Today’s the Day: North Texas Giving Tuesday


Our greatest asset in an unprecedented time is each other. With many nonprofits seeing an increase in demand for critical services and cancellations of in-person fundraising opportunities, all charitable organizations, including many North Texas nonprofits, are reeling from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In concert with the global #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, the Dallas Cowboys and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas have teamed up to support those who need help the most. North Texas Giving Tuesday Now is today, Tuesday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to midnight. You can browse the needs of more than 3,000 local nonprofits and support the organizations of your choice here.

Nonprofits of all types – from arts to education, social services, and zoos – are struggling in this unprecedented time. From food pantries to medical support and financial assistance, to displaced workers and educational programming challenges, there are people in our communities facing real needs, right now. The needs are diverse and they are many, and these organizations urgently need support.

To show your support today, click here.

Living Local: Supporting North Texas Small Businesses


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Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.

 

With Shelter-in-Place orders in effect in North Texas, we’re limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That’s left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love while abiding by CDC guidelines and Shelter-in-Place orders.

 

Below are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:

 

Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.

 

Spread Word of Mouth (digitally, of course)

If you’ve picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in our community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business’ success.

 

Don’t Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you’re a loyal customer who’s excited to see them later.

 

Purchase Gift Cards

If a business offers digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (and, maybe one for you while you’re at it). It’s a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.

 

#TakeOutTuesday

Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout. Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, many with curbside service.

 

And there you have it – five easy ways to show locally-owned North Texas businesses some love.

 

Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you’re not feeling well. We’re in this together.

 

For additional information regarding COVID-19 and food safety, please refer to the CDC and FDA.

Statewide Essential Services Notice To Our Clients


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The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents is always our top priority. Per the Executive Order issued by Governor Abbott on March 31, 2020 with an effective period of April 2nd through April 30, we are providing the below information with respect to our businesses and services. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services at this time?

 

* Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, real estate services have been deemed an essential service within the State of Texas.

* For the health and safety of our workforce, we have executed our remote-work plan.

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance also remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses as Financial Services.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

 

* Your listing will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

* Per the Executive Order, if you permit, showings may still take place with adherence to the CDC and local health officials’ hygienic and social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of masks by all agents and prospective buyers. However, this is a decision all sellers will make based on their

individual circumstances.

* We are advising against Open Houses at this time due to the difficulty in enforcing CDC social distancing at such events.

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

* Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?            

 

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

* Showings may be conducted, if allowed by the seller and if handled under the standards set by the CDC and local health officials for hygienic practices and social distancing, including the wearing of masks by all parties.

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

 

* The Executive Order allows us to continue to service your contract all the way through closing.

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

Thank You


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All of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to those who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – in North Texas and across the world. We are forever indebted to everyone who is working tirelessly during this unprecedented situation.

 

Thank you to health care workers, police officers, firefighters, grocery store workers, delivery drivers and countless other individuals who continue to work so bravely during this time. Your daily sacrifices allow us to have a well-functioning society and bring us hope for a brighter future.

 

Thank you to those in leadership positions, including the many individuals who are working day and night to do everything you can to help us through this time of crisis. As we are aware, the worst may be yet to come, so we are appreciative of your leadership in the days ahead.

 

Thank you to teachers, who almost overnight became online educators. And thank you to parents, many of whom are now are not only coordinating children’s education but also working from home for the first time.

 

Thank you to our neighbors, friends and family members – and our many valued clients who entrust us with your real estate needs. The worst of times has the potential to bring out the best in us – and across North Texas and around the world, we have witnessed neighbors helping neighbors, and those who have extra reaching out to those who do not have enough.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are rooted in North Texas and it has been our honor to serve this great region for 75 years. We have seen the good times and the bad times. We believe strongly that we will reach the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic a stronger and more compassionate region. Be safe, put your own and your family’s health as your first priority, and continue to help our neighbors and communities. We are in this together.

Covid-19 And North Texas Residential Real Estate


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North Texas is home. Through wars, recessions, natural disasters and other challenges, our great region has not only survived, it has thrived.

 

North Texas is being tested again, this time by a virus that many of us, only weeks ago, had never even heard of. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we are concerned first and foremost with the health and well-being of our clients, sales associates, and employees. Naturally, we are also concerned with the virus’ impact on our local economy; and specifically, the North Texas residential real estate market.

