Safer Water North TexasIs our water safe? That’s the question concerned residents are still asking three weeks after activist Erin Brockovich called B.S. (literally using the hashtag #StopTheBullshit) on Plano and the regional water district’s claims that the water was fine, despite its pungent chlorine smell. Now those residents are especially fired up after Brockovich revealed Thursday night at a citizen town hall that the North Texas Municipal Water District was issued a violation by the state of Texas for failing to perform some tests for volatile organic compounds last year. [UPDATE 10:35 p.m. Friday] Though it initially released a statement acknowledging the violation, the water district rescinded its update on late Friday night, explaining the violation was a miscommunication because the plant in question was closed. 

A sold-out crowd of nearly 600 Collin County residents — just a fraction of the nearly 13,000 who’ve joined a Facebook group called Safer Water North Texas— packed into the Frisco Celebration Hall to hear Brockovich and water quality expert Bob Bowcock speak. Safer Water North Texas organized this event in a matter of days, after assembling themselves to speak up about water quality at local city council meetings and demand answers why their water doesn’t seem right. Brockovich and Bowcock flew to North Texas on their own dime after thousands of residents contacted the famed water safety advocate for help guiding their own activist efforts, much like the famed water quality advocate did in the eponymous 2000 movie by Steven Soderbergh.

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A thousand years ago, I was the founding editor of a weekly newspaper called Plano Insider, which covered features, society events, youth sports and an “around town” calendar of events. Of course, the best part was the “What We’re Drinking” column I wrote weekly, in which I visited Plano bars and restaurants sampling their signature or most unique cocktail. Now I’m brand new to CandysDirt.com so I won’t push my luck pitching that, but I will “get a little Plano in here” to bring you what’s going on outside the loop, starting with a fun Crayola ticket giveaway and this weekend roundup of stuff to do in Plano and Collin County. 

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If you’ve always loved the underground house at 2001 N. Buckner Blvd., you may soon have the chance to build your very own. A developer based in India has proposed a cluster of earth-sheltered homes just like this earth-friendly East Dallas landmark. A prerequisite of ownership, however, is a lawnmower. At least that’s our bet. 

According to an NBC (Channel 5) report, the developer, Total Environment, wants to build 122 houses on 23 acres, with the other half of the 55-acre development remaining mostly wild, with hike and bike trails for residents. The homes will be priced in line with Dallas’ first underground house, which was marketed back in 2014 for $870,000. Each home in the Frisco development will run around $900,000.

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From Staff Reports

As of the first week of December, the Frisco office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has moved into the Hall Park Office Building at 3211 Internet Blvd., Suite 150, in Frisco, Texas. Opened in 1998, the Frisco office was formerly located at 7410 Preston Rd., Suite 115, in Frisco, Texas.

“Since 1998, the Frisco office has provided customers the broad range of services today’s homebuyers and sellers have come to expect from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,” says Frank Obringer, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dallas/Fort Worth. “We are excited to continue to offer these services in our new location in the Hall Park Office Building.”

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The Cheney Group — helmed by Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney — just joined Robert Elliott’s firm, The Associates. Aimee Schreiner and Lauri Ann Hanson are hanging their sign with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Tis the season for new brokerages! This fall has been an active migration season for agents across the region, with many finding new homes with high-end labels both new and old. This week we see some major steam gathering up north, with two one big move in Frisco. Mostly known in Dallas for its personalized service, Robert Elliott’s brokerage — The Associates — just gained Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney’s eponymous group. And two-gal powerhouse team Dwell Partners Realty is forging a new direction with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. 

Not only that, but Robert Elliott has opened up an office inside the $1.5 billion, 200,000-plus-square-foot development dubbed The Star

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Take-away: Opendoor is a tech company with artificial intelligence hard at work behind the scenes, so they are learning in real time from every bit of data input, every listing, every sale

A presentation by Dallas Opendoor was one of the most anticipated presentations at last weeks’ annual RAC (Relocation Appraisers & Consultants) industry conference at the Westin Stonebriar. The RAC is a group of active appraisers, recognized professionals in evaluating complex residential properties for relocation, litigation support, testimony and reviews. Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel Inc. is current president. They are the folks who banks and individuals rely on before they mortgage a property or move across the country. They are the go-to’s for lawyers disproving an ex-husband’s claim they are penniless (when they own tens of millions in real estate). Founded in 1990, RAC members are the go-to people for complex real estate appraisals in the US and even abroad.

First, it was an introduction and explanation of Opendoor:  Opendoor (OD) buys real estate in the $125,000 to $500,000 price range in a few select markets quickly, rapidly: pack your bags and go. The company uses technology to flip homes and streamline the agent’s role. In fact, Opendoor employs salaried listing agents to market its properties, and forks over a 3 percent commission to buyer’s agents who come through the MLS should they bring a buyer. The company has garnered roughly $320 million in equity from investors, including its biggest shareholder, venture capital giant Khosla Ventures.  The company has raised $575 million in debt. Their ads are all over the Metroplex, aimed at consumers. (more…)

Rents have been on the rise in Dallas, with the median one-bedroom apartment in Dallas proper renting for $890 a month. Throughout the Dallas area, some suburbs still offer lower prices compared to Dallas, while others are considerably more expensive.

To give renters an idea of how far their rent check will go, we’re highlighting properties at the Dallas median price in Dallas proper, as well as in 10 surrounding cities. From one-bedrooms in Frisco and Carrollton to two-bedrooms in Fort Worth and Garland, there are plenty of great rentals in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro for around $890 a month.

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Find Your Perfect Frisco Home with Ebby | CandysDirt.com

The Starwood custom home at 5608 Monterey Dr. is an example of the kind of incredible properties Ebby Halliday can help buyers find in Frisco.

One of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Frisco is an upscale DFW suburb with about 161,000 people, growing by over 127,000 people since 2000. Why are people flocking here? In a word: opportunity. 

Frisco is known for highly rated and very desired schools, great family parks, and destination dining, retail, sports, and entertainment options. As the Frisco Economic Development Corporation says, the city is also a magnet for a skilled workforce who are contributing to Frisco’s rapid annual residential growth-rate of more than five percent. 

Ebby Halliday Realtor Jane Yeatman of the Yeatman Team says location and schools are a huge draw for families. 

“Strategically, the Dallas North Tollway intersects Frisco and the southern border is 121, so if you’re commuting, you’re on a highway fast,” Yeatman said. “There’s also a different school concept in Frisco ISD — we’ve got nine high schools compared to a similarly sized city with three — and in a recent report, quite a few schools in the district were on a ‘best in Texas’ list.” 

She also mentions the strong business culture of the city and increasing (and impressive!) changes. The $5-billion mile, for example, includes four mixed-use developments and more than $5 billion in capital investment. One famous development in it is the Cowboys world headquarters at the The Star.

Ebby Halliday has Realtors like Yeatman on the ground every day in the city and they’ve got the temperature on the market. These experts know neighborhoods and can help homebuyers find their perfect Frisco home. Let’s take a look at three houses that show off the best of the city.

 

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