Curious About Your Home’s Value?


Curious About Your Home's Value?

 

Homeowners are often surprised 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 the right agent for your real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Heads up, those wishing to protest their property tax assessment must do so by May 15, 2018, or 30 days after a tax notice is delivered, whichever is later.

Betsy Cameron Named Sales Leader of Ebby’s Little White House


Betsy Cameron Named Sales Leader of Ebby's Little White House

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Betsy Cameron sales manager of its Ebby’s Little White House office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

 

“A fourth-generation Dallasite with 15 years of real estate experience, Betsy brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our iconic Little White House Office at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road,” Kelly says. “A natural teacher and mentor who has led other well-known local sales offices, we are very pleased that she has chosen to grow her real estate career with the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

 

Cameron is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships that she is privileged to enjoy.

 

“I am very relationship-driven,” Cameron says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving our Little White House agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”

 

She adds, “My leadership style is, ‘What can I do to help you?’ I want to help agents with networking and ensure that we all enjoy a culture that is collaborative.”

 

As a licensed real estate agent, Cameron became a trusted advisor for clients. She comes by her real estate savvy naturally as the daughter of Janis Wells, who has been in the business for many years. As a successful multimillion-dollar team, Betsy and Janis served clients ranging from families looking for their first and second homes, to out-of-state executives moving into the area.

 

As a sales leader, Cameron is a natural teacher and mentor. “I love to listen and understand how agents work and help them take their business to the next level,” Cameron says.

 

After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and prior to entering the real estate profession, Betsy taught at her alma mater, Highland Park High School.

 

Betsy is married to Brad Cameron and is the mother of two sons, one a student at Ole Miss and one at Highland Park High School. She is very involved with Dallas CASA, serving as anadvocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

 

“I am truly excited about my move to Ebby Halliday Realtors and the future of Ebby’s Little White House Office,” Cameron says. “My door will always be open for my agents, and our valued clients will reap the benefits.”

 

For more information on Betsy Cameron and Ebby’s Little White House office, visit ebbyslittlewhitehouse.ebby.com.

Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market


Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Market

 

Year-over-year home sales for January and the relatively low inventory of homes available to purchase indicate there is no reason to wait until spring to list your home for sale, according to Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

“The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer a compelling case for sellers who would like to get a head start on their potential competition,” Kelly says.

 

A few of the highlights from the NTREIS numbers for January 2019 vs. January 2018 include:

 

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home rose 2.8%.

 

*  The average percent of original list price sellers received was 95.2%

 

*  The average days on market was 57 days.

 

“These numbers make it clear that the winter of 2019 offers a great climate in which to list a North Texas property for sale,” Kelly says. “Potential sellers should act now to get ahead of the traditional spring market.”

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your home is worth in today’s fast-paced market. To find the ideal agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Ebby Offers Industry-Leading Digital, Social Media Presence


Ebby Offers Industry-Leading Digital Presence

 

With more than 4 million monthly impressions across social media and digital ads, Ebby Halliday Realtors knows how to get its listings in front of today’s homebuyers.

 

At Ebby Halliday – the No. 1 residential real estate firm in Texas by sales volume – a talented team of marketing, advertising and public relations experts work daily to deliver digital and social media content that matters. With Ebby’s more than 18,000 Facebook followers, over 5,000 Twitter followers, more than 5,000 Instagram followers and over 607,000 monthly viewers on Pinterest, you can be assured that when you choose Ebby Halliday to list your home it will receive the digital exposure it deserves.

 

“Simply put, Ebby agents and their listings enjoy unmatched marketing resources,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing. The department Graham leads is housed in the new, 15,000-square-foot Ebby Halliday Education and Marketing Center.

 

In addition to time-tested, traditional marketing efforts, Ebby agents and the firm’s listings benefit from extensive social media content, including frequent blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter posts. The Ebby Blog is one of the most popular real estate blogs in Texas.

 

Ebby’s website, ebby.com, is one of the most-visited residential real estate sites in America. Offering a responsive, mobile-first approach, the site was built with mobility in mind. Among its features are real-time property alerts, allowing users to be the first to know when properties become available. In addition, each home listed with Ebby Halliday benefits from its own, free Individual Property Website. Ebby agents also enjoy branded websites, which harness the power of ebby.com, yet offer many options for agent customization.

 

“Many North Texans are aware that the award-winning ebby.com offers state-of-the-art features for buying or selling a home, but did you know it’s also one of the area’s best sources for information well beyond homes and housing?” asks Graham.

 

The Ebby Blog offers such categories as DFW Daily, profiling events in the D-FW area; Fabulous Finds, highlighting great homes available in North Texas; and Helpful Hints, offering everything from insight on the latest paint colors to apps that help around the house.

 

Named the Best Real Estate App in America by the Web Marketing Association, the Ebby Halliday Realtors app provides information in a natural way – starting with a map, not a menu. Featuring the latest in augmented reality, it’s perfect for buyers on the go.

 

“While we offer a plethora of innovative marketing and advertising for our agents and their listings, we firmly believe that in real estate it all comes down to agents,” Graham says. “And Ebby Halliday Realtors has a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve.”

 

For more information, visit ebby.com.

MetroTex Event Showcases Industry Leaders


 

MetroTex Event Showcases Industry Leaders

 

The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies was extremely well represented at this week’s MetroTex Association of Realtors Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony.

 

Carrie Hill of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s InTown Office was presented the Ebby Halliday Community Service Award and was a finalist for the Lois Hair Bernays Award. The Ebby Halliday Community Service Award, named for the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors, recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact to the community by donating time, money, and/or material goods to a program that improves the livability of a local community and is suitable as a role model for all real estate professionals. The Lois Hair Bernays Award is presented annually to a Realtor who exemplifies the highest qualities of the real estate profession. Finalists for the 2018 Lois Hair Bernays Award also included Anna Hudson of Ebby’s Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell Office.

 

The 2019 MetroTex Directors include Steve Habgood of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s InTown Office, Johnny Mowad of Ebby’s Preston Center Office and Kristin Smith of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities Office.

 

Congratulations and thank you to each award winner, nominee and director. Your service to the real estate industry makes all of us proud to be part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies.