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Lisa, Home Buyer in 75201

Relocating to Dallas and working in Downtown Dallas. What ares are best for less than 30 minute commute and best school district? Less than $700k pric

Asked by Lisa, 75201 Fri Jan 24, 2014

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Hello Lisa,
Congrats on your move to Dallas. Within 30 miles from Downtown you have a lot of options. I work in the North Dallas areas and there are some great homes under that price range here. I would like to assist in your search and help you narrow down what area would be best for you and your family. Please contact me so I can get a few more details from you to assist in advising you.
I am also able to provide you with some information on some lenders I work with if you are not currently working with any others.

Phillip Madison
254.212.9186
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http://www.phillipmadisonrealty.com

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Hi there!
I just listed an awesome house in Dallas in great school district (all 3 schools are exemplary). Could work well for you - here's a link to the Virtual Tour: http://www.tourfactory.com/1121749
Would be happy to set up a custom search for you of a couple different areas you might enjoy.
Call with questions.
Susan Hanson
"Your Home Is Where My Heart Is!"
972-489-0228
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 2, 2014
Under $700k gives you multiple options, including Merriman Park and Moss Haven Elementary attendance zones in Richardson ISD within Lake Highlands and the city of Dallas--two of the most desirable areas for many of my buyers. You can get much more house for your money in these areas, although you can get in to Highland Park ISD or University Park ISD for under $700k. In addition, there are several school districts in the Collin County area (Lovejoy ISD) that are excellent, if you are willing to take a bit longer drive.

Within Dallas ISD, the Preston Hollow Elementary Attendance Zone and Robert E. Lee Elementary Attendance Zone are also popular for buyers looking for highly-rated elementary schools. REL is in the Lakewood area, and you can get in to Lakewood at this price. Options are a bit more limited in Preston Hollow at this price, though.

Please feel free to give me a call if I can be of assistance.

Vince Leibowitz
Nathan Grace Real Estate
972-876-6175
vince@nathan-grace.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 1, 2014
There are a few you should look at. I would suggest Highland Park, University Park, Richardson, or possibly even Plano, which is an easy commute to downtown via the Dallas North Tollway. All are well-known for their outstanding schools.

As far as home availability, that is subject to the area that you ultimately choose to focus on. Contact me and I can help you find the right home in your price range!

Anne M. Damron
972-750-6900
anne@texasurbanliving.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 27, 2014
Best place to start is to hire an Exclusive Buyer Agent. EBAs only work with homebuyers and there is never a conflict of interest that will jeopardize your negotiating position.

I am the owner/broker of one of Dallas' oldest and most successful Exclusive Buyer Agencies, HelpUBuy America. We charge a flat-fee for our services, so our fee is the same regardless of whether you buy a $150,000 home or a $500,000 home. This eliminates the conflict of interest that exists when you an agent is paid a commission based on the sales price of the home.

We've been protecting the rights of first-time homebuyers since 1995, and we'd love to assist you. I've also had a book published on Amazon called Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You. It'll teach you how to buy a home without getting ripped off.

Let me know if we can help.
Best of luck!

Alysse Musgrave
214-734-3863
Alysse@HelpUBuyAmerica.com
http://www.helpubuyamerica.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 31, 2014
Hi Lisa, welcome to Dallas! There is so much more that we need to discuss because there are so many options ahead of you. I would love to talk to you to get a good understating of how to best assist you. Are you looking for a house or luxury condo? How may bedrooms do you need? What are your interests and what kind of amenities do you like near you? Dallas is a huge area with excellent roadways, highways, toll ways, and mass transit options. I live and work in downtown Dallas and can help you start working immediately to make your relocation as stress free as possible. Check out all my customer testimonials here on my profile page! I can't wait to add you to the list of happy clients! My office number is 214-306-7786.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 31, 2014
I'm not a realtor, but I would say University Park. I do work for United Van Lines and would love to help you to relocate to Dallas, Texas. Brenda Currier Relocation Consultant 817-986-2331 Please give me a call.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 31, 2014
Town of Sunnyvale is just a twenty minute drive to downtown Dallas and best of all it has one of the best rated school districts in all of Texas. I would be glad to send you more info on this town and the exemplary rated schools. Please call me at 972.979.2205
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 26, 2014
Hi Lisa,

Welcome to Dallas!

You have a lot of responses below and a lot of choices as of where you want to be. I would suggest that you think about the 30 minute commute. Are you going to commute during regular business hour? If so cities such as Richardson, Plano, Coppell which have a lot of MS* (Met Standard with one or more Distinctions) rating schools, will be more than 30 minutes commute. You may want to look into Highland Park or University Park and be able to select a few properties as most of the properties will be above $700k. Another choice is to look at part of Dallas.

Let me know how I can assist you, you can call or text me at 469-371-2899 or check my website at http://www.dfwdreamhomes.net for the most updated info on homes available on the market.