 

What will happen to the local real estate market in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? No one knows the exact answer to this question, but optimism runs through the veins of North Texans that is infectious in its own way.

 

This is why so many choose to call our region home – in fact, almost 400 new residents join us each day. After the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, even more people will seek our highly desirable lifestyle of an ideal location in the Central U.S., a moderate climate, world-class amenities, and affordable housing, thus sustaining and driving our local economy.

 

With the arrival of COVID-19 in the North Texas region and with Shelter-In-Place Orders now active in most surrounding counties, real estate services have been deemed an essential service and we take that responsibility seriously.

 

There is no question that this latest challenge to our region will leave its own indelible mark. Selling a home will take a bit more patience as we all navigate uncharted waters, but keeping your property on the market is vital as buyers turn more often than ever to online shopping. Virtual tours, photography, and videos will offer a competitive edge for sellers.

 

If you would like to discuss selling your home or purchasing a North Texas home, please contact a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent today.

 

As with each Ebby Halliday Companies real estate brand, our Core Services brands, which include Prosperity MortgageHome Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title, utilize the latest technologies. They are able to fully serve your mortgage, insurance and title needs online, over the phone and through mobile service.

 

As the Ebby Halliday Companies mark 75 years of conducting business in North Texas in 2020, we are reminded of the challenges this great company has seen and survived. In many of those moments, the future was unclear, but our company steadied its course, did what was necessary and came out stronger on the other side. It would be our honor to share our knowledge and experience with you.

Shelter-In-Place Notice To Our Valued Clients


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The safety and well-being of our clients, employees, and agents are always our top priority. Per the Shelter-In-Place Amended Order issued by Judge Jenkins that covers the period of March 23 through April 3 for Dallas County, our agents and employees will be required to work remotely. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

We plan to be fully operational through a remote work plan designed to ensure that our sales team and clients are supported. We will also continue to monitor and adhere to the guidelines set forth by our health agencies, real estate associations, and local authorities, including all applicable “Shelter-In-Place” orders.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services remotely?

 

* Yes, we have been preparing for this for the past several weeks and our company has executed its remote-work plan. All accounting, human resources, marketing, and other critical functions will continue. We ask for your patience as some processes may take a bit more time due to the logistics of working remotely.

 

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity MortgageTexas Premier TitleHSTX Title, and Home Team Insurance remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses within the Financial Sector and therefore may continue to operate as normal through the period the Order is in effect.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

* Your listings will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

 

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online Insurance review and coverage; and

– The enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

* During the term of the Shelter-In-Place Order, it is unlikely that your listing can be physically shown or have an open house. Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video. Recent information released by Google indicated home searching inquiries were at an all-time high, therefore it may be favorable to continue the online exposure of your listing until such time as physical showings are again permitted. If you determine it is in your best interest to temporarily withdraw your listing, your listing agent can work the details with you.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and through our websites, you can connect directly with an agent to learn more about a listing, a neighborhood or community. At a time when physically viewing properties may be limited, this is an excellent way to continue to monitor the market.

 

* Agents may also be able to cooperate with one another to obtain additional video information regarding a property if the property does not already have an existing video tour.

 

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your Insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

 

*  Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

 

*  Our title companies are working with the County Recorder offices to ensure that the recording of your transaction can still take place during the period of the Shelter-In-Place order.

 

*  We are working to clarify with the County if moving companies and other ancillary services connected to closing a real estate transaction are exempted from the Amended Order. As soon as we have additional information we will immediately notify your agent.

 

*  In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis or the Amended Order, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

What about the delivery of my earnest money or option fees?

* Your agent has instructions on the available alternatives for handling both the earnest money and option fee in an electronic manner.

 

What else do I need to be aware of?

*  Do not click on any suspicious links or messages purporting to help you in this crisis from sources that you do not know. Hackers are already attempting to exploit this crisis to take advantage of the public.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

Covid-19: Food Banks And How You Can Help


As COVID-19 continues to make an impact across North Texas, many families are left wondering where their next meal might come from. In the midst of unsettling times, we’ve gathered a list of places where you can volunteer, spread the word, and support the community.

