WylieWe don’t get out to Wylie enough, so when Erin Burkart with Keller Williams Central reached out to us during our Pitch Me Please round last week on our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt, we were super pumped when she shared the price — because it was perfect for this week’s Thursday Three Hundred.

And, by the way, did we mention today is another Pitch Me Please day, so if you’re a Realtor, you should be checking it out? And if you’re a seller, you should be firing off an email right now that says, “GO PITCH MY HOUSE TO CANDYSDIRT.COM’S FACEBOOK GROUP.”

But we digress.

This house, located at 2745 Vinson Road, packs in quite a bit of bang for the buck. How much bang? Try an updated 3/2 Traditional Ranch that makes for a great modern farmhouse, plus more than three acres of tree-lined land with a three stall horse barn with electricity and a large storage shed — for $375,000. (more…)

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Sure, when you build a new home, you’re picking out all the hardware and flooring and paint, but sometimes it takes a year or so to get it just right. If you want a new home and don’t want to deal with the seemingly endless list of here-and-there projects that it takes to make a property truly livable, then you’ll love this new Allen listing from Ebby Halliday Realtor Cathy Browne.

“This home, built in 2013, offers buyers a nearly ‘new’ home with all the plantation shutters already in, landscaping in, and the energy-efficiency features by today’s standards,” Browne said.

And the price? Well, it’s just right.

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Texas Unemployment and Housing over Time

Well, well, well … looks like Texas is more attractive than ever, thanks to it healthy employment rate and housing market. The Motley Fool notes that not only did Texas recover from the recession faster than most states, but it’s thriving at a more substantial clip than other metro areas. It beat Washington, North Carolina, and Colorado.

Buoyed by the oil and gas industry, Texas sailed a relatively smooth course through the financial crisis. A 2009 study by BusinessWeek put five Texas cities in the top 10 cities least effected by the recession in all of the U.S.

Today, the oil and gas industry is having some issues, but Texas remains a solid market in which to own a house. Home prices have proven strong through multiple economic cycles, and the Texas employment market remains strong.

Further, Austin, Texas, was ranked as the top local economy to raise a family in a study that considered the town’s growth, economic stability, and housing market.

But what areas in Texas are the best spots to buy? Believe it or not, it’s Collin County. Jump for more.

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5935 Deseret Front

More proof that there are some really cool houses up north that are far from your standard, brick-and-stone-clad builder’s special. This 1970s contemporary in West Plano is a wonderful example of how you can find a fabulous, updated home with tons of great details up in Collin County.

Located inside Bent Trail, this lovely home not only has great curb appeal and perfect landscaping, but inside is a transitional transformation that is just perfect for a modern family.

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Sometimes homes have little, niggling things that bother you. Perhaps it’s a 1950s post-war with a laundry area in the kitchen. Maybe it’s an ugly color combination of backsplash and countertops in a bathroom. Or perhaps it’s a master suite with no bathtub. Rarely do I come by a home that is priced less than a million bucks that I wouldn’t change at all. This listing in Allen‘s Twin Creeks subdivision fits that bill.

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Yes, it’s in the suburbs, just north in Collin County, but this beautiful home has some serious appeal for those who want great schools, fantastic shopping, and tons of amenities. It’s another fabulous Allen listing from Cathy Browne, and you won’t believe what is inside those amazing iron doors.

Clad in brick and cast stone, this traditional has subtle Mediterranean features and lush gardens that will captivate. It’s inside one of Allen‘s most exclusive neighborhoods, The Reserve at Starcreek. The lot is just immense at .42 acres, and it’s on a cul-de-sac, so your family will feel safe playing in the front yard, meeting your neighbors.

Jump to see the incredible interiors!

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Photo courtesy Craig Ranch

Developer David Craig was in the right place at the right time when he bought the first tracts of land for Craig Ranch 15 years ago, north of State Highway 121 in McKinney.

With northward expansion of the population and careful planning by Craig for the mixed-use development, the 2,200-acre planned community has been hugely successful, with 2,359 houses, more than 1,000 apartment homes, retail, and commercial space. It is one of the largest developments in Collin County and more than 9,000 people call Craig Ranch home; in January, it enters the final phases of residential build-out.

For Craig, that means plans to build a final 1,434 houses and more than 3,000 apartment homes over the next 28 months. Builders will be Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Landon Homes, and Megatel, with houses ranging in price from $300,000 to more than $600,000. Craig’s partner in the development is VanTrust Real Estate.

“This final phase of residential construction in Craig Ranch is timed perfectly with the strong housing demand in the area,” David Craig, founder and developer of Craig Ranch, told GlobeSt.com. “We expect to have 20,000 residents when this next generation of homes is complete in about five years.” Jump to read more!

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408 Byrne Front

Historic homes have many charming quirks that make them popular with people who are prepared to put up with the headaches they sometimes provide. To say that building codes have come a long way since the turn of the century, which was when many homes in McKinney’s historic neighborhoods were built, is a vast understatement. Still, when building a home in an area with character such as the T. T. Bradley subdivision, attention to detail inside and out is key.

That’s why this cute farmhouse at 408 Byrne fits the area like a glove!

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