Homes For Sale in Anna TX – 1318 Post Oak

The Branch Team | Real Estate Broker 0547597 | RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs

Homes For Sale in Anna TX - 1318 Post Oak

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths | 2-Car Garage | 2354 SF/Tax

Anna TX Homes For Sale – Clean and well-maintained Ryland home is ready for move-in. Large kitchen with breakfast bar overlooks the living room. Master retreat down has garden tub, separate shower, and walk-in closet. Second living area up can be game room. Grassy back yard with open patio backs to greenbelt. Updates include fixtures, laminate flooring, Frieze carpet, and wood blinds. Enjoy the numerous community amenities – pool, playground, and jogging path. 

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Source: NTREIS | Photo Credit -Tom Branch

Homes For Sale in McKinney TX – 4505 Rancho del Norte

The Branch Team | Real Estate Broker 0547597 | RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs

Homes for Sale in McKinney Texas - 4505 Rancho del Norte

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths | 2-Car Garage | 2259 SF/Tax

McKinney Texas Homes For Sale – Enjoy Craig Ranch living in Frisco ISD. Well-maintained home is ready for move-in. The island kitchen with ceramic tile back splash, breakfast bar, and stainless appliances overlooks the spacious living area. Large master retreat has bay windows, garden tub with separate shower, dual vanities and walk-in closet. Fourth bedroom could be office. Designer touches include picture frame molding, archways, and French doors. Easy access to SH 121. 

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Source: NTREIS | Photo Credit -Tom Branch

Fuzzys Tacos in Plano Texas

Fuzzy Tacos - Plano TX - Butt Burning Sauce

©2010 - Tom Branch

You really have to love Texas. Stockton and Denise Helbing introduced us to Fuzzy’s Taco at his “surprise” birthday party this year. The only local location was on the far west side of Dallas and a bit too far to drive.

Somebody must have heard us complaining because Fuzzy’s has opened a location in Plano near US75 and Park. We dropped in the other day for lunch and I chuckled when I saw the bottle of Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce. I tried some and they’re not kidding!

The food is great and far different from other Mexican fast food places. Fuzzy’s has more than a dozen locations in Texas and one in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison? Who knows.

You can visit Fuzzy’s online at

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR

Hanks Texas Grill in McKinney, TX

Hank's Texas Grill - McKinney, TX

©2010 - Tom Branch

Tired of eating at national franchises where the menus are all the same? Want to experience something out of the ordinary?

Try Hank’s Texas Grill located on the corner of US75 and White Avenue in McKinney, Texas.  Hank’s Texas Grill is a one of a kind restaurant and offers live music as well. 

According to Hank’s website:

Real music by real people!  That is what Hank’s Texas Grill provides.  With a fully equipped sound stage, and the state’s top singer/songwriters, you simply will not find a better venue to enjoy a true Texas experience.

Hank’s is very proud to serve only fresh made from scratch platters.  Also, we offer a variety of steaks, and specialize in our smokehouse bbq, which is smoked daily in house!

Hank’s also provides full service catering.  We can provide you with all you need to have a successful lunch or dinner party.  Click on our catering link to learn more about our catering services.

We enjoyed a great meal with some friends and were able to listen to the band do their pre-show warm-up.  I only wish we had had tickets to the show!

Visit them online at

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR

Gina Branch Appears in D Magazine’s Dallas Dirt Blog

D Magazine Dallas Dirt Blog

Posted on Dallas Dirt by Candy Evans

Gina Branch, ABR of RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs, offers a response to our Eager Seller of the day who hasn’t seen any movement in her $150k home on the market for a week:

Dear Eager:

This is a great question currently on the minds of many homeowners across the nation.

The good news is the national foreclosure moratorium will have very little impact in Texas.  Texas is a non-judicial state and the foreclosures will most likely begin again here in the next few weeks as the lenders dot the i’s and cross the t’s on their paperwork.

The bigger issues impacting home sales in the Dallas area are three-fold.  First, the federal tax credit that expired earlier this year prompted many buyers to get off the fence and purchase before the deadline.  This frenzied buying has dissipated the current buyer pool.  Secondly, we’re still running across many buyers who can’t qualify for a mortgage due to low credit scores, high debt, or a combination of the two.  This is such a tragedy given the historically low interest rates and affordable housing prices in our area.  And third, unemployment is high, so many would-be buyers are unwilling to part with their money given the widespread job insecurity facing Texas and the nation.

While it’s a great time to purchase a home, it’s not the best time to sell.  What sellers need to keep in mind is that whatever loss they might take on the sale of their home, they will more than make up for on the purchase of a new one.  The savings in interest alone is substantial.  When you combine that with lots of inventory and stable prices, it’s a prime time to buy.  The Dallas Fort Worth metro area is having a fire sale!  If you’re planning to purchase another home after you sell, I would encourage you to take your minor bumps and bruises in sales price and then take full advantage of the current buyer’s market.

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Zillow Designates Tom Branch as Local Expert

Branch Designated Zillow Local ExpertZillow has designated Tom Branch as a Local Expert for Plano, Texas.

The Zillow Local Expert badge was created to recognize those who have made valuable contributions in a specific city or neighborhood on Zillow.

Local Experts are active Zillow users who share their real estate knowledge and help others by contributing high-quality content at a local level.

The more and better the contributions a user makes that relate to that city or neighborhood, the more likely an award will be granted.

Branch was also desginated the Zillow Local Expert for 75024 in June 2010.

Source:  Zillow

What Failures Don’t Like to Do

Success or Failure

The more you serve your customers and help them satisfy their needs, the more you will prosper.
And as a business owner, business manager, professional person or entrepreneur, serving your customers’ needs effectively means that you must do the things that unsuccessful business owners, managers, professionals, and entrepreneurs don’t do. The things that those unsuccessful people don’t do are the things that most of us don’t like to do either.

There is no doubt that it is difficult to work long hours or on weekends when your family is waiting for you at home, to have only a couple of “shoppers” stop by or to be stood up for an appointment someone made with you.
It’s tough to make telephone calls only to be met with hostile and rude people on the other end who curse at you or slam the phone down.
It’s discouraging to set goals, schedule interviews, explain the technical aspects and benefits of the products and services you provide, overcome customers’ objections and misconceptions, and go out of your way to give exceptional service, only to have your customer go elsewhere because they found the same product or service for a few dollars less.
Enough of these experiences can be discouraging for anyone. And after a while, some people just quit trying. They find it easier to adjust their standard of living downward to match their income, than to adjust their income upward to create their desired standard of living.

They are no longer in control. Inflation dictates the price of things they buy, and competition and luck determine how much they have to spend. Fortunately for them, many of their competitors are in the same situation.

Outstanding success is unusual and is dependent on many different factors. For some people, it just happens. They’re in the right place at the right time, they do nothing special, everything just falls into place for them. Others put in long hours and much work only to find average success.

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR