The Weekly Wrap-up


The North Texas housing market remains strong with exceptional homes listed for sale every day.

Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

Living area at 6230 Pool Road in Colleyville, Texas

6230 Pool Road | Colleyville | $2,950,000

Wall of windows at 6822 Mimosa Lane in Preston Hollow, Texas

6822 Mimosa Lane | Preston Hollow | $1,499,000

Backyard pool at 5006 Willow Point Circle in Parker, Texas

5006 Willow Point Circle | Parker | $1,100,000

Living area at 6025 Jordan Way in Frisco, Texas

6025 Jordan Way | Frisco | $1,075,000

Living area at 4329 Irvin Simmons Drive in Dallas, Texas

4329 Irvin Simmons Drive | Dallas | $825,000

Living area at 2971 Sunny Hill Lane in Prosper, Texas

2971 Sunny Hill Lane | Prosper | $759,900

Living area at 6505 Shoreline Drive in Little Elm, Texas

6505 Shoreline Drive | Little Elm | $749,950

Living area at 7700 Eastern Avenue, No. 502 in Dallas, Texas

7700 Eastern Avenue, No. 502 | Dallas | $695,000

Living area at 7905 Three Forks Trail in McKinney, Texas

7905 Three Forks Trail | McKinney | $599,999

Kitchen at 850 Gaited Trail in Frisco, Texas

850 Gaited Trail | Frisco | $525,000

Living area at 2013 Garden Park Court in Richardson, Texas

2013 Garden Park Court | Richardson | $437,000

Living area at 524 Barley Drive in Waxahachie, Texas

524 Barley Drive | Waxahachie | $385,000

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit 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.

Kitchen at 1876 Lakeshore Drive in Westlake, TX

1876 Lakeshore Drive | Westlake | $9,800,000

Backyard with pool at 3007 Ridgecrest Drive in Southlake, TX

3007 Ridgecrest Drive | Southlake | $2,300,000

Contemporary home at 14636 Southern Pines Drive in Farmers Branch, TX

14636 Southern Pines Drive | Farmers Branch | $1,595,000

Double staircase entryway at 6300 Holbrook Circle in Parker, TX

6300 Holbrook Circle | Parker | $1,224,900

Living room with downtown view at 3510 Turtle Creek Boulevard, 4D in Dallas, TX

3510 Turtle Creek Boulevard, 4D | Turtle Creek | $975,000

Kitchen at 1200 Fox Run in Bartonville, TX

1200 Fox Run | Bartonville | $890,000

Living room at 3908 Oakmeadow Drive in Plano, TX

3908 Oakmeadow Drive | Plano | $774,900

Backyard with pool at 4928 Stony Ford Drive in Far North Dallas, TX

4928 Stony Ford Drive | Far North Dallas | $658,500

Living room at 5029 Mill Run Road in North Dallas, TX

5029 Mill Run Road | North Dallas | $525,000

Dining room at 311 N Winnetka Avenue in Dallas, TX

311 N. Winnetka Avenue | Winnetka Heights | $489,000

Kitchen at 2609 Hillside Drive in Highland Village, TX

2609 Hillside Drive | Highland Village | $420,000

Dining room at 3735 Weeburn Drive in Dallas, TX

3735 Weeburn Drive | Dallas | $349,000

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

Kitchens Ready for Back-to-School


Getting ready for the new school year looks different for many families this fall. Whether classes are virtual or in-person, one priority is making sure the kids take on every school day with a good meal. That means having the perfect kitchen space for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner.

Streamline your back-to-school routine with these 13 delectable kitchens.

Elegant kitchen at 3909 Centenary Avenue in University Park, TX

3909 Centenary Avenue | University Park | $3,750,000

Contemporary kitchen at 6230 Pool Road in Colleyville, TX

6230 Pool Road | Colleyville | $2,950,000

Gourmet kitchen at 414 Lakeway Drive in Allen, TX

414 Lakeway Drive | Allen | $2,795,000

Luxurious kitchen at 901 Charleston Drive in Southlake, TX

901 Charleston Drive | Southlake | $1,995,900

Large kitchen at 4901 Buena Vista Drive in Frisco, TX

4901 Buena Vista Drive | Frisco | $1,775,000

Gorgeous kitchen at 646 Castle Rock Drive in Southlake, TX

646 Castle Rock Drive | Southlake | $1,265,000

Beautiful chef's kitchen at 323 Oxford Place in Coppell, TX

323 Oxford Place | Coppell | $900,000

Spacious kitchen at 461 Longwood Drive in Prosper, TX

461 Longwood Drive | Prosper | $799,900

Bright island kitchen at 1600 Booker Lane in Plano, TX

1600 Booker Lane | Plano | $599,000

Stunning modern kitchen at 4197 Lorion Drive in Rockwall, TX

4197 Lorion Drive | Rockwall | $590,000

Updated kitchen at 8501 Forsythia Drive in McKinney, TX

8501 Forsythia Drive | McKinney | $475,000

Charming kitchen at 6306 Montgomery Drive in Rowlett, TX

6306 Montgomery Drive | Rowlett | $460,000

Lovely kitchen at 113 Poppy Lane in McKinney, TX

113 Poppy Lane | McKinney | $379,000

To view more spectacular properties, visit ebby.com.

