The Weekly Wrap-Up


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

5656 North Central Expressway PH903 | Highland Hotel Residences | $2,685,000
4368 San Carlos Drive | University Park | $2,149,000
5530 Farquhar Lane | Devonshire | $1,750,000
11817 Brookhill Lane | North Dallas | $945,000
12107 Lochwood Boulevard | Lochwood | $620,000
3541 Dunminster Court | Oak Lawn | $599,000
10306 Garwood Drive | Lake Highlands | $579,500
5107 North Hall Street | Cedar Heights Springs | $549,000
7707 El Santo Lane | Far North Dallas | $425,000
10647 Mapleridge Drive | Lake Highlands | $389,900

To view more spectacular properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

D-Fw Market Likely To Emerge Healthy From Covid-19


Aerial view of a residential subdivision in the suburbs of Houston, Texas consisting of large luxury homes and manicured landscaping.

Texas’ largest markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, are among the U.S. metros least likely to experience a major housing shakeout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research reported here by Dallas Morning News real estate reporter Steve Brown.

 

The research, by analysts at Attom Data Solutions, found housing markets that will be most negatively affected by COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges are mostly in the Northeast and Florida.

 

Researchers looked at almost 500 home markets around the country and rated them based on foreclosures, homeowner equity, wages and other factors.

 

“It’s too early to tell how much effect the coronavirus fallout will have on different housing markets around the country,” said Attom Data’s Todd Teta. “But the impact is likely to be significant from region to region and county to county. What we’ve done is spotlight areas that appear to be more or less at risk based on several important factors.

 

“From that analysis, it looks like the Northeast is more at risk than other areas,” Teta said. “As we head into the spring homebuying season, the next few months will reveal how severe the impact will be.”

 

Attom Data estimates the major housing markets most at risk from the virus include four in New Jersey and the New York area, three in Connecticut and 10 from Florida. Only one was in California, and none were located in other West Coast states.

 

“Texas has 10 of the 50 least vulnerable counties from among the 483 included in the report, followed by Wisconsin with seven and Colorado with five,” according to Attom Data. “The 10 counties in Texas include three in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro (Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties).

 

Click here to read the full article by Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News.

 

How Housing Markets Fare with COVID-19

Major U.S. Counties Ranked from Worst to Best out of 483 Metros

Worst

8. Ocean, N.J.

9. Essex, N.J.

10. Prince George, Md.

11. Broward, Fla.

12. Bergen, N.J.

13. Cook, Ill.

14. New Haven, Conn.

15. Polk, Fla.

 

Best

479. Harris, Texas

477. Dallas, Texas

468. Denver, Co.

463. King, Wash.

457. Travis, Texas

449. Tarrant, Texas

441. Santa Clara, Calif.

439. Collin, Texas

 

Source: Attom Data Solutions