Allen, TX Real Estate News

By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
American Cancer Society - Relay For Life of Allen - Teams of Hope Friday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m.     The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Allen is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes the community to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams of (6 to15 members) will gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation.   As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the fami...
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  Colors have been scientifically linked to how people feel. When you're selling your home you want people who walk through the home as potential buyers to feel good and optimistic when they enter. The right color choices can have a great impact on how the potential buyers are going to feel about your home and whether they are going to make an offer.   Colors like green can be soothing. However, choosing a pea soup green or a brown green can be a turn off. Using traditional blue can actually create (as one might expect) a saddened or more downtrodden mood than red or yellow. Painting the walls such bold colors is a very risky move as not all potential buyers will see the potential of your home if you have painted the walls in primary colors. You want to use the cheerful and inspiring co...
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES AND HEAD TO WATTERS CREEK FOR “DANCING BY THE CREEK” Free Dance Classes With Arthur Murray Dance Instructors                   WHAT: Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is proud to announce the return of Dancing by the Creek held the last Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting April 27 through September.  Enjoy free step-by-step dance lessons by Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors taught creek-side. Dancing by the Creek takes place on The Green.  Each week will feature instruction on a different dance style. The Arthur Murray dance school was founded in 1912 and has specialized in teaching various dance styles to clients throughout the world.  Arthur Murray is known for training some of Broadway’s best and teaching dance steps to Hollywood ...
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By Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR, ACRE, Plano TX Ambassador
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
We've been following this project ever since the sign went up on the 32 acres in west Allen. We drove by the other day and the developer has started breaking ground! Most of the large native oak trees had protective rings installed around them so the heavy equipment operators would avoid damaging them. Once the basic layout is completed, they can begin installing utilities and pouring the roads. We spoke to Ashton Woods and they are on-schedule to start pre-selling in November 2011. We'll post updates as more becomes available. Source: http://www.thebranchteam.com/wordpress/2011/04/19/groundbreaking-in-the-preserve-in-allen/
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
Wow - I knew it would be a big deal, but WHO KNEW it would be THAT big???  The first ones to arrive at the store as customers camped out near the front door beginning at 5:00AM for a 11:30am Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening at 12:00PM....THAT'S dedication!  (or part of the craziness!) By 11:00AM people were wrapped from one end of the outside of the store to the other, waiting (im)patiently for the Official-ness to begin-and-end so that they could shop.  As can be expected, the ceremonies ran a bit late and the door didn't officially open until 12:05PM.  Talk about a rush of people! With over 100,000 sq ft of space filled with over $8M in hunting, fishing, camping, and outdoor gear there is something for every enthusiast.  In my case, my sole purchase was a baseball cap for Big Guy comm...
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By Mike Pannell
(Nu Home Source Realty LLC)
Choosing a new home in Dallas, Texas can involve taking interest in many great suburbs, many of which have great historical stories that represent the development and growth of the community through time. From the early to late 1800’s to the mid-1900s, there has been wonderful growth and development within Dallas, TX, with great restoration and preservation through the late 1900’s to the early 21st century. Today, you can find suburbs of all levels, influences, and sizes, including Allen, TX, a small city located within Collin County, situating a northern section suburb in Dallas. There have been over 30,000 new residents introduced to Allen, TX since 2000, with a 2007 estimated population at 77,644. The neighborhood follows a Council-Manager government, which is greatly appreciated wit...
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
Happy 100th Birthday Allen ISD- Allen Texas Although the town of Allen, Texas was established in 1872, the school system was not put into place until 1911.  For more history, visit the City of Allen official website. FREE EVENT! Education is something to celebrate!  There will be a 100th Birthday Party for the Allen Independent School District on Saturday, March 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Allen Event Center in the Village of Allen. Entertainment includes children's singer Eddie Coker in concert, guest performers, a petting zoo, carnival games and prizes. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by Allen ISD, Leadership Allen and the Allen Americans hockey team.    
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
Doggy Day Out - Allen Texas   Sunday, March 27, 2 - 4 p.m., Bethany Lakes/Joe Farmer Recreation Center, 1201 E. Bethany Cost: $10 Katie the much-beloved Schnauzer puppy has a party to attend!  We will join other dog lovers for this special family event. Maybe even Dad will come this time...?          Participants will enjoy a walk around Bethany lakes while receiving important pet health information, free local dog services and fun games for your dog! All participants will receive a doggie goodie bag and will be eligible for prizes awarded to the best dressed dog and the winner of the Easter Treat Hunt. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available. Click here to register to attend the Doggy Day Out party with your four-legged friend! Hmmmm....I wonder what she should wear?  I guess ...
