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Tuesday, July 30 2013

We have been exploring how to choose a neighborhood that is the perfect fit for you, for your family and for your lifestyle.  Neighborhoods have life cycles much like we do. 

Let’s discuss your life cycles and how it affects the neighbor you choose.   When you are searching for your first home your priorities will probably be different than when you buy your second or third or last home.   Often times home buyers concentrate on very specific items – the quality and location of schools; the commute time and options to a job location; the local amenities (community pool & parks; walk-ability; proximity for worship and health care options; transit options) are the most common considerations.  You can see how your lifecycle will affect what are most important to you – if you have school age kids, schools will be important, if you are an empty nester then your priorities might be golf courses, or health care options and the size of yards may be what is most important.   Some neighborhoods blend all of these options with  diverse housing options all contained within one community.    

Neighborhoods also have life cycles - some are on the rise, while others seem to struggle, some are in transition, waiting to see who moves in to tackle whatever challenges might be facing the area.  In the past couple of years we have seen neighborhoods experience wide and unexpected changes.  The number of homes in foreclosure within one community often meant a “whole new lifecycle” began as those homes sold.   The market changed some neighborhoods, this was sudden and in some cases drastic.  Other neighborhoods change due to the age of homes and consequently the age of buyers. 

There are challenging neighborhoods and often times we hear stories of long-time residents who band together to “resurrect” the community.  It can bring neighbors together and create a strong sense of community when everyone works together to change a neighborhood.   Sometimes new neighbors (buyers) will be the leading force in such a change.  Again with this recent market some home buyers found they could afford a neighborhood that had been out of their financial reach before.  Overcoming obstacles of a neighborhood is not for everyone, some buyers choose to wait to purchase in a neighborhood that is transforming or needs to transform, some buyers want to be the catalyst in the change.    There is a risk, but you know it going in. 

Discovering a neighborhood is "finding yourself" all over again - it is a chance to rekindle what is important to you. In fact, you might find that you have a neighborhood where you will live and another neighborhood in which you will work - and they might be close or far apart. You may have other neighborhoods where you shop or find your entertainment - but when you plan to move to an area, take the time to see beyond the minutes to work or school. Seeking out the soul of neighborhoods can ground you in a place and help you to understand where you fit in and how you can make a difference.

We live and work in the greater Plano area, let us help you discover the many neighborhoods in our market and find the one that is the perfect fit for you.  

Reechia & Keith Powell

Powell Realty Group

Homes for sale in Plano

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Tuesday, July 23 2013

Stunning home with five bedrooms, spacious and elegant!  Sophisticated living with a relaxed feel.  Large rooms offer many decorating and use options make this home the ideal space to customize for your personal living style.  Oasis private backyard. 


Learn more about 2356 Boxwood Drive here!


Helping your find your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!


Keith       214-649-4823

Reechia   972-979-9978

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Tuesday, July 16 2013

We have all heard the age old real estate adage:  "Location, location, location!"  But what does that really mean? For some, it is the proximity to certain features, for some it is a view or easy access to a golf course or a lake or the mountains.   For others it might be the size of lots and distance between homes, and still others value the “walk-ability-score” or ability to walk for shopping, entertainment, eating, schools, work, healthcare, and transportation.  Whatever you are seeking it boils down to one word: Neighborhood.

Some definitions of “neighborhood”:

  • A section lived in by neighbors and usually having distinguishing characteristics
  • A distinctive area: a district with characteristics that distinguish it from the areas around it
  • Vicinity, the general vicinity or surrounding area of a place

Often times when the word  "neighborhood" is mentioned, it takes us back in time to our youth with remembered times and images of playing with friends in the cul-de-sac or street close to home, and mom calling kids for dinner. Sometimes those memories are centered on a specific house but often times it is more an area, street or streets, or a park – the overall landscape of our childhood.  Neighborhood is a powerful word.  It speaks of a sense of community, a sense of family, a sense of belonging.   And it certainly can be part of our identity.

An attractive neighborhood can drive up the value of a property. The personality of a neighborhood shows up in the homes, yards, streets, schools, parks and stores that service the area.

When you are considering a property, especially with a family, you might want to familiarize yourself with the various neighborhoods in your target area. The best way to determine if a neighborhood will live up to its reputation is to spend time there.   Visit the chamber of commerce for the town, and find the local newspapers online. Talk to people who have lived in that region and don't be afraid to ask the tough questions: what do they like and/or dislike about an area, and why?   

It is always a good idea to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and evening – the feel and flow of a neighborhood may change significantly at different times of the day – if many of the residents work during the day and are home in the evenings you may discover an complete change in the neighborhood’s personality and the level of activity.   How many cars are on the street?  How do the outsides of the homes and buildings appear to you? Are there kids and families, and is that important to you? If there is a school within walking distance, how many kids are walking around the community, or is there a bus stop across the street from the home you have your eye on?  Does that matter to you?  Is there parking available – do people park in the street or in their driveways/garages? 

Taking enough time when you visit neighborhoods can be difficult, but worthwhile. If you can get to the area where you will move, try to mimic your own daily routines as you explore. If it is a work day, seek to drive the streets around the times that you might leave and return from work. Explore where you might have dinner out at, how far is it to your favorite restaurant?   Where is the nearest grocery store, is it one you prefer or will you have to travel to continue your shopping preferences?  Where and how many gas stations are nearby?   What route – and is there more than one – you can take to get to work?   To your families and friends homes?  To other places you visit frequently?   Often times it appears you are closer to these type of places only to find that it take you much longer to get out of a neighborhood and to the main streets or maybe the main streets are easier to access therefore your commute time decreases.  

For each home buyer there is a list of different important places, here are some to consider: medical care options including a doctor’s office, hospital, urgent care, dentist; place of worship; parks; library; lake/water; daycare; gym; walking paths; schools (all levels); post office; bank; hardware store; courthouse; police station; dry cleaner; pharmacy.    

In our next article we continue to explore the neighborhood concept and how it relates to your real estate goals. 

Until next time, remember our goal is to help you find your next home and getting you through the process is our expertise! 

Reechia & Keith Powell

Powell Realty Group

Homes for sale in Plano

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Tuesday, July 09 2013

Are you seeking some peace & quiet in the wide open spaces? 


Our listing of 79+/- acres in Blue Ridge is looking for you!    This property is the most desired acreage in the area!   The rolling hills, a pond, and a sandy beach area are awaiting new owners.   


The pond has been dredged and reshaped – you can just sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets while sitting on your own ‘beach’. 


The home on the property is sold as is but you can easily build your dream home here, bring your plans and you will be settling into your new home in no time.



 7933 N. State Highway 78 is a wonderful piece of land just waiting for your dream home.  We will be happy to show you this property! 


 Helping you sell your home is our goal

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Reechia & Keith Powell

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