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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_2404 GLADE

2404 Glade Road | Colleyville | $2,950,000

 

2_6515 PEMBERTON

6515 Pemberton Drive | Preston Hollow | $1,950,000

 

3_7809 HANOVER

7809 Hanover Street | Caruth Hills | $1,549,000

 

4_5880 VERSAILLES

5880 Versailles Avenue | Frisco | $1,500,000

 

5_3016 SHELTON

3016 Shelton Way | Plano | $1,070,000

 

6_5003 COPPERHILL

5003 Copperhill Circle | Parker | $825,000

 

7_3830 WHITEHALL

3830 Whitehall Drive | North Dallas | $799,900

 

8_2825 VERANDA

2825 Veranda Lane | Southlake | $769,900

 

9_7305 MARIGOLD

7305 Marigold Drive | Irving | $675,000

 

10_6723 TRAMMEL

6723 Trammel Drive | Northeast Dallas | $584,900

 

11_1508 FOXBOROUGH

1508 Foxborough Lane | Plano | $410,000

 

12_918 DUNBARTON

918 Dunbarton Drive | Richardson | $374,900

 

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

HomeServices of America Named Country’s Largest Real Estate Company


 

 

HomeServices Named Country’s Largest Real Estate Company

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are now part of the country’s largest residential real estate brokerage. Our parent company, HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has earned the title of the country’s largest residential brokerage in the newly released REAL TRENDS 500. The Ebby Halliday Companies include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew.

 

In 2018, HomeServices’ sales associates closed 346,629 residential transactions reflecting a 5.6 percent increase over 2017. The REAL TRENDS ranking is based on 2018 closed transaction sides for the country’s top 500 brokerages.

 

“2018 was a year of incredible growth and strategic expansion and we couldn’t be more proud that we have achieved this No. 1 industry ranking,” said Ron Peltier, executive chairman of HomeServices. “This milestone is a testament to the commitment and hard work of thousands of employees and tens of thousands of talented agents and sales managers across HomeServices who deliver an exceptional real estate experience to their buyers and sellers.”

 

Added Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “We are honored and proud to be part of the nation’s premier residential real estate brokerage, HomeServices of America. Ebby Halliday Companies agents and clients enjoy many advantages that are a direct result of our affiliation with the nation’s largest homeownership services company. Each and every day, our sales associates and employees put our valued clients first, ensuring the Ebby Halliday Companies remain No.  1 in North Texas and throughout our great state.”

 

In addition to the brokerage services offered by Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated companies include Home Team Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, offering buying and selling clients a convenient, one-stop residential real estate experience.

 

In addition to HomeServices being named No. 1 and the Ebby Halliday Companies’ status as the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas, Berkshire Hathaway was recently named the No. 3 most-admired company in the world by Fortune. It’s truly a great time to be part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies!

 

To view the complete list of REAL TRENDS rankings, click here.

Make A High-Impact Design Statement With Houseplants


houseplants

 

Your living environment can impact your health, happiness and quality of life. Houseplants add to your health and wellbeing, as well as enhance overall aesthetic, improve indoor air quality and humidity, and reduce stress while promoting focus.

 

Bonsai

Bonsai can be difficult to care for, but make a bold décor statement. Their artful, winding forms add new areas of interest to a thoughtfully designed living space.

 

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen produces tropical foliage and even tolerates poor lighting, dry air and drought. It grows best at room temperature, making it an ideal choice for living room décor.

 

Fruit Tree

Several types of fruits can be grown and harvested indoors, including figs, lemons, limes, avocados and bananas. A number of dwarf plants can survive and thrive in a large pot in a well-lit spot in your living room.

 

Parlor Palm

Parlor palm is designed to be grown indoors and survive well under low light and poor growing conditions. It purifies the air and adds a vintage touch to any setting.

 

Succulents

Small but striking, succulents come in all varieties of shapes, colors and sizes. Succulents are low-maintenance and work well in any home setting.

Betsy Cameron Named Sales Leader of Ebby’s Little White House


Betsy Cameron Named Sales Leader of Ebby's Little White House

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Betsy Cameron sales manager of its Ebby’s Little White House office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

 

“A fourth-generation Dallasite with 15 years of real estate experience, Betsy brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our iconic Little White House Office at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road,” Kelly says. “A natural teacher and mentor who has led other well-known local sales offices, we are very pleased that she has chosen to grow her real estate career with the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

 

Cameron is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships that she is privileged to enjoy.

 

“I am very relationship-driven,” Cameron says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving our Little White House agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”

 

She adds, “My leadership style is, ‘What can I do to help you?’ I want to help agents with networking and ensure that we all enjoy a culture that is collaborative.”

