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Welcome to Tom’s Running Blog

I’ve been taking notes for decades about interesting things and people I’ve met in real estate and I’ll be sharing some of those experiences with you.  I’ve had thrilling, extremely disappointing, and even humorous stories that have happened to move over the past 30 some odd years.  I’ve never minded sharing a good laugh especially when it’s about me, so I’ll be sprinkling those stories in as well.  I hope you’ll find my blog helpful, informative, and sometimes you might even have a laugh about some of my bonehead mistakes.

765 Kenwood Trail, Lucas, Tx

This pretty single story home appears much larger than it is with the breezeway and the way it wraps around the lot. The detached garage would also make a great office.  It’s nice sized at about 4,779SF and has with 5 bedrooms.  It’s located in Lovejoy ISD, one of the finest school districts in the state of Texas.  Please follow the link for a complete …

Last Night’s Fairview Planning and Zoning Update...

Agenda: (1) Approval for patio cover at 1010 Patrician Ct – approved (2) Fairview Town Center Progress Update from LPC representative To date 30K of retail space has been demolished making way for the park / stage area.  Current tenants seem happy with changes and anticipate excitement about having a venue for outdoor concerts and festivals. Hoping for mid April completion date. Where Patrizio’s was located …

Is Keller Williams the Right Fit For You?

There’s a lot of talk these days about online brokerages with low fees, no office, and no personal interaction with other agents.  If you think that’s the road to a successful real estate career, Keller Williams might not be for you.  However if you believe, as I do, you need to be plugged in, interacting with other motivated and successful people, and pushing yourself …

Were You Pumped About Getting Back to Work This Week?

OK, so you’re back to work after a nice long holiday break. I have four questions for you … Were you excited to get back to work? Do you really enjoy what you’re doing or is it just a paycheck? Do you have the opportunity to really knock it out of the park and double or triple your current income? Is next year or …

1155 Christian Lane and 146 Estelle Lane in Lucas Both...

We closed on two very nice Lucas homes with Lovejoy ISD on Friday.  This is the second time we’ve sold both of these homes. Those who know me have heard me say so many times how special the home shown just below is to Rhonda and me.  We started out in Lucas in this home 18 or so years ago.  We raised our son there …

The Difference Between Cluttered and Dirty

Here’s one of my old war stories.  Things that happened in my career that taught me a good lesson. Maybe ten years ago I had a listing appointment on a nice home in Fairview.  As I was walking through I noticed the seller had a lot of “stuff” on shelves, counters, desks, bookcases, mantles, etc.  I was so busy looking at family pictures, mementos …

We’ve Just Listed This Completely Restored Home ...

One of the really fun things about our business is we get to see neat homes in all price ranges.  Expensive, affordable, old, new, refurbished, updated, modern, traditional, contemporary, craftsman, and on and on. We all love this new listing here in our office!  It was built in 1906, burned down, and then completely restored starting in 2011.  We think you’ll like it too! …

The Picture That Sold a Home

Many years ago, I had a beautiful home listed in one of the premier Fairview subdivisions.  I showed it to a couple who really seemed to like it.   Let me rephrase that.  Mrs. Buyer seemed to really like the home and Mr. Buyer was noncommittal.  I never could figure out if he didn’t like the home or liked it and just wasn’t showing his …

2018 Housing Market Looking Great for the Dallas Fort ...

  D-FW will be one of the country’s hottest home markets in 2018 Written by Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor Dallas Morning News North Texas’ hot housing market won’t cool in 2018, according to a new forecast. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is expected to be one of the top home markets in the country next year, according Realtor.com’s just-released projections. Only Las Vegas will have …

723 Bending Oak, Fairview, Texas Is Now For Sale

We’ve sold many beautiful homes up here in Fairview, Texas, but I can’t think of one more highly finished out than 723 Bending Oak.  It really is a gorgeous estate home, both inside and out.  It’s situated in Lovejoy ISD, one of the finest little school districts in the state of Texas.  The home is priced at $2.2 million and will be ready for …

How Do You Tell Someone There’s Little to No Val...

