The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

1325 Appaloosa Circle | Bartonville | $3,200,000

1700 Turbeville | Hickory Creek | $3,150,000

427 Moonlight Drive | Corsicana | $2,599,900

2326 Perkins Road | Arlington | $2,495,000

2415 Custer Cove | Richardson | $1,900,000

1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $1,699,999

3917 Fox Glen Drive | Irving | $1,395,000

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Pool Edition


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

2000 Willow Bend Road | Plano | $4,440,000

2508 Beacon Crest Drive | Plano | $4,200,000

5001 Reserve Court | Parker | $2,495,000

6267 Bristol Place | Frisco | $1,695,000

3203 Bluffs Lane | Parker | $1,599,000

8249 Treemont Place | Frisco | $1,595,000

Travis Mathews Named VP of Operations


Travis Mathews has been named Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, recently made the announcement.

“Travis joined the Ebby Halliday Companies in 2019 and has adeptly led our growth strategies through acquisitions, franchising and related expansion opportunities, as well as our IT infrastructure and commercial real estate growth, all while skillfully overseeing our consumer-facing technology and the extensive suite of technology tools available to our agents,” says Kelly. “In his new role, Travis will expand upon these functions to oversee finance and accounting, facilities, and our growing property management and Apartments by Ebby divisions.”

Says Mathews, “As Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, I have the privilege of leading a dynamic team dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our agents and clients. In this role I am also sharply focused on growing the reach of the Ebby brand, in North Texas and beyond.”  

Mathews has been in the real estate industry for 18 years, starting as an agent with Briggs Freeman Real Estate in 2004. He joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates in 2008, most recently serving as its Chief Operating Officer. In 2018, Mathews joined the Ebby Halliday Companies’ parent company, HomeServices of America, as Director of Operations, overseeing critical and innovative technology initiatives.

“I am so excited with the direction and growth of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the incredible momentum this iconic company is experiencing,” Mathews says. “Our leadership, employees and agents are dedicated to providing our valued clients with a world-class residential real estate experience, day in and day out.”

Mathews graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is married to Brittany Mathews, a real estate agent in Dallas. The couple have two children.

Mathews adds, “I am honored and excited to take on this expanded leadership role with the Ebby Halliday Companies and I am looking forward to building on the extraordinary success and the hard-earned equity of each of our brands.”Having celebrated 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired in 2018 by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions in 2020. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate brands include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit ebby.com.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness


No time in recent history has tested our resolve like the previous year’s events: a pandemic, an election year, and a devastating winter storm.

As we commemorate Independence Day, let us celebrate our enthusiasm in liberty and our individual and collective acts of bravery and heroism. We have overcome so much and continue to endure in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

Alexander Hamilton, “The Farmer Refuted” February 23, 1775

Fourth of July Celebrations By County

Collin County

Red, White & BOOM! | McKinney | July 3

Festivities include music, food, kids’ activities, a concert, and a fireworks display. 

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

All American 4th & Fireworks | Plano | July 4

The in-person event begins at 6 p.m. at Red Tail Pavillon (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater). Fireworks will also be live streamed on The City of Plano’s YouTube page. 

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dallas County

Kaboom Town! | Addison | July 3

The renowned freedom flyover and fireworks show is back! Tickets are required for entry into Addison Circle Park. 

5 p.m. – Midnight

Fair Park Fourth | Dallas | July 4

The free event offers live performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, food trucks, concessions, and spectacular fireworks. Fair Park gates open at 6 a.m.

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Duncanville | July 3

Enjoy a parade in the morning and come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food, fun, and fireworks. Wristbands are required for entry into Armstrong Park and can be picked up at the Recreation Center.

Parade | 9 a.m.

Celebration | 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Irving | July 4

“Irving Brings Back the Spark”. Free parking and shuttles are available from the Toyota Music Factory to the Levy Event Plaza. Enjoy food vendors, a kids’ fun area, a beer garden, and performances by Alex Aguillar and Downtown Fever followed by fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Denton County

Fourth of July Jubilee & Parade | Denton | July 3 & 4

Gather at the Denton Civic Center for activities such as bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, a petting zoo, Liberty 5k Run & Walk, and more. The Yankee Doodle Parade begins downtown. No fireworks display in 2021 – stay tuned for 2022! 

All Day

Independence Fest | Flower Mound | July 4

This free event, located at Bakersfield Park, will feature concessions, a kids zone, car show, a lot of exhibitors, and a great fireworks show. Live music performed by Le Freak and headliner Josh Abbott Band.

5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Freedom Festival | Lewisville | July 4

A community tradition for over 20 years, this FREE event features bounce houses, carnival games, food trucks, and music. A fantastic fireworks show is the highlight of the evening. Located at Castle Hills Village Shops and Lake Avalon.