 

As a licensed real estate agent, Cameron became a trusted advisor for clients. She comes by her real estate savvy naturally as the daughter of Janis Wells, who has been in the business for many years. As a successful multimillion-dollar team, Betsy and Janis served clients ranging from families looking for their first and second homes, to out-of-state executives moving into the area.

 

As a sales leader, Cameron is a natural teacher and mentor. “I love to listen and understand how agents work and help them take their business to the next level,” Cameron says.

 

After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and prior to entering the real estate profession, Betsy taught at her alma mater, Highland Park High School.

 

Betsy is married to Brad Cameron and is the mother of two sons, one a student at Ole Miss and one at Highland Park High School. She is very involved with Dallas CASA, serving as anadvocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

 

“I am truly excited about my move to Ebby Halliday Realtors and the future of Ebby’s Little White House Office,” Cameron says. “My door will always be open for my agents, and our valued clients will reap the benefits.”

 

For more information on Betsy Cameron and Ebby’s Little White House office, visit ebbyslittlewhitehouse.ebby.com.

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 Avenue | Old Preston Hollow | $3,900,000

 

2_5614 DEL ROY

5614 Del Roy Drive | North Dallas | $1,675,000

 

3_1204 TRAIL RIDGE

1204 Trail Ridge Drive | McKinney | $1,050,000

 

4_5311 CHANNELBROOK

5311 Channelbrook Court | Far North Dallas | $989,000

 

5_1925 BROKEN LANCE

1925 Broken Lance Lane | Rockwall | $739,900

 

6_6046 LLANO

6046 Llano AvenueLower Greenville | $699,000

 

7_fall-creek

208 Fall Creek Drive | Richardson | $535,000

 

8_5816 GALLANT

5816 Gallant Fox Lane | Plano | $524,900

 

9_1302 CREEKWOOD

1302 Creekwood Drive | Garland | $475,000

 

10_126 MAPLES

126 Maples Trail | Mabank | $380,000

 

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

Spring Has Arrived


 

After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying the mid-70s this weekend in North Texas.

 

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

 

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

 

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Ebby Halliday Realtors will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Luxe Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories


Eco friendly clean

 

Laundry is a dirty subject when it comes to waste production. High energy and water usage, coupled with plastic waste and byproducts make the task even more of a chore.

 

When laundering your clothes, there are small actions that make the job a little cleaner and greener. Opt for a cold-water wash on full loads to save energy from heating up the water. And, as much as possible, forego machine drying clothes. Both actions will save on the utility bills and make your clothes last longer while helping the environment.

 

We’ve selected nine products to keep your laundry routine more eco-friendly and luxurious simultaneously.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

XL Whimsical Hamper | The Little Market | $218

Hampers may hide dirty clothes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful, too. This hand-woven hamper is made from cattail stalks and recycled plastic and was made by the Wolof Weavers of Senegal. The unique shape would enhance any space.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Pennsylvania Woodworks Clothes Drying Rack | Amazon | $139.99

Air drying clothing saves clothes, especially delicates, from the rough and tumble of a machine. This hardwood drying rack is made in America and is made to last a lifetime. Plenty of space is available for the family’s entire wardrobe.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

European Wooden Ironing Board | Williams Sonoma | $129.95

Who knew you could feel like a chic European while ironing? This ironing board is made of FSC-certified solid beech and pine wood, meaning the wood is responsibly sourced from managed forests.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Chi Steam Iron | Amazon | $99.99

Chi, a leader in prestige hair care, has transitioned its ceramic technology to make your clothing just as polished as your coif. The titanium-infused ceramic, along with 400 steam holes, ensures a perfect press upon first pass. A quality iron will last years and eliminate the need for buying lower-quality replacements.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Signature Detergent Gallon | The Laundress New York | $56

Pods may be convenient, but so are economy sizes. The Laundress’ cult-classic Signature Detergent is available in a gallon size for up to 256 washes. One pump is enough for one load, so no need for exact measuring.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Rowenta Handheld Garment Steamer | Amazon | $50.99

If you don’t want to deal with the multi-step task of ironing, opt for a handheld steamer. Steaming is a great alternative to dry cleaning, which can sometimes use harmful chemicals to sanitize your clothes. The Rowenta steamer kills 99.9 percent of germs and dust mites on different fabric types.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Guppyfriend Washing Bag | Patagonia | $29.75

Plastic may not be apparent on clothing, but with each wash microplastic fibers can be washed away into rivers and oceans. Place any synthetically-made garment (nylon, rayon, polyester, acrylic, acetate) inside the Guppyfriend and watch the microfibers collect inside the recyclable polyamide bag. Toss the waste into the trash and away from water sources.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

