North Texas Market Sizzles this Summer


Colorful inflatable toys floating in a pool

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) in North Texas, summer “officially” begins tomorrow. With sales prices up and not a large number of 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 this:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is only 47 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 3.4%.

 

*  The number of homes sold is up 2.7%.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers a great opportunity. To get started, discover just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Summer Market Sizzles in North Texas


Summer Market Sizzles in North Texas

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) for a while in North Texas, summer “officially” started this past week. With sales prices up and not a large number of 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 this:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is only 39 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 4.3%.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers a great opportunity. To get started, discover just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

O’Gorman Group Among Top Teams in U.S.


O’Gorman Group Among Top Teams in U.S.

 

The O’Gorman Group of Ebby’s Preston Keller Office was just named to the 2017 REAL Trends Top Thousand. Compiled by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc., the “Thousand” is comprised of four annual nationwide Top 250 rankings. The new rankings are based on 2016 sales.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 153 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $135,295,477 in residential real estate sales in 2016.

 

“Congratulations to The O’Gorman Group for this truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”

 

Cindy O’Gorman began her career in real estate more than 30 years ago and has long been ranked in the top one-half of the top 1 percent of residential real estate agents in the nation. She has been Ebby Halliday’s Top Companywide Producer for more than 25 years. Cindy provides her clients with extensive knowledge of the market, impressive negotiating skills, and a team of specialists to ensure exceptional customer service.

 

To contact Ms. O’Gorman, call 972-715-0190 or e-mail cindyogorman@ebby.com.

Customer Service Award Winners Announced


Companywide Customer Service Award Winners Announced

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three points of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. That emphasis on service is as apparent today as it was in 1945 when Ebby Halliday Realtors was a one-woman, one-office operation.

 

“As our company celebrates 72 years of service this year, we would like to announce, as we do each year, the companywide winners of our VIP Excellence in Service Award,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “This award recognizes a level of excellence that is truly above and beyond.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winners for 2016:

 

Top Companywide Office – 190 – Richardson Office

Top Companywide Winner – Helen Curry of the Plano Office

Top Companywide Runner-up – Karen Hallman of the 190 – Richardson Office

 

VIP Excellence in Customer Service Award winners are determined by the total number of points received from questions pertaining specifically to service in buyer/seller surveys sent to Ebby clients. In 2016, 99 percent of respondents ranked Ebby Halliday and their sales associate as “Excellent” or “Good.”

 

The 190 – Richardson Office is located at 3621 Shire Blvd., Suite 100, in Richardson, near the corner of State Highway 190 and Jupiter Road. Managed by industry leader Malinda Howell, the office serves the real estate needs of Richardson, Garland, Rowlett, Sachse, Wylie, Murphy, Plano, Allen, Lucas, Lovejoy, Parker, North Dallas, and beyond.

 

“I’m proud to be affiliated with the No. 1 independent real estate company in Texas, and I’m thrilled to be part of the 190 – Richardson Office, our VIP Excellence in Service-award winning office for 2016,” says Ms. Howell. “Ebby Associates throughout our company offer their clients exceptional service day in and day out.”

 

Ms. Curry is widely admired by clients and peers alike for exemplary customer service and her dedication to helping clients enjoy a smooth transition in one of the most important decisions of their lives.

 

“Helen’s stellar reputation has been built on treating her clients and fellow agents with respect, providing remarkable customer service, and doing the right thing,” says Kay Wright, sales manager of Ebby’s Plano Office. “She goes to great lengths to ensure every client has an exceptional real estate experience.”

 

Ms. Hallman is well known for her honesty, integrity and extensive knowledge of the North Texas area.

 

“From the moment you meet Karen, you know she has your best interests in mind,” says Ms. Howell. “She listens closely to her to clients and delivers extraordinary results.”

 

To learn more about all of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ offices, Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

PHOTO: Shown, front row, from left, are Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winner Helen Curry, Companywide VIP Runner-up Karen Hallman and 190 – Richardson Sales Manager Malinda Howell. Back row, from left, are Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Plano Sales Manager Kay Wright.

PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Motta

 

 

2016 VIP Excellence in Service Individual Awards by Ebby Office

190 – Richardson

Karen Hallman (also Companywide runner-up)

Ann Stewart – Runner-up

 

Allen

Nancy Spaans

Ann Parsley – Runner-up

 

Arlington

Dorothy Howard

Julie DeMott – Runner-up

 

Campbell/Coit

Suzanne Ussery

Bob Baba – Runner-up

 

Denton

Sue Cogdell

Shelby Bell – Runner-up

 

Ebby’s Little White House

Terri Gum

Ken Leach – Runner-up

 

Flower Mound/Lewisville

Karen Sefcik

Linda Bartley – Runner-up

 

Frisco

Debi Leavitt

Janice Berg – Runner-up

 

Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell

Van Vanaman

Tonya Harp – Runner-up

 

Lakewood/Lake Highlands

Bobby Stephens

C J Prince – Runner-up

 

Mansfield

Joel Arredondo

Mary Prunty – Runner-up

 

