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Aug. 19, 2014

Let a REALTOR® be your guide

Licensed real estate professionals provide clients with many values and services along with finding that perfect home. REALTORS ® navigate negotiations with other agents with knowledge and expertise. We are current and knowledgeable on the real estate market and local neighborhoods. We understand and are experts throughout the entire purchasing process including: financing, appraisals, inspections, and closing. We are members of the National Association of REALTORS ® (NAR) and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by NAR. We have taken an oath to treat our clients with integrity, honesty, undivided loyalty, full disclosure, confidentiality, accounting and we take this oath very seriously. 

Some of the many duties your REALTOR ® can bring to your real estate needs are:

  • We can help you with ANY home that is listed with another agent/company, on a website, etc. This can give you peace of mind and ease with having only one agent.
  • We know the housing market from top to bottom and have the skills necessary to make it an easy process for you.
  • We are a knowledgeable source and have a wealth of information on the community and local areas such as neighborhoods, schools, churches, shopping, etc. This can save you valuable time when making the decision on an area.
  • We know and have the experience of working with the best local lenders to make sure that contract goes through. Many real estate contracts fall through due to financing issues. We have the experts to make sure that won't happen to you.
  • We know the ins and outs of closing costs, down payments, monthly payment options, etc., which takes the guess work out of the equation for you.
  • We have the knowledge and experience with contracts, offers, listings, negotiations, and the whole purchasing process. These fine tuned skills benefit you in making the process flow smoothly.
  • We have the tools to effectively market your home when selling, or finding your home when buying. This includes our website and many others, the North Texas MLS, communication with other agents to get your home sold! And, these are the same tools that help find that perfect home for the buyer.

REALTORS ® can save you endless and valuable time, money, and frustration. We are here to treat every client with honesty and integrity. We possess the knowledge and "know how" in a rapidly changing market. We are here for you!



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Christy Aubrey - REALTOR®

214-493-9678 Direct Telephone

The Dallas Real Estate Store by Jeff Knox

Professional DFW REALTORS




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Aug. 19, 2014

Farmers Branch, A City in a Park

Farmers Branch Park Bench

Farmers Branch Texas, A City in a Park 

When you're looking for a place to live, finding the right house is just one priority. Community, schools and location are just as important. Farmers Branch can answer the call for all criteria.


Farmers Branch offers homes for all types of living.  There are beautiful golf course lots in the Brookhaven Community, brand new townhomes near the Dart Rail, older established homes throughout the city as well as affordable apartments sprinkled around.  You will see new, larger homes mixed in with older, smaller homes as the city experiences a revitalization. Pricing ranges from $80,000 to $725,000 for just about any size home you can imagine.  

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Farmers Branch is THE place to be for affordable community celebrations, culture and family fun.  The Historical Park is home to several free events and concerts provided by the city.  There are Symphony concerts, Independence day fireworks, Halloween in the Park and Holiday snow. People come from miles around to see the Holiday lights.  There is a skate park at the recreation center and a new water park under construction. Wonderful library, parks and shopping complete the perfect place to call home.



The Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District was recently ranked 7th among the 200 largest districts in Texas.  When you take a look at all the district has to offer, it's easy to see why. CFBISD boasts a unique immersion dual language program that begins in kindergarten. The middle schools emphasize the arts while the high schools all offer specific career academies that have been emulated by ivy league universities. A district focused on the success of all students, many can graduate with an associates college degree!!  Check out the disrict website to learn much more about this amazing school system.


Farmers Branch is centrally located to everything Dallas has to offer.  Just north of downtown Dallas, and no more than 20-30 minute drive to Arlington, Farmers Branch MapFt. Worth, Frisco, Plano, and Flower Mound, FB is accessible to sporting events like the Cowboys, Rangers, Stars and Mavericks.  FB is even closer to wonderful shopping at the Galleria, North Park and Sam Moon.  Accordng to the FB website " Farmers Branch is home to more than 4,000 companies and more than 250 corporate headquarters, including JDA Software, Occidental Chemical, Iidon Security, Taco Bueno, SoftLayer Technologies and Maxim Integrated Products." Both DFW and Love Field aiports are close.  The DART Rail runs right through FB. What more do you need?

