Treat Your Faves to Mother’s Day Brunch


Festive brunch or breakfast set for Valentines day, Mothers day or Easter.

 

Mother’s Day is Sunday and what better way to spend the day than treating Mom to a delicious brunch? Whether you’re craving eggs Benedict, a warm cinnamon roll or a refreshing mimosa, we’ve got you covered.

 

We pulled together some of our favorite spots offering special Mother’s Day menus to celebrate with her on her special day.

 

Mother with little daughter eating dinner in restaurant

 

Seasons 52 – Dallas

Enjoy a three-course meal on Mother’s Day at Seasons 52, a casual and sophisticated wine bar and grill inside NorthPark Center. Delicious offerings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include French toast with fresh blueberry compote, $6 mimosas and strawberry rhubarb cheesecake.

 

The Capital Grille – Plano

This Mother’s Day, The Capital Grille will be offering a prix fixe brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with selections including white cheddar potato soup, lobster frittata and flourless chocolate espresso cake.

 

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Turtle Creek

Treat Mom to a three-course brunch this Mother’s Day at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, a prime quality seafood restaurant on Oak Lawn in Dallas. Enjoy delicious offerings, such as warm cinnamon rolls, lobster quiche Florentine and bananas foster cake with butter pecan ice cream.

 

Del Frisco’s Grille – Southlake

Sophisticated and trendy chophouse Del Frisco’s Grille is offering a Mother’s Day brunch you don’t want to miss. Enjoy Nonna’s pan cinnamon rolls drizzled with bourbon-espresso caramel sauce, crab cake Benedict and refreshing mimosa carafes.

 

Le Bilboquet – Knox Henderson

Delight in a delicious French-American brunch by Chef Momo at Le Bilboquet for $70 per adult and $40 per child under 12 this Mother’s Day. Selections include tuna tartare, veal scallopini and lemon tart. Can’t make brunch? For $75 per person, enjoy a Mother’s Day dinner, including mushroom risotto, beet salad and Petit Filet au Poivre.

 

Culpepper Steak House – Rockwall

Enjoy a three-course meal at Culpepper Steak House, a Rockwall favorite that combines excellent service and Texas ambiance for an unforgettable dining experience. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, selections include lobster tamales, brisket Benedict and Kentucky Black Bottom Pie for $49.95 per person.

 

Sevy’s Grill – Park Cities

For $45.95 per person, enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day brunch at Sevy’s Grill to celebrate her. Delicious offerings include a complimentary assortment of muffins, lobster bisque, crispy chicken and waffles and Callebaut chocolate.

 

The Keeper – Plano

Sustainably sourced seafood restaurant and wine bar The Keeper will be offering mouth-watering chef specials this Mother’s Day. Enjoy a New York strip roast with herb whipped potatoes and crab hollandaise sauce while sipping on a chambord royale.

 

Asador – Design District

Don’t miss a locally sourced Mother’s Day brunch at Asador, a farm-to-table grill inside the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a brunch buffet, including made-to-order omelets, a charcuterie bar, a donut dip station and $2 mimosas.

 

Jasper’s Richardson – Richardson

Treat Mom this Sunday to a special $45 Mother’s Day prix fixe menu at Jasper’s Richardson, a fine dining experience specializing in backyard cuisine. Enjoy delicious selections, including $5 mimosas, blue cheese potato chips, chicken fried chicken lobster tail and key lime pie.

Six Fresh Laundry Rooms


White laundry room

 

Laundry may not be glamorous, but everyone has it. Make the task less of a chore with a fabulous laundry room.

 

When designing a home, a laundry room can be a much-needed luxury, especially for larger families. Counter and hanging space is recommended for folding and drying clothes, and an ample storage area works best for those bulky detergent boxes.

 

To make even more use of the space, why not add a workspace in the room for a secluded office? Or place your laundry room within the closet?

 

Whatever the use of your laundry room, make sure it’s just as stylish as it is functional. Here are six pristine examples from our listings.

