Discover the Difference a Realtor Makes


Home Sweet Home Welcome Mat, Moving Boxes, Women and Male Shoes and Plant on Hard Wood Floors.

 

The North Texas region’s attractive quality of life, strong economy and low cost of living ensure D-FW will continue its steady rise to prominence among the world’s leading metropolitan areas in 2019. If you want to join in on the fun as a North Texas home buyer or seller, now is the time to start looking for a Realtor.

 

This process is different for everyone, but below are a few things to keep in mind:

 

Experience – Look to agents who have put time into their career and the neighborhoods in which they work. This can mean different things, like trusting someone who has spent years in the business or someone who grew up in the area.

 

Personality and interests – Try to do some background work on a potential agent. Many have bio pages, LinkedIn accounts, social media pages, and online reviews. All of these can be helpful, but remember that not having one or the other doesn’t have a direct correlation to how “good” a Realtor is.

 

Career type – Is being a Realtor the person’s full-time career? If you’re on a time schedule, you’ll want to pick someone who’s in the industry full-time.

 

The numbers – If you’re a buyer, don’t choose an agent just because their commission is lower. If you’re a seller, don’t choose them just because they agree with you on how much your home should be listed for. We’ll say two things to justify these points – you get what you pay for, and, in real estate, there’s no telling how much your home will really and truly sell for at the end of the day.

 

Age – Don’t dismiss an agent based on their age, young or old. What makes an agent the right fit for you is not often their age, but their love of their profession, dedication to you, and the points listed above.

 

Need a good place to start looking? Check out our office locations and search all of our wonderful Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, the No. 1 real estate company in Texas by sales volume.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home


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At the start of every year, we set goals for our health, well-being and even finances. But what about for the home?

 

These home-improvement resolutions will help make your home cleaner, more gorgeous and enjoyable in 2019.

 

laundry room

Clear Clutter

Take the time post-holidays to clear items you no longer wear, use or love. Start room-by-room to keep it manageable, stay organized to avoid duplication and donate any excess to charity. Lightening your home’s load will make it look instantly cleaner and support less-fortunate families in your community with those items taking up precious living space.

 

High Angle View Of Weekly Cleaning Plan Form

Cleaning Schedule

Divvy up daily and weekly tasks for maximum tidiness. Complete chores daily, like dishes in the dishwasher, dirty clothes in the basket, clean clothes in the closet — everything in its place. Clean the entire house weekly with ease using a portable cleaning caddy stocked with supplies, an apron for easily accessible tools and focusing on one type of cleaning task at a time.

 

smart screen with smart home with modern dining room

Safety + Efficiency

Ensure your home is safe by replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Don’t forget to test for radon and check bathroom, attic and dryer vents, also. Lower your bills and lessen your footprint by installing LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads, adjust or schedule thermostats, run only full loads of dishes and laundry, power down or unplug items not in use, water less and compost more — to name a few tips.

 

Angle view of living room

Rearrange to Entertain

Get a fresh new look for hosting friends with a few updates. Adding plants is a cost-effective update that also helps clean the air. Pick an accent color for your entertaining space and add it throughout with a vibrant rug or a stylish throw pillow. And, of course, the timeless trick of rearranging furniture brings new energy to any space.

 

Holiday Hosting at Home


Good food puts you in a good mood

 

Whether a catered dinner or a cocktail party, hosting elegant holiday gatherings should be more fun than stressful. Here are a few tips for putting together a delightful party to celebrate winter holidays with family and friends.

 

Make a list

From guests to groceries, write down all the details and preparations for the party, including the type of event. This will help you stay organized and ease the stress of last-minute loose ends.

 

Menu prep

Create a holiday menu (think easy-prep recipes) and cook ahead of time. Less time in the kitchen means more time mingling with guests. For catering, ensure orders are placed and confirmed well in advance.

 

Sips for all

Set up a self-serve beverage station complete with sodas, garnishes, infused liquors, recipes and nonalcoholic options for guests to help themselves.

 

Deck the halls

Decide on decorations — less is more in the name of serving space — like small accents, festive florals, bowls of ribbons or seasonal ornaments and a string or two of twinkle lights for good measure.

 

Play some tunes, open your home and enjoy good company!

 

Prep Your Fireplace for Winter


cozy fireplace

 

Cooler weather is here and it’s time to get your fireplace roaring again. Before you fill your home with the warmth and scent of a crackling fire, there are some precautions to take.

 

Check the Chimney — Have you called a chimney sweep recently? Experts recommend having your chimney cleaned once a year. A fireplace is only as good as its chimney, so inspect the exterior structure to make sure there are no issues.

