Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day

Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day


Many people equate Memorial Day with backyard barbecues, trips to the lake or lounging around the pool, but if you ask a veteran what this day means, you will get a very different answer. They know the heart-wrenching realities behind this special day.


Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving in America’s armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it started after the Civil War to honor those who lost their lives. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.


On this Memorial Day, we encourage you to contemplate the cost of our freedoms – the freedom to vote, to live where we choose, to travel, to be ourselves, and to speak our mind – and to honor those who have given their all.

Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer

New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer 


Ebby Halliday Realtors will open a new office this summer to serve the residential real estate needs of the Cedar Creek Lake area, an approximately 1 ½ hour drive from Dallas County. The office will be located at 314 W. Main St. in Gun Barrel City, Texas.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer


“This new, approximately 3,000-square-foot office will greatly enhance our ability to serve the needs of the area’s growing number of home buyers and sellers for many more years to come,” says Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes three real estate brands, as well as affiliated companies Texas Premier TitleHome Team Insurance and Home Team Mortgage Company.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer


Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office will be co-managed by respected industry veterans Malinda Brownlee Howell and Ginger Gill and will ultimately be “home” to approximately 20 Cedar Creek Lake-area residential real estate specialists.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer


“Our location on Main Street features a highly visible location and the latest in technology,” says Howell. “It will offer an ideal setting for Associates and clients to meet to discuss residential real estate needs, whether that’s a primary home, a frequently visited second home or an occasional weekend retreat. The lake lifestyle is unique, and whether you are buying or selling, we have found the perfect setting from which to serve the entire Cedar Creek Lake area.”


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer


“We are assisting clients with one of the most significant transactions of their lifetime,” says Gill. “It is important that we utilize all of the resources we have at our disposal so we can provide the absolute best experience for our valued clients.”


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer


Gill adds that Cedar Creek Lake-area sellers who list with Ebby benefit from expanded exposure for their properties. In addition to being listed in the local MLS (NAVICA), Ebby Cedar Creek listings will also be in NTREIS, the North Texas MLS. Simply put, Gill says, Ebby’s listings reach more potential buyers – in particular residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, who make up the majority of Cedar Creek Lake buyers.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer


Ebby’s newest office will be “home” to a stellar team of experienced Cedar Creek Lake agents, according to Howell. “Buying or selling a lake home can be complicated,” she says. “We are thrilled to launch our new Cedar Creek Lake Office with experienced local agents dedicated to outstanding service and exceeding clients’ expectations.”


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Coming this Summer


For more information on Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office, contact Howell at 469-429-7404 or or Gill at 214-572-1060 or, or visit


TOP PHOTO: Shown, from left, are Ginger Gill and Malinda Howell, co-managers of Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office.





Fresh Listing Friday: Stylish in Turtle Creek

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It’s finally Friday (thank goodness) and we’re thrilled to share this week’s Fresh Listing Friday, a stylish unit in a historical Turtle Creek high-rise. Previously owned by a designer and even featured in Paper City Magazine, 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd. offers an abundance of windows, stainless-steel countertops, and a view of trees. Take a tour virtual tour below and see all the updates and amenities throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $435,000
• 2,014 square feet: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
• Ample storage space
• Master suite with sitting area
• 24-hour concierge service
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To view this listing, contact Judi Wright at 214-597-2985 or

6 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.

5809MelshireDrive5809 Melshire Drive | Dallas | $1,985,000
1335 Bentley Court
1335 Bentley Court | Southlake | $1,199,000
1408 Nelson Drive
1408 Nelson Drive | Irving | $1,175,000
3725 Turtle Creek Boulevard H
3725 Turtle Creek Boulevard H | Dallas | $1,149,000
2604 Sir Gawain Lane

2604 Sir Gawain Lane | Lewisville | $879,900
5505 Gleneagles Drive
5505 Gleneagles Drive | Plano | $815,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

Ebby Offers Multilingual Service


Ebby Offers Multilingual Service

Regardless of your preferred language, at the award-winning it’s easy to find an agent who is fluent in that language. Here’s how: Simply click on the Agents and Offices tab at the top of the home page, select Agent Directory and use the pull-down menu for Languages.


A few of the languages spoken by Ebby Associates include Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Danish, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Sign Language, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.


Many Ebby Associates who speak a foreign language offer the ability to search the Multiple Listing Service in that language as part of their Agent page. In addition, you’ll find a link to multilingual search capabilities at the bottom, left-hand side of the site.


Regardless of your preferred language, Ebby Halliday Realtors and offer homebuyers and sellers considerable advantages. Long considered the gold standard in real estate websites – and adding innovative technology regularly,­ such as the only search by light-rail station capability in North Texas – is the place to be to start your home search today.


