Happy Halloween – These Are Not Your Average Pumpkins

It’s the time of year when pumpkin-filled porches are seen in every neighborhood anticipating the welcome of trick-or-treaters. Adorn your stoop with something different this Halloween and draw inspiration from these unique pumpkin decorating ideas.

Want more ideas than those featured below?  Just contact us and let’s chat – there’s so much to offer in our great D.FW.  214.769.2142

Unicorn Dreams

Using a few basic craft supplies (think acrylic paint, clay, a hot glue gun), customize any pumpkin into the dreamy-eyed face of a sweet mystical creature or your favorite  pet.

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Glitz & Glam

With a little glue or paint and a lot of glitter, have fun mixing designs and colors for pumpkins that sparkle.

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Autumnal Bouquet

The easiest pumpkin you’ll ever carve requires slicing off the top, clearing the insides, inserting flowers and you have a pretty pumpkin bouquet — it even makes for the perfect centerpiece well into November.

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Chalk It Up

With a coat or two of chalk paint, you can swap out Halloween messages and spooky silhouettes for days.

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Spray It Gold

A can of spray paint and a cardboard box are all you need to make simple, chic pumpkins in any color scheme — but isn’t everything prettier in gold?

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Melted Magic

Just as it sounds, melt wax (or crayons) in your favorite color combinations for a unique work of art. A bit trickier than the rest, but worth the extra effort.

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Constellation Creation

Get creative with paint designs by doodling your favorite constellations and add a ribbon or two for good measure.

Black and rose cold colored pumpkins

Gorgeous Gourds

Mix and match your favorite glitter and metallic paints for stylish, hand-crafted cuteness.

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Things TO DO in the D.FW this Memorial Day Weekend AND Did you hear the News…The Future is Bright for the Ebby Halliday Companies

Things To Do In Dallas This Memorial Day Weekend…

Or just call us – we can tell you all about the Great things happening around town: 214.769.2142

Justin Timberlake, fireworks, and hotel pool parties.

Thursday, May 24

Ijeoma Oluo‘s straightforward, elegant guidance on race provides memorizable answers to Frequently Asked Questions Most Often Posed By White People. She’s at Wild Detectives tonight as part of the Women Galore series. (When the only white, male-identifying person under 40 in sight is the lead programmer’s boyfriend— the scene at Wild Detectives Tuesday when the house was mostly full— it means more of those dudes should come out and bring their friends.) Here’s some of Oluo’s work for The Guardian, under titles like How Should White People Talk About Kanye West?

Re-up from TTD This Week: The Alexa Dialogues is the latest show picked for a short run by AT&T’s Elevator Project, a joint partnership between the venue and the city of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs. It’s been anticipated by many who’ve been tracking the mysterious experiments of Therefore, a performance art group based in Dallas that focuses technology, multimedia, and a kind of post-dystopia. The show opens tonight opens at the Winspear’s Hamon Hall and runs through Saturday. We have a full preview here.

Friday, May 25

Francine Thirteen is performing the mysterious album release ritual ceremony she hinted at before her Fortress Festival appearance, at Arthur Peña’s One Night Only secret project space. Only 30 people can fit. So, this is mostly to remind you that her album is coming out, and also that collaborator Jake Schrock— who’s part of this performance— just dropped the first single for his release forthcoming on Holodeck records. For more information, email onenightonlydallas@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 26

Our Stories: Building Trust Through Community, “a moving and inspiring experience of the power of storytelling and its ability to bring diverse people together,” begins at Wesley Rankin Community Center thanks to Cara Mia Theatre. An element of surprise is key, here, so the idea is to show up, especially if you’ve never been to Wesley Rankin or vicinity.

Sunday, May 27

During the rollout for Man of the WoodsJustin Timberlake’s fifth solo album and first in five years— catalogue-rustic imagery of him walking dramatically through cornfields and so on gave the Memphis-born singer license to describe the songs he was about to release as “modern Americana with 808s.” His hallmarks will remain, though, in the first of two shows at American Airlines Center: a twangy-yet-classic pop croon and countrified, sweaty beats that have defined him as a solo artist.

