04/12/18 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is brought to you by the 3-bedroom home at 5702 Warm Springs Rd. in Westbury. Thanks for the support!

What does a smart renovation of a Westbury Mod look like? The before (above) and after (at top) photos of the previously slate-slathered master bath in this 1959 property offer one suggestion. Reversing this and other unsympathetic changes made to the interior over the years, the home’s current owners have spent time and energy reversing earlier “updating” attempts (the listing agent calls it “backdating”) — to bring the house closer to its midcentury and modern roots.

This flat-roof mod has some history of its own: It was part of the Parade of Homes put on by the Greater Houston Builders Association in 1959. A wall by the entry is covered with a custom mosaic tile pattern; behind it, the den, kitchen, breakfast area, and an alcove now furnished with a tiki bar flow into each other in an expansive space. The back yard of the 8,400-sq.-ft. lot is fenced. The 2,311-sq.-ft. home features 2 separate attached single-car garages, as well as a separate storage building.

If you’d like to see for yourself the home’s new boomerang Formica surfaces, cork floors, and other era-appropriate appointments — as well as a number of original built-ins and period furnishings — you’re in luck: The home has been chosen as Houston Mod’s “Mod of the Month” for April; the organization’s open house event will take place at the property this Sunday, April 15th, from 2 to 4 pm.

To view more photos of this former Westbury show home, check out the property website. If you can’t make this weekend’s open house but would still like to see it in person, contact the listing agent, Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

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Sponsor of the Day
04/06/18 12:00pm

A thank you today to Houston’s own Central Bank — our Sponsor of the Day! Swamplot appreciates the continuing support.

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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03/23/18 12:00pm

A thank you today to Houston’s own Central Bank — our Sponsor of the Day! Swamplot appreciates the continuing support.

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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03/12/18 12:00pm

Swamplot today is brought to you by the 2-story home at 306 Sylvester Rd. in Northside Village, designed by Martin Lide. We appreciate the support!

What can you expect in a home designed by Houston architect Martin Lide? An Inner Loop location, high windows, sharply pitched roofs, bright-colored exteriors, and primarily monochromatic interiors with room for art on the walls and cool porcelain-tile floors in the main spaces — all favored for their practicality and suitability for Houston homebuyers (and the particular climate they find themselves in here). You’ll find these features and more in his latest modern design: a 3-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home located just west of Lindale Park.

The main living space in this home, created by Lide’s firm Sculpturesque and pictured above, looks onto a deep fenced back yard. All bedrooms are on the second floor. The master bedroom, master bath, and walk-in closet are at the back of the home; the second bedroom is situated so that it could alternately serve as a den, office, or crib room.

This stretch of Sylvester Rd. is the westward extension (past Fulton St.) of Lindale Park’s Avenue of Oaks. The home is about a 7-minute walk from the Lindale Park light-rail station (4 blocks to the south) on Houston’s Red Line. It’s a 5-minute drive from the famed Airline Farmers Market — soon to be remade as the Houston Farmers Market.

You can find additional photos of this home on the property website, and more details — including floor plans — on the property page of Martin Lide’s website. This property is being offered for sale by Boulevard Realty agent Star Massing.

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Sponsor of the Day
03/09/18 12:00pm

Today we thank Houston’s own Central Bank — our Sponsor of the Day! Swamplot appreciates the continuing support.

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
03/08/18 12:00pm

Our thanks go to Just Buyers Houston, the Houston real estate firm that represents buyers only. Thanks for being today’s Swamplot Sponsor of the Day!

If you’re thinking about jumping into the market for a new place — and are looking for an experienced, data-minded agent to represent you and guide you through the buying process of buying a highrise condo, a townhome, or a single-family home — contact Judy Thompson of Just Buyers Houston.

(And if you’re thinking about becoming a Swamplot Sponsor, contact us.)

Sponsor of the Day
03/01/18 12:00pm

Today our thanks go to Just Buyers Houston, the Houston real estate firm that represents buyers only. Thanks for sponsoring Swamplot!

The market condition pages for townhouses and highrises have just been updated on the Just Buyers Houston website. Take a look. “If you are a highrise buyer you will find the most favorable market condition for buyers in the city,” notes Just Buyers Houston’s Judy Thompson. Demand for these units, she notes, is “not nearly as strong as it is for single-family and townhouses. Townhouses are easier to buy than single-family properties — there is more to choose from and these units generally do not sell immediately.”

You’ll find plenty more arrays of perusable stats for 21 popular neighborhoods on the Just Buyers Houston website. If you’re looking for an experienced, data-minded agent to guide you through the buying process for a highrise condo, a townhome, or a single-family home, give Judy Thompson a call.

Swamplot sponsorships are also easier to buy than a single-family home. Learn more about them here.

Sponsor of the Day
02/23/18 12:00pm

Today we’re thanking Houston’s own Central Bank for being our Sponsor of the Day. Swamplot appreciates the continuing support!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
02/22/18 12:00pm

Sponsoring Swamplot today: Just Buyers Houston, the Houston real estate firm that represents buyers only. Thanks for the support!

Just Buyers Houston’s Judy Thompson has been tracking gentrification: “I have always been sensitive to the neighborhood gentrification issue and would prefer that the original housing stock of neighborhoods be renovated rather than demolished and replaced by new construction,” she writes. “But gentrification seems to be an economic fact of life in Houston. I keep my eye on it and have created the chart shown here so you can too.”

The Just Buyers Houston gentrification page ranks 22 popular local Zip Codes by a statistic Thompson presents as a proxy for gentrification: the percentage of sales in a neighborhood in which the sold home is older than the average home in that neighborhood.

Do these numbers surprise you? Or confirm your sense of these local markets?

You’ll find plenty other perusable stats for these neighborhoods on the Just Buyers Houston website. If you’re looking for an experienced, data-minded agent to guide you through the buying process, give Judy Thompson a call.

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Sponsor of the Day
02/21/18 12:00pm

Our sponsor today is trash-can cleaning company Blast Can. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Houston, have you washed your trash cans? Do you use hot water? Where do you dump the dirty water? Do you really want to do this yourself?

Why not relax and let Blast Can Trash Can Cleaners do the dirty work? The company’s custom-built container-cleaning truck comes to your home and cleans your trash and recycling cans in minutes — in an affordable and eco-friendly way. Blast Can’s approach is unique in this city — and has quickly won it praise from satisfied clients.

“I was in the trash and recycling business for over a decade and saw this problem,” says John Mixon, the company’s founder. “We’re offering a smart and easy way to make stinky trash cans a thing of the past.

The Blast Can cleaning method helps eliminate the bacteria, germs, odor, and filth that can live in garbage and recycle cans. Cleaning trucks lift and clean the cans right at the side of the curb.

The company’s truck uses extremely hot water during the process, but dirty water isn’t poured back on the street afterward. Instead, it’s all collected in the trucks after washing. Services are scheduled on the same day as your trash and recycling pickup.

If you’d like more information on this service — including pricing, a video of the truck in action, and a map showing where the company currently offers service, check out the Blast Can website. Both one-time and recurring plans are available.

Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day. Because Houston deserves to know about your company.

Sponsor of the Day
02/15/18 12:00pm

Today Just Buyers Houston — a local real estate firm that represents buyers only — is sponsoring Swamplot. Thanks for the support!

Just Buyers Houston’s Judy Thompson has comments on a number of recent stats in the local market — which she tracks regularly on the company’s website:

Over the last six months, she writes, resale properties in the Midtown area (77004) sold the fastest with an average of 37 days on the market, with the Med Center area (77025) second with an average of 38 days on the market and the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area (77018) third with 44 days on the market. The Afton Oaks area (77027), the Tanglewood area (77056), and River Oaks area (77019) took the longest to sell.

In the number of sales, she adds, the Heights area (77008) and the Memorial Park area (77007) have led the way with more sales than other Zip Codes — with 298 and 214 respectively. (“When will the Heights cool off?” she asks: “Median prices in 77008 are now approaching $500,000. Maybe that will throw a little cold water on 77008? Time will tell.”)

To find the complete data set for 20 popular Houston Zip Codes, check out the days-on-market page at Just Buyers Houston — one of several regularly updated pages of tabulated and helpful current and historical data you can find on the website. And if you’re looking for an experienced, data-minded agent to represent you in real estate purchases, give Judy Thompson a call.

How many days has your inventory been sitting on the market? Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day and get it moving faster!

Sponsor of the Day
02/09/18 12:00pm

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day today is Houston’s own Central Bank — thanks! We sure appreciate the continuing support.

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
02/07/18 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor is trash-can cleaning company Blast Can. Thanks for supporting this site!

How dirty and smelly are your home’s city trash and recycling containers? Have you ever tried to clean them yourself after pickup? How’d that go? Well . . . what if you could hire a service to clean them for you?

Houston, meet Blast Can Trash Can Cleaners. The company’s custom-built container-cleaning truck comes to your home and cleans your trash and recycling cans in minutes — in an affordable and eco-friendly way. Blast Can’s approach is unique in this city — and has quickly won it praise from satisfied clients.

“I was in the trash and recycling business for over a decade and saw this problem,” says John Mixon, the company’s founder. “We’re offering a smart and easy way to make stinky trash cans a thing of the past.

The Blast Can cleaning method helps eliminate the bacteria, germs, odor, and filth that can live in garbage and recycle cans. Cleaning trucks lift and clean the cans right at the side of the curb.

The company’s truck uses extremely hot water during the process, but dirty water isn’t poured back on the street afterward. Instead, it’s all collected in the trucks after washing. Services are scheduled on the same day as your trash and recycling pickup.

If you’d like more information on this service — including pricing, a video of the truck in action, and a map showing where the company currently offers service, check out the Blast Can website. Both one-time and recurring plans are available.

Do you offer a service Houston needs to know about? Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
02/01/18 12:00pm

Our sponsor for today: real estate firm Just Buyers Houston. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

The supply of homes for sale is at a decades-low level for the country as a whole. Low inventory has been a feature of the Houston market since 2012, notes Judy Thompson of Just Buyers Houston. She’s tracked it all since 2003, publishing bi-weekly inventory calculations of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods on the Just Buyers Houston website.

You can see for yourself how conditions have changed over the years in the color-coded charts on the Just Buyers Houston website. Take note of the values during the financial crisis that began in 2007. “Those were good days for buyers,” Thompson notes.

Click here to browse market conditions in Houston’s most popular neighborhoods since 2003. You’ll find more data about the Houston market on the Just Buyers Houston website.

Just Buyers Houston represents buyers only in real estate transactions. If you appreciate an analytical approach to Houston real estate investing that’s focused on buyers, get in touch with Judy Thompson of Just Buyers Houston at (713) 299-1156.

Swamplot readers live and breathe Houston real estate. Becoming a Sponsor of the Day is the best way to reach them.

Sponsor of the Day
01/26/18 12:00pm

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day is Houston’s own Central Bank today — thanks! We sure appreciate the continuing support.

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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