Plano, TX Real Estate News

By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
As an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), I assist all my sellers in preparing their homes for the market. "Staging" is presenting your home in it's best and most appealing light to the majority of homebuyers. Homes that are Staged, or prepared for sale, by an Accredited Staging Professional look better than other homes on the market by being clean, clutter-free, and ready to show to prospective buyers. Staged homes traditionally sell faster and/or for more money in today's real estate market. The tips below are to help you get your home ready for showings by potential buyers. 1. First Impressions - Make sure your lawn is mowed and the front porch is inviting. Buy a potted plant and place it by the front door. First impressions are very important and leave a lasting memory. 2. Clutte...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
There have been many babies born around the Rain recently.  I was wondering how many people are utilizing or will be utilizing Baby Sign Language?I plan on taking the course.  In the Dallas area, there is a course on March 13 at Presby Plano from 6:30-8:30pm that I am signed up for.  There is also a course in May at Presby Dallas if you were going to wait a little longer.  I wanted to learn as soon as possible so I can start showing my mom and help get my husband in the routine of using the signs, so I'm not waiting until the recommended age of 5 months.  I don't think it matters when the parents learn it, it's about when the babies will start understanding it.So, what other parents used Baby Sign Language and did it help you and your baby communicate that much better?Here is the site t...
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By Dione Beilgard, Plano Tx Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
 On Thursday January 24th, 2008 Plano students and community leaders will present "Let Freedom Sing" this years annual tribute to Dr Martin Luther King.  Highlights will include student speeches, a salute to the military services, the parade of nations, a showcase of student art work, presentation of the diversity leadership awards, and performances by student and community music ensembles.7pm Plano CentreArt work by  James Anderson                                          2000 E Spring Creek Parkway                     8th Grade                                                This event is free and open to the public.
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
  If you are a home seller preparing to sell a home this spring the time to plan and prepare is NOW!There is never a second chance to make a first impression. The first 2 weeks after listing are crucial.  Don't leave first impressions to chance. Getting your home in show-ready condition for your spring "reveal" takes, time, patience, elbow grease and the help of a good Professional Home Stager.  A Professional Home Stager can:Assist you in identifying key areas Help you create a home that is buyer readyHighlight features and details of your home (not your stuff) that need showcasing Recommend updates that pay high dividends Cover many areas you may not even have considered    Call one today for a cost effective detailed Home Staging Consultation that will provide you with the blueprint ...
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By Dione Beilgard, Plano Tx Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Whiffletree is an established sought after neighborhood in central Plano. It is located off Legacy with easy access to I-75 or Dallas North Tollway. These custom homes range from 3400-4336 square feet with the average being 3900 square feet.4th quarter 2007 statistics There are currently 10 homes on the market averaging $104 a square foot and currently 102 days on the market.One home is currently pending sale.4 homes sold in the 4th quarter averaging $100 per square foot, and 191 days on market. 98% sold price to list price = average list price $405,425 and average sales price $395,875For information on Collin County Real EstateFor a professional Plano Realtor
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By Dione Beilgard, Plano Tx Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The Hills at Prestonwood is a fabulous neighborhood with much to offer. Many homes back to the prestigious golf course or a wooded creek. It is conveniently located close to the Dallas North Tollway and Plano Presbyterian Hospital and situated between Parker, Midway and Plano Parkway. The following is fourth quarter 2007 statistics. (also includes Indian Creek)There are currently 14 homes for sale averaging $133 per square foot, and 119 days on market.Two homes have active contracts and one pending.9 properties sold at an average of $127 per square foot and 102 days on market97% sold to list price = Average list price $422,256 and average sales price $408,478
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Dear Clients,I would like to explain to you how I work. This is not meant to offend, just to educate you on the steps I take when I start the home staging bid process and when you'd like me to stage your property in the next day or two from initial contact, I'd like you to understand the process I undergo before we can even begin and I hope you understand why I can't do it with a snap of my fingers. I only wish it were that simple. BELIEVE me I do!Let's set the scenario:Day 1: I get a phone call let's say on a Wednesday : (actual) Client says:"Hello, I have a (vacant) house that needs staging, how does it work and how much does it cost & can it be done possibly this Friday?"My reply usually goes like this, "Thank you for contacting me, of course I can explain the home staging process bu...
