Don t Forget To Fall Back On Sunday

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday – everyone enjoy the extra hour of the weekend and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Fall Comes To Strait Lane on Texas Property Journal Cover

Be sure and check out the latest issue of Texas Property Journal which features the home at 10647 Strait Lane listed by Lynn Gardner Collins, Senior Vice President of Ellen Terry Realtors.

You’ll remember this home from a previous post – the early deadline for the magazine meant this Fall fantasy had to be created in 100 degree heat in late September – which was before pumpkins were officially in season. But the experts at Dr. Delphinium called in a few favors and several thousand pounds of pumpkins magically appeared (and just as quickly disappeared the following morning). Special thanks to our friends at Dr. D and Sean Gallagher for his incredible photography.

This masterpiece was completed just minutes before almost 100 of the area’s top Sales Associates descended upon this Louisiana plantation-inspired estate for a Fall 2009 Luxury Market Update by Brad Edgar and D.W. Skelton – you can learn more about what they had to say here. And yes, they were in the same room.

You can also see some behind-the-scenes footage of how this look came together in this video:

The October-December 2009 issue is full of other great properties from across the state. Be sure and pick up your copy today.

A Good Sign The Economy Is On The Road To Recovery?

At least 50 lucky individuals will be driving the economic road to recovery in style this Christmas – in the 2010 Jaguar XJ Supercharged Neiman Marcus Edition. It took only four hours and four minutes for Neiman’s to sell out of the 50 vehicles that were produced for their 2009 Christmas Book. Did we mention this cool cat had a price tag of $105,000, including destination charge?

How could this relate to real estate? At the Fall 2009 Luxury Market Update hosted by Ellen Terry Associate and Sr. Vice President Lynn Gardner Collins, David Chance, Sr. Loan Consultant with The Lending Partners LTD said:

“The most influential thing that s going to happen to make people buy jumbo properties is the recovery in their own portfolios, which affects their access and their comfort level to come up with the down payment. They are getting their latest statements, and their net month-to-month is actually increasing and has been for the last few months, which is a good thing and that s what is going to increase comfort levels and encourage people to buy.

If you would like to see more expert opinions fromt he Fall 2009 Luxury Market update, click here.

To learn more about the 2010 Jaguar XJ Supercharged Neiman Marcus Edition and the quick sell-out, has all the details here.

Good Deeds Don t Go Unnoticed: Ebby s Visit With Mr. Ogas Continued

The Dallas Morning News’ Neighborsgo has had such an overwhelming response from their article about Ebby’s visit with the man who bought a house from her 53 years ago, they have published some of the comments they have received from their blogs, Facebook and Twitter pages in today’s issue and online. Below are a few of the great comments, you can read the full set here.

“I can think of no one in Dallas who has more class, poise and character than Ebby, and manages to do so without intentionally trying. Even at 98, she sets an example we could all strive to achieve and shows that simply caring about one another and taking time to show it is what living life to its fullest is all about. What a heartwarming story!”

“All the way from California this happy Dallas story made my day..thank you”

“What a great story! Ebby Halliday is indeed the “First Lady of Real Estate.” As an area Realtor myself, I can only hope to see myself sharing a lemonade 50 years from now with a long-time client! This affirms my belief that we Realtors not only procure clients, but mostly ‘friends for life’.”

What Are The 10 Most Beautiful Homes In Dallas?

The editors at D Home Magazine have compiled their second annual list of The 10 Most Beautiful Homes In Dallas – and they don’t deny their superficial judging criteria. They liken this list to a beauty pageant for homes where only one thing counts: curb appeal. And they did a fantastic job!

You can see the complete list in the current issue of D Home (also full of beautiful Ebby listings) on newsstands now or see the full spread here.

And with the debut of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book this week, fantasy gifts are on everyone’s minds. What better gift than a beautiful home? Start your Christmas shopping early at the website recently named one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association,

Expert Opinions On The State Of Dallas Luxury Real Estate Market

Some of the area s top luxury home experts recently attended a Fall market overview and 4th Quarter prediction by home appraisal experts Brad Edgar, President, Edgar Appraisal Services, D.W. Skelton, President, D.W. Skelton and Associates and mortgage specialist, David Chance, Sr. Loan Consultant, The Lending Partners. These gentlemen came together for an afternoon focused on the market outlook for the next six months, specifically as it relates to the luxury home market.

The event was hosted and organized by sales associate Lynn Gardner Collins, a senior vice president with Ellen Terry, Realtors and sponsored by Mr. Chance and The Lending Partners. The setting was Ms. Collins listing at 10647 Strait Lane, a home inspired by an historic 19th century Louisiana plantation where guests were greeted with hundreds of pumpkins, fall foliage and garlands by Dr Delphinium Designs & Events.

Below are highlights from the presentation:

To see full details from the event, click here.