Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Holiday Décor Tips with IBB Design

You don’t need to change your entire home’s décor to inject the holidays into your space this season. Get in the spirit and transform your space with these quick decorating tips from Shay Geyer, designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

1. Use colors that complement the space
Think outside of the traditional red-and-green box when injecting holiday colors into your space. Add metallics for a bit of sparkle, as well as white or muted blues. Mixing and matching different textures and patterns is always a great idea.
2. Utilize things you already have
Use lamps, candle holders, and even winter fruit (hint: pomegranates, oranges) to layer in with garland, ornaments, flowers, pinecones and other holiday elements.
3. Always have enough seating for your guests
With the holidays comes entertaining friends and family, so be sure to have enough seating in your space. Benches, ottomans and decorative pull-up chairs are the perfect way to add additional seating for your guests.
4. Hang a wreath in an unexpected place
Get creative with your holiday wreaths this season and place them in unexpected spots throughout your home. Utilize suction-cup hooks to hang wreaths on bookcases and other glass surfaces. If opting for lit wreaths, be sure to find battery-powered ones to avoid visible cords!
For more tips and tricks, visit IBBDesign.com.

Keep Away Germs During Cold and Flu Season

White roses in jug on shelf with rattan tissue box against neutral wall background

With flu season ramping up, it’s important to keep you and your family healthy. Protection begins at home so here are six ways to give those pesky germs the boot.


Get your flu shot  Many experts say that getting vaccinated is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the flu. Click here to find flu clinics near you. Pro tip: If you opt for the flu mist, bring juice or a lollipop to mask the taste.


Stop dragging germs around  When you notice your mop or dish towels start to smell or appear dirty, it’s time to ditch them. Swap out these items for fresh, clean ones to get optimal cleaning results.


Don’t forget about the sponge  Bacteria thrive in damp environments so a sponge is a dream home for germs. Place your sponge in the dishwasher or put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes to sanitize.


Be aware of germ hiding spots  Did you know that phones are one of the filthiest things in our lives? Remotes, door handles, light switches, cutting boards and children’s toys are just a few of the other unexpected places germs hide. Cleaning your home regularly will help maintain a germ-free environment. Use an anti-bacterial wipe to wipe down these surfaces and erase the chance of spreading germs.


Wash your hands often – And we mean often. It takes about 30 seconds for antibacterial soap to do its job, so teach children to sing the Happy Birthday song or the ABCs for the duration of the wash. If soap and water aren’t readily available, keep an alcohol-based sanitizer near you. You might consider storing additional hand sanitizers in your car, purse or gym bag.


Throw it in the wash  Try to wash your bedsheets in hot water once a week, especially after someone is sick. And don’t forget pillows, blankets and duvet covers.


Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way

Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to serve as a drop-off location for the 2017 Santa Cops toy drive. The drive continues through December 13.


In 1984, Dallas Police officers created and developed Santa Cops, a program designed to assist members of the community who have been victims of crime.


The Santa Cops program has assisted over 10,000 families throughout the years. In recent years, the program has been able to help more than 600 families annually.


The Santa Cops project typically delivers the fruits of its efforts on the Saturday before Christmas to the citizens of Dallas. The best part? Watching children’s faces when officers bring toys to their home.


Items needed:

*  new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

*  new or lightly used books

*  diapers

*  new blankets, robes, slippers


Santa Cops often needs gifts for older kids. Suggested items:

*  sports items (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, bean bag toss sets, etc.)

*  bath gift sets

*  arts & crafts items

*  board games

*  age-appropriate books

*  skateboards

*  bicycles

*  bicycle helmets


You’re encouraged to drop by the corporate office of Ebby Halliday Realtors at 4445 Sigma Road near the Galleria between the hours of 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, through December 13, to donate items to the 2017 Santa Cops toy drive. This simple act of kindness is sure to make your holiday season brighter!

Frisco Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Members of Ebby’s Frisco Office recently presented a check for $107,500 to representatives of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The check represents the proceeds of the office’s Ninth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held September 18. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco, which is building a new ambulatory care center at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway.


Frisco Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital


“We are so incredibly pleased with the event and the results of this year’s charity golf tournament, our most-successful one to date,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office. “We’re proud to support Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and help aid in the care of children in Frisco and beyond.”

“This year we raised record-breaking proceeds to benefit one of our favorite charities,” says Katie Gallivan, an agent in Ebby’s Frisco office, a longtime tournament volunteer and the event’s coordinator. “We anticipate next year will be just as fun for all involved.”


Ebby’s Frisco Office is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders such as dyslexia, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
To learn more about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, visit tsrhc.org.


Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Frisco Office is located at 1415 Legacy Drive, Suite 100 in Frisco. For more information about the office, its Associates and listings, visit frisco.ebby.com.

A New Path to Your Dream

Flying over the suburbs of Melbourne

You may not be ready to buy a house today, but you can still live in the home of your dreams with help from Ebby Halliday Realtors and Home Partners of America.

Home Partners of America expands rental inventory options by casting a wider net to include properties not usually available for rent. For sellers, a Home Partners-qualified home can expand your potential buyer pool by marketing the property for lease, as well as for sale. If a qualified renter is interested, Home Partners of America may buy your home with a quick close and in cash.

Ebby Halliday Realtors can help you find or sell a Home Partners-qualified home. Here’s how it works:

1. Get Approved

• If an application is approved, Home Partners will outline the maximum monthly rent of the home for which the prospective household qualifies.

2. Find a Home Partners qualified home

• Prospective households will work with a Realtor to find a Home Partners-qualified home.
• Once a home is identified and approved by Home Partners, Home Partners will attempt to purchase the home. The outcome depends on certain conditions being met such as agreeing on a purchase price with the seller, a satisfactory inspection, attorney review of the purchase contract, and other closing conditions being satisfied.

3. Home Partners purchases the qualified home

• Once Home Partners’ offer for the home is accepted by the seller, prospective households will be required to sign a one-year lease for the home as well as a Right to Purchase Agreement.

4. Right to Purchase

• The household has the right to purchase the home at any time during their residency at the pre-set purchase price. If the household chooses not to renew the lease, they can walk away without penalty.

For more information, contact your Ebby agent today.

Fresh Listing Friday: Magnificent Penthouse

Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a spectacular two-story penthouse at The Mayfair in Dallas’ Turtle Creek neighborhood. 3401 Lee Parkway No. 2401 features floor-to-ceiling windows, Venetian-plaster walls and magnificent downtown views. Take a virtual tour below to see all of the details and high-end finishes throughout.
Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $2,110,000
• 3,530 square feet: 2 bedrooms, 2.1 baths
• Kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances
• Master suite with heated flooring and balcony

To view this listing, contact Mary Poss at 214-738-0777 or mary@dallastex.com.

DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco, Preston Hollow

DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco, Preston Hollow


For the fourth 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 Wednesday, December 13, at 7 p.m., the DSO brings the mighty brass and percussion of the orchestra to Frisco for an evening of Christmas cheer at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive.


On Tuesday, December 19, at 7 p.m., the DSO brings “A Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza” to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road, in Dallas’ Preston Hollow neighborhood.


Tickets for each performance are $19 at mydso.com. Student tickets are just $9 when you use promo code STUBRASSY at checkout.


Enjoy the show!

Santa Visits Ebby Offices

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re making it easy to update your family photos with Santa Claus. Over the next few weeks, Santa will make appearances at eight 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.


Santa Visits Ebby Offices


*  December 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Ebby Campbell/Coit, 7517 Campbell Road, Suite 616, Dallas


*  December 2, 1-3 p.m. – Ebby Preston Plano Parkway, 5013 W. Plano Parkway, Plano


*  December 2, 1-4 p.m. – Ebby Lakewood/Lake Highlands, 6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas


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


*  December 9, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard, 2900 Ridge Road, Rockwall


*  December 10, 3-5 p.m. – Ebby Allen, 955 State Highway 121, Suite 130, Allen


*  December 11, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Prosper | Celina, 1170 N. Preston Road, Suite 160, Prosper


*  December 14, 6-8 p.m. – Ebby Flower Mound/Lewisville, 6000 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound


*  December 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ebby Southlake, 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake


“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, mobile-friendly ebby.com.


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 sales associates and staff members, 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.

9 Thanksgiving-Ready Island Kitchens

As Thanksgiving prep begins, you might be dreaming of a kitchen that can do it all. Regardless of whether you’re an expert chef or only cook on turkey day, these nine island kitchens currently on the market are the perfect place to prepare your next meal.
1601 Carlyle Court | Westlake | $2,895,000
6331 northwood
6331 Northwood Road | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,895,0006655 green knoll wiw6655 Green Knoll Drive | North Dallas | $1,495,000
K_6142 shady oaks
6142 Shady Oaks Drive | Frisco | $1,324,9007723 midbury kitchen7723 Midbury Drive | Dallas | $1,295,0005609 glenbrook5609 Glenbrook Circle | Plano | $995,0004150 fallbrook4150 Fallbrook Drive | Frisco | $799,9001227 woodlawn1227 Woodlawn Avenue | Dallas – Kessler Park | $725,000
JL 8615 thorbrush
8615 Thorbrush Place | Dallas | $549,900
To see more homes currently for sale, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.