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By Brad Holden
(Holden Real Estate)
All Press Releases for December 29, 2007 Subscribe to this News Feed     Blitzproperties.com Debuts in DFW with an Overwhelming Success Among Real Estate Agents and New Home Buyers Blitzproperties.com has come into the DFW market with a bang. Their unique business model has made real estate agents curious if Blitz would be a good fit for them. The website has had 370% over the projected traffic from referring sites to date. Plano, TX (PRWEB) December 29, 2007 -- Blitzproperties.com (A Licensed Texas Brokerage) debuted in DFW this week with an overwhelming positive response. With the support of local DFW media companies, Blitz Properties will enter the market with a very aggressive marketing campaign for both agents and home buyers. They feel that many real estate agents are being micro...
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By Dione Beilgard, Plano Tx Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
                                                          There is a new web site available for current and future homeowners in Plano.  This site was developed by the Plano Planning Department, and is the Plano Home Smart Knowledgebase. There are three main categories - Funding Sources, Energy Efficiency, and Recycling & Sustainability.Funding Sources includes information and links for buying a home, making home improvements, energy star, tax credits/incentives, and local and state income assistance.Energy Efficiency reveals low cost and no cost ways to energy efficiency, and facts and articles on energy efficiency. Recycling and Sustainability shows the cities commitement to recycling and going green.  It also gives insight to our water conservation efforts.Check the web site out and ...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
I'd like to give a lesson on Retailing 101 and how it applies to home sales.  For anyone selling a home welcome to the world of Real Estate Merchandising.  Let's put it in terms of another retailer though. A retailer of Pencils.If you were the Acme School Supply Retailer of Pencils  what would bring customers to your store?  Price —  Location  Inventory of items needed or wanted —  Marketing tactics - TV, radio, print ads,  coupons —  Customer Service —  Time of year —  When they need new supplies   What would keep your customer coming back?Price —Location —Inventory in good supply & condition —Marketing - TV, radio, print ads,  coupons —Customer Service Time of year When they need new supplies —ALL OF THE ABOVE What would make them not return?High pricesToo far to go —Poor selection or...
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By Nick Good, www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com
(The Good Home Team with eXp Realty)
The Los Rios subdivision in Plano, Texas I believe is a an under-rated subdivision.  I had the privilege of growing up in Los Rios and living on a cul-de-sac over looking the 17th hole of the Los Rios Country Club Golf Course.  Most of the homes in this area were built in the 70's * 8's and a lot of these homes are well over 2,000 square feet. You can still buy a home in this area for under $100/ sq. ft.  Right now homes in the area are selling for about 74/ square foot and the average time it takes to sell a home is right around 87 days. So, if you are looking to perfect your golf game and you want a beautiful big home that overlooks the golf course please contact The Good Team Today!   To View Listings Click Here  Email me to sign up to become a VIP buyer with The Good Team!  We will ...
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By Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate
(United Real Estate)
Have you ever closed a real estate transaction with a client you've never met in person?  It's challenging and frustrating, but can be oh so rewarding! My buyer client is in Afghanistan at Bagram and found me through ActiveRain.  Back in July (!) he contacted me about finding a home in Addison TX for his ex and young son and where he will live when he returns to the States. Communication with the buyer, RC, was done via email.  During the 4-month process, he called only 4 or 5 times.  He did not have a number that I could use to call him.  The ex-spouse, CC, lives in an Addison apartment and was readily accessible.  She became his eyes and ears in Texas.Besides the limited communications, there was the challenge of the overseas notary issue.  RC did not want to assign his Power of Attor...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Have you checked your Localism "feature"page lately?  I hadn't until my , "alerted" me today to that page for whatever reason.  I don't really know why I was "alerted" (I'm still figuring all of this out). But as I checked my Localism page I noticed what I have here below "Articles by Karen Otto, Collin County, Plano, TX Home Stager".It's a nice list, already done for me by the great folks that be at Active Rain, of links to previously written posts by none other than me of course that I had posted to Localism. It targets my area, Collin County, Plano, TX, the area that I primarily service and keeps me in the local loop which is of course where I WANT TO DO BUSINESS.It's easy to put them in the body of the blog text and it's a quick way to give your readers a chance to go back and take ...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
The City of Plano was recently ranked as the safest city in North Texas, the 3rd safest city in Texas, and the 55th safest city in the nation according to Washington-based CQ Press.378 cities with a population over 75,000 were considered.  The CQ Press Safest City Award is based on a city's rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. Each crime category is considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness.Those of us that live and work in Plano know it is a great place to live so it is nice to recognized nationally.  Congratulations Plano!!Are you looking to move to Plano?  I'd be happy to share all the benefits of living in this great city!
