Plano is one of the safest cities in the U.S., national data shows rent prices are increasing, and Americans don’t know what to expect when it comes to closing costs, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Plano is one of the safest cities in the U.S., national data shows rent prices are increasing, and Americans don’t know what to expect when it comes to closing costs, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Plano Named One Of America’s Safest Cities

In this climate of school shootings and anthrax-laced greeting cards, it’s a high honor to be the No. 3 safest city in America. That’s just what Plano was deemed by personal-finance website WalletHub’s 2019 report.

“To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 41 key metrics,” said Diana Polk, a spokeswoman for WalletHub. “The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to road quality.”

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Compass Real Estate announced Wednesday that Chad Schulin, a top-producing agent in Plano, is now affiliated with the technology-driven brokerage.  He will be based out of the firm’s soon-to-be-opened Plano-Frisco office. But leaving Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s was not a decision he made lightly.

“I very much enjoyed my time at Briggs,” Schulin said. “It was a tough decision, but I just felt that for me and my business growth plan, this decision made the most sense.”

While a large percentage of Schulin’s business lies in the corridor between Dallas and Prosper, he also has clients in Westlake and other points west. One of the motivating factors for him was the number of agents he will be able to collaborate with at Compass. The Plano office will be the firm’s fifth local location, joining its Dallas headquarters, Fort Worth, Lakewood and Southlake outposts.

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Two years ago, Colleen Aldstadt joined Ebby Halliday Realtors after a long career in land development. She quickly learned that while many concepts are the same, it’s a whole different world in a lot of ways.  In development, she could count on a captive audience of builders and real estate agents. Being an agent requires another level of lead generation and networking.

“There’s a lot of competition to try and stay in front of everyone, and that’s not easy to do when you don’t have a captive audience,” she said. “You’ve got to be strategic and put yourself in the right place at the right time.”

She credits sales manager Kay Wright for helping her grow a now-thriving business. Aldstadt is based in Ebby’s Plano office and she has a strong presence in the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen hub, as well as Flower Mound, Argyle, Northlake, and surrounding areas.

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There’s nothing spooky about six bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms in a massive Plano abode in the Frisco school district.

There’s nothing spooky about six bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms in a massive Plano abode in the Frisco school district.

So what’s this got to do with Halloween?

Well, it’s tricky – and this home offers plenty of treats.

Let’s explore of a few of them, shall we?

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Plano has plenty of superlatives like the safest city, the best place to live, and best place to buy a home in America, but the Collin County city has another interesting superlative — #2 hardest-working city in America according to Kempler Industries. Actually, six of the country’s 10 hardest-working cities are in North Texas, including Dallas #3, Grand Prairie #4, Garland #6, Irving #8, and Arlington #9. If you work hard, forget about playing hard… You want to rest and relax hard. Here are three beautiful Plano houses that make relaxing after a long workday easy to do.

 

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This 3,427-square-foot four-bedroom at 5325 Seascape Lane in west Plano is a rare one-story that’s sprawling ranch in style, but contemporary in feel. Shannon Wiser of Ebby Halliday – Preston Plano Parkway has the Willow Bend listing for $645,000, a $55,000 price improvement from when it was first listed in late July, and that’s notable because the median listing price in toney Willow Bend is $875,000.

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PlanoPlano and Arlington are at the top of a list of best places to drive, pending home sales fell in July, and Realogy announced that its agents lead a top LGBT+ agent list. We have all this in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Plano, Arlington Rank in the Top 25 for Best Places to Drive

You have to wait until No. 13 to find a North Texas city on WalletHub’s Best and Worst Places to Drive, but once you get there, it’s Plano that leads the DFW pack. Arlington comes in at 25th, according to the study, which looked at the 100 most populated U.S. cities. (more…)

far west Plano

You won’t normally find a lot of bargains in toney far west Plano, but this 4,561-square-foot home at 6601 Terrace Mill Lane in the Kings Ridge neighborhood has come down $123,000 to $680,000 since it was first listed.

With five bedrooms and four and half-baths in this two-story home, this large corner-lot home could be a perfect executive home for those commuting to the “Five Billion Mile” in Plano/Frisco. Take a look for yourself this Saturday, Sept. 7 or Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m at an open house hosted by listing agent Brian A. James of Rogers Healy and Associates. (more…)