New Listing ~ 301 N. Perry in Palestine, TX

There's a New House for Sale in Palestine, Texas - Real Estate

*Property Information for 301 N. Perry St in Palestine, Texas*

1890 Victorian home on a corner lot within walking distance from courthouse. Unique property that can be residential or commercial! (This is a rare opportunity with dual zoning!) So many fantastic historic details remain-lovely gingerbread woodwork, some hardwood floors, tall ceilings, carriage-size garage/parking under house, large rooms & charming covered porch with climbing ivy. Enjoy coffee in the sun room and take a hot bath in the cast iron tub. The house was previously a flower shop and is currently residential, but would make a great office, restaurant, salon or retail space too! All plumbing & electrical replaced in 2012, house has a metal roof. All electric, but gas could be reconnected by buyer if desired. Some updates are needed, but great bones and ready for your vision! Call or Text 903-948-3343 to schedule your showing!

Click Here to Visit the Property’s Website for full information, photos & pricing

Lisa E. Priest loves historic homes and is an East Texas Area REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or email Lisa@rentpalestine.com or at BuyPalestine.com.

An Open Letter to Santa: The Rules of Christmas

AN OPEN LETTER To santa

AN OPEN LETTER TO SANTA

Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas! I hope this letter finds you well and that you have had a spectacular year. I’m sure you have been diligently getting ready for your busy season. The amount of homes you visit every year to bring joy to children is nothing short of amazing! With that being said, I just want to lay out a few ground rules for your visit this year, so that we are all still merry when Christmas is over.

Rule #1 – Please use the front door. You see, we have been lighting many fires this year and we will probably curl up next to the fire on Christmas Eve. I would hate for you to land on our hearth in flames. Also, the soot that it carries down with you would be avoided if you used the front door.

Rule #2 – Since you are traveling all over the world in a single night in the same pair of boots, let’s just get rid of the boots as soon as you come in the house. I would hate to have to vacuum up Jamaican beach sand or East Texas red dirt on Christmas morning. Continue reading

Cheap & Free Holiday Decorating with East Tx Plants!

holiday decorating your east tx house

HOLIDAY DECORATING ON THE CHEAP WITH EAST TEXAS NATIVE PLANTS

So, I have been pulling out and dusting off my holiday decorations and I was just kind of uninspired by the same decorations that I put up year after year.  I wanted a new “look” and to give an update to some of the decorations that are a bit tired.  So, I started thinking about the basics.  I want something green and lively and less “plastic-y.”  Then, it hit me.  We are lucky that we live in East Texas. Why? Well, that is a very long-winded novel full of reasons that I will save for another day! One of them, however, is that there are FREE Christmas decorations everywhere! Whoohoo! I don’t know about you, but free is my kind of price!

Christmas decorations are typically composed of evergreen foliage, pine cones and berries.  Well aren’t we East Texans in luck! Take a look around you, because we have it all, everywhere you look! 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

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.”

 ADVANTAGES OF RENTAL PROPERTY Continue reading

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.

These are the Top 7 Real Estate Superstitions for East Texas: Continue reading

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