Love This Listing: Pelican Bay Paradise


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This extensively updated home in Plano offers abundant natural light, an expansive kitchen, luxurious finishes and plenty of built-ins. An entertainer’s paradise, the backyard overlooks a rolling creek with lush mature trees, a spacious deck and an in-ground pool and spa with water features. Other amenities include a breakfast nook, stainless-steel appliances, a cozy fireplace and well-appointed upstairs game room. Watch the video below to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

2504 Pelican Bay Drive
• $899,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 3 full baths
• 4,548 square feet

5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors and our amazing agents at these stunning properties.

 

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5715 Hagen Court | Dallas | $1,250,000 | 1 to 3 p.m. March 31

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10018 Coppedge Lane | Dallas | $975,000 | 1 to 3 p.m. March 31

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5032 Copperglen Circle | Colleyville | $755,000 | 1 to 3 p.m. March 31

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3604 Cathedral Lake Drive | Frisco | $750,000 | 2 to 4 p.m. March 31

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3712 Hartline Hills Way | Celina | $475,000 | 2 to 4 p.m. March 31

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10922 Ferndale Road | Dallas | $422,500 | 1 to 3 p.m. April 1

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Ebby Halliday Among Nation’s Top Brokerages


Ebby Halliday Among Nation’s Top Brokerages

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors’ reputation as a trusted resource for today’s real estate consumers was validated by the just-released 30th-annual Power Broker Report, published by RISMedia. A definitive source for news and information about the residential real estate industry, RISMedia ranked Ebby Halliday the No. 11 residential real estate firm in the United States based on 2017 sales volume. With $8,038,878,667 in sales, Ebby Halliday moved up one spot from the prior year in the latest Power Broker Report.

 

Says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Congratulations to all of our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these extraordinary sales numbers possible. I also thank our valued clients who trust us to represent their real estate needs. Our clients benefit from the many advantages and resources that are a direct result of Ebby Halliday’s status as the North Texas market-share leader.”

 

The Power Broker Report honors the business feats of brokerage firms and real estate leaders who shape the industry. In 2014, RISMedia honored Ms. Burleson with its National Homeownership Award, recognizing her important contributions to the residential real estate industry.

 

With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. The company and its Associates seek every day to elevate the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the properties available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

6 Design-Inspired DIY Easter Eggs


If you’re looking for a fun twist on classic egg decorating, these design-inspired Easter eggs are the perfect DIY weekend project — and if you’re lucky, delicious egg salad come Monday.

 

Ombré — Mix one color of dye and create different shades by leaving boiled eggs in colored water for different amounts of time. Start by dropping the first egg in for 30 seconds, try one minute for the next one, then a minute and a half for the third and so on until you achieve the variety of shades desired.

 

Happy Easter rustic background with copy space. DIY dyed various shades of blue Easter eggs and vintage wooden picture frame mock up.

 

Gold Leaf — Paint boiled eggs evenly and let dry (try two coats of craft paint or spray paint for a smoother finish). Using a gold leaf kit, apply random strokes of glue for an abstract look, wrap egg in a sheet of gold leaf, rub away any excess and voila!

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Wax-and-Dye — The traditional Ukranian pysanky technique calls for hollowed-out eggs, a kistka (styling tool for drawing with melted wax), dyes and beeswax. Use the kistka to draw a design with the heated wax and allow it to fully harden before dipping into dye for five to 10 minutes. After the egg has fully dried, carefully remove the wax, wipe clean and seal with shellac.

 

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Contemporary — Boil cleaned avocado pits and skins to create your desired pink hue and mix black ink with 1/4 cup of water for the grey shade. Carefully dip boiled egg into one color and let dry before dipping into the second dye, overlapping for a graphic pattern effect.

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Marbled — Mix food coloring for desired palette of dyes, color boiled eggs and let dry. Blot egg with rubber cement and dip it into the dye for a second coat. Once it dries, gently wipe away rubber cement and repeat until you’ve reached your desired aesthetic.

 

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Pantone — Stand boiled eggs vertically in small cups of dye, type up and print labels on temporary tattoo paper (remember, text backwards) and apply to the white area. If perfectionism is your thing, match the color numbers using a chip book.

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Note: Despite their beauty, some designs require non-food safe materials and should not be consumed.

Local Experts With Global Reach


Local Experts With Global Reach

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors and its sales associates possess a unique understanding of the global real estate market. This understanding is a result of our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of premier real estate brokers in nearly 50 countries, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International.

 

When marketing a luxury home such as the stunning clean-lined new construction at 8819 Lakemont in one of the most sought-after pockets in the area, Ebby agents tap the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilize its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose listings to buyers across the globe.

 

By showcasing luxury listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby agents leverage the strength of a website that consistently ranks at the top of Google search results and has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network.

 

The beautiful custom home at 8819 Lakemont is one of many Ebby listings that receive extensive marketing exposure through Luxury Portfolio International. This extraordinary property, offered for $2,500,000, is listed with Michelle Hopson. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

Local Experts With Global Reach

 

For more information on 8819 Lakemont, contact Michelle Hopson at 469-583-5441 or michelle@ebby.com. To see more extraordinary homes across Dallas-Fort Worth and across the world, visit LuxuryPortolio.com.

DSO on the GO Coming to Southlake


DSO on the GO Coming to Southlake

 

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 Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., the DSO brings the music of Prokofiev and Grieg to Southlake. The performance takes place at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., in Southlake. Tickets are $19 at mydso.com, APEX Arts League seniors are $15 when you use promo code APEX at checkout, and student tickets are $9 when you use promo code PEER at checkout.

 

For more information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

 

Enjoy the show!

Love This Listing: Elegant Living in Allen


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This exquisite estate in Twin Creeks is a rare find. Situated on a large corner lot, the home features designer lighting, an incredible master suite, a storm cellar and craft room. Other amenities include a porte cochere, sports court, guest house and a three-car garage. The resort-style backyard is perfect for entertaining with a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace and lush landscaping. Watch the video below to learn more about why we love this listing.

 

Need-to-Know Numbers:

• 1603 Pantego Lane
• $1,099,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 5 full baths
• 5,636 square feet

7 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors and our amazing agents at these stunning properties.

 

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1720 Bison Meadow Lane | Heath | $1,390,000

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615 Lake Point Drive | Irving | $1,200,000

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11209 Russwood Circle | Dallas | $1,125,000

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7216 Braemar Terrace | Colleyville | $940,000

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720 Columbia Court | Prosper | $839,990

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2717 Shadow Court | Arlington | $769,900

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919 Cobblestone Parks Drive | Keller | $699,999

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Pick the Perfect Paint Color

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth, the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

 

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

 

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers


7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers

 

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

 

Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.

 

Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but Realtors agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

 

Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.

 

Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.

 

Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and peckish. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go refreshments such as mints or cookies.

 

Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.

 

Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

 

Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.

 

To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.