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Murphy, TX Citizens Police Academy – Learn WHY They Do WHAT They Do

Murphy, TX Police BadgeThe Murphy Police Department would like to invite any resident of the City of Murphy or person employed within the city limits of Murphy, TX to attend the Murphy, TX Citizens Police Academy to learn WHY they do WHAT they do.

You will get to participate in hands on activities in every aspect of law enforcement. The class will meet once a week on Thursdays from 6:30 – 9:30 starting on September 11, 2014 and run through November 13, 2014.

The deadline to register is SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

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Murphy Police Department ~ 206 N. Murphy Rd. Murphy, TX 75094

To participate, you must have a clear criminal background and be at least 18 years old.

Upon completion of the Citizens Police Academy you will be eligible to attend a FREE Concealed Handgun Licensing class.

If you have questions, please contact Officer Kris Riebschlager at kriebschlager@Murphytx.org or 972-469-4259.

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Texas Tax Free Weekend 2014 is August 8th – 10th!!!

Back-to-School-Shopping-Tips-Texas-Tax-Free-Weekend-Texas Tax Free Weekend 2014 is August 8th – 10th!!!

The State of Texas officially calls it a Sales Tax Holiday and has scheduled it for this weekend, August 8th thru 10th. All weekend the State will exempt most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save you about $8.25 on every $100 you spend!

Here are some Texas Tax Free Weekend Shopping Tips…

shopping List1) Shop with a list. 

Because self-control is hard and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. The kids walk up with piles of “wants” in their arms ready to throw them in the basket but you’ll be most time- and cost-efficient if you just stick to the list. If you’re going to use a shopping list and need to know what items qualify for the for the sales tax exemption this weekend… Click the links for the complete lists:

Qualifying clothing, footwear and other items

Qualifying school supplies

bulk_buy_header_22) Buy in bulk.

Since you’re saving about $8.25 on every $100 spent, it’s the best time of the year, besides maybe Black Friday, to buy what you are going to need anyway. For example… if you look at the list of exempt items, you’ll find that diapers are tax-exempt. If you have babies and a diaper budget that will support buying in bulk, you can save a significant amount of money by buying them now. Just remember babies grow… make sure to take that into account when buying for future use!!!

earlybird3) Go early. 

You’ve heard it all of your life, “The early bird gets the worm!” It works the same way with sales. Retailers are going to be offering special deals in accordance with the tax-free weekend but you might miss out if you wait until later in the day, or later into the weekend, to stroll into the Targets, or the Walmarts, or the shopping malls. I’m not saying that you need to camp out the night before but this is a very heavy shopping weekend and if you want to come home with the treasures on your list, the best selection will be available early in the weekend. If you get there too late and the store is sold out of an item that you want… ask for the rain-check! See below for the fine print about rain-checks.

Want to know the fine print?

Clothing and Footwear

Retailers are not required to collect state and local sales or use tax on most footwear and clothing that are sold for less than $100 during the holiday. Exemption certificates are not required. The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer. For example, if a customer purchases two shirts for $80 each, then both items qualify for the exemption, even though the customer’s total purchase price ($160) exceeds $99.99.

The exemption does not apply to the first $99.99 of an otherwise eligible item that sells for more than $99.99. For example, if a customer purchases a pair of pants that costs $110, then sales tax is due on the entire $110.

The exemption also does not apply to sales of special clothing or footwear that the manufacturer primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and that is not normally worn except when used for the athletic activity or protective use for which the manufacturer designed the article. For example, golf cleats and football pads are primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and are not normally worn except for those purposes; they do not qualify for the exemption. Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, are commonly worn for purposes other than athletic activity and thus qualify for the exemption.

The sales tax holiday exemption does not extend to rental of clothing or footwear; nor does it apply to alteration (including embroidery) or cleaning services performed on clothes and shoes. Additionally, tax is due on sales of accessories, including jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and similar items.

Backpacks

Backpacks priced under $100 sold for use by elementary and secondary students are exempt during the sales tax holiday. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags.

The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffel/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

School Supplies

Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.

