mckinney: Aries - Happy Birthday! - 03/23/09 09:18 AM
Here are some fun facts about the head strong ram...
Traditional Aries Traits:
Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageousEnthusiastic and confidentDynamic and quick-witted
Competitive and Chivalrous
The sign of the born leader
The Shadow...
Selfish and quick-temperedImpulsive and impatientFoolhardy and daredevil
Difficulty finishing tasks
Relating...
Aries are headstrong, impulsive, and passionate. Therefore, they are quick to initiate social contact. They fall in love at first sight then get bored quickly. They make friends easily and are very quick to defend their loved ones. At best, they are warm, dynamic, and affectionate but can be possessive. Arians love a challenge they can … (6 comments)

mckinney: Kiss me; I'm Irish! - 03/16/09 10:02 AM
Our Irish culture has always been a source of pride for my family. My name, O'Keefe, came from County Cork where my grandfather was raised.
We used to spend summers with my gradparents in the fishing village of Kinsale in southern Ireland. I must say that the Irish are some of the friendliest people I've ever met!
Until the 1970s, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. A priest would acknowledge the feast day, and families would celebrate with a big meal, but that was about it. Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional meal.
St. Patrick's Day was … (17 comments)

mckinney: Mud Pies & Real Estate! - 03/15/09 07:59 AM
So who knew that playing in the mud as a kid would pay off one day?
It's spring time in Texas and it has rained here for the entire last week. I sell new home construction and I have a few beautiful, finished homes to sell, but I also have several at various stages of construction.
I did some fact finding with my prospect and her Realtor and found the perfect home that fit her needs. It has sheetrock, but there is no driveway or lead walk into the home. We knew it was going to be a challenge when we … (9 comments)

mckinney: 13 Facts About Friday the 13th - 03/12/09 05:03 AM
1. The British Navy is said to have built a ship named Friday the 13th, or the HMS Friday, which on its maiden voyage left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again. However, this story seems to be a hoax.
2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13th. The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.
3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while … (16 comments)

mckinney: Social Media Sites-Input Needed - 03/10/09 11:45 AM
I have just joined Facebook and have been busy navigating the web site. I'm looking for tips and advice.

I see the benefit of getting in touch with old friends and staying in touch with current friends.
Is there is a way to get business from it?  
Am I right to be careful about what pictures I post? I know it's a social site, but I've seen some crazy stuff already on other people's pages.  
I'm interested in connecting and getting to know my Realtor friends better, but I think Active Rain is doing that for me already. Is there … (6 comments)

mckinney: House Hunting Wish List - 03/07/09 08:05 AM
Before you drive all over town looking at models, inventory homes, arranging times to view pre-owned homes, and deciding where you want to move, take a few minutes to fill out this simple wish list.    
It will help you determine what your needs are and what you should be focusing on.  It is an excellent tool to give to your Realtor to help them help you!   
Don't be afraid to re-visit your wish list as you look at homes and adjust it as you realize the homes that catch your eye and, hopefully, your heart! 
A little bit of preparation … (14 comments)

mckinney: Failure is the key to success! - 03/03/09 10:45 AM
Failure is the key to success! Not the failure itself, but the lessons and strength that you take from it.
Today is my 40th birthday and it has made me reflect on where I am in my life.
Rewind to my 30th birthday, which freaked me out! It wasn't the number that got me; it was where I was in my life at the time.
I had been a Realtor for a year. I took every phone time, held open houses for other agents, contacted my sphere, sent out mailers, and was completely out of money! I had sold a few properties, but … (19 comments)

mckinney: March Birth Stone - Aquamarine - 03/01/09 02:09 PM
Facts About Aquamarine:
Aquamarine is light blue, blue-green and dark blue. The color is determined by the amount of iron. Top quality Aquamarine is transparent. It has a hardness of 7.5.
Aquamarine will fade if it is stored in the sun. 
Aquamarine is often heat treated and commonly irradiated.
Aquamarine is mined around the world. It is primarily found in Brazil, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and USA (Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, and Vermont).
For the 16th and 19th year of marriage, Aquamarine is the anniversary gemstone.
It is traditional to present Aquamarine to new brides to help them be faithful … (11 comments)

mckinney: International Trivia - 02/26/09 06:25 AM

Lucky bamboo is believed in Asian cultures to bring you success and wealth. 
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. 
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law whichstated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them, "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your … (10 comments)

mckinney: 22 dogs in station wagon with owner! - 02/19/09 03:16 AM

On Monday, the police in Pottsboro, Texas seized 22 dogs in a car, locked in and the driver woman inside. Pottsboro is just outside Sherman and about 70 miles north of Dallas.
The 22 dogs were crammed in a station wagon type of car. The owner refused to open the doors when a constable tried to serve her a warrant for the seizure of the dogs.
How can you drive with 22 dogs in your car? Can you imagine the potential risk that driving with 22 dogs in a car can cause to other drivers?
Here is what the Society … (25 comments)

mckinney: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-Chart - 02/17/09 03:50 AM
FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT
As Modified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Major Modifications Italicized
February 2009
 