Imagine you’re a homeowner in Lucas, Tx on a really nice 8-10 acre tract of land. You’ve raised your family there, added square footage to the home, and done some upgrades. The home is about 30 years old and you’re finally ready to sell. So in walks Tom  and tells you he thinks there’s very little value in your home, but there’s some great news too. …

Fairview Town Center, Fairview, Texas

I recently posted an update on the Fairview Town Center (formerly called the Village at Fairview). Lincoln Properties is undertaking a major renovation on the project.  Here’s a look at their new sign going up today. Below, you’ll see some pictures of that land before construction started.  They were taken on April 3rd, 2007, ten and a half years ago.  The changes we’ve seen in Fairview …

Town of Lucas, Tx City Council Annexes Rest of Cimarro...

Lynda Roundtree, one of our Lovejoy buyer and listing specialists attended last week’s Lucas city council meeting.  Below are her notes …   The Lucas, Tx city council voted to annex the remaining lots in Cimarron, Edgewood Estates and Claremont Springs that were not part of the city of Lucas.  Several residents showed up to express their displeasure at being annexed.  They felt that …

723 Bending Oak in Fairview Just Listed

Every time I think “Well, I won’t see another Fairview home as nice as that for awhile” another one comes along that challenges it.  And it happened again. 723 Bending Oak is just stunning.  It’s located in Tranquility Farms, one of Fairview’s most prestigious developments and kids attend the fabulous Lovejoy ISD, one of the best school districts in the entire state of Texas.  ...

“Let There Be Less Light” From My Fairview...

Here’s a Dallas Morning News article about Fairview written in 2004.  I thought about it after we attended the last Fairview Planning and Zoning meeting.  They were discussing the ordinance limiting lighting to 20,000 lumens per acre to preserve the dark nights. Several things stood out about this old article.  First, the article said there were 3,500 people in Fairview.  Now there are about …

Lakes of Fairview, Texas Introduction

The Lakes of Fairview is a proposed 60 acre development near the intersection of Hart Rd and Country Club in Fairview, Texas.  Here are just a few of the highlights and much more will be provided as it comes available   Steve Dinapoli is the highly regarded developer.  He has just completed two highly successful high end developments in Fairview called Three Oaks and …

1401 Red Oak Trail in Fairview Now Under Contract

1401 Red Oak Trail in Fairview’s Oak Meadows is now under contract.  The home is priced at $2.25 Million and is currently under construction.  This is another of Ron McHam’s beautiful custom homes and we’re all looking forward to seeing it all come together.  We’ll be updating the pictures as the home is being finished out.  It should be ready for occupancy in February …

Compare City and School Taxes in the Towns We Speciali...

You might be surprised to learn which city and school district has the highest taxes.  We'll break it down for you on a $500K home right here.

3610 Dublin Rd in Parker, Tx Just listed

Parker, Texas isn’t just where the famous Southfork Ranch is located, it’s also home to many of the most impressive estate properties.  Dublin Road is the most distinctive address in Parker and we’ve just listed a 9 acre estate property.   There’s a nice home on the property that can be renovated or it can be torn down.  All value is in the land. Estate …

Residence Inn in Fairview Town Center Opens

The 117-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Fairview, Texas is scheduled to open today, Monday, November 6, 2017. Located at 295 Murray Farm Road, the all-suite Residence Inn Dallas Allen/Fairview will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Lowen Fairview LP and managed by Lowen Hospitality Management of Grapevine, Texas. The property is the anchor hotel for the Fairview Town Center and is 33 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. …

As Predicted (and Hoped For) 146 Estelle in Lucas is N...

