10 Pools Perfect for Summer Swimming

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to relax. Take a splash into one of these exotic pools currently on the market in North Texas.

OldGate6413 Old Gate Road | Plano | $6,999,0001900 Shady Oaks Drive1900 Shady Oaks Drive | Southlake | $5,490,0001750 Trace Bella Court1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,995,00501 Mahogany Run Court5501 Mahogany Run Court | Plano | $3,845,000 6441 Sudbury Road6441 Sudbury Road | Plano | $2,100,0008057 Stone River Drive8057 Stone River Drive | Frisco | $1,899,0004762 Byron Circle4762 Byron Circle | Irving | $1,850,0005683 Buena Vista Drive5683 Buena Vista Drive | Frisco | $1,777,0003203 Bluffs Lane3203 Bluffs Lane | Parker | $1,299,9995633 Northbrook Drive5633 Northbrook Drive | Plano | $1,234,900


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Fresh Listing Friday: Southern Elegance

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TGIF! It’s about time for the weekend to start, and we’re excited to share this week’s Fresh Listing Friday, an elegant Southern-style home in Richardson. Situated on a tranquil cul-de-sac lot, the residence at 5 Briarwood Circle offers tall trees and creek views. Amenities include hardwood flooring, a stacked-stone fireplace, and a two-story living area. Take a virtual tour below to see all the breathtaking features throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $600,000
• 3,580 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths
• Kitchen with updated cabinetry
• Updated baths with quartz countertops and ceramic flooring
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To view this listing, contact Anne Westphal at 214-402-7598 or AnneWestphal@Ebby.com.

7 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

Must-See Open Houses

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.

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3324 Beverly Drive | Highland Park | $2,699,0006206 prestonshire lane_OpenHouse
6206 Prestonshire Lane | Dallas | $1,950,000
3409 Princeton Avenue | Highland Park | $1,650,0002712 AMHERST AVENUE_OpenHouse
2712 Amherst Avenue | University Park | $1,465,0006526 Chevy Chase Avenue_OpenHouse
6526 Chevy Chase Avenue | Dallas | $1,275,0004708 BYRON CIRCLE_OpenHouse
4708 Byron Circle | Irving | $1,225,0006080 BELLEVUE PLACE_OpenHouse
6080 Bellevue Place | Frisco | $989,000

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

DSO Coming to Oak Cliff June 16

DSO Coming to Oak Cliff June 16


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 Friday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m., the DSO will perform a diverse classical program including Mendelssohn’s “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Orchestra” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.” The performance takes place at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, 125 Sunset Ave., in Dallas.


General admission tickets are $19 and student tickets are $9 when you use promo code OBERON at checkout. For tickets and information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO. Enjoy the show!

5 Tips to Find Your North Texas Realtor


5 Tips to Find Your North Texas Realtor


There’s something about warmer weather that really gets the real estate market buzzing. If you want to join in on the fun as a buyer or a seller, now is the time to start looking for a Realtor.


This process is different for everyone, but below are a few things to keep in mind:


*  Experience – Look to agents who have put time into their career and the neighborhoods in which they work. This can mean different things, like trusting someone who has spent years in the business or someone who grew up in the area.


*  Personality and Interests – Try to do some background work on a potential agent. Many have bio pages, LinkedIn accounts, social media pages, and online reviews. All of these can be helpful, but remember that not having one or the other doesn’t have a direct correlation to how “good” a Realtor is.


*  Career type – Is being a Realtor the person’s full-time career? If you’re on a time schedule, you’ll want to pick someone who’s in the industry full-time.


*  The numbers – If you’re a buyer, don’t choose an agent just because their commission is lower. If you’re a seller, don’t choose them just because they agree with you on how much your home should be listed for. We’ll say two things to justify these points – you get what you pay for, and, in real estate, there’s no telling how much your home will really and truly sell for at the end of the day.


*  Age – Don’t dismiss an agent based on their age, young or old. What makes an agent the right fit for you is not often their age, but their love of their profession, dedication to you, and the points listed above.


Need a good place to start looking? Check out our office locations and search all of our wonderful Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, the No. 1 independently owned residential real estate brokerage in Texas.


Top 10 Tips for Staging Your Home and Selling it Fast

By: Susan C. Kim
A real estate slump is a real drag, especially if you’re trying to sell your abode. So stage your pad to beat out the competition and draw in more prospective buyers. Most buyers have a hard time looking past pink walls and green shag carpet, so do the legwork for them and present their “new home” on a silver platter. If done smartly, the money spent staging will be made up tenfold in the house sale — and you keep all the hot accessories for yourself afterwards (or unload them on Craigslist).
Here are some tips I used when staging my San Francisco condo. This unit sold within a month and a half for just below asking price. The exact same (un-staged) unit, located one floor down, never even got an offer. So there you have it.

