Best City to Invest in Housing in 2017?


Best City to Invest in Housing In 2017?

 

Forbes has named Dallas the best city in America to buy a home. Dallas takes the top spot after ranking No. 6 in 2016.

 

Home prices in Dallas are expected to grow the most of any city in its new ranking, according to Forbes. Informing that forecast is an anticipated 6.2 percent three-year population growth, 3.9 percent job gains last year and 9 percent annual home price gains.

 

To create the list, Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina-based company that tracks more than 300 housing markets. Local Market Monitor forecasts home prices in Dallas will increase 31 percent by 2020.

 

Texas not only holds the top spot on the 2017 Forbes list but the second most spots overall, with Forth Worth at No. 9 and San Antonio at 20. Opportunity and affordable housing led more people to relocate from other states to Texas in 2015 than any other state besides Florida.

 

If you’re interested in investing in housing in the best city in America to buy a home, the best place to get started is at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Fresh Listing Friday: Mid-Century Modern Ranch


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a thoughtfully renovated Mid-Century modern ranch home situated in Richardson. 302 W. Shore Drive offers a bright and open floor plan, solid oak flooring, and a spacious backyard overlooking Cottonwood Creek. Take a virtual tour below and see all the modern details this residence has to offer!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $799,000
• 3,232 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths
• Island kitchen with custom walnut cabinetry, quartz countertops, and a wine chiller
• Master suite with a deck and spacious walk-in closet
 

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To view this listing, contact Anne Westphal at 214-402-7598 or AnneWestphal@Ebby.com or Morris Hanys at 214-986-2059 or MorrisHanys@Ebby.com.

Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs


Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs

 

Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, ranks No. 9 on the just-released Swanepoel Power 200 “Top 20 Women Leaders in Residential Real Estate 2017” list. Ms. Burleson also placed No. 16 on the Swanepoel “Power Brokers” list and No. 52 on the “Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate” list. The Swanepoel lists are widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. To view the Swanepoel Power 200 list, visit swanepoel.com/power200.

 

The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth, and potential.

 

Congratulations to Mary Frances on another honor very well deserved!

 

To see the full Swanepoel Power lists, click here.

 

Keep a Cleaner Home


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It’s a new year, and many of you likely made resolutions revolving around the home: lower energy bills, de-clutter, cook more, etc. One resolution you also may have made is to keep a cleaner home.

 

For those of you who clean your own home, this resolution can be a big undertaking.

 

If you’re particular about cleanliness, then you may be tempted to clean all the time. Realistically, nobody has time for that. It’s better to stick to a schedule.

 

That’s why we’ve come up with this helpful home-cleaning guide for how often you should complete your regular chores. Follow this schedule and come next season, spring-cleaning won’t even be necessary.

 

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Need to keep a visual reminder? Print out this guide here and put it somewhere where you’ll see it!

Fresh Listing Friday: Mediterranean Masterpiece


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Happy Fresh Listing Friday all! It’s the first Friday of 2017 and we’re starting the new year off with this impeccable upgraded home in Frisco. 2054 Hidalgo Lane offers travertine floors, a stacked stone fireplace and pillars, crown molding, and upgraded lighting. Take a virtual tour below and see all the high-end details this residence has to offer!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $749,000
• 4,568 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
• Island kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances
• Master suite with spacious master bath and walk-in closet
• Spacious media room and game nook

 


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To view this listing, contact Karis Jones at 972-974-7176 or KJonesGroup@Ebby.com.

Now Is the Time to Find Your North Texas Realtor


Now Is the Time to Find Your North Texas Realtor

 

The North Texas region’s attractive quality of life, strong economy and low cost of living ensure D-FW will continue its steady rise to prominence among the world’s leading metropolitan areas in 2017. If you want to join in on the fun as a North Texas home buyer or seller, now is the time to start looking for a Realtor.

 

This process is different for everyone, but below are a few things to keep in mind:

 

Experience – Look to agents who have put time into their career and the neighborhoods in which they work. This can mean different things, like trusting someone who has spent years in the business or someone who grew up in the area.

 

Personality and Interests – Try to do some background work on a potential agent. Many have bio pages, LinkedIn accounts, social media pages, and online reviews. All of these can be helpful, but remember that not having one or the other doesn’t have a direct correlation to how “good” a Realtor is.

 

Career type – Is being a Realtor the person’s full-time career? If you’re on a time schedule, you’ll want to pick someone who’s in the industry full-time.

 

The numbers – If you’re a buyer, don’t choose an agent just because their commission is lower. If you’re a seller, don’t choose them just because they agree with you on how much your home should be listed for. We’ll say two things to justify these points – you get what you pay for, and, in real estate, there’s no telling how much your home will really and truly sell for at the end of the day.

 

Age – Don’t dismiss an agent based on their age, young or old. What makes an agent the right fit for you is not often their age, but their love of their profession, dedication to you, and the points listed above.

 

Need a good place to start looking? Check out our office locations and search all of our wonderful Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, the No. 1 independently owned residential real estate brokerage in Texas.

 

New Year, New (Home) Resolutions


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The new year always serves as a catalyst for personal resolutions and goals: lose weight, save money, volunteer, get organized, etc. Essentially, the same objectives could be set for your home.

 

We’ve transformed Time magazine’s Top Ten Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions into the top list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish in 2017 and beyond.

 

Don’t worry, you’ve got this!

 

1. Cut Your Energy Use (lose weight)

 
2. Purify Indoor Air (quit smoking)

 
3. Budget for Improvements (get out of debt)

 
4. Educate Yourself on Home Finances (learn something new)

 
5. De-clutter (get organized)

 
6. Support Your Community (volunteer)

 
7. Slash Your Water Use (drink less)

 
8. Share Home Improvement Projects (spend more time with the family)

 
9. Exercise Your DIY Skills (get fit)

 
10. Use Maintenance-Free Materials (be less stressed)

 

Happy new year!