Purchases of School Supplies Using a Business Account

Persons buying qualifying school supplies during the holiday are not required to provide an exemption certificate – with one exception. If the purchaser is buying the items under a business account, the retailer must obtain an exemption certificate from the purchaser certifying that the items are purchased for use by an elementary or secondary school student. “Under a business account” means the purchaser is using a business credit card or business check rather than a personal credit card or personal check; being billed under a business account maintained at the retailer; or is using a business membership at a retailer that is membership based.

Layaway’s

A sale of a qualifying item under a layaway plan qualifies for exemption if the customer places the qualifying merchandise on layaway during the holiday or makes the final payment during the holiday. See Rule 3.365(i).

Rain-checks

Eligible items that customers purchase during the holiday with use of a rain-check qualify for the exemption regardless of when the rain-check was issued. However, issuance of a rain-check by a seller during the holiday period will not qualify an eligible item for the exemption if the item is actually purchased after the holiday is over even if the rain-check is presented at the time of purchase. See Rule 3.365(j).

Prohibited Advertising

A word of caution: If you sell items that do not qualify for the exemption, you may not advertise or promise that you will pay your customers’ sales tax. You are prohibited from advertising that you will not collect sales tax on items that do not qualify, but you may advertise that tax is included in the sales price of the taxable items that you sell. See Tax Code Section 151.704 for more information.Reporting Requirements for Sellers.

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Woodbridge HOA Board of Directors Meeting Notes

Woodbridge SignThe Woodbridge Homeowners Association Board of Directors met on July 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Woodbridge Golf Club. As a neighborhood Rep for the Meadows I attended and took these notes. These are not the official minutes just personal notes that I wanted to pass along to any of the Woodbridge Residents that were not able to attend the meeting.

Woodbridge Fishing TournamentSocial Committee –

The social committee has been very active recently with the Fishing Tournament and the Teen Luau at the pool. The Fishing Tournament & Teen Luau were well attended but more adult assistance is needed to improve these kid friendly events. Please consider playing a role on the social committee even if it is just helping out at the events.

Woodbridge Canyon Crest PoolCanyon Crest Pool –

Construction of the Canyon Crest pool has started. From the sounds of the construction schedule it may be opened for the end of this year’s swim season but I’ve watched that project long enough to plan on using it when the swim season opens next year.

Woodbridge Commons ~ Walmart –

WalMart is open – They have hired 320 employees and are looking for about 40 more.

Woodbridge Parkway –

Woodbridge Parkway should be open from 78 to 544 by November. They will work on the road in front of Cooper Jr. High and Draper Intermediate first so that the road is complete before school starts and then work their way to the connection at Cody Ln.

The Mansions at WoodbridgeThe Mansions at Woodbridge –

The Mansions at Woodbridge are scheduled to move their first tenants in next week. When completed there will be 381 units. If you would like to see a digital brochure of the apartments or take a virtual tour Click Here.

It’s Just Fill Dirt –

All of the dirt movement near hwy 78 is not a specific development project. There was fill dirt available from the Woodbridge Parkway bridge construction and it was moved to that location for later use when that area is developed.

Pet Waste StationsPet Waste Stations –

There was discussion on the pet waste stations for the trails. Discussion was had about the installation of pet waste stations at all 34 entrances to the trails or limiting the installation to 18 strategically placed pet waste stations. This will include installation of the stations as well as service and maintenance of the stations. It was decided that 18 pet waste stations would be a good starting place and if additional stations were needed they would be added at a later date.

Solar Device Policy –

The 82nd Texas Legislature enacted HB 362:

The bill prohibits a HOA from including or enforcing a provision in its dedicatory instruments that prohibits or restricts a homeowner from installing a solar energy device (definition here). Tex. Prop. Code 202.010(b) (pending effective date and review of governor). Source

There are MANY exceptions that allow a HOA to prohibit the use solar devices. Click Here for more about the exceptions. The one that is being used in Woodbridge is:

In the case of developments or subdivisions that are still under the builder’s control and the HOA has not yet transferred to the property owners, the builder can prohibit or restrict a homeowner for installing a solar energy device. Source

Simply put… There is no need to go pricing any Photovoltaic or solar water heating units any time soon.

 

Woodbridge Trash and Recycle Container LocationsTrash and Recycle Container Amendment –

(This one will affect virtually everyone in Woodbridge.)

