Ebby Eats Her First In-N-Out Burger

She may have recently celebrated her 100th Birthday, but Ebby is still experiencing a few firsts. Thanks to In-N-Out opening up its first Dallas location (Allen and Frisco were the first Metroplex locations to open) at Caruth Haven and I-75, Ebby had her first dining experience at the famous fast food chain. Ebby attended the Grand Opening on Wednesday, June 22nd, and even though she was a rookie, she ordered and ate like a pro. Her meal of choice was a hamburger, fries and chocolate shake – and she said it was one of the best burgers she’d ever had.

The California-based burger chain has locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah and plans to open a total of 10 to 12 locations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. A warehouse has been built in Dallas to allow In-N-Out to serve all of Texas, and there are talks of the chain opening stores in Houston and San Antonio next.

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS would like to welcome In-N-Out Burger to the neighborhood!

See more pictures of Ebby’s visit at the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

Closing Cost Expectations

Closing on a new home is exciting, yet costs associated with buying a home are often misunderstood. Don t let unexpected surprises hamper the experience, understanding the closing costs involved will give you peace of mind and make the entire process run more smoothly. There are a few different categories of costs, let s take a closer look.

Closing costs

Expenses for fees such as appraisals, attorneys, credit reports, processing, underwriting, deed recording, tax services, document prep and other miscellaneous lender and title company expenses are called closing costs. These fees are for services performed by the lender, title company, or third party and charged to the borrower. Closing costs are necessary and legitimate; however borrowers should inquire about any fee they don t understand.

Prepaid Expenses

Prepaid expenses include homeowner s insurance, mortgage insurance, prepaid interest and if applicable, the costs required to establish an escrow account. If a borrower has an escrow account, a portion of each monthly payment to the lender is deposited into the escrow account. This account is managed by the lender and is used to pay for annual insurance premiums and taxes. The amount that is collected at closing is based on the current tax bill and the first year s hazard insurance premium along with an additional amount to cushion the account for future payments.

Mortgage Points

Mortgage points, often called loan origination or discount, equal 1 percent of the mortgage loan amount. These points help reduce the loan s interest rate. Generally speaking, it takes 5 years to realize the benefit of paying 1%. Your mortgage professional can discuss further the advantages of paying points and whether it s right for you.

All these costs combined make up your settlement costs. These costs can vary from lender to lender and Home Team Mortgage is eager to answer any questions and walk you through the process. Find us at hometeammortgage.com and contact a qualified loan officer today!

Tom Parker is president of Home Team Mortgage, Ebby Halliday s in-house mortgage source, and a regular contributor to the Ebby Blog. Contact Tom at tom@tlpoffice.com or 972-665-1900.

What to do this weekend: Chef s Picnic at the Lake

The weekend is finally upon us and there is no better way to enjoy a Dallas summer than a day at White Rock Lake. Enjoy Dallas and support the lake this Sunday at the Chef s Picnic at the Lake at the Bath House Cultural Center from 12-3 PM. Chefs from local restaurants, including The Grape and Parigi, will prepare special picnic lunches served along with beer, wine and refreshments. Come try out what the chefs prepare while you enjoy live music and old photos from White Rock Lake.

Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross and the Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration, which will aid in the funding of 10 projects to improve the lake and its surrounding community. This weekend s celebrations mark the grand finale of four months of centennial celebrations, so this is your last chance to show your support for White Rock Lake and the benefits it provides our great city.

And don’t forget about the finale concert Sunday night at the Dallas Arboretum featuring A Hard Night’s Day.

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS is proud to be a sponsor of the Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration!

Go here to purchase tickets and learn more.

Ebby s Pam Smith Honored by DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and Focus Daily News

Ebby Associate Pam Smith of the Southwest Dallas/Ellis Co. office was recently honored as the 2011 Best Real Estate Agent for Southern Dallas and Northern Ellis Counties. Four Realtors were nominated for the honor, but Pam took home the win!

The award was based on survey feedback from Focus Daily News readers in Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Lancaster, Midlothian, Waxahachie and surrounding Southern Dallas and North Ellis County communities. Pam has been a consistent top producer with her aggressive marketing and extensive knowledge of the Southwest Dallas County area. She is involved in many civic activities including serving on the Board of Directors of the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club.

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS is very proud of Pam and this great honor! Congratulations!

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and the Focus Daily News for recognizing Pam’s hard work. She is pictured above at the awards ceremony with her husband, Greg Smith.

It s Not Too Late to Celebrate 100

The 100 days of celebration for White Rock Lake kicked off back in April with An Intimate Evening with Ebby at the Dallas Arboretum, and it s not too late to celebrate the beloved lake.

The Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration will come to a close with a finale concert this Sunday, June 26th. One of Dallas most-loved cover bands, A Hard Night s Day, will rock the lake at the Dallas Arboretum and our own Ebby Halliday, who also celebrated a 100th birthday this year, is the honorary chairwoman of the centennial celebration.

The June 26th concert will begin at 7PM and tickets are still available at whiterockdallas.org or by calling 1-800-494-8497. Proceeds from the 100 days of events will help fund 10 capital improvements projects at the lake.

