1214 Tucker Front

I know we toss around the words “adorable,” “cute,” and “sweet” around a lot here, but this is one of those homes where you look up the definition of any of these words and it’s sitting there as the perfect visual example. So perfect, right down to the breakfast nook and farm sink.

And, it’s located in one of the cutest neighborhoods in all of Dallas/Fort Worth: McKinney’s downtown historic district. \ (more…)

We’re hearing so much about inventory being super short and homes moving faster than the speed of light, I just want to tell the real estate market this sometimes:

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So I am almost certain that this home will get snatched up in the blink of an eye. It’s a fantastic family home that has everything you need to settle into life in the ‘burbs. Are you listening?

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OK. Now, from the outside, it looks like your typical suburban home in Collin County. Two stories, brick facade, tree in the front yard with a small lawn. And yeah, I guess it is your typical Allen home. You’ve got four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a two-car garage, and more than 2,500 square feet to move around. Lots of windows, hardwood floors, and Brookside is a fabulous neighborhood.

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Seems simple enough, right? It’s a little predictable, sure, but that’s the beauty of this home. You know? It’s comfortable and still cute, like a brand new pair of UGGs. Put them on and pad around the house a bit and you’ll feel like this:

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And you know what? This home is such an incredible value for its size. Listed by Vivo Realty Group’s David Maez, 1202 Heather Brook is priced at $229,000.

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I know, right? That’s $91 per square foot for a home with excellent schools and a large, fenced in backyard.

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It’s a super comfortable family home, a place where you can loosen your tie and relax at the end of the day. It has plenty of space for you to decompress, as well as a home office just off the entry. It has a lovely gas fireplace, too, which is wonderful for the kind of winter we just can’t seem to shake here in North Texas. The living room is open to the dining area, which leads to the kitchen. Built in 1999, this home has the original cabinetry and has tons of light. There are Corian solid surface countertops, too, a refreshing break from your bland builder-grade granite.

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The master bedroom is upstairs, and it’s a good size at 17 x 14. It gets plenty of light thanks to the oversized windows, and is large enough to accommodate oversized furniture, too. The five-piece master bath is sizable, but a little bland. It has a large dual vanity with tons of storage. Sure, it has white on white tile and oak cabinets, but you won’t really care because you can light a candle, dim the lights, put in some bubbles and pour a glass of bubbly and everything looks juuuuuuuust fine.

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With a nice covered porch and a spacious backyard, this is the kind of area you can just set the kids loose in when you need a break. Two large trees add plenty of shade, too, which is great for keeping your energy bills manageable.

Overall, this is a fantastic home that just hit the market last week and will move fast!

1202 Heather brook Backyard

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Cathy Browne is probably one of the most attentive, easy-to-talk-to Realtors you will ever meet. Of course, that’s because she feels communication, no matter what the deal or location, is super important. It’s no surprise then, to find that Browne, who once was a flight attendant for Delta, is one of the highest-performing Ebby Halliday Realtors in her Preston Plano Parkway office.

A top-notch marketer and an agent who knows how to find the best deals for her clients, Browne has a lot to be happy about, especially her numbers for 2013. We hope Browne has an equally amazing 2014, too! Find out more about this incredible Ebby Halliday agent who knows Allen and Collin County like no one else after the jump!

 

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?

Cathy Browne: I grew up in Auburn, Ala. (War Eagle!) I moved to Dallas from Atlanta, where I was a flight attendant for Delta and traveled both domestically and internationally.

CD: How did you get into real estate?

Browne: Delta closed their base in D/FW Airport, and my mother (a broker in Hilton Head, S.C.) suggested I try real estate. There are a lot of similarities in that you are meeting and talking with different clients, builders, VIPs, and other agents all the time — good communication is the key. I loved it right away!

