Top Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


 

Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for 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 home-buying and selling waters, we polled Ebby Halliday Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

 

Buyer’s Tips
*  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, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company 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 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, it 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 the 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.

 

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Ebby Halliday’s North Texas offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

 

 

Sarasota: Beaches and Beyond


Sarasota: Beaches and Beyond

 

Great weather, great beaches and beaucoup amenities – that’s Sarasota, Florida, in a nutshell.

 

Whether you’re considering a second home or where to spend the next chapter of your life, the recently released spring issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine offers just what you need to jumpstart your journey. Featuring a special section on exceptional vacation homes available for purchase in Sarasota by noted real estate blogger Candy Evans, the newest edition of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury property magazine puts the spotlight squarely on this natural paradise.

 

While Sarasota is known for plentiful boating, golf and tennis, as well as wide bays and acres of pristine, white-quartz sand beaches, it’s also the Cultural Capital of Florida. On the state’s west coast, only 45 minutes from St. Petersburg and an hour from Tampa, you’ll discover a city that is undergoing a vibrant building boom and features great museums and fabulous restaurants.

 

Just a few of the area’s more-notable homeowners include best-selling mystery author Stephen King, ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale, lead singer of AC/DC Brian Johnson, and TV talk show host Jerry Springer.

 

What will your money buy in Sarasota? There are downtown or beach condominiums, single-family homes in town, or on a barrier island. While multimillion-dollar oceanfront homes are common, $250,000 to $400,000 gets you a condo villa or small single-family home with low maintenance. The average price point in Sarasota? $475,000.

 

The homes in Grand Vie’s Sarasota special section are represented by Michael Saunders & Company, Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Luxury Portfolio International partner in Sarasota. To see them and to learn more about this laid-back Southwest Florida destination, click here.

 

A sampling of available properties:

Sarasota: Beaches and Beyond

SARASOTA I $16,950,000 I LuxuryPortfolio.com 

Sarasota: Beaches and Beyond

BOCA GRANDE I $9,700,000 I LuxuryPortfolio.com 

Sarasota: Beaches and Beyond

LONGBOAT KEY I $5,500,000 I LuxuryPortfolio.com

Sarasota: Beaches and Beyond

LONGBOAT KEY I $4,250,000 I LuxuryPortfolio.com

Sarasota: Beaches and Beyond

OSPREY I $3,499,000 I LuxuryPortfolio.com

The Latest in Luxury Living


 

Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction, and knowing how to pamper yourself have long been major elements in defining your luxury lifestyle. The spring 2017 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine includes a collection of trends from Luxury Portfolio International in the areas of Innovation, Exploration and Relaxation to add luxury to your life and inspire your own ideas.

 

The Latest in Luxury Living

Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat, the increasingly popular social media platform, has developed specs designed to make sharable memories taken from your perspective, literally. These wearable sunglasses take 10-second videos which get shared to your Snapchat memories over Wi-Fi and make it possible for your Snapchat friends to literally see the world from your point of view. Available in black, teal and coral, they are an exciting new gadget, keeping you connected to your sphere. spectacles.com

 

The Latest in Luxury Living

Oombrella Smart Umbrella

Oombrella is a smart umbrella connected to the app on your phone that alerts you before it rains, ensuring you never leave the house without it. Oombrella also shares live weather data within its community of users so you’re never caught in the rain. And for those who tend to lose their umbrellas frequently, it has a “forget-me-not” feature to alert you when you’ve left it behind. Available in black, white and a shiny color, as well as bag-sized or the classic large size. No more bad-hair days on the horizon. wezzoo.com

 

Ametis Shower System

Ametis Shower System

The award-winning Ametis Shower System by GRAFF will make your en suite bathroom feel like a spa. Designed to create a truly exceptional showering experience, it offers a soothing halo effect using LED chromotherapy lighting. This shower system will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, not to mention your bathroom will look modern and newly updated. graff-faucets.com

 

To see more LuxeTrends and some of the most-extraordinary homes currently for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth, visit grandviemagazine.com.

 

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


 

The spring 2017 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, is out and is now being direct-mailed to more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 22nd edition of Grand Vie offers a wealth of interesting editorial content, including “Bon Voyage,” a conversation with fine-art photographer and best-selling author Gray Malin and “Spring Renewal,” offering advice on how to bring spring looks into your home from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer. Also included are “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; and real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the ideal vacation home environment of Sarasota, Florida.