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By Robert Lerner, Allen ,Frisco, McKinney, Plano homes
(RE/MAX Premier Properties-Allen,Frisco,McKinney,Plano home)
  Average Sales Price per Square Foot in Allen $88.27 Lowest Sales Price per Square Foot in Allen $42.23 Highest Sales Price per Square Foot in Allen $150.69     Average Days on Market in Allen 110 Fewest Days on Market in Allen 2 Most Days on Market in Allen 366     Average Size of Homes Sold in Allen 2,988 Smallest Home Sold in Allen 984 Largest Homes Sold in Allen 6,204     Average Ratio: Sales Price/List Price in Allen 96% Lowest Ratio: Sales Price/List Price in Allen 81% Highest Ratio: Sales Price/List Price in Allen 104%     Average Year Built 1998 Oldest Year Built 1960 Newest Year Built 2010     Number of Single-Family Homes Sold in Allen 71   The above sales statistics are based on MLS sales of single-family homes throughout Allen, Texas. The MLS sales were handled by various r...
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By Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner
(www.GoSimplyTexas.com)
WATTERS CREEK CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK'S DAY BY DYEING CREEK GREEN No, you haven't drunk one too many green beverages...the creek really WILL be flowing GREEN in Watters Creek! In honor of St. Patty's Day, Watters Creek will "go green" on Saturday, March 12 at noon as they dye the creek that runs through the center green. I don't know of anywhere else in the Metroplex where you can see a GREEN CREEK (on purpose)! But is it safe? We all know that sometimes things that are green aren't all that "healthy"... YES! It is safe. The SAFE, non-toxic ingredients used to dye the creek green biodegrade naturally, gradually turning the water to its original color within a week with no harmful effect on wildlife. Just try not to fall in...try to explain THAT to your co-workers or neighbors! In additio...
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
Join us for the 3rd Annual Allen Eagle Run! All proceeds benefit teacher/staff scholarships through the Foundation For Allen Schools, Allen ISD campuses and campus PTA's, and the student scholarship fund of the Allen Council of PTA's. Date:  Saturday, March 5th Time:  Registration begins at 7:00am, Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00am, 5k begins at 8:30am Location:  Heritage Center, 100 E. Main Streeet, Allen   Cost:  $25.00   Have fun, get your walk/run in, AND support the Allen ISD!            
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By Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR, ACRE, Plano TX Ambassador
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
We've been following this project ever since the sign went up on the 32 acres in west Allen. We noted that Ashton Woods launched the project website over the weekend. According to the website: "Ideally situated in Allen, Texas, the master plan for The Preserve in Allen will feature a large centralized lake with fountain offering homeowners waterfront and water view home sites. Residents will enjoy a meandering hike & bike trail that surrounds the water feature. This enclave of 104 front entry home sites is thoughtfully designed around nature. Large mature trees encompass the development with a detailed landscape plan that includes an additional 300 trees and over 11 acres of open space." The website URL is www.thepreserveinallen.com. The website contains little information and will be u...
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By Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce
(Haute Realty 214-994-6474)
          Allen Event Center holds Andrews Distributing of North Texas An Evening with Neal McCoy on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. to raise funds for the Citizen Assistance for Recreational Experiences (C.A.R.E.) Program.    Andrews Distributing of North Texas An Evening with Neal McCoy benefiting C.A.R.E. is presented by Texas Presbyterian Hospital Allen, supported by the City of Allen, Allen Event Center, Ads Co., Glazers Distributors and NFL Play 60.      All concert tickets are $20* for General Admission. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased, online by clicking here.     About the C.A.R.E. Program: The C.A.R.E. Program gives children, families and seniors the opportunity to take part in and learn about the importance of exercise and an active lifestyle that they otherwise may ...
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By Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR, ACRE, Plano TX Ambassador
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Star Creek in Allen, Texas is a beautiful master planned community featuring some of the area’s best builders including Highland Homes. Highland is now pre-selling Phase 4, the final section of 50’ home sites in Star Creek. This is prime time for buyers to get their first choice of lot selection. It’s also the last chance to get into this community at this price point. Homes in Phase 4 start in the upper $200s. Star Creek is zoned to the exemplary Allen Independent School District and is conveniently located just west of Central Expressway. This highly sought-after neighborhood is near the Allen Outlet Mall and the newest dining and retail at the Shops at Allen and Fairview. The focal point of Star Creek is a large lake and fountain at the entrance to the community. There is also a comm...