A new Trash and Recycle Container Amendment was added to the HOA design guidelines. Basically if you have a front entry garage, your trash cans cannot be visible from the street unless it’s your trash day. They can be placed at the street for trash collection at 8:00 pm on the day prior to your trash pickup day and must be removed by the end of the day on your trash pick up day.

If you have a rear entry garage, you can store your trash cans adjacent to the garage or anywhere along your driveway, outside of the alley right of way. (If you are looking down the alley, you shouldn’t see any trash cans past the fence lines.)

See the attached amendment – It was voted on and passed by the board at the meeting. Click this link for a PDF version of the Amendment ~ Trash & Recycle Container Amendment

Woodbridge - Rock PoolRock Pool –

There was discussion about replacing the rusted railing at the rock pool and repairing or replacing the gate at the rock pool. The railing replacement was approved but the discussion about the gate replacement led to a request for the management company to get further bids on the gate to ensure that it would be substantial enough to withstand the heavy use that it gets.

Drought Resistant PlantsDrought Resistant Plants –

The idea of planting drought resistant landscaping where the seasonal color is usually planted was presented to the board. The board was not interested in “desert looking plants.” This request came from homeowners. If homeowners would like for this to happen it will take some more research and input before the board will entertain this expenditure.

Turning the Board Over to Homeowners –

The board is currently working on a complete rewrite of the governing documents because the HOA Board of Directors is due to turn from a developer controlled board to a homeowner controlled board within two years. Part of this process is developing a policy on how to develop committees and implementing a mechanism to establish a homeowner architectural committee to approve property modifications.

If you have questions about any of these items send me an email at Scott@FireBossRealty.com and I’ll try to get you an answer or you can direct them to your neighborhood rep by clicking here.

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How Ego Affects Leadership

I read an excellent article by David Witt today about how ego affects leadership. David is the Program Director for The Ken Blanchard Companies and published this article in Chief Learning Officer. The title of the article is When Ego Trumps the Company.

The article, published July 24, 2014, starts with:

Ego is only a few steps away from the confidence leaders need to be effective. When that ego gets too big, there are often warning signs that leaders can spot before they derail their companies and careers.

And only gets better from there.

Here is the rest of his article…

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When Ego Trumps the Company

Ego is only a few steps away from the confidence leaders need to be effective. When that ego gets too big, there are often warning signs that leaders can spot before they derail their companies and careers.

July 24, 2014
 

A lack of self-awareness combined with an overactive ego can trip up even the best executive.

When leaders get caught up in their ego, they erode their effectiveness because the combination of false pride and self-doubt created by an overactive ego gives them a distorted image of their own importance. When that happens, leaders see themselves as the center of the universe and they put their own agenda, safety, status and gratification ahead of those affected by their thoughts and actions.

An out-of-balance ego doesn’t feel dramatically different from an in-balance ego. Many leaders may not even notice it at first — though other people will — because ego takes a leader’s strength and subtly changes it into a close counterfeit. An overactive ego puts a self-serving spin on things people originally appreciated about the leader. A leader who is confident becomes arrogant, one with charisma becomes melodramatic, one who is pioneering becomes obsessive, and one who is persistent becomes delusional.

From Fear to False Pride
Leaders with an overactive ego find themselves unable to center. Instead they are constantly moving from a sense of inadequacy to an overinflated sense of their own importance. In his book “Ego Check,” Mathew Hayward identifies two sources of excessive pride.

First, leaders tie their sense of self-worth to extrinsic motivators such as impressing others and gaining power vs. intrinsic motivators such as merit and actual processes.

Second, leaders base their sense of self on interpretations of data that reinforce their opinions, ideas and suggested courses of action instead of taking an objective look at things.

Hayward wrote that while it is important for leaders to understand and be concerned with how others perceive them, it can be taken too far if it gives others control over the leader’s sense of self. Combine that with a lack of accurate and objective information and, over time, a leader can become inauthentic, rudderless and self-destructive.

In his book “Leading at a Higher Level,” business author Ken Blanchard explains that when leaders’ sense of self-worth is tied up in their achievements and the perceptions of others, their self-worth is up for grabs on a daily basis. (Editor’s note: This article’s author works for Blanchard’s company).

Then it becomes increasingly difficult for a leader to maintain a healthy and centered self-determined image. Since performance varies from day to day, leaders shift back and forth between feelings of fear and anxiety, or hubris and false pride.

