Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were an open house list that:
- Was live and always updated (you can check back anytime)
- has the newest homes on the market
- consisted of all of Collin County
- allows you to search by map
- allows you to save your search
- allows you to share what you saved
Well, we have created that list for you! It’s here and it has all of those features and more! Just check out the showcase below to see what’s open this weekend (or sometimes even during the week).
When you sign up to use our advanced search features, you can expand your search options and see the homes you save on whatever device you use.
We’re here as well if you need help finding a home, or if you have questions about any home you see. You can send a message or call from any device you’re using and we’ll answer you ASAP because you are our VIP!
Now, onto the searching fun!
It’s always polite to say ‘thank you.’ We practice saying thank you many times on a daily basis for many different reasons, for instance, we always say thank you when a server hands us back our change after we’ve gotten our morning coffee. It’s ingrained in anyone who has manners when you receive something from another person, you take a moment to sincerely thank that person.
When people trust you to manage what is probably their largest asset, you need to do a little more than say thank you, you find a way to sincerely show your appreciation. These are cases where just a polite ‘thank you for trusting me,’ needs to be a little more. We all know that most Realtors give away a gift after a home has closed and the buyer or seller has moved onto their next project (which is usually unpacking, lol).
That’s why we host our yearly “Client Appreciation Celebration”. We want to take an extra step to invite our clients together to not only enjoy some good food and drinks but to get out for an evening at a fun location to meet each other and hopefully make some meaningful connections as business referrals, local school connections or even as new friends.
To Treehouse we go!
This year, we decided to host our event at TreeHouse a recent addition to the Plano home improvement/upgrade scene. Here we enjoyed local appetizers and drank sustainably sourced wine and crafted beers in an open warehouse styled store that was less big box and more big ideas.
Want an eco-friendly smart home? The Treehouse can help make that wish become reality. Everything they do seems to be melding the wants and needs of modern homeowners/builders and savvy renters with materials, technologies, and techniques that can bring their current space from drab to fab all the while not putting a big strain on mother earth.
Here’s what Treehouse states about its mission and how it came to be (taken directly from https://tree.house/about/)
TreeHouse is built upon the idea that all homes should be sustainable, beautiful, and healthy. We bring progressive products, great design, human-centered services, and leading edge technology together under one roof.
A Better Home
For our most pressing environmental and human health challenges, all roads lead to the home. The home consumes the highest amount of our natural resources, such as water and energy, produces the largest amount of landfill waste, and is where we will be exposed to the greatest number of toxins in our lifetime. By working to solve these problems, TreeHouse finds new routes to dramatically change the quality of our lives. We can build better shelters for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.
Home improvement is in need of a rethink. Products and services often fall short of our needs and expectations in quality, health, and sustainability. As a result, homes are not built with human beings and our surroundings in mind. TreeHouse is reinventing home improvement with the twin goals of ecological and human health.
Our core principles are applied to everything in the store. From thoughtful and innovative products to comprehensive, high-quality services – every element is designed to build a better home.
Growing up in a small town in Southeast Texas, our co-founder Jason Ballard developed a personal connection with the pine forest, coastal prairie, and “big thicket.” In exploring nature, he learned the intricate ways in which humans and the planet rely on each other. At the same time, nearby petrochemical refineries clearly demonstrated the degradation that people can bring to the environment and their own health.
Jason studied ecology and biology to understand the underlying causes of environmental and human health issues. He learned that our impact on the natural world and our own lives are immediately affected by our approach to one of our most basic needs, shelter.
While working in a green building along the front range of Colorado, Jason sprouted the idea for TreeHouse. He wanted to build a place that enabled and empowered people to reimagine their homes toward a true north of sustainability, beauty, and health.
TreeHouse grows through a commitment to our values. By caring for people, communities, and the environment first, we can fundamentally change how millions of people relate to the world around them. This idea motivates us to keep going, to branch out and continuously find new ways to build a better business.
TreeHouse is implementing a research-based, vertically-integrated approach to our products and services. Technologies like VR will allow us to reimagine the way we work on your next project. New methods in data analysis are helping us understand the home in exciting ways. Our knowledge of materials is evolving quickly to enhance the beauty, health, and sustainability of your home.
Come into TreeHouse today and we can build something great together.
How you help us
Every home sale, from the smoothest to the craziest offers us something that we can learn and we use that knowledge to help the next people who choose us as their Realtors, like guiding first time home buyers on what to expect at their first meeting with a mortgage banker, for instance.
Most of all, we love to have fun. We love to laugh and to make others happy! That really makes our day when we can do that! It’s an awesome feeling when you can accomplish something on a grand scale and not have it feel like you had to have surgery to get it done. The win-win, feel-good outcome is a high standard to set, but it’s one that we’re very passionate about.
