RSS Feed This is an RSS Feed en Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:29:39 +0000 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:29:39 +0000 5 Save Money On Your Taxes! Know Your Rights! <p>With only 23 days left until the dreaded April 15th income tax filing date, I wonder - do YOU know about all of the tax laws that can benefit you as a property owner? Know your exceptions! Now is the time to check on and apply for many of the tax exemptions which allow you to save money on your taxes.</p><p>For instance, did you know that you can file a homestead exemption for your primary residence and save money on your taxes for your home? Over 65 exemption? Acreage - Ag, wildlife, and open space land exemptions are available for many properties and can save a tremendous amount of money in taxes IF the land qualifies.</p><p>Examples of exemptions that may possibly benefit you include:</p><ul><li>Recreational Parks and Scenic</li><li>Ag</li><li>Wildlife</li><li>Homestead</li><li>Over 65</li><li>Disabled Veteran</li></ul><p>Perhaps you think that your taxable value is too high? Did you know that between January 1st and April 30th of each year, taxpayers can render their property at a value lower than it is on the tax rolls with the Henderson County Appraisal District? The application is subject to the Henderson County Appraisal District's approval, but may result in the taxpayer getting the valuation lowered by providing information to the appraisal district.</p><p>For more information, go to the Henderson County Appraisal District website at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u></u></a> or call Steve Grant Real Estate, LLC for assistance.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +0000 Why Athens? <p style="text-align: left;">Years of real estate experience have shown me that more homes are sold during the Spring than any other month. Driving around Athens now, it's no wonder why. We are blessed with an abundance of colorful wild plum trees, dogwoods, and redbuds to name a few. But it's not just the beauty of the area that helps to close a sale.&nbsp;</p><p>Whenever our agents sell to buyers coming in from other areas, we curiously ask, "Why Athens?"&nbsp; Today, I'd like to share a few of the answers we've received over the years. In no particular order, we have heard . . .&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Small town values (Maberry feel), community, religious institutions</li><li>Community pride and involvement</li><li>Volunteer opportunities</li><li>Henderson County Clint Murchison Library</li><li>Live where everyone comes to relax</li><li>Minutes from larger cities, but worlds apart</li><li>Medical care</li><li>Updated schools</li><li>Official retirement community recognized by the State of Texas</li><li>Trinity Valley Community College (Associates degree, nursing, and personal enrichment classes) - offering something for everyone</li><li>Lake Athens and surrounding lakes - Cedar Creek Lake, Lake Palestine, and Richland Chambers Lake</li><li>Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center</li><li>Surrounded by lakes</li><li>Local - "Where East Texas Begins" - rolling hills, spring-fed creeks, lakes and impressive vistas</li><li>Progressive city</li><li>Downtown development - art galleries, brewery and Texas Theater revitalization</li><li>Cain Center revitalization</li><li>Cost of living - below larger cities</li><li>Diversified economy and job opportunities</li><li>Airport - working on an expansion that will bring additional access to Athens to business and prospective new residents</li><li>History of community and character of area</li><li>Henderson County Fairgrounds</li><li>East commute to Dallas and Tyler</li></ul><p>If you haven't experienced Athens (in the Spring or any other time of year), come see for yourself. If you've already fallen in love with her, share a few of your "Why Athens" moments with us here. We'd love to hear from you!</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><br></p> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +0000 <p>This past week, revealed that Dallas/Fort Worth was among the Top 20 locations they were considering as their 2<sup>nd</sup> Headquarters – HQ2 as they are calling it. Last year, the internet giant set off a hyper-competitive proposal process, saying that it planned to invest $5 billion in building a second headquarters that could create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs. The City of Grapevine partnered with DFW International Airport to offer up 800 undeveloped acres near the airport as the site of the future headquarters, while UT Dallas and the City of Richardson partnered to appeal to the geeky side of the business by offering 100 acres of land adjacent to the college campus – an easy walk for employees continuing their educations. These are just two of the multiple locations being considered in DFW.</p><p>Being 75 miles away from the DFW metroplex, what EXACTLY could this mean for Athens? </p><p>If Dallas/Fort Worth lands Amazon, it would mean that the metroplex would experience a rush of new businesses to support the various needs of the company and its employees. The housing market would expand dramatically. Schools, stores, hospitals would all be expanded upon to meet new demands of an influx of residents.</p><p>Okay, that’s great. BUT THAT’S DALLAS. What about Athens?</p><p>As Plano City Manager Bruce Glasscock recently said about the ripple effect created by Toyota’s corporate move to his town, “A rising tide lifts all ships,” he says. “What we’re seeing – (with Toyota) like with Capital One’s expansions – is every city around us benefits, and we try to play off of each other’s strengths.” Athens’ strength lies in the fact that it is close enough to DFW that individuals could actually live here and commute there. The pristine beauty of our area, coupled with a cost of living well below that of DFW make our town an attractive alternative to individuals moving from the original headquarters in Seattle. And then, there are the employees who will live in Dallas but turn to Athens for their recreational needs. Fishing, boating, hiking, zip-lining, etc. Some of our residents may end up making the commute to Dallas to assist in the building or staffing of the new headquarters. Even that would help our town because their paychecks would come home to Athens and begin the circulation of funds in our community.</p><p>Even if Amazon doesn’t select DFW for its move, Athens needs to adopt an attitude of preparedness. It WILL happen one day, folks. Our town has much to offer, but if we stand alongside our elected officials and encourage them to strengthen our infrastructure, schools, roads, etc. it can only serve to make us even more attractive to newcomers. </p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:00:00 +0000