SUMMER PEST PREVENTION


Recent showers combined with warmer weather will create the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.

MOSQUITOES

Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.

GNATS

Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out.

As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.

BEES

To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.

SLUGS

Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice or find services in your area at zaarly.com.

TEXAS TOP DESTINATION FOR CORPORATE MOVES


When it comes to corporate moves, Texas was the top destination for people packing up and heading across the country in 2019.

Texas topped the list, which also includes California, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina as the states that were the most popular destinations for corporate transfers, according to Allied Van Lines.

“Texas, with its business-friendly climate, has ranked as the top move destination for Allied corporate customers for the past six years,” the moving company said in its most recent Magnet States Report. “The high influx of corporations moving to Texas makes it a highly desirable destination for top talent.”

A few other interesting findings:

* The most popular month for Allied corporate moves was June, and the most popular day of the week to move was Friday.

* Allied consumer customers still prefer to move in June; however, in 2019 the most popular day to move changed from Tuesday to Friday, allowing for a full weekend of unpacking and settling in.

* Allied consumer and corporate customers moved a total of 421,780,231 miles over the last six years, which is equal to over 16,937 trips around the world.

Considering a move to North Texas? The Ebby Halliday Companies are here to help. Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texas for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.

To learn more and to get started, contact a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent today.

People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate.

7 HOMES WITH SPECTACULAR CURB APPEAL


Everyone loves a great home with a lasting first impression. Lush landscaping, a fresh entrance, blooming flowers and gracious trees can ‘wow’ guests before they even enter your home.

We’ve gathered seven properties with fantastic curb appeal.

9423 Alva Court | Preston Hollow | $5,295,000
4001 W Lawther Drive | Lakewood | $4,750,000
11836 Preston Brook Place | North Dallas | $1,540,000
7523 Yamini Drive | North Dallas | $1,490,000
4441 Gloster Road | Preston Hollow | $1,445,000
4931 Stanford Avenue | Bluffview | $1,197,000
8516 San Leandro Drive | Forest Hills | $1,180,000

For more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

In Good Times and Bad, We Stand with You


Together, the North Texas region has faced one of modern history’s most serious challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies, like individuals, responded to the pandemic, as well as those who rely on their services, in different – often strikingly different – ways.

“As the Ebby Halliday Companies mark 75 years of serving the residential real estate needs of North Texas during 2020, we are grateful for your continued support and we are honored to have served many of our neighbors during this challenging time,” says Chris Kelly, president & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Ebby Halliday’s real estate brands include Dave Perry-Miller Real EstateEbby Halliday Realtors, and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity MortgageHome Team InsuranceTexas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

“Within days of COVID-19 arriving in North Texas, we witnessed every major iBuyer close their doors to our community,” Kelly says. iBuyers are major real estate investment firms that use automated-valuation models and other technology to make cash offers on homes. “At a time when people needed shelter more than ever, these iBuyers’ viewed you and your home as a financial risk they were unwilling to take.”

“We, and other longstanding brokerages who have served you through wars, recessions and other times of great stress, saw the real risk of this approach: abandoning you in the middle of a crisis,” Kelly says. “We may be competitors with these brokerages in real estate, but we are partners and we thank them for standing with us in our continued service to you, our neighbors across this great region.

“As the state of Texas continues its phased re-opening, and as iBuyers undoubtedly return to our market, we ask that when the need arises you consider selecting an Ebby Halliday Companies agent to represent your residential real estate needs,” Kelly says. “In good times and in bad times, we are here for you.”

When buying or selling a home, selecting the right broker – one who will stay by your side throughout the often-complicated process – is critical to your experience and success. In addition to 75 years of service to North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies are committed to the homeownership dreams of everyone who calls North Texas home.

“When you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies to represent your real estate needs, you’ll not only have access to the most respected and knowledgeable agents in North Texas – who are part of HomeServices of America and the Berkshire Hathaway family – but also our mortgage, insurance and title services,” says Kelly.

Too often in today’s world, consumers are asked to choose between a technology or a traditional company to fulfill their real estate needs. No more. From home showings to mortgages, insurance to closings, when you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies everything can be completed efficiently andif needed, virtually.

“Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you’ll have the easiest and most secure real estate experience,” Kelly says. “When combined with the personal touch of a local expert associated with North Texas’ leading residential real estate brokerage, it simply is an unmatched experience. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.”

For more information about the Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit daveperrymiller.com.

