Don Tomlinson Named President of Texas Premier Title


Don Tomlinson has been named President of Ebby Halliday Companies’ Texas Premier Title. Tomlinson assumes the role from Martin Ripoll, who, after a 40+ year career in the title industry, has announced his retirement and desire to spend more time with his wife and family.

In 2011, Ripoll helped create Texas Premier Title to better serve the real estate industry across North Texas. Over the last decade, he and his team have closed over 30,000 real estate transactions and collaborated with thousands of real estate professionals to provide a stellar closing experience. Ripoll is known as both a true student of and a teacher in the title industry, and helped develop and launch the careers of countless professionals. His dedication to employees, real estate professionals and clients is renowned in the industry, as is his commitment to service and willingness to solve any issue or challenge. 

Tomlinson assumes the role of President on June 21. He and Ripoll have been working closely together during the transition period. 

Tomlinson comes to the Ebby Halliday Companies from HomeServices of America sister-company Long & Foster, where he has served as Regional Vice President of RGS Title since 2013.

“During my roles as Managing Attorney and Regional Vice President, I learned something new each day,” Tomlinson says. “This type of role has been my goal for many years, and I’ve spent my time at RGS honing the skills I would need for it through additional education, networking, reading, and listening.” 

“Martin has built something special that will last long into the future,” he continues. “It’s an incredible accomplishment. I have to respect the foundation he built while looking toward the future. My approach will be to take things step-by-step. Current team members are working hard every day, and I will support them while also finding new avenues of growth.” 

Tomlinson is coming from a similar, very active market in the Washington, D.C. area. He plans to use his understanding of the commonalities and adjust to the unique elements of the North Texas market, thinking about the rest of this year but also planning for five, 10 and 20 years from now.

Catherine Sims, Vice President Core Services, spoke of the transition, saying, “While Martin is responsible for elevating Texas Premier Title to the level it is today, we are confident Don is the right leader to continue the upward trajectory with his visionary thinking. We are looking forward to having his title savvy and expertise here in Texas.”

“I’m looking forward to a lot of things about Texas, but the people really stand out to me,” Tomlinson says. “I’ve only met a few on prior visits, but they have been incredibly welcoming. It will be a big move for my East Coast family. We’re really looking forward to becoming part of the community and getting to know the people and places that make Texas unique.”

Texas Premier Title is a full-service title company that takes pride in building strong, long-lasting relationships with clients. Strategically located branch offices located throughout the D-FW area provide clients the ability to close at a convenient location. Escrow officers and associates are dedicated to ensuring that every detail of the “contract-to-close” process is executed with excellence for an exceptional customer service experience. For more information, visit txprem.com.

Having celebrated 75 years of service to North Texans and those moving to the region in 2020, 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. In addition to three real estate brands: Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, the Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Kitchens for the Back-to-School Routine


Getting ready for the new school year looks different for many families this year. Regardless if classes are virtual or in-person, one thing that can be certain is making sure the kids take on every school day with a good meal. That means having the perfect kitchen space for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner.

Streamline your back-to-school routine with these 10 delectable kitchens.

4543 Arcady Avenue | Highland Park | $3,195,000
11595 E Ricks Circle | Preston Hollow | $2,995,000
3828 Alta Vista Lane | Northwest Dallas | $2,795,000
4209 Woodfin Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,349,000
4401 Windsor Ridge Drive | Irving | $1,990,000
5737 W Hanover Avenue | Devonshire | $1,299,000
4406 Merrell Road | Preston Hollow | $1,039,000
1520 Argonne Drive | Kessler Park | $965,000
6724 Bob O Link Drive | Lakewood | $949,000

731 Kessler Lake Drive | Kessler Park | $825,000

To view more spectacular properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Pick the Perfect Paint Color


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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. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want to be painted.

How to Prep your Home Before Traveling


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Whether you’re planning an exotic escape or taking a quick weekend trip somewhere fun, summer is a time to relax and enjoy a change of scenery.

It’s important to take the necessary measures to close up your home before leaving. The tips below will ensure you can stay worry-free while away.

 

  • Leave your keys with a neighbor you trust
    If you have a trustworthy neighbor, leave them a copy of your key as well as your contact information. While you’re away, they can check your home, collect mail and be available in case of emergency.

