Frisco Home Center Real Estate Blog


By Sammy Gardner


(September 20, 2012) The City of Frisco’s tax rate will be $0.461910 per $100 of property value for the 
next fiscal year.  This tax rate was the same during the last fiscal year (FY12).    

The average home value for FY13 is $287,800, which is a 0.95% increase over the previous year’s average
home value of $285,093.  That means the average homeowner will pay approximately $7 more in property 
taxes during the new fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2012.  

During the September 18 City Council meeting, the Frisco City Council voted to adopt a $90.2 million (approximate) General Fund budget for FY13.  

Most notably, the new General Fund budget allows the City of

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By Sammy Gardner

Even though Frisco continues to top the list of fastest growing cities in the country, there are still several small town treasures to be experienced in this thriving community.   Ask most of the locals and they will tell you all about "The Snow Cone Lady".  Founded in June 1983,  Mary Mathis and her red caboose has 15,147 Facebook fans at this time.  She doesn't have to advertise and relies on word of mouth. Fans brave the sometimes brutal summer temperatures for a taste of her heavenly ice.  Mary has been profiled by various magazines and has become a favorite of all. Recently, she has added an additional window in order to try serve her fans more quickly.   Whether you live here or are just in town visiting, be sure to check out the

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$15 million school in The Colony master planned community to feature Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics format

(The Colony, TX—June 19, 2012) The Little Elm ISD Board of School Trustees approved plans to build the district’s first K - 8 Academy at Monday night’s regular board meeting. The district plans to open the school as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy in the fall of 2015. The Academy will meet the district’s projected student growth through 2021. The new school will be located at The Tribute, a 1,500-acre master planned lakeside golf and resort community, in The Colony.

“The partnership forged with our local developers makes this a win-win for all involved. We are very

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By Sammy Gardner


The following statement was issued by the City of Frisco today regarding the proposed agreement over the purchase by the city of the 180-acres of land surrounding Exide's Frisco Operations.  This is great news for Frisco residents! 

FRISCO, Texas, May 31, 2012 – Exide Technologies (NASDAQ: XIDE, and the City of Frisco announced today a proposed agreement that would result in the sale of approximately 180-acres of undeveloped land surrounding Exide’s Frisco Operations Under the terms of the agreement, the land, which consists of the current buffer zone around Exide’s plant, will be sold to the Frisco Community Development Corporation and the Frisco Economic Development Corporation for $45 million.


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Hey Frisco!  Your friendly nature has been noticed!  Rand McNally and USA Today  have named you as a finalist in the Best of the Road Rally contest.

Frisco is a finalist to be named Friendliest Small Town.  (”Small towns” are apparently any place with a population of less than 150,000, which seems like an overly broad definition.)

A two-person team will be visiting the finalist cities between June and mid-July, when they will announce the winners.  You can bet that our city leaders will be rolling out the red carpet.  I hope the residents will all offer a firm handshake and a warm smile to welcome the judges as well.

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Highland Homes has done it again!  They received the McSAM Award for DFW's People's Choice for Builder of the Year for the second year in a row.  The McSAM Awards were created in 1979 by the Sales and Marketing Council in recognition of sales and marketing excellence.  The award is given to builders, developers and associates of the Homebuilder's Association of Greater Dallas who have made a significant or creative contribution in residential real estate marketing in the prior year.

The Frisco Home Center proudly endorses Highland Homes as an excellent builder in North Texas.


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The latest MLS Stats are out and the news is good!  Frisco is one of the only major Collin County Cities with positive numbers across the board.  In Frisco the number of sales in March went up 6% over last year.  Better yet, sales prices are up 9% and days on the market for listings is down 18%. This is turning out to be a great Spring.  If you have been waiting for the market to turn around to buy or sell, this may be the time to make a move!

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By Sammy Gardner
You Don't Just Need "A Realtor", You Need a "Great Realtor"

This question comes up often from buyers who think they may be able to get a better deal if they go directly to a builder  or to a seller to  negotiate their own purchase.  They think that by eliminating a Realtor on their side, they can save the amount that would be due to the Realtor as compensation for representing them.   In today’s market, I completely understand the necessity of negotiating the lowest possible price for your home.   However, you should use caution before trying this.    Most real estate transactions today well exceed $100,000.   If you have a tax issue or a legal issue that involves this amount of money, it is doubtful that you would consider

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I am so proud to live in this great city. On April 4, Frisco will be hosting a Career Fair 
specifically for veterans who are looking for work or who are simply considering a career
change. The event will be held at the Frisco Discovery Center located at 8004 Dallas Parkway. 
The event is a come and go event for veterans only and will be open from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans will need to provide proof of their military service in order to 

The City of Frisco along with the Mayor's Veterans Advisory Committee have arranged for
the particpation of 30 companies and organizations. Each of the participating companies
will have representatives on-site and will pay a fee along with other donations to
participate. Proceeds will benefit the Frisco VFW Post

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