McKinney, TX Real Estate News

By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
Looking for a good ol' fashioned Easter Egg Hunt for the family? The City of McKinney Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, March 22. Activities start at 11 a.m. at Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex, 1986 Park View Ave., and culminate with an Easter egg hunt for three age groups. There will be lots of activities like arts and crafts, games, entertainment, and of course an Easter egg hunt for the children. According to Weather.com, Saturday looks like it will be a beautiful day with a high of 71 and partly cloudy skies. The event is free to children under eight years of age and will feature activities from 11 a.m. to noon, and Easter egg grabs starting at 12:15 p.m. Also, don't miss a chance to get a visit from the Easter Bunny! Other Activit...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
Your First Official "Cliffs Notes" for Tucker Hill is below!!  Tucker Hill has finally rolled out prices for the first homes. Have you been wondering just how these homes would compare to the traditional homes that McKinney has seen in the last decade? Let me tell you this is a brand new product and a breath of fresh air for McKinney Real Estate. The architectural styles are diverse, interesting and reminiscent of homes found on the North East Coast. In the $300-$400K price range there are 5 homes available. Homes range in size from 2073-3017 square feet. All are 3 bedroom homes, one has 1.5 baths, but others have at least 2.5 baths. Styles range from Tudor, to Greek Revival to Victorian to Craftsman. Not your standard brick/stone elevations, huh? The homes feature covered front porches...
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By Elaine Harper
(The McKinney Real Estate Team)
Yes, I'm being serious. Down Payment Assistance is saving the day for so many potential home buyers, and in turn is relieving many new home builders and home sellers. With the local market taking a pause and trying to catche it's breathe, Down Payment Assistance has breathed a new life for many.I've helped so many clients save thousands of dollars by turning to a Down Payment Assistance program, instead of using their own savings to purchase their new homes. New homes, pre-existing homes, 3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes, some with pools, some on acreage, some that are townhomes or condos. Some were foreclosures and others were just amazing deals where the buyers saved lots of money. Down Payment Assistance is NOT credit driven. However, you can not presently be in default on your current cred...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
SAVE THE DATE!Stone Brooke CrossingSaturday, April 5Garage Sale 7:00 am - 2:00 pmOpen House Tour 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday, April 5 Stone Brooke Crossing will have its First Annual Community Garage Sale and Open House Tour! There will be a 3-day ad in the local newspapers and an ad in the Dallas Morning News promoting the event. There will also be community maps handed out that will direct people to the Featured Open Houses and Featured Garage Sales. The maps will be handed out at the corner of Crutcher Crossing and Turtle Court and there will be signs and directionals into our neighorhood from 7 - 2. We will also be handing out donuts in the morning and they will be served in the parking lot of the SBC Community Pool, so come down and say Hi!By the way... Thanks to Mariana Wagner, fe...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
Today I had the pleasure of helping one of my clients purchase a home in one of my favorite new Stonebridge Ranch communities - Aspendale. Aspendale features homes from the $240's on up, between 2100-3200 square feet. Amy Brownlee, the sales person for David Weekley, was an absolute professional and so wonderful to work with. She's been with David Weekley for over 8 years and knows her stuff. It really makes a difference when you have such an experienced sales person to deal with (fellow REALTORS, you can back me on that!). One of the reasons David Weekley has such a great track record, in my opinion, is for their smart floorplans. Walk into any Weekley home and you will see what I mean. Open and bright floorplans, with little wasted spaces. Aspendale offers 10 floorplans for buyers to ...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
"Kings Lake, the premier master-planned community is located in the heart of Stonebridge Ranch, in McKinney, Texas. Stonebridge Ranch encompasses five thousand acres of planned development, representing the largest single tract of land ever annexed into an existing city in the history of the state of Texas. Stonebridge Ranch is made up of over thirty-seven different villages, with more being developed. An exclusive enclave within the acclaimed residential community of Stonebridge Ranch, Kings Lake offers its residents a gated life style, access two golf courses and country clubs; one public 18-hole daily-fee course and lighted tennis courts. Your family will enjoy the beach club and swim lagoon, sand volleyball courts, numerous lakes, a multitude of parks, and miles of hiking and biking...
