12 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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6655 Green Knoll Drive | Dallas | $1,430,000

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5833 Portsmouth Lane | Dallas | $1,250,000

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1720 Bison Meadow Lane | Heath | $1,190,000

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5715 Caroline Court | Plano | $925,000

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5786 Park Lane | Frisco | $800,000

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2520 Greenspoint Lane | Prosper | $799,999

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8923 Vista View Drive | Dallas | $689,000

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13590 Mossvine Drive | Frisco | $630,000

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3612 Green Mountain Place | McKinney | $599,999

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6317 Palomino Drive | Plano | $514,900

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881 Wind Brook Lane | Prosper | $429,000

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8111 Lake Valley Court | Rowlett | $413,900

 

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

Summer Bug Solutions


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Recent showers and 100-degree days have created the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.

 

Mosquitoes

Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.

 

Gnats

Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out. As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.

 

Bees

To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Slugs

Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

 

If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice.

Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day


Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day

 

Many people equate Memorial Day with backyard barbecues, trips to the lake or lounging around the pool, but if you ask a veteran what this day means, you will get a very different answer. They know the heart-wrenching realities behind this special day.

 

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving in America’s armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it started after the Civil War to honor those who lost their lives. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.

 

On this Memorial Day, we encourage you to contemplate the cost of our freedoms – the freedom to vote, to live where we choose, to travel, to be ourselves, and to speak our mind – and to honor those who have given their all.

As Summer Arrives, Lake Living Beckons


Warmer weather is here and the time is right to take advantage of the lake lifestyle we’re privileged to enjoy in North Texas. And, it’s true that nothing brings family together like a lake home.

 

Long, relaxing weekends await at these lake properties listed with Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

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176 CR 2921 | Pittsburg | $2,250,000

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388 Stonewall Drive | Streetman | $1,150,000

3_7305 RAMBLEWOOD DRIVE

7305 Ramblewood Drive | Garland | $695,000

4_6902 EDGEWATER DRIVE

6902 Edgewater Drive | McKinney | $650,000

5_258 LAKEVIEW DRIVE 1

258 Lakeview Drive | Trinidad | $475,000

6_1628 MONA COURT

1628 Mona Court | Tool | $419,000

 

To view all the lake homes for sale in North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com and enter ‘lake’ in the advanced search keyword field.

Love This Listing: True Mid-Century Modern


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Built in 1954 by architect Robert Perry as his personal residence, this Mid-Century modern home has been updated with careful attention to preserving its original architecture, while adding Santa Barbara flair. Amenities include a lush entry courtyard, stunning designer finishes, a Zen library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a sparkling waterfall pool. You’ll enjoy a spacious master suite with dual walk-in closets, while guests delight in a private suite with a fireplace and full bath. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

3837 Fairfax Avenue
• $1,175,000
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 baths, 1 half-bath
• 2,667 square feet

12 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.

 

1_5230 BOCA RATON DRIVE 2

5230 Boca Raton Drive | Dallas | $1,150,000

2_4549 BILTMOORE DRIVE

4549 Biltmoore Drive | Frisco | $1,100,000

3_6608 CROWN FOREST

6608 Crown Forest Drive | Plano | $899,900

4_5016 SPYGLASS

5016 Spyglass Drive | Dallas | $799,500

5_9 LOCHLEVEN

9 Lochleven | Richardson | $740,000

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5406 Mercedes Avenue | Dallas | $685,000

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12922 Lourdes | Frisco | $630,000

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910 Twin Creeks Drive | Allen | $575,000

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10935 Ridgemeadow Drive | Dallas | $449,000

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1033 Midnight Pass | Rockwall | $365,000

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6308 Lambeau Court | McKinney | $359,000

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1825 Arundel Drive | Carrollton | $320,000

 

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

DSO on the GO Visits Frisco


DSO on the GO Visits Frisco

 

For the fourth 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, June 2, at 6 p.m., the DSO returns to Frisco to perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, conducted by Ruth Reinhardt. The performance takes place at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive, in Frisco.

 

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

 

Enjoy the show!

15 Refreshing Pools for Summer


Ready to make a splash? With summer fast approaching, there’s no better way to refresh than by taking a dip in your own backyard pool.

 

Whether you’re hosting a pool party or low-key lounging, these homes feature some of the most stunning pools in North Texas.

 

1_25 BRAEWOOD

25 Braewood Place | Dallas | $8,450,000

2_1900 SHADY OAKS

1900 Shady Oaks Drive | Southlake | $5,490,000

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2906 Shadow Drive W | Arlington | $3,500,000

4_1901 POINT DE VUE

1901 Point De Vue Drive | Flower Mound | $3,250,000

5_5716 SEVILLE

5716 Seville Court | Plano | $2,399,900

6_3201 AMBERWOOD

3201 Amberwood Lane | Prosper | $2,250,000

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18716 Wainsborough Lane | Dallas | $1,425,000

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5403 Miramar Lane | Colleyville | $1,190,000

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3701 Preston Hills Circle | Celina | $899,900

10_7230 KENTWOOD

7230 Kentwood Drive | Frisco | $869,900

11_931 W COLORADO

931 W Colorado Boulevard | Dallas | $729,000

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2448 Fairway Drive | Richardson | $599,000

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244 Amanda Way | Decatur | $595,000

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813 Hunters Glen | Rockwall | $470,000

15_2306 BROKEN POINT

2306 Broken Point | McKinney | $389,990

 

To view all the sparkling pools available across North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

The Future is Bright for the Ebby Halliday Companies


Ebby Halliday Companies Intends to Join HomeServices of America, Inc.

 

Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. announced today at a companywide meeting that it intends to be acquired by HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. The acquisition will include Ebby’s three real estate brands: Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as the firm’s affiliated mortgage and title companies. The Ebby Halliday portfolio of companies brands will continue to operate under their current brand names. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

Serving the residential real estate needs of North Texas since 1945, Ebby Halliday is one of the most-respected real estate companies in the country. The firm, which participated in more than 18,800 transactions in 2017, with a sales volume of more than $8 billion, ranks 12th in the nation in sales volume.  Through membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, and numerous other national and international real estate industry networks, the Ebby Halliday Companies and its sales associates are ideally positioned to represent buyers and sellers across North Texas.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as affiliated companies Home Team Mortgage and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit ebby.com.

 

HomeServices of America is the country’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and, through its operating companies, is one of the largest providers of integrated real estate services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Real Living Real Estate and Prudential Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC, is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America, which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. Information about HomeServices is available at homeservices.com.

 

#TogetherWeWill

 

PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies CFO Ron Burgert, Ebby Halliday Companies President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America Ron Peltier.

Love This Listing: Kessler Park Gem


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From handscraped hardwood flooring to a large backyard deck, this beautifully remodeled home in Kessler Park offers designer finishes, abundant natural light and updates galore. With three large living areas and an incredible sunroom, the residence is great for entertaining family and friends. Situated near the Bishop Arts District, you’ll enjoy restaurants, shopping and entertainment within minutes. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

 

Need-to-Know Numbers:

• 1227 Woodlawn Avenue
• $686,500
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 baths, 1 half-bath
• 3,691 square feet