HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2017 is Underway

HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2017 is Underway


Ebby sales associate Juliet Marie Williams represents 1750 Trace Bella in Westlake, which has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt, a month-long online promotion being held on through July 18. During the contest period, consumers vote for their favorite homes among 64 finalists in eight different categories.


The listing was selected by editors of as a finalist in the Outdoor Retreats category, based on its extraordinary features and inspirational design, captured by striking photography. Additional categories include Curb Appeal, Great Estates, International Homes, Kitchen & Dining, Living Large in Small Spaces, Waterfront Homes and Modern Masterpieces.


This is the fourth consecutive year HGTV has partnered exclusively with Ebby Halliday’s global real estate network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury marketing division Luxury Portfolio International to host the contest, which last year saw over 1 million votes cast, making it one of the most popular contests on


View all the finalists and cast your vote here today!

Fresh Listing Friday: Lovely in Lucas

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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a one-story custom in the city of Lucas, just east of Allen. Situated within the Lovejoy Independent School District, 1621 Briardale Drive offers custom millwork, spacious living areas, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, a media room, a stone fireplace and high-end fixtures. Take a virtual tour below to see the beautiful finishes throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $775,000
• 4,124 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths
• Private study with French doors
• Master suite with a custom remote-controlled shower
• Five-car garage
• Custom iron fencing and extended patio
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To view this listing, contact The Leto Group at 214-535-3632 or

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.

Lennox Lane
10010 Lennox Lane | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $3,300,0003324 beverly
3324 Beverly Drive | Highland Park | $2,699,000412 lakeway droive
412 Lakeway Drive | Allen – Wimberely Place | $2,650,000
15 stonecourt
15 Stonecourt Drive | Dallas – University Park | $2,100,000
7 grantley
7 Grantley Court | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,175,000
5716 templin way
5716 Templin Way | Plano – Willow Bend | $1,150,000
7146 wildgrove
7146 Wildgrove Avenue | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,375,947


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

Millennials are Flocking to Dallas

Millennials are Flocking to Dallas



Dallas is one of several cities in the U.S. that millennials are increasingly calling home, according to RISMedia. Due to high employment rates, strategic settings and great investment opportunities for housing, the below cities have become beacons for those in their 20s and 30s. Says RISMedia:



Dallas continues to grow each year and attract young out-of-towners due to its job growth rate of 3.9 percent and median home price of $175,000. The big city boasts plenty of shopping opportunities and attractions for those who want to stay busy without spending a lot to live close to the downtown area. The city hasn’t attempted to control ride sharing, and many places are also easy to access by walking. There are also neighboring cities that are affordable to live in for those who don’t mind commuting to work.


Salt Lake City, Utah 

The high job growth in Salt Lake City makes it a desirable place for young adults to live as they look to obtain steady employment. The city is affordable to live in and has a median home price of $233,000 with job growth of 2.4 percent. Salt Lake City also has a lower unemployment rate compared to other markets throughout the U.S. with 2.9 percent, which is below the national average by a few points.


Seattle, Wash.

Seattle is considered to be a hot spot for millennials, which make up 24.1 percent of the population. Its busy nightlife scene and generous median incomes of $67,000 make it an ideal place to live for younger generations. It also boasts a job growth rate of 10.8 percent. The beautiful views of the water and the long list of activities and attractions in the area are additional reasons that many millennials relocate to the city.


Austin, Texas

Millennials are drawn to Austin for its real estate market, which includes homes that have a median price of $226,000. The job growth is also 4.2 percent, and it’s the second top city in the country for the number of jobs that are becoming available. Some of the top companies that are run out of Austin include Dell, Apple, and Google, making it known as “Silicon Hills.” The average median income is also $58,932, which allows many young adults to afford to purchase their first home.


Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte is one of the best places to live in North Carolina with 14 percent of the population between the ages of 25 and 34. Many of the youth are post-college graduates who have relocated to the city to seek employment and purchase a home in a neighborhood that has a suburban family profile. The draw of millennials is also causing many companies to relocate their headquarters to Charlotte in hopes of hiring talented employees.


Want to learn more about Dallas and the North Texas region?  Get started at the award-winning, where you’ll find community profiles and many of the area’s most-respected residential real estate agents.






