ExPow is a charity formed on this question. It’s the one that started it all. What do our neighbors need? Who is in need right now and how can we help? They were simple questions to ask but the impact of the response was and still is incredible.
The core idea is simple. LOCAL people solve LOCAL problems with LOCAL resources, to expand access to *[THE GOOD LIFE] to EVERY person in EVERY community by strengthening, connecting and inspiring LOCAL women to mobilize their community to close gaps in local need.*[THE GOOD LIFE] Living life on their terms -happy, healthy and empowered to do and be whomever they want, surrounded by the unconditional love, respect, and support of their families, friends & communities.
When Ideals Align
When Kelly heard about what these amazing women were doing in the community, she wanted to help. She turned to her team at, The Kelly Pearson Group for help. Her team, just like Kelly, is made up of women and men who each have a strong foothold in their communities. They were instantly onboard as well.
Working with ExPow just seemed natural since the ideals of both companies align together so well. ExPow believes that nothing is more powerful than a determined woman in pursuit of a better life and future for herself and her family, except maybe an army of determined women, united, supported, confident and armed with the skills and connections they need to ignite a spark that leads to action and progress.
The Kelly Pearson Team is a women-owned business. Strong people grow strong communities and we all need to help each other achieve a better life for those around us.
So Kelly and the team started thinking about how the could help. They needed a way to use their business acumen and combine it with their philanthropy in a way that would best serve ExPow. After a while, the team came up with a plan.
Hard Work Pays Off
When Kelly and her team closed real estate transactions, they put aside money from each one for ExPow. Their efforts paid off in a big way.
Watch the video below to enjoy the presentation which was so much fun!
The Story of Expow
Allen neighbors Kate Slaughter and Shanna Schiavon met at their kid’s bus stop in 2010. Soon they shared play dates, family vacations and discussions about community and societal struggles. Like many, they were doing what they could to make a difference; grabbing a few friends and volunteering, serving on Boards and committees, planning and attending charitable events and collecting everything from school supplies to prom dresses.
Before long they realized that not only was uniting women for good, fun and fulfilling, it was a recipe for real impact. All they were really doing was connecting the dots – connecting people, programs, charities and resources in their network, to help charitable endeavors. They got to thinking… Could they expand this model to be more impactful? Connect more women, connect more dots? They imagined collaborating with other women to harness and grow all of this goodness exponentially. With this eXponential Power of Women, EXPOW was born.
When women care about something, we tell a few friends, who tell a few friends and before you know it, the exponential power of women is in motion.
As one of Collin County’s top producing real estate teams, Luxe Premier Realty Group, announces their new home with Douglas Elliman, a brokerage famous in New York and California for selling luxury homes and high-rise condos. With Elliman’s recent expansion to Texas, Luxe took this as an opportunity to join the real estate powerhouse as well as refresh their brand identity. The team you once knew as Luxe Premier Realty Group is proud to announce that it will now be doing business as Kelly Pearson Realty Group.
Fantastic Group Meets Fantastic Brokerage
Kelly Pearson has made quite a name for herself as a top producing agent in Collin County and has been named “Best in Dallas” by D Magazine four years in a row. Her skills and experience have greatly contributed to her success, but her most important asset is her active involvement in the community she serves. Whether she is sponsoring a school event, a local charity, or a community event, Kelly always enjoys giving back. With the ever evolving real estate market, Kelly has been able to hone her skills to successfully serve her clients, but she’s not going it alone. By her side is Lynda Roundtree, another top producing agent in Collin County.
Prior to obtaining her real estate license, Lynda operated a fee attorney office for Lawyers Title. Her contract and legal knowledge have greatly aided in her ability to effectively negotiate and communicate real estate deals as well as protect her clients’ best interests. Similar to Kelly, Lynda has lived in Lovejoy ISD for seventeen years and is also a strong influence in her community. Both women pride themselves on their luxury listing expertise as well as their ability to help buyers navigate the tumultuous real estate market.
While these are significant changes for Kelly Pearson Realty Group, their core beliefs have not altered. Kelly and Lynda will continue to provide their clients with top-notch service and market knowledge. These are the agents you want on your side as you look to sell or buy your next home!
Decluttering seems like such a daunting task. It’s overwhelming and, for many of us, sounds about as much fun as giving a lion a dental check up sans tranquilizer. It really doesn’t have to be though, if it’s done right. ,The new year is just around the corner and while we’re not saying you should declutter a home between now and 2022. We’re saying use 2022 as the time you start now to get your space into the shape you want it to be.
