Plano, TX Real Estate News

By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
It's Christmas, and YOU'RE invited! Come Take Photos with SantaWhere: 3308 Preston Road, Plano, TX 75093, NE Corner of Preston & ParkerHours: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12pm - 2pmCost: FREE (complimentary digital photos & hot cocoa)Contact: Sam Thomas with Providence Group RealtyPhone: 469.298.9786About This EventCome take pictures with Santa, Saturday, December 16th from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Join our Holiday client appreciation event at 3308 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093 (NE Corner of Parker & Preston). Digital portraits with Santa provided by Providence Group Realty.Enjoy live Christmas music AND complimentary hot cocoa fulfilled by our amazing co-host, Farmbyrd Rotisserie & Fry. Merry Christmas! Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photos-with-santa-live-music-hot-cocoa-tickets-41140...
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By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Cornerstone First Mortgage, NMLS #173855)
Why waiting a year to buy a home in Plano Texas home could really cost you a lot of money.  I had a Plano Texas family talk to me today, they want to talk about how to buy a home. They wanted to wait a few years to save for a bigger down payment. WRONG This analysis shows you the cost of waiting just one year to buy a home. Let me show you how to buy a home today. Ask me about programs for no money down of Down Payment assistance if you need it. I am here to help.  me now if you want to retire with more money than your renter friends. See the full report and watch my video  https://mcedge.tv/16rdp0 Please SHARE with your friends. Richard Woodward, NMLS 217454Your Local, Direct, 5 Star Rated Mortgage Lender, Specialty Lending ManagerOffice: (214) 945-1066www.mortgageprosus.com/5-star-rev...
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By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
Safety is a serious concern for Realtors®. NAR announced in November 2017 that a new safety tool is being made available to all Realtors® for free. Trust Stamp is online service that empowers Realtors® to protect themselves and their clients by helping them verify stranger identities prior to meeting. Trust Stamp is an artificial intelligence (AI) company that focuses on biometrically created digital identities. Their goal is to replace user names and passwords (knowledge-based authentication) -- and eventually, even the social security number. For the real estate industry, the goal is to achieve identity and trust, so that agents can stay safe. How Does It Work?Realtor® members can offer VIP Client Profie registration to prospective buyers and sellers prior to meeting with them. Trust ...
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By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
Perhaps you saw this quick report on CNBC featuring a new app Realtors® can use to research prospects ahead of meeting with them? The opioid crisis brings new risk to real estate agents from CNBC.Want to know more?The app is branded under the moniker of  "Forewarn", and they offer several solutions including a subscription based service for individual agents as well as offices and Associations.  The app advertises: Using only the incoming phone number, FOREWARN can positively identify over 80% of prospective buyers. Identify if your prospect has a criminal history. Verify current property and vehicle ownership. Verify financial risks (bankruptcies/liens). Verify additional phone numbers and full address history. Agents can properly and safely plan for showings with a higher level of con...
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By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
This Holiday season, reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person.Give Back Box® provides vendor services to retailers and charities, giving each and every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: Open Your Box: Unpack your merchandise from your Amazon shipping box. Pack Your Box: Fill the box with usable clothing, accessories and household goods you no longer need and print your FREE shipping label from GiveBackBox.com. Send Your Box: Let UPS or the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliver your box of donations for you. (You can choose between dropping ...
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By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
All right... wire fraud is rampant in the real estate industry. We acknowledge and accept this as a reality of business and the world of online communications.In Texas, we are observing that Title companies are struggling to solve for this issue, and implementing office-level security measures in an effort to prevent tampering or hijacked instructions in regard to incoming transaction funds as well as disbursements.The problem with these measures is that they typically require transaction parties and licensees to jump through additional (and complicated) hoops that virtually defeat the purposes of wiring convenience all together. We see title offices inventing their own forms and password protecting them so they cannot be completed digitally, requiring wet-signatures (and even notarized...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Being a First Time Homebuyer in Plano Texas makes you have to consider your options before you buy. The first thing you will need to consider is what your long-term goals are with being a home owner  and how your goals fit in with that plan. One goal could be to stop paying rent that just increases after every lease you renewBuying your own home first is one of the happiest times of your life! However, a lot of paperwork and time goes into it and finding a lender with great reviews will ease much of the stress. But, the satisfaction you get from your first home closing is something you will never forget!  The benefits of being a First Time Homebuyer in Plano Texas greatly outweighs renting for the following reasons:           Greater privacy.          Homes typically increase in value t...
