Plano, TX Real Estate News

By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
OK I'm sold on the professional photographer for staged home photography now.  Not that I wasn't before but I just hadn't gotten to know any before I met John McConnell, Professional Photographer (aka Magic Man) over the course of the last few months.   He's not only a great photographer but he's also a fine person and becoming a friend. He's always got a smile on his face and a good word for everyone. His personality alone won me over. But in all honestly....I also needed some great quality photos for myself and my marketing purposes but just hadn't gotten around to it nor made the allowance for it in my budget.  I am also the worst when it comes time to take after photos of the staged homes I work on because of sheer exhaustion honestly.  I don't take the time I need to take good phot...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
The annual Turkey Bowl for the entire DFW area group of Realtors is going to be help on November 8, 2007 at the Plano Super Bowl in Plano TX at 2521 Avenue K, east of 75.The cost is $35 a bowler.  The event will be from 2:30-5:00pm.The proceeds will benfit the Genesis Women's Shelter, Open Arms Home, Inc., and REALTORS® Fighting Fires.I will not be able to participate as I won't be able to pick up a turkey, muchless roll one down a lane... well, maybe a 3 pounder, but that wouldn't even knock any pins down!If you would like more information, call 214-540-2720 or go to the MetroTex website at www.dfwrealtors.com.
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Brothers and sisters this is a sermon; a sermon on the mountain of vacant properties that are a growing, guilty reality for many in the world of residential real estate.   No bones about it       vacant houses are soul less properties.   There is no life to or in them.  An absolute fact because no one lives there!   A common expression, "home is where the heart is" is one we can all relate to.     How then can a house be called a home when there is nothing "homey" there to show for it?   It is a vacant, empty vessel.  Once filled with life and the living, only to be left for dead.  Vacant properties are a hard sell folks, and for those in the real estate world we know it.   Fear not brethren, there is hope for the weary vacant soul less.  Gather round the staging pulpit and take heed.  ...
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By D Barnett
(RE/MAX DFW Associates V)
HiTECCC members are Plano ISD, Collin College, the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, Nortel, Raytheon, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco.  Press Release 
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By D Barnett
(RE/MAX DFW Associates V)
 Check out the Plano 3rd annual International Festival at 11:00 am-6pm on Saturday! This Saturday!Carlisle Elemetary School is having their Fall Festival for the kids this Saturday, the 20th at 5:30pm to 8:30pm and tickets may be purchased the night of the event for food(pizza) and fun. Costumes welcome! Join the contest!  Did I mention that I'm 3rd VP Ways and Means for Carlisle and we love your thoughts. Watch for a masterminds meeting announcement next week. You can volunteer but, you can also come to comment and share ideas after all it's your school too!Click here for the full PISD Calendar of Events includes early days.
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
I have blogged about the ReStore before and I'm now receiving their monthly email with happenings and specials.  Today I received this email regarding their Fall Sale now in progress.  If you haven't already checked it out you should! Not only do they have great stuff at great prices, the proceeds go back to Habitat for Humanity projects. A map is included should you venture out to check out the deals.Happy shopping!   "Beautify your home and help us build houses - shop at the ReStore!"Fall Specials at Habitat ReStore SCCTX ReStore Regular...  Come find the bargains...SALE..SALE..SALE  Dots & Dots every where: BLUE=NEW(never used) or Premium Used  RED=75% off, Dark Green=50%, YELLOW=25% off marked price... come find the "dots" on all of our merchandise.  In ReStore Sale Dots: Blue=New R...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Did you know that there is an official Cookbook for the City of Plano?  Well, there is.  The Junior League of Plano's cookbook, Lonestar to Five Star.   It features a collection of recipes designed to enhance every occasion from holiday dinners to elegant cocktail parties. Start your day with "Rising Stars", then sample "Greens & Tureens" or "Star Attractions", and end up with "Lasting Impressions". In addition to over 250 recipes extensively tested in home kitchens, Lone Star to Five Star includes signature recipes from more than a dozen of North Texas' most lauded chefs.     I use this cookbook as a closing gift to my clients in Plano and it has always been received very well.  It makes my clients and I feel good that all the proceeds benefit the projects of the Junior League of Plano...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Okay, it is that time of the month again in Plano.  Next Saturday, October 13 is the 3rd Downtown @ Sundown event.  I've been to the first two events and I plan on making it out to this one as well.  They will have bands playing in the parking lot by the DART station, silent auction and extended shopping hours for the stores on 15th Street.  I ate at Massimilliano's and Jorg's Cafe Vienna(voted Best by D! Magazine) the last times so maybe I'll eat at Kelly's next weekend.  Hope to see you there!
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Come join the Plano Sunrise Rotary on Monday, October 15 at the 6th Annual Oktoberfest at Bavarian Grill in Plano.  The event is open to the public - everyone is invited.  Oktoberfest is on October 15 from 5-9pm at Bavarian Grill, 221 Parker Rd and only costs $35.  The cost includes "All you can Eat" German Fest, Three 1/3 liters of German Bier or Three Glasses of Wein, Live German Entertainment, Plus Raffle & Silent Auction. As a member of the Plano West Rotary, our club is having our weekly "meeting" at the event!  By supporting this event, our club helps support the Children's Medical Center Legacy and other charitable projects!
