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Dip in commercial values slows city’s appraisal growth

less than six months of inventory Seller’s market: more than six months of inventory Buyer’s market:

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When the real estate market does not have enough houses to meet six months of buyers’ demand, it is considered a seller’s market. According to May gures, less than one month’s worth of housing inventory was available in Plano.

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As the housing market continues to climb, the overall value of commercial property in Plano is see- ing a smaller increase than in years past, according to appraisal estimates released by the Collin Central Appraisal District. From 2016 to 2017, the commercial market in Plano grew by $2 billion, one of its largest yearly increases. The market jumped again by $2.4 billion from 2019 to 2020, according to the CCAD. For 2021, early estimates project a $600 million annual growth. While Plano’s commercial property values have nearly tripled in the past decade, the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed that progress, CONTINUED ON 24

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Historichousingshortagespurs local buying frenzy Prospective homebuyers in Plano are facing a historically tight market characterized by a dearth of inventory and skyrocketing sales prices. “We are seeing inventory levels at a 50-year low,” said Marvin Jolly, a Plano-based Realtor and chairman of real estate advocacy group Texas Realtors. “It’s not just perception—it’s reality.” As of May, there was 0.8 months worth of housing inventory in Plano, down from 2.4 months in May 2020, according to data pro- vided by Collin County Association of Realtors. A stable market is one that has six months worth of homes available to buy, accord- ing to the Texas Real Estate Research Center. A lack of supply and the rapid pace of sales are behind the surge in home costs in Plano and beyond, said Chris Kelly, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday, which recently relocated its head- quarters to the city. May data lists the median sales price in Plano as $430,400, an increase of about 25% year-over-year. CONTINUED ON 20 BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER

The owner of Caddo Oce Reimagined in Plano said leasing at his property is beginning to pick up post- pandemic. (Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)

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NOWOPEN 1 Louis Vuitton opened a new store in Plano’s Legacy West development in June. The retail location carries leath- er goods and accessories, shoes for women and men, sunglasses, fragrances and more. Louis Vuitton is the latest luxury brand to open a store in the development, following Gucci, Tiany & Co., Tory Burch and Chanel Beauty. The store is located at 7801 Windrose Ave., Ste. H100, Plano. 469-443-7147. https://us.louisvuitton.com 2 Tiany & Co. opened a new boutique at Plano’s Legacy West development on June 17. The nearly 2,500-square-foot store, located at 7801 Windrose Ave., Ste. H110, Plano, oers jewelry, watches and luxury accessories. 469-786-2090. www.tiany.com 3 Issil Beauty Spa opened July 10 at 7140 Bishop Road, Ste. F4, Plano. The spa features anti-aging and skin treatments such as broblasting, microneedling,

dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. 972-689-3170. www.issilbeautyspa.com COMING SOON 4 Beerhead Bar & Eatery expects to open in September at 5805 Preston Road, Ste. G594, Plano. The business will feature a craft beer selection that includes 50 unique options on tap and around 350 bottle selections as well as a food menu that has been specially curated to pair with the bar’s beers and cocktails. The menu will feature upscale bar food, such as specialty pizzas, sandwiches, desserts and the eatery’s signature Barbarian Pretzel. The Plano site will be Beerhead’s ninth eatery, though local franchisees Ashish Patel and Anthony Patel plan to open at least two more locations in the area in the near fu- ture. A phone number is not yet available. www.beerheadbar.com/plano-texas 5 SweatHouz Infrared Sauna Studio plans to open a new location at 5717 Leg- acy Drive, Ste. 120, Plano, on Sept. 20. SweatHouz oers private infrared saunas

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to guests for one hour at a time, along with a vitamin C-infused shower. The Plano location does not yet have a phone number. www.sweathouz.com 6 Suburban Yacht Club has pushed its planned opening at 5872 SH 121, Plano, in The Boardwalk at Granite Park to August due to delays related to COVID-19. The restaurant’s menu will oer Southern California food truck-inspired dishes such as quesabirria, crisped pork carnitas

and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos elote. The new restaurant from 33 Restaurant Group will oer a beverage program that will include frozen cocktails, sangria on tap, and wines available by the glass or bottle. The 33 Restaurant Group also owns and operates Union Bear Brewing Co. and Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza and Beer in Plano as well as restaurants in McKinney, Southlake and The Colony. www.suburbanyachtclub.com

