Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

Wife, Mother, REO Team Leader & Sales Manager for the BEST REAL ESTATE AGENTS in Bryan/College Station! Century 21 Beal, Inc. continues to provide the highest quality training and service in the Brazos Valley and it is an honor to be affiliated with this company!

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Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

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Tax Deductions for Rental Properties


This is one of the biggest ways to save on your taxes. Depreciation allows owners to deduct a portion of the cost of their property over several years. The actual cost of the rental property is not able to be fully deducted in the same year you pay for it.

By the IRS’s standards, if you depreciate the entire building with its contents, it must take 27 ½ years for a residential property, or 39 years for a commercial property. Each year, you can have an income of up to your depreciation value without having to pay any income taxes on it. There are strategies that speed this process up such as segregation, dividing up appliances and furniture which depreciate in about five years.

Improvements and repairs

Making improvements and repairs to a rental property is inevitable. However, the full cost of any

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Schulte Roofing for Bryan College Station Homes

Roofs are the covers of our home and hold out harsh conditions. They keep my Bryan College Station home,  family &  belongings safe and dry. Roofs need to be maintained and inspected properly to avoid running into major problems and expenses. The best route to take is to have a quality roof installed in the first place. Everyone wants to be confident that they have a first class roof over their head. Choosing a roofing company that won’t let you down is the key to this confidence.

Schulte Roofing has been voted Best of the Brazos for three years in a row. Their small town originated business employees honest, hard workers who genuinely want to impress their customers. Their original slogan was “committed to excellence.” Since then, this has been added to. Their mission statement now is “to provide roofing installations that exceed manufacturer specifications and to provide competitive pricing for our customers while not sacrificing quality to insure our slogan ‘committed to excellence.’ To maintain profitability to underwrite our company’s growth and stability in our marketplace for today and in the future for both the customer and our employees.”

Since 1991, they have been providing The Bulletproof Roof guarantee, meaning that their products and service warranties have no holes! According to Schulte Roofing, a hole is any reason or excuse that a product or service provider may give a client for not honoring their warranty or guarantee. Schulte Roofing is built on solid and dependable policies and guarantees. They are bulletproof!

Schulte Roofing has a 100% satisfaction or your money back guarantee and a complimentary three-year roof maintenance program.

The “no blame game” guarantee is a 25 year guarantee stating that if a manufacturer makes excuses or refuses to honor their warranty, Schulte Roofing will accept personal responsibility to repair your roof at no charge to you for a period of 25 years.

They have a written labor warranty for seven to 20 years offered to clients as well, and a written manufacturing warranty with the options of 20 years, 50 years, or a lifetime guarantee. There are no hidden costs for clean-up, taxes or permits necessary to installing and repairing your roof.

The $250.00 leak guarantee states that if your roof acquires a leak (not including those developed from tornadoes, hurricanes, ice damming or the work of any other tradesman) from material faults or problems with installation, Schulte Roofing will repair it and any interior damage at no cost to you. But that’s not all; they will also pay you $250.00!

Schulte Roofing has an annual 17 point examination and attic analysis, up to 150 feet of annual gutter cleaning and up to two skylights cleaned annually. In addition, they offer up to 100 square feet of roof debris removed annually, guaranteed priority appointment in the case of storms or repairs, and an exclusive ten percent discount fee on any repairs.

In addition to all of these guarantees, Schulte Roofing employs top notch manufacturer-trained workers, who are all part of the Federal Drug Free Workplace Program. These hard workers are screened, and drug tested before they are brought on as employees. Schulte Roofing desires skilled, trained and screened individuals who can properly install roofing material. All installation workers are required to attend continuing education courses each year and safety meetings each month. Schulte Roofing employees are honest individuals committed to building low priced roofs that exceed manufacturer specifications.

The policies and values of Schulte Roofing and their employees guarantee a steadily-growing company that provides ideal stability for both customers and employees. Customers are eager to do business with companies who are going to stick around for a long time. If a customer has a claim warranty issue, he or she wants the company to be around to fulfill their end of the warranty. Schulte Roofing has been around for many years and has built up a good reputation in the community.

The specific services Schulte Roofing provides are new roof installations, reroofs, and application of Hardie siding, gutters, and replacement windows. Their employees know the formula for the perfect roof combines high wind fastening patterns with premium underlayment, ice and water shield, double ridge caps for shingle roofs and premium quality ventilation.

