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 Meet 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.
A New Career Calls
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 multimillion-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.
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Welcome to Allen, the town voted the suburb for a growing family in 2019. That’s what Money.com rated us in 2019. It’s also what we’ve known all along!
One of the problems with being so great is finding that perfect home before anyone else does.
This showcase of homes is designed to help with just that. These homes are for sale in Allen and are 10 or less days on the market! The search is free, private and ad free. Save, search and share your favorites. Schedule a showing with the click of a button.
It’s constantly updating so check it often and then call Kelly Pearson or Lynda Roundtree for your next steps at 469-631-LUXE!
Newest Allen Listings
List of Allen Awards:
Check out who thinks we are tops in places to live!
- National Recreation and Park Association Accredited (September 2019)
- 2019 Best Suburbs for Growing Families (September 2019)
- MONEY’s #2 Best Place to Launch a Career (March 2018)
- CNBC Make It Best Suburbs in America (February 2018)
- AreaVibes #1 Best Place to Live in America (November 2017)
- MONEY’s #1 Best Place to Live in the South (November 2017)
- 2017 Digital Cities Survey Winner (November 2017)
- TOMA Award for Best Creative Project: Cottonwood Creek Trail Bridge (February 2017)
- 5 Friendly Cities for Young Families (January 2017)
- NRPA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management (October 2016)
- WalletHub Allen Is the 4th Best Texas City for Families (July 2016)
- Governor’s Community Achievement Award (June 2016)
- Niche 2016 Best Places to Live in Texas (June 2016)
- ApartmentList.com Best Cities for Young Families (February 2016)
- ApartmentList.com Best Cities for Young Families (December 2014)
- Nerd Wallet Best Places for Young Families (October 2014)
- D Magazine Best Suburbs (June 2014)
- Family Circle 10 Best Towns for Families (June 2013)
- Money Magazine Best Places to Live (August 2012)
- Forbes.com Best Places to Move (July 2009)
It’s 2020! We are at the start of a brand new year with the usual New Year’s resolutions made. Eat right. Loose weight. Travel. Less time on social media and more time at the gym. There is, however, one unique resolution authorities are asking everyone to make. Please write 2020 on all official forms. No abbreviating.
It’s an original resolution. One that might actually be kept!
It all started in Law Office of George E. Moore III, LLC., an attorney in Ohio, who put up the original warning. His Facebook post has over 54,000 shares.
Then the police department of a small community in Penobscot County, Maine shared it. The East Millinocket Police Department to be exact. They also decided put the post out as an actual warning.
The New Year’s Day tip has since gone viral. This piece advice has been all over the place. It’s on ABC News and CNN and FOX News. You can’t buy this kind of publicity!
The question remains. Is this something we need to really worry about?
Allen Homes for Sale
Two Sides to a Story
Looking at all the comments on the posts, many people are talking about the turn of the century. Remember Y2K and all those scares? It seemed like everyone’s computer was going to crash over turning from 1999 to 2000.
Here’s an archived page from the LibraryofCongress.com showing how just one network planned to handle the Y2K issue.
Those poor people. Wonder how viral a Y2K post would have been if we had Facebook then. Would there have been a real panic? Would someone automatically known the solution? We’ll never really know.
The Y2K disaster everyone was warned about never even happened.
You have to wonder why. Was it because computer programmers managed to fix every ‘operating system’ out there? Was it because there really wasn’t a scare in the first place?
A Practical Approach To Abbreviating
Here at Luxe, we take the practical approach to everything. We like to look each situation from all angles before we judge.
We asked Attorney and Realtor® Lynda Roundtree on our team for her take on the subject.
She came up with some very sound advice.
“When signing any type of legal or financial documents, it is always important to make sure the documents are properly dated. Completely writing out the year 2020 as opposed to the abbreviated “20” will erase any potential confusion or fraud if someone were to try and manipulate the date after the fact. Best practice would also include obtaining copies of the documents you sign at the time of execution. I don’t anticipate this being a huge concern, but erring on the side of caution is always best.”
