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Realty Revolution LLC Receives 2013 Best of McKinney Award

realty-revolution-llcRealty Revolution LLC (the property management division of The Branch Team) has been selected for the 2013 Best of McKinney Award in the Property Management category by the McKinney Award Program.

Each year, the McKinney Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the McKinney area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 McKinney Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the McKinney Award Program and data provided by third parties.

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About McKinney Award Program – The McKinney Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the McKinney area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

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From Everyday to Gourmet


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Animal Instincts – How to Choose a Pet


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The Branch Team Launches CollinHouseValues

CollinHouseValue - Your Home Value OnlineThe Branch Team recently re-launched

CollinHouseValues now offers completely automated valuations of properties. Simply input an address, ZIP Code, and an email address and the system will calculate a value based upon recent sales in the immediate area.

If you need a more detailed analysis, one can be requested. Detailed valuations are done by hand and will usually be delivered via email within 24 hours.

Home values are estimated values based upon comparable sales and the results are not an appraisal of the property.

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El Siboney in Key West Florida

El Siboney Cuban Restaurant in Key West FloridaFate has an interesting way of showing up when you least expect it.

On a recent visit to Key West, Florida, we had picked out a local seafood place that was recommended by some friends. The day was nice so we decided to walk the eight blocks to the restaurant. You can only imagine our surprise to find out it was closed on Tuesday! (Note to self—Google can be your friend)

What to do?

Fate showed up at that moment in the form of a local taxi driver. He suggested a local Cuban restaurant called, El Siboney. I have to admit I was skeptical as the taxi dropped us off at this little hole-in-the-wall looking place on the corner of Catherine and Margaret.

Once inside I noted the Zagat Awards on the wall and the aroma coming from the kitchen was heavenly. We were quickly seated and a basket of fresh Cuban bread arrived. Now I really love bread, but this was up there with some of the best I’ve had.  The waitress suggested we try a pitcher of Sangria. Served over ice with a slice of lime, it hit the spot after our walk in the humid air.

The menu was filled with all kinds of interesting dishes—fresh seafood, chicken, pork and beef—it all sounded good. I selected the Chicken Enchilado with yellow rice and fried bananas. Being from Texas, I was a bit surprised when the meal showed up. What happened to the Tortilla? A quick taste and another piece of bread and the thought of the tortilla was long gone. With a hint of spice in the sauce, it was a wonderful dish.

No visit to Key West is complete without a slice of Key Lime Pie. It was homemade and the perfect way to finish up the meal.

If you find yourself in Key West, stop by El Siboney and enjoy yourself!

Tom Branch, Broker

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Tom and Gina Branch Selected as 2013 Five Star Real Estate Agents

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We are pleased to announce that both Tom and Gina Branch have been selected as 2013 FIVE STAR Real Estate Agents for the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Texas Monthly partnered with FIVE STAR Professional to identify the real estate agents in the Dallas Fort Worth area who provide exceptional service and overall satisfaction as indicated by clients, peers and industry experts. The 2013 FIVE STAR Real Estate Agents are a select group of fewer than 7 percent of all real estate agents in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent is a Service Mark of FIVE STAR Professional. Logo licensed from FIVE STAR Professional.