Starla has worked in the support role at United Country Lake Palestine Real Estate since the beginning of 2013 and has loved every minute of it. Working at one of the top 10 United Country offices in the nation is a challenge because it’s so busy, but the experience and knowledge that is passed around between the agents and other staff is invaluable. Not only has she learned about the legal and ethical aspects of buying and selling property, but the care that all the agents take in helping their clients navigate the hurdles of buying and selling has been inspiring.
She worked at the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors for two years before coming to work for Dana Staples and her team, so she thought she was prepared; but even though she knew the workings of the MLS and its procedures, she learned that there is a lot more to taking care of buyers and sellers. The office runs on the Golden Rule: treat others like you want to be treated.
Starla, her husband, and her teenage son moved to the east Texas area in 2006 from the Dallas area to get away from all the concrete and congestion and have loved it. The air seems cleaner, the people more willing to stop and chat, and the roads a little more open. She and her husband have even purchased motorcycles to travel the county roads from little town to little town on the weekends.
Come see what the Pineywoods of East Texas has to offer, and we’ll try to help you find your little piece of heaven out here!
A native East Texan and a 1982 graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler with a BBA in Accounting, Dana has been married 41 years to husband Cecil, they have three grown sons. Searching for her own lake property for her family to enjoy (& as enticement for her children to visit!!) is what brought her to the field of East Texas real estate. She is a second generation Realtor and she began selling real estate in the Flint area on Lake Palestine in 2005.
She opened Lake Palestine Real Estate, Inc. in March 2007, which became one of the Top Ten United Country Offices in the nation by 2009 and has continued that success every year since 2013! Dana has consistently been a Multi-Million Dollar Producer since 2006 and matching people to a property that fits their dream is what she enjoys most. She loves selling lifestyle properties such as lake houses, golf course homes, and vacation homes. She is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and has been recognized as a DFW Five Star Real Estate Agent 2011-2017. In 2018, Lake Palestine Real Estate became a subsidiary of Staples Property Group, LLC & Dana opened a South Tyler location at 2344 Dueling Oaks, as well as an office in historic downtown Palestine at 103 East Oak.
Dana lives at Lake Palestine and loves to wake up to views of the lake, herons, ducks, Canadian geese and all the wildlife that lake living in the Pineywoods of East Texas provides. Her heart belongs to animals, though, and she has rescued many dogs and cats, feeling like the owner of a small zoo at times!
She loves the close proximity to Tyler with all the amenities it has to offer including great restaurants, live music & theater, medical, and shopping. If you have a need that Tyler cannot fill, it is less than 2 hours to Dallas, and about 3.5 hours to Austin and Houston.
She also enjoyed serving on the Palestine Independent School District Board of Trustees for 14 years and is a proud supporter of public schools.
Being raised in East Texas, Jeanie brings her love of country living to each and every client. She and Jerry, her husband of 30 years, have two grown children and enjoy spending all of their spare time outdoors. Jeanie wants to help you find that dream home, farm/ranch, or just a wooded tract to hunt. Her background in agricultural sales for ten years lead her to become involved in selling real estate. With ten years experience listing and selling rural properties, Jeanie looks forward to helping you find your own piece of paradise in the country.
Darla has been selling property around Lake Palestine and surrounding areas for five years. Darla has lived in the East Texas area with her husband John and twin girls for over 28 years. She is knowledgeable in the private/golf course communities but not limited to those. Darla enjoys showing rural property as well as subdivisions. The process of helping her clients find the perfect dream home, second home or property that includes the amenities for a lifestyle that meets the needs of everyone is her goal for each family. She enjoys meeting new clients and adding to the list of lifelong friends she has made through this process.
An agent who works for you, and with you, every step of the way in your real estate transaction.
Mimi, along with her husband Larry and three children, have lived and conducted business in East Texas for over 37 years. Whether you need to buy or sell home in town, farm and ranch or country home on acreage, lakefront or golf course properties, she is knowledgeable about the real estate market from Tyler, to Jacksonville, Athens, Palestine, Elkhart and beyond!
Now living in Tyler, but having owned three homes on various parts of Lake Palestine, Mimi can provide personal experience in purchasing or selling a Tyler area home, equestrian property, recreational land, lakeside living and lake front investment property.
Being a professional equestrian, United States Dressage Foundation Gold medalist, and owning dressage training facilities, she has expertise and experience in horse farms, riding facilities, and equestrian properties. This experience provides guidance in land and farm purchases as well as knowing how to price your property for sale.
Awarded multiple United Country Pinnacle Club awards
Recipient of the Texas Fives Star Real Estate Agent Rising Star Award
2015 #1 Sales Agent for United Country in the state of Texas
ALHS – Accredited Luxury Homes Specialist
GRI – Graduate of Realtor® Institute
ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative
Member Greater Tyler Association of Realtors®, Texas Association of Realtors®, and National Association of Realtors®
Member of Palestine Association of Realtors® and its MLS
Office memberships in the Henderson County MLS, Dallas MetroTex MLS, and Austin MLS
Partner with Mimi in experience, dedication, honesty and energy devoted to making your dream a reality!
Steve and his wife, Vickie, moved from the DFW area to Lake Frankston in 2011. They attend Grace Bible Church in Palestine and have 5 adult children and 2 grand children. While continuing to operate his service business in Dallas, Steve realized more and more how beautiful the land and lakes were in East Texas. Consequently, he decided to obtain his Texas Real Estate license and help others locate their dream property. His passion is assisting buyers & sellers with their unique property needs around the numerous lakes, golf courses and ranchland in the area. Steve also has become part of the commercial division of Staples Property Group, LLC, which includes retail, industrial, buildings, acreage and more.
Real Estate is truly Donna's passion, and her top priority is client satisfaction. As a full-time Realtor with 34 years of knowledge in the East Texas area, it would be her privilege to be the trusted professional you call on for all your East Texas real estate needs. Working with both sellers and buyers is most rewarding. While it is always sad for the sellers to move away, it is the greatest joy when buyers become great friends. Even after the Real Estate transaction is over, it is her privilege to help buyers transition into the community. Her promise to a client is simple; placing your needs first, delivering quality service you deserve, and working for you with a servant's heart. After all, that's truly what it is all about...Clients first!
Donna and her husband, Benny, just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. They have always lived in the Frankston and Lake Palestine area and have owned a Lake Palestine waterfront home since 2005. They are the owners of Douglas Plant Farm and members of Grace Community Church. You can usually find them together in their spare time searching for antiques and collectibles or shopping at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Their pride and joy is their little Yorkie, Sasse, who became a registered therapy dog in 2016. If you are looking for a Realtor with proven results...Donna delivers!
Awarded the Five Star Professional Real Estate Award - Five Year Winner
Member Texas Association of Realtors
Member National Association of Realtors
Member Greater Tyler Association of Realtors
Member Navica Henderson County Association of Realtors
Member Navica Palestine Association of Realtors
Member MetroTex Association of Realtors
Member Economic Development Committee of Coffee City
Kristy is a long time resident of Tyler TX and has been a licensed Realtor and member of this top selling real estate office since 2006. Deeply rooted in the community, she enjoys selling real estate and bringing buyers and sellers together in successful transactions. Together with her husband Shane, Kristy is raising three daughters Emma, Ava, and Lana and is a proud supporter of Tyler ISD. She is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church and involved in a ministry aiding orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia, Africa. In her free time Kristy enjoys traveling, but is always glad to return to her home in Tyler.
As a ninth generation native to Palestine TX, Abbey has a great love for her small town and its residents. After graduation from Palestine High School, she attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a BA in English in 1995. She and her husband Trace, a funeral director at Bailey and Foster, have been married for 22 years and are blessed beyond measure with four girls. She supports two public schools in the area, Palestine ISD and Slocum ISD. She attends Evangelistic Temple with her family and loves working with the Tres Dias community. This is her first year in East Texas real estate, which seemed like a natural progression from 17 years previous work in estate sales. Abbey is excited about this new adventure and wants to find the perfect home for her clients in this town she loves!
As a full time Realtor, Jacque is committed to making her clients her number one priority! Her goal is to provide excellent service to Buyers and Sellers building solid relationships! She believes it is important to have a reliable real estate agent to represent you and help guide you through the home buying or selling process in today’s competitive market. She will help you long after the transaction is closed!
She is very involved in the community. She has served on many boards; 2016 President of the Palestine Association of Realtors, 2017 president of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador to the Chamber of commerce, prior Palestine YMCA Board member, and current Rotarian. She also teaches gymnastics to children a couple of days a week.
She was awarded Realtor of the Year in 2013 by the Palestine Association of Realtors. She also received the Palestine Herald Press Reader's Choice Award for Best Realtor in 2013 and again in 2014!
Jacque is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BBA in Business Management. Prior to obtaining her real estate license in 2010 she was employed by real estate attorney that owned a title company. She worked as an Escrow officer closing real estate transactions. Two years later she received her broker’s license. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her 2 grown children and first grandchild. She also enjoys traveling to new destinations!
Cynthia knows Tyler and the surrounding Lake Palestine countryside. A native Texan, she returned home to her East Texas roots in 1985 after residing in Austin, Houston, Dallas and the Rio Grande Valley. She and her husband, Steve, have been actively involved in homebuilding and remodeling, agriculture and education ever since. Cynthia's love of East Texas real estate and of serving people inspired her to study and earn her real estate license.
While Cynthia specialized in lake properties, her knowledge of Tyler and the surrounding areas has brought her many clients searching for urban and rural properties, too. Cynthia has many clients moving from or to the city, and she is very capable of handling diverse property transactions. Country and lake properties are much more involved, including but not limited to, understanding agriculture issues, lake regulations, property lines, bulkheads, septic systems, and boathouses.
Cynthia truly specializes in people, customer service, and doing things correctly the first time to make every real estate experience a positive one. She thoroughly enjoys what she does, so call her anytime!
Krispen Rucker understands the farm and ranch lifestyle because she lives it everyday. She and her husband (Brian) of 28 years are co-owners of Rucker Equipment Company in Palestine, which opened in 1995. Brian and Krispen have one daughter, Camryn, that currently attends the Univeristy of Mary Hardin Baylor where she is studying to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy and plays softball. Krispen decided not to pursue working in the family business, but rather to sell real estate in Anderson County. She has sold real estate since 1998 and continues to work full time. Krispen is also involved in church and has volunteered at Meals on Wheels. Through the years she has held several different positions in the Palestine Association of Realtors. Krispen received her Bachelor's degree from University of Houston - Clear Lake. Her hobbies include: being outdoors, watching her dauther play college softball, fishing, helping around the ranch, reading books and shopping.
Ray Ver Hey
Realtor, Commerical Property Specialist
Ray Ver Hey
Realtor, Commerical Property Specialist
Ray brings twenty plus years of experience in the Commercial Real Estate Industry to Staples Property Group LLC. His vast experience and reputation has helped his clients achieve their goals with both acquisitions and dispositions. He has extensive knowledge of marketing, buyers, investment properties, leasing and buying, Tenant, Seller, Landlord representation, land buildings and commercial development. Ray’s trustworthy character is exactly what clients seek when it’s time for negotiations, contract drafting and client analysis. Ray is passionate and committed to finding and closing the best deals for his clients!
It is a fortunate gain for East Texas and Staples Property Group that Ray and his wife, Rosie relocated to from South Texas to Coffee City, Texas in 2016. As they plant new roots in our community, Ray continues to be an active member and Trustee of Lake Community Church as well as a supporting member of The Tyler Ducks Unlimited International Organization.
· State of Texas Real Estate License
· Member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR)
· Member of the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR)
· Member of the Tyler Association of Realtors (TAR)
· Member of the Business Networking International (BNI)