Today weekly pool parties launch at two of Dallas’ most stylish (and relatively affordable) hotels, in time for Memorial Day weekend: The Statler and The Stoneleigh. Cabana reservations are available at both. All you need to know is here.

Monday, May 28

To continue the above: we’ve been talking a lot about Plano lately. Before it got a new music venue, Plano had a giant swimming pool shaped like Texas. It’s called The Texas Pool and it’s open today until Labor Day.

A service remembering fallen servicepeople begins midmorning at Dallas Fort-Worth National Cemetery.

At nightfall, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra helms a concert and fireworks display at Flag Pole Hill.

 

Did you hear the News…The Future is Bright for the Ebby Halliday Companies

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Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. announced today at a companywide meeting that it intends to be acquired by HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. The acquisition will include Ebby’s three real estate brands: Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as the firm’s affiliated mortgage and title companies. The Ebby Halliday portfolio of companies brands will continue to operate under their current brand names. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Serving the residential real estate needs of North Texas since 1945, Ebby Halliday is one of the most-respected real estate companies in the country. The firm, which participated in more than 18,800 transactions in 2017, with a sales volume of more than $8 billion, ranks 12th in the nation in sales volume. Through membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, and numerous other national and international real estate industry networks, the Ebby Halliday Companies and its sales associates are ideally positioned to represent buyers and sellers across North Texas.

The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as affiliated companies Home Team Mortgage and Texas Premier Title. For more information, visit ebby.com.

HomeServices of America is the country’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and, through its operating companies, is one of the largest providers of integrated real estate services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Real Living Real Estate and Prudential Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC, is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America, which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. Information about HomeServices is available at homeservices.com.

#TogetherWeWill

 

Curious About Your Home’s Value? We’re getting asked this questions alot lately!

Did you just receive your Property Tax Bill?  Homeowners are often surprised when they receive their annual statement from the local tax appraiser’s office. Often the assessed value of their home is very different than what they believe the property is worth.

Read on….

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Now’s a great time to take a look at the difference between two common real estate terms: “Assessed Value” and “Market Value.”

The Assessed Value is the dollar value assigned to a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of measuring applicable taxes. The number is very often a point of contention with homeowners, who may believe it to be too high or too low. The Assessed Value does not offer a shortcut to a home’s Market Value.

The Market Value is the highest estimated price a property will bring in a reasonable amount of time if exposed for sale on the open market. Market Value is influenced by such factors as homes that recently sold in the area, the location of the property, the home’s amenities, and the condition of the property. Of course, Market Value is also influenced by the current economy.

Knowing the difference between Assessed Value and Market Value is great. But even better is knowing what your property is worth in today’s fast-paced North Texas housing market.

To get started,  click here to find out What Your Home Is Worth , better yet – Contact us at 214.769.2142 to discuss in more detail.

Heads up, the property tax protest deadline is earlier this year than in previous years. Those wishing to protest, must do so by May 15, 2018, or 30 days after a tax notice is delivered, whichever is later.

Posted: 18 Apr 2018 08:06 AM PD
By Niki Fanara

Attention – U.S. MILITARY ON THE MOVE

We Value your Service and we’d like to offer you a Special Benefit to Thank You! 

For more information, contact your Certified Military Specialist: Diego Lopez at 214.769.3099.

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It’s ALL About the Schools…Highlighting GARLAND ISD!

Want to know more about GISD?  Read on or call me….let’s chat – 214.769.2142

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Exceptional Education
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Diverse Community
Shared Vision

About GISD: Educating 57,000 students across 71 campuses, Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County, fourth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 13th-largest in Texas, and is among the 70-largest in America. The district spans the cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, yet maintains a small town, family feel. With a rich tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses.

