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McKinney, TX: A Neighborhood Profile by the Pescatore Avrit Team - 02/29/08 12:45 PM
McKinney The annual Artistic Krewe of Barkus parade in downtown McKinney is a canine-oriented Mardi Gras celebration which includes prizes for pet costumes and float designs, as well as servings of jambalaya and king cake. Description McKinney, 30 miles north of Dallas, boasts gently rolling hills, tree-lined neighborhoods and a historic downtown. City leaders estimate the population at around 112,000, more than double the number counted in the 2000 Census, making McKinney one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. The original Collin County Courthouse - now the McKinney Performing Arts Center - stands at the center of McKinney's downtown square. (0 comments)
Trends: Media Rooms - 02/25/08 12:33 PM
Media rooms moving out of the dark ages Media rooms may no longer be the media centers of new homes. Dallas-area builders say more buyers are spreading televisions and sound systems throughout their houses, and even asking for windows or balconies in their media rooms so they can be converted to an extra bedroom or exercise space in the future. "It's very different from a couple of years ago, when the whole market was basically saying no windows in the media room," said Lisa Suarez, director of strategic marketing for the Dallas office of Centex Homes. "Now we give that buyer (1 comments)
Texas Trends: Formals being phased out - 02/22/08 09:24 AM
Formal living rooms are dying off By KATE GOODLOE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Formal living rooms are on the wane, as North Texas buyers focus on expanding the informal spaces of their homes for work or play. The formal living room has traditionally been at the front of a home, a showpiece to entertain visitors, said Karen Marti Hale, of Virginia Cook Realtors in Dallas. But many buyers are moving beyond "untouched" formal rooms and using the space as a game room, playroom, study or secondary bedroom. In Dallas, many buyers turn living rooms into studies. That (1 comments)
Walk-throughs KEY before New Home Closings - 02/21/08 09:33 AM
Walk-throughs key before new-home closing Do it 2 days before closing to make sure a new home is just right 03:21 PM CST on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 By KATE GOODLOE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News When buyers first walk through a new house after the construction dust settles, they can become smitten. But it's important to take time to see that everything meets the contract specifications. Also Online Tips on pre-settlement walk-throughs Home walk-through checklist Walk-through checklist for a new or newly remodeled home Home construction forms Buyers should schedule the final walk-through to take place two days before (0 comments)
Melissa, TX: Add 5 Min, A Lifetime of Enjoyment - 02/20/08 12:26 PM
Add 5 minutes and a lifetime of enjoyment in Melissa 7 miles from McKinney, the town takes part in northward migration of commuters 06:01 PM CST on Saturday, February 2, 2008 By MARY JACOBS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Most potential homebuyers don't start out shopping in Melissa. But when they discover it, J.J. Chapa says, they fall in love with the northeast Collin County town of 4,300. Mr. Chapa, a broker-associate with Keller Williams Realty, sold 10 homes in Melissa last year to families originally looking to buy in Allen, McKinney or Frisco. JUAN GARCIA/DMN Julie Anderson was (0 comments)
Allen, TX : On the Map - 02/19/08 12:03 PM
Allen's growth puts it on the map Collin County town has grown to 77,000 - from 19,000 in '90 10:39 AM CDT on Monday, June 18, 2007 MARY A. JACOBS/Special Contributor The first time Theresa Brandt heard about Allen, she said, "Where?" And even after she and her husband bought a house there 10 years ago, friends and acquaintances had the same response: "Where's Allen?" That's changed. Allen had about 19,000 residents in 1990, but city estimates now put the Collin County city's population at more than 77,000. Allen is 23 miles north of Dallas. Young families are hearing about Allen and (0 comments)
Plano, TX: Close to everything, far from Ordinary - 02/14/08 09:42 AM
Transplants grow in Plano 12:02 PM CST on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 By DEBORAH FLECK/Staff Writerhttp://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/classifieds/news/homecenter/neighborhoods/stories/ Plano, once a sleepy farming community, is now the largest city in Collin County. It has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, especially during the past two decades. The population has boomed from 17,800 in 1970 to more than 250,000 today. NAN COULTER/Special Contributor Joanne and Bob Buck moved to Plano from Maryland two years ago. "We love it here," Mrs. Buck said. "Everything is so convenient." Its flat landscape is now covered with bustling neighborhoods, top-notch schools, high-end retail centers and (2 comments)
