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Wednesday, November 27 2013

Here is to turkey roasting, family toasting, count-each-blessing, pass the dressing, jokes and laughter, friends and family, and wish-bone wishes! 

Fun Thanksgiving Trivia:

  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.  
  • In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared it a public holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. 
  • In 1941 Congress passed the official proclamation declaring Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.
  • The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was the beer.
  • The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days.   
  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in 1924 with 400 employees marching off from Convent Avenue and 145th Street in NY.  Originally the parade featured live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo, from camels to elephants. 
  • An Turkeyestimated 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving.  (more than double the amount of turkeys eaten at Christmas)
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • Turkeys originated in North and Central America.
  • The wild turkey has excellent hearing.
  • A spooked turkey can run at speed up to 20 miles per hour.  A wild turkey can run at speed of up to 25 miles per hour.  A wild turkey can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour.  Domesticated turkeys or the farm-raised turkeys cannot fly.
  • A mature turkey generally has around 3,500 feathers.
  • On average turkeys weigh 16 pounds. 
  • North Carolina is the number one producer of turkeys. It produces around 61 million turkeys per year. Minnesota and Arkansas are second and third number producers of turkey.

​Happy Thanksgiving,

Reechia & Keith Powell

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Thursday, November 21 2013
Rebounding Market  * 3rd Quarter Report conducted a recent survey of housing markets for the third quarter of 2013 and found that the recovery continues.  The survey ranks housing markets using such data as their inventory of available homes, their median list prices and the average number of days that their properties are on the market.

The median age of inventory dropped 17.7%  when compared to the same period in 2012, with typical homes selling in 84 days between July and September of this year, an improvement from 109 days last year. The number of homes available on the market dropped across the country by 3.3 % year-over-year, with an average of 1.96 million homes on the market on any given day in the period.

Median list prices, which is a key indicator in the report's algorithm, rose by 7.6 % year-over-year to $199,218 on a national level.  Several markets showed significant increases in median price, such as Reno, Las Vega and Detroit.  While other cities demonstrated a more consistent and steady median price, such as Dallas and Boston.  Dallas was in the top 25 for accelerating markets for the previous quarter.  

For this quarters report Dallas was ranked number 6 in the top 10 of improved markets.  Our median list price is $210,000 and the path to recovery has not been very steep since our fall was not as dramatic as other markets, so our rebound was more easily obtained. 

Inventories rose in the third quarter of 2013 by 3.1 percent compared to the previous quarter. 


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Thursday, November 14 2013

Fixing anything to do with climate control is like money in the bank. Many homeowners attend to issues around heating as a means of saving money on energy bills - and rightfully so. In many areas, heat is typically one of the largest winter expenses. The trick is to minimize drafts and to utilize the heat as effectively as possible. Begin by checking attic insulation levels and fill gaps with insulation appropriate for your climate.

Next, windows and doors with cracked or broken glass or that are poorly sealed should be fixed. Additionally, if the seals at the bottom of exterior doors are not tight, consider replacing thresholds and/or door bottoms. Weather stripping is inexpensive and easy to install along the top and sides of doors. Interior doors may benefit from "draft dodgers" that stop air from cooler rooms from coming under the door, especially consider doors to basements and garages.

Get that furnace or heat pump serviced, clean or change any filters, and ensure that all thermostats are in working order. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to optimize your energy consumption. Additionally, heating hot water and keeping it warm is a big energy draw. Ensure that the hot water heater is working well and that it is insulated if it is located in a cold location.

Woodstoves and chimneys should be clean and ready for use - employ a chimney sweep to check and clean them. Creosote build-up or debris from animals can start a fire in the chimney or stovepipe, which could ignite the roof.

Drying clothes in a dryer also consumes a high level of energy. In cool and damp climates dryer vents tend to collect lint and may become clogged, making these machines much less efficient. Cleaning dryers thoroughly with a lint brush can also prevent fires from starting. 

Reechia & Keith Powell


Allen Texas Homes For Sale

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Monday, November 11 2013

During cooler months, it is common for wildlife to want to move in to a home for warmth and shelter. Teams of mice and rats, squirrels and other animals can do damage to insulation and wiring, create unclean living situations, contaminate food, and keep people up at night with scratching and scampering. Carefully inspect possible sources of entry in the fall months and seal up any places where pests might gain access to the home.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has vast information about preventing and resolving rodent infestations. They recommend looking for any evidence of uninvited guests and possible access from inside the home in the following locations:

•          Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves

•          Inside closets near the floor corners

•          Around the fireplace

•          Around doors

•          Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines

•          Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces

•          Around floor vents and dryer vents

•          Inside the attic

•          In the basement or crawl space

•          In the basement and laundry room floor drains

•          Between the floor and wall juncture

The CDC also recommends checking the following areas outside the home:

•          In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves

•          Around windows

•          Around doors

•          Around the foundation

•          Attic vents and crawl space vents

•          Under doors

•          Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines

Defend the home by filling holes with steel wool, held in place with caulk. Squirrels and raccoons require larger holes and do even more damage, so cover larger holes with lath screen, metal, cement or hardware cloth to stop entry into the building.

