Home for HOPE Groundbreaking

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Posted on 17th September 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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We’ve broke ground on our second Home for HOPE! The Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, Homes for Hope, neighbors, and trade partners joined Grand Homes in McKinney as we dug up that dirt!

More than 75 attendees participating in the ground breaking, including a large group of Grand Homes’ trade partners – subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants – all donating or discounting their labor, materials, and services to help secure a large donation upon the sale of our Hope Home.

Grand Homes CEO Stephen Brooks said, “I can speak for our company team and trade partner family when I say that giving thousands of people in struggling communities around the world a chance to work themselves out of poverty is all the motivation we need!” Joining in the groundbreaking was Mike Lennon, executive director of Homes for Hope; Bob Morris, executive vice president of the HBA; and Mike Mints, Grand Homes vice president.

Bob Morris said, “Grand Homes represents the heart of our industry in doing this project…We’re very proud to be associated with them in this act of life-saving kindness.”

Thank you to BMC Select for donating our beautiful sign for the Hope Home and the vendors & homeowners who came out to support this cause!

Grand Homes will be contributing its own overhead and profit, including the donations from our trade in the final sum given to Homes for HOPE. HOPE’s primary service is the provision of microloans in 12 of the world’s most desperate countries. Starting at only $50, these loans enable entrepreneurs to start or expand their small businesses, creating a steady income that will lift their families out of poverty.

Resort Lifestyle at Gentle Creek in Prosper

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Posted on 9th September 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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Now that families are back in the hustle and busle of busy work and school schedules, you may be wishing you were still on that summer vacation! Whether it’s spending an afternoon at the resort pool, playing a premier golf course or enjoying the scenic surroundings, we could all use a little more vacation time during this time of year!

At Vistas of Gentle Creek in Prosper, you don’t have to wait until your next vacation to enjoy a lifestyle full of resort amenities! From the $240’s, Gentle Creek is a golf community with natural wooded beauty on a hillside country setting overlooking the golf course, with resort-style amenities including the clubhouse with a restaurant, playgrounds and a community swimming pool.

“We are excited to announce brand new homesites have just been released in Gentle Creek this weekend. With Grand Homes’ Golfers Dream Package, Grand Homes will pay the intiation fee for membership to Gentle Creek Golf Club, or buyers can take advantage of our swimming pool promotion,” said Randy Summers, Grand Sales Consultant.

Children attend Prosper schools, which are one of the highest overall rated school districts in the DFW area. According to the North Texas Council of Government, Prosper is one of the 10-fastest growing cities in North Texas. Prosper will soon be the home of Moorland Village, the largest outdoor mall planned for North Texas with 188 acres of integrated retail, commercial and restaurants. “With easy access and great growth, Prosper has become an ideal location to live. That is why I chose to live here myself,” Summers said.

For more information about Vistas of Gentle Creek, click here.

Grand Opening of Gated Community in Frisco!

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Posted on 26th August 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Grand Openings

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Grand Homes announces the Grand Opening of our newest gated, luxury neighborhood Hills of Kingswood in Frisco. With pristine views set in a rolling terrain and natural beauty, you may forget this luxury lifestyle is only minutes from the thriving business and shopping corridors of Frisco.

Tucked away in an abundance of trees and waterways bordering Lake Lewisville Park, The Hills of Kingswood offer a private haven with luxury and convenience in mind. Hike and bike trails wind through the neighborhood alongside a creek surrounded with mature trees. Families who enjoy an active as well as relaxing lifestyle will fall in love with Frisco, ranked #7 in America’s Best Places to Move -Forbes.com.

Grand Homes are priced from the $260s to the $460s and are from 2,000 to over 5,500 square feet with 3 to 6 bedrooms on spacious home sites. Many homes include game rooms, media rooms, home offices, wine rooms, reading balconies, butler’s pantries, mud rooms and kids computer lofts. Children attend the exemplary rated Hicks Elementary School in the Frisco ISD.

The Hills of Kingswood is located near Highway 121, the Dallas Tollway, Shops of Starwood and Legacy Business Corridor. It is just minutes away from Stonebriar Center, Lake Lewisville, Warren Sports Complex, Dr. Pepper Ballpark and the new Frisco Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Click here to learn more. To visit Grand Homes from Dallas North Tollway, Exit Lebanon Road and travel West 2.5 miles (1 mile west of Legacy). Take a left on Rock Creek Parkway to the guard house.

Texas Home Sales Rise 14 Percent!

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Posted on 6th August 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

Second-quarter Texas home sales rose for the third period in a row compared to year-earlier transactions, the Texas Association of Realtors said Monday.

Existing single-family home sales were up 14 percent from second quarter 2009.

Sales increased 12.38 percent in Dallas, 14.9 percent in Fort Worth, 20.32 percent in Irving and 20.77 percent in Garland, according to the quarterly report. Sales also rose by 11.01 percent in Collin County and 18.45 percent in Denton County.

The Realtors attributed the increase to an improving economy in the state and a jump in homebuying caused by federal tax credits, which expired in April.

”We’re encouraged to see continued strength in Texas’ real estate market as 2010 marches forward,” Texas Association of Realtors chairman Bill Jones said in the report.

Statewide median home sales prices were virtually unchanged at $149,200.

The Lone Economic Star – Why Texas Continues to Thrive

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Posted on 27th July 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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On the 80-mile drive from San Antonio to the Texas capitol in Austin, it’s difficult to miss the signs of growth. At every highway exit, it seems, huge new shopping malls greet motorists. Valleys where cattle grazed five years ago now sport shiny new Target stores, tract homes, and tennis courts. Between 2000 and 2009, Texas added about 4 million residents, more than half of them migrants from elsewhere in the nation. And Texas will almost certainly emerge from the recession with the nation’s strongest and most important economy.

In May alone, Texas, America’s second most populous state, added over 75,000 jobs—more than California (the biggest), New York (third biggest), and Florida (fourth biggest) combined. Texas has shown consistent gains in 10 of the 11 categories of private employment that the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures.

The state is far more than cowboys and oil: It has several of the nation’s leading medical research centers (Baylor and UT hospitals among them), one of the biggest computer makers (Dell), and a financial industry that never took a turn for the worse. And, even though unemployment remains a tick over 8 percent (about a point and a half lower than the national average), the rapid growth is bringing this down quickly. During the last week in June, the job-hunt website Monster.com offered more new job openings in Texas than in California even though the Golden State has over 10 million more people. In a nation looking for economic good news, Texas stands out as a bright spot.

What are the real secrets to Texas economic growth and attracting new residents? High oil prices, Lack of state income tax, nice weather and business-friendly environment all play an active roll but the real secret lies in Texas’ limited but activist government and affordable homeownership.
– Spending on public schools, improved the universities, and funneling dollars to efforts to make Texas a medical research hub
– Spending hasn’t increased faster than population growth and inflation.
– Expanding Transportation infrastructure; every major Texas metropolitan area has built new roads or greatly expanded existing ones.
– because of its prodigious road building, put more areas within easy commuting distance of its job centers.
– Remaining affordable homes; as a result, it was possible to build homes in Texas without resorting to subprime loans that damaged the rest of the economy.
– Inland location offers major metropolitian areas room for growth
– Public and private investments in the arts, parks, and universities have brought Texas a large affluent professional class.

In short, a state known for size and excess has succeeded because of public policies that avoided excesses of big government overspending, poorly conceived private lending, and business-government land planning. In this way, Texas offers important lessons for other states looking to claw their way out of the recession.

By Eli Lehrer. See the full article from The Weekly Standard here.

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