Hurricane Harvey is bringing us all together! How Can You Help?

Friends from “everywhere” have been contacting us to see What They Can Do To Help.

There are so many ways to do that! Here are just a few:

DONATE MONEY

American Red Cross To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at dallasfoundation.org.

DONATE CLOTHING, SUPPLIES

For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center will open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. TrustedWorld.org

DONATE BLOOD

Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

HELP PETS

SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift.

PROVIDE SHELTER

Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at Airbnb.com/disaster.

VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross redcross.org/volunteer

Salvation Army salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW

Catholic Charities USA Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.

GlobalGiving Visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Save the Children Visit savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.

Apple The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at ghcf.org.

These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need!

Texas Rising

 

 

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It’s ALL About the Schools…Highlighting GARLAND ISD!

Want to know more about GISD?  Read on or call me….let’s chat – 214.769.2142

Garland Independent School District
Exceptional Education
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Diverse Community
Shared Vision

About GISD: Educating 57,000 students across 71 campuses, Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County, fourth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 13th-largest in Texas, and is among the 70-largest in America. The district spans the cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, yet maintains a small town, family feel. With a rich tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses.

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Link to District Map: http://www.garlandisd.net/about/gisdmap

Choice of School: In most districts attendance zones determine where students will attend school. GISD employs a “Choice of School” program, allowing parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.

AVID: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and success in a global society. We use AVID to bring out the best in students and close the achievement gap. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org. In middle and high schools, AVID is offered as an elective class, although students will experience AVID strategies in other classrooms. In elementary schools, AVID is not offered as an elective. Students in an AVID elementary school will automatically use different AVID strategies to help them learn and prepare for college and career. AVID elementary schools use AVID strategies in a way that affects the entire school.

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School Meals: Choose 3-5 options for a full lunch meal: an entrée, one selections of fruit, two selections of fruit in high school, two selections of vegetables, a grain/bread which may be part of the entrée or separate, milk. Choose 3-4 options for a full breakfast meal: two entrées which is a combination of grain/breads and meat, two selections of a fruit or juice, milk.

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Parent Workshops: GISD offers workshops throughout the year with effective parenting strategies, ideas on how to get more involved and information to help your child be successful in school and in life. Past workshops have included topics such as:
• bullying
• guide to STAAR
• parent involvement
• motiving children
• cybersafety
• teen dating violence
• substance abuse
• anger management

Safety and Security: We ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Security cameras, controlled building access and a visitor registry system help ensure our students have a safe place to learn. Police officers are assigned to our schools to provide security, counseling and education. Emergency training and response plans are in place to make sure that students and staff know what to do in a crisis and that situations are communicated properly to the community in a timely manner.

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For more information about GISD or anything related to Real Estate, feel free to contact me!

No Time to Work-Out? Try this….D-I-Y Home Gym

Everyone is so busy…I know it is so hard to get to the gym! Why not make a gym in your own home? This is definitely more convenient and comfortable. Also, this will save you time and money in the long run.

Not enough space for a home gym?  Call me, I can help with this too!  214.769.2142.

Tips:

  1. Pick a good space. You want to feel relaxed in this space with minimal distractions. Have a garage, basement or guest room available?
  2. Buy some wireless speakers so you can get your groove on! They also can block out other noise and keep you from getting distracted. speakers
  3. Install mirrors and good lighting. Not only do you want to see your hard work but it helps to prevent injuries by watching your technique.
  4. Flooring is key. One reason is you want to protect the floor you have from scratches and wear/tear, but also a good gym floor will help your joints when jumping and also more comfortable when on the floor stretching.full
  5. Equipment, of course. Think dumbbells? Treadmill? Stationary Bike? The options are limitless. Just decide what works for you and what can motivate you!dumbells
  6. Optional – if you are trying to lose weight you could put a scale in the room as well.scale

Don’t forget to clean your equipment regularly and remember “the best workout for you is the one that motivates you to be healthy and happy.”

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Have Weekend Plans? Here are some THINGS TO DO & CHEW here in Dallas!

For More Ideas on what is happening around our Great Dallas Metro – just call and let’s chat!  214.769.2142

Parabola Imperial Stout Keg Tapping
Kick off your T.G.I.F. with a sip of some rare Russian stout. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is tapping into a Parabola Imperial Stout keg, one of only eight in Texas. To learn more about the event and the 14.5-percent ABV stout, check out the Facebook Page.

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Fish-N-Chips Pop Up
Get a glimpse of what life would have been like had the Revolutionary War swung the other way. Noble Rey Brewing Company is teaming up with The Proper Baking Co. for the ultimate British pop up. Fill up on fish and chips, pea fritters, beer-battered bangers and more from noon to 5 p.m.

