This Month in Real Estate November 2016

November 21st, 2016

Fun Stuff to Do in the North Dallas Area in October

October 6th, 2016

Looking for something fun to do this October in the Dallas Area?   Here is a map  of local hayrides, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and even a zombie safari.


This Month in Real Estate for September 2016

September 19th, 2016

2016’s Best Real-Estate Markets

September 2nd, 2016

Source: WalletHub

This Month in Real Estate for August 2016

August 5th, 2016


Here is an video overview of the national real estate trends.

The Village at Allen is a Great Place to Spend the Day in Allen, TX

July 29th, 2016

The Villages at Allen is a great place to spend the day in Allen, TX.   There truly is something for every member of the family.

The Village at Allen is a 181-acre mixed-use retail development that includes the Allen Event Center, The Grove, Canine Commons Dog Park, the Allen Ice Rink and over 100 stores and restaurants.

The Village at Allen and its sister shopping center, The Village at Fairview, are together one of the newest and biggest shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the North Texas area.    A four mile hike and bikes winds around both shopping Villages.


The Grove


The Grove is located in the center of The Village at Allen and features a park with plenty of park benches, restrooms, a Texas-shaped hedge maze and children’s playhouses, a real red train caboose with toys inside and a pavilion with an outdoor fireplace  surrounded by comfy seating.  There are also 4 tables with built in chess boards.

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Canine Commons


Canine Commons Dog Park is a fenced, tree-shaded haven for dogs of all shapes and sizes. The park features water fountains for dogs and humans, benches and tables, and plenty of doggy bag stations with complimentary hand sanitizer.

Canine Commons Dog Park

Canine Commons Dog Park


Canine Kids at Canine Commons was created especially  smaller dogs that weight under 20 pounds.  Now, even the most petite of pooches have a place of their own.  They they can socialize without feeling overwhelmed and crowded by the larger dogs.   Smaller dogs are welcome in the large dog park, but they do so at their own risk.


Canine Commons Dog Park is Tuesday through Sunday from 7 am to 10 pm.    Mondays the park opens at 10 am.


Allen Event Center


The Allen Event Center

The Allen Event Center


The Allen Event Center is a 7000+ seat state- of-the-art facility that is home to concerts, trade shows, professional sporting events, festivals, community ceremonies, and much more.  The center also serves as home ice to ECHL professional hockey team, the Allen AmericansDallas Sidekicks MASL soccer, Texas Revolution IFL professional football team, and Lone Star Conference Basketball Championship.   Over 200 events are held at the Center every year.

Premium seating is available including VIP suites, lounge and club seats. Suites are furnished with suite a granite wet bar and refrigerator, in-suite catering service, corporate logo suite identification and tickets to an Allen American regular season home game.

The center opened in 2009 and Reba McEntire was the very first performer.   Other headliners include the Goo Goo Dolls, The Counting Crows, REO Speedwagon, and Boston to name a few.

Allen Event Center also features a 2nd, full- size 80 foot x 200 foot, state-of-the-art ice surface with a general seating capacity for over 300 spectators. There are Learn to Skate programs for all types of figure skating and hockey classes recreational and competitive hockey league, and open public ice skating.

Allen Community Ice Rink is designed to meet the needs of aspiring Olympians to those just learning to skate.  A complete figure skating program for beginners through advanced competitive levels is available. The elite coaching staff features National coaches capable of taking your skater to the highest level that the sport has to offer.

Other amenities include locker rooms, equipment shop, meeting rooms, off-ice training areas, skate rental and on-ice harnesses are available as well.

The Allen Community Ice Rink is a great venue for private ice rental, field trips, fund raisers, corporate team building and church functions.  Registrations are taken 60 days in advance.



Shopping & Restaurants


The Village at Allen shops include Super Target, Best Buy, TJMaxx, HomeGoods, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabelas, Ross Dress for Less,  Gamestop, Sally’s Beauty Supply, Petsmart, Haverty’s Furniture,  James Avery and more.