That second part is just as important! Protect yourself by writing out the date. Get copies of everything you sign when you sign them.
They’re the proof in your hand. Those copies of what you signed are part of your best defense against any fraud.
How Long To Keep Documents
What do you do with the copies of all these important papers you’ve saved?
Protect your papers in a warm, dry, fireproof-box, or safe. Invest in a good paper shredder. It will minimize the risk of identity thieves getting hold of your discarded documents.
Organize them in categories such as financial, medical, home, and school. Financial advisers agree you should divide your financial papers into four categories.
Keep for less than a year.
Store papers like your ATM, bank-deposit, and credit card receipts until you reconcile them with your monthly statements. Once you’ve done that, shred the paper documents or securely trash electronic files unless you need them to support your tax return. Keep insurance policies and investment statements until new ones arrive.
Keep for a year or longer.
Hold on to loan documents until the loan is paid off. That will often be for more than a year. Hold on to the title of your car until you sell it. Keep the purchase confirmations for investments such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds until you sell, so you can establish your cost basis and holding period. Always hold onto your mortgage paperwork, closing file, deed. Keep track of mortgage as it’s being paid off to make sure that your payment records and your bank’s are the same.
Keep for seven years.
Failing to report all of your gross income on your tax returns mean the government has six years to collect the tax or start legal proceedings. Err on the safe side, keep all tax records for at least seven years.
It’s not just as simple as abbreviating a date to protect yourself from fraud. You need to really have a system in place to handle paperwork important to you and the people you love.
They and you are worth the effort.
Thank you to Attorney Lynda Roundtree for the free legal advice.
Lynda has a great reputation for helping people sell homes that have been on the market for quite a while. She has a knack for analyzing the situation and developing a plan to go from unsalable to sold!
Got questions for Lynda? You can contact her here.
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It’s hard to believe that we’re about to welcome in a brand new decade! The year 2020 is almost here and Allen is ready to celebrate in true fashion. We’ve collected a list of events from Eventbrite.com of New Year’s Eve parties, celebration and galas that will help you ring your next ten years in ‘your’ style!
- Tue, Dec 31, 8:00 PMNew Years Eve 2020 FunkyStyle in Lakewood with Frank Hasty & Da’MergeThe Balcony Club • Dallas, TXStarts at $45.00
This last one is from AARP . We actually found it on Google Maps and thought we’d mention it too because it looks like they’ve set up a good time.
1500 Andrews Pkwy, Allen, TX
Happy New Year
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Actually, it’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. We’re just around the corner from the full swing of holiday season. One of the best things about the holidays is all the decorations around town.
This year is kicking off beautifully and we’re excited to see how the progress as the season deepens. Do you have an event planned in Allen for November or December that you’d like us to showcase on our blog? Feel free to suggest an event here.
Ultimate Family Holiday Kickoff
Breakfast With Santa — Fairview Town Center
Light the Night
Wonder at the Village Opening Night and Tree Lighting Ceremony
190 E Stacy Rd, Allen, TX
A Tuna Christmas
1210 E Main St #300, Allen, TX
Letters To Santa-Allen
1201 E Bethany Dr, Allen, TX
Homes for Sale in Allen
November is that time of year when we start thinking about the holidays. It’s also the time of year that towns and cities start decorating and begin celebrating this festive time of year.
Our beautiful town of Allen has had a great fall and is already getting into the spirit of the holiday season with some decorations going up here and there. The community calendar has some wonderful events already planned for November. Getting into the spirit as well, Dallas plans to ‘wingardium’ some music from Harry Potter film score. Disney will dazzle on ice and this is just the beginning of holiday fun!
Read on to see these spectacular events and more during November in our beautiful Allen and neighboring Dallas! Hope to see you around town..err..towns!
