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 →
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!
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 →
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 →
Who else is in shock that tomorrow is October?! I can’t believe it! It will soon be time to hear Christmas tunes while shopping at the grocery store! However, before the real cold weather hits, the next month is a great time to get a jump (or to catch up! lol!) on some home upkeep.
So, without further ado, I present 7 Tips for October Home Maintenance in East Texas: Continue reading →
LET’S GO PUNKIN’ HUNTIN’ (but not have to drive too far!) 😉
I don’t know about you, but I am feeling “fallish!” I am normally a summer lover and start getting sad that the dog days of summer are behind us and the cold weather is coming. However, this year, I am looking forward to fall. There are several cool events coming up in October that will definitely get you in the fall spirit!
Check out some of these cool pumpkin patches and corn mazes within a quick drive from Palestine: Continue reading →
We all know about Spring Cleaning, but there are several things that need to be done in the fall months to prepare your Palestine, Texas home for the winter months! Luckily in Texas, we do not have to deal with basements and some other cold weather home issues that our Yankee neighbors have to face. However, there are some things that need to be addressed to prevent more expensive issues later on. Preventative maintenance=Cheaper Maintenance! (and who doesn’t love cheaper!?) Continue reading →
Let me preface this by saying, I am a pet lover. I have a dog and a cat. However, my dog likes to stick his nose up people’s behinds and my cat is prone to biting men unprovoked and running out any open exterior door like a psycho flash of lightning. My pets are great, but they have some eccentricities and not everyone loves them like I do, so I am sure to put them up when I have visitors. I always stress to my sellers the importance of “pet maintenance” during the time their home is offered for sale. Pets are not everyone’s cup of tea, some folks have pet hair allergies or are just not into them at all. That is their prerogative. However, what you do want them to be into is your home becoming theirs! So, make it easier for yourself (long-term, anyway) and do some preventative “pet maintenance” before each showing so you can sell your home quickly and for top dollar! Continue reading →
So you got a “Low Ball” Offer…Unfortunately, “low ball offers” are more common than you may think, particularly among investors. A “lowball offer” is an offer that is far below a home’s asking price (sometimes ridiculously low—but the value of “low” is in the eyes of the recipient). There is not really a benchmark for how low an offer is to be considered a “low ball,” but believe me, if you receive one, you’ll know!
So…how should you respond? Should you tell them where they can stick it? Continue reading →
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What do you think is the #1 thing that is prohibiting your home from selling? The answer may or may not surprise you….more than likely, it is the price of your home. There is no marketing budget on earth that can effectively market an overpriced home. Could it sell at an over market price? Yes, it *could* happen (sure, stranger things have definitely happened…). Is it likely? NO. Continue reading →