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Oak Highlands Brewery Beer Brunch
Sundown at Granada and Oak Highlands Brewery are throwing a beer brunch from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase a ticket for the three-course brunch and seasonal beer pairing and learn how everything goes together. Tickets are $35. Buy them here.

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Bulleit Bourbon Cocktail Pop Up
Spend your Sunday at The Rustic for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey’s bourbon pop up from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a drink, live music and stick around for a family-style Sunday supper. Learn more here.

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National IPA Day Celebration
On Rotation is commemorating National IPA Day with a week of celebrations beginning this Sunday. Come down to their taproom at 6 p.m. for your fair share of IPA taps.

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(Information taken from D Magazine.)

If you know me, you know I LOVE our D.FW high-rises! There’s a new Skyscraper in our future…

Downtown.

North side.

Field Street.

45 story apartment high-rise.

Will be the tallest in 3 decades!

Call us to find out more about other great Developments happening in our great Metro!  214.769.2142.

Chicago-based company, Amli Residential is the developer. They hired Austin-based architect Page Southerland Page, Inc. to be the architect. They wanted something different…not the typical glass and concrete box. “It was of the utmost importance we do something unique and different being next to I.M. Pei’s Fountain Place,” said Amli executive vice president Taylor Bowen. “We want to have one of the premier timeless buildings downtown.”

Will be the tallest building next to the 55-story Chase Tower (opened in 1987).

Design: Pointed Prism of Green Glass.

This complex will hold 367 apartments, each unit about 1,250 square feet and will take 2 years to build.

Can’t wait to see the final product!

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Article by DallasNews.

LOOK where the Dallas Metro ranks! – Top 5 Cities to Invest in Housing 2017

Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina-based company that tracks more than 300 housing markets to gather data for these results. Jobs and home prices are growing in these markets. Each city listed still is predicted to grow 17% by 2020.

Call our team to find out more about our great D.FW – 214.769.2142

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Dallas takes spot #1 after being #6 in 2016.

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Jacksonville is the first of 3 Florida cities on full list of 20.

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Local Market Monitor CEO Ingo Winzer says “With a falling economy it doesn’t matter if things are good right now, they are not going to be good in a few years.”

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Prices in Seattle rose 12% last year the most of any list city.

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Despite the major rise in prices, homes here are not yet over valued.

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Dallas is still SIZZLING and if you want to buy or sell a home, call us for help!

-Cynthia & Diego Lopez @ 214.769.2142

What’s going on in Collin county?? Here are 5 Things to Know About Collin County Growth

To find out more about what’s going on in Collin County and Surrounding Counties in our Great D.FW, just call me! Let’s Chat: 214.769.2142

Collin County is the fastest growing county north of Dallas County, growing more than 45% since 2000. There is more net rentable property than the combined areas of Uptown and Dallas. Currently the population is at 940,000 and is predicted to be at 3 million by 2040! With all the new jobs the median income has also risen to $100,839. So why has Collin County experienced so much growth? How has this growth affected the traffic and housing? What is expected in the future? All questions residents and potential relocation buyers have on their mind.
dallas-cowboys-star 1.  Many companies are moving locations
Companies are moving headquarters to Collin County because the workforce, schools and housing are attractive as well as the low-cost tax structure. Says County Judge Keith Self: companies “can move across the street and lower their … tax by half.” Some companies that have been part of the move are Toyota, Liberty Mutual, JP Morgan Chase and the Dallas Cowboys.

2.  Existing businesses are seeing growth too
Crest Auto Group has seen a 25% growth. Mexican Sugar is beating last years’ numbers and they are always hiring more employees. A.R. Schell & Son Agency Insurance has also seen growth from last year. These are just a few examples of the many businesses that are currently thriving.

3.  Demand for single-family homes and apartments
This demand has become so big in the last few years! Median sales price has risen from $190,100 to $300,000! Because of the high demand, the inventory has dropped by 30%. Apartments are 94.3% full and rent is averaging right under $2000 a month.

4.  Undeveloped Land

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SOURCE: THE GIS DEPARTMENT OF THE COLLIN CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT; MAP ILLUSTRATION: SHAW NIELSEN

Still quite a bit of undeveloped land…wonder what the future holds?

5.  How bad is the traffic?  It’s getting bad!
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*Worst traffic is State Highway 121, just W. of State Highway 289
*Second worst is Dallas N. Tollway, just N. of George Bush Turnpike
*Third worst is Dallas N. Tollway, just S. of George Bush Turnpike

The exact remedy is unknown to fix the traffic problems. Options are to create and “outer loop,” more walkable neighborhoods, more trolleys and express buses.

Looking forward to seeing more change in the future!

(Information taken from article in D Magazine)