It's a great place to live and work!

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Let me know when you are ready to make your move to

Farmers Branch Texas.

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Posted in Farmers Branch TX
May 27, 2014

North Dallas Community

North Dallas Community

I love the cities of North Dallas.  No matter what type of lifestyle you are looking for, the metroplex has it all.  There are beautiful landscapes of Frisco, Little Elm and Flower Mound, close knit communities of Carrollton, Coppell and Farmers Branch and wonderful restaurants and nightlife of Plano, Uptown and Addison.  No matter where you live in the area, you are only minutes away from fun, family and friends! Plano Balloons

Did you know: Most of the cities offer wonderful festivals fit for family and adults alike.  There are the Wildflower and Balloon festivals in Plano, Grapefest in Grapevine, and Halloween in the Park, Libertyfest and Holiday lights in Farmers Branch.  The libraries continually offer reading activities for the kids as well as outdoor amphitheater productions.  Parks and trails abound in the area.  There is always something wonderful to do!

 Did you know:  The school districts in the metroplex are ranked among some of the best in the state.  They offer exceptional education opportunities incorporating dual language programs, college preparedness and associate degrees, and millions of dollars in scholarships.  The arts are well represented along with a wide range of competitive sports and academic programs.

Did you knHomeow:  There is also a wide variety of home types represented in the area.  You can find quaint homes built in the 50s and 60s in many of the metroplex. There are new developments in process in almost all North Dallas cities. Ranch style homes, bungalows, traditional and luxury can be found in almost every city.  Prices range from $60,000 to $3,000,000.  Do you want to live in a golf course community?  Do you want to live on a lake?  Do you want a 3 car garage?  Master on the main floorA pool? You name it, we got it!

 Did you know: There are are hundreds of walking trails and parks in the North Dallas area. And nature abounds in the Spring Creek Forest in Garland, Arbor Hills Nature Center and Oak Point in Plano, Spring Creek Nature area in Richardson, and Blue Ridge in Allen.  Carrollton boasts walking greenbelts throughout the city while Farmers Branch is rich with rose bushes and well maintained landscaping. You don't have to venture into the country to experience the beauty of nature.

Did you know: The shopping and dining cannot be beat!  Save some cash and visit the outlet malls in Allen, Grapevine Mills in Grapevine, and the Sam Moon plaza in Farmers Branch.  The upscale shopping malls include the Dallas GalleriaStonebriar Mall in Frisco and NorthPark Center, which was named as one of the "7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World" by Shopping Centers Today. Many North Dallas cities are building outdoor malls.  You can find them already in Allen Flower Mound and Frisco.  Whether you're looking for hats and boost or gowns and crowns, you'll find it in the North Dallas metroplex. 

Did you know: Texans lovCowboys Stadiume their sports.  The Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars are both just minutes down I35 at the American Airlines Center.  You can also see big name concerts and special events there.  Down the road about 15 minutes you can cheer on the Texas Rangers and marvel at the wonder of The Dallas Cowboys gleaming stadium.  There's AA Roughriders baseball and FC Dallas soccer in Frisco.  And on any given fall Friday night, you can stumble upon that wild phenomenon known as Texas High School football.  

 Did you know: Texans love their food.  North Dallas restaurants are more than the Texan favorites of steak houses, barbecue and Tex Mex. Food is our passion and we'll surprise you with fresh seafood, eclectic bistros and fantastic worldly cuisines ranging from Brazilian to Indian to European. Addison is full of sports bars, fun restaurants music and fine dining.  Plano's Legacy center feeds the chic and trendy.  You will find family owned gems in Farmers Branch and Coppell.  


