Fresh Listing Friday: Soft Contemporary


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Happy Friday, all! Come with us on this week’s Fresh Listing Friday as we take a closer look at the newly renovated, one-story estate home at 4438 Ridgeside Drive in Dallas’ Forestcrest Estates neighborhood. This residence offers clean lines, spacious rooms and a backyard paradise, all in one of Dallas’ most sought-after locations.

 

Need to know details:

– Beautifully renovated contemporary-style home, listed for $599,000
– 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1 half-bath – 3,171 square feet
– Oak hardwood flooring, high ceilings, concrete countertops, stainless-steel appliances

 

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To see all the homes, new to the DFW housing market, click here.

 

DFW Weekend Round Up (8/27-8/30)


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State Fair foods, dancing and plenty of music highlight this edition of Weekend Round Up! Get the details below.

 

Thursday, August 27

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of August, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

North Texas Fair & Rodeo: Denton’s annual nine-day fair continues into its final weekend, featuring horse and livestock shows, carnival rides, concert stages, a chili cook-off, pageant, parade and more! Headliners for the live music include the Charlie Daniels Band and Josh Abbott Band. 6 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, August 28

Swing in the Park: Ever wanted to learn how to swing dance? Here’s your chance! Studio 22 will host a series of swing dance classes on the Muse Family Performance Pavilion at Klyde Warren Park, where you’ll learn the steps to keep you swift on your feet. FREE. 6 p.m.

 

San Jacinto Plaza Music Series: Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday evenings in Downtown Rockwall’s newest public space, San Jacinto Plaza. Café style tables and chairs, as well as seat walls, fill the space. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, food and beverages. FREE. 6:30 p.m. For the music schedule, click here.

 

Friday Night Fireworks: Travel over to Grapevine and watch the skies light up with colorful sparks. This FREE 12-minute show is accompanied by exciting music, which is available for download here. Try to set up shop on the rooftop of the Gaylord Texan’s parking garage — it has the best view and features a DJ with plenty of music. 9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, August 29

Design District Market: Visit Community Beer Company in the Design District and stroll vendors featuring local artists, photographers, fashion and jewelry designers, vintage shops and more. Guests can also enjoy food trucks and live music from The Fox and the Bird, and Dripping Wet . FREE – 2 p.m.

 

Dale Chihuly Exhibit: The Talley Dunn Gallery will host an exhibition of new work by Dale Chihuly, including a dazzling display of aqua, cobalt and periwinkle blue tones. FREE – 5 p.m.

 

Reunion Lawn Party: Have fun at a free lawn party near the base of Reunion Tower with food trucks, lawn games, and a beer garden featuring craft beers from local breweries. Enjoy live music from Chap Bernet and the Bird Dogs, taking the stage around 7 p.m. FREE. 6:30-10:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 30

Sunday Funday: The new laid back and family-friendly summer series will take place on the banks of, and in, the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. It will feature tubing, craft beer from Panther Island Brewing, paddle sports, Stand Up Paddleboard yoga, disc golf and more. FREE admission. $5 tube rentals. 12-6 p.m.

 

Big Tex Choice Awards: Be one of the first people to taste the food made by the finalists at the 11th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards food competition! All proceeds benefit the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program. $100/person. 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Salsa & Sangria Sundays: Enjoy sangria and live salsa music on Saint Ann’s patio, located in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas. 7-10 p.m.

 

Photos courtesy of Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas.

Frisco Ranked ‘Healthiest Housing Market’


Frisco Ranked ‘Healthiest Housing Market’ in U.S.

 

Seven North Texas cities made the top 25 of a list of cities with the “Healthiest Housing Market” developed by WalletHub.

 

The rankings, which compared 300 U.S. cities across a series of metrics that included median home-price appreciation and home price as a percentage of income to job growth, listed Frisco as the city with the healthiest housing market in the country.

 

Seven North Texas cities made the list’s Top 25: Frisco, Allen, Plano, Carrollton, McKinney, Richardson and Denton. Other North Texas cities that landed in the Top 100 included Irving (39), Fort Worth (46), Grand Prairie (58), Arlington (67), Garland (79) and Dallas (99).

 

Ebby Halliday serves the residential real estate needs of each of these cities. To see all of the homes currently for sale in these cities and the entire North Texas region, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

To see the complete list of cities as well as a look at the metrics used, click here.

 

PHOTO: Shown is the five-bedroom home at 5009 Spanish Oaks Drive in Frisco. Offered by Stacey Boyd of Ebby’s Frisco Office, it is priced at $2,999,000.

 

This Week in Food & Beverage News


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Indulge in a few wine dinners, then taste all that the Bishop Arts District has to offer this weekend! Details below.

