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Attention Flower Mound Foodies!

 

chefLocal “Foodies” are all smiles about the new eating and dining trends coming our way!

The Market at Lakeside, 2500 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 100 – opening this month, The Market at Lakeside is an independent grocery store, run by local owners Billy and Talitha Ledet. The neighborhood store will feature quality, unique, fresh food and ingredients to satisfy your everyday eating, entertaining and special occasion needs. In addition to offering basic staples, The Market will offer a variety of healthy grocery items, fresh produce, baked goods and deli sandwiches, as well as an assortment of wines and local craft beers. The Ledets strongly support local farmers and producers because they believe in the community they live in and serve. Curbside pick-up and delivery will be offered; outdoor seating is available to meet your friends and enjoy a Saturday morning croissant!

coffeeTrio Craft Coffee, 2650 Flower Mound Road (NE corner of FM2499 and FM3040) – After Carlos and Susan Palacio, owners of Trio, moved their shop down the road into a beautiful, larger new space, they wanted to bring to the community high-quality food prepared by reputable chefs. Carlos always believed that his pursuit of intentional, ingredient-focused coffee products was a natural pairing with cooking; to that end, the Palacios hosted their inaugural pop-up dinner on May 11 for 22 lucky diners.

A pop-up dinner is a dining trend in which diners are given a chance to try something new – like a meal eaten entirely in the dark, or a meal made entirely of food scaps, or in the case of Trio Craft Coffee, a meal that features coffee as both an ingredient as well as a meal pairing.

Trio plans to repeat the experiential dining experience with another pop-up dinner planned for the Fall.

Read more about Trio’s inaugural pop-up dinner: Dallas Observer

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Area Events for Memorial Day Weekend

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With warm weather forecast for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, you might enjoy these events scheduled in the Flower Mound, Lewisville and Highland Village areas:

The Flower Mound Concert Series – Friday, May 26 – 7 p.m. at Heritage Park (Free admission)

Audio House (party band) is a Texas band offering a fresh spin on familiar music. Their energy, musicianship and cutting edge technology will make you want to dance!

Food Trucks include Hook and Ladder Pizza and Fuddruckers.

Lewisville Splash Day at Sun Valley Aquatic Center  – Saturday, May 27th (Free Admission) 1 – 6 p.m.

Start off summer break by spending the day at the pool! Free admission on Saturday, May 27. The pool will be open from 1 – 6 p.m.

The facility will also be open on Sunday, May 28, 2 – 6 p.m. and Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day) from 12 – 6 p.m. Admission required for these dates.

shutterstock_636748966Memorial Day Observance – “A Day to Remember” – Monday, May 29, 2017, 9 a.m. 

The Town of Flower Mound invites the community to join together in observance of Memorial Day to remember all fallen soldiers of war at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29 at the Flower Mound Senior Center (2701 W. Windsor Dr.). The program will feature a keynote speaker, Color Guard, patriotic music, bagpipers and a wreath presentation. This is a free event that is open to the public.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Division at 972.874.6300.

Flower Mound Splashtaculars – Monday, May 29, 1 – 5 p.m. 

Join Parks and Recreation staff at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center to celebrate Memorial Day at the CAC Outdoor Waterpark. Activities and games are spread throughout the day to encourage participation from patrons of all ages and abilities. Activities are FREE with paid admission.

Memorial Day Flag Lowering at Sunset – Monday, May 29, 8:15 – 8:40 p.m. (Free Admission)

Join together as a community to remember those who have died fighting for our country and our freedom. At sunset, 8:31 p.m., on Memorial Day the flags on The Flower Mound will be lowered as a lone trumpet player plays Taps. If you were at The Mound last year for this short ceremony, you’ll remember how moving it is.

Annual Women’s Leading Business Conference – Wednesday, May 31th – MCL Grand/Lewisville

The Women Leading Business Conference & Expo meets the unique professional and personal educational needs of women in business and women-owned businesses. This day long conference features speakers with inspiring messages of perseverance, leadership, and success. Contact Haley Carroll with questions or to secure your 2017 sponsorship.

