Discover the Difference a Realtor Makes


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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 2019. 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 real estate company in Texas by sales volume.

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.

 

A Life Well Lived – Indeed


A Life Well Lived – Indeed

 

Ebby Halliday, the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors who passed away last year at 104, has been named the 5th Greatest Dallasite of All Time by D Magazine. In a city that is passionate about sports, Ebby was the top-rated non-athlete in the recently released list of 100 notable Dallasites.

 

D began the task of determining the greatest Dallasites of All Time by compiling a list of hundreds of nominees and sought the assistance of experts, including the Dallas Historical Society, to cull and curate. Ultimately, the magazine nominated over 300 of the city’s most intriguing and influential people. Each of the nominees has had a significant impact on the Dallas area or has lived in the Dallas area and made a notable impact on the greater world.

 

In Ebby’s case, her impact on her beloved Dallas and the world beyond cannot be overstated. Born Vera Lucille Koch in the small town of Leslie, Ark., in 1911, the woman who would later take the professional name “Ebby Halliday” was admired worldwide for her ability to combine leadership with femininity and business acumen. Her impact on the residential real estate industry was unmatched. Over the years, Ebby opened the doors to successful careers for thousands of people; in particular for women at a time when opportunities were limited.

 

Throughout her life, Ebby’s dedication to her profession and her fellow man remained constant. This dedication is clearly evidenced in the many honors she received as a result of her civic and professional endeavors. They include the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® and the International Real Estate Federation, induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Dallas Business Hall of Fame, the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, the YWCA’s 100 Women 100 Years award, and the Linz Award, which is presented annually to a Dallas County resident whose civic or humanitarian efforts benefit the city of Dallas. In addition, Ebby was the first recipient of Executive Women International’s Executive Excellence Award.

 

Ebby was a member of The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, perhaps the crowning achievement of her legendary life. The Association bears the name of the renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr., whose tales of overcoming adversity through unyielding perseverance and basic moral principles captivated the public in the late 19th century. Dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles, the Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.

 

But for Ebby, a successful life was about so much more than awards and the extraordinary sales figures of the residential real estate firm she founded in 1945. She often said her most successful sale was when she “sold” Maurice Acers on marrying her on April 18, 1965. Ebby and Maurice met in a chance encounter while both were on business trips to Beaumont, Texas. A former FBI agent and successful lawyer, Maurice was truly the love of Ebby’s life and her eyes would twinkle whenever she spoke of him.

 

All of us at Ebby Halliday Realtors congratulate each of the recipients of the Greatest Dallasites of All Time honor. In a city of greatness – and one that continues its steady march to international prominence – we’re prouder than ever of our firm’s deep Dallas roots and more committed than ever to honor our founder’s extraordinary legacy through exemplary service to our clients, industry and community.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Ebby No. 10 Nationwide


Ebby No. 10 Nationwide

 

The just-released Real Trends 500 list of the top residential real estate firms in the United States ranks Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. 10th in the nation based on closed sales volume. Ebby ranks No. 15 for closed transaction sides.

 

The REAL Trends 500 is an annual report that identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential real estate firms. The report represents the most trusted standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading firms.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew Real Estate participated in 20,626 real estate transactions, with a sales volume of $7,853,653,323. Its 12.82 percent share of the North Texas real estate market led all competitors, the nearest of which garnered 3.39 percent.

 

“Congratulations to all of our 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. “And I thank our clients who trust us to represent their real estate needs. Our clients benefit from many advantages that are a direct result of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ status as the North Texas market-share leader.”

Vote for Cindy O’Gorman!


Vote For Cindy O'Gorman!

 

Addison and the North Dallas Corridor is a Mecca for great businesses, restaurants, nightlife and beyond. And Addison Magazine is once again asking their readers to choose their favorites.

 

Our very own Cindy O’Gorman, who has long been ranked in the top one-half of the top 1 percent of residential real estate agents in the nation, is nominated for Addison and the North Dallas Corridor’s Favorite Residential Real Estate Agent.

 

Cindy and her group, The O’Gorman Group, are known far and wide for providing superior service and delivering top quality and remarkable results for their clients. Respected by clients and peers alike, Cindy is truly deserving of your support for Favorite Residential Real Estate Agent.

 

Vote now through June 5. You may vote up to once per category, one time per day per valid email address. Get started here!

Spring: It’s Just Days Away!


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Hang in there North Texas. With another blast of winter weather arriving this evening — bringing freezing rain, sleet, snow, and all that goes with it — it’s hard to imagine that spring is just days away. But it really is: By the middle of next week we’ll be enjoying temperatures in the 70s.

 

And, you can bet that with the much-improved weather potential buyers will be out and about discovering homes for sale across North Texas. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

 

Buyers tend to pass quick judgment on a property based on first impressions. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could well mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

 

Below are a few areas in particular to focus on – granted, you’ll have to wait a couple of days to get started!

 

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or are damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s fast-paced market and how Ebby Halliday Realtors will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Dallas-Area Home Prices Up


Dallas-Area Home Prices Up

Dallas-area home prices were up 7.4 percent in the just-released Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

 

The gain from a year ago was the fourth highest in the country and significantly ahead of the 4.9 percent nationwide gain.

 

The biggest increases were in Miami, up 10.3 percent, and Las Vegas, up 9.1 percent. Charlotte and Dallas were the only two cities to see their annual price gains increase from the previous month. Dallas home prices were up 7.3 percent in August.

 

Dallas-area home prices are now more than 12 percent higher than they were before the recession and at a record level in the Case-Shiller index.

 

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