 

1_king fisher

2221 King Fisher Drive | Westlake | $3,250,000

 

2_Suffolk

913 Suffolk Court | Southlake | $1,399,000

 

3_SERENITY

1205 Serenity Lane | McKinney | $1,150,000

 

4_PrincessCaroline

4579 Princess Caroline Court | Frisco | $959,000

 

5_Veranda

2825 Veranda Lane | Southlake | $769,900

 

6_Mercedes

5842 Mercedes Avenue | Lower Greenville | $675,000

 

For more laundry room inspiration, read about some of our favorite eco-friendly laundry accessories.

 

To view more incredible homes for sale in North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly ebby.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.

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.

Tips for Picking the Perfect Paint


Sophisticated pastel bedroom interior

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color, you know one thing to be true – the options are endless. Choosing the right color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips to take on the paint aisle with confidence.

 

Bring inspiration – Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The right light – Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to ensure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take home testers – All major paint retailers now sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try multiple shades – If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days to see how the colors look morning, noon and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which ones you liked best.

 

Choose your drama – Take a look at the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do what you love – Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this assures you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten up – If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to room – If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go bold – Small rooms that are not visited often, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. rolling – Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch-ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options, make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

Corporate Real Estate Services Team Shines Bright


Corporate Real Estate Services Team Shines Bright

 

Congratulations to the entire Ebby Halliday Companies Corporate Real Estate Services team for receiving 10 nominations recognizing outstanding achievement in 2018 by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

 

Ebby’s CRES team was nominated in these categories:

 

*  Sapphire Award, Large Brokerage Category

*  Award of Excellence, Incoming Referral Conversion Rate

*  Award of Excellence, Equivalent Closings Sales Production

*  Award of Excellence, Outgoing Sales Production

*  Award of Excellence, Outgoing Referral Production

*  Pinnacle Award for Most Outgoing Broker-To-Broker Referral Closings

*  Top 5 Outgoing Closings Award

*  Million Dollar Award for Most Outgoing Referral Closings $1 Million And Above

*  Global Alliance Award for Most Outgoing Cross-Border Referral Closings

*  RELO Direct® – Direct Connection Service Excellence Award

 

At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud to be recognized among the most-prestigious brokerages in the country. Other nominees for a Sapphire Award in the Large Brokerage Category include Allen Tate Company, Charlotte, N.C.; Baird & Warner, Chicago; Long & Foster Real Estate, Chantilly, Va.; Sibcy Cline Realtors, Cincinnati; and Watson Realty Corp., Jacksonville.

 

“A special thank you to each agent who sent and closed an outgoing referral in 2018,” remarked Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene. “While we offer an exhaustive list of services, the bottom line, in the relocation business, is it all comes down to the agents – having the right people in the right place. At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we have a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve.”

 

In addition to the above nominations, Ebby Halliday Realtors’ website, ebby.com, was nominated for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s 2018 Website Quality Certification Best Property Search Award.

 

Award winners will be recognized at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s Annual Conference at the Wynn Las Vegas the week of February 18-22.

 

Conference Week brings together professionals from the best residential real estate companies in the world to focus on global real estate trends and providing exceptional experiences to home buyers and sellers. A highlight of the event is celebrating the achievements of those members who have performed at the very highest levels.

 

To learn more about Corporate Real Estate Services at the Ebby Halliday Companies, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market


Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Market

 

Year-over-year home sales for January and the relatively low inventory of homes available to purchase indicate there is no reason to wait until spring to list your home for sale, according to Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

“The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer a compelling case for sellers who would like to get a head start on their potential competition,” Kelly says.

 

A few of the highlights from the NTREIS numbers for January 2019 vs. January 2018 include:

 

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home rose 2.8%.

 

*  The average percent of original list price sellers received was 95.2%

 

*  The average days on market was 57 days.

 

“These numbers make it clear that the winter of 2019 offers a great climate in which to list a North Texas property for sale,” Kelly says. “Potential sellers should act now to get ahead of the traditional spring market.”

