Plano, TX Real Estate News

By Denise Toliver, Rowlett Real Estate - www.TREShomes4U.com
(Toliver Real Estate Solutions, LLC)
A survey by pay experts at Salary.com evaluated 69 cities with more than 250,000 people and ranked Plano first in American cities in which to build personal wealth.  Despite the fear of recession and poor economic performance throughout the country, the residences of Plano and surrounding suburbs are still fortunate to still have a healthy work environment and the ability to get ahead. For the full story, goto the Plano Star Courier  My cell phone number is 469-644-4602 and our Dallas Real Estate website is at www.tres4u.com.  Thanks!  Denise Toliver
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By Charlie Weiblen
(Archwood Properties)
Plano has just been ranked #1 in the 2008 Salary Value Index provided by Salary.com.  It was compiled of 69 cities with a population of more than 250,000 people, and ranked the cities on building personal wealth and raising a family.  You can find the article here http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2008/06/30/daily14.html?ana=from_rss on the Dallas Business Journal website. Plano is one of the top cities in the D/FW area, and now it's getting recognized on a national level.  Plano's strong school system and high saturation of company headquarters makes it the perfect place to buy a home and raise a family.  Job opportunities are endless with the amount of company headquarters, and allows people to build wealth with large companies.  I feel that this is great for the economy of Pl...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
Brand New Gated Community just starting building it's first spec home, Cantera.  Cantera is in North East Richardson TX where I refer to it as the "Red-Headed Step Child of Richardson."  I call this area that because it's the city of Richardson, but it's Collin County and Plano Schools, so we sometimes get overlooked (I live about a mile from this new community). There are 49 homesites, and the lots themselves are selling for what my house costs!  The finished products will range from $700,000 to upwards of $3M!!  They have already sold 10 lots so they're well on their way. 5 Builders plus the Developer are building in this small community, so we're sure to get a wide variety of elevations so they don't all look the same.  Lot sizes are all over the board from 75 X 150 to something like...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Want to freshen the look of a dated or worn window treatment in your kitchen? It's really simple! Purchase color coordinated cotton napkins that work with the colors of your kitchen.I found the ones in the photo at Pier 1 on sale for around $1.28 each.  Remove old window treatment Fold napkins on a diagonal over the tension rod.  For this window only 3 napkins were necessary. They instantly updated the look of the window for a fraction of the cost of window treatments. Old window treatment (over the sink)    Window treatment after Window treatment after (another angle) For added color & coordination use additional napkins in the same pattern/color to accent other parts of the kitchen.                        I not only live in Collin County, TX I also work to serve those of you who do as...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
This summer we've been doing some improvements on our own house.  It had been about 6 years since we did the last major improvements and we were ready to tackle a few more. As a professional home stager I understand the value of improving ones home before even thinking about selling. Far too often I see sellers who wished they'd done for themselves what they've improved for others when in the process of selling.  For the other home improvements we've done this summer you can read the blog: Sellers, I feel your pain. Well we needed to paint our front door, desperately! It was the original "stain" from 14 years prior when the house was built. It was in pretty decent shape when we bought the house almost 7 years ago but 7 more years had taken it's toll.  Unfortunately I do not have a good ...
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
Lately we've been hearing a LOT about speculators in regard to the high price of oil. What exactly does a speculator do when he speculates? Speculators provide a very, very important function within our economy. They assume risk in the hope of making a profit. One very simple (overly simplistic) example is a farmer who grows corn. The farmer, not knowing what his income will be several months in the future, has to plow the fields, plant the corn, maintain the immature plants, and hope that a hail storm does not come along, thereby destroying all his work. Until the harvest season, the farmer faces one BIG risk, what price will he receive for his corn. This is where a speculator can come in and assume the farmers risk. The speculator will agree to purchase, at a price agreed upon today, ...
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
According to a CNBC study, Texas is the number one state in which to do business. The study compared the different states by reviewing variables like the cost of doing business, the state's workforce, education, technology & innovation. While there are many indicators one can look to, one cannot deny economic opportunity (be it an entrepreneurial that you start or a job that you obtain) as being one of the major factors affecting quality of life. The more successful businesses we have here in Texas, the better off we all will be. Don't be fooled into this idea that it's BIG Business vs. The Little Guy.
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
Noted investor and philanthropist John Templeton died yesterday (07-08-08). Today the Wall Street Journal ran an article about Mr. Templeton, his life, his business successes, and his giving. The title of the article was, "Maximum Optimist." This got me to thinking. Regardless of what life is throwing at us, we should strive for an optimist view of the world around us, our business, and our personal or family life, in short our future. We should not let those negative things in life, of which there may be many, dissuade us from achieving our goals.
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
When it comes to business expenses, keep good records. Too many times people are disorganized and irregular in their recording keeping. These bad habits can come back to haunt and cost you. If you are new at running your own business, seek advice from a good CPA. Spend a few hundred dollars and a little time to setup solid a bookkeeping system. For many of us, the time required to keep good records will be just a few minutes on a daily or weekly basis. As we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound (and much frustration) of cure.    
