Allen, TX Real Estate News

By Heather Anderson, Real Estate Concierges
(214-317-1964- www.REConcierges.com)
If you have driven on Hwy 75 North through Allen, chances are you have noticed something new and very exciting taking shape at the Bethany exit. Initially slated to open in the summer of 2007, the development called Watters Creek was delayed and the grand opening ribbon cutting did not take place until May 2008. However, PF Chang’s did open for business in July 2007 and Market Street in February 2008. Watters Creek give shoppers a “retail resort” with beautiful natural features, abundant landscaping and outdoor restaurant seating, curved streets, meandering pathways, pond surrounding by restaurants, shade structures, interactive art that children could climb on, and even a community fireplace.  This center has a village look and feel with colors and textures that follow the rolling topo...
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By Heather Anderson, Real Estate Concierges
(214-317-1964- www.REConcierges.com)
Quail Run is a master planned community with an expansive 5-acre central park in the middle of the subdivision that is great for kids and pets. In this 5-acre park, there is also a community pool and gazebo with playground and sports court for T-ball practice. Front porches and balconies give a cozy and charming neighborhood feel. Prices at Quail Run are the lowest of new home communities in West Allen ranging from $250s to the $350s. Quail Run is located off of Watters Road in the Allen ISD. CLLICK HERE for current listings of available homes in Quail Run. Content and photos by Janus Real Estate Group. All rights reserved. Copyright 2008.
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By Heather Anderson, Real Estate Concierges
(214-317-1964- www.REConcierges.com)
Cumberland Crossing is West Allen's best-kept secret. Nestled in the woodlands at Twin Creeks Drive and Exchange Parkway, the community offers rolling hills with home sites wrapped around mature trees. The terraced lots with stone retaining walls provide a most unique topography to the community that is very rare in a North Texas suburb. Cumberland Crossing is off the beaten path in a very serene and tranquil natural setting. New lighted fields and ballparks will be built along Exchange Pkwy adjacent to the community.  The Arts of Collin County will be built north of Cumberland Crossing and within minutes to the new state of the art performance center. The walking and hiking trails throughout the community will connect to the Allen Park & Trail system. The community amenities center off...
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By Heather Anderson, Real Estate Concierges
(214-317-1964- www.REConcierges.com)
Star Creek is an exclusive 529-acre master planned community located off Stacy Road in West Allen, with Darling Homes and Highland Homes building in The Trails starting at the $280's to the $500's and The Reserves starting at the $500's to the $1M+. The incredible amenities center greets you at the Star Creek community entrance with a fountain and pond, clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and wooded creeks. Homes in Star Creek are built to create a neighborhood feel with charming elevations, cozy floor plans, and tastefully landscaped lawns. Children in Star Creek attend the high acclaimed Allen ISD.  The Star Creek development also has a150-acre commercial development that offers a state of the art Lifetime Fitness, a 16-screen Cinemark Theatre, and local neighborhood stores. A ple...
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By Heather Anderson, Real Estate Concierges
(214-317-1964- www.REConcierges.com)
  The Village at Allen at the corner of Stacy Road and Highway 75 will be another welcomed and much needed shopping complex for the residents of Allen and surrounding areas. The 181-acre mixed-use development will consist of retail, specialty shops and restaurants. It will also include a state-of-the-art event center, office space, and a Marriot hotel and conference center.  Phase I, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2008, will include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, TJ Maxx Homegoods, Toys”R”Us, Babies”R”Us, Men’s Wearhouse, Cheddars, Nate’s Seafood, Uncle Julio’s, and Olive Garden. Phase II, scheduled to open in the Spring of 2009, will include Target, PetSmart, Hemispheres, Anderson's Furniture, Famous Footwear, and GameStop. Also opening in Spring of 2009 will be the 10 story 220-ro...
