tx: 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value in Dallas - 03/11/14 03:14 AM
If you’ve ever watched HGTV or spoken to a REALTOR®, then you probably already know there are a million and one ways to renovate your home and increase its overall value. But what if you don’t have a million hours to work on fancy home improvements, or a million dollars to spend? Here are five easy ways you can increase your home’s value, without breaking the bank or breaking your back.
Dig in the dirt. First impressions are incredibly important when it comes to marketing your home, and the exterior of your house is the first thing potential buyers will see. … (4 comments)

tx: Homes on Larger Lots in Allen Texas - 02/05/14 09:51 PM
You would think that everything is bigger in Texas. While that’s true with many things, it’s not true for the lots that new homes are built upon.
Lot sizes have been getting smaller for many years. Why? Land costs have risen dramatically in the area. In order to keep housing prices affordable, developers and builders scaled down lot sizes in an effort to control costs. Larger lots in the city are still available but at premium prices.
Many buyers prefer large lots so they are not on top of their neighbors, have room to put in a pool, build a larger … (0 comments)

tx: Pool Homes in McKinney Texas - 01/14/14 08:19 AM
With spring just around the corner and the 2014 sales season getting started, many people are looking for homes in McKinney Texas with pools.
As McKinney ages a little we find more and more homes have had pools installed. The vast majority of pools are in-ground gunite although you do see vinyl lined pools from time-to-time. Gunite pools are typically covered in a white plaster giving it the smooth finish but “pebble-tech” and similar surfaces are becoming more common. These alternative finishes hold up longer and require less maintenance.
Pools are either chlorinated or salt water. Either works well, but saline … (2 comments)

tx: The Enclaves at Willow Crest Experts - 01/09/14 10:17 AM
We often see signs and advertising from agents claiming to be neighborhood experts. While there are no published criteria for that designation, we will argue that having a solid track-record of sales in the neighborhood is what sellers and buyer want. Why? I may know lots about an area but once you start listing and selling homes in that neighborhood you become intimately familiar with it.
That got us to thinking about looking at several neighborhoods where we are the dominate real estate team. The first one we looked at was The Enclaves at Willow Crest in Plano, Texas.
The Enclaves … (3 comments)

tx: Luxury Homes for Lease in Plano Texas - 12/28/13 09:17 PM
Plano Texas is a fabulous place to live and work. With companies and people relocating to Plano, there are more and more inquiries about rental and lease homes. Some people prefer to lease upon their arrival to give them time to decide where they want to later purchase a home.
Many of our relocation clients are executives looking to lease a luxury or executive home while they get settled into new jobs and the area. The good news is Plano has plenty of housing with local lease prices ranging from $1500 to over $10,000 per month.
Luxury homes are usually bigger, … (3 comments)

tx: Lawler Park Frisco Texas New Home Update - 12/27/13 05:17 AM

Frisco Texas is alive with new construction on both the west and east sides of the city. One of the hot developments is Lawler Park, a new home development on the east side of the city.
Lawler Park is located on the north side of Rolater between Coit and Independence. The development consists of two sections, The Arbors at Lawler Park and The Crossing at Lawler Park. When completed, there will be about 344 homes.

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The two home builders are Darling Homes and Highland Homes. Homes range in size from 2400 to 3800 square feet with … (1 comments)

tx: Homes for Sale in North Dallas with Storm Shelters - 12/25/13 07:17 PM
We often field phone calls from people relocating to the North Dallas area looking for homes with basements. While some are relocating from areas with basements, many are concerned about tornados. While there are a few older homes with basements, there are also homes that have a storm cellar or shelter. These are primarily found in the rural areas, but we do see them in the suburban and urban areas as well.
According to CBS News the odds of a strong tornado hitting your home directly are extremely small. You can expect it to happen about once in every 8,000 years.

tx: Homes for Sale in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex with Tennis Courts - 12/23/13 12:42 AM
While finding a home with a tennis court is not common in the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, they do exist. A home with a tennis court typically sits on a very large lot as the court measures 78 feet by 36 feet in size but requires 120 feet by 60 feet to give space for over-runs. This drives up the price of the house. While you may find homes with tennis courts in the $300k range, most of them are substantially higher.
According to WikiPedia, “Tennis is played on a variety of surfaces and each surface has its own characteristics … (0 comments)

tx: Pool Homes in Allen Texas - 12/20/13 12:46 AM
While it is the middle of winter in North Texas, spring usually comes early. With the warmer spring temperatures, we find buyers searching for Allen Texas homes for sale with pools.
Homes with pools in Allen Texas are common and are found at a variety of price-points. Most pools are made of gunite but we do see vinyl-lined pools from time-to-time. We prefer gunite pools as they tend to hold up better over time. Older pools tend to use chlorine to sanitize the water but saline is becoming popular. Saline pools require less maintenance and the plaster covering the gunite tends … (1 comments)

tx: Homes for Sale in Plano Texas with Wine Cellars - 12/16/13 10:23 PM
We’ve been watching an interesting trend over the past few years—wine has become very popular. While fine wines have always been popular among the well-to-do, recent trends show that it is now popular with all economic groups.
Not surprisingly, an entire industry has evolved to cater to those new wine connoisseurs. Browse any store or online specialty shops and you’ll find all kinds of things for sale. Corkscrews, glasses, decanters, napkins, coolers, racks—the list seems endless.
That trend is now influencing Plano Texas housing--wine cellars. Although we do see the occasional wine cellar under the home, most of them are spaces … (1 comments)

