Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 11, 2017

Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School

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Kids will be returning to school soon – August 28, for most. And, with school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

Leave It Out

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

 

Lunch Load Up

Stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster preparation, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.

Pantry Restock

The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items is a good idea, too.

Refresh the Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to accommodate it.

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Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunchboxes, Tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

 

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now

After making landfall Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has settled over the Texas Gulf coast where it is dropping an unprecedented and catastrophic amount of rainfall. Tens of thousands of our fellow Texans have been impacted by the storm, whether by the initial landfall or the deluge of rain that has fallen in the days afterward.

Watching all of this may make you feel helpless, but there are ways to get involved and help the victims of this massive storm.

DONATE MONEY

American Red Cross To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at dallasfoundation.org

DONATE CLOTHING, SUPPLIES

For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center is open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. TrustedWorld.org

DONATE BLOOD

Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999. carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood

HELP PETS

SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift

PROVIDE SHELTER

Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at Airbnb.com/disaster

VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross redcross.org/volunteer

Salvation Army salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW:

Catholic Charities USA Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.

GlobalGiving Visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Save the Children savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.

Apple The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at ghcf.org.

These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 21, 2017

How to Make Art Work in Your Home

How to make art work in your home

When you’re faced with blank walls in your home, filling them with the right art can be a daunting task – especially if you’re attempting the feat alone.

We’ve consulted with interior designer Bryan Yates, co-owner of Yates Desygn in Oak Lawn, to guide you through the process of incorporating more art into your space.

 

Collect some Pinspiration

When you’re unsure of where to start, Yates recommends collecting images of what you like to jumpstart your search. Start a Pinterest or Houzz account, and pin anything that provokes positive emotions.

“Everyone knows what they don’t like, but not necessarily what they do like. Just pin everything you like, and you start seeing recurring details or elements of design,” Yates says.

 

Stir up Emotions

Once you know what you like, hone your tastes further by choosing pieces that incite strong reactions. In doing so, you’ll own pieces that you can love for a lifetime.

“It really needs to captivate you,” Yates says. “There’s no sense in purchasing art if it doesn’t. It needs to be intentional and something you really enjoy.”

 

Take a Field Trip

When it comes to art, scanning rows upon rows of images on your computer does you a disservice. Yates recommends discovering pieces you want in person, so you get a better feel of the texture, colors and scale.

In Dallas, there are many galleries, and even art fairs, to visit and explore.

“There’s stuff you’re going to see at different price points,” Yates says. “Dallas is so great in the art community. You’re buying from local artists, and it’s always great to support them.”

 

Edit Thoughtfully

Try not to buy too many pieces all at once – you’ll acquire your best pieces if you’re patient and choose pieces you really love. Once yours, make sure the art has space to breathe and be the focus of the room.

“You want pieces to stand out for themselves. If you bring too many art pieces, no one knows where to look. It gets overwhelming,” Yates says.

For gallery walls, Yates says to have a clear concept instead of creating a hodgepodge collection. He recommends visiting galleries to get inspiration from the experts.

 

Hang at the Right Height

Pieces should be centered at the eye level of an average height, Yates says. If you’re slightly shorter or above average height, just make sure the center of your art is between 55 to 66 inches high for the correct proportions.

“You want art to be a little lower or right at eye level, because you want to be able to see the center and move around the piece. When you have to look up at it, you’re not engaged,” Yates says.

 

Go Neutral

Of course, you can make your space any color you wish to choose. But if you want your art to stand out, try making the rest of the space more neutral or monochromatic.

“Monochromatic has a really bad connotation, but I like my interiors to be monochromatic,” Yates says. “If it’s paired right, you can design a room around one color. And neutral can be anything now. It doesn’t have to be boring. It’s about texture and layering.”

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 14, 2017

How to Make Your Home Smarter

How to Make Your Home Smart

We live in a digital age, and many new homes now include different forms of home automation. If you’re interested in automating certain aspects of your home, it’s easy to add these smart systems yourself. Simple devices you can find in stores come in the form of thermostats, light switches, vacuums, and speakers and will offer you a new level of comfortable living unlike anything you’ve experienced before.How to Make Your Home Smart

Amazon Echo Dot – $49.99
You’ve probably heard a lot of conversation about this Amazon device and its narrator, Alexa. The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the Echo, a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that allows you to play music, control volume and smart home devices, ask questions, set alarms, follow recipes, and more.

How to Make Your Home Smart

Belkin WeMo® Mini Smart Plug – $34.99
The WeMo Mini Smart Plug is perhaps one of the easiest ways to automate your home. All you need to do is plug the switch into an outlet, download the WeMo app, connect to your home Wi-Fi, and start controlling your devices from anywhere. This plug allows you to schedule your devices on a timer, sync lights with sunrise or sunset, and turn on or off randomly to ward off potential intruders. You can also use it to turn control small appliances like space heaters or coffee makers.

