July 2, 2018

Home Buyer Assistance Programs

There are several programs available to help today's home buyers! From down payment assistance to substandard credit approval, One Plus Realty knows how to help you own the home of your dreams!

Are you currently working on improving your credit so that you can purchase a home? Or have you given up altogether because you are worried your credit will never be “good enough”? While most lenders do have credit score requirements, there are some (less known) programs available where the requirements are much more lenient.

Maybe it is the hefty down payment and/or closing costs that are keeping you from trying to purchase your own home. Did you know that there are options where you can actually purchase a home with ZERO down?

Now, you have got to be thinking, if I don’t have great credit and/or I don’t bring a lot of money to the table, my interested rate with be sky high! Right? Fortunately, that is not always the case! Some programs still offer lower than average market rates, even with lower credit or little or no money down.

We understand that simply the thought of purchasing a home can be overwhelming. Especially when you are struggling to meet such strict requirements, such as achieving perfect credit or saving a significant amount of money to put as a down payment. That is where One Plus Realty can help! We would love to sit down with you, discuss your specific situation, and help you decide which path is best for you and your family.

Do not be discouraged! There are options available. Call One Plus Realty today!

 

June 4, 2018

Strawberry Pineapple Punch

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 lb (680 grams) container frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 12-oz can (355 ml) pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 4 lemons, squeezed
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 6 cups (1.5 liter) water (see Note)
  • Crushed ice, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine sweetened strawberries, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine strawberry mixture with water.
  3. Serve with crushed ice.

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

 

 

June 4, 2018

Family Friendly Summer Fun!

April 20, 2018

Mango Chicken Skewers

Prep time: 15 mins 

Cook time: 10 mins

Author: Mariam

Serves: 4

 

 

MARINADE

½ cup of orange juice

3 cloves, garlic

3 Tbsp Sriracha

4 Tbsp lime juice

1 Tbsp agave

2 Tbsp olive oil

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

½ cup chopped cilantro

 

SALSA

1½ cups chopped mango

½ red bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped

¼ cup red onion, chopped

3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp lime juice

¼ tsp salt

Fill a shallow baking dish with water. Soak skewers for 15 to 30 minutes.

 

METHOD

1. In a blender or food processor, add ingredients for the marinade. Blend until smooth. Reserve ½ cup of the marinade for grilling. Add the rest of the marinade to a large ziplock bag. Add chicken, seal and shake to coat the chicken. Marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together ingredients for salsa. Set aside in the refrigerator.

3. Set aside in the refrigerator.

4. Make the skewers by adding 4 to 5 pieces of chicken to each skewer. 

5. Heat the grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add skewers to the grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, brushing with the reserved marinade as you cook the skewers. 

6. Once the chicken is cooked through, serve the skewers on a platter topped with the mango salsa.

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

April 20, 2018

DIY: How To Make Your Own Beautiful Flower Arrangement

Here are some simple tips on how you can make your own stunning flower arrangements out of simple grocery store bouquets.

 

1. Pick a color scheme.

2. Add greenery. You can even grab something from your own backyard! 

3. Strip all of the leaves from the stems of the flower.

4. Fill the vase you have chosen 2/3 of the way with room temperature water. (Once you are finished, be sure to change the water every other day.)

5. Use tape to create a grid over the top of the vase. This will hold the stems in place and keep the overall shape of the arrangement. 

6. Start with the greenery. You want to place the greenery in the outmost sections of your vase. You should start to see the shape of your arrangement.

7. Place the flowers into the vase one-by-one starting with the bigger flowers. Place the most dominate flowers in the center of the vase. You want the small flowers to go in last so they fill in any remaining gaps.

8. Don’t stress! There is no right or wrong when it comes to making flower arrangements. 

9. Enjoy your beautiful arrangement!

April 20, 2018

Mother's Day Craft Ideas

Unsure what to get Mom or Grandma this Mother's Day?

Here are a few crafts we think any Mom would love! 

 

 

Hand-print Oven Mitts or Hand-print Apron…

           

    

 

 Love You to Pieces Picture Frame…

 

            

 

  Hand-painted Mason Jar or Flower Pot...

              

 

  

Thumbprint Bookmark...

 

 

April 6, 2018

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

The perfect recipe that tastes just like Spring!

 Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes Recipe

 

 Prep Time 15 minutes
 Cook Time 20 minutes
 Total Time 35 minutes
 Servings 18 cupcakes
 Calories 382 kcal
 Author Rebecca Swanner

Ingredients

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

  • 7 ounces cake flour
  •  tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted organic butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest from one lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice fresh squeezed from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 10 Tbsp. unsalted organic butter room temperature
  • 16 oz. cream cheese cold
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  •  cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Line cupcake tins with 18 cupcake liners. Set aside.