CD: You specialize in luxury sales in Allen and Collin County. Tell us: what are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

Browne: Right now, the biggest challenge is finding inventory. I sold every listing I had in December, and am putting new listings on now. We have clients who can’t find a home, so some clients are choosing to build.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Browne: I live in West Allen. We really love the area–the schools, the homes, our neighbors, and the small town atmosphere. It’s also very convenient to get to Plano, Dallas or wherever we need to go.

CD: And you drive a….let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

Browne: I love my Lexus RX350. I usually have kids, dogs, signs, etc., in the car with me! There’s a joke about our parking lot at Ebby looking like a Lexus dealership!

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Browne: $800,000, a gorgeous, designer’s home on 3 acres.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

Browne: There was one that turned into a triple deal! After one of my sellers got a contract on their home, they went to dinner with friends and jokingly asked “Does anyone want to sell us their home?” and another couple raised their hand and said “We do!” We worked out a deal for them to buy their friend’s home, and then I had to go find that family another home in Allen quick. It was crazy!

CD: How quickly have you turned a house?

Browne: I have sold several to the first buyers who viewed them, and some before they went on MLS.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Browne: I am always highly ranked in my Ebby Halliday office, and expect that 2014 will be another great year for me. Last year started out slow, but ended with a bang! I was named the #1 Top Individual for December!

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

Browne: I ask them to come up with their “wish list,” tell them not to worry or stress out, and that I will be there with them through the whole process–all the way to closing. And even afterwards to provide vendor contacts and support!

ICD: f you ever change careers for an encore, you’ll …

Browne: I might become a writer and write a book! It will be called “So You Want to be a Realtor?” and I’ll put all the crazy stories and experiences I’ve had in there! When different things happen, my agent friend and I always look at each other and say “That is one for the book!”

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Browne: We own an ocean-view timeshare in Ko Olina, Hawaii, and we love going there as a family every year. It always reminds me of my wonderful Delta layover days!

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Cathy Browne is probably one of the most attentive, easy-to-talk-to Realtors you will ever meet. Of course, that’s because she feels communication, no matter what the deal or location, is super important. It’s no surprise then, to find that Browne, who once was a flight attendant for Delta, is one of the highest-performing Ebby Halliday Realtors in her Preston Plano Parkway office.

A top-notch marketer and an agent who knows how to find the best deals for her clients, Browne has a lot to be happy about, especially her numbers for 2013. We hope Browne has an equally amazing 2014, too! Find out more about this incredible Ebby Halliday agent who knows Allen and Collin County like no one else after the jump!

 

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?

Cathy Browne: I grew up in Auburn, Ala. (War Eagle!) I moved to Dallas from Atlanta, where I was a flight attendant for Delta and traveled both domestically and internationally.

CD: How did you get into real estate?

Browne: Delta closed their base in D/FW Airport, and my mother (a broker in Hilton Head, S.C.) suggested I try real estate. There are a lot of similarities in that you are meeting and talking with different clients, builders, VIPs, and other agents all the time — good communication is the key. I loved it right away!

CD: You specialize in luxury sales in Allen and Collin County. Tell us: what are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

Browne: Right now, the biggest challenge is finding inventory. I sold every listing I had in December, and am putting new listings on now. We have clients who can’t find a home, so some clients are choosing to build.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Browne: I live in West Allen. We really love the area–the schools, the homes, our neighbors, and the small town atmosphere. It’s also very convenient to get to Plano, Dallas or wherever we need to go.

CD: And you drive a….let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

Browne: I love my Lexus RX350. I usually have kids, dogs, signs, etc., in the car with me! There’s a joke about our parking lot at Ebby looking like a Lexus dealership!

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Browne: $800,000, a gorgeous, designer’s home on 3 acres.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

Browne: There was one that turned into a triple deal! After one of my sellers got a contract on their home, they went to dinner with friends and jokingly asked “Does anyone want to sell us their home?” and another couple raised their hand and said “We do!” We worked out a deal for them to buy their friend’s home, and then I had to go find that family another home in Allen quick. It was crazy!

CD: How quickly have you turned a house?