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Grayson County

12th Annual Lights on the Lake | Sherman | July 2

Get ready to rock the night away with a FREE Rick Springfield concert at Pecan Grove Park West followed by an incredible fireworks show.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Denison | July 4

Blue Eyed Murder will be the featured entertainment. Children can enjoy the splash pad and playground.  Munson Stadium is limited-capacity but will stream on Facebook Live “Denison Live”.

7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Henderson County

Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow | Gun Barrel City | July 3

A spectacular air show that will amaze you with aerial acrobatics and an up-close and personal experience with fighter jets. The entire performance takes place over Cedar Creek Lake.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kaufman County

Independence Day Celebration | Forney | July 3

This free event, located at Forney Community Park, will include food trucks, bounce houses, games, and a magnificent fireworks show. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Navarro County

Freedom Festival | Corsicana | July 4

Come out to I.O.O.F Park for family-fun activities, food trucks, live music by The Pontiax, and fireworks!

6 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Palo Pinto County

PKCC Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show | Graford | July 3

Possum Kingdom Lake in Graford, Texas. Hosted by the Possum Kingdom’s Chamber of Commerce 

Time TBD

Parker County

Boomin’ 4th | Hudson Oaks | July 4

Celebrate freedom at this highly choreographed fireworks show – one of the best low and high aerial displays in North Texas. Prophets & Outlaws headlining.

Time TBD 

Spark in the Park | Weatherford | July 4

Headliners Blue Oyster Cult and opening act Texas Clearwater Revival at the Heritage Park Amphitheater! Fireworks set to launch at 9:30 p.m. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rockwall County

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks | Rockwall | July 3

The parade will begin at Utley Middle School and end at Dobbs Elementary School. In the evening, gather at Harry Myers Park East for live music and fireworks.

Parade | 11 a.m.

Celebration | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Somervell County

4th of July at the Lake | Glen Rose | July 4

Pack your coolers (no glass), chairs, and floats and grab a spot at the lake to watch the annual fireworks show presented by the Somervell County Water District. Wheeler Branch Park gates open at 7 p.m. Live music by Brady Hulsey. 

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tarrant County

Independence Day Fireworks & Parade | Arlington | July 3 & 5

The fireworks show is set to begin July 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the skies over Globe Life Field. On July 5, starting at 9 a.m., head downtown for Arlington’s oldest, longest running Independence Day parade. This year’s theme is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

July 3 | Fireworks | 9:30 p.m.

July 5 | Parade | 9 a.m. 

Fort Worth’s Fourth | Fort Worth | July 4

The largest fireworks show in North Texas is at Fort Worth’s Fourth. Space out along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and enjoy an evening of food, live music and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Mansfield Rocks Weekend | Mansfield | July 2 – 4

Mansfield Rocks promises all the excitement of past Rockin’ 4th events with family activities, live music, food, and fireworks. Free shuttles are provided from Mansfield ISD’s Newsom Stadium

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Southlake Stars and Stripes | Southlake | July 3

Join the festivities at Southlake Town Square. Activities include a kids corner, games, live entertainment, delicious eats, and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

This North Texas Fourth of July roundup is brought to you by our Core Services partners – Prosperity Home Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, and Home Team Insurance.

At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud to offer a one-door approach to your real estate needs. With brokerage, mortgage, title, and insurance services under one roof, you’ll enjoy the easiest and most secure transaction available. When combined with the personal touch of one of our local expert agents, it simply is an unmatched experience. 

Get started today at ebby.com

Prosperity Home Mortgage: phmloans.com

Texas Premier Title: txprem.com

Home Team Insurance: hometeaminsurance.com

The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

1201 Gray Branch Road | McKinney | $11,995,000

6414 Walnut Hill Lane | Preston Hollow | $1,899,000

2 Glenmeadow Court | Dallas | $995,000

102 Veterans Lane | Gun Barrel City | $749,000

6921 Mill Falls Drive | Dallas | $650,000

9209 Heatherdale Drive | Lake Highlands | $635,000

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

Springtime is the Ideal Time


After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Ebby Halliday Realtors will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

4728 Stonehearth Place | Dallas | $1,599,000

4609 Augusta Drive | Frisco | $1,350,000

5327 Vanderbilt Avenue | Dallas | $1,265,900

560 S Pearl Expressway | Dallas | $849,000

5505 Ellsworth Avenue | Dallas | $729,000

135 Seaside Drive | Gun Barrel City | $725,000

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

10 Steps to Drain Water Out of a Washing Machine


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We know how annoying can be when you go to your laundry area to transfer a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer, but water remains in the washer tub even though the cycle has finished. It can be confusing, frustrating and inconvenient when this happens. You can turn on the spin cycle to see if the water will drain, but if that doesn’t help, you’re right back where you started – with a load of soaking laundry and a washer full of water.  