We want to take a moment to wish a very Happy Passover to all those celebrating tonight and through April 7th and also a very Happy Easter to all those celebrating this weekend as well. This is a small, wonderful world and however you’re celebrating the arrival of Spring – please know that we McCoys wish you holiday blessings, peace and love from our family to yours.
This weekend there are many different events happening in Plano and the festivities are all around! Here are a few we’ve found that you may be interested in this year.
A sure sign of spring is the arrival of the Easter Bunny, and those on the bunny trail will find him hoppily settled in his home at Bunnyville located in the Willow Bend Grand Court from March 10 – 31. Admission to Bunnyville is free, but there is a charge for photos. The Easter Bunny is available for photos every day, and there are special free activities every Saturday plus Friday, 3/30. The Easter Bunny eggcitedly awaits visitors in Bunnyville,…
Bring your Easter basket and head over to Amazing Jake’s for their Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday for $6.99 per person. The event runs 8:00 am to 10:00 am and includes breakfast and egg hunts for children. All guests are required to purchase tickets for entry regardless of age. Egg Hunt begins at approximately 9:00 am! You can add 3 hours of unlimited rides for only $11.99 which includes: Go-Karts Bumper Cars Lazer Tag Rock Wall…
Red Tent Markets is hosting a Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Shops at Willow Bend. The market will sell locally grown produce and other goods in the parking lot near the Macy’s entrance at the corner of Chapel Hill and Plano Parkway. Over 30 vendors will be in attendance. Market items include local produce, baked goods, handmade artisan goods, grass fed beef, farm fresh eggs, honey, salsa, plants, and sweet treats. To participate as…
Join us for the 3rd Annual Texas Pool Community Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday, March 31st at 10 am on the Texas Pool lawn. Donations welcome! Anticipating a visit from the Easter Bunny and the KONA Ice truck will be present. Bring a basket to collect eggs. Ages 1-12. We’ll have prizes and treats. Meet the Texas Pool BOD, neighbors, and community sponsors. Sign up for your Texas Pool Summer Membership. Sponsored by Plano Urgent Care, Explore Horizons, and the Plano Conservancy!
Heritage Farmstead Museum will host its 8th annual Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival on March 31st. The event will feature egg hunts for children 8 and under, house tours, wagon rides, face painting, baby animals, sheep shearing, weaving and spinning demonstrations, exhibits and much more. We will have a baby animal photo booth so you can get up close and personal with baby chicks, lambs and bunnies. All proceeds will benefit our FFA Ammie Wilson Buyers Club that supports Plano FFA…
Hello Plano! The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making an appearance at The Shops at Willow Bend in the Crate & Barrel Courtyard on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Enjoy yummy macarons, mini cakes, cookies, bow shaped water bottles and other goodies, each infused with unique Hello Kitty details.
Hop on over to the swimming pool for a one-of-a-kind hunt. The Easter Bunny and PAR-D Duck will be laying eggs in the water for your child to collect. Participants should be comfortable unassisted in the water. Please bring a container to carry eggs home. Ages 3-6 will hunt in the shallow areas of the pool, while ages 7-10 will hunt in the deep sections. Following the hunt, participants may stay and swim during the public hours of 1:00 -…
Sunday is the day! It’s the day to get out to open houses and find you dream home, and we suggest 2236 Emerson Lane in Carrollton, Texas. This year’s spring real estate market is happening and inventory is low when you think of buyer demand versus how many homes are on the market.
This makes open house shopping even more important in home search, so we’ve added some buyer open house to our open house invite to give the edge over the buyers that you’re competing with as you explore possible homes.
Open House Details
When: Sunday March 4th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: 2236 Emerson Lane, Carrollton Texas 75010
Getting the most out of your open house tour is easy if you follow these helpful tips.
Narrow Your Search When Planning
If you’re scouring listings on your iPad while drinking your Sunday coffee, the sheer volume of open houses will probably overwhelm you. Don’t let it.
Simply focus on the neighborhood where you think you want to buy. Looking in different areas? Try searching one area at a time, this will give you a chance to know it better. See what you can get for the money there.
Don’t get distracted or pulled in all kinds of directions. Start with what you know. It will help you lay the groundwork for a successful house hunt.
Know Your Price Range
This tip will help you narrow down the price range to look in, and set a realistic expectation about what homes to view and reasonably put an offer on. Let’s say, you’ve been pre-approved to buy a home in the $350,000 range, you’re wasting your time looking at $750,000 properties. But it makes sense to look upward to the $400,000 range as well as down at $275,000.
Knowing what you can get above and below your target range will be informative. If you know that for $50,000 less you would be on a busier street, then you’ll appreciate the older home for $350,000 on a cul-de-sac. Or you might see a home that costs $50,000 more than your $350,000 target, but it has a newly renovated kitchen or bath. You still can’t afford it, but if you want to live in that same neighborhood, you might realize you’ll have to settle for a home that needs some renovation.