It’s so important that the space you live or work in feels good to you!
Here are seven simple hacks to declutter you space. The secret? They’re simple and can become a part of your daily life instead of some overwhelming task you have to plan for and dread.
Seven Decluttering Hacks
No. 1 Take Out the Trash
Grab a trash bag and just walk through the space throwing away anything broken, damaged or actual trash.
No. 2 Think Small
Cardboard boxes can take up a lot of space, so removing them changes the way you view a room, After that, pick one small area to tackle, like a drawer, in order to ease yourself into the work.
No. 3 Out with the Old..
Whenever you bring a new item (especially clothing) that you buy many of into the house, you make a rule to throw out an old piece of the same kind of item. How do you know which item to chuck? Here are some questions to ask yourself.
Do I use this regularly?
Will I ever use this again?
No. 4 1,2,3 Go!
This box is for things that you can’t or don’t want to get rid of, but that you aren’t in need of on a day-to-day basis (think things like seasonal decorations). It’s also a good idea to make an inventory of items that you’re putting in storage as you go — that way, you won’t be left wondering what exactly is taking up space in your garage or attic down the line.
Do I use this regularly?
Will I ever use this again?
No. 5 A Place for Everything
Finding a proper place for everything and putting everything in their proper place is extremely important. It’s important because you’re important. You’re wellbeing matters. Here are a few benefits (there are many more) to keeping your home organized.
More free time to spend doing what you love, with the people you love.
Gatherings at home with your family and friends because your rooms and storage space
You may not loose items like you used to like: cash, credit cards, keys, valuables, mementos, papers, and more!
Smarter inventory management tactics keep you from over-stocking (saving you money)
File management systems keep you on track
A clear picture of your current kitchen, creative, and closet inventory, help you use your shelves more effectively
Peace of mind, and a well-deserved sense of pride that you’ve gotten it done
No. 6 Organize Like Items Together
Naeemah Ford Goldson, a certified professional organizer and founding member of the National Association for Black Professional Organizers (NABPO), owner of Restore Order Professional Organizing in Atlanta, and host of the Organize Me! radio podcast, swears by the Sort, Store, Style approach — tackling organizing in that specific order.
Sort, Store, and Style. This is an approach for tackling organization. The trick is to make what you organize look good. Remove your donate and discard piles “right away, at least within 48 hours after your purge, so you’re not tempted to pull something back out that you’d decided to part. with,” Ford Goldson notes. Then, and only then — when you’re left with what you want to keep — do you get to do the fun part: storing and organizing everything so it’s aesthetically pleasing.
No. 7 Give Yourself Time
Clutter will start to accumulate, even for vigilant homeowners who are consistently tidying up. Rather than letting the clutter frustrate you, accept that it’s normal—and commit to occasional “mini-declutterings” and cleanups (whether that’s once a month or once a year) to keep a mess-free home.
There as many great reasons to shop at Legacy West in Plano as there are sprinkles on a cupcake at well, Sprinkles Cupcakes!
Whether your just shopping for yourself or you have a list that could rival the big red guy’s, Legacy West is pulling out all the stops. Seriously, got gifts? They’re here to help you out with free gift wrapping! That’s some amazing holiday spirit! Here are the details:
Stop by ‘Sleigh All Day’ from Black Friday through Christmas to enlist Santa’s helpers in making the presents under the tree even more exciting! Available Friday – Sunday during the holiday season, complimentary gift wrapping will be offered for guests on the dates and conditions are listed below.
*Limited to two gifts per person.
Dates: Left for Gift Wrapping
Wow! That’s wonderful! Well to keep you in the holiday mood, here are some more great events happening at Legacy West from now till New Years.
Limited on space this year to celebrate when it feels like everyone’s looking for the perfect venue? WeWork Legacy West has recently launched a campaign called “Spread the Cheer” where we’re opening our doors to the public to host their private events right here within our space. If you are on the hunt for the perfect spot, please feel free to reach out
STOP BY THE MISTLETOE MALL TO SHOP SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
Located between Starbucks Reserve and Filson, the Mistletoe Mall offers small business pop-ups Friday – Sunday from 10am – 6pm.
Visit our Mistletoe Mall page for more information on the vendors and schedule.
WELCOME TO THE LEGACY NORTH POLE
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year.
