Housing Inventory Up in D-FW


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Today we’ve got some very welcome news for buyers in the market for a North Texas home: Housing inventory in Dallas and Fort Worth jumped 18% and 15% in February in anticipation of the so-called “traditional homebuying season,” according to the new Realtor’s National Housing Trend Report.

 

“If this trend continues, buyers should have a better selection of homes in the spring and summer months,” according to Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move.

 

“Inventory is up for two reasons,” Berkowitz says. “First, this is the time of year when sellers list their homes for the spring buying season. Second, inventories are growing faster than normal right now in response to widespread median list price increases.”

 

Among the recent homes to hit the market in North Texas is the stunning University Park property at 3612 Villanova (pictured above and below).

 

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To keep up with all of the homes hitting the market in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Happy Opening Day, Rangers Fans


Happy Opening Day, Rangers Fans

Baseball season is officially back in Texas! Today the Rangers take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 2:05 p.m. in Globe Life Park and kick off their 2014 season. The return of baseball is the ultimate sign that spring is back in full swing, and we couldn’t be more excited for the future weekends spent cheering on our team!

 

There have been some big developments for the ballpark leading up to the new season. It was officially named Globe Life Park in Arlington after a few years with no official name and there have been some noteworthy new additions to the food and drink menus for fans.

 

If you can’t make the three opening games this week, the Rangers will be back at home playing the Houston Astros weekend of April 11-13. For the full schedule, click here.

 

Go Rangers!

Room Re-do & Sales: Outdoor Oasis


Temperatures are rising and sunny days are here! If you’ve got a backyard spot with room for entertaining, it’s time to start thinking about how you can utilize that space for spring and summer. Today we’re checking out the beautiful and serene outdoor space at 10595 Tobias Lane in Frisco, and showing you how you can get the look for yourself. Also, see below for some great online sales on outdoor furniture and decor.

Room Re-do & Sales: Outdoor Oasis

1. Sofa (2) 2. Chair 3. Curtains 4. Rug 5 & 6. Pillows 7. Ball topiary 8. Coffee Table 9. Tree topiary

 

Check out these great sales to get your space ready for warm weather entertaining:

Restoration Hardware: up to 20% off Outdoor & Garden

West Elm: up to $200 off outdoor furniture

Crate & Barrel: up to 20% off outdoor furniture

 

 

 

The Latest in Luxury Lifestyle Trends


Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction, and knowing how to pamper yourself have long been major elements in defining your luxury lifestyle. Our spring 2014 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine includes an innovative collection of trends to add luxury to your life.

 

BY LAND OR SEA

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Unlike anything of its kind, the Gibbs Quadski is the ultimate recreational toy that knows no boundaries. You’ll feel like James Bond as you approach land and seamlessly transform it into an ATV by deploying wheels at the touch of a button. GibbsSports.com

 

 

 

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How many cards are in your wallet right now? The answer: Too many. Now you can combine all your credit, debit and gift cards into one with the brilliantly simple Coin, which allows you to add as many as you want. Just press a button to select which one you’d like to make a purchase with and swipe like any other card. OnlyCoin.com

 

 

BESPOKE BEDS

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Treat yourself to the world’s most luxurious night’s sleep with the Harlech bed from Savoir. Luminaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, Giacomo Puccini and Marilyn Monroe have experienced the cloud-like comfort of these hand-crafted beds, the same ones used at London’s Savoy Hotel. SavoirBeds.co.uk

 

Grand Vie is the exclusive luxury property magazine of the Ebby Halliday Companies. The spring 2014 issue was recently direct-mailed to almost 30,000 luxury homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The digital version of the magazine is e-mailed to an additional 65,000 targeted, opt-in readers. Charity and event placement has also become a significant part of the Grand Vie distribution strategy – placing luxury homes listed by the Ebby Halliday Companies in front of North Texas’ luxury homebuying audience.

 

Visit grandviemagazine.com to learn more about the latest and greatest trends in luxury and to discover many of the most spectacular homes currently for sale in North Texas and beyond.

Fresh Listing Friday: Wonderful One-Story


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Happy Friday, everyone! This week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to a charming one-story at 7609 Oakbluff Drive in Dallas. It’s a four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath residence with 3,328 square feet located in Northwood Hills Estates that is offered for $625,000.

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This mid-century modern home has a circular driveway and is surrounded by towering, mature trees. It’s brick is painted a beautiful shade of gray and it has an inviting front door in a shade of navy.

 

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Inside the front door and to the left are an open concept living room and dining room with hardwood flooring and a bay window.

 

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Ahead of the entry is a second living room with a cozy stone fireplace, hardwood flooring,  a wall of bilt-ins, and lots of natural light. This living room is open to the kitchen and breakfast area.

