Frisco Home Sales Still Going Strong | A Comparison to 2012

The weather may be starting to cool off but one thing’s for certain, the market for homes in Frisco is still HOT! HOT! HOT!  The home market typically slows a bit after school starts in the suburban areas but recent trends suggest otherwise in areas like Frisco in which the median $300,000 home is selling in an average of 21 days.

Just looking at the stats in home prices vs date on the market or “DOM” over the past two years in the $200-300k price-range: 

WOW!  The same average home in 2012 was taking 80 days to sell, whereas now, in 2014 (or at least in August, this priced home “upon average” is staying on the market for 20 days). 

Now, this can be great news….and it can also be scary news if you haven’t bought / sold a home in a while and are wondering how to pace things and when to list your home to be able to move into your new one.  The whole process can seem like a very delicate web…(and it can be) but thankfully, we as Realtors know how to gauge the time-frame and numbers so that they work in your favor and no one ends up homeless :)  By looking at trends, knowing how long homes in your neighborhood are staying on the market and how long homes in the area that you are wanting to move into are staying on the market, we can make recommendations upon when you should list to be able to move.  It’s really not as daunting as it may seem….however, not being in the hands of a professional who is used to juggling several of these at one time, it could have dire consequences.

The good news is…you now have a bit more to choose from than May 2014’s narrow selection of homes.  (Keep in mind also if searching for homes for sale in Frisco ISD to not “only” look under the city of Frisco to search but “Frisco ISD” as there are many homes that fall within the city limits of Mckinney, Allen and Little Elm but are zoned for Frisco ISD.



Not surprising are the statistics of Homes in the $400,000-500,000 Range in Frisco


Even Homes for Sale in the upper price-range of $500-800,000 are staying on the market an average of 52 days right now…

Aug 2013,56,”$612,495″
Sep 2013,57,”$585,000″
Oct 2013,50,”$597,900″
Nov 2013,78,”$606,171″
Dec 2013,53,”$619,900″
Jan 2014,48,”$570,200″
Feb 2014,115,”$607,495″
Mar 2014,69,”$598,000″
Apr 2014,43,”$628,900″
May 2014,31,”$575,000″
Jun 2014,21,”$579,750″
Jul 2014,40,”$577,000″
Aug 2014,52,”$579,832″

Wondering how the luxury home-market in Frisco in terms of homes for sale in the million-dollar + price-range in Frisco compare?

Sep 2012,85,”$1,125,000″
Oct 2012,96,”$1,170,000″
Nov 2012,96,”$1,637,500″
Dec 2012,”1,983“,”$1,599,000″
Jan 2013,71,”$1,649,000″
Feb 2013,95,”$1,775,000″
Mar 2013,202,”$1,499,900″
Apr 2013,44,”$1,499,900″
May 2013,102,”$2,347,500″
Jun 2013,33,”$1,299,000″
Jul 2013,172,”$1,499,999″
Aug 2013,66,”$1,299,000″
Sep 2013,57,”$1,187,500″
Oct 2013,102,”$1,949,950″
Nov 2013,193,”$1,300,000″
Dec 2013,212,”$1,100,000″
Jan 2014,,”$1,474,900″
Feb 2014,123,”$1,424,000″
Mar 2014,65,”$1,370,000″
Apr 2014,27,”$1,445,000″
May 2014,109,”$1,295,000″
Jun 2014,64,”$1,297,000″
Jul 2014,20,”$1,224,500″
Aug 2014,58,“$1,497,500″

Wondering if it’s “too late” in the year to list your home?  Think again–take a look at last November’s statistics in terms of the average list-price vs the average sales-price.  Multiple-offers anyone? ;-)

Have questions or thinking of buying or selling a home in Frisco ISD?  I would love the opportunity to earn your trust and your business.  Feel free to contact me: 

Amy S. Arey, Realtor (since 2002!) | Halo Group Realty, LLC | 214.901.1341-Cell | |


The Best Time of the Year to Buy a Fixer-Upper in DFW

DFW Fixer-Upper Homes

Home for Sale in Plano ISD


Anyone see potential in this lovely lot?  Much work has already been done but this would make a great owner-occupied investment.

