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.

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.

 

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5608 Preakness Lane | Plano | $2,990,000

 

2_3513 POTOMAC

3513 Potomac Avenue | Highland Park | $1,699,000

 

3_5614 DEL ROY

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

 

4_COTTONWOOD

1809 Cottonwood Valley Circle S. | Irving | $1,485,000

 

5_13842 SPRUCEWOOD

13842 Sprucewood Drive | North Dallas | $815,000

 

6_3215 SPERRY

3215 Sperry Street | Lakewood | $659,900

 

7_3420 MADISON

3420 Madison Court | Grapevine | $649,900

 

8_6514 COVECREEK

6514 Covecreek Place | North Dallas | $599,000

 

9_480 DRY CANYON

480 Dry Canyon Drive | Frisco | $439,950

 

10_5605 BIG RIVER

5605 Big River Drive | The Colony | $394,500

 

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

Spring Curb Appeal Inspo


Curb appeal comes in many forms, but at its core it’s all about making your home feel fresh and welcoming. Whether it’s landscaping, porch furniture or a general exterior cleaning is up to you.

 

Take a look at these seven homes making curb appeal look simple. They may inspire you to join the movement.

 

1_39 BRAEWOOD

39 Braewood Place | North Dallas

 

2_921 CEDAR SHORES

921 Cedar Shores Drive | Heath

 

3_2221 KING FISHER

2221 King Fisher Drive | Westlake

 

4_4321 SOUTHERN

4321 Southern Avenue | Highland Park

 

5_5375 PEBBLE CREEK

5375 Pebble Creek Drive | Celina

 

6_5675 FOARD

5675 Foard Drive | Frisco

 

7_805 BRISTLEWOOD

805 Bristlewood Drive | McKinney

 

To see more spectacular curb appeal and view all of the North Texas homes for sale, visit the mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Companywide Customer Service Award Winners Announced


Companywide Customer Service Award Winners Announced

 

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 74 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 Chris Kelly, 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 2018:

 

*  Top Companywide Office – 190-Richardson Office

*  Top Companywide Winner – Heather Kinder Sims of the 190-Richardson Office

*  Top Companywide Runner-up – Pam Daniel of the Southwest Dallas/Ellis County 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 2018, 99.7 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 Ebby Regional Vice President 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 2018,” says Ms. Howell. “Ebby Associates throughout our company offer their clients exceptional service day in and day out.”

 

Ms. Sims 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.

 

“Heather’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 Ms. Howell. “She goes to great lengths to ensure every client has an exceptional real estate experience.”

 

Ms. Daniel is well known for her honesty, integrity and extensive knowledge of the North Texas area.

 

“From the moment you meet Pam, you know she has your best interests in mind,” says Terri Wheeler, sales manager of Ebby’s Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Office.“She listens closely to her 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: Shown, from left, are President and CEO Chris Kelly, Companywide VIP Excellence in Service Runner-up Pam Daniel, Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winner Heather Kinder Sims and Malinda Howell, regional vice president and sales leader of Ebby’s 190-Richardson office.

 

2018 VIP Excellence in Service Individual Awards by Ebby Office:

190 – Richardson

Heather Kinder Sims (also Companywide Award Winner)

Donna Nichols – Runner Up

 

Allen | Fairview | Lucas

Wayne Davey

Karryn Torres – Runner Up

 

Arlington

Laura Bumgarner

Julie Demott – Runner Up

 

Cedar Creek Lake

Lisa Schmidt

Jill Sparling – Runner Up

 

Denton

Kristen Caswell

Laura Brewer – Runner Up

 

Ebby’s Little White House

Terri Gum

Ken Leach – Runner Up

 

Flower Mound

Georgette Cook

Janine Lewis – Runner Up

 

Frisco

Lisa Johnson

Janice Berg – Runner Up

 

Irving | Las Colinas | Coppell

Denise Cook

Nell Anne Hunt – Runner Up

 

Lakewood

Peter Loudis and Steve Cairns – Tied

 

Mansfield

Dawn Cotogno

Kathy Lakatta – Runner Up

 

McKinney

Christine Hogan

Cheryl Jones – Runner Up

 

Plano

Linda Jackson

Helen Curry – Runner Up

 

Plano Willow Bend

Pam Boronski

Kimberly Woodard – Runner Up

 

Preston Center

Paul Sanders

Pamela Edwards – Runner Up

 

Preston Keller

Sue Nelms

Carleen Hardin – Runner Up

 

Preston Plano Parkway

Renee Rubin

Debby Lane – Runner Up

 

Prosper | Celina

Debbie Carroll Boyce

Mike Farish – Runner Up

 

Rockwall

Donna McDonald

Karen Mendenhall – Runner Up

 

Sherman

Annie Kremer

Shirley Noles – Runner Up

 

Southlake

Susan Mayer

Sandy Cotton – Runner Up

 

Southwest Dallas/Ellis County

Pam Daniel (also Companywide Runner Up)

Greg Hutchinson – Runner Up

 

Whitesboro

Johnna McQuillan

John Dean – Runner Up

 

To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and listings, visit the award-winning 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.

 

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

 

2_savannah

5 Savannah Ridge Drive | Frisco | $1,850,000

 

3_WAGGONER 5

6539 Waggoner Drive | Preston Hollow | $1,499,000

 

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1735 Walnut Springs Drive | Allen | $1,100,000

 

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1104 Venetian Street | Keller | $950,000

 

6

6006 Llano Avenue | East Dallas | $895,000

 

7

29 Ashton Court | North Dallas | $775,000

 

8

1921 Blue Forest Drive | Prosper | $665,000

 

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8470 Howell Drive | Frisco | $475,000

 

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204 N. College Street | McKinney | $424,000

 

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

7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers


7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers

 

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

 

Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.

 

Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but Realtors agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

 

Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.

 

Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.

 

Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and peckish. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go refreshments such as mints or cookies.

 

Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.

 

Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

 

Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.

 

To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.