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Best School Districts Found in North Texas!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

There are many reasons why the communities of North Texas are great places for families to live! The incredible public school districts are one of the top reasons! Of 937 public school districts in Texas, 5 of our area school districts are in the top 3%, making them the best of the best!!

 


Education ranking and review website Niche recently released their list of the top K-12 school districts in Texas for 2017. 937 Texas public school districts were graded on several key factors, including academics, culture & diversity, health & safety, teachers, resources & facilities, clubs & activities, and sports. The data for these factors came from the U.S. Department of Education as well as from reviews by millions of Niche users. Check out how these school districts came out on the top of the class!

 

#5 Plano Independent School District | 2700 West 15th Street, Plano

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#8 Frisco Independent School District | 5515 Ohio Drive, Frisco

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#13 Prosper Independent School District | 605 East Seventh Street, Prosper

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#22 McKinney Independent School District | One Duvall Street, McKinney

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#27 Lewisville Independent School District | 1565 West Main Street, Lewisville

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If you're interested in Buying a home within one of these top ranked school districts, give Group Watson  a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.


2017 Economic Forecast

by Scott and Tammy Watson

2017 Economic Forecast

 

What to Expect:  

 

Mortgage rates will increase to a modest 4.5%, which is not dramatic enough to keep buyers out of the market.

 

Rents are expected to rise 4-5% across the board, and possibly higher in some areas.  Typically, a 5% increase in rent results in a renter to consider and/or convert to homeownership.

 

It is predicted that the new Administration will have looser legislation on lending and the economy, which could help boost buying power.

 

On the purchase side, offset by a stronger economy, household formations accelerating and rising wages will more than offset rising mortgage rates.

 

A slight increase in inventory is anticipated, as people decide to cash out their home’s equity for various purposes.

 

It is expected that more first-time home buyers will purchase this year, with many being millennial buyers looking for good school districts in suburban communities with lots of amenities.  Investment benefits will be a strong consideration of their purchase.

 

In comparison to many other large cities, the income required to buy a median priced home in our area, which is $55,000/year, isn’t much different than the national average at $52,000/year.  In fact, compared to places like San Francisco or New York, our housing market is extremely affordable.

 Sources:

 Kelly Mulligan, Attorney

                        Chicago Title

David Berson, Chief Economist

Nationwide Mutual Insurance

Texas Recognized As Top State for Well-Being!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Homebuyers looking to relocate to a state that promotes happiness, health, and a strong sense of community should look no further than the great state of Texas! In a report released by Gallup-Healthways, which analyzed American well-being nationally and by each state, Texas was ranked the 10th best state for well-being in the country!

 


The Well-Being Index was determined through 177,192 telephone surveys that were conducted by Gallup throughout the year. Participants were given a scale of 0 to 100 to rank their well-being within the following 5 key areas:

 

  1. Purpose (sense of well-being with job and daily life)

  2. Social (sense of well-being in personal relationships)

  3. Financial (sense of economic well-being)

  4. Community (sense of well-being in the city/town you live)

  5. Physical (sense of physical well-being)

 


Texas came in at the #10 spot overall! AND, it was ranked #1 in the United States for its residents feeling a sense of purpose!  



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With the great economic development, beautiful weather and natural landscape, excellent school systems, and endless amenities, it is no wonder why residents of Texas feel such a sense of well-being. The Dallas area is the perfect spot for homebuyers looking to move to Texas. In fact, Dallas has been named the best place to invest in housing based on all that it has to offer!

 


If you are interested in moving to Dallas, give Group Watson a call today or visit his website at http://www.groupwatson.com/. We will be happy to help you with your home search and help you discover all the reasons why there is no better place to enjoy a life of plentiful well-being!

 


Source: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being

Top Reasons to Buy Your New Home This Month!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

February might be better known for its cold weather, romantic holiday, and shorter calendar, but there is something else it should be known for…….a great month to buy a new home! It’s true! Research from Realtor.com shows that February is the ultimate time for buyers. Still not convinced? Check out 3 reasons why experts recommend purchasing your Dallas area home right now!