Did you know: You can visit the Bush library, and the Perot, Children's and 6th Floor museums .  And you can see the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.  The Dallas Zoo is minutes away while the Ft. Worth zoo just a few minutes more.  The Dallas Arboretum is a must see every season.  Many attractions can be accessed by the DART rail which has stations in Carrollton, Farmers Branch and many more North Dallas areas. There is no excuse to lack culture when you live in North Dallas.


Lisa Contreras  What else would you like to know? Ask me.  I can help. 

   Written by Lisa Watten-Contreras, REALTOR in North Dallas




Posted in North Dallas
May 26, 2014

Carrollton Texas, Moore Farm Community

Moore FarmCarrollton Texas, Moore Farm Community

When looking for a home in North Dallas, look no further than the Moore Farm Community.  This Carrollton Texas neighborhood is a stunning example of beautiful homes, community amenities, successful schools and unbeatable proximity to everything North Dallas.

Homes:  From 388 Sotherby homes built between 2004 and 2007, the average sales price for a home in the Moore Farm subdivision is $346,916. The lowest sale was at $232,000 and the highest sale was at $470,000.

These lovely brick and stone homes average size is 3,482 sq. ft., with the smallest at 1,805 sq. ft. and the largest at 4,804 sq. ft. Homes in the Moore Farm subdivision sold, on average, in 81 days. The average price per square foot for a home in the Moore Farm subdivision is $102.04.

Community Amenities: Moore Farm is a single family residential community located in Carrollton Texas. There is a commMoore Farm Poolunity pool, playground and park maintained and provided for members of the Moore Farm Owners Association, Inc.  Families enjoy many neighborhood events in this Carrollton community.  They include:Movie nights, Ice cream Socials, Bar-b-Ques, and a Fall Festival.  Monthly gatherings include: Bunko, Texas Hold Em, Supper Club, Dessert Parties, Wine Tasting, Block Parties, Scrapbooking, Cultural Celebrations.   Whew - there is a lot to do without even leaving your area!

Proximity to Area: If you do feel the need to venture out of the Moore Farm Community, you won't have to go far.  The Moore Farm Community of Carrollton Texas sits conveniently by Texas Stae Highway 121,  and I35.  Minutes away from 3 major malls, several golf courses, water parks and wonderful restaurants, this community offers something for everyone.  The beautiful neighborhoods and surrounding parks create a safe oasis for family living while only a step away from business and major highways.  Don't miss this hidden gem of a community.  Ask me to visit.

Schools: A few homes are located in the innovative Carrollton Farmers Branch School District while most attend Lewsiville Schools. The Lewisville Independent School District prides itself on its long-standing tradition of educational excellence. With more than 38 schools receiving the “Exemplary” rating LISD also has six National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, which is the highest designation a school can earn by the United States Department of Education.  Along with academic success, the district excells in sports and the arts.  See what this district has to offer.

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Lisa Watten-Contreras

Post authored by Lisa Watten-Contreras,  North Dallas REALTOR

Posted in Carrollton, TX
May 20, 2014

Selling in Spring and Summer

Spring and Summer are the BEST times to sell your Home!

Let's look at the Why, Who and What of this market:


Consumers are dusting off the snow and venturing outdoors After a really long and cold winter, people are getting out of the house and into the great outdoors.  What better way to do that then to go looking at open houses?  This is a great time to take advantage of the need for people to see the light of day and give them a destination - your home for sale!  

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Inventory has been low creating a sellers market: This last year in Texas was a boom for sellers.  The inventory of available homes was so low that buyers were crawling all over each other to grab the best homes.  As a result, sellers had multiple offers from which to chose and the trend has continued into 2014.  Take advantage now!

Inventory will pick up - buyers will have more choices: The news has been reporting the low inventory so Spring will see more sellers try to capitalize on the market. It's a good idea to get your home on the market before it gets saturated.


Renter to buyer/first time buyers: Renters and first time buyers are finding that the $1,000 to $2,000 a month they pay in rent can pay for a good home.  Lenders are stepping up to offer a multitude of information, advice and help for this buyer group.    

