Wylie, TX Real Estate News

By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Shoemaker & Hardt Coffee House and Country Store is located in Historic Downtown Wylie,Texas. The building was put up in 1899 as a general mercantile with a funeral parlor in the back and dirt streets in the front!  It has been many things since the turn of the century, but nothing as interesting as it is now. People come from all over to enjoy a great cup of coffee and a look around. From antiques, old books and marbles to Texas gifts and jewelry, you will find things that are interesting, unusual and some people say just plain weird.  This is a great place to Christmas shop for the hard to find gift! Spiral Santa Hats $3.95 Be sure and check out the sales in the very back of the store by the restrooms, I have found many a deal there! Shoemaker & Hardt105 N Ballard AveHistoric Downtown...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
  First Baptist Church of Wylie presents "Wrapping It Up" First Baptist Wylie would like to invite you to WRAPPING IT UP, where they will be providing gift wrapping to everyone. This will be a great way for you to WRAP UP your Christmas shopping, get those presents under the tree, and enjoy a refreshing drink, a tasty snack and some Christmas tunes while you wait. So often people think the CHURCH wants something from them. FBW simply wants to bless you through this small service and show you Christ's love in a practical way. Stop by! You have nothing to lose!!!  Located on 544 at the Woodbridge Crossing Shopping Center between Mooyah and Woodbridge Dental  Nov. 23 thru Dec. 22 (Mon-Sat 11am-8pm -- Sunday 2pm-8pm)     This is a really great service this church is offering. What a way to...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
The Nutcracker Performance Near Wylie, Texas Thel beloved holiday masterpiece, "The Nutcracker" at the Charles W. Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Hall, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082.    Tickets are available on-line at http://www.eisemanncenter.com  or by calling the Eisemann Center Box Office at 972-744-4650 Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Returning as the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy will be guest artist Pollyanna Ribeiro and as her Cavalier, Robert Moore, both formerly of the Boston Ballet.  Tuzer Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is the longest running Nutcracker in the Dallas metroplex and has received praise for its purity and spirit.  Margaret Putnam, dance writer for the Dallas Morning News summarized "The Nutcracker" as "a lavish, daring production" and ...
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By Bob Baesmann, DFW Team Realty | 972-978-8800
( DFW Team Realty)
Wylie Texas Real Estate Sales were up 9% in October 2012 over the same month last year with 63 homes selling this month! For the year to date, overall home sales were at 784 homes sold, with a 20% change from last year. New Wylie Texas Real Estate listings experienced a 10% change for the same period last year with 89 homes listed this month. For the year to date, overall home listings underwent a -8% change with 1044 homes listed this year. Listings pending sales this month underwent a 21% change, with 70 homes contracted. Listings under contract for the year to date experienced a 25% change, with 819 homes under contract for this month. Click here for the full report. Wylie Texas Real Estate Reports Register online for monthly updates on your city and neighborhood, automatically email...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Sorry, that house has an offer! Boy are we in a sellers market! Everything I have been showing my clients is UNDER CONTRACT! These are homes that have been on the market for only a few days. I have my buyers on a drip and if they don't call me the 1st day it comes on the market to go see it, THEY GONE!Famous words of Jase Robertson on Duck Dynasty!  The buyers are now catching on and it took awhile for them to believe that the market has changed. With an extreme shortage of homes on the market in Collin County, homebuyers have been swarming homes for sale , driving up prices and pretty much leaving any dream of scoring a "deal" in the dust! Inman.com says: "Nearly every major market (in the country) has seen double-digit declines in inventories of for-sale listings, making multiple-bid ...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
 As this year approaches an end, the Texas Legislature has new laws coming into effect concerning the Texas Property Code and smoke alarm changes. I will be writing about the changes soon! A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your rental home that can alert the tenant to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether they are awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. When you have a rental home you have to follow the property code for smoke alarms.  ...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
We are committed to our property management niche.... Residential Property Management is a niche, one that offers a loyal clientele! It is a commitment, long term. We have some investors who have been with us for a 6 years! You have to have ALOT of patience and be willing to work with all sides of a transaction fairly. You also have to be available 24/7 especially at the 1st of each month. After managing properties for 7 years this is our top 10 things we have learned:  1. Knowing the loans out there available for investors and rental rates. 2. Learning the metroplex areas to help clientele learn what is a likely profitable area for rentals. 3. Knowing the state laws, local courthouse procedures and being able to handle tenant disputes. 4. Knowing the "Lease" Yes, we actually read our ...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
New Construction Megatel Homes in Wylie TX   Each Megatel Home is built with numerous upgrades and features, which are included in the standard package such as Granite wet areas, Stainless Steel Appliances,Tiled Showers and more. You are not nickeled and dimed by this builder!  Please visit the Megatel Homes website for more information and pictures here. Then give me a call to view one of the homes. I have sold several of these homes and felt my clients were treated fairly by the owner and the staff!   Beautiful Elevations, Custom Cabinetry, Tray Ceilings, Gorgeous Paint,Beautiful Lighting Packages and more! c       Bozman Farms Subdivision in Wylie Texas is now featuring Megatel Homes!  Prices range from $219,000 for 2341 square feet to $255,000 for 2467 square feet. Community Pool an...
