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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What Was The Good News For September 2016?

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Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort broke ground on September 8, 2016 on their $120 million expansion project.  Expected to be complete in 2019, the construction will add more than 300 new guest rooms and 86,000 square feet of meeting space, bringing the hotel’s total to 1,811 guest rooms and 490,000 square feet of meeting space.  The Grapevine property intends to compete for conventions and conferences as the 2nd largest hotel in Texas, right behind the Sheraton Dallas Hotel with 1,840 guest rooms.


Texas export volumes surpass other states by a substantial and growing margin, and the Houston metro area ranks No. 1 in the state merchandise exports, according to a report by The Perryman Group.Texas export shipments of merchandise totaled $251.1 billion in 2015. California ranked a distant second with $165.4 billion.  The goods from Texas were bound for more than 200 markets around the globe. In terms of industries, Texas’ largest export category was computer and electronic products, with $45.4 billion of the total merchandise exported last year. Petroleum and coal products exports were 2nd and added $44.1 billion in exports.  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land topped the list with $119 billion, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington with $28.7 billion.


Amazon has announced an additional North Texas fulfillment center, marking the online retailer’s eighth Texas facility and big news for North Texas employment.  The Seattle-based firm already employs more than 10,000 full-time hourly associates at its current Texas fulfillment centers.  Amazon will move into an existing warehouse at DFW Airport in Coppell that will create 1,000 new jobs.  Employees at this new facility will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as big screen televisions, kayaks, and patio furniture.


The Charles Schwab Corp. will build a $100 million, 500,000-square-foot regional campus in Westlake that ultimately will bring 1,200 jobs to North Texas within 10 years.  The corporate complex will anchor a mixed-use development at the intersection of Texas 114 and Texas 170, where developers also plan a hotel, retail stores and residences.  Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that the project will get a $6 million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund, creating the most new jobs of any enterprise fund grant made during his administration.


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Flying burritos will soon be a reality over Virginia Tech. Chipotle is taking part in a test this month that will let some of the university’s students and staff  have their favorite tortilla-wrapped meal delivered by drone.Virginia Tech is conducting the test with Project Wing, a unit of Google owner Alphabet Inc., which makes self-flying devices that deliver food, medicine and other goods.  Chipotle’s burritos will be put together at a food truck and then loaded on a drone. The flights will take place at an undisclosed site on Virginia Tech property, but not at the main campus in Blacksburg, said Mark Blanks, director of Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.  “It’s real customers that are working and need lunch and want it delivered by drone,” Blanks said. Hundreds of flights and burrito deliveries are expected to take place over several days, Project Wing said.   It will just be burritos, though. Other menu items won’t be delivered by drone, said Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

How to Prevent Tree Roots from Damaging Your Property

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Trees are hardy plants, and their roots fight back against man-made limits around them. In urban and suburban landscapes, tree roots are often forced to grow between buildings or under driveways and walkways—and they can cause costly damage if left unchecked.

“Before you plant a new tree in your yard, you need to understand how a tree could damage your property, and take appropriate measures to prevent that damage,” says Tchukki Andersen, a board-certified Master Arborist and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).

Woody tree roots thicken as they grow, gradually pushing shallow roots toward the surface. Since soil near the surface is best suited for root growth, most tree roots are just below the surface, placing them directly in conflict with man-made obstacles. Where the soil is covered by a solid driveway or patio, upward growing roots will grow against the underside of the pavement or pavers.

“Most damage is found six feet or less from the tree, since roots become smaller and less damaging the further they are from the trunk,” says Andersen. “Keep this in mind before you plant. That small sapling could become a large shade tree with roots spreading 30 or 40 feet outward from the trunk.”

Some homeowners, masons and landscapers manage intrusive roots by grinding down or removing them. This can be expensive, and is harmful to the tree. Wounding a tree’s roots creates points of entry for pathogens, leaving a tree vulnerable to disease. Cutting major roots also reduces a tree’s ability to absorb nutrients and water, leaving it more susceptible to drought. In addition, cutting roots can reduce a tree’s structural support, which increases the danger the tree will topple onto your house in high winds.

When cutting problem tree roots, remember:

• The farther you cut from the trunk, the less threat to the tree’s health, and the less danger of creating a hazard.

• Avoid cutting roots greater than 2 inches in diameter.

• Prune roots back to a side or sinker root (one that is growing downward) when possible.

• Roots recover from being severed when you cut them cleanly with a saw, instead of breaking them, and mulch and water well after pruning.

• Consult a qualified arborist when cutting within a distance equal to five times the trunk diameter to the trunk.

