frisco homes for sale: Thinking about becoming a HOMEOWNER? - 10/10/11 06:27 AM
Thinking about becoming a HOMEOWNER? Think you can’t afford to a home? Worried about whether home-buying is a good INVESTMENT? Buying a home can be an intimidating process, but the first step is to ask yourself these questions: Do I want to own a home? Can I afford to own a home? Does owning a home make sense for me financially?
If you are still struggling with these questions, here are some facts that might help you take that first step towards becoming a homeowner.
Over the last ten years, the cost of rental housing in the U.S. has increased … (4 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: A Short Sale Always Wins - 10/06/11 12:30 AM
 
Today’s ever changing real estate industry has brought upon some very challenging questions from our clients. We as counselors, want to put forth the best, non-emotional advice that we can, in hopes that we can help our clients and their families navigate the rough waters of the short sale process.
 
The most prevalent question and one that continues to permeate the industry is:
 
“Why should a seller go through the short sale process rather than letting their house be foreclosed upon?”
 
While we cannot speak to every client circumstance, we can say one thing with … (2 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Moving to Allen, TX? Here is some information to help you get settled in! - 10/01/11 03:09 PM
Allen Demographics
Population Projections Facts and Figures Guide Census 2000 - Allen Demographic Profile
 
Driver's Licenses
Driver's licenses are obtained at the following locations: McKinney 400 Powerhouse Street 214.733.5350 Plano 2109 W. Parker Rd., Suite 224 972.867.4221
 
Local Tax Information
Property Taxes Central Appraisal District of Collin County
 
Post Offices:
304 W. Boyd Drive 800.ASK.USPS (800.275.8777); 972.390.7993 TTY Service - 877.889.2457 for hearing impaired Business Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. to Noon Sun closed
 
Vehicle Registration
New Allen residents can register vehicles at either of the following Collin County registration … (0 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Calling All Dogs! - 09/30/11 01:59 AM
 
Ruff Range Dog Park Grand Opening Celebration!
All dogs and their owners are invited by the City of Frisco, TX to the Grand Opening Celebration of the new "Ruff Range" Dog Park on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. There will be giveaways, "doggie bags," vendor booths and much more fun!

Parking for this event will be in the main parking lot of B.F. Phillips Community Park and shuttle buses will be available to transport dogs and their owners to the dog park. Shuttle buses will run from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
For more … (3 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Fall Home Maintenance Tips! - 09/30/11 01:21 AM
 
 
 
o   Change the batteries in your smoke Detectors and test them.
 
 
 
o   Drain a gallon or two of water from your water heater at least twice a year to extend its life expectancy, this may require a trained professional.
 
 
 
o   Have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected, ensure the damper closes tightly.
 
 
 
o   Have heating system inspected and serviced.
 
 
 
o   Clean leaves and trash out from under decks and porches. Pull mulch away from foundation walls.
 
 
 
o   Trim back tree branches and … (1 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Experience McKinney, TX - 09/28/11 12:38 AM

 
http://www.scntx.com/special_edition/?pub=Special%20Section:%20Experience%20McKinney%202011
Located 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney is a charming city that boasts a small-town feel. McKinney’s, one of the fastest-growing cities in America, has a population of more than 133,500 and it possess sought-after exemplary-rated schools, ample shopping, parks, a variety of restaurants and a nice selection of homes at all price ranges; in fact, the August 2010 issue of Money Magazine ranked McKinney #5 on their list of the Best Places to Live in America. In addition, McKinney has recently received positive remarks in Forbes, Best Life Magazine, CNN Money and other media sources.
 
