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Are you ready?

An article on Realtor.com really interested me today! We all know the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow, right?  If his prediction was correct and we do indeed have a warm February, this is recipe for a early spring housing market.  Buyers and sellers need to prepare for this! According to Realtor.com, past data indicates that if February temperatures are above average, then home sales could show a 60% growth compared to 2015. Are you ready?

Let me help you! Contact me today so I can walk you through the entire process of buying and/or selling a home. I am your “new reason to trust real estate.”

-Dawn Redmond

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Happy Days Are Here Again

“Do something nice for someone every day.”

“Get up, suit up, show up.”

Favorite quotes from Ms. Ebby Halliday that will forever be etched in my mind!

When I began my career as a real estate agent in 2006, I had no idea who Ebby Halliday was. I only remember seeing her maroon and white signs all around town. It wasn’t until I met another agent in one of my classes who told me about Ebby Halliday and her company that I decided I wanted to work there. I then met Ms. Ebby, signed my name on the dotted line and it has become one of the best decisions I have ever made!

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The first time I met Ms. Ebby, she was playing a ukulele while singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Who was this 95-year-old CEO who still came to work everyday suited up like she was ready for a listing appointment? Well, I soon learned that she was a lady with a golden heart and an unbelievable work ethic. As busy as she was, she maintained an opened door policy and any of her 1500 agents could stop in and visit with her at any time. She was the first person I knew who stood while working at her desk…even at 95. She drove herself to work daily; until she said people stopped riding with her…she was 98 or 99 at that time:)

When she was 100 years old, she was still very much involved in the decision making at the office. She even fired one of secretaries. After her 100th birthday party, I was helping out with reception at the corporate office. In walked Mr. Ross Perot to see Ms. Ebby. In his hand was a special sword encased in a beautiful frame. Mr. Perot personally stopped by the office to make sure it was hung correctly. I watched as he and Ebby finally found the right location in the foyer for the gift.

It wasn’t until her memorial service that I realized that she was a woman of God. I knew she attended church, many people do, but Ms. Ebby studied the word of God. The pastor of Highland Park Baptist church read the comments about God’s word she scribed in the books that sat by her bedside. She has a building named after her on the campus of Dallas Baptist University and at 101 years of age she made a 3-year monetary commitment to the university, which she fulfilled earlier this year.

In true Ebby fashion, Ms. Halliday planned her own memorial service for her agents, family and friends that was filled with plenty of commentary about her professional and personal achievement. At the conclusion of the service, a video played of her with her ukulele singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” How fitting this song was at this time. Ebby was happy to meet her maker and to see her friends and family again.

Rest in Peace Ms. Ebby.

-Dawn Redmond

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Collin County Inventory, Sales Prices Up in October

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The numbers show that listings and sales prices are increasing, while pending sales remain steady and days on market decrease based on comparing numbers from October numbers from 2012 and 2013.

What does this mean for sellers? List now. Buyers are looking for homes to buy and they will make decisions quickly. Buyers should see more choices, but can expect to pay more as our market stabilizes from this summer’s hot market.

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Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

Please join me on November 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Saxby’s Coffee in Murphy. We will be sharing recipe ideas so we can freshen up our Thanksgiving menu this year! Please bring samples of your recipe…enough to feed about 20 people. RSVP’s appreciated! Hope to see you there!