mckinney: (Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Hot Air Balloons Over McKinney TX - 05/02/12 12:54 AM

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday
It's happening more and more frequently.
The dogs outside begin barking - almost in a panic. I look outside and don't see anything immediately, but then hear the familiar sound of the powerful torch inside giant hot air balloons sporadically going off. Looking up, I see sometimes one, but sometimes a fleet, of beautiful hot air balloons.
The picture above was from this morning - taken with my phone for lack of time to grab a better camera - just in front of my house.
It's that time of year!
Hot air balloon enthusiasts are taking advantage … (5 comments)

mckinney: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives ~ The McKinney TX Edition! - 03/30/12 12:42 PM
It's a Friday night, and I'm just waiting another hour or so to hear my winning lottery numbers for the crazy $640 Million Mega Jackpot on TV.
A regular channel on my TV happens to be Food Network...and this Friday night is no different.
If you're a Food Network fan like me, then you know that Friday nights are usually "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" marathons! I LOVE this show! I've decided once I win the $640 Million, I'm going to tour the country and visit each and every one of the restaurants featured on the show. I'd probably need to run … (2 comments)

mckinney: Easter 2012 - What to do in McKinney? April 7, 11:00, Easter Egg Hunt - 03/24/12 12:59 AM

 
If you're looking for something to do with the kids this Easter in McKinney TX, look no further than your very own city! McKinney's Parks and Rec Department is known for putting on some GREAT family-friendly events throughout the year, and their Easter Egg-stravaganza is no different.
I've taken my boys to this event several times, and they've always had so much fun. Here a few of my own tips if you plan on attending the event:
-Arrive early - parking can get crazy.
-Expect A LOT of people - which means little ones could easily get lost. … (2 comments)

mckinney: Stone Brooke Crossing (McKinney TX) Q1 Real Estate Market Report - 03/23/12 07:57 AM
Stone Brooke Crossing (McKinney TX) - Real Estate Market Report - Q1 Active Properties: As of March 23, 2012 there are 3 properties currently For Sale. They range in price from $175,000 to $223,500. These homes are between 2279 and 2793 square feet. The average days on market is 153 days. Pending Properties: Pending properties are those that are under contract and are awaiting closing. There are currently four pending homes, ranging in price from $174,900 and $230,000 and size of 2311 and 2880 square feet. Average days on market for these properties was only 40 days. SOLD Properties: Stone Brooke … (0 comments)

mckinney: Franconia Brewing Company in McKinney, TX - The CURE for "What Should we do Today??" - 03/21/12 08:23 AM
Running out of things to do in McKinney, TX? First of all, I find that impossible. But, I'm not one to call anyone a liar. Unless you are. Then shame on you. But let's say you had a momentary lapse in memory and couldn't remember all the FUN things to do in McKinney... Allow me to suggest something that everyone over the age of 21 can appreciate. (Ladies, this tip is so good that you might actually want to claim this idea as your OWN. I'm good with that.) Ready for it??? Take a tour of the Franconia Brewing Company!
The … (0 comments)

mckinney: Guess Who Has a Birthday Today?? - 03/16/12 11:51 AM
 
Did You Know? There's a very special birthday today! Happy 164 years McKinney!

On March 16, 1848, the Texas Legislature passed an act establishing Collin County and its new county seat, McKinney. The city and county were named for Collin McKinney, who was a pioneer and land surveyor who helped draft and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836. It's amazing to see where McKinney has come in it's 164 year history, and as a resident I KNOW we've got the best ahead! So raise a drink and toast McKinney on 164 INCREDIBLE years!
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mckinney: McKinney Condos - Near Westridge Golf Course - The Villas of Westridge - 03/13/12 11:49 AM
This one's under contract and almost sold...but let us help you locate ANOTHER great unit in the Villas at Westridge! A mix of one and two story townhome style condos, these offer a great location for a GREAT price! Located steps from the Westridge Golf course in McKinney! Call us for more info about these McKinney condos! … (0 comments)