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By Elaine Harper
(The McKinney Real Estate Team)
Who knew that McKinney would attract so many young families, professionals and newlyweds with such force?  As McKinney continues to grow at such a rapid speed, more and more twenty and thirty-something homebuyers are flocking to the tree lined streets of our "boutique community."It's actually very exciting, being a thirty-something, myself, living in this small town that actually has a night life.  And a cultural bearing as well.  McKinney businesses are learning that this isn't the tiny little town that it used to be.  And they are keeping up with what it takes to attract the young professionals and newcomers to our area.  The Historic Downtown McKinney square boasts boutique shopping, fine dining, art galleries, tapas bars, pubs and coffee spots for the old and young alike.Fashion is ...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
If you've read any of my posts about Adriatica at Stonebridge Ranch, then you know I am a BIG FAN of the unique real estate opportunities in this Croatian-inspired village in McKinney! I was emailed this video today that is an awesome computer generated virtual tour of what the village will look like. The video says it all...Are you interested in becoming one of the first residents or businesses of Adriatica? Do you need a McKinney REALTOR to represent you in your Adriatica Home Purchase? Then call me, Kim Daugherty of The Barron-Daugherty Team at RE/MAX Four Corners! 469-667-8225
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By Elaine Harper
(The McKinney Real Estate Team)
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.  Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.This anonymous quote is what gets me going everyday.  I thought I would share it some other Real Estate Professionals that are wading their way through this jungle of a market.  Keep your head up, it's all mind over matter!!
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
Here's a snapshot of how the real estate in Stone Brooke Crossing fared for Feb. 1- Feb. 29, 2008.The month ended with 8 Active listings.5504 Crystal CT 1,452, 3 BR, 2 / 0 BA $139,900513 Winding LN 2,095, 3 BR, 2 / 0 BA $169,900 - Kick Out5436 Pebble Court 2,546, 4 BR, 2 / 1 BA $182,500 - reduced $179,5005500 Fairfax CT 2,311, 4 BR, 3 / 1 BA Pool $214,900 - reduced $209,5005301 ARROWHEAD WAY 2,891, 3 BR, 2 / 1 BA $214,9905521 Fairfax CT 2,574, 4 BR, 2 / 1 BA Pool $215,000209 S Village DR 3,280, 4 BR, 2 / 1 BA $229,9005209 Rolling Rock DR 3,304, 4 BR, 3 / 0 BA $229,900Two Pending Sales:200 S VILLAGE DR 3,280, 4 BR, 2 / 1 BA $224,900309 S Village Dr, 1,489, 3 BR, 2/0 BA, $144,500One Sale:Home 1- 3280, 4 BR, 2/1 BA $227,7712 Canceled listings:5408 Pebble Ct, 2105, 3 BR, 2/0 BA $163,8005213...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
McKinney The annual Artistic Krewe of Barkus parade in downtown McKinney is a canine-oriented Mardi Gras celebration which includes prizes for pet costumes and float designs, as well as servings of jambalaya and king cake.  Description McKinney, 30 miles north of Dallas, boasts gently rolling hills, tree-lined neighborhoods and a historic downtown. City leaders estimate the population at around 112,000, more than double the number counted in the 2000 Census, making McKinney one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. The original Collin County Courthouse - now the McKinney Performing Arts Center - stands at the center of McKinney's downtown square. Collin County Regional Airport, at the convergence of U.S. 75 and State Highways 121 and 380, is emerging as a regional corporate airport....
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
I recently wrote a post about McKinney opening it's 5th Middle School for 2008-09 - Cockrill Middle School. With the new school comes controversy - the zoning. If you look at the map below, you will notice that areas EAST of 75 will need to be bused across town to the WEST side and vice versa. WHY? To encourage DIVERSITY? I think the letter posted on the petition website sums it up very nicely.This is what was posted to a petition website:To:  MISD Board How do you feel about the 2008 Proposed Middle School redistricting? We want neighborhood schools in McKinney. Our children are not a socio-economic experiment. We want logical feeder schools so that children can build strong relationships that build communities. We want access to our local schools, anyone is welcome to attend them but ...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
Craig Ranch McKinney is located in the highly desirable real estate location of McKinney - bordering Frisco on its West and Plano on its South. It is minutes from State Highway SH 121. Craig Ranch is a 2,500 acre master-planned community with many great amenities offered to its residents: a world-class Cooper Fitness Center and Spa, a 75-acre baseball and softball tournament facility, multi-field soccess complex, restaurants, shopping, banking, medical offices and more. The centerpiece of its community is its PGA Tour Tornament Players Club (TPC) at Craig Ranch. Craig Ranch McKinney offers a variety of homes for buyers: single-family detached residences, luxury townhomes and single-story ranch style homes. Buyers may select from a variety of builders to build from: D.R. Horton, Bordeaux...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
  If you have been looking into buying a home in McKinney then I'm sure you realize that there are no shortage of great communities to choose from. Inevitably you've come across a large master-planned community called STONEBRIDGE RANCH. But what is Stonebridge Ranch? According to the Stonebridge Ranch website, Stonebridge Ranch is described as: Where life surrounds you. In the heart of the North Dallas corridor stands Stonebridge Ranch. Every detail has been designed to enrich the lives of the people who live here. One private Country Club that features two courses. An 18-hole daily-fee course. The white sand lagoon at the Beach & Tennis Club. Academic excellence at McKinney and Frisco ISD. Fourteen lakes. A multitude of parks. Miles of hiking and biking trails. There is no place like i...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
Hidden Creek is a popular and sought-after subdivision in the heart of McKinney. The neighborhood offers a great community pool, outdoor roller-hockey court and community gardening center. Award-winning Walker Elementary is located in the center of the community. There were 70 homes that sold in Hidden Creek between Jan.1 - Dec.31 2007. There are several phases in Hidden Creek that offer different size homes - from entry level homes to luxurious semi-custom homes. The homes were built from 1997-2004.Here are the market stats for the year 2007: Square Footage: 1780 min - 5139 max; Average square footage in Hidden Creek: 2787 square feetDays on Market: 1 min, 305 max; Average Days on Market for Hidden Creek: 90Sales Price: $142,000 min, $431,000 max; Average Sales Price in Hidden Creek: $...
