Dallas-area Home Prices Up Almost 10 Percent


 

Dallas-area Home Prices Up Almost 10 Percent

 

Dallas-area home prices were up by more than 9.5 percent in the latest housing report from CoreLogic. The only major market in the report with a bigger gain was Denver, where home prices were up 10.9 percent year-over-year.

 

“Home prices reached the bottom five years ago, and since then have appreciated almost 40 percent,” Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic, said in the report. “The highest appreciation was in the West, where prices continue to increase at double-digit rates.”

 

North Texas home prices are at record levels. Dallas-Fort Worth topped other major Texas cities for both first-quarter annual price increases and sales, according to a new report by the Texas Association of Realtors.

 

To determine the market value of your North Texas home, contact an Ebby Halliday sales associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

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 Realtor for your residential real estate needs, visit ebby.com.

 

How Do I Choose A Real Estate Agent?


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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 seller, now is a good time to start looking for a Realtor.

 

This process is different for everyone, but here are some 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 remember that not having one or the other doesn’t have a direct correlation to how “good” a Realtor is.

 

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 points listed above.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

Buying or Selling a Home is Life-Changing


 

Buying or Selling a Home is Life-Changing

 

Ebby Halliday, the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors and an icon in the real estate industry, famously said, “The Constitution of the United States guarantees your right to own the land under your feet, to sell, and to develop it. Whether you want to become an investor, a real estate agent, or a homeowner, real estate is the basis of the American dream.”

 

Ebby passed away in late 2015 at the age of 104 but that sentiment is still central to our core mission of transforming and elevating the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

Most of our clients don’t buy and sell homes very often. It’s relatively unknown territory to them. But it’s our native territory, since 1945. We know the landscape. There’s no trail we haven’t been down before. We are here to help you fully experience one of the biggest, most joyful events of your life.

 

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Buying or selling a home can be complicated, sometimes very complicated. Fortunately an Ebby Halliday Realtor is here to guide you through the process.

 

It’s also true that in today’s hyper-competitive North Texas real estate market it’s more important than ever to choose the right agent for your needs. To get started, visit ebby.com.

 

 

Ebby Launches New TV Commercial


Ebby Launches New TV Commercial

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors kicked off the 2016 home buying and selling season by launching a brand-new commercial and far-reaching advertising and marketing campaign on Super Bowl Sunday. Acknowledging the complexities of today’s fast-paced real estate market and emphasizing the importance of choosing the right agent, the campaign includes frequent television advertising, extensive print and digital media, large digital and traditional billboards across the North Texas region, and regular spots on Pandora Radio. The campaign runs through September.

 

In case you missed it on Super Bowl Sunday, check out our new commercial below.

 

 

And, look for it throughout the summer on your favorite shows, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Voice, ” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ” “Sleepy Hollow, ” “American Idol, ” “Jimmy Kimmel Live, ” “Modern Family, ” “Grey’s Anatomy, ” “60 Minutes,” “Life in Pieces” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

 

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

Team Ebby Assists Victims of Tornadoes


Team Ebby Assists Victims of Tornadoes

 

Yesterday members of Ebby offices located across North Texas assisted Operation Blessing in cleaning up neighborhoods affected by the tornadoes that struck the Dallas area on December 26.

 

“We had approximately 80 Ebby agents, as well as Texas Premier Title and Home Team Insurance staff in attendance,” says Malinda Howell, sales manager of Ebby’s 190-Richardson Office.

 

Groups of volunteers removed debris, including broken glass, nails and shingles, and helped remove fences and soiled carpeting, as well as overall cleanup. Ebby’s team of volunteers also canvassed neighborhoods, seeking out homeowners to determine what additional assistance they need.

 

“I have seen tornado damage in the past, but as we drove into the neighborhood, I was shocked at the devastation and total losses for so many families,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office. “It was such a privilege to help in some small way for the families that have lost all and still have so much ahead of them as they regain their lives, memories, and rebuild.”

 

Adds Bill Tucker, sales manager of Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office, “It was a very moving, but rewarding experience. Yesterday was my second time out, and we worked in the same neighborhood in Rowlett. I remember that area well from my days as an agent. I was impressed with the turnout and everyone worked hard. We all went home very tired.”

 

Operation Blessing International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. Operation Blessing provides strategic relief in 37 countries on an ongoing basis through core programs such as disaster relief, health and medical care, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, safe water and community development.

 

Team Ebby Assists Victims of Tornadoes

 

 

Irving Canal Fest Coming Soon


 

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 25. That’s when the Irving Canal Fest, a free celebration of art and culture along the beautiful Mandalay Canal in Las Colinas takes place. Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office is a proud sponsor of Canal Fest.

 

The second-annual festival will include local art, cultural dance displays, family friendly activities and attractions, live music, a variety of food and beverage options, and much more.

 

You’re invited to take part in free activities along the canal, including face painting, henna tattoos and caricatures. Craft vendors will be selling unique jewelry, apparel and décor. Gondola rides, as well as pedal-boat and stand-up paddleboard rentals, will be available for purchase.

 

For details and a full schedule, click here.

 

Irving Gets World-Class Entertainment Center


 

Hear a band at the music hall, swing in for an after-concert drink at one of several pubs; have a few laughs at a comedy club or see the latest blockbuster in a state-of-the art theater; celebrate a special occasion with an upscale meal at a swanky new eatery or just grab a quick slice of pizza for lunch. It will all be possible at The Music Factory, a one-stop-shop for a fun night out on the town and a perfect daytime diversion from office life. The Music Factory is slated to open in Irving in late 2015.

 

The official groundbreaking for this much-anticipated $165 million project is this Saturday, August 30, at 7 p.m. in the 300 block of West Las Colinas Boulevard near the Irving Convention Center.

 

“The groundbreaking this weekend marks the kick-off of a project that will give area residents and tourists alike a brand-new, world-class entertainment center,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office. “We’re super-excited about the positive impact this exciting new development will have on a part of the metroplex we already love.”

 

It’s not just any groundbreaking ceremony either – expect performances from members of Dashboard Confessional and The Apples in Stereo, food trucks, and a free outdoor screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” (The project’s developer is the Ark Group of Charlotte, N.C.)

 

Located just north of O’Connor between State Highway 114 and Las Colinas Boulevard, The Music Factory will be an all-in-one dining and entertainment destination. The centerpiece of the project is an 8,000-seat, indoor/outdoor concert hall. The project will also feature a 50,000-square-foot plaza with a stage that will play host to fashion shows, farmer’s markets, food festivals and more. In its first phase, the project will offer 250,000 square feet of entertainment retail and restaurant space, including a just announced Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, a comedy club and 20-plus restaurant options.

 

Let the entertainment begin!