All of these products can be provided by Schulte roofing. It is important that all products on your roof are from one manufacturer. If you have products from several different manufacturers, your claims are more likely to be denied from a roofing manufacturer.

Schulte Roofing is a member of the Roofers Success International, National Roofing Contractors’ Association, the Better Business Bureau, Metal Roofing Alliance, BCS Home Builders Association, BCS Apartment Association, and area Chambers of Commerce (in Bryan, College Station, Grimes County, Washington County and Austin County).

They have been honored as Certainteed Silver Star Contractors, Certainteed Select Shingle Roofers, Owens Corning Preferred Contractor, and Verisco authorized installers. The company has obtained the Technician Seal of Safety, status of Recommended Roofer and was named in Roofing Contractor magazine as one of the top 100 roofing contractors in the nation. In addition to all of this, they have been voted the Readers’ Choice Winner in The Eagle Newspaper for the past three years.

Additional services that Schulte Roofing offers to their customers are 24/7 answering service, professionally-uniformed work crews and personnel, full service sheet metal shop, no initial money required (payment occurs upon satisfactory completion of work), and complete handling of all insurance claims and necessary paperwork.


Susan Hilton

CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc.


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Prepping the Surface of Your Home to Paint

Some of my favorite areas of Bryan and College Station are the historic districts. There are grand, old, colonial-style homes with soaring red brick chimneys and white columns. What has kept these areas of the twin cities beautiful is the upkeep of these old homes. Renovations to homes such as painting the outside may seem time consuming but when done correctly, they add value to a home and look beautiful.

Painting the entire outside of your house is no small undertaking. With a few helpful pointers, it can be made into a manageable job and can go off smoothly. There may be one area of your home that needs attention such as one side or a porch, or you may need to paint all of it. No matter how much area you have to cover, the general process is the same.

The three big steps are to prep the surface you will be painting, decide what paint you want to use, and then begin painting! The ideal time to paint is after a rain shower which settles the dust and promotes less dirt from coming into contact with the paint you are applying. It is also best to paint on a cool, dry day that is not particularly sunny either in late spring or early fall.

Step one, prepping the surface, requires you to take an inspection of your house, looking for wear and tear and old paint. Sometimes, the surface can be the cause of paint problems. We will cover some ways to fix the surface and avoid problems, and then what to do if you do encounter the Read the rest of this entry »

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How Much Paint and Troubleshooting

Estimating how much paint you will need to paint your home can be a challenge. There are many factors that go into determining the amount you will need, such as the surface of the house, how big your home is, what paint you use, etc.

Some exterior walls require 10 to 50 percent more paint than the standard, smooth walls. Although airless sprayers claim to apply two coats of paint at once, they may require twice as much paint as you would need with a brush and roller.

Do not stress about buying the perfect amount of paint the first time. If you need more you can buy more, and if you have leftover, most stores will refund you or give you store credit. Your best bet is to calculate carefully how much paint you will need, then buy an extra gallon.

So how do you begin to calculate this? Measure the perimeter of your home and measure the height, then multiply the two numbers together. This will give you the number of square feet you are painting. If you are painting your doors or trim a different color, subtract 21 square feet for every door and 15 square feet for each standard window. Each gallon of paint will specify the square footage it will cover. To determine how many gallons you need, divide the number of square feet you will be painting Read the rest of this entry »

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Painting Your Home and Trim

Now that you have prepped the siding of your home and know what problems to look out for, you are almost ready to do the actual painting. Because paint colors tend to vary a little, it is smart to mix all batches together in a couple of large containers. Any paint you have leftover can go back into the can it came from and resealed.

Paint during a time of day that allows you to follow the sun, so that you are working in the shade as long as possible and so you are working on a part of the house that has already been dried off by the sun. This dries up moisture from wood or siding of your home. If you have to stop painting for the day before you finish your house, try to stop after completing an entire side so you do not have marks showing from the different coats.

When painting up high on your home, cover these areas in horizontal sections. When you are up on a ladder, remember never to lean away from the ladder and do not lean more than an arm’s length to the right or to the left. Paint one section on the ladder, move the ladder, paint another, and create a painted band as you go all the way around your house. Once you have finished painting at that level, move the ladder down and paint a band at the next level. Keep this Read the rest of this entry »

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