 

  • Lock up
    Take extra precautions by hiding your valuables or placing them in a safe. Be sure to lock each window, door and fence in your home. If you have a garage, park your car inside.

 

  • Be mindful of energy consumption
    Electronics can still expend energy when not in use. Unplug any devices such as appliances, computers, gaming consoles and televisions to prevent hazards and save on your energy bill. Turn off your air conditioning or leave it at a level to keep any pets comfortable, and put your water heater in “vacation mode.”

 

  • Plan ahead for pets
    Make arrangements for someone to feed and watch your pet. If you will be away for an extended period of time, you should consider having someone housesit and stay overnight to care for your animals.

 

  • Avoid unnecessary smells
    Leaving food that will expire soon in your refrigerator while you’re away will only become more of a hassle when you get back. Avoid smells and messy cleanup upon return by discarding almost-expired food before you leave. Be sure to remove all trash before you leave, as well.

 

  • Time your lights
    Invest in a few timers for lamps in your home. Program them to turn on lamps near windows to mimic the appearance of activity. This can help prevent intruders who may target homes that have been dark for a few days.

 

For more housekeeping tips, visit the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Blog.

Father’s Day Gift Finds Dad Will Love


With Father’s Day right around the corner, don’t miss out on providing something a little extra this year. To really light up dad’s eyes, we’ve chosen five gifts he will enjoy.

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Dunhill Hampstead Leather Travel Bag | $1,795

Whether on a business trip or a quick weekend getaway, this perfect duffel ensures the perfect experience. Let dad travel in style this year with an elegant leather bag from Alfred Dunhill.

 

 

 

BLOG_CHESS BOARDJonathan Adler Acrylic Chess Set | $795

Conquer a true classic with a bright and bold acrylic chess set. This set makes for a perfect permanent display in any man-cave, or ready to play on a cocktail table.

 

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Uncommon Goods Personalized Whiskey Barrel | $85-$200

For many, the perfect remedy after a long day at the office is a nice glass of whiskey on the rocks. With this miniature, personalized oak barrel that ages spirits to peak flavor, offer dad a personal spin to his favorite whiskey brand.

 

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Black-Handled BBQ Set with Storage Case | $129.95

It might be time to retire old, worn-out grilling accessories. This tool set includes a two-prong fork, spatula, tongs, a basting brush and, not to mention, a durable steel case. After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Let dad grill in style.

 

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Art of Shaving Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush | $120

Shaving can be tedious. Spice up the experience with a full-size kit of handcrafted accessories and quality ingredients that makes the entire shaving process an enjoyable and seamless one.

Catherine Sims Named VP of Core Services


Catherine Sims Named VP of Core Services

 

Catherine Sims has been named Vice President of Core Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies. Chris Kelly, president and CEO, recently made the announcement. Ebby’s affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

When making the announcement, Kelly emphasized the Ebby Halliday Companies’ distinct position in the North Texas marketplace as an organization that meets the needs of its sales associates and clients during the entirety of the real estate transaction.

 

“To ensure this unique distinction and ability remains at the forefront of our business strategy, we have created the role of vice president of core services,” Kelly said. “Catherine Sims possesses an intimate understanding of the strength and capabilities of our core services through her past leadership role within The Lending Partners, where she was frequently at the forefront of connecting and communicating with our sales associates and their clients how our amazing mortgage, title and insurance teams deliver an exceptional experience.”

 

Sims has been with Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners for over 10 years. She has served as a loan originator and in sales-management positions.

 

Said Sims, “Tom Parker, president of Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners, and Besty Sproat, vice president, have been pivotal in my career. I am grateful for the exceptional mentoring they have provided me over the years.

 

“My new role will be the ‘glue’ that pulls together each of our core services,” Sims said. “This model has been very successful within the HomeServices family of companies, of which we are a proud member.” The Ebby Halliday Companies became part of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, in 2018.

 

“In my mind, there’s no ‘you’ or ‘us,’ it’s just ‘we,’ ” said Sims. “Simply put, at the Ebby Halliday Companies, we are positioned to be grandly successful for both our agents and our clients. No other company in North Texas makes being a one-stop exceptional experience for its agents and home buyers and sellers a priority the way we do. Each and every day, we are helping clients realize a dream. The goal is to make the experience memorable and exciting for them.  In doing so, we all have hit a homerun.”