 

Open the Flue — Ever started a fire and had the room fill with smoke? If you’re new to fireplaces, you may not realize that this happens when the flue is closed. Simply look up and reach for a chain or lever to open it up before you light the fire.

 

Vacuum — A quick vacuuming of the flue, smoke shelf and the surrounding hearth is the last step in preparation for fabulous fires in the coming months.

 

If you’re going to be without a fireplace this winter, we have plenty of homes that could have you curling up by the fire in no time. Below are a few. To see all of our incredible homes for sale, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

25-braewood

25 Braewood Place | Far North Dallas

 

4370 PALM DRIVE

4370 Palm Drive | Caney City

 

2221 KING FISHER

2221 King Fisher Drive | Westlake

 

4774 BYRON

4774 Byron Circle | Irving

 

800 ROCHESTER

800 Rochester Lane | Southlake

 

10964 CROOKED CREEK

10964 Crooked Creek DrivePreston Hollow

Pricing a Property is Serious Business


Pricing a Property is Serious Business

 

Strategic pricing is the key to selling your home at an attractive price in an acceptable amount of time. While many brokers will gladly list your home, the reality is if it is not properly priced your home may sit on the market month after month and actually help sell competing properties.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, our Associates take pricing your property very seriously. Your Ebby Associate will utilize Multiple Listing Service data to create a Competitive Market Analysis that estimates a market-value range for your home based on the recent action of buyers and sellers in your neighborhood. A few of the factors your Ebby Associate will consider when estimating your property’s market value:

 

* Successfully sold homes – Lists the selling price of recently purchased homes comparable to yours.

 

* Competitive properties for sale – Since they are not yet sold, the market value is undetermined, but they are important, as buyers most likely will view and compare these properties with yours.

 

* Pending sales – Though they have not yet closed, homes under contract are a good indicator of value in the current market.

 

* Failed to sell – The listed price of these homes suggests what potential buyers will not pay.

 

If you’re curious about what your home is worth in North Texas’ competitive housing market, visit the award-winning ebby.com, where you’ll find just the right real estate professional for your needs.

Not Your Average Pumpkins


It’s the time of year when pumpkin-filled porches are seen in every neighborhood anticipating the welcome of trick-or-treaters. Adorn your stoop with something different this Halloween and draw inspiration from these unique pumpkin decorating ideas.

 

Craft pumpkin painted white and decorated with pink flowers

Unicorn Dreams

Using a few basic craft supplies (think acrylic paint, clay, a hot glue gun), customize any pumpkin into the dreamy-eyed face of a sweet mystical creature or your favorite  pet.

 

beautiful painted pumpkins of white and gold color on halloween

Glitz & Glam

With a little glue or paint and a lot of glitter, have fun mixing designs and colors for pumpkins that sparkle.

 

Pumpkin with a beautiful autumn flower composition

Autumnal Bouquet

The easiest pumpkin you’ll ever carve requires slicing off the top, clearing the insides, inserting flowers and you have a pretty pumpkin bouquet — it even makes for the perfect centerpiece well into November.

 

Happy halloween! Pumpkins on white background.

Chalk It Up

With a coat or two of chalk paint, you can swap out Halloween messages and spooky silhouettes for days.

 

Halloween autumn display

Spray It Gold

A can of spray paint and a cardboard box are all you need to make simple, chic pumpkins in any color scheme — but isn’t everything prettier in gold?

 

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Melted Magic

Just as it sounds, melt wax (or crayons) in your favorite color combinations for a unique work of art. A bit trickier than the rest, but worth the extra effort.

 

Black and rose cold colored pumpkins

Constellation Creation

Get creative with paint designs by doodling your favorite constellations and add a ribbon or two for good measure.

 

beautiful painted pumpkins of white and gold color on halloween

Gorgeous Gourds

Mix and match your favorite glitter and metallic paints for stylish, hand-crafted cuteness.

Liven Up Your Living Room


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A little refresh goes a long way in any room, but there’s definitely an art to a living room redesign. Follow these simple steps for a well-designed living room.

 

Beautiful living room interior with hardwood floors and fireplace in new luxury home.

Furniture

Determine the best furniture placement based on room traffic, taking into consideration fireplaces, TVs and outdoor views. Start with upholstered pieces like a sofa or sectional, followed by chairs, ottomans and benches.

 

Blue Suede Mid Century Modern Couch in Minimalist Apartment Setting

Rugs

Based on furniture and upholstery, select a rug to serve as a foundation for the space. Consider rug-to-room size ratios, and that upholstered items should sit on the front of the rug.

