8 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


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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.
10010LennoxLane10010 Lennox Lane | Dallas | $3,300,000
8057StoneRiverDrive
8057 Stone River Drive | Frisco | $1,899,000
861 N Preston Road
861 N. Preston Road | Prosper | $1,180,000
7002 Lakewood Boulevard
7002 Lakewood Boulevard | Dallas | $1,470,000
4049CastleBankLane
4049 Castle Bank Lane | Frisco | $950,000
4301ColgateAvenue
 4301 Colgate Avenue | Dallas | $875,000
2712 Redding Drive
 2712 Redding Drive | Plano | $875,000
3922 Rochelle Drive
3922 Rochelle Drive | Dallas | $750,000

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

PSO Presents Bugs, Flowers and Bees


PSO Presents Bugs, Flowers and Bees

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the two-year title sponsor of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s EncoreYouth program, which includes the all-new, fun-filled Family Symphony Sundays program.

 

On Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m., you and your family are invited to enjoy “Bugs, Flowers and Bees,” featuring marionettes from Le Theatre de Marionette as they dance and perform to “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Spring” from “The Four Seasons,” “Flower Duet” from “Madame Butterfly” and more. Meet the musicians and enjoy pre-concert activities beginning at 2:15 p.m.

 

The event, for children ages 3-12 and their families, takes place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., in McKinney.  Tickets are available at planosymphony.org.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother'sDayGiftGuideMother’s Day is around the corner and we’ve rounded up a few items perfect for giving to someone special in your life.

MothersDayGifts1. French Lavender Hand Soap & Lotion – $44.95
Pamper your mom with this delightfully-scented and ultra-soothing hand soap, dish soap, and lotion set perfect for any sink or bathroom.
2. Brown Sugar Body Polish – $67.00
This natural sugar exfoliant promises to leave skin soft, silky, and glowing. The warm brown sugar scent is reminiscent of freshly-baked cookies. Need we say more?
3. Japanese Plum Bloom Candle – $26.00
This 16-ounce candle offers the scent of plum bloom petals and leaves, ripe plum fruit, and crushed currants. The jar is beautiful enough to be reused, too!
4. Faux Fur Robe – $69.95
Give the gift of luxury with this soft, plush robe. It’s even machine washable!
5. S’well® Water Bottle – $45.00
This double-walled, vacuum-sealed stainless-steel water bottle will keep any beverage hot or cold for an extended period of time. (Pro tip: The 25-ounce size holds an entire bottle of wine too…)
6. KitchenAid Stand Mixer – $569.99
This durable stand mixer is the perfect gift for the serious foodie. It offers 10 speeds to mix, knead, and whip ingredients quickly and easily.
7. iRobot® Roomba – $799.99
Give the gift of a smarter home with this Roomba® 980. With just the push of a button, it can seamlessly navigate and vacuum any floor clean of pet hair, crumbs, or random Cheerios.
8. Walnut Cookbook Holder – $49.95
Following recipes is now even easier with this gorgeous cookbook holder. Prop up cookbooks, Grandma’s recipes, or a tablet for perfect visibility.

The Real Scents That Will Help Sell Your House


* Written by Neila Deen, Houzz

 

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you’ve probably made a list of items to tackle around the house. Declutter your rooms, paint the walls, fix any broken or worn items. Certainly, maximizing the visual appeal of your home is essential when staging to sell. But there’s one very important task to add to your list: making sure your home has a scent that will please the masses.
What exactly is a crowd-pleasing scent? That may seem a matter of debate, since an aroma’s appeal can be quite subjective. But there are definite strategies to follow. Read on for five guidelines for creating a pleasant home scent for prospective buyers.

 

1. Start with a deep clean.
Cleaning your home when prepping it for sale means scrubbing the nooks and crannies of all hard surfaces until they shine, as well as washing or vacuuming all fabric items, such as bedding and drapes. This heavy-duty cleaning approach should eliminate minor unwanted odors and introduce a clean, refreshing scent throughout each room.
Try using unscented or subtly scented cleaning products — those that are plant-based or eco-friendly and natural can be good choices. If you do use ammonia- or bleach-based cleansers, look for ones infused with fresh scents like lemon to help negate the harsh chemical smell.
For carpets and rugs, a good vacuuming or steam cleaning should do the trick. Unless you’re on a mission to remove heavy pet odors, try not to use perfumed rug shampoos, since the heavy detergent odors tend to linger.
2. Eliminate food and pet odors.
Whether you’re a cat lover or a gourmand, you may no longer notice the odors from pets or cooked food in your home. But for a potential buyer, these smells are at the very least distracting, and in some cases may even be offensive. Remember, buyers are there to view your home and — hopefully — to imagine themselves living in it. You don’t want them focusing on any unwanted odors. To gauge whether such odors are noticeable in your home, ask a friend whom you can trust to tell you the truth.