Ebby Halliday, Realtors is proud to be a sponsor of the Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration and is committed to the preservation and improvement of this signature park.

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS Named Best of Texoma 2011

The awards keep piling up for the Ebby Halliday, REALTORS team! Thanks to the fantastic customer service and hard work from the Sherman and Whitesboro offices, Ebby Halliday was just named Best Real Estate Company in Texoma for 2011 by the Herald Democrat. The sales associates at these two offices closely follow Ebby Halliday s foundation of service to the client, industry and community as well as a dedication to continuing education.

Our offices in Texomaland have always strived to the best and we are so proud and honored to be recognized with this award. We ve always known they are the best in Texoma and we re sure their efforts will bring them this honor for many years to come!

You can follow these offices and their sales associates at Facebook.com/EbbySherman and Facebook.com/EbbyWhitesboro.

Ebby Halliday Relocation Team Recognized for Excellence

The Ebby Halliday Relocation Team has just received the SIRVA Preferred Broker of the Year award, which was announced at the 2011 Worldwide Employee Relocation Council National Relocation Conference. Of the evelven broker finalists for the prestigious award, SIRVA recognized the Ebby Relocation Team for their excellence in performance, service quality and partnership in 2010.

SIRVA is the world s largest provider of moving and relocation services. This vast Preferred Broker Network (PBN) consists of 300 broker members with 11,000 registered SIRVA Team Agents serving over 160 metropolitan areas throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

As one of the oldest, most established independent real estate brokers in the country, Ebby Halliday has consistently received top ratings in performance and service quality. Ebby Halliday has also long been a recognized leader in relocation services and is proud to add this most recent award to the list of accolades. Congratulations to the Ebby Relocation Team!

Pictured above is Tracey Gatlin, CRP, Manager of Preferred Broker Network & Home Rental Services for SIRVA Relocation; Martha Marshall, SCRP, SGMS, Senior Vice President & Director of Relocation for Ebby Halliday; and Tina Swenson, CRP, SGMS, Vice President & Director of Corporate Development for Ebby Halliday.

Thinking of a Career in Real Estate? Attend One of Our Upcoming Ebby Career Seminars!

Learn about all things real estate from the best in the business at one of our upcoming Ebby Career Seminars. If you are interested in a future in real estate, our Ebby team can show you the way. Our career seminars teach you all the important aspects of the real estate world including licensing requirements, training, marketing and technology tools, among many others.

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS is the home of unmatched resources – we offer a fun work environment, health benefits, endless support services and more.

Times and locations for upcoming seminars are as follows:

Thursday, June 9

6:00pm to 7:00 pm

Ebby Willow Bend Office

6400 W. Plano Parkway #112

Plano, TX 75093

Tuesday, June 14

6:00pm to 7:00 pm

Ebby 190 at Jupiter Office

3621 Shire Blvd.

Richardson, TX 75082

Thursday, June 16

9:00am to 10:00 am

Ebby Preston Plano Parkway Office

5013 West Plano Parkway

Please RSVP to Linda Argo at lindaargo@ebby.com to reserve your spot!

Ebby.com Now Makes Open House Touring Easier

Ebby.com, the award-winning website of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS, now has another great feature for home buyers and agents alike – and it s just in time for this weekend s National Open House Weekend.

The new Ebby Open House Tour feature allows users to create their own custom open house tour, complete with turn-by-turn driving directions. Visitors browse all open houses for a specific day or time period based on their criteria, and add their properties of interest to a cart, which is used to generate a tour map complete with directions from the visitor s starting location of choice to their chosen open houses. Best of all, this feature is available for all open houses shown in the Multiple Listing Services, not just properties listed by Ebby Halliday, REALTORS, says June Feltman, Director of Special Projects for The Ebby Halliday Companies.

This improvement comes at the perfect time. According to the 2010 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, about 90 percent of today s home buyers used the internet in their home searches. That s why we are constantly focused on innovation, and to do that in today s market, you must be focused online. The days of promoting a handful of homes in tiny print ads are over, which is why The Ebby Halliday Companies is continuing to pursue various online features that will continue to make Ebby.com the go-to source for DFW real estate.

To generate your own open house tour map, follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Begin by visiting EbbyOpenHouses.com and selecting your desired date to visit open houses, input your home criteria and click Search .
  2. Scroll through the home results and click the Add to Tour button below the photo of each property you wish to visit and that home will be added to your Open House Tour list, which appears at the left of the screen.
  3. After you have added all the homes you wish to tour, click the View Map and Print Route link at the top of your Open House Tour list.
  4. You may now choose a specific order you wish to tour the homes, or choose the Fastest Route option. Enter your starting address and click Get Directions to receive a map route and turn-by-turn driving directions.
  5. You can email the map and directions to yourself or others, or print the list to take with you on tour.

Best of luck, and happy touring!

Ebby s Message to Dirk & the Mavs

Undoubtedly one of the Dallas Mavericks’ biggest fans, Ebby has a special message for her team as they take on Miami in Game 2 tonight.

This photo and video were taken moments ago as Ebby was leaving the office for her Mavs watching party. Her Mavs bag contains her pink and black track suit – because after all, one must look good when cheering on the home team!

See her video message below. And GO MAVS!