Fresh Listing Friday: Lake Highlands Wonder


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is an upgraded home in Dallas’ Lake Highlands neighborhood. Situated in the Richardson ISD, 9426 Hill View Drive offers wood laminate flooring, recessed LED lighting, and fresh paint. Watch the video below to see the open floor plan and all the beautiful upgrades this wonderful home has to offer.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $689,900
• 2,865 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Re-designed kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and a wine cooler
• Backyard with a pool and spa



Front Exterior 110044863-2119433
Front Entryway 110044863-2119453
Casual Living Area110044863-2119463
Breakfast Bar110044863-2119473
Formal Dining Area 110044863-2119493Kitchen 110044863-2119513
Casual Dining Area110044863-2119523 110044863-2119533 110044863-2119543
Master Suite 110044863-2119623
Office110044863-2119643110044863-2119693
Rear Exterior & Pool
 
To view this listing, contact Nicole Threadgill at 214-235-4951 or NicoleThreadgill@Ebby.com.

Open Houses You Shouldn’t Miss


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.
 
6416 Meadow | Dallas | $1,645,000
5606 Meletio Lane | Dallas | $1,199,000
5816 Versailles Avenue | Frisco | $1,100,000
6207 Royal Crest Drive | Dallas | $1,065,000
12023 Quincy Lane | Dallas – Melshire Estates | $1,050,000
6708 Greyhawk Circle | Plano | $1,039,000
129 Welford Lane | Southlake | $979,000

12223 Park Forest Drive | Dallas | $948,0009641 Viewside Drive | Dallas | $795,000
 
To view all of our extraordinary listings, visit the all-new, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

Outdoor Entertaining Tips (+ the Perfect Homes for Hosting)


Some vegetable and meat skewer and some pieces of pork meat on a flamy grill in a garden. XXL size image.
 
Summer will be here before we know it, and that means longer nights and warmer (okay, much warmer) weather. What better way to spend a summer day with family and friends than at an outdoor gathering? If you’re hoping to host a backyard soirée, here are some tips and tricks that will help things run smoothly.
 
*Prepare your yard
Be sure to clean up your yard before hosting guests. Mow the grass and pick up any tools, hoses, or toys.
 
*Choose the right seating (and have enough)
Patio furniture with thick, comfy cushions are the best option for homeowners who frequent their outdoor space. When hosting a gathering, make sure you have enough seating. Benches and tree stumps are a casual, rustic way to add seating to your outdoor space. Make sure all the seating is clean of debris before your guests arrive.
 
*Keep guests comfortable
Guests will be more inclined to stay for the duration of the party if they are comfortable. In addition to having ample shade coverage, consider running a fan near the dining area to keep guests cool. You may also want to set out a basket with warm-weather essentials for guests to grab (think sunscreen, insect repellent, handheld fans, and iced spray bottles).
 
*Keep the menu simple
Opt for recipes that can be prepared in advance and can withstand crowds and heat. Fresh grilled vegetables, pasta salads, and guacamole are all popular (and colorful!) choices.
 
*Add lighting
Outdoor globe lights, lanterns, and LED candles are all great options for setting a relaxed summer atmosphere. Setting out candles with an open flame is a bit riskier — instead, use hurricane lanterns or jars to shield the flames.
 
*Keep music relaxed
Set the right tone with a playlist that is easy and laid-back. You don’t want to overpower any conversations among guests. Make sure your playlist is long enough as not to repeat too many times while the guests are there.
 
*Display fresh cuts
Use flowers and foliage from your own yard as centerpieces. Arrange your fresh cuts in jars or buckets and set them out to brighten up your display.
 
*Offer activities
Providing lawn games such as cornhole or croquet will keep your guests occupied and happy. Use butcher paper as a tablecloth and set out crayons for creative people of all ages.
 
*Keep pests away
Be sure to protect food with mesh food coverings and light up citronella candles to keep bugs away. Eliminate any standing water in gutters or the bottom of flowerpots to keep mosquitoes from breeding there. Offer guests bug wipes and insect repellent.
 
