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Collin and Denton Counties are Healthiest in Texas!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Collin County and Denton County are two of the healthiest counties in Texas! The annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, which is run by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranks counties within each state based on a variety of health factors and data. The factors measured include health behaviors (exercise, eating habits, etc), clinical care (insurance coverage, number of doctors, etc), and social & economic factors (education level, poverty rate, etc). The program looked at all 243 counties located in Texas for the 2017 Texas County Health Rankings.  

 

When the results came in......Collin County was found to be the healthiest county in all of Texas for the second year in a row! And, Denton County was 3rd out of the 243! Both of these counties promote healthy lifestyles for their residents. Here is how both counties ranked for all the factors:

 

#1 Collin County

Ranked #1 for Health Outcomes

  • #2 for Length of Life
  • #2 for Quality of Life

Ranked #1 for Health Factors

  • #2 for Health Behaviors
  • #1 for Clinical Care
  • #2 for Social & Economic Factors

#3 Denton County

Ranked #3 for Health Outcomes

  • #5 for Length of Life
  • #5 for Quality of Life

Ranked #5 for Health Factors

  • #4 for Health Behaviors
  • #11 for Clinical Care
  • #6 for Social & Economic Factors

 

If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of these healthy counties, give Group Watson a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/!

Get Ready for McKinney's Arts in Bloom Festival!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Celebrate incredible art and wine at Arts in Bloom. Beautiful, historic downtown McKinney will be filled with creativity for three days on Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 9th. Have fun exploring the downtown area as you check out incredible works of art, eat delicious food, enjoy live entertainment and performance artists, sip on wine, and so much more. Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at Arts in Bloom in McKinney:


Art!

Marvel at spectacular works of art from the 150 Local, Regional, and National Artists that will be set up in the downtown area. They specialize in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, woodworking, ceramics, sculptor, jewelry making, photography, and more.


Live Entertainment!

Enjoy live music every day of the festival at the Deep Ellum Brewing Company Main Stage and Door Real Estate Stage. From country music to dance bands, you will find some sort of entertainment to love. Check out the Full Entertainment Lineup.  


Kids Creation Station!

Head over to this children interactive area where they can let their creativity thrive and create their own works of art. Activities available are Art Book Artist ($7), Brush on a Birdhouse ($10), Create on Canvas ($5), and Tiny Tile Treasures ($7)!


Wine and Food!

Sip on some of Texas’s best wines and meet the local winemakers at the Trinity Falls Texas Wine Garden. There are 14 Wineries that will be represented in the garden. Wines can be purchased by the glass for between $5 and $10 or spend $20 per person to receive a special Arts in Bloom Wine Glass and 10 wine tickets. In addition to wine, there are delicious Food Vendors and Craft Breweries at the festival.


Event Details

Dates: Friday, April 7th, 2017 - Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Times: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Saturday) | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Historic Downtown McKinney - FESTIVAL MAP

Cost: FREE Admission!

 

 

Image Credit: Arts in Bloom


Family Fun Easter Events Throughout the Dallas Area!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Easter is fast approaching! The holiday festivities are already beginning throughout the North Texas region. Easter is a great holiday to spend time with family and the communities in our area are dedicated to providing family fun events to celebrate. Check out our recommendations for great Easter events throughout the Dallas area for your whole family to enjoy!


Frisco RoughRiders Spring EGGstravaganza

Date: Saturday, March 25th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco)

Cost: FREE!

There is much to do at this fun Easter event. Starting at 12:20 pm, children 12 and under can try to find as many Easter eggs as they can in the outfield. Other fun events throughout the afternoon, include airbrush artists, bounce house, and spring themed arts and crafts. Children will have the opportunity to play catch and run the bases just like their favorite RoughRider players. The team mascots will also be making a special appearance! Your family’s favorite baseball park food will be available for $1.00 throughout the event.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: The Westin Stonebriar (1549 Legacy Drive, Frisco)

Cost: $30 per child, $40 per adult

Dine on a delicious breakfast buffet and meet the Easter Bunny! Your children will also love the egg hunts, crafts and activities, and live bunnies! Each child will receive a special goodie bag. Adults can try their luck at winning great prizes in the silent auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit Journey of Hope Grief Support Center. Register online HERE or call (972) 964-1600.


