Of The Day: Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? We hope it was wonderful and that you’re spending today relaxing and taking a day to just “veg out.” You may still be experiencing a bit of a food coma after yesterday, so we thought we’d share some rooms that will inspire you to spend the day as a couch potato. After all the food, family, and hustle and bustle, you deserve a day to chill out! Check out these rooms that would be perfect for just this kind of day!

9830 Cedarcrest Drive, Providence Village, TX

1415 Gentle Meadow Lane, Duncanville, TX

6315 Beech St., Plano, TX

11056 Milhof Drive, Dallas, TX

7462 E Northwest Hwy. #128, Dallas, TX

TV’s, fireplaces, cozy couches, and room to get horizontal, these rooms have it all! We hope you’ve found a space to relax and enjoy the day after Thanksgiving, but if not, you can always be in one of these by next year! Thanks for catching up with OTD today. We’ll see you on Monday!

Of The Day: Gather Around The Table

In honor of Thanksgiving- tomorrow!!- today’s OTD is dedicated to dining rooms, the perfect place to gather with friends, family, and food. Dining rooms come in all shapes and sizes, so we thought we’d share a range of them with you. Take a look at these wonderful dining rooms where we’re sure great memories have and will be made.

5904 Royal Palm Drive, Plano, TX

18727 Platte River Way, Dallas, TX

1786 Hilton Head Lane, Frisco, TX

3030 McKinney Ave. #402, Dallas, TX

3720 Chaparral Road, Plano, TX

Thank you for stopping by the Ebby Blog for OTD. We are so thankful for all of you and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ebby Halliday Acers: Thanksgiving in Tough Times Offers Blessings

The following op-ed piece written by Ebby first appeared in The Dallas Morning News on November 25, 2008. With Thanksgiving just hours away, we thought it would be appropriate to share it with you today. Here s wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies.

Most of you who are reading this do not remember the Great Depression in the 1930s, but I am a product of it. It was a hard time that saw many good people flounder and fall, giving up because they could not find a job, a way to support their families or themselves.

However, many lifted themselves by trying and trying again, no matter how deep they fell. Those of us lucky enough to have jobs were not only grateful for them but learned the wisdom of thrift and the art of preserving things. It was a time when families were broken, but equally a time when families grew stronger bonds because they learned the beauty of sharing.

Many of us found that the person in rags on the corner was a former neighbor, and so we opened our rather empty pockets to help, often with uplifting words as well as material things. It was a time when children learned to play with little but their imagination.

Today, trying times are upon us again, hopefully not as deep and lasting as those of the Great Depression. But now is our time to test ourselves. Some will learn how to do with fewer comforts, and others will have even less. Many will not be able to travel this Thanksgiving.

Let s ask ourselves: Has our cup been half-full or half-empty? Are we ready for what comes next? Is our place in order? Our place may be a hut, a mansion or no dwelling at all. But how we feel about our presence our place in the world is very important.

Do we feel entitled to live carefree lives? Do we deserve to have things our way, always? Have we given enough to our communities to create an environment, a neighborhood of acceptance of our fellow human beings?

Dallas may have escaped the worst of the housing and economic storms thus far. But hidden inside our statistics are families who are in need, often not of their own making. They can be found in every neighborhood. Do we owe them any assistance?

Over 200 years ago, Albigence Waldo, a surgeon at Valley Forge, said, Mankind is never truly thankful for the benefits of life until they have experienced the want of them.

Yes, many will not travel this Thanksgiving. But did you know there are places right here that offer a meaningful way to spend your time? I suggest our own great treasure, Thanks-Giving Square, in downtown Dallas. The wise founders of this unique place chose thanksgiving as its core because it is a virtue and a tradition for people of all faiths and cultures.

Come learn about America s founders who, through thanksgiving, wrought victory out of defeat, forged unity out of diversity and healed the wounds of untold hurts while remaining true to their own beliefs. Discover how clergy in Dallas gave thanks together more than 100 years ago when others dared not even try.

