Celebrating Ebby


Celebrating Ebby

 

Today marks what would have been Ebby Halliday’s 106th birthday. While we miss Ebby dearly, we celebrate the remarkable life she lived and all she did for her adopted hometown and far beyond. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we know just how large Ebby’s “footprint” was – and we seek every day to follow her extraordinary example.

 

We were recently reminded of Ebby’s significant impact on the world of real estate – but more importantly on people’s lives ­– when Pam O’Connor, president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, spoke on nurturing relationships at the organization’s annual conference, held just last week in Miami Beach. She said, “Ebby Halliday was Wikipedia before there was a Wikipedia. If you want to be successful, be like Ebby.” We could not have said it any better.

 

Ebby founded Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945. Today, the Dallas-based company is the largest independently owned residential real estate services company in Texas and ranks 10th in the nation. The 72-year-old company, with approximately 1,800 sales associates, participated in over 19,700 property transactions last year with a sales volume of $7.8 billion.

 

For Ebby, a successful life was about so much more than extraordinary sales figures. She often said her most successful sale was when she “sold” Maurice Acers on marrying her on April 18, 1965. Ebby and Maurice met in a chance encounter while both were on business trips to Beaumont, Texas. A former FBI agent and successful lawyer, Maurice was truly the love of Ebby’s life and her eyes would twinkle whenever she spoke of him.

 

Ebby’s other great passion was service to the community she proudly called home. Simply put, she and the Ebby Halliday Companies’ philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated.

 

Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby was touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived her life. Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by, “Do something for someone every day.” That small bit of wisdom served Ebby very, very well.

 

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Lovely in Little Elm


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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a crisp and charming home in Little Elm, situated just west of Frisco. 2684 Costa Mesa Drive offers an open floor plan, high ceilings, and an abundance of windows. Take a virtual tour below to see the versatile space and wonderful details throughout!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $367,000
• 3,150 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
• Situated in the Frisco Independent School District
• Covered rear patio with grilling space
• Island kitchen with breakfast bar, stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, and stone backsplash

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To view this listing, contact Linda Jackson at 469-774-0244 or LindaJackson@Ebby.com.

Ebby Team Shares Love of Reading with Students


Schools across the Dallas Independent School District celebrated literacy and honored the legacy of children’s author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) on March 2, which marked what would have been his 113th birthday. Volunteers, including several from Ebby’s corporate office, visited campuses to read to students and help with Seuss-themed activities.

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

Social Media Coordinator Alison Glander, Marketing Project Manager Maria Cross, IT Specialist Janelle McEachern and Web Implementation Manager Ruth Johnson all took time out of their busy schedules to share their love of reading – and their belief that reading can opens the doors to great opportunities and adventures – with the students of the southern Dallas elementary school named for our company’s founder, Ebby Halliday Acers.

 

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

Ebby, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 104, believed strongly in the value of education. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Through education, perseverance and just plain hard work – and the ever-growing and accomplished team she assembled around her – Ebby went on to create what is today America’s 10th-largest residential real estate company by sales volume.

 

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

In her book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” by Michael Poss, Ebby advised readers to, “Make the most of opportunities to learn. Go to college, take special courses, read, listen, observe, and get out there and participate.” Ebby’s advice remains sage for young readers like those at Ebby Halliday Elementary and older readers alike.

 

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Ebby Halliday Elementary School is a multi-cultural community of parents, stakeholders and staff dedicated to the development of a respectful and supportive learning environment. Students are challenged each and every day to reach their full potential as responsible individuals. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be a part of supporting the great kids at Ebby Halliday Elementary and look forward to seeing them excel in school – and in life.

 

PHOTO AT TOP: Ebby Halliday Elementary Community Liaison Ingrid Baylon, Ebby Application System Specialist Janelle McEachern, Ebby Social Media Coordinator Alison Glander, Ebby Web Implementation Manager Ruth Johnson, Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading and Writing Instructional Coach Claudio Jara, Ebby Marketing Project Manager Maria Cross, and Ebby Halliday Elementary Math and Science Instructional Coach Veronica Bravo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSO Presents Bugs, Flowers and Bees


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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.

 

This Sunday, March 5, 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 Courtyard Theatre, 1509 Ave. H in Plano. Tickets are available at planosymphony.org.

 

“Bugs, Flowers and Bees” will also be performed on Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m. in McKinney. For more information and tickets, click here.

Which Light Bulbs Are Right For You?