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Oishii opened a new location in mid- July at 8448 Parkwood Blvd., Ste. 700, Plano. The restaurant serves sushi and pan-Asian cuisine, including sashimi, maki rolls and specialty dishes. This is the restaurant’s fourth location and its rst outside of Dallas. General Manager for the Wycli Avenue location Fabian Hernandez said the 18-year-old business decided to open in Plano after repeated requests from customers. “We have so many people from Plano, Frisco and Allen who drive down on a regular basis who say, ‘Please come [farther north],’” Hernandez said. “So, after opening on SMU [Boulevard], [Plano] was naturally the rst place we wanted to go.” Along with classic sushi and sashimi options, Oishii oers 25 signature rolls, some of which are riceless. Hernandez said rst-time diners 7 BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Center plans to hold a grand opening Aug. 12 for its new location at 7130 Preston Road, Ste. 200, Plano. The grand opening celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, followed by a facility open house. BeBalanced is a wom- en-focused weight-loss and wellness service that has more than 25 locations across the country. 214-501-4402. www.bebalancedcenters.com 8 The Outlook at Windhaven , a senior living and hospice center, is planning to begin construction on its Plano location in late 2022. It will be located on land formerly owned by Haggard Farms, just west of the northwest corner of West Spring Creek Parkway and Windhaven Parkway near Windhaven Meadows Park. The center will be owned and operated by Forefront Living, a health care and service management nonprot based in Dallas. The community will include 153 independent living apartment homes, 30 independent living cottage homes, 32 assisted living apartment homes and 24 memory support suites. 972-239-5300. www.forefrontliving.org

should try the Thanh Scallop, the Caesar, the Royce and the Tribeca rolls. “They’re just really light,” Hernandez said of Oishii’s sushi rolls. “Hearty but still light.” Chef and owner Thanh Nguyen has roots in Plano. Originally hailing from Vietnam, he graduated high school from Plano East Senior High in 1995 before earning his bachelor’s degree at The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson in 2001. He spent nearly a decade working at Plano restaurant Nakamoto. 972-377-8448. www.oishiirestaurants.com

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9 Red Hot Chicken is planning to open a new location at 8400 Preston Road, Plano. The restaurant will feature various types of dishes mainly centered around chicken. The business expects to open by late July or early August, according to ownership. 214-501-4488. A website is

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10 Avalon Salon and Spa closed its Pla- no location at 7300 Lone Star Drive, Ste. C138, on May 23. Sta from the location at The Shops at Legacy development were relocated to Avalon’s West Village salon at 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas, ac- cording to co-owner Lawrence Bonanno. He said the loss of several sta members due to the pandemic was a signicant factor in the decision to consolidate the salon business into one location. The eco-friendly hair salon oers services, such as haircuts, blowouts, botanical treatments, extensions, waxing, mas- sages and more. 214-969-1901 (Dallas location). www.avalon-salon.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Urban Seafood Co. held a grand opening June 15 following a soft opening in early June. The restaurant is part of a four-story mixed-use building at 1104 14th St., Plano. Created by chef Salva- tore Gisellu, and Bonnie and Nathan Shea, creators of Urban Rio and Urban Crust, Urban Seafood Co. oers a fresh oyster bar as well as clams, lobster bakes, housemade pastas, lobster rolls and chowders. 214-251-8771. www.urbanseafoodcompany.com 2 A new Goodwill Store and Dona- tion Center opened June 17 at 1201 N. Central Expressway, Plano. The store sells everyday items, such as clothing, shoes, home decor, kitchenware and linens. The 17,000-square-foot store is in the space formerly occupied by World Market. The revenue generated by the sale of donated goods in the Plano location will be used to create jobs for individuals with disabilities and those in need, according to a press release from the company. Revenue from the store will also be used to provide job training and employment services. 469-543-0570. www.goodwilldallas.org

