Holiday Season is Bright for Selling Your Home

Holiday Season is Bright for Selling Your Home


The holiday season is upon us.


With all the parties and family events taking place this time of year, many people decide to take their homes off the market or delay listing their home for sale. But this holiday season may actually be the ideal time to sell your home. Why?


*  The average home sales price in North Texas is up 4.3 percent over this time last year.


*  Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows.


*  Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.


*  There are fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. With less competition, your home may sell faster and at a higher price.


*  Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.


*  January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since many transferees are not able to wait until spring to buy, your home should be on the market now to not miss out on this significant group of buyers.


*  By selling now, you’ll have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses will be for sale, which may mean lower prices. This could allow you to sell high and buy low.


If you’re considering listing your home this holiday season, contact an Ebby Associate today to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly


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.
6331 Northwood Road | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,895,000
6722 Vanderbilt Avenue | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,175,000
4634 Ridgeside Drive | Dallas | $1,535,000
613 Rustic Ridge Drive | Heath | $1,299,900
7723 Midbury Drive | Dallas | $1,295,000
1812 MacGregor Drive | Plano | $1,149,000
4609 Blackshear Trail | Plano | $899,999


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit


6 Feast-Worthy Dining Rooms for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to get in the spirit than to round up some of our favorite dining rooms on the market? No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms will serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends.
9226 Hathaway Street | Dallas | $6,600,000

751 Amber Lane | Little Elm | $2,725,000
4430 Taos Road | Dallas – Bluffview Estates | $3,229,000
11805 Green Knoll | Dallas – Crestway Forest Estates | $1,595,000
5306 Glenwick Lane | Dallas | $1,395,000
5604 Fairfax Drive | Frisco | $975,000
To see more beautiful dining rooms currently on the market, visit

Holiday Market Benefits Collin County Charities




Ebby Halliday Realtors is a proud sponsor of the Junior League of Collin County’s 22nd-annual ’Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, taking place November 9-12 at The Plano Event Center.
Shop the selection of home décor, ladies clothing and accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items and gourmet food from over 100 carefully selected merchants. You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list while making a difference in the community.
’Neath the Wreath provides funding for the Junior League of Collin County, a nonprofit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Advance tickets are $12 at area Tom Thumb stores and at Tickets at the door are $15. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit
Ebby Halliday Realtors has served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in Plano. We now have 10 offices serving Collin County: 190-RichardsonAllenCampbell/CoitFriscoMcKinneyPlanoPlano/Willow BendPreston KellerPreston Plano Parkway and Prosper | Celina.

9 Steps to Downsizing and Prepping for a Big Move

For most people, just the thought of moving from a larger home to a smaller one can be overwhelming. Since most of us don’t have a lot of experience in this area, we can be at a loss as to where to begin. In addition, sifting through a lifetime of possessions can be emotionally taxing as we decide what will fit into our new space. But we have help. Read on for a big-picture snapshot of what’s involved in downsizing your home for a move, as our guide goes over the major points.

1. Deciding what to pack, donate, sell or toss. This is by far the hardest part of downsizing. Depending on your energy level, the size of your home, the number of possessions you have and how quickly you make decisions, you might want to start this process six months to a year before you plan to move.
Many of us have accumulated a lifetime of things that we don’t know what to do with. You may want to enlist the help of a family member, friend or professional home organizer to keep you focused and motivated. Another set of eyes can help you decide what you truly need and what you can let go.
Some people work better if they make decisions based on categories, such as clothes, books or household items. Others like to tackle the job one room at a time. Whichever method works for you, try to give yourself plenty of time for this project.
2. Giving items to family and friends. When deciding what you want to give to family and friends, check with them first to make sure they really want them. Then arrange a time a few months before moving day to remove the items from your home so you have less to contend with. Resist the urge to gift items to someone who doesn’t truly want them. This will just cause problems for them down the road when they downsize their own homes.
3. Holding a yard sale or alternative. Although many of my clients enlist the services of an estate sale company after the moving van has come and gone, some like to try to sell items themselves before they move. This can be a lot of work, but it may be worthwhile for some folks who don’t want to pay an estate sale company. If this is the case for you, plan to hold your sale a few months before you move. Here are a few things to consider as you decide whether a yard sale is right for you:
• You might make a bigger profit if an experienced estate sale agent handles the sale for you.
• Watching your beloved possessions sell for pennies on the dollar at a yard sale can be emotionally trying.
• A yard sale can be a lot of work. You’ll need to advertise the sale, price items, haul everything out to the yard and sit outside for hours while people haggle over your belongings.
• You might make more money by taking the tax deduction associated with donating the items to charity.
• If you live in an area with unpredictable weather, an unexpected rainstorm might keep shoppers away and potentially ruin some of your belongings.
• If you live off the beaten path and don’t have a lot of traffic flow in your area, you might not make much money.
As an alternative, one of my clients invited neighbors and friends over on a particular day to select books, furniture and household items they might want or need. In exchange, they made a charitable donation to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. I thought this was a touching idea that left everyone feeling good about the transaction.


