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We’ve been talking about this trend for some time, but thanks to the business-friendly environment Great State of Texas and our fantastic job market, more people are moving to our state from areas where there are fewer jobs and houses cost a whole lot more.

And of course, when more people relocate to Texas, that means more real estate clients. A total of 138,057 new clients according to the statistics from the Texas Association of Realtors’ “Texas Relocation Report.”

The report, which uses data from 2013 American Community Survey, the 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as the U-Haul 2013 National Migration Trend Reports shows that Texas is outpacing Florida, California, Georgia, and North Carolina in the number of people moving from out of state.

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Denton made Kiplinger's list of the top 10 towns you'll want to live in.

Denton made Kiplinger’s list of the top 10 towns you’ll want to live in.

I’m sure Augusta, Ga., is really nice and all, but do you really want to live there? Isn’t it a better place to visit?

That’s why Kiplinger’s broke down it’s well-known list of “cheapest cities to live in” and spawned it’s list of “cheapest cities you want to live in.”

That’s a pretty significant distinction, although several cities on the former list made it on the latter.

The cheapest places to live aren’t necessarily the best places to live. Cities with super-low living costs can suffer from high unemployment, poverty and a lack of services. So while cost of living is an important consideration in choosing where you settle down, it’s equally important to gauge the strength of the local economy and the job market.

With this in mind, we set out to identify the most inexpensive cities where you would actually want to live, based on economic health and affordability. We started with the 100 cheapest cities in the U.S., based on cost of living, and then whittled the list down to the top 10. To do so, we required that each city have below-average living costs, high household incomes relative to the cost of living, and an unemployment rate that’s below the national average. It’s not all work and no play, however. We also looked for places that offer residents access to fun, low-cost things to do. Cities with populations below 50,000 didn’t make the cut.

While the cities are diverse in make-up and location, we’re happy to report that several Texas towns made the list, including Round Rock, Temple, Denton, and Corpus Christi.

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Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t watched TNT’s Dallas mid-season premier yet, which launched Monday night, you may want to just look at all the pretty pictures.

To find out this amazing home on Southfork Road, jump!

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Republic Property Group — developers of masterplanned community Light Farms in Celina, TX — has donated $2 million to Prosper ISD as well as the land for a new elementary school. The campus, which will be located within RPG’s sustainably oriented Light Farms development, a 1,070 acre community with tons of family friendly amenities.

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Several North Texas homeowners, especially those in Azle and near Eagle Mountain Lake, are concerned that expanded shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing may be causing the rash of seismic activity that has these communities all shook up.

To address these concerns, the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity is holding a hearing today at 1 p.m. The committee, headed by State Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton), will listen to expert testimony on the subject. Here’s what the agenda says:

“Study the current conditions surrounding the increased seismic activity in
the Barnett Shale and other areas of the State. Specifically, review the
possibility that increased exploration and disposal well activity could
impact seismic activity. The committee shall review active oil and gas
activity and injection wells in areas experiencing increased seismic
activity.”

The increased seismic activity has some homeowners worried about their home values, which has many considering updates to their homeowners insurance policies. Earthquakes, much like floods, aren’t usually covered in typical homeowners policies, so if you think your home is at risk for earthquake damage, you might want to read our piece on how fracking-related seismic activity is sending tremors through insurance companies.

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As a golfer, I love The Tribute. This is a fantastic golf community that has a wonderful clubhouse and a gorgeous course. If you’re not familiar, The Tribute’s golf course is modeled after links-style Scottish courses that make you focus on your ball-placement and short game. It’s challenging and beautiful.

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Ebby Halliday Star Realtor Cathy Browne sent us this listing late last week, and we ooh’ed and ahh’ed over it. Seriously, this home in the highly sought-after Cumberland Crossing neighborhood of Allen with creek frontage is so charming that it was already under contract after just one day on the market.

That won’t keep us from ooh-ing and ahh-ing over this beautiful 3,664-square-foot home in one of the prettiest little cities in North Texas. With a grand staircase at the entry, wrought iron details, hardwood trim, and gorgeous hand-scraped floors, this home would be beautiful just plain empty. But thanks to expert staging advice from Browne, this beautiful estate-worthy abode at 1484 Abby Way shows like a dream, which was on the market for $465,000.

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It’s the perfect family home, too, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, formals, an office, a huge family room, and a media room upstairs. And who doesn’t want their own wine grotto in their home? There is plenty of room to work and to play, that’s for sure.

The kitchen was built to feed crowds of kids or adults, and has a huge island that can accommodate a fabulous spread or even a few kids that need some supervision during homework time (you know what I’m talking about, right!?). With gorgeous hardwood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and thick granite counters, this kitchen is as solid as a rock. You’ll love the gas cooktop and built-in ovens, too.

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The master suite, which is on the first floor (great for families with older kids), is sizable at 19 x 14, and sports a perfect bank of windows to let a little light in when you need it. It’s large enough for oversized furniture, too, and would look fantastic with some longer, more dramatic drapes and a wall-mounted TV instead of a bulky armoire.

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The five-piece master bath makes the suite a true retreat, with a soaking tub with room for two, a nice stand-alone shower, and his-and-hers vanities. The tile and cabinetry are a perfect match, and the huge walk-in closet is large enough for both spouses, but we know how that often works out …

Upstairs there’s a media room and on the landing you’ll find plenty of space for your billiard table and poker night games. It’s wonderful for sleepovers and hangouts, and it’ll be fantastic to have your house be the one where all the kids want to play.

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The backyard is great for entertaining, too, but lacks a pool. Still, your $600 annual HOA dues will give you access to all the community amenities you crave. And while this beauty has already been snatched up, you can call Cathy Browne about finding your perfect Allen home today.

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This home is truly a labor of love, and it shows! This amazing Tuscan-style estate in McKinney took three years for the owner, an artist, to design and build. It has so many gorgeous and warm, intimate rooms to fall head-over-heels for, and trust me, this home is romance with a foundation and walls.

From the lush landscaping that surrounds the 4 acre lot, to the finishes and tile work, you’ll be transported to an Italian countryside with this 7,600-square-foot masterpiece. It has five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and some incredible touches you don’t often see outside of luxury resorts.

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This property in Provine Farms Estates is marketed by Patton International Properties Realtor Myla Patton for $1.75 million. To me, considering some of the amenities this lovely home offers, it seems like an absolute steal! Considering the three-car garage, as well as the stocked pond, gorgeous outdoor spaces, and picturesque courtyard, 1809 Provine would be an excellent bed and breakfast. It certainly has enough visual interest throughout to be a magnet for honeymooners.

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I love the exposed and painted beams, the plaster walls, and the incredible stone work in the kitchen, which has painted cabinets and high-end stainless appliances as well as a cool stainless steel island counter top and a painted wrought iron pot rack. Most people would be put off by the many different materials and patterns on the floor in this home, but to me it just makes it feel more like an artist’s haven — a muse, or source of inspiration.

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You know where you won’t lack inspiration, though? The master bedroom. This is absolute romance, with exposed beams in the ceiling, a two-sided fireplace, and amazing views of the property. In the master bath you’ll find one of the sexiest tubs I’ve ever seen. It’s a sunken tub encased in glass mosaic tile. Imagine having a soak in that gorgeous thing, right next to a fire … just incredible!

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If you’re looking for resort-worthy amenities, all you have to do is go outside to the patio and outdoor kitchen, where you’ll find a pool that has both a beach entry as well as a swim-up bar and a water feature. Pure romance!

Where would you fall in love with this home?

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