Funny Bunny Festival

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park Baseball Complex (1301 South Railroad Street, Lewisville)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy a morning of holiday fun filled with family friendly activities. This event features 3 different egg hunt times, at 10:30 am, 11:15 am, and noon. Each child is allowed to participate in one of the day’s hunts and each hunt is divided in separate locations by age group. In addition to the egg hunts, there will be a petting zoo, carnival games, and an opportunity to have your photo taken with some Funny Bunnies!


Easter Egg Scramble  

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Jake’s Hilltop Park (4975 Timber Creek Drive, Flower Mound)

Cost: FREE!

Check out the 34th Annual Easter Egg Scramble. Meet the Easter Bunny and fill up your Easter basket with delicious candy. There will be many fun activities before the scramble begins at 2:30 pm.


Spring Eggstravaganza

Date: Thursday, April 13th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: The Colony Five Star Complex (4100 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony)

Cost: $3 per child (in advance), $5 per child (day of event)

Hop into spring at this great annual event. Your children will love having their photo taken with Peter Rabbit and searching for eggs filled with candy and other goodies. Be sure to plant a flower before you leave that you can take home with you. To learn more about this event, call The Colony Parks and Recreation Department at (972) 625-1106.


EGGstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Wagon Wheel Park (345 Freeport Parkway, Coppell)

Cost: FREE!

With Easter egg hunts, children’s activities, free popcorn, and more, this event will surely delight all. More information will be provided as the event nears so check back at the Coppell city website.  



Wishing you and your family a very happy and fun Easter!

Exciting New Development Planned in Plano!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

With excellent local schools, great recreational facilities, beautiful weather, and the perfect location near all the North Texas area has to offer, Plano is the perfect community to call home. There are always exciting, new things occurring in this city. Plano is dedicated to promoting economic development and bringing more great facilities to the community for residents to enjoy. The Mustang Square mixed use project is one of the latest of these great new developments.


This urban style development is bringing new office, retail and housing space to a 50 acre space along State Highway 121.  The project will be located along the highway and Rasor Boulevard. Mustang Square is being designed by Gensler and developed by Thakker Developers and JPI.


The first phase of this project will include 448 apartments. Construction is expected to begin next year. Future plans include 100,000 square feet of office space within two buildings, 68,000 square feet of retail space within four buildings, and three hotels. There will be additional housing options within the complex including 75 townhomes and a senior housing complex. There will also be beautiful green space included within the project for residents and visitors to enjoy.


The Mustang Square mixed-use project will bring local economic development to the community. In fact, it is expected to have close to a $2 billion economic impact! It will provide residents with access to even more amazing amenities! Here is another reason why Plano is a great place to live.


 

If you are interested in Buying your dream home in Plano, check out our  Current Homes for Sale in Plano. Give Group Watson a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.

 

Photo Credit: Virtual Builders Exchange

North Texas Housing Market is Booming!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

The recession seems fully behind us when examining the real estate market in North Texas. In fact, according to mortgage firm HSH.com, the Dallas and Fort Worth areas are two of the nation’s home markets that have recovered the most since the recession! This is great news for home buyers and sellers in our area!



Home prices in Dallas and Fort Worth are at their highest ever. Over the past four years, prices have risen over 40%. The prices are now way above what they were at during the peak housing boom prior to the recession.  



Using home price data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, HSH.com created the home price recovery index to see how the markets in the 100 largest metropolitan areas had recovered. Dallas-Plano-Irving came in at the 3rd spot for most recovered housing market. Homes have a current value of 259.58 which is 50.53% above peak value. Fort Worth-Arlington claimed the 6th spot for most recovered. Homes in that area have a current value of 236.49 which is 39.76% above peak value.



