12 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors and our amazing agents at these exceptional properties.

 

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1607 Dowling Drive | Irving | $1,090,000

5302 Miller Avenue

5302 Miller Avenue | Dallas | $1,050,000

1106 Waterfall Drive

1106 Waterfall Drive | McKinney | $982,623

5517 SACHSE ROAD

5517 Sachse Road Sachse | $770,000

5 MEADOWVIEW COURT 1

810 Shallowater Drive | Allen | $729,000

1217 Bridle Boulevard 1

1217 Bridle Boulevard | Frisco | $650,000

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2201 Amherst Circle | McKinney | $650,000

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4548 Pecan Valley Drive | Plano |  $639,900

1058 WOODFORD DRIVE 1

1058 Woodford Drive | Keller | $599,000

1522 HENNESSEY DRIVE 2

1522 Hennessey Drive | Allen | $568,000

1205 LAKE GLEN CIRCLE

1205 Lake Glen Circle | Rockwall | $415,000

1917 desoto

1917 Desoto Drive | McKinney | $289,950

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

North Texas Cities Among Best Places for Families


North Texas Cities Among Best Places to Raise Family

 

A new study lists several North Texas cities among the best places to raise a family in Texas. SmartAsset looked at 87 cities with a population greater than 25,000 for the study, and measured them on 12 metrics including family poverty rate, median household income, high school graduation rate and violent crime rate. Six North Texas cities took the 2-7 spots in the list. Each of these cities is served by Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

SmartAsset’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas:

*  Leander
*  Frisco
*  Southlake
*  McKinney
*  Mansfield
*  Grapevine
*  Keller
*  Georgetown
*  Round Rock
*  Pearland

 

 

From Smart Assets:

 

Frisco

Frisco is a great Texas city to raise a family. This city has some of the lowest crime rates in the state, ranking fourth in violent crime and ninth in property crime. Another plus for prospective families looking in the area is that Frisco is also relatively young. About 35 percent of the population is 19 or younger, meaning plenty of chances for kids to make friends. Plus, the city boasts a low unemployment rate of only 4.3 percent.

 

To learn more about Frisco, its many housing options, and the Frisco Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit frisco.ebby.com.

 

Southlake

Southlake is a wealthy suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, with one of the best education systems in the state. The city graduates almost all of its students: its 99 percent graduation rate is the highest in the top 10. And many of those students achieve high marks in their AP exams. Southlake also has the lowest rate of family poverty in the study. Only 2.1 percent of families here fall under the poverty line.

 

To learn more about Southlake, its many housing options, and the Southlake Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit southlake.ebby.com.

 

McKinney

The quality of local schools is one of the most important factors when deciding where to raise a family. McKinney ranks high on this list because students from this city are some of the highest achieving in the state. McKinney ranked first for both percent of students who take AP exams (almost 40 percent) and percent of those students who score 3 or better on their AP exams (76.7 percent).

 

To learn more about McKinney, its many housing options, and the McKinney Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit mckinney.ebby.com.

 

Mansfield

Mansfield is one of the most livable cities for families in our top 10. It has a very low family poverty rate of 4.4 percent and a large population of young people. Thirty-two percent of the population is under the age of 20. Mansfield is also one of the safest cities in our study. According to FBI data, Mansfield has a crime rate of 1,617 per 100,000 residents, the fifth-best score in our top 10.

 

To learn more about Mansfield, its many housing options, and the Mansfield Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit mansfield.ebby.com.

 

Grapevine

Grapevine posts high marks for its education system. About 96 percent of Grapevine high schoolers graduate and 31.6 percent of them go on to take an AP exam. The city is also rich with employment opportunities. Only 3.6 percent of residents in Grapevine are unemployed.

 

To learn more about Grapevine, its many housing options, and the Grapevine Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit southlake.ebby.com.

 

Keller

Keller offers families a fairly crime-free environment with good schools. Keller ranks second for both property crime rate per 100,000 residents and violent crime rate per 100,000 residents. This city also has a graduation rate of 94 percent.

 

To learn more about Keller, its many housing options, and the Keller Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit southlake.ebby.com.

 

To see the full Smart Assets List of Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas, click here.

 

Culinary Celebration Benefits Southlake Schools


 

Dragons of the Caribbean

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors, its affiliated title company, Texas Premier Title, and numerous Ebby Southlake agents are proud to sponsor the Carroll Education Foundation’s 19th-annual Culinary Celebration.

 

The fundraiser, which raises money to support the students and teachers of Southlake Carroll Independent School District, takes place at The Hilton Southlake Town Square on September 12, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. It will feature 24 metroplex chefs, specialty wines and cocktails, live and silent auctions, a big board and more.

 

This year’s event is themed “Dragons of the Caribbean.” Auction items include a Longhorn calf, a vintage Jurassic Park pinball machine and opportunities to serve as Southlake Mayor for the Day and to flip the switch on the Southlake Town Square holiday lights.

 

Tickets, priced at $150 each or $250 per couple, are available here.

 

 

Southlake Office Celebrates Grand Opening


 

We’re excited to announce that Ebby Southlake Associates and staff, corporate executives, clients and guests, including Southlake Mayor Pro-Tem Laura Hill, members of the Southlake City Council and representatives from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the grand opening of Ebby’s brand-new Southlake Office this morning! The celebration included an official ribbon-cutting for our beautiful new, more than 12,000-square-foot office at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., across from Southlake Town Square.