 

Tuesday, August 25

Vegetable Dinner: CBD Provisions will celebrate the best of Texas’ summer produce with their six-course, family-style dinner that features vegetable-centric dishes, not all entirely vegetarian. $100/person. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. For reservations, call 214-261-4500.

 

Thursday, August 27

Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner: Travel over to lower Greenville and visit the Grape for a summer wine dinner, featuring samplings from Italy. Chef Scott Girling will create a three-course dinner to compliment the hand-selected wines of the evening. $52/person. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214-828-1981.

 

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of August, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Saturday, August 29

Rosé Brunch: Chefs Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley will prepare an exquisite three-course brunch at Lark on the Park. The menu includes end-of-season fruit, Yukon potatoes, pork confit and more, all suitable to pair with a glass (or two) of rosé. $40/person. For reservations, call 214-855-5275.

 

Design District Market: Visit Community Beer Company in the Design District and stroll vendors featuring local artists, photographers, fashion and jewelry designers, vintage shops and more.  Guest can also enjoy food trucks and live music from The Fox and the Bird, and Dripping Wet . FREE – 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 30

Bishop Arts District Food Tour: Have a try at some of the most delectable food and drinks of the historic Bishop Arts area. Guests will munch on bites from Dallas Grilled Cheese Company, Hunky’s, Veracruz Cafe and more! $45/person. 1 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Salsa & Sangria Sundays: Enjoy sangria and live salsa music on Saint Ann’s patio, located in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas. 7-10 p.m.

 

NEWS

Starbucks: The coffee chain’s famous Pumpkin Spice Latte returns September 8 (just a few more days!) and will now feature real pumpkin puree.

Burleson Honored with Women in Business Award


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Ebby Halliday President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson was surrounded by a host of Ebby Halliday Companies team members as she was honored with the 2015 Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award at a gala luncheon at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas today.

 

The Women in Business Award recognizes outstanding Dallas-Fort Worth-area women business leaders who not only are making a difference in their industries, but also in their communities.

 

Today’s event showcased the diversity of female business leaders in North Texas. Honorees represented industries ranging from real estate to oil and energy to aviation and aerospace to healthcare to manufacturing to communications — and just about everything in between.

 

Congratulations to Mary Frances Burleson and to all of the winners of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2015 Women in Business Award.

 

Plano Near Top of U.S. Home Search List


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With thousands of people moving to Plano for jobs with Toyota, Liberty Mutual, FedEx and others, it’s not a big surprise that the Collin County town is near the top of home shopping lists. But, would you be surprised to learn that Plano ranks fourth among ALL U.S. markets for home searches on Realtor.com in 2015? In fact, Plano listings get more than eight times the average number of views nationally.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to have served Plano since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in the growing area. The office was a favorite of area homebuilders who knew Ebby always had a hot pot of coffee ready and enjoyed visiting about the potential of this small community north of Dallas.

 

We now have nine Collin County offices and our commitment to this fantastic part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is stronger than ever. Whether you’re considering buying or selling in Collin County, it would be our pleasure to serve you.

 

And, if you’d like to see all of the homes currently for sale in Plano, simply click here.

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Resort Living


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the Cottonwood Valley neighborhood of Irving, a gated luxury community that shares property with the Four Seasons Resort & Club, while being minutes away from major DFW hubs. The gorgeous home at 600 Krohn Court offers resort-style living with its sophistication, extensive updates and latest features.

 

Need to know details:

– Updated home in a guarded and gated community, listed for $599,000
– 5 bedrooms, 4 baths — 4,585 square feet
– Hardwood flooring, marble and granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances
– Custom closet system, extensive fireplaces, library, spacious backyard,

 

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Culinary Celebration Benefits Southlake Schools


 

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Ebby Halliday Realtors, its affiliated title company, Texas Premier Title, and numerous Ebby Southlake agents are proud to sponsor the Carroll Education Foundation’s 19th-annual Culinary Celebration.

 

The fundraiser, which raises money to support the students and teachers of Southlake Carroll Independent School District, takes place at The Hilton Southlake Town Square on September 12, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. It will feature 24 metroplex chefs, specialty wines and cocktails, live and silent auctions, a big board and more.

 

This year’s event is themed “Dragons of the Caribbean.” Auction items include a Longhorn calf, a vintage Jurassic Park pinball machine and opportunities to serve as Southlake Mayor for the Day and to flip the switch on the Southlake Town Square holiday lights.

 

Tickets, priced at $150 each or $250 per couple, are available here.