August Home Maintenance


Historic home in Dallas, Texas.

It’s officially the last few weeks of summer! Soon, you’ll be ordering pumpkin spice lattes and decorating for fall. But before you get too far ahead of yourself, it’s time to schedule important end-of-summer home maintenance.

Get rid of unwelcome house guests.
Now is a great time to think about a once-a-year pest control solution. With pests, it’s best to be proactive rather than reactive. When you see them, you can be sure there are more around the corner. A once-a-year pest control solution is the most effective and economical solution there is.

Get out the germs.
We’ve all been in the house more than usual this summer. It might be time to give your home a deep clean. Go beyond mopping the floors and get your dryer vent and air vents cleaned, have your mattresses disinfected and cleaned, have your carpets cleaned and clean your washing machine and dishwasher. Doing a deep clean will improve air quality, reduce energy use, and clear out the germs. 

Get organized.
A new school year is starting, and with that comes a lot of chaos. It’s an excellent time to get organized. Donate or toss things that no longer help you or your kids. If possible, set up a homework station in your home. This not only keeps you organized, but it also helps kids to focus on their schoolwork. You’ll also want to set up a “drop zone,” a place for your kids to drop-off their backpacks, shoes, jackets and anything else they might have carried home.

If the thought of getting organized is overwhelming, there are pros that can help. Professional organizers don’t just move piles around or hide things; they come up with entire systems to help you and your family stay organized.

Zaarly, an Ebby Halliday Realtors partner, helps homeowners find and work with the best home service pros in the North Texas area. Visit Zaarly for assistance with everything from pest control and cleaning to home organization.


Deep Dive: 12 Luxury Pools


While tropical getaways and family vacations can be a fun way to celebrate summer, who says you have to leave the comforts of home to feel refreshed?

Dive into these luxurious pools that bring the allure of resort amenities to your backyard.

Resort-style backyard pool at 1750 Trace Bella Court in Westlake, Texas.

1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,850,000

Gorgeous backyard pool at 6146 Park Lane in Preston Hollow, Texas.

6146 Park Lane | Preston Hollow | $3,195,000

Refreshing backyard pool at 2535 N. White Chapel Boulevard in Southlake, Texas.

2535 N. White Chapel Boulevard | Southlake | $2,895,000

Luxurious sparkling pool at 6808 Mulhouse Court in Plano, Texas.

6808 Mulhouse Court | Plano | $2,249,000

Peaceful backyard pool at 408 Oak Ridge Court in Southlake, Texas.

408 Oak Ridge Court | Southlake | $1,900,000

Backyard infinity pool overlooking golf course at 5600 Wayfarer Drive in Plano, Texas.

5600 Wayfarer Drive | Plano | $1,780,000

Incredible backyard pool at 1310 Noble Way in Flower Mound, Texas.

1310 Noble Way | Flower Mound | $1,599,000

Shaded backyard pool at 6215 Lupton Drive in Preston Hollow, Texas.

6215 Lupton Drive | Preston Hollow | $1,349,000

Stunning backyard pool at 2600 Redding Drive in Plano, Texas

2600 Redding Drive | Plano | $1,150,000

Amazing backyard pool at 1309 Chimney Rock Drive in Keller, Texas.

1309 Chimney Rock Drive | Keller | $999,000

Magnificent backyard pool at 1706 Woodsboro Court in Allen, Texas.

1706 Woodsboro Court | Allen | $950,000

Large backyard pool at 1200 Fox Run in Bartonville, Texas.

1200 Fox Run | Bartonville | $890,000

To view all the homes with incredible pools available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

10 Superb Outdoor Spaces


As summer continues with more sunny days and warm evenings, it’s only natural to spend time outdoors. Especially when the backdrop is your own backyard paradise.

From lush landscaping and sparkling pools to incredible patios and outdoor kitchens, these stunning backyards may cause outdoor-space envy.

Beautiful covered patio and outdoor space overlooking backyard pool and landscaping at 4738 San Gabriel Drive, Preston Hollow

4738 San Gabriel Drive | Preston Hollow | $3,250,000

Peaceful covered patio with views of landscaped backyard, sparkling pool and greenspace at 414 Lakeway Drive, Allen

414 Lakeway Drive | Allen | $2,850,000

780 Sundance Court | Prosper | $1,329,000

6032 Richmond Avenue | Belmont | $1,100,000

1706 Woodsboro Court | Allen | $950,000

175 Pronghorn Drive | Gordonville | $899,900

7106 Covewood Drive | Garland | $849,999

1520 Aberdeen Drive | Lucas | $625,000

3702 Old Orchard Court | Carrollton | $459,900

13738 Spring Grove Avenue | North Dallas | $375,000

To view all the homes with incredible outdoor spaces available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

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


School backpack and school supplies with chalkboard background. Education or back to school concept.

 

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!