Keller Williams Accepting Donations to Help Harvey Relief Effort

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Our hearts go out to our fellow Texan’s who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. As part of a national effort by Keller Williams and KW Cares, Keller Williams Dallas Metro North is accepting donations toward the Hurricane Harvey Relief effort,  at its Flower Mound office. We appreciate any help you, or your business, are able to give.

Location:  2611 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound 75028-2757.

Office hours are: Mon-Sat 8:30a – 5:30p; Sun 12 noon – 5:30p

Questions? Please call! 972-874-1905


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Relief efforts earlier this week at the Keller Williams Dallas Metro North office, and the central collection point in Plano. KW Cares!

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10 tips to help your child successfully transition to a new school

kids - 3.jpgYikes! School starts in North Texas soon! Whether you’re new to the area … or new to your neighborhood … or your child is attending a new school, it’s a fact that transitioning can be difficult for kids.

There are things you can do before and during your child’s switching to a new school to help them feel comfortable, and get used to their new environment.

  1. Talk it out: Ask your child questions like what are you most excited about for your first day of school? What are you worried about? The way you talk about going to a new school will shape how your child views it.
  2. Replicate first day of school traditions: Continue on with former traditions like making a special breakfast for the first day, or planning a stop at the library, or a visit to grandma’s house after school. Offer your child a little extra TLC and minimize changes within the home.
  3. Make new friends early:Take advantage of the time before school starts. If possible let your child join a sports team or attend a day camp where they can make friends that go to their new school, and have these friends over for a play date.
  4. Take a test run: Do a practice first day of school and take your child to their bus stop or drive them to school. If possible arrange to meet their teachers before school starts and have a tour of the new school. Make teachers and administrators aware of the last school your child went to and ask if they have any helpful suggestions.
  5. Stock up on school supplies:Choosing their own backpack, lunchbox, binder or clothes might help your child feel more confident and in control on their first day.
  6. Be involved:If possible volunteer at your child’s school or help out with a school sport or club. Try to take an active role in their school environment and get to know your child’s friends and the other parents.
  7. Be patient: During a transition phase, your child may be quieter than ever, or begin to question everything. They might have more attitude than they normally do. Remember they’re reacting to a new environment, and you shouldn’t change your standards for how they’re expected to behave, but they will need time to adjust.
  8. Play school: Try role playing with your child before school starts. They can be the teacher and you can be the student. This helps them think about what these respective roles mean, and they’ll get to play with the concept of school, and see it as a fun scenario.
  9. Don’t miss out on ZZZs: During a stressful time, anxiety can make sleep difficult. Sleep deprivation can adversely affect mood and academic performance. Routine is really important during a high stress time of change. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep!
  10. Remain vigilant and watch for signs of strain and stress. Look out for these signs your child needs some help adjusting to their new school:
  • repeatedly refusing to go to school
  • throwing tantrums whenever school is mentioned
  • recurring meltdowns when you try to bring them to school
  • suffering separation anxiety and needing you more than they have in recent months or years
  • changes in sleeping or eating habits

If you notice your child’s showing signs of poor transitioning, it’s important to talk to them about it, and to meet with their teachers and administrators so you can work to target the sources of your child’s discomfort. School guidance counselors and school psychologists can also help with difficult transitions. They can sometimes designate a faculty member as a contact person with whom you can communicate. The school may even be able to pair your child with a “buddy” like a built in friend who is comfortable in the school already.

Source: Pathways.org

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North Texas Paints it Forward!

rocksIt ROCKS to live in North Texas! Not only are its residents friendly, but they seem to take genuine pleasure in paying it forward. We often hear of people buying a Starbucks® for the next person in line, buying groceries for the person who forgot their wallet, or posting pictures to Facebook groups of found pets, wallets, backpacks. With this much kindness to spare, it only makes sense that North Texas has embraced the rock painting craze that is sweeping the country!

boy in playgroundAccording to the Facebook group Flower Mound Area Rocks, “young and old are participating in this fun community fad, which spreads happiness, love and inspiration through the simple gesture of painting rocks and hiding them throughout the community for people to find.”

mom painting rocksIt’s simple to take part – you decoratively paint small rocks, then hide them where community members gather (parks, trails, etc). The lucky finders of the rocks are asked to post a picture of the rock on Facebook, using the hashtag on the back of the rock. The finder can then keep the rock, or re-hide the rock.

So paint it forward, North Texas! You just might brighten someone’s day!

