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Insider Tips: 5 Benefits of Choosing a Suburban Life Over City Living

suburban vs cityChoosing the right house for you and your family can be a very daunting process. One thing to note, however, is that the type, style and square footage of your abode are all secondary to location. Location is the one property feature that homeowners can never alter. You can redecorate, upgrade, and add on to a home, but its location will always remain fixed. As you decide whether or not you and your loved ones want to be city dwellers or suburbanites, you should consider these five benefits that can be gained from a commitment to suburban living.

1. Get More Square Footage for Your Money
When compared to the average city home, a house in the suburbs will usually provide far more square footage for the money. People living in rural areas enjoy large tracts of land that are sufficient in size for accommodating back, front, and even side yards. Moreover, many suburbs have only recently evolved from areas that were once heavily wooded, which means that they’re often still surrounded by active wildlife and plenty of trees.

2. Less Noise and Less Pollution
Suburban ParkFor some people, there’s nothing like falling asleep to the sound of trains, freeway traffic, and outside conversations. For these individuals, a short jaunt to visit family in the country can be downright maddening. They find it harder to drift off to the sounds of chirping crickets, or even deep and heavy silence. The suburbs are ideal for couples and families who enjoy quiet nights, fresher, cleaner air, and far less nighttime foot traffic near their abodes.

3. Top-Rated Schools
schools-HebronHighSchool_LISDWhether or not you have or intend to have kids, it’s important to look for property in neighborhoods with top-rated schools. Not only will this provide better educational opportunities for minor residents living in your household, but it will also increase the marketability of your property and its resale value. For instance, some of the very best places to live in Minnesota are suburban areas with nationally ranked schools. Comparatively, schools in the suburbs are far higher in quality than inner city schools. They also tend to have better standardized test scores and a lesser likelihood of overcrowding.

4. Enjoy Living in a Tight-Knit Community
Cities often provide a much broader range of housing options than most suburbs. City residents can live in apartments, condos, family homes, townhouses, and more. There’s also a much higher number of renters in cities than there are in suburban areas. This means that both units and neighborhoods tend to have higher turnover rates, and that residents have much less opportunity to forge long-lasting bonds and establish a strong sense of community. This is hardly the case in the suburbs. Historically, suburban children have the chance grow up together given that many suburban homeowners retain their properties throughout most or all of their lifetimes.

5. Take an Active Role in Community and Government
politicsIf you love democracy and want to start taking a more active role in the development and maintenance of your community, the suburbs are probably perfect for you. With fewer people living in the region, it’s much easier for residents to assume roles within local government, and to voice their opinions and be heard. This benefit additionally gives property owners a greater ability to take part in decision-making processes for issues that could positively or negatively impact their property values.

While the suburbs lack the high energy and excitement of a bustling metropolis, they do have a number of important amenities for ensuring optimally high qualities of life. Residents can find a wonderful array of restaurants, grocery stores and entertainment venues, right within their own neighborhoods. Best of all, they can enjoy these things while still managing to escape the noise, pollution, and ongoing stresses of living in a densely populated area.

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Buyers Remorse: 4 Ways to Conquer it

You’ve finally signed the last document. That “For Sale” sign turns to “Sold” in front of your brand-new home. The real estate agent hands you the keys, and you’re full of emotions. You should feel on top of the world, excited to move into a home of your very own. But what if you don’t feel good? What if, in fact, you feel bad? You feel anxiety over buying a house, and you’re panicked. This, my friends, is buyer’s remorse.

Why do I care about you and your remorse? Not so long ago, I also bought a house. I felt overwhelmed with creating a new budget, navigating property taxes, and all of the maintenance work I had ahead of me. Eventually, however, I overcame the fear of first-time home-ownership and grew to love my house, living day to day in my home without a care in the world. How did I conquer the hand-wringing existence you currently find yourself in? Follow these tips to help calm your nerves and fast-track your way into the rewarding world of home-ownership.

Control only what you can control
Stoic philosophers believed that to live a more content life, you should attempt to control only the things you have the ability to control. Even though they were pretty much constantly getting exiled, those guys knew their stuff.

