Of The Day: Get Organized In The Kitchen


Happy Monday, all! Today’s OTD is dedicated to getting your kitchen organized before, or if you’d like to refer to this a little later, after the holidays are over. This time of year is always a good time to clean up, throw out, and reorganize your life (hint, hint New Year’s resolutions). Check out these tips and pictures below for making the most of your kitchen’s space.

Find a place for all of those random items that have no perfect place to go with this DIY kitchen pegboard

Add pull out storage or a mounted each on the inside of your under-the-sink cabinet for sponges, sprays, and wipes

Use tensions rods in the pantry to store cutting boards and baking sheets

Get all your measuring spoons in order on the back of a cabinet with some hooks and a few slats of wood

Finally grab pots and their lids with was using this mounted rack, no more banging pots or braking glass lids

We hope these tips will help you make the most of your kitchen and cookware! Thanks for catching up with OTD!

Of The Day: Gear Up For The New Year


We hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and, hopefully, a relaxing day off of work! Now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start getting ready for the next festivity- New Year’s Eve! We’re pulling inspiration from Pinterest again on today’s OTD. We just love the depth of creativity and inspiration that exists on this site, and we hope y’all have gotten a chance to check it out! As with our Christmas post, all things New Year’s can be found in our Holiday Cheer board. Here’s a peek at what we’ve got going on!

Decor: New Year’s Eve table setting

Recipe: New Year’s bubbles and bites

DIY & Recipe: 8 ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids

Craft: Celebrate the new year with sparklers

Inspiration: Resolutions

We can’t wait for New Year’s Eve and for the fresh start of a new year! Thanks for joining us today!

Of The Day: Christmas is TOMORROW


We’ll be out of the office tomorrow, so we wanted to go ahead and wish all of you the merriest and most wonderful of Christmases! We hope everyone is surrounded by family, friends, love, and laughter. Thank you for your support of the Ebby Blog and OTD this year, your readership means the world to us and we’ve got a big surprise coming for you in the new year! If you’re still in need of some last minute ideas, head over to our Holiday Cheer Pinterest board. Merry Christmas!

Of The Day: Apps That Help Around The Home


Happy Monday, all! In this day and age it seems like everything can be replaced or improved by technology. Well, it’s no different in the home improvement and home design arenas. While nothing will ever replace good ole’ elbow grease and an in-person trip to the design store, here are a few apps that are sure to help you around the house!

Matterport: Create 3D models of your space to give you the ability to place furniture in your home virtually before you buy it! Expected launch is in January, and modeling will require a special 3D camera.

MagicPlan: Using your handheld device, you can measure rooms and draw floor plans just by walking around your home. Keep this handy when sizing furniture, carpeting, wall art and much more.

iHandy Level: Can’t find your level or don’t own one? No problem. This app is a level that’s always on hand right in your pocket.

Houzz: Think Pinterest, but purely for home design. Save rooms, design elements, and your comments so you’ll always have inspiration on hand. Plus, check out local designers, their spaces, and find a professional to help you with your next project.

ColorSnap: Take pictures of real world colors and match them to Sherwin Williams paint colors. Never get frustrated trying to match or remember that ever-elusive color again. Also available from Benjamin Moore and Behr.

The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius: a DIY app with secrets to saving time, money, and mistakes.

Many of these apps are also available for Android and Windows devices in the Google Play store. Check them out, we have no doubt they’ll inspire you to shake things up in your home! Thanks for joint us on OTD!

Of The Day: Make It Marble


Everyone loves a little luxury in their lives, right? Well today’s OTD is chock full of it! We’re not just talking a few luxury features here and there, we’re talking about homes done in luxury materials and finishes from top to bottom. More specifically, we’re talking about marble flooring. If you’re going to spare no cost or detail, why not have some luxury underfoot? Check out four of our stunning homes with gorgeous marble floors!

5509 Gleneagles Drive, Plano, TX

2208 Plantation Lane, Plano, TX

5090 S Us Highway 377, Krugerville, TX

5017 Pinehurst Drive, Frisco, TX

Aren’t those just fabulous? If you don’t click through the links to see more pictures, you’re really missing out because these homes are exquisite! Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone! We’ll see you back here next week!

Fresh Listing Friday: Cool & Contemporary Creek-Lot


 

Happy, happy Friday! We hope everyone has had a great week. It’s been a fun week in the North Texas residential real estate world, with a lot of new houses coming on the market. We’re featuring one of our favorites on this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. People always say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, and it’s true in the housing market too. This one-story home may look like your everyday brick home with a nice yard, but what awaits inside is a true treat. Let’s get to it.