11 Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

By: Hannah Young
Give your kitchen a detox and declutter with some ideas that can be implemented annually, as well as habits that will help you out every day.

1. Clear your surfaces. Move everything off of your countertops and give them a thorough clean — then step back and enjoy the result. With this in mind, clean each item you’ve removed and think carefully about whether it deserves a place on display. Ideally, you will put back only items that are used on a daily basis.

2. Banish the paper. Do you struggle to find your bar counter when it’s time for before-dinner drinks? The mail, newspapers and magazines often land on the nearest flat surface and clutter up the space. A good solution is to hang magazine racks on a wall or to install a small basket nearby to keep everything contained. Try to book a weekly date in your calendar to sort, discard and respond.
3. Investigate the depths. Do you know what’s in your fridge and freezer, and how long it has been there? How about making this the year you use up all that extra food? Get into the habit of checking what you already have before you put together a meal plan for the week. Then, when you go shopping, you’ll know exactly what you need and be less likely to buy on impulse.
4. Give it away. Let’s be honest: Most of us have received a gift or two that we don’t really want. If it’s a seasonal item of food or drink, avoid letting it hang around and go stale, and instead give it to someone who will appreciate it more. Don’t be shy about regifting, as long as you make sure it’s into a different circle of friends!
5. Do the dishes daily. The humble dishwasher can make or break your day. Get into the habit of fully loading it in the evening and running it overnight. In the morning, you’ll be ready to go, as clean bowls and spoons can be put right on the table for breakfast.
Allocate cabinets near the dishwasher for dishes and glasses so that it’s easy to put everything away quickly. By clearing the dishwasher in the morning, you’ll have an empty area in which to put everything as you use it, ready for the next evening cycle.

 6. Plan a place for everything. This kitchen is pretty extreme in its stark lack of clutter, but there’s a lot to be said for precise planning when thinking about new cabinets. If you have a home for everything in a drawer or pullout, then there’s really no reason to leave much on the counter. Flat fronts and no handles also make this kitchen pretty quick to clean.

7. Make use of glass. Open shelves look great in a kitchen — it’s nice both aesthetically and practically to be able to see what you have. However, many people are put off by the dust and grease floating around. So why not consider installing cabinets with glass doors to give you the best of both worlds? This may even inspire you to declutter so that you can display the mugs and plates you love in a pleasing way, rather than cramming everything in.

8. Let it go. How many mugs do you have? If, like most of us, you have more than you’ll use at any one time, give yourself permission to get rid of some. It’s easy to fall into the trap of hanging on to an item too long just because it has become part of the kitchen.
Try to be objective as you look through your collections and send those you don’t need, don’t like or think are unsuitable to your local thrift shop. If you’re having trouble doing it on your own, enlist the help of a friend or find a professional.

9. Dig out the gadgets. Now is a great time to inspect those kitchen appliances lurking at the back of your cabinets and drawers. If you don’t think you’re going to use one, send it to a thrift shop or sell it on websites like eBay and Craigslist.
Gadgets you want to keep should be easy to access, so find a place for them on the counter or consider some nifty storage solutions. An appliance garage with outlets will keep things neatly behind closed doors and ready to go when needed.

10. Organize your cabinets. A top organizing tip for any space is to keep similar items in the same place. Arrange your pantry cabinets so that you have savory items (canned goods, pasta, grains) in one and sweet items (baking ingredients, cookies) in another. Maximize storage by outfitting cabinets with small shelves for items such as spices, and using shallow drawers or containers that can be pulled out from the back of deep cabinets.
11. Store items next to their point of use. Keep things where you use them. Think about all the items you require for a task. If you’re making a cup of tea, for example, how far do you move around your kitchen to gather together a mug, teabag, kettle, milk and teaspoon?
Try to think of your kitchen layout in terms of “stations” where you complete different tasks, then store the relevant items near each one. You’re more likely to put things away — and less likely to drop them — if they’re nearby.
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How to Upgrade Your Home Coffee Game

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With so many homes today offering beautiful butler’s pantries, breakfast bars, and more, we’re feeling inspired to become better baristas. Upgrading your morning cup of joe is easy — let these products be your guide.

