Mustang Lakes Amenity Center

 

 

As a member of the VIP Realtor panel for Mustang Lakes, The Marr Team got a sneak peek of their new amenity center that opens next week!! The beautiful 12,000 sq ft amenity center welcomes guests with several lounge areas, inside and out, as well as a fitness center! They are still working on the community pools, but they will be ready soon. The beautiful trees and lake surrounding this amenity center are beautiful. This community located in Celina but is in Prosper ISD is a must-see, call us today for your VIP tour!

Floor Plan Friday- Grayford by Drees Custom Homes

The Grayford is a beautifully appointed home with an open and inviting design. The two-story foyer welcomes you and leads into the spacious kitchen and great room, which features vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. Natural light streams into the space from the porch. The first floor owner’s suite is a luxurious oasis with a spa bath. Upstairs entertain family and friends in the game and media rooms.
Light Farms 50s in Celina is a Prosper ISD community that features this floor plan as one of their models. Call us today at 214-620-0411 and we will give you the VIP tour!

Protesting your Tax Assessments!

The bill has come and the tears have been shed – now what? Make time to protest your tax valuation.  Protesting your taxes may only save a small increment on your taxes every year, but continually keeping your tax valuation low will be off over time exponentially.  Statistics show only 1 in 7 owners will file a protest, but the process can be easy it just takes a little time and strategy.

 

You can begin the protest process online and you must file by the deadline typically May 31st.

 

There are two ways to generally protest the value given to your home.  The first is based on “Incorrect Appraised (Market) Value”.  This is simply that the appraiser put a higher price on the valuation of the home than what it could be sold for.  This is the easiest way to protest and was a hands down winner in past years, but not anymore.  With recent market values rising 10% or more the past few years the incorrect value method is harder to prove.  Our team can provide you the market valuation numbers you need to see if this method will work for you.  There are other ways to show your home is not as high in value as the appraisal office thinks.  Be sure to check the information on appraisal district website – is your square footage correct? Are the other details correct?  Do you have repairs that need to be made on your home? Do you need exterior paint? New Flooring? These types of needed repairs will affect the valuation on your home.  Photos are a great way to demonstrate your home is below the current valuation.

 

The second and less commonly known way to protest your taxes is “Value is Unequal Compared with Other Properties”.  This means that the tax assessor has valued your home higher than other similar homes in the neighborhood or area.  This take a little work to find similar homes for comparisons so you can review the appraisal district website to see if the homes are equally valued.  If yours is higher than others you have grounds to protest.  If you need help finding similar homes for comparison, please let us know and we can help provide those addresses for you to look up.

 

The Marr Team is happy to discuss strategies and answer questions as you move forward with the process – we are also always happy to hear of your successes or ways homeowners could improve to help lower values next time so we can all improve together.  We wish you luck as you work to try to save you some of your hard earned money this year and maybe we will see you at the appraisal office!

Summer Camp Ideas!

Summer is fast approaching and many are looking for fun Summer camp ideas for their children. Check out these fun, local camps!

Prairie Adventure Camp at Chestnut Square – Downtown McKinney

Lego Camp – Bricks 4 Kidz in Plano, Frisco, or Prosper

City of McKinney Camps

Any of these would be great Summer Camp choices, but there are many more out there! If you know of any great ones, feel free to share in comments below. Summer Camps are a great way to keep those kiddos busy while having fun!

Floor Plan Friday WITH a Walk-Through Video- Heatherwood McKinney

M/I Homes is now building in the final phase of Heatherwood in McKinney!! Let’s take a look at their new model, the Bellaire floor plan. This gorgeous 3,750 square feet home offers 4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths and has so much personality. You first notice the grand entry way when walking in with guest suite and study at the front of the home. The spacious kitchen comes standard with 42″ cabinets with tons of great upgrade options. The butlers pantry makes the dining room easily accessible from kitchen as well as over-sized dinette area with tons of great windows! Large master suite with double shower located downstairs as well as the over-sized laundry room with mud-room set up. Upstairs are two of the secondary bedrooms, bath with game room. There are additional options to add a 5th bedroom and media room as well. This home is a must- see as this final phase of Heatherwood just opened and now is the time to jump in! There are 60+ over-sized lots to pick from, including two cul-de-sacs, many with green spaces and along the tree line.