Starting with the stainless-steel front door and extending all the way through the backyard, the home at 6606 Williamson Road in Dallas is a stunning work of contemporary architecture and design. It has two bedrooms, two baths, 1,851 square feet, and is just the right balance between sleek, contemporary and warm, inviting decor.

The kitchen has a grand, long island topped with the latest and coolest in countertop trends, polished concrete. The cabinets are a mix of rich brown in the island and light brown along the wall. Stainless-steel appliances include a commercial grade vent, a gas range and oven, and a large refrigerator and freezer. Hardwood floors run through the entire home and connect the open space between the kitchen, breakfast room, and living room.

 

The living room has perfect views of the gorgeous backyard, thanks to a wall of sliding glass. There are two skylights, and gorgeous, gray columns that to look like pieces of art.

Both bedrooms are outfitted with California Closet systems and filled will natural light.

The bathrooms are sleek and gorgeous, not a surprise among all the amazing features in this home. They’re done with glass, vessel sinks, light cabinetry and white tile.

The backyard of this home is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s ideal for entertaining at any time of year, with an abundance of mature trees, a patio and deck, open cable railings, and winding stone steps that lead down through the tall trees to a spring-fed creek.

This home is a true gem with all its amenities and its location near White Rock Lake! To see all the homes that came on the market this week, click here. Thanks for catching up with this week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday!

The ‘Kitchen is the Heart of the Home’ $10,000 Kitchen Upgrade Winner is …


We re thrilled to tell you today that Dan C. of Southlake is the grand-prize winner of our Kitchen is the Heart of the Home $10,000 appliance shopping-spree promotion! Dan just stopped by the Ebby Corporate Office to receive $10,000 credit toward the kitchen appliances of his choice at Capital Distributing s state-of-the-art Dallas showroom! We re also thrilled that Dan, a retired Navy pilot who recently moved to Southlake from Maryland with his wife and four children, was ably assisted with his home purchase this past summer by Ebby Associate Marilyn Frederick.

President & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors Mary Frances Burleson, Grand Prize Winner Dan C. of Southlake, Ebby 190@Jupiter Associate Marilyn Frederick and Vice President & Director of Marketing Randall Graham.

The opportunity to win a $10,000 kitchen upgrade was part of our fall marketing campaign focused on food, family, friends and the importance of the kitchen in our everyday lives.

“My wife and I are extremely excited to win the $10,000 kitchen appliance upgrade, said Dan, shortly after being presented his certificate. We had received a postcard about the promotion from Marilyn. Initially, I put the card in our recycling pile; but later I figured, ‘What the heck?’ and went online and entered. I almost never enter contests and have never won anything. What a surprise!”

Contest entrants were also eligible to win some great secondary prizes. Just a few of the lucky winners include Draoun J. of Dallas, who won cooking classes for four at 3015 at Trinity Groves, and Jason T. of Dallas, who won a KitchenAid mixer. Both prizes are valued at $500.

Draoun J. and Jason T., both of Dallas

Ebby s The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home campaign also included a canned-food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and community food pantries throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thousands of pounds of food were generously donated by the public and Ebby Halliday Realtors Associates and staff members to benefit North Texas communities.

Thank you to all of you who entered and thank you to all who donated food to our food drive. We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!

Of The Day: The Two-Story Living Rooms


Well, we’ve spotted another trend in North Texas housing! This time we’re talking about high ceilings, specifically in living rooms. A two-story room may take up some square footage, but man does it make an impact! It doubles the wall space for windows, flooding rooms with light, and gives rooms an airy and spacious feel. Opening up a ceiling is the perfect way to add drama to a room. It’s an architectural choice that can be found all around North Texas, just take a look at where we found it:

2702 Briarbrook Court, Arlington, TX

2904 Amesbury Drive, Plano, TX

1004 Hanna Drive, Denison, TX

322 Lincoln Drive, Streetman, TX

6329 Hunters Parkway, Frisco, TX

What a difference, right? This trend is only growing in popularity, and we love it! Thanks for joint us today on OTD, we’ll see you back here for our Friday edition.

Don’t Delay: Update Your Family Photos With Santa This Weekend!


