The Undisputed Leader in North Texas Real Estate


Ebby Halliday Companies No. 1 – Again

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies has again been named the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in North Texas based on sales volume by the Dallas Business Journal. Comprised of Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, the Ebby Halliday Companies topped the publication’s newest annual list with $7.8 billion in 2016 sales.

 

In addition to topping the DBJ list by sales volume, the Ebby Halliday Companies was also No. 1 based on average sales price among the five brokerages with the most North Texas transactions and No. 1 among independent brokerages.

 

“Congratulations to all of the dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “While 2016 was truly an exceptional year, we already know that 2017 is destined to be another extraordinary year for North Texas real estate and the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

 

Locally owned Ebby Halliday was founded in 1945 on three principles: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. Having served the residential real estate needs of North Texas for 73 years, and having grown from a one-woman office to the largest independently owned residential real estate brokerage in Texas, the company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to supporting many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belong to approximately 30 local chambers of commerce, promoting the local economy.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies and its sales associates possess a unique understanding of the global real estate market. This understanding is a result of the locally owned firm’s affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of premier real estate brokers in 65 countries. A founding member of LeadingRE, the Ebby Halliday Companies tap this network of 565 firms with 130,000 sales associates to expose listings to buyers across the globe.

 

“At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we’re proud of our undisputed position as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “Our clients benefit from many advantages that are a direct result of the company’s status as the market-share leader.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies includes 34 offices that cover over 12,000 square miles of North Texas. To learn more about the Ebby Halliday Companies, the North Texas housing market or the current value of your home, contact an Ebby Halliday Companies Associate today. To get started, visit ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com or williamstrew.com.

 

 

 

Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open


Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors recently opened a new office to serve the residential real estate needs of the Cedar Creek Lake area, an approximately 1 ½ hour drive from Dallas County. The office is located at 314 W. Main St. in Gun Barrel City, Texas.

 

“This new, approximately 3,000-square-foot office greatly enhances our ability to serve the needs of the area’s growing number of home buyers and sellers for many more years to come,” says Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes three real estate brands, as well as core-service companies Texas Premier TitleHome Team Insurance and Home Team Mortgage Company.

 

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

 

Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office is co-managed by respected industry veterans Malinda Brownlee Howell and Ginger Gill and will ultimately be “home” to approximately 20 Cedar Creek Lake-area residential real estate specialists.

 

“Our location on Main Street features a highly visible location and the latest in technology,” says Howell. “It offers an ideal setting for Associates and clients to meet to discuss residential real estate needs, whether that’s a primary home, a frequently visited second home or an occasional weekend retreat. The lake lifestyle is unique, and whether you are buying or selling, we have found the perfect setting from which to serve the entire Cedar Creek Lake area.”

 

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

 

“We are assisting clients with one of the most significant transactions of their lifetime,” says Gill. “It is important that we utilize all of the resources we have at our disposal so we can provide the absolute best experience for our valued clients.”

 

Gill adds that Cedar Creek Lake-area sellers who list with Ebby benefit from expanded exposure for their properties. In addition to being listed in the local MLS (NAVICA), Ebby Cedar Creek listings are also in NTREIS, the North Texas MLS. Simply put, Gill says, Ebby’s listings reach more potential buyers – in particular residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, who make up the majority of Cedar Creek Lake buyers.

 

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

 

Ebby’s newest office is already “home” to a stellar team of experienced Cedar Creek Lake agents, according to Howell. “Buying or selling a lake home can be complicated,” she says. “We are thrilled to launch our new Cedar Creek Lake Office with experienced local agents dedicated to outstanding service and exceeding clients’ expectations.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office, call 903-340-8590 or visit cedarcreeklake.ebby.com.

 

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

How to Protect Your Belongings During a Move


By: Laura Gaskill

 
From nicks in that fresh paint job to broken chair legs and sofas stuck in stairwells, there are lots of things that can go awry during a move. Thankfully, with some thoughtful preventive measures (and lots of padding), it is possible to get from old house to new with all your belongings in one piece — and hopefully with no dings in those freshly painted walls either.
 

 
1. Declutter first. It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating: If you don’t want to keep it, you shouldn’t bother moving it. Preparing for a move is an ideal time to declutter, so take advantage and let go of items you no longer love or use. The less stuff you have to move, the quicker it will be to pack and unpack, and the less your move will cost. In addition, when the total amount of stuff to move isn’t quite so overwhelming, you’re a lot less likely to revert to the “just dump everything in a box!” mentality that seems to afflict just about everyone in the final hours before the movers arrive.
 
