Allen, TX Real Estate News

By James Hurt
(Broker)
Learning how to host a cookout isn't really all that complicated if you throw in a little bit of planning and some flexibility. Overall, the entire ordeal is mostly about friends, food, family, and coming together to share in all that each has to offer. Regardless, you're naturally going to want yours to stand out a little in the sea of potential cook outs that crop up throughout the warmer months.   If you ask your friends how to host a cookout you will probably get as many responses as you have friends. Some people will tell you it's the food that matters most. Others will tell you it's the atmosphere. You can end up not knowing what to focus on and what's really important but spinning around until you get dizzy. Fortunately, if you just take it one step at a time you will find your w...
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By Norma Wall, Broker, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney Texas
(North Point Realty)
Everybody hates to move - and it's always a challenge to find a reliable mover. The big guys are fine for large, long distance moves, but when you have a local relocation, especially with office furniture, you need a "large enough to serve you - small enough to know you" kind of company. Enter General Relocations Office Installations. After three projects with this local family-owned business I can certainly recommend and give them high marks for taking the pain out of the process. For my dreaded move they showed up early, were well organized, had good tools and (even in this relentless Dallas heatwave) were focused on the end result.  As an added bonus they were polite.  They respected the building restrictions and did not disrupt the neighbors.  All my furniture, accessories, computer...
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If you've purchased any kind of new appliance your next step is to learn how to keep stainless steel looking good. In reality, stainless is one of the more attractive materials that appliances are made from. The appliances are radiantly shiny, deep with that new steel appearance, and wonderfully brilliant in just about any home. Yet there are plenty of people that have found after awhile their stainless doesn't resemble the appliances that they brought home.   The first step in the How to Keep Stainless Steel Looking Good manual is relatively simple in theory. Hand prints and finger prints are the first thing to start smudging that beautiful shine. The oil from hands has a way of sticking to and then penetrating the ridges of the steel. Your appliances have handles and it's important th...
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 When you buy a home you need to seal the grout, granite, and stone. While it seems like you should be able to just move right into your new home and simply unpack, there are some last minute jobs that need to be done. Most builders do not seal. Whether you're talking about a granite counter top, stone floors, or the bathroom grout these details are often left unattended to.   It's always best to clarify with the builder what has been completed and what hasn't been touched when you buy a brand new home. There are a lot of little details that may have been skipped simply because the builder doesn't consider it their responsibility to do so. Living with unsealed grout, granite, and stone can lead to problems along the way. Often mold, mildew, and staining will take over the area and it's ...
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By James Hurt
(Broker)
In order to beat the heat you're definitely going to need some cool ideas. While the AC runs hard at home it can be maddening to have to stay inside as the temperatures outside drive up into the upper 90s or worse. For those living without air conditioning the heat seems to linger well into the late night hours like an ugly troll sucking the life out of you. But summertime heat doesn't have to be excruciating.   One of the first ways to beat the heat is to find ways to limit heat building in your home through the use of many appliances. Cooking can heat up a home very fast, and it can leave the family feeling too hot and irritable to eat, anyway. Try making some creative cold dishes that don't require any cooking. If some of your ingredients must be cooked, tend to them at night when th...
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By James Hurt
(Broker)
Today there is a high focus on online security because it is so essential to every user's wellbeing. Yet most of the focus remains on the cautious use of websites, credit card charges, and entering personal information on any given website. At the same time, social networks continuously make changes in their policy to allow high visibility of things like your phone number, your address, and your email address.   Online security is about being safe and secure on every single website. Just because a website is well used, has a lot of press, or seems to be a beneficial marketing tool doesn't mean that it's completely secure. Often the settings that you choose to protect your identity and your personal contact information are automatically changed or reset with every policy change.   That m...
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Weep holes are essentially drainage holes that are built into brick buildings. Their purpose is to allow the moisture that gets trapped inside the masonry to have an exit route. Without an exit route, the water would sit inside the building's foundation, the outer walls, and where joints come together and would eventually do quite a bit of damage. There are different laws that manage the use of these holes and they will vary from one state to the next. Basically seeing them is a good thing. Not seeing them should send up a few red flags.   During the construction of a home weep holes are added because regardless of the quality of construction water will get in. You can barely see a crack along the masonry that is 1/100th of an inch in thickness. Yet if just those tiny hairline cracks ca...
