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Welcome to Our Running Blog

Looking for one stop shopping for all new activity on our site?  If so, you’ve found the right page.  From here, we’ll provide links to our brand new listings (and chances are you’ll be seeing them even before they hit the MLS), price reductions, sales, and real estate articles I’ve written.  We are usually providing updates throughout the day, so don’t be a stranger!

1812 Reynolds, Allen and 7575 CR 201, McKinney Sell

Some sales are tougher than others, but rarely are sales as easy as 1812 Reynolds in Allen.  It’s not a coincidence either. We’d previously sold another home for these sellers in Lucas and it sold for top dollar.  The home showed just perfectly and the pride of ownership was everywhere.  The comments from the buyer agents on that home were “You’re way overpriced” or …

The Differences Between Commercial and Residential Rea...

My first decade and a half in real estate was devoted purely to commercial real estate.  My past 17 years have been strictly residential, so you might consider me kind of a hybrid. If you’re trying to decide whether to get into commercial real estate or residential here are some of the major differences I’ve noted. Commercial Negotiations Take Longer Than Residential Commercial transactions …

Two Nice Lovejoy Listings Hit the MLS Today

Two new properties just hitting the MLS.  Both of these homes are in Lovejoy ISD.  Many people think you have live on acreage to be in Lovejoy, but that’s not the case.  This is one of the Allen subdivisions which feed into Lovejoy ISD on a city lot.  It also has public sewer rather than septic.  This has the Goodman Home quality, wood floors …

Lovejoy ISD Agent And Office Market Share Mid-Year Rep...

 With exactly half a year remaining, Tom’s sales volume to date is more than three times his closest competition.  He also has an impressive 8% of the entire Lovejoy market listed by volume. Who knows what the rest of the year will bring, but if this holds up, it will be Tom’s 17th consecutive year to lead Lovejoy ISD in sales volume. FYI, Lovejoy …

We still have half a year and many, many Lovejoy sales to go, but at mid-year, Tom’s more than three times ahead of his closest competition in Sold Volume and has about 8% of the entire Lovejoy market listed by volume.  Who knows what the rest of the year will bring, but if this holds up, it will be Tom’s 17th consecutive year to …

2017 Mid-Year Lovejoy ISD Agent Production

We still have half a year and many, many Lovejoy sales to go, but at mid-year, Tom’s more than three times ahead of his closest competition in Sold Volume and has about 8% of the entire Lovejoy market listed by volume.  Who knows what the rest of the year will bring, but if this holds up, it will be Tom’s 17th consecutive year to …

The Spammers Are At It Again

I just received this notification from Malwarebytes.  Coincidentally, I was planning on another blog alert in the next couple of days about a very dangerous email ploy which redirects the buyer’s wiring instructions after a closing to a bogus account.  So please beware!   SPECIAL BULLETIN Dear , A new strain of ransomware, a Petya-esque variant being called Petya/NotPetya, is swiftly spreading across the globe today, …

Two Homes in Title This Week, and It’s Only Tues...

Every Realtor on earth wishes these summer selling months would last forever, but we all know they won’t.  Things will slow down as we enter into the cold months and I’ll probably be crying the blues in January.  But for now, we’re all pushing hard.  Here are two homes we just put into title. I can’t think of two more diverse homes than the …

Lovejoy Announces Student Fees for Extracurricular Act...

A Message from the Superintendent Dear Lovejoy Community: Budget Approved – Fees are Lowered Around midnight last night, our Board of Trustees approved the 2017-2018 budget.  It was an incredibly difficult task because the Board was focused on protecting the Lovejoy experience each of your children has in classrooms district-wide.  The challenge came from the Texas Legislature’s unwillingness or inability to pass a new …

Three Sales and One New Home in Title

When I was in college, for some reason I remember a marketing course where we discussed the most popular words used when naming residential streets and apartment complexes.  One of those words was “Oak”. This week we had three sales, a lot on Red Oak (which is in Oak Meadows), a home sale on Oak Brook, and another home sale on Oakwood Trail in Oakwood …

National Association of Realtors Takes Zillow On, Yet ...

This article was provided by Inman.com NAR comes out swinging against Zillow Instant Offers Trade group will promote Realtors and realtor.com but antitrust laws preclude more aggressive action BYTEKE WIGGIN Staff Writer TODAY 8:11 A.M. Hordes of angry Realtors have called on the National Association of Realtors to come out swinging against Zillow Instant Offers, the pilot program that lets consumers request quick offers …

My Saturday Morning

If you’re a tech person, you’ve probably had times when nothing works.  This is how my Saturday started off. I received a text from Rhonda on my desktop saying she’d been trying to call me but it was going right into voicemail.  I knew my voicemail wasn’t full so I was mystified.  I took my phone out of its charging cradle and it was dead.  So I …

Lovejoy ISD is in the Crosshairs For Losing State Fund...