Register for this event here.

fireworksCelebrate Highland Village – Saturday, June 3, 2017 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Celebrate Highland Village on Saturday, June 3 at Unity Park. The morning events include a 1k/5k walk/run, a family fish out, and our Arbor Day Proclamation along with the giving away of Texas
Native Redbud trees. That same evening, head back to the park for music, food, drinks, kids activities, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Lewisville “Cell Phone Shots” Exhibit – April 20 – June 3 

The Visual Art League of Lewisville exhibit “Cell Phone Shots” will be on display in the North Corridor gallery at the Medical Center Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles.

The exhibit will include photographs taken exclusively with cell phones or tablets. The photographs reveal technical advancements in cell phone cameras as well as the outstanding creativity of Visual Art League members.

Lewisville “Urban Texas” Exhibit – May 20 – June 17Texas generic - longhorn

The Visual Art League of Lewisville exhibit “Urban Texas” will be on display in the Main Art Gallery at the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles.

This exhibit is the annual juried show by Visual Art League of Lewisville members.  The exhibit will include pieces with a Texas theme.

Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day from Keller Williams Dallas Metro North!

Keller Williams Dallas Metro North – June 2015 Statistics Are In!

KW Dallas Metro North is #1 in Area 41, beating its competition by double the units closed. In June we were #4 in the entire Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Keller Williams is dominating the market place!

If you have been thinking of buying, selling, leasing or investing you want a Real Estate Company that has your best interest at heart!

Contact your agent today or call 972.874.1905

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Keller Williams Dallas Metro North is looking for additional vendors that can add value and service to our REALTORS® and their clients. Our office currently has 365 agents and we are growing every month. What a great opportunity to grow your business!

Our vendors are featured on our office website, invited to participate in our bi annual vendor fair, featured in our Little Red Book that is printed twice a year and have opportunities to sponsor our monthly office events!

Vendors agree to respond promptly to all service requests, provide professional and courteous service at all times, and treat clients fairly and honestly in all situations.  The Keller Williams belief system:  Win-win or no deal, Integrity – do the right thing, Customers always come first, Commitment in all things, Communication – seek first to understand, Creativity – ideas before results, Teamwork – together everyone achieves more, Trust starts with honesty, and Success – results through people. 

Please contact Sarah Bordelon for more information and questions regarding our preferred vendor program.

940.367.6513   sarahbordelon.kw@gmail.com

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Sellers Behaving Badly: The Top 3 Ways to Turn Off a Buyer

Not all real estate transactions turn sour. In fact, few do. But once in a while, a bad apple ends up either selling or buying a home, and can throw the entire transaction into chaos.

From buyers allowing their children to run wild through a house they’re viewing to sellers trying to hide home defects, the potential to behave badly in a real estate transaction is ever-present.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways homeowners sabotage the sale of their homes.

Dirty Houses

If you’ve ever sold a car instead of trading it in, you probably spent some time spiffing it up: cleaning the upholstery, vacuuming the interior, washing and waxing the exterior. Why? Because you know that to get top dollar for the vehicle, it needs to look like a car worth paying top dollar for.

Yet so many homeowners don’t seem to understand the value of thoroughly cleaning their homes before putting them on the market. A home is the one thing most people own that is probably worth more than any other possession, but many don’t take the time to ensure that it brings top dollar in a sale.

A messy, cluttered house screams out to homebuyers that you don’t care. They may imagine that if you put off cleaning your house, you might have put off maintaining it as well. This, in turn, justifies lowball offers.

Clean the house until it is immaculate. If you don’t have the time, consider hiring professionals to do the job for you.

Overpriced Houses

Pricing your home over market value does not leave room for negotiation. It leaves your home sitting on the market for so long that homebuyers get the impression that there is something wrong with it.

