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Van Alstyne as well as the adjoining  cities are great places to call home. I often describe our area as being like Mayberry. We have a rural feel but are close enough that you can get into ahem…..Dallas or  ahem….DFW Airport in a reasonable amount of time.

Life is much easier here. You go to the post office and people say HELLO, HOW ARE YOU DOING? Guess what? They actually mean hello and they really want to know how you are. Refreshing isn’t it? Van Alstyne is a great place to raise a family with fine schools, plenty of downtown businesses and a down home feeling. It’s not a good practice but you could leave your keys in the car here and there is about a 99.9% chance they would still be there upon your return.

I hope you enjoy and comment on this blog, visit the Van Alstyne area and call me if you need help finding a Van Alstyne home for sale or marketing your current home regardless of its location. My trusted spotted horses can help you spot the perfect home or buyer.  Please feel free to change the search to other areas & let me know if you need agent referral. I would be glad to help!

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8961 FM121 Van Alstyne, TX 75495 For Sale!

8961 FM121 Van Alstyne, Tx Home For SaleComing Soon!  MLS#13653995

You can own this nice brick 3 bedroom 2 bath country home on 6 acres within the Van Alstyne ISD.  It is only 2.5 miles east of Historic Van Alstyne for easy access to Hwy 75 and Hwy 5.  Just 18 miles from McKinney or Sherman, Van Alstyne is located in the path of progress but still has that country feel.  There are three bedrooms, office, two baths and a room currently used as an exercise room in this 2370 sf rural home.

Porch swing at 8961 FM121 Van Alstyne, TX 75495

The neighbors won’t bother you here, it is surrounded by a large tract of country land to the north and a horse farm across the street to the south.  The pasture with seasonal tank is on the east corner of Hynds Ranch Rd. and FM 121.

Spread out in the expansive living room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen pass through and a mud-room big enough for a washer, dryer, freezer and folding space. The 15 x 15 master bedroom even includes a small sitting room to enjoy a good book, use as a mini office or perfect as a nursery.  The office and exercise room could easily be used as bedrooms by building a closet or using an armoire.

RV Storage at 8961 FM121 Van Alstyne, TX 75495Park your boat or RV under cover and make use of a 30 x 50 metal building split for storage and livestock. There is an additional small pasture on the west with access to stall area.

30 x 50 building at 8961 FM121 Van Alstyne, TXThe 30 x 50 shop is split for half shop and half livestock.  The livestock end has two dutch doors leading to a small pasture.

Contact Van Alstyne Realtor, Keith Laursen with Fathom Realty for your private showing today!

1783 Hackberry Rd. Van Alstyne, TX – Acreage Increased!

Front of 1783 Hackberry Rd. Van Alstyne,TX 75495The 15 acre listing at 1783 Hackberry Rd has increased to 18 acres including a 30 x 30 metal storage building with only a minimal price change.

This beautiful 4 bedroom home for sale is located close in and within the sought after Van Alstyne ISD. It is ready for immediate showings. The additional acreage makes it an even better value offering you more pasture, a nice building with concrete floor, electric and a roll up door on each end.  A nice home on acreage within the school district is getting very hard to find.

This land has it all including an Ag Exemption, 2 stocked ponds, cross fenced pastures, privacy and fantastic views. It is in an area of nice homes with a rural atmosphere but only minutes from town, Grayson Community College and Hwy 75. You can live in the country and be within apx. an hour of major lakes, Dallas and DFW Airport.  People don’t realize how close Van Alstyne’s location is to entertainment, airports, and recreation.  Let’s take a quick look at a map to show you where you can be in about an hour.

Put your toys in the storage building or three car garage and enjoy a cup of coffee on the east or west facing covered porches. Inside you will find 4 bedrooms with one upstairs off of a large den. Got mud on your shoes? Just take those boots off in the large mud and laundry room. This home is exceptionally clean and offers easy living. Get more information and take a look at a few pictures of this wonderful property.