mckinney: Gas Prices and Home Sales - Are YOU Seeing a Correlation? - 03/12/12 10:29 AM
Gas Prices and Home Sales - What's the Correlation? What's the Impact? Have you seen it yet? With gas prices approaching $4.00 a gallon (in Texas), I expect there to continue to be changes in the way families are dealing with the increased cost. Not only increased cost in gas itself and commuting...but also the trickle down effect of grocery prices, etc. Which got me thinking...I wonder how many families will go so far as to sell their home and move closer to their jobs? Will we start to see more and more home buyers looking at properties located closer to … (4 comments)

mckinney: Top 7 Things to Do in McKinney TX for Spring Break 2012! - 03/11/12 11:56 AM
Spring Break in McKinney, TX It's officially Spring Break in Texas! Now that McKinney ISD has released the children to their parents for one whole week...you may be wondering what to do with them!! Have no fear....here are my Top 7 things to do in and around McKinney for the week of March 12-18! 1. Enjoy Towne Lake Park - rumor has it that there are still quite a few fish left over from February's Trout Derby - see if you can snag one! If not, enjoy paddle boats, volleyball courts, playground, 1.2 mile jogging path or horseshoes. 2. See a … (5 comments)

mckinney: McKinney, Texas' Own Hollie Cavanagh - 2012's American Idol?? - 03/09/12 06:24 AM
American Idol - McKinney's Own Hollie Cavanagh! For the last few weeks my Facebook feed has been blowing up with posts like this around the 7 or 8 PM timeframe:
"Hollie is Safe!!" "Go Hollie!" "Hollie Cavanagh...2012 American Idol!" Yep...McKinney, Texas is LOVING that Hollie Cavanagh finally made it through to the Top 13 in this season of American Idol after she came so close last year. My 4th grader is jazzed because Hollie attended the same elementary school as he goes to - Glen Oaks Elementary. According to him, she has been mentioned in their morning announcements at school … (3 comments)

mckinney: Craig Ranch Home For Sale (McKinney, TX) - 2500+ sq ft, Gameroom...PRISTINE! - 09/28/11 08:55 AM
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mckinney: 2011 Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade - McKinney TX - "Happy Tails to You"! Video Review - 03/07/11 08:07 AM

Sunday, March 6 2011 was the annual Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade in Downtown McKinney. Each year the Art Institute of McKinney and McKinney Main Street put on the event that is patterned after the legendary Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans. This year's theme was "Happy Tails to You...Barkus Salutes Texas and Wild, Wild West." The parade featured small, medium, large and extra-large dog breeds, decked out in their western gear. I took my family and the kids had a blast laughing at the dogs dressed up as cowboys, Indians (one even in a canoe), longhorns, prairie girls … (4 comments)

mckinney: The Superbowl Storm hits McKinney TX = Trip to the #1 Sledding Spot in all of Collin County! - 02/04/11 03:41 PM
Media in Dallas/Fort Worth is calling it "The Superbowl Storm"... My kids call it: FUUUUNNNNN!!!! And the reason there was NO SCHOOL so far for the month of February! So we took to the #1 snow sledding spot in McKinney...the Hill in Adriatica at Stonebridge Ranch. There's just something about a bunch of Texans gathering around a snowy hill with our makeshift cold weather "gear" and "sleds".
Sleds? We don't need no stinkin' sleds... My boys grabbed two empty storage bins (the kind you can slide under a bed) and they worked PERFECTLY! My oldest also brought a skateboard he found … (1 comments)

mckinney: Cupid's Couples Run 5K - McKinney TX | Double the Spandex! Double the FUN! - 02/01/11 10:32 AM
Each year as Valentine's Day approaches, I always think about 2 things: #1. The end of the Gluttonfest that runs from Halloween thru Valentine's Day. Inevitably, every year, I gain the L-B's slow and steady from Halloween (mini Snickers and Candy Corn get me every time), to Thanksgiving (hello, pumpkin pie & pumpkin lattes) on to Christmas (mmm...cookie!) and then quickly ahead to New Years Eve (give me an "A" for cheesy, fatty Appetizers galore!) and then my birthday (always a special dinner!) until V-Day (last hurrah). which always leads me to think about... #2. The serious POUNDS I need to … (1 comments)

