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New vs Pre-Owned Home

New vs Pre-Owned Home

Advantages to consider when buying a new home:

  • Features the latest floor plans for today’s life-styles.
  • Is built using the latest energy saving materials, the newest technologies & meets the current building codes.
  • Enhanced energy efficiency will make your home more comfortable in summer and winter while lowering your energy bills.
  • Extended builder’s warranty usually provides a 10 year structural warranty, 2 year manufacturer’s warranty on appliances, and a one year walk through with repairs done by the builder.
  • Your choice: you select the location of a new home community, the builder, your home site, and a floor plan that best meets your housing needs.
  • It is the simplest way to get what you want because you start with a clean slate.
  • You can personalize landscaping for your life-style.
  • There are added amenities such as parks, walking trails, swimming pools, tennis courts, and golf courses that provide a great venue for socializing, exercise and more.
  • You get additional peace of mind from knowing that no one else has lived in your home before you and your family and there’s just something about moving into a brand new home!

Advantages to consider when buying a pre-owned home

  • A used home is typically in an established neighborhood with mature trees, shopping centers, and can be close to schools.
  • It is often priced lower than a new construction home, and it may have the character or charm that you are looking to purchase.
  • Lower purchase price:  prices are not only more negotiable, they start lower than prices for new homes of similar size.
  • Typically “pre-owned” homes are closer to town, which may mean less commuting time.
  • Builder errors have been detected and resolved:  no need to guess how an old home will age.
  • Cheaper to move into:  window shades and blinds are in place, landscaping, patios and fences are complete.
  • Style and craftsmanship: plaster walls, parquet floors, wood paneling  and 12 foot ceilings are prohibitively expensive in a new house.

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Red Bull Soapbox Race In The Colony, TX

Red Bull Soapbox Race In The Colony, TX

Red Bull Soapbox Race In The Colony, TX

Red Bull Soapbox Race In The Colony, TX

Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: Course Opens at 11 a.m.
Race Begins at 1 p.m.
Awards at 5 p.m.
Location: Austin Ranch – Windhaven Parkway
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Looking for something fun to take the children to this weekend? Stop by the Red Bull Soapbox Race, featuring some of the most outrageous human-powered vehicles taking on a treacherous course this Saturday, September 15 at The Colony’s Austin Ranch.
Forty-four teams will compete in their soapbox creations careening through a downhill course featuring jumps, bumps, curves and swerves.

For more information please visit www.redbullsoapboxusa.com.

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Trader Joe’s Supermarket Opens In Plano, TX

Trader Joe’s Supermarket Opens In Plano, TX

Trader Joe's Supermarket Opens In Plano, TX

Trader Joe's Supermarket Opens In Plano, TX

Trader Joe’s Plano opens today September 7, 2012

The latest Trader Joe’s store opened today in Plano, TX and is the second Trader Joe’s in the DFW area. It is hoped that Trader Joe’s 2nd store opening will bring increased competition to other local supermarkets such as Central Market and Whole Foods.

The new Trader Joe’s Plano Store is located at:

2400 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093
Phone : 972-312-9538

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House Prices Continue To Move Upwards In Northridge, Frisco

House Prices Continue To Move Upwards In NorthRidge, Frisco

Northridge In Frisco

Northridge In Frisco

NorthRidge is a West Frisco community located on Eldorado Parkway just west of Teal Parkway.

As you can see from the data below the average selling price per square foot has risen by $5 in 2012 compared to 2011. Also homes are taking less time to sell & are selling for more. All of these are great indicators why now is a great time to list your home for sale.

NorthRidge January – August 2011

Average selling price per sq. ft $83.00
Average days on market: 93
Average list price to sales price: 98%
Average sales price: $234’000

NorthRidge January – August 2012

Average selling price per sq. ft $88.00
Average days on market: 48
Average list price to sales price: 97%
Average sales price: $245’000

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House Prices Continue To Move Upwards In Cristie Ranch, Frisco

House Prices Continue To Move Upwards In Cristie Ranch, Frisco

Cristie Ranch in Frisco

Cristie Ranch in Frisco

Cristie Ranch is a West Frisco community located just north of Eldorado Parkway on the west side of Teal Parkway.

As you can see from the data below the average selling price per square foot has risen by $6 in 2012 compared to 2011. Also homes are taking less time to sell & are selling for more. All of these are great indicators why now is a great time to list your home for sale.

