Plano, Allen, Addison, Frisco, & McKinney 4th of July 2015

Let’s Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday with a Sparkle and a BANG at these local, family friendly, Fourth of July Events on June 27, July 3, and July 4!

Plano   /   Allen   /   Frisco   /   McKinney   /   Addison

City of Allen starts us off with their 20th Annual

Allen USA Celebration 

At Celebration Park

Saturday, June 27 –  Starts at 4:00 PM

Free Shuttles / Free Admission

Sport Zone / Kid Zone / Teen Zone

Jurassic Zone / Military Zone

Main Stage and Community Stage

Michael McDonald at 8:30 PM

10:00 PM: Fireworks

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Addison – Kaboom Town

At Addison Circle Park

Friday, July 3

Starts at 5:00 PM

Family Fun Zone

Air Show – 7:15 – 9:30

Fireworks at Dusk

10:00 – 11:30: Emerald City After Party

Music & simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM

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Frisco Freedom Fest

Simpson Plaza, Frisco

Saturday, July 4  Starts at 4:00 PM

Party in the Plaza / Taste of Frisco

Children’s Expo / Community Stage

10:00 PM: Fireworks

** Hotter ‘n Firecrackers 5k Run on July 3rd

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McKinney Red, White, & Boom

Saturday, July 4

In Historic Downtown McKinney beginning at 10 AM

Red, White, & Boom Parade and Car Show

Later that Day…….

At McKinney Soccer Complex,

 Craig Ranch starting at 7 pm

7:00 – 9:30 PM: Family Activities / Food

8:00 – 9:30 PM: Hollie Cavanagh Concert

9:45 PM: Fireworks

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Plano – All-American Fourth

Star Spangled Spectacular

Free Concert – Plano Concert in the Park Series

July 3, 7:00 PM @ Haggard Park & Historic Downtown Plano

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36th Annual Lions Independence Day Parade

Parade Starts July 4, at 9:00 AM (Independence Parkway)

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Start: Plano ISD Admin Building 2700 W. 15th Street Plano Then north on Independence Parkway to Plano Senior HS.

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Plano’s All-American Fourth Fireworks Show 

July 4, 9:30 PM @ Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family to help celebrate Independence Day 2015 at Plano’s All-American Fourth!  Spectacular fireworks can be seen as the show is choreographed to music and simulcast on 97.5 KLAK.

Free parking available at First United Methodist Church Plano, Plano Centre and Collin College.

***Tune into 97.5 KLAK for simulcast

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We just bought our home with Tommy Thompson. We are very happy.

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What do Clients think of Tommy Thompson

In 2012 I started to ask my clients for a video testimonial of the  service that they received from myself and my team.  Here are a few of them.  Some were camera shy but I appreciate those that helped me out.

We want to move to our lake house

Bill and Diane Hickle, residence of Hunters Glen and Quail Creek 2013

WE JUST BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOME!!! 🙂

David and Tonya Beaudet were first time home buyers and expecting a child.  We had to get this done so she could be in her home for her baby 2013.

I need to be closer to my Children

Mrs. Margaret Gayle was a blessing in my life.  She and her husband spent their lives doing things for others and never asking for anything back.  These are people that make the world a better place.  It’s not hard to give all you have to a person like this.

HURRY- We are  pregnant and we need to get settled

Austin and Kristin Jones and spokesperson Asher sold their first home that we bought about 7 years ago.  We were off to build our next home in the Tribute-a new home community.  We were under some pressure because Kristin was expecting and we needed to get them settled

We are Moving  to get closer to our Grand Children

David and Debra Patrick had the opportunity to move closer to their grandchildren and make a great move for his career.

We are moving to the lake!!!!!

Harold and Sloan Coleman sold a beautiful home and moved out to the lake.

We had some real challenges on this sale.

Carrie Pergantis started a new part of her life as we sold her home and bought her next home.  Timing was everything.

Timing was everything

Lou and Megan Karwoski worked very hard to get their home.  We made several offers on homes and never got them.  Then I get a call at 7:30 one morning and Lou said he was standing in front of his new home.