In the case of food, it typically takes a couple of days for the smell to disappear after you’ve cooked something that has a pungent aroma. As a rule of thumb, try not to cook with pungent ingredients for four days prior to a showing. But if you regularly cook with such foods — again, rely on that trusted friend to let you know if any smells are lingering — more drastic measures may be needed. Options include having a professional steam-clean your upholstery and carpets and deep cleaning the kitchen with a fresh lemon cleanser. Another great way to remove food odors is to simmer coffee beans in a pot on the stove. Also, be sure to keep your spices in sealed containers. If possible, air out the home by keeping the windows open for several hours a day.
Eliminating pet smells might require a bit more than a deep cleaning. These odors often live in carpet, rugs and upholstered furniture. Popular carpet or upholstery cleansers might just mask the smell instead of eliminating it.
For heavy pet smells, I recommend having your carpets and upholstered items professionally steam-cleaned well in advance of your first showing. This will give any lingering detergent smells time to fade. If steam cleaning doesn’t get rid of the odors, replacing a still-smelly item with a non-upholstered version will go a long way toward making your home more appealing to a buyer.
One more tip: Be sure to remove your dog bed or litter box before a showing
3. Keep it fresh and simple.

When it comes to choosing a scent to permeate your home, refrain from breaking out the potpourri — and forget the conventional wisdom about freshly baked cookies. Instead, take the advice of professionals like Eric Spangenberg, dean of the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. He cautions against using complex or mingled scents, because his research suggests that people can be distracted by a mixture of smells — they subconsciously spend a portion of their cognitive energy trying to identify the scent.
Spangenberg advises sticking with one simple scent, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the following are some of his top choices for open houses: orange, lemon, basil, tea, cedar, pine, vanilla and cinnamon.

 

 

Whether you choose to introduce a scent via reed diffuser, candle or fresh ingredients, make sure no other scent is mixed with it. Lemon should not be mixed with orange, for example. This will allow your potential home buyer to stay focused on the task at hand.
4. Less is more.

Introducing a simple scent to your home-staging efforts doesn’t necessarily mean you can drench the home in that one smell. Remember, less is more: You want potential buyers to appreciate the home, not be bowled over by an overwhelming smell of lemons.

 

One way to achieve a subtle scent is to use just one reed in a diffuser. Alternatively, if you select a scented candle, burn it briefly before the open house starts. Look to organic scented products — as opposed to synthetic alternatives — as they tend to be more muted and give off less of a chemical smell.
5. Let the scent reflect the space.

Finally, select a scent that is appropriate for the general environment and aesthetic of the home. For example, if you have a lot of wooden beams and walls, cedar might enhance the ambience.
If there’s no noteworthy natural feature nearby, don’t worry. For your clean and sparkling-white kitchen, a crisp lemon scent would certainly convey an uplifting feeling to a buyer. In other words, choose a scent that speaks to the general feeling of the home and underscores its positive attributes.
To read more tips on staging your home, check out these other Houzz articles:

See More Perfectly Staged Kitchens

Learn More Clever Strategies From Home Staging Professionals
9 Smells You Actually Want in Your Home

Fresh Listing Friday: White Rock Wonder


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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a lushly landscaped home situated just blocks from White Rock Lake. 6960 Tokalon Drive offers a 55-foot balcony, a sport court, a covered patio, and a pool. Take a virtual tour below to see all the details this wonderful Mid-Century modern home has to offer.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $1,150,000
• 3,038 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths
• Floor-to-ceiling windows along living and dining areas
• Kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and refurbished cabinetry


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To view this listing, contact Florence Kelt at 214-681-4292 or FlorenceKelt@Ebby.com.

9 Must-See Open Houses for This Weekend


Must-See Homes 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.

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6708 Greyhawk CirclePlano | $1,039,000
AltaVista
3999 Alta Vista Lane | Dallas | $849,000
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9641 Viewside DriveDallas | $795,000

Oak Grove Lane
611 Oak Grove Lane | Coppell | $769,990
Goodfellow
3840 Goodfellow DriveDallas | $750,000
LakeHollow
730 Lake Hollow Court | Highland Village | $645,000
Camino Lago
882 Camino Lago | Irving | $625,000
Roundrock Circle
1013 Roundrock CircleCoppell | $610,000Silverleaf1508 Silverleaf Drive | Keller | $599,000

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

DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco May 13


DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco

 

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 Saturday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m., the DSO will perform a diverse classical program including Beethoven’s beloved “Egmont Overture” and Brahms’ charming “Academic Festival Overture” as well as Richard Strauss’ “First Horn Concerto” featuring Principal Horn David Cooper. The performance takes place at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive, in Frisco.

 

General admission tickets are $19 and student tickets are $9. For tickets and information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

Top Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


 

Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.

 

To help you navigate these unprecedented home-buying and selling waters, we polled Ebby Halliday Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

 

Buyer’s Tips
*  Be qualified. Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

 

*  Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer – other buyers will likely be doing the same.

 

*  Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

 

 

Seller’s Tips
*  Market to everyone near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Ebby Halliday, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Ebby.com receives approximately 21,000 visits per day, far outpacing the competition.

 

*  Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

 

*  Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Ebby Halliday Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.

 

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Ebby Halliday’s North Texas offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

 

 

9 Tips for an Organized Closet


Spring is the perfect time to get organized. If you’re lost on where to start, try giving your closet a refresh! Our friends at Press Cleaners (the coolest dry cleaning app) shared with us these nine tips and tricks for an organized closet. Let the spring cleaning commence!
 
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