Record-Breaking Month Features $1 Billion in Sales


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With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc worldwide, July turned out to be a time to shine for clients like never before, and the agents of all three Ebby Halliday Companies brands — Williams Trew, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate  — did. They helped family, friends, neighbors, past clients and new clients get out of homes that no longer worked for them and into ones that did. In its 75-year history, the Ebby Halliday Companies have not had another month quite like it: 2,000-plus transactions translated to $1 billion in sales volume.

It’s not surprising given the leadership style of the positive, patient, compassionate and strategic President & CEO Chris Kelly. Agents know they have in him a champion for their corner, and have been emboldened to follow his lead.

“Really, really remarkable,” Kelly said, in a recent video call to the entire company. “This just doesn’t happen unless every single one of you are dedicated and getting the job done. Think back to three months ago, and imagine ‘we’re going to have the best month we’ve ever had in our 75-year history during a pandemic …’ It’s just unbelievable. But those transactions did not happen without each and every one of you. So, thank you!”

Not only was it a great month sales-wise, but the Ebby Halliday Companies outperformed the market once again in both New Listings and Pending Sales, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.

“The past few months have been in overdrive with the North Texas real estate market ‘exploding,’ ” Kelly says. “Our team has risen to the occasion and worked days, nights, weekends and everything in between to serve the needs of our valued clients. I am so proud to lead this extraordinary group of individuals – it’s truly been a team effort.”

Celebrating 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 by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit williamstrew.com.

Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Photo of 3 paint cans with paintbrush

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth, the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

 

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

 

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

Global Reach with a Human Touch


 

Being part of the global economy goes far beyond technology; it requires the human touch. Williams Trew and our professional residential real estate agents are proud to belong to the global network whose name says it all — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Only the best of the best are part of this collection. Wherever you go, the LeadingRE logo is a symbol of the finest local real estate professionals.

 

“When you choose Williams Trew to represent your property, you’ll benefit from a local team of experts with unmatched global reach working on your behalf,” says Elizabeth McCoy, market area sales leader for Williams Trew. “In addition to the very strong local marketing for which Williams Trew has long been known, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World provides unmatched global marketing and resources, allowing us to provide the very best service to you.”

 

The result? The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network produced more than $257 billion in home sales last year, representing over 1.1 million transactions.

 

By tapping into the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network of 135,000 talented sales associates around the world, Williams Trew agents expose homes they represent to buyers on six continents, ensuring there are more eyes on every property. In addition, Williams Trew receives inbound clients from other affiliates around the globe who are interested in purchasing a home in North Texas.

 

“At Williams Trew, we understand the importance of global reach with a human touch when marketing our properties and delivering the highest level of service to our clients,” McCoy says. “If you’re considering listing your home for sale, you’ll find just the right agent — with just the right connections — at williamstrew.com.

 

PHOTO:  The four-bedroom home at 3716 Lenox Drive in the Monticello neighborhood is offered by Joseph Berkes for $735,000.

13 Ways to Add Value to Your Home


Whether you’re selling now, planning to sell in the future, or just want peace of mind, there are always steps you can take to increase the value of your home. Here is a list of items that will attract buyers and make the place you call home even more special.

Home Office – The growth of technology has made it possible for people to work from their homes more often. By updating your current home office or designating a space to create one, you show your home’s full potential.

 

A Master-Suite – A master bedroom with its own bathroom is an expected amenity. If you don’t have one, try to find the budget (and space) to create one, focusing on amplifying storage space.

 

Family/Entertainment Room – Everyone needs a comfortable, open space to fill with family and friends. Entertainments rooms can be anything from a home theatre, a game room, a rock climbing wall, anything that can entertain anyone, anytime. Just make sure your room looks and feels inviting, and filled with plenty of natural light. Also, a fireplace is always a plus.

 

The Kitchen – The kitchen can either make or break your home. Staying reasonable with materials and design, from subtle upgrades to drastic changes, you can almost always guarantee your money back on a remodel. 

 

Bathrooms – Have you ever heard of a home having too many bathrooms? How about too few? If your home has fewer bathrooms than bedrooms, it’s time to think about adding another full or half-bath. Additionally, if your current bathroom has seen better days, consider an update that’s simple and clean.

 

Windows – Did you know, on average, 30 percent of your home’s energy is lost through its windows? If your windows are in bad shape or you’re looking to impress buyers, upgrading to energy-efficient windows will not only save time and money for you, but also for your buyer.

 

Basement or Subterranean Levels – Though it’s not the most common feature in D-FW, a subterranean level can add major value to your home. If the ceilings aren’t too low, a subterranean level is an ideal space for an office, playroom, or media room.

 

Paint – A few coats of paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update your home. If you’re selling, keep things light and neutral so that buyers can easily imagine their things in your space.

 

Flexibility – Your house is yours to make your own. If you think you may sell in the future, try not to over customize. Buyers need to be able to see themselves and their things working in your home, so try not to pigeonhole your spaces.

 

Deck/Patio – These days, outdoor space is at a premium. On average, the edition of a deck provides a whopping 76% return on investment. Typically, they’re not too expensive to build and create an entirely new living space.   

 

Exteriors – Though we’ve been told to do otherwise, people do judge homes based on curb appeal and first impressions. Put the best foot forward by sprucing up your home’s landscaping, exterior paint, siding, and garage doors.

 

Landscaping – An overgrown and poorly maintained yard isn’t appealing to anyone. Liven it up with some color, height and possibly a designated seating and/or entertaining area. 

 

Trees – 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. 

Spring Home Maintenance Check List


There is Spring Cleaning but there is also Spring Maintenance and it’s never too early to get your home ready for the next season. We’re sharing with you a checklist of outdoor and indoor tasks to get your home ready for the spring, specifically for its characteristic windy and rainy days. By checking off this list, originally posted by Lowes, you’ll have your home freshened up and prepared for the months ahead!

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
  • Touch up peeling or damaged paint. Watch our video for ideas on troubleshooting exterior paint problems.
  • Wash all windows, inside and out.
  • Install screens on windows and doors.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.
  • Service your lawnmower.
  • Fertilize your lawn.

 

Indoor Tasks:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks forward.
  • If your basement has a sump pump, test it by dumping a large bucket of water into the basin of the sump pump. This should activate the sump pump. If it does not switch on or if it’s not pumping water, it may need to be serviced by a professional. Also, check for and remove any debris and make sure there are no leaks.
  • Wash and change seasonal bedding.
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine, and cosmetics.

For spring cleaning tips, check out this Spring Cleaning article.

Curb Appeal is What It’s All About


Curb appeal should be important to all homeowners, not just the ones looking to sell their homes. Attractive views from the street can help sell your home as well as extend your property’s value and the neighborhood’s.

 

Curb appeal is described as the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street. This applies to the exterior of the home as well as the landscaping, outdoor fixtures, sidewalks, and driveway. Check out this selection of Curb Appeal Inspo!


6158 Indian Creek Drive  |  Shady Oaks Golf Course  |  $4,960,000  |  Listed by Lynne Eller & Alann Nolan

6158indiancreek.williamstrew.com


22 Valley Ridge Road  |  Old Westover  |  $3,595,000  |  Listed by Martha Williams & Joseph Berkes
22valleyridge.williamstrew.com

 


43 Valley Ridge Road  |  Westover  |  $3,350,000  |  Listed by Susanna Bartolomei
43valleyridge.williamstrew.com

 


3737 Aviemore Drive  |  Riverhills  |  $2,795,000  |  Listed by Jackie Prowse
3737aviemore.williamstrew.com

 


2617 Colonial Parkway  |  Colonial Country Club  |  $1,898,000  |  Listed by Martha Williams
2617colonial.williamstrew.com

 


1707 Catalina Court  |  Rivercrest Landing  |  $1,875,000  |  Listed by Kris Karr & Kendall Kostohryz
1707catalina.williamstrew.com

 

6837 Lahontan Drive  |  Mira Vista  |  $1,399,000  |  Listed by Kelly McLean
6837lahontan.williamstrew.com

3828 Monticello Drive  |  Monticello  |  $1,279,000  |  Listed by Kelly McLean
3828monticello.williamstrew.com


4333 El Campo Avenue  |  Near Cultural District  |  $420,000  |  Listed by the Phillips Group
4333elcampo.williamstrew.com

 

If you practice regular maintenance on the exterior of your home, it will prevent larger costly repairs in the future.

 

A few simple, cost-effective things you can do to improve your curb appeal:

          • Mow and edge your lawn
          • Weed flower beds
          • Seed you lawn
          • Apply a new layer of mulch
          • Sweep and pressure clean any sidewalks and driveways
          • Replace exterior light bulbs and any broken fixtures
          • Clean windows and any glass panels
          • Pressure wash siding
          • Remove dust and cobwebs from outdoor fixtures.
          • Repaint any chips on your home’ s trim, front door or posts
          • Repair or replace any damaged exterior items as needed

Sparkling Summer Pools


Spring is here but summer is right on its heels. Pools are a dream and these are picture-perfect. Check out the listings below and mentally prepare for the summer sun!


