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.

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 and our amazing agents at these stunning properties.

 

35_Bluffs

3403 Bluffs Lane | Parker | $1,725,000

1_4612Beverly

4612 Beverly Drive | Highland Park | $1,300,000

647 LAKE POINT

647 Lake Point Drive | Irving | $1,175,000

715LoveHenry

715 Love Henry Court | Southlake | $1,099,000

10473-rogers

10473 Rogers Road | Frisco | $850,000

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2209 Montgomerie Avenue | Trophy Club | $740,000

3787-duchess-

3787 Duchess Trail | Dallas | $699,900

8704 PINE VALLEY

8704 Pine Valley Drive | McKinney | $675,000

2706 THROCK

2706 Throckmorton Street D | Dallas | $565,000

238-suzanne

238 Suzanne Way | Coppell | $460,000

1606 VERSAILLES

1606 Versailles Drive | Richardson | $299,900

 

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.

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 WalletHub.com.

 

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 ebby.com.

 

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

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.

 

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.

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.

Global Reach, Human Touch


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Being part of the global economy goes far beyond technology; it requires the human touch. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to belong to the global network whose name says it all — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Only the best of the best are part of this collection. Wherever you go, the LeadingRE logo is a symbol of the finest local real estate professionals.

 

When you choose Ebby Halliday to represent your property, you’ll benefit from a global — not just local — real estate company working on your behalf. In addition to the very strong local marketing for which Ebby Halliday has long been known in North Texas, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World provides global marketing and resources, allowing us to provide the very best service to you.

 

The result? The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network produced more home sales volume last year than any national franchise, over $351 billion, representing over 1.1 million transactions.

 

Global Reach, Human Touch

 

At Ebby Halliday, we understand the importance of global reach — and the human touch. If you’re considering listing your North Texas home for sale, you’ll find just the right agent — with just the right connections —at the award-winning ebby.com.