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

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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

HOA Basics for Newbies

Homeowners Associations (HOA) basics for newbies

When searching for a new home, you may find that many desirable communities have homeowner associations (HOA) in place. This shouldn’t deter you from purchasing a home in your favorite neighborhood—there’s a lot to love about entering a community that features an HOA. Continue reading

5 Surprising Factors Affecting Your Home’s Value

Hidden factors that can hurt your home's value

It is common knowledge that factors such as location, neighborhood schools, and the age of the house itself will affect the overall value of your home. When it comes time to consider selling, it is important to keep these in mind as well as making the necessary appliance upgrades and infrastructure updates. What many don’t know, however, are the hidden factors that can oftentimes negatively impact your home’s value. Below are five such surprising kickers. Continue reading

5 Factors That Real Estate Agents Consider Before Setting a Listing Price

Factors real estate agents consider before setting a listing price

We make decisions every day, in every minute and moment of our lives. Some are simple – should I take the bus or train to work today? Some are seemingly insignificant – should I wear the red tie or the blue tie? Some are so obvious it hurts – should I have dessert tonight? Continue reading

Is the Tiny House Movement Just a Trend?

More and more people are willing to make the switch to tiny homes. Is it just a trend, though, or will this movement continue to grow?
Like most movements, tiny houses started small…pun intended. These homes are characterized by a square footage of less than about 400-500 square feet, although there are no formal parameters for size.

Small homes are considered to be under 1,000 square feet, with tiny homes coming in around half that size. In truth, the average single family home now clocks in at upwards of 2,500 square feet, so anything significantly smaller could be considered insufficient, depending on the buyer. Continue reading

Common Neighbor Problems and How to Solve Them

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Image created by Stuart Miles, provided by freedigitalphotos.net

Moving into a new home brings plenty of excitement and mystery. One thing that is hard to judge before moving in is your relationship with your new neighbors. Sometimes you end up with lifelong friends, but other experiences are not quite so positive. Here are four common neighbor problems and ideas to solve them. Continue reading

The Top Things to Live Near That Affect Home Values

Property valueWhen you are buying a home, you are not just paying for a place to live, you are making a long-term property investment. With that, you want to ensure that your property will hold its value, or increase, and be a comfortable place to live. Here are some good, and not-so-good, neighbors to have nearby. Continue reading

Finding Bargains in a Booming Market

Make Your House Stand Out

What goes up…continues to go up—at least when it comes to the real estate market these days. We are seeing demand increasing and supply often lagging in a lot of places, especially in strong markets like San Francisco and Houston. As you scour through listing after listing you should not be surprised to find that your dollar may not go as far as you would like it to these days. While sellers are striking while the proverbial iron is hot, buyers almost everywhere are looking for relief from the heat. So is there relief? Most likely yes, and though it might be finding a needle in a haystack, the right microscope—and patience—will help you uncover a real steal in this booming market. Continue reading