Come with your family and your friends. Come, have your children and grandchildren jump and shout in the center of the Ring of Thanks. Walk up to the chapel and the breathtaking stained-glass window as it lifts you from the mundane to the sublime.

Answer challenging times with your own challenge. List all the reasons you have to be grateful and find a way to make someone else s life better. And, for those of you who can afford it, leave a token of thanks to the square, so that it will continue to bring access to a place of thought, joy, solace and gratitude all the days of the year.

Of The Day: Kitchens To Be Filled With Kin

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Only two days left until Thanksgiving! If you haven’t noticed, we’re sticking with the holiday theme this week. With that in mind, today’s OTD is all about fabulous kitchens that are just waiting to be filled with family, friends, and the aroma of a big home-cooked meal. We can just see these rooms filling up with laughter, love, and generations of family members. Check them out:

1915 Hidden Valley, Rockwall, TX

630 Willowview Drive, Prosper, TX

508 N Tennessee St. B, McKinney, TX

1010 Arlena Drive, Arlington, TX

5804 Cox Farm, Parker, TX

Aren’t these gorgeous? We can just imagine the wonderful holiday celebrations that have and will take place in these kitchens. Thanks for catching up with us on the Ebby Blog, see you tomorrow!

Case-Shiller: Dallas-Area Home Prices Up 9 Percent

Dallas-area home prices are up 9 percent from a year ago in the latest Standard & Poor s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. The increase in September from a year ago matched the 9 percent year-over-year gain in August, which was the largest in history for Dallas in the monthly index.

Dallas-area home prices are now about 5 percent higher than they were before the recession, according to Case-Shiller s monthly estimates. Dallas prices have been rising since March 2012, according to Case-Shiller.

Nationwide, home prices rose 13.3 percent, compared with 12.8 percent in August.

The largest price increases in September were in western U.S. markets including Las Vegas, up 29.1 percent year-over-year; San Francisco, 25.7 percent, and Los Angeles, 21.8 percent.

Nationwide, prices are still well below where they were at the top of the housing market in 2006.

Whether you are considering buying a home or selling your current home, now is a great time to act in North Texas. To learn more about the market in your particular area of interest, contact an Ebby agent today. To get started, visit the website voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Realtors mobile app is the winner of the Web Marketing Association s 2013 Best Real Estate Application award. To download the innovative Ebby app today, simply visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for Ebby Halliday Realtors. We guarantee you ll love it!

As Seen in Grand Vie Fall/Winter 2013: Luxe Holiday Gift Guide

With the holiday season upon us, finding the perfect gift for friends and loved ones is a top priority. In addition to showcasing the luxury listings of the Ebby Halliday Companies, the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine offers a holiday gift guide that s sure to help you please even the most-discerning of personalities on your list. Below are just a few of our favorite ideas. To see the complete guide, click here.

Michael Aram Coral Sculpture

Spoil the sea-lover in your life with this strikingly intricate Michael Aram coral sculpture.
$1,800 | MichaelAram.com

Tumi Carry-On

From Miami to Milan, this Tumi carry-on is the ultimate piece of luggage for the globetrotter in your life.
$595 | Tumi.com

Schumacher Stationery

As chic as it is practical, Schumacher s stationery collection for Dempsey & Carroll is the perfect stocking stuffer.
$95 | DempseyandCarroll.com

Tod s His & Hers Gommino Driving Shoes

Made for the couple that coordinates, these his and hers Tod s Gommino drivers will be a gift they will covet.
$425 $665 | Tods.com

Waterworks Raffia Bathroom Collection

Harnessing the power of natural beauty, the Waterworks Raffia bathroom collection will add subtle sophistication to any countertop.
$65 $125 | Waterworks.com

La Cornue Chargers

Fantastic for the host- or hostess-with-the-mostest, these La Cornue porcelain charger plates will add elegance to any place setting.
$110 | LaCornueUSA.com

Michael Aram Ornament

Help friends and family trim their trees with wit and style with this Michael Aram Partridge in a Pear Tree ornament.
$49 | MichaelAram.com

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, you’ve still got time to find just the right gift for that special person – but it’s definitely time to get started. Simply visit grandviemagazine.com. You’ll be glad you did!

