15 Refreshing Pools for Summer


Ready to make a splash? With summer fast approaching, there’s no better way to refresh than by taking a dip in your own backyard pool.

 

Whether you’re hosting a pool party or low-key lounging, these homes feature some of the most stunning pools in North Texas.

 

1_25 BRAEWOOD

25 Braewood Place | Dallas | $8,450,000

2_1900 SHADY OAKS

1900 Shady Oaks Drive | Southlake | $5,490,000

3_2906 Shadow

2906 Shadow Drive W | Arlington | $3,500,000

4_1901 POINT DE VUE

1901 Point De Vue Drive | Flower Mound | $3,250,000

5_5716 SEVILLE

5716 Seville Court | Plano | $2,399,900

6_3201 AMBERWOOD

3201 Amberwood Lane | Prosper | $2,250,000

7_18716 WAINSBOROUGH

18716 Wainsborough Lane | Dallas | $1,425,000

8_5403-miramar

5403 Miramar Lane | Colleyville | $1,190,000

9_3701 preston hills

3701 Preston Hills Circle | Celina | $899,900

10_7230 KENTWOOD

7230 Kentwood Drive | Frisco | $869,900

11_931 W COLORADO

931 W Colorado Boulevard | Dallas | $729,000

12_2448-fairway

2448 Fairway Drive | Richardson | $599,000

13_244-amanda

244 Amanda Way | Decatur | $595,000

14_813-hunters

813 Hunters Glen | Rockwall | $470,000

15_2306 BROKEN POINT

2306 Broken Point | McKinney | $389,990

 

To view all the sparkling pools available across North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Connect With Ebby, Wherever You Are


Connect With Ebby, Wherever You Are

Different people consume media in different ways.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors – the No. 1 independent residential real estate firm in Texas by sales volume – we’re proud to have a talented team of marketing, advertising and public relations experts who believe strongly in this principle, and we’re equally proud to support our agents and their marketing efforts in a broad range of media.

 

“Simply put, Ebby agents and their listings enjoy unmatched marketing resources,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing.

 

The department Graham leads is housed in the new, 15,000-square-foot Ebby Halliday Education and Marketing Center, and includes seasoned full-time marketing, advertising and public relations experts, graphic artists and designers, writers and editors, digital specialists, and a videographer.

 

In addition to time-tested, traditional marketing efforts, Ebby agents and their listings benefit from robust social media content, including frequent blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter posts. Ebby’s Facebook page has gained more than 17,000 followers and the Ebby Blog is one of the most popular real estate blogs in Texas.

 

Ebby.com is one of the most-visited residential real estate sites in America. Offering a responsive, mobile-first approach, the site was built with mobility in mind. Among its features are real-time property alerts, allowing users to be the first to know when properties become available. In addition, each home listed with Ebby Halliday benefits from its own, free Individual Property Website.  Ebby agents also enjoy branded websites, which harness the power of ebby.com, yet offer many options for agent customization.

 

Many North Texans are aware that the award-winning ebby.com offers state-of-the-art features for buying or selling a home, but did you know it’s also one of the area’s best sources for information well beyond homes and housing?

 

The Ebby Blog offers such categories as DFW Daily, profiling events in the D-FW area; Fabulous Finds, highlighting great homes available in North Texas; and Helpful Hints, offering everything from insight on the latest paint colors to apps that help around the house.

 

Named the Best Real Estate App in America by the Web Marketing Association, the Ebby Halliday Realtors app provides information in a natural way – starting with a map, not a menu. Featuring the latest in augmented reality, it’s perfect for buyers on the go.

 

“While we offer a plethora of innovative marketing and advertising for our agents and their listings, we firmly believe that in real estate it all comes down to agents,” Graham says. “And Ebby Halliday Realtors has a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve.”

 

Ready to learn more? Visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.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 and our amazing agents at these stunning properties.

 

6034 LAKEHURST

6034 Lakehurst | Dallas | $1,495,000

3837 Fairfax

3837 Fairfax Avenue | Dallas | $1,175,000

922 INDEPENDENCE

922 Independence Parkway | Southlake | $974,900

7230 KENTWOOD

7230 Kentwood Drive | Frisco | $869,900

5809 YEARY

5809 Yeary Road | Plano | $689,000

971-condor

971 Condor Drive | Coppell | $675,000

8100 CORINTH

8100 Corinth Drive | McKinney | $525,000

9111-leland

9111 Leland Drive | Lantana | $414,900

604 Bel Air 2

604 Bel Air Drive | Allen | $307,000

2333-inadale

2333 Inadale Avenue | Dallas | $249,900

 

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

Curious About Your Home’s Value?


 

Homeowners are often surprised when they receive their annual statement from the local tax appraiser’s office. Often the assessed value of their home is very different than what they believe the property is worth.
 
