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The top-ranking home improvement? A new front door, which on average adds 96.6 percent of the amount you spent to the value to your home, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2014.

 This will add great curb appeal.  I find buyers also really focus on Kitchens and Master Bathrooms.

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4581 Mira Vista in Frisco goes under contract on Open House Day - See Youtube video
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Open House in Frisco at Lakes of Legacy on Sunday from 2-4pm.

This home is not expected to last the weekend.  It has been prepped for a new buyer and priced below comps and the Zestimate.  Call before it is to late. 

 

Frisco, Collin County  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 4581 Mira Vista Drive on March 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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Interesting fact about McDonalds and the fish sandwich and 12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas: Your Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays by Dr Taylor Marshall

12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas: Your Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays

It’s Lent and for many this is a time to create an intentional game plan for meatless Fridays. A couple of years ago, Joy and I prayed about it and switched our family over to meatless Fridays all year long. This has been a wonderful blessing. If you are interested in making this switch personally, Lent is the perfect time to build the habit and then extend it to the rest of the year.

[I've discussed the theological reasons for why we Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays in another post: Please read "Why is Fish Okay But Not Meat."]

Here’s how not to do meatless Fridays. Before creating an intentional plan for “Friday fare” or “fish Fridays,” Joy and I would just sort of wing it: “Oh it’s Friday. Shucks. Mmmm. I guess we’ll have to order some cheese pizzas.” Even worse, we’d remember after the fact. I’d order a chicken sandwich at lunch and then suddenly remember.

This is playing defense. You want to plan offense. Defense reacts. Offense creates a clear strategy. You need to make a plan. Write it down and post it on the fridge. 

Today’s post focuses on the practical aspect. How do you and/or your family keep meatless Fridays? It seems like such a chore. However, with some creativity, it can become an act of penance and a family tradition. And when your conference of bishops restores the custom, you’ll already be accustomed to the laudable and ancient practice. I’ve listed some suggestions below.

Get out a pencil and paper and write, “Here’s is my (or our family’s) game plan for Lent. We are going to be purposeful about Fridays in Lent.” You may also consider adding: “We plan to continue this practice of meatless Friday after Lent is over.

Next, plan out your meals for the next six Fridays. This will take you less than 10 minutes and here are some recommendations on meatless breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Talk them over and consider how your family might adapt, especially if you or your family members have allergies or food restrictions.

Breakfast is easy. Protein shake, eggs, cereal, protein bar, fruit, yogurt. No sweat.

The difficult meals are lunch and dinner. You don’t have to have endless tuna casseroles. There are some healthy and tasty (albeit still penitential meals) that can be enjoyed.

Here are some meatless Friday suggestions:

Cheese Quesadillas. In the unforgettable words of Napoleon Dynamite’s grandmother, “Just fix your self a dang QuesaDILLA!” Our family is all about the quesadilla on Friday. Cheap. Easy. Kids love them. Make big ones and use a pizza cutter to cut them up into slices for everybody. Add some sour cream and hot sauce for the parents, maybe some chips and home-made guacamole. You’ve got a great meal.

Nachos. A variation on quesadillas. My wife Joy gets cookie sheets out, covers them with chips and grated cheese and then puts them in the oven. Bring them out and put them in front of the kids and watch them disappear. Super cheap and kids love it. For adults, add sour cream, salsa, chives, guacamole, etc. You can also add refried beans – but make sure you get the kindwithout animal fat/lard since this would violate the Friday meatless rule.

Pizza. Cheese pizza for the kiddos. Margarita pizza for the parents. Perfect. Throw in a beer to wash it down.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup. This is a nice simple meal and surprisingly our kids love it. You dip the grilled cheese in the soup. Comfort food. For parents, add some pesto to your grilled cheese sandwich. Also, adults like mixing up the cheeses – try different kinds.

Pasta and Marina. Fast. Easy. Children love. It costs next to nothing.

Fettuccine Alfredo. Another meatless meal that most people like. Very filling. Lots of energy.

Mac and Cheese. A good option for kids – especially when mom and dad are leaving on a date. Meatless. Inexpensive.

Vegetable Lasagna. This may not be a winner with the kids, but adults like it. It’s a lot of work to prepare, though.

Egg Salad Sandwich. My wife and I really like egg salad sandwiches with tomato and lettuce.

Tuna Salad Sandwich. Honestly, this can get old, but you change it up additions like cucumbers, olives, or even curry powder. You can get tuna sandwiches at Subway on Fridays.

Fish and Chips. My go to Friday meal, especially if at a restaurant.

Salmon. During the year, when we want a nice Friday meal, we go for salmon. Healthy. Lean. Not hard to prepare. I grill it on a cedar plank. Fantastic. This is a nice option if you have friends coming over for dinner on a Friday night, but don’t want to bore them with mac and cheese. You can also mix the grilled salmon with greens, fruits, and nuts for a beautiful salad.

Cheese Enchiladas and Chips and Salsa. This is the number one Marshall Friday meal. Joy makes it and everybody loves it. Very filling. Not very expensive. The hard part is heating all the corn tortillas in oil. It takes a little more time, but it’s worth it. My nine year old twin daughters made this meal one Friday night while my wife was away from start the finish (but I had to wash the dishes!).

My least favorite Friday option? Well, the McFish Sandwich and frozen fish-sticks are my least favorite. The children like fish-sticks, but when I discover that they are for dinner, I inwardly grown. Nothing says “penance” like fish-sticks.

Question: If you have other suggestions for meatless Fridays, please leave a comment for us. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

ad Jesum per Mariam,

Taylor

PS: McDonald’s created their fish sandwich specifically for Catholics on Fridays. In 1962, Cincinnati McDonald’s franchisee Lou Groen invented the sandwich to compensate for plummeting burger sales during Lent.