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By Heather Anderson, Real Estate Concierges
(214-317-1964- www.REConcierges.com)
  Somerset in Twin Creeks is one of Allen’s most sought after subdivisions with its combination of rolling hills, sweeping landscape, gorgeous homes, and miles of hike/bike trails through the Arnold Palmer golf course. The Somerset community entrance is separate from the main Twin Creeks subdivision. However, the lighted waterfall, fountains, gazebo and luscious green hills will certainly catch your attention as you cruise west along McDermott. Wimberley Place, Allen’s only gated community, shares Somerset’s amazing entrance off of Lakeway Dr.  Somerset opened up in 2005 with 220 total home sites and is currently in their last phase of construction. Toll Brothers and Huntington Homes offer new homes starting in the $400s. Unique to Somerset are the active neighborhood captains and gathe...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Terri Pescatore and Jane Avrit with The PescatoreAvrit Team Keller Williams have given advise of ways to prepare your home to sell, such as setting the correct price and using a stager for appearance, but how about implementing some energy and water-saving options too. Many buyers will ask to see past utility bills for a home, and especially with today's increasing prices. Taking measures to reduce these costs might help a buyer to decide on your property verses another. Here are some easy projects that can increase a home's value in a buyer's eyes during a time of high energy costs:-Replace regular light bulbs in permanent fixtures with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs use about one-fifth as much energy as regular bulbs, and last about 12 times longer. I personally use these bulbs...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
DFW Real Estate - Gas Prices Location, Location, Location! That's what real estate is about! With gas prices now reaching $4 we're seeing a trend of people trying to move closer to work to cut down on fuel costs. According to the Dallas Morning News homebuyers are opting to trade the higher purchase price of a close-in home for the lower monthly gasoline expense and still save on time spent in the car each day. Some homebuyers are even downsizing to save on higher energy costs. The PescatoreAvrit Team is always available to help clients with real estate needs. If you're looking to make a move, or want to investigate your options to see if moving would be the right choice Terri and Jane are the ones to call! Closing over 100 transactions per year, they are the area real estate experts!He...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Terri Pescatore and Jane Avrit have been in the real estate industry for 24 years, and are adamant when it comes to what it takes to sell a home. According to them the top factors are price and condition. These are two elements that sellers actually have control over. Obviously pricing your property correctly is key in today's market. With the amount of inventory currently for sale home owners cannot afford to overprice and lose out to the competition, but what about condition? The PescatoreAvrit Team says condition is not just about making sure the home is clean, but also how it flows with a buyer. How does the furniture fit? Does it seem cramped, or spacious? Are there too many distractions in the home that would keep the buyer from really looking at the house, and not the "stuff" in ...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Below are the current market information and sales for Allen, TX in May 2008.  Sales are down significantly in Allen in May 2008 versus the same time last year but the average sales price is up.  The increase in sales price is due to the new neighborhoods that are developing on the west side of Allen including Star Creek, Waterford Park and Twin Creeks.  Most of these neighborhoods start at $300K and up. Contact me if you are interested to know how this sales data affects your next home sale or purchase.  May 2008   . May 2007   Sold Volume $33,082,914.00 . Sold Volume $44,731,520 # of Sales 130   # of Sales 192 Avg. Price $254,483.00   Avg. Price $232,976 New Listings 190   New Listings 255                     Average Days on the Market - May 2008               0 - $100K .             ...
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Twin Creeks in Allen Texas is master-planned golf community with more amenities and more fun. Junior Olympic Swimming Pool Tot Pools Recreation Center Bike and Hike Trails Twin Creeks Golf Club Sand Volleyball Courts Tennis Courts Community Pavilions Shaded Picnic Area Home prices in Twin Creeks range from the $300s to $3 Million.  Twin Creeks Home Builders in Allen, Texas K. Honanian Homes Wilson Doyle Home Builders Toll Brothers Grand Homes Centex Homes Pulte Homes Lennar Homes DFW Home Builders Allen Home Builders  
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
According to an article in the Dallas Morning News yesterday Dallas home prices have dropped 3.3% from a year ago. Comparatively speaking, the Dallas market is actually doing well as sales prices have dropped 14% nationwide. If you take an average home selling for $150k, according to the article that home is selling for $4950 less in the Dallas area than one year ago. Sellers should keep in mind that while they may take a little less in the sell of their property they are most likely buying another and paying less than they would have a year ago as well. More or less look at the big picture. If you are considering selling your property NOW is the best time to get it on the market. We are right on the brink of summer and it's the best time of year for moving real estate. Many people move...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
With all of the hype in the news about how bad the housing market is, it's no wonder buyers are afraid of making a puchase.  However, according to a recent article in the Dallas Morning News it looks like Dallas-Fort Worth is a good place to build some equity.  Luckily DFW was not part of the housing bubble that other states such as California experienced.  That has kept the real estate market here relatively stable compared to the markets in those cities that had big price increases in recent years.  The DFW area is ranked among the top five markets expected to do well between now and 2012.  Buyers puchasing now while the market is not at it's peak could very well experience having equity built in just a few years from now.  Terri Pescatore and Jane Avrit are well experienced in the Da...
