Love This Listing: Oak Lawn Townhome


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Situated in an 8-unit townhome project, this three-story, modern walk-up features clean lines and upgraded amenities. The contemporary-style residence offers a non-traditional layout and an attached garage with ample storage. From shopping and dining to nightlife and entertainment, enjoy a pedestrian lifestyle in the Oak Lawn area. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

2706 Throckmorton St. D
• $549,000
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 baths, 1 half-bath
• 1,919 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 stunning properties.

 

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612 Scenic Drive | Irving | $1,050,000

911 WESTMORE LANE 1

911 Westmore Lane | Lucas | $914,000

3417 BUCKINGHAM

3417 Buckingham Lane | Highland Village | $699,000

1014 CREEKWOOD

1014 Creekwood Drive | Garland | $699,000

16101 RED CEDAR TRAIL

16101 Red Cedar Trail | Dallas | $679,000

3951 VENETO DRIVE 1

3951 Veneto Drive | Frisco | $675,000

3723 BUFFALO

3723 Buffalo Way | Celina | $540,000

6109 HERON BAY LANE

6109 Heron Bay Lane | McKinney | $499,950

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7517 Vista Ridge Court | Garland | $388,500

1513 MILSAP ROAD 1

1513 Milsap Road McKinney | $368,000

3511 VAN ZANDT ROAD 2

3511 Van Zandt Road | Melissa | $269,900

 

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

Get Your Home in Shape


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Now is the perfect time of year to get your home in shape. See IBB Design Fine Furnishings owner and designer Shay Geyer’s helpful tips to ensure it’s well-designed in the process.

 

Laundry Room

Let’s face it, no one likes to do laundry. However, if you had a fabulous space in which to tackle this chore, life would be much easier.

 

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Fun, bold color

Wallpaper in a large-scale or graphic pattern and bold color really transforms a space. The wallpaper I selected for my laundry room makes it so cheerful. A happy color palette also helps make the chore of doing laundry a bit less mundane.

 

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Accessorize

Utilize accessories for storage and to add style to a space. I use a blue lacquered tray to organize containers holding detergent pods and clothespins. A blue lacquered box hides essentials like Tide pens, scissors, safety pins, a sewing kit and lint brush. I keep my dryer sheets in a yellow lacquered box.

 

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Think durability

I opted for an outdoor rug to bring in a touch of pink. It can be hosed off any time, which is great because this room gets a lot of use.

 

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Lighting

If you don’t have a lot of natural light, make sure the room is well-lit. I added a chandelier as another source of light and a beautiful design element. While a chandelier is certainly not necessary in a laundry room, it definitely adds a wow-factor to the space.

For more luxury design and décor content , visit grandviemagazine.com.

 

In addition to showcasing the luxury listings of Ebby Halliday Realtors, the spring/summer 2018 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including the full story with more tips from Shay to get your home in shape.

 

Ebby Halliday Companies Joins HomeServices of America


Ebby Halliday Companies Joins HomeServices of America

 

HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced it has acquired the Ebby Halliday Companies, the largest private residential real estate company in Texas by sales volume. The acquisition includes Ebby Halliday’s three real estate brands—Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate along with Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate—and their affiliated mortgage and title companies. Ebby Halliday’s portfolio of companies will continue to operate under their current brand names. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

Headquartered in Dallas, Ebby Halliday Companies serves metropolitan Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding communities with approximately 1,800 sales associates and staff operating in 35 offices across 12,000 square miles in North Texas. Ebby Halliday is the 12th largest residential real estate company in the United States by sales volume and the 17th largest by transaction sides, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. In 2017, the company closed $8.0 billion of sales volume.

 

Founded in 1945 as a one-woman, one-office firm by industry visionary Ebby Halliday, the firm has grown to become one of the nation’s foremost full-service real estate companies. The Ebby Halliday name is synonymous with providing clients the highest level of customer service, local expertise and resources, all delivered by a team of knowledgeable agents using the firm’s innovative technologies. Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO, and Ron Burgert, the company’s chief financial officer, will continue to lead the firm’s strategic growth initiatives and manage day-to-day operations together with their sales management teams.

 

Also announced today is the formation of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. Building on a lifetime of service by the foundation’s namesake and the simple saying she lived by, “Do something for someone every day,” the nonprofit organization will continue Ebby’s legacy of service to North Texas.

 

“Among Ebby’s greatest passions was service to the community she proudly called home,” says Burleson. “A tireless volunteer, her philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated. Through the Ebby Halliday Foundation, her legacy will be felt in our community and beyond for many years to come.”

 

“Finding the right partner to maintain the legacy, culture and integrity of the Ebby Halliday Companies was of upmost importance,” said Burleson. “We are joining an organization known for its strength and stability – and for its impeccable reputation and commitment to protecting brands. Joining with HomeServices ensures that our history of market leadership and industry service continues.”

 

“The Ebby Halliday brand and its legacy of integrity and service to our clients, industry and community will continue as it has for the past 73 years,” said Burgert. “Simply put, joining HomeServices makes us an even stronger company. HomeServices is an outstanding company that shares our commitment to delivering exceptional customer service. We are thrilled with this partnership and the many benefits it brings our valued clients, agents and employees.”

 

“Ebby Halliday is a premier company with talented, experienced agents, long-term ties to the communities and a brand that is well known throughout the industry,” said Ron Peltier, HomeServices’ chairman and CEO. “We are honored to be part of Ebby Halliday’s future and are committed to its continued growth and success.”

 

The acquisition further expands HomeServices’ presence in Texas, which includes Dallas-based Allie Beth Allman & Associates, which HomeServices acquired in 2015. With this transaction, HomeServices has nearly 42,500 real estate professionals operating in nearly 900 offices across 30 states.

 

“This is an important transaction for HomeServices,” concluded Peltier. “And we are very proud to welcome the Ebby Halliday Companies to the HomeServices family.

 

HomeServices of America is the country’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and, is through its operating companies, one of the country’s premier providers of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation 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.

 

Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors (ebby.com) is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,850 agents and staff in 35 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2017, the company participated in over 18,800 transactions with a sales volume of more than $8 billion. The company acquired Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) in 2007, and Williams Trew (williamstrew.com) in 2014. It also has affiliated mortgage and title businesses.

 

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: Stunning Starwood Home


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Situated in the gated and perfectly located Starwood community, this Frisco home will not disappoint. From the remodeled kitchen to the custom master closet, the extensively updated residence features luxurious finishes, such as the iron front door, LED lighting throughout, security camera system and a wine grotto, perfect for your fine collection. You’ll enjoy relaxing in the resort-like backyard, complete with a sparkling pool and spa, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and a covered patio with electronic screen. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

6017 Haley Way
• $1,100,000
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 baths, 1 half-bath
• 5,330 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.

 

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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

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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.