If you’ve been considering buying investment property to flip in DFW or perhaps even a fixer-upper to owner-occupy and “make your own”, the time to buy is NOW.  Below are a few reasons why: 

1.  In the early fall, the families with children in school have likely already moved into “their” new homes, so you have less competition in the market-place (which ALWAYS helps in a hot sellers market so that you are not constantly battling multiple offers).

2.  More choices.  Inventory was SUPER low this past May and July in the DFW metroplex and there were many, many more buyers out there than there were homes on the market.  Winding down into the fall months, you have a few more choices as not “as many” buyers are looking for homes.

3.  Sellers who are listing In the cooler months are serious about selling.  With such a hot sellers market this past summer, there were quite a few sellers listing at the very top of the market who may have not been “as serious” about truly selling and just wanted to “see what they could get”.

4.  Sellers who list now generally would like to be in their “next” home before the holidays and not have to be interrupted with home-showings during festivities or family-gatherings.  This could mean more leverage for the buyer ;-)

5.  If a home has been listed in the summer, and for some odd reason, is “still” on the market, at this point, most sellers have came to reality and have reduced their home to a price that will meet market-demand to actually sell.

If you’re looking for fixer-uppers in the DFW area and would like to begin flipping properties for profit and taCx-deduction, feel free to contact me; I can guide you through the process and help you with your budgeting so that you make the best profit possible (there are formulas you will need to make sure you profit) and introduce you to contractors who can help you meet those needs. 


Prefer fixer-uppers in Dallas County?  Contact me!  I can help!



Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty, LLC | 214.901.1341-Cell | |

Stucco Homes for Sale in Collin County

If you have been wondering how to search for Stucco Homes for Sale in Collin County you’ve likely hit a wall.  Most third-party websites do not have such a search-feature.  However, they ARE out there (and you’ll be pleasantly surprised that they aren’t ALL over a million), so if you share the love of the Mediterranean-style home (specifically a stucco home) add this page to your favorites as I’ll have a monthly update of all Mediterranean style stucco homes for sale in Collin County.


For Sale in Bent Tree North in Dallas (Plano ISD) for $649,900

For Sale in Oaktree in Dallas (Plano ISD) for $1,299,999

For Sale in Lakeside on Preston for $799,995

For Sale in Pebble Brook At Willowbend for $1,299,000

For Sale in the Creeks of Willow Bend for $1,350,000

For Sale in Red Wolf Estates in Plano for $1,999,999

For Sale in Lakeside on Preston for $2,100,000

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For Sale in Lakeside on Preston in Plano for $3,350,000

For Sale in Saddleridge Estates in Allen for $820,995

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For sale in the Brand New Richwoods in Frisco for $679,000

If your search allows you to look further north, don’t forget about Gentle Creek in Prosper, Whispering Farms in Prosper.  There’s also a Mediterranean-style home for sale in Celina with a 5-stall barn on 46 acres!!

Contact me if I can be of any assistance in answering any questions on any of these lovely properties for you, or if you’d like a private tour.


Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty, LLC | 214.901.1341-Cell


Newport Village | Neighborhoods in Mckinney | Stonebridge Ranch

Newport Village is a neighborhood in McKinney inside Stonebridge Ranch.  Newport Village is at the corner of Virginia Parkway and Stonebridge Drive and fees to Bennett Elementary, Dowell Middle School and McKinney Boyd High School.  Homes in this McKinney neighborhood range from the $600,000’s to nearly a million.  Let’s take a look at a few homes for sale in Newport Village:


What a stunning home on nearly half an acre!  Don’t miss the salt-water diving pool!