Here’s the Story and it’s not good news for Lovejoy ISD or Frisco ISD.  Ted Moore, our Lovejoy superintendent met with several of the Lovejoy ISD Realtor ambassadors a couple of months ago and told us it was a possibility.  This is one of the reasons Lovejoy is recruiting non-district paying students and has also set up a tuition based Pre-K program.

Two Fairview/Lovejoy Home Sales This Week

We’ve just closed on two more Fairview and Lovejoy ISD homes.  The first property shown below is a good example of what’s happening in Fairview and Lucas.  Land has become so expensive, more and more older homes being taken down for new construction.  That’s what happened on this property. Erin Hickman and I were flying the lot for our site when we met the …

753 Otto Court in Allen Sells

Competing with new construction in the same area is always a challenge, so we were thrilled to get this one closed.   753 Otto Court, Allen

201 Summer Hill in Fairview Closes

Great job Lynda on this sale!  This home went under contract the day it hit the MLS! 201 Summer Hill, Fairview

Another Property Goes to Title Before Hitting the MLS

Every year we sell homes before they hit the MLS.  Sometimes it’s one of our agents representing the buyer, sometimes it’s one of the agents in our Keller Williams office (we have 215), and sometimes it’s agents who are not with KW at all.  When this happens, the general public never even realizes the homes were for sale. FYI, we get listings on our site …

Contesting Your Collin County Appraised Property Value

You might have found yourself in the same situation we were in this year.  The value of our home has been slowly but steadily increasing per the Collin County Appraisal District, but it was in such small increments, it just wasn’t worth the time to contest.  However, this year we saw a big jump in our assessed value so I decided to appeal it.  I didn’t get much in …

Our Team Members Roll Up the Sleeves for Keller Willia...

KW is a culture, not just a company.  Here’s another example. Once a year KW offices all across the nation pitch in to give back to the community.  We all take the day off to contribute in one way or another.  We’ve built homes, delivered items to the needy, helped with Eagle scout projects, etc. This year we elected to work at the Connemara Meadow Preserve in …

111 Weston Dr is Now Ready for Showings

We advise people all the time unless they’re dead set on building new, they’ll get SO much more for their money buying existing. It’s not just the dramatic increases in concrete, roofing materials, and everything else that goes into a home. Land prices have escalated tremendously, especially in high demand Fairview with Lovejoy ISD. Here’s a great example. This beautiful Fairview/Lucas home backs up to …

Never Ignore Drips Coming From Your Attic

Thank you Tony Bohnencamper, our Nextdoor Neighbor for this reminder and tip... With the temperatures rising, it won't be long before our air conditioners are running practically non-stop. I would like to offer this friendly reminder. If you see water dripping from a pvc drain line on the exterior of your home, your HVAC system is trying to tell you that your main condensation ...

April Team Production Keller Williams Allen Office

Every month our Keller Williams Allen office shares the agent and team production.  There are 215 agents in our office.  These results are for the month of April.  Congratulations Team and a big thank you to all of our clients for allowing this to happen!  

Lynda Roundtree Joins The Grisak Group

We are so pleased to announce Lynda Roundtree has joined our team.  She provides years of experience as a Realtor specializing in both listing and buyer representation in Allen, Fairview, Lucas, and Parker.  She lives in Lucas and knows the Lovejoy area inside and out. Lynda has been a consistent Keller Williams top producer and her clients love her.  She already has two of her …

Two New Listings Not on MLS Yet

Here are two more homes we’ve just listed.  We are projecting they will be on the MLS by this Friday, but if you’d like to get in beforehand, please let us know.  We might be able to accommodate you. Our Starcreek homes have been selling briskly and it’s no surprise why.  It’s a wonderful family friendly neighborhood with it’s own community.  It’s almost walking …

One in, One Out, and One Coming

This week we had one home go into title and one came out as a sale.  We should have another nice (and affordable) Lovejoy ISD home to announce later this weekend and I’ll share that once the agreement is signed.  Needless to say, you have to keep your pipeline full in this business or you’ll never survive. I’ve learned something about myself over the years. …

Our KW Allen Office Just Had The Most Profitable Month...

April, 2007 was not only a very good  month for The Grisak Group, it was also the best month ever for our Allen, Texas office.  We have a great thing going over here so I’m not surprised. We’re the dominant real estate company in Allen, Fairview, and Lucas.  In fact, we have more market share than the next 5 real estate offices combined.  You don’t …

Protesting Your Collin County Property Taxes This Year...

If the answer is yes, you have until the end of May to file your appeal.  Of course, we can’t appeal for you, but we might be able to help you with sale comparables. I say “might” because we never know if a good comparable(s) is out there for your home.  We’ll pull up the sales and you can make the decision which comps …