tx: Homes on Larger Lots in Frisco Texas - 12/15/13 11:43 PM
We can’t speak for all areas of the country, but we can tell you that locally lot sizes have decreased over the years. There are a number of reasons for the decrease but the major reason is that land costs have climbed dramatically and smaller lots allow the builders to keep the overall costs down.
Many buyers prefer large lots so they are not on top of their neighbors, have room to put in a pool, build a larger one-story home, or simply room to enjoy the outdoors. While the average new home in Frisco Texas sits on a one-eighth acre … (2 comments)

tx: Realty Revolution LLC Receives 2013 Best of McKinney Award - 12/11/13 07:40 AM
Realty Revolution LLC (the property management division of The Branch Team) has been selected for the 2013 Best of McKinney Award in the Property Management category by the McKinney Award Program.
Each year, the McKinney Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the McKinney area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the … (1 comments)

tx: Deerfield Home For Sale 4532 Hitching Post - 11/26/13 12:06 AM

4 Bedrooms | 4 Baths | 4131 Square Feet Per Tax | 3 Living | Study | Pool-Spa
Outstanding features in this Deerfield gem - travertine floors, grand archways, extensive crown molding, granite countertops in the gourmet kitchen, gigantic master suite & huge master bath plus a private entry to the pool & spa, built-ins in the study, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage, covered patio, and more.
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tx: 2232 Canyon Point McKinney TX Home for Lease - 11/23/13 02:39 AM

Located in the shadow of the Baylor Medical Center at Lake Forest and US 380, this DR Horton home is ready for tenants. There are 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, and 2168 square feet of living space per the builder's plan. Click on any photo for a larger view.

The open kitchen has plenty of storage space, dark cabinets, black appliances and decorative lighting.

The large living has soaring ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking the fenced backyard and patio. The home is wired for a flat-panel television above the wood-burning fire place. The staircase has oak handrails … (0 comments)

tx: Frisco Texas Market Update for October 2013 - 11/01/13 01:40 AM
The housing market in Frisco, Texas continues to shine. Median home prices have climbed and are up 8 percent over the past 12 months.

At the same time prices are increasing the Months Supply of Inventory continues to drop. At the end of October there was 2.4 months of inventory. We have not seen this level since January 2007.

The Percent of Original List Price represents to amount of reductions a seller has to take to sell a property. Frisco is now seeing 96 percent of list price, a gain of 2.2 percent of last year.

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tx: New Homes for Sale in Plano TX - 09/30/13 10:10 PM

With the city of Plano being just about built out, we often get inquiries about new homes in Plano. While the number of new home starts in the city is down, new homes are still being built with a number of new subdivisions popping up on a few of the large remaining tracts of land in the city.
Click here for a list of new homes for sale in Plano, TX.
Searching for new homes online is limited. While some of the inventory is posted online, much of it is not. Contact us at 214-227-6626 for an updated list of … (2 comments)

tx: Golf Course Homes For Sale in Allen Texas - 08/11/13 01:12 PM

While the Texas weather in mid August is sizzling, the 100-plus degree afternoons give way to more reasonable temperatures in the early evening. As the temperatures drop, we see the golfers out hitting the links.
The Golf Club at Twin Creeks, in Allen, TX, is an Arnold Palmer designed course that opened for play in 1995. The award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course meanders around two natural free flowing, tree-lined creeks helping to create a peacefully scenic setting.
The City of Allen also owns The Courses at Watters Creek. Watters Creek consists of three unique golf experiences for all levels of … (0 comments)

tx: Pool Homes in Frisco Texas - 08/10/13 12:34 PM

It's that time of year again! Afternoon temperatures are over 100 degrees and everyone is looking for a way to cool off. While there are municipal and community pools, many homes in Frisco, Texas have in-ground pools. Personal pools offer privacy and a much quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
While some home buyers will opt to put in a new pool, we strongly encourage potential buyers to look for a Frisco Texas home where the pool is already installed. Installing a new pool is very costly and those owners never recoup the cost at the sale. It would be far more … (21 comments)

tx: Helotes TX 11446 Lago Vista Home For Sale or Lease - 07/12/13 06:13 AM

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths | 2 Car Garage | 2484 SF per Tax
Wow! This fantastic San Antonio Ranch home is available for sale ($298k) or for lease ($1895 monthly). This custom home was built to take advantage of the elevation and the dramatic views of the canyon to the south. The zeroscaped lot is heavily treed with mountain laurels and other natural vegetation.
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Contact us at 214-227-6626 for more information or to schedule a showing.


tx: Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers - 05/08/13 01:31 PM

I learn something new every day. This afternoon I was out meeting with Aaron Law with Marlin Landscape Systems.
We had met with Aaron several weeks ago about doing the landscape design for our new home in Frisco, Texas.
Today, we got a peek at his work. As we chatted, we mentioned we wanted to add some color to the short columns in front of the home. He talked about adding pots to the columns and adding annual plants. As we explored the idea, he stated, "you need a thriller, some fillers, and a spiller."
Once again he stated, … (3 comments)

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