Kelly Marcontell Shares Expertise at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT


Kelly Marcontell Shares Expertise at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT

 

It’s an exciting time in luxury real estate, as evidenced by the lively discussion at the recent invitation-only Luxury Portfolio Agent SUMMIT in Las Vegas. A panel of some of the country’s top agents, including Kelly Marcontell of Ebby’s Southlake Office, delivered real-time insights from the field and explored the consumer trends that savvy professionals must understand to set themselves apart.

 

An accomplished luxury real estate professional with 25 years of experience and over $500 million in sales, Kelly has a passion for providing extraordinary service to her valued clients. A longtime top agent, Kelly joined Ebby Halliday Realtors in 2015 and has consistently been ranked among the 1,800-member firm’s Top Producers, including being named the No. 1 team of two lead agents companywide.

 

 Kelly Marcontell Shares Expertise at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT

 

Luxury Portfolio International is the Ebby Halliday Companies’ partner in marketing luxury properties, offering each extensive national and international exposure. Its website, luxuryportfolio.com, is one of the most-visited luxury home sites in the world.

 

The more than 200 firms that comprise Luxury Portfolio International are some of the most powerful brokerages worldwide. 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, at Ebby Halliday, we’re ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury home sale or purchase.

 

Learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and explore some of the world’s most-exceptional properties currently for sale at luxuryportfolio.com. Learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its agents and all of the properties for sale in North Texas at the award-winning ebby.com.

 

 

 

Anthony Jackson Named Vice President of Finance


Anthony Jackson Named Vice President of Finance

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies has named Anthony Jackson vice president of finance. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement. The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, as well as affiliated core-service companies Home Team Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

“Anthony brings a thorough understanding of accounting and all aspects of real estate,” says Kelly. “We couldn’t be more pleased that he has chosen to grow his career with us as we grow the Ebby Halliday brands together.”

 

Jackson joins the Ebby Halliday Companies from Guarantee Real Estate in Fresno, Calif., where he most recently served as vice president of finance. Born and raised in Sacramento, he graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an option in Accounting.

 

Jackson started working at Guarantee Real Estate as a college student, and his entire career, which has included a variety of professional positions, has been in the real estate business.

 

While he is a strong believer in technology, he is, at heart, a people person.

 

“I value people and relationships,” Jackson says. “You have to put people first but you can leverage technology and processes to add more value.”

 

Jackson says he has been fortunate to have been exposed to the accounting operations of several HomeServices of America companies, including Ebby Halliday.

 

“I understand that, at HomeServices, we are not cookie-cutter companies,” Jackson says. “Having had the opportunity to visit multiple HSoA companies has given me great insight that will help us move forward with our systems and processes.”

 

As someone who appreciates an active, balanced lifestyle, Jackson has several personal interests he pursues in his spare time. Among those are fishing, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

 

“I am truly excited to join the Ebby Halliday Companies,” Jackson says. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on the extraordinary success of one of the nation’s most-admired full-service residential real estate brokerages and working alongside Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert and his accomplished team.”

 

10 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1 club oaks

5805 Club Oaks PlazaBent Tree | $2,500,000

 

2 Memorial

6440 Memorial Drive | Frisco | $1,899,000

 

3 green knoll

 6655 Green Knoll Drive | North Dallas | $1,495,000

 

4 Spanky

17110 Spanky Place | Far North Dallas | $989,000

 

5 meadowlark

240 Meadowlark Drive | Richardson | $699,000

 

7 rock daisy

9161 Rock Daisy Court | Lake Highlands | $649,990

 

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7036 Portobello Drive | Plano | $589,900

 

8 arbor

4128 Arbor Avenue | Celina | $519,000

 

9 lomo alto

4212 Lomo Alto Drive, No. 203 | Highland Park | $499,900

 

10 timberline

1008 Timberline Lane | Allen | $339,900

 

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

4 Weeknight Meal Planning Tips


Cook taking ready chicken from the oven

 

“What’s for dinner?” It’s everyone’s favorite question on a Monday evening.

 

Planning your meals ahead of time can help make weeknights run more smoothly. Follow these four tips to make all your weeknight meals a breeze.

 

Plan Ahead

Avoid last-minute trips to the grocery store and stick to a schedule by planning your meals in advance. Consider making one night a week a “clean out the fridge” night, and do your best to eat any leftovers or use items that are nearing the end of their shelf life.

 

Use Your Leftovers

If you don’t want to eat your leftovers exactly as they are, do your best to repurpose them into new dishes. Yesterday’s roasted chicken can be tomorrow’s chicken tortilla soup. Leftover sautéed vegetables become a breakfast frittata. That stale bread will make perfect breadcrumbs.

