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Home Buying Process Decisions & Alicia's Favorite Links


Do You Even Need a Realtor
Discover the value of a Realtor in the home buying process and save yourself the headache.

Step One Video
What does it mean when I register at an Open House. What's a IBS? When I call yard sign I'm calling sellers agent right?

Buyers Agents: Working for You Free of charge

Take Realtor Mobile
Millons Mapped puts homes and your realtor with you on the go.



Lender or Realtor 1st Video
Find your Realtor or Lender first?

What day of the month should you close on? 
Did you know that whether you close on the 1st or 31st can make a big difference in when your first payment is owed and how much you'll need to bring to closing? Checkout this article to choose wisely.

Take Lender Mobile
Mortgage App to estimate down payments, monthly payments etc


Listings at your fingertips!
Be the first to see the homes by getting on the direct from MLS Listing Alerts! Faster than zillow and plus we don't share your information!

Building a Home?
Search builders in the DFW area. View new home communities videos. Get builder rebates.


Distressed Homes?
Thinking of buying a home at auction or a foreclosure? Search direct thru auction site then call us to assist in your negotiations!

Where should I live?
Checkout our favorite sites to compare cities, see crime rates, school rankings, cost of living and much more. 

FHA Handbook
How is FHA different than conventional loan? See guidelines and appraiser checklist

VA Process
Explains the process used for a Veterans Loan.
  What's the difference in a Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval letter?
See example of lender letter.

Calculate Property Taxes
Figure what your monthly property taxes in Collin County will be



Making an offer
How to write an offer letter to win the house!

What is a Title Committment 
(click above link for info)

Buyer's Home Inspection
The importance of a home inspection.
Inspector Standards
Detailed booklet by TREC for Inspectors deatailing all items they are to check and what to mark as deficient.

Negotiating Repairs
What items are typically asked to be repaired?

Item End of It's Life?
What does this mean and how long is that microwave, roof, foundation supposed to last? See Inspections page for this plus other details about items in an inspection.

Do a map search to see school ratings or
see tool below to search by name, city or zip code for a school. Don't know the what school then search by school rating on our map search.

Top DFW School District by Rating 2017 & 2018 below: 
2018 best DFW school districts

                                                                       Drive Time Map
Did you know we can setup your search in the MLS by how many minutes drive time to or from your work by any day of the week or time of the day. Click here to setup your MLS direct search for homes new and coming soon.

Quick Videos For Buyers

Videos For Clients

Navigate within the MLS Portal:
How to electronically sign contracts:



Search by City: City Guides, Tourist Attractions, Sex Offender List. Go to Interactive map to view neighborhoods by category you choose (income, children, race etc).

Market Trends by City: Demographics, school, market trends plus compare areas. 

For Neighborhood rolling live sold stats, days on market see our 

What exactly does Abutting mean and other real estate terms you might need.

Electric Bill Estimator

Reliant Bill Estimator

IF Reliant Estimator does not pull up click here to go direct to their site.

Take these easy steps to estimate monthly electricity usage and costs in your new home.

  • step1

    1. Fill in the details.

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    2. Get a month-by-month estimated average of cost and usage.1

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    3. Print and email the info.

Where are you moving?

Don't have the exact address? We can still estimate your bills based on average usage by comparable dwellings in the same area.

*Estimates are based on average consumption by comparable dwellings in the same area and are not are not exact predictors. Your electricity bills may vary. The Reliant Bill Estimator should be used for informational purposes only. Factors that can affect your actual monthly electricity usage and costs.


                                             PROPERTY TAX RATES

Collin County (includes city, school, county, & CCC College   Denton County (includes city, school, & county
Allen (Allen ISD) 2.62%   Argyle 2.16%
Allen (Lovejoy ISD) 2.49%   Aubrey 2.44%
Allen (McKinney ISD) 2.62%   Carrollton 2.38%
Allen (Plano ISD) 2.41%   The Colony (LISD) 2.44%
Anna 2.60%   The Colony (LEISD) 2.44%
Blue Ridge 2.61%   Coppell 2.73%
Celina 2.69%   Copper Canyon (LISD) 2.04%
Fairview 2.43%   Copper C. (Denton ISD) 2.11%
Farmersville 2.50%   Corinth (Denton ISD) 2.42%
Frisco (Frisco ISD) 2.33%   Corinth (Lake Dallas ISD) 2.56%
Frisco (Prosper ISD) 2.54%   Denton (Denton ISD) 2.50%
Lucas (Allen ISD) 2.43%   Denton (Argyle ISD) 2.45%
Lucas (Lovejoy ISD) 2.30%   Denton (Sanger ISD) 2.35%
Lucas (McKinney ISD) 2.43%   Double Oak (LISD) 1.99%
Lucas (Plano ISD) 2.21%   Double Oak (Denton ISD) 2.04%
Lucas (Princeton ISD) 2.27%   Flower Mound (LISD) 2.21%
Lucas (Wylie ISD) 2.40%   Flower Mnd (Argyle ISD) 2.21%
McKinney (McKinney ISD) 2.66%   Flower Mnd (NW ISD) 2.10%
McKinney (Frisco ISD) 2.45%   Frisco (Frisco ISD) 2.22%
McKinney (Prosper ISD) 2.66%   Frisco (LISD) 2.22%
McKinney (Allen ISD) 2.66%   Frisco (Little Elm ISD) 2.29%
Melissa 2.55%   Haslet 1.96%
Murphy (Plano ISD) 2.43%   Hickory Creek 2.37%
Murphy (Wylie ISD) 2.61%   Highland Village 2.33%
New Hope 2.28%   Justin 2.40%
Parker (Plano ISD) 2.07%   Lake Dallas 2.66%
Parker (Allen ISD) 2.43%   Lantana 2.81%
Plano (Plano ISD) 2.38%   Lewisville 2.20%
Plano (Frisco ISD) 2.35%   Little Elm 2.48%
Plano (Allen ISD) 2.60%   Pilot Point 2.33%
Princeton 2.65%   Ponder 2.03%
Prosper 2.59%   Prosper 2.47%
Richardson 2.63%   Roanoke 2.11%
Sachse 2.82%   Sanger 2.32%
Weston (Anna ISD) 2.30%   Trophy Club (w/ MUD#1 & PID#1) 2.24%
Weston (Celina ISD) 2.40%   Westlake 1.82%
Weston (McKinney ISD) 2.43%      
Wylie 2.93%    

              Find a local contractor plus check prices for local home repairs & updates
Repair a Wall Project Cost

Moving Tips 
Find out what you can do to make the move
less stressful on yourself and your family.
Moving Guides
Move for Hunger
Lookup movers who will pickup and deliver your food to charities.


 Sellers Guide

VIEW SHARED FOLDER for all your checklist, timelines, Q & A, property saves & contracts.

Schedule your Q&A timeline building call with Alicia or if your already past that and ready to get moving schedule a showing here, call or text Alicia!