D-FW Weekend Round Up (7/31-8/3)

Your Weekend Round Up (7/31-8/3): Lakewood Brewing Co. turns 2

You guessed it, there’s a ton of incredible fun to be had in D-FW this weekend. Concerts, craft beer, and the circus are just a few of the many wonderful events kicking off the first weekend in August!


311: Loyal 90’s fans rejoice, 311 is playing tonight, July 31, at South Side Ballroom to showcase their most recent album and give you a taste of nostalgia.


Music Thursday: This week’s feature at Klyde Warren Park is Carl Sullivan and Friends. Their songs originate from the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, so grab a spot on the lawn and prepare for a good time.


Steve Martin feat. Edie Brickell: Actor/musician/comedian Steve Martin and Dallas-resident Edie Brickell will have you laughing and singing along all night on Friday, August 1 at the Winspear Opera House. The set will also include Martin’s band the Steep Canyon Rangers.


Asleep At The Wheel: The group that opened for George Strait’s last concert in Dallas will play at The Kessler Theater Friday night. They’ve been in the business for nearly 40 years, producing many western-swing favorites.


Ringling Bro’s and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Have you heard the word? The circus is in town! Now through August 10 get your seats to see clowns, tigers, a human canon and all the circus classics at American Airlines Center.


Bachendorf’s Sale: Been thinking about investing in a new piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one? Now through Saturday, August 2, one of biggest names in Dallas fine jewelry is holding a 30% off sale on all Konstantino jewels.


L. Bartlett Spring Sale: Now through Saturday, swing by L. Barlett on McKinney for their spring clearance, which includes discounts from 50-75% off.


Local Brews and Local Grooves: Saturday, August 2, House of Blues Dallas is hosting 12 local breweries and 10 local bands and eateries for a night that’s being called “the ultimate music and craft beer festival.” Doors open at 4pm.


Target First Saturdays: The Nasher has teamed up with Target to present a day of family fun the first Saturday of every month. Activities run from 10am-2pm and admission is free.


Sarah McLachlan: With more than 25 years in the recording industry, McLachlan is a household name thanks to songs like “Angel” and “I Will Always Love You.” Sunday, August 3 you have the chance to experience some of her new material when she performs at the Winspear.


Lakewood Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Bash: Sunday, celebrate this local brewery turning two at one of Lakewood’s hottest spots, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House, where Lakewood Brewing sold it’s very first kegs. There will be commemorative glasses, t-shirts, and a brand new wine-barrel-aged brew to try.


Ansel Adams: Masterworks: The Arlington Museum of Art currently has on display 48 photographs that the artist considered to be his best work. They’re printed by Adams himself and Sunday marks the final day you can see them.


Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.


Dallas Arboretum: This weekend will be perfect to take advantage of the plethora of children’s activities taking place at the Arboretum. From water-filled fun to animal habitats, there’s something for everyone to love. Plus, general garden admission is $1 during the month of August!


Farmer’s Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the multitude of farmer’s markets during this rare summer cool front.


Image via Lakewood Brewing Co.

Foreclosures Fall Sharply


Dallas-area home foreclosures have fallen almost 25 percent from where they were a year ago, according to a just-released report from CoreLogic.


Lenders had 6,683 Dallas-area homes in the 12-month period ending in June. Nationwide, the highest home foreclosure volumes were in Tampa-St. Petersburg, 18,912, and Atlanta, 18,339.


In June, 648,000 homes across the nation were in some stage of foreclosure – a 35 percent year-over-year decline. Less than 1 percent of Texas homes are in foreclosure.


So far this year, foreclosure filings in the Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant County County area are almost 40 percent less than in the first eight months of 2013.

Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

If you’re an avid reader of our blog you know that first impressions are of major importance when selling or buying a home. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of ways to get the best bang for your buck, whether you’re selling your home now or trying to increase the future value of a home you’ve purchased.

Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Landscaping: Create a fresh look with green landscaping, pops of color, and new mulch. Try to add levels of height if you have the space, this gives a very manicured look.


Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Outdoor Lighting: Go big or go home. Illuminating your house is one of the most inviting things you can do, so install large-scale exterior lights to dress up the front door. Lights should be sized to reflect the scale of the front of your home, not just the space around the door.


Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Kitchen Cabinets: If you have old cabinetry consider refacing or repainting, a choice that will depend on just how weathered your cabinets are. This update will completely change the look and feel of your kitchen.



Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Kitchen Appliances: If you’re willing to update your dated, dingy appliances, invest in replacements that match in color. It’s off-putting for a buyer to see a white stove, a black microwave, and a stainless refrigerator all in the same space.


Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Bathroom: Say goodbye to pink toilets, blue bathtubs, and green tile. The best thing you can do for the value of your home is to bring all the fixtures up to date. Hint: White is almost always a safe bet in the bathroom. It’s easily cleaned and gives the illusion of more space.


Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Expose Hardwoods: Is there hardwood flooring under your carpet? Pull it up, refinished it, and your realtor will love you forever. Hardwoods sell. And when we say hardwoods, we mean it. Laminate floors aren’t fooling anyone, so don’t spend money just to fake-out buyers.


Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Clean, Clean, Clean: If it’s dirty, clean it. If it’s broken, fix it. If it’s crammed, box it. Buyers are looking for loose knobs, dirty carpets, and crammed closets, so give them a reason to be pleasantly surprised.


Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Painting: We’ve already filled you in on the best tips, but let us add some more. If you’re planning to stay in your house, feel free to jazz up the walls with a splash of color, but be mindful that you should bring back the neutrals when it’s time to sell. If you’re going to wallpaper, keep the same tip in mind. While it may seem like a quick fix to you, not much turns a buyer off more than a full on red bedroom or dated floral wallpaper.


Home photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell: 3515 Hickory Grove Lane, Frisco (Landscaping); 2171 Hogan Drive, Irving (Outdoor Lighting): 5995 Beacon Hill Drive, Frisco (Kitchen Cabinetry); 7017 Yamini Drive, Dallas (Kitchen Appliances); 12744 High Meadow Drive, Dallas (Bathroom); 7731 Rolling Acres Drive, Dallas (Expose Hardwoods); 732 Lexington Ave., Coppell (Clean, Clean, Clean); 509 Prescott Drive, Garland (Painting)



Blondes vs. Brunettes Game Benefits Alzheimer’s Association



Mark your calendar now for August 16. That’s when this year’s Blondes vs. Brunettes powder-puff football game benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. Ebby Halliday Realtors is proud to once again sponsor the game.


Blondes vs. Brunettes is a personal way for young professionals across the country to raise awareness, funds and support to help eradicate this grave disease. Now in its seventh season, BvB Dallas has been the most successful of the nationwide Blondes vs. Brunettes events, raising more than $1,368,000 in six years for programs and services that include a 24/7 helpline, Hispanic outreach programs, respite care and research.


This year, the fundraising goal is set at $400,000, and you can make a difference. Each donation of $25 gets you a ticket to the Aug. 16 game at the Cotton Bowl and the after-party sponsored by Bud Light. Click here to get your tickets now.

7 Organizing Mistakes You Should Avoid

7 Organizing Mistakes You Should Avoid

There are thousands of organizational tips and tricks scattered around the internet today. So, how do you know which of these to follow for the long-term and which are just quick fixes that you’ll end up regretting later? Read our blog, of course. Today, we’re shining light on 7 organizing mistakes to avoid in your home.


1. Plastic Drawers: You know exactly what we’re talking about because you can buy these just about anywhere. They may work for your dorm room, but all these really do is collect junk in a piece of disposable furniture. Take the time to clean them out, dispose of all the extras, and find a permanent place elsewhere for whatever you must keep.


2. Shelves with boxes: This piece of furniture has become popular recently- the one that is perfect cut to fit boxes that hold small items. Again, take a look at your things before you buy boxes to store them in. If it can fit in a box that small, chances are it’s not necessary.


3. Solid Plastic Tubs: It may seem smart to put seasonal items away in tubs that visually hide their contents, but in the end it can waste time. Buy clear plastic tubs so that you can easily identify what’s inside instead of spending the time to open each one.


4. Cleaning Supplies: This tip is especially geared towards those living in multi-storied homes. Don’t keep all your cleaning supplies in one place. Instead, store the heavy-duty cleaners together and divvy up the wipes, disinfectant sprays, etc. in bathrooms and the kitchen where they can be easily accessed for quick cleaning.


5. Static Shelves: Installing immovable shelves or trays in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets is a thing of the past. Treat yourself to sliding ones, which make accessing pots and pans, small appliances, and toiletries so much easier.