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By Brenda Mancil, Texas Five Star Realtor
(RE/MAX Premier Properties)
The sold volume of homes in January 2010 was $16.1 million. This dropped to $13.0 million in January 2011. Homes in Allen priced in the $100,000-$150,000 range were on the market for longer in January 2011 before selling compared to the previous year, an increase from 79 days to 111 days. Homes priced from $500,000-$750,000 were also on the market longer in 2011 with 149 days listed before selling compared to 103 in January 2010. As a percentage of list price, homes in most Allen price ranges sold for a lower portion of their list price in January 2011 compared to January 2010. However, homes priced from $150,000-$200,000 and $300,000-$500,000 were able to sell for a greater percentage of their list price in January 2011 compared to January 2010. A greater number of homes in Allen sold ...
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By Nick Good, www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com
(The Good Home Team with eXp Realty)
With the economy starting to show stronger signs of recovery we are beginning to see interest rates go up, and as of February 10, 2011 we are now seeing rates above 5%, a rate that we've not seen since May of last year. Experts are predicting that rates will stay above 5% for the rest year.  With higher interest rates buyer's are starting to lose their purchasing power and it would be smart for potential home buyers to begin to seriously think about taking advantage of these still very low rates as soon as possible. Home ownership in Dallas can still be a great a investment if you purchase right so choosing an agent that has your best interest in mind is key! Find homes for sale in Allen Tx and surrounding cities by going to www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com and take advantage of the awesome inte...
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If you are considering relocating to the Dallas Fort Worth area and are looking to lease a home, condo, or town home in the area instead of an apartment there are distinct differences you will want to be aware of. With an apartment there will be a  written application, a fee paid to do a credit and background check, this will also be the case for a home or other residential property. The difference becomes apparent with the amount of the security deposit due to your personal credit rating. With an apartment the cost might be a slightly larger security deposit or an extra month of rent due up front making your move a little more costly than with good credit. With an individually owned owned home your upfront cost with good credit will in most cases be one months rent as security deposit,...
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By Nick Good, www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com
(The Good Home Team with eXp Realty)
How To Short Sale Your Home - Type this into Google and you will get a huge array of information.  First things first, a short sale is defined as a sale of real estate in which the sale proceeds fall short of the balance owed on the property's loan.There are situations where you can short sale your home while you are current on your mortgage but to make it easy we are going to assume in this post that the homeowner is behind at least a 2-3 months on their mortgage.The majority of homeowners that we meet have been turned down for a loan modification and typically are a month or two from the scheduled foreclosure date.  Distressed homeowners who are considering a short sale should do the following: Consult with an experienced short sale Realtor.  An experienced short sale Realtor will mak...
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By Nick Good, www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com
(The Good Home Team with eXp Realty)
Twin Creeks in Allen Texas is master planned community just north of downtown Dallas that offers a wide variety of amenities.  Residents can enjoy an Arnold Palmer designed golf course, picnic areas, playgrounds, community pavilions, and various community pools. Homes range from $275,000 up to $3million+ with new construction homes still being offered.  Twin Creeks is in Allen ISD where there are 3 exemplary elementary schools and close to Allen High School.  You will love all the shopping and restaurants nearby with the new Watters Creek and Allen Premium Outlets just minutes away!  View the master plan map here. Find Twin Creeks Homes in Allen Tx and surrounding cities by going to www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com and take advantage of the awesome interest rates that are still available!   The ...
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By Nick Good, www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com
(The Good Home Team with eXp Realty)
This week the Dallas/Fort Worth area has been blistered by super cold weather, and by cold weather I mean temperatures in to the low teen's and high single digit temperatures.  The last time Dallas has seen weather like this according to one of the local TV meterologist was about 15 years ago.  The forecast earlier in the week was showing us that today, Friday, would be the day we warm and begin to thaw out BUT instead of thawing out today we received up to 6 inches of snow last night.  I snapped a picture of the snow on my deck and other than last year when we received up to 12 inches of snow we really aren't use to seeing this much snow nor are we used to a week long ice storm! The weather is suppose to get up into the 40's this weekend and I sure that everyone in Dallas is ready for ...
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