When a new listing hits the MLS, it begins the “honeymoon” phase, with a flurry of showings. It’s during this phase that you are most likely to attract the highest offer. By overpricing the home, you are wasting this valuable marketing time, and the home may eventually end up listed for less than market value just to attract attention.

As special as we all think our homes are, they are not worth more than a buyer is willing to pay for them – which is market value. If your home is in good condition, yet still sits on the market for more than 30 days, your price is too high.

Failure to Disclose

If you’ve ever sold a home before, chances are good you are familiar with the disclosure process. If you aren’t familiar with the process, you will need to get up to speed before you respond to an offer to purchase.

As the seller, you are required to provide the buyer with any information about the house that might affect his or her desire to purchase it – including any material facts that might affect the home’s value or desirability.

For example, if you painted the ceiling to hide water stains, you wasted your time. Leaks must be disclosed to the buyer. The items that must, by law, be disclosed vary by state. California, for instance, has some of the most stringent disclosure requirements; such as deaths on the property, neighborhood problems like barking pooches or loud parties, and more. Environmental hazards must be disclosed, as well as known sex offenders in the area.

In other words, the very things you think might sabotage the sale must be disclosed to a potential buyer. Some sellers still keep secrets, which is a big mistake.

The penalty for nondisclosure? Big, fat lawsuits with big, fat payouts for the buyer. Sellers run the risk of having the contract rescinded as well.

No matter how tempted you are to keep quiet about problems with the home or the neighborhood, don’t do it. Disclose every defect that is not readily observable and that is significant to the home’s desirability. In other words, disclose everything.

There are few simple steps to avoid behaving badly when selling your home. Cleaning well, making small repairs and pricing the house right will bring in a buyer. Then treat that buyer with the respect the law demands, and you’ll have yourself a sale.

What Was The Good News For May 2015?

Kubota Tractor Corp. and Kubota Credit Corp. announced that they will move their headquarters to Grapevine from the Los Angeles area.  The relocation is projected to create at least 344 new jobs and $51 million in capital investment in Texas. The state of Texas extended Texas Enterprise Fund grant offer of $3.8 million to Kubota. The move is expected to occur in the next 18 months.   Employees at a Fort Worth office and in Georgia also will move to the Grapevine headquarters, the company said.  The new headquarters will be on a 25-acre site just northeast of Grapevine Mills on city-owned property.

Annual rent increases across the U.S. last month outpaced the rise in home prices for the first time in at least five years, a milestone that should spur potential home buyers.  Nationally, average rental rates increased 4% year over year, and in the DFW area, the average increase was 6%.  An Urban Land Institute survey showed that nearly all millennials expect to be homeowners, but many are choosing to remain mobile while awaiting a better career opportunity.

CoreLogic — an international property information firm that is based in Southern California — is considering an office consolidation at the Cypress Waters development on LBJ Freeway.  The company would consolidate its Richardson and Westlake offices into a new 325,600-square-foot building that would be ready in mid-2017.  1,300 local workers would consolidate in this location and 300 workers will relocate from Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, Colorado and Maryland.  The company said it intends to create an additional 200 jobs that would work out of the $68 million office project.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Texas was identified as the nation’s leader in foreign exports and total job creation resulting from such sales. More than $289 billion in goods and 1.1 million jobs were supported from the Texas export market in 2014, a staggering lead over California, which ranked second and had $174 billion in goods and 775,000 jobs.  About a fifth of Texas’ $289 billion ($59.1B) in exported goods last year were petroleum and coal products, with computer and electronic products, valued at $46.6 billion in 2014 being the next-leading category of exports.

There are only about 3,100 finished, vacant new houses in North Texas — a fraction of what would be expected in a market with almost 7 million people.   This year’s wet weather, shortages of labor and lots, and rising construction costs are constraining housing production in North Texas.  New home starts in the D-FW are still about 50% below where they were before the recession. The good news is that home buyers with a home to sell can contract on a new build and have plenty of time to sell their current residence and make their moving plans.