Ebby Launches New TV Commercial

Ebby Launches New TV Commercial


Ebby Halliday Realtors kicked off the 2016 home buying and selling season by launching a brand-new commercial and far-reaching advertising and marketing campaign on Super Bowl Sunday. Acknowledging the complexities of today’s fast-paced real estate market and emphasizing the importance of choosing the right agent, the campaign includes frequent television advertising, extensive print and digital media, large digital and traditional billboards across the North Texas region, and regular spots on Pandora Radio. The campaign runs through September.


In case you missed it on Super Bowl Sunday, check out our new commercial below.



And, look for it throughout the summer on your favorite shows, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Voice, ” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ” “Sleepy Hollow, ” “American Idol, ” “Jimmy Kimmel Live, ” “Modern Family, ” “Grey’s Anatomy, ” “60 Minutes,” “Life in Pieces” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”


To find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit ebby.com.

Streetcars Coming to Oak Cliff in April

Streetcars Coming to Oak Cliff in April


On April 13, Dallas Area Rapid Transit will launch its much-anticipated street-car service from downtown Dallas’ Union Station to Methodist Dallas Medical Center in North Oak Cliff.


The approximately $50 million project is the first phase of a plan to eventually link the Bishop Arts District to Uptown. And that larger plan is part of an even bigger vision that DART has for increasing transit options in downtown Dallas. The transit agency wants to increase the number of cars each train pulls through downtown and add a second light-rail line in the city’s center.


There’s no word yet on when the second phase of the streetcar project will reach Bishop Arts, but it’s likely to be late this year or early next year, according to Dallas Morning News transportation blogger Brandy Formby.


We love that Dallas is becoming more mass-transit friendly. Did you know that ebby.com offers Dallas-area homebuyers the ability to search for their next home based on its proximity to DART light-rail service? Click here to get started today.


Open Houses Galore This Weekend

With fall-like weather in the forecast, this weekend offers a great opportunity to get out and tour homes for sale across North Texas. From urban to suburban, large to small, a wide variety of homes will be held open by our hard-working Associates.

Below is a small taste of what’s available for touring this weekend, but remember, it’s always easy to plan your open-house tour at ebby.com, where you’ll find all of the open houses in the North Texas Multiple Listing Service — and you can easily create a convenient step-by-step driving tour.

4707 Chapel Hill, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $3,499,500

6230 Prestonshire, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $2,299,000

6239 Wooded Creek, Dalworthington Gardens, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $1,999,000

 5843 Prospect, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 1-3, $765,000

5405 Bent Tree, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 1-3, $750,000

 1708 Lockspur, Flower Mound, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $665,000

5119 Bradford, Dallas, Open Nov. 1, 2-4, $469,900

902 Beechwood, Richardson, Open Nov. 2, 3-5, $465,000

6012 Winton, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $399,900

9903 Coppedge Lane, Dallas, Open Nov. 1, 1-3, $390,000

4733 Ricky Ranch, Benbrook, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $354,900

1123 Melrose

1123 Melrose, Richardson, Open Nov. 2, 3-5, $329,000

601 Everglade, Mansfield, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $209,900

Get started planning your weekend tour at EbbyOpenHouses.com.

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 ebby.com. For information on loan pre-approval, visit hometeammortgage.info.


Texas: Best Cities For Job Growth


Texas dominates Forbes’ brand-new list of the Best Cities for Future Job Growth 2014. Dallas comes in at No. 5 on the list.


The Lone Star State held five of the top 10 positions on the list.


Naples, Fla., led the list with a projected job growth of 4.1 percent, according to Forbes.


Austin was No. 2 with a projected job growth of 4.1 percent. Dallas has a projected job growth of 3.8 percent.


McAllen (No. 3), Houston (No. 9) and San Antonio (No. 10) were the other Texas cities to make the top 10.


Click here to see the full list.

Housing Inventory Up in D-FW



Today we’ve got some very welcome news for buyers in the market for a North Texas home: Housing inventory in Dallas and Fort Worth jumped 18% and 15% in February in anticipation of the so-called “traditional homebuying season,” according to the new Realtor’s National Housing Trend Report.


“If this trend continues, buyers should have a better selection of homes in the spring and summer months,” according to Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move.


“Inventory is up for two reasons,” Berkowitz says. “First, this is the time of year when sellers list their homes for the spring buying season. Second, inventories are growing faster than normal right now in response to widespread median list price increases.”


Among the recent homes to hit the market in North Texas is the stunning University Park property at 3612 Villanova (pictured above and below).


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To keep up with all of the homes hitting the market in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.


Home Prices Up Nationwide



CoreLogic reports that national home prices increased by 12% year-over-year in January. This marks the 23rd consecutive month of year-over-year increases in the CoreLogic Home Price Index.


Nationally, home prices increased 0.9% month-over-month from December. For the past 20 years, the average month-over-month appreciation for January has been 0.2%, and the January 2014 increase was the largest January increase since 2006.


Year-over-year home prices were up in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Only Mississippi showed a price decrease. Nevada led the country with a 22.2% price increase from January 2013, followed closely by California with a 20.3% increase.


In terms of monthly changes, 39 states and the District of Columbia showed increases, with Vermont (+2.7%) and New York (+2.7%) showing the largest increases and New Hampshire (-1.5%) and Iowa (-1%) experiencing the largest decreases.


Texas, Louisiana and Nebraska reached new heights in home prices, and Colorado was within a tenth of a percent of its peak. Conversely, Nevada remained at 40.1% below its peak in 2006, followed by Florida (-36.4%).


To find out the current value of your home, consult an Ebby Halliday Associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.


D-FW Housing Snapshot



What was once considered real estate wisdom – the ideal time to list a home for sale is the traditional spring selling season – is no longer true in North Texas.


Year-over-year home sales for January and the very low inventory of homes available to purchase mean now is a great time to list a home for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth. Just-released numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems make a compelling case for savvy sellers who want to get a head start on the spring selling season’s increased competition:


*  Days on Market were down 16.8% to 73 days on average.

*  Percent of original list price received was up 1.2% to 94.3% of asking price.

*  The number of homes for sale was down 15.5%.

* Finally, the median sales price for a North Texas home was up 9.7%.


If you’re considering listing your home for sale, now is the time to take action. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.