7 Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know


 

7 Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know

 

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

 

Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home —and themselves — in the best possible light.

 

Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but Realtors agree that sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

 

Take your pets with you — You may think Zoey is the cutest dog ever, but not everyone is likely to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.

 

Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.

 

Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get tired and parched. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies.

 

Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.

 

Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

 

Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.

 

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.

Fresh Listing Friday: Chic Townhome


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is nothing short of stylish. Located near Victory Park and alongside the popular Harwood District, the loft-like home at 2979 Magnolia Hill Court provides the best of urban living with exposed brick, polished concrete floors and downtown Dallas views.

 

Need-to-know details:

• Stylish and chic townhome, listed for $799,000
• 2,309 square feet: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 half-bath
• Exposed brick, concrete and hardwood flooring, high ceilings and stainless-steel appliances
• Gated entry, two-car garage, private patio, and downtown Dallas views

 

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Exterior View

 

To view this listing, contact the Lisa Birdsong Group at 214-394-3314 or lisabirdsong@ebby.com.

5 Easy Ways to a Greener Home


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There are many different ways to go green at home. There are big ways, like investing in solar panels, and there are smaller ones like growing your own vegetables. Even if you do just one or two of the below five things, you can make a big difference for our environment  — and you’ll see the results on your bills.

 

Upgrade outdated appliances — This one requires a bit of an investment, but you just may be wasting more money keeping old appliances than you’d spend replacing them with new ones. Eighteen percent of a typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer Energy Star appliances you’ll consume 10- to 15% less energy and water than standard models.

 

Monitor your temperature — Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and 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 up or down, depending on the season, while you’re out of the house. Just a few degrees can make a nice dent in your energy bills.

 

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.

 

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

 

Buy greener cleaners — There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available 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.

 

 

Master Your Master Bath


Let’s admit something: master bathrooms serve as a sanctuary to many of us. And, according to REALTOR® Mag, they are often a driving force in a buyer’s purchase decision.

 

Today’s master bathrooms are influenced by the following seven style categories, all creating an atmosphere of personal indulgence.

 

Aesthetic

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4428 Greenbrier Drive | Dallas | $1,798,000

Personal preference usually leads the way in the creation of the master bath. However, these days the preference seems to be classical or historic styling, with industrial or rustic elements being introduced: wood-grain accents, pendant lights and other smaller touches.

 

Fixtures

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12101 Madeleine Circle | Dallas – Preston Forest | $949,000

Fixtures such as tubs and sinks are now kept to a simple rectangular shape.

 

Cabinetry

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3826 Medallion Lane | Dallas – Walnut Hill Highlands | $1,649,000

More cabinets are being fitted with drawers rather than doors to make accessing contents easier, which follows the trend in kitchens.

 

Faucets

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5504 Burkett Drive | Frisco – Starwood | $1,250,000

Though chrome and nickel are still appealing to most, rose gold, bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, and brushed gold are the trending faucet finishes to consider.

 

Lighting

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609 Orleans Drive | Southlake – Carillon | $925,000

Say bye-bye to glitzy chandeliers. Choices now include subtle pendants and sconces.

 

Color and texture

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12255 Mustang Road | Pilot Point | $5,500,000

White will forever remain a favorite palette for master baths, but color experts cite trends that now lean towards less pure options such as a warm taupe. Experts also see an increase in tone-on-tone brushed effects. Regarding rugs, introduce texture with Turkish oushak or faux animal rugs.

 

Walls, floors and countertops

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7502 Colgate Avenue | Dallas – Caruth Hills | $1,955,000

Subway tiles remain the classic choice for bathroom walls, but they’re becoming larger than than the traditional 3-by-6-inch size. Floors are also being laid with larger-format tiles, while granite countertops are disappearing and marble is becoming irresistible.

D-FW: America’s Next Boomtown?


Texas: Land of Opportunity

Texas is the land of opportunity, according to a new report from Forbes on America’s next boomtowns. Forbes analyzed the 53 largest metro areas in the country to determine which have the best chance of prospering in the next decade, and four of the 10 are in Texas.

 

“The most vital parts of urban America can be encapsulated largely in one five-letter word: Texas,” says Forbes, declaring Austin No. 1, Houston No. 6, Dallas-Fort Worth No. 7, and San Antonio No. 8 on the list.

 

“Austin, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio are very different places, but they all have enjoyed double-digit job growth from 2010 through 2014, well above the national average of 8.1 percent,” Forbes says. These Lone Star hubs also have experienced huge increases in populations of young, educated millennials and households with children. The metros have also seen hikes in income growth.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth experienced 15 percent job growth from 2010-2015 and an 8.2 percent population increase from 2010 to 2014. And, 33 percent of the population ages 25-44 has at least a bachelor’s degree.