Watch Other People
You may be a serious buyer, but you’re new to the market and haven’t seen enough to know how to react to a particular home, its price or how it shows. Chances are, there are more experienced buyers at the open house who do know. They can tell right off the bat if the home is overpriced, underpriced or something else.
Are people walking in and walking out without much consideration? Not a good sign. Are buyers hovering around the agent asking all kinds of questions about the home? Chances are, it’s a new listing and priced well. Prospective buyers aren’t going to waste their time hanging around a listing, checking out the closet space, garage, and the backyard, if they feel the price isn’t realistic.
By the way: While you’re checking out who’s at the open house, a good agent is doing the same thing. He or she will watch people coming through the door to help gauge the market’s response to the home.
Learn From The Showing Agent
The agent at an open house may be the agent who represents the seller or another agent standing in for the listing agent. They may be trying to meet new buyers. Either way, this person works is in the market and likely knows a lot about the house or the neighborhood.
te, you don’t have to introduce yourself to the agent or even mention that you’re just getting started in the market. You also shouldn’t be forced to provide contact information. If you don’t wish to give it out, just provide your name and politely decline to offer further details.
You Can Use Your Realtor’s Cards
When you work exclusively with one agent, you should get a stack of their business cards at one of your first meetings together. When you meet any of the agent’s hosting an open house, you can then present your Realtor’s card to that agent so they know you have an agent and who to contact with answers to your follow up questions.
It saves time for the both of you and allows the agent to spend their time with you most effectively, talking about the home, instead of relationship-building which is done when he or she wants to have you a client.
Considering Realtors work on commission and this hot spring market, neither of you have any time to waste with unnecessary chit-chat.
Remember to follow up with your Realtor after viewing the homes on your open house tour and don’t hesitate to get the ball rolling the second you find ‘the one’ so you increase your chance of being the buyer who’s contract gets accepted.
Your Personally Invited
Here’s your chance to live in the $6 Billion development that is Legacy West. This beautiful townhome on Merit Lane is on the market and located in the Villas at Legacy West.
Fans of our blog know that we’ve been building a home at the Villas at Legacy West because we believe that what has been created at Legacy West is more than a development. It’s the future of Plano.
Living, working, dining, shopping and socializing all in one mile is a new way of living and boy are we excited to continue ‘Our Journey’ here. We personally invite you to come by and see why, once you see all that this stunning townhome has to offer and all that Legacy West has become, you too will want to be part of the new future of Plano.
When: Sunday, February 25th, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 7804 Merit Lane Plano, Texas 75024
When you read about the housing market right now, depending on the neighborhood, all signs are pointing to a seller’s market. Now, that can be great news, and it usually is.
Seller’s beware, however, it’s not a sinch that your home will sell at the first open house. Even if your home is priced right in a seller’s market and you have an open house scheduled you still have a lot of work to do in order to protect your home’s value and even the sale of the home, itself.
What? You may be saying. Yeah right, you may be thinking, but hear us out and head our advice if you want to keep yourself strong during the selling process.
First, let’s talk about the selling process. The selling process doesn’t begin when you have an offer, it begins when you list your home. Conversely, the selling process doesn’t end once you have an offer, oh no, that’s just when things get kicked into overdrive.
Think of this like driving a stick shift car..a 5 speed. The selling process starts when you’ve listed your home and others have found out about it. Think of this as first gear, where you’re not going too fast, it’s a speed at which you’ve just begun to move. Second gear is when you get some interest in the home, things are moving faster…but you’re not really moving yet. Third gear is your open house. During the sales process the open house shows your home off to the world and whoever wishes to see it in person. This is where, if you’ve ever watched HGTV, people come in to either pick your house apart – or fall in love.
The outcome of this can shift you back down to second gear or pole-vault you up to fourth gear. Fourth gear is when you have an accepted offer and now you may be looking for your next home, inspections are happening, banks are involved as are possibly attorneys, title companies and other vendors that you may need to work with in order to get to fifth gear. Fifth gear covers the span of time between when the offer is clear to close, you schedule the closing or closings if you’re settling on your next new house at the same time or you could be preparing to move wherever you have decided. Either way you’re scrambling and most agents who have been around will tell you, you really will have done so much and moved so quickly that you can’t remember everything that happened those few weeks leading up to the closing. You’re just happy to put up your feet without having to worry about anything real estate related.
What you don’t want is to go from the second gear of showings to the third gear of open houses and then back to second gear. Now, in some circumstances, it happens. It can’t be avoided it because there are so many factors that will lead a home to not get sold during an open house that they’re too many to list. A few examples are weather keeping people from coming to the open, a holiday, a traffic accident that creates a detour which doesn’t allow interested parties to even get to your home. It’s amazing what can happen that we have no control over.