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By Jess Arce
(New Century Realty Group)
I come from a diverse religous back ground, so I am sensitive to try not to offend people of different religions.  I want my clients  to know that I am a christien, even if they are not.  The two ways I subtly include God is my phone message says"Have a blessed day!" at the end.  I have always tried to work as little as possible on Sunday, but sometimes I just can't get out of it, so if someone wants to see homes on Sunday I tell them that I go to church and have lunch with them and I can show them homes after that around 2pm. 
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
Next year McKinney will open it's doors to the district's 5th Middle School - Cockrill Middle School. What this means to many residents and parents is that the school zones will once again be playing musical chairs. There will be 2 meetings about the new zoning for the public. The first is tonight, February 11 at 6 pm at Faubion Middle School. The second meeting is Wed. Feb. 13 at Dowell Middle School. They will discuss the preliminary student redistribution plan.Here is what MISD has in mind:        All of Eddins Elementary moves from Scott Johnson MS to Dowell MS       All of Wilmeth Elementary moves from Scott Johnson MS to Cockrill MS       All of Minshew Elementary south of Hwy. 380 moves from Scott Johnson to Cockrill MS       All of Slaughter Elementary moves from Dowell to Cockr...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
This week men will inevitably go into a frenzy as Valentine's Day approaches and they realize that plans need to be made, and QUICK! But where should you go to make a big impression? McKinney offers some really romantic choices without the hassle of going south to Dallas or Plano.Here are some of the most romantic spots that McKinney has to offer:1. Goodhues Wood Fire Grill - Rated as one of the best restaurants by D Magazine! Get your reservations early! GREAT atmosphere - GREAT food!2. Poppy's - AWESOME outdoor cafe with live music! Their website says they have a special Valentines Dinner with live music by Sean Holden. Half price wine on Wednesdays! A definite winner!3. La Misha - This place drips with sexiness! From their website : "Let Valentine's dinner at La Misha rekindle that s...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
Pine Ridge is a subdivision located in the heart of McKinney - South of Eldorado Pkwy and East of Ridge Road, bordering the Eldorado Heights neighborhood. Highland and Lennar built the homes in Pine Ridge from 2000 - 2004 and range in size from 1603-3521 square feet with 3-5 bedrooms.Here are the market stats for the year 2007. There were 54 Sales from Jan. 1- Dec. 31.Square Footage: 1603 min - 3521 max; Average square footage in Pine Ridge: 2403 square feetDays on Market: 4 min, 219 max; Average Days on Market for Pine Ridge: 65 daysSales Price: $112,125 min, $267,000 max; Average Sales Price in Pine Ridge: $175,666Average Price per Square Foot: $73.10 Per Square Foot1 Home had a Pool8 Homes had a 3-Car Garage6 sales were foreclosures (11%)If you need a Pine Ridge Realtor contact The B...
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By Bob Smith
(Keller Williams - North Country)
CITY OF MCKINNEY HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODIMPROVEMENT ZONE TAX EXEMPTIONPROGRAMYOU MAY QUALIFY FOR TAX EXEMPTIONSAll homeowners located in the Historic Neighborhood Improvement Zone (HNIZ)could possibly receive tax exemptions on City taxes for 15 years if they qualifyfor one of the three levels outlined under the new HNIZ ordinance.PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAMTo encourage the maintenance, rehabilitation, and preservation of the City'sunique and historic neighborhoods by providing tax exemptions to homeownerswho qualify.APPLICATIONTo participate in the program, contact the Historic Preservation Officer for theCity of McKinney or go online to see how you can qualify for the tax exemptionprogram. In order to receive a tax exemption work must be pre-qualified by theHistoric Preservation Officer. Any ...
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