Why Won’t My Washing Machine Drain Water? 

There are a few possibilities why your washing machine won’t drain. that might happen. Your washer may have a clogged drain hose or the pump may be broken. A broken lid switch or belt could also be the culprit. It may even be something as simple as the hose being jammed. Whatever the reason, the water will need to be drained from the washing machine before any work or diagnosis can be done. 

What Does the Drain Function on a Washing Machine Do? 

It removes the water from the tub during the spin cycle. The washer pump forces water from the bottom of the machine into the drain hose. The drain hose loops to the top of the machine, and then down to the drain, enabling the tub to fill. When the water reaches the bend in the hose, it goes out of the drain. 

How to Drain Water Out of a Washing Machine 

If you have water in your washer that hasn’t drained, you have a couple of options: 

One is to bail it out, but that can be a time consuming and tedious process. It can also be hard on your back to bend over to reach the bottom of the tub repeatedly. An easier way is to let the drain hose and gravity do the hard work for you. Here are some of the things you’ll need to have on hand for the task: 

  • Bucket
  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Sponge and towels
  • Clamp 

Step 1 – Turn off the power 

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Unplug the washer from the outlet or turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. While not mandatory, it’s also a good idea to turn the hot and cold water connections to the washing machine just to be safe.  

Step 2 – Locate the drain hose at the back of the washer 

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First, look to see if it is bent or kinked, which may be blocking the water flow. If that’s the case, simply straightening the hose may fix the problem. If the hose has no visible bends or kinks, then disconnect it from the drain, unscrewing with a clamp attached if necessary. Be sure to keep the hose higher than the washer tub until you’re ready to empty the water.  

Step 3 – Prepare your bucket and drain hose 

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Get the bucket in place and drop the hose lower than the washer tub into the bucket. If the bucket fills, raise the hose above the washer tub until you can empty the bucket and start to fill it again. If the water doesn’t flow freely, the filter may be blocked, which you’ll need to clear before continuing. 

Step 4 – Check for and remove all clogs in the drain hose 

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Once the water has drained, check the hose for a clogged piece of clothing or a soap blockage. Loosen the clamp that connects the hose to the bottom of the tub and inspect the inside. If you see something clogging the hose or a clog where the hose connects, remove it with your pliers and reconnect the hose. 

Step 5 – Check for deeper clogs in the drain or beyond  

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If the hose is clear, there may be a clog in the drain or beyond, which means you’ll likely need to use a plumber’s snake to clear it.  

Step 6 – Inspect the washer pump 

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Check the washer pump, to see if it has a clog or a broken impeller, belt or a leak. Refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for a diagram of your unit’s pump location and parts. In most cases, you’ll notice an unusual noise when the washer is operating that indicates a bad pump, or leaking may also be a sign. If you have a bad pump, you’ll need to replace it or call a qualified service technician for help. If you replace it yourself, be sure to purchase the same pump model.   

Step 7 – Inspect the washing machine lid switch

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To see if the lid switch is working, depress it by hand. If you don’t hear a click, it may be broken and need replacing.  

Step 8 – Inspect the washing machine for damaged belts 

To see if damaged belts are causing your drain problem, unscrew the access panel and check the main belt and the pump belt. Refer to your manufacturer’s diagram to locate these parts. 

Step 9 – Check to see if your configuration includes a washing machine drain vent 

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A drain vent allows air in which can help prevent a vacuum that could hamper water draining properly from the machine.  If there is a gap around the drain hose where it enters the drain, you may not need a vent. You should have a vent if building codes require one or if your washer is more than four feet from the vent stack for proper draining. 

Step 10 – When in doubt, call a service professional for help 

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If you’ve drained the water from your washer and inspected the hose, pump and lid switch and still can’t pinpoint the problem, you’ll probably need to call a professional plumber or washing machine service technician for help.

The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

1808 Watermill Court | Plano | $1,999,000

4010 Chama Street | Prosper | $935,000

5709 Club Hill Circle | Dallas | $899,500

7216 Stonetrail Drive | Dallas | $899,000

3304 Hartford Lane | Frisco | $775,000

10118 Caribou Trail | Dallas | $770,000

7310 Crane Drive | Sachse | $399,900

9600 Livenshire Drive | Dallas | $399,900

3304 Townsend Drive | Dallas | $399,000

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

Top Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


 

Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.

To help you navigate these unprecedented home-buying and selling waters, we polled Ebby Halliday Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

 

Buyer’s Tips
*  Be qualified. Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time 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, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company 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 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, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Ebby.com is one of the most-visited residential real estate sites in the nation, far outpacing the 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.

 

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Ebby Halliday’s North Texas offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.