The Unscented Company Wool Dryer Balls | goop | $19

Seemingly innocuous, dryer sheets are often made of polyester and create a lot of waste for a single-use product. Forego the sheets entirely and use wool dryer balls instead. Wool dryer balls cut down on wrinkles, static and drying time, because they create air pockets between your clothes as they tumble in the dryer. The wool lasts for over 500 loads and can be backyard composted at the end of its lifecycle.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Bumerang Hanger | Ikea | $4.49

What better way to end your laundry routine then by hanging your wardrobe on matching hangers. Ikea’s wooden hangers are not only inexpensive and durable, but the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests in Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany and Russia.

Catherine Sims Named VP of Core Services


 

Catherine Sims Named VP of Core Services

 

Catherine Sims has been named Vice President of Core Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and CEO, recently made the announcement. Ebby’s affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

When making the announcement, Kelly emphasized the Ebby Halliday Companies’ distinct position in the North Texas marketplace as an organization that meets the needs of its sales associates and clients during the entirety of the real estate transaction.

 

“To ensure this unique distinction and ability remains at the forefront of our business strategy, we have created the role of vice president of core services,” Kelly said. “Catherine Sims possesses an intimate understanding of the strength and capabilities of our core services through her past leadership role within The Lending Partners, where she was frequently at the forefront of connecting and communicating with our sales associates and their clients how our amazing mortgage, title and insurance teams deliver an exceptional experience.”

 

Sims has been with Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners for over 10 years. She has served as a loan originator and in sales-management positions.

 

Said Sims, “Tom Parker, president of Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners, and Betsy Sproat, vice president, have been pivotal in my career. I am grateful for the exceptional mentoring they have provided me over the years.

 

“My new role will be the ‘glue’ that pulls together each of our core services,” Sims said. “This model has been very successful within the HomeServices family of companies, of which we are a proud member.” The Ebby Halliday Companies became part of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, in 2018.

 

“In my mind, there’s no ‘you’ or ‘us,’ it’s just ‘we,’ ” said Sims. “Simply put, at the Ebby Halliday Companies, we are positioned to be grandly successful for both our agents and our clients. No other company in North Texas makes being a one-stop exceptional experience for its agents and home buyers and sellers a priority the way we do. Each and every day, we are helping clients realize a dream. The goal is to make the experience memorable and exciting for them.  In doing so, we all have hit a homerun.”

 

With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Its real estate brands include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew. Its affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

 

Ebby.com Recognized for Excellence


Ebby.com Recognized for Excellence

Ebby Halliday Realtors has received the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, which presents the certification to member real estate firms that demonstrate best practices in website design and Internet communications.

 

Ebby.com earned the certification after reaching high marks on a range of criteria, including usability, design and content, interactivity, responsiveness, search-engine optimization and more.

 

“At Ebby Halliday we are constantly focused on innovation, and to do that in today’s market, you must be focused online,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of Marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “We are proud that ebby.com is one of the most-visited residential real estate websites nationwide, and we’re actively pursuing features that will continue to make it the go-to source for North Texas real estate. Ebby.com offers both buyers and sellers considerable advantages.”

 

For sellers who list with Ebby Halliday, ebby.com offers extensive exposure for their home, including an individual property website. Ebby sellers also benefit from detailed property reports showing how many web users have visited their listing on ebby.com.

 

For buyers, the site offers industry-leading search capabilities, including the Ebby Open House Tour feature, which allows users to create a custom open-house tour, complete with turn-by-turn driving directions. To create a tour, visit ebbyopenhouses.com. Also available is Proximity Search, which is ideal for finding homes within a certain distance of a specific location or landmark. To use Proximity Search, visit proximity.ebby.com.

 

Just a few of the other functionalities of ebby.com include the ability to save favorite homes and searches, and request e-mail notifications of new listings.

 

Today’s homebuyers are mobile and Ebby Halliday Realtors is dedicated to meeting their needs – as well as the needs of home sellers – by providing advanced interactive mapping for consumers on the go.

 

“With the Ebby Halliday Realtors mobile app you’ll enjoy searching for homes more than ever,” says Graham. “Our app provides information in a natural way – starting with a map, not a menu. It’s perfect for buyers on the go.”

 

Available for free, the Ebby Halliday Realtors app provides the latest in augmented reality and allows users to easily search for homes while on the go using several innovative search options. To download the Ebby Halliday Realtors app from the App Store or Google Play Store, search for “Ebby Halliday Realtors.”

 

With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. The company and its Associates seek every day to elevate the home-buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the properties available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.