How Do I Choose A Real Estate Agent?


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There’s something about warmer weather and sunnier days that really gets the real estate market buzzing. If you want to join in on the fun as a buyer or seller, now is a good time to start looking for a Realtor.

 

This process is different for everyone, but here are some 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.

Top 5 Tips for House Hunters


Top 5 Tips for House Hunters

 

When shopping for a new home, it’s easy to get swept away by a property’s most charming characteristics — and to play down important things you may regret later. Define your priorities early on to streamline the house-hunting process.

 

Below are five tips to help you stay organized and focused:

 

Location matters.  Location is a key consideration when choosing a home, and there are multiple factors that can affect your decision. Just a few of these include schools, commute times to work, and local amenities such as nearby restaurants, shopping and attractions.

 

List your priorities. You’ll save hours of shopping for a home if you list what you need and want in a home ahead of time. Zero in on the features you must have, would like to have, would prefer not to have — and definitely don’t want.

 

Get pre-approved for a mortgage. How much you can pay for a home is a function of your income, creditworthiness, interest rates, the type of loan and how much cash you have for the down payment and closing costs. Rather than guessing, ask a mortgage banker to give you a full assessment and a pre-approval letter stating how much you’re qualified to borrow. A great place to start is at Home Team Mortgage, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage company.

 

Use a checklist. Touring multiple properties is a confusing experience for most buyers. Rather than trying to rely on your memory, make notes about the homes you visit. Turn your priorities into a personalized home-shopping checklist and use it to track features of each property.

 

Relax.  Buying a home is a major life-altering event, but it’s not worth getting too stressed out. As with all major occasions in life, it’s important to keep the experience in perspective.

 

Today’s homebuyers have access to a wealth of information, but may not have a way to tailor it to their needs. That’s where a real estate professional can save you a great deal of time and money. To find just the right agent for your real estate needs and to view properties for sale in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com. For information on loan pre-approval, visit hometeammortgage.info.

 

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Lower Greenville Craftsman


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to a beautiful and unique residence in the sought-after Lower Greenville neighborhood of Dallas. Conveniently located near the best of East Dallas’ shopping, dining and entertainment options, the home at 5910 Richmond Ave. is the ideal combination of character and updates in a great location.

 

Need-to-know-details:

• Lower Greenville Craftsman, offered for $775,000
• 2,846 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Hardwood and concrete flooring, crown molding, stainless-steel appliances
• Two fireplaces, screened-in porch

 

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To view this listing, contact Courtney Molina at 214-478-4660 or CourtneyMolina@Ebby.com.

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright in Lake Highlands


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to Dallas’ sought-after Lake Highlands area – a neighborhood known for its great sense of community and proximity to White Rock Lake. The newly remodeled home at 10006 Trailpine Drive sits on a spacious cul-de-sac lot and provides an open floor plan that features an abundance of high-end finishes.

 

Need-to-know details:

• Light and bright traditional, offered for $589,000
• 2,868 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 half-bath
• Hardwood flooring, crown molding, open floor plan, stainless-steel appliances, abundance of lighting, spacious rooms
• Two private backyards, one complete with entertaining area and pergola

 

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To view this listing, contact Jill Jones-Wiese at 214-405-3299 or JillWiese@Ebby.com.

12 Contemporary & Modern Marvels


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Clean lines and crisp features are the hallmarks of contemporary and modern design. And, while these design styles may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they’re definitely not going anywhere soon. They continue to hit the market every day and continue to take our breath away.

 

Following are 12 contemporary and modern marvels that will make you appreciate thoughtful design, attention to detail and the boldness that surrounds them.

 

6323 Meadow Road
6323 Meadow Road | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $2,550,000

 

6409 Harrods Court
6409 Harrods Court | Plano – Kings Gate | $2,299,000

 

4428 Greenbrier Drive
4428 Greenbrier Drive | Dallas | $1,798,000

 

3826 Medallion Lane
3826 Medallion Lane | Dallas – Walnut Hill Highlands | $1,649,000

 

817 N Shore Drive
817 N. Shore Drive | Highland Village – Highland Shores | $1,350,000

 

4312 Hyer Street
4312 Hyer Street | University Park | $1,195,000

 

3605 Indian Trail
3605 Indian Trail | Dalworthington Gardens | $995,000

 

4515 Briar Oak Circle
4515 Briar Oaks Circle | Dallas – Oakdale | $825,000

 

2900 McKinnon Avenue
2900 McKinnon Street – No. 1001 | Dallas – Uptown | $825,000

 

18007 Old Preston Court
18007 Old Preston Court | Dallas – Old Preston Place | $599,000

 

2111 Clark Street
2111 Clark Street – Unit H | Dallas – State Thomas (Uptown) | $469,000

 

2133 Kessler Court
2133 Kessler Court | Dallas – Oak Cliff | $319,000

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright


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Happy Friday, all! This week on Fresh Listing Friday, we’re taking a closer look at the beautiful custom home at 5902 Kenswick Court, nestled in Dallas’ highly coveted Briar Ridge Estates. Providing a fresh perspective on casual living with its stunning features, this residence is anything but traditional.

