North Dallas


North Dallas is an area of many distinct neighborhoods in multitudes of styles from bungalows to estates to acreage.  Most of North Dallas is in Dallas county with a smaller portion in Collin and Denton counties.  They are plenty of places to shop in North Dallas.  The Galleria and Northpark malls offer boutiques and chain department stores.  The Galleria offers an ice skating rink in the center of the shopping center.  One of the largest airports in the world Dallas / Fort Worth International airport is close and Addison has a small airport.  Lovefield is also in the north Dallas area.  North Dallas  is also home to numerous acclaimed schools comprising 384 acres.  The North Dallas area covers everything between 75/Central Highway to Northwest Highway to Midway Rd and 635/LBJ freeway.  Zip codes for the North Dallas area are 75244, 75230, 75299, 75230, 75220, 75225.  Click here to see more information about North Dallas.  To view Homes for Sale in North Dallas, click here.

We are ready to assist you in finding a home in the North Dallas area. The Schwanbecks Will Exceed your Expectations.

| Bruce & Debbie Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, and 469.283.8656. |

East Dallas


East Dallas is where my husband Bruce grew up.  As a newly married couple we bought our first home in Little Forest Hills.  We have many fond memories of spending weekends cruising around White Rock Lake, dinners at El Fenix, breakfasts at Barbec’s, and fantastic chinese food at Hong Kong.

When they were kids, Bruce and his buddies used to run up and down the railroad tracks, play in the creeks and ride bicycles all over White Rock Lake.  He graduated from Bryan Adams High School in East Dallas.

The Arboretum and White Rock Lake are right next door to each other and are the best places to go to enjoy the great outdoors during summer and winter. Many events and concerts are held there throughout the year.


The East Dallas area is eclectic, diverse, and a beautiful community bounded by Central Expressway to the west, Mockingbird Lane to the north, Loop 12 (Northwest Highway) to the east, and Fair Park to the south.  The two most popular areas of East Dallas would be the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake – and they are right next door to each other.  Fodor’s Travel explains the gardens the best – “Spend an hour or two here to escape the noise and traffic of the city, walk nature trails, admire sculpture, and recline in soft, manicured grass.”    There are many events held at the Arboretum from weddings, to a pumpkin patch, a Tulip festival, Christmas events and more.

There are many different styles of homes within East Dallas.  There are streets that curve through neighborhoods surrounded by mature trees.  Area subdivisions could have cottages, ranch style homes, contemporary, English style, tudors, and mid-century modern.  There is even a subdivision called Little Forest Hills who has all of those styles and more.

Zip codes for East Dallas are 75159, 75204, 75206, 75210, 75214, 75215, 75218, 75223, 75227, 75228, 75231 and 75246.

For more information about East Dallas click here.  To view Homes for Sale in the East Dallas area click here.

| Debbie & Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors with Ebby Halliday Realtors, 469.283.8656 and |

Home-staging tips for a show-worthy home | Advice for Consumers | Texas Association of REALTORS


This is a good article about staging your home to SELL IT.  I can not stress enough how important it is to put NEW LIGHTBULBS in all your lights.    Check out the article for more fantastic tips.

Source: Home-staging tips for a show-worthy home | Advice for Consumers | Texas Association of REALTORS

The Schwanbecks will EXCEED expectations!

| Bruce & Debbie Schwanbeck, REALTORS at Ebby Halliday Realtors 469.283.8656 and |

What Side of the Lake is Best at Cedar Creek Lake?


We have lived on a lake at Cedar Creek Lake for a very long time.  Even before becoming realtors, one question we hear a lot is:

What side of the Lake is best to live on at Cedar Creek Lake?

Our response is that there is no bad side of the lake.  We follow up with several questions:

What do you want to accomplish at the lake?  What do you want your commute time to be? What kind boat do you have or plan on purchasing?   What kind of home and subdivision are you thinking about?

Cedar Creek Lake has over 350 subdivisions and can accommodate just about any type of home from a rustic cabin, fishing cabin, traditional home, Lodge-type, log cabin, walls of glass type home, modern and more.

