Prep Your Home for Fall


Home Exterior

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.

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.

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!

Farmers Markets Offer Fresh Local Fare


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Summer is in full swing, and so are local farmers markets. Whether you’re shopping for fresh and locally grown veggies, sweet treats, specialty foods or homemade goodies, these North Texas farmers markets have it all.

 

Carrollton

Carrollton Farmers Market
2722 N. Josey Lane
Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Year-round

Highlights: Handmade crafts and homegrown produce

 

Coppell

Coppell Farmers Market
768 W. Main Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April through November; December (Winter Market)

Highlights: Fresh berry custard pie, pickled jalapeños, fresh ginger beer

 

Dallas

Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Hours vary by season)
Year-round

Highlights: The Market – a fully renovated indoor space featuring local merchants, artisanal food vendors and restaurants

 

White Rock Local Market
9150 Garland Road
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March through December

Highlights: Wine samples, JJ&B jams and butters, local craft artists

 

Denton

Denton Community Market
317 W. Mulberry Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon (summer hours)
April through November

Highlights: Live music, local farms and artists, food trucks

 

Fort Worth

Cowtown Farmers Market
3821 Southwest Boulevard
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
Year-round

Highlights: Fiddle-and-guitar jam sessions, pastured chicken

 

Frisco

Frisco Farmers Market
8821 4th Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April through October

Highlights: Homemade traditional Greek desserts and meals from Greek Mama’s Bites

 

Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie Farmers Market
120 W. Main Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March through December

Highlights: Plethora of crafts, Christmas in July

 

Grapevine

Grapevine Farmers Market
520 South Main Street, No. 203
Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April through October

Highlights: Homemade fried pies, cajun cheddar kettle popcorn, gourmet tamales

 

Mansfield

Mansfield Farmers Market
703 E. Broad Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April through October

Highlights: Homemade fudge, refreshing lemonade, allergy-free baked goods

 

McKinney

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square
315 S. Chestnut Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April through November

Highlights: Baked goods, craft items, artisanal and speciality foods

 

Mesquite

The Marketplace DFW
150 W. Main Street
Second and fourth Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April through October

Highlights: Locally grown honey, mustard pickles, handcrafted goods

 

Richardson

Richardson Farmers Market
101 S. Coit Road
Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (summer hours)
Year-round

Highlights: European-style market that mimics the popular village markets throughout Europe

 

Rockwall

Rockwall Farmers Market
101 Rusk Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
May through September

Highlights: Just Pie’s award-winning, buttermilk Pap’s Texas Pecan

 

Sherman

Sherman Farmers Market
115 N. Travis Street
Saturdays; 9 a.m. to noon
May through October

Highlights: Pasture-raised meats, kombucha, handmade soaps

How to Create a Greener Home


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There are many different ways to go green at home. Even if you do just one or two of the below five things, you can make a big difference for our environment — and you’ll see the results on your bills.

 

Monitor your temperature

Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. Keep filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, and make good use of ceiling fans.

 

Upgrade outdated appliances

It’s estimated that almost 20 percent of the typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer appliances, you’ll consume significantly less energy.

 

Save water

Putting an aerator on faucets can cut your annual consumption by half. Consider installing low-flow toilets, which use just over half the normal amount per flush.

 

Let the sun shine

The cheapest and most environmentally sound heat and light source is just outside your window. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally.

 

Use greener cleaners

There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available these days. A simple online search will reveal which products are gentler to the environment than others.

7 Thanksgiving-Ready Island Kitchens


As Thanksgiving prep begins, you may be dreaming of a kitchen that can do it all. Whether you’re an expert chef or only cook on Turkey Day, these seven island kitchens currently on the market are the perfect place to prepare your next meal.

 

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

 

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2321 Silver Table Drive | Lewisville | $2,199,000

 

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6634 Aberdeen AvenuePreston Hollow | $2,100,000

 

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5209 Limestone Court | Richardson | $1,180,000

 

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7736 Goforth CircleLake Highlands | $1,049,000

 

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218 Wimberly Street | Fort Worth | $425,000

 

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702 Wildgrove Drive | Garland | $329,000

 

To see more homes for sale, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Love This Listing: True Mid-Century Modern


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Built in 1954 by architect Robert Perry as his personal residence, this Mid-Century modern home has been updated with careful attention to preserving its original architecture, while adding Santa Barbara flair. Amenities include a lush entry courtyard, stunning designer finishes, a Zen library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a sparkling waterfall pool. You’ll enjoy a spacious master suite with dual walk-in closets, while guests delight in a private suite with a fireplace and full bath. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

3837 Fairfax Avenue
• $1,175,000
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 baths, 1 half-bath
• 2,667 square feet

9 Thanksgiving-Ready Island Kitchens


As Thanksgiving prep begins, you might be dreaming of a kitchen that can do it all. Regardless of whether you’re an expert chef or only cook on turkey day, these nine island kitchens currently on the market are the perfect place to prepare your next meal.
 
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1601 Carlyle Court | Westlake | $2,895,000
6331 northwood
6331 Northwood Road | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,895,0006655 green knoll wiw6655 Green Knoll Drive | North Dallas | $1,495,000
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6142 Shady Oaks Drive | Frisco | $1,324,9007723 midbury kitchen7723 Midbury Drive | Dallas | $1,295,0005609 glenbrook5609 Glenbrook Circle | Plano | $995,0004150 fallbrook4150 Fallbrook Drive | Frisco | $799,9001227 woodlawn1227 Woodlawn Avenue | Dallas – Kessler Park | $725,000
JL 8615 thorbrush
8615 Thorbrush Place | Dallas | $549,900
 
To see more homes currently for sale, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

10 Pools Perfect for Summer Swimming


Summer is finally here, and it’s time to relax. Take a splash into one of these exotic pools currently on the market in North Texas.

OldGate6413 Old Gate Road | Plano | $6,999,0001900 Shady Oaks Drive1900 Shady Oaks Drive | Southlake | $5,490,0001750 Trace Bella Court1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,995,00501 Mahogany Run Court5501 Mahogany Run Court | Plano | $3,845,000 6441 Sudbury Road6441 Sudbury Road | Plano | $2,100,0008057 Stone River Drive8057 Stone River Drive | Frisco | $1,899,0004762 Byron Circle4762 Byron Circle | Irving | $1,850,0005683 Buena Vista Drive5683 Buena Vista Drive | Frisco | $1,777,0003203 Bluffs Lane3203 Bluffs Lane | Parker | $1,299,9995633 Northbrook Drive5633 Northbrook Drive | Plano | $1,234,900

 

To view all of our extraordinary listings, visit the all-new, mobile-friendly ebby.com.