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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.

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    

1080 Hart Rd in Fairview is Now in Title

This 8 acre tract of land is located right down the street from prestigious Tranquility Farms and abuts Willow Point Estates.  There’s an old home on it, but the value is all to the land.   Larger tracts like this don’t come onto the market very often, especially those located in Lovejoy ISD, one of the finest school districts in the state of Texas.  You feel …

1155 Christian Lane in Lucas Is Now in Title

A very special Lucas, Tx property just went into title.  It has 5 acres, two deep ponds with fountains, a huge old barn that’s just been renovated, pipe fencing, privacy gate, a gorgeous infinity pool, and unobstructed views over the trees to the north.  It’s also in Lovejoy ISD, one of the best school districts in the entire state and just minutes from 3 million …

Are We Heading Into A Market Shift?

After 6 straight years of a solid real estate market here in the Dallas area, we agents are a little spoiled.  Many believe the market is just going to continue booming and there’s nothing to worry about.  But there also many real estate analysts who’ve been predicting a market shift from the seller side to the buyer side for some time now.  Every cycle …

We KNOW Lovejoy Real Estate!

If you're interested in buying or selling a home in the highly popular Lovejoy ISD (a perennial top school district in Texas), Keller Williams is your go-to real estate company.  We KNOW this market.  In fact, our Allen office has more market share than the next 8 real estate offices combined! Now that the kids are back in school and the market has cooled ...

861 Saddlebrook in Lucas Sells

Lynda Roundtree, CLHMS represented the buyer of the home.  Lynda represents both buyers and sellers and specializes in the Lucas, Fairview, and Lovejoy ISD market

Why I Joined Keller Williams

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Launch Party for Lucas Estate Life Magazine at a Neat ...

One of the things I really love about my job is getting to visit these beautiful new homes coming out of the ground.  I usually see them when they're for sale, however this one wasn't quite completed. The owners of the home, MJ and Brandy Breaux, were nice enough to let Jonathan Price, the Lucas Estate Life Magazine editor use their home for the ...

Lunch with Fairview Mayor Darion Culbertson

I always enjoy meeting with Fairview’s Mayor Darion Culbertson.  He’s certainly passionate about Fairview and always happy to share what’s going on. Mayor Culbertson has led the way as Fairview’s grown from a sleepy little town not a lot of people knew about to what it is today.  I call it “a small town with a large presence”.  He’s in the last two years …

Do You Really Save Money Selling Your Home Yourself?

This isn’t a scare tactic, but after thirty some odd years of both commercial and residential real estate, I can tell you first hand, selling a home can be like walking through a minefield.  There are countless ways to end up in trouble if you don’t know what you’re doing or aren’t paying attention to details. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, …

Lovejoy ISD Traditions

First Week of School I often talk about the wonderful ratings Lovejoy ISD earns every year from the Texas Education Agency (top three school district this year for all complete grade 1-12 districts).  There are a lot of forces working behind the scenes to make that possible, not the least of which is the awesome parent participation and interaction with the administration.  Some of ...

Fairview, Lucas, and Lovejoy ISD Agent and Office Mark...

Many years ago when I made the jump from commercial real estate to residential, I was surprised at how agents said either they or their company was number one this, or number one that.  It seemed like everyone was number one and I didn't know who to believe. I was so green, I didn't even know the MLS keeps track of every agent and ...

Three Lovejoy Homes Sell

We've just closed on three very nice Lovejoy ISD homes, one in Lucas and two in Fairview, Tx.  These homes are all representative of the most popular price point in these two towns, $700K to $900K. 205 Dumont is located in Thompson Springs of Fairview, one the most popular developments.  It was listed at $799,900.  Michel Morales, also in our Keller Williams Allen office, ...

What’s Going On Under the Bridge on Blondy Jhune...

I couldn’t figure out why it was taking so long to finish the new westernmost bridge on Blondy Jhune Rd.  I thought the work had been completed but I could see trucks and a backhoe there.  So I went down to take a look under the bridge and saw the pictures below. Joni Clarke, the town manager, told me the bridge had been completed …

Lucas Estate Life Magazine Has Just Arrived!

Click on either image to see full size.  On the left is the cover of the inaugural edition of Lucas Estate Life Magazine and on the right is the cover of the most recent Fairview Estate Life Magazine The first edition of Lucas Estate Life Magazine has just hit the mailboxes and no one's more excited than me. We've been advertising in the Fairview ...

KW Allen Monthly Awards – July 2017

We're thrilled to be the Keller Williams Allen Office top group for July in # of listings taken written volume and volume closed This posting is also about one of our great team members, Sean Elliott.  When he joined us, he was coming from a career as a teacher.  As much as he loved teaching, he saw real estate as a way to take ...

Update with Joni Clarke, Lucas City Manager

Hi Everyone, I met with Joni Clarke, the city manager for Lucas, and she was kind enough to share some things happening I wasn’t aware of.  Here’s a quick summary Those two wonderful new bridges on Blondy Jhune Rd cost $1 million apiece.  I knew bridges were expensive but had no idea they cost that much.  They were well worth it and that was …

Zillow’s in the Hot Seat Again

I may be wrong, but I think Zillow is slowly entering into a fight for its very life.  I’m certainly not a Zillow fan and believe they have hurt our industry with bogus Zestimates and selling advertising to agents who know nothing about the homes they appear next to.  

Lovejoy ISD Finishes in Texas’ Top Four With Hig...

SchoolDigger is the “goto” site for school ratings. Here’s the entire list of Texas schools in case you missed it. It seems Lovejoy ISD, Highland Park, and Southlake Carroll are always right there with each other.  Those are three superb school districts that have two things in common. First, they are property wealthy districts.  Unfortunately, quality education costs a lot more than the government …

Two Nice Lots For Sale in Fairview’s Fabulous Tr...

There are only three lots left in fabulous Tranquility Farms of Fairview, Texas and here are two of them.  The third lot is priced well above these two lots. The development sold out some time ago so the only lots left are re-sales.  Take a look at some of the homes in Tranquility Farms and you’ll see why it’s such a premier development. Tranquility …

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 …