Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter


Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

 

Cooler weather is here and it’s time to get your fireplace roaring again. Before you fill your home with the warmth and scent of a crackling fire, there are some precautions to take.

 

Check the Chimney — Have you called a chimney sweep recently? Experts recommend having your chimney cleaned once a year. A fireplace is only as good as its chimney, so inspect the exterior structure to make sure there are no issues there as well.

 

Open the Flue — Ever started a fire and had the room fill with smoke? If you’re new to fireplaces, you may not realize that this happens when the flue is closed. Simply look up and reach for a chain or lever to open it up before you light the fire.

 

Vacuum — A quick vacuuming of the flue, smoke shelf and the surrounding hearth is the last step in preparation for fabulous fires in the coming months.

 

If you’re going to be without a fireplace in the upcoming winter months, we have plenty of homes that could have you curling up by the fire in no time. Below are a few. To see all of our incredible homes for sale, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

^2222 King Fisher, Westlake

Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

^751 Amber Lane, Little Elm

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^5242 Buena Vista, Frisco

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^4409 Colgate, Dallas

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^18 Vanguard Way, Dallas

7309 Ramblewood

^7309 Ramblewood, Garland

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy


The holiday season is here and we’re turning our thoughts to entertaining in style. We’ve teamed up with our friends at IBB Design Fine Furnishings to bring you a few fun ideas for holiday entertaining at home. Let the festivities commence!



Interested in recreating the cocktail in the video? Click here for a printable Mistletoe Cocktail recipe card!

 

Santa Visits Ebby Offices


 

Santa Visits Ebby Offices

 

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re making it easy to update your family photos with Santa Claus. Over the next two weeks, Santa will make appearances at five Ebby offices across North Texas. So bring the kids – yes, big kids are welcome, too – and catch up with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his big night.

 

*  December 3, 1-4 p.m. – Ebby Lakewood/Lake Highlands, 6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas

 

*  December 4, 3-5 p.m. – Ebby Sherman, 3445 FM 1417 N, Sherman

 

*  December 10, noon-2 p.m. – Ebby Preston Plano Parkway, 5013 W. Plano Parkway, Plano

 

*  December 10, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Rockwall, 2604 Ridge Road, Rockwall

 

*  December 14, 2-5 p.m. – Texas Premier Title (an Ebby Halliday affiliated company), 1415 Legacy Drive, Suite 200, Frisco

 

“This popular holiday tradition started several years ago at Ebby’s Lakewood/Lake Highlands Office and has grown in both number of visitors and number of offices ever since,” says Vice President and Director of Marketing Randall Graham. “At Ebby Halliday, we’re happy to offer these opportunities for photos with Santa before Christmas arrives. I encourage you to make plans to take advantage of this easy and convenient way to update your family’s holiday photos.”

 

With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the oldest and most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Our Associates and employees seek every day to elevate the home-buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be. To learn more, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

DSO on the GO Coming to Preston Hollow


 

For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

On Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m., the DSO brings the mighty brass and percussion of the orchestra to Preston Hollow for an evening of Christmas cheer. The performance, “A Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza,” takes place at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road.

 

Tickets are $19 at mydso.com. Student tickets are just $9 when you use promo code STUTIXORG at checkout.

 

Enjoy the show!

Fresh Listing Friday: French Comfort


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Happy (Black) Friday! We are so excited to share this week’s Fresh Listing Friday – a French chateau in the gated Dallas community of Glen Lakes.  Take a virtual tour through 3 Duncannon Court and see the beautifully renovated kitchen and master baths, as well as the grand spiral staircase and plethora of chandeliers.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $1,288,000
• 5,214 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 5.1 baths
• Updated white kitchen with polished nickel accessories and modern lighting
• Two master baths
• Plentiful natural light

 

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To view this listing, contact Valerie Van Pelt at ValerieVanPelt@Ebby.com or (972)489-8969.

Holiday Season is Bright for Selling Your Home


Holiday Season is Bright for Selling Your Home

 

The holiday season is in full force.

 

“With all the parties and family events taking place this time of year, many people decide to take their homes off the market or delay listing their home for sale,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “But this holiday season could actually be the ideal time to sell a home.”

 

*  Why is this holiday season an exceptional time to list a home for sale in North Texas?

 

*  The average home sales price in North Texas is up 11 percent over this time last year.

 

*  Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows.

 

*  Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.

 

*  There are fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. With less competition, your home may sell faster and at a higher price.

 

*  Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.

 

*  January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since many transferees are not able to wait until spring to buy, your home should be on the market now to not miss out on this significant group of buyers.

 

If you’re considering listing your home this holiday season, contact an Ebby Associate today to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood. 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.

Special Ways to Make Your Guests Feel at Home


Holiday Guests

 

The holiday season is just beginning, and that means there’s a good chance you might be hosting family or friends. Here are some quick tips that will make your guests feel extra special during their stay.

 

1. Cheat sheet

Create a home cheat sheet that provides your guests with the Wifi code, instructions to turn on the television, garage code, and anything else they may need. Be sure to include your address, landline number, and any emergency contact information.

 

2. Spare samples
Have tons of hotel freebies and sample products lying around the house? Put them all in a jar in the guest bathroom. Your guests will like the availability of extra products, especially if they may have forgotten something.

 

3. Flower power

Placing fresh flowers or plants in the guest room adds brightness and freshness that anyone will appreciate. Bonus points if your foliage is festive!

 

4. Cozy essentials

To create the ultimate retreat for your guests, put a basket in the corner with items that will make them extra comfortable. Think soft throw blankets, magazines, bottled water, snacks, and a reading light.

 

5. Freshen up

Make sure to leave extra towels and washcloths in the bathroom so guests can always use dry ones. An extra toothbrush is always a nice touch too.