 

Need to know details:

– Freshly renovated custom home in Briar Ridge Estates, listed for $549,500
– Four bedrooms, three baths — 3,736 square feet
– Hardwood flooring, contemporary light fixtures and hardware
– Pool, spa, terrace and large backyard

 

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To see all of the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, click here.

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Contemporary Cottage


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to Lake Highlands — a popular home destination in Dallas. This quiet neighborhood is known for its great sense of community and association with White Rock Lake — almost completely surrounded by greenbelt and atop some of the highest elevation in the city. The remodeled home at 8809 Liptonshire Drive offers current design, yet holds on to the timeless qualities of its neighborhood.

 

Need to know details:

– Contemporary Lake Highlands cottage with loft-like interior, listed for $362,000
– Three bedrooms and two baths — 1,646 square feet
– Remodeled with open-sight lines
– Bay windows, hardwood flooring, decorative lighting, secluded study

 

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To see all of the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, click here.

Fresh Listing Friday: Preston Hollow Perfection


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to Preston Hollow — one of Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods. Here, architecturally significant homes sit on some of the most beautiful acreage, and the home at 6739 Lupton Drive is no exception. This elegant residence was established in 2007 and offers extensive custom features and plenty of specialty finishes.

 

Need to know details:

 

– Classic French-type home listed for $2,575,000
– Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half-baths — 7,275 square feet
– Hand-scraped hardwood flooring, tray ceilings, plantation shutters
– Wine closet, study, gourmet kitchen, large outdoor entertaining area, three-car garage

 

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To see all of the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, click here.

Fresh Listing Friday: Westlake Wonder


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Happy Friday, all! Elaborate, ornate and luxurious are just a few words we think of when describing this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. The home at 1712 Post Oak Place in Westlake is one of those listings that leave you breathless, big-eyed and, yes, speechless. You couldn’t fathom anyone ever letting it go, but you’re excited about the possibility of being its owner.

 

Need to know details:

– Mediterranean, luxury smart home, listed for $2,450,000
– Four bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths — 3,987 square feet
– Meticulous design throughout, high quality craftsmanship and functional floor plan
– Numerous water features, infinity-edge pool, fire pit

 

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Pretty fabulous, right? To see all the homes that were new to the DFW housing market, click here.

Top 5 Tips for House Hunters


Top 5 Tips for House Hunters

 

When shopping for a new home, it’s easy to get swept away by a property’s most charming characteristics — and to play down important things you may regret later. Define your priorities early on to streamline the house-hunting process.

 

Below are five tips to help you stay organized and focused:

 

Location matters.  Location is a key consideration when choosing a home, and there are multiple factors that can affect your decision. Just a few of these include schools, commute times to work, and local amenities such as nearby restaurants, shopping and attractions.

 

List your priorities. You’ll save hours of shopping for a home if you list what you need and want in a home ahead of time. Zero in on the features you must have, would like to have, would prefer not to have — and definitely don’t want.

 

Get pre-approved for a mortgage. How much you can pay for a home is a function of your income, creditworthiness, interest rates, the type of loan and how much cash you have for the down payment and closing costs. Rather than guessing, ask a mortgage banker to give you a full assessment and a pre-approval letter stating how much you’re qualified to borrow. A great place to start is at Home Team Mortgage, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage company.

 

Use a checklist. Touring multiple properties is a confusing experience for most buyers. Rather than trying to rely on your memory, make notes about the homes you visit. Turn your priorities into a personalized home-shopping checklist and use it to track features of each property.

 

Relax.  Buying a home is a major life-altering event, but it’s not worth getting too stressed out. As with all major occasions in life, it’s important to keep the experience in perspective.

 

Today’s homebuyers have access to a wealth of information, but may not have a way to tailor it to their needs. That’s where a real estate professional can save you a great deal of time and money. To find just the right agent for your real estate needs and to view properties for sale in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com. For information on loan pre-approval, visit hometeammortgage.info.