Growing Families: As families grow, so do their need for space. There are many wonderful homes in the North Dallas area situated close to parks, shopping and great schools.  Would your current home be a great space for this population?

Downsizing Empty Nesters: It's often a difficult decision to downsize your home.  But empty-nesters, one income families and eco-friendly minded buyers can find that moving to a more suitable space leaves them free to spread their wings in other ways.  Let's show them how your home can be a perfect fit for them.


AR Gems

Know what consumers want in a home: Active Rain,a Real Estate blogging site', over 1,500 agents to see what the "hidden gems" are that people look for now in a home

Data provided by ActiveRain is an online community of real estate professionals who exchange best practices, write real estate blogs, and get free education from the industry and their peers.

Stage your home:  You could argue that in a seller's market it is not necessary to stage your home for showings.  Let me assure you, it is a must no matter what the market.  Your home could be lacking some key elements that a particular buyer is looking for in a home, but if it's clean with well placed furniture and SMELLS nice, they will often times overlook some of the criteria.  You don't necessarily have to buy new furniture - but you do need to de-clutter, organize, clean, clean and more clean. And make sure there are no pet or cooking odors.  I've seen clients walk right out of a house if the smell offended them and they never even saw the whole space.

Hire a Real Estate professional: Yes, I am a Real Estate Agent and yes, I want you to call me to help you buy and or sell homes.  But what I've learned from the years I waited tables in college, the years I spent in the medical field and now the time I've spent in real estate, is that the expertise a professional in the industry provides is invaluable.  An agent will provide advice and counsel.  She (I say "she" because I am a girl) will spend her days and  nights finding suitable properties for you.  She will spend her days and nights marketing your home  through print, social media, agent communication, door to door marketing and everything else she can think of.  She will know what an appropriate price should be and she will get you the best deal whether you are buying or selling. She will deal with all of the endless legal documents that you need to know about and she will make sure that they are processed timely.  She will connect you with great lenders, inspectors and title companies. I could go on, but your eyes are probably glazing over.    Contact me if you want more information.

 I hope this little blog has got you thinking about your real estate options in this crazy market.  

It's never been a better time to sell your home!


LWCPost authored by Lisa Contreras, REALTOR in North Dallas


May 20, 2014

Brookhaven Community in Farmers Branch Texas

Brookhaven Neighborhood in Farmers Brookhaven entranceBranch Texas  

A well established neighborhood in the heart of North Dallas, Brookhaven has older homes nestled among newer builds.  The community is situated within a country club community surrounded by a beautiful golf course. 

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Affordable Spacious Homes

Here you will find floor plans to suit any buyer.  Brookhaven  has spacious 5 bedroom homes with open floor plans and 

beautifully landscaped yards along with 3 bed 2 bath ranch style homes that back up to the golf courses.  Brookhaven also boasts some spacious condos/townhomes within walking distance to the country club as well as the community college. Prices vary depending upon floor plan, size, view, condition, and upgrades to the homes.  Home prices range from $70,000 condos to $650,000.00 luxury homes. 

 Conveniently located in the Heart of North Dallas  

This neighborhood is within walking distance to Brookhaven Community College and shopping centers and minutes from the Westin Galleria Mall, I635 and I35.  The city is currently enjoying a re-birth with many restoration and updating construction projects planned.  With the recent addition of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Railway, Farmers Branch is the most convenient place to be if you want to work and live in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex.


Community is the  Key

It would be very difficult to find a city more committed to community and everything that that entails.  The city has a beautiful Historical Park where many free community events are held.  Throughout the year you can meet your neighbors at the Easter Egg Hunt, July 4th Fireworks, Memorial Day Celebration, Halloween in the Park, anJuly 4 in Farmers Branchd Holiday in the Park.  Even more get togethers include fishing, camping, Symphony nights and one of the most celebrated Holiday lights display in Texas. 

