence Day Celebration

McKinney

Red, White and Boom

Park Cities

Fourth of July Parade

Plano

All-American Fourth

Plano Lions Independence Day Parade

Richardson

Family Fourth Celebrations

Rockwall

Fourth of July Parade

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Sizzling Hot


 

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Sizzles

 

Wow, it sure did get hot fast this year! Summer has barely unfurled, but the North Texas residential real estate market is already delivering blistering sales in June. In Dallas-Fort Worth, homes are moving off the market 13.6 percent faster than they did at this time last year as prices continue to hit new record highs.

 

The average home sales price in North Texas in May was $286,200, 6.3% higher than one year ago. However, much of the effect of higher prices is being offset by mortgage rates that are the lowest we’ve seen in three years.

 

Interested in your home’s value in this red-hot market? Contact an Ebby Associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

O’Gorman Group Among Top Teams in U.S.


O’Gorman Group Among Top Teams in U.S.

 

The O’Gorman Group of Ebby’s Preston Keller Office was just named to the 2016 REAL Trends Top Thousand. Compiled by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc., the “Thousand” is comprised of four annual nationwide Top 250 rankings. The new rankings are based on 2015 sales.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 109 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $144,051,180 in residential real estate sales in 2015.

 

“Congratulations to The O’Gorman Group for this truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”

 

Cindy O’Gorman began her career in real estate more than 30 years ago and has long been ranked in the top one-half of the top 1 percent of residential real estate agents in the nation. She has been Ebby Halliday’s Top Companywide Producer for more than 20 years. Cindy provides her clients with extensive knowledge of the market, impressive negotiating skills, and a team of specialists to ensure exceptional customer service.

To contact Ms. O’Gorman, call 972-715-0190 or e-mail cindyogorman@ebby.com.

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Rockwall Wonder


Fresh Listing Friday
Friday is here and so is summer, and this week’s Fresh Listing Friday provides an abundance of cool amenities to beat the heat! The one-story wonder at 2703 Whispering Oaks is situated on 1.69 acres in Rockwall’s Hidden Valley Estates and offers a one-of-a-kind lifestyle minutes from downtown Dallas.

 

Need-to-know details:

• One-story home on 1.69 acres, priced at $590,000
• 3,430 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1 half-bath
• Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, decorative lighting
• Extensive outdoor living area, pool, spacious workshop, three-car garage

 

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To view this listing, contact Heather Sims at 214-549-7978 or HeatherSims@Ebby.com.

 

Arriving in or Departing Dallas-Fort Worth?


Moving To or From Dallas-Fort Worth?

 

Individuals and companies who are relocating have access to a lot of information. What they often don’t have is a way to tailor that information to their needs.

 

That’s where the relocation experts at Ebby Halliday offer an invaluable service. 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 interest, but also is knowledgeable about lifestyle issues affecting their move.

 

For outgoing clients, Ebby’s relocation experts coordinate with one of the 500 top real estate firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Ebby Halliday is part of a network that dominates in more markets across the U.S. than any competitor.

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday’s relocation services or to start your home search today, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Is Summer a Good Time to Sell a Home in D-FW?


 

Is Summer a Good Time to Sell a Home in D-FW?

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) for a while in North Texas, summer “officially” starts today. With sales prices up and few homes for sale, this summer offers homeowners ideal conditions to sell a home in Dallas-Fort Worth. Competition among buyers is heated and multiple offers are common.

 

Just how hot is the North Texas housing market? Consider that in the past 12 months:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is down 13.6% to only 38 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 8.5%.

 

*  The number of homes for sale is also down 8.5%, meaning you’ll have less competition.

 

Simply put: If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers an extraordinary opportunity. Find your Realtor at ebby.com.

Want to Live Near Light-Rail?


 

Want to Live Near Light Rail?

 

The use of mass-transit in Dallas-Fort Worth is growing and we’re happy to be the first North Texas real estate company to offer you the benefits of Rail Station Proximity Home Search. With this innovative search feature on the award-winning ebby.com you can easily find your next Dallas-area home based on its proximity to light-rail service.

 

Whether it’s frequent trips to the airport, commuting to your job downtown, shopping at Mockingbird Station, or enjoying concerts at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park, with Rail Station Proximity Home Search you’ll be the first to know about homes for sale – and for lease – near the DART rail station of your choice.

 

Click here to give Rail Station Proximity Home Search a try. We think you’re going to love it!

Fresh Listing Friday: Soothing Palette


Fresh Listing Friday
TGIF! It’s time to finally relax and unwind, and this week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a great way to ease into the weekend. The residence at 1 Spyglass Court is nestled in one of Frisco’s most sought-after neighborhoods – Stonebriar. This guarded and gated community provides a great sense of security, a private golf course and country club amenities.

 

Need-to-know details:

• Updated traditional with modern touches, priced at $799,900
• 4,213 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and 1 half-bath
• Hardwood flooring, an abundance of windows, decorative lighting, Viking appliances, extensive crown molding
• Game and media rooms, spacious and private backyard with a diving pool and spa

 


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To view this listing, contact Jan Chavoya of the Jan Chavoya Group at 972-965-6689 or Jan@Ebby.com.