McKinney

Christine Hogan

Katherine Niesman – Runner-up

 

Plano

Helen Curry (also Companywide winner)

Linda Jackson – Runner-up

 

Plano/Willow Bend

Pixie Young

Cary McCoy – Runner-up

 

Preston Center

Jay Forrester

Jini Cyr – Runner-up

 

Preston Keller

Sue Nelms

Tannah McGaughy – Runner-up

 

Preston Plano Parkway

Robin Light

Mollie Hancock – Runner-up

 

Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard

Dell Osborn

Kelli Wenzel – Runner-up

 

Sherman

Sheryl Bentley

Traci McCarthy – Runner-up

 

Southlake

Chip Reid

O C Chapa – Runner-up

 

Southwest Dallas/Ellis County

Pam Smith

Karen James – Runner-up

 

Whitesboro

Lisa Moden

John Dean – Runner-up

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for Beginning Your Home Search


5 Tips for Beginning Your Home Search

 

The home-searching process can be a lot of fun. You look at homes and imagine yourself living there with all your furniture set up, having family and friends over, and relaxing on a Friday evening in the living room with your favorite show on the TV. With all this excitement, your mind may (understandably) be in the clouds, however, there are important things to remember when searching for a home.

 

Below are five of our favorite tips:

 

Become Pre-Approved for a Loan

Lety Service, a sales associate with Ebby’s McKinney Office, recommends that potential buyers speak to a lender before looking for a home so they know exactly what price range to stay in. “It’s devastating to fall in love with a home only to have a lender tell you later that you can’t afford it,” she says. “If you are pre-approved first, you will find a home that you love and will be able to obtain financing within your price range. This will prevent the disappointment of comparing a home in your available price range to one that you aren’t qualified to purchase.”

 

Be Organized

During the process of buying a home and working with your lender, you will be asked to provide information and documentation. Have your W2s, pay stubs, bank statements and ID ready to give to your lender. After review of these documents, the lender may require additional information. You will also sign documents throughout the loan process. Getting your home inspection will be one of your first steps after submitting a purchase contract. Also, scheduling the following services to be placed in your name with a start date will need to be on your list: electricity, Internet, phone, cable, water, and gas. Organize what days you will devote to each task and the process will run smoother.

 

Keep Options Open

Lety advises future homeowners to start with an open mind because they might fall in love with something they didn’t think they would and to focus on the floor plan and location instead of cosmetic upgrades. “Looking at multiple houses in person, instead of online, will give you an idea of what you definitely like, don’t like, and maybe even some things you could settle for.” Keep in mind if you find a home with a perfect floor plan but can’t stand the carpet or countertops, you may be able to do a home-improvement loan and roll the costs into your mortgage.

 

Avoid New Lines of Credit

Debra Smith, a loan originator with Home Team Mortgage, advises that when you decide to start looking for a home you should avoid taking out new credit or making large purchases on credit. “This is especially important once you are in the middle of your loan process,” she says. “Any new account could affect your ability to qualify for your loan and cause you to lose the home that you may be a week away from moving into.”

 

 

Opt for a Bridge Loan

Are you a current homeowner looking to purchase a new home? If you want to use your current home equity to put down on your new home, the sale of your old home must close on or before the closing date of your new home. This makes everything time-sensitive and there is always a chance the financing of your buyer could fall through. Smith says a “bridge loan” may be the ideal solution for you. “You can use a bridge loan to use the equity in your current home even before you put it on the market,” she says. “So if you don’t want to sell before you move, or you don’t want to make your offer contingent on selling, our bridge loan may be just right for you.”

 

Considering purchasing a home? Home Team Mortgage Company, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage company, has a track record of building long-lasting relationships by providing exceptional service with competitive rates. With an office in each Ebby Halliday branch, Home Team Mortgage loan officers offer the convenience of one-stop shopping, coupled with expertise to ensure peace of mind for borrowers and agents alike.

 

For all your mortgage questions and needs, contact Home Team Mortgage Company.

 

 

 

VIP Customer Service Award Winners Announced


VIP Customer Service Award Winners Announced

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three points of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the communities it serves. That emphasis on service is as apparent today as it was in 1945 when Ebby Halliday Realtors was a one-woman, one-office operation.

 

“As our company celebrates 71 years of service this year, we would like to announce, as we do each year, the companywide winners of our VIP Excellence in Service Award,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “This award recognizes a level of excellence that is truly above and beyond.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winners for 2015:

* Top Companywide Office – 190 – Richardson Office

* Top Companywide Winner – Ann Stewart of the 190 – Richardson Office

* Top Companywide Runner-up – Dell Osborn of the Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard Office

 

VIP Excellence in Customer Service Award winners are determined by the total number of points received from questions pertaining specifically to service in buyer/seller surveys sent to Ebby clients. In 2015, 99 percent of respondents ranked Ebby Halliday and their sales associate as “Excellent” or “Good.”

 

PHOTO: Shown, from left, are Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, 190-Richardson Sales Manager Malinda Howell, Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winner Ann Stewart, Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard Sales Manager Sylvia Sotelo-Kidd and Companywide VIP Runner-up Dell Osborn.