Nespresso VertuoLine Bundle – $249.99
This state-of-the-art machine produces rich coffee and espresso with the convenience of pre-packaged capsules. Simply insert the capsule and close the lever, and freshly-brewed coffee is at your fingertips. If you also want the option of creating lattes and cappuccinos, you can purchase the machine bundle, which includes an Aerocinno milk frother capable of creating luxurious hot or cold milk foam with the push of a button.

Additional perk:
Nespresso has a membership club with coffee specialists available to answer questions seven days a week. Order products online, through the smartphone app, or in Nespresso boutiques near you. You can even schedule delivery of your favorite pods on a regular or as-needed basis.

Torani Coffee Syrup Variety Pack - Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut, 3-Count, 25.4-Ounce Bottles

Torani Syrup Variety Pack – $28.93
Flavor your coffee like the pros with this Torani syrup variety pack. Add a splash to your coffees, lattes, or even hot chocolate for a burst of flavor. If you like to experiment, try out flavors like coconut, raspberry, or peppermint. Each bottle is 25.4 ounces, so feel free to be generous.


Clear Glass Bistro Mug – $14.95
Make your home into a hip bistro with these handmade glass mugs. The double-walled, insulating design includes industrial-strength borosilicate glass and will keep your beverage hot or cold without burning your hand.

French Press – $30 (12-oz), $40 (34-oz), $50 (51-oz)
The signature dome-topped French press coffee maker offers plunger-style brewing for rich, full-bodied coffee. Tested by the American Culinary Institute, this classic and simple design is outfitted with a patented safety lid.

Cold Brew Coffee Maker – $79.99
Ultra-trendy cold brew coffee is now attainable at home with this KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker. This sleek, stainless-steel brewer makes up to 28 ounces of coffee concentrate that stays fresh in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. Simply mix the coffee concentrate with water, milk, or ice, and enjoy the smooth, full-bodied flavor. The small size is perfect for any refrigerator and even includes a stainless-steel tap for easy dispensing.

Chemex 6-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffee Maker


Chemex 6-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffee Maker – $38.15
These widely-celebrated coffeemakers offer a sleek look and a chemically correct method for brewing with no moving parts. The hourglass-shaped glass flask does not absorb odors or chemical residues, and will last a lifetime unless dropped or demolished. They come in a variety of sizes and also have options with handles. Be sure to purchase Chemex filters to use with the device.

81OJ6qwKxyL._SL1500_Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder – $17.12
Grinding your own beans can amplify the aromas and flavors in your coffee. This powerful KRUPS grinder only takes a few seconds to grind up to 3 ounces of beans into a coarse or fine texture. Simply add the beans, close the lid, and press the button. Your drink will taste better than if brewed from pre-ground coffee. This versatile grinder can also be used for spices, nuts, and herbs!

Fresh Listing Friday: Mediterranean Darling

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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a darling Spanish Mediterranean home in the Irving community of La Villita. 826 La Cima offers an open floor plan, spacious living areas, and vaulted ceilings. Additional features include granite countertops, plantation shutters, custom cabinetry and backsplash, and decorative lighting. Take a virtual tour below to see the beautiful finishes throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $489,000
• 2,957 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Front lawn with accent tree lighting
• Atrium off the breakfast nook
• Media room wired with speakers
• Professionally landscaped backyard with a covered patio

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To view this listing, contact Lisa M. Johnson at 214-629-5474 or

5 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.

1490652780_491198-01Lavendale6441_RGB.jpg6441 Lavendale Avenue | Dallas | $2,675,0004421 Belclaire Avenue4421 Belclaire Avenue | Highland Park | $2,000,0003915 Purdue Avenue3915 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,750,0001495137081_497054-01.jpg4634 Ridgeside Drive | Dallas | $1,535,0001496959353_498585-4713-eva-pl-plano-tx-High-Res-1.jpg4713 Eva Place | Plano | $625,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father'sDayGiftGuideBannerFather’s Day is approaching quickly. Show your love and appreciation for the special men in your life with these dad-approved gift ideas.