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3 Halal meat store Farm2Cook nished its relocation to 832 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Ste. 302, Plano, in early June. The new location is next door to India Bazaar. Farm2Cook oers organic meat processed in compliance with Islamic religious requirements to be consid- ered halal. In addition to Farm2Cook’s Plano location, the business also has shops in Frisco and Irving. 214-713-7784. www.farm2cook.com 4 Pottery Barn opened in late June next to the Whole Foods at 2201 Preston Road, Ste. A, Plano. The home furnishings chain oers furniture, bedding, kitchen- ware, lighting xtures, window cover- ings, bath linens, wall decor and more. 972-599-4124. www.potterybarn.com 5 Painting with a Twist reopened July 10 for in-studio events at its new 4,000-square-foot space. The business now includes a built-in Color Me Mine studio, which opened July 14. The two businesses, located at 1713 Preston Road, Plano, are branded separately but operate out of the same location, according to a May 5 news release. Painting with a Twist is a BYOB art studio where customers can pay for supplies and painting instruction. Color Me Mine

is similar but specic to custom-painting ceramics and does not allow alcohol. This is the rst joint location for the two businesses after Painting with a Twist acquired Color Me Mine last year and formed parent company Twist Brands, the release stated. 469-814-0050. www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/ plano. www.colormemine.com COMING SOON 6 Restaurateur Steve Fields plans to open his newly named Steve Fields Steakhouse later this year at 4900 W. Park Blvd., Plano. In April, Fields con- rmed to Community Impact Newspaper that he planned to open a new steak and seafood eatery at the same intersection his former Steve Fields’ Steak & Lobster Lounge was located. After 14 years at 5013 W. Park Blvd., that restaurant closed Sept. 1, 2019. Fields initially hoped to have the new restaurant ready by Sept. 1 of this year, but now estimates it is likely to open in late September or early October. Fields is taking over the building most recently occupied by Brick House Tavern + Tap. In addition to the steak and seafood his patrons are familiar

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with, Fields said the new restaurant will also oer “lively piano entertainment.” A phone number is not yet available. www.steveelds.com 7 Total Men’s Primary Care plans to open two locations in south Plano before the end of September. One location will be at A 1921 Preston Road, Ste. B2076, while the other will be at B 1855 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 500, according to a company ocial. Total Men’s oers same-day appointments, online sched- uling and transparent pricing for men’s primary care. These will be the rst two locations in Plano for the health care clinic, though it has 15 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 512-759-8385. www.totalmens.com 8 Chili’s is planning to open a new restaurant Aug. 2 at 5012 W. Park Blvd., Plano. The fast-casual restaurant and bar chain oers an extensive menu of American food. The new Chili’s restau- rant, which will be in the former location of Osaka Sushi, will be the chain’s second Plano location. A phone number is not yet available. www.chilis.com

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Restaurant and winery Goat & Vine plans to open this fall at 1941 Preston Road, Ste. 1040, Plano. The upscale eatery will oer a variety of steak, pasta, seafood and chicken dishes. Goat & Vine, which is owned by Chicago-based WeEat Hospitality Group, will also oer its own private label wine selection, according to managing partner Paul Marrin. Patrons will also be able to join the restaurant’s wine club. “We’re always doing something a little bit dierent, so every now and again we’ll do some specialty wines for the season,” Marrin said. “[Customers] can either do a one-bottle- or two-bottle- a-month membership. They can either come dine in and get that bottle of wine with their dinner or they could come in and pick up that bottle of wine to-go.” Goat & Vine is one of three Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants that the group is RELOCATIONS 9 Play It Again Sports opened June 30 at its new location, 1937 Preston Road, Ste. 1000, Plano. The store, formerly located at 3115 Parker Road, Ste. 470, Plano, oers a wide selection of new and used sporting goods from brands such as Nike, Wilson, Schwinn, Title- ist, Rawlings and more. 972-612-1101. www.playitagainsports.com 10 Williams Sonoma opened June 25 next to Whole Foods at 2201 Preston Road, Ste. B, Plano. Williams Sonoma is a California-based company that sells kitchenware and home furnishings. It also oers in-home design services. The store was previously located across the street at 1900 Preston Park Blvd., Ste. 130, Plano. 972-964-5838. www.williams-sonoma.com

scheduled to open this year. “We also have Honey Berry Cafe, which is coming to Dallas in July,” Marrin said. “Then we’ll have Bulldog Ale House that’s going to be opening in Dallas as well in September and then we’ll have Goat & Vine opening in Plano.” Marrin said WeEat has 18 locations in Illinois and two restaurants in Wisconsin, with plans to add 20 more locations in the DFW area in the coming years. The building being taken over by Goat & Vine was previously Abbey Road Eatery & Ales. A phone number is not currently available. www.goatandvinewinery.com