With a little help from Santa’s elves, Legacy West has once again transformed into the Legacy North Pole for the holiday season! Visit each stop to see a remix of your holiday favorites with some new classics.
The McKinney Wine & Music Festival is back for its 5th year and it’s an event you don’t want to miss! Tickets have sold out the past few years! Reserve your tickets now for the festivities! The wine and music festivities will take place at the beautiful Towne Lake Park and is presented by Luxe Premier Realty Group! Parking and general admission is free! (Park at McKinney High School!) Festivities include TWO days of live music and delicious wine! The festival will feature 30 local and National award-winning wineries! There are TWO stages filled with live music all day! 14 bands over 2 days! Participate in grape stomping competitions, enjoy delicious cuisine, shop with a huge variety of local vendors, and experience a FUN day filled with WINE & MUSIC in McKinney, Texas! Tickets are $30 for 10 wine tasting tickets, $40 for 20 wine tasting tickets, $100 for Saturday VIP and $85 for Sunday VIP! VIP is the way to go…but hurry because we only have a small amount of VIP tickets available! Your VIP pass includes 20 tasting tickets, access to the Trinity Falls VIP tent where you will enjoy the VIP tasting bar with exclusive wines and beer, delicious appetizers throughout the day from Two Skillets Catering, seating, private entertainment, private restrooms, a VIP swag bag, and a VIP photo-booth! (Must be 21+ to enter the VIP tent.)
Latest Homes for Sale in McKinney
Do you have an event you’d like sponsored? We love our community and are always here to help when we can. Contact Kelly Pearson for any sponsorship opportunities.
Finance and mortgage are two subjects our Attorney turned Rock Star Agent, Lynda Roundtree, studies closely. She’s particularly watching the finance aspect of home ownership, including the sometimes uncomfortable subject of forbearance.
Loan forbearance occurs when your mortgage service or lender allows you to do one of two things. You can temporarily pay your mortgage at a lower payment or pause paying your mortgage for a specific period of time. You will have to pay the payment reduction or the paused payments back later.
The pandemic and unemployment factors have factored into the way forbearance is handled.
Lynda found that in February 2021, five percent of the outstanding 53 million mortgages were in forbearance.
The good news is that this is the lowest rate in 10 months.
Those loans have an unpaid balance of $532 billion. It’s uncertain as of now whether that amount will drop with conforming borrowers given the right to extend their plans.
Forbearance vs Credit
Why is this important? Homeowners need to know how COVID-19 related forbearance should be handled, especially when it comes to credit.
The article quotes:
The CARES Act stipulates that mortgage servicers “shall report the credit obligation or account as current” on any loan that goes into COVID-19-related forbearance.
But, as HousingWire’s Kathleen Howley reported last week, some borrowers were seeing notations on their credit reports like “Account in forbearance, payment deferred.’’
There are some fundamental truths in life, especially when it comes to success. Like the old adage, there’s no substitute for experience. It’s also true that you can’t fake determination. A person lacking either or both has very little chance of personal or professional success. On the other hand, what happens when someone decides they want to be the ‘best’ at their career, be it teacher, doctor or attorney? They need the later (determination) to gain the former (experience) to work their way to the top.
Knowing that truth can bring you to the top of your game. It’s one formula that works every time.
It’s also always been my goal. When I decided to practice law, I made it my mission not just to practice till I got it right. I was determined to practice till I couldn’t get it wrong.
The Right Road
The initial decision to become an attorney wasn’t one I made lightly. It was the right road for me at the time, but it wasn’t an easy road.
You don’t become a lawyer overnight and law school was hard. The school I attended had very high standards for its students. I liken the experience to boot camp, except 30 times longer! It was three years of an immense amount of reading and studying until you had absorbed the material.
Note-taking in law school should be an Olympic sport! Outlining, writing legal memos and briefs, learning trial advocacy skills and more all added up to the pressure of just one chance.
You had one shot. Three years ended in one final exam as your only grade.
Class time was a real treat. I’m not talking about some scene out of ‘Legally Blond’ either. You know, the one where you bring-your toy pup in your designer bag to class and impress your professor with one quick-witted answer.
No. That’s the Hollywood version. The real-life version is different. When called on you were expected to stand and be prepared to answer a myriad of questions from the professor about any of the assigned reading for that day. Failure to be prepared for class meant an automatic half grade reduction in your final grade.
Rubber Meets The Road
There was a good reason for it all though. You need to train to think like a lawyer. That is, to acquire the ability to analyze large amounts of information, identify relevant issues, craft arguments, support a position, negotiate, and draft documents that protects your client’s interests, whatever they maybe.
