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.

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.

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.

North Texas Market Sizzles this Summer


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While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) in North Texas, summer “officially” begins tomorrow. With sales prices up and not a large number of homes for sale, this summer offers homeowners ideal conditions to sell a home in Dallas-Fort Worth. Competition among buyers is heated and multiple offers are common.

 

Just how hot is the North Texas housing market? Consider this:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is only 47 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 3.4%.

 

*  The number of homes sold is up 2.7%.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers a great opportunity. To get started, discover just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Multilingual Agents Ready to Assist


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Regardless of your preferred language, at the award-winning ebby.com it’s easy to find an agent who is fluent in that language. Here’s how: Simply click on the Agents and Offices tab at the top of the home page, select Agent Directory and use the pull-down menu for Languages.

 

A few of the languages spoken by Ebby Associates include Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Danish, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Sign Language, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.

 

Many Ebby Associates who speak a foreign language offer the ability to search the Multiple Listing Service in that language as part of their ebby.com Agent page. In addition, you’ll find a link to multilingual search capabilities at the bottom, left-hand side of the site.

 

Regardless of your preferred language, Ebby Halliday Realtors and ebby.com offer homebuyers and sellers considerable advantages. Long considered the gold standard in real estate websites – and adding innovative technology regularly,­ such as the only search by light-rail station capability in North Texas – ebby.com is the place to be to start your home search today.

How to Create a Greener Home


Color photo of a beautiful modern kitchen.

There are many different ways to go green at home. Even if you do just one or two of the below five things, you can make a big difference for our environment — and you’ll see the results on your bills.

 

Monitor your temperature

Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. Keep filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, and make good use of ceiling fans.

 

Upgrade outdated appliances

It’s estimated that almost 20 percent of the typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer appliances, you’ll consume significantly less energy.

 

Save water

Putting an aerator on faucets can cut your annual consumption by half. Consider installing low-flow toilets, which use just over half the normal amount per flush.

 

Let the sun shine

The cheapest and most environmentally sound heat and light source is just outside your window. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally.

 

Use greener cleaners

There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available these days. A simple online search will reveal which products are gentler to the environment than others.

Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market


Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Market

 

Year-over-year home sales for January and the relatively low inventory of homes available to purchase indicate there is no reason to wait until spring to list your home for sale, according to Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

“The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer a compelling case for sellers who would like to get a head start on their potential competition,” Kelly says.

 

A few of the highlights from the NTREIS numbers for January 2019 vs. January 2018 include:

 

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home rose 2.8%.

 

*  The average percent of original list price sellers received was 95.2%

 

*  The average days on market was 57 days.

 

“These numbers make it clear that the winter of 2019 offers a great climate in which to list a North Texas property for sale,” Kelly says. “Potential sellers should act now to get ahead of the traditional spring market.”

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your home is worth in today’s fast-paced market. To find the ideal agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

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.

 

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6655 Green Knoll Drive | Dallas | $1,430,000

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1521 Cottonwood Valley Circle N | Irving | $1,050,000

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610 Oak Grove Lane | Coppell | $800,000

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200 Lost Canyon Court | Richardson | $780,000

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10473 Rogers Road | Frisco | $769,500

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4908 Sea Pines Drive | Dallas | $625,000

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4561 Desert Willow Drive | Prosper | $599,950

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3729 Norwich Lane | Plano | $595,000

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804 Barnes Street | McKinney | $485,000

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1309 Cadbury Lane | Keller | $454,900

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6702 Carriage Lane | Colleyville | $429,900

 

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

10 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.

 

6822 MEADOW

6822 Meadow RoadPreston Hollow | $999,000

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5307 Merrimac Avenue | Dallas | $759,000

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2605 Chambers Lane | Plano | $735,000

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770 Emerald Sound Boulevard | Oak Point | $649,900

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840 Del Carmen Drive | Prosper | $635,000

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1800 Peppervine Road | Frisco | $569,999

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1321 Fire Wheel Way | Lantana | $525,000

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795 Oak Hollow Lane | Highland Village | $520,000

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11513 Oleander Drive | Frisco | $484,900

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3547 Fieldview Court | Celina | $415,000

 

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

Summer Market Sizzles in North Texas


Summer Market Sizzles in North Texas

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) for a while in North Texas, summer “officially” started this past week. With sales prices up and not a large number of homes for sale, this summer offers homeowners ideal conditions to sell a home in Dallas-Fort Worth. Competition among buyers is heated and multiple offers are common.

 

Just how hot is the North Texas housing market? Consider this:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is only 39 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 4.3%.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers a great opportunity. To get started, discover just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.