  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. Set aside.

  4. Place butter, sugar, and lemon zest in bowl of stand mixer and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

  5. Add egg, let blend for 30 seconds. Add second egg.

  6. Add sour cream, milk, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Let blend until fully combined.

  7. Turn speed to low and add flour mixture. Blend until just combined.

  8. Drop spoonfuls of batter into each cupcake liner. Add enough batter to coat bottom.

  9. Gently stir the blueberries into the batter mixture.

  10. Fill each of the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way with batter.

  11. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until cupcake tops bounce back.

  12. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat butter for 30 seconds on medium high.

  2. Add cream cheese and beat for 90 seconds.

  3. Add lemon juice and sour cream. Beat for 30 seconds.

  4. Add powdered sugar and beat for 10 seconds on low. Turn speed to medium-high and beat for 80-90 seconds.

Recipe Notes

If using frozen blueberries, rinse blueberries until water runs clear, then dry them before adding to lemon blueberry cupcake batter.

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

 

April 6, 2018

Spring Cleaning!

It's that time of year again. Time for Spring cleaning!
Spring is not just a good time to clean, but it's also a good time to purge! Here is a list of items recommended to throw out, donate, or recycle.

March 12, 2018

One Plus Realty is Making Headlines!

See our article in La Cima Life! 

"Real Estate Broker, Rebecca Cucovatz, has been serving the community for almost 20 years. A self-proclaimed entrepreneur, she was a real estate investor for many years before becoming a licensed real estate agent and broker. Her very first office was a quaint old yellow farmhouse on Preston road just south of Hwy 380 at Rockhill Rd. As Rebecca’s business grew and her reputation spread, One Plus Realty became synonymous with the “Little Yellow House” everyone had come accustomed to seeing. When she began to outgrow that space, they moved to their current location on Broadway less than a block from downtown Prosper. The old 17th-century house was renovated with office space and painted the signature yellow, of course. 

The Little Yellow House is a genuine reflection of One Plus Realty where the kitchen table is the conference table. The floors are squeaky and Penny, Rebecca’s dog, is always nearby. It’s the kind of atmosphere that’s comforting and relaxed which is very much how Rebecca wants it to be. It’s Rebecca’s “servant’s heart” that is the backbone of One Plus Realty. She stands by the philosophy that the more you serve your clients, the more successful you will be. Every client gets the same level of service and respect. It’s the simple things like returning phone calls the same day they are received and keeping clients informed about the details of their transaction. As a family-owned business, Rebecca’s goal has always been to develop lifelong relationships with her clients, and many of them have become friends. As a result, Rebecca has worked with several generations of her clients.

 One Plus Realty is very active in Prosper and supports the local food pantry, Bethlehem Place. After working with them for many years, Rebecca’s team found out that many of the families that Bethlehem Place supports also have pets; however, the pantry does not stock food for pets. That’s how their non-profit Penny’s Pals started. Penny’s Pals, named after Rebecca’s dog, donates pet food and supplies to Bethlehem Place now so that every member of the family is properly fed.

 Rebecca has the experience and knowledge necessary consulting with home sellers on that to do to get the most out of your investment. Over the years, Rebecca has identified that an updated kitchen and master bath will definitely help sell your home the fastest. These are the two rooms buyers look at most closely.

Even if you don’t plan on selling your home anytime soon, she recommends doing one small upgrade or refresh to your home each year. Upkeep is an easy way to maintain the value of your home and ultimately get the most out of your investment when you decide to sell."

Article written by Larry McLoda.

 

 

 

March 4, 2018

What to Plant in March

Are you ready for Spring?

Here are some ideas of what to plant in March to get your garden ready too.

1.         Asparagus

2.         Beans

3.         Borage

4.         Broccoli

5.         Cabbage

6.         Bell Peppers

7.         Carrots

8.         Cauliflower

9.         Celeriac

10.       Celery

11.       Chives

12.       Collards

13.       Coriander

14.       Daikon

15.       Dill

16.       Eggplant

17.       Endive

18.       Fennel

19.       Garlic

20.       Kale

21.       Kohlrabi

22.       Lemon Balm

23.       Lettuce

24.       Mustard Greens

25.       Onion

26.       Oregano or Marjoram

27.       Parsley

28.       Peas 

29.       Radish 

30.       Rosemary 

31.       Savory

32.       Shallots 

33.       Spinach 

34.       Sunflower 

35.       Sweet Corn 

36.       Thyme 

37.       Tomatoes 

38.       Turnips

39.       Watermelon

40.       Yams

41.       Zucchini 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.