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Link to District Map: http://www.garlandisd.net/about/gisdmap

Choice of School: In most districts attendance zones determine where students will attend school. GISD employs a “Choice of School” program, allowing parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.

AVID: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and success in a global society. We use AVID to bring out the best in students and close the achievement gap. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org. In middle and high schools, AVID is offered as an elective class, although students will experience AVID strategies in other classrooms. In elementary schools, AVID is not offered as an elective. Students in an AVID elementary school will automatically use different AVID strategies to help them learn and prepare for college and career. AVID elementary schools use AVID strategies in a way that affects the entire school.

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School Meals: Choose 3-5 options for a full lunch meal: an entrée, one selections of fruit, two selections of fruit in high school, two selections of vegetables, a grain/bread which may be part of the entrée or separate, milk. Choose 3-4 options for a full breakfast meal: two entrées which is a combination of grain/breads and meat, two selections of a fruit or juice, milk.

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Parent Workshops: GISD offers workshops throughout the year with effective parenting strategies, ideas on how to get more involved and information to help your child be successful in school and in life. Past workshops have included topics such as:
• bullying
• guide to STAAR
• parent involvement
• motiving children
• cybersafety
• teen dating violence
• substance abuse
• anger management

Safety and Security: We ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Security cameras, controlled building access and a visitor registry system help ensure our students have a safe place to learn. Police officers are assigned to our schools to provide security, counseling and education. Emergency training and response plans are in place to make sure that students and staff know what to do in a crisis and that situations are communicated properly to the community in a timely manner.

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For more information about GISD or anything related to Real Estate, feel free to contact me!

Have Weekend Plans? Here are some THINGS TO DO & CHEW here in Dallas!

For More Ideas on what is happening around our Great Dallas Metro – just call and let’s chat!  214.769.2142

Parabola Imperial Stout Keg Tapping
Kick off your T.G.I.F. with a sip of some rare Russian stout. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is tapping into a Parabola Imperial Stout keg, one of only eight in Texas. To learn more about the event and the 14.5-percent ABV stout, check out the Facebook Page.

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Fish-N-Chips Pop Up
Get a glimpse of what life would have been like had the Revolutionary War swung the other way. Noble Rey Brewing Company is teaming up with The Proper Baking Co. for the ultimate British pop up. Fill up on fish and chips, pea fritters, beer-battered bangers and more from noon to 5 p.m.

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Oak Highlands Brewery Beer Brunch
Sundown at Granada and Oak Highlands Brewery are throwing a beer brunch from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase a ticket for the three-course brunch and seasonal beer pairing and learn how everything goes together. Tickets are $35. Buy them here.

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Bulleit Bourbon Cocktail Pop Up
Spend your Sunday at The Rustic for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey’s bourbon pop up from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a drink, live music and stick around for a family-style Sunday supper. Learn more here.

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National IPA Day Celebration
On Rotation is commemorating National IPA Day with a week of celebrations beginning this Sunday. Come down to their taproom at 6 p.m. for your fair share of IPA taps.

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(Information taken from D Magazine.)

LOOK where the Dallas Metro ranks! – Top 5 Cities to Invest in Housing 2017

Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina-based company that tracks more than 300 housing markets to gather data for these results. Jobs and home prices are growing in these markets. Each city listed still is predicted to grow 17% by 2020.

Call our team to find out more about our great D.FW – 214.769.2142

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Dallas takes spot #1 after being #6 in 2016.

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Jacksonville is the first of 3 Florida cities on full list of 20.

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Local Market Monitor CEO Ingo Winzer says “With a falling economy it doesn’t matter if things are good right now, they are not going to be good in a few years.”

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Prices in Seattle rose 12% last year the most of any list city.

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Despite the major rise in prices, homes here are not yet over valued.

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Dallas is still SIZZLING and if you want to buy or sell a home, call us for help!

-Cynthia & Diego Lopez @ 214.769.2142