Our Friends From California

Rama and Syamala Ati came from California looking for a Stucco home.  We had some challenges finding it until I was just in the right place at the right time.

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May I Suggest

May I Suggest….

Mexico Beach Florida

Sunset on Mexico Beach Florida

Sunset on Mexico Beach Florida

There’s a lot to enjoy in Mexico Beach, Florida Stroll the white sands, swim in the gentle Gulf of Mexico, warmed year round by the Gulf Stream. Discover the joy of shell collecting…gathering clams, scallops or crabs for dinner…build a sand castle in the sand. The only protection you’ll need is from the sun!Let Parker Realty help you with all your rental or purchase needs.We love this place.Great resorts are made…great beaches are created…it’s the perfect blending of both that makes the difference.  The sweet gulf breezes, the sounds of the ocean as it ebbs and flows, the sea gulls as they swoop by, the porpoises as they dance in the deep, sunrises and sunsets…all a part of the splendor of the sea.

But Mexico Beach is even more than that…Imagine a place where you awaken to the sounds of waves softly lapping over sugar white beaches; where your only decision is whether to lounge on the beach with a good book, fish from the pier, or swim in the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Imagine a place without honking horns, ringing telephones and blaring televisions.

A place where you can leave behind stress, work and congestion.

You just imagined yourself in Mexico Beach!!!

Just 15 hours from Dallas, Texas or a short plane ride.

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New Orleans Jazz Festival


We have been to the Jazz Fest since 1980 and you have to experience this. If you really enjoy great music, incredible food and a lively atmosphere, you have to go to the “Fest”The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 500,000 visitors each year. There are two main components: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Evening Concert Series. The Louisiana Heritage Fair is the signature feature of the Festival, showcasing unforgettable music on 12 stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.Check out the web site to get all your answers.New Orleans Jazz Fest

Our Time Share is located on Canal and Decatur, walking distance to the French Quarter, River Walk, Trolley Cars and much more.  

Boston and the Northeast

Located in the Northeastern corner of the United States is the great State of Massachusetts. We spent one week there in September of 2004 and toured the City of Boston. Taking the better part of a beautiful sunny day, we walked the historic Freedom Trail. You know where our founding fathers conducted business in the 1700’s. We stayed at the Marriott Long Wharf that had great accommodations and is minutes from most things down town. The Freedom Trail is a must when you go to Boston. Oh- by the way- Boston was just the start of our seafood extravaganza.We headed south out of Boston to a quaint little town named Chatham, just about 1 ½ hours from Boston. Although there are plenty of places to stay there we rented a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house on Sea Mist Drive. Completely renovated, with a short walk to the beach, I highly recommend this cottage. Check it out.Chatham Rentals While you’re at it, take a look at Chatham. Chatham is great because from there you can easily get to several areas on Cape Cod. Just 30 minutes is Providence Town on the Southern most part of the Cape. We strolled through the shops, ate lunch on the water and went to the beach in the cool late summer breeze.Next day we drove to Hyannis and took the Gray Lady high speed shuttle to Nantucket. This is a spectacular island with cobble stone streets, expensive mansions and more shopping. I highly recommend theFog Island Café for lunch. After a short ride back to Hyannis we were home in no time.To finish out the trip we traveled north to Rock Port; a quaint village on the water just north of Boston. Sprinkled with Bed and Breakfasts, Rock Port is a very ecliptic setting on the water. We stayed at thePleasant Street Inn in the carriage house. Dinner was the delicious as we watched over the bay at My Place by the Sea. Visit it for dinner, you won’t be disappointed.Thanks for sharing our trip to the Northeast with us.


