Are you moving to Dallas from out of state? Here are 7 things no one tells you about Texas according to Jenny Harrison. (file photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Jenny Harrison
Special Contributor

Pop culture stereotypes have ruined the image of Texas — the brave and beloved Lone Star State. For those who haven’t been there or haven’t met someone from Texas, it is the state of short-tempered rednecks, wild cowboys, and dumb blondes. The reality, however, is different and shockingly more interesting.

Texas is the second largest economy in the US, worth around $1.6 trillion, and that’s probably the reason you are moving to Dallas or San Antonio. With a 13 percent increase in employment over the last year, it is among the top five states to offer lucrative job opportunities. The cost of living is slightly lower than the national average and that makes it a great place to save money and raise a family.

These are the things you rarely hear about Texas. So today, we will talk about things that no one tells you about Texas when you are stuck on whether you should or shouldn’t move to Texas.

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When you’re relocating for a job, the search for a home can be rife with uncertainty. 

Are the schools good? Is there a grocery store nearby? Are there other school-aged children in the neighborhood? Is it safe?

Well, if you’re not one for shopping or guesswork, this Frisco home is an easy buy. Built in 2005 inside the popular Stonelake Estates, you get a solid house with plenty of room and on a great street.

“This home is a relocating family’s dream,” says listing agent Kathryn Roan with KW Urban Dallas. “When you first move to a new place, it can be so hard to get your bearings. Frisco is a very family-centric community that welcomes newcomers.”

And it makes it very hard to leave.

“We are sad to leave this wonderful community as we have amazing memories here but our children have all gone off to college,” says seller Donna Nimmo. “This home was amazing to raise young children in thanks to the close proximity to the schools and all of the activities.”

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Erica Tuscano - Suburban Jungle Realty

Suburban Jungle Realty Dallas Head Strategist Erica Tuscano (Courtesy Photo)

Urban living can take a toll once kids come into the mix. Apartments get more cramped, minor inconveniences suddenly turn into major ones, and personal space comes at a premium. That’s where Suburban Jungle Realty comes in.

Founded in New York almost a decade ago, Suburban Jungle’s specialty lies in relocating families from urban environments to suburbia. But they’re not a relocation service. Not exactly. When a family feels ready to leave city life for the suburbs, Suburban Jungle, through a detailed client questionnaire, learns exactly what makes them tick, and then advises them on the neighborhoods that best fit their needs.

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Moving is stressful. Cross-country moves can quickly turn up the stress meter up to an 11. Realtor Jana Kading knows this firsthand. Kading shares some practical advice for planning your long-distance move – and for dialing down that stress meter way, way down.

A good, trusting relationship with your Realtor will make all the difference in a time of upheaval. Don’t have friends, family, or co-workers in the area who can give you a referral for a great Realtor? Your employer doesn’t have a relocation person, department or program? Never fear. Kading offers some great ways to find a real estate agent you’ll love.

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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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