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.
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Luxury Portfolio offers sellers extensive search engine and social media strategies – ensuring their luxury listing is in front of today’s sophisticated consumers where and when they are searching. In addition to leveraging social media platforms, Luxury Portfolio utilizes international partner websites, such as juwai.com, which reaches beyond the Great Firewall of China to target the wealthy Chinese buyer, and wallstreetjournal.com, to reach affluent online viewers. Each property on luxuryportfolio.com is translated to nine languages and 60-plus currencies, which results in consumers visiting the site from almost every country each month.
Simply put, sellers who list with Ebby Halliday significantly increase the chances of attracting a qualified buyer to their luxury home due to our affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International. For buyers, finding a home is a personal process of discovery, and Ebby Halliday Realtors and the accomplished global network of Luxury Portfolio brokers is ready to assist in the journey. Explore luxury properties around the world at luxuryportfolio.com.
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PHOTOS: The estate home at 5326 Edlen in Old Preston Hollow exceeds all expectations. It is offered by Ebby’s Patricia Stampley for $8,650,000.
Ebby’s Little White House Associates and staff, clients, children, grandchildren, and members of Ebby’s Corporate Office recently joined in a Dallas tradition: the annual lighting of the iconic office at Northwest Highway and Preston Road for the holidays.
Jolly Old Saint Nick arrived just in time for the celebration on the back of a snow-white convertible. Santa even led the crowd in counting down to the much-anticipated lighting of Ebby’s beautiful Little White House.
Below are just a few of the very excited faces we saw in the crowd:
Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, provide a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe.
To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills.
If you’re planting a new tree, think about its fully grown size and shape before you dig. Roots too close to your home could damage the foundation or block sewer lines. The wrong tree in the wrong place could actually lower your home’s appraised value.
To learn more about trees and how you can improve the environment while improving your property value, visit arbordayfoundation.org, where you’ll find a wealth of useful information about trees.
Home prices in North Texas were up 14 percent in May – one of the largest year-over-year gains ever for the area. And, the median home sales price for a pre-owned North Texas homes hit a record $215,000 last month.
With 9,484 properties changing hands in May, sales were up 6 percent from the same time last year. May 2015 was the largest one-month sales total ever for North Texas.
With strong sales and robust regional growth, North Texas home prices are up by more than 40 percent in the past five years, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.
With 25 offices throughout North Texas, Ebby Halliday is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas. If you’re considering offering your North Texas home for sale, our talented Associates are ready to assist. To find just the right agent for your needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
PHOTO: Ebby Associate Clarke Landry’s listing at 6230 Prestonshire Lane in Preston Hollow was under contract before it ever hit the market.