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Thu Sep 11, 2008
Bruce Lynn answered:
Sun Sep 28, 2008
Jason Hubbard answered:
I didnt ask a question I see!!!! I am just curious about the market and the probability of buying a good used home. Should we look used vs. build? What is our affordability? and any other tidbits, thanks!! ... more
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Wed Sep 9, 2009
Sharon Wager answered:
Start by talking to a local mortgage rep who is willing to show you how to improve your credit score, and knows of programs that can help you out. You can also try to find a home where the seller is willing to hold the mortgage for you. ... more
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Sat Jan 15, 2011
Ronda Allen answered:
Craig Ranch amenities like Cooper Aerobic Center and the TPC golf course are separate memberships than the Craig Ranch HOA. Townhomes in the 'burbs have been a relatively new concept to Dallas. And, the townhomes that have been done rival pricing for single family homes in our area. These are not short-term investments. Real estate of any kind in Dallas is still best handled as a 5-7 year investment cycle to build equity and appreciation. Some of those townhomes are rental properties, too, and buyers can be wary at times of buying in an area where investors maintain rental homes. David Weekley is a reputable builder in our area. There is also a community trolley that runs routes through Craig Ranch and local shopping - like the nearby Super Target, On The Border mexican restaurant, and more. So, you can treat this area like a walk-about community. You won't even have to use the Hwy 121 tollway to get to work. The North-South streets in McKinney connect to the grid in Plano for easy access to Legacy and the Legacy Business Corridor. You'll be close enough that you can go home on your lunch hour if you should choose to do so. I just placed a single mom with two small boys in Craig Ranch last week. The four corners of Allen,McKinney,Plano, and Frisco are here - with exciting commercial development happening right now. Restaurants, shopping, hotels, movie theatres, and more are in the works. Cooper Aerobics Center is a great facility, and the largest Lifetime Fitness in the Dallas area is just a few minutes South at the Hwy 121 and Lake Forest intersection in Allen. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. ... more
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Fri Jun 13, 2014
Melissa Hailey answered:
Libby,
McKinney as a whole is a very family friendly area (as is Frisco, and other surrounding towns). The Downtown McKinney area has had alot of updates in the recent past and the area may suit you & your families needs. While Realtors aren't able to provide our personal opinion on the safety of any given neighborhood, we can certainly point you in the direction of finding specific information for yourself.

For example:
if you are concerned about crime in a particular part of town, you can contact the McKinney police department and they can give you crime statistics. They can be reached at 972-547-2700 or on-line at www.McKinneyPolice.org.

if you are concerned about the schools in particular neighborhood, you can see each campuses test scores, ethnic breakdown, poverty level breakdown, etc in the Texas Education Agency school reports. You can find those at: www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis/2007/index.html (if you need assistance with this website please let me know & I will be happy to help).

Another good tip for deciding if a neighborhood is right for you is to visit the area personally, go to the grocery store or library in that area and the people you see will be the neighbhors in that immediate area.

Even though we as Realtors can't give our opinions on the area, I hope this information has been helpful in your search. If you would like to speak in depth about more specific information, or if you need further assistance, please feel free to call anytime.

Melissa Hailey
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
North Texas Top Realtors
214-418-0180
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Wed Jul 30, 2008
Terri Hayley answered:
Jackie,

That's going to be a tall order. Most of the 3/2's in McKinney are around $175. (I've sold about 300 homes in McKinney.) Then, to put it in a specific school system is even harder. We can try for you, though. I'm walking out the door, but e-mail me and I can set up a search for you.

Thanks,
Terri Hayley
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Wed May 7, 2014
Mark Chovan answered:
You might try using the MLS search tool. You can narrow your search by pricing, and other specific information. The MLS is available on both my web sites, www.friscohomebuying.com or www.bigdrelo.com.
I also have numerous site links for Collin County that will help.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015
Melissa Hailey answered:
Chris,
You are correct to assume that the disrepair of the property will affect the appraisal. The ony way to know how much it will affect the value is having an appraisal done. However, if you have paid cash for a property, and their is no current lien on the home, then it stands to reason that there is a value to the propery that can be tapped in order to generate the funds needed for the repairs (however it certainly won't be the $560k-$750k value that it will be after repairs).

Your Realtor should be able to recommend some lenders that can assist you with the process, however if you require assistance or other recommendations, please feel free to ask. I am happy to assist you in any way.

Melissa Hailey
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
melissa.hailey@coldwellbanker.com
214-418-0180
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Fri Aug 6, 2010
Terri Hayley answered:
Hi Chris,

I've sold more than 150 homes in McKinney, my husband and partner grew up there and we're working on about 5 short sales right now. We have an investor with a package of 1/2 a dozen short sales who lives out of state and we've worked all of them long distance. We can definitely help you and would love to do so.

Thanks,
Terri Hayley
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Mon Aug 11, 2008
Terri Hayley answered:
Hi Michael,

Buyer's have unique needs that are different than sellers. A buyer's agent also does not cost you anything, but may save you tons in the long run. Have you been here yet to check out McKinney, Frisco and Prosper and the specific areas where you're looking at the homes? What's important to you? What's your lifestyle? What do you like to be near? Where are homes selling the best? Where will you get the best resale? What is planned to go up around that area? If you had to leave in 2 years, where would be the best investment? What do the local comps look like?

Would you be open to talking to someone like us to see if there's a fit and we can help you with this process? I hate to see you just throw bids at the wall and see what sticks. We can help you do this where you can get the home you love, but you do it with your eyes wide open.

Thanks,
Terri Hayley
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Mon Aug 11, 2008
Terri Hayley answered:
Hi Marguerite,

Are you planning on re-locating? We'd love to see you here in the area.

How close do you want to be close to McKinney? Fairview, Lucas and Parker would be some initial suggestions with the initial criteria you've given. If I know what else is important to you, we could help narrow it down a bit.

Thanks!
Terri Hayley
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Tue Apr 8, 2008
Jeff Kessler answered:
If the builder is part on MLS it probably is a big fine. I would contact your board and see what they say.
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Thu Jan 3, 2008
Melissa Hailey answered:
Joy,
Your best bet is to work with a Realtor. I would recommend that you contact more than one, and have them give you a Listing Presentation. The Realtors will then pull information about your specific area and present it to you, and they should tell you specifically what they will do to market your home for sale. Look for a Realtor that you feel comfortable working with that has the skills (and a plan) to help you sell your home fastest for the highest price.

If you decide to use a Realtor, you will enter into a contract with them to help you market your home. Keep in mind that most Realtor's don't get paid unless they sell your home, but there are other options. Most contracts are for several months (giving the agent time to market the home, negotiate the sale, and get the transaction closed).

Before you put the home up for sale, you should make sure to have it ready. Any minor repairs that need to be done should be completed. Possible touch up paint, steam cleaned carpets, de-cluttered, thorough home cleaning, are just some things to consider. A Realtor can advise you if there are any changes that could be made to help market your home for a quick sale.

If you have other questions, feel free to call me at 214-418-0180. I am happy to answer your questions or help in any way. Good luck!

Melissa Hailey
Coldwell Banker, Jane Henry Realtors
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Wed Jul 14, 2010
Emily Erekuff answered:
Hi Jennifer,

The listings featured on Trulia have been extracted from indexed broker/agent web pages. We do not obtain listing data from the MLS.

Please ask your realtor to visit the link below so he or she can submit your listing to Trulia.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Customer Service Representative
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