 

“This beautiful new office is built for the future,” says Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Built from the ground up, it offers a superior location in the heart of Southlake and is a statement of our commitment to serving Tarrant County for many years to come.”

 

The exquisitely finished-out office replaces our longtime, approximately 8,000-square-foot Southlake Office. Ebby Halliday has served Southlake-area homebuyers and sellers since 1985.

 

“We are extremely happy with the way our new Southlake Office turned out,” says Southlake Sales Manager Carolyn Rosson. “I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped bring this extraordinary new office to reality. Ebby Halliday has been part of the Southlake community for nearly 30 years and has distinguished itself as a valued partner for our clients and a leader in luxury real estate. We are so excited about the future of this great city.”

 

Adds Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “We’re proud of our commitment to this beautiful part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We look forward to serving current and future residents in the manner they deserve for many years to come.”

 

A few of the photos from today’s celebration …

 

 

 

 

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It is indeed a sweet time to be a part of the excitement in Southlake. For more information on Ebby’s Southlake Office, its Associates and listings, call 817-481-5882 or visit southlake.ebby.com.

Southlake Oktoberfest This Weekend


 

 

Dreaming of the weekend already? You’re in luck: Ebby’s Southlake Office is a proud sponsor of Southlake Oktoberfest, which takes place this weekend, October 3-5, at beautiful Southlake Town Square.

 

The 13th-annual festival features an extensive slate of live entertainment, “weiner-dog” races – an annual fan favorite, authentic German food and drinks, a sports zone, and a children’s play area. To top it off, admission and parking are free!

 

For all the details and a festival map, click here.

 

Ebby Opens New Southlake Office


 

It’s a bold new day in Southlake real estate! Ebby Halliday Realtors just opened the doors of its beautiful, brand-new Southlake Office at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., across from the popular Southlake Town Square.

 

“This new office, built from the ground up, offers a superior location and is a statement of our commitment to serving Southlake and the surrounding area for many years to come,” says Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies.  The new 12,560-square-foot, exquisitely finished-out office replaces Ebby’s longtime, approximately 8,000-square-foot Southlake Office.

 

“Near the corner of East Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue, our new office offers a highly visible location and the latest in technology,” Burgert says. “Truly a one-stop shop for residential real estate, it will also offer title, mortgage and insurance services through our affiliated companies, Texas Premier Title, Home Team Mortgage Company and Home Team Insurance.”

 

The new office features tastefully appointed collaboration centers where Associates and clients may meet to discuss residential real estate needs, a bistro for Associates that would be the envy of many restaurants, a training room with an enormous HD projection screen, and even a playroom for clients’ children. Cutting-edge technology, including Apple TVs, will help Associates assist buyers with their home searches and sellers with their understanding of market trends.

 

“We are assisting clients with one of the most-expensive and important transactions of their lifetime,” says Ebby’s Southlake Manager Carolyn Rosson, who has led the Southlake Office since 2008. “It is important that we utilize all of the resources that we can to best serve their needs.”

 

Adds Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “We’re proud of our commitment to this beautiful part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We look forward to serving current and future residents in the manner they deserve for many years to come.”

 

Now, let’s take a sneak peek inside Ebby’s beautiful new Southlake Office!

 

We hope you are as excited about our new Southlake Office as we are! For more information on Ebby’s Southlake Office, its Associates and listings, visit southlake.ebby.com or call 817-481-5882. 

New Southlake Office Scheduled to Open in Late Spring


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What a difference a few weeks makes! Construction on Ebby Halliday Realtors’ new Southlake Office is benefitting from North Texas’ much-improved weather and longer days.

 

This new photo from Ebby Southlake Manager Carolyn Rosson provides a great visual of our significant investment in Southlake and the surrounding area. Scheduled to open in late spring, Ebby’s new Southlake office will feature almost 13,000 square feet of space with the latest technology.

 

We’re proud to have a growing presence in Tarrant County and can’t wait to open our new state-of-the-art office at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., just across from Southlake Town Square. As the big day nears, you’re invited to keep up with construction progress here on the Ebby Blog.

A Commitment to Tarrant County


 

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Just a little more than five months ago – on a hot August morning – members of the Ebby Halliday Companies gathered to make a bold statement about our commitment to serving Tarrant County for many years to come. That morning we broke ground on a new Southlake Office at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., just across from beautiful Southlake Town Square.

 

Back in August, the “new office” was a dusty lot with huge potential; today we have a better picture of what will soon be one of North Texas’ premier residential real estate offices. Scheduled to open in late spring, Ebby’s new Southlake Office will feature almost 13,000 square feet of space with cutting-edge technology – all ready to serve the real estate needs of our valued Tarrant County clients.

 

Southlake Manager Carolyn Rosson, who has been at the helm of top-producing Ebby offices for more than 25 years and has led our Southlake Office since 2008, says the new office will offer area residents, those who may be considering calling Southlake their new home, and top-producing real estate agents an opportunity to be a part of something truly special.

 

It’s an understatement to say that Carolyn and her agents – and all of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies – are excited about our new Southlake Office’s progress. We can’t wait to gather again this spring on what was a dusty lot to celebrate its grand opening! Check back here often for construction updates.

 

Below is a snapshot of the 2013 Southlake real estate market:

 

Average days on market were down 22.5% to 66 days;

 

The median sales price was up 3.7%;

 

The percent of original list price received was up 1.4% to 95.4% of asking price;

 

Finally, closed sales were up 21.7%.

 

For more information on Ebby’s Southlake Office, its Associates and listings, call 817-481-5882 or visit southlake.ebby.com