Spotlight on the North Texas Luxury Market


Spotlight on the North Texas Luxury Market

 

The North Texas region’s thriving economy continues to spur significant growth in luxury home sales. In the past year, 5.2 percent more luxury homes were purchased in Dallas-Fort Worth than during the prior 12 months.

 

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Dallas-Fort Worth, it would be our honor to be of service to you. With our highly effective marketing and advertising tools and our membership in Luxury Portfolio International, Ebby Halliday Realtors is ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury real estate transaction.

 

Whether you are considering buying or selling your home, or just staying put for now, we invite you to enjoy the fall/winter edition of North Texas’ leading luxury home publication, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. We believe you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. To get started, click here.

 

Grand Vie: Your Source for Luxury Living


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The fall/winter 2016 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, is out and is now being direct-mailed to more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 21th edition of Grand Vie offers a wealth of interesting editorial content, including “Spectacular Sparkle,” a conversation with designer and creative director Jay Strongwater; “Nature’s Inspiration,” offering advice on how to bring fall looks into your home from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; holiday menu inspiration from Parigi’s Janice Provost; and advice on how to make your holiday guests feel at home in your home from design and lifestyle expert Kathy Fielder. Also included are “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; and real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the ideal vacation home environment, Lake Tahoe.

 

We believe you’re going to love the fall/winter 2016 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you! See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Grand Vie: Your Source for Luxury Living

How to Market Your Luxury Home to the World


How to Effectively Market Your Luxury Home to the World

 

Selecting representation when buying or selling a luxury property is critical to your experience and success. Ebby Halliday Realtors offers clients whose homes are priced at $750,000 and above the advantages of its affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury marketing arm of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network.

 

Luxury Portfolio International is a unified collection of the world’s most experienced, visible and highly regarded experts in luxury real estate marketing over 50,000 properties annually on the award-winning luxuryportfolio.com and in prestigious publications around the globe. Luxury Portfolio markets more $1 million-plus listings than any other luxury real estate network.

 

Luxury Portfolio offers sellers extensive search engine and social media strategies – ensuring their luxury listing is in front of today’s sophisticated consumers where and when they are searching. In addition to leveraging social media platforms, Luxury Portfolio utilizes international partner websites, such as juwai.com, which reaches beyond the Great Firewall of China to target the wealthy Chinese buyer, and wallstreetjournal.com, to reach affluent online viewers. Each property on luxuryportfolio.com is translated to nine languages and 60-plus currencies, which results in consumers visiting the site from almost every country each month.

 

Simply put, sellers who list with Ebby Halliday significantly increase the chances of attracting a qualified buyer to their luxury home due to our affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International. For buyers, finding a home is a personal process of discovery, and Ebby Halliday Realtors and the accomplished global network of Luxury Portfolio brokers is ready to assist in the journey. Explore luxury properties around the world at luxuryportfolio.com.

 

Learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of its listings at the award-winning ebby.com.

 

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Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home


Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home

 

Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, provide a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe.

 

To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills.

 

If you’re planting a new tree, think about its fully grown size and shape before you dig. Roots too close to your home could damage the foundation or block sewer lines. The wrong tree in the wrong place could actually lower your home’s appraised value.

 

To learn more about trees and how you can improve the environment while improving your property value, visit arbordayfoundation.org, where you’ll find a wealth of useful information about trees.

 

PHOTO: Shown is 6049 Lakehurst in Preston Hollow, offered by Ebby’s Clarke Landry for $1,895,000.

Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London


 

While all real estate is local, at the Ebby Blog we love to keep up with markets around the world. Below are a few findings from Luxury Portfolio International’s recent Market Pulse report. This is just a snapshot, so stay tuned as we continue to highlight luxury real estate in the world’s hottest markets.

 

 

Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London

New York City

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $42,550,000

Compared to last year, prices are: Up

Price point for top 10 percent of inventory: $10,000,000

International buyers are coming from: Australia, Brazil, India, China, Kazakhstan, Europe, U.K., Canada, Hong Kong and Greece

Luxury buyers are looking for: Views, outdoor space, pre-war details and concierge services in new condominiums

 

 

Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London

Washington, D.C.

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $18,000,000

Compared to last year, prices are: The change in the monthly median sale price in the Washington metropolitan area has been flat in 2016, with monthly changes of approximately 1 percent

Price point for the top 10 percent of inventory: Ranges from $1 million to $1.5 million

International buyers are coming from: Iraq and India

Luxury buyers are looking for: Outdoor living areas, exceptional service and full-service amenities, such as a door attendant, 24-hour concierge, fitness center and resort-style pools. Also guest suites and social spaces, such as screening rooms, reception rooms and temperature-controlled wine rooms.