With Christmas rapidly approaching, we wanted to remind you that it s a lot easier than you might think to update your family photos with Santa Claus. So far, Jolly Old St. Nick has visited five Ebby offices. That means you ve still got three more chances this weekend to catch a personal appearance by the big guy at an Ebby office near you! But don t delay; soon it will be Christmas day!

 

This holiday tradition started five years ago at the Ebby Lakewood Office and has grown in both number of visitors and number of offices ever since. Santa clearly feels at home at Ebby Halliday Realtors!

Below is a list of Santa s remaining Ebby appearances this holiday season. We encourage you to bring the whole family for photos with Santa and, of course, to find out if you ve been naughty or nice!

Ebby s White Rock Lake Highlands Office
10233 E. Northwest Hwy, No. 438
Dallas, TX 75238
214-341-0330
Saturday, December 21 | 10 a.m. Noon

Ebby s Sherman Office
3445 FM 1417 N.
Sherman, TX 75092
903-893-5921
Saturday, December 21 | 1:30 3:30 p.m.

Ebby s Whitesboro Office
810 N. Union St., Suite 601
Whitesboro, TX 76273
903-564-9686
Saturday, December 21 | 4:30 6:30 p.m.

So come find out if you ve been naughty or nice and get an updated photo with Santa we hope to see you there!

Destination Mobile: How Mobile is Changing Real Estate Holiday Blog Swap 2013


Ebby Halliday Realtors and Smith & Associates Real Estate are members of The Enterprise Network, a union of privately held real estate companies across the country. While we hand-pick and review all guest posts for quality assurance, the author s views are entirely his or her own. This guest post was brought to you by The Enterprise Network Annual Holiday Blog Swap.

With Christmas just around the corner, shopping is at the top of most of our to-do lists. While some folks go all Arnold-Schwarzenegger-in-Jingle-All-the-Way on Black Friday, I prefer online shopping not just on my computer, but on my iPhone. Not to mention, my gift choices are heavily influenced by items I ve seen on social media (or recommended by bloggers). And if I actually work up the nerve to brave a store, you can bet your sweet apple cider that I m using my Amazon app to get the best price-match possible. While to some, this may sound absurd (and I do sometimes miss the excitement of a good toy-craze like the Nintendo64, Furby of Tickle Me Elmo), I m not the only one shopping in my pajamas.

My whole generation (and the generations following) have been doing this for a quite a while now. However, more recently, it isn t just us; it s our parents, and often grandparents, as well. According to an article on Business2Community.com, These aren t flash-in-the-pan trends we re observing … we re talking about the Internet and social media, which clearly aren t going anywhere. Also, the explosive and exponential penetration of smartphones is giving consumers constant connection to both, so the influential interactions they re having online, are also happening at shelves in physical stores.

While my Christmas shopping habits may not seem relevant to the home buying process, to me they are as important as the homes currently for sale and the postcards mailed out about them. If I m in front of a home for sale in my area, I can pull out my phone and get the details I need to know in order to decide if it s what I m looking for.
Findings from a State of Real Estate search by online marketing firm The Search Agency show that [Real Estate] clicks on tablets and smartphones more than doubled in 2013 and the year isn t even over. Compared to 2012, tablet clicks increased 155% and smartphone clicks increased 109%.

A recent survey from The Enterprise Network found that 68.5% of agents find mobile technology crucial to their business. This number has grown significantly in recent years, and I anticipate it will continue to grow significantly and rapidly.

Here s a little story about a Realtor whose use of mobile technology paid off: She and her homebuyer had a list of addresses printed from MLS that they planned to tour. Upon leaving the last home (with no takers), the buyer saw a house across the street with a for sale sign out front. She asked why it hadn t made the list and expressed a desire to peek inside. Thinking on her feet, the agent pulled out her iPhone, went to the mobile version of her website (that she had saved to her phone s desktop – similar to an app), clicked a link to see homes around her current location and provided a virtual view inside the home that had peaked the buyer s interest. Since the price was a bit outside the buyer s initial search criteria, it hadn t made it on their MLS list. However, after seeing it from the agent s mobile device, the buyer was sold. They called the listing agent (while standing out front), and the owners just happened to be home. A contract was written that day.

THIS is the power of mobile.

An article by FortuneBuilders.com put it perfectly, It is important to stay relevant with real estate trends, as they serve as market indicators for those who understand them. Reading and predicting them correctly can result in a very lucrative career. Be sure to stay ahead of the curve.
Happy (mobile) Holiday (and home) shopping and to all a good night!

Written by Kortney Gentry Campbell, Smith & Associates Real Estate