North Texas Cities Top First-Time Buyers List


North Texas Cities Top First-Time Buyers List



Four Dallas suburbs have been ranked as some of the best places in the country for first-time homebuyers, according to a new report by


The fast-growing cities of McKinney, Frisco and Allen were 1-2-3 at the top of the list of best markets for first-time buyers, according to the study.


Richardson ranked seventh on the same list.


WalletHub scored 300 U.S. cities for entry-level home buying using factors including affordability, strength of the overall real estate market and quality of life.


The Dallas-area cities shared the top 10 with the likes of Cary, N.C.; Norman, Okla., and Lincoln, Neb.


North Texas has one of the hottest housing markets in the country, with record home sales and the highest volume of new home starts in the country.


But prices have also hit an all-time high, making it more challenging for first-time buyers.


Compared to pricey East and West Coast markets, D-FW cities are still a bargain.


The Top 10 Best Places for First-Time Buyers, according to WalletHub:


* McKinney

* Frisco

* Allen

* Cary, N.C.

* Norman, Okla.

* Lincoln, Neb.

* Richardson

* Boise, Idaho

* Thornton, Colo.

* Murfreesboro, Tenn.


As is often the case with these types of lists, Ebby Halliday Realtors has an office in each of the North Texas cities on the list: Ebby McKinney, Ebby 190 – Richardson, Ebby Frisco and Ebby Allen. If you’re considering buying or selling a home in North Texas – regardless of the town or city –  you can find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly


PHOTO: The five-bedroom home at 714 Parker St. in McKinney is listed by the Judy Gay Group for $729,000.

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


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


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

North Texas is Booming

North Texas is Booming


A brand-new analysis puts the cities of Richardson, McKinney and Frisco among the Top 10 American Boomtowns of 2015.


The rankings come from financial technology company SmartAsset, which looked at four economic factors in the country’s 575 largest cities. Rankings are based equally on the cities’ GPD growth rate, unemployment rate, net migration and housing growth.


Richardson comes in at No. 2, behind Loveland, Colo. McKinney finishes a close third. Frisco ranks No. 7. The Texas cities of Austin and Odessa rank sixth and eighth, respectively. Rounding out the Top 10 are Bend, Oregon; Bismarck, N.D.; Cape Coral, Fla.; and Westminster, Colo.


Ebby Halliday Realtors has long had a strong presence in Richardson, McKinney and Frisco, as well as across the entire North Texas region. For all of your residential real estate needs in North Texas and beyond, visit the award-winning

CityLine: Live, Work, Play in Richardson

CityLine: Live, Work, Play


Just around the corner from Ebby’s 190 @ Jupiter Office in Richardson the huge CityLine project continues to grow. Developer KDC recently released a new rendering of what the $1.5 billion development at Plano Road and the George Bush Turnpike – one of the largest new mixed-use developments in the country – will look like when it’s finished.


CityLine is already home to State Farm Insurance’s 8,000-worker regional campus, and Raytheon will start moving the first of its more than 1,500 workers into the project later this year.


Construction is continuing on a fourth office tower for State Farm. And developers are building hundreds of apartments, a shopping center and an Aloft hotel in the development.


CityLine will eventually feature 6 million square feet of offices, almost 4,000 apartments, two hotels and 300,000 square feet of retail space.


Carry the Load an ‘Honor and Privilege’

Carry the Load an Honor and Privilege

For Drew and Heather Shubzda of Ebby’s 190 @ Jupiter Office, Memorial Day carries very deep meaning. The Shubzdas have spent the last several Memorial Day weekends participating in Carry the Load events, which honor all those who serve and defend our freedom.


Drew says he found a special place in his heart for Carry the Load in 2011 the moment he saw Co-Founder Stephen Holley run across the finish line after completing the 20-hour event. That first year he was “carrying” Drew’s brother Matt, who was lost in a military training accident in 2002.


