Whose Water Is It Anyway? (Texas Real Estate & The “Water Crisis”)

Water is an increasingly valuable commodity in Texas and is gaining prominence in real estate transactions. The ownership and use of water depends on location. Most surface water is owned by the state, while most underground water is privately owned and can be conveyed or reserved.

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Historic Districts in Palestine, Texas: A Quick Guide (with MAPS!)

I love the smell of history in the morning. Don’t you? 😉

DID YOU KNOW? The number of historic structures in the Palestine’s City National Register Historic Districts is on of the largest concentrations of historic structures in the State of Texas!

Palestine, Texas was established in 1846 and features over 1800 historic sites, including homes, businesses, churches, monuments, cemeteries and museums.  We are very lucky to be surrounded by a rich historical heritage in Palestine!  I get asked often by folks about historic districts and whether or not their home is in a historic district.  However, even if your home is not within one of the registered districts, you can still apply your property to be a Palestine Designated Historic Landmark.  (To qualify, property must be 50+ years old and “have a historical value due to association with important events, people, trends, or are representative of historic architectural style and/or building methods.”

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Before & After: A Historic Tudor Cottage Transformation!

I don’t do this often, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight one of my listings.  The sellers have recently taken out the carpet to expose the hardwood floors, and the results are just amazing!  The changes have brought new life into this darling cottage to expose the historic character that this gem has to offer!

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BEFORE: carpets were clean, but outdated at 1015 N. Fowler in Palestine.  AKA “I’m too sexy for this carpet!” hehe

orgeous hardwood floors at this historic home at 1015 N. Fowler in Palestine. House home for sale in Palestine Texas by Lisa Priest Real Estate Agent with Picket Fence Realty.

AFTER: HELLO GORGEOUS HARDWOODS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! 😉

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The “S” Word

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the “S” word…I know what word comes to mind for you…SECURITY DEPOSITS, right? Yeah…me too! 😉

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You’ll want to avoid getting in fist fights over security deposits…That’s definitely a NO-NO!

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So Fresh n’ So Clean: The Magic of Paint

I’m continually amazed at what a fresh coat of paint can do.  It can breathe new life into almost anything, I’m convinced! Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws. Paint is one of the most economical upgrades for your home and can give it a whole new appeal while feeling “fresh & clean!”

BEHOLD--The magic of paint! It's amazing!

BEHOLD–The magic of paint! It’s amazing!

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4th of July Pet Safety

It’s that time of year again…burgers on the grill, beers on ice and fireworks in the back of the truck.  But don’t forget about your furry little friends during the festivities!

 

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Old House Love: 6 Cool Features of Historic Properties

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Palestine has the second highest number of Victorian and historic homes in Texas (Galveston wins 1st prize). With so many historic properties, I am lucky to get to see many of these spectacular treasures! Of course, I have an extreme obsession  fondness for historic properties.  One of these days, I will make a post on the restoration of our office, an 1895 Victorian home that had suffered from decades of 1970s-era decorating..but that is a post for another day 😜 Historic homes have their own set of hurdles and owning/restoring one is definitely a labor of love, but daaaannnng the fruits of your labor are well worth it in the end!

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