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.

Fresh Take On The Garden


When it stops raining in Dallas-Fort Worth – and it will – many area homeowners’ thoughts will turn to their gardens.

 

Gardens promote both healthy and sustainable living. Whether growing fresh produce or rare flowers, if you’re the type who enjoys getting your hands a little dirty in the backyard, our friends at Luxury Portfolio International have put together a few essentials for your gardening pleasure.

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Parrot Flower Power

Catering to the “Eco-Geek” movement, the Parrot Flower Power monitors the needs of your plants, so you don’t have to. Place the standalone sensor in the pot or in the ground and connect to your smartphone via BlueTooth to keep track of the fertilizer, temperature, sunlight and moisture.

 

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Torremato Outbox

One of the many rewards of the garden is the aesthetics, and with Torremato Outbox lighting you can admire your work night and day. A decidedly modern, cube shape, these stylish lights complement the visual appeal of the garden by combining form and function.

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Japanese Hand-Forged Garden Clippers

Hand-forged with a spring-loaded handle and leather sheath, these Garden Clippers from Kaufmann Mercantile may sound like something out of the Wild West, but the Japanese-made tool will give you complete control to preside over your garden and slice through those stems and branches like butter.

 

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Hartley Botanic Greenhouse

For ideal growing conditions, the Victorian Manor Greenhouse from Hartley Botanic allows you to create your very own gardening paradise. The spacious structure has ample room, so you can get creative and grow anything from vibrant tiger lilies to hardy hibiscus.

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

French Glass Garden Cloche

On a much smaller scale, the French Glass Garden Cloche from One Kings Lane will similarly protect your plants from the harmful effects of the elements. With this hand-blown antique you can add a vintage touch to your modern garden and keep your plants thriving.

 

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Of course, the most important part is the finished product, and if you don’t want to put just anything in the ground, check out the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Collections. You’ll find seeds for all climates and garden types that are non-hybrid, non-GMO and non-treated to yield only the healthiest of produce.

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Frederik Roije Chicken Coop

If you haven’t heard, raising chickens, from urban to suburban, has become “all the rage” and if you want your own farm-fresh eggs, the Breed Retreat, designed by Frederik Roijé, is cool enough for even the funkiest chickens. How often do you come across a hen house with this kind of feng shui?

 

Alas, with drier weather in next week’s Dallas-Fort Worth forecast it will soon be time to get to out there and put your green thumb to the test, and we hope with this list you can take your garden to the next level.

Dallas-area Home Prices Rising


Dallas-area Home Prices Rising

 

Dallas-area home prices were up 9.3% in March from a year earlier in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

 

The Dallas-area increase was more than twice the national average of 4.1%. And March’s year-over-year price gain rose from 8.6 percent in February.

 

Dallas had the third-highest home price increase in the country, behind San Francisco, 10.3%, and Denver, 10%.

 

Experts agree that North Texas home prices are rising thanks to strong growth in the region and a shortage of homes for sale.

 

To find out what your North Texas home is worth, contact an Ebby Associate today. It’s easy to find the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby No. 10 Nationwide


Ebby No. 10 Nationwide

The just-released Real Trends 500 list of the top residential real estate firms in the United States ranks Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. 10th in the nation based on closed sales volume. Ebby ranks No. 12 for closed transaction sides.

 

The REAL Trends 500 is an annual report that identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential real estate firms. The report represents the most trusted standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading firms.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which in 2014 included Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, participated in 19,189 real estate transactions, with a sales volume of $6,644,443,857. Its 12.2 percent share of the North Texas real estate market led all competitors, the nearest of which garnered 5.56 percent.

 

Ebby Halliday recently purchased Fort Worth-based real estate boutique firm Williams Trew Real Estate. Williams Trew’s sales figures were not included in the Ebby Halliday Companies’ 2014 Real Trends numbers.

 

“Congratulations to all of our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “And I thank our clients who trust us to represent their real estate needs. Our clients benefit from many advantages that are a direct result of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ status as the North Texas market-share leader.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Experts With Global Reach


Local Experts With Global Reach

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors and its sales associates possess a unique understanding of the global real estate market. This understanding is a result of our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of premier real estate brokers in nearly 50 countries, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International.

