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

Love This Listing: Contemporary Estate


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Situated on 4.4 acres in Southlake, this luxurious smart home is an interior designer’s dream with an open floor plan and attention to every detail. The backyard oasis features an infinity pool and spa, firepit, covered patio and an outdoor living center to enjoy with family and friends. This modern home includes a six-car garage and a fully functional four-stall horse barn. Impeccably maintained, this property is a must-see! Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

920 S. Peytonville Avenue
• $3,600,000
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 baths, 2 half-baths
• 5,175 square feet

DSO on the GO Coming to Southlake


DSO on the GO Coming to Southlake

 

For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

On Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., the DSO brings the music of Prokofiev and Grieg to Southlake. The performance takes place at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., in Southlake. Tickets are $19 at mydso.com, APEX Arts League seniors are $15 when you use promo code APEX at checkout, and student tickets are $9 when you use promo code PEER at checkout.

 

For more information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

 

Enjoy the show!

Spotlight on the North Texas Luxury Market


Spotlight on the North Texas Luxury Market

 

The North Texas region’s thriving economy continues to spur significant growth in luxury home sales. In the past year, 5.2 percent more luxury homes were purchased in Dallas-Fort Worth than during the prior 12 months.

 

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Dallas-Fort Worth, it would be our honor to be of service to you. With our highly effective marketing and advertising tools and our membership in Luxury Portfolio International, Ebby Halliday Realtors is ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury real estate transaction.

 

Whether you are considering buying or selling your home, or just staying put for now, we invite you to enjoy the fall/winter edition of North Texas’ leading luxury home publication, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. We believe you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. To get started, click here.

 

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.

 

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living

We’re very excited to share that the spring 2016 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is now being direct-mailed to approximately 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 19th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Child’s Play,” featuring advice on designing the ideal bedroom for your child from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; special sections for farm & ranch and lake properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the spring issue: Real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the importance of global marketing in the luxury-home market segment.

 

We’re confident you’re going to love the spring 2016 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you! See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

Get Ahead of Spring Home Market


List Your Home For Sale Now

 

What was once considered real estate wisdom – the ideal time to list your home for sale is the traditional spring selling season – is no longer true for North Texas homeowners.

 

Year-over-year home sales for January and the low number of homes currently on the market means there’s no reason to wait until spring to list a home for sale. The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer quite a compelling case for getting a head start on the potential competition.

 

A few of the highlights from January:

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home is up 8.9% to $229,522.

*  The average list price is up 11.3% to $313,663.

*  The percent of original list price received is up 0.6% to 96.9% of asking price.

*  Finally, the average time a home is on the market is up 4.8%, but still is only 42 days.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to find out what your home is worth and to devise a plan to get your home not just on the market, but sold. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.