 

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With so many types of light bulbs available, it can be overwhelming to select the right ones. Read this guide to determine what you need for your fixture, space, and budget.

Factors to Think About

*Lumens (brightness)
*Wattage (energy used)
*Appearance (warm vs. cool)
*Bulb lifespan
*Estimated yearly cost
*Contains mercury?
 
When shopping for light bulbs, take a look at the Lighting Facts label on the packaging in order to compare different bulbs. The label looks similar to a Nutrition Facts label:

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Lumens
Lumens represent the amount of light emitted from a lightbulb. The more lumens, the brighter the light. When purchasing light bulbs, start by comparing how bright of a bulb you want before factoring in other characteristics, as lumens are the same across the board. The number of lumens needed to light a room depends on the size, color of the walls, and how much light you prefer.
 
Watts
Watts are the amount of energy a light bulb uses. The higher the watts, the higher the electric bill. (CFLs and LEDs have a lower wattage than incandescent.) When purchasing bulbs, follow instructions provided by the lighting fixture about the maximum wattage. A bulb with too high of a wattage can create a fire hazard due to the production of excess heat. It can also damage the light fixture.
 
Today, light bulb packaging shows the number of lumens. If you’re used to looking at wattage to figure out how much light you need in a room, check out this helpful chart below.
 
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Types of Light Bulbs

Incandescent
Incandescent bulbs are the traditional bulb type, but today, standard 60- and 40-watt bulbs are no longer produced or sold. This has been the case since 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which requires incandescent light bulbs to be 25 percent more efficient.
 
Halogen Incandescent
Halogen bulbs are perhaps the closest alternative to incandescent bulbs, but with a longer lifespan. While more energy-efficient than incandescent, they are still not as efficient as CFL or LED bulbs. These inexpensive bulbs produce a crisp, bright light, and do not fade with age. They operate at high temperatures, which can cause burns if touched, but they do not contain any mercury. Halogen bulbs are commonly used as task lighting — think spotlight or flood light bulbs.
 
CFLs
Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) emit a similar light output in the same color range as incandescent bulbs, but consume significantly less energy. CFL bulbs can be used anywhere a typical incandescent bulb would go, including both indoors and outdoors. These bulbs may take a few minutes to reach their maximum output.
*CFL bulbs do contain a small amount of mercury, and care should be taken to prevent breakage, as well as to dispose properly.
 
Fluorescent
Fluorescent lights need a controlling ballast to operate, but new ballasts eliminate the buzz and flickering often associated with fluorescent lights. In addition, fluorescent lights are now available in a wider variety of colors and sizes. Fluorescent lights are energy-efficient, but like CFL bulbs, require a warm-up time and proper disposal. They also produce a small amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which some people may be sensitive to.
 
LEDs
Light Emitting Diode bulbs (LEDs) are just as energy-efficient as CFLs, but with a longer lifespan. In general, LED bulbs are pricier than other options, but are becoming more affordable as they grow in popularity. LEDs are cool to the touch and do not contribute to indoor heat buildup. They come in a variety of whites and colors, and are also shock-resistant.
 
Smart LEDs
These “smart bulbs” have all the characteristics of traditional LED bulbs, but connect to your home Wi-Fi to be controlled by a smartphone or other smart home device. These bulbs will set you back a bit more than your average LED bulbs, but allow you to change the color, set an on/off timer, and more.

 

Fresh Listing Friday: High-Quality Hurst


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a completely updated home in Hurst, situated northeast of Fort Worth. 935 Park Forest Drive offers an open floor plan and proximity to a park, highway, and a railway park-and-ride. Take a virtual tour below to see the beautiful details and accommodations throughout!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $275,000
• 2,221 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
• Kitchen with marble countertops, ample cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and glass backsplash
• Master suite with sitting area, jetted tub, and separate shower

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To view this listing, contact Becky Silvers at 817-654-8450 or beckysilvers@ebby.com.

5 Tips for Beginning Your Home Search


5 Tips for Beginning Your Home Search

 

The home-searching process can be a lot of fun. You look at homes and imagine yourself living there with all your furniture set up, having family and friends over, and relaxing on a Friday evening in the living room with your favorite show on the TV. With all this excitement, your mind may (understandably) be in the clouds, however, there are important things to remember when searching for a home.