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By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
In real estate, the threat of wire fraud is real. Industry professionals are aware of the growing real estate scams that dupe buyers into giving their purchase money to hackers. In 2016, wire fraud topped the list as a sophisticated scam causing consumers to lose millions of dollars each year. Realtor.com has published best practices for Realtors, and even offers a sample wire fraud e-mail template notice to use in daily correspondence. Labeled "Sophisticated" Because To The Average Eye, It Looks Legit The typical scam involves hackers gaining access to e-mail accounts through captured passwords, and then searching inboxes for messages related to real estate transactions. Once a targeted victim is identified, hackers send spoof e-mails to look like they are coming from the agent, title ...
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By Susie Kay, North Dallas Specialist
(Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth)
 Shoal Creek is a community located in West Plano in zip code 75024.  Homes in Shoal Creek are conveniently located west of Dallas Tollway and south of Highway 121.  Homes are built from around  1995 to 2005.  Square footage varies from around 2000 square feet to almost 9000 square feet and price ranges from the high $300k’s to about $1.5M. Family with children living in this community attend Plano ISD or Lewisville ISD.  Homes that are the closest to Midway Road or Tennyson Parkway are zoned to Plano ISD.  For children attending  Plano ISD, the schools are Barksdale Elementary, Renner Middle, Shepton High, and Plano West Senior High.  For children attending  Lewisvillel ISD, the schools are Hicks Elementary, Arborcreek Middle, and Hebron High. Current inventory homes in Shoal Creek are...
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By Susie Kay, North Dallas Specialist
(Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth)
 Deerfield is a community located in West Plano in zip code 75024.  Homes in Deerfield are conveniently located near Dallas Tollway and Highway 121. Homes are built from 1986 to 2011. The older part is called Deerfield with homes built from 1986 to around 1999. The Deerfield West and East are next with homes built from 1991 to 1999.  Then the newest community is called Deerfield North with homes built from 2005 or newer. Square footage varies from around 2800 square feet to almost 6000 square feet and price ranges from the high $300k’s to about $800k’s. For Deerfield and Deefield East and West, children attend Plano ISD.  Haun Elementary, Robinson Middle, Jasper High, and Plano West Senior High.  For Deerfield North, children attend Frisco ISD. Riddle Elementary, Flower Middle, and Libe...
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By Susie Kay, North Dallas Specialist
(Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth)
Shoal Creek is a community located in West Plano between Spring Creek Parkway and Midway Road.  It’s about one mile south of Highway 121 and one mile west from Dallas North Tollway.  It offers many amenities such as a community recreation center with both indoor and outdoor pools, a weight room and gym, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts and an indoor track. Shoal Creek is also within walking distance of Windhaven Park which has practice fields, pavilions, and a playground. The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is less than 10 minutes away, and it offers a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking and other outdoor activity. Current single family homes available on the market in this community as of October 11, 2017, are:  Address Total Square ...
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By Susie Kay, North Dallas Specialist
(Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth)
Wolf Creek, a subvision between Spring Creek Parkway and Midway Road, just to the west of Dallas Tollway, is located about 2 miles away from the new Toyota headquarter. Home price starts from around $400k to $570k. It feeds to Plano ISD: Barksdale Elementary, Renner Middle, Shepton High, and Plano West Senior High. Current inventory are as follows: Address Square Feet Total Bedrooms Full Baths Half Baths Current Price 6216 Palomino Drive 3,073 4 3 none $459,000 6708 Gray Wolf Drive 3,570 4 3 1 $459,900   If you are looking to sell or purchase real estate in Plano or Dallas Metro, I'm honored to have the opportunity to assist you. 
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Plano TX VA Loans and 100% - the best loan program in Texas. Save $500 on closing costs today!  Designed for both active duty military and honorable discharged Veterans, VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today.  Here are some of the great features of this fantastic program:  - Up to 100% financing, with no down required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance.  - Easier credit qualifying compared to other types of mortgage loans.- VA Mortgage Rates are low compared to other types of home loans.    So how do you qualify for Plano TX VA Loans?  First of all, you must verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. You can work with an approved Texas VA mortgage loan lender to order your COE quickly, or you can contac...
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By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
North-Facing 5 Bedroom Home with Game Room in Plano (Frisco ISD) Overview Maps Photos Open House Market Stats $525,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms4 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 3,663 sqftLot: 0.18 acre(s)Year Built: 2004MLS #: 13696873 Location 4632 Chapel Creek DrivePlano, TX 75024USA Michelle Musick Jones Team Coldwell Banker, Apex(214) 280-9384[email protected]http://www.michellesellsdallas.com         Listed by: Coldwell Banker Apex Our recent listings Immaculate 4 bedroom home in Stonebridge! | $362,500 | McKinney, TXNorth-Facing 5 Bedroom Home with Game Room in Plano (Frisco ISD) | $525,000 | Plano, TXFantastic five bedroom home with pool and spa in Waterford Parks | $499,900 | Allen, TXSingle Family Residential | $265,000 | Wylie, TXJust Listed! Adorable home in...