 

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The kitchen is also attached to the dining room and is truly the gem of this home. It encompasses elegance and simplicity with white cabinetry, a mix of light and dark granite countertops, stylish drop pendant lighting, hardwood flooring, a light stone backsplash, an island with built-in storage, and, of course, gleaming stainless-steel appliances.

 

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The master suite, like the first living room, has a great bay window as well as a sitting area, white cabinetry and light granite countertops, like the kitchen, with dual sinks, hardwood flooring, and a glass shower stall. The remaining four bedrooms, a utility room, and a third living room round out the spacious rooms inside this wonderful one-story home. More awaits outside, though.

 

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A covered patio with plenty of room for seating is the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining. The fun continues in the fenced-in backyard with a long stretch of green grass, a large pool, and much more room for relaxing and entertaining .

 

We can’t find any feature or any detail missing in this charming home! We don’t think you will either if you stop by the home’s open house this Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. to check it our for yourself.

 

To see all the new homes that came on the market this week, click here. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Smokey Robinson Plays the Meyerson


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Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson plays the Meyerson Monday, March 31. Ebby Halliday Realtors is a proud sponsor of A Special Evening with Smokey Robinson benefiting LaunchAbility, which helps children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives within our community.

 

Born and raised in Detroit, Smokey Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group’s single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first  No. 1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson penned many hits for the group, including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”

 

Tickets to A Special Evening with Smokey Robinson are priced from only $25. Click here to get yours!

Significant Sale: Strait Lane Estate


Julie Pillans of Ebby’s Preston Center Office represented the buyer in the recent sale of the estate home at 10245 Strait Lane in Dallas. The residence, with almost 20,000 square feet of living space under roof, features a basement with a theater, fitness room, wet bar, wine cellar, and a sunken courtyard with a covered sitting area and a water feature that flows from a pool above to the spa below. This significant home sale was assisted by Jackie Helm.

 

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“Our office is pleased to have brought the buyer to one of Dallas’ most-exceptional properties,” says Ginger Gill, sales manager of Ebby’s Preston Center Office. “Regardless of a property’s price point, it is always gratifying to connect buyers with the home of their dreams.”

 

Associates in the Preston Center Office, like those in each Ebby Halliday office, benefit from the company’s affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury property marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

 

Luxury Portfolio International markets more than 25,000 of the world’s most-remarkable homes each year. Ebby Halliday Realtors taps the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilizes LuxuryPortfolio.com to expose North Texas listings priced at or above $750,000 to buyers across the globe.

 

To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to see some of the most significant homes for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth and around the world, visit luxuryportfolio.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

D-FW Weekend Round Up


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Well D-FW residents, it looks like we’re finally going to get a nice weekend! If you haven’t noticed, the last few weeks have been full of sunny, gorgeous weekdays and dreary weekends, but we might finally catch a break. If you’re looking for something to eat, drink, or see during this beautiful weekend, check out this list of happenings around D-FW.

 

Marc Cohn: This folk rocker, best know for his hit “Walking in Memphis,” will be playing at The Kessler tonight, Thursday, March 27.

 

Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: This four-day festival begins tonight, Thursday, March 27, with the kick-off at Billy Bob’s Texas. Friday is the Grand TastingSip & Savor runs Saturday and Sunday, and the Culinary Plaza in Sundance Square takes place on Saturday, too. You’ll eat and drink your way through some of Texas’ most famous food, beer, and wine!

 

The Barber of Seville: Presented by the Dallas Opera, this show will close out the 2013-2014 opera season. Celebrated as one of the most popular operas of all time, this comedy will run at Winspear Opera House starting March 28 and going until April 13.

 

Chelsea Handler: The infamous talkshow host and comedian will have you laughing all night you with her signature sarcasm and witty banter. Catch the show on Friday, March 28 at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.

 

2014 Spring Celebration: Klyde Warren Park is putting on an day-long celebration of Spring just in time for the warmer temperatures on Saturday, March 29. There will be live music, a petting zoo, and other family-friendly events.

 

Betsey Johnson: Get your chance to meet this unique fashion designer when she makes a personal appearance at Dillard’s NorthPark to promote her line and sign autographs on Saturday, March 29.

Coppell Farmers Market: Open this Saturday, March 29, the market will be stocked with all kinds of greens, root vegetables, and even soil, so that you can grow your own market-quality food at home. See all the farmers markets open this weekend here.

 

Dallas Blooms: Take advantage of the lovely weather this weekend and stop by Dallas Blooms. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny day and you can grab some food and drink at one of the many great local White Rock spots nearby.

 

Texas Pinball Festival: Love pinball? You’re in for a treat and some serious competition from March 28 to March 30 with more than 400 models of vintage and modern machines. They’re all free to play and the event is open to all ages.