 

We believe you’re going to love the spring 2017 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you. See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Ginger Gill Shares Luxury Expertise


 

Ginger Gill Shares Luxury Expertise

 

Ginger Gill, sales manager of Ebby’s Preston Center Office, was recently invited by Luxury Portfolio International, our partner in marketing luxury properties, to host a roundtable discussion during the 2017 Luxury Portfolio Summit, held in Miami Beach.

 

Part of the Best Practices Salon: Growing Your Luxury Business series, Gill’s roundtable and the ensuing discussion centered on the topic “Competing and Winning Against Franchise Brands.”

 

Gill shared her extensive knowledge and insight into how a top luxury brokerage and its agents approach the world of luxury real estate. Roundtable participants included agents from a broad spectrum of markets, including Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Beverly Hills, Colorado, Florida and New York.

 

“Unlike many of our competitors, Luxury Portfolio International is truly a luxury network of the best of the best,” Gill says. “Member firms are leaders in luxury sales in their market and are vetted each and every year. Simply, put you can’t buy your way into our network; you must earn membership.”

 

Luxury Portfolio International is the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest global network of premier locally branded companies dominated by many of the world’s most powerful independent luxury brokerages. The network markets over 50,000 of the world’s most remarkable homes each year and attracts over 3 million high-net-worth visitors by presenting a gallery of the finest luxury properties and brokerages worldwide.

 

Luxury Portfolio is unmatched in the global arena, with properties in over 55 countries, website visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month, site translation in nine languages, conversion to multiple currencies and a total inventory of available properties totaling over $54 billion with an average price over $2.6 million dollars.

 

The 200-plus selected luxury affiliates represent the luxury component of an organization which encompasses over 550 companies, 4,000 offices and 128,000 Associates producing $351 billion in sales last year.

 

Based in the United States, Luxury Portfolio International is backed by the experience of the most well-respected and well-known experts in luxury real estate in markets worldwide. This group collectively has decades of experience in the high-end luxury real estate market.

 

“At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud to be a part of the world’s foremost luxury home network,” Gill says. “Our promise to you is to represent, and present, your home in the manner it deserves. Always.”

 

 

 

Luxury Portfolio’s Pfeffer Anton Presents Update


Luxury Portfolio’s Pfeffer Anton Presents Luxury Update

 

Stephanie Pfeffer Anton, executive vice president of Luxury Portfolio International, the Ebby Halliday Companies’ partner in marketing luxury properties, presented an informative update on the global luxury market and new marketing tools to approximately 200 Associates of Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate today. The event was the first at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Ebby Halliday Education and Marketing Center, located next to Ebby’s North Dallas corporate headquarters.

 

Tomorrow, Pfeffer Anton will speak to Associates of Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, also an Ebby Halliday Company, at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth. Pfeffer Anton was recently named to Luxury Daily’s new Luxury Women to Watch list, which honors smart women executives who are set to make a difference in the luxury business, particularly in marketing, retail, media and digital in 2017.

 

The firms that make up Luxury Portfolio are some of the world’s most powerful independent brokerage firms and members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Of the 550 firms in LeadingRE, over 200 participate in this network. Sixty of these firms are from outside of the United States.

 

When marketing a luxury home, the Ebby Halliday Companies tap the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilize its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose listings to buyers across the globe.

 

By showcasing high-end listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby Halliday leverages the strength of a website that consistently ranks at the top of Google search results and has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network. Ebby clients also benefit from LuxeAnalytics, an exclusive reporting system that allows sellers to see how much traffic their listing is receiving and the origin of that traffic.

 

Learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and explore luxury properties from around the world at LuxuryPortfolio.com.

 

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle


Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction and knowing how to pamper yourself have long been major elements in defining your luxury lifestyle. The following collection of trends offers some of our favorites in the areas of Innovation, Exploration and Relaxation to add luxury to your life and inspire your own ideas.