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By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Cornerstone First Mortgage, NMLS #173855)
Hurry! Offer Ends October 15th 2017. FHA home loans open the door to home ownership to millions of home buyers. Allow me to help you buy your home. Save today.Please share if you know anyone looking to buy sell or refinance a home.Read more about FHA home loans now.An FHA loan can be approved even if you have a less than perfect credit score, have filed bankruptcy or have income issues. The first time FHA home buyer program is a flexible option for any Texas resident.FHA Loans are a good fit for you if:• You have a less than ideal debt-to-income ratio.• You have less than perfect credit.What are my options?The first time home buyer program in Texas can help residents afford the new home of their dreams. Depending on the type of work, an FHA home loan also is available to finance repairs...
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By Susie Kay, North Dallas Specialist
(Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth)
I received many phone calls from buyers asking whether they can obtain a loan.  So recently I had a conversation about lending with one of my preferred lenders.  Eventhough some I already knew, some were an eye opener.  How Long Does a Borrower Need to Be on the Job?Well.... It depends.   The standard answer is that a W2, hourly or salaried buyer must have 30 days of paystubs with a minimum of 2 year consistent employment history in the same field previously with no job gap.   When the "standard" answer is not the case, it depends on the loan product  (i.e., FHA or Freddie or Fannie or VA, etc), if the buyer is commissioned or bonused, if they work a full 40 hours, how long a job gap, etc, etc, etc.    Sometimes mortgage approval on income is like one of those charts that have a 100 dif...
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By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
What would you say to: a restaurant owner who decides to buy meal ingredients only as soon as customers are seated? a retailer who refuses to invest in product display shelving until the store becomes profitable? a taxi driver who won't spend for gas until a fare is engaged? the maid service who shows up and asks the homeowner for cleaning supplies? These scenarios seem silly, right?  Are they any less silly than a Realtor® who won't spend $30 for business cards, $45 for signage, or $10 for a name badge until "someday" when their business "gains traction"?Small-thinking agents rationalize their fear-based justification for withholding marketing spend... "I can't afford to get a professional headshot until I make a sale."They defer training or quality coursework... "I'll get that designa...
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By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Cornerstone First Mortgage, NMLS #173855)
5 things Plano home buyers should do before they start looking at homes.Get pre-qualified for a mortgage. See us and we’ll run the numbers to tell you the mortgage size and terms you qualify for to purchase your Plano home. This gives you the price range of homes to look at in Plano and makes you more attractive to sellers. I will even call the listing agent of the Plano home you want to buy and share with them your complete pre-qualified status. Most Plano Realtors would prefer to work with a local and direct lender that they know and trust. Check out my 5 Star reviews here. Why are you still renting? Call (214) 945-1066 or apply online now. Pay attention to finances. Decide how much you have for a down payment and what you can afford monthly for mortgage, taxes, insurance and other ho...
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By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Cornerstone First Mortgage, NMLS #173855)
Residents of Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Frisco – and those who live in the surrounding areas: you have the opportunity to learn about the reverse mortgage program at an in-person seminar on, September 13th from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.Did you know that with an FHA insured reverse mortgage that you or your heirs will never owe more than 95% of the appraised value of your home when the loan is paid off?Did you know you could use a Reverse Mortgage (HECM) to purchase your next home?Did you know you could get access to a growing line of credit with a guaranteed growth rate that could exceed your bank savings rate? Realtors, Estate Planners, and Wealth Management professionals are also encouraged to attend.Hosted by Richard Woodward, Specialty Lending Manager for Service First Mortgage and held...
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By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
If you own and operate a website, be aware that DMCA Safe Harbor laws have changed, and you must now DIGITALLY register a copyright agent with the copyright office prior December 31,2017 and add a few things to your website(s) to receive the benefit of protection. This process requires renewal every 3 years. The video linked here and inline below will explain details in full.   What's this about? Why does it matter to individual licensees and their websites? Real estate websites and IDX displays are common components of our online marketing strategy in real estate. IDX feeds and other syndicated (or framed) content (third parties) may include photographs or other materials that infringe on someone else's copyright. To protect yourself from unwitting copyright infringement, the DMCA off...
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