6. Covering with Curtains: We all know deep down that it’s a temporary fix to cover cluttered shelves, rooms, or open storage with tacked-up curtains. Weed out the clutter you don’t need and, if necessary, add permanent doors or storage to whatever you’re hiding.


7. Wall Hooks: These are fabulous as a quick place to throw a wet coat or extra scarf, but wall hooks become a problem when they get weighted down by too many items for too long. Having fewer hooks, which will force you to put away excess items, will keep you from leaving your winter scarf hanging out into the summer.

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News: Stonedeck Pizza Pub

If you’re a fan of rosé, local beer, or tequila, we’ve got wonderful paired dinners for you to try this week! Plus, a get your tickets for TEXSOM, join LYFE Kitchen at its three grand openings, and check out Deep Ellum’s newest pizza place.



Keep-The-Pint Night: In the first of their two events this week, Rabbit Hole Brewing is joining up with Luck tonight, Tuesday, July 29, for a pint night, tap takeover, and live music.


Keep the Growler Night: Wednesday, July 30, Rabbit Hole Brewing and Craft and Growler are running a deal on Rabbit Hole growlers. Fill a special Rabbit Hole growler and keep it for a new low price.


LYFE Kitchen: We reported a few months ago that this gluten-free restaurant, “Love Your Food Everyday,” would open three locations this summer. Well, Wednesday night marks the grand opening of all three- Plano Park, Preston Center, and West Village. There will be complimentary food and drinks starting at 7pm.


Rosé Wine Dinner at Abacus: A four-course meal prepared by Chef Kent Rathbun and paired glasses of rosé from Spain, France, and California will be featured this Thursday, July 31. Guest Todd Ruback, the Regional Manager for Vineyard Brands, will lead table discussions and give insight on each pairing.


Tequila Dinner at Komali: A five-course tasting menu of Mexican food by Executive Chef Julio Peraza paired with tequila cocktails prepared by mixologist Leann Berry will be served up beginning at 7pm.


Lexus Supper Club: Dine at Komali or Salum between now and August 1, show them your Lexus key, and receive a complimentary chef’s hors d’oeuvre. You’ll also be entered to win a seat at the VIP dinner, which takes place on August 7.


Chefs at the Market: The second-to-last cooking class at the Dallas Farmers Market is this Saturday, August 2. This week Chef Michael West will present an Introduction to R Bar & Grill, a theme based on his restaurant at the Hilton Arlington.


Food Truck Schedule: See where favorite meals-on-wheels will be this week.


TEXSOM: Buy tickets now for the 10th annual Grand Tasting and Awards Reception, which will take place August 9-11. This is the only conference in the world co-presented by the four major education/certification organizations for wine. There will be 23 seminars, 39 Master Sommeliers, 10 Certified Wine Educators, 6 Masters of Wine, and more than 200 wines up for evaluation.


Restaurant Week: Don’t forget to get your reservations for Restaurant Week, which begins Monday, August 11. 



Fat Rabbit: After the closing of Sfuzzi in Uptown months ago, there has finally been progress on a new concept. The new restaurant will be called Fat Rabbit and will open in October of this year. The theme? “An upscale American Tavern sourcing local Dallas produce, hand-crafted cocktails, and top-of-the-line service.”


Stonedeck Pizza Pub: The newest pizza joint is open now in Deep Ellum. They’re open daily from 11am-midnight and on Thurs.-Sat. they’re open late until 2am. You can enjoy crispy, thin-crust pizza as well as more than 80 varieties of beer and 20 varieties of moonshine.


Lauren Festa: FT33‘s head bartender served her last drink at the location last Saturday. Beginning August 4, she will join Danny Caffall at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.


Image via Stonedeck Pizza Pub


Housing Price Gains Smallest Since Last Summer

Housing Price Gains Smallest Since Last Summer


Dallas-area home prices rose at the slowest rate in 10 months, according to the just-released Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.


Dallas prices were up 8.6 percent in May from a year ago. Nationwide, prices rose 9.4 percent in the same period.


The lower home price gains had been predicted by analysts who see some moderation after many months of double-digit price increases. Eighteen of the 20 cities Case-Shiller surveys had lower gains in May than in April.


Dallas’ increase was the smallest since July of last year. Earlier this year local home prices were growing at more than 10 percent from a year ago.


