Monthly Archives: August 2010

Follow the Katy Trail and you soon can go all over town

As a Board Member of the Katy Trail and Co-chair of the Katy 5k for over ten years, I have participated in the development of the Katy Trail and have seen the positive impact it has had on our city. The success of the Katy Trail has increased property values around the Trail and has developed popular sites for retail development and community spaces. The Trail provides a sense of community for people who hike, bike, walk and enjoy this urban amenity on a daily basis. We are so lucky to have this here in our city. Many people who use the Trail regularly don’t know that we depend on individual support – as the trail is privately funded. I hope you’ll go to and JOIN. As a Friend of the Katy Trail (only $50), you will be invited to fun happy hours and events in addition to supporting the growth and maintenance of the Trail. If you are interested in making a donation or a dedication, please contact me.

Click the link below to read an article from today’s newspaper that explains Katy’s future expansions to Mockingbird Station and White Rock Trail:

Follow the Katy Trail and you soon can go all over town | Dallas Morning News.



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Community Banks Turning Trend – Outdoing Megabanks

The bad economy frightened us all. It caused everyone to become uncertain about banks of all sizes.

Now that the statistics are better, and everyone is recognizing more stability in the economy, we are seeing more confident, eager buyers in the residential market. However, new frustrations have emerged regarding the timeliness of closing a home – Closings at the big banks seem to have become a tedious process of approvals and delays.

Megabanks are becoming less and less popular due to the longer processing times required to close loans. There is new information showing that the employees who left small banks to find stability in megabanks are returning again. Why? Because they are able to get to closing faster. Efficiency is a good thing for everybody in a transaction.

The newest challenge is in finding a lending institution that can bring your home to closing in the timely fashion that you were accustomed to before the bad economy.

Sometimes it is easier to use local lending institutions for mortgages. Not only do they have the ability to help you close on your home faster, they also specialize in relationship banking.
Here are a few that I recommend in the Dallas area:

Mary Dinkins
Cornerstone Mortgage

Lisa Peters
Shelter Mortgage

Paige Nash & Mike Rideau
American National Bank – formerly Dallas National Bank

John Cowden
Inwood National Bank

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