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Things To Do Around Plano for July 4th - 06/29/11 08:08 PM
Things To Do Around Plano for July 4thPlano, TX 4th of July CelebrationsIndependence Day, July 4th our day America to celebrate or relax while enjoying the liberty of this great nation under God. Listed below are some ideas for your enjoyment. It provides a sampling of the events and things to do around Plano for July 4th, 2011.Local Fireworks Showso Star Spangled Spectacular, Garland, Firewheel Towne Center, July 3o All-American Fourth Fireworks Show, Plano, July 4 o City of Frisco’s 8th Annual Frisco Freedom Fest, Frisco, July 3o Kaboom Town, Addison, July 3 o Light Up Arlington, downtown Arlington, 2 day (3 comments)
Celebrate Freedom, an all day Christian music festival sponsored by KLTY 94.9 is held on the grounds of Southfork Ranch. The annual event is in honor of our country's freedom. It is also a worship & praise tribute to the One God under whom our nation stands. I was there for only a short period of time this year but it is always an amazing experience to worship our Almighty God with such a multitude of people.
God Bless America ~ Let Freedom 2011 Ring! (8 comments)
156 single family residences are available in the Murphy area, click on Murphy to see the listings.
Texas Lakes: First Memory of Lake Ray Hubbard - 06/25/11 10:58 AM
Texas Lakes: First Memory of Lake Ray HubbardLake Ray Hubbard, Collin * Dallas * Kaufamn * RockwallWhen I was a young girl my dad piled all of us children into the car and off we went for an afternoon ride. Our destination was unknown to us giving our journey a certain air of mystery and intrigue. We really had no cares about what it was that lay ahead for us. We drove along for a little while to get to where we were going. Right in the midst of a massive construction site turned out to be the place we were (8 comments)
Facebook Rockstar - 06/24/11 07:21 PM
WIN Home Inspections has a great online community builder in Jennifer MacDonald. Jennifer communicates primarily on Twitter but I have asked her to join us in the Rain. Last week Jennifer provided me with a list of questions to answer for her. This week she gives a shout out on her video blog, Facebook Rockstar. Thanks Jennifer! I love a win/win situation.
Want to have some fun and fame; try out this link that Judi Barrett shared with us. You can post your pic on the front of a magazine...it will be fun.
Via Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma: Put your pic on the cover of your favorite magazine! It's fun! It's free! And Here's the Link!
Magmypic has several choices. You do not have to register to use the website. SO ready to have a little fun and be on the cover of your favorite mag?
Looking for a home for sale in Idabel, Oklahoma? (0 comments)
LinkedIN Three Out of Four Top Rankings - 06/23/11 10:26 PM
The other day I was reading an article in the Realtors® Magazine about ways to help consumers find you. The first suggestion was LinkedIN. Hmmm...I’m on LinkedIN. I’m good. And on to the next item suggested I read until today.Earlier I found myself on LinkedIN reading in the groups and other areas that I like to check out when I am on the site. I happen, or did I, find another article that is addressing how to draw your audience in with LinkedIN. Okay, I am getting the hint. Twice in one week I have been lured to LinkedIN. Maybe I (10 comments)
Finding a Loan for Your Plano Home - 06/22/11 11:20 PM
One of the first questions to ask a prospective buyer is do you have a loan for that Plano home you are looking to buy? More often than not they will respond with no. This is surprising given all of the qualified home loan lenders that can be found in the Plano area.Lack of loan approval or a qualification letter from a reputable lender is okay for surfing the Internet. I can really appreciate narrowing down your options prior to looking. Only when it comes time to look for that Plano home not knowing how much home you can afford is (8 comments)
Looking to buy or sell a Plano home; let's all play fair. Sometimes we can get so caught up on the side of the transaction we represent that we loose sight of the bigger picture before us. Thank you, Karen, for painting such a vivid word picture for us.
