Dallas Area Real Estate and Community News

Oct. 6, 2017

For Sale - 2605 Webster Drive, Plano TX 75075

2605 Webster Drive

Well maintained home in charming west Plano neighborhood with NO HOA! Large family room with vaulted ceiling, 2 state of the art solar tubes that provide instant sunlight, wet bar, brick fireplace and sunroom looking out over the backyard. The kitchen has been updated and features Corian counters, beautiful wood cabinetry with lots of space-saving and pull out features, under counter lighting, swing out pantry, instant hot water faucet and new tile backsplash. The dining room and kitchen have dark stained hardwood floors.

Spacious master suite with bay window sitting area, custom walk-in closets and updated bath that features custom designed cabinets, new faucets, garden tub and walk-in shower with Grohe faucets with 4 water jets, adjustable temperature and steam bath. There are 2 additional secondary bedrooms and a 4th bedroom that is currently set up as an office. Home has newer TRANE HVAC and furnace.

The beautifully landscaped backyard has a large covered patio, flagstone patio and 8' board on board cedar fence. Located in the heart of Plano, a mature walkable neighborhood close to Plano Sr. High, restaurants, shopping and the best neighbors ever!

For Complete Property info visit 2605WebsterDrive.canbyours.com
OR TEXT: "PM1900" To: 79564.


Phil Martin, Realtor
Brokerage Owner, MBA Duke University
QUE Realty Partners
c: 972-768-5664
o: 469-294-3434
Lic #0635201


Posted in QUE Listings
July 13, 2017

For Sale - 402 Watson Drive, Allen TX 75002

402 Watson Drive, Allen TX


Wow! This 3 bedroom 2 bath, 1,980 square foot, 60's era, pier and beam home, with a 3+ car garage, huge fireplace and NEW roof exudes warmth and charm and is maintained and move in ready. No HOA! Plenty of room in back to park RV, Boat or other on large cement slab!

But the true Gem of 402 Watson is the back yard, known as "The Garden". Sitting on the patio or even just enjoying coffee from your kitchen in front of the big window, you will feel the peace and serenity that The Garden provides. Figs, grapes, berries, flowers, more flowers, greenery, trees, a real barn built to scale, just like on a farm. And the variety of birds living in and visiting The Garden will amaze you and put a smile on your face.

Located in Allenwood Estates, most residents of Allen are not even aware of this neighborhood or Allenwood Park that is less than 2 blocks away. Mature trees standing as sentinels over the well manicured grounds and walking trails nestled next to a creek. The Garden and The Park will make you think you are in a different world. Just minutes from all schools and major shopping and entertainment. This home is a true find and is ready for your styling and modern input so The Garden at 402 Watson will thrive for another 50 years. 

For Complete Property info visit 402watsondrive.canbyours.com
OR TEXT: "PM1600" To: 79564.


Phil Martin, Realtor
Brokerage Owner, MBA Duke University
QUE Realty Partners
c: 972-768-5664
o: 469-294-3434
Lic #0635201


Posted in QUE Listings
July 13, 2017

For Sale - 812 Wildflower Way, Celina TX 75009

812 Wildflower Way, Celina TX


Stunning 1 year old Highland Home on a huge 75 x 133 corner lot facing beautiful park in Light Farms Community within Prosper ISD!! 4 Bedrooms, Study, Game Room, Play Room, Media Room, Open Floor plan. Surround Sound in both Media Room and Family Room. 3.5 car Garage with Epoxy Finished Floor. Over $70K in options, upgrades and custom finishes.

Whether sitting on the front Porch watching fun in the park, relaxing on the rear Lanai overlooking the massive back yard, enjoying the huge open Kitchen and Family Room (with floor to ceiling custom stone Fireplace and bold wood mantle), or the True Media Experience, your entire family will love living in this gorgeous Home and vibrant Community.

Light Farms features on site Elementary School, 4 pools, tennis courts, fitness center, 18 miles of hike and bike trails, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, bocce, pickle ball and more. Less than 20 minutes from downtown Frisco!! Don't miss this opportunity to buy MORE for LESS. Contact QUE today.