Take care,
Susie Kay, Realtor®
GRI, CHMS, SFR
Residential/Commercial/Investment
English-Indonesian-Hokkien
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United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240
469-371-2899
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http://www.dfwdreamhomes.net

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 26, 2014
Hi Lisa,

Welcome to Dallas!

You have a lot of responses below and a lot of choices as of where you want to be. I would suggest that you think about the 30 minute commute. Are you going to commute during regular business hour? If so cities such as Richardson, Plano, Coppell which have a lot of MS* (Met Standard with one or more Distinctions) rating schools, will be more than 30 minutes commute. You may want to look into Highland Park or University Park and be able to select a few properties as most of the properties will be above $700k. Another choice is to look at part of Dallas.

Let me know how I can assist you, you can call or text me at 469-371-2899 or check my website at http://www.dfwdreamhomes.net for the most updated info on homes available on the market.

Take care,
Susie Kay, Realtor®
GRI, CHMS, SFR
Residential/Commercial/Investment
English-Indonesian-Hokkien
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United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240
469-371-2899
susie_k@att.net

http://www.dfwdreamhomes.net

Servicing your real estate need is my priority!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 26, 2014
Maybe Highland Park or University Park, Plano, Frisco, Coppell.
You can search for homes in Highland Park and University Park at this link:
http://www.metroplexhomesalesinfo.com/listings/areas/34917,159643…

You can search for homes in Coppell at this link:
http://www.metroplexhomesalesinfo.com/listings/areas/34392/m…

You can search for homes in Frisco at this link:
http://www.metroplexhomesalesinfo.com/listings/areas/37565/m…

You can search for homes in Plano at this link:
http://www.metroplexhomesalesinfo.com/listings/areas/46921/m…

Of course there would be a whole list of questions I'd ask you , but just based on the information you provided I might suggest Starwood neighborhood in Frisco.....gated with security....nice amenities, great location, easy access to Dallas North Tollroad to take you downtown.

You can see homes for sale in Starwood here:
http://www.metroplexhomesalesinfo.com/listings/areas/37565/m…

Let us know if we can help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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Hello Lisa, you have already received a lot of responses! I am a life long native of East Dallas, and have worked in all the areas previously mentioned. There are so many good areas, the Lakewood area is amazing and has so many historical homes; while areas such as Rockwall are growing rapidly, Highland Park has it's own school district, though it is in the middle of Dallas. I would love to help you find a home. Feel free to give me a call and we can discuss more!

Liz Renfro
William Davis Realty
214-924-9676
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Hi Lisa, you should check out the Town of Sunnyvale. It is a wonderful town located in Dallas county and only 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. The schools are exemplary rated and most people move here for the small town feel and the excellent rated schools. My office is here and I live here in Sunnyvale and I would love to help you fond your home here. Please give me your contact info and check us out .
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Hello Lisa,

We welcome you to Dallas!

If you have any interest in being near a lake, or in a lovely home with a lake view, I would consider giving the area of Rockwall a look. It offers all you have requested, and more.

Best wishes in your home search. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Janet Nelson
Dallas Realtor since 1994
Cell 972-658-4401
janleeking@yahoo.com
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Hi Lisa,

A good website to view school ratings is:

http://www.greatschools.org/


Richard Guilliams
Real Estate Broker
Luxe Estates Realty, LLC
469.831.6893 (cell)
972.463.2483 (fax)
richard@luxeestatesrealty.com
http://www.luxeestatesrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
I would feel honored work with your family locating your next home. I typically like to interview my clients find out more about your personal and professional obligations, short / long term goals , and much more.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Lisa, here's my comments:

1. Highland Park and University Park have had very good standardized ratings. The problem based on your input is that lots for building can start in the $500K range - any homes that might be availabele under $700K will typically involve major tradeoffs on the home.

2. Take care using school dostrict ratings as a basis for area selection. If there are multiple schools in the district, one may have poor results while the others keep the district results high (or vice versa).

3. The viability of the mass transit system varies based on individual needs. Commute times from various stations are published on the DART website. trains stop multiple times in the trip downtown. If you also factor in time to get to the station plus time to get to your office location downtown from the DART stop, you may find there is little if any time savings - perhaps cost and peace of mind savings, though. Note also there ate some bus solutions with non-stop routes into downtown.

4. We live in the Lakewood area. My wife commutes downtown - about a 10 minute drive with little chance of traffic backups. Older homes or recent construction is achievable in your price range, but the market is very difficult for buyers these days.

Hope this is helpful. We've relocated multiple times with my wife's job and we realize just how stressful it can be.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Hello Lisa,

You are going to love Dallas! As you can see from the responses, you have MANY options. Dallas has some of the best schools and low crime rate neighborhoods in the country. You have a wide variety of housing choices depending on the size house and yard you need. Like most cities, the farther out you go, the larger house and yard you get. I have assisted other Trulia clients in relocating to Dallas and I will be happy to help you in your search.

Barbara Wilson
Realtor
StarCrest Realty
214-564-7579
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Hello Lisa,

I'll keep this short since you will be getting quite a few responses.

