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Old 11-01-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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The commute would be a total nightmare. I love Murphy, and would absolutely recommend for everything other than the suckiness of the drive.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:25 PM
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The commute would be a total nightmare. I love Murphy, and would absolutely recommend for everything other than the suckiness of the drive.
well, true... and the traffic along 544 seems to be getting worse.
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:51 PM
 
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The commute would be a total nightmare. I love Murphy, and would absolutely recommend for everything other than the suckiness of the drive.
Thanks for your reply. The traffic going opposite of Dallas is not bad.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:26 AM
 
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I think resale for the three would be comparable, with Frisco and Mckinney maybe fairing a bit better than Prosper overall, simply due to being a bit closer to Dallas. But to be honest, Frisco and Mckinney are so big geographically, I think it would truly depend on WHERE in those cities you were. The further south you are in those cities would probably the better for resale, as those areas are the most developed. As you go north you have a lot more open land, where you will be competing with new builds literally down the street. Also, if you position yourself close to developed or developing retail areas, you will most likely retain better resale value as people typical like to have convenient access to shopping, etc. Also, be sure the actual neighborhood or community you pick is also built out or very close to it.

Is a pool a necessity? That will definitely limit your search.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:39 AM
 
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Re-reading your last post, I wonder if it is a problem of conflicting priorities. For what it sounds like you want in a home...you most likely will HAVE to purchase in a less developed area to get that in your price range.
So it may come down to what's most important to you...potential resale value or getting the home you want.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:18 AM
 
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You mentioned before that you like homes with character. Have you considered an older home in Mckinney's historic district?

307 North Waddill Street Mckinney TX - Listing of a Home for Sale - Real Estate - MLS #11445240 - Realtor.comĀ®
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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I think resale for the three would be comparable, with Frisco and Mckinney maybe fairing a bit better than Prosper overall, simply due to being a bit closer to Dallas. But to be honest, Frisco and Mckinney are so big geographically, I think it would truly depend on WHERE in those cities you were. The further south you are in those cities would probably the better for resale, as those areas are the most developed. As you go north you have a lot more open land, where you will be competing with new builds literally down the street. Also, if you position yourself close to developed or developing retail areas, you will most likely retain better resale value as people typical like to have convenient access to shopping, etc. Also, be sure the actual neighborhood or community you pick is also built out or very close to it.

Is a pool a necessity? That will definitely limit your search.
Our Realtor just told us that we should consider homes in McKinney that are close to Plano. When it comes to real estate I am really green. I am guilty of watching HGTV home selling and home buying shows as additional aids to my book and Internet readings. I am really terrified of buying a home where there are so many new homes being built, having to sell it and not have anyone interested in it to buy it. Even though we foresee living in Texas for the long haul I am still gravely terrified of that happening.

Next week our Realtor is scheduling us to look at some new homes in McKinney. I'm really not interested in those new homes. I don't want to own a home that looks like my neighbor's home three doors down without a pool.

Right now a pool is a "need". We are coming from the Midwest where we have braved -13F degrees for years and are willing to sacrifice other aspects of our "want" list.

Thank you for the insight. It does help me. We've jumped around a bit on our price point but now we are firm on the $260K max and that is making it really hard for me to find what I like (I believe). I just got excited when I saw homes in Prosper (everything we wanted near our price range including the pool) in a newer home.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Re-reading your last post, I wonder if it is a problem of conflicting priorities. For what it sounds like you want in a home...you most likely will HAVE to purchase in a less developed area to get that in your price range.
So it may come down to what's most important to you...potential resale value or getting the home you want.
It's starting to look this way but if push comes to shove (almost but not just yet) we will give up the dream of the pool.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:58 AM
 
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I wanted to give an update as to where we are in the home search and what my first week in Texas has been like. To begin we both got the flu but managed to move here and look for homes through it.

We looked at homes in Plano. It was then I realized that I am not a fan of older homes in our price range. Maybe I should say that I am not willing to do a lot of renovations on our first home. For the moment we have stopped our search in Plano.

We found Allen to be a great city and loved the atmosphere. We liked a few homes our Realtor showed us that were near Stacy Road but decided they were not worth putting in a contract because the traffic around the outlets would aggravate us if we just wanted to run to the store to pick something up quickly.

It looks as if more than likely we will be purchasing a home in McKinney. We found a home in one area of McKinney and are waiting on our Realtor to provide comps, etc. hopefully tomorrow. If everything looks OK as far as the neighborhood reports, comps, utilities, etc. we may put an offer in the same day.

As far as schools go, McKinney aren't as good as Plano but they are still great schools. We are thinking of maybe just sticking with McKinney schools or doing private schools when we cross that bridge.

On a few side notes, following the weather forecasters clothing recommendations and descriptions are a bit tricky. What most Texans consider cold I am considering comfortable. On a few days when the weather woman stated it was going to be cold I wore a sweater then later on that day (She was off by ten degrees.) I was burning up. So I think living here it is best for me to dress in layers sans turtlenecks.

Our country is truly beautiful. The drive from Illinois through Missouri and Oklahoma was picturesque. I snapped several "moving images".

The people here in Texas also seem more friendly than in the areas of Illinois we lived in previously. Driving through one neighborhood some people raised their hand to speak. The last time I experienced that was in Tennessee where (at least in my family's area) if they don't know you directly they know you indirectly so speaking to a stranger is really speaking to a friend.

I'll give you an update on what we have purchased after the deed is done. I hate jinxing things.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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PLEASE SLOW DOWN!!!! You spent 1 week here and you're ready to put in an offer?? I find it funny- and you're certainly not the first person to do this- that you went on and on in earlier posts about how important GREAT schools are....then you end up ready to buy in McKinney.

Whoever sold you on this "As far as schools go, McKinney aren't as good as Plano but they are still great schools" sold you a bag of beans!! The McKinney schools are OK, at most. They are far far inferior to Plano. If you happen to have a child with learning disabilities one day, McKinney has 1 specialized teacher for the entire district (hundreds of kids). Plano has a LD specialist in every school, especially in elementary school where LD's are more easily identified and corrected.

Also, McKinney has a well-documented (on here as well as in the local news outlets) problem of IGNORING bullying, even covering it up from parents.

Furthermore, you can just TELL the difference in caliber student that each district prepares when meeting graduates. McKinney is not a hardcore, classical education, get kids prepared for Ivy, Ivy Plus, & Top Liberal Arts colleges program. It is a get kids past the TAKS test and into A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas State, and maybe a few get into the best public state school, UT-Austin.

There IS a big big differnce in the caliber of ISDs; if you're overlooking that, then maybe you're more focused on getting a bigger, newer home with a pool than you realize.

If you are soooo deathly afraid of making the wrong decision, RENT for a year or two so you have adequate time to visit the elementary, middle, and high schools in both districts. You'll also have more time to save money towards your home and maybe that would bump you into a better home in Plano or Allen, which also has excellent schools.
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