Sales Leaders Earn NAR Diversity Certification


Ebby Halliday Companies sales leaders were recently awarded the At Home with Diversity certification from the National Association of Realtors. 

Leaders from Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew join more than 17,000 other real estate professionals in North America who have earned the certification after completing an 8-hour course addressing topics of diversity, fair housing, and business planning development. The program is designed to meet the nation’s fair housing commitment by educating and equipping NAR’s members with the tools they need to expand homeownership opportunities. 

These real estate professionals meet the needs of diverse clients, while maintaining a competitive edge. The At Home with Diversity certification allows Realtors to not only apply the multi-faceted skills and tools they learned in the course to business practices, but conveys to clients they’re dynamic real estate professionals with expertise that transcends cultural barriers. 

For more information on the At Home with Diversity certification, visit nar.realtor.ahwd.

Texas Homeowner? Don’t Miss the Opportunity for Savings


Texas Homeowner? Don’t Miss the Opportunity for Savings

 

It’s the beginning of another new year, and we want to remind you that Texas law includes the Homestead Exemption, which allows a partial exemption from local property taxes for your primary residence.

 

Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with your local appraisal district. The general deadline for filing an application is April 30.

 

The Application for Residential Homestead Exemption is available here. A list of appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available here.

 

If you have any questions regarding residential real estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and our respected Associates are ready to serve you. To find just the right professional for your real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays


 

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

 

Ebby’s Little White House Associates and staff, clients, children and grandchildren, as well as members of Ebby’s Corporate Office, recently joined in a Dallas tradition: the annual lighting of the iconic office at Northwest Highway and Preston Road for the holidays.

 

Jolly Old Saint Nick arrived just in time for the celebration on the back of a beautiful Bentley GT convertible driven by Simon Crossley, brand manager of Bentley Dallas.

 

Santa even led the crowd in counting down to the much-anticipated lighting of Ebby’s beautiful Little White House.

 

Below are just a few of the excited faces we saw in the crowd:

 

 

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

 

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

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Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

 

Happy Holidays everyone!

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.

 

Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way


 

 

 

Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to serve as a drop-off location for the 2016 Santa Cops toy drive. The drives continues through December 12.

 

In 1984, Dallas Police officers created and developed Santa Cops, a program designed to assist members of the community who have been victims of crime.

 

The Santa Cops program has assisted over 10,000 families throughout the years. In recent years, the program has been able to help more than 600 families annually.

 

New for 2016 is the addition of Kate’s Books! Kate is an officer’s daughter who had the idea to include books along with toy deliveries. This year’s goal is to collect and donate 1,500 new or gently used books to less-fortunate families.

 

The Santa Cops project typically delivers the fruits of its efforts on the Saturday before Christmas to the citizens of Dallas. The best part? Watching children’s faces when officers bring toys to their home.

 

Items needed:

*  new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

*  new or lightly used books (see katesbooks.org)

*  diapers

*  new blankets, robes, slippers

 

Santa Cops often needs gifts for older kids. Suggested items:

*  sports items (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, bean bag toss sets, etc.)

*  bath gift sets

*  arts & crafts items

*  board games

*  age-appropriate books

*  skateboards

*  bicycles (Academy at 4045 N. Central Expressway in Plano is offering a package deal of $35 for both a bike and a helmet for any purchases made for Santa Cops)

*  bicycle helmets

 

You’re encouraged to drop by the corporate office of Ebby Halliday Realtors at 4445 Sigma Road near the Galleria between the hours of 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, to donate items to the 2016 Santa Cops toy drive. This simple act of kindness is sure to make your holiday season brighter!

Buying a Home is Complicated


Buying a Home is Complicated

 

Setting a budget, sticking to it; making an offer, financing a property once the offer is accepted; seemingly endless paperwork … let’s face it, buying a home is often a daunting process that can strip the anticipated fun and excitement away completely.