*Create a beverage bar
Make sure your guests are hydrated by preparing a beverage bar or cart stocked with the essentials. Include straws and PLENTY of ice.
 
*Opt for melamine
Melamine is an affordable and durable option for outdoor dinnerware. Using the break-resistant plastic will help you reduce your waste and also keep the area clear of all those lingering paper cups and plates.
 
Now that you know the tricks for a perfect outdoor party, here are some outdoor patios currently on the market that are begging to have you as a host.
 
Outdoor Entertaining6413 Old Gate Road | Plano | $6,999,000
Outdoor Entertaining
1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,995,000
Outdoor Entertaining5701 Arcady Place | Plano | $1,999,999
Outdoor Entertaining
5003 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas – Bluffview | $1,998,000
Outdoor Entertaining11111 Eastview Circle | Dallas | $1,960,000
Outdoor Entertaining
5001 Pinehurst Drive | Frisco | $1,350,000
Outdoor Entertaining1300 Lincoln Court | Allen | $1,140,000
Outdoor Entertaining2803 Edgewood Lane | Colleyville | $995,000
Outdoor Entertaining712 Basilica Lane | McKinney | $885,000

Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour


Spring means many things to many people, but one thing it means to those of us who love homes is it’s time for home tours. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour, which takes place the weekend of April 28-30.

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

 

This year’s tour includes five historic homes, open Friday, April 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. for a special Candlelight Tour, and Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, from noon to 5 p.m. It also features Hollywood Art in the Park on Sunday, where you’ll experience an outdoor marketplace with local artisans and craftspeople, delicious food trucks and music – all set in this Old East Dallas neighborhood’s beautiful Lindsley Park.

 

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

6804 Vivian

The architecture-filled weekend also includes an auction party and art fair. Click here for details.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

1014 Clermont

Hollywood/Santa Monica, with approximately 750 homes, was mostly built in the 1930s. It stands between the Santa Fe Trail to the west and north, East Grand Avenue to the east and Valencia Street to the south. The neighborhood is a conservation district and has one of the largest collections of stone-embellished Tudor homes in the nation. Hollywood/Santa Monica’s location makes it close to many things, including downtown Dallas, yet it offers an unusually peaceful setting of rolling hills and tree-lined streets – a sort of city within the city.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

910 Monte Vista

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Home Tour will benefit the Lumin Lindsley Park Community School, J.L. Long Middle School, and Eduardo Mata Elementary School.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

506 Newell

Tickets for the Hollywood Home Tour are available at hsmna.org, Curiosities at 2025 Abrams Road, and at tour homes on both days of the home tour.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

 7003 San Mateo

Interested in learning more about the residential real estate market in Hollywood/Santa Monica? Contact an Associate at Ebby’s Lakewood/Lake Highlands Office today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Into Energy Savings


Cooking on a gas stove
 
Improving the energy efficiency of your home is not only great for the environment, but can also contribute to substantial savings in the long run. Here are some small changes you can make throughout your home to help lower your energy bills:
 
* Turn off the thermostat
When away from home, avoid keeping your thermostat on. When home, adjust it in small increments to reach your desired temperature. Even better, open windows and use ceiling fans or space heaters to cool or warm your home.
 
* Switch your light bulbs
Switch the lightbulbs in your home to more energy efficient ones (think CFL and LED bulbs). Not sure which ones to choose? Check out our helpful light bulb guide here.
 
* Clean and replace filters once a month
Clean filters allow systems to run more efficiently and for shorter periods of time.
 
* Keep a full refrigerator and freezer
A full refrigerator unit will operate the most properly and efficiently. On the other hand, be sure not to overcrowd it.
 
* Keep your oven and stovetop clean
Regularly cleaning your oven and stovetop will enable them to run more efficiently.
 