For more information about our subdivisions, and what you can find on the different sides of the lake, check out our website page called Cedar Creek Lake Subdivisions.

| Debbie Schwanbeck Realtor at Ebby Halliday Realtors, 469.283.8656 |


Lake Richland Chambers


Richland Chambers Lake is 43,384  acres,  330 miles of shoreline, and the maximum depth is 75  feet.  Lake is located southeast of Corsicana.  It is owned and operated by Tarrant Regional Water District.  The lake is in Freestone & Navarro counties.  This is the third largest lake in Texas and the youngest lake.  There are over 60 subdivisions around the Lake and you can have a waterfront property with a boathouse/pier.  Water skiing, boating, fishing, sailing, bird watching and jet skiing are allowed on the lake.    Species of fish found are catfish, crappie, white bass, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass and sunfish. Click here for more information and Homes for Sale at Lake Richland Chambers.


When do You take down Christmas Decorations?


I love decorating my home for the holidays.  My tree is filled with ornaments that my children have made while growing up, ornaments they have picked out through the years, and things I have picked up.  The only kind of themed tree it would be called is FAMILY.  I love putting up all the Santas, and lights (which we didn’t do this year).  What I don’t enjoy doing is wrapping, but it somehow gets done.  I have one room that really becomes a mess with paper, bows, boxes, and all the gifts awaiting wrapping.  On the weekend of Thanksgiving I will make our home festive, and get everything out and decorate the tree.

I equally love taking everything down an reclaiming our home.  I usually get everything down a couple of days after christmas.  It is all definitely down and put away in the attic before New Years.

In our household, for Christmas morning, there are two breakfast Must-Haves.  One is my Mothers Breakfast Casserole (egg dish) which I make the night before and let is set in the fridge.  Then there is the sweet and gooey Monkey Bread.  This year for Christmas Day dinner, we did a Mexican Fiesta buffet with homemade Enchiladas, tamales, rice, cheese dip and all the fixings.

When do you put the decorations out and when do you take them down?  What holiday traditions does your family have?

| Debbie Schwanbeck Realtor at Ebby Halliday Realtors, 469.283.8656 |

Mortgage rates are rising – We better get started NOW!


From our friends at Texas Premier Lending:

 Mortgage rates have now risen eight weeks in a row! This is only the fourth time that the 30-year fixed has risen eight weeks in a row since 1985. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage is at its highest level since September 2014. This sustained rise in mortgage rates took housing economists by surprise. A couple of months ago, many of them were predicting that the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage would be around 4.25% at the end of 2017. That happened about a year ahead of schedule. This means that home buyers on the fence need to move sooner than later to take advantage of the lower rates before they rise even further! Today, we are looking at 4.125-4.25% on a 30 yr. fixed conventional for top tier credit scenarios.   | Debbie & Bruce Schwanbeck 469.283.8656


A Puppy for Christmas


We are a dog family.  I don’t remember a time where we haven’t owned a dog.  We gravitate towards big dogs.  Dogs give unconditional love.  Throughout their lives, our boys grew up with Toby, Jake, Duke and Rocky.

Toby was our cocker spaniel. We got him when our first son was just learning to crawl.  He used to love crawling after Toby.


Jake, our black lab joined our family next.  Jake thought he was a boy just like our 3 boys.  He ran with the boys while they were on bikes and roller blades.  He jumped on the trampoline with them.  We live on a lake and couldn’t leave him at home when we went on the boat, because he would swim after us.  He climbed up the trees with the boys.  He slept with our sons.  Jake was our fourth child.  Jake protected our boys with his life.

Duke, our golden retriever, was a christmas surprise to our boys after the loss of Jake.  It was the best surprise we could have given the boys.


Our youngest son used to dress him up in hilarious outfits.  They had alot of fun together.  When I opened a business in town, Duke used to come to the shop with me and expect everyone that came in to pet him.

Then Rocky (another black lab) joined the family.

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Rocky could run like the wind.  He never had a problem keeping up with the teenage boys on their 4-wheelers.  He walked and ran with everyone.  He walked with all our neighbors and dropped in on them every day.  He was the neighborhood mascot.  They would let him in their houses to sleep and eat of course.   Rocky’s hips were bad the last couple of years of his life but he lived 15 and a half years.

Our first small dog is Rascal and he thinks he is a lab.  He has a lot of attitude.  He guards us ferociously.  He even guards our little ones.


Every child needs a dog to grow up with.  A dog becomes your child’s first best friend.  Our brood was proof of that.