Call Keith Laursen at 469.233.1234 for more information or a private showing.

1783 Hackberry Rd. Van Alstyne,TX 75495 Home and 15 Acres

1783 Hackberry – Van Alstyne ISD – Country Home on Acreage
MLS# 13595957

1783 Hackberry Rd. Home on 15 acres in the Van Alstyne ISD

Country Living in Van Alstyne

Leave the traffic and stress behind and live your country dream in this 2,830 sf. ranch home on 15 beautiful acres less that five miles west of charming Van Alstyne.  Properties like this are rare to find within the Van Alstyne school district.

Very peaceful setting with 2 ponds, cross fenced and comes with vast country views and sunsets for your relaxation. Bedrooms down with a large den and guest bedroom up. There is plenty of cabinet space, large mud room and 3 car garage.

This Van Alstyne,TX  property is surrounded by nice homes and large land tracts that make this a very desirable location with easy access to Hwy 75 via neighborhood roads and FM121. Only 18 miles to McKinney, Sherman or a little over an hour to DFW airport. In VAISD!

Texas Longhorn at 1783 Hackberry Rd. Van Alstyne,TX 75495Make your moo ve – included two Texas Longhorns! Buy the adjoining 8.44 acres before someone else does. – MLS # 13595045 for over 23 acres of country living!

This fantastic home for sale is listed by Fathom Realty Realtor, Keith Laursen.  Don’t wait to contact Keith at 469-233-1234

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1783 X Hackberry Rd. Van Alstyne – 8.44 Acres

1783 Hackberry Rd. Van Alstyne,TX 75495 8.44 Acres 

1783 Hackberry 8.44 Acre parcel looking west.A hard to find nice level 8.44 acres within the Van Alstyne ISD for sale in a rural area of very desirable homes apx. 5 miles from the Hwy 75 and FM121 Van Alstyne exit.  Van Alstyne is a small rural community in the path of rapid growth half way (18 miles) between the cities of McKinney and Sherman,TX.

This land is made up of two parcels consisting of one 8 acre parcel and a .44 acre parcel for access with a little over 100 ft of road frontage.  Beautiful country view to the west and surrounded by nice homes with a country feel.  In addition to a nice level building site there is even a small metal shop building with two roll up door doors for equipment storage or use as a shop.

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An adjoining 4 bedroom apx 2830 sf. home on 15 acres also for sale. Put them together to enjoy your country dream!  Contact Van Alstyne Realtor, Keith Laursen with Fathom Realty for information at 469-233-1234.

Shop building and overhead showing surrounding home for sale:
1783 Hackberry Shop PictureOverhead of 1783 Hackberry Van Alstyne,,TX 75495 8.44 acre parcels

Home Buyers, Interest Rates and Brexit

BREXIT: What’s the FIXIT for U.S. Home Buyers and Sellers?

BREXIT: What’s the FIXIT for U.S. Home Buyers and Sellers? | MyKCM

Now that much of the dust has settled and the panic has waned, let’s take a look at what impact Britain’s exit from the European Union may have on the U.S. housing market.  The most immediate impact of Brexit for home buyers will be on mortgage interest rates. Interest rates have remained at historic lows for the last several years. Contrary to what many experts believed, rates have remained low throughout the first half of 2016.

Possible impact of Brexit on mortgage rates?

In a recent article, the Washington Post explained:

“Brexit has spawned the recent bout of volatility in global financial markets. That has anxious investors scurrying for safety — and few assets are safer than U.S. Treasuries. High demand for government debt pulls down interest rates.

That all translates into ultra-low mortgage rates for American households. And with Britain voting for Brexit, they could go even lower.”

However, the lower rates caused by Brexit may be short lived as Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin pointed out in a recent post:

“While the departure of the UK from the European Union has driven down the 10-year bond, and thus mortgage rates, we expect them to rebound later in the year as uncertainty over the economic consequences of the departure lifts.”

