Miami area real estate values up 11 percent in 2012
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Single-family home prices in the Greater Miami area rose 11.2 percent in January from a year earlier, while home prices across Florida rose 9.7 percent year over year, according to CoreLogic.

Prices were up 1 percent in January from December in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area, the Irvine, Calif.-based real estate data firm said. Excluding distressed sales, Miami home prices rose 13.2 percent year over year and jumped 3.7 percent in January from December, CoreLogic said.

U.S. home prices rose 9.7 percent in January from a year earlier, the biggest increase since 2006, the firm reported. The best-performing area of the country was Phoenix, where prices of single-family homes, including foreclosure sales, were up 22.7 percent.

The January price increase was the 11th straight and the largest year-over-year increase since April 2006, before the housing market crashed.

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The first lady of Dallas real estate, Ebby Halliday, celebrates Sweet 16, plus 86
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Miss Ellie may have been TV’s grande dame of Southfork, but on Tuesday, Ebby Halliday was the ranch’s queen for the day.

More than 500 well-wishers — mostly sales associates and staff members of the Ebby Halliday Cos. — dropped by for pancakes and to pay their respects to the first lady of Dallas real estate who turns 102 on Saturday.

Well, as if anyone “drops by” Parker, Texas.

Ebby, never one to eat and greet at the same time, chowed down on pancakes, bacon, biscuits and gravy and a few strawberries before her guests began arriving at 9.

About $ 6,000, the proceeds from the celebratory event will go to Ebby’s namesake elementary school in South Dallas.

She was dressed in a black cowgirl skirt and roper boots that she bought after having her hair done Monday. She and her personal assistant, Hilaria Harris, skipped their usual post-hair-appointment swing by In-N-Out for burgers and fries to get decked out for the party in Western style.

“Can you imagine when Ebby comes walking into Cavender’s: ‘I need some boots for my 102nd birthday,’” laughs Randall Graham, vice president of corporate marketing. “Isn’t that the best?”

Ebby says the two salesmen fought over who got to fit her feet — but she didn’t try them on.

“I got ’em on today with difficulty. But after I did, they were too large. Oh boy,” she says back home wi…………… continues on Dallas Morning News

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