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RENOVATIONS 11 A $625,000 remodel of the Chick- l-A location at 6408 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, is planned for later this year, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website. The website states work is expected to begin in mid-September and nish in October. Chick-l-A is known for its original chicken sandwich and wae fries as well as for its chicken nuggets, salads, lemonade and milkshakes. 972-781-1787. www.facebook.com/ chicklaparkboulevard

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COMPILED BY ERICK PIRAYESH JULY 23 THROUGH 24 RETRO EXPO The Retro Expo is headed to Plano for two days at the Plano Event Center. The event celebrates all things retro and features vendors of vintage toys, comic books, video games, VHS tapes, vinyl records, clothing, board games and more. Special guests will be in attendance. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$40. Children age 11 and younger get in free. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. 972-941-5840. www.retroexpo.com 23 24,25,30,31 &AUG. 1 MONEY TALKS Art Centre Theatre in Plano is holding its performance of “Money Talks.” The play tells the story of Jerry, a man who has everything until his life starts to crumble down around him. Tickets can be bought online or at the door. 7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) 3:30 p.m. (Sun.). $15- $20. Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Drive, Plano. 214-810-3228. Paint My Pottery is hosting a BYOB adults’ night out at its location in The Shops at Willow Bend. Participants will learn how to make a bowl out of clay. There will be an option to return later to apply a specialty glaze to the pottery bowl. 6-9 p.m. $40. Paint My Pottery, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Ste. B127, Plano. 972-371-8539. www.paintmypottery.net 24 LINDSAY HIGHTOWER Dallas based singer-songwriter www.artcentretheatre.com 24 THROWA BOWL Lindsay Hightower is playing for one night at Taverna Rossa in Plano. Music

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 McDermott Road project

A project to improve five intersections along Park Boulevard began in early October. Intersections include Park at Coit Road, Custer Road, Alma Drive, K Avenue and Jupiter Road. The projects will enhance roadway capacity and realign intersections to improve safety. Crews will focus on two intersections at a time and are currently working at A Coit and finishing up construction at B Jupiter, and C Custer. Crews will move to K and Alma once they are finished at Coit. Timeline: October 2020-December 2021 Cost: $4.2 million Funding source: city of Plano 5 Legacy and Parkwood intersection improvements Crews have begun working on capacity improvements at the intersection of Leg- acy Drive and Parkwood Boulevard. Work includes updates to pedestrian facilities, signal improvements and construction of additional turn lanes. The project will also add a hike-and-bike trail on the east side of Parkwood between Tennyson Parkway and Legacy. Timeline: June 2021-March 2022 Cost: $1.9 million Funding sources: city of Plano, Collin County 6 Coit Road capacity project A project that will add vehicle capacity to Coit Road between Mapleshade Lane and the President George Bush Turnpike began in June. Work includes updates to pedestrian facilities, signal improvements and construction of additional turn lanes. Timeline: June 2021-March 2022 Cost: $2.1 million Funding sources: city of Plano, Collin County

Crews are working to repair concrete on McDermott Road between Independence Parkway and Coit Road. Two lanes will remain closed between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

while crews are working. Timeline: June-October Cost: $400,000 Funding source: city of Plano 2 Legacy Drive pedestrian improvements

The city is building a canopied walkway on the north side of the Legacy Drive bridge that connects the east and west sides of the Legacy development. The walkway will include protected pedes- trian and bike lanes. Crews are working in the median island on the north side of Legacy Drive. Timeline: November-July Cost: $1.2 million

Funding source: city of Plano 3 Parker Road intersection improvements

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A project to improve intersections of Parker Road with Alma Drive and Coit Road began in early December. The projects will enhance roadway capacity, improve signals and realign intersections to heighten safety. Crews started at Alma to avoid conflict with the ongoing inter- section projects along Park Boulevard. Construction will move to Coit following completion at Alma. Timeline: December 2020-October 2021 Cost: $2.1 million Funding source: city of Plano

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EDUCATION STAAR results for Plano ISD show a decline inmost subject areas

PLANO ISD STAAR RESULTS A 2019 versus 2021 comparison of the percentage of PISD students who approached grade level in each subject is shown below. Approaching grade level indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted intervention, according to the TEA. EOC stands for End of Course.