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iRobot Roomba® 960 – $699.99
The Roomba® 960 is an automatic vacuum on the cutting-edge of smart home technology. The device can navigate an entire level of your home, keeping track of its progress and recharging as needed until the job is done. The 960 allows you to use the iRobot HOME App to clean and schedule on the go.Ways to Make Your Home Smart

iRobot Braava 380t mopping robot – $299.99
Is mopping where your home cleaning falls short? The makers at iRobot have come up with a solution – the Braava mopping robot. This device has the ability to sweep up to 1,000 square feet or mop up to 350 square feet in a single cleaning cycle. For convenience, it’s even compatible with reusable cleaning cloths such as Swiffer® pads.

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Petzila Petzi Treat Cam – $169.95
You never have to wonder again what your pet does when you’re not home. With this device, you can see and speak to your pet, as well as launch a treat to keep your pet’s attention. Simply connect to the app to control the device remotely, and give your pet attention even when you’re not there.How to Make Your Home Smart

Nest – $249
The Nest smart thermostat is the ultimate smart home device that makes living more comfortable and saves money long-term. Not only does Nest learn the temperatures you like and programs itself to follow suit, but it will also automatically turn itself down to save energy when no one is home. And if you already own Amazon Alexa, you’re in luck. Nest can be voice-controlled with the Echo or Echo Dot.

How To Make Your Home SmartAmazon Dash (exclusive for Prime members) – $4.99
Amazon Dash buttons are perfect for those who are frequently on the go. If you notice you’re running low on a product, press the button to order a pre-set item to arrive in a few days. Dash buttons are available for a variety of products such as food, health, beauty, and pet items. This small button will save you an emergency trip to the store, and you’ll also get your $4.99 back when you place your first Dash order.

How To Make Your Home Smart

Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo® – $129.99
If you’re constantly on-the-go but prefer to eat home-cooked meals, a slow cooker can be a saving grace. Now, they’re becoming more and more high-tech and offer additional features making the process even easier. This slow cooker allows you to control the cook time and temperature from your smartphone. Arriving home later than expected? No problem. If your meal is done cooking, you can change the temperature to the warm setting until you get back.

 

 

 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 7, 2017

Special Ways to Make Your Guests Feel At Home

Morning in the bedroom,Breakfast.Here are some quick tips that will make your guests feel at home during their stay.

Cheat sheet

Create a home cheat sheet that provides your guests with the Wi-Fi code, instructions to turn on the television, garage code, and any other amenities they may need. Be sure to include your address, landline number, and emergency contact information.

 

Spare samples

Hotel toiletries and deluxe samples placed in a glass jar look elegant displayed in the guest bathroom. Your guests will like the availability of extra products, especially if they may have forgotten something.

 

Fresh flowers

Plants or well-crafted flower arrangements in the guest room add brightness and freshness that anyone will appreciate.

 

Cozy essentials

To create the ultimate retreat for your guests, place a basket in the corner with items that will make them comfortable. Think soft throw blankets, magazines, bottled water, snacks, and a reading light.

Freshen up

Make sure to leave extra towels and washcloths in the bathroom so guests can always use dry ones. An extra toothbrush is always a nice touch, too.

 

Sense of smell

Adding a candle or diffuser to the guest suite is always a good idea. Be careful, however – not all guests love the smell of warm vanilla. Eschew polarizing scents and use neutral fragrances, such as fresh linen. A small bottle of room or linen spray is a great addition to the room.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 1, 2017

Global Reach, Human Touch

By Steve Smith

Being part of the global economy goes far beyond technology; it requires the human touch. At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, we’re proud to belong to the global network whose name says it all — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Only the best of the best are part of this collection. Wherever you go, the LeadingRE logo is a symbol of the finest local real estate professionals.

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When you choose  Hewitt & Habgood Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate to represent your property, you’ll benefit from a global — not just local — real estate company working on your behalf. In addition to the very strong local marketing for which Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and its Associates are known for in North Texas, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World provides global marketing and resources, allowing us to provide the very best service to you.

The result? The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network produced more home sales volume last year than any national franchise, over $368 billion, representing over 1.1 million transactions.

At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, we understand the importance of global reach — and the human touch. If you’re considering listing your North Texas home for sale, you’ll find just the right agent — with just the right connections.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | July 24, 2017

Prepare Your Home Before You Travel

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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.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | July 11, 2017

7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers

Steven Smith – Architectural Digest

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.

Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but agents agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

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Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.

Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.

Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and peckish. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies.

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Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your agent after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.

Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.

To find out more about our team for all your residential real estate needs, visit hewitthabgood.com.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | June 5, 2017

Top 10 Tricks for Staging & Selling Your Home Fast!

By Susan C. Kims – Houzz Contributor, Ebby Halliday Blog

A real estate slump is a real drag, especially if you’re trying to sell your abode. So stage your pad to beat out the competition and draw in more prospective buyers. Most buyers have a hard time looking past pink walls and green shag carpet, so do the legwork for them and present their “new home” on a silver platter. If done smartly, the money spent staging will be made up tenfold in the house sale — and you keep all the hot accessories for yourself afterwards (or unload them on Craigslist). Here are some tips Houzz.com used when staging a San Francisco condo.