These skills helped me succeed in my niche as a litigator – an attorney that does trial work.
I started in Chicago as a litigator/in-house counsel for the largest regional bank. I worked at a respected boutique litigation law firm in the city. It was here I gained the experience and put into practice every skill and piece of knowledge I learned in law school.
Time went by in Chicago and I had worked on commercial-leasing transactions for large office buildings. My skills and experience expanded.
My reputation grew such that I opened my own practice. Here, I diversified. My client-base began to change from corporations to individuals. I started partnering with various real estate agents to handle their transactions.
You see, in the Midwest, sales of residential real estate use lawyers during the transactions. It’s much the same process as commercial transactions. The difference was, these were homes. Families were involved.
I reviewed contracts, negotiated amendments and repair issues. I considered becoming a title agent as well, but then my husband was relocated to Dallas. When I opened my practice in Dallas, I knew that I wanted to continue working in real estate and handled commercial transactions for several doctors. I also opened a fee attorney office for Lawyers Title.
The more my fee attorney business grew, the greater my interest became in selling real estate. This felt like where I belonged. I knew the contracts back and forth, I understood the entire transaction including the title aspect. Counseling and advising clients on their options was another one of my strengths.
It all made sense!
Certain things about me knew I would make a good Realtor. It’s important, for instance, for me to be involved in my community. I took a good look at myself. When I put it all together, the leap to selling was logical. First, I loved residential real estate. Second, my interest in helping families gave me great satisfaction. Third, my pride in being a good citizen meant I care for the neighborhoods I sell.
My time practicing law has proven invaluable as a real estate agent! There’s my ability to spot issues before they arise and to understand the complexity of a transaction and a contract. It works the same for state promulgated forms, builder forms or contracts specifically drafted for a specialty sale.
There’s also the fiduciary duty that is owed, the importance of protecting a clients’ privacy and the ability to place the client’s interests at the forefront of each transaction.
A real estate transaction is for many clients their largest financial transaction. Why wouldn’t you chose the strongest representation possible?
Then there’s the other side. There’s that intangible side that no facts, figures or forms can cover. It’s the side that makes you worry when you think about moving. Money, homes and furniture can be replaced if you make a mistake.
The people you love are irreplaceable.
They’re the ones I want to help you protect and make happy as you make these large financial decisions. Out of all the reasons I chose residential real estate, this is the biggest one.
I can have:
Experience drafting multi million-dollar commercial real estate contracts.
Experience drafting loan documents and transactions involving seller financing.
Owned and operated a title insurance company prior to selling real estate.
But I can also say that I care about you, and the people you care about…and mean it.
It’s that time of year again. Summer Time! Beat the Texas heat and enjoy the local areas water parks, public pools, neighborhood pools, or YES we can help you find that awesome new home with your own private pool! Check out our upcoming events:
Come by the McKinney Craft Beer Walk Saturday, June 19th from 12-7 pm. Grab a beer from one of our Great local breweries and stop by the Luxe Premier tent for a chance to win a Mirror Home Gym that we are giving away at the end of the year.
Yard of the Month
Luxe Premier is sponsor a $50 gift card to Puckett’s Nursery here in Allen for the lucky winner of the StarCreek Yard of the Month!
We’re planning wonderful events, giveaways, and opportunities to make our beautiful Starcreek neighborhood the best it can be for our residents. We do this all while having fun.
StarCreek Residents…In Honor of National Ice Cream Day….as if we needed a reason to eat ice cream. Luxe Premier Realty Group is Hosting an Ice Cream Truck at the StarCreek Clubhouse July 18th from 2-4 pm. Come enjoy an ice cream on us!
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When selling your home, a picture says more than a thousand words - it can say over tens of thousands of words! Those words can turn into dollars on or off your asking price! They are absolutely essential to the selling process. Good ones will attract buyers and bad ones can cost money in too many ways to count. Horrible photos of homes for sale do, however, give those of us in the industry a good laugh! Here are some of our favorites!
A Horse Is A Horse
We love horses! We would love to see the dining room in this home as well.
House for Sale, TRex Included
We love horses! We would love to see the dining room in this home as well.
We'd Prefer the Horse
That's all we have to say...
Kitchen Complete with Pool?
Many people consider it a luxury to be able to take a dip after you dine on your breakfast. Somehow, we don't think this is what they meant.