Innovative School District

The CFBISD is a nationally recognized innovative school district.   The district ranks competitively with others of it's size throughout Texas as it welcomes a wide range of cultures and strives to address each one. CFBISD has met the challenge of presenting a multitude of opportunities to it's families and students.  It boasts an academy program where students can pick  a career to study and experience. Many will graduate with an associates degree in their chosen fields which include Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Medical Fields, Law, Business etc...

CFBISD Ivy league schools have visited the high schools to emulate some of the programs! In the lower schools, CFBISD has launched a dual language immersion program where both English speaking and Non-English speaking students are taught curriculum in both English and Spanish!  Muy Fabuloso!







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Thank you for taking a look at this Community!  

  Post authored by Lisa Watten-Contreras - Realtor in Carrollton TX


Posted in Farmers Branch TX
May 7, 2014

Dallas M Street Homes For Sale

click here dallas tx m street homes saleDallas TX - We are in the middle of a residential real estate boom and one of the hottest areas is the Dallas M Street homes for sale market!  Houses for sale on Dallas M Streets were originally constructed in the 1920's but today are featuring both historic homes along with a flurry of newer construction homes.  

Newer construction Dallas M Street homes have a starting price of around $500,000 and range to almost $1,000,000.  The M Street Area is popular with both singles and younger families because of the historic draw of older homes, the location near SMU and downtown Dallas and the appeal of the nearby restaurants, bars, nightlife and entertainment.  

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Residents of the Dallas M Streets homes neighborhood may literally walk out of their doors and enjoy a drink or dinner within a half of mile.  With these amenities so close, M Street homes have created a very social, close community of owners.  It is not uncommon to see neighbors holding block parties, weekend BBQs or just enjoying each other's company and friendship.  

Dallas M Street homes are located in the Dallas Independent School District with most children attending either Stonewall Jackson or Robert E Lee Elementary Schools.  The local high school in the area is Woodrow Wilson High School.

Our professional Realtors at The Dallas Real Estate Store are standing by to help you choose the home best for you.  We look forward to serving your Dallas M Street real estate needs.  

jeff knox dallas m streets realtorPost authored by Jeff Knox - Broker & Realtor for Dallas M Street area

May 7, 2014

Carrollton Texas Homes

Carrollton Texas, The Heart of North Dallas

If you're looking for the perfect spot to call home in the North Dallas area, look no further than Carrollton Texas homes.  The city offers a variety of sizes and prices of homes. Carrollton has sustained a vital presence in the North Dallas area for 100 years. Because of this, you will find charming older homes with unique character as well as new, luxury homes in newer subdivisions, and everything else in between.

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Location, Location, Location

Map of Carrollton

Carrollton homes are located smack dab in the middle of anywhere you want to be in the metroplex.  Carrollton was chosen as a hub for the DART rail so it has inexpenive access to all major events and employment. With easy access to I35, George Bush Freeway and 121, you are never far from the action when you live in a Carrollton home. 

Community is Key

Carrollton homes have access to 2 libraries, 2 recreation centers and many, many parks with walking and biking trails throughout the city. There's a water park, a nature preserve, and a pioneer museum. Old downtown Carrollton offers shopping, dining and several free community events each year including concerts and festivals.

Innovative Education

Carrollton homes feed into the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. The CFBISD is a nationally recognized innovative school district.  The district ranks competitively with others of it's size throughout Texas as it welcomes a wide range of cultures. CFBISD has met the challenge of presenting a multitude of opportunities to it's families and students. It boasts an academy program where students can pick  a career to study and experience. Many will graduate with an associates degree in their chosen fields which include Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Medical Fields, Law, Business etc...  Ivy league schools have visited the high schools to emulate some of the programs! In the lower schools, CFBISD has launched a dual language immersion program where both English speaking and Non-English speaking students are taught curriculum in both English and Spanish!  Extraordinario!

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lisa watten contreras realtor carrollton txThank you for taking a look at this Carrollton Community!

Post authored by Lisa Watten-Contreras - Realtor in Carrollton TX

Posted in Carrollton, TX