Millennials are Flocking to Dallas


Millennials are Flocking to Dallas

 

 

Dallas is one of several cities in the U.S. that millennials are increasingly calling home, according to RISMedia. Due to high employment rates, strategic settings and great investment opportunities for housing, the below cities have become beacons for those in their 20s and 30s. Says RISMedia:

 

Dallas

Dallas continues to grow each year and attract young out-of-towners due to its job growth rate of 3.9 percent and median home price of $175,000. The big city boasts plenty of shopping opportunities and attractions for those who want to stay busy without spending a lot to live close to the downtown area. The city hasn’t attempted to control ride sharing, and many places are also easy to access by walking. There are also neighboring cities that are affordable to live in for those who don’t mind commuting to work.

 

Salt Lake City, Utah 

The high job growth in Salt Lake City makes it a desirable place for young adults to live as they look to obtain steady employment. The city is affordable to live in and has a median home price of $233,000 with job growth of 2.4 percent. Salt Lake City also has a lower unemployment rate compared to other markets throughout the U.S. with 2.9 percent, which is below the national average by a few points.

 

Seattle, Wash.

Seattle is considered to be a hot spot for millennials, which make up 24.1 percent of the population. Its busy nightlife scene and generous median incomes of $67,000 make it an ideal place to live for younger generations. It also boasts a job growth rate of 10.8 percent. The beautiful views of the water and the long list of activities and attractions in the area are additional reasons that many millennials relocate to the city.

 

Austin, Texas

Millennials are drawn to Austin for its real estate market, which includes homes that have a median price of $226,000. The job growth is also 4.2 percent, and it’s the second top city in the country for the number of jobs that are becoming available. Some of the top companies that are run out of Austin include Dell, Apple, and Google, making it known as “Silicon Hills.” The average median income is also $58,932, which allows many young adults to afford to purchase their first home.

 

Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte is one of the best places to live in North Carolina with 14 percent of the population between the ages of 25 and 34. Many of the youth are post-college graduates who have relocated to the city to seek employment and purchase a home in a neighborhood that has a suburban family profile. The draw of millennials is also causing many companies to relocate their headquarters to Charlotte in hopes of hiring talented employees.

 

Want to learn more about Dallas and the North Texas region?  Get started at the award-winning ebby.com, where you’ll find community profiles and many of the area’s most-respected residential real estate agents.

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing a Property is Serious Business


Pricing a Property is Serious Business

Strategic pricing is the key to selling your home at an attractive price in an acceptable amount of time. While many brokers will gladly list your home, the reality is if it is not properly priced your home may sit on the market month after month and actually help sell competing properties.

 

At Ebby Halliday, our Associates take pricing your property very seriously. Your Ebby Associate will utilize Multiple Listing Service data to create a Competitive Market Analysis that estimates a market-value range for your home based on the recent action of buyers and sellers in your neighborhood. A few of the factors your Ebby Associate will consider when estimating your property’s market value:

 

* Successfully sold homes – Lists the selling price of recently purchased homes comparable to yours.

 

* Competitive properties for sale – Since they are not yet sold, the market value is undetermined, but they are important, as buyers most likely will view and compare these properties with yours.

 

* Pending sales – Though they have not yet closed, homes under contract are a good indicator of value in the current market.

 

* Failed to sell – The listed price of these homes suggests what potential buyers will not pay.

 

If you’re curious about what your home is worth in North Texas’ competitive housing market, visit the award-winning ebby.com, where you’ll find just the right real estate professional for your needs.

 

Best City to Invest in Housing in 2017?


Best City to Invest in Housing In 2017?

 

Forbes has named Dallas the best city in America to buy a home. Dallas takes the top spot after ranking No. 6 in 2016.

 

Home prices in Dallas are expected to grow the most of any city in its new ranking, according to Forbes. Informing that forecast is an anticipated 6.2 percent three-year population growth, 3.9 percent job gains last year and 9 percent annual home price gains.

 

To create the list, Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina-based company that tracks more than 300 housing markets. Local Market Monitor forecasts home prices in Dallas will increase 31 percent by 2020.

 

Texas not only holds the top spot on the 2017 Forbes list but the second most spots overall, with Forth Worth at No. 9 and San Antonio at 20. Opportunity and affordable housing led more people to relocate from other states to Texas in 2015 than any other state besides Florida.

 

If you’re interested in investing in housing in the best city in America to buy a home, the best place to get started is at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter


Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

 

Cooler weather is here and it’s time to get your fireplace roaring again. Before you fill your home with the warmth and scent of a crackling fire, there are some precautions to take.

 

Check the Chimney — Have you called a chimney sweep recently? Experts recommend having your chimney cleaned once a year. A fireplace is only as good as its chimney, so inspect the exterior structure to make sure there are no issues there as well.

 

Open the Flue — Ever started a fire and had the room fill with smoke? If you’re new to fireplaces, you may not realize that this happens when the flue is closed. Simply look up and reach for a chain or lever to open it up before you light the fire.

 

Vacuum — A quick vacuuming of the flue, smoke shelf and the surrounding hearth is the last step in preparation for fabulous fires in the coming months.