Assess the perimeters of buildings, inside and out, sweeping and raking debris away from walls. Remove woodpiles and leaves from around buildings. These areas are prime habitat for rodents and other pests, including termites and carpenter ants. In areas where problems persist, take the offense. Trapping or baiting with poison may be advised. Larger infestations may require the attention of trained professionals for control and cleanup. 


Reechia & Keith Powell

Murphy Texas Real Estate

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Wednesday, November 06 2013

While spring may be the time for cleaning, fall is surely the time for fixing. Simple improvements can save money in utility bills as well as prevent costly repairs in the future. Like a well-played game of football, the homeowner needs a good playbook to get ahead in the game. The trick is to prioritize and be ahead of the freezing weather using this valuable time to the best advantage.  

Play it Safe

A good bet is "Safety First." Start simple: look at entrances and exits in and around the home and consider how they may be affected by the change in seasons. Look at safety issues around moisture, temperature and light. Are there areas that are particularly dark that need more lighting? Would motion-sensitive or timed lighting options be beneficial? Are there areas where debris collects and creates a safety hazard? Identify issues and resolve them now to minimize risk of injury later.

During fall and winter months pathways, entrances and exits can become compromised. Sometimes the paths or stairways might become slick with ice, water, leaves or even moss or algae growth. Be sure to clear and clean these areas, making repairs to cracked or uneven walkways, securing loose boards, ensuring safe passage. Additionally, having a place for shoes and gear when people enter a home so entrances and exits remain clear can prevent unnecessary trips and falls. In cooler climates, this is a good time to create space in hall closets for bulkier coats and to put out the umbrella stand. Perhaps providing a basket for gloves and a tray for wet shoes and boots, along with an absorbent entry mat to ensure that surrounding floors don't become wet and slick.

Fall is an ideal time to clean gutters ensuring that water will not build up and overflow and either puddle or freeze. Additionally, while the ladder is out, look at the eaves and assess the roof. Look for signs that wildlife might have tried to gain access, and consider putting up hooks for holiday lights - after all, the ladder is out, and holiday lights will provide more light around the home in the dark months. Change any burnt out or flickering bulbs in outdoor areas, putting in energy saving bulbs so that lights may be left on longer without regard to cost.

Also take time to find and consider stocking up on sand and/or salt or kitty litter to help melt ice or to gain traction (add some to your trunk).  Any generators should be in good working order with fresh fuel that is properly stored. 

Engage the Grounds Crew

Fall is a great time to tackle the vines that might be climbing a home, ruining the mortar between bricks or damaging the wood siding. Climbing vines hold moisture against walls which can rot wood clapboards, and the moisture can cause swelling of the wood and further damage when vines get between boards. Cut these vines back or remove them at the root.

This is also a great time to trim those hedges or trees that might potentially threaten the home or power lines if they fell. Trees that hang over roofs should be removed so that they don't provide a bridge for small animals to get onto the roof, as well as to protect from damage should branches break and fall. 

Surefire Storage

Finally, when checking to ensure that the home is equipped with emergency supplies for seasonal storms, assess both the items stored and the storage area itself. Move seasonal items to where they will better serve in an emergency.

Storage areas often are taken for granted, sometimes becoming damp or wet, or experiencing wide ranging temperatures. Consider making changes that might benefit the area including heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation and moisture control. Replace containers that are damaged or non-functional, and ensure that stored items are not in the way of heaters (a fire hazard) or entrances and exits. When storing items in a place that might be blocked as the result of stormy weather, be certain to have a plan for getting in should the need arise. 

Planning, cleaning and locating necessary items is much easier now when the weather is still mild and you aren't in a panic to find items quickly.   

Happy Fall,

Reechia & Keith Powell


Plano Texas Real Estate

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Friday, November 01 2013

Daylight Savings Ends November 3rd at 2am  

Don’t Forget to FALL BACK One Hour 

Fun Facts about Daylight Savings:

  • Benjamin Franklin suggested firing cannons at sunrise to help sluggish sleepers get out of bed during the change over?   
  • Were you also aware that in the 1950s and 1960s where was no uniform DST rules so the U.S. internal clock was thrown into complete chaos. For example, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul were on different clocks. Imagine waking up in St. Paul and driving to work in Minneapolis only to realize that you were late for your shift.
  • Here’s a fact that most of us never think about. Twins born during the switch could find that the second born twin is actually listed as being born first. For example, one twin is born at 1:50am and the next twin is born at 2:01am. Because the closed fall back at 2:00am the second twin will be listed as being born at 1:01am. The older brother or sister all of a sudden becomes the younger of the pair.
  • One big positive note to mention is that the U.S. Crime Rate decreases when daylight savings time goes into effect.
  • And a final and impressive note, in 1999 Palestinian terrorists forgot about daylight saving time when programming bombes they wanted to transport into Israel. Three terrorists were killed when the timer on their bombs went off one hour before they had planned.

Keith & Reechia Powell

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