Sunday, July 21, 2024

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Welcome to the DFWmark Blog! This is a collection of content by Mark M. Hancock, a REALTOR with Keller Williams North County in Celina, Texas. I'm based in Frisco, Texas to best service the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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REALTOR, New Build certified
214-862-7212
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Easy Electrical Fixes


Electricity is dangerous if mishandled. It can cause serious injury or death. It’s always best to hire an electrician for repairs to the electrical system. However, some electrical interruptions are easily fixed at home. 

An electrical circuit works by allowing electrons to flow through a closed loop with a power source and controlled by components like switches and resistors to perform specific tasks. As a safety precaution, a circuit breaker or interrupter automatically “trips” to stop the flow of electricity when too much current or misdirected current is detected. After checking the circuit line for problems, tripped circuit interrupters and breakers can be reset by residents without any tools.

GFCI outlet
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet is a safety device that prevents electrocution. It is an electrical outlet used in “wet areas” such as outdoors, kitchens, garages and bathrooms. The GFCI cuts off electricity to an entire circuit if an imbalance in the current flow is detected. It can turn off the electricity in the circuit in as little as 1/40th of a second.

A GFCI device only protects against ground-fault shocks - the most common electrical shock hazard. It doesn’t protect against direct line contact hazards.

If properly installed and maintained, it should prevent electrocution. They can degrade over time. If the GFCI outlet is in disrepair, a person could receive a shock before the GFCI operates to shut off the electrical supply.

A GFCI outlet typically has local test and reset buttons and often has an indicator light. The light turns on while the outlet is inoperable. All outlets on the same circuit will become inoperable (exterior plugs, garage, etc.) while it is in safe mode.

Reset a GFCI
Turn off and unplug all devices attached to a disabled GFCI circuit. Ensure all those devices are in good repair and not currently wet.

Holiday lights are a common culprit for GFCI faults. The outlets can become wet or wildlife may chew on the lines to expose the wires. Sometimes too much electricity flows through a single outlet to safely operate.

A tripped GFCI outlet may be hidden behind something else like a refrigerator in a garage. Ensure all outlets on the circuit are checked and all devices are unplugged before resetting the outlets. Reset the circuit by pressing the reset button on the GFCI outlet. Slowly reattach and test electrical devices attached to the circuit. Turn them on as attached to check for errors.

Additionally, a GFCI outlet is designed to trip when moisture is present in the outlet. Try using a hairdryer on a low setting and plugged into another circuit to slowly blow air onto the outlet and dry it out. Keep the hairdryer moving to prevent overheating of the plug and wires.

If the GFCI continues to trip to the off position, too much power may be flowing through one specific outlet, or the wiring may be faulty and need professional repairs.

Check a Tripped Breaker
Each residence should have a circuit breaker. It is a crucial component in electrical systems to help protect electrical circuits from damage caused by overload or short circuits. It automatically interrupts the flow of electricity if it detects a fault condition. Faults can be an overload - too much current flowing through the circuit - or a short circuit - current flows through an unintended path with low resistance.

Key features of electrical breakers include:
1. Protection: They prevent wires and electrical components from overheating, which could otherwise cause fires or damage equipment.
2. Automatic Operation: When a fault occurs, the breaker trips and interrupts the flow of electricity to the circuit to stop the current flow and prevent damage.
3. Resetting: After tripping, most breakers can be manually reset by flipping the switch to restore power to the circuit once the fault condition has been resolved.

Breakers come in different types and sizes depending on the application and the amount of current they are designed to handle. They are typically found in electrical distribution panels (breaker boxes) in homes, buildings, and industrial settings, where they protect individual circuits and ensure electrical safety. Breaker boxes are often located in a garage or closet. Some are located on the exterior of the structure.

I've Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, New Build certified
214-862-7212
DFWmark.com

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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Drop-In to an Open House at 2809 Lakeside in Aubrey!

 

2809 Lakeside Dr., Aubrey TX 76227
Listed at $500,000 by Mark M. Hancock
MLS# 20674193

Friday, 19 July 2024 @ 4-6 p.m. – Alva Ancelard-Watson
Saturday, 20 July 2024 @ 2-4 p.m. – Angela Shipley
Sunday, 21 July 2024 @ 1-3 p.m. – Michelle Jones

Please visit this east-facing 3,145 sq. ft. home in the Arrow Brooke community of Aubrey backs to the greenbelt has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a game room, a media room, a covered porch, and a 3-car garage.

This rare home is near the community pool and stocked fishing ponds. The home has Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring throughout the ground floor common areas and bedrooms. Bathrooms feature designer ceramic tile floors. The front downstairs bedroom is beside a guest bath. The open-concept plan includes a living room, breakfast area and kitchen. The chef’s dream kitchen has a gas cooktop and oven, granite island with sink, reverse osmosis filtration system, breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances. The primary ensuite bedroom has a trayed ceiling, dual vanities, a garden tub and a separate shower. The primary closet has ample storage. Laundry and covered patio complete the ground floor. Upstairs features two bedrooms with walk-in closets, a full bath, a massive game room and an extra-sized media room wired for surround sound.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com

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Friday, July 19, 2024

Just Listed in Arrow Brooke of Aubrey!



Just Listed in Arrow Brooke!

2809 Lakeside Dr.
Aubrey TX 76227
Listed at $500,000
MLS# 20674193 (see it here)

East-facing 3,145 sq. ft. home in the Arrow Brooke community of Aubrey backs to the greenbelt has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a game room, a media room, a covered porch, and a 3-car garage.

