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In past years, Frisco has had a problem with high water consumption and the average use per resident per day back in 2000 was over 300 gallons. Frisco decided to do something about the amount of water used and set forth several water-saving initiatives that have proven to be very successful, allowing the city to earn the 2015 Texas Environmental Excellence Award and the Blue Legacy Award.
To learn more about the Water Wise program and how these initiatives have helped reduce residential water use and consumption, please click here:
Tom Hicks' home (largest estate in Dallas) has hit the market at $100 million! Do I have a buyer? :) The main house alone is 50,000+ square feet, and that doesn't include the fabulous guest house. There is also a huge recreation building with a full-size movie theater in the basement, perfect for entertaining throngs of friends or even strangers!The stove (from France) in the kitchen is worth $65K! No expense has been spared in the design and renovation of this gorgeous mansion.
If you have had a hankerin' for a Monte Cristo sandwich from Bennigans or the amazing bread from Steak & Ale and have been disappointed that there wasn't an open location to get one, you will now be in luck if you live near Frisco!
According to the Dallas Morning News, Paul Mangiamele, former Bennigans CEO has purchased both brands and will be opening prototype locations in Frisco, TX either later this year or early next year. WOOHOO!
Frisco, Texas makes the "nice" list! Another great reason to buy a home in the Frisco area... if you would like to find your dream home, call me today at (214) 909-8008. Read on to find out more about Frisco making the "nice" list:
You can make a difference in someone's life from home! This Saturday, you can leave a bag of non-perishable items next to your mailbox for pickup by your mail carrier as part of the community-wide food drive for Frisco Family Services food pantry. Items that are especially needed are:
16- to 24-ounce bagged beans, condiments, cooking oil, boxed meals, boxed potatoes, single-serve snacks, canned meats, toothpaste, dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, and size 4 and 5 diapers/pull-ups.
If you don't have any items on hand that you would like to donate, you can also donate online directly to Frisco Family Services here:
Kudos to this judge; now City House can continue to operate, pending the remaining civil case. This is such wonderful news for City House-Frisco and the young adults who depend upon them. Read more about the decision that took place Friday morning here:
I am so grateful - a huge thank you to Kendra Scott Shops at Legacy - Plano for donating these gorgeous earrings for our silent auction at the Ebby Halliday Golf Tournament in Frisco on October 23rd, 2014! This annual golf tournament raises needed funds for City House-Frisco, which provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness.
If you love these earrings and you want to help a great cause, buy a ticket today to attend the silent auction so that you can bid on them! You can get your ticket here:
If you would like to donate an item for our silent auction to benefit City House, it is NOT too late! Contact me at 214-909-8008!
I am irritated with many people right now - both in the Realtor community as well as the general public - on some views that I have seen regarding Beverly Carter's death.
For instance, there is a post on a real estate site that talks about various apps, etc. that could be helpful to Realtors in regards to personal safety (which is wonderful information!) however, in the first paragraph the author states, "With the recent, horrible, kidnapping and death of REALTOR® Beverly Carter in Arkansas after showing a vacant home to an unknown person, personal safety is first and foremost on people’s minds today."
I take issue with the "unknown" remark. I have seen people post in various forums stating that they feel that she "brought this upon herself" because she was alone, etc. They have blamed her for what happened and passed judgement without further facts.
Technically, we don't know that he was "unknown". He may have been "known" to her. We are not privy to those details (and may never be). He could have been someone that she showed property to before with no prior issues. Perhaps another agent that she worked with had shown him property previously with no issue - he DID buy another home in the recent past and just because he paid someone cash for it doesn't mean that he didn't use the services of another Realtor at some point. Perhaps she did see his ID. Perhaps she took a picture of it with her cell phone and the police didn't release that information, or perhaps that is what helped them figure out who to look for.
The point I am making here is that while this is a very sad and tragic event, I believe it is very unfair to assume that she was showing the home to an "unknown" person when we have no way of knowing exactly what safety protocol she may or may not have followed. The point needs to be focused on how we can keep ourselves safe, and not cast Beverly Carter in a light that allows others to perceive that she was irresponsible when that information isn't known, it is assumed. She very well may have taken many precautions before showing that creep the house, and I think it is unspeakable to make the assumption that she "could have done more" or that she wasn't being vigilant. Furthermore, I am sure her family is going through enough grief without having to see others lay blame when they have no right to.
Bad things could happen to any of us, even if we take every precaution possible. It is our responsibility as Realtors to implement every safety procedure that we can and assume responsibility for our own safety. Is this an eye-opening tragedy? Of course it is. But the important thing is to increase our own safety protocol as Realtors (and in general) from this point on.
Sorry. It has been bugging me. Rant over. My thoughts are with the family of Beverly Carter.