Frisco, TX Real Estate News

By Grant Howell, Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
(Alex Lowery Real Estate)
Traveling to Frisco? Whether you're a visitor making you're way to IKEA or our new, soccer specific stadium, Pizza Hut Park -- or a resident making your way to or from home -- we hope these maps will make your trip a little easier. Please pardon our continued construction - Frisco is a growing community. Traffic will be delayed on the southbound Dallas Parkway between Stonebrook Parkway and Lebanon Road beginning Thursday, July 5, 2007, from 9 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m.  This closure will occur daily through Sunday, July 8, 2007. The maps listed below require Adobe 6.0 Reader or higher.   Older versions do not show the aerial photography.   To upgrade click here. Heading to Pizza Hut Park? Location: Northeast corner of Main Street (F.M. 720) and Dallas North Tollway Parking: Pleas...
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By Grant Howell, Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
(Alex Lowery Real Estate)
Frisco Square, a master-planned lifestyle community in the heart of Frisco, is hosting  Movies in the Square featuring family-oriented movies each Friday evening at 9:00 PM beginning June 1 through August 10, 2007.  Studio Movie Grill, which is opening at Frisco Square in December 2007, is a lead sponsor of Movies in the Square. The movies will be projected on a giant, 26' x 13' inflatable movie screen located in Frisco Square and there is no charge to view them.  However, summer-time refreshments such as snow cones, popcorn and nuts will be available for a nominal fee.  Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the outdoor movies in comfort.  "Frisco Square is becoming known for its family-friendly events such as Christmas in the Square and Fair in the Square". ...
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By Grant Howell, Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
(Alex Lowery Real Estate)
 Everybody keeps asking me what is being developed at the North Dallas Tollway, Main Street and Legacy Drive. There is really not much info out there as far as retail anchors. I have called the developer and am awaiting a return call. Please feel free to call me for more infomation at 214-234-6901. What I have is below: Layout Map 88 acre master planned development for retail, restaurants, high density multifamily hotel and entertainment.Located on the Northwest corner of the North Dallas Tollway and Main Street, in Frisco, Texas at the geographic center of City and North Texas Growth.Surrounded by 4 sports venues, 3.5 million sq ft of office space, 5.5 million sq sf of retail space, a convention center, hospital, civic services, hotels and resorts.1.5 million tourists expected to visit...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
  If location is a huge deciding factor for you, Queen's Gate Frisco should be in your consideration when purchasing homes in Frisco Texas. As you enter Queen's Gate Frisco off Rolater Road and Preston (east of Preston), a picturesque Italian-theme classic landscape welcomes you. D.R. Horton planned this garden-home community with many floorplans ranging from smaller 1,600 square feet homes to larger three-bedroom houses over 2,700 square feet. Queen's Gate Frisco offers rear-entry garage floor plans. As you tour the neighborhood, you will notice the lush landscapes of homes. The homeowners take pride in the curb appeal which makes this neighborhood very appealing to many buyers. Starting in the 180Ks, Queen's Gate Frisco is very affordable for buyers looking for the "bang for their buc...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
Plantation Resort Frisco is a very large community in the Frisco area. There are basically three sections of Plantation Resort. Plantation Resort 1 and 2 and another section of Plantation Resort Lake Brook Farms. Plantation Resort occupies Hillcrest to Coit Road (from West to East) and north of Lebanon to College Parkway. Plantation Resort Friscooffers a large variety of ammenties for its residents: swimming pool, variety of Homeowners Association activities and even a public golf course namely Plantation Golf Club.Plantation Golf Club is an 18-hole facility over 125 acres feature 419 Champions Bermuda grass fairways and roughs, 20 sand bunkers and 9 ponds. Plantation Golf offers affordable daily green fees. It also offers annual memberships to unlimited golf games for the year. Many go...