 

  • North Texas Food Bank
    • In the wake of job losses from the coronavirus pandemic, NTFB is partnering with Shiftsmart, providing job opportunities to employees in the hospitality industry.
    • NTFB plans to create 60,000 family meal boxes a week and collaborate with the City of Dallas and local school districts.

 

  • Minnie’s Food Pantry
    • Minnie’s Food Pantry is seeing a 20% increase in clientele due to the effects of the coronavirus. On average, the nonprofit feeds 5,000 individuals a month.
    • To donate to Minnie’s Food Pantry, click here.

 

  • Dallas Independent School District
    • Dallas ISD announced it will be passing out three days worth of meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays at 50 campuses beginning Monday, March 23.
    • Other school districts may have limited pickup locations. Please see those district websites for specific details. 

 

  • Cedar Hill Food Pantry
    • Food distribution will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. t0 noon.
    • To volunteer or donate, click here.

 

 

The information above is accurate as of noon, March 20. Please check direct links for updates, as details and needs may change.

Celebrate The 43Rd Annual Lakewood Home Festival


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Attending a festival is a must for the fall season. Don’t worry about finding one, because Lakewood Early Childhood PTA is hosting this year’s 43rd annual Lakewood Home Festival, co-sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The community-wide festival commemorates the historical and architectural presence in the neighborhood. 

 

The houses featured at the festival this year are designed by noted architect Clifford Hutsell. Along with the classic homes of Lakewood, modern homes will be featured in the tour, as both styles continue to attract growing families to the community. In addition, attendees will have the chance to take a tour of the newly renovated Lakewood Elementary School.

 

The Lakewood Home Tour will kick off with with our sponsored auction party Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. The party generates a portion of the overall Home Festival funds through ticket sales, and through a silent auction, thanks to the help of local businesses and community partners.

 

“Keep Calm and Lakewood On” kick off auction party sponsored by DPMRE:

Friday, Nov. 8 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Omni Hotel at 555 South Lamar Street

 

Lakewood Home Tour:

Saturday Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Candlelight Tour:

Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Tickets are available online at lakewoodhomefestival.com, in person at Comerica Bank, Talulah & HESS, and Snowbaby, as well as each home during the tour hours. The school will only be open to the public on Nov. 9.

New Issue, New Name: Enclave Magazine Now Available


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We are pleased to announce the release of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s latest magazine issue, featuring its new title – Enclave.

The tenth edition of the luxury home publication represents a variety of North Texas’ exceptional luxury properties, and editorials that encompass many of the established neighborhoods featured.

Stories in Enclave include an in-depth interview with noted designer Allan Knight, a look behind the craft of Kristi Kennimer, and the up-and-coming local business boom in Lake Highlands.

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The 2019 fall/winter edition was recently mailed to approximately 50,000 households across North Texas.

Visit dpmmagazine.com to see the full digital version of Enclave.

Celebrate the 43rd Annual Lakewood Home Festival


7035 Lakewood

Attending a festival is a must for the fall season. Don’t worry about finding one, because Lakewood Early Childhood PTA is hosting this year’s 43rd annual Lakewood Home Festival, co-sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The community-wide festival commemorates the historical and architectural presence in the neighborhood. 

 

The houses featured at the festival this year are designed by noted architect Clifford Hutsell. Along with the classic homes of Lakewood, modern homes will be featured in the tour, as both styles continue to attract growing families to the community. In addition, attendees will have the chance to take a tour of the newly renovated Lakewood Elementary School.

 

The Lakewood Home Tour will kick off with with our sponsored auction party Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. The party generates a portion of the overall Home Festival funds through ticket sales, and through a silent auction, thanks to the help of local businesses and community partners.

 

“Keep Calm and Lakewood On” kick off auction party sponsored by DPMRE:

Friday, Nov. 8 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Omni Hotel at 555 South Lamar Street

 

Lakewood Home Tour:

Saturday Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Candlelight Tour:

Saturday, November 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Tickets are available online at lakewoodhomefestival.com, in person at Comerica Bank, Talulah & HESS, and Snowbaby, as well as each home during the tour hours. The school will only be open to the public on Nov. 9.