3813 McKinley Drive, Plano, TX 75023

This 1425 square foot is too cute and lives much larger than its size.  3813 McKinley in Plano, TX is offered for sale for $210,000 and has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a 2 car garage. This  adorable updated one story home was built in 1978 and is located in the heart of Plano.  The neighborhood of Park Forest is served by the Plano Independent School District schools of Christie Elementary, Carpenter Middle School, Clark High School and Plano Senior High School.

The home has many fresh updates. Kitchen updates include ceramic tile flooring and backsplash, stainless steel dishwasher, countertops and an updated kitchen sink. Both bathrooms have been updated with ceramic tile, tub and shower surround, upgraded vanities, lighting and mirrors.

The master bedroom has a huge walk in closet as does one of the secondary bedroom.  Other features include fresh paint, huge brick fireplace, vaulted ceilings, tons of natural light, arched openings, wood entryway, ceiling fans, mature tees, walk in closets, extended backyard patio, and additional landscaping.  A new roof was installed in 2016.

Walking distance to Christie Elementary and Chisholm Trail Park.

View all homes listed for sale in Park Forest neighborhood  in Plano, TX.


Check Out the New McKinney Apex Centre

Check Out the New McKinney Apex Centre


McKinney Apex Centre is the New Aquatics and Fitness Facility

McKinney Parks and Recreation is planning to open its state of the art 80,000 square foot aquatics and fitness facility on March 1, 2017.  Membership sales are set to start on February 28, 2017. The center cost over 36 million dollars and is rumored to be the most expensive facility of its kind in North Texas.  The  McKinney Apex Centre is called the Apex Centre because it rises above the Gabe Nesbitt Community Park.

The McKinney Apex Centre will include a gymnasium, an elevated track, babysitting, classrooms, locker rooms, Lifefitness machines, a weight room, basketball courts and an outdoor leisure pool with over 10,000 square feet of surface water.

The fitness part of the Apex Centre will offer group classes in cardio, core, flexibility and stability.  Some of the group classes will:

  • Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Spin (Utilizing the Spivi system)
  • Yoga
  • Step
  • Water Aerobics

Personal trainers are available for an additional fee.  In addition, various sports classes will be available as well. Some classes will require an additional fee, such as BOGAfit.

In additional, the McKinney Apex Center will feature an indoor leisure pool, an indoor competition pool, an indoor water slide and an outdoor water park.

The Apex Centre has numerous opportunities to host parties, weddings, reunions and other types of receptions and gatherings throughout the year.

The Apex Centre is located at  3003 Alma Rd, McKinney, TX  75070 which is within the Gabe Nesbitt Community Park.

Operating Hours (Once Open)
Monday – Thursday – 4:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – 4:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Yearly Membership Fees

Resident  Adult $500, Family $700, Youth and Senior $300

Non-Resident  Adult $600, Family $850, Youth and Senior $400

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

Don Rodenbaugh Fitness

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium is over 5000 square feet and features a 25 person group exercise room and a free- weight room.   Cybex strength machines, Matrix cardio machines and the FitLinx system are also available.   FitLinxx is a computerized exercise tracking system that measures the user’s progress.   Fitlinxx records and stores each exercise.  Afterwards this information is used to show the user’s fitness progress.   The FitLinx program is free for all members.

The group exercise classes include Zumba, Pilates, Core Fitness, cardio drumming, Roden-Barre Classes and individual personal training.   In addition, there is a 24 foot high by 18 foot wide indoor rock climbing wall.

In addition to the other group exercise programs, the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium offers the Silver Sneakers Fitness® program.  This national program is designed with older adults in mind.   By encouraging physical activity, the program helps older adults gain more control of their health. Silver Sneakers classes are free for  Silver Sneakers members.  Non-Silver Sneakers members can attend with an aerobic punch card.

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

The main indoor pool is over 7000 square feet.   In addition, there is a separate 25 meter by 25 yard competition swim area with two 1 meter diving boards.  Other features includes a zero-depth entry, a huge kids play structure, a flume slide, a lazy river, a shallow area and a spa. Besides the open swim times for the general public, the natatorium offers small class swim instruction, American Red Cross certification classes, special events and room rental for birthday parties.  Water fitness classes are perfect for folks who want an effective low-impact physical exercise program.  The classes focus on flexibility, endurance, strength, and coordination while eliminating stress on the joints and back.

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium Special Events

Dine In Movie events are geared towards children age 3 and up.  Dine in Movies are held April through October.

Under the Sea Easter Adventure is designed for children 1 to 12 years old.  Kids will try to find as many eggs under water in the time allowed.   Each participant will take home a “goodie bag” for playing.