12166682, 5 beds, 4.1 baths

Is this the ideal French-country kitchen or what?

Request a showing appointment for this gorgeous home listed at $924,000



This home provides a perfect mix of feminine and masculine energy.  Click here to request a viewing appointment for this home listed at $849,000.

A few “sold” homes in Newport Village over the past 6 months…

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Thinking of selling your home in McKinney and looking for a motivated  McKinney agent with a stellar marketing plan to get you top-dollar for your home?  Wondering how long homes are staying on the market in your neighborhood so that you know “when” to start looking for your next home?  Feel free to contact me today!  I’d be happy to connect the dots for you!

Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty, LLC

214.901.1341-Cell |

The Hills of Kingswood | A Gated, Guarded Community in Frisco, TX

The Hills of Kingswood is Frisco’s newest premier gated, guarded community.  Authentic, classic elegance describes this community.  Spacious estates adorn the property’s landscape in a resort-style environment.  Whether you’re looking for a Chateau, Manor, Mansion, or Estate-Style home, you’ll find it at the Hills of Kingswood.

From the Dallas North Tollway, Exit Lebanon, go west past Legacy 1.5 Miles.  Go left into the Hills at Kingswood to the guarded entrance.




In the Hills of Kingswood, you’ll find features such as quartz counters, chef-grade appliances, fabulous master-retreats, climate-controlled wine cellars  and serene courtyards.  Graceful custom homes line the rolling terrain of this beautiful community along with hike and bike trails, greenbelts, a creek…all nestled between Lake Lewisville Park.

Just minutes from Highway 121 and Dallas Parkway, you have easy access to all of the area’s conveniences, yet are tucked away in a bliss of privacy, seeming far from the “hustle and bustle” of the world…but oh, so close.  Stonebriar Country Club, the Shops at Starwood and the Shops at Legacy are just minutes from the Hills at Kingswood.  Convenience to locale attractions such as the Toyota Stadium, the Dr Pepper Stars Center and Stars Training Facility are all within your fingertips.


Hills of Kingswood


A fabulous opportunity to build your Mediterranean Style Dream-Home in Frisco in a guarded community.


You’ll also be pleasantly surprised to know that GRAND HOMES also builds next to Hills of Kingswood.

Priced from the $400’s to just over $700,000, contact me before this community is sold out!

Whether you’re looking for the newest luxury location to build your dream-home, or wanting a pre-existing home in a lush atmosphere, contact me today; I would be happy to tell you more about the Hills at Kingswood or give you a personal tour.


Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty, LLC | 214.901.1341-Cell

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Condo for Sale Near Addison | $119,000

14277 Preston Road # 1029, Dallas, TX
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2 BATHROOMS (2 full)
1299 Square Feet
Looking for THE perfect roommate floorplan close to night life??

Functional double-master condo with bedrooms on complete separate levels with unique separate entrance to exterior! Corner unit condo has beautiful creek views, lots of windows and natural light, French doors, great closet space, and the room upstairs could easily convert to a media room! Prime location close to night life, lots of restaurants and minutes to Addison or Uptown Dallas. Will be fully painted upon tenants move out.


Public Driving Directions: FROM 635 EXIT PRESTON RD GO NORTH PASS SPRING VALLEY AND PRESTON ON THE CREEK WILL BE ON YOUR LEFT. Keep left through property, condo will be on L.
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What’s Going on in the Luxury Real Estate Market in Mckinney

The Luxury Real Estate Market in Mckinney caters to a plethora of styles and tastes.  Regardless of whether you are looking for pre-existing homes over a million in Mckinney or a gracious lot on which to build your dream-home, Mckinney has some truly wonderful options to choose from.  An exemplary-rated, blue-ribbon winning school district, rolling landscaped and water views, multiple golf courses, a great historic district, and a growing night life of restaurants and amenities make Mckinney truly “Unique by Nature”.  