2. Measure large furniture, door openings and stairwells. Your furniture may have fit into your current home without a hitch, but that doesn’t mean it will be as easy to move into the new place. Among the moves of my immediate family and close friends alone, I have seen sofas get jammed in stairwells (twice) and a much-loved cabinet left behind because it simply wouldn’t fit through the door. Don’t let that be you.
 

 
3. Use corner protectors on mirrors and art. Fragile mirrors and picture frames need to be treated with care. Ideally, use a mirror- or picture-packing kit that comes with foam corner protectors, and follow the instructions that come with your kit. Once you have the corners secured, place the mirror or frame in a mirror or picture box and fill any empty space with paper. If you have a lot of artwork, framed photographs and other delicate items, it’s a good idea to start packing up your collection early so you can take your time and do it right.
 
4. Completely cover furniture with pads or moving blankets. It may seem like something that’s OK to skimp on, but covering your furniture well can make the difference between your treasured pieces arriving in perfect condition … and arriving scuffed, torn or otherwise damaged. You can also purchase rolls of plastic wrapping material, but pads and blankets offer more protection for extra-delicate and upholstered items.
 
5. Detach small parts and store them together. Life in a moving van is rough on your belongings. Items knock into each other, and the first things to sustain damage are usually the little bits. Whenever you are able to safely remove the legs, handles or small protruding parts of a piece of furniture, do so. Wrap up the parts and keep them together in a labeled bag inside or taped to the furniture it came from.
 

 
6. Use the right box for the job. The heavier the item, the smaller the box is a good rule of thumb to follow when packing. A large box filled with heavy items is likely to either fall apart or injure the person carrying it, and boxes left too empty can leave their contents vulnerable to breakage. Choose the right box for the item you’re packing, and fill in the empty space with paper or packing peanuts.
 
7. Protect floors and stairs with nonslip runners. There will be a lot of foot traffic in your home on moving day. Protect your floors and prevent slips and falls by rolling out nonslip runners in high-traffic areas. Your moving company may have reusable nonslip runners, or you may purchase nonslip self-adhesive plastic floor coverings to protect your floors in key areas. If you have a large area of flooring that you would like to protect (such as wall-to-wall light-colored carpeting) a self-adhesive plastic floor covering is probably your best bet.
 

 
8. Protect door frames with padding. Even the most careful movers will sometimes bump into a tight door frame when passing through with a large piece of furniture. Covering the door frame at the main entrance is a smart preventive measure. Some movers come equipped with doorjamb protectors, or you can rent or purchase your own in advance. These covers contain flexible spring clamps that attach to the door easily without causing damage.
 
9. Leave specialty items to a specialist. Planning to move a piano, hot tub, appliances or another large or heavy item? Be sure you discuss the specifics with your movers in advance, as they will probably need to bring special equipment and allow extra time to handle it. And although it should probably go without saying, do not attempt to move a piano on your own.
 

 

 
10. Be sure there’s a clear, close spot to park the moving van. Not only will this help avoid long-carry fees, having a clear space to park the moving van means less of a chance for accidental damage to occur on the way in and out. A sturdy ramp placed on a level surface is important for safe moving — both for the movers and your belongings.
 
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Ebby’s Prosper I Celina Office Opens


Ebby's Prosper I Celina Office Opens

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors recently opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art Prosper I Celina Office. The approximately 5,000-square-foot office is located at the northeast corner of Highway 289 (Preston Road) and Prosper Trail in fast-growing Prosper. It will be “home” to approximately 50 residential real estate agents serving the greater Prosper/Celina area.

 

Ebby's Prosper I Celina Office Opens

 

“This state-of-the-art office greatly enhances our ability to serve the needs of the area’s growing number of home buyers and sellers for many years to come,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as affiliated core-service companies Texas Premier TitleHome Team Insurance and Home Team Mortgage Company.

 

Ebby's Prosper I Celina Office Opens

 

“The location of our new office is phenomenal,” says Ebby Halliday Companies Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, who was instrumental in selecting the new site and building out the new office. “Strategically situated along State Highway 289 (Preston Road), it offers easy access to the 289 and U.S. 380 corridors, as well as the Dallas North Tollway.”