 

 

Global Market Pulse: NYC, Washington, D.C., London

London

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $38,883,000

Compared to last year, prices are: Down

Price point for the top 10 percent of inventory: $6,500,000+

International buyers are coming from: 35 percent of the market in Central London is international buyers, with the majority coming from Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Luxury buyers are looking for: Imaginative use of design and bolder use of color, moving away from ‘hotel style’ interior design featuring lots of grey and beige interiors that became very prevalent in London a few years ago

 

To learn about the Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto real estate markets view the full Luxury Portfolio Magazine article here.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International in North Texas. When buying or selling property outside of our local market, Ebby Halliday’s world-class connections can help with real estate needs throughout our continent and to points around the globe.

 

To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to discover some of the most extraordinary properties currently for sale worldwide, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Outdoor living is huge in Dallas-Fort Worth. Taking the time to design a thoughtful and beautiful space will pay off when it comes time to sell your home.

 

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis

 

Color Palette

In North Texas, outdoor living areas are extensions of our homes. To create flow from the interior of your home to its exterior, tie the color palette together. You can opt to use one color from inside your home or continue the entire scheme.

 

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis

 

If you love color, punch those hues up a bit in your backyard for brighter contrast with the natural elements and landscaping. If you prefer that your pool or landscaping take center stage, use a more neutral palette for your home’s outdoor furnishings.

 

Furniture layout

Many backyards are segmented into areas. Yours may have a cabana or lounging area, an outdoor kitchen and dining space, and seating near the pool. When designing your layout, think about how you will utilize each of these spaces.

 

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis

 

Do you want chairs to swivel, providing multiple views of the yard, or change direction depending on TV viewing or conversation? Either way, be sure to provide plenty of space to maneuver around your furnishings so you and your guests may easily transition from one area to another.

 

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Ask your landscape architect or pool builder for a set of plans in ¼-inch scale so your designer can help you properly place the furnishings for your backyard resort. If possible, complete your furniture-space planning prior to construction so your designer can offer suggestions for tweaking your decking or sitting areas to accommodate the furnishings you want to include.

 

Form and Function

In addition to assisting with colors and layout, a designer can help you work through decisions and recommend brands that will withstand the Texas summer heat. It’s imperative that you use outdoor fabrics and cushions. Woven fabrics are typically the most durable and will have less fading from the sun.

 

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis

 

Your outdoor furnishings should not only look fabulous, but feel fabulous, too. Since you’ll most likely be spending many hours on weekends and evenings sitting in these spaces, comfort should be a top priority.

 

This article appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. To view the magazine, click here.

 

Shay Geyer, partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, has passion for interiors and interior products that makes creating beautiful spaces for clients a true dream job. Her vibrant personality and personal approach to design often land her high-profile and lifelong clients who trust her not only with their primary homes but also vacation homes across the country. Shay has served as the design expert for WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” since 2006. Her design segments may be seen on the show every Friday morning. To contact Shay, e-mail Shay@IBBDesign.com

 

Pool, cabana and landscape design by AquaTerra Outdoors aquaterraoutdoors.com.

 

Outdoor furnishings and design by Shay Geyer. @designershay, IBB Design Fine Furnishings, ibbdesign.com

 

Photography by Dan Piassick

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson


In today’s market, homeowners want to maximize their living space, which often includes the outdoors. Creating an ideal outdoor living area is an art that makes lounging by the pool, hosting friends and family or dining alfresco more of a treat than a chore. But designing an exquisite outdoor space is best left to the professionals, which is why we sat down with Robert Hopson, general contractor and owner of Robert Hopson Construction Group, to learn about outdoor living trends and designing a comfortable, relaxing space.

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What trends are the hottest in outdoor living?

RH: We’re doing a lot of outdoor kitchens where clients want the full-on kitchen — refrigerator, range, dishwasher, the whole thing. These are people who want to cook, serve and eat outside. We’re even seeing some outdoor kitchens that have glassware and serving utensils dedicated to the outdoors. Another trend we’re seeing are pools with a sun shelf, an approximately 10-by-10 area of the pool with 3 to 4 inches of water. A sun shelf is perfect for enjoying with babies, putting folding chairs in to sit at water level, or just lying down since it’s so shallow.

 

 

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

When planning an outdoor living space, what are best practices?

RH: Determining how the space will be used is the most important factor. We do custom homes, so the client is coming to us with plans or bringing us in on the process with their architect, and the first thing we do is establish what’s important to them for their outdoor space. Do they have kids, is there a pool, are they using the space to entertain large groups? We ask questions that help us understand how the space will be utilized.

