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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.

There are many reasons why homebuyers love new construction. They get to move into a brand-new house that has the latest and greatest finishes and will likely have little maintenance in the near future. While the process may seem straightforward, there are lots of things that buyers need to be aware of. Having a real estate agent in your corner can help you avoid the many headaches associated with going the new construction route. 

Selecting the Right Builder

Most agents are very familiar with the various builders in their area. They understand which builders have the best price points, who specialize in certain styles of homes (production, semi-custom, custom, etc.), what materials a builder uses, and whether the builder has a reputation for having good or bad quality or is responsive to service requests after-closing. 

By sitting down with an agent and explaining your goals and requirements, they can save you a lot of time by immediately narrowing down the list of builders who are best suited for your project.  

Selecting the Right Community, Floor Plan, and Lot

Agents help guide buyers through the selection process to ensure that the floor plan, community, and lot aligns with the buyer’s individual needs. There are some floor plans and communities that may be hard to resell. An agent will be able to point out these potential challenges. An agent can also help identify poor lot orientations or difficult soil conditions. 

Selecting Options

When you visit a builder to tour a model home, you will likely be presented with a model that has all of the optional features and upgrades. This is intentional as the builder’s number one priority is to sell each house for the highest possible price. Not every upgrade adds significant value to the property. A real estate agent can help their clients pick the best options to maximize their investment. An agent also knows which options are highly marked-up in order to assist with negotiating a better deal. 

Having an Advocate in Your Corner

The on-site agent at the model home may look and sound like someone who is there to help you. However, this representative works for the builder and is there to represent their employer’s best interests. Agents are licensed professionals bound by law and professional ethics, while the builder’s sales representatives are not constrained by those requirements. A good quality agent will be able to see through what is truth and what is a sales pitch.

Once you have reached a decision on which builder to use and which model you would like, it’s time for the real work to begin. Now it’s time for your real estate agent to negotiate with the builder and lock down the purchase of your new property! 

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