Congratulations to the City of Sherman on presenting another Hot Summer Nights FREE summer concert series this year! It's fantastic events like this that helped earn the #2 spot on D Magazine's List of Best Cities in Texas for Entertainment. The Sherman Team of Virginia Cook, Realtors is proud to be involved in so many wonderful community traditions like Hot Summer Nights as sponsors and volunteers.


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Our Hearts In Community Service

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Park Cities for presenting its 16th Annual Park Cities 4th of July Parade, benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.

There’s nothing better than celebrating freedom AND helping a great local non-profit continue to do good in our community.

Hat’s off to our own Greg Pape for participating as a long-time Club member.

The Club surpassed its 2018 goal of raising $50,000 for the NTFB by raising $60,000!

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Greg Pape, REALTOR

Park Cities Office

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Professional Experience and Expertise Lead to Surprise-Free Closings

Surprises can be fun when it means an unexpected gift, party or visit from a loved one.

Surprises are not fun when you are at the closing table to finalize the purchase or sale of your home.

“Taking a transaction from concept to closing requires an enormous amount of expertise, professional resources and plain old hard work to avoid unpleasant surprises and make good decisions,” says Sheila Rice, President of Virginia Cook, Realtors®. “Pricing, marketing, communication and negotiation skills are only the beginning of what a Realtor® puts to work for clients.”

In a fast-moving housing market like North Texas, knowledge is power whether you are a home buyer, seller or real estate professional. That’s why Virginia Cook, Realtors® has invested in a comprehensive Professional Development Program to ensure its agents are among the best educated in the industry.

An extensive curriculum covers training in all aspects from marketing a property locally and globally to contract fluency to help clients steer clear of pitfalls.

Those pitfalls could be anything from credit challenges that affect your mortgage rate and monthly payment; misunderstandings about items that are included with the sale; money transfer confusion; or trouble at the title company such as a search that turns up a tax lien or claim on the property from a relative or co-owner.

“These are the kind of situations that elevate stress and can increase the time and cost involved in closing the sale,” says Rice.  “An experienced Realtor® constantly pays attention to all of the details in order to be able to present every option and solution to clients.”

Simply the paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. Having a broad reach via the Internet and social media platforms is another advantage offered by a Realtor®.

“Studies consistently show that homeowners net more from the sale of their property when they use a Realtor®,” says Rice. “A recent survey by Collateral Analytics revealed the differential in selling prices in 2017 for owners who sold their own property when compared to MLS sales of similar properties is close to 6%.”

These are just a few of the reasons that the percentage of people who are For Sale by Owners (FSBOs)  has dropped from 19% to 8% over the last 20 years, adds Rice, noting the 8% share is the lowest recorded figure since the National Association of Realtors® began collecting data in 1981.

Bottom Line
The professionals at Virginia Cook, Realtors® are fully prepared to help each client and customer sell or buy a home at a “no surprise closing” with the best financial terms and least stress possible. To learn more, contact Maggie Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Virginia Cook, Realtors®, Debbie Hudnall, R.C. Barker and Caliber Home Loans Earn 2018 Best of Texoma Honors


Virginia Cook, Realtors® and its team including Caliber Home Loans walked away multiple “Best of” Awards at the Best of Texoma Gala presented by Texoma Marketing and Media Group and the Herald Democrat on June 2.

Virginia Cook, Realtors® won First Place as the Best Real Estate Company in Texoma, and First Place as the Best Real Estate Company - Lake Texoma. 

Debbie Hudnall continued her long reign as a perennial favorite by earning First Place Best Real Estate Agent in Texoma, and R.C. Barker was a winner in both the Best Real Estate Agent and Best Real Estate Agent in Lake Texoma categories.

Caliber Home Loans placed among the Top 3 Best Mortgage Companies, and Caliber Loan Officer Carl Wyman was one of the Top 3 Best Mortgage Loan Officers!

“This was an incredibly exciting night,” said Pat Rowland, manager and vice president of the Sherman office of Virginia Cook, Realtors®, which has been the #1 real estate office in Grayson County since 2002. “I can’t think of any greater accomplishment than to be honored by the community that we serve, and thank our company founders Virginia Cook and Sheila Rice for helping us develop such a great team.”

According to Texoma Marketing and Media Group, there are tens of thousands of businesses in Texoma, and to be branded as one of the top three in a category is a tremendous accomplishment as the awards represent the very best of service and quality of businesses in the region.

“Many of the agents in our Sherman/Grayson team have been born and raised here, and we all live and work here,” said Rowland. “We care about the community deeply, and each person invests their volunteer time and resources in some way to ensure that Greater Texoma continues to be one of the best places in Texas and the U.S.A to live and own a home.”

To learn more, contact Rowland at 903-893-8174, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit

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