The largest annual gains in May were in Las Vegas, 16.9 percent, and San Francisco, 15.4 percent. The smallest increase was in Cleveland, 2.4 percent.


Dallas-area home prices are now at a record level – up more than 9 percent from where they were before the recession. And prices here are almost 25 percent ahead of where they were at the worst of the economic downturn in 2009. Dallas-area prices have been rising in the Case-Shiller study for more than 24 months.


PHOTO: The Dallas Morning News


Feature We Love: Front Porch

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It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of curb appeal. Helping your home make the best first impression is always a good idea, whether you’re selling or not. While there are many ways to improve your curb appeal, one feature that always translates well is a front porch.


We’d say the odds are pretty good that most people either grew up with a front porch, watched families gather on them in TV shows, or just like the way they look architecturally. Whatever the reason, the emotion attached to front porches is inherently good. Traditionally, they’re also associated with a simpler time, when homes all existed on streets where neighbors brought over cookies and waved to each other while driving down the street.


Check out eight front porches that have us wishing for a breezy morning, a hot cup of coffee, and a fresh newspaper.

Feature We Love: Front Porch^5007 Victor St., Dallas


Feature We Love: Front Porch^3339 Duchess Trail, Dallas


Feature We Love: Front Porch^11120 FM 678, Whitesboro


Feature We Love: Front Porch^2208 Huntington Lane, Fort Worth


Feature We Love: Front Porch^23159 Hwy. 78, Trenton


Feature We Love: Front Porch^5 Briarwood Circle, Richardson


Feature We Love: Front Porch^5243 Goodwin Ave., Dallas

^1936 Chatburn Court, Fort Worth

Photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

The Best of Big D 2014

The Best of Big D 2014

Last week, D Magazine officially released the annual The Best Of Big D list. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook exploded with humbled posts from and congratulatory posts to winners. (Don’t worry, we joined in on the “humble brag” a few weeks ago when more than 125 of our associates were named to D Mag’s list of Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers for 2014!)


Anyways, whether you give weight to their choices or not, the annual list is always a great reference point for trying all kinds of new things in D-FW. One of our favorite parts? They also list reader’s choices for many of the categories. For example, the magazine chose Monkey King Noodle Company as the Best Chinese, but readers chose Royal China. In our minds this just means we have to go back to each of them and compare for ourselves.


Consider this your invitation to break from your normal routine and explore new horizons. From the Best Tex-Mex to the Best Place to Get a Massage, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of new experiences if you let this list lead you.

Image via D Magazine

Fresh Listing Friday: Bright & Beautiful


Happy Friday! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a breath of “fresh” air- see what we did there? From the immaculately landscaped front yard, to the impeccable finishes inside, and the deck in the back, the home at 3876 Johnson St. in Frisco is just waiting to be scooped up by some lucky buyer.


It’s a four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath with 3,234 square feet and wonderful curb appeal thanks to the brick and stone exterior and the adorable blue front door. Inside the front door opens to a gorgeous array of calming colors and materials. We have to assume whoever designed this home knew all the right painting tricks.



Hardwood flooring spans the first floor. To the left of the entrance is an office, the main living room is ahead, and the kitchen and dining room are both just to the right. This layout, a triangular connection of entrance to kitchen to dining room and back, allows for the very best entertaining without having an entirely open floor plan. All of the paint, crown molding, and furniture is done in neutral tones that make this entire home feel welcoming from the moment you step foot inside.



The living room, like the dining room and office at the front of the house, is basked in natural light. This room has a fireplace for the cozy months and is open to the breakfast room and kitchen through a series of arches.




Soothing feelings continue in the kitchen where you’ll find light granite countertops, white cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, an island, and a pantry all atop the stunning honey hardwood floors. The breakfast room is the prefect size, with space for a buffet and seating for four.



A half-bath and the master suite round out the first floor. The suite has a wall of windows, a sitting area, dual sinks, a jetted tub, and a separate shower.



Upstairs, there is a second living room as well as two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Then, outside, a cedar deck has been perfectly combined with the patio to create a space that is great for outdoor entertaining and grilling all year long.



You better get a move on it if you’re interested in this gem! With beautiful landscaping, a finish out that’s move-in-ready for any buyer, and list price of just $335,000, this home won’t stay on the market long.


To see all the homes that were new to the D-FW housing market this week, click here.


Photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell