Williams Trew is Fort Worth True!


Williams Trew is Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage. Our team of highly experienced agents have been representing and living alongside homebuyers and sellers in our community for decades. From its rich cattle trade history to its evolution into the modern west, Fort Worth is a remarkable place to call home and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Williams Trew is Fort Worth True!

 

The Best & Brightest

Forgive us if we toot our own “horn”ed frog, but Fort Worth is home to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas A&M University School of Law and Tarrant County College District are just a few of the institutions of higher learning that attract the best and brightest faculty and students. You could say great minds think alike. 

How the West Was Won

Fort Worth Stockyards

Relive the heyday of the wild west! Witness a real-life cattle drive. Watch drovers (cattlemen) as they demonstrate grooming and saddling a horse, roping and other horsemanship techniques. History buffs will enjoy the Stockyards Museum with its collection of artifacts, photos and exhibits documenting the importance of the stockyards to Fort Worth and Texas. Finally, be sure to grab some grub at any one of the many authentic Texas barbecue or Tex-Mex restaurants.

Call of the Wild

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. The FWBG is composed of 25 specialty gardens and has long been known for its tropical, rose and Japanese gardens. Be sure to visit the Rose Garden, considered to be the most romantic garden and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Children will love the Native Texas Boardwalk with its 13 educational stations such as hollow log, speaking tubes, and balance beams. The Boardwalk also offers a shaded pathway from the northern gardens to the southern gardens.

The Fort Worth Zoo

The Fort Worth Zoo is home to over 540 species including 148 bird species, 172 ectotherm species, and 72 species of mammals. As part of their  “Wilder Vision,” the zoo has set out to create new habitat space and renovate existing habitats. Habitats include African Savanna, Elephant Springs, Australian Outback, Flamingo Bay, Raptor Canyon and World of Primates to name just a few. 

Culture Club

Fort Worth’s Cultural District includes some of the finest museums in the country – all within a short distance of each other and located just west of downtown.

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum hosts a permanent collection of masterpieces as well as international on-loan and traveling exhibitions. The museum also offers workshops, tours, lectures and happy hours.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

“The Carter” is a celebration of American creativity. The museum’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art” and it fulfills this mission impeccably with its collection of various artworks, artists and mediums ranging from the eighteenth century to present day. 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern is the master at showcasing art from the 1940s to the present day. The building itself, the vision of renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is a modern work of art with its stunning composition of steel, concrete and glass. Its ever evolving collection invites audiences to experience the “most compelling art and ideas of our time”.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a member of the Smithsonian Affiliate program and features exhibitions such as the DinoLabs, DinoDig, Innovation Studios, the Children’s Museum, Energy Blast, and the Cattle Raiser’s Museum.

The Sundance Kid

Sundance Square

This downtown district is literally Fort Worth’s entertainment hub. Sundance Square is abuzz with performers, events and concerts year round. As people walk along the plaza, they are met with a seemingly endless number of bars, restaurants and shops to choose from. For a more peaceful experience, visitors can enjoy the iconic Fort Worth Water Gardens with its beautiful pools and waterfalls. If you have the opportunity, see a live performance at the Bass Performance Hall.

Bass Performance Hall

Bass Performance Hall is a premier performing arts venue in North Texas. The lights of Broadway shine just as bright in Fort Worth as Bass Hall hosts Broadway at the Bass. Throughout the season, see such performances as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar and the critically acclaimed Hamilton.

Jubilee Theatre

Celebrating 40 years, The Jubilee Theatre is the original home of African-American theater in North Texas. The Jubilee gives voice to the African-American experience while inviting a diverse audience. Through music and plays, the Jubilee emanates the universal messages that transcend all cultures.

Coyote Drive-In Theatre & Canteen

Located on Panther Island, northwest of Sundance Square, catch a double feature under the stars. Burgers, wings and of course popcorn and candy are available at the Canteen’s covered concession area. The Canteen also serves a wide variety of craft, domestic and imported beers as well as red and white wines. Rain or shine, you won’t be stranded at the drive-in. 

Instagram Worthy

Murals

You don’t need to be a social media influencer to #love the murals that adorn Fort Worth’s building facades. Sprinkled throughout Fort Worth’s many unique neighborhoods, visiting each mural is like a colorful, vibrant scavenger hunt in search of the perfect photo op. 

Local Flavor

Anywhere you visit, when it comes to restaurants, eat where the locals eat. 

Reata Restaurant |  Downtown | Texas cuisine

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse | Downtown | Traditional steakhouse

Wicked Butcher | Downtown | Modern steakhouse

The Woodshed Smokehouse | TCU/Fort Worth Zoo | All things grilled, roasted and slow-cooked

Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant | Stockyards | Mexican cuisine

Ellerbe Fine Foods | Magnolia Village | Fine dining meets farm-to-table

Saint-Emilion Restaurant | Cultural District | Upscale French bistro

Heim Barbecue | Magnolia Village | Farm-to-Smoker Barbecue

Waters Restaurant | Sundance Square | Southwest and Louisiana Seafood

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro | Stockyards | Urban western cuisine

Maria’s Mexican Kitchen | TCU/FW Zoo | Family recipes meet modern culinary techniques

Noteworthy Neighborhoods

Clearfork – Edwards Ranch

Located along Fort Worth’s Chisholm Trail Parkway, this multi-phase, master-planned community will encompass 270 acres of residential, riverfront access, hotel, retail, dining, entertainment, office and green space and hike-and-bike trails. 

Magnolia Village

In 2018, Magnolia Avenue was named one of the “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association. It’s close proximity to historic neighborhoods and the medical district have made this a desirable, mixed-use neighborhood. Magnolia Village continues to transform as housing options expand, businesses open, and new construction projects are underway.  

South Main Village

It began with the restoration of the Markeen Apartments, but it didn’t stop there. Little by little, Sawyer Grocery, Miller Manufacturing and Supreme Golf buildings experienced their own transformation. Today, South Main Village is home to new residential units, offices, bars and music venues such as Shipping & Receiving. Ongoing construction signals the addition of new mixed-use and residential units as well as the adaptation of existing structures to maintain the charm of this eclectic neighborhood.

West 7th & Montgomery Plaza

West 7th may bridge together downtown and the Cultural District, but it has an identity all its own. West 7th is a five-block, pedestrian-friendly urban village which offers fashion retailers, dining and entertainment venues such as Movie Tavern, an in-theatre dining experience. Montgomery Plaza was once the home of the Montgomery Ward Company and has since been transformed into a new luxury residential community.

 

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness


No time in recent history has tested our resolve like the previous year’s events: a pandemic, an election year, and a devastating winter storm.

As we commemorate Independence Day, let us celebrate our enthusiasm in liberty and our individual and collective acts of bravery and heroism. We have overcome so much and continue to endure in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

Alexander Hamilton, “The Farmer Refuted” February 23, 1775

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS BY COUNTY

Tarrant County

Independence Day Fireworks & Parade | Arlington | July 3 & 5

The fireworks show is set to begin July 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the skies over Globe Life Field. On July 5, starting at 9 a.m., head downtown for Arlington’s oldest, longest running Independence Day parade. This year’s theme is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

July 3 | Fireworks | 9:30 p.m.

July 5 | Parade | 9 a.m.

Fort Worth’s Fourth | Fort Worth | July 4

The largest fireworks show in North Texas is at Fort Worth’s Fourth. Space out along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and enjoy an evening of food, live music and fireworks.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Mansfield Rocks Weekend | Mansfield | July 2 – 4

Mansfield Rocks promises all the excitement of past Rockin’ 4th events with family activities, live music, food, and fireworks. Free shuttles are provided from Mansfield ISD’s Newsom Stadium

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Southlake Stars and Stripes | Southlake | July 3

Join the festivities at Southlake Town Square. Activities include a kids corner, games, live entertainment, delicious eats, and fireworks.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Parker County

Boomin’ 4th | Hudson Oaks | July 4

Celebrate freedom at this highly choreographed fireworks show – one of the best low and high aerial displays in North Texas. Prophets & Outlaws headlining.

Time TBD

Spark in the Park | Weatherford | July 4

Headliners Blue Oyster Cult and opening act Texas Clearwater Revival at the Heritage Park Amphitheater! Fireworks set to launch at 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Collin County

Red, White & BOOM! | McKinney | July 3

Festivities include music, food, kids’ activities, a concert, and a fireworks display.

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

All American 4th & Fireworks | Plano | July 4

The in-person event begins at 6 p.m. at Red Tail Pavillon (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater). Fireworks will also be live streamed on The City of Plano’s YouTube page.

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dallas County

Kaboom Town! | Addison | July 3

The renowned freedom flyover and fireworks show is back! Tickets are required for entry into Addison Circle Park.

5 p.m. – Midnight

Fair Park Fourth | Dallas | July 4

The free event offers live performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, food trucks, concessions, and spectacular fireworks. Fair Park gates open at 6 a.m.

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Duncanville | July 3

Enjoy a parade in the morning and come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food, fun, and fireworks. Wristbands are required for entry into Armstrong Park and can be picked up at the Recreation Center.

Parade | 9 a.m.

Celebration | 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Irving | July 4

“Irving Brings Back the Spark”. Free parking and shuttles are available from the Toyota Music Factory to the Levy Event Plaza. Enjoy food vendors, a kids’ fun area, a beer garden, and performances by Alex Aguillar and Downtown Fever followed by fireworks.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Denton County

Fourth of July Jubilee & Parade | Denton | July 3 & 4

Gather at the Denton Civic Center for activities such as bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, a petting zoo, Liberty 5k Run & Walk, and more. The Yankee Doodle Parade begins downtown. No fireworks display in 2021 – stay tuned for 2022!

All Day

Independence Fest | Flower Mound | July 4

This free event, located at Bakersfield Park, will feature concessions, a kids zone, car show, a lot of exhibitors, and a great fireworks show. Live music performed by Le Freak and headliner Josh Abbott Band.

5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Freedom Festival | Lewisville | July 4

A community tradition for over 20 years, this FREE event features bounce houses, carnival games, food trucks, and music. A fantastic fireworks show is the highlight of the evening. Located at Castle Hills Village Shops and Lake Avalon.

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Grayson County

12th Annual Lights on the Lake | Sherman | July 2

Get ready to rock the night away with a FREE Rick Springfield concert at Pecan Grove Park West followed by an incredible fireworks show.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Denison | July 4

Blue Eyed Murder will be the featured entertainment. Children can enjoy the splash pad and playground.  Munson Stadium is limited-capacity but will stream on Facebook Live “Denison Live”.

7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Henderson County

Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow | Gun Barrel City | July 3

A spectacular air show that will amaze you with aerial acrobatics and an up-close and personal experience with fighter jets. The entire performance takes place over Cedar Creek Lake.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kaufman County

Independence Day Celebration | Forney | July 3

This free event, located at Forney Community Park, will include food trucks, bounce houses, games, and a magnificent fireworks show.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Navarro County

Freedom Festival | Corsicana | July 4

Come out to I.O.O.F Park for family-fun activities, food trucks, live music by The Pontiax, and fireworks!

6 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Palo Pinto County

PKCC Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show | Graford | July 3

Possum Kingdom Lake in Graford, Texas. Hosted by the Possum Kingdom’s Chamber of Commerce

Time TBD

Rockwall County

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks | Rockwall | July 3

The parade will begin at Utley Middle School and end at Dobbs Elementary School. In the evening, gather at Harry Myers Park East for live music and fireworks.

Parade | 11 a.m.

Celebration | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Somervell County

4th of July at the Lake | Glen Rose | July 4

Pack your coolers (no glass), chairs, and floats and grab a spot at the lake to watch the annual fireworks show presented by the Somervell County Water District. Wheeler Branch Park gates open at 7 p.m. Live music by Brady Hulsey.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

This North Texas Fourth of July roundup is brought to you by our Core Services partners – Prosperity Home Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, and Home Team Insurance.

At Williams Trew, we’re proud to offer a one-door approach to your real estate needs. With brokerage, mortgage, title, and insurance services under one roof, you’ll enjoy the easiest and most secure transaction available. When combined with the personal touch of one of our local expert agents, it simply is an unmatched experience. 

