Curious how the North Texas housing market performed last month? Take a look at the stats that sum up the month of March.
Spring means many things to many people, but one thing it means to those of us who love homes is it’s time for home tours. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be a sponsor of the 27th-Annual Hollywood Home Tour, which takes place the weekend of April 21-22.
This year’s tour includes five historic homes, open for a special Candlelight Tour on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It also features Hollywood Art in the Park on Sunday, where you’ll experience an outdoor marketplace with local artisans and craftspeople, delicious food trucks and music – all set in this Old East Dallas neighborhood’s Lindsley Park.
6915 Santa Monica
Hollywood/Santa Monica, with approximately 750 homes, was mostly built in the 1930s. It stands between the Santa Fe Trail to the west and north, East Grand Avenue to the east and Valencia Street to the south. The neighborhood is a conservation district and has one of the largest collections of stone-embellished Tudor homes in the nation. Hollywood/Santa Monica’s location makes it close to many things, including downtown Dallas, yet it offers an unusually peaceful setting of rolling hills and tree-lined streets – a sort of city within the city.
602 Monte Vista
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Hollywood Home Tour will benefit Lumin Lindsley Park Community School, J.L. Long Middle School and Eduardo Mata Elementary School. Tickets for the tour are available at hsmna.org, Curiosities at 2025 Abrams Road, and at tour homes on both days of the home tour.
427 Monte Vista
Situated on prestigious Monticello Avenue, this Greenland Hills Tudor features classic traditional styling, hardwood flooring and fresh paint throughout. With direct access to the backyard, the fantastic master suite includes a walk-in closet, dual vanity sinks, a separate rain shower and a soaking tub. The charming backyard is perfect for relaxing on the patio, taking a dip in the sparkling pool or admiring the low-maintenance landscaping. Watch the video below to learn more about why we love this listing.
• 5222 Monticello Avenue
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 full baths
• 1,946 square feet
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.
To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.
The just-released Real Trends 500 list of the top residential real estate firms in the United States ranks Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. 12th in the nation based on closed sales volume.
The REAL Trends 500 is an annual report that identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential real estate firms. The report represents the most trusted standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading firms.
The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew Real Estate, participated in 18,835 real estate transactions, with a sales volume of $8,039,214,848, in 2017.
“Congratulations to all of our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “And I thank our clients who trust us to represent their real estate needs. Our clients benefit from many advantages that are a direct result of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ status as the North Texas market-share leader.”
Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three points of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. That emphasis on service is as apparent today as it was in 1945 when Ebby Halliday Realtors was a one-woman, one-office operation.
“As our company celebrates 73 years of service this year, we would like to announce, as we do each year, the companywide winners of our VIP Excellence in Service Award,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “This award recognizes a level of excellence that is truly above and beyond.”
The Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winners for 2017:
* Top Companywide Office – 190-Richardson Office
* Top Companywide Winner – Katherine Niesman of the McKinney Office
* Top Companywide Runner-up – Kathy Lakatta of the Mansfield Office
VIP Excellence in Customer Service Award winners are determined by the total number of points received from questions pertaining specifically to service in buyer/seller surveys sent to Ebby clients. In 2017, 99 percent of respondents ranked Ebby Halliday and their sales associate as “Excellent” or “Good.”
The 190-Richardson Office is located at 3621 Shire Blvd., Suite 100, in Richardson, near the corner of State Highway 190 and Jupiter Road. Managed by industry leader Malinda Howell, the office serves the real estate needs of Richardson, Garland, Rowlett, Sachse, Wylie, Murphy, Plano, Allen, Lucas, Lovejoy, Parker, North Dallas, and beyond.
“I’m proud to be affiliated with the No. 1 independent real estate company in Texas, and I’m thrilled to be part of the 190-Richardson Office, our VIP Excellence in Service award-winning office for 2017,” says Ms. Howell. “Ebby Associates throughout our company offer their clients exceptional service day in and day out.”
Ms. Niesman is widely admired by clients and peers alike for exemplary customer service and her dedication to helping clients enjoy a smooth transition in one of the most important decisions of their lives.
“Katherine’s stellar reputation has been built on treating her clients and fellow agents with respect, providing remarkable customer service, and doing the right thing,” says Kathy Darrow, sales manager of Ebby’s McKinney Office. “She goes to great lengths to ensure every client has an exceptional real estate experience.”
Ms. Lakatta is well known for her honesty, integrity and extensive knowledge of the North Texas area.
“From the moment you meet Kathy, you know she has your best interests in mind,” says Suzanne McCabe, sales manager of Ebby’s Arlington and Mansfield offices. “She listens closely to her to clients and delivers extraordinary results.”
To learn more about all of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ offices, Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
PHOTO: Front row, from left, are Companywide VIP Runner-up Kathy Lakatta, 190-Richardson Sales Manager Malinda Howell and Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winner Katherine Niesman. Back row, from left, are Arlington and Mansfield Sales Manager Suzanne McCabe, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, McKinney Sales Manager Kathy Darrow and Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko.
2017 VIP Office and Individual Award Winners and Runner-ups:
Donna Nichols – Runner-up
Shirley Mangrum – Runner-up
Patt Klemmer – Runner-up
Lars Staberg – Runner-up
Janice Haney – Runner-up
Kristen Caswell – Runner-up
Marsha Finney – Runner-up
Mark Lally – Runner-up
Angel Willeford – Runner-up
Ruth Edmonds – Runner-up
CJ Prince – Runner-up
Kathy Lakatta (also Companywide runner-up)
Mary Prunty – Runner-up
Katherine Niesman (also Companywide winner)
Lety Service – Runner-up
Dana Glass – Runner-up
Hillary Hansen – Runner-up
Paul Sanders – Runner-up
Tannah McGaughy – Runner-up
Barbara Erkie – Runner-up
Debbie Carroll Boyce – Runner-up
Drema Stiffler – Runner-up
Sheryl Bentley – Runner-up
Darrah Adamcik – Runner-up
Kathy Anderson – Runner-up
Patty Campbell – Runner-up
Improving the energy efficiency of your home is not only great for the environment, it can also contribute to substantial savings in the long run. Below are some small changes you can make throughout your home to help lower your energy bills:
Turn off the thermostat – When away from home, avoid keeping your thermostat on. When home, adjust it in small increments to reach your desired temperature. Even better, open windows and use ceiling fans or space heaters to cool or warm your home.