 

Prep Ingredients

If assembling or heating up a meal is all you have time for, consider preparing in advance. In fact, some recipes taste better the second day! Freeze leftover soups, stews and sauces to take out and defrost at a later date. If your goal is to stay away from the freezer, then simply chop or marinate everything the night before or in the morning, and you’re already on your way to a faster meal.

 

Get Your Groceries Delivered

Don’t have time to get groceries? Check with your local grocer to see if they offer a delivery service. Or choose another delivery service like Instacart or Amazon Fresh.

 

Happy weeknight meal planning!

9 Ways to Have Fun on a Rainy Day


A little boy looking downwards behind a rain-streaked window while his mother sits in the background

 

When North Texas weather is gloomy, it presents the perfect time to stay inside. Here are nine ways to tackle boredom and make the most of your rainy day at home.

 

1. Must-See Movies
Cross movies off your “must-see” list on a rainy day. Bonus points if you make popcorn!

 

2. Make a Fort
Move some furniture and get creative, draping sheets and blankets across to build a cozy fort in the comfort of your own home. Add some pillows and snuggly blankets on the inside and you have the ideal place to hide from a rainy day.

 

3. Cook or Bake
Try out a new cookie or cupcake recipe, or put on a yummy soup or stew. Your home will be filled with the delightful aromas of whatever you create!

 

4. Cool Crafts
If you know the upcoming weather forecast is less than ideal, prepare in advance by gathering materials together for the craft or DIY project you’ve been meaning to try.

 

5. Play Some Games
Pull out some of your favorite board or card games to keep the whole family entertained. Hide-and-seek or a scavenger hunt are also options for some old-fashioned fun.

 

6. Spa Day
Give yourself an ultimate spa day and feel refreshed — even if it is gloomy outside. Some self-care favorites include lighting candles and taking a bath, putting on a face mask and painting your nails or massaging lotion onto your feet and slipping on fuzzy socks until all the moisture is absorbed.

 

7. Organize Your Life
Channel your inner Marie Kondo and get ahead on a slow day by tidying a room or tackling some of those to-dos. From organizing your closet or family recipes to finally putting those old photos in an album, there are plenty of tasks perfect for when it’s raining outside.

 

8. Plan a Vacation
Stuck inside all day? Plan that vacation you’ve always wanted to take. Think: somewhere warm and tropical.

 

9. Read a Book
With life’s daily commitments, it can be difficult to make progress on your latest good read. Take advantage of a less-than-sunny day and finish that book you’ve had on your nightstand for ages.

 

10 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1 5300 DELOACHE

5300 Deloache AvenueOld Preston Hollow | $3,900,000

 

2 Club Oaks

5805 Club Oaks PlazaBent Tree | $2,500,000

 

3 Strathmore

1214 Strathmore Drive | Southlake | $1,349,900

 

4 Lavendale

7615 Lavendale Avenue | North Dallas | $1,299,900

 

5 Cheswick

6704 Cheswick Court | Parker | $895,000

 

6 Crooked

1131 Crooked Stick Drive | Prosper | $839,900

 

7 Ardsley

8401 Ardsley Place | McKinney | $675,000

 

8 Saint Anne

6803 Saint Anne Street | Far North Dallas | $539,900

 

9 Shadow

901 Shadow Ridge | Highland Village | $492,900

 

10 Vaughan

1624 Vaughan CourtKessler | $439,900

 

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

Kitchens Worth Crushing On


Dinner reservations are often one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day, but cooking at home with your honey can be even sweeter.

 

Not only are these seven kitchens worth crushing on, they’ll have you wanting to stay in for a romantic meal.

 

1_Willow B

2104 Willow Bend Drive | Plano | $5,999,000

 

2_KING

2221 King Fisher Drive | Westlake | $3,250,000

 

3_Forest

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,345,000

 

4_Cedar

2222 Cedar Elm Terrace | Westlake | $1,949,900

 

5_Sea Side

537 Sea Side Lane | McKinney | $1,795,000

 

6_Dowling

1607 Dowling Drive | Irving | $995,000

 

7_Lincoln

1315 Lincoln Court | Allen | $860,000

 

To view all of our extraordinary listings, visit the mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Corporate Real Estate Services Team Shines Bright


Corporate Real Estate Services Team Shines Bright

 

Congratulations to the entire Ebby Halliday Companies Corporate Real Estate Services team for receiving 10 nominations recognizing outstanding achievement in 2018 by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

 

Ebby’s CRES team was nominated in these categories:

 