You may feel like you’re on the brink of a full-fledged panic attack, but try to calm your fears and give this new home a chance. (Plus, you paid your closing costs, and you can’t turn back so easily now.) So strap yourself in. This is your reality now, so control what you can and make the best of it.

Remind yourself of all the reasons why you bought the home in the first place. This wasn’t a split-second decision, after all. You put in a lot of time, money, and effort to find your perfect home. You might be surprised at how quickly those anxious feelings fade when you focus on accepting (and enjoying!) your new space.

Check off one thing
Now that you’ve accepted that this is your new house, why are you panicking? Is it because you worry you will lose your job and miss your mortgage payments? Is it because there are many improvements to make to your house?

Make a list of your worries or concerns and solve just one of them. Paint a room, put in a new light fixture, or set a new emergency fund savings goal. Cross one thing off your list, and you’ve just made progress toward settling into daily life as a homeowner.

Throw a party!
Most well-adjusted adults don’t use “party” as a verb. But it’s time to make an exception, because when you buy a house? It’s time to party. Have a cookout, host a grown-up dinner party, or throw a tailgating party in your new home. The point is: Gather your friends, family, and loved ones in your home for a celebration. The enthusiasm will be contagious. Your guests will be genuinely excited for you and your new home purchase, and some of that excitement might just rub off on you too.

Find your favorite place
Walk around your house and consider each room. Be mindful of the light and of the space. Find your favorite place in your house and just enjoy it. Drink it in. Appreciate this spot. It’s the best spot in the house and this is your house. You bought it!

Whenever you feel your anxious mind running away again with buyer’s remorse, come back to this spot. This is a good, relaxing spot. It’s home. And soon the rest of the house will be too. Take a deep breath. Your buyer’s remorse will pass, and eventually, when you’re enjoying your new home (and maybe even considering buying a vacation house), you’ll wonder why you ever worried.

Source: Trulia.com, written by John Viera

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What’s the Good News for September?

DHL3DHL expands in North Texas.  The shipping company just moved into its new 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Carrollton, adding 70 new jobs to meet demand for international commerce.  Now, the company has two facilities handling incoming and outgoing packages in North Texas. Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express, said the company wants to make DFW Airport an international gateway for packages from as far away as Asia and Europe, and the company is in talks currently with DFW Airport customs officials.  The freight carrier also wants to open a third warehouse in Fort Worth, and they are currently searching for real estate to make that a reality.  DHL’s current facility in north Grand Prairie near DFW Airport was at capacity, prompting them to open the Carrollton facility. The new location off Interstate 35E is centrally located for their delivery routes in the eastern half of the Metroplex, Hewitt said.  DFW Airport is already a cargo hub which handled 829,019 U.S. tons of cargo and mail in 2016, up 12.7% from the previous year, according to the airport.

NICHE4North Texas fared well in Niche.com’s 2018 Best Public High School in Texas list. Niche.com, a website that analyzes neighborhood and schools data, recently released its 2018 Best Public High Schools in Texas list.  Of the top-100 ranked high schools in Texas, 38 are located in North Texas.  Frisco Independent School District had the most high schools on the list, with six.  And the best high school in North Texas? That distinction belongs to Dallas Independent School District’s School for the Talented & Gifted.  Carroll Senior High in Southlake ranked #12 overall, while Coppell came in at #14 and Flower Mound High at #26.   

Pecan Square Master Planned Development to begin construction later this year. The town of Northlake, along the Alliance I-35W corridor, is surrounded on three sides by the regional growth surge: Fort Worth to the south, Denton to the north, and Flower Mound/Argyle to the east.  Northlake is building - 6.jpgapproximately the same total size(32-square-miles) as the Town of Flower Mound to its east. Opportunities for future development are limited, however, because almost 1/3 of its land is in a floodplain, plus the existence of gas wells and distribution lines further limit future development.  Pecan Square is a Hillwood proposed mixed-use, master-planned development– made up of three tracts (Young, Gibbs and Thompson).  The proposed Pecan Square development will include a mix of commercial and residential uses with a mix of lot sizes and densities, located on 1,157-acres west and south of the I-35W and FM 407 intersection, across 407 from Harvest.  The zoning requests were approved in April 2017, and the Pecan Square development is expected to begin construction later this year, with models open by spring 2019.  The number of homes have yet to be finalized but could exceed 3,000.