Bottom Line

Rates are already at historic lows. The UK’s exit from the EU almost certainly guarantees they will remain low (and possibly go lower) over the next few months. If you were thinking of buying your first home or trading up to the house of your dreams, this may be the time to act. The cost of money may never be better for a potential buyer.

Some home buyers are concerned about paying to much in this multi- offer market.  While prices are being higher by supply and demand, the good news is home are still affordable due to these low rates.  Contact Keith Laursen, based in Van Alstyne when you are ready to find the home of your dreams.  I work all areas of Grayson and Collin Counties.

Property Tax Madness – Six Points To Consider

Property Tax Madness – Six Points To Consider

Guy mad about his property tax.It’s that time of year when the notices of appraised value go out and the tax madness begins!  Before you get your blood pressure up, consider these six points that can affect your real estate value and how you may have the wrong perspective about the notice.


Be Happy About Your Property Tax Increase

Your Real Estate Investment Paid Off

You often hear that real estate is one of the best investments you can make.  You need a home to live in so it might as well be a good investment vs. a bad one. If the value always stayed the same or worse, went down, you would probably be a renter or calling the, We Buy Ugly Houses guys!  When the Central Appraisal District notice of appraised value lands in your mailbox, don’t despair, celebrate!  You made an excellent decision and your investment is paying off.  The tax man is just saying congratulations, the county, Jr. college, city & Van Alstyne ISD wants to share in your good fortune.  Life is Good!


Fight the Central Appraisal District

If you don’t agree your dream home is worth more, you can always fight it.  You have 30 days to explain why your home is falling apart, your neighbor is being charged less for the same model or the new power lines have fried your home value.  Seriously, if you are going to fight your appraisal don’t go in with an attitude that you have been singled out personally. Go in with documentation for needed repairs, pictures of your homes condition and data showing the value of your property like a Realtor’s market analysis (CMA), actual appraisal or other documentation vs emotion.  You can play Perry Mason before the review board but the easy thing to do is opt for the informal review.  Just arrange a meeting, lay out your position and in most cases you can win an adjustment.

Hint – Don’t go in with a Zestiment or other real estate portal estimate or an Ad for home for sale in your neighborhood.  To find out why, read my past article on Zestiments or just click on the Zestiment link at the bottom of Zillows page, then read it and weep.  Zillow hasn’t been in your home and since Texas is a non-disclosure state, they don’t have accurate information on what your neighbor’s house sold for.


Focus on the Tax Increase vs. your Home Value Increase

Most people dread the notice and go bonkers as soon as they see an increase in value.  I recently had a property increase in tax value by $16,395.  Call out the national guard, everything is a year older and I didn’t even buy those fancy appliances. What you need to do is multiply the increase by the tax rate to find the actual increase in tax payment.  Since this property is in Van Alstyne, the tax rate is higher (2.8049) due to city taxes vs. being outside the city limits (2.1923).   If you do the math, my taxes increased $280.49.  If this property was out of the city limits it would have been a $219 increase.  Now ask yourself, do you want to spend the time gathering documentation, taking pictures and take off from work to spend a pleasant couple of hours going to Sherman and talking about taxes?   Obviously there is a point where it is worth it but for most people, the amount of increase isn’t large enough to fight the battle.


Did You Slide By Undervalued?

People often forget about the years without an increase or they were happy because they were undervalued.  How many times have you heard someone gleefully remark about an addition the tax office isn’t aware of?  Home owners often finish an attic space, convert a garage or enclose a screened in porch for additional living space.  Frequently the tax office figures this out from building permits but in the unincorporated areas like most of Grayson County, building permits are not required. By law, the appraisal district is required to re-evaluate your property every three years. They normally do it every year but if you live in a rural area or an area of little turnover, you might escape the tax man’s eyes. So be happy if the central appraisal district just discovered that deck you had the last five years!