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By Mike Cole, Your Texas Realtor
(Keller Williams)
"JOB FAIR"TUESDAY, MAY 6THANDSATURDAY MAY 10TH9:00 AM - 6:00 PM(FOR THE UPCOMING "GRAND OPENING" OF WATTERS CREEK MERCHANTS IN ALLEN, TEXAS)ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS & CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS AT:HAMPTON INN & SUITES830 WEST STACY ROAD(EXIT 37 FROM 75N / SOUTH OF ALLEN PREMIUM OUTLETS)ALLEN, TEXAS 75013214-495-7667http://www.hamptoninn.comLIST OF MERCHANTS ATTENDING THE "JOB FAIR"Ann Taylor Loft, Bath & Body Works, Jos. A. Bank, New York & Co., Sephora, Sunglass Hut, Swarovski, Vera Bradley, Victoria's Secret, and many othersFor more information please contact:Allen Chamber of Commerce(972) 727-5585 http://www.allenchamber.comWATERS CREEK IS A SMOKE FREE ENVIORNMENT
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By Nick Good, www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com
(The Good Home Team with eXp Realty)
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
The PescatoreAvrit Team is hearing a lot on the news these days about how bad the housing market is, but keep in mind that it depends on what part of the nation that you're in.  Comparatively speaking, Dallas is holding it's own.  Terri Pescatore and Jane Avrit specialize in Collin County areas such as Allen, Plano, Frisco, Richardson, and Wylie.  Looking at the statistics posted by The Collin County Association of Realtors (CCAR), we can see that our areas are not doing that bad.  That said, the number of closed sales are down.  Compared to March 2007 sales are down in these areas anywhere from 12.1% - 29.3%, but the average sales price is up 1% - 5.2%.  The average days on the market is up anywhere from 6% in Allen to 38.8% in Frisco.  The percent of original list price received at sa...
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By Tiffany & Tonya Sharkey, Peek Group
(Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Huntington HomesHuntington Homes allows you to make custom changes to the floorplan of the home you build. These luxury new homes from the Allen TX Home Builders are as custom as you can get without designing the plan yourself. Click Here to find your DREAM HOME!   HUNTINGTON HOMES Twin Creeks: Windcrest Village - Allen, TXFrom the $500sRequest BrochureHUNTINGTON HOMES Twin Creeks: Somerset Garden Homes - Allen, TXFrom the $500sRequest Brochure HUNTINGTON HOMES Country Club Ridge Frisco, TXFrom the $500s HUNTINGTON HOMES StarCreek - Allen, TX From the $600sRequest Brochure  HUNTINGTON HOMES Cascades Manor at Stonebridge Ranch - McKinneyFrom the $550sRequest Brochure 
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By Steve Horn
(Citiwide Real Estate Services)
Home Buyer Seminar April 12th - Register online at http://www.teamtopdog.net/3/W0000014821/P0000222431.htmor call Steve Horn at 214-491-8180 Are You Thinking About Buying a Home? Attend the Seminar & Home Tour to GET CERTIFIED FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS PROGRAMS and Learn About:  * Homebuyer's Assistance Programs Offering Grant Money up to $7,500 for Down Payment & Closing Costs     * Community Grants for First-Time Homebuyers in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano * HUD Foreclosures in Collin County * Advantages of Home Ownership * Visit Featured Home Listings and Foreclosed Properties in the Collin County Area                                 SCHEDULE Saturday, April 12, 2008                                          8:30 - 9:00am: Registration & Sign-in. Free Coffee, Juice and Donuts    ...
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By Keith Dobbs, Dallas Real Estate
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Beacon Hill, Allen TX NeighborhoodThis Allen neighborhood is loaded with amenities including; commuinty pool, playground, hike/bike trail. This community is also adjacent to the award winning Green Elementary!Bridge Water Crossing, Allen NeighborhoodThe Allen TX neighborhood of Bridge Water Crossing is loaded with amenities including; community pool, playground, hike/bike trail with a new elementary school to open 2008!Custer Hill, Allen Neighborhood TexasLocated in the city of Allen, Plano school district, Custer Hill offers preowned homes wherein the community boasts a community pool & clubhouse, playground, hike & bike trails, and tree-lined streets.Custer Meadows, Allen TX CommunityCuster Meadows is one of Allen's best kept secrets nestled in a beautiful creek-side neighborhood sur...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Beautiful Standard Pacific Custom Home in Allen's sought after Twin CreeksLocation: Twin CreeksThis is a one of a kind MUST SEE custom home! Walk through the upgraded glass front door and admire the extended tile entry. The gourmet island kitchen was built for a chef with tile back splash, built in stainless steel appliances, granite counters, gas cooktop, upgraded bronze iron light fixtures, and decorative glass front cabinets. Nice and cozy breakfast area with a window seat. Extensive crown molding, upgraded tile flooring, and light sconces adorn the lovely dining room. The large family room features surround sound, upgraded carpet, cast stone gas fire place, and custom drapes. The split master suite offers high ceilings, faux finish in the bath, his and her vanities, separate garden ...
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