Pagosa Springs, Colorado in the Winter

Skiing with Santa Clause in Pagosa Springs

Skiing with Santa Clause in Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs lies in the San Juan Valley below Wolf Creek pass and the San Juan Mountains. Champion golf, trophy fly, river rafting, nearby historic narrow gauge trains and Ancient Anasizi ruins are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. Located just 30 minutes from the best-kept secret in Colorado.  Wolf Creek Ski Area!!!!!!!!! An average of 435 inches of snow annually, Wolf Creek’s motto “The Most Snow in Colorado,” is no empty boast! This family environment ski area is lots of fun and not too big to get lost in. For several years we’ve traded in the Christmas gifts and taken the kids skiing to make the best memories for Christmas we could make.  Snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, sledders and tubers will find unending acres of breathtaking wilderness to explore. Ice skate on the pond behind the River Center if you’ve had enough skiing. There are friendly bars and restaurants, but our favorite is Frankie’s Place. Frankie takes personal pride in every dish served and loves to tell jokes. It’s just like home! You’ll enjoy the shopping around town with local crafts and arts. After a playful day in the snow, relax in the

“The Springs Resorts” natural hot springs.  When it comes to lodging there is no other place to stay than at the

High Country Lodge, Dick and Kathey Fitz take a personal interest in your comfort serving a home cooked continental breakfast daily for their guest. Stay in the hotel or rent one of the cabins equipped with kitchens and house keeping. Sled on the hills behind the cabins, horseback ride in the summer, enjoy a cookout or just relax in the hot tubs. There is no other place to stay.  It’s just 15 hours from Dallas by car or fly into Durango and take a 1 hour drive to Pagosa Springs.

Contact the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce to find out more about our secret.


Scarborough Faire the Renaissance Festival 

On a pleasant spring afternoon, when it’s about 80 degrees outside, there is nothing better to do than take a 40 minute drive to the Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie TX. Take the afternoon and stroll through the ground with trees, watch the craftsman working leather, silver, beads and more. Eat a turkey leg, enjoy a soft drink or a beer and watch as you walk back through time. The shows are the best for kids of all ages. Try it you’ll like it.  Celebrate the splendor and majesty of the 16 century Renaissance days of King Henry VIII at Scarborough Faire the Renaissance Festival. Experience the spectacle of mighty knights jousting for honor. Watch the amazing feats of the Royal Falconer and swashbuckling swordfighters. Be entertained by jugglers, magicians, bawdy wenches and much more on 11 stages.Enjoy the high-energy music of the bagpipers and the melodies of minstrels. Shop for treasures in over 200 village shops; watch artisan demonstrations and feast throughout the day on over 60 delectable types of food. Open Saturdays and Sundays starting the second Saturday of April through Memorial Day. I-35E south, exit 399A. 972-938-3247. Here are your directions:

How do I get there?  Scarborough Fair


Cozemel-One of the 10 best Scuba areas in our Back Yard

 

 If you love to scuba dive, sit on the beach, eat interesting food and clock out for a while the we are very fortunate to have Cozemel Mexico in our back yard.  One of the top 10 Scuba Diving areas in the world is just a 2 hour flight from Dallas.  There are many packages with Worry Free Vacations for vacations for 3,4 or 5 days of fun in the sun.  One of your favorite outfits to work with is Dive Paridise.  They have scuba/lodging packages for any budget.  From full outfitting to just a ride to a spot to get wet, they have been in business for years and are very experienced. 

There is as much to do out of the water as there is in the water.  We rented scooters for about $30.00 for a day and went to the end of the island stopping at the ocean front patio restaurants for a bite and a cervesa on the way. 

Night time was just as much fun with live bands, shopping, restaurants and strolling through downtown.

If you just want to get away for a few day and have a passport, give it a try.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park

A look over Snake River at the Grand Teton Mountains
A look over Snake River at the Grand Teton Mountains

This great country of ours is blessed with minds that have shaped the United States into what it is today. The vision of men such as John Coulter and President Grant in the 1800’s set the foundation for Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Declared a national park in 1872, Yellowstone was the first nation park in the world. The Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929 with 96,000 acres and mountains reaching 13,770 at the Grand Teton massif.

A visit to this part of our nation will humble the most traverse traveler with it’s beauty, massive open spaces and wildlife.The Gyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park is filled with an array of color from the hot springs.  Old Faithful Lodge is the largest log structure in the world with a fireplace that is 3 stories tall and over 50 tons of stone in it’s construction.