North Texas is considered one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets for the year. If you are interested in Buying or Selling in this great market, give Group Watson a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.   

Great Community Events in Frisco This Week!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

There is always something fun going on around the great city of Frisco. And this week is no exception! Whether you are looking for some family friendly fun or a night out on the town, here is our recommendations for things to do in Frisco for this week.


LEGO Americana Roadshow

Dates: Tuesday, February 28th - Sunday, March 5th

Time: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Location: Stonebriar Centre (2603 Preston Road)

Check out this traveling display of 10 American landmarks made entirely out of LEGO® bricks! This free event is fun for the entire family. When you visit the display, you will learn more about these historic monuments and be able to build your own creation out of  LEGO®. There is also the opportunity to get your very own limited edition LEGO® collectible when you complete the scavenger hunt!



Sip N Shop Downtown Frisco

Date: Thursday, March 2nd

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Frisco

Spend the evening exploring historic downtown Frisco during this special shopping event. Various boutiques will be open late for you to shop while enjoying drinks and listening to live music.

Frisco College Baseball Classic

Dates: Friday, March 3rd - Sunday, March 5th

Time: 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm games (Friday and Saturday) | Noon and 3:30 pm games (Sunday)

Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (7300 Roughriders Trail)

Take in that great American tradition of baseball at this fun collegiate tournament. Considered one of the best tournaments in the country, enjoy three days of games as 4 of the country’s top teams compete. Teams competing are Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State. Cheer on your favorite as they play in the round robin format throughout the weekend.



MakerSpace First Friday

Date: Friday, March 3rd

Time: 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm games

Location: Sci-Tech Discovery Center (8004 Dallas Parkway)

Have the opportunity to work on that dream project you have wanted to and have access to incredible technology and equipment in order to do so. Hobbyists and inventors can come utilize advanced woodworking tools, a 3D printer, full spectrum laser cutter, robotics kit, and more to complete their projects. The first friday of the month is open exclusively to veterans and their families. Children over 10 years of age are welcome to attend.


Helpful Tips for Buying or Selling This Spring!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

As the weather warms up and flowers bloom, the real estate market starts to amp up. Whether you are a Buyer or Seller this spring, it is important that you understand the Dallas area market. Working with the Top Realtor in the area can ensure that you find your dream home or sell your current home. Here is some helpful advice as you enter the market this spring!


Spring Sellers!

Sellers should have patience when they enter the market. You do not need to rush to list. Spend some time making your home look its very best so it is attractive to potential buyers. Update curb appeal, improve landscaping, add a fresh coat of paint inside, and declutter. Although there are a lot of buyers in the market in spring, there is also competition from other sellers. Consider making some upgrades that add value to your home to make it stand out from the pack. Ask your realtor for advice for your home to ensure that you get top dollar.


Pricing your home correctly is of the utmost importance. Your home can sit on the market if it is overpriced. Know Your Home's Value so that you can list it at a smart price. When the market is strong, it can be to the benefit of the seller to underprice your home in order to create multiple bids. Your realtor can share their expertise in this area.


 

Spring Buyers!

Work with your realtor to navigate the housing market this spring. We can teach you about the market and ensure that you are fully prepared to buy. Even before you begin your search, have your Financing ready to go. This allows you to know your budget. In addition, it makes you an attractive buyer to sellers as they know you can afford their home when you put in the offer. We will help you prepare all other documents ahead of time so as soon as you find the perfect home, we can help make your dreams a reality!


Spring is a busy time in the market so competition will be heavy. Make yourself stand out from the other buyers by having a larger down payment, being flexible with the settlement date, and allowing for fewer contingencies. Consider sending a personal letter to the seller explaining why you love the home. This personal touch has proven to be very successful for buyers.



If you are interested in buying or selling in the Dallas area this spring, Group Watson is here to help. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.


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/.


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/.

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