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By Grant Howell, Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
(Alex Lowery Real Estate)
  Holly Boyd   Holly has been a Loan Officer for 20 years.  she offers over 450 loan products for purchase, refinance and construction loans.  Holly strives to build long-term relationships with my client.  Her philosophy is to listen to her clients needs, and respond to their needs efficiently and effectively.  She looks forward to fulfilling your home financing needs. First Horizon Home Loans3803 Parkwood Blvd # 600 Frisco, TX 75034 (972) 963-2968(cell) 214.213.6216 (fax) 214.496.3112Contact First Horizon Home Loans http://www.hollyboydhomeloans.com/ Check this list below to see if you or your employees qualify for a $500.00 closing discount:  Frisco ISD-Employees and Students Parents City of Frisco-EmployeesFrisco Firefighters-EmployeesFrisco Police Department-EmployeesFrisco Chamber...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
So you realized that there could be several different purposes for the rooms you are trying to sell. Right now, it is set up as a living room. It is a formal dining. With the lifestyles of newer homeowners who do not need a formal dining, broadening the appeal of the room is essential in making the house appeal to a broad buyer audience. Instead of re-staging the property back to its original use, you could use a large picture board illustrating the room differently. If you want to take it one step further to wow your audience, use paint chips and fabric swatches for drapery. Mount this picture board on an easel at a corner of the room. This lets the buyers to see how this room could be set up differently for them. Another great example: I have this listing that the homeowner converted ...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
Parkside Estates Frisco is located between Hillcrest and Coit Road off College Parkway in Frisco, Texas. Built in 1999, Parkside Estates Frisco has two phases. Grand Homes and Paul Taylor Homes were the builders of this community.There are approximately 200 homes in the first phase and about 100 homes in the second phase. The community start at around 1600 square feet (three-bedroom homes) to over 3800 square feet (four-to-five bedroom homes). Most houses are in the 2,000 to 3,000 square feet range. Parkside Estates Frisco have low HOA dues and managed by Excel Management. At time of print, it is less than $150 per year. The HOA dues cover the maintenance of common areas. Parkside Estates Frisco is a small but beautiful community. Homeowners love to spend their time taking care of their...
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By Holly Boyd
(First Horizon Home Loans)
TO HELP PREVENT FRAUD, FAIR ISAAC ADJUSTS FICO SCORING FORMULA.
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By Holly Boyd
(First Horizon Home Loans)
THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK HAS LAUNCHED ITS FORCLOSURE RELIEF PROGRAM.
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By Grant Howell, Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
(Alex Lowery Real Estate)
There's a common saying in the real estate industry regarding the vast number of agents in the business: "If you don't have any friends who are agents, then you probably don't have any friends at all." With so many agents out there, how can you make an intelligent decision? Do you choose a friend, neighbor or coworker? Should you work with an agent at a large firm, a small firm, a franchise or an independent? "With the expansion of the number of Realtors, the level of competence has fallen to its lowest point ever," says former NAR Chief Economist and best-selling author Dr. John Tuccillo. The 2000-2005 real estate boom not only caused a huge surge in new agents but during the heyday many of those that left or will soon be leaving the industry contributed to weakening the reputation of ...
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By Grant Howell, Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
(Alex Lowery Real Estate)
This deed restriction attempts to require every subsequent purchaser of the property to pay 1% of the sales prices of which a substantial percentage goes to pay the company, Freehold Development, and another portion of the percentage to the original owner who created the restriction for 99 years. The restriction creates a lien against the property if the transfer fee is not paid.First, let's talk about the logic that led to the creation of this deed restriction covenant. Its creator reasoned that when an artist applies his or her talents and hard work to create something of beauty and lasting value, there was mechanisms in-place to reward him or her for the future value of those creations.  So why should the Owner of a piece of real estate enjoy any less protection for his or her talent...
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By Meg Stewart, Appraiser-Frisco, Texas
(Reliable Appraisal)
I am a proud resident of the Falls of Starwood.... The Falls of Starwood was selected as the host site of the 2001 Parade of Homes, The Falls features a stunning entrance marked by a sparkling waterfall. Homesites ranging in size from one-third to more than one-half acre offer dramatic scenic overlooks. Impressive variations in elevation give each homesite in The Falls a unique character. In addition, many homesites offer backyard views of Starwood's two small lakes and magnificent Texas sunsets. Specifications: Homesites in The Falls are a minimum of 90' x 130' and home prices range from the $700's to more than $1 million. Guidelines in The Falls require a minimum of 3,500 square feet in a single-story plan, while the two-story designs must begin at 4,000 square feet. Strict architectu...