Other specialty classes include Diving for beginners classes, group adapted swim lessons, and competitive stroke boot camp.

Additional features at the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium include a multi-purpose room, bleachers, locker rooms, covered outdoor patio, a conference room and a family changing area.

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium Hours of Operations

Monday – Thursday, 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m.

Call 214-509-4770 for more information.

Located at 110 Rivercrest Blvd, Allen, TX 75002.

1212 Sanderson in Allen is an Awesome Buy

1212 Sanderson in Allen is an Awesome Buy

1212 Sanderson in Allen is an awesome buy.   Moreover, this home is a bargain at $285,000 but that is not the only reason why this 2312 square foot one story home located in Shadow Lakes is such an awesome buy.   

1212 Sanderson in Allen is an Awesome Buy because it has a Pool and Spa

The first reason 1212 Sanderson in Allen is an awesome buy is because the current owner has taken great care of the pool and spa.  The pool equipment has been recently replaced and multi-colored lighting has been installed.


1212 Sanderson in Allen has an open One Story Floorpan

The home is over 2300 square feet which is very large for one story home in Allen, TX.   When you enter the home you will find elegant stacked formal living and dining rooms to your right and large study to your right.  The study can also be used as a fourth bedroom.   The secondary bedrooms are “split” from the master bedroom with the family separating the bedrooms.     The master bedroom is located to the rear of the home which maximizes privacy and allows for a great view of the pool.


Massive Amounts of Upgrades and Updates

There is no carpet in the home.  None.   Not anywhere.   Hardwood flooring and ceramic tiles are the only flooring in the home.   The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances, a ceramic surface cooktop, a very deep stainless steel sink, new lighting and fresh paint and thicker than average granite countertops.   Both bathrooms have updated vanities, vanity mirrors and lighting fixtures.

Allen School District

The Allen Independent School district is one of the highest  rated school districts in Collin County. Student enrollment has more than doubled since 1989, bringing the current number of students to more than 20,780 in grades K-12.  Currently the district has 17 elementary schools, three middle schools, one freshman center and one high school.   Residents of Shadow Lakes go to Story Elementary, Ford Middle School, Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School.

Walking Distance to Bethany Creek Park

This is an incredible park!    It is the home of the Allen Veteran’s Memorial and the Joe Farmer Recreation Center.   The park itself has 4 catch and release pond,  hiking and biking trails, a play area, sports courts and tons of picnic areas.

For more information about this home or if you would like a private showing, please contact Diana Clary, Keller Williams Allen at 214-263-3711.

Increase Your Home’s Appeal

Increase Your Home’s Appeal


Increase your home’s appeal so that it makes a great first impression. Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal.


Increase Your Home’s Appeal on the Exterior


* Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
* Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
* Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
* Tighten and clean all door handles.
* Clean windows inside and out.
* Powerwash home’s exterior.
* Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
* Paint the front door.
* Buy a new welcome mat.
* Place potted flowers near the front door.


Increase Your Home’s Appeal on the Interior


* Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
* Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
* Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
* Shampoo carpets.
* Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
* Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
* Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
* Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
* Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
* Fix or replace discolored grout.
* Replace broken tiles.
* Replace worn countertops.


Increase Your Home’s appeal with Special Details 


* Turn on all the lights.
* Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
* Keep pets secured outdoors.
* Buy new towels for bathrooms.
* Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
* Replace old lamps or lampshades.
* Play quiet background music.
* Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
* Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
* Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.
* Vacate the property while it is being shown.

Factors that Affect the Sale of Your Home

Factors that Affect the Sale of Your Home

There are many factors that affect the sale of a home.   However, the seller is only able to control three of these factors:

Factors that Affect the Sale of a Home that Sellers Can Control

* The home’s condition
* Asking price
* Marketing strategy


However, it’s important to note that there are numerous other factors that influence a buyer.  Furthermore, it’s important that understand consumer trends when you enter into a  sellers’ market.  The more your home matches these qualifications, the more competitive it will be in the marketplace. Your real estate agent will advise you on how to best position and market your home.


Facts that Affect the Sale of a Home that Sellers Cannot Control

The home’s location is the  most influential factor in determining a home’s appeal to a  buyer and it is something that a seller can’t control.  According to the National Association of REALTORS(r), neighborhood quality is the No. 1 reason buyers choose certain homes. The second most influential factor is commute times to work and school.

While some buyers want to simplify their lives and downsize to a smaller home, home sizes in general have continued to increase over the decades.   Home sizes have  nearly doubled in size since the 1950s. Smaller homes typically appeal to first-time home buyers and “empty nesters”,   Whereas, homes with more bedrooms and larger yards typically appeal to “move up” buyers with growing families.