*  Sapphire Award, Large Brokerage Category

*  Award of Excellence, Incoming Referral Conversion Rate

*  Award of Excellence, Equivalent Closings Sales Production

*  Award of Excellence, Outgoing Sales Production

*  Award of Excellence, Outgoing Referral Production

*  Pinnacle Award for Most Outgoing Broker-To-Broker Referral Closings

*  Top 5 Outgoing Closings Award

*  Million Dollar Award for Most Outgoing Referral Closings $1 Million And Above

*  Global Alliance Award for Most Outgoing Cross-Border Referral Closings

*  RELO Direct® – Direct Connection Service Excellence Award

 

At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud to be recognized among the most-prestigious brokerages in the country. Other nominees for a Sapphire Award in the Large Brokerage Category include Allen Tate Company, Charlotte, N.C.; Baird & Warner, Chicago; Long & Foster Real Estate, Chantilly, Va.; Sibcy Cline Realtors, Cincinnati; and Watson Realty Corp., Jacksonville.

 

“A special thank you to each agent who sent and closed an outgoing referral in 2018,” remarked Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene. “While we offer an exhaustive list of services, the bottom line, in the relocation business, is it all comes down to the agents – having the right people in the right place. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we have a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve.”

 

In addition to the above nominations, Ebby Halliday Realtors’ website, ebby.com, was nominated for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s 2018 Website Quality Certification Best Property Search Award.

 

Award winners will be recognized at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s Annual Conference at the Wynn Las Vegas the week of February 18-22.

 

Conference Week brings together professionals from the best residential real estate companies in the world to focus on global real estate trends and providing exceptional experiences to home buyers and sellers. A highlight of the event is celebrating the achievements of those members who have performed at the very highest levels.

 

To learn more about Corporate Real Estate Services at the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Where to Dine With Your Valentine


Romantic dinner in restaurant

 

Valentine’s Day is this week, but it’s never too late to make plans. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite North Texas dinner spots offering special Valentine’s Day menus.

 

Dee Lincoln Prime – Frisco

Enjoy a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day at Dee Lincoln Prime, an upscale steakhouse located in “The Star” at the World Headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. Delicious offerings include grilled quail, chilean sea bass and white chocolate cheesecake for $85 per person.

 

Lavendou Bistro Provençal – Dallas

Classic French bistro, Lavendou Bistro Provençal, will be offering a delicious three-course meal on Valentine’s Day for $69.95 per person. Selections from the chef include lobster bisque, filet mignon and red velvet cake.

 

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine

Enjoy a three-course meal at any time of the evening at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Frisco. Book your reservation before 5:30 p.m. for the $59.95 per person option, or after 5:45 p.m. for $74.95 per person.

 

Princi Italia – Plano

This restaurant specializes in “scratch-made Italian fare” prepared using modern techniques. This Valentine’s Day, Princi Italia will offer a four-course dinner for $55 per person. Special selections include beef carpaccio, lobster salad, chilean sea bass and chocolate Italian cream cake.

 

Bistro 31 – Dallas

This classic restaurant in Highland Park Village dishes up savory American and European classics with a modern twist. This Valentine’s Day, Bistro 31 will offer selections including petite sweet oysters, charred tomato soup and lobster.

 

Del Frisco’s Grille – Dallas, Plano, Southlake

If you’re looking for something romantic yet low-key on Valentine’s Day, Del Frisco’s is a great choice. This traditional American steakhouse is offering a sophisticated yet fun Valentine’s Day menu, including shareable appetizers and desserts galore.

 

Table 13 – Addison

This restaurant specializes in fine dining, live music and reliving the 1960s. Table 13 is offering a chef-prepared, fixed-price dinner for $75 per person this Valentine’s Day. Choose from jumbo lump crab cake, shrimp cocktail or bacon-wrapped dates for your starter, and select from a number of delicious entrée options.

 

Abacus – Dallas

Enjoy a four-course menu for Valentine’s Day at Abacus, an upscale restaurant with a relaxed ambience and a passion for food. For $90 per person, enjoy a range of selections from venison empanadas, wagyu beef and lobster thermidor.

 

Sambuca 360 – Plano

This Valentine’s Day, Sambuca 360 will be offering a savory three-course dinner for $55 per person with delicious offerings, including crab bisque, pan-roasted halibut and white chocolate cheesecake. The entertainment for the night will be Memory Trip, a rock and blues band from Dallas.

 

Bullion – Dallas

Dying to take a trip to France? Bullion is the epitome of French cuisine in Dallas and is offering a Valentine’s Day dinner for $135 per person. Enjoy selections from Michelin Star-awarded Chef Bruno Davaillon, including elevated cocktails, peekytoe crab, scallops and a raspberry poached apple.