Plano, TX Real Estate News

By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Do you want to learn more about the City of Plano and how the city works.  Then you need to sign up for the Plano Citizens Acadmeny.  This program is FREE to residents of the City of Plano, 18 years of age and older.  Sessions are held bi-weekly at various City/community facilities, primarily on Tuesday evenings, from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.Nine informational/hands on sessions are divided into the following topics:  City Council, City Government Organization & Operations, History of Plano;   Employee Training, Budget & Finance;  Economic & Community Development, Planning & Zoning, GIS;  Engineering, Transportation, Property Standards, Building Inspections;  Police, Fire & Public Safety Communications;  Public Works, Customer/Utility Billing;  Parks & Recreation, Environmental Health, Public I...
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By Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor
(Castle Connections Realty)
Have a great evening and help the projects and programs of the Junior League of Plano in Collin County.Bring your date or your best friend and admire the atmosphere of the ArtCentre during the Winemaker's Dinner, hosted by the Junior League of Plano, on Saturday, February 10 at 7pm at the ArtCentre of Plano.  Extreme Cuisine will prepare dinner using recipes from the Junior League of Plano's award winning cookbook, Lone Star to Five Star.  Beef Tenderloin, Pear Custard Bars and Mocha Brownies are just a few of the items on the menu for this lovely evening.  Sample a variety of wines from Ironstone Wines, and learn how to pair them with different foods.   Items in the silent auction are sure to appeal to any wine enthusiast  including items from Cru Wine Bar, Premier Wines, Josephine's W...
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By Jerold and Terry Smith, Plano Texas Real Estate
(Common name, Uncommon service - Smith & Smith Realty, LLC )
 The market is typical for this time of year, buyers are settling in before the holidays and the inventories are higher than last couple of years. Below is a snapshot of Real Estate Activity for Plano, TX 75093Active Properties - 283, Expired Properties - 21, Sold Properties - 46, Pending Properties - 24, Active Option - 10 Plano,  TX 75093 Statistics Results - Oct 2006ACT - 283 Properties Found Square FeetBedroomsFull BathsHalf BathsList PricePrice per Square FootDays on MarketMin1244220$124,900$641Avg4044430$722,550$17878Max12428673$7,900,000$645990EXP - 21 Properties Found Square FeetBedroomsFull BathsHalf BathsList PricePrice per Square FootDays on MarketMin2050320$179,000$7789Avg4173430$657,538$157224Max6421651$1,674,900$2601203SLD - 46 Properties Found Square FeetBedroomsFull Bath...
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By Jerold and Terry Smith, Plano Texas Real Estate
(Common name, Uncommon service - Smith & Smith Realty, LLC )
West Plano, TX - is a luxury community just 20 miles north of Dallas. Named one of the two BEST places to live in the western United States and for good reason, excellent schools, world class shopping, a short commute to downtown Dallas, luxurious homes and preservations of natural surroundings along with a proud Texas history.The attraction is an ideal family suburban lifestyle of New Homes, Excellent Schools,  New Shopping Concepts and many Parks that are accessible to all neighborhoods. The community is peaceful, quite and safe. West Plano is the corporate headquarters to some of the country’s largest and most recognized companies.  Legacy Drive is full of corporate campuses with acres of rolling terrain that contain lakes, horses, Texas longhorn cattle, exotic animals and Arbor Hill...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
One of the things I have to explain to sellers when I'm on a listing appointment is why I can't take a reduced commission to sell their home. My first response is, weren't you paying attention to all the marketing I do for your house to get it sold and do you not understand how much time, energy, and money it costs to do that? Asking a Realtor to take a reduction is like asking you to work a full 8 hour day at the office, with your full duties, and then asking you to only work for 1/2 your salary because the company needs to cut back a little bit. What would you say to your boss? I would hope you would say NO along with a few choice words!Well, a study came out a couple of months ago for the Dallas/ Ft Worth area and it's VERY interesting. One of the results is as follows:*"Limited serv...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
Are you trying to shop for a house before a mortgage?  Do you find that you keep ending up in neighborhoods that are beyond your price range?  How did you come up with your price range?  And do you even know what your price range means?  These are just some of the questions I ask people when they call to want to look at one of my listings, and I won't show them the house until they can answer these questions to my satisfactory, which my sellers love.  Less unqualified people walking through their home.To start with, if you haven't talked with a mortgage professional first, you have no idea what you can be approved for on a loan.  Many people think they get to pick a mortgage payment that they are comfortable with and stay under that.  There is much more to it than that.  Everything is b...
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