Kings Lake

The gated, guarded neighborhood of Kings Lake in Mckinney offers amazing views, rock and stone European architecture, and right down the street from Glen Oaks Elementary and Dowell Middle School.

This charming, 5-bedroom home has a 14-foot island and 6-burner range, and of course, access to all of the amenities of Stonebridge Ranch!




Stonebridge Estates

This executive home in the gated Stonebridge Estates features a two-story foyer, a gorgeous french country kitchen…and the media room includes all of the equipment!




Waterstone Estates

If looking for a custom builder in Mckinny to build your dream home in a lush atmosphere among multi-million dollar estates, don’t miss the gated community of Waterstone Estates.  Built by Oakcrest Custom builders, this home sits atop a 1-acre lot with a gorgeous lake view.


**Contact a Realtor; you still need representation as the builder / listing agent represent the seller!**


Provine Farm Estates

Mystique, enchanting…are words that describe Provine Farm Estates.  If you are seeking the unique, don’t miss this opportunity.

This Italian Villa in Mckinney on 4 landscaped, lush acres provides both the privacy and unique qualities you are looking for.  Don’t miss the underground wine cellar.





Not finding what you’re looking for?  Feel free to contact me and I’d be glad to keep you posted with only homes that have the features you want. 



Amy S. Arey, Mckinney Realtor 

214.901.1341-Cell |

Why We Ask Buyers to Get Preapproved Prior to Showing Them Property

Requesting a buyer to send over a preapproval letter prior to showing property (or even meeting) these days is not an uncommon practice.  It shouldn’t be taken as an insult to your integrity, credit worthiness or anything of the like.  We (as Realtors) are not only asking you to do this to protect ourselves, but you as well.  We aren’t being lazy or lacking customer-service.  We are making sure you are lined up for success in your home-buying experience.

First and foremost, let me begin by telling you that I’ve been a licensed Realtor since 2001.  In the beginning of my career, I would show property to any buyer without first making sure they were approved.  I was new in the business and simply did not know any better.  What I didn’t realize, is that there is, unfortunately, a LOT of fraud out there, with not only people pretending to be other people to online predators attempting to get “up close and personal” with female Realtors, but also people who simply like to “sight-see” and truly can’t afford a $300,000 home (much less the million-dollar home they are contacting us to see).  Sure, it’s fun to look at model homes and look at the decor and see high-end furnishings…but this is a business and that’s what pinterest is for.  I have also learned over the years…that people who “are” serious and are approved, generally have no problem when asked for a preapproval letter and don’t even question it, for that matter.  

Getting a preapproval letter establishes several things:

1) You are who you say you are.  

Again, this is not an insult to your character.  We may not know you from Adam…much less your payment history, credit worthiness and income level.  This is why loan officers “exist”.  There are catty people out there who get jealous or insecure for who knows what and pretend to be other people.  I’ve personally had an ex-boyfriend’s friend from WAY back contact me (because they had too much time on their hands and wanted to waste mine?) pretending to be someone else.  I take my business very seriously.  I don’t have time to deal with fictitious buyers.

Safety is also a huge concern.  Put yourselves in our (Realtors’) You’re meeting strangers in sometimes vacant houses whom you don’t know a thing about.  I need not remind you of the cases of Realtors being murdered.  A “facebook friend” is still a stranger.  (How much do you “really” know about the people who have been on your facebook friends list for 5 years?).  Think about how many potentially “fake” profiles you have questioned on your friends list.  They may be harmless, but I, for one, would rather not find out the hard way.  You may argue that a murderer can still have an exemplary credit score, but this is not what we are trying to establish in this case-(You are who you say you are and that you’re looking for a house to buy, not trying to meet us for deceitful reasons).

I’ve tried explaining this to someone before who sarcastically said “Well, what protects “me” from “you”?  My response?  “Good question.  My fingerprints are on file with the state of texas on the TREC website.  You can go get fingerprinted and I can check those, but I just need a preapproval letter”.