 

When marketing a luxury home such as the beautiful residence at 21 Robledo Drive in Dallas’ gated Los Arboles Estates neighborhood, Ebby agents tap the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilize its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose listings to buyers across the globe.

 

By showcasing luxury listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby agents leverage 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.

 

The magnificent estate at 21 Robledo Drive is one of many Ebby listings that receive extensive marketing exposure through Luxury Portfolio International. This extraordinary property, offered for $3,850,000 and open Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., is listed with The Harvey Team. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Local Experts With Global Reach

 

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

For more information on 21 Robledo Drive, contact The Harvey Team at 214-704-3516 or 214-415-1778 or harveyteam@ebby.com. To see more extraordinary homes across Dallas-Fort Worth and across the world, visit luxuryportolio.com.

Luxury Portfolio Magazine Delivers


Luxury Portfolio Magazine Delivers

 
The latest issue of Luxury Portfolio Magazine is now online. With over 140 pages of the hottest trends in luxury real estate, travel, design and more, we’re thrilled to share this new edition with you. Featured properties waiting to be explored include Ebby Associate Joe Kobell’s stunning Strait Lane Circle listing, the inimitable Villa Solenzana in Sardinia, Italy, the historic Locksley Hall of Belvedere Island, California, and a designer penthouse in the heart of Berlin, just to name a few.

 

Additionally, the newest Luxury Portfolio Magazine brings you an interview with award-winning interior designer Laura Kirar, delivers a rundown of the latest activity in the world’s most-exclusive resort markets in Market Pulse, samples the best “foodcations” around the globe and much more.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud of our affiliation with the world’s premier marketer of luxury homes, Luxury Portfolio International.

 

Click here to view a digital version of Luxury Portfolio Magazine.

Phil Mickelson’s Home Listed by Luxury Portfolio Member


Phil Mickelson’ Home Listed by Luxury Portfolio Member

 

If you weren’t already envious of his golf game, prepare to be envious of Phil Mickelson’s gorgeous Rancho Santa Fe home. The good news though, is that it can be yours for $5,999,950, having recently been listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Willis Allen Real Estate.

 

Located in the San Diego area, Mickelson’s home is poised on 4.55 acres within Rancho Santa Fe’s prestigious Covenant community, but it might as well be the Italian countryside, with pepper and olive trees adorning the grounds and views of the rolling hills. Inside, the home is a true work of art, evidenced by hand-carved Canterra stone fireplaces, distressed wood beams and walnut floors, but it’s the outdoor lifestyle that the home truly caters to.

 

From the summer kitchen to the infinity-edge pool and cascading water feature, you might find it hard to spend much time inside. And, of course, there’s also a putting green, so you can keep your game sharp, just like Phil.

 

Below are a few photos of this fabulous Southern California property. Check out the listing page on Luxury Portfolio to see more of Phil Mickelson’s Rancho Santa Fe Estate.

 

Phil Mickelson’ Home Listed by Luxury Portfolio Member

Phil Mickelson’ Home Listed by Luxury Portfolio Member

Phil Mickelson’ Home Listed by Luxury Portfolio Member

Phil Mickelson’ Home Listed by Luxury Portfolio Member

Phil Mickelson’ Home Listed by Luxury Portfolio Member

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International in North Texas. When you consider buying or selling property outside of North Texas, Ebby Halliday’s world-class connections can help with your real estate needs throughout North America and around the world.

 

For more information on Luxury Portfolio International and to view exceptional properties worldwide, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

Hot Start for 2015 Luxury Market


Hot Start for 2015 Luxury Market

 

Luxury Portfolio International members are starting the new year off with a bang, making headlines for such noteworthy sales as baseball-great Jeff Bagwell’s Houston home (John Daugherty Realtors), a $16.7 million waterfront residence in Hillsboro Beach, FL – the second highest sale in the history of Broward Country – (Premier Estate Properties) and, most recently, New York affiliate Laffey Fine Homes delivered the anonymous Chinese buyer of a 100-acre estate in Muttontown, NY for a cool $20 million.