Now’s a great time to take a look at the difference between two common real estate terms: “Assessed Value” and “Market Value.”
 
The Assessed Value is the dollar value assigned to a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of measuring applicable taxes. The number is very often a point of contention with homeowners, who may believe it to be too high or too low. The Assessed Value does not offer a shortcut to a home’s Market Value.
 
The Market Value is the highest estimated price a property will bring in a reasonable amount of time if exposed for sale on the open market. Market Value is influenced by such factors as homes that recently sold in the area, the location of the property, the home’s amenities, and the condition of the property. Of course, Market Value is also influenced by the current economy.
 
Knowing the difference between Assessed Value and Market Value is great. But even better is knowing what your property is worth in today’s fast-paced North Texas housing market.
 
To get started, contact an Ebby Associate today. To find the right agent for your real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
 
Heads up, the property tax protest deadline is earlier this year than in previous years. Those wishing to protest, must do so by May 15, 2018, or 30 days after a tax notice is delivered, whichever is later.

PSO Presents Bugs, Flowers and Bees


PSO Presents Bugs, Flowers and Bees

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the two-year title sponsor of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s EncoreYouth program, which includes the all-new, fun-filled Family Symphony Sundays program.

 

On Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m., you and your family are invited to enjoy “Bugs, Flowers and Bees,” featuring marionettes from Le Theatre de Marionette as they dance and perform to “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Spring” from “The Four Seasons,” “Flower Duet” from “Madame Butterfly” and more. Meet the musicians and enjoy pre-concert activities beginning at 2:15 p.m.

 

The event, for children ages 3-12 and their families, takes place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., in McKinney.  Tickets are available at planosymphony.org.

Now Is the Time to Find Your North Texas Realtor


Now Is the Time to Find Your North Texas Realtor

 

The North Texas region’s attractive quality of life, strong economy and low cost of living ensure D-FW will continue its steady rise to prominence among the world’s leading metropolitan areas in 2017. If you want to join in on the fun as a North Texas home buyer or seller, now is the time to start looking for a Realtor.

 

This process is different for everyone, but below are a few 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 at Ebby Halliday Realtors, the No. 1 independently owned residential real estate brokerage in Texas.

 

Plano Named a Top 5 City for Families


Plano Named a Top 5 City for Families

 

Out of 150 cities examined, Plano ranks No. 3 in the nation for best cities for families, according to WalletHub.

 

The study used a variety of metrics to come up with the rankings, including playgrounds per 100,000 residents, violent crime rates and highest median family income. Overland Park, Kansas, was named No. 1 by WalletHub, while Madison, Wisconsin was named No. 2.

 

Here’s where Plano ranked in some of the things WalletHub measured:

Affordability — No. 1

Socioeconomic environment — No. 3

Health and safety — No. 4

Education and child care — No. 51

Family fun — No. 86

 

If you are considering moving to, from or within Plano, it’s easy to connect with the just the right professional for your real estate needs at the award-winning ebby.com.

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Sizzling Hot


 

Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Sizzles

 

Wow, it sure did get hot fast this year! Summer has barely unfurled, but the North Texas residential real estate market is already delivering blistering sales in June. In Dallas-Fort Worth, homes are moving off the market 13.6 percent faster than they did at this time last year as prices continue to hit new record highs.

 

The average home sales price in North Texas in May was $286,200, 6.3% higher than one year ago. However, much of the effect of higher prices is being offset by mortgage rates that are the lowest we’ve seen in three years.

 

Interested in your home’s value in this red-hot market? Contact an Ebby Associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Arriving in or Departing Dallas-Fort Worth?


Moving To or From Dallas-Fort Worth?

 

Individuals and companies who are relocating have access to a lot of information. What they often don’t have is a way to tailor that information to their needs.

 

That’s where the relocation experts at Ebby Halliday offer an invaluable service. Ebby’s team of specialists — the largest such in-house team in North Texas — connects relocating consumers with a real estate agent who not only specializes in their area of interest, but also is knowledgeable about lifestyle issues affecting their move.

 

For outgoing clients, Ebby’s relocation experts coordinate with one of the 500 top real estate firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Ebby Halliday is part of a network that dominates in more markets across the U.S. than any competitor.

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday’s relocation services or to start your home search today, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Is Summer a Good Time to Sell a Home in D-FW?


 

Is Summer a Good Time to Sell a Home in D-FW?

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) for a while in North Texas, summer “officially” starts today. With sales prices up and few 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 that in the past 12 months:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is down 13.6% to only 38 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 8.5%.

 

*  The number of homes for sale is also down 8.5%, meaning you’ll have less competition.

 

Simply put: If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers an extraordinary opportunity. Find your Realtor at ebby.com.