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

HENRY DOG DESIGN DOG BED

Treat your dog to a designer bed inspired by Henry, a rescue dog. Begin with an elegant and sophisticated bedframe that will flawlessly match the design of your home. Choose from a variety of colors and styles with a stainless-steel base designed to withstand daily use for generations. Whether your pup is tuckered out from a busy day or simply lazing about the house, the Henry Dog Design bed will keep any hound happy and looking good, too. henrydogdesign.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

SAMSUNG LED TOUCHSCREEN FRIDGE

Named “The Family Hub™,” this revolutionary new refrigerator comes with a Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen that lets you manage your groceries by making a list, connect with your family and entertain, all without leaving your kitchen. Never worry about forgetting an essential item — with three built-in cameras that can be seen from your phone you can always double check your stock and avoid that return trip to the store. samsung.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

POSEIDON UNDERSEA RESORTS

Enjoy all the luxuries of a five-star hotel in an undersea wonderland and sleep among tropical fish and bottlenose dolphins, just off a private island in Fiji. An unforgettable experience awaits 40 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. Take the elevator (really) or scuba dive to the resort. While there, take part in watersports, deep-reef excursions and learn about indigenous marine life. poseidonresorts.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

SMARTBE INTELLIGENT STROLLER

The first-ever of its kind, the Smartbe Intelligent Stroller is a self-propelled stroller that seamlessly synchronizes with the movement of the user without assistance or actual physical contact, allowing you to safely walk or jog hands-free directly behind the stroller and even manage its trajectory by Android, iOS smartphones and smartwatches. The user has direct control and the stroller has four big wheels that adapt easily to rough surfaces and paths. A climate-controlled carry cot, bottle warmer, automatic rocking chair and anti-theft sensor are just a few of the features that make this the ultimate stroller for both you and your little one. smartbe.co

 

To see more of today’s most-fascinating luxury innovations and destinations, visit the Fall/Winter edition of Ebby Halliday Realtors‘ luxury-home publication, Grand Vie, where you’ll also discover many of the most exceptional homes currently for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests


How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

In addition to showcasing the luxury listings of Ebby Halliday Realtors, the fall 2016 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Home Away from Home,” featuring advice on designing the ideal guest room from design and lifestyle expert Kathy Fielder.

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

“With the holiday season quickly approaching, now is the time to consider your home’s guest accommodations and what you can do to make your friends and family members feel at home — in your home,” Fielder says. “The first tip I always provide clients, family and friends about their guest rooms? ‘Spend the night there to see if you would enjoy it.’

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

Fielder says the key to the success of your guest bedroom design is in the planning. Each detail should be carefully considered so that you optimize the space available.

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

Fielder recommends creating a Pinterest board or making some sort of inspiration board. When you do, you will start to see a pattern.

 

“Once you have decided on modern or traditional, eclectic or transitional, you’ll be motivated to choose your color palette,” Fielder says.

 

Color defines and breathes life into our spaces. It appeals to our senses, and studies show that our bodies physically react to color. That being said, it makes sense to choose the colors you will use in your guest bedroom wisely.

 

To read the full article by Kathy Fielder in the fall/winter 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, click here.

 

Spotlight on the North Texas Luxury Market


Spotlight on the North Texas Luxury Market

 

The North Texas region’s thriving economy continues to spur significant growth in luxury home sales. In the past year, 5.2 percent more luxury homes were purchased in Dallas-Fort Worth than during the prior 12 months.

 

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Dallas-Fort Worth, it would be our honor to be of service to you. With our highly effective marketing and advertising tools and our membership in Luxury Portfolio International, Ebby Halliday Realtors is ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury real estate transaction.

 

Whether you are considering buying or selling your home, or just staying put for now, we invite you to enjoy the fall/winter edition of North Texas’ leading luxury home publication, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. We believe you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. To get started, click here.

 

Grand Vie: Your Source for Luxury Living


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The fall/winter 2016 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, is out and is now being direct-mailed to more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 21th edition of Grand Vie offers a wealth of interesting editorial content, including “Spectacular Sparkle,” a conversation with designer and creative director Jay Strongwater; “Nature’s Inspiration,” offering advice on how to bring fall looks into your home from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; holiday menu inspiration from Parigi’s Janice Provost; and advice on how to make your holiday guests feel at home in your home from design and lifestyle expert Kathy Fielder. Also included are “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; and real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the ideal vacation home environment, Lake Tahoe.

 

We believe you’re going to love the fall/winter 2016 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you! See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Grand Vie: Your Source for Luxury Living