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Monday, November 30 2009
This area is definitely the most mixed bag of news! A sharp decrease in number of homes sold and yet in September a good increase in average sold price! Days on market are up from July; but October’s days on market are nearly the same as August was. This area has one higher month of sales and average sold price, then a lower month, and then back to the higher end. This area offers so much for buyers that it is a strong market, and we expect it to continue with the new tax credit just announced.

For Parker/Murphy in September – Sold Properties:

37 homes sold
Average List Price $314,943
Average Sold Price $303,264
Average Price Per Sq Ft $88
Average Days on Market 99

October – Sold Properties

34 homes sold
Average List Price $266,440
Average Sold Price $257,822
Average Price Per Sq Ft $83
Average Days on Market 85

Click here to review July & August stats.
Posted by: Reechia Powell AT 12:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, November 23 2009
Wylie continues to send mixed messages about the real estate sales – a significant decrease in days on market from July to September!! The average sold price has decreased slightly as it has in other areas we review; while the average price per square foot has remained steady. Wylie is a great place for sellers and buyers and we expect the market to stay consistent throughout the fall with the recent government tax credit changes.

For Wylie in September – Sold Properties:

74 homes sold
Average List Price $166,658
Average Sold Price $162,820
Average Price Per Sq Ft $73
Average Days on Market 55

October – Sold Properties

80 homes sold
Average List Price $188,038
Average Sold Price $180,154
Average Price Per Sq Ft $74
Average Days on Market 65


Click here to review July & August stats.
Posted by: Reechia Powell AT 07:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, November 19 2009
Plano real estate has remained steady with some interesting and slight changes. In July over 300 homes sold, since then the number of homes sold has decreased each month. However the days on market and price per square foot has barely changed! Plano continues to enjoy the least amount of days on the market for this area. We expect the market to continue in a steady fashion due to the recent government tax credit.

For Plano in September – Sold Properties:

257 homes sold
Average List Price $264,670
Average Sold Price $256,733
Average Price Per Sq Ft $94
Average Days on Market 59


October – Sold Properties

242 homes sold
Average List Price $249,894
Average Sold Price $241,793
Average Price Per Sq Ft $91
Average Days on Market 62


Click here to review July & August stats.

Posted by: Reechia Powell AT 07:48 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, November 18 2009


Real Estate sales in Allen, TX has proven to be very consistent throughout the summer and early fall. Homes are selling in less than 3 months, and the price per square foot continues to be in the high 80’s. We expect the market to remain steady with the new tax credit bill the government just released.


For Allen in September – Sold Properties:

113 homes sold
Average List Price $248,301
Average Sold Price $238,496
Average Price Per Sq Ft $88
Average Days on Market 76


October – Sold Properties

114 homes sold
Average List Price $222,637
Average Sold Price $212,850
Average Price Per Sq Ft $84
Average Days on Market 76

Click here to see July & August stats
Posted by: Reechia Powell AT 07:56 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, November 17 2009

Now that you have your compost pile going and you have a list of what to add and what not to compost, let’s talk about what’s next!

Using your compost, it can take anywhere from 14 days to 12 months to produce your finished compost. The time it takes can vary widely depending on the materials and methods used. The point at which the compost is ready varies based on how the compost will be used. In general, though, compost is ready when dark and crumbly and mostly broken down with a pleasant, earthy, soil-like smell to it. For most uses it is acceptable to have some recognizable pieces of leaves or straw remaining.

Finished compost can be applied to lawns and gardens to help condition the soil and replenish nutrients. Compost, however, should not be used as potting soil for houseplants because of the presence of weed and grass seeds.

Living green is important to our lives, our communities and for our children and grand-children.
Happy Composting,

Reechia & Keith
Plano Real Estate

Composting Part 1

Composting Part 2

Posted by: Reechia & Keith Powell AT 03:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, November 16 2009
In our earlier post we discussed composting at home and how and why it helps the environment!   Today we are going to help you decide where and what to compost!
Where to Compost?
Composting can be practiced in most backyards in a homemade or manufactured composting bin or simply an open pile (some cities do require enclosed bins). Businesses, schools, and other facilities can also easily compost. Contact your city or county government for information about free composting workshops and discounted or free composting bins.
Homemade bins can be constructed out of scrap wood, chicken wire, snow fencing or even old garbage cans (with holes punched in the sides and bottom).
Manufactured bins include turning units, hoops, cones, and stacking bins. These can be purchased from retail or mail-order businesses. Take the time to consider your options and then select a bin that best fits your needs.
What to Compost:
•        Eggshells                                            •        Coffee grounds and filters
•        Fruits and vegetables                            •        Cardboard rolls
•        Grass clippings                                    •        Tea bags
•        Cotton rags                                         •        Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
•        Houseplants                                        •        Leaves
•        Hair and fur                                         •        Hay and straw
•        Nut shells                                            •        Sawdust
•        Wood chips                                         •        Wool rags
•        Yard trimmings               
 
 
What Not to Compost and Why:
•        Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
          Why? Releases substances that might be harmful to plants
•        Coal or charcoal ash
          Why? Might contain substances harmful to plants
•        Dairy products (e.g., butter, egg yolks, milk, sour cream, yogurt)
          Why? Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
•        Diseased or insect-ridden plants
          Why? Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants
•        Fats, grease, lard, or oils
          Why? Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
•        Meat or fish bones and scraps
          Why? Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
•        Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)
          Why? Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans
•        Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides
          Why? Might kill beneficial composting organisms
 
We hope you have found this information useful, in our next post we will give you ideas on how to use your compost!
 
Until then,
Reechia & Keith
Posted by: Reechia & Keith Powell AT 09:39 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, November 11 2009
Another way we can live green is Home Composting. This is nature’s way to recycle and one more thing you can teach your children about helping the environment! Home composting can be an easy way for your household to make a direct positive impact on the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food residuals and yard trimmings account for 24% of the municipal solid waste stream in the United States. The EPA estimates that 56.9 percent of yard trimmings were recovered for composting or grasscycled in 2000, a significant increase from the 12 percent recovery rate in 1990.

What is Compost?

Composting, nature's own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food waste. Compost is the soil amendment product that results from proper composting.

Natural composting, or biological decomposition, began with the first plants on earth and has been going on ever since. As vegetation falls to the ground, it slowly decays, providing minerals and nutrients needed for plants, animals, and microorganisms. Mature compost, however, includes the production of high temperatures to destroy pathogens and weed seeds that natural decomposition does not destroy.

In our next post we will discuss what to compost, where to compost and what not to compost and why!

Until then,
Reechia & Keith
Posted by: Reechia & Keith Powell AT 02:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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