The Grand Teton National Park has a host of activities for people of all ages. From hiking, animal watching, bird watching, fishing, mountain climbing and more. To watch the sun rise on the mountains is a site you will never forget.Set your sights on Wyoming.  Fly into Jackson Hole or take your car or camper to one of the 10 wonders of the world in my opinion.

Have a great time

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Market Stats for Plano Single Family Home YTD

Market Stats for Plano Single Family Home YTD

As you can see the Dallas/Plano Market continues to be strong. I don’t see us slowing down soon, we will cool off though.

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Hunters Glen and Quail Creek 2013 National Night Out

It is amazing the culture that we have in our community. The 2013 National Night Out was hosted by the Hunters Glen Homeowner’s Association. There was lots of parents, children and grand babies to play, eat and visit. The Crime Prevention Unit of the Police Department gave a great speech. We have a safe neighborhood and events like this make it that way.

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Neighborhood Garage Sale

Our Spring “Neighborhood” Garage Sale
is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th,2016
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Deadline for sign-up Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.
That is when Maps with Ads are finalized and go to print!

 More information in our September mailer.

Please use the sign-up page (link below) to participate in October Garage Sale.  This is the BEST and EASIEST way for us to keep up with so many participants.  Thanks!

Garage Sale Sign-up Form

You must get a Garage Sale Permit from the City of Plano.  It is free, easy to do, and you could be fined if caught without one.  Each home must post their permit at their garage sale.  Use this link to obtain yours

Obtain Your City Garage Sale Permit

Post your garage sale on CraigsList to create more activity!! We will place several large ads without addresses just highlighting items from map ads.  It’s free!

 http://dallas.craigslist.org

Garage Sale Tips

Helpful Links and Numbers to have unsold items picked up and donated:

Salvation Army  214.630.5611

Hope’s Door 972-769-0610 ( They can pick up furniture on day of sale)  Call them

Donate Items

The Kidney Fund  214. 275.8808

The Vietnam Vet  Call Ray 972-285-4067 for donation pick up
http://www.clothingdonations.org/accepted.htm

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When you Get Your Roof Replaced, Look for These Items.

Roof Inspections

As a Realtor, I have been on many inspections of homes when they sell. I try hard to pay attention to the items that are noted by the inspector so I will by able to inform homeowners of inspection issues when they list their home for sale. I know that you are not in the market to sell your home but some day in the future you might be.

I know your roof looks great and functions as it is suppose to however here are some issues that you need to know about your roof installation that might be called when you sell. Then you might have to pay for that repair at the time of sale.

Here are some of the items you need to be aware of:

1. Flashing in the correct locations including around the chimney.

2. Ridgeline cracks in the shingles.

3. Proper decking clearance around combustible pipes.

4. Make sure vent pipes are secured and sealed correctly.

5. The hot water heater vent pipes need to be secured as well.

6. Nail pops from poor installation.

There are more items. If you would like to have your roof inspected by a professional inspector please call:
**Neither my company nor myself make any fees from these inspections. This is a simply an awareness that I wanted to bring to your attention.

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Long Term Planning for your Family

Most people have lots of things to save for but not always enough discretionary income after the family essentials have been met.

A relatively small investment in a rental home can control a good home that will easily rent, generate positive cash flows and pay for itself. The borrowed funds create leverage that earn a return on the total value of the home and not just the amount of cash you have invested.

The strategy is simple. Find a slightly below average priced home that will rent well. It will appeal to a larger group of people while it’s rented and when it’s ready to be sold.

Rent the home and maintain its condition over the years. As the loan amortizes and the value increases, the equity will grow. When your student is ready to start college, you’ll actually have several options.

You can sell the property; pay the tax on the gain at the reduced capital gains rate and fund the education. Another option would be to refinance and take the proceeds to pay for the tuition. This would allow you to continue to own the asset but would free your equity and under current tax laws is a non-taxable event.

Regardless of whether you’re trying to plan for your children’s education or your own retirement, rental property offers many solid investment opportunities. Contact me if you want more information.

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What’s New with Garage Door Openers

WE have come a long way with Garage Door Openers.  Here are some new features you might consider.

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