Buying a Home is Complicated


Buying a Home is Complicated

 

Setting a budget, sticking to it; making an offer, financing a property once the offer is accepted; seemingly endless paperwork … let’s face it, buying a home is often a daunting process that can strip the anticipated fun and excitement away completely.

 

Fortunately, there’s an Ebby Halliday Realtor to guide you through the process. We’ve been helping people through the process for more than 70 years.

 

“It’s fun to look at all that’s changed since 1945, but what hasn’t changed is our sales associates and employees tirelessly building our brand on trust, coming through when clients need us most,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO. She adds that the goal for the company and its sales associates remains simple: to transform and elevate the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

“We hold homebuyers’ hands through it all, from start to finish, making it an easy, comfortable and enjoyable experience,” Burleson says. “We listen closely to their wants and needs, their worries and their fears. With more than 70 years of success in this business, we offer what no other North Texas real estate company can: a longtime culture of caring. That’s how Ebby built our company. She fostered an internal culture that attracts humble, hardworking people like herself who just plain do the hard work.”

 

To find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit ebby.com.

Tops Tips for North Texas Home Buyers, Sellers


Tops Tips for North Texas Home Buyers, Sellers

 

Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming. To help you navigate these unprecedented waters, we polled our Associates and collected their top tips for buyers and sellers.

 

Buyer’s Tips

* Be qualified. Pre-plan financing with a mortgage lender 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 Home Team Mortgage Company, an Ebby Halliday-affiliated company. Contact Home Team 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 currently 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, your home will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Ebby.com receives approximately 21,000 visits per day, far outpacing our 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.

 

Whether you’re considering listing or buying a home in North Texas, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com. To download the Ebby Halliday Realtors App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

Buying a Home Is Complicated


Buying a Home Is Complicated

 

Setting a budget, sticking to it; making an offer, financing a property once the offer is accepted; seemingly endless paperwork … let’s face it, buying a home is often a daunting process that can strip the anticipated fun and excitement away completely.

 

Fortunately, there’s an Ebby Halliday Realtor to guide you through the process. We’ve been helping people through the process for more than 70 years.

 

“It’s fun to look at all that’s changed since 1945, but what hasn’t changed is our sales associates and employees tirelessly building our brand on trust, coming through when clients need us most,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO. She adds that the goal for the company and its sales associates remains simple: to transform and elevate the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

“We hold homebuyers’ hands through it all, from start to finish, making it an easy, comfortable and enjoyable experience,” Burleson says. “We listen closely to their wants and needs, their worries and their fears. With more than 70 years of success in this business, we offer what no other North Texas real estate company can: a longtime culture of caring. That’s how Ebby built our company. She fostered an internal culture that attracts humble, hardworking people like herself who just plain do the hard work.”

 

To find just the right Realtor for your residential real estate needs, visit ebby.com.

 

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.

 

 

Ebby Launches New TV Commercial


Ebby Launches New TV Commercial

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors kicked off the 2016 home buying and selling season by launching a brand-new commercial and far-reaching advertising and marketing campaign on Super Bowl Sunday. Acknowledging the complexities of today’s fast-paced real estate market and emphasizing the importance of choosing the right agent, the campaign includes frequent television advertising, extensive print and digital media, large digital and traditional billboards across the North Texas region, and regular spots on Pandora Radio. The campaign runs through September.

 

In case you missed it on Super Bowl Sunday, check out our new commercial below.

 

 

And, look for it throughout the summer on your favorite shows, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Voice, ” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ” “Sleepy Hollow, ” “American Idol, ” “Jimmy Kimmel Live, ” “Modern Family, ” “Grey’s Anatomy, ” “60 Minutes,” “Life in Pieces” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

 

To find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit ebby.com.

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.

DSO on the GO Coming to Southlake


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For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

You’re invited to experience the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as it presents stirring orchestra showpieces, including “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Chausson’s romantic “Poème” October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd. in Southlake.

 

General admission tickets, available here, are $19. Senior tickets are $15 when you enter promo code APEX15 at checkout and student tickets are only $9 when you enter promo code SLSTUTIX.

 

See you in Southlake!