Marriage Keeps Ebby Halliday Realtor Busy

What does it mean for a Realtor when two people, both of whom are in the process of remodeling their homes, suddenly fall in love?

It meant transactions involving three homes for Ebby Halliday sales associate Phyllis Zidell.

Neighborhood residents Debbie Levin and Steve Haas were remodeling homes in the “M” streets area when they fell in love and decided to get married. They agreed to sell their homes and search for another one in the same area. They share an appreciation of older homes that have a local historical flavor, Zidell says.

Zidell listed both houses and within three weeks sold Haas’ property. She is currently marketing the other house, located at 6638 Blue Valley Lane, and helping the couple find a new home together.

Neighborhood Residents Start Tax Consulting Business

Neighborhood residents Heather Goodstein and Jody Buchanan are starting a consulting business this month for homeowners who think they are being charged excess property taxes.

Avalon Tax Reduction, 8080 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, assess home appraisals to determine if a home has been overvalued or if a resident has been denied exemptions due him or her. The company also compares the value of a home with its neighbors to ensure that all property in an area is taxed equally and uniformly. If a home is overvalued, Avalon protests on behalf of the owner to the appraisal review board. There is no charge unless Avalon reduces a homeowners taxes. If so, the cost is 50-percent of the tax savings for the year.

Goodstein is a real estate broker who owns Avalon Real Estate Services Inc. Buchanan is one of her agents. Both live in Lakewood. Goodstein’s husband, Bob Nance, is a 1974 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and owns Lakeside Remodeling.

For information about Avalon Tax Reduction, call 891-8571 or 733-9524.

Real Estate Notes:

SOUTHWEST PROPERTIES RENOVATES DEEP ELLUM: Southwest Properties Trust recently kicked off renovations for a new block of shops in Deep Ellum, located at Good Latimer and Elm. The effort, 2500 Deep Ellum, is an eight-building, mixed-use project that will combine restoration of existing buildings with new development in the old Union Bankers complex. Among the buildings to be restored is the Knights of Pythias Temple, designed by the African-American architect William Sydney. When completed, there will be approximately 160,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space. RTKL Associates Inc. is the architectural firm for the project and United Commercial Realty is the leasing agent. The first phases of the center will be complete in the spring. At that time, some shops will open.

REAL ESTATE SEMINARS AT LIBRARY: Touchstone Residential presents two seminars this month at the Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth. “How to Sell Your Home” is the topic on Jan. 16, and “How to Buy a Home” is the topic on Jan. 30. Both presentations are at 6:30 p.m. Call 670-1376 for information.