Father'sDayGiftGuide1. Bifold Wallet with RFID Protection – $60.00
This dual-toned leather wallet offers a special liner to help protect the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips in your credit and debit cards from unwarranted scanning.
2. Jalapeño Corer & Grill Rack – $7.99
Random? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely. This pepper set allows you to core jalapeños and stuff them with anything your heart desires. Place the peppers in the slots and throw this on the grill for some true Texas heat.
3. Double Old-Fashioned Glass – $9.95
These simple glasses are the perfect vehicle for enjoying a whiskey on the rocks, or even a cup of iced tea.
4. YETI® Tundra 35 Cooler – $299.99
If you haven’t joined the Yeti bandwagon, it’s time to jump on. These are sturdy, reliable coolers perfect for anything from a fishing trip to a backyard barbecue.
5. Nike Hyperflight Golfballs – $24.95
Upgrade your golf game with these high-tech golfballs. They’ll play a good game all the way to the 19th hole.
6. Wine Aerator – $24.95
Enjoy a perfect glass of wine every time with this easy-to-use aerator. In the time it takes to pour a glass, it will quickly mix the proper amount of air with the wine to enhance the flavor, bouquet and finish.
7. Grill Brush – $29.95
This sleek, contemporary grill brush is an essential tool for any grillmaster. Smart features make the work of cleaning grills a breeze. Stubborn residue has met its match.
8. TrakDot Luggage Tracker – $39.99
Whether on a business trip or a vacation, there is nothing worse than losing your luggage. Prevent this tragic travel mishap with this handy luggage tracker. Simply pop it in your luggage and keep track of its whereabouts via your smartphone.

North Texas Cities Among Best Places for Families

North Texas Cities Among Best Places to Raise Family


A new study lists several North Texas cities among the best places to raise a family in Texas. SmartAsset looked at 87 cities with a population greater than 25,000 for the study, and measured them on 12 metrics including family poverty rate, median household income, high school graduation rate and violent crime rate. Six North Texas cities took the 2-7 spots in the list. Each of these cities is served by Ebby Halliday Realtors.


SmartAsset’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas:

*  Leander
*  Frisco
*  Southlake
*  McKinney
*  Mansfield
*  Grapevine
*  Keller
*  Georgetown
*  Round Rock
*  Pearland



From Smart Assets:



Frisco is a great Texas city to raise a family. This city has some of the lowest crime rates in the state, ranking fourth in violent crime and ninth in property crime. Another plus for prospective families looking in the area is that Frisco is also relatively young. About 35 percent of the population is 19 or younger, meaning plenty of chances for kids to make friends. Plus, the city boasts a low unemployment rate of only 4.3 percent.


To learn more about Frisco, its many housing options, and the Frisco Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit



Southlake is a wealthy suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, with one of the best education systems in the state. The city graduates almost all of its students: its 99 percent graduation rate is the highest in the top 10. And many of those students achieve high marks in their AP exams. Southlake also has the lowest rate of family poverty in the study. Only 2.1 percent of families here fall under the poverty line.


To learn more about Southlake, its many housing options, and the Southlake Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit



The quality of local schools is one of the most important factors when deciding where to raise a family. McKinney ranks high on this list because students from this city are some of the highest achieving in the state. McKinney ranked first for both percent of students who take AP exams (almost 40 percent) and percent of those students who score 3 or better on their AP exams (76.7 percent).


To learn more about McKinney, its many housing options, and the McKinney Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit



Mansfield is one of the most livable cities for families in our top 10. It has a very low family poverty rate of 4.4 percent and a large population of young people. Thirty-two percent of the population is under the age of 20. Mansfield is also one of the safest cities in our study. According to FBI data, Mansfield has a crime rate of 1,617 per 100,000 residents, the fifth-best score in our top 10.


To learn more about Mansfield, its many housing options, and the Mansfield Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit



Grapevine posts high marks for its education system. About 96 percent of Grapevine high schoolers graduate and 31.6 percent of them go on to take an AP exam. The city is also rich with employment opportunities. Only 3.6 percent of residents in Grapevine are unemployed.


To learn more about Grapevine, its many housing options, and the Grapevine Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit



Keller offers families a fairly crime-free environment with good schools. Keller ranks second for both property crime rate per 100,000 residents and violent crime rate per 100,000 residents. This city also has a graduation rate of 94 percent.


To learn more about Keller, its many housing options, and the Keller Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit


To see the full Smart Assets List of Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas, click here.