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Thu May 31, 2012
Tim Page answered:
If the flooring that you have in the home is trashed or dated, go ahead and replace the flooring. If the flooring is in good or average condition and not dated, don't replace the flooring. There is a high probability that you will not get your money back.

If you just want it, go ahead especially if you are staying in the home for a while (3 to 5 years). You may not get all of your money back, but at least you get to enjoy the new flooring.
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Thu Mar 8, 2012
Emily Erekuff answered:
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Wed Feb 29, 2012
Tracy Santrock answered:
Based on your explanation above in North Carolina I would advise my clients to retain the Earnest Money deposit.
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Thu Jan 19, 2012
Matt Calloway answered:
I will be honest. I wouldn't let it scare you. Housing communities across from apartments in Frisco are holding their values. In a fast growing community like Frisco housing options are increasing due to needs. I understand your concern as a homeowner as there are negative connotations associated with renters and apartments. I would be more concerned if houses in my neighborhood were being converted to rentals. Potential home buyers will look at the neighborhood, not the newly constructed gated apartments across the street. Investigate the build out and see what level of construction they are. Hopefully that will ease your mind

Matt Calloway
Alpine Brokerage Services-Frisco
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Mon Nov 28, 2011
Marie Souza Team answered:
What are your thoughts after all the advice below Mathew?
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Thu Nov 24, 2011
Rachael Hill answered:
I have worked with two FHA (buying) Clients last month and had no problem from the sellers and one custom builder, so hope you have the same experience as we did.
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Fri Oct 28, 2011
Grant Howell, Broker/Owner answered:
It is never a bad idea to ask for a Soil Analysis Report and think about what kind of foundation would be best, conventional slab foundation vs. an engineered piered slab... I walk my dogs on the greenway there every morning and notice the expanding and contracting black soil. It is so bad sometimes the soil caves in and you can fall into the holes. When it rains, it is a complete mud pit!! I have walked the available lots and noticed the same conditions....

One other thing I forgot to mention in my first response: The Elementary School for Christie Ranch is Mary Boals and it is walkable and would probably be visible from your home. Due to the fact that Boals Elementary has reached its capacity, Frisco ISD has begun construction on a new Elementary some what close by named Phillips. FISD will adjust attendance zones to relieve crowding and there is good possibility that Christie Ranch or parts of Christie Ranch will be rezoned to attend Phillips Elementary which will not be walkable nor convenient. You can find more info on this issue at:

Also, the Management Company for Christie Ranch is Premier Properties. I have had relatively good experiences with them. I would contact them to get the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) for the subdivision: You can find a guideline synopsis on the HOA website. You might also want to take a look at the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Promulgated Rules while you’re at it.

I have a lot more information about Christie Ranch - 214-234-6901.
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Wed Apr 20, 2011
Bruce Lynn answered:
Get with your realtor....they will help advise you on the best course of action.

You may need them to sign a termination agreement or to send them one.
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Mon Apr 18, 2011
Ahalyaa answered:
also there is no community in sorano. if i were you, i would buy either stonelakes, willowbay or panthercreek or grayhawk. Of all three, i like stonelakes & panther creek


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Tue Mar 29, 2011
Michael Brownstead answered:
I am a Frisco-Area professional real estate consultant with Keller Williams Realty, leave all your home-buying needs and questions to me by contacting me 24 hours a day. I offer comprehensive guides and information!
Phone: 253-880-7411
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Fri Jan 7, 2011
Steven Babcock answered:
The home at 7752 Silverbrook is not available. It is owned by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs. (a VA foreclosure) It was owned by Kimberly Gibson and foreclosed on 12/1/2009. Citi mortgage took over the home and the VA, with it's guarantee took over the home on 12/7/2009. It has been in limbo ever since.
It's hard to say why it is not on the market and the only the owner ( Veteran Affairs) can answer that question.
Give me a call if you have anymore questions. And remember, their are plenty of other foreclosures out there and this is a great time to buy.

