Save the Date: Tour des Fleurs at the Dallas Arboretum


The race is on…Dave Perry-Miller & Associates and the Dallas Arboretum are teaming up for one of the most anticipated and popular races of the year, the 7th annual Tour des Fleurs. On September 21, 2013 the Tour des Fleurs, promises to be one on the most beautiful places to compete, casually stroll or just celebrate the fabulous fall season. The splendid running trails wrapping around White Rock Lake allows this 10K and 20K run to provide the Dallas-Fort Worth community the opportunity to compete in a stunning natural setting. The race will begin and end at the Dallas Arboretum Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

“We felt this was an extraordinary opportunity!  Being associated with and supporting Dallas icons like the Dallas Arboretum is essential to our company culture,” said Bud Bush, general manager of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

The Tour des Fleurs race is beginning to bloom.

The Tour des Fleurs Race will help jump start the beginning of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. This new educational attraction will set the gold standard for children’s outdoor educational facilities, around the world.  The race is also being the opening act of the Dallas Arboretum’s internationally famous Autumn at the Arboretum Festival.

The Dallas Arboretum has enjoyed a long history of providing area residents a remarkable place to exercise under a canopy of fall foliage and crisp seasonal colors.  The 66 acres of natural beauty and floral displays on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake in Dallas features a one-mile fitness trail which attracts many residents for memorizing walks.  Because of the scarcity of events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for half-marathon and marathon runners, the 10K & 20K runs have already proved to be a staple in the fall racing calendar. Marcus Grunewald, the White Rock Marathon Race Director said, “Tour des Fleurs is one of the best races in the Metroplex and has become an annual “must-do” event on the racing circuit.”

Celebrate joie de vivre with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates and the Dallas Arboretum – Tour des Fleurs. Sign up today to be a part of this natural phenomenon at dallasarboretum.org.

 

 

Optimism For Texas Real Estate


The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Companies by President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. We love hearing good news about the Texas housing market and we thought you would too!

You should be optimistic about the Texas real estate market in 2013.
Dr. Mark Dotzour, chief economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, noted in a recent presentation, “You should be optimistic about the future of housing and economic growth in Texas.” Dr. Dotzour noted several reasons:
* Home prices are up for the eighth month in a row
* Buyer psychology has shifted from negative feelings about purchasing property to positive feelings
* More than 3.6 million job openings are currently available in the US, and many are in Texas
* Americans have credit capacity again.

Dr. Dotzour also shared that home prices in Texas will increase this year because of inventory levels and consumer demand for housing.
Ron Burgert, CFO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, at a joint meeting of several Ebby Halliday sales offices, recently complimented Ebby Associates for their exceptionally strong sales performance during the fourth quarter of 2012, and predicted that the firm’s sales in 2013 could increase as much as 20% over 2012.
It looks like 2013 could easily be a record year for both the Ebby Halliday Companies and the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas real estate market!

Mary Frances

Existing Home Sales Up in January


The National Association of REALTORS® reports today that nationwide existing-home sales edged up in January, while a seller’s market is developing and home prices continue to rise steadily above year-ago levels. Sales rose in every region but the West, which is the region of the country most constrained by limited inventory.

Nationwide, total existing-home sales are 9.1% above January 2012.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said tight inventory is a major factor in the market. “Buyer traffic is continuing to pick up, while seller traffic is holding steady,” he said. “In fact, buyer traffic is 40% above a year ago, so there is plenty of demand but insufficient inventory to improve sales more strongly. We’ve transitioned into a seller’s market in much of the country.”

The number of homes for sale at the end of January fell 4.9%, representing a 4.2-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 4.5 months in December, and is the lowest housing supply since April 2005.

Listed inventory is 25.3% below a year ago.

For those considering whether now might be a good time to list a home in North Texas, the numbers are even more convincing. Comparing January 2013 to 2012:

* The number of pending home sales is up 15.4%.

* The number of homes sold is up 17.5%.

* The number of homes for sale in North Texas is down 32.3%

* The average time on the market is down 20.8% to 89 days, with many sub-markets experiencing significantly lower days on market.

To learn more about the housing market in your neighborhood and how you can take advantage of the increasingly strong North Texas market, contact an Dave Perry-Miller Associate today at Daveperrymiller.com.

Dave Perry-Miller & Associates teams up with the Dallas Stars as first official real estate sponsor


From left to right , Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Julie Provenzano; Lee Thomas, Park Cities Office Manager; Dave Perry-Miller, Founder and Dallas Stars’ Brad Alberts, Executive V.P., Corporate Sales and Broadcasting.