I’ve also had a situation with a fraudulent buyer from Trulia which I “never” hope to encounter again.  I spent a LOT of time on this buyer from another country who had a fictitious loan officer.  The first red flag I should have noticed was that the loan officer’s preapproval letter (when looking back) had no contact information on it.  This was a story in itself, but the buyers were very much smooth-talkers and I “try” to look for the best in people and believe them (not to mention, we have an ethical duty to represent and fight for our clients).  Luckily, the agent on the other end of the transaction was very experienced and had encountered a similar situation in her career and knew that “I” was not involved in any of the fraud.

Stating you are a “cash buyer” does not mean that removes you from proving you are qualified.  If this was the case, every “sight-see-er” would just state they were a “cash buyer” to remove themselves from the crucial qualification step (and some still try).  Just as a buyer with a home loan should have a pre-approval letter, you as a cash buyer should also have a “proof of funds” (this is generally a bank account showing that the balance of the sales price of the property you intend to purchase is in the account).  Most just white out their personal information, leaving their name to prove that it is, in fact, their account.

I had a buyer just yesterday contact me to show him property but seemed to be offended when I asked for a preapproval letter.  He declined, calling me “lazy and overly-zealous” then added that he was a “cash buyer” and that I “missed out”.  We make the same percentage on the sale of a home whether it is cash or financed.  Whether you can close next week or the end of the month via a financing method makes no difference to me.  What “does” matter is that we will have a good working relationship and name-calling does not necessarily lead me to believe that you are A) a professional or B) telling the truth.

2) Inaccuracies on Credit Reports

I’ve had many a buyer who had information on their credit report that has put a halt on their home-search for various reasons.  Perhaps they cosigned on an apartment for someone and that person left owing a balance and didn’t both telling the cosigner.  Perhaps the information reported was truly someone else with a similar name or social (it happens!).  Either way, these are items that can affect you buying a home and take some time to correct or remove.  The house you wanted to see and intended to buy is now something you can not move forward with until you correct these items.  I don’t need to remind anyone how hot of a sellers market that we are in, in North Texas or the shortage of inventory that we have experienced, forcing multiple full price and over-full price offers everywhere.  That being said, that home you wanted to see likely will not be there (especially if listed under $300k) in 30 days (the least amount of time it generally takes credit bureaus to report new or changes information).

I recently had a buyer who pressed on and on about seeing a property and was not yet approved.   She finally took the 15 minutes to submit an application to get approval to see the property.  When we got there,  the seller complained for about 20 minutes about why her house sale had fallen through and it wasted time, put them in a bad situation since they were relocating because the original buyer’s financing had fallen through.  They had already moved out, forcing them to put the home back on the market again.  The seller made the comment “What is going on with today’s Real Estate Agents…are they not making sure their clients are approved before taking them out to show them property”?   If YOU were a seller and had to get your family out of the house on a Sunday afternoon and put up the dogs for a buyer who you later found out did not have financing in place….how would that make “you” feel?

3) Changing Home-Loan Guidelines

If you haven’t purchased a home in 10-20 years (even if you did have “7 homes in your lifetime with no problem before), I don’t need to tell you that home-loan guidelines on qualification have changed…and are still changing.  If I question a situation on a particular scenario, I always ask feedback from the loan officer since they would know of any changing loan qualifications in their field (likely before we would) just to “make sure”.   Just because you “own three businesses” doesn’t mean you are qualified.  Self-employment guidelines have drastically changed over the past couple of years and you may not be able to qualify for what you think you would have.

A “Newbie” Realtor may make the same initial mistakes that I did at the beginning of my career and show any Tom, Dick, or Harry to hope to get that “next sale”.   However, any of us who have seen the ins and outs of the various scenarios I have just mentioned will tell you that it’s always better to do your due-diligence and make sure you have your ducks in a row to purchase your home.  It’s okay if you are not currently qualified-we can help you get there and do so with clients every day.  If you state you “won’t have any problem getting approved” but refuse to get preapproved, this signifies a red flag to us.  If you are, indeed qualified, why take offense of us asking you to prove it to us?

