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The Lone Star State is the nation's top exporter for the seventh year in a row, according to a new U.S. Department of Commerce report. Governor Rick Perry commented on the top ranking, attributing the state's success on the exporting front to predictable business regulations and low taxes. Perry'...
Rules of Engagement-Professional Courtesy Return phone calls quickly or within the same business day.  Be polite and courteous to your fellow professionals. When leaving a voice mail say who you are, what the message is about, and leave phone number (speaking slowly.)  Return emails as quickly as...
Advice to Buyers of New Construction  Have an idea of your budget and basic needs in a home and home site before you start looking. Speak to the neighbors and ask how their home building experience was. Drive the area immediately surrounding the community to become familiar with the new surroundi...
Inflation!!! Typically considered to be something bad. In fact, the Fed's mandate is "to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates." However, today's economic environment is anything but typical. We are currently experiencing "DEFLAT...
Positive signs in DFW housing 5.7 months' inventory on home resale listings (6 months is generally considered equilibrium.) Continued population growth offers support. DFW has only 3.1 months' inventory of new home (finished and vacant) inventory, per Metrostudy (Builders have shown significant r...
Housing Market Crystal Ball January always is the slowest month for residential sales, so seasonal uptick starting now that February is here. Refi boom to continue through first half of 2009. Construction to remain sluggish until summer. Building rebound date dependent on each neighborhood's supp...
Starting this week, if you have an overdue Dallas County traffic ticket or fine you'll have to pay it BEFORE you can get a new, annual vehicle registration sticker. The county has 750 thousand outstanding citations on the books, worth 210 million dollars.Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Pric...
The importance of proof reading your material before printing or publishing has never been as important as it is now. With so many professionals now blogging and putting ourselves out into cyberspace, the risk is even higher of looking bad or unprofessional. The house ad on the left takes away fr...
Construction starts on McKinney Dr. Pepper StarCenter New agreement costs no additional taxpayer funds, provides same benefits Work will start as early as February 3rd on the McKinney Dr. Pepper StarCenter after the final contract was signed February 2nd. The new agreement dictates the facility w...
McKinney continues program to recognize historic homesHistoric Preservation Advisory Board seeks nominations for calendar The City of McKinney Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) is once again seeking nominations for revitalized historic houses as part of the Preserve Historic McKinney-Ho...

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