“When leaders are addicted to either ego affliction, it erodes their effectiveness,” Blanchard said. “Leaders dominated by false pride are often called ‘controllers.’ Even when they don’t know what they are doing, they have a high need for power and control. Even when it’s clear to everyone that they are wrong, they keep on insisting they are right.”

At the other end of the spectrum are the fear-driven leaders. Blanchard said these individuals are often characterized as “do-nothing bosses.” They’re described as “never around, always avoiding conflict and not very helpful.” “Their fear of making a mistake and feelings of inadequacy keep them from taking action — even when they should,” he said.

Four Warning Signs
In their book “Egonomics,” authors David Marcum and Steven Smith identify four warning signs that an overactive ego might be undermining an executive’s career.

  • Seeking acceptance: A leader becomes overly concerned with what others think. This keeps leaders from being true to themselves. These leaders tend to play it safe, swim with the current and restate others’ ideas instead of putting forth their own.
  • Showcasing brilliance: Leaders go beyond sharing good ideas to making their brilliance the center of attention. When showcasing is allowed or encouraged, the casualty is collective wisdom. Paradoxically, the more a leader showcases his or her brilliance, the less likely people are to listen.
  • Being comparative: Instead of focusing on being their own personal best, these leaders find themselves fixated on comparing themselves to others. Excessive comparison turns colleagues into competitors, and competitors are not effective collaborators. Comparing strengths to weaknesses leads to excessive self-confidence or feelings of inadequacy.
  • Being defensive: Instead of defending an idea, these leaders find themselves defending their positions as if they were defending themselves personally. Leaders focus on proving their cases and deflecting alternative points of view. These leaders resist feedback, brush off mistakes and discussions become superficial.

Because ego acts subtly and a healthy ego is necessary for anyone who aspires to leadership, the goal is not to remove ego from the equation, but to keep it in balance. Marcum and Smith recommend that leaders develop their humility, curiosity and veracity. The goal is to achieve and maintain an intelligent self-respect and genuine confidence. Marcum and Smith’s advice is echoed throughout the published research on ego and leader effectiveness. Here are some of the key practices for leaders looking to maintain their effectiveness.

Focus on something bigger than yourself. In his book “Good to Great,” Jim Collins identifies a special type of leader who builds enduring greatness through a combination of personal humility and professional will. Collins describes this type of leader as a Level 5. Of special note to all leaders is the underlying principle that Collins sets forward — that leaders at all levels need to put organizational, department or team goals ahead of their personal agenda. In addition to humility and fierce resolve, leaders should focus on the pursuit of a clear and compelling vision; stimulating the group to high performance standards; organizing people and resources toward the pursuit of predetermined objectives; contributing to the achievement of group objectives; working effectively with others in a group setting; and making contributions through talent, knowledge, skills and good work habits.

Build authentic pride. Hayward said for many leaders authentic pride comes from doing good work well. But, when a leader’s pride is dependent on extrinsic rewards or the approval of others, it can easily become overweening pride and a fast-track toward hubris and an ego problem. His recommendations? One, be understated about sharing successes with colleagues. Two, ensure decisions are motivated by business rather than personal objectives. Three, examine the authenticity of decisions and behaviors. Four, avoid spending excessive time on impression management rather than getting on with the job.

Ask questions and seek out feedback. Hayward said leaders often kid themselves about situations because they fail to see, seek, share and use full and balanced feedback to gain a more grounded assessment. Leaders need accurate, pertinent, timely and clear feedback, whether positive or negative, to ground their knowledge about what’s going on around them.

Collins said one of the telltale signs a team is on the way down is if it has leaders who have a very low questions-to-statement ratio, avoiding critical input or allowing sloppy reasoning and unsupported opinions.

Hayward recommends that before leaders make any big decision, they ask themselves three questions: “Am I getting the right input into this decision? Do I have someone who I can trust to tell me when I’m wrong? Am I the best person to be making this call?”

Practice shining the spotlight on others. Blanchard has often said that ego stands for “edging good out.” Leaders need to avoid having an overactive ego limit their effectiveness. Keep things in perspective for best results. “People with humility don’t think less of themselves; they just think about themselves less,” he said. “You finally become an adult when you realize that life is about what you give rather than what you get.”

