Photo: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography

Historic districts are some of my favorite neighborhoods. When my husband and I first moved in together, it was a Craftsman bungalow in Junius Heights that set the scene for some of our first days and weeks as a married couple. That huge, open front porch was a great place from which to meet our neighbors, and we loved the cool little details that evoked the home’s own memories.
Sunlight filtered in through the wavy glass in the almost 100-year-old windows, and the hardwood floors were patched with an old yardstick from a neighborhood hardware store now long gone. It’s that built-in character that makes these homes treasures to be cherished.
When restored, of course, these prestigious homes become gems that glisten in the hearts of towns that are growing fast. While newer models are popping up like mushrooms overnight in nearby developments, these homes will stand the test of time. That’s what I love about Historic Downtown McKinney. While the Collin County suburb has fabulous schools and plenty of great new home developments to choose from, everyone gathers at the heart of this neo-Mayberry that calls itself “unique by nature.”
And this prairie home, a diamond that shines so bright, has been restored to wonderful results. Jump to see the perfectly staged interiors within this listing from Christine Hogan of Ebby Halliday Realtors.


Selling your home can be a complicated project. Here are 25 ways you can make the process easier.

Selling your home can be a complicated project. Here are 25 ways you can make the process easier.

Selling your home can be difficult, say the pros at Guardian Mortgage. Even with a great Realtor and a beautiful property, it can take a long time. And the more time that passes, the lower an offer may be.

Do you want to get your house sold quickly and get the price you’re asking for — or more? Then try these 25 tips from some of the best mortgage professionals in the business:


Courtesy of The Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association and Liz Simmons

Photos: Courtesy of The Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association and Liz Simmons

Selling your home during the holidays is easy!  The potential buyer base at this time of year is generally serious and ready to seal a deal quickly. It doesn’t have to be tricky to get your home on the market. Just keep it simple.

Jump for a list of tips!


Driving your realtor crazy

Houses are flying off the market right? There’s no inventory. You can sell a house just by putting a sign in the yard. Right? No. The flawless houses are flying off the market. There are plenty that are still just sitting there. Why? Mainly because Realtors are just too nice to say what’s wrong.

Well, we’re not so here’s the dirt!


What happens when you have a great home, but some of the finishes are just too personal to attract a buyer? You stage it! Sometimes though, when you see the final result, you may fall in love with your home all over again.

Karen “I need a reality show!” Eubank has had this happen several times. Case in point would be 7039 Southridge, which is crazy close to White Rock Lake and priced at just $450,000.

“This is a gorgeous home, great for entertaining,” said Eubank. “The owners have wonderful taste and so many great things to work with.”

Family room "before"

All it needed was a few small changes. Consider the family room, which was a dark navy blue color initially. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, per se, but it was just too dark to show off the homeowner’s belongings.

Family room "after"

“While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a navy blue room, in this instance the whole feel of the house was coastal and I wanted a potential buyer to be able to appreciate the paneling  and the view,” said Eubank. “The color I chose enhanced the room. The navy was such a great color but your eye really went to that color and not the whole room.”

Now, staging doesn’t always mean you have to spend a bunch of money buying a ton of furniture and accessories, and 7039 Southridge had plenty of cool finds for “shopping the home,” as Eubank put it.

Kitchen "before"

“Staging this house is a good example of simply removing a layer of accessories and storing a few pieces to reveal the bones of the house and open it up,” Eubank said.
“I did completely rework the formal living and family areas but the sellers had every single item I needed. I just plucked pieces out of different rooms and rearranged!”

Kitchen "after"

Sometimes, though, accessories may be really cool, but they need to take a hike! Staging should help potential buyers fall in love with a home, not a table, a chair, or in this case, curtains.

“I asked the sellers to remove some terrific  bold curtains from the formal living room,” Eubank said. “If someone comes in asking where you purchased your curtains, well that’s not what you want. You want them interested in your fireplaces, woodwork, arches, hardwoods, things that are staying put!”