Preferences in floor plans and amenities go in and out of fashion, and your real estate agent can inform you of the “hot ticket” items that buyers are willing to pay more for.  If your home lacks certain features, you can renovate to increase its appeal.   However, that may not always be the right move.  An experienced real estate agent  will help you determine whether the investment is likely to help or hinder your profit margin and time on the market.

Price To Sell and Still Make A Profit

Price To Sell and Still Make A Profit

Price to sell and still make a profit is one of the biggest concerns that homeowners have when listing their home for sale. The asking price you set for your home significantly affects whether you will profit in the sale, how much you will profit and how long your home will sit on the market. Your real estate agent’s knowledge of the overall market and what’s selling – or not selling – will be invaluable in helping you determine the price. The objective is to find a price that the market will bear but won’t leave money on the table.

Here are some points to consider:

Time. Time is not on your side when it comes to real estate. Although many factors influence the outcome, perhaps time is the biggest determinant in whether or not you see a profit and how much you profit. Studies show that the longer a house stays on the market, the less likely it is to sell for the original asking price. Therefore, if your goal is to make money, think about a price that will encourage buyer activity (read: fair market value).

Value vs. Cost. Pricing your home to sell in a timely fashion requires some objectivity. It’s important that you not confuse value with cost – in other words, how much you value your home versus what buyers are willing to pay for it. Don’t place too much emphasis on home improvements when calculating your price, because buyers may not share your taste. For instance, not everyone wants hardwood floors or granite countertops.

Keep it simple. Because time is of the essence, make it easy for the buyers. Remain flexible on when your agent can schedule showings. Also, avoid putting contingencies on the sale. Though a desirable move-in date makes for a smoother transition between homes, it could cause you to lose the sale altogether.

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

10 questions you should ask your realtor before signing the dotted line.    The answers to these questions will help you determine how professional, how prepared and how knowledgable the realtor is.

  1. Are you a full-time professional real estate agent? How long have you worked full time in real estate? How long have you been representing buyers? What professional designations do you have?
    Knowing whether or not your agent practices full time can help you determine potential scheduling conflicts and his or her commitment to your transaction. As with any profession, the number of years a person has been in the business does not necessarily reflect the level of service you can expect, but it is a good starting point for your discussion. The same issue can apply to professional designations.
  2.  Do you have a personal assistant, team or staff to handle different parts of the purchase? What are their names and how will each of them help me in my transaction? How do I communicate with them?It is not uncommon for agents who sell a lot of houses to hire people to work with them. As their businesses grow, they must be able to deliver the same or higher quality service to more people.You may want to know who on the team will take part in your transaction, and what role each person will play. You may even want to meet the other team members before you decide to work with the team. If you have a question about fees on your closing statement, who would handle that? Who will show up to your closing?
  3. Do you have a Website?  Can I have your URL address? Who responds to emails and how quickly? What’s your email address?
    Many buyers prefer to search online for homes because it’s available 24 hours a day and can be done at home. So you want to make sure your home is listed online, either on the agent’s Website or on their company’s site. By searching your agent’s Website you will get a clear picture of how much information is available online.
  4. How will you keep in contact with me during the selling process, and how often?
    Some agents may email, fax or call you daily to tell you that visitors have toured your home, while others will keep in touch weekly. Asking this question can help you to reconcile your needs with your agent’s systems.
  5. What do you do that other agents don’t that ensures I’m getting top dollar for my home? What is your average market time versus other agents’ average market time?
    A real estate professional’s unique method of research and delivery can make the difference between selling quickly or lanquishing on the market.   For example, an agent might research the demographics of your neighborhood and present you a target market list for direct marketing purposes.
  6. Will you give me names of past clients?
    Interview an agent like you would interview a potential employee.  Contacting references can be a reliable way for you to understand how he or she works, and whether or not this style is compatible with your own.
  7. Do you have a performance guarantee? What happens if I am not satisfied with your performance?
    In the heavily regulated world of real estate, it can be difficult for an agent to offer a performance guarantee. If your agent does not have a guarantee, it does not mean they are not committed to high standards. Typically, he or she will verbally outline what you can expect from their performance. Keller Williams Realty understands the importance of win-win business relationships: the agent does not benefit if the client does not also benefit.
  8. How are you paid? How are your fees structured? May I have that in writing?
    In many areas, the seller pays all agent commissions.  Some agents charge other administrative or special service fees that are charged to clients, regardless of whether they are buying or selling. Be aware of the big picture prior to signing any agreements.  Furthermore, ask for an estimate of costs from any agent you contemplate employing.
  9. How would you develop pricing strategies for our home?
    Although location and condition affect the selling process, price is the primary factor in determining if a home sells quickly, or at all. Access to current property information is essential, and sometimes a pre-appraisal will help. Ask your agent how they created the market analysis, and whether your agent included For Sale by Owner homes, foreclosed homes and bank-owned sales in that list.
  10. What will you do to sell my home? Who pays for your advertising?  Ask your real estate agent to give you a clear plan of how marketing and advertising dollars will be spent. If there are other forms of marketing available but not specified in the plan ask who pays for those.  Request samples or case studies of the types of marketing strategies that your agent proposes (such as Internet Websites, print magazines, open houses, and local publications).
8 Steps To Selling Your Home

