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Realtor, Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas

By Kim Gore | Broker in Gatesville, TX
  • Home Improvement Cheap Upgrades - Tip #3

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate  |  March 7, 2011 1:39 PM  |  401 views  |  1 comment

    3. Buff up the bath

    Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. They, too, can be improved without a lot of cash. Simple things like a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference. You can replace an old, discolored bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles or a small piece of sheet vinyl -- often applied right over the old floor. If your tub and shower look dingy, consider regrouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles. A more complete cover-up is a prefabricated tub and shower surround. These one-piece units may require professional installation, but still can be cheaper than paying to retile walls and refinish a worn tub.

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  • Home Improvement, Cheap Upgrades, Tip #2

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Gatesville, Property Q&A in Gatesville  |  March 1, 2011 9:29 AM  |  714 views  |  1 comment

    2, Give your appliances a face-lift: If your kitchen appliances don't match, try ordering new doors or face panels from the manufacturer. Many dishwasher panels are white on one side and black on the other.  It can be as simple as removing a couple of screws, sliding the panel out and flipping it over.  

  • Interested in Buying a Home in Gatesville, Waco, Jonesboro or Coryell County, Texas?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Gatesville  |  February 28, 2011 6:54 PM  |  650 views  |  No comments
    If you are interested in buying a home in Gatesville, Waco, Jonesboro, or Coryell County, Texas, please scan the below code with your SmartPhone to view my listings.  Feel free to contact me at (254) 206-0915. 
    Kim Gore's Real Estate Listings
  • Home Improvement, 10 Cheap Upgrades, Tip #1

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Gatesville, Property Q&A in Gatesville  |  February 28, 2011 8:16 AM  |  720 views  |  1 comment

    Afraid of dipping your toe into the home improvement pool? No need to worry -- there are many things you can do to 'upgrade' without spending a fortune. 


    1. Make your kitchen really cook: The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones. If you have a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets themselves a makeover. Rather than spring for a whole new cabinet system, which can be expensive, look into refacing the ones you have. Many companies will remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes and then add brand-new doors and drawers at a price considerably less than new cabinets. Unless the cabinets are mica, a fresh coat of paint can also do the trick.

  • How to appeal your real estate taxes, Tip #3

    Posted Under: Property Q&A in Gatesville  |  February 27, 2011 12:01 PM  |  642 views  |  No comments

    3. Consider hiring a third party. Some professionals focus on helping homeowners appeal their real estate taxes. If you have a lot of money at stake, it may be worth it to hire a professional, such as an attorney, who specializes in real estate tax appeals. Before hiring a third party, however, understand that no one can guarantee your property taxes will be reduced. In addition, the professional will likely charge you a fee for appealing your real estate taxes.
  • How to appeal your real estate taxes, Tip #2

    Posted Under: Property Q&A in Gatesville  |  February 26, 2011 7:09 PM  |  635 views  |  No comments

    How to appeal your real estate taxes, Tip #2

    2. Collect sales data. An important way to establish the true value of your property is to document the sales prices for similar properties in your area. You can find this information through public tax records. You can also ask local real estate agents, who routinely pull comparable sales data, or "comps," on local properties. A more formal way to evaluate the worth of your home is to hire an appraiser. He or she can give you an independent, expert assessment.

  • How to appeal your real estate taxes, Tip #1

    Posted Under: Property Q&A in Gatesville  |  February 25, 2011 9:04 AM  |  631 views  |  No comments


    Real estate taxes are an important part of  a homeowner's budget. With the recent decline in home prices, however, your tax bill may be lower because taxes are based on the value of a home. If your tax bill seems too high compared to the true value of your home, you can appeal the bill, and you may have your taxes reduced. Here are some important steps for filing a grievance.  
    1.  Ask about the appeals process. Cities and counties that charge real estate taxes generally have a grievance procedure for taxpayers who believe their bills are in error. Call your local government office or visit its website to determine the process. You may have to fill out a grievance form and even appear at the government facility in person to state your case.
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