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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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.”

Content taken from Ebby Blog

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)

Relocation to Dallas

The Dallas News posted an article last week about the lack of houses in the D/FW area. Why aren’t there enough houses? The answer is because dozens of corporations are moving their headquarters to North Texas. For example, Toyota is moving 250 employees a week!

Each year, D/FW will receive about 60,000 new residents. Toyota alone is bringing 4,000 of those numbers! This is why the housing market is on fire right now. Home prices have risen to unheard of levels, with such a shortage of homes as well…one of the worst in decades.

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While some find the home prices completely over-priced, some residents from the West Coast think it is a bargain.  New home builders are also happy with all the change. This has really helped their sales.

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So what about the traffic? The ones that aren’t bothered by the extra traffic is again the West Coast transfers. One person said “it’s nothing like L.A. traffic.”

Realtors like me love working with Relocation clients! I love the challenge of that short window of time to find and close on a home. It’s hard work because you are educating them on the area and answering so many questions but it is rewarding in the end. If you, a friend, or a family ever needs help selling or buying a home, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Cynthia Lopez, TLG Real Estate Advisors | Ebby Halliday Realtors

Have you heard about Rowlett’s Luxury Resort – Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard?

Would you like to know more about the exciting Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett?  Call me at 214.769.2142!

This will be a luxury resort getaway…just down the street! It will consist of 262 acres of mixed-use lakefront property offering white sand beaches, an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon and a 1-acre show fountain-first of its kind in North America! You will be able to sail, fish, boat, shop, swim, eat or just relax! Bayside will also be selling single family homes, condos, town homes and apartments. The location is perfect too, only 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The company behind this 1 Billion Dollar project is Crystal Lagoons. Their US headquarters is in Miami and they are involved in hundreds of projects around the world. Bayside is the first such lagoon planned for Texas. Two more have since been announced for the Houston area. Those two will cost a combined $1.5 billion dollars.

The Texas based developer, Western Rim, is constructing the 845 urban-design multi-family residential units. These single-family homes and townhomes will be on the north side of I-30 off Dalrock. Dallas-based BOKA Powell is the architect on the retail and office portion of Bayside. Dallas-based 5G is designing the condo tower and a 500-room hotel with 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

So what about the traffic on I-30? Well, TxDOT plans to add three lines to each side of I-30, plus more service roads and bridges. They are also adding an 8 to 12 foot hiking and biking trail. That will start at Bass Pro and go across the lake.

So has anyone driven past the construction on Bayside? Notice any major changes yet? I am looking forward to seeing the progress! Let me know what you think! 

Cynthia and Diego

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Latest and Greatest Gadget’s You Need to Know About

Fun Finds!  Take a LOOK at that Showerhead!  Call me to hear about other Great Finds here in the D.FW – 214.769.2142

What tech items have you run across that you find amazing? Let me know…I would love to hear about it!

With our modern technology, we have seen some impressive inventions and gadgets the past few years. Some of the newest to hit the market are featured in the EbbyBlog post: The Latest in Luxury Living

One popular item is the Snapchat Spectacles. You can literally share your memories from your perspective. These sunglasses take 10 second videos that are shared over Wi-Fi. They come in black, teal and coral. Would you buy these?

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Another item is the Oombrella Smart Umbrella. This is a smart umbrella you connect through an app on your phone and it will alert you BEFORE it rains. It can also share live weather information and it has a “forget-me-not” feature to let you know if you left it somewhere. Colors available are black, white and rainbow with two sizes to choose from.

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The last item EbbyBlog mentions is the Ametis Shower System. Turn your bathroom into a spa with this shower system! It offers a soothing halo effect using LED chromotherapy lighting with a modern and newly updated look.

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One item I have interest in is the Ring Video Doorbell.  It allows users to see and talk to visitors even while away from home. Many colors are available which allows you to find the best match for your door. Set-up is easy and they are also weather-resistant.

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What tech items have you run across that you find amazing? Let me know…I would love to hear about it!