Wylie, TX Real Estate News

By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
This is how to develop trust and rapport with your clients... We work with all kinds of people in this business...most we have never met before or talked to until the first face to face meeting. It is important to develop trust and rapport within the first few minutes.   Don't ever get straight to business, they want to know they can trust your first ! This is what I do : Greet my client with a handshake and introduce myself with a "Good Afternoon!". My voice is happy and warm! The handshake will tell you if your person is bold or meek by the firmness of it. (my opinion here!) This helps you know how to proceed with the conversation. Make them feel comfortable immediately....for example- "Please feel free to look around, would you like a water?" Ask them a question about themselves, "Wh...
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By Melissa Hailey, Collin County Realtor-Lucas, Murphy, Plano, Parker
(North Texas Top Team, REALTORS (Plano, Murphy, Wylie))
Wylie, TX Celebrates 125 Years  November 8, 2012, the City of Wylie officially turned 125 years old!    There will be a Community Birthday Celebration on Saturday, November 17 from 10 am - 1 pm.  The community is invited to join together in Olde City Park in historic downtown Wylie.  The birthday celebration will feature an unveiling of the History of Wylie mural, speeches, music, hot dogs, cake and old time lawn games for the whole family.   Come enjoy the crisp Fall weather in downtown Wylie, and while you are there stop by some of the great shops and restaurants to get a head start on your holiday shopping.
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By Melissa Hailey, Collin County Realtor-Lucas, Murphy, Plano, Parker
(North Texas Top Team, REALTORS (Plano, Murphy, Wylie))
The Plano Children's Medical Clinic is hosting a fundraiser this week.    The Plano Children’s Medical Clinic has a branch in Wylie and in Plano, and they serve children who are on Medicaid or CHIPS insurance.   Dickey's BBQ in Wylie has agreed to donate a portion of all sales this Thursday 11/15/12 toward this great organization.  Stop by Dickey’s BBQ on Highway 78 near FM544 this Thursday (all day, dine-in or take-out) and just tell them you are giving your receipt for the Plano Children’s Medical Clinic and they will get a percentage of the sales from that day.   If you can, please go by and have lunch or dinner this week and help us spread the word by re-posting this blog.       
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By Bob Baesmann, DFW Team Realty | 972-978-8800
( DFW Team Realty)
Wylie Texas Real Estate Sales were up 7% in September 2012 over the same month last year with 71 homes selling this month! For the year to date, overall home sales were at 710 homes sold, with a 20% change from last year. The Texas home market for the third quarter 2012 in the DFW Metroplex is overall improved over the last year. With both prices and interest rates at historic lows, this is an idea time to purchase for both new home owners and current home owners moving to larger homes. It is key to have your financing and prequalification work in process to insure a smooth transaction. New Wylie Texas real estate listings experienced a -21% change for the same period last year with 67 homes listed this month. For the year to date, overall home listings underwent a -10% change with 955 ...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Home For Rent in Wylie Texas $1495 Nice custom home with inground gunite pool. 3 bedroom,2 bath features recently replaced,wood floors,paint,restained cabinets, master shower pan, some lighting fixtures, some bathroom fixtures & new frieze carpet. Master bedroom has TWO closets. Extra room for a study or game room. On a cul-de-sac street & walk to eight grades!! Price INCLUDES once a week pool maintenance!   MUST SEE!
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Famous Veteran's Day Quotes "Freedom is never free." Author Unknown "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" Maya Angelou "When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" George Canning "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." G.K. Chesterton "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis "But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye." Thomas Dunn English "I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot." Gary Hart "Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace." Oliver Wendell Holmes "As we expr...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Homes for Sale in Wylie Texas are Low, we need Inventory!! If you have been on the fence about selling your home, now is the time! The market has shifted to a sellers market and listings, if priced right , are not lasting long! I put a home on in Creekside Estates of Wylie for $195,000.00 and in 7 days had 8 showings and two offers! Wylie normally has approximately 320 homes on the market over the last several years. Right now there are 180 active listings. These are homes for sale by individuals, not new construction. Example Homes between 2000-3000 square feet , year built 2000 have an average Days on Market of 69 days with a selling price of $214,326 for sales average. If you would like a market analysis of your home please give us a call, listings are needed in Wylie, Texas!
