News from Ebby Halliday: Catherine Sims has been named Vice President of Core Services for the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Core services are real estate related companies and, well, services that touch and enhance the real estate transaction. They are necessary, but you usually have to shop around for them. Ebby’s affiliated core-service companies available to clients include Home Team Mortgage, The Lending Partners, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, announced Sims’ new position this week. And he 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, including now core services.

“To ensure this unique distinction remains at the forefront of our business strategy, we have created the role of Vice President of Core services,” Kelly said in a statement. “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, focusing on how our amazing mortgage, title and insurance teams deliver an exceptional experience.” 

Sims has been with Home Team Mortgage and The Lending Partners for more than 10 years. She has served as a loan originator and in sales-management positions. Now she will help coordinate a seamless real estate transaction for every Ebby client.

“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.”

As Chris Kelly explains it: when you buy a car, you don’t go to one place for the body, the next for tires, then another for interiors and a steering wheel. The real estate transaction is many more parts than just the contract. Ebby Halliday aims to make the entire experience as seamless a transaction as possible, with “one-stop shopping”, something that HomeServices has been doing in other markets for years. (more…)

Lori Lamb joined Ebby Halliday Realtors this month. She had previously worked for the Coldwell Banker Park Cities Office.

“The thing that drew me to Ebby was the enormous presence and high respect in and from Dallas and the surrounding communities,” she said.

Lamb, originally from New York, has lived in Dallas for 26 years.  Prior to landing in Texas she worked in the corporate world, with stops at American Honda and the Toyota Motor Company in Los Angeles.

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Modern, Industrial Coppell House Looks Like it Jumped Off the Pages of a Magazine | CandysDirt.com

Industrial contemporary meets organic in the architectural design of a truly original Coppell house we’re loving. It’s a custom three-story creation on almost an acre, like nothing else in North Texas, where attention to detail and creative style choices create something one-of-a-kind. 

From the moment you step onto the drawbridge walkway, crossing over the fishpond, you know you have arrived at 413 E. Bethel School Rd. Just on the other side of the 750-pound powder coated metal “speakeasy” door, the magic begins. 

“The homeowners built this as their dream house and they’ve been the only owners,” said Cathy O’Toole, one of the listing agents with the O’Toole Levan Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The most unique thing is it’s three stories and the whole bottom floor, not including the house structure, is a big storm shelter — you don’t usually get a basement in Coppell!”

This home has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, an office, and 6,148 square feet. It sits on 0.958 acres, so outdoor living is definitely part of the appeal. Let’s take a look!  

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Natalie Westbrook says that she can’t sit still for long. Whenever boredom creeps in, she has to create something. These days she is staying busy with her most ambitious creation, The Westbrook Real Estate Group, which started last September.

“It’s scary jumping out into the water, but if you don’t jump, you’ll never learn to swim,” Westbrook said.

So far, things seem to be progressing swimmingly. Westbrook currently has listings in University Park and Oak Lawn as well as a high-profile, $7 million home on 4606 Chapel Hill Road overlooking White Rock Lake. In fact, you can tour this incredible house on Wednesday, March 28, with both Westbrook and our own Candy Evans — RSVP here. And Westbrook’s also working on other projects near Frisco that she hopes to announce soon.

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Realtor Mike Bates is known as the ‘Turn-Around Guy.’ From restoring old homes and automobiles, to making an unsellable home into a top-dollar sale, nothing, it seems, is immune to his magic. He has built his career around selling difficult-to-sell listings. Just recently, Bates took a $3 million home that had been on the market for 255 days. He sold it in six weeks.

What’s his secret?

“It’s a combination of the basics,” he said. “Getting houses light, bright, open, smelling good. And priced well.” Not to mention, Bates pours his personal attention into each sale. “I do. I detail every house.”

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Behind house is 6-car garage, pool, spa, cabana and good country living

10500 Barbara Sue Court in Crowley, TX has a 4,300 ft. garage and workshop on the 1-acre property (photos:

“Car storage,” the buyer said.

“Excuse me?” I replied as I was trying to understand what’s important to them as they look at homes.

“I need a place to store my prized possessions — my cars,” he explained.

That’s when I realized that sometimes buyers have other items on their “Must Have” list than just the home.

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Nick Nordman

Nick Nordman

Realtor Nick Nordman, a top producer serving North Texas for over 15 years, has joined Ebby Halliday Realtors in the Plano/Willow Bend office. With approximately $25 million in annual sales, Nordman focuses his expertise on Allen, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Prosper, Southlake, Carrollton, Little Elm, Celina, and Cedar Creek Lake. Nordman’s drive for success and reputation for client service made him the number one producer in his former office.

“We are proud to welcome Nick Nordman, who is widely known for his integrity and dedication to providing clients with exceptional customer service,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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Dallas Open House Roundup | CandysDirt.com

The Winnetka Heights Prairie at 319 N. Willomet Ave. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column with five standout properties you’ve got to make time to see that weekend. This is the result of days of research into what’s available now, what’s hot, and which open houses shine.

This week, our houses range in price from $499K to $1.099 million. You’ll find a range of properties, including the lovely Winnetka Heights Prairie pictured above, a central Dallas condo with colorful personality, and a Lakeshore Hills contemporary taken to the studs for a huge renovation. Let’s take a look!

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