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Thursday, February 26 2015

A Stunning Home with warmth and elegance * Truly A MUST SEE!   

3621 Trail Walker

Stoney Hollow, Plano

Contact us today to see it for yourself!  

Posted by: AT 02:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, February 25 2015

You may be thinking about remodeling your kitchen and are wondering if you upgrade to granite or marble counter-tops just how easy (or hard) are they to care for?   Granite and marble have become a popular feature in homes in recent years, not only do both surfaces present an elegant statement but they are also durable as well as adding value to your home. However natural stone isn't impervious to wear and tear, if you want to enjoy and preserve that lustrous shine both surfaces require correct and regular care and maintenance.  

Of course you can hire a stone restoration specialist to clean, seal and polish your natural stone, but that does come with a formidable price tag, typically $400+ a visit.  You can save yourself that fee with time and attention, there are several DYI options.  

1. Sealing the stone or granite at installation is the best way to prevent damage and thereby easily maintain a rish shine.  Without a protective seal, the surface is susceptible to stains and etches.  

2. Establish a regular routine of daily cleaning and frequent polishing to maintain the shine as well as resist fingerprints and water spots.  

3. Use the right materials.  Common household cleaning products can damage granite, marble and other natural stone, and lead to costly repair and replacement costs.  Save yourself from these costly mistakes by doing some research to identify the best products for maintenance and restorative use, and remember to research scrubbing pads as well.  

4. Regularly test the integrity of the protective seal. Here is an easy way to just that: Pour water, about 3 inches in diameter on the surface in several locations and let it sit for 30 minutes.  If you see a dark mark or ring the water is penetrating the stone and it's time to reseal it.  

Simple stain removal:

Oil Stains = mix baking soda with acetone into a paste to the consistency of pancake batter and place on the stain, allow the paste to sit for 24 hours, then remove and rinse with water.  Repeat if necessary, some stains may require 2 or 3 applications.  Reseal the stone surface once the stain is removed.  

Organic Stains (food products, mold/mildew, plant runoff, dirt, pet urine) = take a paper towel, cotton balls or white terry cloth towels soaked in any brand of liquid bleach and placet it on the stained area.  Allow it to site for 24 hours, rinse with water.  Repeat if necessary.  You can also spray bleach on the stained ares and scrub with soft nylon brush then rinse with water.  Bleach does not harm natural stone as long as it is rinsed each time and sealed properly after the process is completed.   

Helping you buy your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Keith       214-649-4823

Reechia   972-979-9978

Homes for sale in Plano

Posted by: AT 06:14 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, February 23 2015

We all appreciate electricity -- each one of us uses it in some capacity every day. Heating and cooling our homes is one of our top priorities, not only for our comfort but also for our safety. In recent years more and more information about alternative and green energies has become available to consumers. Green or alternative energy is energy that is produced from renewable resources: wind, water, or sunlight. Here are some of the most-readily available options for alternative energy systems offered to home buyers right now:

Solar Power

Solar power is "the power obtained by harnessing the energy of the sun's rays." This is done through solar panels and photo voltaic cells on the panels, which convert the sunlight into usable energy. Solar power is the most common and popular option for homeowners looking to take the first step toward alternative energy. Solar uses the power of the sun, so this option is best for homes or properties located in areas where sunlight is strong year-round. There are three types of solar panel systems: On-Grid Battery Systems, which are connected to the grid but also contain batteries that can store excess energy; On-Grid Systems without batteries – these are more simple and easier to install, but if the power goes out in the area the system will shut off; and Off-Grid Systems, which are not tied to the electricity grid and generate all their power independently.

At the current moment, solar power accounts for three-tenths of one percent of the total energy consumed in the U.S. (instituteforenergyresearch.org/). For those who live in year-round sunny climates – California, Arizona, Hawaii, etc. – a solar panel system can pay for itself in as little as three years (judithcurry.com).

Wind Power

Another popular alternative energy option that has been seen throughout the U.S. is wind power. Wind power is the "power obtained by harnessing the energy of the wind." Modern wind power uses wind turbines to harness wind's kinetic energy, which is then turned into electricity. There are different types of wind power: Utility-scale, which are the large wind turbines seen on the side of hills-- these are larger than 100 kilowatts and deliver electricity directly to the power grid; Distributed, which are smaller turbines, 100 kilowatts or less, and these deliver electricity directly to a home or small business. There are also offshore wind turbines, but these are mostly found outside the U.S. At the current moment, the U.S. receives about 4.1 percent of its electricity from wind power (www.awea.org/).

Wind power is an excellent option for those who live in areas where there is a good source of wind all year long. Initially, wind power systems can be expensive, and the turbine prices vary depending on the type, manufacturer and the area you live in. Many people look to the advantages of wind power over the initial investment – utility bills are cut and the homeowner has control of knowing how his/her energy is generated, and there are generally federal tax credits available to those who buy a wind power system.

Geothermal Power

Geothermal power is "the heat from the Earth." Geothermal power takes advantage of the earth's natural heat. Geothermal energy is harnessed in two ways: tapping extremely hot temperatures via steam at great depths, or the use of moderate temperatures at shallow depths (http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/). In almost all parts of the U.S., the shallow ground (upper 10 feet of the Earth's surface) maintains a nearly constant temperature of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. To use this naturally occurring heat, consumers can install a geothermal heat pump. The pump utilizes air or antifreeze liquid in pipes. The liquid or air is pumped through the pipes, which are buried underground, and comes back into the building. In summer, when the temperatures are hotter above ground, the liquid or air moves heat from the building into the ground; in the winter, when temperatures are colder, the pipes pump pre-warmed air or liquid into the building. Geothermal power is also a renewable energy that can supply continuous power (www.ucsusa.org/)

Geothermal systems can be expensive to set up, with estimates into the low $40,000s. There are tax credits available, which can cover 30% of the total cost of a new geothermal system. Geothermal systems last about 20 years before needing new parts, and over the course of a 20 year lifespan, these systems can save homeowners upwards of $60,000 in electricity costs (www.esquire.com/).