4. Scheduling a donation pickup. Many charities will send a truck to gather items curbside, but keep in mind that not all will accept furniture. Before you drag an unneeded sofa to the street, consider researching charities in your area that actually pick up furniture. Also, double-check to make sure the donation to your favorite organization is tax-deductible — and always ask for a receipt.


5. Dealing with trash. Unfortunately, the landfill may be the only option for items you can’t give away, sell or donate — items that are stained, worn-out or broken beyond repair. Please consider the landfill only as a last resort, exclusively for items that have reached the end of their useful life.

Many local disposal service companies will provide a small dumpster annually at no added cost, while a large dumpster is an additional expense. Check with your local service. Alternatively, a hauling service can be hired to take items to the dump.

6. Packing for your move. Ideally, once you’ve reached this point, you’re left only with the things you’re packing or selling at an estate sale. Consider marking all estate sale items with blue tape so there’s no confusion when the movers arrive.
Many professional home organizers provide packing services. If your budget allows this option, it will save you significant time. If you’re packing yourself, consider starting to pack nonessential items like home decor, books and craft supplies four to six weeks before moving day, depending on your energy level and volume of belongings. Label boxes by room and briefly list their contents. That way, the movers can easily deliver boxes to the appropriate rooms in your new home.
Some of my clients have the option of staying in a hotel or with friends or family for a few nights before the move, while their kitchen, bathroom and laundry supplies are being packed. This can eliminate a lot of confusion. If you don’t have this luxury, you might consider eating out or using disposable plates and utensils for a few days so all of your kitchen items can be packed.
7. Packing your suitcases. A few days before the movers arrive, I recommend packing a suitcase for yourself and each family member, as if you were going on a trip. Your bags should contain toiletries, medications and clothing for approximately a week. Plan to live out of this suitcase for a few days before and after the move.
8. Getting through moving day. This is the day the van arrives and moves your possessions — hopefully now packed and labeled — to your new home. It might be a good idea to have a close friend, family member or professional organizer with you to help keep things running smoothly and provide an extra set of hands. If you’re moving locally, you may want to have a friend help you unpack a few boxes of essential kitchen items and linens in your new home before the movers arrive. This can help you feel less overwhelmed when the unopened boxes get there.


9. Having an estate sale. After your house has been vacated, consider scheduling an estate sale. Your real estate agent will likely be able to recommend a reputable company in your area. Fees can range from 20 percent to 45 percent of the proceeds, depending on the services provided. The cost will most likely include taking inventory of items, organizing, staging, researching prices, advertising, marketing and holding the sale.
After the sale is over, most companies will get rid of unsold goods for you. Many partner with a local charity to clear out items appropriate for donation, and some also arrange trash-hauling services for an additional charge.
After the sale, your old home should be free of unwanted belongings and debris. Before you sign a contract, carefully read the scope of work so you know exactly what to expect. The lowest bid may not in fact be the best deal, so be sure to review the details. Although the fee may be daunting, an estate sale company can save you time and effort and potentially net you a bigger profit than selling your belongings yourself would.