* Run your dishwasher when it’s full
Running your dishwasher for a full load every time is the most efficient use of the appliance. In addition, use the lowest temperature dry cycle if you prefer not to air-dry your dishes. Heated drying is not always needed and can even damage plasticware.
 
* Use power strips/surge protectors
Cords that remain plugged in while not in use still expend energy in standby mode. Feeding them all into a power strip makes it easier to switch them all off at once instead of keeping them on standby. In addition, it also protects your electronic devices from unsafe voltage spikes.
 
* Turn off lights
When leaving your home, turn off all lights. When at home, turn off lights in any room not being used.
 
* Mind the gaps
Check windows and doors for cracks, gaps, and openings. Replace broken glass, framing and caulk where necessary.
 
* Purchase wisely
When purchasing appliances such as computers and dishwashers, be on the lookout for the “Energy Star” logo denoting high-efficiency. Many newer appliances are required by the U.S. Department of Energy to be more efficient than older ones.

Fresh Listing Friday: Fabulous in Frisco


Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is an upgraded home in Frisco’s Plantation Resort community. Situated on a golf course lot near hole number four, 11313 Alexandria Drive offers shiplap accents, recessed lighting, and Romabio BioDomus exterior masonry wash. Watch the video below to see all the custom details and the perfect golf course view this home has to offer.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $389,900
• 2,495 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
• Island kitchen with granite countertops and high ceilings
• Ample natural light

109071473-2068643
Front Exterior  109071473-2068653
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Front Entryway
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Formal Living Area  109071473-2068703
Formal Dining Area109071473-2068723
Office
109071473-2068733
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Casual Living Area  109071473-2068783 109071473-2068793
Kitchen
109071473-2068803
Casual Dining Area
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Master Suite109071473-2068973
Laundry Room109071473-2069003
Covered Patio109071473-2069033 109071473-2069043
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Rear Exterior 109071473-2069073
Golf Course View

To view this listing, contact The Russell Group at 972-443-1453 or RussellGroup@Ebby.com.

5 Ways to Increase Your Credit Score


5 Ways to Increase Your Credit Score

 

When it comes to improving your credit history and score, time is your best friend. If you’re one of the many people who have encountered credit challenges, it’s possible to increase your score and be in good standing again after only a year. Below are some helpful tips to get you started:

 

Pay Your Bills on Time

While this may seem obvious, many people don’t realize late payments are one of the most common causes for a drop in their credit score. It’s important that at least the minimum payment is made in a timely matter. According to FICO, 96 percent of people with excellent credit scores (those over 800) pay their bills on time. Keep in mind that your payment history is 35 percent of your credit score and that setting up automatic payments for the minimum amounts owed ensures your bills are always on time.

 

Pay Down Credit Card Debt

Prepare a plan to reduce your total credit card debt and your overall utilization. For example, if you have a $1,000 credit limit on a card, ideally you should maintain a balance of less than $300 and make timely monthly payments on the balance that is above the required monthly minimum payment. Your credit card utilization rate is the second-biggest factor that makes up your credit score at 30 percent. If your credit score is low because of high balances, paying these down is one of the fastest ways to improve your credit score.

 

Have a minimum of two credit cards and use them every single month, advises Alex Parker, sales manager at Home Team MortgageEbby Halliday Realtors’ affiliated mortgage source. Maintain a balance-to-limit ratio of less than 30 percent (meaning no more than a $300 balance if you have a credit card with a $1,000 limit). Ideally just charge items and pay them off every month to avoid paying interest on a carried balance.

 

When creditors see that you’re actively using your credit cards but not carrying a high balance on those cards it will reflect very favorably on your credit rating. It shows them you’re using your available credit responsibly and not abusing it. In many cases, this is when you’ll see creditors increase your available balance. This could entice you into making a bigger purchase that you can’t immediately pay off. Avoid this if possible and the increased credit line will help improve your score.

 

Keep Track of Your Score

Since your credit can affect so many major purchases, it’s wise to make sure the information is correct. There are multiple websites that offer free credit reports. Once you have received your report, check it closely for errors. If you do spot an error, initiate a dispute in order to have it corrected or removed. Repairing incorrect information on your credit report can be a long and tedious process, but it’s well worth it.

