Agents and Brokerages: Choose Wisely

Agents and Brokerages: Choose Wisely

Mary Frances Burleson, the president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, recently sent the below letter as part of her Friday email series.
If you are considering buying or selling a home, it is likely you may choose your real estate agent based upon a referral from a friend, a relative or a colleague. According to recent surveys by the National Association of Realtors, personal referrals are the primary way both first-time and repeat buyers and sellers select an agent.
However, once a specific agent has been referred and has been selected, the brokerage firm the agent is affiliated with should also be carefully considered. Sellers should ask whether the brokerage has a strong online marketing presence, so their listed home receives the most extensive presentation to the market.
Today’s buyers vigorously shop online, with approximately 90 percent beginning their home search on the Web; and many tech-savvy buyers use smart phone apps to search for homes for sale.
Ebby Halliday Realtors’ website,, is among the country’s most powerful and successful real estate sites. The site plus additional features such as proximity search and map search are readily available using free Ebby apps for iPhone or Android.
With a 73-year track record of success and more than 1,850 real estate professionals in 35 strategically located North Texas offices, Ebby Halliday Realtors stands ready to assist you with all of your home-buying and selling needs.
Mary Frances Burleson

11 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 exceptional properties.



6616 Pemberton Drive | Dallas | $2,275,000


6625 Overlook Court | Plano | $1,199,000


5710 W. Amherst Avenue | Dallas | $1,099,000


4861 Willow Lane | Dallas | $1,075,000


418 Valencia Street | Dallas | $639,000


13590 Mossvine Drive | Frisco | $615,000


4572 Hallmark Drive | Plano | $549,000


12401 Deerbrook Drive | Frisco | $519,900


8013 Stonehill Drive | Plano | $440,000


3502 Windsor Parkway | Corinth | $439,900


813 Coralberry Drive | McKinney | $435,000


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

Summer Sips & Bites

It can be tough to beat the Texas heat, but ice-cold beverages and tasty treats definitely help. Here are some easy and refreshing recipes perfect for relaxing on the patio or while enjoying summer by the pool.


Lemonade with lemon, mint and ice

Classic Lemonade

*6 lemons, enough to make 1 cup of juice
*1 cup white sugar
*6 cups cold water

1. Juice the lemons via your preferred method of juicing.
2. Stir together lemon juice, sugar and water.
3. Serve over ice.


Cold black tea with berries and ice

Blackberry Sweet Tea

*1 pinch of baking soda
*4 cups boiling water
*4 tea bags
*2 1/2 cups cold water
*3 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen/thawed
*1 1/4 cups sugar
*1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

1. Crush blackberries and sugar together in a large container.
2. Add mint and baking soda; set aside.
3. Drape tea bags over the side of a pitcher; pour boiling water into the pitcher.
4. Steep for 3 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.
5. Combine tea and blackberry mixture; rest for 1 hour.
6. Strain through a mesh sieve.
7. Add cold water and stir.
8. Refrigerate before serving.


Watermelon lemonade with ice and mint leaves. Homemade lemonade of ripe berry with red and green ripes. Glass of cold watermelon tea. Refreshing summer drink. Cocktail on a wooden background

Watermelon Green Tea

*3 cups green tea
*8 cups watermelon, cubed
*1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
*1/2 cup seltzer
*Springs of mint, for garnish

1. Combine green tea, watermelon and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
2. Strain through a mesh sieve.
3. Refrigerate until cool.
4. Add seltzer.



Caprese Salad Pita Pockets

*1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
*4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
*1 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
*3/4 cup mixed spring salad greens
*1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
*2 tablespoons chopped green onion
*1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
*4 large whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
* Large soft lettuce leaves (such as butterhead, Boston or Bibb)

1. In a medium bowl toss together tomatoes, cheese cubes, cucumber, salad greens, basil, green onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
2. Line insides of pita halves with lettuce leaves.
3. Spoon tomato mixture into pitas.


A set of ingredients for cooking Nam neung , Viatnam food on wooden table

No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

*3 green onions
*1/2 6-ounce package refrigerated cooked chicken breast strips
*1/2 of a medium green sweet pepper, seeded and cut up
*3 tablespoons rice vinegar
*1 teaspoon sesame oil or olive oil
*1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, as desired
*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
*1 cup shredded cabbage
*2 tablespoons water
*2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
*8 leaves butterhead lettuce (Boston or Bibb), about 1 small head

1. Trim and discard root ends of green onions. Cut off and slice green tops and set aside.
2. In a food processor combine white parts of the green onions, chicken breast, sweet pepper, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, oil, black pepper and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Cover and pulse until chicken mixture is finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.
3. Add cabbage and toss to combine. Divide chicken mixture into four individual microwave safe containers; chill.
4. Spoon mixture into individual lettuce leaves and wrap.

For dipping sauce, in a small bowl combine sliced green onion tops, 2 tablespoons vinegar, water and soy sauce. Divide among 4 small containers.


Homemade natural yogurt with strawberries and mint.

Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

* 1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved or quartered
*1 teaspoon sugar
*1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
* 1 15-ounce carton part-skim ricotta cheese
*3 tablespoons light agave nectar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
* Fresh mint

1. In a medium bowl combine strawberries, sugar and the 1 tablespoon snipped mint; gently stir to combine. Let stand about 10 minutes or until berries soften and start to release their juices.
2. In another medium bowl combine ricotta, agave nectar, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. To assemble, scoop 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture into each of six parfait glasses. Top ricotta mixture in each glass with a large spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining ricotta mixture and strawberry mixture. Garnish with additional fresh mint.
4. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.

DFW Cities Rank High on First-Time Homebuyers List


Three Dallas suburbs have been ranked among the best places in the country for first-time homebuyers, according to a new report by


The fast-growing cities of Frisco, McKinney and Allen ranked 7th, 8th and 16th among the top markets for first-time buyers, according to the study.


WalletHub scored 300 U.S. cities for entry-level home buying using factors including attractiveness, affordability and quality of life.


As is often the case with these types of lists, Ebby Halliday Realtors has an office in each of the North Texas cities on the list: Ebby McKinney, Ebby Frisco and Ebby Allen | Fairview | Lucas. If you’re considering buying or selling a home in North Texas – regardless of the town or city – you can find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly


See NBC DFW’s report on the new WalletHub list of best places for first-time homebuyers.


PHOTO:  The five-bedroom home at 5606 Romantik Road in Frisco is listed by Ebby’s Kam Gill for $599,900.

Love This Listing: Contemporary Estate

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Situated on 4.4 acres in Southlake, this luxurious smart home is an interior designer’s dream with an open floor plan and attention to every detail. The backyard oasis features an infinity pool and spa, firepit, covered patio and an outdoor living center to enjoy with family and friends. This modern home includes a six-car garage and a fully functional four-stall horse barn. Impeccably maintained, this property is a must-see! Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

920 S. Peytonville Avenue
• $3,600,000
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 baths, 2 half-baths
• 5,175 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 exceptional properties.



1607 Dowling Drive | Irving | $1,090,000

5302 Miller Avenue

5302 Miller Avenue | Dallas | $1,050,000

1106 Waterfall Drive

1106 Waterfall Drive | McKinney | $982,623


5517 Sachse Road Sachse | $770,000


810 Shallowater Drive | Allen | $729,000

1217 Bridle Boulevard 1

1217 Bridle Boulevard | Frisco | $650,000


2201 Amherst Circle | McKinney | $650,000

4548 pecan

4548 Pecan Valley Drive | Plano |  $639,900


1058 Woodford Drive | Keller | $599,000


1522 Hennessey Drive | Allen | $568,000


1205 Lake Glen Circle | Rockwall | $415,000

1917 desoto

1917 Desoto Drive | McKinney | $289,950


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

Anniversary Sale Wish List

Tired of the heat? Ready for fall fashions? Well you’re in luck. The most wonderful time of summer is upon us — it’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale time!


Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is a one-of-a-kind event where just-arrived pieces are available at limited-time low prices. That’s right, #N and fashion debuts at sale price and increases to regular price post-sale.


Here’s a selection of our favorite must-have items.



Nordstrom At Home ‘Chloe’ Duvet Cover


Nordy Sale

1. Cupcakes and Cashmere Table Lamp  2. Nordstrom At Home Marble & Acacia Wood Serving Board  3. Diptyque Candle Set  4. E2 Concepts Serving Cart  5. Golden Rabbit Mixing Bowls  6. Ted Baker London Accent Pillow
7. American Atelier Stemless Wine Glasses  8. Marshall ‘Stockwell’ Bluetooth Speaker



Deny Designs Matcha Blush Art Print Set


The sale officially begins Friday, July 20. But if you’re a Nordstrom cardmember, you can already shop Early Access (store cardholders get a sneak peek via catalog and can shop 8 days before the sale opens to the public). Either way, get to a Nordstrom (or a computer) ASAP, because prices go up August 6.

Love This Listing: Hill Country Flair

Situated on 26 acres in Bartonville, this exquisite property features a 2-acre lake, a living area with views of a resort-style pool and spa, an adorable guest house and five additional buildings offering space for the hobbyist or car collector. The modern interior showcases the latest in upscale decor, solid zinc doors, a spacious kitchen and large windows providing fabulous views. This property is a must-see! Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

•  261 Hunter Court
• $6,400,000
• 8 bedrooms
• 8 baths
• 6,641 square feet

11 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 exceptional properties.



6422 Turner Way | Dallas | $1,550,000


6131 Stefani Drive | Dallas | $1,395,000

2535 Hendrix Avenue S

2535 Hendrix Avenue S | Lucas | $1,150,000

616 Scenic Drive

616 Scenic Drive | Irving | $899,900


810 Shallowater Drive

810 Shallowater Drive | Allen | $729,000


1101 Three Rivers Drive | Prosper | $675,000


701 Kimbro Avenue | Lantana | $599,900


10943 Fernald Avenue | Dallas | $435,000


708 Stillwater Drive | Rockwall | $418,000

2934 Forest Hills Lane (1)

2934 Forest Hills Lane | Richardson | $350,000


2412 Slalom Drive | McKinney | $290,000


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