Nordstrom4A Nordstrom that doesn’t stock clothes?! Innovation continues in all sectors of the economy.  In Q1 2017, Nordstrom experienced a 6.8% decline in retail store sales, and an 11% increase in online sales.  Then in Q2, online sales were up 20% year over year. The department store announced 09/11/17 that its new concept, Nordstrom Local, will be a 3,000-square foot store (their retail stores average 140,000 square feet) where customers can do things like try on clothes with a stylist, get manicures, and order coffee — or even wine or beer. Nordstrom said this location won’t stock accessories or clothing itself, but that people can order items for same-day try-on and pickup at the store.  The store will feature in-store tailoring and alterations. The goal is a personalized, faster, easier shopping experience.  Their advertisements are catchy – a Nordstrom’s that doesn’t stock clothes?  And they don’t mention anything about lower prices.  The first location will open in West Hollywood, CA on October 3rd.

DFW Airport to add Wow Air in May 2018. Wowair.com is an ultra low-cost carrier that has announced it will fly passengers nonstop from DFW to Reykjavik, Iceland, for $99 one way.  The CEO of Wow says he wants many to experience his homeland.  The airline will also offer $149 one way fares to Paris, Frankfurt, London and Barcelona, which will then connect passengers to 22 destinations in Europe on the airline. While the fares are cheap, Wow Air charges fees for additional services – for example, on a flight from New York to Iceland, a carry-on bag costs $40, checked luggage costs $50, a seat assignment in the front of the plane costs $10 and snacks and water cost extra.  DFW will be Wow Air’s 13th destination in the U.S., the latest in the Icelandic carrier’s growing network. Wow Air is the first budget carrier to service DFW. Wow Air said it will use an Airbus A330 aircraft on the route to Iceland that will depart DFW three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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KW Fundraiser Raises $4,000 for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Buone Notizie!! (Good News!!) Recently, Keller Williams Dallas Metro North hosted an Italian Feast to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Approximately $4,000 was raised at the event, which turned the conference room into an Italian Ristorante. The charming servers were none other than the KW Staff and Agent Leadership! Guests  feasted on Italian food provided by Salerno’s Italian Restaurant, Flower Mound TX. Fun times for a good cause!!

Sellers saying “Now is a good time to sell!”

shutterstock_1638721Many homeowners have been reluctant to list their homes for sale – some by choice, some for fear of being unable to afford a new home, or of coming out in the red.

71% of survey respondents believe now is a good time to sell
Recently released findings from a survey by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) show more homeowners are ready to move on and unload… or, at least, say they are. Seventy-one percent of survey respondents for the quarterly Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report believe now is a good time to sell, an increase from 69 percent the previous quarter and 61 percent one year ago.

“There are just not enough homeowners deciding to sell because they’re either content where they are, holding off until they build more equity, or hesitant seeing as it will be difficult to find an affordable home to buy,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR. “As a result, inventory conditions have worsened and are restricting sales from breaking out while contributing to price appreciation that remains far above income growth. Perhaps this notable uptick in seller confidence will translate to more added inventory later this year. Low housing turnover is one of the roots of the ongoing supply and affordability problems plaguing many markets.”

Renters less sure about their home-buying prospects
Renters, however, are less sure about their home-buying prospects. Fifty-two percent of renters surveyed believe now is a good time to buy a home, a decrease from 56 percent the previous quarter and 62 percent one year ago. Eighty percent of homeowners surveyed, to compare, believe now is a good time to buy. Forty-two percent of respondents believe homes are affordable, with respondents living in the Midwest most likely to believe homes are affordable and respondents living in the West least likely to believe homes are affordable.

