plano: What is Rotary? - 08/29/08 08:13 AM
So, have you ever wondered what Rotary is? As a member of Plano West Rotary, let me try and explain. I've only been a member for 4 years. I'm still a "newbie" in the club compared to some of our club members have been involved for 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years!! Amazing.
Rotary is the world's first service club organization with 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries. Members form a global network of service oriented leaders who volunteer their time and money to serve their local communities and worldwide. Our motto is, Service above Self.
 
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plano: Plano, TX is the center of the Gymnastics World - Congrats Nastia Liukin! - 08/14/08 05:17 PM
Congratulations Nastia Liukin on the GOLD medal for the Women's All-Round in Gymnastics.  I loved it!!  America first and second - the first time in history that this has happened.  NBC mentioned twice tonight that Natsia's gym in is my hometown of Plano, TX.  Our city can't pay for better advertising than that!!
The 2004 All-Round Olympic Champion, Carly Patterson, also worked at the same gym in Plano.  So, I think this means if you want to win gold, you need to move to Plano, TX.
 

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plano: Why I love Plano, TX - 08/10/08 10:44 AM
I wanted to share with everyone why I love Plano and think it is a great place to live. I have really enjoyed living in Plano,TX for the past 8 years and can't imagine living in any other city locally.
1. Location - Plano is close to Dallas without having to deal directly with big city Dallas problems and politics. Plano is the southernmost city in Collin County so we get to enjoy the best of both worlds. To the south, I'm 25 minutes from downtown Dallas and to the north only 20 minutes to the county seat of Collin County … (13 comments)

plano: Independence Day with 2 American Heros - 07/14/08 02:26 PM
I'm a little late posting this but I just got the picture. The Collin County Association of Realtors in Plano, TX had a Freedom Breakfast at their office on July 1 for all their members. The idea was to celebrate our country and recognize our members who have or are currently serving our great country.
The guest speaker was U.S. Congressman and former POW, Sam Johnson. Scott O'Grady was also in attendence and gave the invocation. You should remember this national story in 1995 when air force pilot, Scott O'Grady was was shot down behind enemy lines in Bosnia and survived … (7 comments)

plano: Collin County - One of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. - 07/06/08 02:04 PM
Forbes Magazine ranked Collin County as the 14th best place in the United States to raise a family.
Here is Forbes analysis of Collin County: "Home to the burgeoning northern suburbs of Dallas, Collin County is a great value play for families. An affordable median house price of $191,000 means access to a school system that boasts a 1,103 average SAT score and a graduation rate of 93%. One caveat: a sub-par crime rate of 34.7 index crimes per 1,000 people."
Collin County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States which includes the cities of Plano(the largest), … (4 comments)

plano: Junior League of Plano - Potential Member Meeting - 07/06/08 11:00 AM
Here is your last chance to become a member of the Junior League of Plano(JLP) for 2008.
You are invited to a potential member meeting on July 17, at 7 p.m. at the League Office in Plano at 5805 Coit Rd. in Plano. I have enjoyed my involvement over the last 4 years and I encourage other women that are interested to attend this informational session.  If you read my blogs, you know I am always promoting our events.
JLP membership currently has more than 900 women from cities in Collin County, including Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney who are committed to … (2 comments)

plano: Plano....#1 Again - 07/01/08 04:47 AM
Salary.com has ranked Plano, TX as the #1 city in the United States to build personal wealth.  As a resident and Realtor in Plano, I can wholeheartedly agree with this ranking. 
Salary.com looked at the following factors:  "Local salaries, cost of living, and unemployment relative to the national average.  This year's list also factored in qualitative measures including diversity of industry, education level of the cities' population, proximity to post secondary institutions, percent of population below poverty level, and median travel time to work."
Plano has a highly educated work force - 60% of residents have a college degree or higher … (8 comments)

plano: Plano Home Sales - May 2008 - 06/20/08 03:39 PM
Below are the current market information and sales for Plano, TX in May 2008. Contact me if you are interested to know how this affects your next home sale or purchase.