An Inspiration to all - 02/12/08 09:45 AM
Realtor Ebby Halliday honored with Linz Award for off-the-clock work Dallas: Halliday receives Linz Award for lifetime commitment to service 07:38 AM CST on Thursday, February 7, 2008 By HOLLY YAN / The Dallas Morning News email@example.com As a young girl from Leslie, Ark., Ebby Halliday wanted to be a circus bareback rider. Clearly, she got a little diverted. Almost a century later, Ms. Halliday has become a legend in real estate and philanthropy. Her contributions to community service have earned her the 79th annual Linz Award. Ebby Halliday "I was really surprised and honored," said Ms. Halliday, 96. "There (0 comments)
Countrywide Expanding Program - 02/11/08 12:52 PM
Countrywide expanding program to help subprime borrowers 09:34 AM CST on Monday, February 11, 2008 Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Countrywide Financial Corp., under pressure to help stem growing home loan defaults, says it will expand programs to help borrowers manage their mortgage payments regardless of the type of subprime loan they have or whether they have already fallen behind on payments. Full details of the initiative, the result of a pact with the national community advocacy group, were to be disclosed Monday. Initial plans to disclose the deal were postponed last month after Calabasas-based Countrywide agreed to be acquired by Bank (0 comments)
The Stone Age - 02/08/08 10:09 AM
Stone passes the test of time for home exteriors Natural and engineered materials are popular for an upscale look 06:17 PM CST on Saturday, February 2, 2008 By LISA MARTIN / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News In North Texas, we've entered a new stone age, in which builders, architects and masons are using a host of natural and engineered materials to give an Old World look to new homes. Whether it's Lueders limestone quarried in Texas or man-made blocks virtually indistinguishable from their natural counterparts, stone imparts an upscale aesthetic to almost any structure. Custom Stone Supply This home (1 comments)
House-Hunting: Search for Emotional Connection - 02/07/08 10:01 AM
Househunting is logical search for emotional connection June 28, 2006 Finding the right home can be like appraising art. You're not sure what it is, it just seems to resonate with you. A prospective buyer will look through scores of home and, almost out of the blue, connect with a home. It just feels right. Regardless of the feel of a home, there are a handful of things any buyer needs to remember. Never let your emotions run away from you. Be practical, even if you're sure it's the house. home every seven years. Are you moving into a home that would (0 comments)
Beautiful Home in Garland - 02/06/08 11:16 AM
Beautiful Home in Garland ($119,900)!Nice home offering 3 bedrooms plus a study or a sunroom. The kitchen features ceramic tile floors, updated dishwasher and stove, stainless steel sink, and nice pantry. Great open family room with vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan, and wood burning fireplace. Enjoy the master suite with walk in closet, his and her sinks, and ceramic tile flooring. Other upgrades include carpet, roof yrs old, hot water heater four years old, and AC compressor in 2007. Don't miss this one! E-mail Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org with property ID# 4504 Offered by The Pescatore/Avrit Team Keller Williams Realty Phone: 214-417-3621 Fax: (0 comments)
Existing Home Sales Fall - 02/05/08 11:02 AM
Existing home sales fall for eighth straight month 09:37 AM CST on Thursday, November 29, 2007 Associated Press WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes fell for the eighth consecutive month in October, with median home prices falling by a record amount. Analysts blamed the worsening housing slump on the credit crunch that hit in August. The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing single-family homes and condominiums dropped by 1.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million units. The median price of a home sold last month declined to $207,800, a drop of 5.1 percent (1 comments)
New Take on Outdoor Design - 02/01/08 09:37 AM
Outdoor fireplaces bring warmth to open-air rooms 11:16 AM CST on Friday, January 11, 2008 By HANNE KLEIN / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News email@example.com When Pepper and Ed Toohey expanded the living space of their 1928 Tudor home, instead of adding an extra room, they installed a Granbury stone fireplace - outdoors. COURTNEY PERRY/DMN Garden designer Robert Bellamy sheathed his own outdoor fireplace with a tile mosaic of his design and incorporated salvaged architectural elements. "We had put in a pool last year," says Ms. Toohey, "and we didn't want to use up every square inch of house. We (0 comments)
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