GALVESTON

Restoring a historic Winnie Street house has cost Angela Mainwaring hundreds of thousands of dollars and taken years, but has been a labor of love, the Midland resident said.

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; keri.heath@galvnews.com or on Twitter @HeathKeri.

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Mark Stevens

Kudos to Ms. Mainwaring (SP?) for her labor of love.
And...there's a lesson for many people in this story. The reason heirs often bicker about inherited property is sometimes that the deceased owner did not leave a will with sufficient instructions or anticipation that property taxes would have to be paid. A common scenario is that heirs A, B and C are all to willing to take their cut of the sale or rental of a property, but are unwilling or unable to fork over to renovate...or pay taxes. When a property goes on the block for taxes, it will likely be bought by an investor who cannot rationally afford to spend money for "historic" restoration. It's called the economy...and human nature.
Mark W. Stevens

Tom Schwenk

Interesting article. Thankfully there are people who believe the rewards of rehabbing are priceless! Its great the City has the tax incentive program for those who renovate Landmarked homes or those in a Historic District depending on the amount of the renovation and the appraised value of the home. Because of The Heritiage at Risk list, there have been impressive renovations that are a gift for all of us Lucky enough to live by the Sea.

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