6 Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


Finally a home of our own!

With a shortage of available inventory, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth — it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is strong.

To help you navigate the home-buying and selling waters, we polled Ebby Halliday Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

Buyer’s Tips

Be qualified
Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time 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 Prosperity Home Mortgage, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Prosperity Home 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 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 Realtors, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Ebby.com is one of the most-visited residential real estate sites in the nation, far outpacing the 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.

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Ebby Halliday Realtor’s North Texas offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1 Miramar

4012 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park | $3,950,000

 

2 Glade

2404 Glade Road | Colleyville | $2,950,000

 

3 Fairway

4538 Fairway Avenue | Highland Park | $1,685,000

 

4 Meadow

6538 Meadow Road | Preston Hollow | $1,525,000

 

5 Gateridge

6706 Gateridge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,450,000

 

6 Blanch

6403 Blanch Circle | Lakewood | $1,075,000

 

7 Wimberley

23 Wimberley Court | North Dallas | $779,000

 

8 Fox Glen

3809 Fox Glen Drive | Irving | $775,000

 

9 Beaver

2010 Beaver Trail | Prosper | $739,000

 

10 Rio Vista

5008 Rio Vista Drive | Granbury | $640,000

 

11 Pristine

41 Pristine Pond Drive | Frisco | $567,900

 

12 Bentley

 4436 Bentley Drive | Plano | $410,000

 

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

11 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1 Brookshire

6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,199,000

 

2 Westview

2540 Westview Court | Prosper | $1,250,000

 

3 Northbrook

5637 Northbrook Drive | Plano | $999,000

 

4 Bentbrook

1008 Bentbrook Lane | Sherman | $799,000

 

5 Southbury

10973 Southbury Lane | Frisco | $699,500

 

6 Colvin

3750 Colvin Court | Oak Lawn | $619,000

 

7 Flagstone

670 Flagstone Drive | Irving | $599,900

 

8 Royal

30 Royal Way | North Dallas | $589,000

 

9 Terrace

970 Terrace Drive | Lantana | $525,000

 

10 Sunray

222 Sunray Lane | Sunnyvale | $519,900

 

11 Caroline

2308 Caroline Court | Lewisville | $428,150

 

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

Ebby Joins Exclusive Global Real Estate Community


Ebby Joins Exclusive Global Real Estate Community

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, has responded to the increased demands of international buyers attracted to living in North Texas by partnering with Mayfair International Realty of London.

 

“Over the past few years we have seen more international buyers than ever coming to the Dallas and Fort Worth area via London,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Not just UK and European buyers, but buyers from across the world who use London as their international base. New North Texas residents are drawn by the exceptional opportunities offered by one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the United States. The vast range of cultural and educational facilities also excites many buyers – a number so significant it is affecting the way we market clients’ homes.

 

“Rather than waiting for buyers to come to us, we are reaching out to buyers,” Graham says. “It’s a positive move that has already brought significant success. Clients love the added coverage their homes receive and buyers love the easy access they have to the Dallas and Fort Worth market.”

 

Ebby’s Mayfair office is located in the heart of London’s West End. The Ebby team in London is highly experienced in international real estate and are experts in property marketing and real estate media. The Ebby Halliday London office also acts as a gateway to the world with real estate connections around the globe.

 

Of particular importance to the Ebby Halliday Companies and its clients is mayfairinternationalrealty.com, which offers properties exposure to the global market and uploads to other premier UK-based websites. The site provides a worldwide portal for luxury properties. Ebby Halliday enjoys the unique benefit of being the only North Texas brokerage whose properties are uploaded to the property search site of Country Life (countrylife.co.uk), regarded as the leading UK magazine for luxury real estate. Properties are also uploaded to the property search site of the Financial Times (ft.com), one of the most important financial publications worldwide.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the largest residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,800 agents and staff in 33 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2018, Ebby Halliday was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices of America is the country’s-largest residential real estate company based on transaction sides, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500. Visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly and Mayfair International Realty’s International Director Annette Reeve and Managing Director Nick Churton.

