Celebrating the Season in DFW

Celebrate the holiday season in North Texas at one of these family-friendly holiday events. Happy holidays!

Want to find out more about the Great Happenings around the BIG D?  Just contact us at 214.769.2142 – Let’s Chat!

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Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square – Until Dec. 31
Take a walk through the Frisco Square and enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. The light show runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m. and there’s an outdoor ice rink where you can skate until your heart is content.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ The 12 Days of Christmas – Until Dec. 31
Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum’s extraordinary Christmas display. From 6 to 9 p.m. on select evenings, the Arboretum lights up with 12 elaborate Victorian-style gazebos inspired by the beloved Christmas carol. Each display is 25-feet tall and filled with beautifully detailed characters and animals.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Concerts – Dec. 7 to 16
Complete your holiday bucket list at the DSO’s annual Christmas pops concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Head to the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy live renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.

Dallas Zoo Lights – Until Jan. 1
This Dallas Zoo spectacular has quickly become a must-see this season. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with over 1 million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season. Discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals. You’ll also enjoy entertainment by local performers, crafts and tasty winter treats, including s’mores, hot chocolate and gourmet donuts.

Holiday Carriage Rides – Until Dec. 30
Take a tour of Highland Park and Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood with a festive carriage ride. Whether it’s date night or fun for the whole family, a leisurely ride to look at Christmas lights is a lovely holiday tradition. Different carriages are available to accommodate your party size and budget.

Holidays at the Heard – Dec. 14 and 15
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in nature at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half-mile nature trail, or stop for a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Grab a holiday treat and enjoy live entertainment at this family-friendly holiday event.

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Mannheim Steamroller Concert – Dec. 28
Mark your calendars for a few days after Christmas when the widely celebrated new-age music group Mannheim Steamroller takes the stage at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets start at $49, and you won’t want to miss the one-night opportunity to hear your favorite modern renditions of classic Christmas tunes.

Panther Island Ice Skating – Until Jan. 14
Take a trip to Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink, Panther Island, to join in some “cool” holiday excitement. The rink operates seven days a week, including all holidays, and a $12 ticket includes skate rental and tax.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park – Until Dec. 30
Experience the magic of the holidays at Six Flags Over Texas during this year’s Holiday in the Park. Enjoy fun for the whole family with rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and visits with Santa.

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Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker – Select dates in December
Take part in a beloved holiday tradition and enjoy a live performance of Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. This age-old ballet will delight you with a story of Clara and a dreamland filled with heroic battles and sweet treats. Performances take place Dec. 7 to 24 at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.

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Attention – U.S. MILITARY ON THE MOVE

We Value your Service and we’d like to offer you a Special Benefit to Thank You! 

For more information, contact your Certified Military Specialist: Diego Lopez at 214.769.3099.

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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!

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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)