Cristie Ranch January – August 2011

Average selling price per sq. ft $88.00
Average days on market: 115
Average list price to sales price: 96%
Average sales price: $305’000

Cristie Ranch January – August 2012

Average selling price per sq. ft $94.00
Average days on market: 85
Average list price to sales price: 97%
Average sales price: $330’000

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Racetrack Gas Station At Northwest Corner Of Teel / Eldorado In West Frisco

Racetrac Gas Station At Northwest Corner Of Teel / Eldorado In West Frisco, TX

Racetrac Gas Station In West Frisco, TX

Racetrac Gas Station In West Frisco, TX

Wondering what they are constructing at the northwest corner Of Teel & Eldorado In West Frisco?
Answer is a 24 Hour Racetrack Gas Station.

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

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Escape The Heat At Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX

Escape The Heat At Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

As a Frisco, TX REALTOR® it is always tough fitting in our family vacation with work as the summer months are my busiest work weeks of the year, especially before the children return to school which this year is August 27th 2012 for Frisco ISD.

This year we choose to take our vacation the week before the children return to school and as all my children’s passports have expired and it costs over $120 to renew each one ( I have three children) we decided to do a Texas vacation this summer.

On previous years we went to Schlitterbahn waterpark in New Braunfels, TX, Sea World in San Antonio, TX & Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, TX. This year however we stayed closer to home and out of the sun somewhat and choose Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX. We came here last year for one night after spending a couple of days at Hurricane Harbor and the children loved it.

Firstly I would like to make a few things that are obvious to me but may not be to everyone ( I read some reviews of Great Wolf Lodge and some people amaze me). This is not the four seasons, even though it may end up costing you more! Great Wolf Lodge is aimed towards the children and not adults, (although they do serve adult beverages). If you are looking for fancy restaurants or high thread count sheets on your king sized bed then look elsewhere. What you get at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX is a themed indoor / outdoor water park with additional indoor activities for the children to enjoy during their stay.

We arrived a around 2pm on Monday 20th August and although I was aware that check-in was  not until 4pm I knew that we could use the water park from 1pm on our day of arrival in the event that our room was not available when we arrived. We lucked out as we did last year as our room was ready so we checked in straight away. Check-in was fast and we only waited in line five minutes. I choose the Cabin Themed room which features a bulk bed for the children that looks like it is built of tree trunks and a TV mounted on the wall for them to watch. With three children they are taking it in turns to use the “top bunk”. Also two of them a sharing even though the room also has a pull out sofa bed one of them could use. The room also has a queen sized bed for adults and a sitting area with desk etc.

One feature that I always like in my hotel room is a fridge which we have, along with a microwave and coffee maker etc. One thing I learned from last years trip is there is no way to do Great Wolf Lodge on the cheep. The children are going to want the magicquest wands etc., so this year I choose to purchase the “paw pass” for each of them which covers many of the activities. Below is a list of what the “paw pass” includes. I won’t tell you the price as I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

* 20 Tokens for the Northern Lights Arcade
* One Traditional MagiQuest Wand ($19.99 value)
* One MagiQuest Game ($12.99 value)
* One Small Glitter Tattoo
* One Single Scoop Ice Cream in a Cup
* One “Color Your Own” item at Cub Club (Tee Shirt or Pillowcase)
* One Animal at Great Wolf Stuffing Station (outfit included)
* One 4″ x 6″ Paw Prints Photo

Once we had been up to our room to drop off our bags we went to the water park for a couple of hours. As I suspected they soon wanted to start using doing the activities on their “paw passes” so I gave them an hour and a half before dinner to do that.

Although their are restaurants on site and I will be using them on day two I expect, the first night I choose to take them to one of their favorite restaurants which is also in Grapevine, The Rain Forrest Cafe. As it’s in Grapevine we only get to go here one or twice a year so as Great Wolf Lodge is only a couple of miles from the Grapevine Mall where the Rain Forrest Cafe is located we went there for dinner.

We made sure that we were back in the hotel by 8pm as the children wanted to attend the “bedtime” story that is held down in the main lobby by the clock tower. The “story time” lasts about 20 minutes and they seem to enjoy it.

Day Two
I don’t like lines, so I will do anything to avoid them which means I always plan to do the rides in the water park at off peek hours. As the water park is open from 9am – 9pm I chose to be there at 9am so we can get to ride the slides that we want to ride without much of a wait. Also we had breakfast at the Loose Moose Cottage at 7.30am which gave us plenty of time to be ready.