Collins tells a story in “Good to Great” that illustrates this difference. When things are going well for self-serving leaders, they look in the mirror, beat their chests and tell themselves how good they are. When things go wrong, they look out the window and blame everyone else.

On the other hand, when things go well for leaders focused on showcasing others’ brilliance, they look out the window and give everybody else the credit. When things go wrong, these servant leaders look in the mirror and ask questions like, “What could I have done differently that would have allowed these people to be as great as they could be?”

“At senior levels, it’s easy to blame others: ‘The organization doesn’t get it, the team didn’t execute,’ or even, ‘The economy didn’t behave.’ Excessive pride prevents leaders from seeing what they’re doing wrong so they end up compounding their mistakes,” Hayward said.

Abraham Lincoln once noted that, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Leadership is a high calling. It requires a high level of confidence, skill and ability to influence the actions of others. Ego plays a positive role in this as long as it is channeled in a way that is centered, inspiring and inclusive.

With a little bit of vigilance and an understanding of the four overactive ego warning signs, leaders can head off trouble before it erodes their effectiveness. Leaders with an accurate perception of self, who remain open to feedback and who maintain a commitment to something larger than their personal self interests can help others do the same.

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Watering Your Foundation ~ It’s A Texas Thing

Post Tension SlabFoundation movement has caused problems for North Texas home owners since the introduction of slab-on-grade foundations in the 1940’s. The engineering of these foundations was improved with the addition of interior grade beams and post-tensioned cables. These enhancements have lead to the current industry standard Post Tensioned Slab. Even with this improved engineering, the expansive soils that are found in North Central Texas can cause foundation problems for home owners if their foundation is not properly maintained. People moving from other parts of the country have never even heard of the concept but… Watering Your Foundation ~ It’s A Texas Thing!!!

When expansive soils absorb water they swell exponentially and when they dry out they shrink back exponentially to their dehydrated state. It is important to understand the factors contributing to foundation movement in order to maintain your home and minimize future damage. Expansive soils are a lot like the sponge in this video…

 

Expansive Soil MapNow imagine your house sitting on that sponge. A clay type soil will increase in volume both horizontally and vertically when it’s moisture content increases. The same soil will shrink in all directions when the moisture content decreases and the soil dries. While there are variations in the expansiveness of clay soils, most clay soils in North Central Texas are of the type that have a moderate to high expansion rate. If the soil under your house isn’t evenly hydrated the foundation will not have a flat surface to rest on causing it to crack and jeopardize the integrity of your entire home.

Cracked SheetrockTypically, it is difficult for all areas of a foundation to be at a constant moisture content because the foundation itself provides a shelter from weather conditions that effect the soil underneath it. The moisture change at the perimeter of the house, however, is more rapid due to it’s exposure to the drying and wetting effects of rainfall and evaporation. As the soil under your home shrinks and swells, the post tensioned slab it sits on is designed to float up and down without failing. As long as the movement doesn’t damage the house, it’s not a problem.

Plumbing problems under the foundation can also be disastrous. The water from broken or leaking water lines, leakage from a swimming pool or a broken sprinkler system can also lead to soil being hydrated unevenly and causing the soil on one side of the home to swell and unevenly lift the house. Left unattended, these maintenance issues lead to foundation problems that compound and manifest themselves in doors and windows that will not open, cracks in tile and other flooring or cracks in drywall at corners, windows and doorways.

So how do we maintain the foundation of our home to avoid these problems?

Shed Water Away From Your Home

  • Maintaining good drainage is often a forgotten aspect of home maintenance but it is essential in order to prevent areas of water accumulation that will result in damaging differential swell of the clay soil. Make sure that the soil around your foundation is graded to shed water away from the foundation. The recommended grade is for the soil to drop four to six inches in four to six feet.
  • Avoid trapping water against your foundation. Water can be trapped against your foundation by a raised flower bed, metal landscape edging, sidewalks or other obstructions.
  • Use downspout extensions or splash blocks on all of your down spouts or route water from gutters and down spouts away from the foundation using underground drainage.
  • Make sure that all paved surfaces that surround your home slope away from your foundation. This is especially important for decks and sidewalks around swimming pools.