Interest Rates are Lower.

According to Realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke, interest rates are expected to be half a percent more as the year progresses. This means buyers in the later months will be faced with mortgage rates of almost 5 percent. It makes sense to lock in the lower interest rate now.


Home Prices are Lower.

Realtor.com collected home pricing data over the course of 2 years in 50 of the most populated markets in the United States. It showed that on average January and February home prices were 8.45% lower than those in July and August, the most popular homebuying months. Since the savings in home prices won’t be as large in 2017 as they have been in the past due to the strength of the market last year, it makes sense to take advantage of whatever savings are out there to get the best deal on a new home.


Competition is Lower.

Data shows that January home sales are 47% lower than they are in June. This number reflects that there is less competition amongst buyers. Buyers often enjoy the same amount of inventory on the market but have fewer fellow buyers to contend with. This often results in homes being sold for less than the listing price since sellers are more willing to negotiate.

 


Take advantage of these reasons to Buy a new home this February! Check out our current Homes for Sale to begin your journey. Give Group Watson a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.

2016 North Texas Real Estate Information System Annual SOLD Statistics

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Why Hire a Realtor, When Building a New Home? GroupWatson Answers...

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Cold Weather Tips for Home Owners

by Scott and Tammy Watson

The Best New Year's Eve Events Around DFW

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Here’s the Skinny on New Year’s Eve Events in and Around the Dallas / Fort Worth Area!  If it’s Kid-Friendly events your looking for, check out the links below for outings that are safe for the whole family:

"Around Town Kids" - Frisco: New Year's Eve Event Calendar

"Around Town Kids" - Plano: New Year's Eve Events Calendar

Star Telegram's: Ring in the New Year With These Family Friendly Events!

AXS Entertainment's: Best Family Friendly New Year's Eve Events in Dallas-Ft. Worth 2016

Want something with a little more sizzle?  Check out these links for information to some of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties DFW has to offer, for a fun night out on the town:

Dallas NYE Ball : Crowne Plaza - Dallas - How about a “good old-fashioned” ball to ring in the New Year!  Get the Hollywood treatment at the Crowne Plaza’s traditional NYE Ball, where four themed rooms (each with their own countdown to midnight) will come together into one final combined party as the clock strikes midnight!

Masquerade Affair : The Old Red Museum - Pay tribute to two of the greatest 20th century music icons: Prince and Michael Jackson!  This New Year’s Eve bash will honor these musicians all through the evening, as you ring in 2017!

New Year's Eve at Pinstack : Plano, TX  (21 and over party starts at 9:30 pm) - New Year’s Eve at Pinstack is not your average night out at the bowling alley!  Ring in the New Year by having a blast in 50,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art bowling lanes, ropes course, laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing walls and enjoy chef prepared cuisine.  NYE packages include unlimited attractions, catered cuisine and non-prize video games.  Cash bar available.  *Family-Friendly party earlier in the evening.

Glow 2017 :  New Year's Eve Party - Glow 2017 is THE “Glow-In-The-Dark” New Year’s Eve party in Dallas, TX.  Bring in the New Year in an 8,000 sq. ft. upscale pool nightclub, covered by an enclosed, heated tent that connects to a 5,000 sq. ft. indoor ultra-plush lounge.  Get your dance on with the most popular top 40, hip-hop and electronic music by DJ’s VIKTEK and GIRLBOT.

New Year's Eve Parties In and Around Plano, TX - If it’s choices you want in the Plano, Richardson, North Dallas area then check out some of these events going down on New Year’s Eve.  You will certainly find something to tickle your fancy among these listed!

GroupWatson wants to remind everyone to drink responsibly.  If you are out on New Year’s Eve, do not drink and drive…get home safe!

 

May You and Your Family Have A Happy and Prosperous New Year!  Here’s to 2017!!

Dallas/Fort Worth's Christmas Lights at Their Finest!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

 

Looking to escape a weekend trapped in the house? Try some of these great light-seeing spots!

Frisco, Texas - Fastest Growing City in the US

by Scott and Tammy Watson, GroupWatson

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