Business 01Survey respondents are reining in their optimism in the economy, as well, according to the report. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed believe the economy is improving, which is in contrast to a record 62 percent the previous quarter. (Homeowners, notably, tend to be more optimistic about the economy.) The survey’s Personal Financial Outlook Index, which gauges respondents’ sentiment on their financial situation over the next six months, dropped to 57.2 in June.

“It should come as little surprise that the confidence reading among renters has fallen every month since January (64.8) and currently sits at its lowest level (53.8) since tracking began in March 2015 (65.7),” Yun says. “Paying more in rent each year and seeing home prices outpace their incomes is discouraging, and it’s unfortunately pushing homeownership further away – especially for those living in expensive metro areas on the East and West Coast.”

New Home - family - 01Twenty percent of respondents, especially those with annual incomes less than $50,000 and/or under age 34, would consider moving to a more affordable area.

“Areas with strong job markets but high home prices risk a migration of middle-class households to other parts of the country if rising housing costs in those areas are not contained through a significant ramp-up in new home construction,” Yun says.

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Cooler fall temperatures point to outdoor fun in North Texas!

Labor Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean the fun has ended in North Texas! In fact, Fall’s cooler temperatures make outdoor events the perfect place to be! So grab your family and friends, and head outdoors for a great time at these area fairs and festivals.

grapefestSept 14 – 17, 2017 The 31st Annual GrapeFest! Grapevine TX
The four day family-friendly event includes a grape stomping competition, live entertainment on 3 stages, KidsWorld with interactive games and a live aquarium exhibit. The festival features six different wine experiences, including the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic  and Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail. Fun for the whole family!

Sept 16 – 17, 2017 Family Camp Out, Twin Coves Park, Flower Mound TX
Experience Flower Mound camping by pitching a tent at Twin Coves Park! Various family games and activities will be provided along with a catered dinner and breakfast. Bring a tent, tent decorations, sleeping bags, bug spray, and flashlights. The “Most Creative” tent will win the tent decorating contest and a prize! Cabins and RV slots are additional charge and must be booked separately. Pre-registration required by 9/11.

Events - Balloon FestivalSept 22 – Sept 24, 2017 – Plano Balloon Festival, Oak Point Park, Plano TX
45 hot air balloons, sky divers, live music, fireworks and a kids zone. Tethered balloon rides available. ½ Marathon, 5K and 1K runs. General Admission is $5. Parking is $5-$10.

Sept 23 – Nov 22 – Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas
Pumpkins, gourds and squash … oh my! This year’s theme for the internationally acclaimed pumpkin village is The Wizard of Oz, featuring 90,000 pumpkins, as well as gardens with 4,500 Chrysanthemums and 150,000 stunning, fall blooming plants. Named one of the “16 Most Beautiful Public Gardens to Visit in the fall,” by House Beautiful magazine. Cost $10-$15

shutterstock_357524000Sept 29 – Oct 22, 2017 The State Fair of Texas! Fair Park, Dallas
For 24 wonderful days, The State Fair of Texas is the largest fair and stock show in the state. Enjoy Big Tex, live music, carnival rides, good eats, art shows and more!

Sept 29 – 30, 2017 Lewisville Western Days Festival, Lewisville TX
The Western Days festival was designed to showcase the history and spirit of the west. Find your inner cowboy through themed events, attractions, food, shopping and entertainment. 3 stages, arts and crafts, Kid Kountry (children’s activities) and a cattle-drive parade round out this fun family event. FREE admission until 7pm each day.

Oct 7 – 8, 2017 Cottonwood Art Festival, Cottonwood Park, Richardson TX
Now in it’s 48th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show and features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Also features a variety of music, food, spirits, lake views, boutique and Art Stop (children’s area). Well-behaved dogs are welcome!

bonnie and clydeOct 14, 2017 Bonnie and Clyde Days, Pilot Point Town Square
Free festival commemorates and reenacts the filming of the bank robbery scene in the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie. Old-time family fun includes 2 reenactments, Model A and Classic Car show, the chain Gang Walk, pie eating contest, Kids Zone, live music and more.

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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!