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Fresh Listing Friday: Sought-After in St. Paul



Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a beautifully landscaped home built by the highly sought-after Highland Homes. Situated in the Inspiration community of St. Paul, 1730 Morning Mist Way features hardwood flooring, soaring ceilings and a beautiful stone fireplace. Take a virtual tour below to see all of the details and upgrades throughout.


Need-to-know Details:
• Priced at $329,900
• 2,566 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths
• Island kitchen with granite countertops and a gas stove
• Master suite with a luxurious tub and walk-in closet
• Three bedrooms upstairs with a living area and wiring for a wall-mounted television

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To view this listing, contact the Payne-Cook Team at 214-215-5645 or

Hand Soaps for Fall



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Take joy in life’s mundane activities by adding these delightfully scented hand soaps sink-side. Whether you’re preparing for guests, avoiding a cold, or cleaning off your hands after kneading pumpkin pie dough, these festive hand soaps lend themselves perfectly to each of our favorite fall memories.


Soap1(Mum) copyMrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap in Mum – $3.99

This paraben-free hand soap contains aloe vera gel, olive oil and essential oils to create a hard-working, non-drying soap with a beautiful floral fall fragrance. For that, the price can’t be beat.










Soap2 copyJo Malone Pomegranate Noir Hand & Body Wash – $40

Give a nod to pomegranate season with this deliciously scented hand wash. Filled with ruby notes of pomegranate, raspberry and plum with hints of pink pepper, Casablanca lily and spicy woods, this soap is the perfect blend of juiciness and sophistication.










Soap3 copyWilliams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Hand Soap – $12.95

Citrus lovers can rejoice in finding their Holy Grail hand soap. The tantalizing scent of Meyer lemons is fresh, vibrant and energizing and is not only great to invigorate the senses on a crisp fall day, but also good for any time of the year. This refreshingly simple soap is perfect for any kitchen, laundry room or bathroom.









Soap4 copyByredo Suede Hand Wash – $60

Pamper yourself every time you wash your hands with this luxe suede-scented hand wash. Top notes of pear and bergamot paired with base notes of amber, soft musk and velvet plum create a divinely fresh, woody fragrance.










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Antica Farmacista Prosecco Hand Wash – $26

Celebrate the season with this sparkling wine-scented hand soap. With top notes of Satsuma citrus balanced with apricot, passion fruit and sugared black currant, the scent is perfectly reminiscent of a champagne toast at a family gathering.










Soap6 copyMolton Brown Fine Liquid Hand Wash in Black Peppercorn – $28

This iconic fragrance from Molton Brown offers the spicy scent of black peppercorn balanced with the freshness of coriander and basil. You only need a few drops to get a nice, luscious lather.










Soap7 copySavon de Marseille Fig Hand Soap – $20

The delicate scent of fresh figs balanced with cedar, vanilla, hyacinth and anise form this woody fragrance perfect for fall. The soap is made with all-natural vegetable oils and is colorant-free.










Soap8 copyAesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash – $39
This gentle hand soap will leave your hands feeling softened and refreshed, while the scent of orange, rosemary and lavender linger. Hints of cedar add a woody character to the citrusy and herbaceous aromas.










Soap9 copyGrown Alchemist Hand Wash in Sweet Orange, Cedarwood and Sage – $29

This moisturizing hand wash is made with the finest botanical ingredients, including radiance-boosting sweet orange oil and skin-repairing camellia seed oil. The gentle scent is perfect for a routine refresh.










Soap10 copyDiptyque Softening Hand Wash – $38

This floral-scented hand wash is bursting with aromas of lavender, rosemary and lemon and is a soothing, simple option for even the most particular noses.










Soap11 copyMethod Gel Hand Soap in Ginger Tea – $3.49

Inspired by the aroma of wellness tea, this limited-edition hand soap is ultra-calming and perfect for everyday washing. Notes of white rose, chamomile, lavender and ginger tea evoke memories of snuggling on the couch with a good book.