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plano: Prices are Up in Dallas - 05/23/08 03:12 PM
You wouldn't know it based on what the local media reports but local prices are UP compared to last year. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight is reporting that Dallas/Fort Worth prices in the first quarter were up versus the same time last year (up 3.76% in Dallas and 2.59% in Fort Worth). This contrasts with a 3.1% nationwide price decline over the same period.
The local newspaper and TV stations always report national numbers but real estate in local.  You can't quote numbers for the entire nation and apply it to Dallas.
Dallas' economy is solid and our area is … (0 comments)

plano: New Listing in East Plano - Timber Brook West - 04/23/08 07:14 AM
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plano: New Listing in Plano, Texas - 04/23/08 07:07 AM
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plano: Trinkets to Treasures - April 19, 2008 in Plano, TX - 04/14/08 08:47 AM
As many of you know, I am a member of the Junior League of Plano and the big event that I've been working on for 9 months is happening this weekend!  Trinkets to Treasures is Collin County's largest rummage sale and we will be at the Plano Centre this Saturday from 8am - 3pm.  Junior League's provisional class has been working for months to collect items from our Junior League members to sell this weekend.  There are some great deals to be found. Furniture, Clothes, Electronics, Holiday items, Purses, and much more.  All the items are gently used and we do … (7 comments)

plano: Live Green in Plano Expo - this weekend! - 04/09/08 11:14 AM
Plano, Texas is hosting their "Live Green in Plano" Expo this weekend, April 12, at the Plano Centre from 9am - 5pm.  The Live Green in Plano Expo is a FREE, fun, family event that will help North Texans make informed decisions and take action to lead more healthy lives with less impact on our environment.  I attended this event last year and I had a great time.  I got to see the latest in green building items, green cleaning products and I even got to operate a trash truck!     This event will be even bigger and better than last year with 125 exhibitors.  … (3 comments)

plano: Top Reasons 2008 Will be GREAT in Dallas - 01/25/08 01:44 PM
I had my annual company meeting with Virginia Cook, Realtors this morning to celebrate our success in 2007.  It was quite energizing and we learned why 2008 will be GREAT!!  You wouldn't know it from listening to our local news but Texas is a great place to be right now.     Healthy Price Appreciation - The Dallas - Fort Worth housing market is the least likely of any in the country to see a significant decrease in home values according to a report released January 15 by PMI Group.  Business 2.0 and Moody's Economy.com rank the Metroplex the 4th best … (18 comments)

plano: Tips for First Time Buyers - 01/22/08 07:01 AM
The thought of purchasing a home may be a bit daunting, but owning residential real estate continues to prove to be one of the wisest investment choices an individual or family can make. To help you enjoy a smooth and easy home buying experience, I've compiled the following tips for you: Save, Save, Save. You can purchase a home with very little down. However, there will be other costs such as closing costs. Once you get in your home, you'll also enjoy having the resources to do the fun things like decorate! Remember Uncle Sam. As a home owner, you generally … (2 comments)

plano: Stage your Home to Sell - 01/22/08 06:59 AM
As an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), I assist all my sellers in preparing their homes for the market. "Staging" is presenting your home in it's best and most appealing light to the majority of homebuyers. Homes that are Staged, or prepared for sale, by an Accredited Staging Professional look better than other homes on the market by being clean, clutter-free, and ready to show to prospective buyers. Staged homes traditionally sell faster and/or for more money in today's real estate market. The tips below are to help you get your home ready for showings by potential buyers. 1. First Impressions - … (0 comments)

plano: Become a member of the Junior League of Plano - 01/17/08 06:24 AM
I hope you will consider becoming a member of the Junior League of Plano in 2008.  I've been in this great organization since 2004 and I've really enjoyed it. 
So, what is the Junior League of Plano, you ask?  We are a women's service organization that supports multiple community programs and projects through our volunteer hours or money throughout Collin County.  It is also a wonderful way to meet many wonderful and generous women in this area. 
The League is open to all women of all ages and you do NOT have to be sponsored in the Plano Junior League.  We … (1 comments)

plano: Plano Trivia - 12/09/07 12:30 PM
I read this on the City of Plano website and thought this information was interesting.
At 72 square miles, geographically speaking, Plano is larger than San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Washington, DC and Manhattan to name but a few!  Our population is over 260,000 residents so we are smaller than these over cities but we are still growing.
With over 1,950 miles of Plano sidewalks, laid end on end they would stretch from Plano to Yosemite National Park in California with a side trip into Reno which is over 271 miles from Yosemite!
I didn't realize how large our city is geographically.  … (1 comments)

plano: Congratulations Plano - the safest city in North Texas! - 12/07/07 04:08 AM
The City of Plano was recently ranked as the safest city in North Texas, the 3rd safest city in Texas, and the 55th safest city in the nation according to Washington-based CQ Press.
378 cities with a population over 75,000 were considered.  The CQ Press Safest City Award is based on a city's rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. Each crime category is considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness.
Those of us that live and work in Plano know it is a great place to live so it is nice to recognized … (6 comments)

plano: Plano's November Sales - 12/05/07 04:51 AM
Here are the latest home sales statistics for Plano, TX in the November of 2007.  I've also included the stats for the 3rd Qtr of 2006 as a comparison to our current market. 
 
All in all, The DFW market is still a great place to buy real estate!
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