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Celina is truly a city on the rise.

Did you know that when it’s fully built out, Celina will have 350,000 residents. That’s pretty incredible to think about when you consider it has around 37,000 today.

I love all of the new developments coming to Celina, the Square downtown and the quality of their school system.

Celina has been ranked the #1 fastest growing city in North Texas for three years in a row by the Dallas Business Journal. This ranking really comes as no surprise when you learn about all of the great things they have going on.

Learn about Celina’s welcoming atmosphere and thriving economy from my friends at Check Out DFW:

Economic Development 

Celina has a population of 37,000 (and is steadily growing). Most residents are young families, with the median age being around 36. Celina’s median household income is $98,277, with an average home value of $465,000. 

Economic development is a strong focus in the community. The majority of residents are community-minded and committed to shopping locally while supporting their neighbors. With this healthy cultivation of growth, the town is shaping out to become an ideal place for small-town businesses to thrive.  

Situated along the coveted Collin County Corridor, Celina’s maximum projected buildout population is approximately 350,000.  

A Gigabit City 

Gigabit cities are places that offer ultra-high-speed broadband that is available citywide at speeds of 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps) or faster. This makes it easier for residents to access the Internet and allows businesses and schools to thrive and expand.  

Celina received its official designation as a Gigabit City from the Office of Governor Greg Abott in 2020.  

Community Spirit 

Despite the projections of growth and amazing accessibility to technology, Celina is committed to its roots and maintaining a strong community spirit. The town regularly hosts community events, including its series of annual events to keep up the fun and outreach building.  

These annual events include Friday Night Farmer’s Markets, Movies on The Square, Parkfest, CajunFest, their 4th of July Celebration, Trick-or-Treat on the Square, and Christmas on The Square. You can read more about these events on the city’s economic development Facebook page

Celina School district 

For several years in a row, the two school districts serving Celina students — the Celina and Prosper Independent School Districts — have received A ratings from the Texas Education Agency. 

Between these two independent school districts there are six elementary schools: Boyer, Bryant, O’Dell, Johnson, Light Farms and Lykins. Four middle schools: Celina Junior High, Reynolds Middle, Rogers Middle, and Rushing Middle, and two high schools: Celina High and Prosper High.

They are all ideally situated within close proximity to Celina’s expanding neighborhoods. Read more about Celina ISD here

The Square 

In 1997, the City of Celina was designated as an official Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Square remains the heartbeat of this special place.  

They say you can tell a lot about a city’s health from its downtown. Celina’s historic downtown area is thriving with opportunity and offers dining, shopping, professional services, city offices, and green space within walking distance of the town’s pavilion.

Checkout DFW has covered some of the amazing businesses along The Square which attract locals and visitors alike. Dining options include Lucy’s on The Square, Toasted Walnut Table and Market, Tender Smokehouse, and Celina Star Café. Shopping options include Willow house Boutique, Annie Jack, Grace Bridge Resale, and Hey Sugar, candy store to name a few.  

There is no shortage of inspiration along the streets of Celina’s downtown Square. This is where the town’s heritage lives on and where the community gathers, works, and plays.  

For more information on Celina or other cities in the Dallas Metroplex, contact Matt Braun at [email protected]

One of my favorite subdivisions in the DFW area has to be Star Trail in Prosper. The homes are beautiful, the location can’t be beat and students go to the acclaimed Prosper ISD.

Prosper is a community on the rise, with lots of new retail and development coming to this North Dallas community this year. Being in Star Trail puts you near all of this action, in a neighborhood that residents tell me over and over again that they absolutely love.

My friends at Check Out DFW have put together a really nice guide that gives you everything you need to know about this great community:

About the subdivision: It is ideally located on the Dallas North Tollway in Prosper, with fabulous amenities and Prosper ISD schools. Star Trail is all about getting you to what you want, fast. Conveniently located just north of US 380 on the Dallas North Tollway, Star Trail’s prime location offers you the ability to commute with ease to all areas of the DFW metroplex.

Just three miles from Star Trail is The Gates of Prosper, a major regional shopping area developed by Blue Star Land with a Walmart Supercenter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Texas Roadhouse, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine and many other popular restaurants, shops, and services.

The builders: American Legend Homes, Britton Homes, Coventry Homes, Highland Homes and Toll Brothers all build in this community.

Range: New construction builds in the subdivision range from the low $500,000s up to $1 million and above.

Amenities: Star Trail has a focus on natural landscapes, with serene lakes and beautiful fountains to greet you upon arrival. There are miles of trails for hiking and biking throughout the community. Follow the winding, tree-lined entrance to find the community center and amenity area. This five-acre haven is reserved exclusively for Star Trail residents and includes:

Schools: Star Trail is positioned in the heart of the highly-acclaimed Prosper ISD, and a site has been reserved within the community for a future elementary school. One of the top districts in the area and among the top 20 districts in the state of Texas, Prosper ISD upholds its exemplary status by maintaining low student/teacher ratios and offering the latest technology to students, generating a sense of community pride.

Here are the schools that students go to:

Stuber Elementary

Rushing Middle School

Prosper High School

Opening Fall 2022: Joyce Hall Elementary:

In August of 2022, Prosper ISD’s 15th elementary school will open in the Star Trail subdivision on the west side of the district. The campus, in alignment with most other Prosper ISD elementary campuses, will have a core capacity of 900. The campus will be named Joyce Hall Elementary School. Ms. Hall served the district in multiple roles, including serving as the district’s first Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

HOA: Dues are $100 per month, billed quarterly at $300 per quarter.

For more information on Star Trail or other subdivisions in the area, please contact Matt Braun at Merit Homes 214-903-6727.

It’s no secret that purchasing a home can be a daunting task for many. From the initial saving for a down payment to completing the necessary paperwork, the process of obtaining a decent mortgage can be quite involved.

While buying a house can be an intricate process, there are undeniable benefits to owning your own home. To begin with, having ownership of your own place means that you are building equity and paying monthly for something that builds equity. That is, the money you pay for your home mortgage each month isn’t completely lost.

Furthermore, purchasing your own place gives you the creative freedom to paint, renovate, and build onto the structure as you see fit. Owning a home means there are no landlords telling you what you can and cannot do within your own living space.

Although purchasing a home has many more benefits than renting, there are quite a few factors that can hold someone back from taking the leap. Whether you need time to rebuild your credit or you would like to save more for a down payment, these criteria do not have to prevent you from living in your dream home.

Now, you don’t have to wait for your finances to align perfectly to reside in the home that you want to purchase one day. There is a new and innovative program that provides people the ability to rent a home before they purchase.

Renting to own is not a new concept; however, this process has gained an unsavory reputation in recent years. Now, there is a company putting a new age spin on the old concept of renting to own. Instead of renting to own straight from a homeowner, homebuyers can now rent from a reliable company.

On top of that, this company is ready to help you in your journey to homeownership by providing guidance on topics such as saving for a down payment and credit recovery. Have you been thinking about purchasing a home but are not in a place to do so yet? Check out this new spin on renting to own your own home!

Why Renting to Own is Better

While the benefits of owning a home over renting are undeniable, there is something to be said about waiting until you are fully financially ready. The more you can put towards a down payment often means the less you have to pay in additional fees and interest.

As stated by Experian, “For a conventional mortgage, traditional wisdom says to save up 20% of a home’s purchase price for a down payment. A down payment of that size reduces interest costs and means you won’t have to pay for a mortgage insurance policy that covers the lender if you are unable to keep up with loan payments.” This leads us to our first point of why renting to own is a great option.


You Can Buy Once You’re Prepared.

Renting to own from a supportive company will give you the time you need to financially prepare for your first home. In addition to saving for a down payment, many people feel more comfortable going into homeownership with an emergency savings. Renting your home now with the idea of purchasing later can give you the time you need.

You’ll Be Living In Your Future Home.

You’ll have the best of all worlds with this option, as while you’re “renting” your future home, you’ll be putting money aside for its purchase at a future date. This is amazing because you can test out living in a home before you commit to buying it! In addition, if you decide to purchase the home, you won’t have to arrange a big moving day since you will already be living there.


You Can Walk Away.

There are many reasons that can lead an individual or family to be unsure if they will be living in the same area within the next one, two, or even five years. Renting to own can give you the option to begin moving towards purchasing a home without committing fully just yet. In the end, you don’t have to purchase the home if you decide against it.

How to Get Started

Are you interested in learning more about the new renting-to-own process? Fortunately, the path to renting to own is much more simple than the process of applying for and obtaining a mortgage! Contact Matt Braun for more information about how to rent to own your dream home. You may also reach out to him directly through email at [email protected]

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