A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things


As everything outside turns a bit greener, it’s time to spruce up indoors as well. Spread spring fever inside your home by adding bright pops of color. From vases to throw pillows, here are a few of our favorite spring items that will transition beautifully to summer.

 

A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Makoto Ottoman

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

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Diptych Original Art

Mecox

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Bicycling Bunnies Bookends

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A Few of our Favorite Spring Things

Turquoise Beaded Hemp Chandelier

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Coral Rhino Chairs

Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Skating Dog Sculpture

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

The Missoni Kew Pillow

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To see more of our favorite spring things for your home, visit North Texas’ premier luxury-home magazine at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living

We’re very excited to share that the spring 2016 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is now being direct-mailed to approximately 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 19th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Child’s Play,” featuring advice on designing the ideal bedroom for your child from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; special sections for farm & ranch and lake properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the spring issue: Real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the importance of global marketing in the luxury-home market segment.

 

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

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 commanding Mediterranean estate at 5830 Falls Road in Preston Hollow, 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 beautiful estate home at 5830 Falls Road is one of many Ebby listings that receive extensive marketing exposure through Luxury Portfolio International. This extraordinary property, offered for $5,250,000, is listed with Patricia Stampley. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Local Experts With Global Reach

 

Local Experts With Global Reach

 

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Local Experts With Global Reach

For more information on 5830 Falls Road, contact Patricia Stampley at 972-741-0770 or stampley@ont.com. To see more extraordinary homes across Dallas-Fort Worth and across the world, visit LuxuryPortolio.com.

 

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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.

 

 

Our People are the Difference


Our People are the Difference

Many things make Ebby Halliday Realtors unique in North Texas – a legacy of sincere service to the community for more than 70 years, the first MLS transaction, and more than $7.85 billion in real estate transactions in the past year – but what really makes the company special is its people.

 

“Ebby always said she was able to achieve what she was able to because she was blessed with a great team,” says President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. “We care for each other and we care for our clients. This more than anything is what makes this company stand head and shoulders above everyone else in the industry.”

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors is a reflection of Ebby herself, an extraordinary leader who inspired thousands of people with her simple approach of “Do Something for Someone Every Day.” And, as the company has grown, it has attracted many like-minded individuals who have played major roles in enriching its reputation for empathetic, knowledgeable and hardworking sales associates and employees.

 

“We’re a company, a corporation, but we’re hardly faceless,” Burleson says. “We’re made up of real people, with big hearts and keen minds – people who care about serving other people. We are quick to listen and slow to speak. We are given to taking on our clients’ problems as if they’re our own. And we’re determined to always do right by them.”

 

Visit ebby.com to find the right agent for your real estate needs.

 

 

 

Luxury Portfolio International Magazine Delivers


Luxury Portfolio Magazine Delivers

The new issue of Luxury Portfolio Magazine includes over 160 pages of the hottest trends in luxury real estate, travel, design and more. Individual property features include Ebby agent Kay Weeks’ spectacular Royal Lane listing, Jan Chavoya’s Stonebriar Village listing, Sherry Smith‘s Bells, Texas country estate, a horticulture wonderland in the Texas Hill Country, a Spanish mission estate in Bellevue Hill, Sydney, Australia, a modern penthouse in Lugano, Switzerland, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, California and a masterfully designed New England estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

 

Additionally, the new magazines addresses two financial topics relevant to today’s high-net-worth: a look at affluent U.S. homebuyers investing abroad and a discussion on wealth management and how the family office is impacting the high-net-worth today. It also delivers a rundown of the finest olive oil tasting tours around the world and takes a look at the spirit of cities observing unique urban dwellings.

 

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

7 Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know


 

7 Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know

 

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

 

Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home —and themselves — in the best possible light.

 

Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but Realtors agree that sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

 

Take your pets with you — You may think Zoey is the cutest dog ever, but not everyone is likely to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.

 

Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.

 

Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get tired and parched. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies.

 

Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.

 

Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

 

Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.

 

To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs


Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs

Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, ranks No. 8 on the just-released Swanepoel Power 200Top 20 Women Leaders in Residential Real Estate 2016” list. Ms. Burleson also placed No. 54 on the Swanepoel Power 200Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate 2016” list. The Swanepoel lists are widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business.

 

The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth, and potential.

 

Congratulations to Mary Frances on two more honors very well deserved!

 

To see the full Swanepoel Power lists, click here.

Dallas Leads Nation in Home Price Gains


The Dallas area had the largest year-over-year home price rise in the country in October – up 9.1 percent from the year before, according to a just-released report from CoreLogic Inc. Nationwide, prices were up 6.8 percent from October 2014.

 

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Determining your home’s market value is a job for a properly educated real estate professional. If you’re considering offering your home for sale, contact an Ebby agent to determine the current value of your property. To get started, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Home Amenities Likely to Grow in Demand


Home Amenities Likely to Grow in Demand

 

Some amenities that homebuyers now consider “nice-to-have” may soon move into the “must-have” category. Below are three that experts say are likely to grow in demand among home shoppers:

 

Smart homes – More homes will be controlled via a smart phone or tablet in the coming years. Appliances and home systems can be turned on, off, or programmed via mobile devices. Smart refrigerators are emerging that have built-in apps that can even create grocery shopping lists and smart ovens can be remotely controlled to start dinner or check on the status of what’s cooking.

 

Stainless-steel alternatives – Stainless-steel appliances have long dominated but some homebuyers are seeking alternatives. White ice and slate are increasingly popular. Slate is being touted as an easy choice to blend in with other black, white, or stainless steel finishes. It can resist fingerprints and washes easily too.

 

Energy efficiency Many buyers place a premium on finding a home with energy-efficient, cost-effective appliances. Energy Star-qualified appliances use up to 50% less energy than older counterparts. Also gaining popularity are smarter appliances, including dishwashers that can determine the appropriate cycle length and water temperature as well as washers that extract more water from laundry during the spin cycle so the dryer has less to do.