The Heatherwood community is a quiet location a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of a growing McKinney, but minutes from 380, 75, and the Tollway for quick travel. Community play equipment, swimming pool, splash pad and walk/jog trails give you places to get outdoors and meet your neighbors and the neighborhood. Prosper’s Exemplary John Baker Elementary is also located within the neighborhood.

For an up close look at this floor plan, enjoy our “Walk Through Wednesday” video below as we look at all that this floor plan has to offer. M/I is holding their Grand Opening on Saturday, April 29th from 11am-3pm but feel free to contact us before then as we do have complete info on this builder, floor plans, and community….we even have a special discount to offer!

 

Floor Plan Friday- Knox by Taylor Morrison

The Knox floor plan has so much to offer any family looking for a new home! With 4 bedrooms, and up to 3-1/2 bathrooms, this 3,094 square foot home has endless options and so much personality. The open foyer feeds into the spacious family room and kitchen. The over-sized island is perfect to gather around when entertaining. Options to extend the porch and make the front room a study, this floor plan has a great first floor layout. The secondary bedrooms and game room are on the second floor of this home with option for additional bath, media, as well as a dry bar in the game room. Definitely a must-see!

Taylor Morrison is building this home in  Willowcreek at Auburn Hills in McKinney. This community close to Highway 380 and Lake Forest is in Prosper ISD and has so much to offer from their walking trails, pool, park, and even a lake! This is a new community that you must see in person…call us today at 214-620-0411 and we will be happy to take you there for your VIP tour!

What You Might Want to Know…..

….about that Online Price Estimate!!

Thinking about selling and need a valuation on your home?  You might not want to put too much weight into an online valuation tool, especially if your home is in Texas.  Texas is a non-disclosure state which means when a home is sold the sales price is not matter of public record.  The only people that have access to sold data is realtors and appraisers, not even the local taxing authorities are privy to the data.

Why you shouldn’t trust online Real Estate price estimates:

zillow.com: “The Zestimate is not an appraisal and you won’t e able to use it in place of an appraisal, though you can certainly share it with real estate professionals. It is computer-generated estimate of the worth of a house today, given the available data. Zillow does not offer the Zestimate as the basis of any specific real-estate-related financial transaction. Our data sources may be incomplete or incorrect; also, we have not physically inspected a specific home. Remember, the Zestimate is a starting point and does not consider all the market intricacies that can determine the actual price a house will sell for.” “Is a Zestimate an appraisal?” at zillow.com/zestimate *

trulia.com: “If you’re looking for a precise value for your home, or if you’re thinking of selling your home, we recommend you talk to a real estate professional. After all, our algorithms are smart, but we can’t know everything about your home’s features and location. Connect with real estate experts in your area.” trulia.com/trulia_estimates *

homes.com: “We’re not suggesting that you use our home value estimate in lieu of an appraisal from a trained professional when selling, purchasing, or refinancing, but it’s  the perfect source when you need a reasonable estimate and you don’t want to wait.” homes.com.home-prices *

Above are a few reasons why not to trust online real estate price estimates. If you want to know the true market value for your home you need to call us, your local real estate experts. We can give you a quick “average” valuation as a start and if you need a more precise number we can stop by and see the property to give a true market valuation.  Let’s us be your real estate “go to” professionals.  Knowledge and experience is not expensive, it’s priceless!

If you want us to review the valuation of your home, click here to give us some information and we can follow up with you on the current market value of your home.

 

Source quoted from here. 