6158 Indian Creek Drive  |  Westover Hills  |  $4,960,000  |  Listed by Lynne Eller & Alann Nolan
6158indiancreek.williamstrew.com

 


43 Valley Ridge Road  |  Westover  |  $3,350,000  |  Listed by Susanna Bartolomei
43valleyridge.williamstrew.com

 


4000 Monticello Drive  |  Monticello  |  $3,250,000  |  Listed by Lynne Eller & Alann Nolan
www.4000monticellodrive.com

 


4404 Ridgehaven Road  |  Near Ridglea Country Club  |  $1,750,000  |  Listed by Spencer Perry
4404ridgehaven.williamstrew.com

 


2205 Hidden Creek Road  |  Westover Hills  |  $1,699,000  |  Listed by Martha Williams & Steve Berry
2205hiddencreek.williamstrew.com

 


304 Crestwood Drive  |  Crestwood  |  $1,650,000  |  Listed by Ida Duwe-Olsen & Ted Olsen
304crestwood.williamstrew.com

 


3828 Monticello Drive  |  Monticello  |  $1,279,900  |  Listed by Kelly McLean
3828monticello.williamstrew.com

 


6620 Wells Burnett Road  |  Eagle Mountain Lake  |  $1,200,000  |  Listed by Rees Atkins & Piper Pardue
6620wellsburnett.williamstrew.com

 


440 Eastwood Avenue  |  Crestwood  |  $1,150,000  |  Listed by Jackie Prowse
440eastwood.williamstrew.com

The Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist


 

Buying a home can be overwhelming, but a home inspection checklist can help you keep track. Thanks to our partners at American Home Shield, from costs to what’s covered, we walk you through a home inspection. 

 

There are a lot of moving parts in the homebuying process, including pre-approvals, loan applications, information gathering, fact-checking, and doc signing. And that’s before you even make an offer. Luckily, there are valuable tools, like a home inspection checklist, to help keep you on track.

 

Once the seller accepts your offer, the property officially goes into escrow and the window for a home inspection opens. But what is a home inspection exactly? It’s a professional evaluation of the property you intend to purchase that is completed by a third party. Assessing the home from a structural and safety standpoint, an inspector helps ensure the house is free of hazards, up to code and a wise investment. But what do home inspectors look for? What happens if problems are identified? Who pays for a home inspection, or repairs for that matter? To point you in the right direction and eliminate uncertainty, let’s take a closer look at what you need to know now and what to do next. 

 

What is a Home Inspection and why is it important?

An inspection offers detailed insight into a home’s current condition. Sometimes it proves a property is in great shape. Other times, a report spotlights issues the seller didn’t even realize existed. From repairs that need to be addressed immediately to maintenance that may be required down the road, identifying problems at this point in the process can be eye-opening for all parties. Home inspections give sellers the chance to fix any issues upfront and affords buyers the opportunity to ask for credits and repairs.

 

Ready to take the next step? Follow this home inspection checklist:

 

Find an Inspector

Your realtor will likely offer a list of professionals he or she trusts and has used in the past, but you are free to choose your own. Remember, licensing is different in every state, so take that into consideration when looking for recommendations.

 

Hire an Inspector

It’s important to reach out and schedule your home inspection as quickly as possible. The more valued the inspector, the more quickly their calendar fills up.

 

Prepare for the Inspection

Home inspection costs average between $350 and $600 depending on your state. Money should also be budgeted to cover additional assessments should the need arise.

Wondering who pays for a home inspection? Traditionally buyers are responsible, though sellers may choose to conduct independent evaluations that they will pay for.

 

What do Home Inspectors look for?

Both homebuyers and sellers can be present for the inspection. The process usually takes a few hours and is an ideal time to ask questions, bring up concerns and take your own photos and notes. Make a detailed list of components and areas to be evaluated, including:

          • Appliances
          • Attic
          • Basement
          • Doors and windows
          • Electrical panel, power outlets, and light switches
          • Exterior paint, siding or stucco
          • Foundation
          • Garage
          • Plumbing faucets, fixtures, and water heater
          • Porches and balconies
          • Rain gutters and downspouts
          • Roof
          • Stairs, steps, and railings
          • Thermostats and heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) system
          • Walkways and driveways
          • Walls, ceilings, and floors

 

It’s important to note that inspectors can only report on physical components they can see. This means they may not catch issues hidden behind walls or beneath the ground, such as in the sewer line, sprinklers, and fireplace.