Inspiration and instructions can be found on Pinterest, via google search, or in any of these local Facebook rock painting groups: Denton Rocks / Flower Mound Area Rocks / Lewisville Rocks / Colony Rocks

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What’s the GOOD News for July

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Uber Freight – Uber’s going big into trucking and nowhere bigger than Texas. This spring, Uber launched Uber Freight, an app that matches truck drivers with loads of goods to pick up and deliver.  Texas, and routes between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, served as the test ground before the app’s launch.  Texas’ large truckingUber_logo.svg business made it an obvious place to start, since about 14%  of U.S. freight comes in and out of Texas.  About 70% of Uber Freight’s loads and drivers are based in Texas.  Similar to the ride-hailing app, Uber Freight allows truck drivers to pick up extra work when they want to. They also can find a job that fills up their truck on the way home.  Nearly 10% of the nation’s truck transportation workforce lives in Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has the third highest number of tractor-trailer drivers, trailing only New York and Chicago, according a recent study by Dallas consulting firm Site Selection Group, so Uber Freight will continue to be active in the North Texas trucking industry.

Flag_of_Plano,_TexasFrontgate –  On July 21st,  the choices for furniture shopping in North Texas improved with the opening of the flagship store of Frontgate in Plano’s Legacy West.   The luxury lifestyle brand already has more than 20,000 catalog customers in this area.  In total, today Frontgate sends monthly catalogs to 10 million affluent households, and its website has 25 million visitors a year.   The store has 21,337-square-feet with a covered 2,500-square-foot outdoor patio.  Inside, there’s a bistro area where customers can have a complimentary glass of wine, an espresso or a snack.   Frontgate has a another store in Atlanta similar to this north Texas store, and also has a handful of outlet stores.

 3.eia.logoElectricity Prices declining in Texas! – Shopping for electricity is becoming cheaper for most Texans, according to a new study from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.  About 85% of Texans can purchase electricity from several providers in a deregulated marketplace, while the remaining 15% must buy power from a single provider in their area.

The report from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, which advocates for cities and local governments and negotiates their power contracts, pulls information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to compare prices for Texans in the two models. 3.electric-632731_960_720Most Texans could begin choosing their electricity provider in 2002.  Between 2006 and 2015, average residential electric prices for Texans in a competitive market decreased by 17.4%, while average prices increased by 5.5% in the regulated areas.  Overall, the average price of electricity in Texas — including the price in the deregulated marketplace, for the third time in four years — was below the national average in 2015.  A separate study from Rice University – one that looked at different and more recent data – found that in 2016, both regulated and deregulated parts of Texas had electricity prices that were decreasing year over year, and cheaper than the national average.

4.homebuildersBuilders answering the demand for lower priced homes – Dallas-Fort Worth builders started 8,812 houses in the second quarter — the greatest quarterly building total since fourth quarter 2006, housing analyst Residential Strategies Inc. reports.   Builders sold 8,244 homes in the second quarter, up almost 13% from a year earlier, scaling a new peak in quarterly sales since the summer of 2007.  Starts during the period were 12% higher from second quarter 2016 — most of the rise in home construction came for houses priced under $300,000.  With the high demand for more lower priced inventory homes, the median price of new homes started in the area fell to $344,094, down from almost $352,000 a year earlier.  Higher land and materials costs, and a shortage of labor have inflated the price tag on new houses, however with brisk demand at prices under $500,000, builders are answering the need.  The biggest increases in starts during the quarter were in Celina, Southwest Fort Worth, Forney, Wyly, the Colony and Princeton.

 5.DFW.airport.parking.termDDFW Airport parking prices not expected to rise – For the first time in five years, there are no new parking rate increases planned at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.   The airport’s parking revenues are expected to remain flat in its next fiscal year as more customers choose to use services like Uber and Lyft instead of parking their cars at the airport. Currently, terminal parking costs $24 a day while parking at the express and remote lots costs between $10 to $15 a day.

DFW Airport receives fees from the car-for-hire services, which is becoming a larger percentage of the airport’s ground transportation revenues. The fees have grown from 6.5% in 2015 to an estimated 11.5% for 2018.

What’s The GOOD News?

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Toyota Plano – Starting May 15, 2017, the first wave of Toyota employees — mostly in facilities and information systems management — began working in the new 2 million square foot North American headquarters in Plano.  By December 11, 2017, about 4,000 Toyota employees will work in the 100-acre development.   The company plans to move in employees in waves of about 250, with a peak of about 350 during the summer. Construction is expected to officially end in October and the project is reported to have remained on schedule.