mckinney: New Homes in McKinney TX | Creekview Estates by DRHorton - Get Your "New Home Smell" Fix! - 01/31/11 03:16 PM
New Homes in McKinney - Creekview Estates in McKinney TX Are you one who really LOVES that "new car" smell?   How about when you buy a new pair of running shoes...do you get excited to smell the nice, clean leather and laces? If you answered YES to either of those questions...then you just might also love the ever-popular "New HOME" smell! There's really nothing better - well, besides new baby smell (there's something magic about the baby lotion and powder smell!) If you're shopping for a new home in McKinney TX then you should check out DR Horton's Creekview Estates … (0 comments)

mckinney: "How Long Will it Take to BUY my McKinney TX Home?" - 30 Days. Exactly. - 01/26/11 02:06 PM
One of the questions I get most often from McKinney TX home buyers is "How long does it usually take to buy a home?" I tell them 30 days - on the dot!! OK, no - I don't. That question is an impossible one to answer due to the fact that each and every buyer is different. There's the relocation buyer - they are usually the quickest to purchase. No one enjoys living in temporary housing and when forced to live in a hotel, friend's home, relatives home (worse), or corporate housing, living out of a suitcase is not a lot … (5 comments)

mckinney: Video Tour: Historic Downtown Square in McKinney TX {PLUS a few Valentine's Day Suggestions!} - 01/24/11 08:25 AM
 
Enjoy a short drive around the downtown historic square in McKinney TX! But don't let this be the only view of the square you see...make sure you come and explore yourself. Here are a few of my favorite places to visit:1. Patina Green Home & Market - hot tip: Fan them on Facebook and you'll see what items are being offered for that day's menu. I've NEVER been disappointed! Oh, and the home decor items are astounding! No "cookie cutter" furniture here. Each piece is hand picked from around the globe. LOVE!2. Sauce on the Square - a favorite lunch … (2 comments)

mckinney: The 3/50 Project| The Plan to Save the Local Yokel's - Why Buying Local Matters - 01/18/11 10:14 AM
Rivalries. We all love 'em. You're either on one side of the debate...or the other...no gray area.Let's think about some famous rivalries:Muhammed Ali vs Joe FrazierLeno vs LettermanNature vs NurtureTexas A&M vs University of Texas (I could write an entire POST about THIS one! [Gig 'em Ags!])Coyote vs RoadrunnerLindsay Lohan vs Sobriety (while funny (?), I can't take credit for this one)Now let's throw this debate into the real estate ring:"In one corner, you know 'em... you've seen 'em on TV ... it's your National Franchise Brokerage!"(**insert Boo's** [yes, I am biased. Sorry. Remember the whole "no gray area" comment earlier?]"In … (2 comments)

mckinney: 2010 Real Estate Market Report for the Glen Oaks School District (McKinney TX) - Including Foreclosure Statistics - 01/15/11 09:35 AM
Glen Oaks School District (McKinney, TX) Real Estate Market Report for 2010 In 2010, 119 Sales were reported in the Glen Oaks School District according to NTREIS (North Texas Real Estate Information Service), our local MLS. Of the 119 sales, there were 20 Foreclosures (16.8 %). First, let's look at the group of Foreclosures that sold in 2010 so that we can get an idea of that market: -First of all, let's get rid of the myth that that all Foreclosures are small, low-income homes. Of the twenty that sold, they ranged in size from 1,649 - 6,948 square feet. On … (1 comments)

mckinney: Your McKinney TX Relocation Guide | FREE | Info For Relocation Buyers & Referral Agents - 01/04/11 08:02 AM
Your McKinney TX Relocation Package | FREE | For Relocation Buyers & Referral Agents So you’re moving to McKinney TX! Congratulations!
If you’re like 94% of all 24-44 year olds who research your home buying needs online, then you’re probably researching your upcoming move – right now – Googling away. Phrases like:
a)"Relocating to McKinney”, or
b)"Moving to McKinney TX”… but maybe
c)"Crap! My husband just got transferred, now we have to move… AGAIN, and we have to pick somewhere near Dallas or Plano, so I threw a dart at the map, it landed on McKinney, so why should … (4 comments)

 
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