Prep Your Home for Fall


Cozy autumn evening on a modern designed patio

Cool breezes and colder months call for necessary upkeep. Now is a good time to be proactive about protecting your home against cooler temperatures. Follow these steps to prepare your home for fall.

Exterior

Roof – Inspect for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make necessary repairs to keep cold air and precipitation out.

Gutters and Downspouts – Clear leaves and debris. Check alignment to ensure water can flow through and drains away from your home and foundation.

Plumbing – If you’ve noticed issues or leaks, get them checked. Winterize pipes that are exposed outdoors.

Trees – Inspect your property for damaged branches, and trim limbs at least 2 feet from your roofline.

Interior

Heat – Inspect furnace, water heater and air ducts. Fix any issues and replace air filters.

Windows – Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim and broken glass. Caulk, weather strip and repair as needed; the same goes for doors.

Detectors – Test and replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that keep you safe.

Fire Extinguisher – Test your fire extinguisher and replace or recharge if necessary.

Backup – Have working flashlights and spare batteries for potential outages.

Attic – Check for moisture or leaks and repair immediately; same for basements, where necessary.

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 Southwestern

4220 Southwestern Blvd. | University Park | $1,599,000

 

2 Gateridge

6706 Gateridge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,450,000

 

3 Woods Edge

17511 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,099,000

 

4 McFarlin

3613 McFarlin Blvd. | University Park | $995,000

 

5 Forefront

6476 Forefront Ave. | Frisco | $899,900

 

6 Via Italia

6617 Via Italia Drive | Flower Mound | $849,000

 

7 San Juan

1112 San Juan Court | Arlington | $729,000

 

8 Mesa

4331 Mesa Drive | Prosper | $625,000

 

9 Canyon

1825 Canyon Court | Allen | $535,000

 

10 Alejandra

11651 Alejandra Lane | Frisco | $474,950

 

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

13 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 Brookshire

6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,199,000

 

2 Rosedale

2717 Rosedale Avenue | University Park | $1,550,000

 

3 Lavendale

6339 Lavendale Avenue | North Dallas | $1,525,000

 

4 Mashpee

3893 Mashpee Street | Frisco | $899,000

 

5 Clayton

7012 Clayton Avenue | Lakewood | $630,000

 

6 Annapolis

6144 Annapolis Lane | Dallas | $625,000

 

7 Gentle Wind

901 Gentle Wind Drive | Keller | $619,900

 

8 Luckenbach

1406 Luckenbach Drive | Allen | $599,900

 

9 Fairmount

3310 Fairmount Street, 15E | Uptown | $585,000

 

10 Wycliff

3715 Wycliff Avenue | Oak Lawn | $475,000

 

11 Balmoral

5349 Balmoral Drive | Frisco | $425,000

 

12 Prairie Creek

2705 Prairie Creek Court | Plano | $405,000

 

13 N Plano

770 N. Plano Road, No. 103 | Richardson | $398,000

 

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

Food + Wine Fest Benefits Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco


Food + Wine Fest Benefits Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco

 

Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to its inaugural EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest at The Chapel at Ana Villa on Thursday, October 10. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco.

 

“One of the founding principles of the Ebby Halliday Companies is service to the community,” says President and CEO Chris Kelly. “Our agents and employees take pride in serving their neighbors across North Texas, and I couldn’t be more excited about our Frisco Office’s new Food + Wine Fest benefitting Texas Scottish Rite for Children.”

 

Says Bill Tucker, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office, “Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, as well as certain related neurological and learning disorders, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.”

 

The EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest’s VIP Experience includes a Riedel Glass Seminar hosted by a Riedel expert. Each participant will receive a Riedel Tasting Set, a $140 value, and taste four extraordinary wines. Afterward, participants are invited to join the EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants offering specially curated appetizers. The VIP Experience is $175.

 

The Ebby Frisco Food + Wine Fest’s Signature Event featuresa wine glass and general admission to a walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants’ specially curated appetizers. The Signature Event is $50.

 

“Participants in our inaugural Food + Wine Fest will enjoy an exceptional evening, all benefitting Texas Scottish Rite for Children, one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers,” Tucker says. “Texas Scottish Rite expanded to Frisco in 2018 with the opening of Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center and we’re thrilled to once again support such a widely respected, local organization.”

