Saturday, November 28, 2020

Melissa - New-Build Communities and Builders

Melissa's Kelton Brewer (65) leads the team onto the field before a high school football game against Nevada Community at Cardinal Stadium in Melissa on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009.

© Mark M. Hancock and The Dallas Morning News

Below is a list of known communities and active builders within Melissa, Texas. 
This post features a list of western Collin County and southeastern Denton County communities with construction. DFWmark has additional deep, proprietary information about these communities to save your time, money and frustration. My services are almost always at no cost to buyer and tenant Clients. Call or text me at 214-862-7212 or email me about additional information.

Melissa, Texas
Collin County

COMMUNITY                                         BUILDER

Ascend at Milrany Ranch                           K. Hovnanian Homes
Auburndale                                                 HistoryMaker Homes
Auburndale                                                 M/I Homes
Brookside                                                   Bloomfield Homes
Brookside                                                   Bloomfield Homes
Brookside                                                   Chesmar Homes Dallas
Creek Crossing                                           Altura Homes
Creek Crossing                                           Altura Homes
Creek Crossing                                           Pacesetter Homes Texas
Legacy Ranch                                             Bloomfield Home
Liberty                                                        K. Hovnanian Homes
Liberty 60'                                                  Perry Homes
Liberty 70'                                                  Perry Homes
Liberty: Artisan Series - 50'                       Highland Homes
Liberty: Classic Series - 60'                       Highland Homes
Liberty: Classic Series - 70'                       Highland Homes
Magnolia Ridge                                         Kindred Homes
Meadow Run                                             Ashton Woods
Meadow Run                                             Pacesetter Homes Texas
North Creek                                               Beazer Homes
North Creek                                               Gehan Homes
North Creek                                               Pulte Homes
North Creek Estates                                  Impression Homes
The Quarry at Stoneridge                          Meritage Homes

Please read Want To Buy A New-Built House? and New Build Home Basics to see if a new home is ideal for you.

If you’re ready to investigate a new-build purchase, it's vital that you DON'T REGISTER WITH THE BUILDER WITHOUT A REALTOR.

If you register without a REALTOR, you often waive your ability to have a no-cost, professional REALTOR on your side. You have accepted the builder's agent and will be treated like a customer. Instead, let the REALTOR register for you. This ensures you have an agent with you - at no cost to you - through the process. DON'T PAY FOR SERVICES THAT YOU DON'T GET!

I share comparative market analyses with my clients as well as information about builders, community amenities, school districts, homeowners' associations (HOA), utility districts (MUDs, SUDs, PIDs, etc.) and more. 

I can help you if you’re ready to move forward. I can contact the builders on your behalf, negotiate favorable deals and leverage our large brokerage to your advantage because I work for you. 

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock
REALTOR, GRI, MRP, New Home certified

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Thank you for making this a happy and prosperous year!
I’m always thankful to have such amazing clients. I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, joy, health and delicious food.
I’m privileged that you trusted me during this particular year, and I’m deeply honored to receive your referrals.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mark M. Hancock
REALTOR, GRI, MRP, New Build certified

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

2020 Thanksgiving Tips

This year has given us many challenges, but also reasons to give thanks. I thank you for being my friends, my clients and my family. I’ve collected some tips to help you get safely through Thanksgiving with whomever you call family in person or virtually.

2020 Thanksgiving Tips

After a trying year, it would be good to relax and reconnect with our families over the holidays. We must remain vigilant to ensure the safety of ourselves and those we love. Here are some tips to safely navigate the season from Thanksgiving to a happy New Year.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

This year is different. The CDC encourages people to stay home and celebrate with only the people who live in the immediate household. For some, that’s not possible. Please also see Virtual Holidays below.

Whether flying or driving, plan extra time and precautions. Bring plenty of protection such as disposable masks, gloves and sanitizing wipes.

If flying, the TSA states, bring a mask, enroll in TSA PreCheck and know what food can be taken onto the aircraft. Travelers will be asked to lower their mask momentarily to prove their identity. Travelers are allowed up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer per person. It must be removed from carry-on baggage during screenings.

Research state-by-state quarantine rules and travel restrictions for all transit locations when driving. Get this information via CNN’s website.

Safe Food Handling

Bacteria can multiply easily and rapidly on food. The FDA suggests four steps:  clean, separate, cook and chill.

Wash hands, surfaces and utensils for at least 20 seconds with appropriate soap and rinse completely both before and after handling food. Keep raw meat away from raw vegetables and don’t let them contact the same storage platters or cutting boards. Cook to a safe temperature to kill harmful bacteria. Ensure leftovers are chilled within two hours of the meal in a refrigerator at 40° F or lower. Eat or discard refrigerated food after 3 to 4 days.

Safer In-Person Dinner Parties

Small family gatherings are only as safe as the past two weeks of ALL attendees. Ask attendees to keep public contact to a bare minimum prior the gathering.

Don’t invite unfamiliar people. Check the infection rate of attendees’ hometowns before they leave their homes. Ask them to be tested for Covid-19 prior to traveling if the area exposure is too high.

When hosting a dinner party for the family, disinfect all seating and cooking areas before guests arrive. Keep the gathering small, move it outside if possible, encourage social distancing, keep the duration to a minimum time and wear masks when not eating.

Encourage guests to bring food for their own families and avoid potluck-style meals. Wear protective face covers and gloves while preparing food. Wash hands frequently. Limit people around food preparations. Have touch-free trash cans. Have guests use disinfected or single-use disposable personal utensils. Wash dishes immediately after the gathering.

Plan Virtual Dinner Parties

This year’s pandemic and the flu season make it difficult to safely visit family members with underlying conditions or weakened immune systems. Travel is also difficult considering state-by-state quarantine guidelines. Consider attending or hosting a virtual holiday dinner party.

FaceTime is standard on iPhones. A variety of video chat applications that accomplish the same goal can be downloaded. Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp both have video chat options. Zoom, Google Meet, Skype and more have free alternatives to manage larger groups.

Fry Turkey Safely

Set fryer on hard, level surface at least 10 feet away from any buildings with no overhead items like branches or shades. Determine the correct amount of frying oil by measuring the largest bird displacement with water first. It can take 3 to 4 days to thoroughly thaw the turkey in the refrigerator. Never attempt to fry a frozen turkey.

Remove giblets, neck and excess fat. Dry all moisture from the bird to avoid spattering. Make incisions in the skin to allow the oil to drain quickly. Preheat oil, turn off flame, place turkey in basket and slowly lower it into oil to avoid splashes. Ignite the flame again and cook about 3-4 minutes per pound until the internal temperature is 165°F for 15 seconds. Once done, turn off flame, slowly remove basket from pot and set on a rack to drain.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock
REALTOR, GRI, MRP, New Build certified
214-862-7212 (call or text)

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Halloween 2020 - Pandemic Edition

(Mark M. Hancock /

We had a socially distant Halloween outside our home in Frisco, Texas on Oct. 31, 2020. While the pandemic continues, so does life. Kids have had a hard year and need something that resembles normal.
We prepared individual treat bags days in advance. Set them out on a 6-foot-long table that block visitors from going up to our house. Everything was held outside, and I wore a surgical mask as part of my costume.
On a separate day, we prepared toys-only treat bags for kiddos that have nut allergies or aren’t allowed sugar. Kids who pointed at our teal pumpkin got to pick from the separate bowl that contains the toys-only treat bags.
Our neighbors were equally responsible with an elaborate candy delivery system and scary home decorations.
While it wasn’t the 350 visitors that we had last year, 150 treat bags were handed out, and we hope there were as many or more smiles.

Happy Pandemic Halloween!

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