Switch your light bulbs – Switch the light bulbs in your home to more energy efficient ones (think CFL and LED bulbs). Not sure which ones to choose? Check out our helpful light bulb guide here.
Clean and replace filters once a month – Clean filters allow systems to run more efficiently and for shorter periods of time.
Keep a full refrigerator and freezer – A full refrigerator unit will operate the most efficiently. On the other hand, be sure not to overcrowd it.
Keep your oven and stovetop clean – Regularly cleaning your oven and stovetop will enable them to run more efficiently.
Run your dishwasher when it’s full – Running your dishwasher with a full load every time is the most efficient use of the appliance. In addition, use the lowest temperature dry cycle if you prefer not to air-dry your dishes. Heated drying is not always needed and can even damage plasticware.
Use power strips/surge protectors – Cords that remain plugged in while not in use still expend energy in standby mode. Feeding them all into a power strip makes it easier to switch them all off at once instead of keeping them on standby. In addition, it also protects your electronic devices from unsafe voltage spikes.
Turn off lights – When leaving your home, turn off all lights. When at home, turn off lights in any room not being used.
Mind the gaps – Check windows and doors for cracks, gaps, and openings. Replace broken glass, framing and caulk where necessary.
Purchase wisely – When purchasing appliances such as computers and dishwashers, be on the lookout for the “Energy Star” logo denoting high-efficiency. Many newer appliances are required by the U.S. Department of Energy to be more efficient than older ones.
The spring/summer 2018 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine recently mailed to homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Grand Vie is the luxury-home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate.
The 25th edition of Grand Vie features some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties and offers a plethora of inspiring editorial content, including “Rosewood Mansion,” profiling the Texas gem on Turtle Creek; “Celebrity Homes,” a peek at the spectacular properties of notable owners like singer Kelly Clarkson; “The Scoop,” highlighting fresh retailers and restaurants budding around town; “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; a special section for lake and ranch properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares tips for getting your home in shape this season.
The luxe publication is direct-mailed to approximately 60,000 high-net-worth households in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Charity and event placement is also a significant part of the Grand Vie distribution strategy – placing luxury homes listed by Ebby Halliday and Williams Trew in front of North Texas’ luxury homebuying audience.
“Not only has our magazine’s distribution grown significantly across North Texas, it also includes some of the very best luxury real estate companies outside of our local market, in such locations as Beverly Hills/LA, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Palm Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara and Vail,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The trust clients place in us to represent one of their most important assets is a role we are honored to fulfill.”
In addition to the exposure they receive in Grand Vie, Ebby Halliday Companies’ luxury listings benefit from extensive national and international exposure provided by luxury marketing partner, Luxury Portfolio International and its website luxuryportfolio.com, one of the most-visited luxury home sites in the world.
“The more than 200 firms that comprise Luxury Portfolio are some of the most powerful independent brokerages worldwide,” says Graham. “This prestigious network represents more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network and provides strong connections to well-respected firms worldwide. Simply put, we’re ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury home sale or purchase.”
To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the homes available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.
Spring is blooming all over North Texas, as seen from any car window the past few days. With fields of beautiful wildflowers popping up in city parks, off major highways and at celebrated gardens, what better time to curate the spring landscape of your dreams.
Whether you’re looking to refresh the backyard garden or improve your home’s curb appeal, these perfect plants are sure to flourish this season.
Bluebonnets — The iconic state flower of Texas features clusters of up to 50 fragrant blue blooms with a white tip and can be spotted off roadways all over this great state. Bonus: Bluebonnets attract butterflies and native bumblebees.
Indian Paintbrush — This eye-catching Texas native loves the sun and features stems topped with clumps of bright red, paintbrush-like spikes. With a reputation for being unpredictable, these flowers grow between 6 and 16 inches high.
Verbena — Ideal for cascading over garden walls, hanging baskets and window boxes, these tiny purple blooms form round clusters and tend to cover large spaces. Plant these drought-tolerant perennials in partial shade and enjoy their dainty scent.
Tulips — The typically cup-shaped tulip comes in virtually any color and grows from 6 inches to 2 feet tall. Treated like annuals, tulips require well-drained soil to avoid excessive moisture and should be planted 4 to 6 inches apart.
Iris — This easy-to-grow perennial is reliable and comes in a variety of colors. The plants thrive best with plenty of sun, well-drained soil and a flowerbed to themselves, but make lovely cut flowers as well.
Fuchsia — The delicate blooms of the fuchsia plant add vibrant color and versatile aesthetic to any outdoor space. Fuchsia thrives in any semi-sunny spot and grows beautifully in hanging baskets, flower pots or in gardens over the soil.
Daffodils — These showy yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped cup are hardy perennials that develop from a bulb and typically bloom in early spring. Plant these cheerful blooms in a sun-soaked area as a bold border or between shrubs for a pop of color.
Primrose — The nodding delicate blooms of primrose range in color and require moderate watering. These native Texas flowers like well-drained soil and spread extensively in open areas.
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.
• 2504 Pelican Bay Drive
• 5 bedrooms
• 3 full baths
• 4,548 square feet