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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I got my ASP today!  I am now a certified ASP REALTOR®.  The ASP is an Accredited Staging Professional.Staging is NOT decorating!  Staging is de-personalizing.  Staging is getting a house ready to sell faster and for higher dollar.  A staged home makes all the difference in the world.For our fina...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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National Night Out was fun in my neighborhood.  There was a live band, a jump house, and some other air blown slide thing for the kids.  I definitely think we had enough people to keep you Crime Watch signs up for another year.  You have to have something like 40% of the neighborhood show up and ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Plano based EDS announced that they will be cutting anywhere from 3000-4000 jobs, globally, in the second half of the year.  IKES!!  Collin County is already seeing high foreclosure rates and this does not look good.  I imagine many of those people will have problems finding comparable jobs and t...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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This is ridiculous!!  Last year, there were 264 schools that were ranked as unacceptable and this year, that number jumped up to 321!  How does this happen?  What's funny (not really) is all the schools that cheated on their TAKS Tests (standardized tests) didn't help much as most of those are st...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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The Dallas County officaials are thinking about declaring a heat emergency. There are now 8 heat related deaths across the county as even the night time temperatures are staying above 80 degrees.The news keeps reflecting back to the summer of 1980 as the hottest summer with 69 days over 100 degre...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Like it's not enough that Texas is getting a bad rap about all the cheating on the standardized tests, but now the FBI has come to town to investigate DISD and their credit card use.  About a month ago, DISD found out that some of their employees were using the district credit cards for personal ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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This past year, many people griped and moaned about the new registration tags for our cars.  They're were much bigger than the previous years and they had this awful, cloudy, almost clear boarder with the Texas Flag in the middle...  It was huge and it obstructs some view out the front window.So,...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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It was announced yesterday that eHomeshowings.com has been bought by CSS, Centralized Showing Services.  It was inevitable.  EHS was never as big as CSS.  I used CSS when I was with a previous broker, so when I had to sign up with EHS, a much smaller company, I was disappointed.  I love being abl...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I truly believe there is a reason for everything... the latest event that happened to fuel this theory more is that I met my grandmother for the first time in almost 18 years and I have to thank real estate for that.If I wasn't in real estate, I would have had no reason to be at the title company...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I just wanted to remind everyone about National Night Out on August 1.  It's coming up pretty quick.  This is a great way to meet your neighbors and create new friendships.  I've only been in my neighborhood for about 10 months, so I'm definitely looking forward to meeting new people.I really wan...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Big Town Mall in Mesquite started demolision, but it was just a procedure as the mall has been dead for years.  Me? I say, "Where the heck is Big Town?  I've never heard of it!"  I've been here for 22 years and never heard of Big Town Mall.It was the first in the Southwest to be fully enclosed an...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Money Magazine did their usual rankings for this year and four Dallas areas made the top 100 list for the best places to live: Carrollton, Denton, Plano, and Richardson. Not to be biased, but i moved to Richardson 22 years ago and currently still reside here, so I could have told you Richardson w...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Verbal contracts are not held up in a Real Estate transaction.  Everything must be in writing.  All terms of everything must be discussed.  I love it when an out of town buyer tells me to just call up the listing agent and ask if such and such price is ok.  I'm like, we need more than just a pric...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I always thought DFW was in the top 10 of largest metropolotan areas, but I guess I was wrong.  People always think Ft Worth is larger than it really is, but it's actually a small fraction of the metroplex, whereas Dallas holds well over the majority of the population.  Granted, Ft Worth had the ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Can you believe the price of gas these days??  We just hit an all-time high of $3.015 across the country.  The high we beat was set in September of 2005 and it was at $3.0117.I've been asked many times if the price of gas is going to change my business and I keep saying no.  However, I did give a...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I can't wait for this weekend!  We have had 10 days in a row of triple digit temperatures.  We even hit 107 earlier this week, which was the highest recorded temperature in over 3 years!  This weekend, we will be dropping to 95 degrees!!  Can you believe it??  95 degrees, possibly 94 degrees!!Act...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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A new development is slated to start next month in Frisco, Crosswinds.  This will be 1000 acres of Residential and parks off Lebanon and west of the Tollway.  It looks as though the lot sizes might be a bit larger than what we're used to seeing these days.  The original plot was for 5100 houses a...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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With the latest statistics coming out, it looks as though the North Texas area has actually seen some apprciation instead of just being "flat" as most people would say it's been. Compared to the same period of 2005, the first half of 2006 showed 5% appreciation!  Granted, we still have around 44,...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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When I first got into real estate, I had just turned 24 and I looked about 18. It was no wonder people always asked my age and how long I was in the business. I always had to prove myself as to why they should use me as a newer agent...Now that I'm past the five year mark, and at the end of my si...

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