Via Karen Crowson, ABR, SRES, Livermore, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors, Livermore, CA): The Seller’s Point of View You are leaving a house you’ve called home for a number of years. You’ve been asked to move out your personal belongings, so the place hardly seems cozy or familiar anymore. You’re exhausted from (4 comments)
Closing Costs Associated with Buying a Home - 06/20/11 11:34 PM
buying a home in Plano TXFirsttime homebuyers may not be fully aware of the closing costs associated with buying a home. The first step in the home buying process involves getting a loan. Your real estate agent can help in finding a mortgage provider if you prefer. Next step in the process involves opening an escrow account. Typically a title company handles the escrow account but it can be done by an attorney. Title companies are primariy responsbile for performing the title search to insure that the seller has a right to transfer title to the buyer. The video below provides (4 comments)
Look who wandered in to the Keller Williams Murphy TX office today! It is really fun to meet fellow Rainmakers and especially one as sweet as Donna Foerster and her husband, Rich. They make a great realty team for Keller Williams in Parker, Co.We took a little time out for lunch at the local Boomer Jack’s in Murphy to get to know one another. They shared with me the dynamics of the housing market in Denver / Parker Colorado and I had the opportunity to share a little bit with them about Murphy and our area of Texas. As (9 comments)
Hyperlocal to Microclimate Housing Activity - 06/16/11 03:30 PM
What's going on in the Plano housing activity?When asked about real estate the first thought that pops into most people's mind is location, location, location. With the fallout from the ongoing housing crisis the buzz about real estate became hyperlocal. It came about primarily because not all areas were impacted the same as being reported. Yet the national news media continues to paint a bleak picture of the overall housing market.Hyperlocal real estate can refer to a local area housing market such as a city or town. Others refer to it as a specific neighborhood within a local area. It is (4 comments)
One of the benefits of living in a great neighborhood is its park. Neighborhood parks are scaled to meet the needs of its residents. They are centrally located and become the focal point of interaction amongst the neighbors. Consider your family’s lifestyle and make it a point to check out the neighborhood park when looking for your new house. In the city of Murphy there are 8 neighborhood parks. They are maintained under the administration of the city’s park and recreational department. Today's focus is on North Hills Park.North Hills (4 comments)
What Did You Say! - 06/15/11 02:54 AM
This is Kirby. He is my grand-dog. I have been house-sitting with Kirby since last Thursday. He misses his family especially the little rug rats.
Just the mention of them coming home soon perks ups his ears!
Dogs are so unconditional in giving their love and attention; they offer it freely just from the sound of your voice no matter what you might be saying to them.
But if you leave them home alone they are taking ownership!Home ~ a gathering place for family and grand-dogs! (12 comments)
June 14th ~ TWO Significant Birthdays - 06/14/11 07:45 PM
June 14th - Two Significant BirthdaysToday Americans are celebrating the birthday of our flag. On May 30, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson officially established the Proclamation that celebrates June 14th as the anniversary of the Flag of the United States of America. But there’s another significance for me on this date as well.It is my mother’s birthday! So please join in with me in celebrating these two significant birthdays. Happy Birthday to Mom and Old Glory.
Splash Day at the Gables / Ranch in Murphy TX - 06/12/11 12:04 AM
Splash Day at the Gables / Ranch in Murphy TXWhat do families do on a hot day in Texas? Well, if you are a resident of Murphy and live in the Gables or the Ranch neighborhoods you came to the community neighborhood pool for the annual Splash Day ~ families keeping cool in the pool. The event is sponsored each year by the Home Owner’s Associations and volunteers were on-hand to help. They handed out ice cold bottles of water along with delicious cookies. Children received other goodies such as bottles of bubbles or colorful plastic lei’s.It was a good afternoon (10 comments)
I am always pleased to be able to assist one of our veterans and especially fellow Texan Veterans like Jerry Newman. He retired from the U.S. Army and is now looking out for the interests of his fellow vets. Comments are disabled so click on Jerry's link and let him know how you feel about the great rate and serving our country.
Via Jerry Newman, ABR®, US Army Retired San Antonio Real Estate & Military Reloc (Keller Williams Realty): Interest Rates Dropped Again for Texas VetsAttention All Texas Veterans! The Texas Veterans Land Board have dropped their interests rates again (0 comments)
Foot Stomping Water Fun Texas Lakes - 06/11/11 03:23 PM
Foot Stomping Water Fun Texas Lakes!Do you love the water - the lakes, the rivers, the awesome state parks! Here’s your chance to share your passion for all the waterways Texas has to offer. From the Brazos to the Red River and on down to the Rio Grande. Post your stories, properties, photographs or just plain fun in the group forming and everyone is welcome who wants to share in Texas Lakes.It will be a splash!