 

Fresh Listing Friday: McKinney Must-Have


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! In this week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday, we’re taking a closer look at the stunning Highland custom home at 817 Lockhart Drive in McKinney’s Hardin Lake neighborhood, where residents can enjoy a small-town vibe with the advantage of big-city life being just a short drive away in Dallas. With its location and exquisite design, this home provides serenity inside and out.

 

Need to know details:

• Stunning Highland custom home, listed for $370,000
• 2,218 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 half-bath
• Hardwood flooring, decorative lighting, modern finishes
• Covered patio

 


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5 Ways to Stay Warmer this Winter


5 Ways to Stay Warmer this Winter

 

Weather like today’s can test your home’s efficiency as well as negatively impact your wallet. Instead of giving in to higher energy bills, try these five simple techniques:

 

Your thermostat – Programming your thermostat to let the temperature drop a bit while you’re away and heat up when you return is an easy way to save big on heating bills.

 

Let the light shine – Draw back curtains and blinds during the day to allow the sun to come in. A sunny day, even a cold one, will heat up rooms a few degrees.

 

Fan flip – Ceiling fans don’t necessarily need to be off during colder months. If you flip the directional switch on your fan and choose a low speed it will push the naturally rising hot air in your home back down.

 

Mind the gaps – Check windows and doors for cracks, gaps and openings. Replace broken glass, framing and caulk where necessary.

 

Close it up – If you spend more time in some rooms than others, simply close doors to trap the heat. Additionally, if there are rooms you don’t use, shut doors and vents to re-direct heat.

 

8 One-Story Wonders Under $500K


There’s something about one-story homes. Their charm and class equate to a special kind of humbled beauty and character. They have the ability to yield luxury, yet provide coziness–all on one floor!

 

These eight, one-story wonders showcase beautiful design on both inside and out–and they’re all under $500,000!

 

Versailles 3615 S. Versailles Ave. | Dallas – La Foy Place | $499,000

 

Loving
2522 Loving Ave. | Dallas – Lakewood | $479,900

 

Purdue
4818 Purdue Ave. | Dallas – Briarwood | $445,000

 

Overview
14554 Overview Drive | Dallas – Northwood Hills | $410,000

 

Gentle Knoll
6006 Gentle Knoll Drive | Dallas – Preston Port Estates | $385,000

 

Lockhart
817 Lockhart Drive | McKinney – Hardin Lake | $370,000

 

Fenestra
2365 Fenestra Drive | East Dallas – Claremont | $330,000

 

Westwood
527 Westwood Drive | Richardson – Richardson Heights | $232,000

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover


Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover
One of Dallas’ most recognizable landmarks recently received a major upgrade.

 

“While the exterior of Ebby’s Little White House at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road still looks very familiar to the thousands of people who drive by daily, inside our valued clients, Associates and staff members are enjoying a brand-new, beautiful environment,” says Keith Newman, the office’s sales manager.

 

When the Little White House was built several miles north of downtown Dallas in 1926 it was surrounded only by fields. By 1939, enough people lived nearby – almost 800 – that the area incorporated as the Town of Preston Hollow and the building briefly doubled as its town hall.

 

Ebby Halliday bought the property in 1964 for approximately $100,000 and spent almost $50,000 repairing and remodeling the structure before making it her signature office.

 

While it’s the oldest building for miles around, Ebby’s Little White House today features a just-completed, beautiful interior with the latest technology. Below are just a few recent photos taken recently inside this Dallas landmark.

 

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

 

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

 

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

 

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

 

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

Ebby’s Iconic Little White House Gets Makeover

 

“Ebby’s Little White House offers experienced, high-quality agents and their clients a sophisticated atmosphere and the latest technology in a premier Preston Hollow location,” Newman says. “If you’re interested in more information about this exciting, new – yet iconic – office, please contact me at 214-210-1533 or keithnewman@ebby.com.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Little White House Office, its Associates and listings, click here or call 214-210-1500.

Fresh Listing Friday: High-End Charm


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is located in the La Foy Place neighborhood of Dallas, which backs to west Highland Park. The home at 3615 S. Versailles Ave. features an extensive, high-end renovation, including an 800-square-foot addition, Italian porcelain flooring in wet areas and much more.

 

Need to know details:

• High-end remodel, listed for $499,000
• 1,818 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
• Decorative lighting, stainless-steel appliances, subway tile backsplash
• Tiled fireplace, pergola, automatic gate entry

 

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To view this listing, contact Julie Pillans at 214-803-6323 or juliepillans@ebby.com.