Does Thread Count Really Matter?


It’s estimated that a person will sleep for a third of his or her life. If you’re spending that much time in bed, you’d better make sure you like your sleeping conditions. Comfortable sheets are crucial for a good night of sleep, and many people don’t seek out the sheets that are best for them.

 

It’s often misunderstood that higher thread counts mean better sheets. While thread count is important, there are other factors to consider when on the hunt for the perfect sheets: the type of cotton, weave, and finish to name a few.

 

Still believe that those 1,000-thread count sheets you got for a bargain are the best out there? Read below and we’ll let you decide.

 

Fiber: Instead of focusing on thread count, evaluate the length of the sheet’s fiber: longer fibers are better than short and lend themselves to longer lifespans. In addition, Egyptian cotton isn’t a myth – it’s indeed an indication of the quality of the cotton. Make sure the label says 100 percent or pure Egyptian cotton, though, because sheets can be labeled “Egyptian” even if they only contain a small percentage of actual Egyptian cotton. Alternative options are Pima and Supima, cotton-poplin, cotton-polyester and even bamboo.

 
 

Weave: Weave is the last thing you should pay attention to and is the determining factor in how the sheets feel and the lifespan. Common weaves are percale or sateen — percale features a cool, crisp feel, while sateen is softer and warmer. When it comes to weave, pick what feels best to you.

 
 

Thread Count: Thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. Additional threads can be woven in, thus, increasing the thread count. In general, a higher thread count will make the sheets denser. It’s recommended to get anything over 200, but anything higher than 400 isn’t worth going out of your way for. The threads used to achieve these higher thread counts sheets are often thinner so they can all fit.

 
 

Cost: When it comes to sheets, quality is better over quantity. More expensive sets of 200-thread count sheets will generally be higher quality than a cheaper set of 400-thread count.

 
 

Finish: Sheets may contain bleaches, dyes, or finishes to keep them from wrinkling. If you have sensitivities or allergies, steer clear and opt for 100 percent organic sheets.

 
 

And there you have it. We hope this will help you the next time you’re in the market for new sheets. Sweet dreams!

Fresh Listing Friday: Historic Charm


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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a home situated in Dallas’ highly sought-after Lower Greenville neighborhood. Turning 100 this year, the residence at 5928 Richmond Ave. offers original leaded-glass windows, and updates throughout, including the kitchen and master bath. Take a virtual tour below and see how this historic home is perfectly suited for modern-day living.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $610,000
• 2,887 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Master bedroom with sitting area and reading nook
• Back patio with outdoor fireplace

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To view this listing, contact Katherene Hough at 214-532-2118 or Katherene@Ebby.com.

Renting vs. Buying: 5 Issues to Consider


Renting vs. Buying: 5 Issues to Consider

 

Due to the influx of people moving to Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone there are almost 17,000 apartment units in demand. And, that number is projected to increase by as much as 4 percent in 2017. Many people relocating to North Texas choose to rent an apartment so they can take their time looking for a home, resulting in an exceptionally lucrative market for companies who own and manage apartment complexes.

 

What should you do? Should you buy or should you rent? Consider these five issues:

 

*  Equity – A common argument made by rental property owners is, “renters aren’t losing money, they’re just spending it on a place to live.” The reality is money spent on rent is money you will never see again, while every mortgage payment on a home builds equity ownership in the property.

 

*  Appreciation – In general, people who buy a home hope it will be worth more than they paid for it when it comes time to sell. Rest assured, you can invest in North Texas with a positive outlook; in fact, home values are expected to increase by 31 percent in Dallas by 2020, largely due to job and population growth, according to recent projections.

 

*  Tax Benefits – While paying a mortgage, interest and property taxes does add up, the good news is you may be able to deduct a portion of your expenses – unlike with renting, which you cannot deduct on your taxes.

 

*  Stability – Renters are often subject to increases with each new lease signing. With a fixed-rate mortgage on a home, your mortgage payments will never change.