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your home is worth in today’s fast-paced market. To find the ideal agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

DSO on the GO Coming to Denton


DSO Coming to Denton

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors is proud to be a return sponsor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s community concert series, DSO on the GO, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

On Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2:30 p.m., the DSO, includingConcertmaster Alexander Kerr and Co-concertmaster Nathan Olson,performs a not-to-be-missed program of Mozart, Arvo Pärt, and Bartókat the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 N. Interstate 35, Denton.

 

General admission tickets are $19. Student tickets are $9 (Promo code: EAGLE). For tickets and information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

 

Enjoy the show!

Ebby Offers Industry-Leading Digital, Social Media Presence


Ebby Offers Industry-Leading Digital Presence

 

With more than 4 million monthly impressions across social media and digital ads, Ebby Halliday Realtors knows how to get its listings in front of today’s homebuyers.

 

At Ebby Halliday – the No. 1 residential real estate firm in Texas by sales volume – a talented team of marketing, advertising and public relations experts work daily to deliver digital and social media content that matters. With Ebby’s more than 18,000 Facebook followers, over 5,000 Twitter followers, more than 5,000 Instagram followers and over 607,000 monthly viewers on Pinterest, you can be assured that when you choose Ebby Halliday to list your home it will receive the digital exposure it deserves.

 

“Simply put, Ebby agents and their listings enjoy unmatched marketing resources,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing. The department Graham leads is housed in the new, 15,000-square-foot Ebby Halliday Education and Marketing Center.

 

In addition to time-tested, traditional marketing efforts, Ebby agents and the firm’s listings benefit from extensive social media content, including frequent blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter posts. The Ebby Blog is one of the most popular real estate blogs in Texas.

 

Ebby’s website, ebby.com, is one of the most-visited residential real estate sites in America. Offering a responsive, mobile-first approach, the site was built with mobility in mind. Among its features are real-time property alerts, allowing users to be the first to know when properties become available. In addition, each home listed with Ebby Halliday benefits from its own, free Individual Property Website. Ebby agents also enjoy branded websites, which harness the power of ebby.com, yet offer many options for agent customization.

 

“Many North Texans are aware that the award-winning ebby.com offers state-of-the-art features for buying or selling a home, but did you know it’s also one of the area’s best sources for information well beyond homes and housing?” asks Graham.

 

The Ebby Blog offers such categories as DFW Daily, profiling events in the D-FW area; Fabulous Finds, highlighting great homes available in North Texas; and Helpful Hints, offering everything from insight on the latest paint colors to apps that help around the house.

 

Named the Best Real Estate App in America by the Web Marketing Association, the Ebby Halliday Realtors app provides information in a natural way – starting with a map, not a menu. Featuring the latest in augmented reality, it’s perfect for buyers on the go.

 

“While we offer a plethora of innovative marketing and advertising for our agents and their listings, we firmly believe that in real estate it all comes down to agents,” Graham says. “And Ebby Halliday Realtors has a remarkable group of agents who are ready to serve.”

 

For more information, visit ebby.com.

5 Ways to Warm Your Home for Less


cozy by the fire

 

Cold weather can test your home’s efficiency and, sometimes, significantly impact your wallet. Instead of giving in to higher energy bills, try these five tips to stay warmer this winter.

 

Your thermostat

Programming your thermostat to let the temperature drop a bit while you’re away and heat up when you return is an easy way to save big on heating bills.

 

Let the light shine

Draw back curtains and blinds during the day to allow the sun to come in. A sunny day, even a cold one, will heat up rooms a few degrees.

 

Fan flip

Ceiling fans don’t necessarily need to be off during colder months. If you flip the directional switch on your fan and choose a low speed it will push the naturally rising hot air in your home back down.

 

Mind the gaps

Check windows and doors for cracks, gaps and openings. Replace broken glass, framing and caulk where necessary.

 

Close it up

If you spend more time in some rooms than others, simply close doors to trap the heat. Additionally, if there are rooms you don’t use, shut doors and vents to redirect heat.