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    Plano Real Estate


    What makes Plano a great place to work is that it’s also a great place to live and raise a family. It has the lowest crime rate of any Texas city and some of the lowest taxes in the region. On a $301,850 home (the median in 2016), the annual property tax is about $6,000.

    Plano is already home to J.C. Penney and Frito-Lay, as well as a regional hub for Bank of America, PepsiCo, Cigna, and Intel. They’ll be getting new neighbors soon, with Toyota moving its North America headquarters in next year and Liberty Mutual, JPMorgan Chase, and Fannie Mae importing part of their operations. With 200,000 jobs and another 20,000 expected within five years, Plano isn’t just living up to its nickname, “A great place to do business.” It’s giving Dallas, 20 miles south, a run for its corporate money.

    While Plano has an eye on the future, it’s also embracing its past. The city’s Great Update Rebate program offers up to $5,000 for renovations to moderately priced homes 35 years and older. Downtown, which had lost much of its charm after World War II, is a destination again. Galleries and restaurants line the brick-paved streets, and there’s a new outdoor stage in McCall Park. “We have 300,000 residents, but I’m always running into people I know,” says Stacey O’Mahony, a middle-school teacher. “I feel like Plano is the largest small town in America.”

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