Get started today at williamstrew.com

Prosperity Home Mortgage: phmloans.com

Texas Premier Title: txprem.com

Home Team Insurance: hometeaminsurance.com

Springtime is the Ideal Time


pansies in front of stone home

 

After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.

 

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

 

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

 

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Williams Trew will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit williamstrew.com.

 

North Texas Holiday Lights


Round up the family (and some snacks) for a memorable drive-thru adventure to see the Holiday lights of North Texas.

Fort Worth

Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Address: 3545 Lone Star Circle

Fort Worth, Texas 76177

Dates: November 26 – January 3, 2021

Lights on Trail Creek

Address: 4941 Trail Creek Drive

Fort Worth, Texas 76244

Dates: November 26 – January 3, 2021

Addison

Vitruvian Lights at Vitruvian Park 

Address: 3875 Ponte Avenue

Addison, Texas 75001

Dates: November 27 – January 3, 2021

Arlington

Interlochen Lights

Address: 2001 Westwood Drive

Arlington, Texas 76012

Dates: December 11 – 20, 2020

Bedford

Daystar Christmas

Address: 3901 Highway 121

Bedford, Texas 76021

Dates: November 26 – January 3, 2021

Dallas

Dallas Zoo Lights

Address: 650 South RL Thornton Freeway

Dallas, Texas 75203

Dates: November 20 – January 3, 2021

Decatur

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular at Joe Wheeler Park

Address: 3101 Farm Road 51

Decatur, Texas 76234

Dates: November 11 – January 3, 2021

Denison

Loy Lake Park

Address: 111 R C Vaughan Road

Denison, Texas 75020

Dates: November 27 – December 31, 2020

Frisco

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular at Dr Pepper Ballpark

Address: 7300 Roughriders Trail

Frisco, Texas 75034

Dates: November 11 – January 3, 2021

Christmas in the Square

Address: 8843 Coleman Boulevard

Frisco, Texas 75034

Dates: November 27 – January 4, 2021

Glen Rose

Christmas Light Drive Thru at Oakdale Park

Address: 1019 North East Barnard Street

Glen Rose, Texas 76043

Dates: December 18 – December 29, 2020

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights at Lynn Creek Park

Address: 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway

Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

Dates: November 26 – December 31, 2020

Grapevine

Christmas on Main Street

Address: 636 South Main Street

Grapevine, Texas 76051

Dates: November 23 – January 10, 2021

Little Elm

Magic of Lights at Little Elm Park

Address: 701 West Eldorado Parkway

Little Elm, Texas 75068

Dates: November 20 – January 2, 2021

Plano

Deerfield Holiday Lights at Deerfield Neighborhood

Address: 4549 Old Pond Drive

Plano, Texas 75024

Dates: December 1 – December 31, 2020

The Colony

The Colony Christmas Spectacular

Address: 4900 Blair Oaks Drive

The Colony, Texas 75056

Dates: December 5 – January 4, 2021

Tyler

Santa Land

Address: 11518 I-20 West

Tyler, Texas 75706

Dates: November 13 – January 4, 2021

Waxahachie

Tour of Lights

Address: 301 South Rogers Street

Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Dates: December 4 – December 19, 2020

Weatherford

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular by Parker County Sheriff’s Posse

Address: 2251 Mineral Wells Hwy

Weatherford, Texas 76088

Dates: November 11 – January 3, 2021


This North Texas holiday light roundup is brought to you by our Core Services partners – Prosperity Home Mortgage, Texas Premier Title and Home Team Insurance.

At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud to offer a one-door approach to your real estate needs. With brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance services under one roof, you’ll enjoy the easiest and most secure transaction available. When combined with the personal touch of one of our local expert agents, it simply is an unmatched experience. Get started today at ebby.com.

‘Tis the Season to Sell Your Home


  Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season – especially this holiday season – may actually be an ideal time to offer your North Texas home for sale! Why?