15 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Del Roy

5614 Del Roy DriveInwood Estates | $1,649,000

 

2_Strait

11340 Strait LaneHockaday Square | $1,550,000

 

3_Purdue

3315 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,435,000

 

4_Armstrong

49 Armstrong Drive | Frisco | $1,224,900

 

5_Forest Grove

5104 Forest Grove Lane | Plano | $1,150,000

 

6_Prestwick

5735 Prestwick LaneCambridge Place | $998,000

 

7_Hallmark

4549 Hallmark Drive | North Dallas | $959,000

 

8_Malabar

7533 Malabar LaneJan Mar | $875,000

 

9_Spanky

17110 Spanky Place | Far North Dallas | $825,000

 

10_Cape Coral

4915 Cape Coral DriveBent Tree North | $789,000

 

12_Les Jardins

10740 Les Jardins | Preston Hollow | $659,000

 

13_Kickapoo

5159 Kickapoo Drive | Frisco | $625,000

 

14_1651WhiteTrailDrive-16

1651 White Tail | Prosper$598,000

 

14_Creekwood

1129 Creekwood Drive | Garland | $464,500

 

15_Far Hills

14050 Far Hills Lane | Dallas | $374,000

 

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

Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal


Idyllic Home With Covered Porch

 

Although we’ve been told to do otherwise, people often judge homes based on curb appeal. Enhance your home’s exterior with these five tips.

 

Front Door

Wash your front door and polish hardware — replace if necessary. If the sun has faded the paint or you want a change, consider repainting with a bold new color that brings you joy.

 

Windows & Gutters

Remove debris from gutters and drain spouts before cleaning. Wash and repair windows or hire a professional. Clean or replace window treatments inside your home that are visible from the outside.

 

Landscaping

Mow, fertilize and water your lawn. Tidy up gardens; remove dead plants and branches; plant colorful flowers along any path or walkway; and add potted plants by the entry.

 

Porch

Sweep the porch; clear cobwebs from fixtures, railings and corners. Store toys, yard equipment and garbage cans. Clean patio furniture or consider updating worn pieces; add a swing or seating if space allows.

 

Exterior Touches

Check for missing or damaged shingles. Power wash and repair walkways and driveway. Clean or update light fixtures. Repaint shutters; repair, paint or replace mailbox. Check that house numbers are visible from the street; replace if needed.

13 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Tate Lane

10127 Tate Lane | Frisco$1,585,000

 

2_Armstrong Drive

49 Armstrong Drive | Frisco$1,224,900

 

3_Blackhawk Drive

5221 Blackhawk Drive | Plano$1,099,000

 

4_Woods Edge

17503 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas$1,049,000

 

5_Silver Leaf

9191 Silver Leaf Court | Little Elm$995,000

 

6_Hamilton Green

1351 Hamilton Green | Allen$979,000

 

7_Camden Circle

2201 Camden Circle | Southlake$924,900

 

8_Hawks Ridge

108 Hawks Ridge Trail | Colleyville$799,900

 

9_Oakcrest Road

5920 Oakcrest RoadFar North Dallas$730,000

 

10_Lorion Drive

4309 Lorion Drive | Rockwall$675,000

 

11_Pecan Point

1512 Pecan Point Drive | McKinney$665,000

 

12_Carmel Street

2980 Carmel StreetBryan Place | $599,999

 

13_Swift Avenue

8474 Swift AvenueWhite Rock Hills$395,000

 

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

14 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Glade Road

2404 Glade Road | Colleyville | $2,950,000

 

2_Forest Lane

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,349,000

 

3_Stichter Ave

6709 Stichter Avenue | Preston Hollow | $1,885,000

 

4_Kingsbarns

7201 Kingsbarns | The Colony | $1,750,000

 

5_Melshire Drive

5512 Melshire Drive | North Dallas | $1,460,000

 

6_Sarah Nash

14 Sarah Nash Court | University Park | $1,150,000

 

7_Venice Court

12023 Venice Court | Frisco | $1,100,000

 

8_Princess Caroline

4579 Princess Caroline Court | Frisco | $929,000

 

9_Balbirnie Court

3512 Balbirnie Court | The Colony | $749,000

 

10_Steinbeck Street

5021 Steinbeck Street | Carrollton | $699,900

 

11_Northshore Drive

5352 Northshore Drive | Frisco | $675,000

 

12_Riverbrook Way

2805 Riverbrook Way | Southlake | $669,000

 

13_Bentley Drive

4436 Bentley Drive | Plano | $429,000

 

14_Watersedge Drive

1717 Watersedge Drive | McKinney | $418,500

 

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