 

2015 VIP Excellence in Service individual awards by Ebby office:

190 – Richardson

Ann Stewart

(also Companywide winner)

Cindy Bryant – Runner-up

 

Allen

Nancy Spaans

Stacy Solomon – Runner-up

 

Arlington

Rekha McGee

Laura Bumgarner – Runner-up

 

Campbell/Coit

Lynn Carlton

Jessica McMurtrey – Runner-up

 

Denton

Sue Cogdell

Jeanne Jacobs – Runner-up

 

Ebby’s Little White House

Kay Weeks

Sandy Donsky – Runner-up

 

Flower Mound/Lewisville

Linda Bartley

Becky Garrison – Runner-up

 

Frisco

Kathy Gibson

Janice Berg – Runner-up

 

Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell

Ray Ebbighausen

Tonya Harp – Runner-up

 

Lakewood/Lake Highlands

George Haynes

Dennis Hammett – Runner-up

 

Mansfield

Mary Prunty

Joel Arredondo – Runner-up

 

McKinney

Vikki Twigg

Leslie Reeves – Runner-up

 

Plano

Helen Curry

Dana Glass – Runner-up

 

Plano/Willow Bend

Kimberly Woodard

Pixie Young – Runner-up

 

Preston Center

Ralph Vanduzee

Mary Poss – Runner-up

 

Preston Keller

Elissa Sabel

Sue Nelms – Runner-up

 

Preston Plano Parkway

Joe Washburn

Mollie Hancock – Runner-up

 

Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard

Dell Osborn (also Companywide Runner-up winner)

Charlie Pratt – Runner-up

 

Sherman

Ron Hart

Sheryl Bentley – Runner-up

 

Southlake

Donna Akin

Suzanne Maisto – Runner-up

 

Southwest Dallas/Ellis County

Toni Mooney

Jan Davis – Runner-up

 

Whitesboro

Patty Campbell

Carrie Chown – Runner-up

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

 

O’Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.


O'Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.
Longtime real estate industry leaders Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene

 

The O’Gorman Group and the Paulette Greene Group were named today to the 2015 REAL Trends Top Thousand. Compiled by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc., the “Thousand” is comprised of four annual nationwide Top 250 rankings. The new rankings are  based on 2014 sales.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Preston Keller Associate Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 66 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $147,324,106 in residential real estate sales in 2014.

 

The Paulette Greene Group, led by Frisco Associate Paulette Greene, ranked No. 210 on the Teams by Sales Volume list with $86,435,838 in residential real estate sales in 2014.

 

“Congratulations to both Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene for their truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Both of these professionals are widely admired by clients and peers alike. We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”

Does Curb Appeal Really Matter?


Fall is here and buyers are out and about discovering homes for sale across North Texas. Not surprisingly, properties with the best “curb appeal” attract the most attention.

 

^4 Westchester Court, Heath

 

“If you’re considering listing your home for sale, your property’s curb appeal should be top of mind,” says Stacey Zimmerman, a sales associate with Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office. “Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s exterior appearance will likely mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.”

 

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant fall 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.

 

So, just how does one “define” curb appeal? Simply put, you’ll know it when you see it. Check out these Ebby listings that offer it in spades!

 

^2100 La Rochelle, Flower Mound

 

^5543 Morningside, Dallas

 

^11220 Leachman Circle, Dallas

 

^16904 Colegrove, Dallas

 

If you’re considering buying a Dallas-Fort Worth-area home, we hope you’ll consider these and the many other beautiful homes now available at ebby.com. If you’re considering listing your North Texas home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s competitive housing market. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

 

 

 

Business Journal Ranks Ebby No. 1


 

Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. has again topped the Dallas Business Journal’s annual list of the Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages.

 

The journal’s most-recent list ranked North Texas real estate firms based on closed transactions in 2013. The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, closed 19,523 transactions, an almost 20 percent increase over 2012, and approximately 42 percent more transactions than our nearest competitor.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ approximately $6.4 billion in sales volume in 2013 was 25 percent higher than 2012, which also places the Dallas-based firm No. 1 in sales volume in North Texas.

 

A sincere thank-you to our valued clients and our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff. It’s clear that North Texas is the best place to be in business, and that Ebby Halliday is the best place to be in real estate!

O’Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.


Longtime industry leaders Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene

 

The O’Gorman Group and the Paulette Greene Group were recently named to the 2014 REAL Trends Top Thousand. Compiled by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc., the “Thousand” is comprised of four annual nationwide Top 250 rankings. The new rankings are  based on 2013 sales.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Preston Keller Associate Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 48 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $146,319,408 in residential real estate sales in 2013 and No. 227 on the Teams by Transaction Sides list with 257 sides during the same period.

 

The Paulette Greene Group, led by Frisco Associate Paulette Greene, ranked No. 144 on the Teams by Sales Volume list with $97,163,827 in residential real estate sales in 2013.

 

“Congratulations to both Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene for their truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Both of these professionals are widely admired by clients and peers alike. We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”