 

If you’re going to be without a fireplace in the upcoming winter months, we have plenty of homes that could have you curling up by the fire in no time. Below are a few. To see all of our incredible homes for sale, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

^2222 King Fisher, Westlake

Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

^751 Amber Lane, Little Elm

Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

^5242 Buena Vista, Frisco

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^4409 Colgate, Dallas

Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

^18 Vanguard Way, Dallas

7309 Ramblewood

^7309 Ramblewood, Garland

Santa Visits Ebby Offices


 

Santa Visits Ebby Offices

 

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re making it easy to update your family photos with Santa Claus. Over the next two weeks, Santa will make appearances at five Ebby offices across North Texas. So bring the kids – yes, big kids are welcome, too – and catch up with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his big night.

 

*  December 3, 1-4 p.m. – Ebby Lakewood/Lake Highlands, 6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas

 

*  December 4, 3-5 p.m. – Ebby Sherman, 3445 FM 1417 N, Sherman

 

*  December 10, noon-2 p.m. – Ebby Preston Plano Parkway, 5013 W. Plano Parkway, Plano

 

*  December 10, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Rockwall, 2604 Ridge Road, Rockwall

 

*  December 14, 2-5 p.m. – Texas Premier Title (an Ebby Halliday affiliated company), 1415 Legacy Drive, Suite 200, Frisco

 

“This popular holiday tradition started several years ago at Ebby’s Lakewood/Lake Highlands Office and has grown in both number of visitors and number of offices ever since,” says Vice President and Director of Marketing Randall Graham. “At Ebby Halliday, we’re happy to offer these opportunities for photos with Santa before Christmas arrives. I encourage you to make plans to take advantage of this easy and convenient way to update your family’s holiday photos.”

 

With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the oldest and most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Our Associates and employees seek every day to elevate the home-buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be. To learn more, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Holiday Season is Bright for Selling Your Home


Holiday Season is Bright for Selling Your Home

 

The holiday season is in full force.

 

“With all the parties and family events taking place this time of year, many people decide to take their homes off the market or delay listing their home for sale,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “But this holiday season could actually be the ideal time to sell a home.”

 

*  Why is this holiday season an exceptional time to list a home for sale in North Texas?

 

*  The average home sales price in North Texas is up 11 percent over this time last year.

 

*  Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows.

 

*  Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.

 

*  There are fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. With less competition, your home may sell faster and at a higher price.

 

*  Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.

 

*  January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since many transferees are not able to wait until spring to buy, your home should be on the market now to not miss out on this significant group of buyers.

 

If you’re considering listing your home this holiday season, contact an Ebby Associate today to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours


 

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

 

We are thankful – that we may conduct our business in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area, one of the most vibrant and dynamic real estate markets in the nation.

 

We are thankful – for an opportunity to assist our neighbors, both those who are old friends and those new to the area.

 

We are grateful – to each and every one of our 1,800 sales associates and staff, our fellow professionals and valued partners in our success.

 

We are thankful – perhaps most of all, for our many clients who place us in their trust and confidence and offer us the opportunity to represent them in the purchase or sale of their homes.

 

We wish you all the very, very best for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Sizzling Hot


 

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Sizzles

 

Wow, it sure did get hot fast this year! Summer has barely unfurled, but the North Texas residential real estate market is already delivering blistering sales in June. In Dallas-Fort Worth, homes are moving off the market 13.6 percent faster than they did at this time last year as prices continue to hit new record highs.

 

The average home sales price in North Texas in May was $286,200, 6.3% higher than one year ago. However, much of the effect of higher prices is being offset by mortgage rates that are the lowest we’ve seen in three years.

 

Interested in your home’s value in this red-hot market? Contact an Ebby Associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Arriving in or Departing Dallas-Fort Worth?


Moving To or From Dallas-Fort Worth?

 

Individuals and companies who are relocating have access to a lot of information. What they often don’t have is a way to tailor that information to their needs.

 

That’s where the relocation experts at Ebby Halliday offer an invaluable service. Ebby’s team of specialists — the largest such in-house team in North Texas — connects relocating consumers with a real estate agent who not only specializes in their area of interest, but also is knowledgeable about lifestyle issues affecting their move.

 

For outgoing clients, Ebby’s relocation experts coordinate with one of the 500 top real estate firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Ebby Halliday is part of a network that dominates in more markets across the U.S. than any competitor.

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday’s relocation services or to start your home search today, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Want to Live Near Light-Rail?


 

Want to Live Near Light Rail?

 

The use of mass-transit in Dallas-Fort Worth is growing and we’re happy to be the first North Texas real estate company to offer you the benefits of Rail Station Proximity Home Search. With this innovative search feature on the award-winning ebby.com you can easily find your next Dallas-area home based on its proximity to light-rail service.

 

Whether it’s frequent trips to the airport, commuting to your job downtown, shopping at Mockingbird Station, or enjoying concerts at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park, with Rail Station Proximity Home Search you’ll be the first to know about homes for sale – and for lease – near the DART rail station of your choice.

 

Click here to give Rail Station Proximity Home Search a try. We think you’re going to love it!