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  1. Clear it all out. Move every single thing out of your place. That goes for your beloved troll doll collection, leopard skin rug, and the couch your mom claims you were born on. As sentimental as these things might seem to you, buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in your space; seeing clothes in the closet, family photos, and random tchotchkes prevents them from doing so. Then place back in only necessary furniture, keeping in mind that you want the space to look big, clean, spacious, and uncluttered. This isn’t supposed to be a functional room. You can lose the TV, stereo, side tables, and ottomans if it creates more room.

 

  1. Freshen up the style. You may be a diehard Shabby Chic follower, but even Rachel Ashwell would agree that not everyone is. Aim for a style that most buyers would like, even if it’s not your cup of tea. Furnishings that seem homey and comforting — yet fresh and contemporary — give an aura that your home is updated and well cared for. Neutrals work best; just add colorful touches here and there.  Think  bright rugs to punch in some color and pattern to an otherwise boxy white room.

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  1. Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest one of all? Your room, that’s who. Use mirrors liberally to make your area look bigger, lighter, brighter, and encourage sunlight to bounce all over the walls.

 

  1. Don’t forget the details. Set the table. It’s easy to do and makes a big impact. Buyers walk in and instantly feel welcome, like as if they’re coming over for dinner. Light clean- or non-scented candles, place plush towels and fancy soap in the bathrooms, a breakfast tray on the bed, and a pretty book on the coffee table. If all goes as planned, they’ll want to stay over forever.

 

  1. Play with texture. Wallpaper, pillows, rugs, blankets, baskets, and other tactile accessories can play up texture in a room. It’s an easy way for anyone, even my colorblind husband, to add warmth to a blah room. Try grass cloth wallpaper on plain walls that need a little oomph, such as in this master bedroom, where buyers expect to see a little more luxury and style.

 

  1. Smart accessories. Clear the kitchen counter of appliances, spice racks, towels, and cooking utensils and leave only a few things: a couple of cookbooks and a shiny tea kettle. Random? Not at all. The gourmet cookbooks give the impression that this kitchen is built for serious cooking. It’s called “branding” — and it’s what advertisers bombard you with every day. You’re advertising your home, so buyers need not know that your cooking skills are actually a fire hazard to your own kitchen. The cookbooks here say culinary creations might have been whipped up here.

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  1. Small furniture, big space. It’s the trick of the trade: downsize your furnishings to upsize the room. Get rid of the king-size bed, two nightstands,  dressers, or bookcases; can you imagine what rooms looked like with all that stuff crammed in there?

 

  1. Create vignettes. Set up little scenes that help buyers visualize their potential life in this home. For a nursery, I wanted the buyer to walk in and say, “How lovely, I could totally see my future baby sitting in that chair nicely reading a book.”

 

  1. Don’t forget the outdoor areas. Those spaces add as much interest for the buyer as the interior rooms. Try adding inexpensive bamboo sheeting to the rail, an outdoor rug, small table and bistro chairs, and a few plants. Now the buyers will see a formerly blank space as an additional living area. Bonus.

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  1. White is nice. When in doubt, use white in the bathroom. It spells clean, and that’s what buyers want in a bathroom. Plus, it matches the toilet. (Note the absence of bath rugs, toothbrushes, and fuzzy toilet covers).

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | May 17, 2017

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Celebrates 10 Years with 140+ Open Houses

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Sunday, May 21st, marks the 10th anniversary of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The brand, which was absorbed into the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies a decade ago, has steadily risen in the ranks of area brokerages over a relatively short period of time. It had ascended to the number one spot for total sales volume in Dallas proper by the end of 2016 and has maintained this placement through Q1 of 2017 (according to MLS data for Areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 25).

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To celebrate the milestone — an impressive achievement given the company’s formidable competition and the prolific nature of the industry – agents will be holding open 140+ homes citywide today, as well as handing out token gifts to attendees as a “thank you” for supporting the brand.

“In its infancy, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate survived the 2008-2010 market downturn,” said Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert, “and continued not only to grow, but to thrive. This is a testament to the caliber and resolve of the many agents who have remained loyal through the years. They’ve worked hard to make sure clients understand the brand’s core values of service, excellence and unparalleled market knowledge. Once you get someone to experience this difference for themselves, they typically make the shift to seeing a DPM agent as their ‘agent for life.’”

To promote the open home tour — extending from Southlake to Rockwall, and Prosper to South Dallas — the firm has taken out five digital billboards and two full page ads in the Dallas Morning News and ramped up its email efforts and social media presence.

The Hewitt & Habgood group is proud to represent North Oak Cliff on Sunday by hosting five Open Houses from 2-4pm in different areas of North Oak Cliff including Stevens Park Estates, Wynnewood North, and Bishop Heights. Visit HewittHabgood.com for more information about these five Open Houses.

For a complete list of Dave Perry-Miller homes that will be held this Sunday visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.

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