9 Heartfelt Gestures to Create a Welcoming Community

By: Laura Gaskill
Being part of a welcoming community makes daily life so much more pleasant. Whether you are already friends with your neighbors or want to get to know them better, these ideas for simple parties and heartfelt gestures will help strengthen those bonds.

Welcome a neighbor with a thoughtful gift. Make the new arrivals feel at home with a small but thoughtful gift, hand delivered to their door. It doesn’t need to be store bought — bring cut flowers from your yard, homemade cookies or a jar of pickles or jam. The old-fashioned feel will be sure to charm them.
Help a neighbor in need. Whether you help an elderly neighbor carry in heavy groceries or bring a home-cooked meal to a family with a newborn, gestures of support mean a lot.

Host an open house or a potluck. If you’d like to throw a party and invite the neighbors, consider doing an open house or a potluck. Having several hours with people drifting in and out puts less pressure on you, and asking folks to bring a dish to share is a great way to get to know people (and avoid lots of cooking).

Host a backyard movie night. Some of the new mini projectors that connect to a smart phone are more reasonably priced than the full-size models. With a projector and a big white sheet or blank wall, you can be up and running in no time. Ask people to bring their own blankets or chairs to sit on and snacks to share — it’s more fun that way.


Sit on the porch. Hanging out on the front porch, whether first thing in the morning with a mug of coffee or after work with a cold drink, is a great way to bond with neighbors. If you are new to the neighborhood, hanging out on your porch is a low-key way of making yourself approachable to neighbors who might want to introduce themselves, but aren’t likely to come knocking on your door. Smile, wave and say hi to those who pass your door.

Share the bounty from your fruit tree or vegetable patch. Have a windfall of lemons? A bounty of zucchini? Pack up a basketful and carry it to your next-door neighbors for them to enjoy. Maybe they will surprise you later with a few juicy tomatoes or sweet strawberries of their own.
Organize a block party or yard sale. Or both! Neighborhood yard sales can pull in a lot of traffic, boosting sales all around. Pick a date and make up some flyers inviting your neighbors to participate. When the big day approaches, list the sale on Craigslist and get help putting up signs on nearby streets. And since you’re all going to be outside anyway, why not cap off the yard-sale day with a big block party? Drag the barbecue into the front yard, put some music on and share a meal together.

Have a progressive dinner party. Another fun way to connect with neighbors is by organizing a progressive dinner party, where you start at one house (say, for appetizers), then move to another house for soup, a third for the entrée and so on. That way each person is responsible for only one dish — and moving from house to house makes it a really memorable experience.


Work together to improve your neighborhood. If there are things you wish could be better about your neighborhood, get involved with your neighborhood association and talk with neighbors to see what you can do about it. Good communities are made, not born.
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7 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.


2300 WOLF STREET 12D2300 Wolf Street 12D | Dallas | $1,873,000  6655 GREEN KNOLL DRIVE6655 Green Knoll Drive | Dallas | $1,495,0006149 YORKSHIRE DRIVE6149 Yorkshire Drive | Dallas | $1,475,0005815 GRAMERCY PLACE5815 Gramercy Place | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,299,0006526 CHEVY CHASE AVENUE6526 Chevy Chase Avenue | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,275,0001335 BENTLEY COURT_OpenHouse1335 Bentley Court | Southlake | $1,199,000204 LOST CANYON COURT204 Lost Canyon Court | Richardson – Canyon Creek | $690,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com

Fourth of July Lake Houses



The Fourth of July is almost here. It’s time to relax, de-stress, and watch fireworks at these six lake house getaways! One of these beautiful homes could be yours!