For Complete Property info visit 812wildflowerway.canbyours.com
OR TEXT: "PM2100" TO: 79564


Phil Martin, Realtor
Brokerage Owner, MBA Duke University
QUE Realty Partners
c: 972-768-5664
o: 469-294-3434
Lic #0635201

Posted in QUE Listings
June 29, 2017

For Sale - 1233 Irvine Road, Allen TX 75013

1233 Irving Drivet 972-768-5664.


This Texas style home is located in the highly sought after community of Watters Crossing in Allen, TX. Well maintained is an understatement. New paint outside, newer roof, and new top of the line Trane HVAC units that compete with new homes for air quality and low electrical usage! The pool is freshly maintained and re-plastered, new paint in all common areas inside, fresh paint on cabinets, new granite and tile in kitchen, renovated Master bath, renovated 2nd story full bath and the list goes on.

The location is incredible. This rear entry 2 story home backs to a thin greenbelt for privacy on a street with well manicured lawns, stately oaks and little through traffic. Less than 2 blocks from Norton Elementary, 3 minutes from Ereckson middle school and 7 minutes from Allen HS in the academically acclaimed Allen Independent School District. Less than 2 blocks from a huge park with playgrounds, pavilion, sand volley ball and more, a fishing pond, 1 of 2 community pools and trail entrance to miles of bike/hike trail along heavily treed paths. Are you a golfer? 5 minutes from 2 courses where you can play, 6, 9, or 18 holes of golf! Or if you just like to swing a club with friends and have fun, Top Golf is also nearby.

Behind the home separated by the greenbelt and what will be a 6 ft privacy fence on top of a retaining wall, a New Community called Connemara Crossing (see Documents Tab) is being developed with higher priced homes to compliment the even higher priced luxury homes nearby. All perfectly positioned to give the equity stability and equity increase probabilities of 1233 Irvine an excellent future outlook.

Allen, Tx is also known for its ample shopping and dining venues, entertainment arena, semi-pro teams, wake/skate board parks, HUGE 4th of July celebration and State Champion high school sports teams. And if access to fresh organic foods is important to you, your front door is only minutes from Market Street, Sprouts and Whole Foods. 1233 Irvine is centrally located to minimize commute time to Frisco, Plano, McKinney or Richardson.

Location, Condition, Price...Where else would you want to be?

For complete property info visit 1233IrvineDr.canbyours.com   
TEXT: PM1100 TO: 79564


Phil Martin, Realtor
Brokerage Owner, MBA Duke University
QUE Realty Partners
c: 972-768-5664
o: 469-294-3434
Lic #0635201

Posted in QUE Listings
June 6, 2017


Home for sale Prosper TX


List Price $434,291  MLS# 13589447 

910 Carlisle Cr. Prosper, TX  75078

Bedrooms 4 Full      Baths 3    Living Area 2,896 SF  Lot:  1/3 + Acre 

Subdivision: Lakes Of Prosper #1


Do you desire quiet evenings, the sound of nearby fountains, last gleams of daylight dancing on the water while you enjoy friends & the fire pit on your huge covered outdoor area, contemplating dropping a hook in the water with the little ones? If so, then the Cottage on Carlisle Ct. is the Oasis you’ve been searching for. 1-third+ acre. 14 trees include producing pecans, oaks, maples, Jujube fruit tree & more! This 1 and a half story HIGHLAND Home includes all the finish out you'd expect & custom touches that enhance comfort & ease of living. Cul-de-sac close to community pool. See today & you may agree with owners that property feels like a secluded retreat in the coveted Lakes of Prosper-Prosper ISD.


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Contact QUE Realty Partners for a private showing at 972-768-5664

Posted in QUE Listings
May 18, 2017

10 REVEALING Questions To Ask When Interviewing / Selecting a Buyers Agent


Choose Your Agent As Carefully As You Choose Your Fruit!

I hate to say it, but some folks put more thought into buying a piece of fruit than ensuring competent and even exceptional representation when buying a home.  


For example.  People have many tests they will subject a watermelon to before they buy it.  How does it sound when you thump it?  Is it flat or discolored on one side.  Is it on the top or bottom of the pile?   Is it a “Texas Striper” or “Hybrid Seedless”?   And the list goes on. 


But when it comes to a home purchase of a quarter…even half a million dollars or more…a purchase that will affect financial, relational, educational and many more aspects of life for possibly decades, the National Association of Realtors reports that 67% (nearly 7 in 10) of buyers use the first agent that happens to be there when the need arises; no questions asked.


So here are a few questions that will help you to cut through the “hype” and help you make an informed decision when selecting an agent to represent you.


1.   “How many homes have you personally, not your brokerage at large, closed (closed means to personally represent or actively lead the team for a client who bought or sold) in the last 12 months?” 


2.   “Will you provide the list of homes you’ve closed in the last year?” 