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Wylie Arts Festival December 1, 2012 First Baptist Church Events Center200 N. Ballard Avenue The City of Wylie will be presenting  the Wylie Arts Festival on December 1 in the First Baptist Church Events Center on 200 N. Ballard Avenue.   Shop for fine art and handmade crafts; listen to the sounds of the season; and enjoy festive foods.  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   Arts & Craft Vendors, Festive Foods, Performances, Community Art, Parade & Tree Lighting The tradition continues  with the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade (time TBD) sponsored by First Baptist Wylie and the Downtown Merchants Association.  Top off the evening with the ...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Wylie Texas Medical Plaza Opens January 2013   Wylie just keeps growing! This new medical plaza will have 51,000 square feet of medical offices including an Emergency Department and Helipad. It will be located at the intersection of FM 544 and Sanden Boulevard in Wylie. The space is 70% pre-leased with Lake Pointe Medical as the anchor tenant. They will have an awesome Diagnostic Imaging center with CT, mammograms, ultrasound and digital X-rays. Less and less the wylie citizens don't have far to drive for services they need ! I am looking forward to having even more skilled healthcare in the Wylie Community!   For more info on the Plaza you can contact the Wylie Economic Development Corporation 972-442-7901
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Are Closing Costs really going down?   I have been noticing at most of my closings this year that some closing costs are going down! I recently read an article on Texas Real Estate.com that RESPA -The Real Estate Settlement Practices Act took charge of controlling costs in the mortgage industry!! RESPA requires lenders to provide all buyers with a "Good Faith Estimate" of all their fees. This estimate has to be within 10% of the actual amount the buyer will pay at closing. If not then the lender has to cut a check to the buyer at the closing table to the buyer.  When you go to closing the escrow officer will go over the Final Settlement Statement. You will know at the beginning of closing if your lender is within the 10% range they are allotted.  The article says the the average cost of...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Get rid of HUGE TV's & MORE AT  X-TREME Green Event NOV 10 Wylie, TX Date:   November 10, 2012 Time:  8am - 4pm Location:  Public Safety Building    2000 Highway 78 North This is a great opportunity to do some fall cleaning. I love it when Wylie has this event because I don't have to go to the dump!!! Below is a list of items that can and can't  be left at the event: The City of Wylie and Community Waste Disposal are pleased to provide RESIDENTIAL collection and disposal services for: Household Hazardous Waste Electronics Household Metal Appliances Automotive Tires Document Shredding          Brush and bulk items will not be accepted! Household Hazardous Waste: Aerosols RCRA Empty  Cylinders Corrosive (acids, bases)  Pesticides & Herbicides Oxidizers Flammables Organic Peroxides Oil Ba...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Wylie Texas List of Homeowners Associations I get alot of calls asking questions about HOA's -Homeowners Associations in the Wylie area.        A great source for this is the City of Wylie website http://www.wylietexas.gov/ Go to Departments, then click on Planning. A list will come up on the left side , click Homeowners Associations. A PDF will come up and you can find your HOA rules, contact person and their website!  
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Wylie Chamber of Commerce Tuna Challenge in Wylie Texas The Wylie Chamber of Commerce is competing against the Sachse and Murphy Chambers in a Tuna Challenge.     Each chamber is collecting cans of tuna through Nov. 7 , 2012. The Wylie Christian Care Center will receive the tuna and the chamber with the greatest number of cans will receive BRAGGING RIGHTS....and a Trophy! You can drop donations off to the chamber office at 250 S Highway 78 or call at 972-442-2804.
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Should I rent to a tenant who foreclosed a home or has bad credit? In late 2011, ForeclosureDeals.com released an infographic that compares rental prices and home prices over the last three years. According to the data contained in this infographic, home prices have gone down by 46%, while rental rates have gone up by 60%. Proponents of either side have solid arguments for and against buying or renting but it boils down to this: one's circumsatnces and situation. If a homeowner recently went through a foreclosure , he is unable to obtain a mortgage so he rents. For those homebuyers with good credit they may choose to buy an affordable foreclosure, however banks lending is very tight and alot of people are not able to obtain a mortgage so they rent.  I think this is the reason there are ...