4) The Obvious

I. like most Realtors, can be very competitive when it comes to fighting for our clients and getting them the home they want.  That being said, we want to line you up for success.  We want “our client” to be the one who comes out on top on a multiple offer scenario.  When we begin looking at homes and you find one you fall in love with, you may think you have time to go home, log online, or call up your favorite banker, credit union or mortgage professional to have them send over a new preapproval letter.  However, times have changed.  Even if they can get to you “that same day” it may be too late.  Most listing agents will not present an offer to their sellers without a preapproval letter.  They are protecting their client (the seller) and making sure the deal would not fall through over financing should they decide to move forward on the transaction with a particular buyer.  You may say “Well, then it wasn’t meant to be” but how many times do you want this to happen before you feel otherwise??  If you like a home and you are up against two other offers–both full price and both financed, and although you are a “cash buyer” with no documentation to prove it….do you really think they are going to choose your offer over another qualified buyer who is “ready to go” and will likely be more prepared to make it to the closing table?

We are not trying to offend when inquiring of your credit-worthiness.  It’s a (huge) part of our job.  I hope if you had qualms over why we do this (prior to reading this) that I’ve cleared up a lot of the misconceptions and questions.  “You” may “know” you are approved, but we don’t.  

Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty, LLC | 214.901.1341-Cell |

Stucco Homes for Sale In North Texas a Rare Commodity

If you’re looking for ordinary homes, stop reading right now.  This post is dedicated to the amazing (and sometimes unusual) stucco homes for sale in North Texas.  Imagine coming home to something that feels like you are on vacation (how relaxing does “that” sound?).  Whether its a home that makes you feel you are on the french Riviera, the waters and scenic views of Venice, or  Nappa Valley in California…If you have tried to search for this particular home online, you may have been met with a little frustration (to stay the least!).  Those with a passion for stucco or a love of the Italian-style home….read on:

Stucco Home in Bent Tree North

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Beautiful open floorplan in 75287 in Plano school district!  This amazing home can be yours for only $649,900!


For Sale in Oaktree

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This beautiful Mediterranean Style Home for Sale in Oaktree features soaring ceilings and dramatic beams and arches.


Yet another gorgeous home for sale in Oaktree on a heavily-treed, cul-de-sac lot

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This gorgeous Preston Hollow Custom Home in Landsdown Estates also comes with an unbelievable price-tag of only $1,250,000!

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This home for sale in Lakeside on Preston has all of the features you have come to appreciate from a Steve Roberts home

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Beautiful Golf Course Lot in Pebblebrook at Willowbend

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This True Mediterranean Style Home Backs to a Park and Lake in the Creeks Of Willowbend

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Don’t Miss this Mediterranean-Style Beauty on Royal Lane! 

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Located in the Gated Community of Cottonwood Valley Just Next to the Four Seasons!

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The Best Value in Frisco ISD For Only $899,000! 

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Dallas Condo with Space for Media Room!


14277 Preston Road # 1029, Dallas, TX
Corner Unit Addison Area Condo with Double Master | Creek View
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 full
Living Area Approx: 1299
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Looking for THE perfect roommate floorplan close to night life??

Functional double-master condo with bedrooms on complete separate levels with unique separate entrance to exterior! Corner unit condo has beautiful creek views, lots of windows and natural light, French doors, great closet space, and the room upstairs could easily convert to a media room! Prime location close to night life, lots of restaurants and minutes to Addison or Uptown Dallas. Will be fully painted upon tenants move out.
Public Driving Directions: FROM 635 EXIT PRESTON RD GO NORTH PASS SPRING VALLEY AND PRESTON ON THE CREEK WILL BE ON YOUR LEFT. Keep left through property, condo will be on L.
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