 

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

Are there any ‘impossible’ outdoor amenities?

RH: When someone says they want their space to be 60 degrees in 100-degree weather, that’s pretty much impossible. But we can close off the space with screens or retractable coverings and install an A/C system that takes it from 80 degrees to 70. We can pretty much get anything a client wants now for their outdoor space, so if they tell us how they plan to use it, we can adapt it to meet their needs.

 

What changes are you seeing in the realm of outdoor living spaces?

RH: Custom outdoor features are a huge segment of the market. For example, 10 years ago home shows had a couple of outdoor displays and a few hot tubs. Now, the outdoor section is a good portion of the show, where they have windows that fold into themselves and $50,000 grill stations that are just unbelievable. There’s more and more growth in the customized segment.

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What is the most unique request you’ve had for an outdoor space?

RH: For one house we made a pit so they could lie on the grass and watch movies projected on the side of their casita. We constructed a sloped hill that sort of cut into the yard, where one side was level and the other side was 4 or 5 feet deep, then we added a fireplace at the bottom. They wanted it to be like lying in the park, so we put down some great zoysia grass, which is soft and super comfortable.

 

How does a professionally designed outdoor living space add value to a home?


RH: I’m not a REALTOR®, so I can’t give it a dollar value. But I can tell you that most of the houses I’m doing are upscale, and at that price point, not having an outdoor space would almost be like not having a garage. People enter million-dollar homes and expect some sort of outdoor space, even if it’s just a covered portion of the patio with a grill station. I know there’s an intrinsic value and it would certainly be a negative for buyers if a home didn’t have any kind of outdoor living area.

 

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What is your favorite thing to see in outdoor living?


RH: I really think it looks good when you have a relatively flat area to walkout onto, so you can walk out from your floor level onto the patio then onto the grass; it’s a seamless transition from inside to outside, almost like walking into another room. Or when the grass runs right up to the edge of the pool, almost like a zero edge, so it’s a more natural feel, not as contrived. We see more modern, clean lines in architecture and I like to see those same clean-line features outdoors with a really simplistic palette, so grass and maybe your solid surface is concrete or a decomposed granite — not four or five different materials like we used to see.

 

This article appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. To view the magazine, click here.

 

For a personal consultation with Robert Hopson, call 214-327-0600 or visit roberthopsongroup.com.

 

 

 

 

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


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We’re very excited to share that the summer 2016 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is now being direct-mailed to approximately 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 20th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Backyard Oasis,” featuring advice on how to “make the outdoors yours” from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; “Greater Outdoors,” offering insight into maximizing your outdoor living space from Robert Hopson, project manager and owner of Robert Hopson Construction Group; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; special sections for farm & ranch and lake properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the summer issue: Real estate insider Candy Evans finds paradise in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

 

We’re confident you’re going to love the summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you! See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Arriving Now: Grand Vie Luxury in Living

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HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Voting Underway


HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016 is underway. And, if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties in such categories as Classic Living, Master Retreats and Making an Entrance.

 

Be sure to click the VOTE button for your favorites!

 

As always, Ebby Halliday listings are prominently featured in the Ultimate House Hunt:

 

Classic Living

 

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Listed with The O’Gorman Group, this stunning estate is situated on 2.63 acres and features extraordinary finishes, a bistro, private loft areas, and extensive landscaped grounds.

 

Master Retreats

 

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1280 N. Preston Road | Prosper | $12,750,000

Listed with David Gloria, Chateau Montclair – former home of Deion Sanders – is dubbed the crown jewel of Prosper. The exquisite master suite offers a kitchenette, 3,000-square-foot closet and a spacious bath with a spa. Additional features of this masterpiece include a theater, bowling alley, barber shop and several pools.

 

Making an Entrance

 

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6436 Sudbury Road | Plano – Kings Gate | $2,399,900

Listed with The O’Gorman Group, this property offers timeless Mediterranean architecture featuring balconies, portico, tile roof, decorative arches, columns, high ceilings, exquisite finishes, and manicured grounds.

 

Click here to vote for your favorites now. HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt ends August 8.

Luxe Tour: Preston Hollow Elegance


Our Luxe Tour series features some of the most extraordinary homes for sale in the North Texas region. Today’s home is no exception.

 

The following video features the elegant Preston Hollow residence that is 6414 Meadow Road.

 

 

To schedule a private showing, contact Jason Hyland at 214-601-0015 or JasonHyland@Ebby.com.