Fresh Listing Friday: Gleaming Lake Highlands

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TGIF! It’s time to finally relax and unwind, and this week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a great way to ease into the weekend. The residence at 9124 Summer Glen Lane is nestled in Lake Highlands within the sought-after Moss Haven Elementary school zone. Amenities include hardwood flooring, open kitchen and living space, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. Take a tour virtual tour below!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $429,000
• 2,501 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths
• Downstairs master suite
• Backyard with pool and sitting area

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To view this listing, contact Kimberly Woodard at 972-588-8299 or

Taste the South with Central Market

Summer is around the corner, and we’re looking forward to backyard cookouts and bright, flavorful cuisine.
This season, Central Market is celebrating the South with its “Taste the South” event from May 17 to 30.
In stores, you’ll find a curated selection of artisan products from the Southern United States — from Carolina Blue Crab to Carolina Gold Rice Pudding.
In addition, the Chef’s Case will be transformed into a Southern showcase featuring Brunswick Stew, Hoppin’ John with Carolina Gold Rice, collard greens, Southern ham, pickled okra, boiled peanuts and Frogmore Stew just to name a few.
The event will also bring an incredible lineup of James Beard Award-winning chefs to the Central Market Cooking School. You can find a schedule of classes here.

To get in the spirit, we’re sharing with you a couple of Southern recipes that are perfect for your next summer potluck.


Sassy Slaw


Serving of coleslaw a healthy vibrant colourful salad made with shredded raw cabbage, carrots and onions

*1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
*2 tablespoons sugar
*1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
*1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
*1/4 teaspoon celery seed
*2 tablespoons canola oil
*1/4 large green cabbage (about 1 lb) cored and finely shredded (about 3 cups)
*1/4 large red cabbage (about 1 lb) cored and finely shredded (about 3 cups)
*1 large carrot grated
*1 green onion trimmed and chopped
*1/2 jalapeño cored, seeded, and chopped
*2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
*Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard, mustard powder, and celery seed. Heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the oil and whisk to combine.


2. In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbage, carrot, green onion, jalapeño, and parsley and toss to combine. Pour over the reserved slightly cooled dressing. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes. Toss, taste and adjust for seasoning again, then serve immediately.



Pickled Okra

Two jars of pickled okra rest on a primitive country chair.

*1 9-piece canning kit, including canner, jar lifter, and canning rack
*7 1-pint canning jars
*2 1/2 pounds fresh okra
*7 small green chile peppers
*7 cloves garlic
*2 tablespoons dill seed (plus 1 teaspoon)
*4 cups white vinegar
*1/2 cup salt
*1/4 cup sugar

1. Bring canner half-full with water to a boil; simmer. Meanwhile, place jars in a large stockpot with water to cover; bring to a boil, and simmer. Place bands and lids in a large saucepan with water to cover; bring to a boil, and simmer. Remove hot jars, 1 at a time, using jar lifter.

2. Pack okra into hot jars, filling to 1⁄2 inch from top. Place 1 pepper, 1 garlic clove, and 1 teaspoon dill seeds in each jar. Bring vinegar, salt, sugar, and 4 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour over okra, filling to 1⁄2 inch from top.
3. Wipe jar rims; cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands (snug but not too tight). Place jars in canning rack, and place in simmering water in canner. Add additional boiling water as needed to cover by 1 to 2 inches.
4. Bring water to a rolling boil; boil 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool jars in canner 5 minutes. Transfer jars to a cutting board; cool 12 to 24 hours. Test seals of jars by pressing center of each lid. If lids do not pop, jars are properly sealed. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature up to 1 year.

Recipes courtesy of Central Market.

Selling? How to Make Your House Look Great in Photos

* Written by Laura Gaskill, Houzz

A house hunter’s first view of your property is often online, and if the photos accompanying your home’s listing don’t impress, you may not get a second chance to entice that potential buyer — meaning your real estate photos are valuable assets when it comes to selling your home. The following tips can help your home put its best foot forward on picture day.
Check out agents’ listings. Before diving into photo-day planning, it’s important to be sure your real estate agent is prepared to deliver quality listing photos. Study a potential agent’s listings to get a feel for the quality of the photography. Here are a few questions you may want to ask about how the agent handles photos:
* Do you use a professional photographer?
* If you take the photos yourself, what equipment do you use — professional camera and tripod or a cellphone?
* Will the agent or photographer bring in additional lighting if needed?
* How much time is typically allotted for the photo shoot?
* What can I do to make my home look its best in photos?


Clean the windows and open the shades. Ample light can go a long way toward making your home shine in photos, so get those windows sparkling clean, and open the shades and curtains wide.


Perk up houseplants. Fresh green plants add a feeling of life and vibrancy to interior photos. Ailing plants, not so much. Trim away dead leaves with a pair of sharp scissors. Dust large-leaved plants with a soft cloth.

Remove counter clutter. Gleaming, clutter-free counters will make your kitchen look more spacious. Put away everything, then clean counters well. It’s fine to leave out one or two small appliances, such as the toaster and coffee maker, but stash anything extra, as well as small appliances that have seen better days.


Polish wood floors and shine appliances. Wood floors can be a major selling point, so be sure they look their best in photos by treating them to a thorough cleaning, and finish with a product that is safe for your floors. The same goes for those stainless-steel appliances — using a product designed for stainless-steel, buff the surface until it gleams.