We’ve all been hearing rumblings of a “market shift” for some time.  That is, a shift in leverage from the seller’s to the buyer’s side.  We’re a little nervous about it but then again agents are always nervous about the market.  Is there really a shift going on?  If so, has it started and if so, how long until we really start to see …

Pin Stack in Allen, Tx Now Open

The new Pin Stack in Allen, Texas (635 Central Expwy North) opened this week and no-one’s happier than the 225 agents in our Keller Williams Allen office right next door!  It’s a Main Event on steroids.  They have bumper cars, laser tag, arcade, nice dining area, bar, rooms for private events, a climbing wall, and of course, lots of bowling lanes.  

146 Estelle Ln in Lucas, Tx Now For Sale

Every so often, we get a listing on a home we think will sell quickly.  We’re always cautious about saying that because if it doesn’t, we have mud on our face.  But we’re going to roll the dice on this home and speculate it will be our next property to go into title.  This home will appeal to active buyers for quite a few …

Negotiating Personal Property

One of my golden real estate rules is never negotiate on the personal property at the same time you’re negotiating on the price of the home.  Not only can that create some real hard feelings between the buyer and seller, it can even kill the sale.  It happened to me twice on the same home which I’ll share later. What’s Considered Personal Property? Think …

Starcreek’s 2017 Fall Festival with the Grisak G...

Starcreek in Allen is one of our favorite and most popular developments.  Here's some pictures and video of the 2017 Fall Festival.  Lots of fun for kids and parents alike.  And if you'd like to become a part of this wonderful neighborhood, please call Kelly Pearson, our Starcreek expert.  She lives in Starcreek and knows it intimately.  Kelly can be reached at [email protected] or (720) ...

Kingdom Estates Lots in Fairview Now Being Developed

In Fairview’s luxury home market the progression has been Oakwood Estates  (developed about 15 years ago),then Stone Creek, Tranquility Farms, Three Oaks, just this past year Oak Meadows and now, Fairview’s newest estate home address, Kingdom Estates.  Like the others, it will be very special.  There are creek lots, wooded lots, open lots, 2 acre lots and larger so there’s plenty to choose from.  The streets are currently …

Lucas, Texas, a Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Ci...

Here’s why I love living in Lucas.  What a treat to enjoy this open land, farms, and ranches along with the animals that come with them like emu’s, dogs, guineas, roosters, cattle and of course horses.  We saw these guys yesterday near our home.  Then I had a business luncheon at Glorias Restaurant in Fairview.  It took me 8 minutes to get there from …

411 Windsor Court in Fairview For Sale

We’ve just listed a very nice single story home in Fairview at 411 Windsor Court.   It’s a nice size for Fairview and so much more affordable than the new homes coming out of the ground with an average price of $1 Million.  Great Lovejoy schools and kids can walk across the street to the original Lovejoy Elementary.  Nice pool setting and big gameroom upstairs …

146 Estelle Ln in Lucas Now For Sale

We're really excited to share several new listings, two of which are not on the MLS yet.  The first of the three, pictured below, is one of them. I've always thought this was a very classy and attractive home even when it had it's prior composite roof.  I just love the "hill country" look.  The seller's beautiful, new standing seam roof completed the look. ...

Why Two High Producers Joined the Keller Williams Alle...

It only took me 10 years to finally say yes to KW, and to be honest, if I’d done it 5 years earlier, I’d be way ahead of the learning curve when it comes to building a successful team.  I didn’t need KW to show me how to sell real estate, I needed their help on team building.  That’s what KW is known for …

1361 Red Oak Trail in Oak Meadows of Fairview

We are almost sold out in Fairview's gorgeous Oak Meadows.  There are four homes currently under construction and two more to start soon.  We have two lots left, and that's it.  This will be one of Fairview's premier custom home communities, there's no question about that.  And kids will attend Lovejoy ISD, one of the top rated school districts in the entire state of ...

735 Blondy Jhune Rd in Lucas Sells

It’s not every day a Realtor gets to sell a log cabin in the Dallas area and it was a first for me too.  It’s located on Blondy Jhune Rd, my favorite in the entire area.  Visit the site and you’ll see why I like it so much