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By Melissa Hailey, Collin County Realtor-Lucas, Murphy, Plano, Parker
(North Texas Top Team, REALTORS (Plano, Murphy, Wylie))
What happened in Wylie TX Real Estate – October 2012   It is still a STRONG Seller’s Market in Wylie Texas!!!  Anytime there are less than 6-months of inventory available for purchase it is considered a Seller’s Market because there are more buyers than there are homes available for sale.  This means that homes are selling more quickly and usually for top dollar.    Here’s a recap of what the real estate market in Wylie TX was doing in October 2012.   Inventory is DOWN:  In October 2012 there were only 189 homes available for sale in Wylie Texas.  This is down 46% from October 2011 when there were 353 homes available for sale.   Prices are UP:  The average sales price was $187,445 in October 2012.  This is up 10.5% from October 2011 (when the average price was $169k).   Homes are sellin...
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By Melissa Hailey, Collin County Realtor-Lucas, Murphy, Plano, Parker
(North Texas Top Team, REALTORS (Plano, Murphy, Wylie))
  Arts Festival, Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10 am - 7 pm   Bring your family to celebrate the season on December 1 for this full-day of fun!   Beginning at 10am, start with shopping at the First Baptist Church Wylie Events Center in historic downtown Wylie. Shop for fine art and handmade crafts; listen to the sounds of the season; and enjoy festive foods.  The fun continues at 5:30pm with the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade sponsored by First Baptist Wylie and the Downtown Merchants Association.  The parade is always a hit with people of all ages.  The parade route runs right through Downtown Wylie on Ballard Street. Top off the evening with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm in Olde City Park featuring Mayor Eric Hogue's reading of the cl...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Wylie Flower and Gift Shop has FREE Santa Pictures! The Wylie Flower and Gift Shop in Historic Downtown Wylie will have FREE pictures with Santa Claus this Saturday The gift shop is having an Open House from 9am to 5pm December 1st, 2012. They are located at 129 N. Ballard off Hwy 78 in Wylie, Texas. Special pricing. refreshments and door prizes during the Open House! This is during the Wylie Arts Festival, food, craft vendors, shopping and more!  Check out the City of Wylie website for all the informaion. Look under the Wylie Arts Festival! I am praying for beautiful weather for this great event!  
