Buying or Selling a Home is Life-Changing


Buying or Selling a Home is Life-Changing

 

Ebby Halliday, the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors and an icon in the real estate industry, famously said, “The Constitution of the United States guarantees your right to own the land under your feet, to sell, and to develop it. Whether you want to become an investor, a real estate agent, or a homeowner, real estate is the basis of the American dream.”

 

Ebby passed away in late 2015 at the age of 104 but that sentiment is still central to our core mission of transforming and elevating the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

Most of our clients don’t buy and sell homes very often. It’s relatively unknown territory to them. But it’s our native territory, since 1945. We know the landscape. There’s no trail we haven’t been down before. We are here to help you fully experience one of the biggest, most joyful events of your life.

 

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Buying or selling a home can be complicated, sometimes very complicated. Fortunately an Ebby Halliday Realtor is here to guide you through the process.

 

It’s also true that in today’s hyper-competitive North Texas real estate market it’s more important than ever to choose the right agent for your needs. To get started, visit ebby.com.

HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Voting Underway


HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016 is underway. And, if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties in such categories as Classic Living, Master Retreats and Making an Entrance.

 

Be sure to click the VOTE button for your favorites!

 

As always, Ebby Halliday listings are prominently featured in the Ultimate House Hunt:

 

Classic Living

 

listing_213660 Ranchero Road | Plano – El Ranchero Country Estates | $6,399,999

Listed with The O’Gorman Group, this stunning estate is situated on 2.63 acres and features extraordinary finishes, a bistro, private loft areas, and extensive landscaped grounds.

 

Master Retreats

 

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1280 N. Preston Road | Prosper | $12,750,000

Listed with David Gloria, Chateau Montclair – former home of Deion Sanders – is dubbed the crown jewel of Prosper. The exquisite master suite offers a kitchenette, 3,000-square-foot closet and a spacious bath with a spa. Additional features of this masterpiece include a theater, bowling alley, barber shop and several pools.

 

Making an Entrance

 

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6436 Sudbury Road | Plano – Kings Gate | $2,399,900

Listed with The O’Gorman Group, this property offers timeless Mediterranean architecture featuring balconies, portico, tile roof, decorative arches, columns, high ceilings, exquisite finishes, and manicured grounds.

 

Click here to vote for your favorites now. HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt ends August 8.

Tops Tips for North Texas Home Buyers, Sellers


Tops Tips for North Texas Home Buyers, Sellers

 

Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming. To help you navigate these unprecedented waters, we polled our Associates and collected their top tips for buyers and sellers.

 

Buyer’s Tips

* Be qualified. Pre-plan financing with a mortgage lender and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, an Ebby Halliday-affiliated company. Contact Home Team Mortgage for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

 

* Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or “sleeping on it” may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer; other buyers will likely be doing the same.

 

* Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes currently on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

 

Seller’s Tips

* Market to everyone near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Ebby Halliday, your home will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Ebby.com receives approximately 21,000 visits per day, far outpacing our competition.

 

* Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

 

* Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Ebby Halliday Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.

 

Whether you’re considering listing or buying a home in North Texas, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com. To download the Ebby Halliday Realtors App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Ebby Halliday 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.

 

 

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!

Should I Sell My Home This Summer?


Should I Sell My Home This Summer?

 

While it’s already warm in North Texas, summer doesn’t officially start until Sunday, June 21. With sales prices up (significantly), fewer homes for sale and low interest rates, this summer will offer North Texas residents the ideal climate for selling a home. Competition among buyers is heated and multiple offers are common in many area neighborhoods.

 

Just how hot is the North Texas housing market? Consider that in the past 12 months:

 

*  The number of homes for sale is down 19%.

 

*  The median sales price is up 11.9%.

 

If you’re considering listing your Dallas-Fort Worth-area home, this summer will offer you an extraordinary opportunity. Contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to determine what your home is worth in today’s fast-paced market. To find the ideal agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Top Tips for Home Buyers, Sellers


 Top Tips for Home Buyers, Sellers

 

Homes selling for asking price, multiple offers on the same property, “hip-pocket” listings shared only by word of mouth, it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.

 

To help you navigate these unprecedented homebuying and selling waters, we polled Ebby Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

 

Buyers

* Be qualified. Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, an Ebby affiliate company where you’ll enjoy a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

 

* Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or “sleeping on it” may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer.

 

* Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market such as ours where prices are rising, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

 

 

Sellers

* Market near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Ebby Halliday, it will enjoy extraordinary exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites.

 

* Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

 

* Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Ebby Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.

 

Whether you’re considering listing your home or buying a home in North Texas, it’s always a good idea to visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com. To download the Ebby Halliday Realtors App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

Home Prices, Sales Set New Records


Home Prices, Sales Set New Records

 

Home prices in North Texas were up 14 percent in May – one of the largest year-over-year gains ever for the area. And, the median home sales price for a pre-owned North Texas homes hit a record $215,000 last month.

 

With 9,484 properties changing hands in May, sales were up 6 percent from the same time last year. May 2015 was the largest one-month sales total ever for North Texas.

 

With strong sales and robust regional growth, North Texas home prices are up by more than 40 percent in the past five years, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.

 

With 25 offices throughout North Texas, Ebby Halliday is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas. If you’re considering offering your North Texas home for sale, our talented Associates are ready to assist. To find just the right agent for your needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

PHOTO: Ebby Associate Clarke Landry’s listing at 6230 Prestonshire Lane in Preston Hollow was under contract before it ever hit the market.

HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Voting Underway


HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2015 is underway. And, if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties in such categories as Glass Houses, Urban Abodes, and Homes with a History, and click the VOTE button for your favorites!

 

As always, Ebby Halliday listings are prominently featured in the Ultimate House Hunt:

 

Glass Houses

Brownwood

48 Oak Hill Circle, Brownwood – Listed with Laura Crowl, this stunning contemporary Texas retreat on 4.9 acres was built in 2011 and features steel, concrete and glass construction, with an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living and picturesque views of the property with native grasses.

 

Amazing Kitchens

Buena Vista

5480 Buena Vista, Frisco – Listed with the O’Dea-Moyers Group, this stunning Mediterranean in exclusive Starwood features a chef’s dream kitchen with exquisite cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances.

 

Irvin Simmons4818 Irvin Simmons, Preston Hollow – Listed with Martha Morguloff and Danna Morguloff-Hayden of the Morguloff Team, this home offers an island kitchen with stainless-steel appliances.

 

Curb Appeal

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6326 Lakehurst, Preston Hollow – Listed with Kelly Logsdon Rush, this property offers timeless Mediterranean architecture featuring balconies, portico, tile roof, decorative arches, columns, high ceilings and exquisite finishes.

 

Click here to vote for your favorites now. HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt ends July 7.

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.