Spring 2019 Spring 2021

BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

the state average in all subject areas, according to data from the TEA. PISD saw the greatest decline in eighth grade math with a more than 29% drop in the number of students approaching grade level from spring 2019 to spring 2021, according to data from the TEA. On the contrary, the district’s scores in English I and English II both rose 1% in the number of stu- dents approaching grade level from spring 2019 to spring 2021. “This was not a year like any normal year that our students have had to face, that our teachers have had to face,” TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said during a June 28 press conference. “The impact of the coronavirus on what school means and what school is has been profound.” Matt Stephens contributed to this report.

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results released June 28 showed Plano ISD end-of- course scores rose slightly from spring 2019 to spring 2021 in English I and English II, with more students approaching grade level in those subjects, according to data from the Texas Education Agency and Data Interaction for Texas Student Assessments. All other PISD results, as well as statewide results, showed a decline from spring 2019 to spring 2021 in the number of students approaching grade level. Officials from PISD declined requests to comment on the dis- trict’s scores. Despite a drop in the number of students approaching grade level in assessments for grades three through eight, PISD remained above

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CITY&SCHOOLS

News from Plano, Plano ISD & Frisco ISD

NUMBER TOKNOW The city of Plano collected $7.7 million in sales tax revenue in June, which is up 38% from the $5.6 million collected a year prior. So far this year, Plano has collected $44.8 million in sales tax, which is up slightly from the $43.9 million recorded at the same time last year, according to data from the Texas comptroller of public accounts. Budget Director Karen Rhodes- Whitley said while the city has not fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, she feels optimistic about the way things have progressed. HIGHLIGHTS FRISCO ISD The district’s budget for the 2021-22 school year adopted by the board June 22 includes a $2,150 pay increase for teachers and other sta on the teacher pay scale. This amounts to about a 3.56% raise for the average 38% teacher, according to the budget. PLANO ISD Trustees adopted a $19.6 million budget decit for the 2021-22 school year during the June 22 meeting. General fund revenue is projected to decrease by just over 1% from the 2020-21 budget to $666.5 million. However, expenditures of $497.4 million and a state recapture payment of $187.9 million are expected to lead to the $19.6 million decrease in the district’s balance of operating funds. Plano City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meetings are held at 1520 K Ave., Plano, and can be streamed at www.plano. gov/210/plano-tv. 972-941-7000. www.plano.gov Plano ISD board of trustees is on summer break. The next meetings are Aug. 3 and 17. www.pisd.edu MEETINGSWE COVER

City stamaps out use of $18.2million in federal pandemic relief funds

DOLING OUT DOLLARS The $18.2 million available now represents half of the $36.4 million Plano claimed as damages caused by the pandemic. Below is a breakdown of how those funds will be used. $1.5M Recreation revolving fund $1M Convention and tourism fund $15.7M General fund*

BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER

and tourism fund; and $1.5 million toward the recreation revolving fund, which is supported by fees generated through various recreation classes, according to city budget documents. Part of the money earmarked for the general fund will help pay for a trac signalization project that will provide upgrades to existing technology and add a vehicle detection system, Israelson said. That project is in the planning phase. “We think it is prudent to set that aside knowing the concerns of citizens about trac in Plano,” he said, noting the remaining $7.7 million could be allocated during the upcoming budget cycle. The $18.2 million available now represents half of the $36.4 million Plano claimed as damages caused by

PLANO City sta plans to funnel $18.2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds toward departments that experienced revenue loss as a result of the pandemic, according to a presen- tation made at the June 28 Plano City Council meeting. The allocation comes as part of the American Rescue Plan, which provides money to eligible state, local, territorial and tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and to bring back jobs, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. The city cannot use the money to replen- ish reserves or rainy day funds, City Manager Mark Israelson said. City sta recommends putting $15.7 million toward the general fund; $1 million toward the convention

$18.2 million

*Includes $8M for a trac signalization project and $7.7M for use in the upcoming budget cycle

SOURCE: CITY OF PLANOCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

the pandemic. The city expects to receive the remaining funds next year. The use of that money will be subject to council approval.