This rare home is near the community pool and stocked fishing ponds. The home has Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring throughout the ground floor common areas and bedrooms. Bathrooms feature designer ceramic tile floors. The front downstairs bedroom is beside a guest bath. The open-concept plan includes a living room, breakfast area and kitchen. The chef’s dream kitchen has a gas cooktop and oven, granite island with sink, reverse osmosis filtration system, breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances. The primary ensuite bedroom has a trayed ceiling, dual vanities, a garden tub and a separate shower. The primary closet has ample storage. Laundry and covered patio complete the ground floor. Upstairs features two bedrooms with walk-in closets, a full bath, a massive game room and an extra-sized media room wired for surround sound.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #ComingSoon #house #home #Aubrey #DentonCounty #ArrowBrooke #DentonISD #greenbelt #ThreeCarGarage

Monday, July 15, 2024

Coming Soon to Arrow Brooke!


Coming Soon!

Thursday, 18 July 2024
2809 Lakeside Dr.
Aubrey TX 76227
Listed at $500,000
MLS# 20674193

This amazing 3,145 sq. ft. home in the Arrow Brooke community of Aubrey backs to the greenbelt has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a game room, a media room, a covered porch, and a 3-car garage.

This rare home is near the community pool and stocked fishing ponds. The home has Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring throughout the ground floor common areas and bedrooms. Bathrooms feature designer ceramic tile floors. The front downstairs bedroom is beside a guest bath. The open-concept plan includes a living room, breakfast area and kitchen. The chef’s dream kitchen has a gas cooktop and oven, granite island with sink, reverse osmosis filtration system, breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances. The primary ensuite bedroom has a trayed ceiling, dual vanities, a garden tub and a separate shower. The primary closet has ample storage. Laundry and covered patio complete the ground floor. Upstairs features two bedrooms with walk-in closets, a full bath, a massive game room and an extra-sized media room wired for surround sound.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #ComingSoon #house #home #Aubrey #DentonCounty #ArrowBrooke #DentonISD #greenbelt #ThreeCarGarage

Friday, July 5, 2024

Drop-In to my Open House in Kings Garden

 
Saturday, July 6 @ 2 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 @ 2 - 4 p.m.
9159 Gaspard Ct., Frisco 75033
Listed at $459,000 by Tami Burnett
MLS# 20603121

Recent Price Improvement
This 1,849 sq. ft. home in Frisco has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a covered rear patio in the Wakeland High zone of the Frisco ISD.

This east-facing house in Kings Garden of Frisco is located on a cul-de-sac and backs to a trail with no neighbors to the rear. It is conveniently located near the Dallas North Tollway, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and more.

The charming one-story house offers the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. Paint, lighting fixtures and carpet were installed throughout the house in April 2024. Key upgrades include the replacement of the HVAC system in 2019, roof and gutters in 2022, water heater in 2023 and more. This is an ideal home for first-time home buyers. HOA features a community pool, green spaces, playground, trails, and monuments.

I've Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
#REALTOR, New Build certified
214-862-7212
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #OpenHouse #Frisco #FriscoISD #DentonCounty #KingsGarden #video #house #drone

Open House in Kings Garden of Frisco This Weekend


Open House!
Saturday, July 6 @ 2 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 @ 2 - 4 p.m.
9159 Gaspard Ct., Frisco 75033
Listed at $459,000 by Tami Burnett
MLS# 20603121

Recent Price Improvement
This 1,849 sq. ft. home in Frisco has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a covered rear patio in the Wakeland High zone of the Frisco ISD.

This east-facing house in Kings Garden of Frisco is located on a cul-de-sac and backs to a trail with no neighbors to the rear. It is conveniently located near the Dallas North Tollway, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and more.

The charming one-story house offers the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. Paint, lighting fixtures and carpet were installed throughout the house in April 2024. Key upgrades include the replacement of the HVAC system in 2019, roof and gutters in 2022, water heater in 2023 and more. This is an ideal home for first-time home buyers. HOA features a community pool, green spaces, playground, trails, and monuments.

I've Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
#REALTOR, New Build certified
214-862-7212
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #OpenHouse #Frisco #FriscoISD #DentonCounty #KingsGarden #home #house #RealEstate

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Market Statistics - July 2024




Gunter and Van Alstyne have become strong Buyers’ Markets with more than nine and eight months respectively of housing inventory in each while the remainder of the reported areas are strong Sellers’ Markets. Van Alstyne also has the highest year-over-year (YOY) inventory increase of 200%. Frisco had the next highest YOY increase at 90.5%. Dallas and Collin counties showed YOY inventory increases of more than 60% while Denton County had 44%.





McKinney has the most Active homes at 889 while Gunter has the fewest at eight. Gunter also has the highest median list price at $1,149,840 and the highest median listing price per square foot (PSF) at $284. Aubrey has the most affordable PSF listings in the reporting area at $192 PSF.





Plano gets the highest median percentage of original price at 98.3% while Denton closely follows at 98.2%. Sellers priced to sell or buyers paid what it takes to win multiple offer situations. June is traditionally the busiest month to write real estate contracts. July traditionally has the highest closings of the year before the summer shopping season stabilizes.





Dallas, Collin and Denton counties' days on market are in the low 20s. Dallas County has the lowest median price per square foot this month at $207. Dallas County has the most Active properties with 6,339. All three reported counties have a median percentage of the original listed price greater than 97.5% with Denton County at 98.1%.





I've Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, New Build certified
214-862-7212
DFWmark.com


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Welcome to the DFWmark Blog!

Welcome to the DFWmark Blog! This is a collection of content by Mark M. Hancock, a REALTOR with Keller Williams North County in Celina...