Repair Plumbing Leaks Immediately

  • If your sewer becomes blocked or backs up have it tested for leaks. Many times sewer blockages are caused by roots which means there is a leak in the sewer line. Leaking sprinkler lines and swimming pool plumbing can also cause swelling on one side of the foundation and needs to be addressed immediately.

Landscape Maintenance

  • Keep the soil around your foundation two to four inches below the brick line or the edge of the siding. Infiltration of moisture and fine soil into the home and the insulation material may occur if the soil is above this level.
  • Keep the majority of shrubs around your home under three feet tall. Large plants need large amounts of water and can cause rapid drying of the soil. If you have large trees around your home and the trees are closer to the home than the height of the tree, consider installing root a root barrier to prevent the root system from pulling water from under the foundation.

Water Your Foundation

That’s right… Water Your Foundation!

You have a couple of options:

Soaker Hoses and a Timer

The least expensive is to purchase a battery powered timer, a couple of hose splitters, and soaker hoses. Here is a video about how to do this DIY project…

 

I went this route for the last couple of years and found you get what you pay for…

I needed more than 50′ of hose to get around the house so I bought more hose and added on. Even though the ground was relatively level, the majority of the water came out near the timer just like he said in the video and I didn’t get good results at the far end of the 100′ length of hose.

The soaker hose was also in the way when I mowed. Seems pretty simple… just push it up against the house when you mow and pull it back out away from the house when you’re done. That worked for about the first couple of times and then I just started mowing over it… Until I cut it into shreds. I bought a new soaker hose… from then on the soaker hose stayed up against the house… Exactly where it is NOT supposed to be. Even with the hose next to the house the weed-eater cut it. This was easier to fix with a hose coupler but it took two trips to the store because soaker hoses are a smaller diameter than a regular hose.

Installing an Underground Foundation Drip Irrigation System

#1 Ave. Irrigation and FenceToday I had Felix Brito with #1 Ave Irrigation and Fence Co install an underground foundation drip irrigation system. When we called Felix for an estimate he answered his phone and immediately set up an appointment to come by. He is very easy to talk to and communicates well with his clients. The forecast for the day we had scheduled for him to install the system called for rain and we weren’t left guessing. Felix called the afternoon before our scheduled date to reschedule. He arrived to install the system on time with a very polite and hard working crew. He provided a detailed Scope of Work letter to ensure that the work he had planned was exactly what we were expecting and he had a simple clearly written contract for both of us to sign.

This underground foundation drip irrigation system uses Rainbird “Coppershield” drip tubing with emitters every 12″ that put out 0.6 gallons per hour (GPH). Felix placed the tubing all the way around the house 8″ away from the foundation and about 4″ deep into the soil. He also installed a new sprinkler valve, filter and pressure regulator and connected it to the controller for the rest of the sprinkler system.

My new foundation watering system is now…

Set It and Forget It!!!

I highly recommend calling Felix Brito and letting him give you an estimate for a foundation drip irrigation system. I haven’t personally seen his concrete or fence work but when I need some done I’ll certainly give him a call!

Felix Brito ~ #1 Ave Irrigation and Fence ~214-422-5363

What About the Watering Restrictions?

I checked the Wylie, Sachse and Murphy restrictions and all of them have the exact same statement that comes from a North Texas Municipal Water District news release that states:

Foundations, new landscaping, new plantings (first year) of shrubs, and trees may be watered for up to 2 hours on any day by a hand-held hose, a soaker hose, or a dedicated zone using a drip irrigation system. Customers should check with their city for specific regulations.

It is, of course, necessary to water more during hot, dry weather and less during cold, damp weather. The amount of water required to keep a foundation stable during the drought can be surprisingly large because trees, shrubs and other plants also remove large quantities of water. During persistent hot dry weather, it may be necessary to water a foundation daily. Your foundation watering program should supply enough water to keep the moisture content in the soil under the foundation of your home at a consistent level.

 

Reference:

Maintenance of Existing Foundations on Expansive Clay Soils ~Judith B. Corley, J.H. Marsh III and Susan M. Quiring http://fcs.tamu.edu/housing/construction_maintenance_repair/pdf/maintenance-of-existing-foundations.pdf

 

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Home for Sale in Mesquite, TX 75150 – Do Not Read unless you are a Firefighter, Police Officer or Mesquite ISD Teacher

1709 Medina MesquiteHere is a home for sale in Mesquite, TX 75150 that is only available to Firefighters, Police Officers & Mesquite ISD Teachers.

