Welcome to Texas, Facebook!

The rumors are confirmed.

Facebook is breaking ground on a new data center in the Alliance corridor at 170 and Park Vista.

The 110 acre site will host three 250,000 sq. ft. buildings.

It’s good to see companies like Facebook and GE see the potential in north Fort Worth.

Welcome to Texas, Facebook!


Topic: Local News and Events Location: Texas Tarrant County Haslet

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4th of July Festivities 2015


Dallas / Fort Worth 4th of July Weekend-2015

July 3rd
Arlington: Light up Arlington – July 3, 2015 at 6pm at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, TX. Food, fun, fireworks, and free music. Brad Thompson plays at 7:30pm and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band at 8:45pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm.

Addison: Kaboom Town! – July 3, 2015, 5pm till midnight at Addison Circle Park in Addison, TX. Live entertainment on the Dos Equis Stage, Family Fun Zone (games, rides, face painting, and more). Fireworks start at 9:30pm.

Southlake Stars and Stripes July 3, 2015 Southlake Town Center, 6-11pm. Family activites, food, live music, and fun.
Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Farmer’s Branch: Independence Day Celebration – July 3, 2015, starting at 6:30pm at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Live entertainment, FREE KidZone, food and drinks, pie eating contest. Fireworks at dusk.

July 4th

Family Fun!

Family Fun!

Bedford: 4thFEST Independence Day Celebration – July 4, 2015, from 12pm-10pm at the Bedford Boys Ranch Park in Bedford, TX. Event includes live music a variety of family fun activities, classic car show, and fireworks at 10pm. NO onsite parking. Parking & shuttle $5 from Pennington field.

Denton: Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show – July 4, 2015 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX. Begins at 6:30. Live music. Fireworks at dusk.

Dallas / Fair Park: Fair Park Fourth – July 4, 2015, from noon-10pm. Enjoy live music, water features and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon. (Admission to Midway $5). More live music and access to food trucks will be available throughout Fair Park starting at 7pm. Free and open to the public, the family-friendly event will feature patriotic performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, entertainment, concessions, plus a spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9:45pm. Much MORE! Parking $5.

Flower Mound: Independence Fest – July 4, 2015. Flower Mound, TX. A full day of events beginning with a children’s Parade and free kids’ zone at the LISD School Administration Building. Event includes bounce houses, face painting, and games. Evening entertainment starts at 5pm at Bakersfield Park and features live music, a Time Machine Car Show, and fireworks at approximately 9:50pm.

Fort Worth: Fort Worth’s Fourth – July 4, 2015, 2-9:30pm along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown. Activities include live music, tubing on the Trinity River, Flyboard shows, and a kids zone full of free activities including bounce houses. Regular admission is FREE. Fireworks start at 10pm. VIP parking $10. Overflow parking $5.

Frisco: Freedom Fest – July 4, 2015. 4pm till fireworks at Simpson Plaza at City Hall. Festival includes live entertainment, a Children’s Expo Community Stage, Taste of Frisco, Dachshund Races, Hometown Heroes, Hot Dog Eating Contest, and a major league soccer match at Toyota Stadium.(FC Dallas vs New England Revolution). Fireworks start at 10:20pm from north field of Toyota Stadium.

Hudson Oaks BOOMin’ 4th, July 4, 2015 6-10pm Food, kids activities. Bring a picnic (no glass containers) & a lawn chair. Fireworks at 9:15. Gene Voyles Park 210 N. Lakeshore, Hudson Oaks. Park at the Walmart exit 411 & ride the free shuttle.

Lake Grapevine: Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza – July 4, 2015. Fireworks launched over Lake Grapevine. Viewable at any location along Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, TX. Most viewing places are free– some charge a small fee. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.

McKinney: McKinney’s Red, White & Boom – July 4, 2015 in McKinney, TX. Downtown parade at 10am, followed by a car show 1pm-5pm. At the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, there will be family activities and food 7-9:30pm. Live entertainment 8-9:30pm. Fireworks at 9:45.

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West Nile Warnings in NW Tarrant County

The city of Fort Worth released information the other day regarding mosquito born West Nile Virus.

It seems at a local fire station in the Sendera Ranch area, mosquitoes carrying the virus were caught.

No human cases have been reported to date.

It’s important for local residents to check around their homes for any standing water. Keep any ponds on your property well maintained, as well as swimming pools. Gutters, old tires, unused flower pots can harbor just enough water for mosquitos to lay eggs, too.

We always have had good luck using Mosquito Dunks in any places where we couldn’t remove the water. In a place or two on our property, the ground itself stays swampy for several days after a big rain. Tossing a Mosquito Dunk in that area helps. Purchase Mosquito Dunks at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. They are not expensive.

Use an inspect repellant with DEET when you go out. Especially at dawn and dusk when the little critters are most active. Consider wearing lightweight long sleeves and pants for better protection.

One of my cousins contracted WNV (the virus form is the harshest from) a couple of years ago. He was quite ill and to this day has some lingering health issues from that virus. Around our family, we take mosquito protection seriously.

I hope you will as well.

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Fireplace Inspirations

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Who Is Your Agent?

Who is my agent?

More often than you’d expect, homeowners refer to the person they bought their insurance from as their agent. It sounds reasonable but it’s definitely not accurate. That person is the agent of the insurance company and they legally represent the company, not the customer. Even an independent agent who can place a policy with different companies is still an agent of the company. Lady Agent

A mortgage officer, in most cases is an employee and represents the company. And the same is true for a title or escrow officer. It’s important to understand the actual relationship to know what you can expect from them.