 

Ebby's Prosper I Celina Office Opens

 

Ebby’s Prosper I Celina Office features collaboration centers where Associates and clients may meet to discuss residential real estate needs, says Cathie Skinner, sales manager of the new office. Cutting-edge technology helps the office’s Associates assist buyers with their home searches and sellers with their understanding of local market trends.

 

Ebby's Prosper I Celina Office Opens

 

Skinner, who has been a real estate agent for seven years, joined Ebby’s Plano/Willow Bend Office three years ago. She has been a multimillion-dollar producer every year since she entered the real estate business. Skinner says she chose Ebby Halliday Realtors because of her respect for the firm’s founder, Ebby Halliday, who passed away two years ago at the age of 104, and because of the firm’s stellar reputation.

 

Ebby's Prosper I Celina Office Opens

 

“From day one, Ebby Halliday Realtors has offered a firm foundation for my business,” Skinner says. “Having owned many properties and having experienced the ups and downs of the market, I strongly believe in homeownership and in our company.”

 

A very open, authentic person, Skinner says she is a mentor-teacher at heart.

 

“I love to see others succeed, and I’m excited about this opportunity to use my enthusiasm and sales skills to ‘sell’ Ebby as a company,” Skinner says. “Agents have choices and they can’t choose a better company than Ebby Halliday Realtors. I really enjoy investing in our Prosper I Celina agents by encouraging them and giving them the tools to be the best they can be.”

 

For more information about Ebby’s new Prosper I Celina Office, call 972-893-3130 or visit prospercelina.ebby.com.

 

Ebby’s New Allen Office Now Open


Ebby Halliday Realtors recently opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art Allen office.

Ebby's New Allen Office Opens

 

“Ebby Halliday Realtors has served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971 and has had an Allen office since 2005,” says Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, who was instrumental in selecting the site and the building of the new office. “We’re proud to open this new, larger office and expand our capacity to serve Allen and the surrounding area as it continues to experience substantial growth.”

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Now Open

 

The new 10,500-square-foot stand-alone building, designed by architect Michael Twichell, whose work includes The Shops at Legacy in Plano and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, replaces the company’s former Allen office. Near the intersection of State Highway 121 and U.S. Highway 75, Ebby’s new office offers a highly visible location and the latest in technology. The “one-stop residential real estate shop,” also offers title, mortgage and insurance services.

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Now Open

 

“The location of our new office is phenomenal,” says Diane Hausler, who has served as sales manager of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Allen Office since its inception. “It is ideally situated near the thriving StarCreek development and offers easy access to the entire 121 Corridor.”

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Opens

 

Hausler says Ebby’s new Allen Office offers area residents and those who may be considering calling Allen and the surrounding area their new home an opportunity to be a part of something special. The office, which serves all of the 121 Corridor, will accommodate approximately 100 agents.

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Opens

 

“Our new office is a gathering place where people can learn about the area, all it has to offer and why we love Allen so much,” Hausler says. “We’re invested in the 121 Corridor and look forward to serving area residents – and those just arriving here – for many years to come.”

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Opens

 

For more information on Ebby’s Allen Office, located at 955 State Highway 121, Suite 130, in Allen, call 214-509-0808 or visit allen.ebby.com.

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Opens

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Opens

 

Ebby's New Allen Office Opens

Nwachukwu Named Sales Manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office


Kim Nwachukwu Named Sales Manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Kim Nwachukwu sales manager of its Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office. Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, made the announcement.
 
“Kim brings with her a deep understanding of all aspects of real estate, and will be a great leader for our team of agents in the Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office,” Burleson says. “She is focused on helping agents take their careers to the next level, and understands the importance of education, marketing, and exemplary service to clients.”
 
Nwachukwu will report to Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices for the Ebby Halliday Companies.
 
“Kim joined Ebby in 2004 as an agent because of the company’s distinguished reputation,” Misko says. “She knew Ebby offered exceptional training opportunities and a place to grow professionally. Kim has certainly done that, and I’m confident her leadership skills will benefit our Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office in countless ways.”

 

A native Texan, Nwachukwu has been a resident of North Texas for 26 years. She has spent her entire residential real estate career in Ebby’s Irving office.

