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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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!)

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Texas REALTORS® Conference 2014: Weekend Recap

Texas Realtors Conference 2014This weekend I made the trek to San Antonio to the 2014 Texas REALTORS® Conference. It was a blast. There were some great education sessions, networking opportunities and the expo was a chance to meet with vendors that may be of help to my clients.  It is such a privileged to be able to attend an event with so much information packed into one weekend.  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

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!

1015 N Fowler Palestine TX house for sale

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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7 Things You Should Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon  Published: June 18, 2014

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If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?

If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?

By: Dona DeZube

LISTED BY LISA: SOLD BY LIST

Knowing what appeals to today’s homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay off years from now when you sell your home.

Two new surveys about what homebuyers want have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you’ll feel the same.
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