Highland Park | University Park | Preston Hollow | Lakewood.

These are highly sought after areas with great schools, and near shopping, restaurants, entertainment, yet still quiet and relaxing neighborhoods. I would love the opportunity to discuss with you and your family about your needs, likes, interests, to help you find the perfect home that accommodates your needs.

Also, my website is set up with real time prroperties available for sale in all areas. It is easy to navigate and most informative.

http://www.LuxeEstatesRealty.com

I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you and your husband.

Warm regards,

Richard Guilliams
Real Estate Broker
Luxe Estates Realty, LLC
469.831.6893 (cell)
972.463.2483 (fax)
richard@luxeestatesrealty.com
http://www.luxeestatesrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Hello Lisa,

DFW Welcomes you and your family!

The DFW area is pretty expansive, it covers many square miles and the area continues to grow everyday, month by month, year by year! The estimated Dallas population in Dallas alone was estimated by the US Census at 1,241,162.

Not only does Dallas offer many opportunities for employment, but it also offers many recreational activities, shopping opportunities and dining options.

In addition, there are many,many options when it comes to housing; however, this depends on the area in which you want to reside, your commute time, etc. Therefore, I would love to assist you and your family with your very important move, but I would need to gather more information about what you are looking for in a home and where your place of employment will be so that we can consider drive times for you. All of this will help us pick the right school district and schools for your children.

2013 DFW Area School Ratings: http://www.oldrepublictitle.com/DFW/resources/SCHOOL%20RATIN…

Please call me anytime, seven day a week at 214-872-0400 so we can get started.


Providing Solutions Because...Your Move Matters!

Michael L. Brownstead, GRI, ABR
REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty
1002 Raintree Cir., Ste. 100
Allen, TX 75013
http://www.BrownsteadRealEstate.com
E-mail: MBrownstead@msn.com
Cell: 214-872-0400
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Hi Lisa,
I hope you will love Dallas as much as my family and I did when we moved here! It has so much to offer!
In evaluating the best area to consider for your family, it's helpful to make a list of your criteria and put them in order of importance to you. I always ask my clients to do that first so we don't waste your valuable time. Your budget will allow you many options. The closer you get to downtown Dallas, the older the homes are and the higher the prices go. Homes in the best school districts can command higher prices as well. There is some new construction in a couple of great school districts close to main highways for good commute that could be a great option & well under your budget. If you'll be making a "fact-finding" trip to Dallas, I'd be happy to give you a tour. I have worked with a number of clients relocating to Dallas and always enjoy "acclimating" them to the metroplex. Feel free to call me!
Susan Hanson
Your Home Is Where My Heart Is!
972-489-0228
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Hi Lisa, My husband Olivier and I work as a team, we have helped many families moving into Dallas from other locations...locally and overseas (Expats). We have the usual options for the traditional mortgage lending to helping others for more out of the box options....all depending on your criteria. There are a lot of great schools, this would depend on public, private or even into an Arts Magnet type of school.
We would love to talk more on how many bedrooms/bathrooms/garage spaces your family would wish to have to be comfortable. Feel free to call 214-356-2321 or send an email and we can set you up a customized search for your criteria sent to your email. Look forward to assisting you, Sandra
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
You asked the right question. You asked about how much time it would take to get to downtown. If you leave early then 30 minutes will allow you to live in many areas around downtown Dallas. However if you leave during rush hour then that may change the your perimeter search area. My suggestion is definitely Highland Park or University Park which is closer in. However you can also consider as far out as Plano if you are a person who likes to leave a little earlier to beat some of that rush hour traffic. Richardson is also a good choice as well as Carrolllton, Addison, Farmers Branch. Depending on the home you desire, schools you will want, if you do have a family to consider, shopping, night life, ect. then each of the cities have something different to offer. The more we can talk with you about your personal wants and needs the better it will be to make an informed decision of the "best" place for you. If you would like to speak to me personally, please call me at 214-676-8040. My team and i have helped many people move into the Dallas area over the past 30+ plus years.
Roxanne
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
You can consider many neighborhoods, including Highland Park, University Park, Richardson, Plano. If you plan to drive to Downtown, it may take more than 30 minutes from northern suburbs such as Richardson and Plano during rush hour traffic, but if you avoid rush hour, you can get to work in 30 minutes from northern suburbs. I just recently helped a family buy a house within your price range in University Park, contact me if you need help!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Coppell, Irving, Plano, North Dallas would all be in that 30 minute commute and have properties in that price range. If you send me your email, I will send you a list of the school districts and their ratings.

Paul Fuhr
RE/MAX DFW Associates
paulf@rmdfw.com
972-355-3592
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Lisa,

You have a few options to chose from. Most good school districts are north of downtown. You can search in Coppell, Richardson, Flower Mound, North Dallas, Plano. You can go to our website and search all the homes for free http://www.dallashomeandcondo.com Let me know if you have any questions, would love to help.

Alex
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