The idea is great to have an aerial view. Drones have made this type of picture so much easier!
Things warped get through a fish-eyed lens. Either that or the stove asked for some curves.
Here Kitty Kitty!
Kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty and all the other kitties that probably live here. Wouldn't it be funny if it were all for one kitty?
This might be an alligator on the ceiling. It might be the Loch Ness Monster stuck up there. What we hope it isn't, is a ceiling fan!
When you hear that bad photos can scare clients away and take it to heart.
Let’s start our list with the homey residence turned bad-guy boobie trap, in the comedy classic, Home Alone . The four-bedroom, five-bath home is the setting for Kevin McAllister’s first cinematic adventure.
It most recently changed hands in March 2012 for $1.585 million and is a beloved landmark in the picturesque town of Winnetka.
2. A Christmas Story
3159 W 11th Street, Cleveland OH
We double dog dare you to find a more nostalgic home than the Christmas Story house where Ralphie received the best Christmas gift ever.
No, not his glorious rabbit-onesie, which we think is fabulous! He finally got his “official Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.”
Lovingly restored, the house is now a museum and is available for overnight stays, so you too can make your Christmas dreams come true here.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Warner Brothers Ranch, Burbank CA
While the Griswolds’ “brightly” decorated home was scripted to be in Chicago, it was not.
It was, in reality an exterior set located on “Blondie Street” on the Warner Brothers backlot in Burbank, California.
Interiors were also shot at Warner Brothers Studios and, like in the movie, Todd and Margo’s house is really next door.
4. Meet Me in St. Louis
5135 Kensington Avenue, St. Louis MO
The original house that was the real-life home of the author and the setting for Meet Me in St. Louis has long-since been demolished and is currently an empty lot.
The movie version of the house was built, along with an entire street of picture-perfect Victorian homes, on an MGM lot that no longer exists.
5. Miracle on 34th Street
24 Derby Road, Port Washington NY
You, too, would believe in Santa if he arranged to gift you this charming Long Island home. You can still find this Cape Code beauty nestled on its lot in Port Washington, New York.
It last sold in 1980 for only $114,000 and its value is currently estimated at upwards of $900K.
6. The Preacher’s Wife
128 Windsor Gate, Great Neck NY
If you’re looking for a spectacular place to spend Christmas, you’re in luck. The massive mansion featured in Whitney Houston’s The Preacher’s Wife is currently for sale.
Featuring six bedrooms, six baths, and more than 8000 square feet of living space, the gated mansion belonging to the film’s antagonist Joe Hamilton is listed for $5,988,000.
55 Central Park West, New York NY
When Buddy the Elf hit New York City, he landed at a great address on the Upper West Side. The apartment that served as the home of Walter and Emily is located in a 19-floor co-op dating from 1929. This movie home isn’t just famous for its Elf associations; it also figures prominently in the 1984 film Ghostbusters.
9. The Family Stone
144 Riverside Avenue, Riverside CT
Situated on 1.4 acres, the 1860 Federal home that is the spectacular setting for The Family Stone is located near Riverside Yacht Club in Riverside, Connecticut.
This historic landmark last sold in January 2008 for $4.102 million. Here you’ll find five bedrooms, three and a half baths, and that magnificent wraparound porch that features prominently in the film.
10. It’s a Wonderful Life
RKO Ranch, Encino CA
Ending with, perhaps, the most beloved Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life’s sprawling Victorian home is another piece of movie magic constructed on the RKO Ranch backlot.
However, the Martini home in the film still exists at 4587 Viro Road, La Canada Flintridge, California. This charming home features just under 2000 square feet and sold in June of a few years ago for $1.625 million.
The City of Allen is just an amazing place! The fourth-largest city in Collin County, we have over 100k residents, but we still maintain our small-town feel. We’ve stayed connected to our roots. We believe in neighbors helping neighbors and we’ve done all this with growing our technology sector to one of the best in the country. That’s why we score so high on the rankings of publications such as Money, who rated us the top in Texas and 2nd overall in the US for the best place to live. Our amazing team here at Luxe isn’t just selling Allen, we all live, work, play, and raise our families in the wonderful Texas town!
Luxe Premier Realty Agents are StarCreek Strong! We specialize in Luxury Service with Premier Results! This year we have been busier than ever with selling homes, learning to sell within a pandemic while continuing to reach out to our community.
We invite your home sold, buy your next home, and become a part of our Luxe family.