Why wait to SELL your home?

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Things have changed in the Real Estate world. You used to wait and list your house in the spring season. Now, for North Texas homeowners, it isn’t the best idea to wait. You need to list your house now!

The inventory of homes is so low that the demand is so high. Sales prices are up 7.4% and the time a home on the market is down by 4.1%. So why wait?

If you would like to see what your home could be listed for, click here for a comparative market analysis. It will give you a side by side comparison of homes for sale or that have recently sold in your neighborhood.  This will give us the best idea of where to start!

Contact me by cell at 214.769.2142 or email me at cynthialopez@ebby.com so we can chat more!

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**NEW LISTING** 602 Avalanche Drive in Murphy – Gables of North Hill | Wylie ISD

**OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 FROM 2:00 TO 4:00 PM**

Welcome Home!
Welcome home to 602 Avalanche Dr. in Murphy. Nestled in the highly sought-after community of the Gables of North Hill and home to some of the BEST schools in the entire Metro!

This Stunning and Sprawling residence has been meticulously maintained by its current homeowners; making this 6 bedroom, 4 ½ bath & 3 car garage home with over 4,500 square feet and over a quarter of an acre truly ready for you and your family to call home.
From the moment that you walk through the front door you are greeted by the tastefully designed residence. It has an open, bright and flowing floor plan. This residence is perfect for your growing family with plenty of space for everyone. Entertainment is easy here too with 2 Living Areas, 2 Dining Areas, and Large “Chef’s Dream” Kitchen, Game Room and separate Media Room!

The first large Formal Living room/Dining room combination is an expansive area.
There is a separate office complete with Glassed French Doors for added privacy.
The first level finds the Master Bedroom Suite and Spa-Bath retreat. Privately located away from the home activities – this large Bedroom Suite allows for the largest of furnishings with room for a Sitting area. Details also include an impressive walk-in closet with built-in features, double vanity, large walk-in shower, soaking/jetted tub and gorgeous tile finishes will make it difficult to leave. There is an additional 1st floor Bedroom with En-suite full bath and large walk-in closet. Perfect for our Multi-generational needs. Parents will love this 1st floor location too!

The “heart” of the home – The Kitchen. The Chef of the home will find every necessity here; a Large island prep area, 5- burner gas stove, endless Granite countertops and tons of cabinets. There is a serving Buffet and built-in work desk. The “students” can finish-up on their homework while getting caught up with the family! The kitchen dining area has more than enough room for everyone. Just off the Chef’s Kitchen is the 2nd substantial Living/Family area. Towering Ceilings, large tiled fireplace (direct-vent w/gas logs), bright and airy.

The Second Level is where you will find bedrooms 3, 4, 5 & 6 along with the Media Room and separate Game Room. Each bedroom is substantial in size with great storage and easy access to their own Full Baths. The Game room is perfect for your Pool Table plus so much more. Next to the Game room is the Media Room. This tiered room is perfect for stadium seating and has room for your Popcorn maker and bar-sized Fridge.

Other features of the residence include a large Utility area with added storage. The 3-car garage is a dream with built-in shelving, textured flooring and plenty of room for those “to-do” projects. The side driveway is protected by an electric security iron gate that opens into an extended drive for the rear-entry garage. Here you will find room for your Boat or RV Parking with plenty of room left over.

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What’s to LOVE about Gables at North Hill in Murphy?
The family will love that they’re walking distance from North Hill Park where you will find over 12 acres with the city’s largest Picnic Pavilion (10 picnic tables, sites, benches, fountains) including a San Volleyball court, full-size basketball court, soccer field, backstop, 2 shaded playground areas, swings and .5 mile loop walking trail!

Murphy is bordered by the cities of Plano, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and Parker and consists of approximately 5 square miles. It is approximately 20 miles from downtown Dallas, 35 miles from DFW Airport, and 25 miles from Love Field Airport. With the opening of the President George Bush Turnpike through Plano and Richardson in 2000, economic development and residential growth has been strong in Murphy, steadily increasing population.

Murphy citizens cherish the bedroom community located in a prime area of Collin County with plenty of access to retail, award winning school districts, community events, and beautiful parks and trail systems.

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Wylie ISD has 20 campuses including one 6A and one 5A high school, one alternative high school, three junior high schools (grades 7 and 8), three intermediate schools (grades 5 and 6) and eleven elementary campuses (grades Pre-K through 4). Wylie ISD offers an outstanding academic program with a focus on character education beginning in elementary school. The curriculum includes a wide range of programs from culinary arts to television production. The district emphasizes technology in the classroom and as a communications tool for parents. Wylie ISD has school ratings 9-10!

TO VIEW A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THIS HOME CLICK HERE!

Another great reason to call D.FW Home!

Ready to start celebrating the Holiday season? I listed my Top Ten best events in Dallas that will get you in the spirit!

The 12 Days at Night – The Arboretum is open for special lighted night-time showings. A variety of holiday music is provided throughout the garden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase. Wednesdays – Sundays, November 9 – December 30, 6 – 9 p.m. (excludes Nov.24, Dec. 24-25).

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Chi Omega Christmas Market – “Glitzmas” is this year’s unique luxury gift marketplace – features 175 specialty vendors offering one-of-a-kind fashions for all ages, accessories, toys, food, and home and holiday décor and more! Special appearance by HGTV’s “Rehab Addict” star Nicole Curtis. Location: Centennial Hall. Nov 17, 2016 – Nov 19, 2016 @ 9:30am – 9:00pm.

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Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Nov 25, 2016 – Nov 27, 2016.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra – Experience the magic of the most wonderful time of the year with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Don’t miss the Meyerson decked out for the holiday with an all-new production of Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops, the return of A Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza and new for this year, Grammy Award-winner Dianne Reeves and John Denver- Rocky Mountain Christmas! Dec 2, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016.