 

Ask Your Credit Card Company to Raise Your Limit

Although it may seem counterproductive to helping your credit score, remember that utilization is a huge factor in your credit score. The lower your utilization rate, the higher your credit score will be. You can typically obtain a higher credit limit simply by calling your credit card company and requesting to raise the limit. The downside of a higher credit limit is the temptation to spend more. Thus, it’s important to remember to keep your balance of each of your revolving credit accounts below 30 percent of their credit limits.

 

Pay Your Bills with Strategy

If you have multiple cards open with debt attached, find your utilization ratio and pay off a higher amount to the account that has the higher ratio.

 

For instance:

Account 1: There is $5,000 available credit and you have used $2,000 of the available credit. Divide 2,000 by 5,000 (2,000/5,000) and it equals .4. Move that decimal over two spaces to the right and you have 40 percent of your total available credit being used.

 

Account 2: There is $2,000 available credit and you have utilized $400 of the available credit. (400/2000) = .2, or 20 percent of your total available credit being used.

 

As mentioned above, you should only use up to 30 percent of your available credit. In this instance, you would want to pay down Account 1 quicker than you would want Account 2 paid off since Account 1 has a higher percentage, over 30 percent being used. Pay the minimum amount required by your account issuer on Account 2 and put down more into paying down Account 1.

 

If it’s affordable, paying your credit card bills twice a month can also increase your credit score since the account issuers typically only report your history once a month. This lowers your next reported amount due and can help increase your score quicker.

 

Considering purchasing a home? Home Team Mortgage Company, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage company, has a track record of building long-lasting relationships by providing exceptional service with competitive rates. With an office in each Ebby Halliday branch, Home Team Mortgage loan officers offer the convenience of one-stop shopping, coupled with expertise to ensure peace of mind for borrowers and agents alike.

 

For all your mortgage questions and needs, contact Home Team Mortgage Company.

 

 

Grand Vie Puts Spotlight on Luxury Home Market


 Grand Vie Puts Spotlight on Luxury Home Market

 

The spring 2017 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine recently mailed to homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 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.

 

The perfect-bound publication is direct-mailed to approximately 60,000 high-net-worth households in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Charity and event placement is also a significant part of the Grand Vie distribution strategy – placing luxury homes listed by Ebby Halliday and Williams Trew in front of North Texas’ luxury homebuying audience.

 

As the magazine’s market update feature, “Spotlight on the Dallas-Fort Worth Luxury Market,” points out, the North Texas region’s substantial economic growth has brought growth in luxury home sales. In the past year, 9 percent more homes priced at $750,000 and above have been purchased than during the prior 12 months, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. MLS statistics. Luxury home sales are up 4.3 percent in Dallas County, 17.3 percent in Collin County, and 8.2 percent in Tarrant County.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 22nd edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including a conversation with Dallas-born and raised fine-art photographer Gray Malin; advice on how to bring spring looks into your home from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; and real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the Cultural Capital of Florida: Sarasota.

 

To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com.

 

Frisco Festival Offers Food, Fun, Music


 

Frisco Festival Offers Food, Fun, Music

 

Whether you consider yourself a food connoisseur who likes taste-testing flavors from other cultures or you prefer a burger and fries, you are sure to find just the right food truck at the Frisco StrEATS Gourmet Food Truck and Music Festival, which takes place Saturday, April 8, from noon to 7 p.m. in downtown Frisco. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the title sponsor of this free, fun-filled, family friendly festival, where you’ll enjoy North Texas’ hottest gourmet food trucks, music, shopping and more.

 

The Frisco StrEATS Gourmet Food Truck and Music Festival is produced by the Frisco Downtown Merchants Association, whose goal is to create and enhance partnerships and programs for Historic Downtown Merchants. For more information, visit downtownfrisco.com.