It’s 2015, Ya’ll!: 7 January Home Maintenance Tips For Your East Texas Home

January Home Maintenance Tips

It’s 2015, Ya’ll!: 7 January Home Maintenance Tips For Your East Texas Home

 Happy New Year everyone! Now that the champagne has bubbled and 2015 has begun, it’s a great time to get a few home maintenance items checked off that “to do” list!

Check out these 7 Tips for January home maintenance in your East Texas home: Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays: 8 December Home Maintenance Tips

December Maintenance Tips for your East Texas Home by Lisa Priest Real EState Agent in Palestine TX

Image: Sawtooth Via Flickr

There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays: 8 December Home Maintenance Tips

Tis the season…for home maintenance?! Okay, okay…that’s definitely not the highlight of the season. However, Texas winters are definitely hard on your home and a bit of prevention goes a long way this time of year. Cold weather is here and you’ll probably be at home more often to avoid Mr. Winter, so it’s a great chance to get a leg up (err…catch up) on some home maintenance before temperatures drop to downright unfriendly levels. 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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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

Where to Vote in Anderson County, TX

Where to Vote in Palestine TX

November 4, 2014 Anderson County General Voting Polling Locations

Today is Voting Day! Polls are open from 7am-7pm. Check your voter registration card to see which precinct you are in.

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It’s November, Ya’ll!: 8 Home Maintenance Tips For Your East Texas Home

November home maintenance tips from your realtor Lisa

All I can say is WOW…it’s November?! I’m pretty sure we just did the New Year’s countdown last week, right!? Time is a fickle mistress. Yet alas, here we are—November! Cold weather is coming and it’s a great chance to get a jump (err…catch up) on some home maintenance before the busy insanity of the holidays hits with full force!

So, without further ado, check out these 8 Tips for November Home Maintenance in your East Texas home: Continue reading

Buyer Boo-Ware: “Haunted” Real Estate

Image Credit: Karen via Flickr

Image Credit: Karen via Flickr

It’s that time of year where ghosts, goblins and witches are everywhere.  The tombstones are in the yards and they might even have a pile of bones sticking out for dramatic effect.  It’s a fun and escapist time of year and one of my favorites, for sure.  Everyone loves a haunted house at Halloween, but what if it is a real-life “haunted” house?   What does it mean when you want to sell your “haunted” house? Does a ghost add $5,000 to the asking price? Does the ghost need to pay rent?
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The Nitty Gritty on Texas Homestead Property Tax Exemptions

Image: Philip Taylor via Flickr

Image: Philip Taylor via Flickr

Questions on property taxes and property tax exemptions are some that I get asked by clients regularly. How much will my taxes be? What discounts am I eligible for? Why should I file for an exemption? All are excellent questions and well worth asking!

Generally speaking, property taxes are determined and collected on the local level. In Palestine, property taxes are managed by the Anderson County Appraisal District (ACAD). I won’t get into how property taxes are determined for the purposes of this post, but just know that ACAD is the one that determine your property’s appraisal value (another important note: YOUR PROPERTY TAX APPRAISAL IS NOT FAIR MARKET VALUE!!—but that’s another convo for another day…haha!)

An easy way to understand property tax exemptions is to think of them as “property tax discounts.” Continue reading