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By Meg Stewart, Appraiser-Frisco, Texas
(Reliable Appraisal)
  Just outside of Starwood, Frisco's master planned community!The Starwood Montessori School is a learning community composed not only of its staff and the children who attend, but also their families and members of the community as a whole. We strive to emphasize the magic of learning for its own sake, rather than for external rewards or approval.
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By Meg Stewart, Appraiser-Frisco, Texas
(Reliable Appraisal)
The May 2007 Starwood Yard of the Month belongs to Susie and Randy Schirman in Quail Run Village. The Yard of the Month Committee loved the large variety of colored flowers and bushes planted throughout the lawn. What really stands out is the attention to detail in this beautifully manicured lawn, prompting one committee member to say: "I would buy this house just to get the lawn". Randy and Susie take a great deal of pride and pleasure in making our community a more beautiful place to live so please congratulate them for winning May Lawn of the Month. As seen on  http://www.starwoodhoa.com/pages/yard_of_the_month.aspx  
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By Meg Stewart, Appraiser-Frisco, Texas
(Reliable Appraisal)
The June Yard of the Month is awarded to the Cooper family who live in Spanish Oaks. This yard is stunning with its lush foliage, and architectual additions. If you have an opportunity to drive by the Coopers, please do. You will be as amazed to see the what these residents have done to make their yard the showcase that it is.As seen at http://www.starwoodhoa.com/pages/yard_of_the_month.aspx  
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By Tina Howell, Little Elm & Frisco Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX DFW Associates VI)
Frisco Allowed to Water Twice a WeekYesterday I posted my thoughts on why Frisco should keep it's very modest water restrictions.  Well, the City Council voted against me last night and decided to relax these important restrictions.  Frisco residents will no longer have to water their yards just once a week. In fact I've been watering 2-3 times a week all spring.  In May, I watered every day for 8 days in a row!  And I haven't turned my sprinkler system on yet.  It's called rainfall and fortunately it has been plentiful in North Texas this year.  My grass is as green as my "sprinkling" neighbors, my foundation is fine and my water bill is relatively low.If you read my blog regularly you know I always boast about my cities of Frisco and Celina.  I love our city government and how well th...
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By Tina Howell, Little Elm & Frisco Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX DFW Associates VI)
Should Frisco Lift our Water Restrictions?Tonight the Frisco City Council will consider whether our water restrictions should be revised.  This is an important issue and the city leaders need to hear our thoughts.Frisco is currently under Stage 3 Water Restrictions, which means we are allowed to turn on our sprinklers once a week during certain hours. Many residents think because of all the recent rain all water restrictions should be lifted.Recent rainfall has improved lake levels above the lows we saw last September and October; however, lake levels remain significantly below normal storage levels. So should Stage 3 Water Restrictions remain in effect?  My thoughts are yes.  Do you remember how hard the city worked to educate us on conserving water?  How many hundreds of reminder sign...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
Have you ever heard the phrase, Buyers buy with Emotions? It works with clothing, shoes, furniture and yes, real estate too. The more I researched about Consumers Buying styles, the more I realize that there is such a huge industry for this: Lifestyle Marketing. Many large research and consumer profiling companies have large data for why consumers do what they do. It is a very interesting eye-opening experience for me. Lifestyles are expressions of consumer's needs and wants through demographic patterns and purchasing behaviors. Lifestyle Marketing is understanding what the consumers' needs and wants are by offering products and services to suit their lifestyles. So, how does this relate to our industry? Lifestyle marketing connects us - the real estate industry providers to their clien...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
If your market is a Buyer's market right now, I am sure you have thoughts about homeownership. It is typically a good time to buy because Sellers are reducing prices to attract buyers. But before you take the plunge into homeownership, note that it will cost you more than just the monthly mortgage payments alone. When renting, all you typically would put aside on your monthly budget would be the rent payments. If the fridge breaks down, or the window breaks, all you would do is to pick up the phone and call the management. Someone will fix the leaky faucet or broken door. On the other hand, when you own your own home and if you have a tight budget to live with, chances are Murphy will move into your spare bedroom. So, the cost of homeownership suddenly does not smell as rosy anymore. It...
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