 

 

DFW Weekend Round Up (8/20-8/23)


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D-FW has so much to offer this weekend! Get artsy ’til midnight at the Nasher Sculpture Center, then help NorthPark blow out its birthday candles. Get the details for those events and more below:

 

Thursday, August 20

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of August, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Friday, August 21

Coleman Family Adventure Fest: This three-day fest takes place at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas and features rock climbing, archery, BMX, rocket building, skateboard lessons and more. Aside from the hands-on activities, celebrity guests will also be in attendance. 11 a.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival: Happening all around the state of Texas, Gilley’s Dallas will host the festival that celebrates Texas food, Texas music and Texas beer. The music lineup includes the Old 97’s, The Black Angels,Grupo Fantasma and more! Enjoy food from Gilley’s, Easy Slider, El Come Taco and What’s da Scoop. FREE — attendance is first come, first serve. 1 p.m.

 

North Texas Fair & Rodeo: Denton’s annual nine-day fair features horse and livestock shows, carnival rides, concert stages, a chili cook-off, pageant, parade and more! Headliners for the live music include the Randy Rogers Band, Charlie Daniels Band and Josh Abbott Band. 1 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

’til Midnight at the Nasher: The Nasher Sculpture Center offers free admission to its monthly event, ’til Midnight, which features live outdoor concerts, social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and access to the the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining for two and grab & go food items the night of the event. 6 p.m. – midnight.

 

Friday Night Fireworks: Travel over to Grapevine and watch the skies light up with colorful sparks. This FREE 12-minute show is accompanied by exciting music, which is available for download here. Try to set up shop on the rooftop of the Gaylord Texan’s parking garage — it has the best view and features a DJ with plenty of music. 9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, August 22

Hatch Chile Festival: Celebrate Grand Prairie’s festive, family atmosphere with the 5th annual Hatch Chile Festival at Farmers Market. The festival will feature both raw and roasted Hatch chiles sold by the pound, live music and much more. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Slide the City: This might be your last chance at celebrating summer! Slide down a 1,000 ft. slip and slide, and enjoy music, dancing and food. Bring water guns, buckets and floaties to squirt, spray and splash all day. 9 a.m. For registration and location, click here.

 

Fifty Years of Excellence: Join NorthPark Center as it celebrates 5o incredible years with a one-day celebration of shopping, fashion, art, music and throw-back surprises. 10 am.

 

Brew HaHa: The 2nd annual event, benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter, features a fitness workout incorporating martial arts moves and the daily physical challenges of a brew master. The one-hour workout is open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of cash or gift cards for groceries, fast food or everyday items. $20/person — includes t-shirt and entry into the OHB Saturday Tap Room, which will offer a live band, food trucks and bar games. 12:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 23

Salsa & Sangria Sundays: Enjoy sangria and live salsa music on Saint Ann’s patio, located in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas. 7-10 p.m.

 

Photo courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center

Mortgage Insight: A Guide to Home Buying


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By now, you have become familiar with our new blog series Mortgage Insight, where Home Team Mortgage —  a team of knowledgeable and seasoned mortgage professionals — offers tips on purchasing a home or refinancing a pre-existing mortgage.

 

At the end of each month, HTM will present a Q & A in relation to the home buying process. This week, Alex Parker — Vice President of Sales — will shed some light on a few key factors that go into purchasing a home below:

 

Q: In order to purchase a home, does my credit score have to be good?

 

A: One of the biggest misconceptions by most borrowers is that you have to have a perfect credit score to buy a house. However, this isn’t the case. We have loans that allow for a credit score of 600. It is important to note, however, the better your credit score is, the better the interest rate will be.

 

 

Q: What is the difference between a pre-qualification and a pre-approval?

 

A: A pre-qualification means you’ve spoken to a lender and have told them what you “think” your credit score, income and assets are. Pre-qualification letters specifically state that the lender has not verified any of the borrowers qualifying documents. A pre-approval means you have provided your pay stubs, W-2 forms, tax returns and bank statements to the lender and, in return, they have pulled and reviewed your credit history.

 

 

Q: At what point should I look into pre-approval for a home?

 

A: The pre-approval process should start before you start looking for a home. Most of the time, sellers will turn the other way if you have not been pre-approved, especially in today’s market, where sellers are receiving multiple offers on a home. Time is critical in today’s market and sometimes the best way to win a deal is to offer a short closing time. However, you can’t close quickly unless your lender has pre-approved you.

 


 

For 19 years, Home Team Mortgage Company has been committed to building long lasting relationships by providing exceptional service with competitive rates. With an office located in each Ebby Halliday Real Estate branch, HTM loan officers offer the convenience of one-stop shopping, coupled with expertise to ensure peace of mind for borrowers and agents alike.

 

For all your mortgage questions and needs, contact Home Team Mortgage Company, an Ebby Halliday affiliate.