 

*  Control – When you own a home and you tire of the way your kitchen or bathroom looks you can remodel them to your liking. That’s not an option with an apartment.

 

Considering purchasing a home? Home Team Mortgage Company, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage company, has a track record of building long-lasting relationships by providing exceptional service with competitive rates. With an office in each Ebby Halliday branch, Home Team Mortgage 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.

 

 

Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market


	Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market

 

What was once considered real estate wisdom – the ideal time to list your home for sale is the traditional spring selling season – is no longer true for North Texas homeowners.

 

“Year-over-year home sales for December and the current low inventory of homes available to purchase indicate there is no reason to wait until spring to list your home for sale,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer a very compelling case for those sellers who would like to get a head start on the competition.”

 

A few of the highlights from the NTREIS numbers for December 2016 vs. December 2015 include:

 

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home rose 7.4 percent to $281,596.

 

*  Inventory was down 12 percent to 2.2 months supply.

 

*  The number of homes for sale was down 10.5 percent.

 

*  Finally, the average time a home was on the market was down 4.1 percent to 47 days.

 

“These numbers make it clear that the winter of 2017 offers the ideal climate in which to list a North Texas property for sale,” Burleson says. “Potential sellers should act now to get ahead of the traditional spring market.”

 

If you’re considering listing your home, 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 fast-paced market. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the the all-new, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

How to Make Your Home Smarter



We live in a digital age, and many new homes now include different forms of home automation. If you’re interested in automating certain aspects of your home, it’s easy to add these smart systems yourself. Simple devices you can find in stores come in the form of thermostats, light switches, vacuums, and speakers and will offer you a new level of comfortable living unlike anything you’ve experienced before.EchoDot
1. Amazon Echo Dot – $49.99
You’ve probably heard a lot of conversation about this Amazon device and its narrator Alexa. The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the Echo, a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that allows you to play music, control volume, control smart home devices, ask questions, set alarms, follow recipes, and more.


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2. Belkin WeMo® Switch – $39.99
The WeMo Switch Smart Plug is perhaps one of the easiest ways to automate your home. All you need to do is plug the switch into an outlet, download the WeMo app, connect to your home Wi-Fi, and start controlling your devices from anywhere. This plug allows you to put your devices on a timer, sync lights with sunrise or sunset, and turn on or off randomly to ward off potential intruders. You can also use it to turn on or off small appliances like space heaters or coffee makers.

 


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3. iRobot Roomba® 960 – $699.99
The Roomba® 960 is an automatic vacuum on the cutting-edge of smart home technology. The device can navigate an entire level of your home, keeping track of its progress and recharging as needed until the job is done. The 960 allows you to use the iRobot HOME App to clean and schedule on the go.
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4. iRobot Braava 380t mopping robot – $299.99
Is mopping where your home cleaning falls short? The makers at iRobot have come up with a solution – the Braava mopping robot. This device has the ability to sweep up to 1,000 square feet or mop up to 350 square feet in a single cleaning cycle. And guess what? It’s even compatible with reusable cleaning cloths such as Swiffer® pads.

 

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5. Petzila Petzi Treat Cam – $169.95
Ever wonder what your pet does when you aren’t home? Well, now you can find out. With this device, you can see and speak to your pet, as well as launch a treat to keep your pet’s attention. Simply connect to the app to control the device remotely, and give your pet attention even when you’re not there.

 

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6. Nest – $249
The Nest smart thermostat is the ultimate smart home device that makes living more comfortable and saves money long-term. Not only does Nest learn the temperatures you like and programs itself to follow suit, but it will also automatically turn itself down when nobody is home to save energy. And if you already own Amazon Alexa, you’re in luck. Nest works with the Echo or Echo dot to be voice-controlled.

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7. Amazon Dash (exclusive for Prime members) – $4.99
These Amazon Dash buttons are perfect for those who are frequently on the go. If you notice you’re running low on a product, simply press the button to order a pre-set item to arrive in a few days. In addition, the Dash buttons come in a wide variety of products such as food, health, beauty, and pet items. This small button will save you an emergency trip to the store, and you’ll also get your $4.99 back when you place your first Dash order.