Residentsmay soon be allowed to own hens

BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER

remainder were at large. This is up signicantly from scal year 2019-20, when the department took in 14 hens. Cantrell said his sta is not in favor of the proposed ordinance due to the expected workload increase related to at-large and surrendered chickens as well as neighbor complaints. Mayor Pro Tem Kayci Prince and Council Member Anthony Ricciar- delli spoke in favor of the proposed ordinance. “I don’t want to see us put extra restrictions on a hen owner that we

PLANO City Council will soon con- sider an ordinance that would allow some residents to own backyard hens. Hens are currently permitted on agricultural properties of at least 1.95 acres in size, Director of Animal Services Jamey Cantrell said during a June 28 council meeting. Roosters are not allowed anywhere in Plano. Animal Services took in 24 chickens between Oct. 1 and June 22, Cantrell said. Thirteen of the chickens were owner surrenders, while the

Director of Animal Services Jamey Cantrell said his department is not in favor of the proposed ordinance. (Courtesy city of Plano)

wouldn’t put on a dog or cat owner,” Prince said. With unanimous support from council, sta will return with an ordinance for approval in the coming weeks, Israelson said.

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2021 R E A L E S T A T E E D I T I O N MARKET AT AGLANCE

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Across Plano, the median price of homes has increased, most notably in the 75093 ZIP code, where costs grew by more than 15% since June 2019. A shortage of inventory means homes are selling faster and more frequently, as evidenced by citywide data, which shows the average home selling between 24 and 51 days after being listed. SOURCE: COLLIN COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

June 2019-May 2020 June 2020-May 2021 AVERAGE HOME SALES PRICE

+9.50% $300,000 $328,500 +8.90% $271,000 $295,000

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Local businesses oer home improvement tips

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MAINTAINING YOUR HOME

Bonnie Sarris is co-owner of Sarris & MacKir Roong and Construction, a professional roong business that was established in 2005. The company’s services include free roof inspections, gutter replacement, window repair and replacement, interior and exterior painting, fence staining and complete roong services.

The National Association of Home Builders oers routine home maintenance tips for homeowners looking to maintain their homes’ value and ensure their safety.

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HOW SHOULD A HOMEOWNER DECIDE WHEN IT IS TIME TO REPLACE A ROOF? If a hailstorm rolls through, you should denitely have someone come and check out your roof. Homeowners should never answer the door and buy something from a fancy, slick salesperson that some company sent out. I have numerous stories about people losing money that way. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE GUTTERS ON YOUR HOUSE? With the way foundations move in the state of Texas, you should have gutters all the way around your house

because you don’t want water to puddle anywhere. WHAT ELSE SHOULD HOMEOWNERS KNOW? Homeowners should always ask for proof of business liability insurance. If your roof is four years [old] or older, you should have maintenance done on your roof. We have a maintenance plan, and we come in and seal and caulk everything. For one year, if you have a problem, we x it for you. It’s almost like an insurance policy for a year. Also, never pay a contractor before the job has been completed. [Put] no more than 50% down upon signing a contract.

Find other useful home ownership tips at www.nahb.org.

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1 Roofs should be inspected by a qualied roofer every three years, and skylights should be inspected so leaks do not develop. 2 Ensure downspouts and gutters do not get clogged with leaves and other debris. 3 Inspect siding each year to see if it needs repainting, and trim shrubs away so they do not touch the siding. 4 Check for split or cracked caulking on windows and doors annually, and replace the caulk as necessary. 5 Moving parts of garage doors need to be oiled once every three months.

6 Air lters require regular replacement, generally once every three months. 7 Safety and security : Regularly check security alarms and circuit breakers. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. 8 Clean each faucet’s aerator every three to four months. Maintain garbage disposals by running cold water through them. 9 Masonry walls can develop a white powder that can be scrubbed o with water and a sti brush. 10 Hardwood oors without polyurethane need to be waxed with a liquid or paste “spirit” wax. Use emulsion wax on vinyl.

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a lot of remodeling and renovation projects in addition to building cus- tom homes over the last two years. “We create our client’s dreams while improving the lives of those who create it,” Chad said. Since projects are customized to the client, Chad said each one is “a unicorn.” Diane noted every client has dierent needs. “Some of them want to stay in their houses forever,” she said. “Some have a ’70s house or an ’80s house and they’re just done with it.” When Alair Homes approached Chad and Diane in 2019 about joining the premium construction management company, they were unsure about stepping away from their legacy company, Hateld Builders & Remodelers. “When you own a small business, you get to a point where you get tired of doing [everything] yourself,” Chad said. However, it was meeting the founders and existing partners at Alair Homes that sealed the deal for the Hatelds. “The people that they have invited to join this organization are super smart, innovative [and] always

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