8 Steps To Selling Your Home

1. Define your needs. Write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?” For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your goals, write down if you’d like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin. Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.

2. Name your price. Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and state of the overall market in your area. It’s often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so your real estate agent’s expertise is invaluable at this step. Your agent will know what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market. If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done. This typically costs a few hundred dollars. Remember: You’re always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this happens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings.

3. Prepare your home. Most of us don’t keep our homes in “showroom” condition. We tend to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer. First impressions are the most important. Your real estate agent can help you take a fresh look at your home and suggest ways to stage it and make it more appealing to buyers. * A home with too much “personality” is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized d?cor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs. * Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer’s first impression. * Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.

4. Get the word out. Now that you’re ready to sell, your real estate agent will set up a marketing strategy specifically for your home. There are many ways to get the word out, including: * The Internet * Yard signs * Open houses * Media advertising * Agent-to-agent referrals * Direct mail marketing campaigns In addition to listing your home on the MLS, your agent will use a combination of these tactics to bring the most qualified buyers to your home. Your agent should structure the marketing plan so that the first three to six weeks are the busiest.

5. Receive an offer. When you receive a written offer from a potential buyer, your real estate agent will first find out whether or not the individual is prequalified or preapproved to buy your home. If so, then you and your agent will review the proposed contract, taking care to understand what is required of both parties to execute the transaction. The contract, though not limited to this list, should include the following: * Legal description of the property * Offer price * Down payment * Financing arrangements * List of fees and who will pay them * Deposit amount * Inspection rights and possible repair allowances * Method of conveying the title and who will handle the closing * Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home * Settlement date * Contingencies At this point, you have three options: accept the contract as is, accept it with changes (a counteroffer), or reject it. Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding. If you have any questions or concerns, be certain to address them with your real estate agent right away.

6. Negotiate to sell. Most offers to purchase your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement. Your real estate agent is well versed on the intricacies of the contracts used in your area and will protect your best interest throughout the bargaining. Your agent also knows what each contract clause means, what you will net from the sale and what areas are easiest to negotiate. Some negotiable items: * Price * Financing * Closing costs * Repairs * Appliances and fixtures * Landscaping * Painting * Move-in date Once both parties have agreed on the terms of the sale, your agent will prepare a contract.

7. Prepare to close. Once you accept an offer to sell your house, you will need to make a list of all the things you and your buyer must do before closing. The property may need to be formally appraised, surveyed, inspected or repaired. Your real estate agent can spearhead the effort and serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer’s agent and service providers. Depending on the written contract, you may pay for all, some or none of these items. If each procedure returns acceptable results as defined by the contract, then the sale may continue. If there are problems with the home, the terms set forth in the contract will dictate your next step. You or the buyer may decide to walk away, open a new round of negotiations or proceed to closing. Important reminder: A few days before the closing, you will want to contact the entity that is closing the transaction and make sure the necessary documents will be ready to sign on the appropriate date. Also, begin to make arrangements for your upcoming move if you have not done so.

8. Close the deal. “Closing” refers to the meeting where ownership of the property is legally transferred to the buyer. Your agent will be present during the closing to guide you through the process and make sure everything goes as planned. By being present during the closing, he or she can mediate any last-minute issues that may arise. In some states, an attorney is required and you may wish to have one present. After the closing, you should make a “to do” list for turning the property over to the new owners. Here is a checklist to get you started. * Cancel electricity, gas, lawn care, cable and other routine services. * If the new owner is retaining any of the services, change the name on the account. * Gather owner’s manuals and warranties for all conveying appliances.

8 Important Questions To Ask Your Agent

8 Important Questions To Ask Your Agent

Qualifications are important. However, finding a solid, professional agent means getting beyond the resume, and into what makes an agent effective. Use the following questions as your starting point in hiring your licensed, professional real estate agent:

  1. Why did you become a real estate agent?
  2. Why should I work with you?
  3. What do you do better than other real estate agents?
  4. What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?
  5. What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?
  6. What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?
  7. What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?
  8. Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?