Let’s Build A High School Football Stadium

Don’t forget that there are various entities that make up your rate detailed on the notice. One of the most expensive of these is the school system and it’s the most likely to raise the rate.  The next time a 63-million-dollar high school football stadium like McKinney is building sounds awesome, consider where that money comes from when you vote. If you are buying a home in a development be aware that sometimes they form special assessment districts for infrastructure improvements. In that scenario you pay the normal taxes, the HOA assessment and also the special assessment.


Claim Your Tax Exemptions!

You would be surprised at the number of people who neglect to take advantage of their entitled exemptions like homestead, over 65, disabled veteran/person or agricultural.  Make sure you are taking advantage of these exemptions and they are being credited to you if you had them in the past.  I had a friend who was too lazy to file for his homestead exemption for over ten years. A few minutes of his time could have saved him hundreds of dollars.


The Bottom Line

Regardless if your value is up or down, it’s a good time to have a Realtor or appraiser do a market analysis of your homes current market value.  Most likely, it has increased significantly since the last time you checked.  Not only is this good information to use in fighting your tax appraisal but can also be used to evaluate your homeowner’s insurance and possibly eliminate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) if your equity has increased enough. So you can see, getting that notice of appraised value from the Central Appraisal District isn’t really something you should dread.  Embrace it and then get a professional third-party opinion to either fight it, use it to your advantage or prepare your home for sale.  Contact Van Alstyne Realtor, Keith Laursen with Fathom Realty when you need help.

Selling Your Home? Key Reasons Realtors Hate Your Front Door

Key Reasons Realtors Hate Your Front Door

Selling Your Home? Key Reasons Realtors Hate Your Front Door - By Van Alstyne, TX Realtor Keith Laursen, Image - CanStock Photo

Don’t let Realtors hate your front door!  The key to selling your home starts at the front door. Many of today’s busy families come and go through the garage door but home buyers and their Realtors will take the scenic route via your front door.  What could possibly go wrong?  Click the plus signs to learn more.


Key Home Selling Problems

Do You Have A Front Door Key?
Does The Key Work?
Do You Have A Spare Key?
Do You Know Were Your Spare Key Is?
Do You Have A Key Hiding Place?


While we have covered the key reasons, don’t overlook other items that can hurt your home selling before you even get to the door.  An often overlooked item is your address. Regardless if it is on your curb, your mailbox or the home, make sure it is readable and in great shape. Not only does it look good and maintained but it ensures that the buyers tracking through your home are in the right place!

Buy a new doormat, replace the rusty porch light and make sure the doorbell works. If your front door looks like the picture, don’t cheap out, just paint it! Repair the walkway and address any trip hazards. Make sure you don’t have trees growing out of your gutters! Picture yourself fumbling with that key looking at the dirt daubers or barn swallow nests and take back that plant the nursery guaranteed wouldn’t die two years ago.  I cover more tips in my post about how your home showing is like a first date.

For other home selling tips, call me.  We have work to do but the key to selling your home starts at your front door and ends at the closing table when we hand that key to the happy new home owners.

1412 Canary Dr. Little Elm,TX 75068

1412 Canary Dr. Little Elm,TX 75068 For Sale | MLS#1329383

Front of 1412 Canary Dr. Little Elm, TX 75068Come home to a spacious open concept living area, light the wood burning fireplace or enjoy a beverage on the cool covered rear porch in this right size 1777 sf. 3 bedroom, 2 bath interior lot home in desirable Paloma Creek South. It can be yours if you act quickly.

In addition to this nice brick Horizon home, enjoy a relaxing summertime swim, workout, playground, bike or jog on the trails provided by the Paloma Creek HOA for only $335 per year.  In addition to the amenities there are many special interest groups and events sponsored through out the year that really make this neighborhood a fun place to live.

Your investment will only increase in this rapidly growing area with nearby restaurants, retail and Lewisville Lake within a few miles, Dallas North Tollway only 7.4 miles, I-35 is 11.4 miles.

