How Canadian Real Estate Went Crazy

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Vancouver is not all that far from Seattle and Toronto isn’t all that far from New York, but the real estate markets are very different in the United States and Canada. According to an analysis in The Globe and Mail, while Americans earn a little less than Canadians on average, the cost of living in Canada is much higher. One of the major drivers of that is real estate. Let’s take a look at what has been happening lately in the real estate market to our north. Continue reading

The Plano & Frisco, Texas Real Estate Market and Lifestyle Guide

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Toyota USA Corporate Headquarters – Plano, Texas

This guide is for the many thousands of newcomers relocating to Collin County.  Included is a summary of the hottest new developments, urban living with walk-ability, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, family fun, fitness, and pro sports venues that you’ll want to live near or at least visit.  We’ve also highlighted some of the best single family home subdivisions with neighborhood amenities such as community pools, playgrounds, trails, parks and in an array of price ranges in the Plano, Frisco area.  Literally everything can be found within a 12.5 mile stretch along the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) between Plano and Frisco. Continue reading

Are Tiny Houses Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

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Could you imagine downsizing to a 500 square foot home on wheels? That is one new trend in housing. While it may sound crazy to sell most of your stuff and move into a home about twice the size of a typical college dorm room, people across the country are doing just that as they embrace the Tiny House Movement, a trend on living small to save money and resources. Is this a silly new fad, or something big that is about to catch on? According to some real estate experts, we are just beginning a new trend in housing and real estate. Continue reading

The New Obama Home in Washington is Spectacular

Americans know that the White House offers a life of luxury to the first family, but where do Presidents go after they leave America’s most famous address at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? A new Obama home must have style. Realtor just released a short video walkthrough of the Obama family’s new home in Washington, D.C. Read on to learn more about this historic neighborhood and the property Barack Obama now calls “home.” Continue reading

Real Estate Lessons from America’s Wealthiest Zip Codes

Preparing to write the book Rich Like Them, author Ryan D’Agostino went door-to-door in the wealthiest zip codes in America to learn how America’s elite made their money. Not surprisingly, a handful of those who answered the door made their money in real estate. Others owned businesses and reached higher levels of wealth through hard work and self-employment. Here are some gems I learned when reading Rich Like Them that apply to both your real estate and your career. Continue reading

New Tenant Lands at $3 Billion Legacy West Development in Texas

Legacy West in Plano, Texas

Legacy West is a massive development in Plano, Texas. Image via legacywest.com.

In Dallas suburb Plano, a big development is underway, and a new tenant is coming in for a landing. The $3 billion Legacy West project is a mixed use development that will include homes, offices, retail, and restaurants. This Texas sized development should have agents excited about the latest trends and preferences in work and life. Continue reading

5 Exterior Upgrades to Improve Comfort and Curb Appeal

Whether you are planning to sell in the near future or hold onto your property for years, exterior upgrades are a fun way to improve your home’s comfort and curb appeal. The first thing anyone sees when visiting your property is the the outside. Never underestimate the power of a first impression. Make your home something you can be proud of and improve the curb appeal at the same time with these exterior upgrades. Continue reading

How to Get the Most from an Open House Visit

If you are looking to buy a home, the season is upon on us! Spring and summer are the hottest times of the year to buy a home, and with the season nearly upon us open house signs are popping up across the country. If you are planning an open house visit, make sure to go into it with a game plan so you get the best result for your efforts. Continue reading

Best Housewarming Gifts for a New Home

Any time a friend or relative moves into a new home it’s an exciting experience. Between organizing, decorating, and getting settled in, new homeowners have a lot on their plate. A fun and thoughtful housewarming gift could be the perfect touch to tie a room together or make the new home a little more comfortable. If you are looking to buy a housewarming gift, here are some guidelines to follow. Continue reading

7 Step Guide to Preparing Your Home to Sell

Preparing your home to sell may be a lot of work, but if you make the effort up front, the sales process is much smoother. From dealing with clutter to signing the closing paperwork, it is important to present your house the best way possible to ensure a quick sale at the best possible price. Continue on for information on preparing your home to sell with ease. Continue reading