  • The average home sales price in North Texas is up almost 15 percent over this time last year.
  • Interest rates are at historic lows, which means buyers have more buying power than ever before.
  • Inventory of homes for sale remains at historic lows while showing activity is still tracking higher than this same time last year.
  • Many people are still working from home, which means a lot of them may want more space, home offices, or just a change of scenery. Combined with lighter work schedules and less (anticipated) travel during the holidays, prospective buyers may use the extra time to search for a new home.
  • Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.
  • Typically there are even fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. Translation: less competition for you.
  • Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.
  • Many transferees are not able to wait until the spring market to buy. They are here now and need a home now.
  • By selling now, you’ll have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses will be for sale, which may mean lower prices. This could allow you to sell high and buy low.

Rapid Close Gets You Home Faster


 

At Williams Trew we’re proud to offer Rapid Close, a seamless signing experience that allows you to electronically sign most closing documents before closing. Rapid Close is offered through our affiliated mortgage company, Prosperity Home Mortgage.

 

With Rapid Close, borrowers can sign all eligible documents electronically prior to closing, leaving you with a limited amount of paperwork to sign at the closing table. Rapid Close saves time, allowing you more time to review documents and ask questions before closing – and gets you to the finish line faster!

 

5 Simple Steps to Rapid Close

Get the Invitation: You’ll receive an email to access your closing package prior to your scheduled closing date.

 

Review Documents: After a quick account setup, you’ll be able to review all of your loan documents prior to the closing date.

 

eSign Documents: On the day of closing, you can electronically sign all eligible documents in advance of your in-person meeting.

 

Documents are Sent: The e-signed documents are then shared with the mortgage consultant and all necessary parties.

 

In-Person Meeting: Sign the remainder of your documents and complete the closing in-person!

 

Contact a Prosperity Home Mortgage consultant today to learn more about Rapid Close!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record-Breaking Month Features $1 Billion in Sales


Beautiful home

 

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.

6 Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


 

With a shortage of available inventory, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth — it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is very strong.

To help you navigate the home-buying and selling waters, we polled Williams Trew agents and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

BUYER’S TIPS

Be qualified
Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time 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 Prosperity Home Mortgage, Williams Trew’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Prosperity Home 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 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 Williams Trew, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on williamstrew.com.

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 Williams Trew agent will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home inspection and closing process.

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

 

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.

Delightful Dog Treats to Make at Home


Photo of dog with milk bone on nose

 

Home is where the heart is, and for many of us, our hearts are also shared with our furry best friends.

 

Making dog treats at home is a great way to reward your dog and keep an eye on what he or she eats. Here are some quick and easy recipes that make safe snacks for your pooch.

 

Photo of dog treats being made in kitchen

 

DOG BISCUITS

*2½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
*1 teaspoon salt (or less)
*1 egg
*1 teaspoon beef or chicken bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
*½ cup hot water
*Optional: Bacon bits, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese

 

Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
• Dissolve bouillon in hot water, add the rest of ingredients
• Knead dough until it forms a ball
• Roll out dough until ½ inch thick
• Slice pieces with a bone-shaped cookie cutter and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet
• Bake for 30 minutes

 

 

PUMPKIN BALLS

*½ cup canned pumpkin
*4 tablespoons molasses
*4 tablespoons water
*2 tablespoons vegetable oil
*2 cups whole wheat flour
*¼ teaspoon baking soda
*¼ teaspoon baking powder
*1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

 

Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
• Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil and water in a bowl
• Add whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture, stir until dough softens
• Roll small scoops of dough into balls
• Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, flatten with a fork
• Bake for 25 minutes, until dough is firm

 

 

FROZEN YOGURT PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

*32 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt
*1 cup peanut butter (preferably unsalted and unsweetened)

Note: Check your peanut butter label to make certain it doesn’t contain xylitol, an ingredient which is toxic to dogs.

 

Directions:
• Melt peanut butter, combine with yogurt
• Pour mixture into ice cube trays
• Freeze mixture until firm (about a few hours)

 

 

FROZEN PB&J ICE CUBES

*About 12 strawberries, washed and rinsed
*3 tablespoons peanut butter (preferably unsalted and unsweetened)
*¼ cup cold water

Note: Check your peanut butter label to make certain it doesn’t contain xylitol, an ingredient which is toxic to dogs.

 

Directions:
• Mix ingredients together, scoop into balls
• Freeze mixture until firm (about a few hours)

 

Recipes courtesy of Cesar’s Way and Pawsh Magazine.