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By James Hurt
(Broker)
An anaerobic septic system is generally what most people who have septic system already have installed. It's been the most popular type partly because there has been so little to compete with it. They don't cost that much to install, they are relatively simple to maintain, and it's been accepted that this is the standard for residential systems. While the private sector has certainly embraced the anaerobic system, municipalities do not use these at all.   An anaerobic septic system breaks down waste product at a rather slow and inefficient rate. When considering the residential use of a septic system this could be found to be acceptable. By the consistent standard use and the fact that one household would have to work pretty hard to fill up the system there has been little question as t...
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By James Hurt
(Broker)
While there are numerous benefits of LED lighting the most influential one is the longevity and the efficiency which these bulbs burn. There are many reasons for the increased popularity of these lights. Their use is proving to be an energy wise decision that has led to significant savings for those who do.   The money that can be saved stems from their lower energy burn. Cool light, which is what LED lights burn, are consistent in function as well as in temperature. Incandescent light bulbs heat up relatively quickly and can create additional energy costs because of their use of warm light.   LED lights can be made into nearly any size. This creates an additional convenience when you want a smaller flashlight or you are trying to light a walkway. The size of an incandescent light bulb ...
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By James Hurt
(Broker)
Rainwater harvesting is a method of collecting and using rain as a source of useable water. This is done in outlying areas around the world just as it is done in the US. The use of rain as a water source is certainly not a new idea. The harvesting process is relatively simple. It is imperative that you collect and use the rain in a way that is sanitary in order to make sure that you don't end up drinking or cooking with contaminated water. Many households practice harvesting as a method of reducing their water use rather than for drinking. In other parts of the world rain is the primary source of drinking water and can be collected in a way that avoids health hazards.   The rain that falls from the rooftops is not used for drinking, cooking, or any other purpose of consumption. The cont...
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Every single day each of us uses energy. We all use water. We all create a certain amount of waste. There are many simple things that each and every one of us can do in order to cut down on the waste, use less energy, and have a smaller impact on the environment. Whether you live a conservative lifestyle or you tend to live without thinking much about your impact on the environment, you can cut down on your footprint.   Some of the steps toward a cleaner life are very easy. Using a thermostat that allows you to program the temperature setting for day time and night time helps to keep your energy use down. Heating and cooling temperatures don't need to be as prevalent at night. Turning the heat cooler at night and the air conditioning warmer at night helps to conserve a great deal of ene...
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
Set your Alarm or DVR - WFAA "City of Allen" Party on the Plaza!   News 8 Daybreak has invited the City of Allen’s businesses and community to come out to Victory Plaza this Friday, July 15 at 5:30am to 7:00am for a "Party-on-the-Plaza." Allen’s Mayor Stephen Terrell will be there along with at least 100 of our most spirited community members to let everyone in the metroplex know all about Allen and why it's truly the BEST PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY! Do you have a business, civic or community group that wants to join in the fun this Friday?  If so, please contact Karen Cromwell, Tourism Manager, at kcromwell@visitallentexas.com to find out more.   Home of the CHL Allen Americans - 2009/2010 Southern Conference Champions  -  Allen Wranglers - Indoor Football League  -   Lone Star Conf...
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
Summer Theatre Workshop - Allen Arts Alliance   Have a student who loves the spotlight?  Here's Summer Fun just for them:   Summer Theatre Workshop July 25th - August 5th Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm. We're looking for students who have just finished 5th grade through student who are heading into 12th.  Courses will include such topics as Stage Combat, Acting Shakespeare, Audition Techniques, Make Up Artistry, and more.  Student work will be showcased in an Evening of Entertainment on Friday evening. Cost is $180 for one week or $300 for both weeks. We are an energetic group; we love working with kids; and we love theatre!  Our teachers have decades of experience in theater, several are working professionals in the field.  For more information e-mail:  allenscommunitytheatre@gmail.com o...