Soap12 copyNest Liquid Soap in Grapefruit – $22

Citrus fragrances transcend all seasons, and this grapefruit one is sure to brighten your senses on any chilly fall day. Pink pomelo grapefruit paired with lily and coriander blossom make for a cheerful, zesty fragrance.

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.

6714 Tulip Lane | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,920,000

4634 Ridgeside Drive | Dallas | $1,535,000
6722 Vanderbilt Avenue | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,175,000
2626 Welborn Street | Dallas | $1,175,000
5439 Castlewood Road | Dallas – Russwood Acres | $1,174,999
4433 N. Hall Street | Dallas – Perry Heights | $779,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

How to Pull Together a Room With Symmetry

By: Laura Gaskill
Human faces, snowflakes, violins, the Eiffel Tower — so much of our world is symmetrical, it’s no wonder the eye is drawn to things with a mirror-image quality, including interiors. No matter your decor style, embracing symmetry can help your space look its best. Whether you’re bringing grandeur to a small space or doing more with your art collection, here are 10 reasons to work symmetry into your rooms.
1. Symmetry can make your dining room feel fancier. Formal symmetry (where two sides of a room are close to mirror images of each other) dresses up a space. In the dining room, try hanging framed artworks on either side of a large mirror for a classic, elegant look. Or place matching lamps, sculptures or vases at either end of a buffet table — the more objects repeated on each side of the room, the more formal the space will feel.

2. Symmetry makes mixing up the dining set easier. Mixing and matching dining chairs is simple when you stick with a symmetrical arrangement — a pair of slipcovered armchairs at the ends and wood chairs along the sides, for instance. Even though the chairs at the heads of table are completely different from the others, the look feels well balanced.

3. Symmetry can deliver a big statement on a small budget. If you want to make an impact without spending big, choose budget finds arranged symmetrically. Here, bold black stripes painted on the wall (a project you can do yourself) set the tone for a chic black and white scheme. A simply framed, blown-up black and white poster centered above a settee and flanked by matching end tables and lamps completes the picture in mirror-image style.

4. Symmetry can do wonders for your art collection. If you have a piece of art you love, but it’s too small to stand on its own, try surrounding it with smaller, identically framed art, as shown here. What could have been a canvas swallowed up by too much wall is instead into a focal point. Other sure bets in arranging include an evenly spaced grid or a vertical column of art in matching frames.

5. Symmetry help balance strong architectural features. If your room has a large or an especially striking architectural feature (like a fireplace or bay window), using it as the center of a symmetrical arrangement is a good way to bring balance to the room. Here a large fireplace is flanked by a pair of matching chests, lamps and mirrors.

6. Symmetry can turn a doorway into a passage with presence. Passing through a plain doorway becomes an event when a pair of sculptures on pedestals stands guard. And although the art around the doorway here is more salon style than a perfect grid, it still adds to the impression of balance.

7. Symmetry can make a small space feel important. Sneaking in symmetry where you can is a great way to bring a bit of grandeur to a compact space. Here a set of floor-sweeping drapes and a pair of artworks frame the window, while a pair of matching armchairs and matching pillows bring a pleasing sense of order to the seating area.

8. Symmetry can help downplay a tech feature. Surrounding the TV with pairs of identical items — in this case chairs, topiaries and graphic curtains — helps the eye travel around the space, instead of instantly settling on the “big, black box.”
9. Symmetry provides an anchor for eclectic collections. Keep vintage treasures and eclectic art looking good by starting with a base furniture arrangement with some symmetry. Even if you don’t have identical items, you can still approximate the look by using what you
have. In the space shown here, two sofas facing each other look balanced (even though they are not the same), matching lamps help nonmatching tables fit in, and identical shades on the windows help tie everything together.
10. Symmetry pulls together a living room like nobody’s business. If your living room seems to be missing something, have a look around and see how many pairs of identical items you can count. If everything is a one-off, the feeling of the room may be a bit scattered. Try adding a pair of matching table lamps, a set of matching pillows on the sofa or a pair of armchairs upholstered in the same fabric. Of course, having pairs is not enough — be sure to position your matching items across from each other to create symmetry that pleases the eye.


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