Browne: I have sold several to the first buyers who viewed them, and some before they went on MLS.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Browne: I am always highly ranked in my Ebby Halliday office, and expect that 2014 will be another great year for me. Last year started out slow, but ended with a bang! I was named the #1 Top Individual for December!

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

Browne: I ask them to come up with their “wish list,” tell them not to worry or stress out, and that I will be there with them through the whole process–all the way to closing. And even afterwards to provide vendor contacts and support!

ICD: f you ever change careers for an encore, you’ll …

Browne: I might become a writer and write a book! It will be called “So You Want to be a Realtor?” and I’ll put all the crazy stories and experiences I’ve had in there! When different things happen, my agent friend and I always look at each other and say “That is one for the book!”

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Browne: We own an ocean-view timeshare in Ko Olina, Hawaii, and we love going there as a family every year. It always reminds me of my wonderful Delta layover days!

9812 Saint Annes Front

There’s a subtle line with traditional decor that you don’t want to cross. Often what starts out as a great traditional formal living room sometimes veers into the over-done swag curtain abyss. Luckily, this gorgeous West Plano home inside Ridgeview Ranch Estates is on the tasteful side of traditional.

Things you’ll love about this home right off the bat: The two-sided fireplace that adds warmth and ambiance to both the den and formal living rooms; the open formal dining room that blends seamlessly with the formal living room; the lovely golf course views.

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Listed by Vivo Real Estate’s Bernice Maez for $289,900, this West Plano home is in perfect shape for a family to move right in and start living. It has four bedrooms, three baths, and 2,700 square feet. There’s a two-plus car garage, perfect for parking both family vehicles and even a golf cart, too, should you want to take advantage of the links in this fantastic community.

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Another great feature of Ridgeview Ranch is that it feeds into top-scoring Frisco ISD schools. And considering that there is plenty of space in this home, you’ll have tons of room for your teenagers to be close, but not too close. The kitchen is a great hangout place for doing homework, thanks to the great breakfast area and open layout. With custom backsplash, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances, it’s an eyeful, too.

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The master suite is well-appointed, but I’m not in love with the carpet (full disclosure: I am rarely ever in love with carpet). Still, the tray ceiling makes it feel elegant. The color on the walls is a bit overpowering. It’d look fantastic in a neutral gray or greenish beige with a bright white paint on the ceiling and maybe a graphic rug beneath the bed to add symmetry.

9812 Saint Annes Master Bath

The master bath is huge, but thanks to the wallpaper, it feels a bit dated. Don’t let that discourage you, though, as these spacious vanities, separate garden tub and shower, as well as walk-in closets, should be enough to persuade you to buy and do a tiny bit of work remodeling. Trust me, it’ll be worth it!

 

9812 Saint Annes Backyard 9812 Saint Annes Golf CourseOutside you’ve got that fantastic view of the course, which is absolutely verdant come spring. You’ve also got room for a lovely garden, and a rear patio that is fantastic for grilling with friends.

 

Downtown McKinney Texas

There’s a lot to love about McKinney, the North Texas town that brands itself as “unique by nature.” Looks like more people are finding the unique and natural in McKinney, as the little suburb that could ranked No. 2 in Realtor.com’s report of the most-searched Zip Codes in the nation for 2013.

McKinney was beat out only by the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago, and placed ahead of the Wellington area of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Old Town in Chicago, Illinois
2. McKinney in Dallas, Texas
3. Wellington in West Palm Beach, Florida
4. Pembrook Pines in Hollywood, Florida
5. Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina

Last year’s most popular Zip Code in North Texas was Keller, but McKinney is this year’s winner for several reasons. Here’s what Candy has to say about McKinney, quoted in Realtor.com’s post:

McKinney IS fabulous, one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities because it offers a quieter, small-town style of living, yet is only 30 miles north of downtown Dallas. But that proximity really doesn’t matter because there are jobs all over Dallas and Collin Counties, spread out in “depots,” like the Telecom Corridor in Plano, Frisco, Richardson and Arlington. McKinney boasts charm, safety and great schools. Taxes are low, too, but keep in mind property taxes in Texas are high because we have no state income tax. You can choose from historic homes with quaint front porches, Victorians or brand new, “Big Hair” McMansions with master spa baths and media rooms for less than $500,000.