November Events in Allen
Heritage Village Open House (Free)
Sat, Nov 16, 2019, 2:00pm- 4:00pm
See how people lived in Allen during the late 1800s in the Wetsel House and the 1920s in the Lynge House.
Part of the Allen Heritage Guild, The Allen Heritage Village includes several of Allen’s oldest remaining homes, outbuildings and churches. These structures have been restored and even relocated to form a beautiful park. Here visitors can enjoy interpretive exhibits and learn about Allen’s history.
The Great Turkey Drive
Allen, TX 75002
Items are donated to the local food pantry so all can enjoy the holidays.
Guests 18 and under must have an adult to check-in.
Open to ages 7+.
Breakfast With Santa — Fairview Town
Join us for this annual Fairview Town Center tradition! Your kiddos can enjoy Breakfast With Santa at this private event at Santa’s Winter Woods. The event includes a breakfast buffet prepared by the Allen High School Culinary program, Santa will stop by each table to visit and pose for photos and deliver a special gift for each child.
Infants (ages 1 and under) – Free
Children (ages 2-10) – $10
Adults (ages 11 and up) – $20
Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Light the Night
970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, TX
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big
200 E Stacy Rd #1350, Allen, TX
November Events in Dallas
Here are some fun November events to enjoy in the Big D!
The Black Keys| Nov. 14, 7 pm | Dickies Arena
Even during a nearly five-year hiatus, The Black Keys’ smoky garage rock was somewhat inescapable, always playing somewhere, whether in a commercial or a bar or via Spotify’s algorithm. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney continued to make music prolifically during that time, just not with each other. Carney produced and performed with Michelle Branch and recorded the theme for BoJack Horseman; Auerbach played with the Arcs and produced Cage the Elephant and Lana Del Rey, among others. But the duo, which got its start in Akron, Ohio, made a triumphant return over the summer with the release of Let’s Rock. Over 12 songs, Auerbach and Carney do what they have always done best: bash out blues-infused Americana with a fun, psychedelic twang. Though the duo recorded without Danger Mouse—the co-producer of their previous four records, including 2011’s breakthrough El Camino and 2014’s Turn Blue—there isn’t anything drastically different on the album. Basically, Let’s Rock does exactly what the title says. And that’s what they’ll do at Fort Worth’s brand-new Dickies Arena.
Brockhampton| Nov. 14, 8 pm | The Bomb Factory
First, the members of Brockhampton were just a few teenagers at The Woodlands High School. Then they were “the internet’s first boy band.” Now, the hip-hop collective is a legit phenomenon, a status solidified by its fifth album, August’s Ginger.
Chi Omega Christmas Market | Nov. 20-23 | Centennial Hall of Fair Park
The 42nd annual Chi Omega Christmas Market boasts an impressive 200 merchants with festive gifts, holiday decor, artisanal foods, women’s fashion, home goods, and more. Check the market’s website for special events like a mixology class with Katy Trail Vodka.
Todrick Hall: Haus Party | Nov. 21, 8 pm | The Bomb Factory
The term “triple threat” doesn’t have enough space for this singer, songwriter, and dancer, and choreographer, actor, playwright, and director. Hall does it all, and he does it with panache. Watch his new Netflix film, Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall, to get acquainted.
Once | Nov. 22-24 | Winspear Opera House
In the stage version of the Oscar-winning film, a Dublin street musician meets a beautiful girl who takes an interest in his love songs, just as he’s ready to give up on his dreams of making it big. Their romance inspires his most powerful music yet, but their connection is more complicated than it seems
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert | Nov. 27-Dec. 1 | Meyerson Symphony Center
The Wizarding World seems even more magical when set to a live orchestra. Watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the big screen while the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ charming score.
The 1975 | Nov. 27, 6:30 pm | The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Back from a brief hiatus and preparing to release its fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form, The 1975 hasn’t missed a beat. The Manchester-born rock band sounds as manic as ever on its new single “People.” They’re in Dallas for Alterium with Catfish and the Bottlemen and SWMRS.