The Village at Allen Shops

The Village at Allen Shops


Restuarants include Olive Garden, BJ’s, Pluckers, Cotton Patch, Cowboy Chicken, Free Birds, Which Which, Moo-yas, In-and-out Burger, Cheddars, Raising Canes Chicken, Chic-fil-a, Paradise Bakery, Uncle Julio’s, Dodie, and more.

One Story Home for Sale in Brookside in Allen, Texas

July 15th, 2016


1503 Brook Ridge Avenue in Allen, TX is now offered for sale at $249,900. This immaculate 1817 square foot floor plan features 3 bedrooms, two full baths, two dining room and large central family room.


FloorplanThis well maintained home was built in 2002 by Centex Homes and is located right across from the hike and bike trails. Upgrades include high-end carpet in 2015, oil rubbed bronze door hardware and bronze light fixtures, hardwood floors, ceramic tile in the kitchen, breakfast nook, bathrooms, and utility room.  Other amenities include R-60 insulation in the attic, 42 inch hickory cabinets with rope border and dovetail corner construction, recessed lighting, and a sprinkler system,  Pella patio door, and preventative termite bait system.  A new roof was installed in 2016 with 50 year timberline HD shingles shingles.

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1503 Brook Ridge Avenue is located in the Brookside community.   The residents are served by the Allen ISD schools of Bolin Elementary, Ford Middle School, Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School.


Brookside is a community of approximately 350 homes.  Residents are part of the Brookside HOA which gives them access to the community pool and playground as well has the hiking and biking trails.   The HOA dues are $190 twice a year.

Questions about Property Surveys

July 11th, 2016

Questions about Property Surveys 


Sometimes it can be confusing for both buyers and sellers on why a property survey is necessary when selling or buying a home and which party is responsible for paying for the survey.


What is a Property Survey?


A survey is a document that shows exactly where the property lines begin and end.  In addition to the boundary lines, a survey will show if there are any easements on the property and where they are located, where the utility lines are located, any fence lines, any water or flood plain issues and any right of ways and access.  It’s kind of a big deal.

Survey Example

Survey Example

In Texas, it is a very common practice for the seller to provide their existing survey (if they have one) along with a notarized document to the new buyer.

I recommend that my buyer clients purchase a new survey even if there is an existing survey available because things can change over time.


Is it a Survey Really Necessary?


A boundary survey is not always required. If you are the buyer, it is to your benefit to know exactly how much land you are paying for. There could be issues that only a surveyor will be able to find.  Maybe a fence that divides a property from a neighbor may not be built along the boundary line of the adjoining properties.   Or, the driveway or deck may be on part of the neighbor’s land.   These are important things to know when you are buying a property.    An existing survey may not show this issues because they may not have been present when the original survey was done.


Who Pays for it?


The party that pays for it is the party that agrees to pay for it.   I personally believe that it is a buyer’s fee.   The seller likely paid for their existing survey when they originally purchased the home way back when.    A buyer who accepts an old survey generally has no claim against the surveyor and that buyer must rely on the coverages in his or her title policy if a survey issue should come up.

The take away is that I suggest that a buyer get a new survey rather than relying on an old survey. Doing so adds the surveyor to the list of people with potential liability if an error is found down the road.    The survey cost will vary depending upon the size of the property but it is a small price to pay to protect your investment.


Princeton, Texas Points of Interest

July 11th, 2016

The Collin County City of Princeton is located Highway 380 about 7 miles east of McKinney and is approximately 15 square miles.   As of the 2010 census, the population was just under 7,000 but it is surely much more than that now based upon all of the new construction and retail businesses under construction.   According to the City of Princeton website, the population is projected to be around 18,000 by 2018. The city was officially established in 1912  and is known for being one of 120 Texas towns to house a camp for prisoners of war.

This Month in Real Estate for July 2016

July 11th, 2016



The market is still HOT, HOT, HOT in the Dallas area.