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Wylie Texas Arts Festival Dec 1, 2012...Shopping & more! This is the flyer from the City of Wylie website. Click here for more information! Wylie Arts Festival December 1, 2012 First Baptist Church Events Center200 N. Ballard Avenue ADMISSION IS FREE!!! Wylie Arts Festival First Baptist Church Events Ctr. 10 am - 7 pm Festival of Lights Parade Historic Downtown on Ballard 5:30 pm Tree Lighting Olde City Park  7 pm More than 100 Art & Craft VendorsThe Wylie Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to make a dent in your Christmas list or simply treat yourself.  Stroll through the art and craft isles in the FBC Wylie Event Center and shop from the vendors hand-picked by the Arts committee to ensure a diverse, unique selection of quality handmade fine art and craft items.  From jewelry to...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
   If you see a fat man ...Who's jolly and cute,wearing a beard and a red flannel suit,and if he is chuckling and laughing away,while flying around in a miniature sleighwith eight tiny reindeer to pull him along,then lets face it... Your eggnog's too strong!Merry Christmas one and all! **************************************************************************** I hope ya'll are enjoying your new home this year! We are so blessed to live in Texas!  I am very grateful to have been a part of your homebuying decision May the rest of this year and next bring you many blessings!   From my family to yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Tracy Lee Parker  
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Thanksgiving is a time I will remember all the way back to childhood. I loved sitting at the kids table with all of my cousins, eating moms dressing & grandmas "heavenly hash" (which I still make today!) My favorite part was the next day ....TURKEY SANDWICHES! White bread, mayo, salt and TURKEY!  YUMMY! I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and these quotes I found for you that are funny and inspirational! These pics are of some of my family over the holidays! Enjoy ....we will be watching the DALLAS COWBOY Game....a texas tradition!   Inspirational Family Quotes Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts.-- Author Unknown Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.-- George Burns   Important families are like potatoes. The best...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Can I get my deposit back if I didn't sign a lease yet? Generally, if you give a security deposit for a home and you don't ever take possession of or sign a lease for, then you are entitled to the entire deposit back. Usually, until you have actually signed a lease, you do not have a lease. Virtually all residential leases are required to be in writing.  Was there supposed to be a later signing, or did you understand there would be no other paperwork? It is possible you have a lease without signing, but it may be hard to prove. As a  property managers, we would keep showing the home until we had the signed lease. We have had this happen where a tenant was approved, gave a deposit but never came in and signed the lease!! We continue showing the property, the first approved tenant who sig...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
This is a GREAT local event to help the Christian Care Center. Stop by one of these locations and pick up some homemade goodies! One less thing you will have to bake! I know I will! Happy Thanksgiving  
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Are you pulling your hair out trying to manage all aspects of owning rental property?   Why would a professional property manager help you keep your sanity?   Managing a rental property can be daunting at times! If you work fulltime and you have a rental home it can be a daunting task. You have to be on call 24/7 to field maintenance calls, know the legal side of renting, lease and process applications from qualified tenants, show the home , the list goes on ! Here are some reasons to keep your sanity and let a professional manager manage your properties: Professional managers will:  market your home using the latest advertising  show the home, anytime  keep up with all the legal aspects  screen calls and pre-qualify applicants over the phone  run criminal, credit and rental history bac...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
The Importance of Renters Insurance   Tenants often forget about renters insurance because a lease is temporary and they don't own the home. Tenants often think the landlord provides insurance when they rent. The landlord has insurance but it will NOT cover the tenants contents. This includes furniture, clothing, bedding and anything else that is not attached to the home. The insurance only covers the dwelling. For example: The dishwasher breaks and floods the living room. The tenant has a nice rug and furniture in the living room area and it is all destroyed. The landlord files a claim and the flooring is replaced but the tenants rug and furniture is not!! Anything can happen, theft, fire,smoke damage, Renters insurance is essential for the protection of your personal property and your...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Plan ahead when it comes to getting your Rental Security Deposit Back! Confirm your cleaning plans with your landlord. Make sure you understand what your landlord expects, so you don’t end up under or over-cleaning. They should have a list for you of what they expect upon your move out. Get the rental in good shape. Clean thoroughly and fix any damage you, your guests, or pets have caused. This means cleaning the inside of the oven, ceiling fans and blinds. Tenants usually forget these areas!  Consider hiring professional cleaners who have all the supplies to make the place shine. When you leave, return all keys, remotes , pool cards and remove everything, including garbage, food, and cleaning supplies. Document your cleaning and repair work. Take photos and videos of the rental when yo...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Visit with Santa and his Elves in Wylie, TX Nov 25,2012 Sunday November 25 4:00pm-8:00 pm Oak Street Crossing (Between Birmingham Ave & Cotton Belt Ave) Visit with Santa and His Elves Walk Through Full Size Holiday Train Cars Filled with Wonder! Inflatables , Food & Fun Visit the City of Wylie Website for more information here.  
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