Even as the fall semester starts and temperatures begin to drop, North Texas real estate continues its record-setting hot streak. Out of the 300 cities studied in WalletHub’s recent report of 2017’s Best Real-Estate Markets, three local markets reigned supreme. From home appreciation, to sales turnover, to job growth, Frisco, McKinney, and Allen top the charts for the very best places to make your real estate investment. In fact, with Richardson sneaking in at No. 5, and Carrollton snagging the No. 8 spot, five of the top 10 best markets in the country are all within a handful of miles.

For long-term growth, equity, and profit, there’s no need to look beyond our own backyard!

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Ebby Halliday Helps First-Time Homebuyers Find Their Perfect Properties | CandysDirt.com

A new WalletHub study paints an exciting picture for DFW. Four North Texas cities were named in the top 10 places nationwide for first-time homebuyers: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and Richardson. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, garnered 11.13 percent of the North Texas market last year, including a significant share of the market in each of those four cities.

For first-time homebuyers, having that kind of expertise in their corner means expert navigation of our competitive market and help finding and landing the home they want at a price that works. 

We’ve found four beautiful Ebby listings in these four top cities, houses that would make great buys for a first-time homebuyer. All are under $375K and offer lots of space and amenities. Let’s take a look. 

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Even amid growing concerns over affordability and inventory, Dallas-area small- and mid-sized cities remain some of the hottest in the country for first-time buyers. Just this week, McKinney, Frisco, and Allen took top honors in a new study by WalletHub, making them the three best housing markets in the United States for new homebuyers. Richardson came in not too far down the list at No. 7. Not too shabby!

As for large cities (populations over 300,000), Dallas itself didn’t quite crack the top 20 (it’s still a respectable number 26). But Forth Worth represents at No. 5. Stick around after the jump to see what criteria makes a city most appealing. Visit here to see if your city made the list.

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Ebby Halliday Grows and Expands | CandysDIrt.com

Ebby Halliday Realtors is growing and reinvesting in new offices and renovations. This photo was taken Oct. 26 at the groundbreaking of their new Allen office. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

The unprecedented growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market is buoying one local brokerage, which in turn is reinvesting in offices and agents.

Ebby Halliday is one of the largest and most dynamic brokerages in North Texas with 31 offices, over 1,800 agents, and 12 percent of the market.

“We just had a fine fiscal year, closing Sept. 30, thanks to the very dynamic DFW economy,” said Ebby Halliday Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert. “Volume-wise, it was just a shade better than the prior year and we closed in the area of 20,000 units.”

The overall sound financials of Ebby allow the company to undertake the construction and refurbishment of quite a few offices around North Texas, underscoring the company’s commitment to the region and signaling its plans to remain one of the top brokerages nationwide.

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Best real estate markets 2016

Nearly a decade after the housing crisis that sent the U.S. economy into freefall, housing is most certainly back—just look at our DFW market. Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, the New York Times recently reported that sales of new single-family homes nationwide were higher this past July than in nearly 10 years.

Nationwide, a company that tracks the health of U.S. real estate, reported at the end of quarter two that “the overall U.S. housing market is sustainable,” adding that “few regional housing markets are vulnerable to a housing downturn.”

In a new study, financial services site WalletHub compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Their data set ranges from “median home-price appreciation” to “housing affordability” to “job growth.”

North Texas cities scored big: Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Allen, and Plano made their top-ten list of best real estate markets nationwide in 2016. Denton, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Dallas scored in the top 50.

So what made DFW cities score so high?

“North Texas cities have healthy and sustainable real estate markets,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Very few homes have negative equity, home appreciation in the past seven years has continued to increase, and foreclosure rates are extremely low. In addition to having a healthy real estate market, these cities are affordable with low maintenance costs and cost of living. Not to mention, the economic environment in North Texas is thriving, boasting some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (under 3 percent across the board).”

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Ebby Halliday Collin County

From left, Ebby Halliday, her brother and Executive Vice President Paul Hanson, Ebby’s first sales associate Mary Lou Muether, and Mary Frances Burleson, who today is President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, celebrate the opening of the Plano office in 1972.

With thousands of people moving to Collin County for jobs with Toyota, Liberty Mutual, and many others, it’s not a big surprise that North Texas residential real estate firms are now flocking to the area.

It’s easy to forget that one firm, Ebby Halliday Realtors, has served Collin County since 1971. That’s when Ebby herself opened a one-room office in the growing town of Plano. There was a great deal of home construction going on in the area and Ebby’s office — a builder’s shack with a porta potty — was a favorite gathering spot for homebuilders who knew she always had a hot pot of coffee ready and enjoyed visiting about the potential of this small community north of Dallas.

“Keep in mind that NorthPark Center opened at the corner of Northwest Highway and Central Expressway in 1965 and that many Dallasites were of the belief that civilization didn’t actually exist north of Northwest Highway,” said Mary Frances Burleson, President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “That goes to show just how visionary Ebby and her leadership team were about the future growth of the North Texas region.”

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Sure, when you build a new home, you’re picking out all the hardware and flooring and paint, but sometimes it takes a year or so to get it just right. If you want a new home and don’t want to deal with the seemingly endless list of here-and-there projects that it takes to make a property truly livable, then you’ll love this new Allen listing from Ebby Halliday Realtor Cathy Browne.

“This home, built in 2013, offers buyers a nearly ‘new’ home with all the plantation shutters already in, landscaping in, and the energy-efficiency features by today’s standards,” Browne said.

And the price? Well, it’s just right.

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Allen townhomeIf you want to live in the heart of Allen in a place zoned for highly rated schools and close to all sorts of fun, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is the right property for you.

The Allen townhome at 1927 Monterrey St. is a 2-2.5 with 1,779 square feet on two stories in the Villas Of Cottonwood Creek. Built in 2006, this townhome has access to a community swimming pool and bike-jogging path, included in the reasonable HOA fees, which ring in at $583 per quarter (about $194 per month).

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This is the visitor center at Allen Park. To the right is the skate park. Photo: Leah Shafer

The visitor center at Allen Station Park. To the right is the concrete skate park in the Edge @ Allen Station. Photo: Leah Shafer

The townhome located near Stacy Road and North Central Expressway, less than a mile from Allen Premium Outlets and The Villages at Allen, where you can shop your heart out everyplace from Banana Republic and Babies R Us to Whole Foods and HomeGoods.

It’s a five-minute drive from the huge Allen Station Park, with baseball and softball fields, playground, trails, and washer courts. At the south end of the park is the Edge @ Allen Station Park, featuring a 37,915-square-foot concrete skate park, two roller hockey rinks, BMX track, and visitor center. There’s also a state-of-the-art wakeboard park nearby.

This property is zoned for the highly rated Allen ISD. Boon Elementary School earns a 10 out of 10 score at GreatSchools.org; Ereckson Middle School earns a “10;” and Lowery Freshman Center earns an “8” (Allen High School is not rated by the GreatSchools website, but U.S. News & World Report gives it a silver medal ranking).

This townhome won’t break the bank, listed by David Maez with Vivo Realty Group for $229,900.

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