1. Clear it all out. Move every single thing out of your place. That goes for your beloved troll doll collection, leopard skin rug, and the couch your mom claims you were born on. As sentimental as these things might seem to you, buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in your space; seeing clothes in the closet, family photos, and random tchotchkes prevents them from doing so. Then place back in only necessary furniture, keeping in mind that you want the space to look big, clean, spacious, and uncluttered. This isn’t supposed to be a functional room. Nope. As I did in this living area, you can lose the TV, stereo, side tables, and ottomans if it creates more room.

2. Freshen up the style. You may be a diehard Shabby Chic follower, but even Rachel Ashwell would agree that not everyone is. Aim for a style that most buyers would like, even if it’s not your cup of tea. Furnishings that seem homey and comforting — yet fresh and contemporary — give an aura that your home is updated and well cared for. Neutrals work best; just add colorful touches here and there. For this home office, I used a bright rug to punch in some color and pattern to an otherwise boxy white room. The clear console stands in for a desk (if buyers saw my real desk stacked with papers and dirty coffee mugs, they’d run for the hills). Curtains hide the closet doors and soften the hard walls. Stick-on mirrors from IKEA reflect light and space.


3. Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest one of all? Your room, that’s who. Use mirrors liberally to make your area look bigger, lighter, brighter, and encourage sunlight to bounce all over the walls. In this small dining area, the mirror even adds color by reflecting the painting that’s hanging in the living area. How’s that for working double duty?
4. Don’t forget the details. Set the table. It’s easy to do and makes a big impact. Buyers walk in and instantly feel welcome, like as if they’re coming over for dinner. Light clean- or non-scented candles, place plush towels and fancy soap in the bathrooms, a breakfast tray on the bed, and a pretty book on the coffee table. If all goes as planned, they’ll want to stay over forever.

5. Play with texture. Wallpaper, pillows, rugs, blankets, baskets, and other tactile accessories can play up texture in a room. It’s an easy way for anyone, even my colorblind husband, to add warmth to a blah room. Try grass cloth wallpaper on plain walls that need a little oomph, such as in this master bedroom, where buyers expect to see a little more luxury and style.

6. Smart accessories. I cleared this kitchen counter of appliances, spice racks, towels, and cooking utensils and left only a few things: a couple of cookbooks and a shiny tea kettle. Random? Not at all. The gourmet cookbooks give the impression that this kitchen is built for serious cooking. It’s called “branding” — and it’s what advertisers bombard you with every day. You’re advertising your home, so buyers need not know that your cooking skills are actually a fire hazard to your own kitchen. The cookbooks here say culinary creations might have been whipped up here.

7. Small furniture, big space. It’s the trick of the trade: downsize your furnishings to upsize the room. Here, I got rid of the king-size bed, two nightstands, a dresser, and a bookcase; can you imagine what this room looked like with all that stuff crammed in there? I replaced it with a queen-size bed, a mirror, and two tiny lamps placed on footstools. That’s it. The one thing I regret is not ironing those sheets very well; it would have looked so much neater.
8. Create vignettes. Set up little scenes that help buyers visualize their potential life in this home. For the nursery, I wanted the buyer to walk in and say, “How lovely, I could totally see my future baby sitting in that chair nicely reading a book.” Now, if I can just get my own baby to do that….

9. Don’t forget the outdoor areas. Those spaces add as much interest for the buyer as the interior rooms. For this unsightly roof deck, I added inexpensive bamboo sheeting to the rail, an outdoor rug, small table and bistro chairs, and a few plants. Now the buyers will see this formerly blank space as an additional living area. Bonus.

10. White is nice. When in doubt, use white in the bathroom. It spells clean, and that’s what buyers want in a bathroom. Plus, it matches the toilet. (Note the absence of bath rugs, toothbrushes, and fuzzy toilet covers).


For more tips on organizing or selling your home, check out these other Houzz articles:

Fresh Listing Friday: Classic Colleyville

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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a light and bright transitional in the sought-after Colleyville neighborhood of Broughton. 1821 Grosvenor offers professional landscaping, open spaces, a grand foyer, and a spacious formal dining room. Take a virtual tour below and see all the classic details throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $1,050,000
• 5,774 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 5.1 baths
• Island kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances
• Master suite with spa-like bath and marble flooring
• Media room with kitchenette
• Hampton-style pool

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To view this listing, contact Chip Reid at 817-706-8610 or ChipReid@Ebby.com.

6 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

Must-See Open Houses

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.

House 1
5326 Edlen Drive | Dallas | $8,650,000
House 2
4085 Amherst Avenue | University Park | $ 1,995,000house 3 new
5003 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas | $1,950,000  House 4 new
4642 Edmondson Avenue | Highland Park | $1,229,000  House 5 new
6936 Pasadena Avenue | Dallas | $1,125,000 house 6 new
2900 Vista View Lane | Prosper | $869,000

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

7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers

7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers


If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.


Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.


Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but Realtors agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.


Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.


Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.


Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and peckish. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go refreshments such as mints or cookies.


Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.


Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.


Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.


To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.