Floor Plan Friday- Plan 555 by Highland Homes

Highland Homes is building the 555 floor plan in the new community of Lilyana. Floor plan 555 is 2,552 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2-1/2 bath. This floor plan is spacious the minute you walk in the door with a study and powder bath at the front of the home. The open living area from the kitchen to the family room is perfect for entertaining! Secluded master suite has tons of personality including double vanity in the master bathroom with shower window over looking the relaxing garden tub. Upstairs are the 3 secondary bedrooms with a game room that is open to the downstairs living area. So many great options are available with this floor plan, definitely a must-see!

Lilyana is a brand new master planned community located in Celina but is also Prosper ISD. Lilyana will feature acres of green space, multiple parks, trails, and a resort-style community pool with an outdoor kitchen and pavilion perfect for get-togethers! This new community has so much to offer and is close to everything nearby…call us today at 214-620-0411 for your VIP tour of this community, builders, and floor plans!

Floor Plan Friday- Pinehurst by M/I Homes

Heatherwood in McKinney is finishing out the neighborhood with their last phase, 2C. The builder in 2C is M/I Homes with 61 lots available to choose from. There are several great floor plans to choose from, including the Pinehurst floor plan. The Pinehurst features 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2,896 square feet with option to add additional space up to 3,432 square feet. Walking into the grand foyer you are welcomed by a beautiful round stairway with a study at the front of the home. Spacious mud room and laundry room are tucked by the 3 car garage with great storage space. Open family room to kitchen are perfect for entertaining!! The secluded master suite is spacious with optional windows for additional light….must see in person!! Upstairs features the game room and secondary bedrooms. The options with this home are endless with so much personality in one beautiful home!

Heatherwood is located in McKinney and is in Prosper ISD. This family oriented community has a community pool, park, City of McKiney Ledbetter Park, as well as Baker Elementary located right in the neighborhood!! Located in further North McKinney, this community brings the Unique by Nature feel to McKinney with the convenience of everything still near by. You don’t want to miss the last build opportunities in this community, call us at 214-620-0411 today for your VIP tour!

Easter Family Fun!

With Easter coming up, you might be looking for fun egg hunts or other family activities to enjoy. Below are a list of some of the events coming up in the DFW area both this weekend and next weekend!

 

 

Annual Easter Egg Painting Party – Learn fun painting techniques to try on eggs as well as a visit by the Easter Bunny at Color Me Mine in Frisco! 04/08/17 from 9am-11am, click here for more details. 

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Have Breakfast with the Bunny including egg hunt, crafts, and more! At The Westin Stonebriar in Frisco! 04/08/17 from 9am-11am, click here for more details. 

Easter Egg Drop – Prestonwood North Campus in Prosper will have helicopter egg drop, inflatables, and more! 04/08/17 from 10am-12pm, click here for more details. 

Frisco Annual Easter Eggstravaganza – Egg hunts, bounce houses, face painting, and more! Toyota Soccer Center on 04/08/17 from 1pm-4pm.

 

 

Easter Eggstravagansa at Dallas Arboretum – Live music, egg hunt, and fun activities for the entire family! Both 04/15/17 & 04/16/17 starting at 10am both days. Click here for more details.

Easter Fun for every Bunny at Reunion Tower – Easter bunny, activities, and hop up to the Geo-Deck for Easter Fun! 04/15/17 from 12pm-3pm. Click here for more details. 

Easter Egg Hunt and Fun in the Stockyards – Egg hunt, bunny, face painting and more! 04/15/17 from 12pm-4pm. Click here for more details.

Helicopter Egg Drop: Food trucks, face painting, bounce houses, egg hunt, and more! At Ledbetter Park in McKinney on 04/15/17 from 11am-1pm. Click here for more details. 

These are just a few of the events planned for the next couple weekends…..get the kiddos Easter baskets ready and enjoy these family fun events. If you would rather take time to hunt for a new home instead of eggs, give us a call anytime! We can help make your “house hunt” easier as we are ready and would be happy to help!

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