Join Texas Lakes (12 comments)
Mavericks Will Rock Dallas - 06/11/11 03:41 AM
Mavericks will rock Dallas!I wouldn’t consider myself an outwardly big basketball fan. Not until the Mavericks made it to the play-offs and on to the Finals did I decide that I should openly show my support for them. They are the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas is my home. I do support my community. Living in Dallas offers its residents a good life whether it is quality housing, employment opportunities, exemplary education or some really outstanding recreation. Besides its exciting to know that when people think of Dallas they will think of all the wonderful options that the city has to offer. Adding (7 comments)
Murphy TX Market Report June 2011 - 06/09/11 11:03 PM
The City of Murphy TX continues to be a desirable community for families moving into the local Plano area or looking to get further away from the congestion of the big city but not so far from all the advantages. It ranks within the top 10 communities of Dallas. During the month of May 17 single family residences SOLD.
Looking at the chart above reveals a drop in the sales from last month in April. This drop is typical for the time of year represented being that most families are focused on the end of the school year. It (3 comments)
Sale pending on 6014 Hawkeye Rd in Springfield, city of Rowlett TX. Looking for a Rowlett TX home? There are 137 homes available for sale in the price range up to $150,000; 91 homes available in the $150,001 to $199,999 range; 47 homes availabe in the $200,000 to $250,000 price range; 27 homes available in tthe $250,001 to $300,000 price range and 24 homes availabe over $300,000.
and all of the local neighborhood pools were brimming with activity.
Today was the last day of school for Plano Independent School District. Wylie Independent School District released last Thursday, June 2nd. Most of the neighborhoods in the Murphy area are feed into Plano ISD.
Some children were being treated extra special today with a delivery of pizza directly to the pool. Overall, it was a Marvelous Monday.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer in 2011.
Sure There's a Happy Dance! - 06/04/11 12:20 PM
Inquiring minds want to know about the "Happy Dance" so once again YouTube comes to the rescue! Although there were several options, and suggestions, this one has the dance and a song. And it is, after all, the offical video (of the song, of course).
Here's dance and song.
Move over Zumba - here come's the Happy Dance!
It's the Cell Phone - 06/03/11 12:11 PM
It’s the Cell PhoneIt’s been sometime since cell phones first became popular. I can recall hearing stories of people attesting to the belief that cell phones contributed to the cause of brain cancer. I am a subscriber of WebMD. What do the two have in common?I read on WebMD that the IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer announces that cell phones might possibly cause brain cancer. Might possibly but you really don’t know. Or you won’t really say. Is it because cell phones have become so commonplace?According to the article, the IARC classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to (9 comments)
Tonight's the Night! - 06/02/11 04:07 PM
Tonight’s the Night!The song of that title just popped into my head. I can remember singing along with Rod Stewart many times. But today those words have a different meaning to me and the other folks in Dallas. The Mavericks will be playing game 2 of the finals against the Miami Heat. In the first game the Mavericks were really looking good. Only they didn't pull it off. In the end, the Heat took control and came out on top. I hope tonight writes a different story. In the mean time I will be singing along with Rod. Tonight's the Night (11 comments)
Design Barbie's New Dream House - 06/02/11 11:01 AM
Design Barbie’s New Dream HouseMattel is sponsoring a contest - design Barbie’s new dream house. The contest is a project of the AIA, American Institute of Architects. They have been challenged to come up with the ideal Dream House for Barbie. She’s such a doll! Barbie gave the architects full design on what she is looking for in her new Dream House. This modern day Barbie is looking for all the latest including a sleek, smart home office. No flip intended. Barbie wants the smart phones, pad and pods with the latest styles and colors. Spare the cable, looking for WiFi (6 comments)
I know it's early in the morning but I have found several blogs addressing a special birthday taking place today. So I thought I would join in the community spirit and wish a very special happy birhtday to Tish Lloyd. Happy Birthday!
Via Lora "Leah" Stern, Realtor Suffern, Rockland County NY (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Via Lora "Leah" Stern, Realtor Suffern, Rockland County NY (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): 29 Again? - Happy Birthday BL!
Today is the birthday of a very special ActiveRain-er. She's got one of the biggest hearts around and is always busy championing others (0 comments)
Texas Lakes - 06/01/11 12:41 AM
Texas LakesIf you were to google how many lakes are in Texas Answers.com would tell you there are 6.736. Not sure where that number came from but I do know there are a lot of lakes in Texas. I would suggest that the answer could vary based on one’s idea of a lake more so than the actual definition itself.In a recent article I was reading in D Magazine they stated there was 170 lakes in Texas. In fact, it was this article that started me to thinking about creating a new group in Activerain all about Texas lakes, properties and (8 comments)
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