The Loose Moose Cottage buffet was good. It has the usual things you would expect from a breakfast buffet and as we were there when it just opened everything was fresh and hot. I liked the breakfast burritos, which I removed the flour tortilla from and ate.

Tip. We arrived at the water park at 9.05am and we able to rid all the water slides within the first hour with very little wait time. The first 30 minutes was the best as there was no wait and I got in a bit of a cardio workout walking up all the stairs whilst carrying a double tube over my shoulder.

In the evening we went to dinner at the Camp Critter bar and grill which is within the hotel. The food was ok, and was overpriced but I knew what to expect before we went there. The main reason of going there to eat was the children wanted the free “wolf ears” that you get when you order the kids meals. The meal cost $60 (1 adult & 3 children).

After dinner the children wanted to attend the bedtime stories at the clock tower again so I let them do that while I sat in the restaurant a few feet away and enjoyed some quite time and an adult beverage.

As I said at the start, this trip was all for the children and they enjoyed themselves. They had hours of fun with their “paw passes” and playing Magiquest, especially my 8 year old son who completed it all. The water park also provided hours of fun for us all.

All told with hotel taxes, the two nights cost $750 which includes the breakfast onsite and 3 drinks purchased at some point during our stay. We also spent an additional $250 on outside restaurants which could have been cut in half if I had chosen cheaper spots to eat.  Although the hotel does offer free Wifi, I found it was very slow and really only good for checking email. I used my 4G connection on my Ipad to watch movies on netflix which cost me another $20 in bandwidth.
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Back-to-School Safety Tips in Frisco, TX

Back-to-School Safety Tips in Frisco, TX

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Back-to-School Safety Tips

1. Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.

2. Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.

3. Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.

4. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.

5. Teach your kids — whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school — to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

6. When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building

7. If your child bikes to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards (U.S. CPSC, Snell, ANSI, ASTM, or Canadian). Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.

8. If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under age 12 should not ride motorized scooters, according to recent recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

9. Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot.

10. Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, exit from the front using the handrail to avoid falls and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.

11. Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up objects, as the driver may not see him before starting to move.

12. Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

On the Playground

13. Check the playground equipment at your child’s school. Look for hazards such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces. The surface around the equipment should be covered with wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or fiber material to prevent head injury when a child falls. Report any hazards to the school.

14. Avoid any drawstrings on the hood or around the neck of jackets and sweatshirts. Drawstrings at the waist or bottom of jackets should extend no more than three inches long to prevent catching in car and school bus doors or getting caught on playground equipment.

15. Make sure that the school’s athletic director or a custodian anchors soccer goals into the ground so they won’t tip over and crush a child.

15. Teach children proper playground behavior: no pushing, shoving, or crowding.

16. Give your child some strategies for coping with bullies. He should not give in to a bully’s demands, but should simply walk away or tell the bully to stop. If the bullying continues, talk to the teacher.

17. Make sure your child’s school has up-to-date information on recalled toys and children’s products. Schools, daycare providers and parents can receive recall information by fax, email, or in the regular mail free of charge by calling the Consumer Product Safety Commission hotline at 800-638-2772

Source: Old Republic Title
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Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco TX August Update

Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco TX August Update

Things are moving fast over at Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco TX. It won’t be long before the first of the builder models homes are complete.

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park in Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park in Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park, Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park, Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

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Organic Gardening in Frisco, TX, Where do I begin?

Organic Gardening in Frisco, TX, Where do I begin?

Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening

If you are like me, then you don’t know any thing about organic gardening, but you would like to then keep reading. I found a great article from a local garden center in Frisco, TX that explains a few basics for beginners like me. So if you are up for experimenting with some new fertilizers for the sake of a greener, safer environment keep reading…

Dry Fertilizer Options:
Gardenville 7-2-2: time release fertilizer helps to restore fertility and benefits microorganisms/earthworm populations.
Earthworm castings: It actually improves aeration and water retention with out burning. It is odorless organic material that is rich in slow release nutrients including calcium, nitrogen, and phosphorous.

Liquid Fertilizers:
Garrett juice: mild, made from compost tea, molasses, seaweed, and apple cider vinegar. Use once a month during growing season
Superthrive: Use as an additive once a month to any liquid fertilizer regimen. Serves as reviver for stressed plants.

Pest Control Options:
Mound Drench: Use to kill fire ants and make their mounds uninhabitable. Contains: orange oil, molasses, and humate.

Good luck with your garden. Let me know if you try these how they work for you! Call me today.

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