 

6. Sense of smell

Adding a candle or diffuser to the guest suite is always a good idea. Be careful, however – not all guests love the smell of warm vanilla. It’s best to steer clear and find neutral scents – think fresh linen or the like. If you’re feeling extra fresh, a small bottle of room or linen spray is a great addition to the room.

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours


 

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

 

We are thankful – that we may conduct our business in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area, one of the most vibrant and dynamic real estate markets in the nation.

 

We are thankful – for an opportunity to assist our neighbors, both those who are old friends and those new to the area.

 

We are grateful – to each and every one of our 1,800 sales associates and staff, our fellow professionals and valued partners in our success.

 

We are thankful – perhaps most of all, for our many clients who place us in their trust and confidence and offer us the opportunity to represent them in the purchase or sale of their homes.

 

We wish you all the very, very best for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.

Burleson Among D-FW’s Most Influential Leaders


Mary Frances Burleson Among D-FW's Most Influential 

 

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, is featured in the newest edition of D CEO Magazine’s The Dallas 500, the region’s definitive directory of the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Featuring leaders in more than 60 categories, The Dallas 500 is a special edition publication that celebrates the most influential leaders in North Texas. Unprecedented in scope, The Dallas 500 provides an engaging, personal look at the people that make Dallas such a powerful economic force.

 

Mary Frances’ story is engaging, to say the least. In 1958, she was a temporary worker with Jobs Unlimited and was sent to Ebby Halliday Realtors as a part-time secretary and receptionist.

 

Mary Frances was inspired by what she saw: sales associates who were enjoying and thriving in their careers. “My husband said that I had looked over the garden wall when I started working for Ebby Halliday and that I was never the same again,” says Mary Frances. “Ebby mentored and helped many, many people to find their career path … and I was one of the fortunate ones.”

 

Ebby quickly recognized Mary Frances’ talent, and with Ebby’s encouragement, she rose through the ranks of management positions to eventually become the chief executive of Ebby Halliday Realtors. Under Mary Frances’ guidance, the firm has grown to become the nation’s 10th-largest residential real estate company in sales volume.

 

As the chief executive of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Mary Frances has had the opportunity to speak and serve widely; but she has always held firm to the belief that her role is simple: to help others – in particular, the company’s agents and staff, to achieve their goals.

 

In 2013, Mary Frances received the National Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award. Out of approximately 1 million Realtors, no more than two are recognized with the award each year.

 

In 2014, Mary Frances was the recipient of the Highland Park Independent School District’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves through their achievements in their field or contributions to society.

 

In 2015, Mary Frances was honored with the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. The 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.

 

And, earlier this year, Mary Frances was honored as D CEO’s Residential Real Estate Executive of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the residential real estate sector.

 

Mary Frances is a very civic-minded member of the Dallas community. Through her commitment to such groups as the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, of which she previously chairman, she has helped make Dallas a better place to live, work and enjoy life.

 

Congratulations to Mary Frances and to everyone associated with the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. As Mary Frances often says, she is blessed to be part of the best team in residential real estate.

 

 

 

 

A Life Well Lived – Indeed


A Life Well Lived – Indeed

 

Ebby Halliday, the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors who passed away last year at 104, has been named the 5th Greatest Dallasite of All Time by D Magazine. In a city that is passionate about sports, Ebby was the top-rated non-athlete in the recently released list of 100 notable Dallasites.

 

D began the task of determining the greatest Dallasites of All Time by compiling a list of hundreds of nominees and sought the assistance of experts, including the Dallas Historical Society, to cull and curate. Ultimately, the magazine nominated over 300 of the city’s most intriguing and influential people. Each of the nominees has had a significant impact on the Dallas area or has lived in the Dallas area and made a notable impact on the greater world.

 

In Ebby’s case, her impact on her beloved Dallas and the world beyond cannot be overstated. Born Vera Lucille Koch in the small town of Leslie, Ark., in 1911, the woman who would later take the professional name “Ebby Halliday” was admired worldwide for her ability to combine leadership with femininity and business acumen. Her impact on the residential real estate industry was unmatched. Over the years, Ebby opened the doors to successful careers for thousands of people; in particular for women at a time when opportunities were limited.

 

Throughout her life, Ebby’s dedication to her profession and her fellow man remained constant. This dedication is clearly evidenced in the many honors she received as a result of her civic and professional endeavors. They include the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® and the International Real Estate Federation, induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Dallas Business Hall of Fame, the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, the YWCA’s 100 Women 100 Years award, and the Linz Award, which is presented annually to a Dallas County resident whose civic or humanitarian efforts benefit the city of Dallas. In addition, Ebby was the first recipient of Executive Women International’s Executive Excellence Award.

 

Ebby was a member of The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, perhaps the crowning achievement of her legendary life. The Association bears the name of the renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr., whose tales of overcoming adversity through unyielding perseverance and basic moral principles captivated the public in the late 19th century. Dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles, the Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.

 

But for Ebby, a successful life was about so much more than awards and the extraordinary sales figures of the residential real estate firm she founded in 1945. She often said her most successful sale was when she “sold” Maurice Acers on marrying her on April 18, 1965. Ebby and Maurice met in a chance encounter while both were on business trips to Beaumont, Texas. A former FBI agent and successful lawyer, Maurice was truly the love of Ebby’s life and her eyes would twinkle whenever she spoke of him.

 

All of us at Ebby Halliday Realtors congratulate each of the recipients of the Greatest Dallasites of All Time honor. In a city of greatness – and one that continues its steady march to international prominence – we’re prouder than ever of our firm’s deep Dallas roots and more committed than ever to honor our founder’s extraordinary legacy through exemplary service to our clients, industry and community.