FLOWERS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR SPRING GARDEN


April showers bring May flowers. Whether you’re looking to give a garden a complete makeover or add a pop of color to your porch, we’ve gathered a list of beautiful flowers that will make a scene this spring.

Marigold

Marigold flowers bloom in rich orange and yellow colors. They’re known for tolerating the Texas heat and repelling insects from garden plants.

Zinnias 

When planted in the spring, Zinnias bloom big in the summer. The flower brings a burst of color to a garden and they also attract butterflies.

Cosmos

Another flower that sits well in the Texas heat, cosmos grow abundantly. They’re low-maintenance and come in a wide range of colors for a vibrant outdoor oasis.

Plumbago

Plumbago, also known as the sky flower, falls in the shrub category. The bright blue flower blooms in clusters and grows well with a lot of sun or light shade.

Celosia

Celosias are also called cockscomb because the flowers resemble a rooster head. The shape adds a dramatic effect to any garden.

For more ideas on how to improve your spring garden, visit our Pinterest board.

The Weekly Wrap-Up


In the market for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

6459 Orchid Lane | Preston Hollow | $2,790,000
4116 Courtshire Drive | Midway Hills | $1,995,000
3106 Drexel Drive | Highland Park | $1,799,000
5619 Vanderbilt Avenue | Greenland Hills | $850,000
621 Cordova Street | Hollywood Heights | $749,000
434 Allison Drive | Kessler Park | $649,900
2219 Lakeway Drive | Keller | $565,000
7706 Pastel Drive | North Dallas | $400,000

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

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.

7 Stunning Luxury Kitchens


In the mood for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack? Regardless of the time of day or what you’re craving to eat, every meal starts in the kitchen. There’s no better place to cook up a tasty meal than in a kitchen you love.

We’ve gathered 7 stunning kitchens with all the bells and whistles.

6839 Orchid Lane | Preston Hollow | $2,150,000
11836 Preston Brook Place | North Dallas | $1,540,000
1129 La Salle Lane Southlake | $1,399,000
4010 Buena Vista Street | Uptown | $1,100,000
7359 Blairview Drive | North Dallas | $925,000
5230 Vickery Boulevard | Vickery Place | $879,000

For more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Simple Healthy Snack Recipes


Snacks are known for having a bad reputation but they are equally as important to keeping our energy up, decreasing hunger levels, and preventing us from overeating during mealtime. In fact, the healthier options can even aid with weight management.

Here are five healthy and easy snack recipes to satisfy your cravings.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoon of coconut oil

Slice the bananas into thin pieces. Then put peanut butter on a banana slice and top it off with another banana slice. Place the slices in the freezer for one hour. Add coconut oil into a bowl with chocolate chips and microwave for one minute.  Once the chocolate is melted, dip each frozen bite halfway into the chocolate and place the chocolate covered banana bites in the freezer for 15 minutes. Take the banana bites out of the freezer and enjoy!

Baked Cinnamon Apples Chips

  • One apple
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt

Preheat oven to 250 F. Slice the apple into thin pieces and place slices on a baking sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon and salt on the sliced apple and then bake for 40 minutes or until slightly brown. Let it cool completely before serving.

Pecan Cranberry Bites

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • 1 pinch salt

Start by stirring the cranberries, almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl. Then mix in the oats, pecans and salt. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Form the mixtures into a ball. Now, you have the perfect pecan cranberry bites.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1 can or 15 ounces chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spread out the chickpeas on layers of paper towels and pat dry. Place the dried chickpeas, olive oil, minced garlic, Italian herb and Parmesan into a bowl and toss. Lay the chickpeas on a baking sheet and roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until it looks golden. Before serving, let the roasted chickpeas cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Slice off the ends of the sweet potato and then slice it in half. Then slice the one-half potato horizontally four times and vertically four times – do the same with the other half. Mix the sliced potatoes, olive oil, rosemary, salt and black pepper in a bowl. Place the fries on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and enjoy!

The Weekly Wrap-Up


In the market for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

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10045 Surrey Oaks | Preston Hollow | $3,750,000

 

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4163 Cochran Chapel | Bluffview | $2,950,000

 

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1 Lakeside Park | North Dallas | $2,595,000

 

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2555 N Pearl Street #1504 | Ritz Carlton | $1,075,000

 

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1541 Cedar Hill Avenue | Kessler Park | $540,000

 

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638 Turner Avenue | Kessler Park | $445,000

 

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11367 Lanewood Circle | Lochwood | $285,000

 

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.