1709 Medina Drive is listed for $108,000 and if you meet the criteria of the Good Neighbor Next Door Program it is available for HALF PRICE!!! That’s right… this house will be sold for $54,000 to a Firefighter, Police Officer or Mesquite ISD Teacher!!!

The rules are simple:

  • You have to be a Firefighter, Police Officer or Mesquite ISD Teacher

  • You CAN NOT have owned ANY real estate in the last 12 months.

  • You will need $100 for a down payment

  • You will need to be qualified by a lender for the loan or have the cash to close

  • All offers must be submitted by July 17, 2014

  • This home must be your primary residence for the next 36 months

GNND GraphicClick this Good Neighbor Next Door Link for more details about this HUD Program. If you feel like you qualify or if you know someone that may qualify please forward this post to them or have them contact me at 469-269-0911 or Scott@FireBossRealty.com.

 

All information contained in this article is believed to be accurate and correct at the time of publication. The rules governing the Good Neighbor Next Door Program may be altered at anytime at the sole discretion of The Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Homes for Sale in Wylie, TX 75098 – 328 Highlands Ridge Dr. in Woodbridge

Just Reduced $10,000 to $224,900!!!

328 Highland Ridge Wylie TX 75098This beautiful 3 bedroom with a study and 2 baths home for sale in Wylie, TX 75098 in the sought after Woodbridge master planned community is located at 328 Highlands Ridge Dr.

We asked what attracted the owners to this home and they said:

Woodbridge - Tree-lined Woodbridge ParkwayWhen we bought this home we were drawn to the class and beauty of the neighborhood. We love the variety of trees, especially in the fall when the colors change. We also appreciated the nice little details throughout the neighborhood like the light poles, the names of each section of the neighborhood on the brick walls and the nice mail boxes.

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When asked what they loved about living in Woodbridge the seller said:

Woodbridge - Creek Crossing & Lake Meadow Ponds 1Our neighborhood is great for being outside. We have 5 swimming pools, multiple playgrounds, ponds for fishing or duck watching, the 18-hole championship Woodbridge Golf Course and great trails for bike riding and walking. Even when we are at home we love that there is nothing behind the house but a big open field. There is always a nice breeze in the backyard. We love to sit on the back patio watching the sunset and sunrise… Without any obstructions we get a great view!

Cheri Cox ElementaryOur children attend Cox Elementary and we really love everything about it. The schools really help maintain the small town feel we get by living in Wylie. The schools also do a great job of communicating with parents. The teachers and staff make a point of knowing who you are, who your child is and they engage in conversations with you. They also do a great job of making school fun along with educational. There are so many activities for the kids to do throughout the school year, they actually enjoy going to school.

Shoemaker & HardtThe thing we love most about Wylie is the small town feel. We love to spend time in the quaint downtown Wylie area. They have a great variety of little restaurants to enjoy, a park to play in that the kids love, nice sidewalks to take a stroll on, a nice little coffee shop and other small shops too. When you are in our little city you have the closeness and quietness of the small town but you are close enough to Dallas and other surrounding larger cities that you do not feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Wylie B&B TheatreThe Wylie area is wonderful. We have everything you need right here. However, if you want to wander out and about we are close to Firewheel Town Center, Collin Creek Mall in Plano, and Dallas itself. We are near Lake Ray Hubbard which has boat rentals and restaurants on the lake. We also have the B & B Movie Theater that has an area with great leather recliners where you can have your food and drinks delivered to you while you watch the movie.

Grocery stores are plentiful in our area too. We have a brand new Kroger Marketplace which is amazing! We also have a Super Target, a Wal-Mart and plenty of smaller grocery stores too like Albertsons, Brookshire’s, Aldi and Sprouts.

Of course we all have different hobbies. For the craft/creative people we have a Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods. For the sports fans we have a Dick’s Sporting Goods and an Academy Sports + Outdoors nearby and for the do it yourselfer’s there is a Lowe’s and Home Depot too.

For more information about this property Click Here or to set up a private showing contact Amie Johnson with FireBoss Realty at 469-269-AMIE (2643) or email Amie at Amie@FireBossRealty.com.

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