 

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Tables

Now that seating and rugs are placed, it’s time for tables. Most rooms require end tables and a cocktail table, while a credenza is perfect for below the TV.

 

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Lighting

When tables are situated, good lighting comes into play. Choose the scale and style of lamps based on both natural and necessary light.

 

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Décor

Complete your room with art and décor. Add color and character with glassware, trays, books, candles and art of all forms.

Prepare Your Home for a Storm


Prepare Your Home for a Disaster

 

With the news of Hurricane Florence approaching the East Coast, we are reminded that even though we are far from the coast, North Texas is still susceptible to natural disasters. It’s important to take necessary precautions to prepare your home. Read below to find out what you should do before a storm, and be sure to share this disaster preparedness information with friends and family.


Gather disaster supplies
* water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days (drinking and sanitation)
* food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (canned meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables)
* battery-powered or hand-crank radio
* flashlight
* extra batteries
* cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
* cash
* first aid supplies
* medications (both prescription and non-prescription)
* personal identification
* non-electric can opener and utility knife (like a Swiss Army knife)
* local maps
* moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for sanitation)
* bar soap/toiletries
* blankets or sleeping bags
* change of clothes for each family member (rain gear, sturdy shoes)
* paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
* wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
* whistle (to signal for help)
* special items for babies/young children/elderly
* copies of your critical information:
– wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, and investment information
– passports, social security cards, immunization records, and medical/emergency information
– bank account numbers, credit card account numbers
– list of valuable household goods
– family records and photos (e.g., birth, adoption, and marriage certificates)
– pet records (vaccination records and medical information)
– list of accounts with log-in information and passwords

Click here to download an Emergency Supply List from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Stay updated

Pay attention to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, a smart phone, or a portable radio for updates and weather information. Staying in-the-know will allow you to be proactive if a storm suddenly changes direction, speed, or intensity.


Protect important documents

Valuables and important documents should be stored in a safe deposit box on the highest level of your home.

Prepare your refrigerator/freezer
Turn your unit to the coldest setting, and only open it when absolutely necessary. Fill plastic Ziploc bags with water and stick the bags between items and in open spaces in your freezer.


Store drinking water

Use clean bathtubs, sinks, and plastic bottles to store drinking water.


Unplug major appliances

This will help reduce the power surge when electricity is restored.

Fill cars up with gas


Bring outdoor objects inside (i.e. lawn furniture, hanging plants, etc.)


Trim or remove limbs from trees


Prepare your doors/windows

Close all interior doors; secure and brace external doors.

 

Go over evacuation plan
– Select a place to meet if your family becomes separated
– Decide what route you would take to get there
– Bring your disaster supplies
– Keep a list of emergency contacts
– Plan ahead for pets

Evacuate if advised
Make sure to bring your disaster supplies and let an out-of-town contact know where you are going.

 

For more information, visit:

American Red Cross
Ready.Gov (Official website of the Department of Homeland Security)
HealthyChildren.org

Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home


Trees Add Value, Beauty to Your Home

 3625 Ranchero | $6,750,000 | The O’Gorman Group

Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, provide a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe.

 

Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home

5323 Swiss Ave. | $3,700,000 | Kay Weeks

To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills.

 

Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home

9505 Inwood Road | $3,100,000 | Cindy Solice

If you’re planting a new tree, think about its fully grown size and shape before you dig. Roots too close to your home could damage the foundation or block sewer lines. The wrong tree in the wrong place could actually lower your home’s appraised value.

 

Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home

6634 Aberdeen | $2,100,000 | Paulette Greene Group

To learn more about trees and how you can improve the environment while improving your property value, visit arbordayfoundation.org, where you’ll find a wealth of useful information about trees. To learn more about the beautiful homes featured in this post, as well as all of the homes currently available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

 

 

Maximize Your Tax-Free Weekend


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Tax-free weekend is days away, and just in time for back-to-school shopping. Are you ready?

 

This year’s Sales Tax Holiday will happen Friday, August 10, through midnight Sunday, August 12. But remember, the tax exemption is only available on certain items under $100.

 

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Tax-free items include: 

• School supplies
• Art supplies
• School instructional materials
• Clothing and footwear less than $100 per item
• Backpacks

Keep in mind that computers and software are not exempt.

 

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The best ways to save money on tax-free weekend:

• Planning ahead
• Making a list of items you need
• Looking for the best sales in your area
• Checking for coupons (printable or online)
• Maximizing price matching if a store offers that.

 

Good luck and happy shopping!