I think McKinney is a place to watch carefully in the future, too, for incredible growth and appreciation. Let’s look at the airport. In fact, it’s changing its name from the Collin County Regional Airport to the McKinney National Airport. It has a new, one-year-old 70,000-foot runway set to service private jets. This is important because Dallas Love Field, the city’s oldest airport, will be free from the restraints of the Wright Amendment in October of 2014. The Wright Amendment restricted air traffic at Love Field to bordering states to help grow Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport back in the 1970s. McKinney could benefit from Love Field’s expansion, with many private and corporate jets landing there. That is going to accelerate the real estate market like crazy. I know of some other changes coming to McKinney that will make it even hotter – stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for all of it!

Of course, there are some amazing neighborhoods and new developments inside McKinney, such as Craig Ranch. What do you love about McKinney?

Quinlan Front

We love Darling Homes! Such a great custom builder with wonderful details and quality. If building your own custom home seems daunting, then you should definitely snatch this great house in Allen’s Twin Creeks subdivision that has some fabulous upgrades.

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With four bedrooms, three full and two half baths, and more than 3,500 square feet, this home is perfect for a big family that needs room to spread out. And the interiors, well, they’re just what you’d expect in a Darling-built home — luxury, class, and functionality. Throw in the huge corner lot and it’s just a great value at $419,000.

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There are tons of built-ins throughout 1212 Quinlan Avenue, and the media room is ready and wired for your favorite movies. Of course, the master suite is so well-appointed that you’d have to drive a hard bargain to get me to leave it, that’s for sure!

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The backyard, well, with it’s pagoda and amazing pool and spa, it’s a private oasis. Seriously, I love this backyard! And let me say a word about the photos of this place. I love the fact that the front features clouds rolling in, and the interiors have sunlight filtering in through the windows. Just gorgeous, right? I guess it shows that you can have great real estate photography in less-than-ideal conditions, too. What do you think?

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Jenkins Front

Yes, we do love Plano! It’s the original upscale suburb to Dallas, and it is full of gorgeous homes in pretty much every price range. It’s both affordable with great amenities, but you’ll also get a great bang for your buck considering the excellent schools. And it’s not too far from downtown Dallas if you’re the type who doesn’t mind a commute.

Jenkins Living

If you’re mentally ticking off boxes, then you should definitely consider this lovely home in Deerfield East. Marketed by Christine Shannon at Vivo Realty for $392,500, at 4537 Jenkins Drive you get five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a lovely pool in the backyard, complete with a spa! Sounds like the perfect place to take a dip after a stressful day at work or school, no?

Jenkins Fireplace

What I really love about this home is the huge corner lot, a sought-after feature in Plano. Also, there’s a great mother-in-law suite downstairs and a fabulous master bedroom upstairs complete with tray ceiling and crown moulding.

Jenkins Office

The kitchen is great, and only needs a few updates to be ready for an active home chef. I love how it opens to the family room, too, and with the butler’s pantry, you’ll have plenty of storage space. New counters and appliances are really all it needs to make it totally sleek.

Jenkins Kitchen

Of course, this home was meant for a large family, because there’s nothing skimpy about it! With more than 3,900 square feet, you will have tons of room for you and your family to spread out. And if you work from home, there’s a fabulous office with coffered ceilings that will satisfy anyone. A gameroom upstairs is the perfect place to sequester toys and video games, too.

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The master suite features a huge five-piece bath with a steam shower, too. Of course, the first thing you’ll want to do is rip up that carpet (I have a thing about carpet in bathrooms and kitchens!!!) but otherwise it is just fantastic and such a great size for a retreat!

Jenkins Backyard

Hurry and snap this great home up!