The home features gas heat, range and hot water, a large island in the kitchen overlooking the living area with a fireplace that has barely been used.  The covered back porch is even better because it is shielded by the house from the afternoon sun. Everything is in good order and the shingles were replaced in 2011.

This home is conveniently located on a quite street near the front of the subdivision only a short distance from the clubhouse. To make things even better, new elementary and high schools are being built close to the Paloma Creek entrance.

North Texas Real Estate – Nov. Market Conditions

 North Texas Real Estate Market Conditions

North TX. Real Estate Market InforgraphicHow is the North Texas Real Estate Market?  Do you know where the sweet spot for pricing is? How long will it take to sell your home?  People will always tell you it is a great time to sell or buy a home but to be sure, look at the numbers in black and white or this Infographic in color!

Learn from this quick post why you should be buying and selling NOW in today’s real estate market.  After looking over these statistics, call Van Alstyne Realtor, Keith Laursen for an in-depth evaluation of your home’s value or to spot your next dream home.  Complied by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M, Infographic by Republic Title.


  • Sales of single family homes are up 8% compared to last November and up 5% year to date.  This shows a continued strong market. You should expect vendors like repair contractors, inspectors, surveyors, appraisers and real estate agents to be very busy.  Without a Buyer’s Representation Agreement or Listing Agreement, you will be at a significant disadvantage competing with other home owners and home buyers that have made a commitment to professional services.  Demand in North Texas remains strong due to our economic conditions and favorable business environment.  Additionally, real estate transfer taxes have been banned in Texas!
  • The average price of single family homes are up 8% over November versus last year and 8% for year to date.  Home sellers of course will realize this gain in equity on a sale and home buyers must consider the cost of waiting another year as prices continue to increase.  To put this in perspective, sellers can easily make up the cost of selling a home in just one year.  Home buyers who sat on the sidelines last year would pay an additional $77 per month for principal and interest for the same 200K home today. (200K+8%= $16,000 @4%)   Is this a good time to buy?    Yes, because you are likely to see that same increase next year!
  • Days On Market (DOM) are down a whopping 20% for November and 16% for the year!  This is why Realtors keep banging on buyer clients to get pre-approved. Your dream home won’t last long so you need to be ready to go under contract before your competition does.  If you are listing your home for sale, you won’t have long to make repairs, start packing and looking for replacement housing.  Don’t put off doing these things or you will be under significant pressure before closing the sale.
  • The hottest price point for buyers in November was between $200,000 to 400,000 representing over 38% of all sales and inventories of just over 2 months.  If you are selling in this price range, you may have multiple offers if your home is in top condition.  Buying in this range will be a challenge so it is important to use a good Realtor and look at homes quickly.  Ask your agent about automatic MLS notice of new listings. This way you will know about new listings before other buyers do.


Summarizing, we have a very robust market. Both buyers and sellers need a professional on their side that understands market values, knows trustworthy and responsive vendors and can guide you on your way.  It can be easy to pay to much in this competitive environment and as a seller, you want to be sure your buyer can actually close the contract. Call Keith Laursen when you are ready to make your move, just don’t wait too long!


Rainy Day Home Hunting Can Pay Off

Should you go home hunting in the rain?

Rainy Day Home Hunting Can Pay Off - Article By Keith Laursen, Van Alstyne Realtor - Image Can Stock PhotosMany people forgo rainy day home hunting and miss out on perfect opportunities to judge the home condition without a lot of competition.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because your potential home isn’t in a flood plain that you won’t have a problem. It is absolutely one of the best times to call Keith Laursen, your favorite Realtor to schedule a showing! Click the plus signs below to find out why.

Limited Buyers Shopping
Roof Leaks
Street and Driveway Flooding
Creek Lots And Ditches
Black Gumbo Soil
Lay Of The Land
Flood Plain

I hope I have given you some things to think about.  Home hunting in the rain can save you lots of heartache and give you a leg up on other buyers.  Contact me when you are ready to find your next home in Van Alstyne or anywhere in North Texas.  Have umbrella, will travel!


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