 

The EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest will also feature a silent auction with great prizes, including a wine enthusiast refrigerator filled with 36 bottles of wine; a 5-day/4-night stay at a Mustang Beach home in Port Aransas; a 7-day/6-night stay at a Lake Arrowhead, Calif., home with $400 airfare card; a Dallas Cowboys game-day suite; a Dallas Stars or Mavericks VIP suite; Texas Rangers game packages and memorabilia; an entertainment suite for 20 plus dinner and Dr Pepper products at a Frisco RoughRiders game; a Pizzeria Testa 40-person pizza party; rounds of golf at Stonebriar Country Club, Old American Golf Club and The Tribute; signed Hall of Fame jersey, balls, bats and books; and additional one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia.

 

“Even if you’re not a wine enthusiast you’re invited to the inaugural EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest,” says Tucker. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefitting a great cause.”

 

To learn more about the EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest and to purchase your tickets, visit ebbyfriscofoodandwinefest.org.

Curt Kastan Named Sales Leader of Preston Plano Parkway Office


Curt Kastan Named Sales Leader of Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Curt Kastan sales leader of its Preston Plano Parkway Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

 

“Curt, who most recently served as sales director at another area brokerage, brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation to working effectively with clients through closing and beyond,” Kelly says. “Curt truly appreciates the wide-ranging educational opportunities and the industry-leading technology available to agents at Ebby Halliday Realtors.”

 

A third-generation real estate sales professional, Kastan literally grew up in the business. His grandparents owned a boutique brokerage on the beach in Ventura, Calif., and his mother was a top-producing luxury agent. Kastan followed in their footsteps, becoming licensed in 2000 and, by building on his family’s knowledge and experience, enjoyed early and sustained success.

 

“With over 20 years of experience, Curt brings real-world knowledge to the role of sales leader,” Kelly says. “He possesses keen marketing and transactional knowledge, luxury property expertise, a tireless work ethic, genuine integrity and a positive outlook. Most important, Curt is thrilled to be joining Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway family.”

 

Says Kastan, “When I moved to North Texas several years ago it didn’t take long to realize what an iconic brand Ebby Halliday is, and how widely admired the company and its agents are in the real estate industry and beyond. I couldn’t be more excited to join the Ebby team.”

 

A longtime agent whose transition into management was an organic one, Kastan says he is, at heart, a servant leader. “I always try to place myself in others’ ‘shoes.’ I never ask people to do things I haven’t done or am not prepared to do myself.”

 

Kastan says Ebby’s focus on education and technology sets the company apart. “We offer our Associates extensive educational opportunities, including frequent classes on the latest software and social-media platforms,” he says.

 

Kastan adds that while technology is increasingly important, relationships remain paramount in residential real estate.

 

“Our clients are making one of the largest – if not the largest – purchases of their lifetime so it’s imperative that we get to know them and develop strong working relationships,” he says. “I want our clients and agents to know that they can rely on me at all times.”

 

When he is not working, Kastan enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. His oldest daughter, Taylor, is a sales associate in Ebby’s Frisco Office.

 

“I am truly energized by my move to Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office,” Kastan says. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our extraordinary success and growing the Ebby brand as Ebby Halliday Realtors approaches 75 years of serving North Texas.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Officer, visit PrestonPlanoParkway.Ebby.com.

Mayur Chudasama Named Director of Property Management


Mayur Chudasama Named Director of Property Management

 

Mayur Chudasama has been named Director of Property Management for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Anthony Jackson, vice president of finance & operations, recently made the announcement. Ebby’s Property Management Division is responsible for the day-to-day management of hundreds of single-family homes, townhomes, duplexes and condominiums across North Texas.

 

“I am looking forward to working alongside Mayur as he brings the knowledge and structural expertise that is needed to run a large property management division,” says Jackson. “He is very familiar with the D-FW market and brings extensive experience working with property managers and property owners.”

 

Born and raised in Tulsa, Okla., Chudasama has lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for the past 10 years, where he has overseen the day-to-day management of homes located in 16 major markets across the U.S.

 

A natural leader, Chudasama says he leads by example. “I really enjoy the work of property management and I’m not hesitant to ‘get in the weeds’ as needed – no job is too large, or too small, when it comes to satisfying our valued clients. I want all of our property owners to know that while we are large enough to serve them, we are also small enough to know them.”

 

Chudasama says that during his years in the property-management profession he has seen just about everything and that he is well prepared – and excited – about leading the property-management division of North Texas’ most-respected residential real estate company.

