Check out this opening of the Water Street complex in Las Colinas! Many consider it a game-changer in our area. The project brings lakeside living/retail with a complex similar to Legacy West, CityLine and Mockingbird Station. It will bring more than 60k square feet of shops and restaurants and hundreds of apartments to a lakeside site in the Las Colinas Urban Center. Over 60% of the apartments have water views. Most of the retail space is in a series of small buildings along O’Connor Blvd with about 65% of the retail spaces already leased. The majority of the retails space is restaurant-focused, with options ranging from sandwich and breakfast to fine dining.
Las Colinas has been one of the top business districts in North Texas for company moves from both in our area and from out of town. The new retail space, along with the nearby Music Factory development, have been big factors inciting companies to come in. The first retail stores are scheduled to open around Thanksgiving. There will also be an elevated transit system station that will open in March. It will connect Water Street to office buildings in the area and the nearby DART commuter rail station.
OHT sponsors various charities throughout the year.
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This quarter, the OHT is teaming up with
Many Helping Hands as they reach out to help unhoused persons in our area.
Many Helping Hands is an organization made up of fifteen different Churches in Irving that come together each Thursday night and provide a hot meal for poor and unhoused residents.
No one is turned away.
On average, over 100 people are fed each Thursday night, and even on Thanksgiving and any other holiday that falls on Thursday.
They also provide clothes, sleeping bags, and other needed items.
According to the government census there are not many “Homeless” in Irving. This is misleading because their criteria for “homeless” is defined as being on the streets for a year. This does not take into account people that are recently living on the streets, people that may be able to sleep on a friend or relative’s sofa, or those that in and out of a homeless shelter. And, it doesn’t take into account poor residents that may have shelter but have little to eat, few clothes and need some assistance to get back on their feet.
On Dec. 2nd Many Helping Hands is having their winter clothing drive. All donations will go to families and unhoused Irving individuals that are in need.
We need gently used blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks, warm clothing, shoes, coats, gloves, socks, underwear (new only please) hats, scarves, hand warmers.
The OHT will gladly pick up any of these items from you before Nov. 30th. Just call, email or text me and I will make it happen! We’ll make this even easier for you, our pleasure!
Or, you can drop items off at the OHT Headquarters at 405 Plantation DR. Coppell, TX 75019.
If you would like to donate to Many Helping Hands or just want more information go to their website http://www.manyhelpinghands.org/.
Here's a recent story on how Wire Fraud is alive In DFW!!
It's too close to home!
We are in the last quarter of this year and along with all the fun that comes with the end of the year and Christmas comes an increase in hacking and fraud. Seems like the crooks want an end-of-the-year bonus, right?! You hear about wire fraud and hacking all the time. Radio and televisions commercials consistently issue warnings! And now I find myself saying it too … Be Aware.
This hit VERY close to me this month. Clients of mine were all set to close on their home in Rockwall. Two days before we were to close they receive an email stating the lender is ready for the buyers to wire the money for closing. So my client prepares to wire the money per the email’s wire instructions, but he has a couple of questions he wants to ask his lender, Quicken Loans. He contacts the Lender and then finds out that … they never sent him any wire instructions! Turns out someone was hacked along the way: Quicken Loans, the Title Company or my client. We don’t know exactly who. For now, Quicken Loans and the Title Company have turned this over to their fraud divisions.
Meanwhile, my client is instructed by the Title Company to not wire funds for this transaction. Instead, we are to bring a certified check to closing.
The Title Company explains to me that wire fraud is a huge problem and even more so around the holidays. So, be cautious wiring any funds in this process. Buyers are receiving emails that look legit and they are sending in the money. That money disappears––or will be tied up for a long period––as everyone tries to find out who was hacked, which party is responsible. I am not advising never to wire money. But do take the time to personally talk to the people involved before you wire anything. In this case, my client had personally talked to the lender at Quicken Loans many times before. They had done a great job explaining the loan process to him and, because he had a few more questions, he called the lender again. That call saved him.
FYI: Your lender will not ask you to wire them funds for closing. The Title Company disburses all the funds. Any money needed to close will be sent to the Title Company. The Title Company will then send the funds out. The Title Company does not ask for you to wire money before you go into sign paperwork. If you receive an email asking for a wire before, that is a RED FLAG!! Call your Title Company, call your REALTOR (me). Be cautious about letters and emails about this process. I know we are in a fast-paced world but stopping to test the legitimacy of these communications will save you heartache and money in the long run. This extra question saved my client. Be aware!
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