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

Nwachukwu Named Sales Manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office


Kim Nwachukwu Named Sales Manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Kim Nwachukwu sales manager of its Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office. Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, made the announcement.
 
“Kim brings with her a deep understanding of all aspects of real estate, and will be a great leader for our team of agents in the Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office,” Burleson says. “She is focused on helping agents take their careers to the next level, and understands the importance of education, marketing, and exemplary service to clients.”
 
Nwachukwu will report to Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices for the Ebby Halliday Companies.
 
“Kim joined Ebby in 2004 as an agent because of the company’s distinguished reputation,” Misko says. “She knew Ebby offered exceptional training opportunities and a place to grow professionally. Kim has certainly done that, and I’m confident her leadership skills will benefit our Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office in countless ways.”

 

A native Texan, Nwachukwu has been a resident of North Texas for 26 years. She has spent her entire residential real estate career in Ebby’s Irving office.

 

“I am passionate about properly managed real estate transactions – from inception to closing,” Nwachukwu says. “I have a knack for anticipating where things may go wrong in transactions, and I look forward to assisting our agents to ensure smooth sales experiences for our valued clients.”

 

A motivated, natural leader who holds the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation, Nwachukwu is respected for her professional insight and focus on community. She is dedicated to supporting Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell agents by providing positive leadership and personal mentoring.

 

“I like to listen,” Nwachukwu says. “I want to hear what people have to say. Listening provides invaluable insight into how to best serve our agents and valued clients.”
 
Nwachukwu is passionate about her community, neighborhood and neighbors, and enjoys reading, art and American Kenpo Karate. She lives in Las Colinas with her family.
 
“I am thrilled to be the new manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office,” Nwachukwu says. “We have a strong roster of agents, and it is our privilege to serve our wonderful community.”
 
For more information on Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office, visit irving-lascolinas.ebby.com.

Buying or Selling a Home is Life-Changing


Buying or Selling a Home is Life-Changing

 

Ebby Halliday, the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors and an icon in the real estate industry, famously said, “The Constitution of the United States guarantees your right to own the land under your feet, to sell, and to develop it. Whether you want to become an investor, a real estate agent, or a homeowner, real estate is the basis of the American dream.”

 

Ebby passed away in late 2015 at the age of 104 but that sentiment is still central to our core mission of transforming and elevating the home buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be.

 

Most of our clients don’t buy and sell homes very often. It’s relatively unknown territory to them. But it’s our native territory, since 1945. We know the landscape. There’s no trail we haven’t been down before. We are here to help you fully experience one of the biggest, most joyful events of your life.

 

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Buying or selling a home can be complicated, sometimes very complicated. Fortunately an Ebby Halliday Realtor is here to guide you through the process.

 

It’s also true that in today’s hyper-competitive North Texas real estate market it’s more important than ever to choose the right agent for your needs. To get started, visit ebby.com.

Tops Tips for North Texas Home Buyers, Sellers


Tops Tips for North Texas Home Buyers, Sellers

 

Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming. To help you navigate these unprecedented waters, we polled our Associates and collected their top tips for buyers and sellers.

 

Buyer’s Tips

* Be qualified. Pre-plan financing with a mortgage lender and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, an Ebby Halliday-affiliated company. Contact Home Team Mortgage for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

 

* Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or “sleeping on it” may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer; other buyers will likely be doing the same.

 

* Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes currently on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

 

Seller’s Tips

* Market to everyone near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Ebby Halliday, your home will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Ebby.com receives approximately 21,000 visits per day, far outpacing our competition.

 

* Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

 

* Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Ebby Halliday Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.

 

Whether you’re considering listing or buying a home in North Texas, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com. To download the Ebby Halliday Realtors App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

Irving Music Factory Under Construction


Irving Music Factory Under Construction

 

The Irving Music Factory, now under construction near U.S. Highway 114 and Las Colinas Boulevard, will offer live music and a whole lot more.

 

The anchor to the development is a $40 million state-of-the-art music venue that can be switched from a 4,000-seat indoor theater to an outdoor amphitheater with double that capacity. The Pavilion at The Music Factory will be walking distance from the Irving Convention Center.

 

The 18-acre pedestrian-friendly Irving Music Factory will also be home to an Alamo Drafthouse, a 100,000-square-foot office park and more than 20 restaurants. The first two restaurants to be announced are Gloria’s, the popular local Latin eatery, and a new-to-the-area sushi restaurant called Kabuki. More restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

“The Music Factory will give area residents and tourists alike a brand-new, world-class entertainment center,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office. “We’re super-excited about the positive impact this exciting new development will have on a part of the metroplex we already love.”

 

The Irving Music Factory is expected to open in April 2016.