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By Christy Schleicher, Precious Memories - Dallas TX
(Precious Memories - Photography)
The following information is based on activity from 4-1-2007 through 10-1-2007 for the 80+ homes in The Greens of Gleneagles: Active Properties Listed For Sale:  5Avg. List Price Per Sq/Ft:  $184.16Avg. Days On The Market:  92Avg. List Price:  $643,652  SOLD Properties:  3Avg. List Price Per Sq/Ft:  $183.88Avg. Days On The Market:  94Avg. Sold Price:  $577,000For more information on this community or a complimentary CMA of your neighborhood, call 214-770-5660.  --Our goal in maintaining this blog is to provide you with valuable information, tips, and general insight for buyers, sellers and investors in the Dallas Texas real estate market. If you choose to use Exceptional Realty Services, feel free to call us anytime, we'd be honored to help. We can assist you with the process of finding...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Check out your October Plano Profile (page 23) for these fine young actors in the elite Theatre Major Studies Program at Plano East Senior High who will be performing their first show of the Fall Season 2007 Bertolt Brecht's classic, The Caucasian Chalk Circle Thursday, October 4th through Saturday October 6th, 2007Show starts at 7 PM Plano East Theatre located at 3000 Los Rios Blvd. Plano, TX Call 469-752-9247 for more detailsTickets are $8 for adults, $6 for studentsCOME SUPPORT THE ARTS IN EDUCATION AND HAVE A GREAT NIGHT OUT!  
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
The Tollways in North Texas have instated an increase effective today, October 1.  This includes the North Dallas Tollway and the George Bush Turnpike.  I was astonished yesterday when I went into Frisco on the new stretch that opened on Friday and it was $1.30 for the Eldorado exit... WHAT??!!  $1.30!!  That's crazy!To go see my client in Frisco yesterday, it cots me $0.50 to get onto the Bush.  $1.00 is charged at the Coit overpass.  When I get onto the Dallas North Tollway, it's $1.00 at Parker.  Then it was $1.30 to exit at Eldorado.  That's $3.80.  That's $7.20 round trip.  This is getting ridiculous!!!However, I do have the Tolltag on my car, so the rates are slightly less, so let's look at it with the tolltag.  $.40 to get on at Renner. $.70 at the Coit overpass.  $.70 at Parker ...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!This is where I spent my evening last night.  Plano's Divine Consign is like a huge garage sale for parent's to get rid of their kid stuff without having to worry about organizing a garage sale or haggling prices.  I had never heard of this before, but why should I have when I haven't had kids before.A friend told me about this a couple of months ago, so I registered as a First Time Mommy.  First Time Mommies were allowed in the sale last night at 9pm (sept 18) before the general public today (sept 19).  It was a mad house!  I didn't get home until after 11pm last night.  I bought so much stuff for under $100!Most of what I bought is to stay at Grandma's house as I rather have new things at my house as they'll get the most wear and tear and need to be in gr...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
Will you post my house in the Dallas Morning News?NO!Mr. and Mrs. Seller, people don't read the newspaper like they used to.  Many people have switched from the actual news paper to the online version of the paper.  Yes, with the online version of the paper, your ad will appear in the online portion of the classifieds section, however, that's not where you want to be, as there is a new and separate online section for listings that are automatically fed from the MLS.First, when an ad is placed in the paper, you're getting about 3-4 short lines to grab someone's attention.  If I get absolutely no calls, does that mean that no one saw the ad?  So, problem number one is that I can't track how many people the ad was put in front of like I can with my internet ads.Second, do you really think ...
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By The Italia Team
(Remax)
Here is a little back ground about us.My wife, Kelly Italia has been licenced for 14 years. She is by far the best listing agent ever. I don't just say that because I have too. It's a fact. Last year she went on 57 appointments and landed 52. If you know anything about sales that number is very impressive. That is a 91% ratio. She is the most persistent agent in the FSBO (For Sale By Owner).I on the other hand have been in the business for over 3 years. But been married to it for 8 years. Although, last year I won the Quality Service Award for our office. This award is given to the agent that has the most referral business and highest rated customer satisfaction scores.I am writing these blogs as a way to let you know that we are always available in one form or another. I will also be c...
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By The Italia Team
(Remax)
Here is a little back ground about us.My wife, Kelly Italia has been licenced for 14 years. She is by far the best listing agent ever. I don't just say that because I have too. It's a fact. Last year she went on 57 appointments and landed 52. If you know anything about sales that number is very impressive. That is a 91% ratio. She is the most persistent agent in the FSBO (For Sale By Owner).I on the other hand have been in the business for over 3 years. But been married to it for 8 years. Although, last year I won the Quality Service Award for our office. This award is given to the agent that has the most referral business and highest rated customer satisfaction scores.I am writing these blogs as a way to let you know that we are always available in one form or another. I will also be c...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Just a reminder, the 2nd Downtown @ Sundown is this Saturday, Sept. 8 in Plano.  The event is from 5pm - 10pm.  I went to the event last month and it was fun.  The live music was great and the stores stayed open late.  Of course, I did some shopping and enjoyed myself.  Hopefully, the weather will be a little cooler this weekend to make staying longer a little more enjoyable.  Parking was easy and even though they are doing road construction in downton Plano, it was quick to get in and out.  Make sure and visit Cafe Vienna for authenic Austrian food.  They were recently selected in the Best of the Best Issue of D Magazine.  For more information, visit http://www.visitdowntownplano.com/ 
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