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frisco homes for sale: Open House in Plano, TX, Sunday October 2, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. - 09/27/11 01:58 AM
$174,900
Lovely One Story in Hunters Ridge ~ Former Model! Everythings been done:Stainless Steel New Appliances'11, Granite counters,tile bkspash, Butler Pantry-Wet Bar.Paint finishes in todays colors with Venitian & Skip Trowel! Updated lighting, hardware in Baths and Kitchen! Open Foyer, high ceilings open to living-dining rooms. Tile floors from foyer to kit,breakfast and halls. Lush landscaping, sprklers,backyard with an Arbor covered patio!One owner!
Click here to see all photos and all detailsSearch All homes in the region at http://www.mckinneyhomesearcher.com/For more info, contact Michael Brownstead at 214-872-0400
Listing courtesy of Sonny Moyers and Lynn Slaney of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® Frisco
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frisco homes for sale: Did I hear you say you don’t need a REALTOR®? - 09/26/11 01:04 AM
You have finally found the perfect home for you and your family, now you must decide how much you want to offer for the home. This is when you must develop a negotiating strategy or refine the one currently have. If you offer too low of a price, you risk of losing the home to another buyer who is offering a higher price; if you offer too much, you may pay more than the fair market value for the home.
Did I hear you say earlier that you don’t need a REALTOR®? Finding the right home is the easy part, what … (3 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Be the professional......people look up to us!! - 09/23/11 03:25 AM
Hello my fellow real estate professionals!
I hope each and every one of you has a very successful ending to your week. “Professionalism,” As we often discuss on Active Rain, is a very vital factor to adding credibility to our industry. I ask that each one of you keep these points in mind as you finish the week.
1. Wake up feeling refreshed and positive
2. Exercise, read a book, drink a cup of coffee, whatever it takes to start your day off right
3. When someone asks about how the market is……your reply is always positive
4. Tackle the tough … (4 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Open House on Sunday September 25, 2011, 1-3 p.m.....NOT TO BE MISSED!!!! - 09/23/11 03:11 AM
$254,000
Cul-De-Sac in Russell Creek, carpet,paint,flooring and master bath tile were just completed. Large island kitchen with gas stove. Guest bedroom & 2 living areas downstairs, game room, master and 2 bedrooms up. Master has 2 separate vanities, beautiful tub, separate shower and walk-in closet. Board on Board fence. Make offer!
Click here to see all photos and all detailsSearch All homes in the region at http://www.mckinneyhomesearcher.com/For more info, contact Michael Brownstead at 214-872-0400
Listing courtesy of Cheryl Cory, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS-Coit
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frisco homes for sale: “Hello……..any feedback on the open house?” Your client asks in frustration! - 09/22/11 12:44 AM
 
As we know, many people sell their home for a variety of reasons and no matter the reason, there is usually a level of anxiety associated with selling a property; I know, I have been in that situation more than one time during my military career. Many sellers allow their home to be held open (open house) as another means of attracting potential buyers.
 
We as real estate professionals should go out of our way to ensure a very successful open house and some of the many things we do to prepare are, but not limited to:
 
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frisco homes for sale: Texas Homestead Tax Exemption - 09/18/11 11:55 PM
The time to file for your Texas Homestead Tax Exemption is approaching fast and here is some brief information on the Homestead Tax Exemption as well as information on how to apply.
 
General Residence Homestead: You may only apply for residence homestead exemptions on one property in a tax year. A homestead exemption may include up to 20 acres of land that you actually use in the residential use (occupancy) of your home. Arbitrary factors that are unrelated to that use, such as acreage limits, matching legal descriptions, and contiguous parcels, may not be considered in determining if the … (3 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Real Estate is a Business! - 09/14/11 01:13 AM
 
Real estate is a business and a relevant business plan that is followed on a daily basis is key to my success! As with any business plan a mission statement must be part of the plan. Here is my mission statement, it keeps me focused on things I need to do to grow my business and provide the best in client service!
 
To create and sustain the most productive and influential real estate business in the North Dallas area by focusing on a high-level of client service, values, ethics, teamwork and personal growth to achieve my goals.
 
