Hire Heroes USA 5k Benefits Veterans



“Our veterans don’t deserve a place in line for a job. They deserve the FIRST place in line for a job” is the philosophy of Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to creating job opportunities for U.S. military veterans and their spouses. Hire Heroes USA fulfills its mission through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.


Ebby’s six Collin County Offices – Allen, McKinney, Frisco, Preston Plano Parkway, Plano, and Plano/Willow Bend – are proud to be sponsors of the inaugural MedAssets Hire Heroes USA 5k Race for Heroes, which will take place May 10 in Plano. Proceeds will benefit Hire Heroes USA and its mission to assist our veterans. In addition to the race, the day will include tours of the American Fallen Soldier Hall, food trucks, entertainment, a bounce house and a .6-mile kids’ race.


The Plano 5k will honor 2nd Lt. Johnny Craver, a resident of McKinney and father of three children, who died when an IED detonated near his vehicle as he was entering the U.S. Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq.


To register, click here.


To learn more about Hire Heroes USA, click here.


Dallas-area Home Prices Rise 10 Percent in January



Dallas-area home prices rose by 10 percent in January, according to a new S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index report released today. While slightly less than the 10.2 percent gain in December, the new number is still close to an all-time high.


Nationwide, home prices were up 13.2 percent in January from the same month in 2013.


“The housing recovery may have taken a breather due to the cold weather,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “Twelve cities reported declining prices in January vs. December; eight of those were worse than the month before. From the bottom in 2012, prices are up 23 percent and the housing market is showing signs of moving forward with more normal price increases.”


Dallas-area price increases are now almost 5 percent ahead of where they were before the recession.


If you’re considering offering your home for sale, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your home is worth in today’s market. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

DART Arrives at D/FW August 18



Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s long-held goal of providing light-rail service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport becomes a reality Aug. 18. Area residents will be able to take trains directly to D/FW’s Terminal A  and visitors can take the train from the airport to any of DART’s 61 North Texas stations.


The additional five miles of service added from Irving’s Belt Line Station to the D/FW Airport Station will make what is already the nation’s longest light-rail system 90 miles long.


Originally scheduled to open in December, the station is arriving early and under budget, according to DART officials.


August 18: truly a day for us all to celebrate!


White Hot Kitchens

In our most recent edition of Grand Vie magazine, there’s a page dedicated to some of the hottest home trends of 2014 (click to see them all). One of these trends is “White Hot Kitchens,” which essentially means kitchens that are based on a white or mostly white color palette. White kitchens create a fresh and airy atmosphere, and are on-trend this year. From Carrera marble countertops to custom cabinetry, white kitchens are white hot. Check out these homes with kitchens that are ahead of their time and are so very on-trend for 2014.

White Hot Kitchens

^7609 Oakbluff Drive, Dallas

White Hot Kitchens

^1600 Winding Creek Road, Prosper

White Hot Kitchens

 ^48 Oak Hill Circle, Brownwood

White Hot Kitchens

^6544 Meadow Road, Dallas

White Hot Kitchens

^500 Rosebury Circle, McKinney

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Spring is a great time to begin tackling that home improvement to-do list that you’ve been putting off. Big or small, remodeling projects should always add value to your home, but some will add more value than others. Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or make the upgrades for yourself, take a look at these projects that will add the most value and have the highest ROI (return on investment)!


Front/Entry Door: Replacing your standard door with a steel door will upgrade both curb appeal and energy efficiency year round. They come in many colors and can be painted to your preference. Average ROI: 96.6%


Wood Deck: Adding a wood deck provides a solid foundation for spending more time outdoors. Imagine al fresco dining, relaxing, and entertaining in your own backyard. Average ROI: 87.4%


Siding: If you’re looking to do an exterior upgrade, consider fiber-cement siding. It is resistant to termites, moisture, rot, and fire. Also, when painted, it requires repainting less often than typical siding and exteriors. Average ROI: 87%


Attic: If you have unfinished or unused attic space, the attic can be a perfect place to add a bedroom. An attic conversion allows you to add valuable living space without altering the footprint of your home. Average ROI: 84.3%


Garage Door: Replacing your garage door can do wonders to improve the curb appeal of your home as well as increase your energy efficiency. Average ROI: 82.9%


Kitchen: Upgrading your kitchen cabinets, drawer fronts, appliances, and flooring can all have a major effects on the value of your home. Kitchen remodels have one of the steadiest and highest average returns over the past ten years. Average ROI: 82.7%


Windows: There a many options for replacing your windows, but the best options will bring more energy efficiency to your home and save you money throughout the year on heating and cooling expenses. Average ROI: 74%



Grand Vie Spring 2014 Has Arrived!



The spring 2014 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is arriving now in the mailboxes of approximately 30,000 affluent homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Grand Vie is the luxury-home publication of the Ebby Halliday Companies, comprised of Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.


In addition to highlighting our luxury properties, the 13th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including Spotlight On, highlighting sales activity in the Dallas-Fort Worth luxury market; Luxe Trends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; and a new feature, Home Design Trends, which takes readers on a tour of home trends they’ll increasingly see in 2014. To top it all off, Dallas real estate insider Candy Evans dishes on The Hamptons, an incredible nature paradise that is truly like no other!


To view the digital version of the spring edition of Grand Vie now, click here.


Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning on Strait Lane


Fresh Listing Friday: 10909 Strait Lane

This week on Fresh Listing Friday we’re checking out an exquisite three-bedrom, 4 1/2-bath, 5,841 square foot home listed for $1,395,000 at 10909 Strait Lane. The property is uniquely situated on .683 acre, delivering a beautiful drive up among mature trees. This brick home has high ceilings, crown molding, handscraped hardwood flooring, and beautiful natural light and French doors throughout.


Fresh Listing Friday: 10909 Strait Lane

Fresh Listing Friday: 10909 Strait Lane

The entrance of the home is gorgeous, with marble and hardwood inlaid floors and a grand, curved staircase. The main living room has a fireplace with an embellished white mantle and is the perfect room for group gatherings or a game of cards.


Fresh Listing Friday: 10909 Strait Lane

The kitchen boasts beautiful white cabinetry, a butler’s pantry, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry, an island with seating for four, and stainless-steel and built-in appliances.


Fresh Listing Friday: 10909 Strait Lane

The first-floor master suite has a sitting area with a fireplace, dual sinks, a jetted tub, a double shower, and a walk-in closet. There is a formal dining room and a stately office with a wall of built-ins also found on the first floor.


Fresh Listing Friday: 10909 Strait Lane

A second living room and the other two bedrooms are located on the second floor and have great views of the backyard.


Fresh Listing Friday: 10909 Strait Lane

In the fenced-in backyard, you’ll find a patio,which easily allows for indoor/outdoor entertaining, a pool, and enough leftover space for a sizable lawn.


To get all the information on this fabulous residence, click the photos or links above.


To see all the new listings that came on the market this week, click here.

4 Bedrooms That Make a Statement

We’ve said it before and we’ll continue to say it, your bedroom is your sanctuary. It’s your escape from whatever else is going on in your house and in your life and, because of this, it should reflect your style and be a space that you truly love. And what’s the centerpiece of this room-retreat? The bed, of course.


Today we’re showing you four beds and bedrooms that make a statement and stand for specific styles. These photos just radiate style and beautiful design, and we couldn’t be more jealous. They look like they’re straight out of interior design magazines, but no, they’re Ebby listings and they could be yours!


You can almost predict what the rest of these homes look like just by these single photo snapshots of their bedrooms. If, however, you’re curious as to what is going on in the other rooms of these homes, simply click the photos to see the full property!


5 Beds That Make a Statement

5 Beds That Make a Statement

5 Beds That Make a Statement

5 Beds That Make a Statement


Don’t Miss the Event of the Season!

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DIFFA/Dallas completes the season Saturday, March 29, with its legendary black-tie gala, House of DIFFA. This extraordinary fashion experience will take place at the Omni Dallas and include the Ebby Halliday silent and live auctions, a seated dinner and DIFFA’s legendary runway show.


Inspired by the extravagant costumes and intricate, hand-made masks, House of DIFFA 2014’s theme, Masquerade, will transform the evening into one of the most renowned events in Italy, the Carnival of Venice. Hosting approximately 2,000 patrons, this gala event showcases a curated selection of one-of-a-kind, tailored jackets with all proceeds benefitting grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.


Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/Dallas) raises funds for organizations that aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing preventative education programs, treatment and direct care services for people living with/impacted by HIV/AIDS.


For more information and tickets to the event of the season, click here.

6 Easy Ways to a Greener Home

6 Easy Ways to a Greener Home

There are many different ways to go green at home. There are big ways to save the environment, like investing in solar panels, and there are smaller ones like growing your own vegetables. Since not everyone has the time or the money to do everything we can do to be completely green, here’s a list of 6 easy ways to go green around your home. Even if you just do one of two of these things, you can make a big difference on the environment and you’ll see the results on your bills.


1. Upgrade outdated appliances: You may think this is an expensive fix, and it’s true that it does require a bit of an investment, but you’re probably wasting more money keeping your old appliances than you’d spend replacing them with new ones. 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill can be attributed to appliances use. If you buy Energy Star appliances you’ll use 10-15% less energy and water than standard models. And there’s a bonus- if just 1 in 10 homes updated to energy-efficient appliances, it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees!


2. Monitor your temperature: Nearly half of a home’s totally energy usage goes toward heating a cooling. Keep your filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, and make good use of ceiling fans. Also, turn the heat or A/C down or up, depending on the season, while you’re out of the house. Just a few degrees can make a dent in your energy bills and you’ll get used to it faster than you may expect.


3. Save Water: Putting an aerator on your faucets can cut your annual consumption by half! You can also install low-flow toilets, which use just over half the normal amount per flush.


4. Buy greener cleaners: There is an abundance of green cleaning products out there these days, so there’s no longer a need to clean with products that are toxic to both you and the environment. A simple online search will reveal which products are greener than others.


5. Switch out your bulbs: Replacing your lightbulbs can save you money even though the upfront cost per bulb can be higher. CFL bulbs use 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs, and replacing a 100-watt regular bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save you $30 per bulb.


6. Pick your wood wisely: If you love the look of hardwood flooring opt for one of the more eco-friendly options, like bamboo. Bamboo grows faster in nature and therefore has less of an impact on the environment than traditional wood floors.


Have you gone green in your home? Comment below and let us know how