Collectively, the Shubzda’s team, Team Tough, has raised over $18,000 and he has walked and run over 121 miles. Drew says the honor of walking the 20-hour and 15-minute event with so many who are participating for all the right reasons is an honor and a privilege and that he’s very proud to now have his family join him on this “mission.”


This year, in addition to “carrying” Matt; Drew, Heather and other family members will be carrying Michael Frazer, who grew up two doors down from Drew in Sachse. Mike joined the Army in 1989 and served four years, nine months and 17 days. Mike died at the age of 45, after he was diagnosed with pneumonia and passed away less than a week later.


Many worthy charities are recipients of the funds raised by Carry the Load, including Heroes on the Water, Sons of the Flag, and Assist the Officer. Along with your financial support you are invited to join the Shubzdas at either the opening or closing ceremonies of the Carry the Load event, which takes place May 24 and 25 at Reverchon Park in Dallas.


To donate to Team Tough or to participate, click here. For more information, visit


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Drew and Heather Shubzda




Open Houses Galore This Weekend

With fall-like weather in the forecast, this weekend offers a great opportunity to get out and tour homes for sale across North Texas. From urban to suburban, large to small, a wide variety of homes will be held open by our hard-working Associates.

Below is a small taste of what’s available for touring this weekend, but remember, it’s always easy to plan your open-house tour at, where you’ll find all of the open houses in the North Texas Multiple Listing Service — and you can easily create a convenient step-by-step driving tour.

4707 Chapel Hill, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $3,499,500

6230 Prestonshire, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $2,299,000

6239 Wooded Creek, Dalworthington Gardens, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $1,999,000

 5843 Prospect, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 1-3, $765,000

5405 Bent Tree, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 1-3, $750,000

 1708 Lockspur, Flower Mound, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $665,000

5119 Bradford, Dallas, Open Nov. 1, 2-4, $469,900

902 Beechwood, Richardson, Open Nov. 2, 3-5, $465,000

6012 Winton, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $399,900

9903 Coppedge Lane, Dallas, Open Nov. 1, 1-3, $390,000

4733 Ricky Ranch, Benbrook, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $354,900

1123 Melrose

1123 Melrose, Richardson, Open Nov. 2, 3-5, $329,000

601 Everglade, Mansfield, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $209,900

Get started planning your weekend tour at

Five Offices Gather for Regional Networking



Members of five Ebby offices, 190@Jupiter, Campbell/Coit, Plano/Willow Bend, Preston Plano Parkway, and Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard, gathered at the Canyon Creek Country Club to learn about the latest highlights of Richardson’s booming development.


The “Fab 5” regional networking event was the third such meeting of the five offices, each held in different locations around the metroplex. The get-togethers are all part of an effort to better serve residential real estate clients through extensive knowledge of what’s happening now in D-FW.


For example, did you know that Richardson is one of only six cities in Texas to hold Triple A ratings from both the Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s credit rating agencies?


Here’s a few more of the highlights Ebby Associates learned about in detail:

*  The $1.5 billion CityLine mixed-use, transit-oriented development at the corner of U.S. Highway 75 and the George Bush Turnpike will ultimately include 5 million square feet of office space, an integrated healthcare facility, nearly 4,000 multi-family units, two hotels, and 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. CityLine includes 2 million square feet in four office buildings for State Farm Insurance. Raytheon has also announced it will move into an almost 500,0000-square-foot facility at the development.


*  Methodist Health System’s new $120 million regional hospital at its Renner Road campus near the George Bush Turnpike opened in April with 125 beds. That’s in addition to the cancer center, outpatient hospital and medical offices already on site.


*  UT Dallas at Richardson is experiencing record enrollment. The university has approximately 20,000 students. And, a recent freshman class included more National Merit Scholars than the rest of the University of Texas System combined.


These are just a very few of the exciting things going on in Richardson. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to serve Richardson and all of North Texas. To learn more about North Texas, our Associates and listings, visit the award-winning