 

Below are five of our favorite tips:

 

Become Pre-Approved for a Loan

Lety Service, a sales associate with Ebby’s McKinney Office, recommends that potential buyers speak to a lender before looking for a home so they know exactly what price range to stay in. “It’s devastating to fall in love with a home only to have a lender tell you later that you can’t afford it,” she says. “If you are pre-approved first, you will find a home that you love and will be able to obtain financing within your price range. This will prevent the disappointment of comparing a home in your available price range to one that you aren’t qualified to purchase.”

 

Be Organized

During the process of buying a home and working with your lender, you will be asked to provide information and documentation. Have your W2s, pay stubs, bank statements and ID ready to give to your lender. After review of these documents, the lender may require additional information. You will also sign documents throughout the loan process. Getting your home inspection will be one of your first steps after submitting a purchase contract. Also, scheduling the following services to be placed in your name with a start date will need to be on your list: electricity, Internet, phone, cable, water, and gas. Organize what days you will devote to each task and the process will run smoother.

 

Keep Options Open

Lety advises future homeowners to start with an open mind because they might fall in love with something they didn’t think they would and to focus on the floor plan and location instead of cosmetic upgrades. “Looking at multiple houses in person, instead of online, will give you an idea of what you definitely like, don’t like, and maybe even some things you could settle for.” Keep in mind if you find a home with a perfect floor plan but can’t stand the carpet or countertops, you may be able to do a home-improvement loan and roll the costs into your mortgage.

 

Avoid New Lines of Credit

Debra Smith, a loan originator with Home Team Mortgage, advises that when you decide to start looking for a home you should avoid taking out new credit or making large purchases on credit. “This is especially important once you are in the middle of your loan process,” she says. “Any new account could affect your ability to qualify for your loan and cause you to lose the home that you may be a week away from moving into.”

 

 

Opt for a Bridge Loan

Are you a current homeowner looking to purchase a new home? If you want to use your current home equity to put down on your new home, the sale of your old home must close on or before the closing date of your new home. This makes everything time-sensitive and there is always a chance the financing of your buyer could fall through. Smith says a “bridge loan” may be the ideal solution for you. “You can use a bridge loan to use the equity in your current home even before you put it on the market,” she says. “So if you don’t want to sell before you move, or you don’t want to make your offer contingent on selling, our bridge loan may be just right for you.”

 

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.

 

 

 

How to Dress the Perfect Bed (+ IBB Day of Design)


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Have you ever wondered what gives hotel beds the edge on luxury and comfort? Well, now you can find out.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, Frisco-based IBB Design Fine Furnishings is hosting a Day of Design open to the public.
 
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy sips and bites, and learn about a variety of design topics from IBB’s talented team of designers. The schedule includes presentations on how to decorate a bookshelf, add depth to your interiors, and more! Guests will even get to take home one of IBB’s signature giveaway bags.
 
As a sneak peek into the event, IBB Designer Michael Reese gave us tips on how to dress the perfect bed!
Read below to learn a few of his tricks, and mark your calendar for Feb. 25 to learn more.
 
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*Pick the best sheets

It’s important to dress your bed with a good foundation — bedsheets. If you’re unsure about what sheets are right for you, read here!
 
*Don’t skimp on pillow inserts
What you fill your pillows and duvet covert with can make a world of a difference. Down fills give you the best look, but if you’re allergic, a soft alternative will suffice.
 
*Decorate
With decorative pillows, start small in the front and work backward with a variety of sizes.
 
*Layer, layer, layer!
Layering will give you the overall luxurious look and feel. Try to layer with sheets, a coverlet, a duvet, and a variety of pillows. You can even add a foot quilt or throw for a final touch.
 
Want to learn more about creating a sophisticated and inviting bed? Reese will present at 11 a.m. during the event.
 
For a complete schedule of design seminars, click here.

 

Fresh Listing Friday: High-Ceiling Homestead


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a gorgeous home situated in Las Colinas, just 15 minutes from both DFW and Love Field airports and 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Built by Coventry Homes, 7320 San Felipe Drive offers hardwood flooring, a study, and a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Take a virtual tour below to see the plentiful windows and upgrades throughout!

Need-to-know Details:

• Gorgeous traditional, priced at $539,000
• 3,640 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
• Open floor plan, white oak hardwoods, plantation shutters, stainless-steel appliances, marble countertops
• Game room and media room with built-in bar
• Private backyard with covered patio

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To view this listing, contact Liz Cougot at 214-909-9291 or LizCougot@Ebby.com.