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
  Real estate professional? Selling a home? Or just interested in learning more about Home Staging? Check out the schedule of Continuing Education courses offerings at Collin College     Home Staging is a course that is;   "Designed for the home owner or the professional real estate agent to prepare a home for resale. Learn the benefits of home staging and how staging a property for resale can help you achieve a faster sales time and top dollar". Collin County Professional Home Stager, Karen Otto shares her expertise and knowledge of Home Staging bringing it to home sellers, Realtors and Investors who want to know how Home Staging can help them achieve a faster sales time and top dollar. Check out the list of Continuing Education course offerings for more information and registration. I...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Here is your last chance to become a member of the Junior League of Plano(JLP) for 2008. You are invited to a potential member meeting on July 17, at 7 p.m. at the League Office in Plano at 5805 Coit Rd. in Plano. I have enjoyed my involvement over the last 4 years and I encourage other women that are interested to attend this informational session.  If you read my blogs, you know I am always promoting our events. JLP membership currently has more than 900 women from cities in Collin County, including Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney who are committed to improving family life in Collin County. The Junior League of Plano members have raised more than $2.5 million, implemented more than 200 community service projects and worked more than 100,000 volunteer hours in Collin County since the...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Let me first say, we are not moving. At least not this month.  But we are re carpeting our 2nd floor and replacing our white wooden stair balusters for our enjoyment as well as the future return on investment. Why did we really want to do this? Heck, we want to enjoy the upgrades now while we live in it! As a professional home stager, I have seen far too many sellers upgrade to sell and wish they'd done it years ago for their own use once they see how great it looks. But sellers, I feel your pain! When it's highly recommended to replace your carpet by a professional home stager or your Realtor (or just know you need to do it) and say "I'll just give the buyers a carpet allowance", I understand why. It is quite a job to replace carpet while living in a home. I know, I've done it. But it'...
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By Lynn Slaney Silguero
(Ebby Halliday Realltors)
Ebby Halliday Realtors- Carmen Roberts, Paulette Greene & Lynn Slaney Silguero are proud to represent & listing agents for Peckham Custom Builders. Build your new home on on of their 10 Estate lots in Plano ISD. Many have lake & greenbelt views! Peckham Custom Builders offers 16 Villa lots in this new gated subdivision. Residents will enjoy Normandy's community center & pool, natural & hilly trails, scenic creek & lake views! Thursday, myself, Carmen Roberts, Mike Peckham and a potential buyer were standing in the new subdivision and could not believe this beautiful land existed in this great location. Our buyer commented- "I don't have to search for new homes north of Hwy 121 or 380"! Normandy Estates is only minutes to the Shops of Legacy, Presbyterian Hospital and Legacy Corporate r...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Salary.com has ranked Plano, TX as the #1 city in the United States to build personal wealth.  As a resident and Realtor in Plano, I can wholeheartedly agree with this ranking.  Salary.com looked at the following factors:  "Local salaries, cost of living, and unemployment relative to the national average.  This year's list also factored in qualitative measures including diversity of industry, education level of the cities' population, proximity to post secondary institutions, percent of population below poverty level, and median travel time to work." Plano has a highly educated work force - 60% of residents have a college degree or higher and 97.3% of our population has a high school degree.  We have headquarters or regional office for many Fortune 500 companies including:  EDS, JCPenne...
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
That's according to the "2008 Salary Value Index" survey by Salary.com. Because of our diverse and stable economy, the N. Dallas area continues to attract business. A number of major companies are now located here in the N. Dallas area specifically and Texas in general (thought I have not actually counted just how many, I have read that Texas now has more Fortune 500 companies than any other state.) Business friendly policies mean more successful, and profitable, companies. More successful and profitable companies are able to expand, or invest in, their operations, explore new ventures, and hire new employees. See a trend?
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
As I'm sure you're all away, Friday is the 4th of July. Take some time to enjoy yourself, and your family. Be safe! Some Independence Day firework events here in the N. Dallas area: Sachse - Hudsone Middle School McKinney - Mckinney Soccer Complex Frisco - Pizza Hut Park at Addison - Addison Circle Park Events generally start about 9:30 PM.
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
The stock market's moving in a downward direction, the housing market looks like it's following the stocks, and we all need to save where ever we can in order to purchase our next tank of gas. However, when faced with the big decisions in life don't take the cheap way out, seek good counsel. These decisions can be, often are, life changing. Get a good, third party involved who can provide insight into the situation. Whether it's purchasing a new(er) home, understanding the legal implications of a complex contract, the deductibility of a particular expense, or the proper allocation of investment dollars, in the long run, it pays to pay a knowledgeable professional for their advice. You may already know who you'd call in an emergency. If you do, that's great. Take a few minutes to reconne...
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
Has anyone noticed their car or truck not getting as many miles with each tank of gas? (per fill-up, or per gallon)? Starting within the last few months, when I completely fill-up my Lexus sedan, the "range" gauge would read between 297 miles and about 305 miles. Now I'm lucky if it's as high as 287. This is going to lead to a policy post.
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
Lately, it seems a lot of stuff reported in the news is really not news, but rather stuff that could happen or someone is predicted a particular event will happen.  Oil's on its way to $500.00 a barrel...The economy will continue tanking. Maybe the opinion page has moved from the back of the paper to the front page. Thoughts?  
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By Todd Wakefield
(KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel )
Recently I read a Wall Street Journal article about a United Van Lines study which looked at the economics of interstate immigration. It suggested that high tax rates in "loser" states were pushing citizens to migrate to less taxed "winner" states. The "loser" states of the Northeast, Midwest and California are losing citizens to the "winner" Southern and Western states. That citizen's vote, not only on Election Day, but also on non-election days...with a moving van...is something we should keep in mind when thinking about policies. (use of "loser" and "winner" to designate the respective states is my own vice) Maxims to keep in mind: People respond to incentives and policies have unintended consequences. We can assume that people, who immigrate within the United States, are not unlike ...
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