December Events in Palestine, TX

DECEMBER events in palestine, txDecember Events in Palestine, Texas (and a few in surrounding areas)

I wanted to have a list of all the cool stuff going on in our community this month, so figured I’d share it! Lots of great stuff going on! Have a great holiday season and I hope you get a chance to do a bunch of things on this list: Continue reading

Building Wealth with Real Estate Part II: Rental Property

BUILDING WEALTH with rental propertyPart II – Building Wealth with Real Estate Part II: Rental Property

This article was also published with permission from Lisa Priest in the Saturday, November 22, 2014 edition of the Palestine Herald Press.

 

A “buy and hold” investment strategy is just like it sounds—buy it and hold it (typically as income-producing rental property). Rental property is a great way to create monthly income and will also yield a payoff should you ever decide to sell. The market in Palestine right now is ripe with investment opportunities for anyone wishing to get into the “rental game.”

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7 Real Estate Superstitions: Good & Bad “Luck” in Real Estate

REAL ESTATE SUPERSTITIONS

There are superstitions EVERYWHERE.  Lucky numbers, unlucky numbers, salt over your shoulder, black cats…there are so many superstitions, I am sure I don’t even know most of them.  I am not one to believe in most superstitions, but at the same time, I don’t purposefully go around breaking mirrors and running under ladders, either! (Hey, better safe than sorry, right!?)  Believe it or not, there are also many superstitions in Real Estate!  Some Real Estate superstitions are localized and some are more wide-spread.

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Making Up a Mud Room: if you’ve got it, flaunt it; if you don’t, fake it!

M U D  R O O M

There’s a hot new room that is high on buyer’s want lists–the mud room! A mud room is a “catch-all” entry room that is very functional and can be decorated to the nines, too!  Sometimes mud rooms are closed off and are separate rooms and sometimes they make a “room” out of previously dead space (like a hallway, walkway or entryway).  Many houses have an existing space that could be converted to the “mud room” aesthetic.  In an existing house, finding an unused space to transform into a mudroom is the most cost-effective way to get this look (and not have to remodel!).  If you don’t have one (and unless you’ve got a fairly new home or are really lucky), Make One Up! Continue reading

This Week’s Palestine Rentals – My Openings as of November 19, 2014

Palestine TX House for rent

This Week’s Palestine Rentals – My Openings as of November 19, 2014

click the links below to view more information & photos.

Three Bedrooms For Rent in Palestine, TX

3 bedroom / 2 bath – $895

**PREVIEW OF RENTALS COMING SOON**

2 bed/1 bath duplex in PISD – Will be ready in next 2 weeks – $750/mo

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Building Wealth with Real Estate Part I: Flip Houses

BUILDING WEALTH with real estate

Building Wealth with Real Estate Part I: Flip Houses

 (By: Lisa Priest, REALTOR — This article was also published in the November 15, 2014 edition of the Palestine Herald Press)

It’s not a secret by any means–to build wealth, acquire real estate. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as easy money and real estate is not a get rich quick scheme. Real estate is a time-tested method of building wealth. As with any investment, there is risk. However, smart real estate investing is one of the least risky investments you can make, and it can pay off big time. Continue reading

Discount Remodeling: Big Discounts with Warehouse Prices

Discount remodeling resource palestine tx

If you are working on home projects or plan to in the future, keep this place in mind–Surplus Warehouse in Tyler, TX.  They’ve got everything from doors, toilets, cabinets, flooring, windows and much more! The downside is that you’ll have to haul it back to Palestine, but if you’re doing a bigger project, the savings can be BIG!  Continue reading

An Unsolicited Opinion on Boxwoods: A Shrub Rant

Palestine Realtor Opinion on Boxwoods

Boxwoods are a common landscaping shrub and can be found in almost every neighborhood (and probably every street) in Palestine. You may not know what a boxwood is off the top of your head, but you’ll recognize it in the pics, I promise!

Image: ian munroe via Flickr

These low-cut boxwoods are typical of the landscaping style in Palestine, Texas.  I bet you recognize them now!      😉         Image: ian munroe via Flickr

Oh…boxwoods…I have a love-hate relationship with them.  Don’t get me wrong…I am not a complete boxwood hater. Well, maybe I am. The photo above is a great use of boxwoods–they are clean and crisply manicured and they definitely add interest to the landscaping.  I like boxwoods when they are not the ONLY landscaping in a yard and when they are mixed in with other (preferably blooming) shrubs.  However, boxwoods can also date a house, especially when it is the only shrubbery in sight.  This is a prime example of the dating effect that boxwoods can have (the green shutters don’t help either, but that’s another post 😉 ): Continue reading

The Ups of Going Down for Baby Boomers: Downsizing for Retirement Living

retire in palestine, txThe Ups of Going Down for Baby Boomers:  Downsizing for Retirement Living

For many Americans, especially the Baby Boomer generation, retirement is either here or just on the horizon. The first of the Boomer generation to hit retirement age was in 2011 and according to the National Association of REALTORS®, the population of baby boomers entering retirement is projected to be 10,000 people a day, for at least the next two decades! I don’t know about you, but my mind is officially blown. This is the largest mass retirement in the country’s history. So, what does it mean for the Boomers? The Boomers are a generation unlike any who came before them and we are in the midst of an unprecedented housing shift.

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