1 candlelite 21 Candelite Trail | Heath – Lake Ray Hubbard | $8,570,000DCIM100MEDIADJI_0069.JPG162 Sheperds Glen Road | Heath – Lake Ray Hubbard | $4,999,000Tanda Trail98 Tanda Trail | Trinidad – Cedar Creek Lake | $1,700,0001480453919_486974-14bBH111Lakeside_0031.JPG111 Lakeside Drive | Malakoff – Cedar Creek Lake | $849,000 1493926597_493579-85Stillharbor-15.jpg85 Still Harbor Circle | Tool – Cedar Creek Lake | $426,900 unnamed-189 Still Harbor Circle | Tool – Cedar Creek Lake | $299,000


To see all of the lake homes for sale in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Fresh Listing Friday: Peaceful in Prosper

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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is an energy-efficient custom in Prosper. Situated on the 17th hole of the Gentle Creek Estates golf course, 2941 Creekwood offers hardwood flooring, a kitchen with an abundance of storage, a master suite with a sitting area and custom closet, and a media or exercise room.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $865,000
• 4,376 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths
• Kitchen with a wine cooler and a French-door oven
• Tiered multilevel patio
• Backyard oasis with a Pebble Tec® pool, spa and outdoor kitchen

To view this listing, contact Stacey Zimmerman at 469-865-3656 or StaceyZ@Ebby.com.

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


The summer 2017 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, is out and is now arriving in more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.


Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.


In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 23rd edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Family Farmhouse,” highlighting a fun design project of partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer for a local couple seeking spaces that could grow with their family; “Skewer It,” which invites you to discover the true potential of cooking on a stick; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; special sections for farm & ranch and lake properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the summer issue: Real estate insider Candy Evans finds a summer paradise in Vail, Colorado.


We believe you’re going to love the summer 2017 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you. See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

6 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

Must-See-Open-Houses2-1If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

2810SirCastorCourt2810 Sir Castor Court | Lewisville – Castle Hills | $969,900709OrleansDrive709 Orleans Drive | Southlake – Carillon Community | $899,0002712 REDDING DRIVE2712 Redding Drive | Plano – Willow Bend | $839,9005505GleneaglesDrive5505 Gleneagles Drive | Plano | $799,000New pic14708 Ireland Lane | Frisco | $529,900210CarriageHillLane210 Carriage Hill Lane | Heath | $525,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com

Fourth of July Fun


The Fourth of July is almost here, and no matter where in North Texas you’re planning to be for Independence Day, there’s a way to celebrate. From Addison to Waxahachie, there is no shortage of events where you can toast our nation’s birth. See them all below:


Addison Kaboom Town: July 3

Arlington 4th of July Parade and Celebrations: July 4

Bedford Independence Day Celebrations: July 4

Burleson Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: July 4

Celebrate Coppell – Party in the Park: July 1

Cleburne 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Dallas Fair Park Fourth: July 4

Denison Fourth of July Fireworks: July 4

DeSoto Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration: July 1

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration: July 3

Flower Mound Independence Fest: July 4

Fort Worth 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Frisco Freedom Fest: July 4

Grand Prairie Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks: July 3 & 4

Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July: July 1-4

Grapevine Lake July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4

Heath’s Annual Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Highland Park 4th of July Parade: July 4

Irving’s ‘A Star-Spangled Celebration‘: July 4

Lake Highlands Parade and Carnival: July 4

Lewisville Red, White and Lewisville Fireworks and Parade: July 4

Little Elm July Jubilee: July 4

Mansfield Red, White & Rockin’ Kids Triathalon: July 2

McKinney Red, White and Boom: July 4

Midlothian’s Independence Day Celebration: July 3

Plano’s July Fourth Fireworks: July 4

Pottsboro Fireworks: July 4

Richardson’s Family Fourth of July: July 4

Rockwall Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks: July 4

Royse City 4th Fest and Fireworks: June 30

Rowlett Fireworks on Main Street: July 4

Sherman Lights on the Lake: July 3

Southlake Stars & Stripes Celebration: July 3

Waxahachie Crape Myrtle Festival & Parade: July 3-4

Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office

Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office


On June 27, Ebby Halliday Realtors hosted a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at its newest Rockwall office, located at 2900 Ridge Road. An open house followed. Those attending included Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt, City Manager Rick Crowley, County Judge David Sweet, County Commissioner Lee Gilbert, City Council Member Kevin Fowler, City Council Member and President of the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce Dana Macalik, City Council Member Dennis Lewis, Assistant City Manager of Fate Justin Weiss and Father Keith Tuberville.


Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office


“After 19 years of successfully serving the community, we are proud to open a second location to better serve the growing needs of the fast-growing Rockwall area,” says Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, who was instrumental in selecting the site and building out the office. “This beautiful new office is a statement of our commitment to serving Rockwall and the surrounding area for many years to come.”


Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office


The new, approximately 8,000-square-foot office complements Ebby Halliday’s longtime Rockwall office at 2604 Ridge Road, which has been a staple of the community and will continue to serve clients and the community.


Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office



“Near the corner of Ridge Road and Horizon Road, just off Interstate 30, our new office, like all Ebby offices, offers the latest in technology,” Burgert says. “Truly a one-stop shop for residential real estate, it also offers mortgage and insurance services through our affiliated companies, Home Team Mortgage Company and Home Team Insurance.”


Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office


“With success comes growth,” says Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Rockwall Sales Manager Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, who has led Ebby’s Rockwall office since 2012. “We are assisting clients with one of the most-expensive and important transactions of their lifetime and it is vital that we utilize all of the resources that we can to best serve their needs. Whether you’re considering buying or selling a home, we’re here to serve you – now from two great Rockwall locations.”


Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office


Ebby Halliday’s Rockwall Office serves cities and rural areas in Rockwall, Dallas, Collin, Hunt and Kaufman counties. Sotelo Kidd says the new office comfortably accommodates more than 70 agents, and features a state-of-the-art training room. Ebby’s first Rockwall Office is “home” to more than 40 agents.


Ebby Opens Second Rockwall Office


Ebby Halliday Realtors offers more than 70 years of success serving the residential real estate needs of North Texas, as well as a longtime culture of caring for the communities it serves. The company was the first to use the Multiple Listing Service and today has an award-winning website that is one of the most-visited real estate sites in the United States with approximately 21,000 visits each day. And now, Ebby Halliday is leading the way in mobile technology, with an award-winning app and a responsive mobile website, making it easy for people on-the-go to get the information they need in real-time.


“Buying or selling a home can be complicated,” Sotelo Kidd says. “Fortunately an Ebby Halliday Realtor is here to guide you through the process.”


For more information, visit rockwall.ebby.com or call 972-771-8163.

Golf Tourney Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Golf Tourney Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital


Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to participate in its Ninth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Monday, September 18. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.


Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Texas Scottish Rite is currently building a new ambulatory care center for outpatient services and day surgeries in Frisco.


Even if you don’t golf, you’re invited to the awards dinner and live and silent auction at Stonebriar Country Club. It’s sure to be a fun time benefiting a great cause, and is only $35 for dinner and the silent auction, or just $10 for the silent auction only.




O’Gorman Group Among Top Teams in U.S.

O’Gorman Group Among Top Teams in U.S.


The O’Gorman Group of Ebby’s Preston Keller Office was just named to the 2017 REAL Trends Top Thousand. Compiled by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc., the “Thousand” is comprised of four annual nationwide Top 250 rankings. The new rankings are based on 2016 sales.


The O’Gorman Group, led by Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 153 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $135,295,477 in residential real estate sales in 2016.


“Congratulations to The O’Gorman Group for this truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”


Cindy O’Gorman began her career in real estate more than 30 years ago and has long been ranked in the top one-half of the top 1 percent of residential real estate agents in the nation. She has been Ebby Halliday’s Top Companywide Producer for more than 25 years. Cindy provides her clients with extensive knowledge of the market, impressive negotiating skills, and a team of specialists to ensure exceptional customer service.


To contact Ms. O’Gorman, call 972-715-0190 or e-mail cindyogorman@ebby.com.