 

Fortunately, there’s an Ebby Halliday Realtor to guide you through the process. We’ve been helping people through the process for more than 70 years.

 

“It’s fun to look at all that’s changed since 1945, but what hasn’t changed is our sales associates and employees tirelessly building our brand on trust, coming through when clients need us most,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO. She adds that the goal for the company and its sales associates remains simple: to transform and elevate the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

“We hold homebuyers’ hands through it all, from start to finish, making it an easy, comfortable and enjoyable experience,” Burleson says. “We listen closely to their wants and needs, their worries and their fears. With more than 70 years of success in this business, we offer what no other North Texas real estate company can: a longtime culture of caring. That’s how Ebby built our company. She fostered an internal culture that attracts humble, hardworking people like herself who just plain do the hard work.”

 

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

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.

 

Fifty Years of Style


Fifty Years of Style

 

NorthPark Center turns 50 on Wednesday. At a time when many malls are struggling, this Dallas icon is at the top of its game.

 

NorthPark is among the top dozen malls in the U.S. Its sales are trending at $1.3 billion this year, or almost $1,100 a square foot, according to a recent Dallas Morning News story. That’s more than twice as productive as the average U.S. regional mall.

 

Known for its artwork, NorthPark has an art director on staff and more than 50 original pieces on display. Landscaping is another major differentiator for NorthPark, which spends two to three times what a typical mall might spend on landscaping.

 

The finest retail, restaurants and entertainment, world-class art and a one-of-a-kind cultural experience in a truly unique setting – the difference is evident to all who visit this Mid-Century treasure in the heart of Dallas.

 

Happy Birthday to NorthPark. We’re already looking forward to the next 50 years.

 

Photos courtesy of NorthParkCenter.com

 

How to Choose a Realtor


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There’s something about warmer weather and sunnier days that really gets the real estate market buzzing. If you want to join in on the fun as a buyer or a seller, now might be a good time to start looking for a Realtor.

 

This process is different for everyone, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

 

*  Experience: Look to agents who have put time into their career and the neighborhoods in which they work. This can mean different things, like trusting someone who has spent years in the business or someone who grew up in the area.

 

*  Personality and Interests: Try to do some background work on a potential agent. Many have bio pages, LinkedIn accounts, social media pages, and online reviews. All of these can be helpful, but do remember that not having one or the other doesn’t have a direct correlation to how “good” a Realtor is. If you can find out some background, you can play matchmaker for yourself.

 

*  Career type: Is being a Realtor the person’s full-time career? If you’re on a time schedule, you’ll want to pick someone who’s in the industry full-time.

 

*  The numbers: If you’re a buyer, don’t choose an agent just because their commission is lower. If you’re a seller, don’t choose them just because they agree with you on how much your home should be listed for. We’ll say two things to justify these points – you get what you pay for, and, in real estate, there’s no telling how much your home will really and truly sell for at the end of the day.

 

*  Age: Don’t dismiss an agent based on their age, young or old. What makes an agent the right fit for you is not often their age, but their love of their profession, dedication to you, and the other points listed above.

 

Need a good place to start looking? Check out our office locations and search all of our wonderful Realtors.

Big-City Home Prices Appreciate Nationwide


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Home prices in cities across the nation are picking up steam.

 

Prices in the 20 metropolitan areas measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index rose 5% year over year in February, compared with a 4.5% gain in January. February’s increase was the largest monthly gain for the index since July 2014.

 

“We’ve seen a lot of people come back into the market on the buy side,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Clearly, we’re still benefiting from very low mortgage rates for those people who can easily qualify for a mortgage.”

 

The broader S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index, which covers the entire U.S., rose 4.2% year over year in February, vs. a 4.4% gain in January.

 

But, as we always say at the Ebby Blog, real estate is local: Denver and San Francisco showed the most price inflation over the past year, with gains of 10% and 9.8%, respectively. Dallas was close behind – and fourth nationwide – at 8.6%.