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By Bob Baesmann, DFW Team Realty | 972-978-8800
( DFW Team Realty)
Wylie Texas Real Estate Sales were up 15% in August 2012 over the same month last year with 84 homes selling this month! For the year to date, overall home sales were at 634 homes sold, with a 20% change from last year. The Texas home market for the third quarter 2012 in the DFW Metroplex is overall improved over the last year. With both prices and interest rates at historic lows, this is an idea time to purchase for both new home owners and current home owners moving to larger homes. It is key to have your financing and prequalification work in process to insure a smooth transaction. New Wylie Texas real estate listings experienced a 2% change for the same period last year with 94 homes listed this month. For the year to date, overall home listings underwent a -9% change with 887 homes...
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By Melissa Hailey, Collin County Realtor-Lucas, Murphy, Plano, Parker
(North Texas Top Team, REALTORS (Plano, Murphy, Wylie))
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 is National Night Out! NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Various neighborhoods in Plano, Parker, Murphy, and Wylie are participating in National Night Out tomorrow.  Check with your local police department or home owner association to see if your area is participating.  Some neighborhoods have block parties, cookouts, and visits from local police departments.  Turn on your porch light, and get out and meet your neighbors. Together we can make our neighborhoods and cities a safer plac...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
100% Financing for Homes..You DON'T have to be a First Time Home Buyer This information is from Roseanne Fett with Supreme Lending. She has a ton of experience and she has qualified several of my buyers lately on these loans with NO money down! I negotiate with the seller to pay your closing costs so you bring little money as possible to the closing table. USDA Rural Loan : About a month ago, USDA announced that they would be revising their eligibility areas based on the 2010 census. They just announced that “No changes to rural designated areas based on the 2010 Census Data will occur until March 27, 2013 unless directed otherwise.” So this is good news for many of us. Heath, Midlothian and those other areas we thought we were losing will still be eligible for 100% financing. TSHAC-Tex...
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By Bob Baesmann, DFW Team Realty | 972-978-8800
( DFW Team Realty)
Wylie Texas Real Estate Sales underwent a 8% change in July 2012 over the same month last year with 78 homes selling this month! For the year to date, overall home sales were at 542 homes sold, with a 19% change from last year. The Texas home market for the first quarter 2012 in the DFW Metroplex is overall improved over the last year. With both prices and interest rates at historic lows, this is an ideal time to purchase for both new home owners and current home owners moving to larger homes. It is key to have your financing and prequalification work in process to insure a smooth transaction. As the spring begins and school ends more homes with be put on the market and more prospective buyer will be looking for homes. Traditionally the second and third quarters are the busiest in the r...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Hello Gardeners, Time is running out!  Fall Bulb Sale ends Monday, October 1 on the Collin County Master Gardeners Website! Next Spring, you'll be glad you took the time to plant some of these beauties in your landscape.  To view this year's selection and place your order before October 1! Click here for the website.  September Gardening Tips Rejuvenate annuals for fall by lightly pruning Fertilize turf and beds Sow seeds of cool-weather vegetables and annuals Plant wildflowers Prep beds for spring bulbs as soon as possible. Watch & treat for black spot Divide spring flowering perennials More tips on the website! This website is great for saving money on plants. In my opinion it makes sense to plant Texas Native plants that come back every year and I don't have to do anything!!!
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX DFW Associates/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Dear Customers.....This is what I have planned for you!   1. Thank You Cards- I am not good at this. Maybe because my mom always said "Did you send a thank you card?" I think I am rebelling even now. I really do appreciate my customers and I VOW to order the thank you cards this fall! I think an old fashioned thank you is more important than a gift card at closing or an email. People like to be appreciated! 2. Property Management Newsletter- I have wanted to write a monthly newsletter to our tenants for a long time now. Thanks for this challenge, I will do it now. I want to thank them for paying rent on time and keeping the homes they rent from us in good shape. I want to add a recipe from a tenant each month and spotlight the best yards. I even want to offer gift cards to those that pa...
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