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Blog Archives: February 2011
February 28, 2011

First Day for New Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway

Today marked the first day as Mayor of Dallas for Dwaine Caraway. Caraway replaced former mayor, Tom Leppert. Off to a busy first day, the new mayor of Dallas spent the day in an Economic Development meeting, at an event for Black History month, and then flew to Austin to present Dallas' legislative agenda at a legislative event.   Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
February 25, 2011

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February 22, 2011

President George Bush Turnpike Expansion Updates

Expanisions have been in the works on the President George Bush Turnpike for several years now. This month, there was an update meeting to report on progress and forthcoming plans. The Eastern expansion is on target to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2011. This expansion extends the PGBT to Interstate 30.  For more detailed information on the progress, there is a quarterly report: President George Bush Turnpike Expansion Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
February 21, 2011

Removing Pet Odors While Selling Your Home

Air your house out. While you’re cleaning, throw open all the windows in your home to allow fresh air to circulate and sweep out unpleasant scents.  Once your house is free of pet odors, do what you can to keep the smells from returning. Crate your dog when you're out or keep it outdoors. Limit the cat to one floor or room, if possible. Remove or replace pet bedding. Scrub thoroughly. Scrub bare floors and walls soiled by pets with vinegar, wood floor cleaner, or an odor-neutralizing product.  Try a 1:9 bleach-to-water solution on surfaces ...
February 16, 2011

Collin County Rental Home Search

Are you looking for a rental house in Allen, TX or a Collin County rental home?  Here is a link to search all current listings of rental homes in Texas.   Collin County Rental Home Search   Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
February 15, 2011

How does foreclosure effect your credit

Payment history makes up the largest portion--35%--of your FICO score. And the higher your credit score, the harder you will be hit by a foreclosure, or by whatever alternate route you take because becoming delinquent on your debts had not been a regular occurrence. That is, if you've been good until now, one late payment has a disproportionate effect. The biggest negative hit comes with your first late payment. If you have a credit score of 780, your first late payment could reduce your score by 90 to 110 points. And if your score ...
February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day at Home

If you are skipping the hustle and bustle of restaurants tonight, enjoy the special night at home. A few ideas for a nice evening at home: Pull your sofa up in front of the fireplace Dinner ordered in or cook a dinner at home Music on the stereo Chocolate covered strawberries (or any other fruit)   Chocolate Covered Strawberries 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 ...
February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day Events for Kids - Plano, Texas

Puppet Play: A sweet, whimsical book by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, A Kiss for Little Bear , inspires this puppet show about Grandma Bear, who sends her Little Bear a kiss with the help of several animals. Saturday at 11 a.m. Parr Library, 6200 Windhaven Parkway, Plano Free Crafts From The Heart: Kids can make gifts for their favorite valentines at all area Michaels stores this weekend. Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon All area Michael's stores Kids ages 3 and older can decorate a Valentine’s ...
February 09, 2011

Repairing Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors take a beating over the years. But dingy floors or missing chunks are easy to repair. Scratches - Wax sticks are great at disguising scratches. Rub these over scratches in the floor vigorously to help camouflage the scratches. You can also mix a variety of colors to get one that is close to the overall texture of your floors. You can pick this up at your local hardwood store or in the hardware section of your local supermarket. Shine - Mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar, which work together to remove dirt, moisturize, ...
February 08, 2011

Recommended Items for Emergency Supply Kit

With winter storms swarming the nation, now is a good time to think about your emergency supply kit.  In the event you ever need one, here are a few suggested items to include: Water - 1 gallon of water, per person, per day - For at least 3 days. Food - At least a 3 day supply of non-perishable foods Flashlight with extra batteries First aid kit Whistle Moist towlettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for sanitation Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Can opener Local maps Cell phone and chargers Battery powered or hand ...
February 07, 2011

What to look for in your first home

When you go to the first set of homes in your home search, you are pumped and ready to find the home of your dreams. But, before you set foot in the first door, do you know what you are looking for. It is true that many will go about the home search process knowing what they do not want, and discovering what they do want along the way. But knowing what to check for in each house will make comparing the few gems you love and narrowing it down to your one diamond. Neighborhood- Ideally you will spend a good amount of time in the ...
February 04, 2011

AT&T Opens an App Development Center in Plano, TX

AT&T has opened a mobile app development center in Plano, TX. The center is called a Foundary. The location is a technology hub for new developments and advancement.  The goal is to reduce the average time it takes for an app to be launched onto the app market from 18 months to 6 months. "The AT&T Foundry in Plano is a slick, high-tech workspace designed to connect developers with experts already employed at the telecommunications giant. Giant touchscreens and digital whiteboards are scattered throughout the facility. There are ...
February 03, 2011

Dallas - Third Snow Day - Hot Chocolate Recipe

On the 3rd Snow Day, if you are one of the many that have cabin fever, here is a delicious hot chocolate recipe that can be made from things in your cupboard. Ingredients 1/3 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 3/4 C. Sugar 1 Pinch Salt 1/3 C. Bowling Water 3 1/2 C. Milik 3/4 t. Vanilla Extract 1/2 C. Half and Half Cream   Directions Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Stir in 3 ...
February 01, 2011

Collin County School District Closings - Snow Day

Collin County School District Closings for a Snow Day: Plano ISD McKinney ISD Frisco ISD Allen ISD Stay safe and warm today! Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773

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