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IKEA store in Grand Prairie

So, I drove all the way to Frisco yesterday to have my fill of Swedish meatballs and to stroll through the IKEA store to see what caught my decorative eye.  It was a MAD HOUSE!  Oh my goodness, their were people everywhere and even more kids running and jumping trying to relieve their boredom.  Needless to say,  my stroll did not go as planned.  I came out a desk rack and wooden hangers.  Oh and by the way, we stood in line for one hour for those meatballs.

So, I have decided to never go to IKEA again!  Until the Grand Prairie store opens of course!  I can handle the madness without an hour drive tacked on.

Sooo, I did some digging and the new Grand Prairie IKEA is scheduled to open November 2017 on the east side of state highway 161 and Mayfield Rd. north of I-20.  Yeah, that’s jibberish to me too.  But, its 14 miles from downtown Dallas and 18 miles from downtown Fort Worth.  Which equals less than 10 miles from my house.

Woo-hoo!!  Oops, I almost dribbled on myself from the excitement!

Grand Prairie Ikea

This is what the store is supposed to look like when it done.

If you have never experienced an IKEA store, you have to stop in to check it out.  They have everything for your home at great prices.  And, they give you showrooms with decorating ideas.    It’s a great place to linger and be inspired.

Am I the only one excited here?!


What happens when you take the kids house hunting!

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URI Unicórnio Rosa Invisivel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was showing houses with my clients who brought their two small children along, a 4 year-old girl and a 8 month-old son.  They were concerned that the 4 year-old would get bored and derail the entire house hunting process.  But, much to their surprise she was extremely well behaved.  She followed closely behind in each house and pretty much did not make a pip.  Because they had small children, I only showed them their three top pick houses and headed back to the office to discuss possibly putting an offer on one they really liked.

When we got back to the office they let me smell on their cute little baby and he did not disappoint.  He smelled like a mixture of baby lotion, baby powder and an extra hint of that natural baby sweetness!  Oops, sorry back to the story.

So, the little girl is spinning around and around and around, in the office chair still in her own little world.   Her Mom asked her “Sweetie which house did you like best?”  The little girl waited for her chair to make a full stop in front of her Mother and replied excitedly  “The house with the Unicorn!”  The sweet smelling baby on my lap cooed on cue, like he totally agreed with her choice.  I looked at the Mom and Dad who both appeared utterly confused.  The Dad asked, “Honey which house was that, because Daddy didn’t see a unicorn in any of the houses.”  I thought maybe she had seen a toy unicorn in one of the kids room.  But, she was adamant there was an alive and breathing pink unicorn with glitter and sparkles in the backyard of the last house.  The house that just happened to be the one the parents loved.

I went with it.  If the kids wanted the house with the unicorn, the unicorn house they should have!

The poor Dad sat there trying to convince her the house had no unicorn in it.  Exhausted with the conversation the little girl finally let him in on something.  “Only kids can see unicorns, because Daddy’s are to big to ride on them!”

The Dad sat back in his chair with a smile… well I guess the unicorn house it is!



Is this a good time to sell your home?

So, I was out and about yesterday prospecting for new clients.  Doing what I love best, meeting new people and talking real estate.  So, I meet this nice couple who asked “Is this really a good time to sale?”  And I thought I would share my answer.

And that is:  “It Depends.”

I can’t say what is right for your situation.  Are we in a really good real estate market? Yes we are.  But, does that necessarily mean it’s good for you.  Let me give you a few scenarios.( This is where I start numbering!)

So, first determine your reason for selling.

1.  If you are looking to get money out of the house, contact your mortgage company to get your loan pay-off amount.  The second thing is to get a Professional Real Estate Agent/Realtor  to give you a market analysis of your home.  Or, how much your house is worth if you were to put it on the market today, based on homes that have sold in your neighborhood.  (Also, known as a CMA and this is FREE!!)  If the agent comes back with $150,000 as your listing price you will subtract your new listing price from your pay-off amount.

Recommended listing price              $150,000

Pay-off amount                                      –  80,000

Profit before fees/closing cost               70, 000


2.  Now if prices have not rebounded in your area this could be your scenario.  In this scenario, you would actually have to pay to get out of the house!

Recommended list price                    $100,000

Pay-off amount                                      -120,000

Loss before fees/closing cost                 -20,000


3.  Then there are those who just want to move on with their lives and not be tied to this God-forsaken money pit of a house!

Recommended List price                 $100,000

Pay-off/fees/closing cost                  $100,000

Break Even                                        $zero owed


You see it depends on your expectations that determines if this is a good time for you sell!!  Hope this helps!

Good Luck on your decision!

If you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, CALL ME for your free home valuation (Listing price) or CMA (Comparative Market Analysis)!  <<Suggested list price!

Just call me we’ll figure it out!!  (972) 863-1944