 

All signs point to a great year for Luxury Portfolio members, who continue to distinguish themselves as the best in the business when it comes to results. It’s worth mentioning that among the many significant sales of 2014, the year was capped off with the highest-recorded sale in the history of Beverly Hills (Hilton & Hyland).

 

If you’re in the market for a luxury home, the good news is that you can find 20,000 of the most extraordinary properties around the globe on luxuryportfolio.com.

 

PHOTO: The just-listed Ebby Halliday Luxury Portfolio International property at 4519 Cherokee Trail in Bluffview is offered for $4,899,000.

Global Market Pulse: NYC, London, Miami


While all real estate is local, at the Ebby Blog we love to keep up with markets around the world. Below are a few findings from Luxury Portfolio International’s recent Market Pulse report. This is just a snapshot, so stay tuned as we continue to highlight luxury real estate in the world’s hottest markets.

 

 Global Market Pulse: New York City, London, Miami

New York City

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $70 million

International buyers are coming from: China, Brazil and Russia

Luxury buyers are looking for: homes with full-service gym and spa, wine storage, indoor pools and pet spas.

Currently there are: 490 listings priced over $7.65 million

The bottom line: The NYC market is being driven by low supply, yet remains affordable compared to other global cities.

 

 Global Market Pulse: New York City, London, Miami

London

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $240 million

International buyers are coming from: Russia, various parts of Europe and the Middle East

Currently there are: 68 properties in Kensington and Chelsea above $17 million

The bottom line: The market is cooling and this creates opportunities for foreign buyers and investors alike.

 

 Global Market Pulse: New York City, London, Miami

Miami

Highest recorded sale in past 12 months: $30 million

International buyers are coming from: Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina. Of all South Florida sales, 35% are being purchased by international buyers.

Luxury buyers are looking for: Homes with hotel and concierge services and proximity to top restaurants

Currently there are: 1,598 properties priced over $1,475,000

The bottom line: South Florida is setting records sales for homes priced over $1 million for the fourth-consecutive year.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International in North Texas. When buying or selling property outside of our local market, Ebby Halliday’s world-class connections can help with real estate needs throughout our continent and to points around the globe.

 

To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to discover some of the most extraordinary properties currently for sale worldwide, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

Luxury Market Sizzles


Luxury real estate is in high demand. That’s the only conclusion one can draw from a quick look at D-FW luxury home sales in the past year:

 

Luxury Home Sales

*  $1 to $2 million: up 11.2%

*  $2 to $3 million: up 5.7%

*  $3 to $5 million: up 24.1%

*  Above $5 million: up 33.3%

 

While sales are up in all luxury price points, they are up sharply in the $3 million-and-up segment of the North Texas market.

 

While most North Texans may never own such a property, this is good news for all of us who call D-FW home. It’s a sure sign that we’re feeling better about our economy and are willing to spend on the things we value.

 

Just what will $3 million buy in Dallas-Fort Worth? In short, a lot. Below are a few of the exceptional luxury homes proudly represented by Ebby Halliday’s talented Associates.

 

 Luxury Market Sizzles

162 Shepherds Glen, Heath  I  Offered for $5,900,000

Luxury Market Sizzles

9525 Alva Court, Dallas I  Offered for $4,999,999

Luxury Market Sizzles

9226 Hathaway, Dallas  I  Offered for $4,295,000

Luxury Market Sizzles

10427 Lennox, Dallas  I  Offered for $3,500,000

Luxury Market Sizzles

5480 Buena Vista, Frisco  I  Offered for $3,475,000

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive North Texas member of Luxury Portfolio International. The approximately 200 firms that comprise Luxury Portfolio are some of the most powerful independent brokerages worldwide. This prestigious network represents more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network and provides strong connections to well-respected firms worldwide. At Ebby Halliday, we’re ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury home sale or purchase.

 

To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to see some of the most spectacular homes listed across the globe, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its listings and Associates, visit the award-winning ebby.com.