Any business person who wants to stay in business must treat their customers fairly and with a high degree of service. As a customer, you should be able to reasonably expect honesty and accountability. The difference is that employees owe their loyalty to their employer and agents owe their loyalty to their principal.

An agent owes more than just honesty and accountability. The principal can expect complete disclosure, obedience, loyalty, reasonable skill and care and confidentiality from their agent.
This advocacy is very beneficial during the buying or selling process to coordinate all aspects of the transaction. The agent can bring valuable experience to your side of the transaction to provide confidence that your best interests are being represented from start to finish.

Most states have a recognized procedure for the real estate professional to create a formal relationship between themselves and a buyer or seller. This requires a fiduciary/statutory responsibility that places the principals’ interests above the agent’s own personal interests.

Working with me means I’ll be looking out for your best interests during the entire transaction!



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What Kind Of Buyer Are You?

What Kind of Buyer Are You?

When they first, call many prospective buyers tell me they want a fixer-upper. It’s sooooo trendy to be a fixer upper buyer these days. It can be a wise decision, too, depending on circumstances. I ask a lot of questions because I’ve learned my idea of a fixer-upper is considerably different than many other people’s ideas.
What kind of buyer are you?
The Pristine Buyer—You are not a fixer-upper buyer. You want a house ready to move into so you can concentrate on your new job or new baby. You want great carpet, fresh paint, up to date appliances, gorgeous tile, and a recently mowed yard. The biggest headaches for you will be deciding where the couch is going. You’ll pay a few dollars extra to find this house. Often you’ll have to beat out other interested buyers in a multiple offer situation. Smart sellers are preparing their homes for your viewing pleasure right now.
The Up Dater Buyer—The Up To Dater Buyer can see how new paint and floor coverings can change a room. Appalling magenta walls or ugly wallpaper don’t daunt them. The UTD Buyer likes choosing new paint colors and imagining original window treatments. They will prefer the home had wonderful hardwoods instead of carpet, but they can see having that done before they move in. The closest they want to get to a kitchen remodel is choosing new appliances and fresh wall color. There’s still pretty good competition for this type of home…be prepared to make a solid offer quickly when you find it.
The Visionary Buyer— These buyers get that a run down house will need a redone kitchen or a complete bathroom gut job. These buyers love a foreclosure or a ‘Grandma’s House.’ Foreclosures often suffer from abuse or neglect. Grandma House homes haven’t been updated since Kennedy was in office, but are in otherwise great shape. These buyers are going to be known a bit more at the local hardware shops. They are also going to be asking all their friends who they know who does good tile work. In the end, they will have a home with a lot of sweat equity built right in.
Then there are the truly Brave Souls who rub their hands in glee when they spy holes in walls, missing cabinetry, and foul smelling carpets. Termite damage? No problem. No electrical? Not an issue. Rotten floors? Easy.
These buyers are the most experienced in home remodeling and updating. Maybe they’ve done serious rehab or remodeling projects in each of their last three houses. Smart ones have a small pile of cash waiting for the big unpleasant surprises the work crews find when they rip out a wall. They also have great relationships with many different sub-contractors. And if they don’t before they start the project, they certainly will after. The Brave Soul Buyers are wonderful for a neighborhood because they take what could be an unsightly junk house and turn it back into a home.
What Kind of Buyer Are You? The majority of my potential fixer-upper clients decide they really don’t have as much time and vision as they thought they did once we start looking for houses. These folks decide a little paint and carpet is easy…but it’s even easier to find a home where the seller has conveniently done all that hard work for them. Paying a few dollars more to move into a fresh, pretty home pleases them.
Whether you are a tried and true fixer or an ‘I’ll choose new paint’ kinda buyer, I love helping you find a great property. I know properties all over the DFW area for all types of buyers….and different price levels. Call me and I’ll tell you about what I’ve found.


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Welcome Home!

Real Estate

First Time Home Owners!

Welcome Home, Layton & Kathryn!
May you make lots and lots of happy memories in your first home!

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Happy February!

Happy February!

2013 is off to a great start!

Not only was January one of the best months ever for my real estate practice, it followed a very busy December. February is starting off in the same tone…I’m showing houses to a lovely, young, first time home buyer couple today. They have been looking for a while and are ready to take the plunge into home ownership.

I think the first weekend of February will start off with writing an offer on their favorite house.

If you are interested in buying or thinking of selling your home, give me a call. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have!

DebMc 817-798-2420

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SOLD in Fort Worth

SOLD in Fort Worth

3624 Kelvin

This charming house has new owners. The sellers got a nearly full price offer. Everyone is delighted with the outcome.

I can help sell your home as well. Give me a call.

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A Seller’s Market in Haslet?

Haslet Homes for Sale

Demand and prices have inched up this year.

A Seller’s Market?
According to the Texas Association of Realtors, Texas has seen a rise in price and demand and a reduction in inventory throughout the state.

I’ve noticed the same in most of my selling areas. Brisk demand and very decent contract prices. Not great prices—we still have a ways to go there, but much improved.
It’s been a solid year for real estate around here. And it’s not over yet.

Showings and interest remain high on my current listings.

I hope to close a few more deals before the end of the year. There is still time to buy or sell and be in the home by Christmas.

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