 

Chudasama is married and is the father of two young children, 1 and 3 years old. In his spare time, he enjoys all things fitness-related. He particularly enjoys biking and is a frequent participant in local “5k” runs.

 

“I’m excited to join the Ebby team,” he says. “My new position offers a great opportunity to grow Ebby’s Property Management Division, as well as the opportunity to support some of the best agents in the business. With my professional background and knowledge of proven processes and industry technology, and with the assistance of our talented staff, I am confident that Ebby’s Property Management Division has a very bright future.”

 

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.

 

For more information on the Property Management Division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Save Big with Nebraska Furniture Mart


Save Big with Nebraska Furniture Mart

 

 

 

When you choose Ebby Halliday Realtors to represent your real estate needs, in addition to the world-class service you’ll receive from our sales associates, you’re also entitled to some very special benefits upon the purchase or sale of your home. Today, we’re very excited to highlight our new partnership with fellow Berkshire Hathaway company Nebraska Furniture Mart and to explain how this unique pairing of Berkshire Hathaway brands benefit you.

 

Through the Ebby/Nebraska Furniture Mart partnership, which became effective August 16, 2019, anyone who buys or sells a home through the Ebby Halliday Companies is eligible for significant discounts at NFM. Upon closing you will receive:

 

*  12% off furniture and flooring purchases

*  50% off the installation of appliances and electronics

*  Free in-home design services

 

These offers may be used in-store or online. Shop everything for your new home including furniture, flooring, appliances and electronics with factory trained experts in every department at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

 

Ebby Halliday and Nebraska Furniture Mart, a win-win for you!

 

PHOTO: Nebraska Furniture Mart Texas Store Director Ed Lipsett and Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly announce an exciting new partnership between two iconic brands.

 

 

15 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_Del Roy

5614 Del Roy DriveInwood Estates | $1,649,000

 

2_Strait

11340 Strait LaneHockaday Square | $1,550,000

 

3_Purdue

3315 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,435,000

 

4_Armstrong

49 Armstrong Drive | Frisco | $1,224,900

 

5_Forest Grove

5104 Forest Grove Lane | Plano | $1,150,000

 

6_Prestwick

5735 Prestwick LaneCambridge Place | $998,000

 

7_Hallmark

4549 Hallmark Drive | North Dallas | $959,000

 

8_Malabar

7533 Malabar LaneJan Mar | $875,000

 

9_Spanky

17110 Spanky Place | Far North Dallas | $825,000

 

10_Cape Coral

4915 Cape Coral DriveBent Tree North | $789,000

 

12_Les Jardins

10740 Les Jardins | Preston Hollow | $659,000

 

13_Kickapoo

5159 Kickapoo Drive | Frisco | $625,000

 

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1651 White Tail | Prosper$598,000

 

14_Creekwood

1129 Creekwood Drive | Garland | $464,500

 

15_Far Hills

14050 Far Hills Lane | Dallas | $374,000

 

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

15 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_Deloache

5300 Deloache Avenue | Old Preston Hollow | $3,495,000

 

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5609 Willow Bend Court | Plano | $2,895,000

 

2_Watson

5706 Watson CirclePreston Hollow | $2,290,000

 

3_Forest

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,199,000

 

4_Tate

10127 Tate Lane | Frisco | $1,495,000

 

5_Wortham

5715 Wortham Lane | Far North Dallas | $1,125,000

 

6_Elmridge

7229 Elmridge DriveFar North Dallas | $869,000

 

8_Copperhill

5003 Copperhill Circle | Parker | $825,000

 

7_Terlingua

13002 Terlingua Creek Drive | Frisco | $814,900

 

9_Middle Town

2296 Middle Town Court | Allen | $775,000

 

10_Cypress

1 Cypress Point Court | Frisco | $750,000

 

11_Cottonwood

1221 Cottonwood Valley Drive | Irving | $625,000

 

12_Macrocarpa

408 Macrocarpa Road | Allen | $619,900

 

13_Willow

1406 Willow Lane | Rockwall | $585,000

 

15_Livorno

1234 Livorno Drive | McLendon Chisholm | $415,000

 

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

Plan Your Tax-Free Weekend Shopping


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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 9, through midnight Sunday, August 11. But remember, the tax exemption is only available on certain items under $100. Computers and software are not tax-exempt.

 

Tax-free items include: 

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

 

Shopping with Mom

 

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 match programs where available.

 

Good luck and happy shopping!