3.  “Based on the last 12 months, going forward, how many offers do you anticipate writing before our offer is selected and what strategies will you employ to minimize repetitive rejections?”


4.  “How many of the clients you’ve listed as helping in the last year have provided testimonials that we can read?” 


5.  “Can you help me to understand credit and financing concepts and find competent and experienced resources in these areas that we can trust?” 


6.  “How will you help us prepare and plan to be successful in purchasing the right home, even if we’re not ready yet?”


7.  “How will you help us interpret and analyze the mountain of data and raw information that we will be exposed to and ensure that we are comfortable making the best informed purchase decision we can?”


8.  “Give us a recent example of your negotiation skills and how it benefitted your client.” 


9.  “What are the market conditions in the price range and area we are interested in?”


10.  “Why should we select you to represent us?  Especially if we are going to purchase new construction when the Builder’s Sales person does all the work?”


After your interview think about and consider the following: 


Industry experts estimate that 7% of the agents close 90% of all purchases and sales of homes.   Average agents might close 2, 3 or 4 homes per year and Champion agents close 3, 4, 5+ homes per month.


Did the agent answer questions thoroughly and competently?


Did the agent use statistics and charts (ie actual data) to support their position and opinion?


Would you hire this agent because they demonstrated confidence, experience, knowledge and a care for helping you successfully meet and/or exceed your needs and goals?


Did the agent explain the contents of and ask that you initial, a simple 1 page Disclosure that informs the public of what a broker’s responsibility is to their clients?  Presenting this Disclosure at the first meeting where there is a serious discussion is actually required by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission)!   


Did the agent ask you for a commitment to work with them exclusively as your Buyers Representative – in writing?   The Buyer’s Representation Agreement is a requirement of Article 9 of the Code of Ethics from the NAR (National Association of Realtors);  it sets expectations and provides clarity for all parties.   Remember, this is most likely a transaction that will approach or exceed half a million dollars!  Setting expectations is key! 


Many agents will not even bring up “the agreement”, or the Disclosure because they are afraid it will scare away their prospects.   The bottom line is if an agent can’t abide by TREC rules and the NAR Code of Ethics, can’t explain their value to you, and sell you on their competency, service, and value of their presence, why would you trust them to represent you during the selection and negotiation process of your largest single financial asset? 


Did the agent seem anxious to run out and show you homes at any time BEFORE you have properly planned and prepared, or set expectations?  If so, it may be a sign of desperation and/or inexperience and a sign of trouble to come. 


Finally, remember you are seeking competent, trustworthy, experienced representation that will always act in your best interest.  So, after interviewing and gathering the evidence and facts, the final question you ask is a question you ask yourself:  “Do I really believe that I and my loved ones will be best served with this agent’s representation?”


I hope this was helpful.  The Disclosure discussed above can be viewed by Clicking Here.   It is not uncommon for people to be hesitant to sign an “Agreement” locking them in to an Agent.  We understand that hesitancy and that is why QUE provides an “EASY OUT” written into all of our Agreements.  If a client feels we are not doing what we said we’d do, we give them an unconditional release.  We are committed to providing the best representation as perceived by the client.  And if we aren’t, we will get out of the way, period.

Posted in Buying a Home
March 21, 2017

TOP 10 MUST ASK Interview Questions Before Selecting an Agent To List /Sell Your Home

On a National and local basis, the statistic that an estimated 7% - 10%  of the Realtors, sell 90%+ of all Real Estate rings true!

What this statistic may indicate is that only 1 out of every 10 agents you interview may be in that top tier of professionals.    And selecting the wrong agent could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, wasted time and heartache.   


Think of it this way.  The combined transaction value of Selling your "Average" priced home and Buying a bigger home,  could easily exceed 3/4's of a million to over $1 million dollars.  Experience, knowledge and track record matter!


To avoid an unfortunate situation and improve your odds of great success, simply ask the following questions and then listen and follow your instinct.  


1.  Do you work as a full time agent? Would you want a "part-time" surgeon?


2.  Do you have an assistant or a team?  Everyone has limited time and successful professionals are always surrounded by a competent team.


3.  How many homes did you list and/or sell last year?  In our experience, the "average" agent only lists 1-2 homes per year and only sells 2-3 others.   


4.  How many homes did you list that failed to sell.  In Collin county as of this writing, over the last 12 months, there were 55,962 Active Listings. There were 29,306 Expired Listing in the same time period!


5.  Of the listings you sold last year, how many did you personally sell yourself?  Some Teams are so large, the "Face" of the business is just that.  If a personal touch is important, dig deeper. 