Hide toiletries and freshen bathrooms.
Aside from a fresh bar of soap at the sink, the bathroom should be completely free of toiletries — too many products crowding the sink and shower suggest that there’s not enough storage space. Pull open the shower curtain, clean the mirror, put the toilet seats down and turn on the lights. Remove old towels and put out fresh, fluffy white towels if you have them. If not, just leave the towel racks bare.

Neatly tuck in bedcovers. Photographs seem to pick up every little imperfection, so spend an extra few minutes straightening up the beds on picture day. Fluff the pillows, pull the bedcovers taut, and clear away clutter and personal items from bedside tables.

Do a photo-ready walk-through. The aim on photo day should be to make your house look as spacious, clean and inviting as possible — so it’s in your interest to declutter as much as possible. Here are some under-the-radar items you may want to stash before the photographer arrives:

* Shoes in the entryway
* Piles of mail and paperwork
* Remote controls
* Magazines
* Kids’ toys that can’t be put neatly away
* Pet food bowls, beds and litter boxes (temporarily move these to an area that won’t be photographed)
* Front-of-fridge clutter (magnets, photos, cards)


Switch on all lights. Unless your home is flooded with natural light or you know that your real estate photographer will be using portable studio lighting, the general rule is to turn on all lights. Don’t assume that photographers will do this for you because they may miss some or may not find every switch. So take a moment before you go to turn on lights, and double-check that curtains and shades are pulled open as well.


Highlight special features. Have a lovely working gas fireplace or an outdoor fire pit? Make sure it’s lit on photo day. Likewise, if you have a hot tub or a pool in the backyard, make sure it’s uncovered and clean for the photos.

Focus on the first impression. This isn’t the time to worry about major landscape changes or reviving a dead lawn. Instead, focus on the quick fixes that will make a positive impression in a head-on photo of your home. Deadhead flowers, rake leaves, clear away porch and driveway clutter, and set out a few pots of blooming flowers. You may also want to leave your own car parked in front of the house until the photographer is ready to shoot the street view — otherwise you could wind up with your neighbor’s SUV blocking the shot!

Last but not least, check that all outside areas are neat and tidy, with outdoor furniture in place, tools put away and garbage cans tucked out of sight.

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

Legacy West Grand Opening Celebration June 2-4

Legacy West Grand Opening Celebration June 2-4


Legacy West, the extraordinary new mixed-use destination in Plano, invites you to attend its grand-opening celebration the weekend of June 2-4. The celebration will feature live entertainment from national and local musical acts as well as food and drink tastings, special store discounts and a “sneak peek” first look inside Legacy Hall, the 55,000-square-foot food hall.


Developer Fehmi Karahan couldn’t be more excited. “The only thing better than watching this new magnificent project evolve from ground breaking to grand opening, is seeing fabulous new stores and restaurants open and watching people genuinely enjoy the experience we have worked so hard to create,” said Karahan. “I can’t wait to hear the music, feel the vibe, and savor the taste of it all.”


The concert line-up will include the Jordan Kahn Music Company performing Friday, June 2, starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by Emerald City Band on Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m. and Party on the Moon Band at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 4, Taylor Pace Band will take the main stage at 2 p.m.


Many Legacy West restaurants will offer food and drink tastings throughout the weekend including Bistro 31, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fogo de Chao, Haywire, Mesero, Shake Shack, Starbucks Reserve, Taverna, True Food Kitchen, and Toulouse. Legacy Hall will offer tours to the public for the first time and will also have several of its food stall operators on site sampling their menu items. Sprinkles will serve an exclusive Legacy West Chocolate Caramel cupcake and True Food Kitchen will offer a special cocktail called the Plano Paloma, only available June 2-4.


Legacy West Grand Opening Celebration June 2-4


Legacy West retailers including Bonobos, Coach, Fabletics, Filson, Johnny Was, Peter Millar, Pockets Menswear, Suitsupply, Tesla, Tommy Bahama, TUMI, and West Elm will host special in-store events, parties and exclusive discounts and promotions. Also participating, The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel and Visit Plano.


Grand Opening Weekend event times will be Friday, June 2, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 3, noon to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 4, noon to 5 p.m.


Located in one of America’s fastest-growing and most vibrant cities, the $3.2 billion-dollar, 255-acre Legacy West development in Plano features 415,000 square feet of open-air retail and restaurant space. Additionally, it will also be home to the North American headquarters of Toyota and FedEx Office as well as the regional headquarters for JPMorgan Chase and Liberty Mutual with more than 20,000 employees, making it one of the largest new job centers in the state. A 303-room Renaissance Legacy Hotel, two high-rise luxury living towers, more than 1,200 luxury apartments and 127 urban villas complete the project. For more information, visit


Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning Contemporary

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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a stunning contemporary home in Dallas. Completely remodeled in 2016, 16926 Davenport Court is ultra energy-efficient and features a solar system, tankless water heater, dual flush commodes, and an electric car charger. Take a virtual tour below and see all the high-end finishes throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $525,000
• 2,475 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Custom handrails, tile, and fixtures
• Master suite with spa-like bath

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To view this listing, contact Lori Hudson at 214-385-3665 or