Davis to Manage Flower Mound/Lewisville Office


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Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Kristi Davis sales manager of its Flower Mound/Lewisville Office. Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

 

“Kristi brings extensive sales and management experience, as well as a strong desire to assist our Flower Mound/Lewisville agents in taking their careers to the next level,” Burleson says. “The recipient of the 2015 Easterwood Cup Broker/Manager of the Year Award presented by the MetroTex Association of Realtors, Kristi offers a long history of distinguished service to our industry and community.”

 

Davis will report to Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices.

 

“Kristi has managed Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office for the past six years and will continue in that capacity,” Misko says. “I am confident her background will serve her well in our Flower Mound/Lewisville Office. She has an innate understanding of how agents learn, grow and prosper.”

 

A Dallas-Fort Worth native and graduate of the University of North Texas, Davis has been in real estate since 2002. Having been a top-producing agent she understands the life of a Realtor, the ebbs and flows of the industry, and the importance of lead generation.

 

“I love what I do,” Davis says. “I feel like I never work a day in my life because I am so passionate about real estate. I am blessed to have had the privilege to manage Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office and appreciate the opportunity to also lead our Flower Mound/Lewisville Office.

 

“The Flower Mound/Lewisville housing market is growing by leaps and bounds,” Davis says. “It shares a lot in common with the Irving market, as far as price point and diversity of offerings. I really look forward to increasing Ebby’s market share in this dynamic area of North Texas.”

 

An enthusiastic, natural leader who holds a Broker’s License and the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager Designation, Davis says she is dedicated to supporting all of her agents by providing the cutting-edge tools, professional development and one-on-one coaching necessary to help them grow their careers.

 

Davis has long been active in the North Texas community. She currently chairs the MetroTex Leadership Academy and is a board member of the Irving Healthcare Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and spending time with her nephews.

 

“I am truly excited about my new position as sales manager of Ebby’s Flower Mound/Lewisville Office,” Davis says. “My door will always be open for our agents – in Flower Mound/Lewisville and in Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell – and our valued clients will reap the benefits.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Flower Mound/Lewisville Office, visit FlowerMound.Ebby.com.

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors or to start your home search today, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Green Updates that Add Value to Your Home


The green trend is growing across countless industries and sectors, and real estate is no exception. Energy efficiency and resource conservation features are attractive enough that many home buyers are willing to pay thousands more for an energy-optimized home.

 

If you’re looking to put your house on the market soon, you’re probably weighing your options and wondering which updates will help your case. The answer is: think green. Here are a few suggestions for increasing the numbers behind that dollar sign—and benefitting the environment in the meantime.

 

Install New Energy-Efficient Appliances

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According to Energy Star, a dishwasher that was manufactured before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle and wastes $35 per year. A fridge that’s older than a decade could be costing you even more, too. If it’s time for you to replace a kitchen appliance, consider investing in an Energy Star-rated model, which uses less energy and decreases your negative impact on the environment. When you shop for a new model, look at the EnergyGuide label so that you can compare the yearly cost of operating the appliance. Be sure to properly recycle your old model so that your effort to save resources doesn’t go to waste.

 

Get Smart

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The earliest dream of the smart home was to simply make everything more convenient. But as the tech industry and consumers grow wiser to how our actions affect the environment, smart home technology has dovetailed into something more meaningful. Smart home applications and appliances allow you to closely manage your home, from adjusting the lighting to keeping close track of your energy use. But if you’re not ready to partake in a smart home overhaul, starting with a thermostat is a great way to cut down on your energy bill. Some smart thermostat models, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, pick up on your routine and adjust accordingly. The temperature will rise or decrease according to occupancy, so that you’re not wasting energy while everyone is away.

 

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Windows

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3915 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,790,000

Caulk and weatherstrip are crucial for preventing air leaks and drafts. If your existing windows are fairly new and in good shape, consider retrofitting them with energy-efficient coatings and treatments. If your windows are old or inefficient, you may find that buying new windows entirely is a better investment than retrofitting. Make sure that you understand energy performance ratings before you purchase new windows so that you can get the best bang for your buck. Consider purchasing heavier window coverings or an outdoor awning to decrease heat transfer and keep your home comfortable.

 

Add Insulation

Technology is an amazing tool for reducing your energy costs, but energy optimization can be as simple as adding insulation. Air sealing and insulation techniques allow your HVAC system to perform more effectively. If your home is older, chances are it’s somewhat less efficient than it could be with increased insulation. One way to know whether your home has enough insulation and where it should be added is to hire an energy auditor to assess it. This way, you won’t waste time and effort installing insulation materials where they’re not needed.

Common culprits of heat loss include the attic, and the walls and floors surrounding an unheated space, like a garage. Energy.gov has more information on adding insulation in order to make your home more efficient.

 

Replace Regular Faucets with Low-Flow

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4915 Stanford Avenue | Dallas – Rector Place | $1,498,500

Standard faucets have an average flow of 2 gallons per minute (gpm). If that doesn’t mean much to you, a low-flow faucet has a comparative gpm of 0.5, which means conserving 75 percent of the water you use. Standard showerheads come in at 3 gpm, while low-flow showerheads have a 1.6 gpm. But your updates don’t have to stop there; you can also retrofit your toilets with low-flow flush valves. You can save money while conserving water, without experiencing a noticeable difference in your hygiene routine.

 

Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an editor and writer for Modernize.com with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.