Of The Day: Getting Thanksgiving Ready

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanksgiving is only a few days away! Are you ready?? We’re so excited we can hardly stand it. In an effort to celebrate before the celebrations actually begin, we’ve been collecting ideas on a Pinterest board. We’ve got pins for kids crafts, table decor, recipes, printables and more!

This is just a sample of some of what we’ve found, if you want to see it all, click here. Happy planning!

Help Give Them a Second Chance with SPCA’s Home For the Holidays Raffle

Ebby Halliday Realtors is a Community Partner of the SPCA of Texas Home for the Holidays Luxury Dog Houses at NorthPark Center. For 75 years, abused and neglected animals have received a second chance through the SPCA of Texas. Now, you too, can be their partner in this important work.

When you purchase a $5 raffle ticket to win one of the nine custom 2013 Home for the Holidays Luxury Dog Houses for your best friend, you ll help thousands of deserving animals find their own loving homes.

See the cleverly designed dog houses, donated by local remodeling contractors, at NorthPark Center through Sunday, December 8, and purchase raffle tickets at NorthPark or at spca.org.

Fresh Listing Friday: Fabulous Find In Frisco

Welcome to this week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday! We’re checking out a gorgeous home in Frisco at 11447 Altamont Drive.

It has a whopping six bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, 5,595 square feet, and a three-car garage, all for the list price of $699,000. It’s a sight to see, made out of brick and stone with bay windows and a beautiful front lawn.

The front door is an iron masterpiece, which opens to a grand two-story foyer- a word necessary for this beautiful of an entry-, hardwood flooring, and a dramatic dual staircase. Off to the left is the formal dining room, and to the right is the office.

Just ahead is the main living room, which has two-story ceilings, a stunning stone fireplace, lots of natural light, and is open to the breakfast area and the kitchen.

The kitchen is a show-stopper. It has a huge island with a breakfast bar, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry, a butler’s pantry, and plenty of cabinetry. You couldn’t ask for more!

The first-floor master suite has a wall of windows, a door to the backyard, a vaulted ceiling, dual sinks, a walk-in closet, and a shared fireplace. Inside, this home also features a media room, a game room, an exercise room, and plantation shutters.

Outside, things just get better. This private, fenced-in backyard has an oversized pool, a spa, a fire pit, a covered patio, and mature trees.

This home is the gift that keeps on giving, and, if you think this is the home for you, this could be the ultimate gift this holiday seasonT Thanks for catching up with Fresh Listing Friday. To see all the homes that went on the market this week, click here. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Of The Day: An All New Map Search Of Farmers Branch

Happy Friday, y’all! Anyone else feel like it’s crazy that Thanksgiving is already next week? The years just keep going by faster and faster! Anyways, on today’s OTD we want to talk to you about the newest update to ebby.com. We’ve updated our Map Search feature, and it’s really amazing and easy to use!

All new Map Search of 75244 with legend

If you’re on the house hunt, or just curious to see what homes are for sale around you, this tool is a lot of fun! You can type in or search practically anything and the results will show up on a map. It’s especially useful if you know what you want in a home but you don’t know exactly where you want it. With this feature, you can type in your desired features, move around the map to different areas, and properties that match your description will pop up! It really is a neat tool, so check it out if you get a chance! We chose to do a little searching around Dallas/Farmers Branch, TX, specifically the 75244 zip code ourselves. Turns out there are many great homes in the area! Check some of them out below:

4208 Allencrest Lane, Dallss, TX

4905 Ellensburg Drive, Dallas, TX

4325 Fawnhollow Drive, Dallas, TX

You’re going to want to take a peek inside these, they’re stunning! We hope you get the opportunity to check out our newest update to our website and have some fun! Thanks for joining us today!