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
Lucas Texas Market Report - Claremont Springs Jan. 1 - June 30, 2011   NEW CONSTRUCTION and RESALE Luxury homes that sold in The Claremont Springs luxury community in Lucas Texas Jan. 1-June 30 are showing that buyers need to come prepared to make the deal.  The New Construction home was on the market for a while, but the RESALE home was sold in less than two weeks! There is one New Construction Home available currently in Claremont Springs and one RESALE home.  If you are looking for a quality, custom home in the Allen ISD, this is the neighborhood you need to look! Homes SOLD and Currently AVAILABLE in Claremont Springs:   Claremont Springs is a tranquil countryside community offering 1 to 1 1/2 Acre Homesites in Allen ISD. These large sprawling homesites provide the perfect opportuni...
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  Building a new home can be exciting. This experience is probably once in a lifetime for most people, which means they pour their heart and soul into it. But, with the dream comes stress. This stressful process can be smoother if one follows a few simple principles. The Contractor Probably the most important part of the process is choosing a reputable contractor. One should research contractors in the area and see what other people's experiences were, then ask at least three of these contractors to bid on the project, in order to get the best deal. Bids should be very specific as to the scope of work and who is responsible for the different aspects of the contract. The contract should also include a very specific schedule to keep frustration to a minimum. This specificity can avoid ser...
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  If you are considering the purchase of a new central air conditioner unit, you probably already have come across the term "SEER" and might wonder what it means. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating of a unit, the more energy efficient the system will be -- if it is properly sized and has been properly installed. A unit with a higher SEER should result in lower energy bills -- again if it is the correctly installed. The SEER number is based on tests to determine how much cooling is produced compared to the energy used. The SEER rating does not indicate how well the system cools; a higher number does not mean it cools better than a unit with a lower number. It indicates how much it will cost to create cooled air. The higher the SEER number, it les...
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  Stainless steel appliances are beautiful and durable. If you want to keep your stainless appliances looking great then you're going to have to take steps to ensure its beauty lasts. Regardless of whether it's a refrigerator or a stove special care can keep your appliances as beautiful as the first day you got them.   The cleaning products that are often used for kitchens are not always appropriate for stainless steel appliances. You may want to use a stainless steel specific cleaner or use a citrus based degreaser. Either product is considered to be safe on stainless and leave behind a non streaking shine. These products do, however, have their drawbacks.   Many of the stainless steel specific cleaners perform well on the appliances but can do damage to the floors. Tile and wood floor...
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By James Hurt
(Broker)
  Hosting a dinner party used to be an event. It was a time to bring people together, share some special times over a great meal, and even add a little bit of formality to the meal. A dinner party gave everyone a chance to mingle, to socialize, and to make new friends. Simply sharing a special evening together always seemed to bring everyone so much closer.   Today, many of us are so busy we have forgotten the importance of gathering people together and creating our own special occasion. There doesn't need to be a holiday or a birthday to gather around the table. A dinner party used to be the special event rather than a way to earmark a special event.   Children in their dress clothes would stay up way too late and fall asleep on the couch. A little bit of wine followed by the best reci...
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  Facebook increases sales of all kinds, including home sales. It is amazing how quickly a social network can pass on information and develop interest in what you have to offer. As a social site, Facebook is one of the fastest and most reliable in terms of soliciting interest. You can reduce the time your home is one the market simply by actively engaging in this social circle online.   The internet has opened up new ways to market all kinds of things. This, of course, includes your home. When you post news, information, or updates regarding your home it is listed on the pages of all of your contacts. These contacts can then cross post, or post the same posting again on their wall, so that any of their contacts who are not your contacts will see the information as well. You can ask your...
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By Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR, ACRE, Plano TX Ambassador
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Click for Larger View Gina and I flew over The Preserve in Allen this morning in the RE/MAX® Balloon. This vantage point gives you a good view of how things are progressing. The development is really starting to take shape! The lake has been completed and is starting to fill. You can also see that the lots have been surveyed and leveled. The roads have been laid out and the developer will be installing utilities soon. You can see the stacks of blue-green pipes at the front of the development. You can see all homes for sale in Twin Creeks, Allen, TX here. Read more about The Preserve in Allen.Source: http://www.thebranchteam.com/wordpress/2011/06/29/a-balloon-view-of-the-preserve-in-allen/Photo Copyright 2011 - Tom Branch
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