Yet, we’re not talking about what you can’t control in this blog post. Oh no, we’re talking about what you can control. Check ou these 5 hacks to help you put your best foot forward during your open house.
The Five Hacks
- Think Hotel Lobby: The moment you put your home on the market, it becomes a product on a market for sale. Now, as hard as that is to say, it’s even harder for most homeowners to take this process, which Realtors refer to as depersonalization, in and take to heart. One good way to wrap your head around how your home should be presented in a ‘depersonalized’ fashion is to think of what you see when you walk into a hotel lobby. It’s welcoming, friendly, clean and inviting in a way that makes you want to rest but not want to stay forever. Just by looking around, you can see yourself staying here because you’re not thinking about who owns it. There’s no family pics or knickknacks or even anything that alludes that property has been tailor-made for anyone but you. This is the same way you should present your home to potential buyers so that no matter who comes through the door – they feel invited and welcomed. That way as they’re picturing themselves owning your property, they won’t be distracted by the family photos that are subliminally telling them to go away.
- Smell Check: How does your home smell? Do you really know? Ask someone who doesn’t live with you to close their eyes and stand in each room and take a deep breath. Have that person tell you honestly what the room smells like. You can then focus on the rooms that need the most work in the odor department. Remember as you go from room to room deorderizing that smells can be as personal as pictures. People have reactions to smells and what you like may not be the right thing for the person who fell in love with your property from the pictures. This person can quickly fall out of love once coming to the property and getting a whiff of it. One quick hack is to simmer vanilla in a saucepan on your stovetop a few hours before your open house. You could also back cookies right before the open house and leave the cookies as treats for the visitors of your open house, and for your Realtor of course.
- Fixins and Fast: Do you have a blown lightbulb? How about that squeaky cabinet door that you keep saying you’re going to fix when you have time? Well, now is the time to go around and make all those repairs. Anything that is broken and not fixed during an open house screams to potential buyers that this home was not kept up and small repairs that aren’t kept up mean that the big repairs weren’t kept up. At least that is what your potential buyers will think. You can’t blame them for it though, it’s human nature and part of our protective instincts to make sure that what we’re buying is worth our money. Don’t give them an inch so that they can take a mile. Get anything that needs to be fixed repaired before the open house, unless you truly can’t do so yourself. Then work with your Realtor in the best way to present this to potential buyers, because if you know it needs to be fixed – as a homeowner you’re required to tell that to a potential buyer. Everything else, make sure it’s working and in great shape.
- Lights, Camera, Contract: Lighting is important in an open house. You can have the most beautiful home, but if you don’t have sufficient lighting, who’s going to see it or worse if you have bad lighting your beautiful home can look like an average dwelling. Natural light is preferred for areas like the bedroom and living room. The kitchen and bath may need brighter lighting depending on how many windows they have and how the light affects workstations like a vanity or a countertop. One great way to hack your home to be called a ‘green’ home is to install lights that are both long lasting and good for the environment. Go to any home and garden center and they’ll give you all the 411 and then some on how to go green with your lighting. Remember that you have a budget though and a price you will want/need to take away from your sale so keep that in mind when shopping for lighting. Oh, and here’s another tip: take down any lighting fixtures that you don’t want to be included in the sale. Rest assured that if you have Aunt Sally’s crystal chandelier hanging in your dining room and you don’t take it down, but you direct your Realtor to tell folks it’s not included, those same folks are going to want Aunt Sally’s crystal chandelier and you’ll end up with it smack dab in the middle of your contract negotiations and that’s not where it belongs. No, take it down before the property even goes up for sale and replace it with something nice.
- Walk That Walk: Take a moment and drive up to your home as though you’re a potential buyer. See for yourself if your property has curb appeal and that the entrance to the home is inviting. The first thing you look at it is probably the first thing you need to work on and if you drive off, you have some serious work to do. Turn your car around and follow these steps. Clean your front yard and walkway, wash the windows and if you can, get your home power washed. One great way to spruce up an entrance is to paint the front door. Now if your property needs major painting on the outside – you should speak with your Realtor about this, but painting is a big part of curb appeal. If you don’t have a green thumb, consult a local landscaper to get some ideas on how to spruce up your home before an open house. A great tactic is to go over this plan with your Realtor who will guide you through what a potential buyer may or may not look for when they first see the home.
During the Open House
Get yourself out of the house, go somewhere that makes you happy and enjoy yourself for that time. Let your Realtor do what she’s best at and give yourself a break for a while, just stick close to your phone so that you’re prepared for any offers that may be coming in. Either way, you know you’ve done you’re best and now it’s up to the market and your Realtor to do the rest.