We all know Californians are flocking to Texas, but have you ever heard of a political movement specifically bringing them our way?

On May 22, Conservative Move launched on social media and a conservative’s dream of finding like-minded neighbors was made: help relocate families out of liberal dens (usually on each coast) to conservative pockets across the heartland.

Conservative Move was started by Paul Chabot, a former US Congressional candidate from California, now living in McKinney. Paul is retired from law enforcement and runs a counter terrorism consulting firm while serving in the Navy Reserves at the rank of Commander. A frequent Fox News guest, he is married with four children. 

“My wife (Brenda) and I decided to leave California in January of this year,” he writes. “We wanted a better life for our four young children, and we found it in Texas. Our only regret was not doing it sooner. This “idea” was so simple – we just wanted to help families make the move like we did … and that’s where we can be of help to you.”

Sell your home, he urges fellow conservatives. Buy your new home. Live. Conservative Move is an initiative of Chabot Strategies, LLC – A Military Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. “

Apparently Conservative Move really likes Collin County, Texas.  

“Collin County is home to some of America’s best cities, including: McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Allen and many more,” says the website. But as they expand operations, the movement will add other counties across America.  

It’s also home to some crazy, possibly corrupt politics.

Oh and Conservative Move has anointed their own real estate agent for Collin County: Derek Baker, “who has been involved in Conservative Republican politics for more than 25-years, serving Senator Phil Gramm, Congressman Hensarling, then Governor and now Vice President Mike Pence.”

Stay tuned for more on this.

 

Do You Have the Messiest Garage in DFW?
Do you think you have the messiest garage in Dallas-Fort Worth? Here’s your chance to prove it. Callbox Storage and Sorted Out launched a contest this month to find the messiest garage in the Metroplex. The winner not only scores storage with Callbox for an entire year, but a professional organizer from Sorted Out will also descend on what’s left behind and whip their garage into HGTV shape. This is the final week to enter so grab your phone and head to your garage.

All you have to do is snap a photo and upload it to the Callbox Storage Facebook page, along with an explanation of why your garage deserves a makeover. (more…)

Frisco and Little Elm are strong areas for relocation, with new homes and recent builds like 5157 Sylvan Shores.

Frisco and Little Elm are strong areas for relocation, with new homes and recent builds like 5157 Sylvan Shores.

We already know the “why” behind people moving to Texas: Jobs. But what about the “where” and “how many”? In the just released Texas relocation report from the Texas Association of Realtors, Texas was ranked as the second most popular relocation destination.

“The diverse job opportunities and high quality of life in Texas continues to drive in-state and out-of-state migration to Texas cities and counties, both big and small,” said Vicki Fullerton, 2017 chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “This is the third consecutive year that Texas has gained more than 500,000 new residents from out of state.”

Analyzing statewide and national migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report showed that Texas continues to be a high-demand destination for U.S. residents relocating across the country.

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Libby Hamer, John Maluso, Maureen Steitle

As you may have heard, Jamba Juice is moving its headquarters to North Texas. Specifically, Frisco. I want to note that the company, headquartered in Emeryville, California, will be getting $800,000 in grants from the City of Frisco and the Texas Enterprise Fund. Yes, that means that the company is getting a “bribe” to relocate it’s headquarters but that economic investment will more than pay off. More than 100 people will be relocating to Dallas to work in the company’s new Frisco office at 3001 Dallas Parkway.

The new digs include 19,000 square feet of office and meeting space and a 6,000-square-foot test kitchen and storefront.

Jamba Juice has chosen Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Real Estate’s new Plano office as their relocation team. In fact, John Maluso, sales director of the office, tells me Briggs has moved its entire relocation division to the new Plano location.

John was on his way to California when I spoke with him this morning. He said employees found out last Thursday that the move was taking place, shortly before the press release was released. John is flying out to meet with all of the JJ employees who have been offered relocation.

“The company thinks that even some of the employees who have NOT yet been offered packages will also relocate, ” said John.

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WalletHub Retirement Map

WalletHub released its 2015 list of the best and worst places to retire based on 23 metrics across the 150 largest cities in the USA. Texas is a mixed bag. Unsurprisingly, six of the top 10 are in Florida (4) and Arizona (2) – states with no income taxes and long-time targets of the retirement set (and so resources targeting seniors). The first Texas city in the rankings is Amarillo at #14 – we’ll talk about that later.

The main buckets of “affordability,” “activities,” “quality of life,” and “health care” are each sub-divided into smaller buckets. Some of these sub-buckets are subjective. For example, within “activities” there are the numbers per 100,000 residents of senior centers, fishing, hiking, golf, adult volunteer activities and another WalletHub comparison on “recreation” that includes parks and overall climate.

I don’t know about you, but fishing, hiking and golf are not high on my list now or in retirement. And besides, many cities in Texas are penalized by geography. For example, coastal cities in Florida and Hawaii are the winners in fishing while cities with hilly or mountainous geographies nab the top spots for hiking. In flat cities like Dallas, hiking is called walking.

When looking for a place to retire, first examine your own needs and desires – and in many cases the subjectivity of intangible measurements. For example, there’s the assumption that retirees want to live surrounded by other retirees. Like gravity, the more old folks there are, the more it will attract. While there is something to be said for living around people with shared life experiences and longevity, personally I’d want to live in a more vibrant area to expose myself to the world of new ideas and change rather than a seniors-centric bubble of early dinners, coupons and golf carts.

Some numbers are head-scratching. For example, Dallas is ranked #72 out of 100 for climate while Arlington nets #36 and Fort Worth #32. Winter-filled Boise, ID is ranked #26 while “driving with potholders for half the year” Scottsdale, AZ is #3, Phoenix is #17 and neighboring Chandler, AZ, is #14. How do weather and climate differ so dramatically in the space of 20 or 30 miles? They don’t. And if that’s not enough, aside from Dallas, all these cities, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City, rank higher in climate than #43, Honolulu. Really?

So how did the metroplex fare?

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Cherry 1

Coinciding with cherry blossom season, I received a note from a reader in Japan (Candy covers the world!). The writer, an American school teacher is contemplating relocating back to the US in a couple of years. She’s specifically looking at midrise and highrise buildings in Dallas with a view. Her idea of “view” could be a tree-lined street or a sweeping panorama.

She’s never lived in Texas, but has relatives and friends in the Metroplex and San Antonio. This isn’t her first foray into remote-control real estate, having purchased a rental home in San Antonio during the depth of the housing crash. That said, she’s not keen to settle in San Antonio as “… it seems like one big suburb. At least Dallas has art, music, a real international airport, and restaurants beyond Olive Garden.”

Ouch.

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