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Quality of Life in Collin County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Feb 11, 2015
Amy Arey answered:
Since crime can happen in any zip code, a licensed Realtor can not comment on an area being "safe" or not.

I have a link on my website that people have told me has been very helpful to them. You can compare zip codes and you'll see the demographics, crime-statistics, etc. Hope this is helpful for you:

Go to www.MckinneyRealEstateInfo.com, then go to "insights" and from there you can compare zip codes.

Amy S. Arey, Realtor, CNE
Halo Group Realty, LLC
214.901.1341-Cell
www.Arey.HaloAgent.com
www.MckinneyRealEstateInfo.com
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Tue Mar 1, 2011
Patrick Jackson answered:
Hi Mimi,

I just wanted to follow up and see if you need additional informaiton on the Plano or North Texas area. I responded to your request on January 3rd with information about McKinney, Tx. If you are still considering a move to the area, I would love to be of assiatance. If you are looking for a job, perhaps I can entroduce you to someone in my network.

http://www.trulia.com/profile/patrickjackson/

Patrick Jackson
Realtor, ABR, E-Pro, GRI
469-450-8315
patrickcjackson@gmail.com
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Tue Dec 28, 2010
Bruce Lynn answered:
There's old downtown McKinney and Frisco....
I also like downtown Grapevine, but that's a little further than Plano.
I think old downtown Lewisville and Carollton, and Coppell may also stage comebacks.
Carrollton and Lewisville now have DART light rail service and I expect that to be a boon
to downtown living. Coppell expects DART rail stop and if that happens I think it will be a boon
to revitalization of that area....but plans are yet to be seen for that.
Some of these types of homes will be listed here, but there may be some outside of walking distance.
http://www.mlsfinder.com/tx_ntreis/robertbrucelynn/index.cfm?action=newsearchsession&city=carrollton,%20coppell,%20frisco,%20grapevine,%20Plano,%20mckinney&max_price=250000&built_before=1970&single_family=Y

I would probably like to know more about what kind of shopping you expect and what price range you want to target, as well as if there is a specific draw to Plano (like work). Another area you might like, but maybe have less downtown feel is someplace in East Dallas east of I75....M-Street, Lakewood, Casa Linda, Hollywood Heights type areas.... you can read some about this area here:
http://activerain.com/blogsview/1668393/little-forest-hills-dallas-artist-enclave-near-white-rock-lake

Bruce Lynn
Keller Williams Realty
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Thu Jan 21, 2010
Bruce Lynn answered:
Otis....

Wow....tough question....there are differences....none necessarily better or worse than another just different.
Allen is probably on average the older of the 3....it is a bedroom community that popped up 25 years ago. There is still some new construction, but my guess is that growth has peaked there. I'm guessing in Allen you would have the least aircraft noise as it is the most distant from the 3 major airports. Just like greater LA area, there is aircraft noise everywhere. Probably average age of homes is older than CV or Keller.
Keller has seen huge growth over the past 6-7 years. So lots of new homes, lots of new construction in all price points, Lots of young families, lots of youth activities....lots of new schools....still some growth pains...streets, services, etc. Aircraft noise here is from Alliance...and typically at the wrong hours for most people...since it is mostly cargo and maintenance.....Peak traffic is probably 10pm-12mid and again early AM 5-7am....or something close to that....no passenger traffic to speak of here..... the noise patterns I've seen typically are from ends of the runways.....less noise to the east and west of runways...or to the sides of the runways.......
Colleyville...on average a little higher price point than Keller or Allen. Probably on average a little older with a little higher income stats than Allen or Keller. Much closer to DFW airport ...so average aircraft noise will be higher. I've never really had people complain about aircraft noise in CV, but I'm sure it's there.

All cities have crime, but my guess is these cities are about as safe as anywhere in the metroplex.....
There are a few great resources around. I think it is best to contact your Community Resource Officer or CRO at the police department. Just call the main non-emergency number and ask to be connected to the CRO. They’re normally very aware of the good and bad areas of the area and can normally give you local statistics. You can also check out http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/ which provides stats based on the FBI uniform crime reports. You might also visit the FBI stats site at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm#cius. Another place to checkout is http://www.Crimeweb.net .

Avg price in Allen is about $236,000, CV 502,000 and Keller 310,000,

My next question would probably be how much commute do you want. I think most people who would consider Keller would not consider Allen. Way too far apart.... Most of my clients who would consider Allen would look at McKinney, Frisco, maybe Plano. The people considering Keller....probably just look at Keller..maybe Trophy Club....maybe Grapevine...maybe Flower Mound. People who consider Colleyville, might also consider Southlake with a little higher price point.....maybe Grapevine...maybe Coppell or Flower Mound too..... again depending on what kind of commute and price range you want, you might also want to consider someplace like Lantana or Frisco.

Hope this helps....if we can be of further assistance, just ask.

Bruce Lynn
Keller Williams Realty
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Thu Mar 5, 2009
Bruce Lynn answered:
Frisco might be a nice option.
I can send you a list of tax rates if you like.
I would not always base my decision on where to live on tax rates.
They are plain high here everywhere.
Generally but not always the places with the highest tax rates are often the nicest places to live.
Nicer parks and recreation areas, nicer schools, nicer city services.
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Wed Jun 4, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Luara:

I wonder if you have bought your home already. If not, I used to live in Plano, still have great friends there. .

We loved what Plano can offer as far as schools, jobs, shopping, parks and recs, etc. There are a lot to do. I also remember the wonderful baloon festivals we went to.

We have great memories there.

Sylvia
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