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Downtown Wanderland – The holidays begin Downtown with Downtown Wanderland, season-long programming featuring Unbranded, Park-It Pop-Ups, photos with Santa, movie screenings, and more! Throughout the season Downtown Dallas will be adorned with holiday lights and décor. Wander through Downtown and explore all there is to see and do. Dec 3, 2016 – Dec 17, 2016.

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Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade – We often get wrapped up in presents over the holidays, but the real gift is time spent with family. This year, unwrap the magic of the season at the 2016 Children’s Health? Holiday Parade, December 3 at 10 a.m. in downtown Dallas. Take in festive floats, marching bands and Santa as we celebrate every memorable moment. Dec 3, 2016 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm.

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A Season of Merriment and Melody -“A Season of Merriment and Melody” the 2004 White House Holiday Theme. In addition, the Bush Center will present special programs and events throughout the holiday season.  Nov 17, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017.

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Christmas at the Anatole – The Hilton Anatole celebrates the holidays with the celebrated Breakfast with Santa series and scavenger hunt activities again this year!  Including story time with Santa, face-painting, hot chocolate bars, kids craft activities and more. Visitors can also enjoy twinkling lights in the beautiful 3-acre park. Nov 26, 2016 – Dec 18, 2016.  Besides the dates listed, Christmas At The Anatole’s Breakfast With Santa will also take place Dec. 19-23.

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Santa and his Elves at 470 Feet – ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Santa and his elves are spreading holiday cheer with weekly trips to the GeO-Deck. Guests can enjoy photos with Santa, a balloon artist and tasty treats from Cloud Nine Café! Santa will visit the GeO-Deck every Saturday, starting November 26 to December 24 from 12 PM – 3 PM.

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The Nutcracker – Texas Ballet Theater ushers in the holiday season with one of North Texas’ most acclaimed productions, Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker at the Winspear Opera House. Nov 25, 2016 – Dec 4, 2016. Purchase tickets online or call 877-828-9200.

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Have you ever heard of “Layaway Angel?”

The Holiday Season is upon us!

There is a trend among our generous friends and neighbors that I found out about a couple of years ago and it has become an annual “gift” from my family as well –  it is something truly amazing. Have you ever heard of “Layaway Angel?” If you haven’t heard of it before, you will be in for a surprise! It is such a sweet gesture and it really melts my heart. What residents will do, around the Holiday season, is go to a local retail business, like a Walmart or K-mart, and they will pay off customer’s layaway bills. Can you imagine how you would feel if you were the customer, struggling to pay off some Christmas presents, to find out they have been paid for by an anonymous donor or a neighbor in the area?

One donor in Northeast Ohio paid off over $100,000 worth of layaways at two different Walmart’s in the area. This helped more than 200 customers! Another donor in Pennsylvania, who likes to be called Santa B., paid off $158,000 to two different Walmart’s in his area, as well. Same story in Florida….donation of over $100,000. You get the picture now?

One article explains how a good Samaritan was raising money to pay off people’s layaway. She explained that when she went to the store the cashier got so excited! She went through her layaway list and wanted to make sure the children got the benefit first. The cashier took an hour to find toys that needed to pay off, with an average of $100 each. She even got to witness two customers show up to pay their balance and to then find out it was now at $0. One lady had tears in her eyes and gave the good Samaritan a huge hug and the other told her she had just helped her buy her daughter’s first bike!

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One last story. Back in 2013, a terminally ill woman from Maine, wanted to do something nice before she died. She paid 16 family’s layaway bills at a local K-mart that were for school supplies. It totaled about $3,000. It was like “Christmas in September” for them!

Not all donations need to be this large and grand, don’t worry! If you go the website http://www.payawaythelayaway.org you can help by paying off a more reasonable donation. It takes you to their PayPal account and you can pick any amount you wish. They partner with Burlington Coat Factory, K-mart, Toys “R” Us and WalMart. An average contribution for the year 2015 was $30. But what it really is about is this: “That making an effort, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, is the only way to make a difference.” – Leigh M. Clark

If you ever need anything this Thanksgiving or Holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If we don’t know the answer, we will find it out for you.

Cynthia  and Diego Lopez – 214.769.2142

Want To Sell or Buy a Luxury Home?

If you have a home that you would like to sell for $750,000 or more, then it is considered a Luxury Home. It is critical that you use a qualified Ebby Halliday Realtor agent that is specialized in this kind of sale. The LOPEZ Group partners with Luxury Portfolio International, a website that presents a gallery of the finest luxury properties and brokerages worldwide. “This group collectively has decades of experience in the high-end luxury real estate market.” Luxury Portfolio offers extensive search engines and social media strategies to make sure your listing gets noticed! They also utilize international websites such as www.juwai.com and www.wallstreetjournal.com.

Clients wanting to purchase a Luxury Home are able to find many listings from all over the world by using Luxury Portfolio International. The LOPEZ Group has listings and below are some of our favorites! Just click on the link above to find additional listings from our group.

If you are considering listing your Luxury Home or if you are in the market to purchase a Luxury Home, then let The LOPEZ Group help you! We are qualified and knowledgeable on these types of transactions. We can help you step-by -step through the whole process. Contact us today at 214.769.2142.

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW | LOOK! JUST LISTED! Richardson – 4bedroom/3.5bath | Plano ISD

I have a new listing in Richardson’s gated community of Bridgewater Crossing! 3410 Sweetwater Drive. It is a meticulous 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with soaring ceilings and an open floorplan. From the hardwood floors to the large master bathroom to the two outdoor patios, you will fall in love!

Contact me for a private showing. 214.769.2142.