Turkey Trot | Nov. 28, 9 am | Dallas City Hall
The YMCA’s annual Turkey Trot is a fun, family-friendly way to kick off Thanksgiving Day in downtown Dallas. There’s a 5k run/walk, an 8-mile run, and a 1k Junior Trot for the little ones. It’s a good way to fire up your metabolism and feel better about that second plate.
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Are you house-hunting this weekend? Yes? Then we hereby invite you to our, ‘Open House Festival’ on Saturday and Sunday. We’re starting November with offering you the convenience of viewing 12 homes altogether, no appointment needed!
On top of that, you have a chance to win a $250 Visa card on Saturday! Plus, if you sign up on our website for an account this weekend, you’ll be entered into our upcoming holiday contests! Our home search is one of the best you’ll find! It’s also free from ads and pop-ups, completely private, and free to use.
Just sign up here:
Here’s the open house info for the weekend. Please feel free to call us with any questions at 469-631-LUXE. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.
There’s nothing like fall. It’s the season of pumpkin-spiced (pretty much) every thing and tons of fall fun around Allen. Pumpkin patches, the start of a new sports season, festivals, and great food make up the activities of the season. You’ve always got at least one event per day to enjoy during the fall!
Here are some examples of what you can enjoy around the area :
What The Fest
(This event sounds like a blast. We got this from their Facebook page): The goal of Weresquirrel is to make fun, entertaining and asinine films to share with the world. Or with our friends….whatever. The point is, we want to try new and different ideas, concepts, experiments and present them on a scale that could make us all rich and famous or at the very least internet celebrities.
Joking aside, our goal is to give people the opportunity to expand their talents beyond the stage or from behind the curtains. Weresquirrel Productions is all about learning new skills, testing the waters and having a good time in the process.
Fall Lantern Walk
Our Lantern Walk is designed to help kids big and small welcome and see the beauty in the darkness of the end of Daylight Saving time (aka “Fall back”). For our family and yours, we hope it becomes a magical, annual tradition. At the very least, it’s a chance to be out in the wild at night! Click here to read more about the event. Read more about why we think this is a super opportunity for you and your kids in our DIY “Fall Lanterns” activity.
Families will gather before dusk, light lanterns and enjoy an outdoor walk in the park. Please meet at the meeting spot on the map.
What do YOU need to bring?
- All you need is one or more lanterns for each family (we recommend one per family).
- If you are in one of our fall classes, you will make a lantern for the walk in class. If you have any questions, please email your leader.
- If you want to make your own lantern or make more than the one you made in class, find out how in our “Fall Lanterns” activity.
- Short on time? Just grab a flashlight, camping lantern or other light that can travel. You will still find the event magical!
What will WE have for you?
- We will provide LED tea lights. We will also have song sheets so you can join in a few lantern walk songs.
Can we bring friends?
- Of course! The more, the merrier!
Got more questions? Email your local leader. We would love to have you involved!
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ICMC Fall Festival
300 N Allen Dr, Allen, TX 75013
Free entry for everyone!
ICMC presents Fall Fest 2019 featuring a medley of several short vocal and instrumental performances, by ICMC member musicians. This event is FREE to general public. The primary reasons for this concert are to bring awareness about Indian classical music in the community and also to stage upcoming talent. Since its inception in 1983, ICMC has built the most comprehensive concert series and is regarded as the premier producer of Indian classical music and dance in Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding area, by consistently presenting more than seven culturally diverse concerts a year for the sole benefit of its members and the general public. ICMC’s mission is to entertain, to interest, to educate, to train and to provide spiritual nourishment to its members and the general public, and to significantly contribute to the multiethnic heritage and the cultural vitality of the city, through its concerts. ICMC members – who are interested in performing at this event should send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must have active ICMC memberships through June 20, 2020.