10 Fast Fixes for Your Home


10 Fast Fixes for Your Home

 

It’s important to give your home a breath of new life every so often. Below are a few tips to help you spiff up your house, from the front porch to the dining room table.

 

Front door décor — Liven up your front porch by replacing seasonal plants with new color. Freshen up the area with a good hosing down and consider a new paint job if needed.

 

Update your threshold —The base of your front door sees a lot of traffic. You’ll be amazed at the transformation you’ll see with just a few coats of paint.

 

Refresh your floors — If you’ve got hardwoods that have seen better days, pick up a water-based formula like Bona and add a little elbow grease. This simple treatment will keep your floors gleaming for months.

 

Quiet the creaks ­— Silence squeaky doors, bed frames, and other metal joints with a dose of WD-40.

 

Sweeten a stinky disposal —Drop cubes of frozen white vinegar and a few lemon peels down your disposal to combat the odors that can build up in your kitchen sink. Run the tap on cold and let the disposal do its thing for about a minute.

 

Change your ring — An updated doorbell can do wonders for your home and is such an easy thing to swap out, just be careful with live wires.

 

Tighten up — Tend to those loose door knobs and drawer pulls. A couple of screwdrivers and a walk around your home will have these pesky pulls fixed up in no time.

 

Give hardware a facelift — A can of copper, bronze, or nickel spray paint has the ability to completely transform the look of your kitchen. By updating the finish on your hardware, you introduce a fresh new feel.

 

Have a knock out number — Grab an easy-install solar light and hang it above your home’s address to make your home more inviting and easier to find. While you’re at it, pick up some new numbers to give the exterior of your home a simple but effective new look.

 

Fix dining table scratches — For scratches that penetrate beyond the wood finish, rub a shelled walnut gently across the marks and then polish with a soft cloth. The nut’s oils naturally conceal the blemishes.

 

 

North Texas Market Among Nation’s Hottest


North Texas Housing Market Among Nation’s Hottest

 

The Dallas-area’s home price gains have earned it a place among the fastest-appreciating housing markets in the U.S. at midyear, according to the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index of rising values. Dallas ranked behind only Portland, Seattle and Denver in the just-released report.

 

Dallas home prices were 8.9 percent higher in June from a year earlier in the monthly report. Nationwide, prices rose 5.1 percent in the same period.

 

“Home prices continued to rise across the country led by the West and the South,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “Overall, residential real estate and housing is in good shape.”

 

All 20 of the major U.S. home markets Case-Shiller tracks showed year-over-year gains in June. Portland led the nation with a 12.6 percent gain. Prices were up 11 percent annually in Seattle and 9.2 percent higher in Denver.

 

The Dallas-area is among U.S. home markets that have seen the strongest recoveries since the Great Recession. Dallas housing values are now almost 44 percent higher than where they were before the economic downturn.

 

North Texas Housing Market Among Nation’s Hottest

 

Dallas No. 2 Nationwide in Home Price Gains


Dallas Second Only to Denver in Home Price Gains

 

The Dallas-area had the nation’s second-largest jump in home prices in June, according to a new report by CoreLogic. Dallas home prices rose 9.3 percent compared with June 2015 prices.

 

Only Denver – with a 10.2 percent year-over-year price gain – had a bigger increase among major U.S. cities. Nationwide, prices rose 5.7 percent from a year earlier.

 

“Mortgage rates dipped in June to their lowest level in more than three years, supporting home purchases,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Local markets with strong economic growth have generally had stronger home-price growth.”

 

CoreLogic forecasts that nationwide home prices will grow by 5.3 percent during the next three months.

 

North Texas home prices have risen by more than 40 percent in the last five years, according to Steve Brown, real estate editor at The Dallas Morning News. And home prices in the area are about 50 percent ahead of where they were at the peak of the last housing boom in 2007.

 

In June, the median price of single-family homes sold by North Texas real estate agents hit an all-time high of $237,500.

 

To determine the value of your home in today’s competitive North Texas real estate market, contact an Ebby Halliday Realtors Associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Dallas Second Only to Denver in Home Price Gains

 

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.

 

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’ fast-paced housing market, visit the award-winning ebby.com, where you’ll find just the right real estate professional for your needs.