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8. Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo® – $129.99
If you’re constantly on-the-go but prefer to eat home-cooked meals, a slow cooker can be a saving grace. Now, they’re becoming more and more high-tech and offer additional features making the process even easier. This slow cooker allows you to control the cook time and temperature from your smartphone. Arriving home later than expected? No problem. If your meal is done cooking, you can change the temperature to the warm setting until you get back.

Fresh Listing Friday: Sophisticated Craftsman


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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a sophisticated Craftsman home situated in the Hamilton Hills community of Allen. 1300 Lincoln Court offers vaulted beamed ceilings, elaborate windows, and craftsman built-ins. Take a virtual tour below and see the white brick fireplace, sliding barn doors, and all the other exquisite details this residence has to offer!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $1,240,000
• 4,699 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 4.1 baths
• Island kitchen with black leathered granite countertop, farmhouse sink, pot filler, and custom cabinetry
• Master suite with sitting area, spa-like bath, separate vanities, walk-in closet, and spacious shower
• Private first-floor guest suite with vaulted ceilings and a work area
• Backyard with a pool, spa, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and pergola-covered patio
 

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Best City to Invest in Housing in 2017?


Best City to Invest in Housing In 2017?

 

Forbes has named Dallas the best city in America to buy a home. Dallas takes the top spot after ranking No. 6 in 2016.

 

Home prices in Dallas are expected to grow the most of any city in its new ranking, according to Forbes. Informing that forecast is an anticipated 6.2 percent three-year population growth, 3.9 percent job gains last year and 9 percent annual home price gains.

 

To create the list, Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina-based company that tracks more than 300 housing markets. Local Market Monitor forecasts home prices in Dallas will increase 31 percent by 2020.

 

Texas not only holds the top spot on the 2017 Forbes list but the second most spots overall, with Forth Worth at No. 9 and San Antonio at 20. Opportunity and affordable housing led more people to relocate from other states to Texas in 2015 than any other state besides Florida.

 

If you’re interested in investing in housing in the best city in America to buy a home, the best place to get started is at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Fresh Listing Friday: Mid-Century Modern Ranch


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a thoughtfully renovated Mid-Century modern ranch home situated in Richardson. 302 W. Shore Drive offers a bright and open floor plan, solid oak flooring, and a spacious backyard overlooking Cottonwood Creek. Take a virtual tour below and see all the modern details this residence has to offer!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $799,000
• 3,232 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths
• Island kitchen with custom walnut cabinetry, quartz countertops, and a wine chiller
• Master suite with a deck and spacious walk-in closet
 

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To view this listing, contact Anne Westphal at 214-402-7598 or AnneWestphal@Ebby.com or Morris Hanys at 214-986-2059 or MorrisHanys@Ebby.com.

Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs


Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs

 

Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, ranks No. 9 on the just-released Swanepoel Power 200 “Top 20 Women Leaders in Residential Real Estate 2017” list. Ms. Burleson also placed No. 16 on the Swanepoel “Power Brokers” list and No. 52 on the “Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate” list. The Swanepoel lists are widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. To view the Swanepoel Power 200 list, visit swanepoel.com/power200.

 

The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth, and potential.

 

Congratulations to Mary Frances on another honor very well deserved!

 

To see the full Swanepoel Power lists, click here.

 

Keep a Cleaner Home


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It’s a new year, and many of you likely made resolutions revolving around the home: lower energy bills, de-clutter, cook more, etc. One resolution you also may have made is to keep a cleaner home.

 

For those of you who clean your own home, this resolution can be a big undertaking.

 

If you’re particular about cleanliness, then you may be tempted to clean all the time. Realistically, nobody has time for that. It’s better to stick to a schedule.

 

That’s why we’ve come up with this helpful home-cleaning guide for how often you should complete your regular chores. Follow this schedule and come next season, spring-cleaning won’t even be necessary.

 

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Need to keep a visual reminder? Print out this guide here and put it somewhere where you’ll see it!