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Here are the latest home sales statistics for Plano, TX in the November of 2007.  I've also included the stats for the 3rd Qtr of 2006 as a comparison to our current market.  November 2007 . November 2006 Sold Volume: $58,732,100 Sold Volume: $75,717,536 # of Sales: 194 # of Sales: 282 Avg. Price:  $302,742 Avg. Price:  $268,501 Sales Price as Percentage of List Price $0 - $100K                97.5% $101K - $150K   98.4% $151K - $200K          97.9% $201K - $300K  97.9% $301K - $500K   97.5% $501K - $750K    95.7% $751K +   97.6%   As you can see from the stats, actually sales volume is less but the average sales price has increased.  The PMI Group states in the article below that the Dallas Fort Worth Market is one of the least risky areas in the nation to experience a housing value de...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Selling a Home During the Holidays - Should you Decorate? is an article I wrote for Ezine Articles online magazine. Below is a summary and a link.  Selling a Home During the Holidays - Should You Decorate?By Karen OttoShould you decorate your home for sale during the holidays? How will buyers react? Get the answer from Professional Home Staging Expert, Karen Otto before you decide to set the scene for your holiday home. [READ FULL ARTICLE] [View Karen Otto's Extended Author Bio][Display Categories] Sort By [Title] [Newest] [Oldest] For Resources and Other Articles by Karen Otto:Canned Soup Or Houses - Why Bother With Packaging?[Real-Estate:Selling] Whether you're selling canned soup or a house, packaging counts. Just like any other product on the shelf, if selling your home, start treat...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
If you are planning to or already have your occupied home on the market for the holidays you may be wondering whether or not you should decorate. I'm no Scrooge so yes, I feel you should decorate if you feel so inclined but MODERATION IS KEY!Believe it or not, buyers who are looking at homes during the holiday season are probably more serious about purchasing a home otherwise why would they be out looking at properties rather than enjoying their nights and weekends celebrating or shopping? Some quick tips are listed below to help you navigate through the sale of your home this holiday season.  Welcome your buyers with a tasteful wreath or fresh seasonal plants or flowers in nice planters. There are adorable Rosemary topiaries for sale everywhere these days and they smell wonderful. The...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
If you haven't been by yet, plan on going soon to check out Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Plano Specials!From the email I subscribe to below are the following awesome deals you'll find in store at the ReStore.  And don't forget, if you have something to donate, give them a call for pick up of your items as well as doing something for a great cause!.New Arrivals at the Habitat ReStore Collin County TX Habitat ReStore Supporter       Shop, buy, donate and volunteer at the ReStore to help us build more houses in this area for deserving families. Remember,"Habitat for Humanity is a community of volunteers giving a helping hand not a hand out."Cabinets 5 sets Kitchen & Bath THANKS Taylor Custom Homes  PhotobucketFrom:$ 65.00 epTo:  $250.00 epMitsubishi 50  50" tv, surround sound system, ...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Wallpaper, wallpaper on the wall are you the fairest of them all? Love it or hate it or have no opinion of it, most Professional Home Stagers do address the issue.  It comes, it goes, it's in fashion it's not. It's neat, it's versatile, it's dated, it's faded, out, in ...  your feelings on it, in my opinion, in many cases when selling a home especially, wall paper removal may and should be recommended.   Now fair seller, you say, WHY? "I love it! I paid lots of money for this designer look it matches my chair cushions! I paid someone else to hang it perfectly straight!  All the flowers and leaves are joined seamlessly together and it looks like custom paint! We could never remove it ourselves! We have memories tied to this wall paper!" My answer to you would be this simple two sentence ...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Plano East Senior High School Presents " You Can't Take It With You" (1936)the play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman November 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2007. Show starts promptly at 7 PM.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Come support the Arts in Theatre and watch a fabulous performance by these student actors! You won't want to miss this show! 
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