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frisco homes for sale: What Happens at Closing? - 09/14/11 12:56 AM
What Happens at Closing
Closing day is the day the homebuyer and the seller complete the legal transfer of the house. Once the closing process has been completed, the keys to the house are given to the buyer.
Each party (person) to the contract will normally present two forms of ID, one of which being a driver’s license.
Present Proof Homeowner's Insurance Receipt - The buyer gives the lender a receipt to prove that homeowner's insurance has been obtained for the property.
Review HUD-1 Settlement Statement - The closing agent will review the HUD-1 settlement statement with the buyer … (6 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Spacious Dallas, TX Home For Sale - 09/12/11 12:28 AM
$249,900
Granite Kitchen, flat-top stove,undermt stainless sink, gorgeous plantation shutters, granite bathrooms, bedrooms have newly installed frieze carpet, slate entry and patio. Transferrable Lifetime Foundation warr. Walk to Brentfield!! Landscaped yard has won Prestonwood yard of the month!
Click here to see all photos and all detailsSearch All homes in the region at http://www.mckinneyhomesearcher.com/Please contact Michael Brownstead TODAY at 214-872-0400 for more information
Listing courtesy of Cheryl Cory, Ebby Halliday Realtors®
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frisco homes for sale: Very nice home in sought after Plano, TX - 09/12/11 12:23 AM
$244,900
Hunter's Glen beauty! BACK YARD IS ENORMOUS! Spectacular home w Fantastic layout & tons of upgrades..Granite counters, island, & stainless appliances with lots of space in this eat-in kitchen. Private study and 2 separate living areas downstairs, 4 bedrooms + huge master upstairs! Spa-like tub, separate shower and dressing area. Sink in laundry & still room for xtra fridge.
Click here to see all photos and all detailsSearch All homes in the region at http://www.mckinneyhomesearcher.com/For More Information, contact Michael Brownstead at 214-872-0400
Listing courtesy of Cheryl Cory, Ebby Halliday Realtors®
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frisco homes for sale: Very Nice Plano, TX Home For Sale! - 09/12/11 12:18 AM
$254,000
Cul-De-Sac in Russell Creek, carpet,paint,flooring and master bath tile were just completed. Large island kitchen with gas stove. Guest bedroom & 2 living areas downstairs, game room, master and 2 bedrooms up. Master has 2 separate vanities, beautiful tub, separate shower and walk-in closet. Board on Board fence. Make offer!
Click here to see all photos and all detailsSearch All homes in the region at http://www.mckinneyhomesearcher.com/For more information, contact Michael Brownstead TODAY at 214-872-0400
Listing courtesy Cheryl Cory of Ebby Halliday Realtors®
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frisco homes for sale: “If the door won’t unlock, wiggle the key!” - 09/02/11 01:51 AM
“If the door won’t unlock, wiggle the key!” Are you serious? This is what was actually posted in the showing instructions for a home I was going to preview.
 
Here are some other unbelievable showing instructions:
 
1. If the front door won’t unlock, try the back door.
 
2. Let the dogs back in the house before leaving.
 
3. No showings before 11 a.m.
 
5. Call the seller to set up a showing appointment.
 
6. No showings before 10 a.m. on weekends.
 
In addition, while showing properties, I have noticed carpet that was so … (5 comments)

frisco homes for sale: Open House in Plano, TX, Sunday September 4, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. - 09/01/11 12:32 AM
This home is a must-see! Cul-De-Sac in Highland Ridge! Carpet, paint, flooring and master bath tile were just completed. Large island kitchen with gas stove. Guest bedroom & two living areas downstairs, game room, master and two bedrooms up. Master has two separate vanities, beautiful tub, separate shower and walk-in closet. Board on Board fence. Come see it and make an offer! … (3 comments)

frisco homes for sale: THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN VIEWING HOMES - 08/30/11 01:21 AM
 
You, as the buyer, will want to do the following as you view homes for sale with your agent:
 
As you drive into the neighborhood, take a look around the neighborhood for odd or appealing things. Also look for walking paths, parks, neighborhood pool, etc.
 
Try to park across to the street to get a better view of the front of the home and scan the neighborhood and surrounding homes.
 
Inside: Smell the home for anything unusual, such as mold or natural gas, there could be problems.
 
Stay together as you move from room … (3 comments)

 
Michael L. Brownstead, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS, 1SG US Army (Ret.) (Brownstead Real Estate, LLC)

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ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS, 1SG US Army (Ret.)

Frisco, TX

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