The U.S. relies heavily upon fossil fuels for its energy sources. Currently, 82 percent of U.S. energy demand is met by fossil fuels (coal, petroleum (oil) and natural gas) while the other 18 percent is met by renewable energy and nuclear energy (instituteforenergyresearch.org/). Electricity is a vital part of the U.S. economy, and it helps a household run every day. Homeowners have options in every facet of their lives, and energy is no different. Fossil fuels are a finite resource – exploring other options available to homeowners not only opens up access to other technologies and ideas, but it also helps the Earth. Alternative energy also presents more reliable and efficient energy sources. When a homeowner or consumer gets more reliance and efficient energy, more money is saved in the long run, making for a happy, safe and sustainable home.

Helping you buy your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Keith       214-649-4823

Reechia   972-979-9978

Homes for sale in Collin County

article originally posted in Real Estate Advisor, February 2015

Posted by: AT 03:29 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, February 11 2015

We are often asked "how is the market?" and honestly we love that question!  It is an easy question to answer and we are honored when we are asked this question - for us it shows that you trust us and value our input.  Yes, we also know that sometimes it is just small talk and a way to open a conversation, and we are okay with that too!  

Today we thought we discuss the year end market stats.  We are going to concentrate on Collin County as a whole - if you want to know how the market is in your city or neighborhood by all means ASK US!  

Like many areas across the nation we are also experiencing a shortage in inventory - in December 2013 we had a 1.7 month supply of homes and for December 2014 we had a 1.4 month supply - that is a 14% decrease in number of homes for buyers to choose from!  

Homes were on the market a little longer in December 2014 (53 days) compared to December 2013 (48 days).  

The stat that enjoyed the largest change is average sold price - $274,212 was the average in December 2103 while in December 2014 the average sold price was $292,575.

As you can see on this chart our home values have rebounded nicely.  

If you have been thinking this is the year for you to make that move - contact us, we can help you determine the best time to put your home on the market and help you find your next home!  

Helping you buy your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Keith       214-649-4823

Reechia   972-979-9978

Homes for sale in Collin County

Posted by: AT 04:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, February 11 2015

We are often asked "how is the market?" and honestly we love that question!  It is an easy question to answer and we are honored when we are asked this question - for us it shows that you trust us and value our input.  Yes, we also know that sometimes it is just small talk and a way to open a conversation, and we are okay with that too!  

Today we thought we discuss the year end market stats.  We are going to concentrate on Collin County as a whole - if you want to know how the market is in your city or neighborhood by all means ASK US!  

Like many areas across the nation we are also experiencing a shortage in inventory - in December 2013 we had a 1.7 month supply of homes and for December 2014 we had a 1.4 month supply - that is a 14% decrease in number of homes for buyers to choose from!  

Homes were on the market a little longer in December 2014 (53 days) compared to December 2013 (48 days).  

The stat that enjoyed the largest change is average sold price - $274,212 was the average in December 2103 while in December 2014 the average sold price was $292,575.

If you have been thinking this is the year for you to make that move - contact us, we can help you determine the best time to put your home on the market and help you find your next home!  

Helping you buy your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Keith       214-649-4823

Reechia   972-979-9978

Homes for sale in Collin County

Posted by: AT 04:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, February 06 2015

We have all heard the old real estate adage - Location! Location! Location!   When you are looking for your next home you may be moving due to a lifestyle change that dictates a community or neighborhood change and what makes a great neighborhood is different to everyone, just as your definitation of a good location can be different than my idea of a good location.   Here are some things to consider as you decide what goes into making up your ideal neighborhood:  

Promote sociability

A neighborhood is not just a set of individuals, but a set of relationships. And a neighborhood that allows those relationships to form is where you’d want to live in. Does this neighborhood promote community activities?  Are there parks or swimming pools or walking paths within the community?  A community bulletin board?  A social activity community group?  

Crime rate

As crime rates in many parts of the country get higher, more and more homebuyers become concerned about the safety of their family and home as well. Low crime rates give a neighborhood a sense of calm and ease.

Do not rely on newspaper reports and hearsays. Instead, do your own research. Go online to check the types and frequency or crimes in the area. Or better yet, call or visit the local police department to verify the information.

Close to public transportation

Easy access to public transportation is a solid upgrade to any neighborhood and an amenity for any lifestyle. This is especially beneficial for a millennial or a retiree who uses public transportation to go to the park, restaurants, market, office or other amenities the neighborhood has to offer.

Lifestyle match

A great neighborhood is one that matches your needs and is in sync with your current lifestyle. If you have a family with small children, you’ll want to be in a family oriented neighborhood with less noise. If you are a young, single professional, living in a condo in a hip neighborhood would be a great choice.

As long time residents of the Plano area we are familiar with the wide varitiy of communities within our area - whether this is your first family home or your retirment home purchase we can help!   

Helping you buy your home is our goal,

Getting you through the process is our expertise!

Keith       214-649-4823

Reechia   972-979-9978

Homes for sale in Plano

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