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

Discount Remodeling: Big Discounts with Warehouse Prices

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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 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

It’s October, Yall! 7 October House Maintenance To-Dos For Your East TX Home

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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

Punkin’ Huntin: Pumpkin Patches Near Palestine, Texas

PUNKIN' HUNTIN IN PALESTINE TXImage Credit: Teresa Morgan via Flickr

LET’S GO PUNKIN’ HUNTIN’ (but not have to drive too far!) 😉

Check out some of these cool pumpkin patches and corn mazes within a quick drive from Palestine: Continue reading

September Home Maintenance Tips Checklist

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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

Sell Your House With Pets: 3 Steps to Selling Your Pet-Friendly Abode

How to sell my house palestine texas with pets!

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

3 types of Low Ball Offers (and how to respond to them)

3 types of low ball offers and how to respond to them

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

You’re Not Fooling Anyone: the dangers of overpricing your home

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how much is my home worth palestine, texas real estate

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