The wait is over.  Hockey is back in Dallas, and the Stars are brighter than ever. Loyal fans have been returning to American Airlines Center with built-up enthusiasm, and new Dallas residents are falling in love with this fast-paced, “never-a-dull-moment” professional sport. As Dallas Stars fans pack the arena and faithfully watch from their stadium seats or ultra luxurious suites, there will be something new besides a freshly groomed hockey rink. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates has partnered with the team as the Official Real Estate Firm with Julie Provenzano recognized as the Official Real Estate Agent of the Dallas Stars.

“GO STARS”, says Bud Bush, general manager of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. “Our brand will be proudly displayed on everything from electronic banners to the official web site to the home game programs. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is proud to team up with one of the top professional hockey names in the nation.”

The Dallas Stars’ 2012-13 National Hockey League season marks their 20th year in Texas and 46th in franchise history.

The first home games have been sell-outs. With superstar Jamie Benn plugged into the Stars this season, it promises to be one of the best. This may be a shorter season, but it’s packed with more action including plenty of home games for fans to enjoy.

“I felt like this was a win-win combination. We’ve paired a quality hockey team with one of the most prestigious real estate firms in the DFW area. Our entire North Texas community is experiencing great momentum, and we want to be a part of a sport that captures its progressive and spirited audience and extremely loyal fan base,” says Julie Provenzano, the Official Realtor for the Dallas Stars.

“We have a long and successful history with the Dallas Stars.  Julie was able to fine tune the relationship and bring it to a whole new level,” concludes Lee Thomas, manager of the Dave Perry-Miller & Associates Park Cities office.

Second Year to Reach $1 Billion-Plus in Sales


From L to R: Park Cities Office Manager-Lee Thomas, General Manager-Bud Bush, Company Founder-Dave Perry-Miller, and InTown Manager-Becky Connatser

Building on a record-setting 2011, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates experienced another billion-dollar-plus year in 2012. Surpassing $1 billion in residential real estate sales early in the year, the firm was the first Dallas luxury real estate brokerage to hit this significant benchmark. Total sales for the year reached $1.3 billion. The year was a true tour de force for Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, with the company records documenting their participating in one-third of all closed transactions in the most established neighborhoods south of LBJ. Combined company statistics confirm the involvement in more than one-half of all the transactions in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown and Oak Cliff, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems MLS statistics.

“Actions speak louder than words, and our goal is to quietly deliver results,” says Bud Bush, general manager of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. “And what impressive results … We were involved in the sale of every other house in these distinguished Dallas neighborhoods.”

The numbers are remarkable, but it is the behind-the-scenes work of more than 250 dedicated professionals that is notable, Bush says. For example, The Rhodes Group with the Highland Park Office of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates sold 200 homes in 2012. “Hard work, local market knowledge plus a sincere focus on our clients – that is the mix that works for us,” says longtime Dallas Realtor Tom Rhodes, Jr. Kathy Myers and Lacy Schultz, who are based in the firm’s Park Cities Office, represented the buyer of 3830 Windsor Lane in University Park, the most-expensive home purchase in the Park Cities in 2012, according to MLS statistics.  Mark Cain of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Preston Center office had his best year, closing more than $25 million in sales. “I worked tirelessly to accomplish our clients’ goals, and it has paid off for all of us,” says Cain.

According to company records, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ InTown office volume sales were up 64 percent in 2012 and homes listed in the Lakewood office were up 74 percent.

“2012 is great reflection on all our associates, the quality of the properties that we represent and the confidence our clients have in us,” says Scott Jackson sales associate in the firm’s Lakewood office. “Dave Perry-Miller & Associates had, and still has, a commanding 50 percent of the market in Lakewood and East Dallas.”

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Dave Perry-Miller & Associates Closes 1st Museum Tower Residence


Dallas’ most anticipated residential tower welcomed  its first  owners as luxury real estate leader Dave Perry Miller & Associates presented the keys. 

Emily Ray-Porter of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates closed Museum Tower’s first residential transaction since it officially opened its doors, ushering in the beginning of a dynamic new era and lifestyle in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.

According to the new homeowners, “We  knew we would be extremely happy here—it’s breathtaking, with incomparable amenities!  Emily’s professionalism and attention to every detail made the entire process effortless, which was important for our active family.”

The new 42-story Museum Tower sits in the center of Dallas’ vibrant urban neighborhood among lavish green spaces, the newly opened Klyde Warren Park, theaters, museums, and five star restaurants.  “We believe in this unique property and are committed to the exciting future of Downtown,” said Emily Ray-Porter of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. “With Museum Tower’s world-class offerings and creative environment, Museum Tower is the place to be.”