Steve Babcock
ERA Cornerstone Realty
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Thu Jan 6, 2011
Sally Grenier answered:
I would hire a Realtor to help you with this. It doesn't cost you anything. A buyer's agent commission is typically paid by the seller (or in this case, the bank). Ask your friends, family or coworkers for the name of a good Realtor. Or, I'd be happy to refer you to a Coldwell Banker agent in your area.

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Wed Dec 22, 2010
Philip Alber answered:
I have not had clients nor associates who have had problems in this area anymore than elsewhere in Texas. In fact I have been told by Foundation experts that if problems do occur here they are often easier and less expensive to repair in this area versus others. I personally live in this area and am an HOA President and personally know of none occurring in my developemnt of almost 600 homes. Any problems that exist should be reveled in the Sellers Disclosure. If you have a concern we can always have an inspection done prior to a purchase. I can get this done at little or no expense and would advise doing so for your peace of mind. Call me to discuss further or if you would like help in your search. Philip Alber (972) 632-7805. ... more
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Wed Nov 10, 2010
Philip Alber answered:

The cost per square foot of a home is but one measurement when considering the value that you are receiving. The builder that you are using, the features that are provided and the location both of the lot and the development are key. All houses priced at $100/square foot are not created equal! Many builders are offering incentives that enhance the value of the home that you may purchase. Working with an informed realtor who represents your interest is the best thing tha you can do to ensure that your home purchase experience is both efficient and effective. You will be happy with a purchase in Frisco but best served by a qualified realtor. Call if I can be of help.

Philip Alber
Keller Williams Realty
Frisco, TX
(972) 632-805
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Fri Nov 5, 2010
Brad Holden answered:
Starwood is 5 minutes from my house.

Call me if you are still interested.

Brad Holden
(469) 733-2723
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Thu Nov 4, 2010
Judi Wright answered:
If you want a city feel, you might like the Shops of Legacy location in Plano. Great restaurants, shopping and all within walking distance. You get the benefit of being in the suburbs with the feel of the city. Plano has a dog park and there is plenty of jogging/walking trails throughout the city. As a single person, I think this would be the area I would target for you first.

Don't hesitate to call or email if I can help.

Judi Wright
Keller Williams North Dallas Suburbs
D Magazine, "Best Realtors in Dallas," 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010
Cell 214-597-2985
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Sun Aug 22, 2010
Ronda Allen answered:
Builders in our area know that Realtors do the due diligence to bring them pre-approved buyers with a great shot at actually being motivated buyers who intend to make a move. There isn't the guess-work of whether a buyer is truly serious or not. The builders typically pay for the services of the real estate agent, and that payday comes from an advertising account. I know in other states that isn't necessarily the case, but in the North Texas region, smart buyers have their own representation. It doesn't matter if you are buying a spec home the builder has finished on the ground, a partially finished spec, or breaking ground on a build job. I would never suggest going it alone. A good agent will be able to identify the right builder candidates for you based on your criteria, help you find the right neighborhood, help identify the right floorplan, possibly tweak the plans for best resale potential, attend your phase walk-thru's at framing and drywall, attend your final walk, help arrange a third-party inspection (beyond the builder's inspection), assist with trusted local lending sources, attend your closing and head off any issues at the pass. Heaven forbid that things go wrong with your new home, but that can happen. Having someone with your interests at heart can make all the difference.
Have a blessed day.
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Sat Jun 5, 2010
Brad Holden answered:
Who knows?

This is something we have to deal with on a daily basis . . . being a REALTOR.

Some realtors really give us a bad name with their comments of actions.

I apologize for him or her.

Best of Luck

Brad Holden
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Sat May 29, 2010
Zeolilly answered:
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Mon May 24, 2010
James Gordon ABR SFR SRS answered:
Lilly when the builder is making a home just for you, they will want to have some of your money in case you can not go through with the purchase. In this current environment most builders need to draw on a line of credit to build your home and their lender may have put additional requirements on them. There is a builder in my area that does a lot of bussiness and 2 years ago they could build a home with a 5000.00 deposit. last year it was 3.5% of the contract price, now it's 5% of the contract price. ... more
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