For more information please contact Lara O'Keefe at 972.838.9156 or visit Hunter's Creek.
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mckinney: Rules of Engagement-Professional Courtesy - 02/15/09 04:55 AM
Rules of Engagement-Professional Courtesy
Return phone calls quickly or within the same business day.  Be polite and courteous to your fellow professionals. When leaving a voice mail say who you are, what the message is about, and leave phone number (speaking slowly.)  Return emails as quickly as possible or same business day latest.  Try to refrain from using bad language (cursing.)  Be on time to appointments.  Be ethical and do not divulge clients' private information.  Call if you are running late.  When meeting in person, shake hands and introduce client or coworker.  If changing a scheduled event (walk thru, inspection, closing, … (44 comments)

mckinney: Advice to Buyers of New Construction - 02/14/09 10:52 AM
Advice to Buyers of New Construction
 Have an idea of your budget and basic needs in a home and home site before you start looking. Speak to the neighbors and ask how their home building experience was. Drive the area immediately surrounding the community to become familiar with the new surroundings. Research the school system and check their ranking. This is good for resale. Ask about builder and manufacturer warranties. Make sure everything you are promised is put in writing in your contract. It protects everyone and eliminates any he said she said situations. Research the builder. Find out how long … (14 comments)

mckinney: Housing's "Ace in the Hole" - Inflation! - 02/12/09 07:59 AM
Inflation!!!
Typically considered to be something bad. In fact, the Fed's mandate is "to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates." However, today's economic environment is anything but typical. We are currently experiencing "DEFLATION", which governments hate even more than inflation. How inflation will ultimately loom over us:
US leaders (Congress, President, Treasury Secretary, the Federal Reserve, etc.) doing everything possible to keep economy from collapsing. Original $700 billion bailout. $350 billion for equity investments in banks. Remaining $350 billion to make other investments. Tax rebate(s) of 2008. Obama's $900 billion "economic stimulus" currently … (10 comments)

mckinney: Positive Signs in DFW Housing! - 02/12/09 07:46 AM
Positive signs in DFW housing
5.7 months' inventory on home resale listings (6 months is generally considered equilibrium.) Continued population growth offers support. DFW has only 3.1 months' inventory of new home (finished and vacant) inventory, per Metrostudy (Builders have shown significant restraint in keeping housing starts low.) Job creation 1/08 to 12/08 US Metro Areas 
12 Month Rank Metro Area J ob Growth
Houston - Sugarland - Baytown              57,300 Dallas - Fort Worth - Arlington                43,300 San Antonio                                         14,900 Washington - Arlington - Alexandria        11,800 Austin - Round Rock                               9,600   Rank Metro Area 12 Month J ob Growth Rate
Houston - Sugarland - Baytown               2.2% … (2 comments)

mckinney: Housing Market Crystal Ball - 02/12/09 07:33 AM
Housing Market Crystal Ball
January always is the slowest month for residential sales, so seasonal uptick starting now that February is here. Refi boom to continue through first half of 2009. Construction to remain sluggish until summer. Building rebound date dependent on each neighborhood's supply/demand. Obama's "economic stimulus" to positively impact spring market. Inflationary pressures toward the end of 2009 will make real estate in stable markets like DFW an excellent investment. As "certainty" (from federal bailouts, interest rates, job security, inauguration, etc.) returns over the coming months, DFW residential market is poised to rebound in the spring of 2009. National … (2 comments)

mckinney: Attention Dallas Motorists - 02/11/09 08:06 AM
Starting this week, if you have an overdue Dallas County traffic ticket or fine you'll have to pay it BEFORE you can get a new, annual vehicle registration sticker.
The county has 750 thousand outstanding citations on the books, worth 210 million dollars.Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price says the county needs that money. It's facing a 58 million dollar shortfall. But the Commissioner predicts a lot of people will be driving without valid stickers, unable to pay.In the County Clerk's office, Fetina Green says "the computer will flag SCOFFLAWS names with unpaid tickets provided by the County to registration officials in … (4 comments)

mckinney: Funny Headlines - 02/10/09 01:00 PM
The importance of proof reading your material before printing or publishing has never been as important as it is now.
With so many professionals now blogging and putting ourselves out into cyberspace, the risk is even higher of looking bad or unprofessional.
The house ad on the left takes away from the intention of the ad and somehow makes the house seem less ... s-o-p-h-i-s-t-i-c-a-t-e-d!



The ad on the right was intended to say "let us help you find the right F-I-T ... not TIT!" That was pretty bad.
People form an impression of us from the … (32 comments)

mckinney: Construction Starts on McKinney Dr. Pepper StarCenter - 02/10/09 08:30 AM
Construction starts on McKinney Dr. Pepper StarCenter New agreement costs no additional taxpayer funds, provides same benefits
Work will start as early as February 3rd on the McKinney Dr. Pepper StarCenter after the final contract was signed February 2nd. The new agreement dictates the facility will open in October and uses no additional taxpayer funding. Some improvements from the initial design include a better layout and more environmentally friendly features like energy-efficient lighting.
"The Dr. Pepper StarCenter will greatly benefit the citizens of McKinney. People in McKinney have been asking for this new public recreation facility, and we are extremely pleased … (4 comments)

mckinney: Historical McKinney Homes - 02/09/09 10:35 AM
McKinney continues program to recognize historic homesHistoric Preservation Advisory Board seeks nominations for calendar
The City of McKinney Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) is once again seeking nominations for revitalized historic houses as part of the Preserve Historic McKinney-Home Recognition Program.
The program recognizes property owners who have made significant improvements to their homes and places photos of chosen homes in a monthly calendar. Nominations must be received by Feb. 28.
The HPAB hopes to pick 14 homes to recognize in the annual super-sized calendar, with a different recognized home featured every month for 14 months. Residential properties located in the … (4 comments)

 
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