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New Houses coming on the market - Call Scott today at 817-703-1165

403 Fuller in Euless.  Complete remodel should be complete within the week.   Price is to be determined.

231 Brittany in Grapevine ISD.  Painting should be done soon.  $174,900

5232 Memorial in Keller ISD is putting the finishing touches on.  $239,900 

510 Evans in Euless with Swimming Pool should be ready in time for Spring.  Price to be determined.

1004 Woodcreek in North Euless will be ready in time for Summer.  Cul-de-sac with large backyard. $210,000

 

 

Open House in Arlington area on Sunday from 2-4pm

Fort Worth, Tarrant County  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 4225 Summer Star Lane in Arlington area on March 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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Open House in Arlington on Sunday, March 2nd from 2-4 pm

Arlington, Tarrant County  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1216 Oakcrest Drive on March 2 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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Open House in Arlington on Saturday, March 1st 2-4pm

Arlington, Tarrant County  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1316 Ridgewood Terrace on Saturday, March 1st from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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Open House at 620 Cullum in Hurst on Saturday, March 1st 1-3pm

Hurst, Tarrant County  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 620 Cullum Avenue on March 1 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

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Do you have a house in bad shape and need it sold without doing any repairs?  Are you getting divorced and need it sold this week?  Do you need your money in a hurry?  Give Scott a call today.  We can arrange for an investor to purchase your home within just 2 or 3 days.

 

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Open House at 140 Covered Bridge Canyon Addition on Saturday, February 22nd 1-4 pm.

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Covered Bridge Canyon Addition, Fort Worth  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 140 Covered Bridge Drive on February 22 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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Winter Blast, Low Inventory Cool North Texas Home Sales

Now is a great time to sell - See Article below then contact Scott to get your home on the Market before the Spring Rush. 

 

 

Winter Blast, Low Inventory Cool North Texas Home Sales

DALLAS (Dallas Morning News) – The weather outside has been frightful since the new year — but frightful enough to keep potential homebuyers away? Perhaps.

North Texas home sales were down 1 percent last month from a year earlier, marking the first drop in year-over-year preowned home sales since early 2010. The 4,682 preowned single-family homes sold by real estate agents in January was the smallest number of monthly sales in North Texas in almost two years.

Some real estate analysts and agents blame the decline on foul weather. But there's also the lack of inventory.

January had a record low 2.6-month supply of single-family homes offered for sale by real estate agents in North Texas, roughly half the home inventory that the more than 50-county area had in early 2012.

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Dallas-Fort Worth home foreclosure filings hit lowest in a decade

The number of homes posted for foreclosure in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has fallen to the lowest level in a decade.

The booming North Texas economy, rising home prices and lenders’ changes in handling troubled properties contributed to the improved numbers, economists say.

For all of 2013, fewer than 28,500 homes were posted for foreclosure in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties.

That’s a 48 percent drop from 2012, and less than half the number in 2010, when the recession and housing crash caused 64,000 D-FW homes to be posted for auction. The 2013 figures include postings for next month’s auction.

The data is compiled by Addison-based Foreclosure Listing Service.

“First and foremost, the reason for the improvement is the simply better market,” said James Gaines, an economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. “We quit losing jobs in about January of 2010. And job loss historically is the No. 1 cause of foreclosure.”

Rising home prices also helped. North Texas residents who otherwise might have let their property go into foreclosure kept up the payments or sold the home.

More than 230,000 North Texas homes were posted for foreclosure between 2008 and 2011. But the percentage of homes foreclosed on here was much smaller than in many coastal and Western markets.

“We weren’t immune,” Gaines said. “But unless you were one of the ones that lost your house, the market came through reasonably well.

“Our market never fell to the point foreclosures became a real drag on the economy.”

At the worst of the recession, home values in North Texas were down about 10 percent from the 2007 peak.

Median home prices are now at record levels in D-FW, and overall prices are about 5 percent ahead of where they were before the economic downturn, the latest housing studies show.

“While foreclosures were less of a problem here than in other areas of the country, they definitely held our housing market back,” said D’Ann Petersen, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. “Certainly, there are neighborhoods that are still feeling the effects … but the impact on overall home values in North Texas is no longer an issue.”

Petersen said the North Texas housing market remains healthy, based on fundamentals such as inventories, construction levels and price gains.

The number of North Texas homes selling is running almost 20 percent ahead of last year at this time. And the number of houses listed for sale is at a record low. The sharp decline in foreclosures in 2013 has reduced distressed properties hitting the market.

Foreclosure postings for next month’s auction are down 35 percent in D-FW from where they were in December 2012.

The biggest drop for December came in Collin County, down 44 percent from a year earlier.

Dallas County foreclosure filings are down 29 percent year-over-year for next month’s auctions.

D-FW home foreclosure rates are back to “normal” levels, George Roddy, CEO of Foreclosure Listing Service, said.

“It’s about time,” Roddy said.

Not all homes posted for foreclosure each month are actually sold by the lenders. Many times the foreclosure is delayed or avoided.

Along with a better housing market, foreclosures in North Texas have also declined because lenders are working harder to keep troubled borrowers in their homes.

If that doesn’t work, they are often choosing a negotiated short sale of the property rather than a foreclosure, real estate agents say.

“They switched to short sales and anything that didn’t require formal foreclosure,” Gaines said. “Between all that legal pressure on the institutions and the new regulatory environment, the banks have gotten more gun-shy toward foreclosures.

“We still don’t know if we have a large number of problem properties that are being carried by the lenders.”

Source: Dallas Morning News

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