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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.

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

It’s highly beneficial to have a professional, knowledgeable, local real estate agent by your side! Call Keller Williams Dallas Metro North today to find a qualified REALTOR® to assist you with your real estate needs. 

Dallas, Seattle top cities for U.S. Home Price Changes

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U.S. home values have risen above the peak before the last recession, according to a new report from Zillow.

Nationwide home values are 1 percent higher than they were in 2007, the real estate marketing website said in a new report.

North Texas home prices have already soared past pre recession levels.

Zillow said D-FW’s median home value in April were up 11.1 percent from a year earlier to $207,300.

That’s almost $10,000 more than the U.S. median.

Only Seattle at 11.8 percent had a greater year-over-year home price gain in April, blog 053017according to Zillow.

“Now that the typical U.S. home is worth more than ever, people may be tempted to ask if we’re in another national housing bubble,” Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell said in the new report. “We aren’t in a bubble, and won’t be entering one anytime soon.

“Supply has been slow to catch up to this demand, which is causing home values to grow at a faster clip than we might otherwise expect,” she said. “Beyond that, the market’s fundamentals look largely healthy.”

North Texas home prices are now almost 50 percent higher than they were at the peak before the recession in the summer of 2017.

Median home sales prices in the region are up 13 percent for the first four months of 2017 compared with the same period last year, according to data from local real estate agents.

It’s highly beneficial to have a professional, knowledgeable, local Real Estate Agent by your side! Call Keller Williams Dallas Metro North today for all your real estate needs!

4 Strategies to Make a New City Feel Like Home

Moving to a new city? You may find these tips from Real Simple Magazine helpful.Moving - 1Many big changes follow graduation day—including the overwhelming task of moving, often to a new, unfamiliar city. If you’ve recently settled in a brand new place, or you plan to move any day now, this week’s episode of “Adulthood Made Easy” is for you: Host Sam Zabell interviews Terri White, editor of Time Out New York, on how to take advantage of everything a city has to offer. Here, a few of White’s strategies for feeling a little less lost.

One last thing … “WELCOME to Texas!!!”
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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.

3 TOP REASON YOU NEED A REALTOR TO SELL YOUR HOME

1. Getting the Price Right

When the National Association of Realtors® surveyed FSBOs (for sale by owner) about what challenges they faced when attempting to sell their homes without the aid of a real estate professional, 13 percent said that setting the right price was a key challenge.

What is the “right” price? A home should be priced at or very near its market value. Therein lies the challenge – how does a layperson determine a home’s current market value? The calculations require access to recent sales in the area, information about those homes, and information about the current real estate market in general.

Without access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it is nearly impossible for anyone to gather info on all recent home sales in a given area. Although many websites claim to have this information, they are relying on public records, and most of the time they don’t have all of the information required to pinpoint market value.

Would you sell a used car without consulting the Kelley Blue Book, or something similar, to ascertain its worth? Without knowing the true market value of your home, setting a price for it is akin to throwing a dart – where it lands may or may not be the bulls-eye.

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2. Getting the Word Out

One of the most important jobs of a listing agent is marketing the property. Once upon a time, all it took was an ad in the Sunday classifieds. Today, however, it requires a lot more work, and multiple marketing platforms – especially for homes with problems.

Homebuyers begin their search online, and that’s where real estate agents shine in their marketing efforts. They employ multiple strategies across multiple platforms – something a homeowner with no real estate or marketing experience may find challenging.

3. Getting a Handle on the Paperwork

Understanding and completing paperwork is the one task of selling a home that stymied the largest number of FSBOs in the NAR survey. From the purchase agreement to how to deal with changes to disclosure requirements, the typical home sale requires a stack of legal contracts that few outside of the industry know anything about.

You will need to familiarize yourself with all contracts, reading and understanding every single line. Otherwise, when a buyer submits an offer to purchase, you may end up sitting there with a glazed look on your face and no idea how to decipher the pages in front of you.shutterstock_142177390 (2)

STAGING YOUR HOME TO SELL!

In a manner of speaking, staging your home is putting its best foot forward: you’re setting up each room to look inviting to prospective buyers of all types. Showcase your home’s best features, and minimizes any flaws.

Clean and clear
Ideally, you’d start with a completely empty home, painted in neutrals and perfectly clean. In reality, you get as close to this ideal as you can by boxing up personal items, clearing out closets and stacking everything neatly in your tidy and [now] organized garage and attic. Items that must stay out in the open need to go in bins or baskets to keep your home free of clutter. This includes toys and kitchen and bathroom items you need to use daily. And of course everything must be dusted and cleaned of fingerprints and footprints!

Start the staging
Your rooms should look inviting, but they still need to have the minimum furnishings possible so buyers can imagine their own belongings in there more easily. Play to the strengths of each room by accenting its best features. Create conversational groupings in common areas.

Light it up
Bright lighting make the room look warm and welcoming. Chase away dark corners by using both ambient lighting and accent lights.

Head outside
Your patio and yard should also be selling features. Clean up the furniture, make sure the cushions aren’t sun-faded, and get the garden in shape. If you don’t have a green thumb, large potted plants can dress up the exterior.

Make every space count
Dress up a Spartan guest room with a comfy chair and pretty lamp to create a cozy reading spot. The guest room should be obviously a guest room; the same goes for the office. Ambiguity in a room’s purpose can be confusing to homeshoppers. Make it clear what each room is for. If you have an oddly shaped landing, or a little nook in the living room, don’t ignore it: show its potential.

Keep up daily
This can be the hardest part! But while your home is on the market, you need to keep the garbage empty, the laundry folded, the pet toys out of sight, and the cap on your toothpaste.

It’s hard to show your home while you’re still living in it, but you need to think about what a new homeowner will be looking for: a fresh start and a place for their family and their belongings. You want your home to appeal to the most number of people possible. Keep these tips in mind to help your home sell quickly and for more money!

 MAGGIE PANIAGUA
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