6.   What is your average List Price to Sale Price ratio for the last 12 months compared to the local market for similar houses?  What you ask for your home and what you get may be 2 different values.  An "ill-advised" pricing strategy may cost you.  


7.  What is your average number of Days On Market (DOM) compared to the local market for similar houses?  The longer a home sits on the market, the less showings it receives and the lower the number of offers and final sale price. 


8.  How do you market and advertise beyond just posting on MLS and putting a sign in the yard?  This is the extent of most agents marketing.  


9.  How do you communicate with me and how often?   In our experience, the number 1 complaint about agents.   Poor communication.   


10.  WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?  The answer will be based on 1 of 2 platforms.    


Platform A.   The agent will attempt to secure your business by relationship selling.   "Work with me because I'm your ....  (insert friend, relative, neighbor, etc)."    And there is absolutely nothing wrong with relationship selling.   


Platform B.   The agent will lay out specific value and benefits based on empirical evidence of recent past performance and guarantees of future service and performance.      


As you make your decision, ask yourself, is your goal to successfully orchestrate and negotiate the largest financial transaction in your life, or are you looking to do someone a favor?  


A strong platform A may be a great choice, if it is backed up by an even stronger Platform B.  


Dec. 30, 2016

5 Critical Questions Home Buyers Should Ask

5 Critical Questions FTHB Should AskWhen you are interviewing Realtor's to represent you in your upcoming home purchase, ask these 5 critical questions.  Listen carefully to the answer to ensure that they are a professional that is knowledgeable and trustworthy.

1.  How much home can I afford?  

You can play with online financial calculators, but a Realtor should be able to provide you with a detailed analysis of the "Start To Finish" cost of the purchase and an estimated monthly payment based on what your total purchase budget is and your comfort zone for your monthly payment.  Online calculators are convenient, but never paint the entire picture of cost and potential areas of financial pitfall.  

2.  How much should I offer?

Ask how and when you will know what "Fair Market Value" is of a home that you'd like to make an offer on? What are the factors that may affect the value of the home?  

3.  How do we beat other offers?

Low ball offers are rarely winning offers, especially in a Seller's Market.  Ask what you should expect in terms of buyer strategy and approach, based on your situation, to ensure you are competitive at the price you are targeting.   What steps can you take to be as competitive as possible, e.g. make the most attractive offer to a seller.

4.  What are the closing costs?

"Closing Costs" may be defined different ways by different people.   The Lender, Title Escrow Officer and Realtor may have differing definitions.  What you are really after is the answer to the question, "How much money will I need, start to finish, to purchase the house I am interested in?"   This questions eliminates any miscommunication based on definitions of Closing Costs, Down Payment, Earnest Money Pre-Paids, etc. and gets to the bottom line.  How much money do I need to start and complete the transaction.   

For more information contact QUE Realty Partners at 469-294-3434 or email broker@QueRealtyPartners.com

5. What should I be looking for in a home inspection?

Beyond a standard home inspection, if the property that interests you has conditions that require an additional, specialized inspection, how will the agent help you and how will that impact price and timing of the offer? 

Posted in Buying a Home
Nov. 9, 2016

BIGGEST Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

Biggest First Time Home Buyer Mistakes 

A recent poll in Inman News stated that the top 3 mistakes that First Time Home Buyers make are: 

  1. Not talking to a lender
  2. Waiting too long to make an offer
  3. Offering too little for properties

At QUE Realty Partners we work with many First Time Home Buyers (FTHB) and are not surprised by these findings. When we begin to work with FTHB's we see a strong tendency for these buyers to "want" to make these mistakes.

But what we've found is that when we earn the trust necessary to guide FTHB's, proper planning and preparation leads to success.   Trust is earned when your Realtor provides data and analysis of market conditions and shares their experience to create an alignment between the FTHB's expectation and the market reality on the ground.  

A good Realtor will strive to position the FTHB to be in the best possible position to navigate and negotiate a successful purchase.   And this process will include aspects of mortgage lending, developing a financial model of negotiation that ensures that the result will always be in the FTHB's comfort zone and more.   In short, there is a lot of preparing and planning to ensure a successful solution with the least amount of stress.  

On the other hand, a FTHB has to be open to receiving guidance and analysis.  A FTHB that finds themselves uncomfortable with the process or insisting on not taking their Realtors advice, probably needs to reevaluate their relationship with their Realtor.   Engaging the right Realtor for you as a FTHB is critical and will help save time, money and reduce stress.  

Posted in Buying a Home