Forbes1Forbes 2017 Global 2000 List – The Forbes 2017 Global 2000 list of the world’s largest public companies was released in late May.  The list features public companies from 58 countries that together account for $35.3 trillion in revenue, $2.5 trillion in profit, $169.1 trillion of assets, and have a combined market value of $48.8 trillion. All four metrics are up from the 2016 ranking, with market capitalization up 10% from last year. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China and China Construction Bank are the #1 and #2 largest public companies in the world, with the top five rounded out by three American financial institutions: Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

AT&T has leapfrogged Exxon Mobil in Forbes’ 2017 Global 2000 list, taking over the perch as the largest public company in Texas.  The Dallas telecom giant moved up a spot to 11th in this year’s edition of the rankings, with Exxon dropping down to 13th from 9th in 2016.  Japanese automaker Toyota Motor comes in at the 10th spot on the list. Round Forbes4Rock-based Dell Technologies Inc. landed at No. 608 overall and No. 14 in Texas on Forbes’ list.  Dell has been privately owned since a 2013 buyout led by CEO and founder Michael Dell, but it has a tracking stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “DVMT.”  Overall, the U.S. earns 565 of the top 2,000 spots, with China grabbing 263 and Japan taking 229.   The three countries account for more than half the list.

 DFW1DFW International Airport – More than 18 million passengers are expected to travel through Dallas Fort Worth International Airport during the 2017 summer travel period — a projected increase of 3.5% over last year.   More than 65 million customers pass through DFW Airport every year, making it one of the most frequently visited super hub airports in the world. The airlines serving the DFW offer a total of 163 domestic and 55 international nonstop destinations worldwide, including new DFW2nonstop routes to Rome and Amsterdam.  DFW Airport plans to spend $400 million on infrastructure, including an August 2017 start date for a new north entry cellphone lot, a better baggage handling system at Terminal B, passenger boarding bridges and more employee parking over the next few years.

TreeHouse – Home improvement retailer TreeHouse, which opened in TreeHouse4Dallas Friday June 2nd, is the world’s first retail store to produce more energy than it uses. A Tesla power pack battery wall stores harvested solar energy to redistribute when needed, and to put excess back into the grid. All of its plants are native species and watered from harvested rainwater. The store uses daylight as much as possible, and cools by using Big Ass fans.

The Austin-based home improvement store sells products that fall into 3 categories: Performance – meaning energy efficient merchandise,EKO_symbol_cmyk windows, roofing, insulation; Design including paint, flooring, cabinetry, lighting; Landscaping including decking, irrigation, gardening.  Many products come from recycled materials, are free of toxins, are more sustainable or integrate automation for ease.  Inside the store, customers will also experience a live kitchen with local chefs demonstrating smart-home appliances, and two to three classes each week on topics like native landscaping.  The location is at the northeast corner of Interstate 75 & Walnut Hill Lane. The store will span 25,000 square foot, including 5,000 to 10,000 square feet for an outdoor landscaping section.  TreeHouse has also announced it will open a second North Texas location this fall at the corner of Preston Road and Park Boulevard in Plano, adjacent to a Whole Foods.

EpicWaters1New Epic Waters Waterpark – A new Dallas-Fort Worth Waterpark is set to make an EPIC Splash! The city of Grand Prairie announces their new $75M recreational facility that is slated to open in November of this year.  Epic Waters indoor waterpark is an indoor-outdoor venue with a retractable roof that’s open year round.

EpicWaters3The park will have nine water slides, including an outdoor wave pool, a lazy river, an activity pool, a children’s area, and an arcade. There will be cabanas, a full-service grill/bar, and private party/meeting areas, both indoor and outdoor. It’s part of The Epic recreation center, which will feature fitness equipment, indoor tracks, a digital library, and recording studio. The complex will also have a 5,000-seat amphitheater, and more than two miles of trails. Epic is the final phase of the 172 acre Grand Central recreational development.

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There’s Music in the Air!!!

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Listening to live music under our beautiful evening skies is a favorite family activity in North Texas. Pack up your lawn chair and make plans to enjoy these ongoing summer outdoor concerts:

Denton: Twilight Tunes, award-winning concert series presented by Denton Main Street Association at Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street starting April 21st from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will run every Thursday evening through June 30th.  Admission is Free Denton Twilight Tunes

Music4Flower Mound: June 2-30 (every Friday in June) – Lakeside Music Series from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway. See schedule at LakesideDFW.com

Highland Village: Sounds of Summer Concert Series each Thursday in June from 7-9 p.m. at The Shops at Highland Village in The Patio Courtyard between Blue Goose and Rockfish Seafood. HV Sounds of Summer Concert Series 972-317-7500

Music3Lewisville: June 6-July 25 (every Tuesday in June and July) – Lewisville Summer Outdoor Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church Street in Old Town Lewisville. Free event. Lewisville Sounds of Lewisville

Roanoke: Evenings on Oak Street Concert series at Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak St., Roanoke on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from March through October. 817-491-2411 or Roanoke Evenings on Oak Street

Information provided by Keller Williams Dallas Metro North, via The Cross Timbers Gazette – Community Calendar. See more fun area activities here.