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.

 

 

PSO’s EncoreYouth Program Educates, Inspires


Proud to Sponsor Plano Symphony’s EncoreYouth Program

 

The Plano Symphony Orchestra’s EncoreYouth program inspires, educates, entertains and involves children and youth in the enjoyment of great music. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the title sponsor of this innovative arts initiative.

 

The EncoreYouth program includes a School Concert Education Program, a Young Artists Competition, the very popular “Instrument Petting Zoo” and the Family Symphony Sunday Series.  To learn more about how you and your family can get involved, visit encoreyouthmusic.com.

 

In addition to our sponsorship of this great program, we’re also proud to have served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in Plano. We now have nine offices serving Collin County: 190 – Richardson, Allen, Campbell/Coit, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Plano/Willow Bend, Preston Keller and Preston Plano Parkway. Our commitment to this extraordinary part of North Texas is stronger than ever.

 

Let us know how we can assist with your Collin County real estate needs. We’d be honored to help you achieve your goals! To get started, visit the award-winning 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

 

 

Service to the Community


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Giving back to the community is a founding principle of Ebby Halliday Realtors so we’re happy to report that our Preston Plano Parkway Office and Texas Premier Title, an Ebby Halliday affiliated company, recently raised $1,216 for the Women’s Auxiliary of Children’s Medical Center Plano. The money was raised through a raffle at the offices’ annual, fun-filled Mistletoe Market featuring unique gifts, exquisite jewelry, gourmet hot cocoa, food, holiday music and more. The offices chose Children’s because Preston Plano Parkway Associate Sarah Fallin is an active member of the hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary.

 

Children’s Medical Center Plano extends the world-class service of the Children’sHealth system to the growing number of families north of Dallas and beyond. Its medical staff includes specialists from UT Southwestern, providing a vast base of talent and knowledge. Located at 7601 Preston Road in Plano, the campus sits on a 155-acre site with green space preserved to provide an environment of healing and tranquility for patients and families.

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living

 

We’re excited to announce that the fall/winter 2015 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is now being direct-mailed to almost 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

 

In addition to featuring extraordinary luxury properties, the 18th edition of Grand Vie offers plenty of interesting editorial content, including a special section for farm & ranch properties; “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; fall-inspired recipes from local celebrity chefs Kirstyn Brewer of Victor Tangos and Blaine Staniford of Grace Restaurant; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the fall/winter edition: Real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the North Texas ranch market.

 

We’re confident you’re going to love the fall/winter 2015 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you. See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

PSO’s Spooky Symphony Perfect for Families


PSO's Spooky Symphony Perfect for Families

 

October is here and if you’ve got little ones it’s time to start thinking about Halloween-themed activities. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s EncoreYouth program, which includes the popular Spooky Symphony, perfect for family-friendly Halloween fun.

 

On October 25, you and your children can enjoy popular melodies from Halloween and children’s movies and be mesmerized by magician David Hira’s illusions. Costumes are encouraged!

 

The concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Eisemann Center. Pre-concert activities for kids start at 2:15, and include crafts, a coloring station, “Be a Conductor” and the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, a hands-on experience where kids can see, hear and play different instruments.

 

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to get yours before they’re gone.

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors is proud to have served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in Plano. We now have nine offices serving Collin County: 190@Jupiter, Allen, Campbell/Coit, Frisco, McKinneyPlano, Plano/Willow Bend, Preston Keller and Preston Plano Parkway. Our commitment to this extraordinary part of North Texas is stronger than ever.

 

Plano Near Top of U.S. Home Search List


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With thousands of people moving to Plano for jobs with Toyota, Liberty Mutual, FedEx and others, it’s not a big surprise that the Collin County town is near the top of home shopping lists. But, would you be surprised to learn that Plano ranks fourth among ALL U.S. markets for home searches on Realtor.com in 2015? In fact, Plano listings get more than eight times the average number of views nationally.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to have served Plano since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in the growing area. The office was a favorite of area homebuilders who knew Ebby always had a hot pot of coffee ready and enjoyed visiting about the potential of this small community north of Dallas.

 

We now have nine Collin County offices and our commitment to this fantastic part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is stronger than ever. Whether you’re considering buying or selling in Collin County, it would be our pleasure to serve you.

 

And, if you’d like to see all of the homes currently for sale in Plano, simply click here.