To avoid cutting tree roots altogether:

• Install physical root guides and barriers that redirect tree roots down and away from hardscapes with minimal impact on the tree.

• Curve new hardscape features, such as a driveway or patio, around the tree roots.

• Suspend hardscape features on small pilings to bridge over roots.

Ultimately, the best way to keep the trees and their roots on your property from causing damage is to select species that match site conditions, Andersen says, and to avoid planting large shade trees within 12 feet of hardscapes. In areas within five to seven feet of a paved area or structure, plant trees that grow to a mature height of less than 30 feet. In areas within seven to 10 feet of a paved area or structure, plant trees that grow to a mature height of less than 50 feet. Reserve trees that mature to higher than 50 feet for areas with at least 12 feet of clearance around the trunk; this allows adequate space for the roots.

A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the best trees to plant.

10 Projects to “Green” Your Home

“Going green” means living in a way that’s environmentally friendly. It uses less water, less electricity, and less fuel, conserving natural resources while protecting the environment. It also saves money on utility bills, which is something all homeowners can appreciate. From simple to elaborate, here are a few ways to green your house and property.

Focus On the Light

Replacing your most-used light bulbs with CFLs will lower your electric bill while producing less heat and lasting longer than your incandescent bulbs.

While you’re at it, consider adding dimmer switches, motion sensors, and timers for when you’re away from home in the evening. Also, keep your light bulbs clean: Dirt and grease coats the bulbs and not only reduces the available light, but causes the bulb to burn out sooner.

Mix Your Own Cleaners

Many commercial cleaning products contain bleach and other harsh chemicals. Switch to natural products and solutions you mix up yourself. Clean up hard water deposits with vinegar, for instance, or use it to wash your windows. White vinegar mixed with hydrogen peroxide also sanitizes countertops (killing 99 percent of E. coli).

Go Low-Flow

Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators (the tip that screws on to the nozzle) cost little and can save about half the water without sacrificing water pressure. Low-flow toilets are another option. Look for a water-saving toilet displaying the WaterSense label. Alternatively, fill a 2-liter bottle with water and drop it in the toilet tank to displace some of the water. This will force the toilet to use less water per flush.

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, consider choosing a tankless water heater. It allows you to use the same amount of water, but it heats the water only when it’s needed, so you save a lot of energy. Wrapping a conventional (tank-based) water heater with a special insulation and insulating all the hot-water pipes also conserves energy.

Spread the Greenery

To really green your house and property, visit your local plant and tree nursery. Outdoors, shade trees not only cut your cooling costs (up to 25 percent), but in the winter, trees and shrubs also break the wind and affect your heating costs. Inside, plants not only make a home feel more comfortable, they also help purify the air and produce oxygen.

Reduce VOCs

Indoors and out, you’re surrounded by volatile organic compounds. VOCs are any carbon-containing substance that “off-gasses” (meaning it becomes a vapor, or evaporates) at room temperature. VOCs pose a significant health hazard. Paints, varnishes, cigarette smoke, pesticides, gasoline and other fuels, various glues and adhesives, cosmetic products, automotive exhaust, even cleaning products are but a few of the items that contain VOCs. When painting, look for low VOC paints, particularly those featuring the Green Seal.

Look for the Energy Star Logo

Getting rid of old appliances and upgrading to new, energy-efficient models can save you a significant amount of money. The EPA suggests replacing any appliance older than 10 years. Select models displaying the Energy Star logo to ensure energy efficiency.

Plant a Garden

Gardening can be a soothing activity, but this project also ensures you have healthy food. Home-grown food costs drastically less, enhances the outdoor environment, and reduces the environmental impact of commercially-bought food. Even if you have a small property, you can use containers and hanging devices to maximize your growing space.

Reduce Your Need for Paper

Register for paperless billing with utility and finance companies, and stop getting as much unsolicited mail as possible. The Federal Trade Commission offers a guide on how to “just say no” to junk mail.

Use Reclaimed Wood

Have a DIY project needing wood? “Used” wood is environmentally friendly and creates a beautiful look. Salvaged lumber can be used anywhere regular wood is used. You can even get creative and build a fence with wood pallets, for instance.

Move the Air

Insulating and sealing your home is critical. Another simple project to lower your heating and cooling costs is installing ceiling fans. In the winter, set the rotation to push warm air downward; in the summer, switch the blade rotation to draw warm air up instead. Moving air makes it feel cooler in the summer as well, allowing you to keep the thermostat a little higher.

As you green your home and lifestyle, be on the lookout for additional incentives. You may be eligible for tax benefits for some energy-saving projects. Going green doesn’t have to be expensive,

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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