 

New Food for Rangers Fans: The opening series for the 2014 season of Texas Rangers baseball is Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2, during which the Rangers will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. This new season is bound to be an exciting one, but so is the food that fans will be able to indulge in during the season. New to the menu is Bacon on a Stick, which will run you $7 for a maple glazed dipped strip of bacon on a stick. Also new is the Choomongous, named for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. It’s a two-foot-long barbecue sandwich served with spicy slaw and Sriracha mayo. 16-ounce cups of Frozen Beer are new to the list as well, helping fans beat the heat for just $7.75 a cup.

 

Photo via fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com

Dallas City Council Passes Partial Bag Ban


Dallas City Council Passes Partial Bag Ban

City Council member Dwaine Caraway has been pushing for a year to implement a new ordinance that he hopes will regulate the use of plastic bags in Dallas. This morning, by a vote of 8 to 6, the Dallas City Council passed this “environment fee ordinance,” which bans single use carryout bags at all city facilities and events while still allowing retailers to use plastic and paper bags.

 

If this vote passes through at the state level, customers will be charged an “environment fee” of five cents per bag, of which retailers will only be able to keep 10 percent. If retailers want to continue the use of plastic and paper bags they will have to register with the city in order to keep track of the number of bags sold.

 

The city says the money raised form the bag fees will go toward helping funding enforcement and education efforts.

 

To read more about the new policy, it’s supporters, and those who voted against it, click here.

6 Thoughts on Vacation Homes


6 Thoughts on Vacation Homes

There are many things to take into consideration before you invest in a vacation home or a second property of any kind. While an additional home is a very exciting prospect, it will become a permanent part of your financial livelihood, and that’s not something that should be taken lightly. Here are six things you should keep in mind when you’re thinking about investing in a second home.

 

1. Mind your budget. Think about talking to a loan officer and qualifying for a loan before you go out looking. This will help you understand home much home you can afford and will help you avoid the shock of discovering that the home you’ve already found is out of your financial range. Consider the cost of the additional monthly mortgage, real estate taxes, regular maintenance, insurance, and furnishings. Vacation homes range from massive mansions to cozy cottages, so there’s surely something out there that will fit your budget.

 

2. Determine frequency of use. The amount of time you spend in your home will depend on each individual, the investment, and the rental potential of the home. Distance will play one of the biggest factors in how often you’re able to retreat to your new home. The home’s distance from family and friends will also play a part if you’re imagining this spot as a place for gatherings.

 

3. Location, Location, Location. Find a location that’s going to work for you not just now but also in the long run. Are you sure you’re a beach person, a mountain person, or a ranch person? Do you think you’ll feel the same way in 20 years? Even though a 4-hour trip may not seem like long now, it could play a part in how you feel about your home down the line. Also consider the home’s proximity to certain attractions and amenities.

 

4. Understand upkeep. A big lawn needs mowing, lots of square footage means more cleaning, a pool requires maintenance- make sure you have a realistic idea of the upkeep that your property will require. Consider how much time, energy, and money you’re willing to invest in keeping your home in top-top shape.

 

5. Research rental potential. If you’re buying this home with the hopes that it will bring in some income, you should know that demand will fluctuate with the economy, weather, location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and amenities. Think about what types of homes, decor, and locations will appeal to the widest audience rather than just focusing on what your want for yourself. Also consider the costs of having renters- repairing damages, renter’s insurance, cleaning expenses, etc.

 

6. Think about resale and changing needs. Talk to your Realtor about the past, current, and possible future market for your home and its location. While there’s no way to predict the future, you should know that the market is bound change at some time or another. Also think about the future of your family. Will it grow or shrink? Do you expect your home to host future generations?

 

Having an in-depth knowledge of your second home’s market and an understanding of what types of homes will meet your expectations will allow you to find a vacation property that fulfills all your dreams!

 

For North Texans, one of the most popular types of vacation home is a lake house.  With so many lakes within a short drive of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, owning a lake house can provide for year-round vacation opportunities – from holiday gatherings with family and friends to quick weekend escapes.  Below are some of our current lake house offerings:

Lake Cypress Springs
23 W. Eagle Point Drive – Lake Cypress Springs

 

1 Admiral Way - Lake Texoma
1 Admiral Way – Lake Texoma
10 Island Drive - Cedar Creek Lake
10 Island Drive – Cedar Creek Lake
322 Lincoln Drive - Richland Chambers Lake
322 Lincoln Drive – Richland Chambers Lake
430 Churchill Lane - Lake Texoma
430 Churchill Lane – Lake Texoma
2004 Austin Aisle - Cedar Creek Lake
2004 Austin Aisle – Cedar Creek Lake
317 Sundown Trail - Cedar Creek Lake
317 Sundown Trail – Cedar Creek Lake
1004 Hanna Drive - Lake Texoma
1004 Hanna Drive – Lake Texoma