 

With locations across North Texas, the Ebby Halliday Companies is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Its real estate brands include Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew. Its affiliated core-service companies include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

Five Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram


 

Five Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram

 

More than 1 billion people use Instagram a month, and more than 95 million photos are posted per day. With so much content shared, it may feel overwhelming to know who to follow and what to pay attention to.

 

For interior design, the Instagram pool is filled with brilliance, showcasing creativity that’s simultaneously attainable and inspiring — all at your fingertips.

 

We’ve selected five interior designers that exemplify the best of Instagram’s offerings.

 


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Yates Desygn comprises Bryan Yates and his husband, Mike Yates, who moved their firm from Manhattan to Dallas in 2015. Backgrounds in performance art and landscape architecture influence careers that have carried them around the world. Their Instagram feed provides a plethora of inspiration, from what inspires them to their own projects around Dallas to their personal lives filled with love and laughter.

 


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Celebrity interior designer Emily Henderson expands her media presence through Instagram by showcasing her personal side. Family posts intermingle with photos of her finished projects, while her Instagram Stories feature behind-the-scenes footage of her life.

 


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Retro modern and contemporary, clean design juxtaposes effortlessly in Sarah Sherman Samuel’s work, attracting celebrities like actress Mandy Moore (her home is featured above). Follow Samuel’s Instagram if you want beautiful photos and witty, honest commentary.

 


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Emily Henderson’s former protege Orlando (pronounced Or-lahn-doh) Soria uses his Instagram as a lesson in finding humor in interior design. Watch hours of Soria’s unique wit through his Instagram Stories, which feature glimpses into his personal life, business and corporate partnerships.

 


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Blogger and interior design darling Caitlin Wilson brings more beauty to Instagram with posts spotlighting her textiles. Delicate florals and pretty pastels are showcased in everyday living, proving that beautiful can be functional.

 

Follow Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate on Instagram at @daveperrymillerrealestate to see more exquisite properties or visit daveperrymiller.com.

 

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Explore the Links of Lake Athens


 

Explore the Links of Lake Athens

 

Revel in a relaxing getaway that’s all your own at the Links of Lake Athens.

 

The exclusive, gated lakefront resort spans more than 52 acres of gently rolling terrain, featuring a plethora of outdoor recreation and a prized golf course — all in just over an hour’s drive away from Dallas.

 

The property — featured in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection — is available to purchase as a whole for $6,900,000 or separated into parcels listed between $1.5 million and $3.5 million. Links of Lake Athens is listed by the Ross Group of the Dave Perry-Miller Park Cities office.

 

Owners will have private access to over 2,500 feet of water frontage and acres of pastureland to roam on horseback. The Links of Lake Athens’ piece de resistance is its four-hole golf course, which plays as a championship 18-hol, Par 72.

 

Find details in the fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection, online at dpmmagazine.com.

 

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Five Magnificent Preston Hollow Homes


 

Home to Former President George W. Bush, Ross Perot, Dirk Nowitzki and a variety of names from politics to entertainment, Preston Hollow is synonymous for luxury and grandeur.

 

The area, nestled between Northwest Highway, Royal Lane, Hillcrest Avenue and Midway Road, was once an expanse of farmland before developer Ira DeLoache claimed it for the prestigious estates it is known for today.

 

Preston Hollow is also home to several of Dallas’ top private schools, including St. Mark’s School of Texas, an all-boys school ranked No. 6 in Niche.com’s 2019 Best Private High Schools in America.

 

With sprawling acres of lush foliage, it’s no wonder many of Dallas’ most affluent choose to reside in Preston Hollow.

 

We’ve chosen five homes that place luxury at the top of the priority list.

 

Five Magnificent Preston Hollow Homes4655 Meadowood Road | Old Preston Hollow | $5,995,000

 

Five Magnificent Preston Hollow Homes10115 Waller Drive | Old Preston Hollow | $3,495,000

 

Five Magnificent Preston Hollow Homes9119 Guernsey Lane | Preston Hollow | $3,090,000

 

Five Magnificent Preston Hollow Homes6630 Northport Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,295,000

 

Five Magnificent Preston Hollow Homes6215 Woodland Drive | Old Preston Hollow | $2,199,000

 

For more exquisite properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

 

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