 

“I am passionate about properly managed real estate transactions – from inception to closing,” Nwachukwu says. “I have a knack for anticipating where things may go wrong in transactions, and I look forward to assisting our agents to ensure smooth sales experiences for our valued clients.”

 

A motivated, natural leader who holds the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation, Nwachukwu is respected for her professional insight and focus on community. She is dedicated to supporting Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell agents by providing positive leadership and personal mentoring.

 

“I like to listen,” Nwachukwu says. “I want to hear what people have to say. Listening provides invaluable insight into how to best serve our agents and valued clients.”
 
Nwachukwu is passionate about her community, neighborhood and neighbors, and enjoys reading, art and American Kenpo Karate. She lives in Las Colinas with her family.
 
“I am thrilled to be the new manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office,” Nwachukwu says. “We have a strong roster of agents, and it is our privilege to serve our wonderful community.”
 
For more information on Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office, visit irving-lascolinas.ebby.com.

Garrison Named Sales Manager of Ebby’s Flower Mound/Lewisville Office


Becky Garrison Named Manager of Flower Mound/Lewisville Office

 

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

 
“Becky brings extensive customer service and sales experience, and will be a great mentor to our agents in the Flower Mound/Lewisville Office,” Burleson says. “A two-time recipient of the Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year Award, Becky offers a long history of distinguished service to our industry and community.”

 
Says Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “I am confident Becky’s background in interior design and real estate will serve her well in our Flower Mound/Lewisville Office. She has an innate understanding of how to prepare homes for sale, and her high energy and engaging personality make her wonderful with both agents and clients.”

 

A longtime resident of North Texas, Garrison has been in real estate since 2005. Having an additional 10 years of design experience with architectural and engineering firms further amplifies her ability to understand clients’ needs and the importance of professionalism.

 
“I am looking forward to empowering our Flower Mound/Lewisville agents to be the best they can be,” Garrison says. “I have always enjoyed mentoring and collaborating with people.”

 

An enthusiastic, personable leader who holds professional designations as a Certified Negotiation Expert, a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, a Certified Military Residential Specialist, and a Residential Finance Consultant, Garrison is widely admired for her positive attitude and continued interest in learning. She is dedicated to supporting the office’s agents by providing professional development, the cutting-edge tools Ebby is known for, and one-on-one coaching.

 

Garrison is actively involved in the community, including being a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and serving on several boards as a director. In her spare time, she enjoys motorcycle rides with her husband, leading her book club, yoga, gardening, live music and dancing.

 
“I’m excited about the challenge this new position as sales manager of Ebby’s Flower Mound/Lewisville Office brings,” Garrison says. “We are a close-knit group where agents of all experience levels help each other. We strive to be the most educated and professionally prepared agents for our clients. We are proud to be Ebby agents.”

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

North Texas Cities Top First-Time Buyers List


 

North Texas Cities Top First-Time Buyers List

 

 

Four Dallas suburbs have been ranked as some of the best places in the country for first-time homebuyers, according to a new report by WalletHub.com.

 

The fast-growing cities of McKinney, Frisco and Allen were 1-2-3 at the top of the list of best markets for first-time buyers, according to the study.

 

Richardson ranked seventh on the same list.

 

WalletHub scored 300 U.S. cities for entry-level home buying using factors including affordability, strength of the overall real estate market and quality of life.

 

The Dallas-area cities shared the top 10 with the likes of Cary, N.C.; Norman, Okla., and Lincoln, Neb.

 

North Texas has one of the hottest housing markets in the country, with record home sales and the highest volume of new home starts in the country.

 

But prices have also hit an all-time high, making it more challenging for first-time buyers.

 

Compared to pricey East and West Coast markets, D-FW cities are still a bargain.

 

The Top 10 Best Places for First-Time Buyers, according to WalletHub:

 

* McKinney

* Frisco

* Allen

* Cary, N.C.

* Norman, Okla.

* Lincoln, Neb.

* Richardson

* Boise, Idaho

* Thornton, Colo.

* Murfreesboro, Tenn.

 

As is often the case with these types of lists, Ebby Halliday Realtors has an office in each of the North Texas cities on the list: Ebby McKinney, Ebby 190 – Richardson, Ebby Frisco and Ebby Allen. If you’re considering buying or selling a home in North Texas – regardless of the town or city –  you can find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

PHOTO: The five-bedroom home at 714 Parker St. in McKinney is listed by the Judy Gay Group for $729,000.