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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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.

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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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01/24/18 12:00pm

Today, Swamplot’s sponsor is the 5-bedroom home at 8122 Colgate St. in Glenbrook Valley. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

At 4,211 sq. ft., this 1956 home on the corner of Colgate and De Leon St. ranks as one of the Glenbrook Valley Historic District’s largest homes — and possibly one of its best-preserved ones too. The 5-bedroom, 3-and-a-half-bath property last went on the market more than 50 years ago, and when you browse through the extensive photo tour in the new listing, you’ll believe it. Inside, it’s not hard to imagine how the home might have appeared back then, because . . . well, just look through the photos!

The entry view at top only hints at the time-capsule-like scenes laid out inside the living room (to the left) with its wall moldings and street-facing picture window and family room (to the right) with its original flagstone flooring, pecky cypress beams, and ash paneling. Similar set pieces are to be found in the main house’s dining room, kitchen, and ground-floor master bedroom. Also found with the home: a distinct private living quarters (also on the ground floor) with its own kitchen and separate entrance. The lot measures 11,700 sq. ft.

Did we mention you can see more photos of the home on the property website? Or arrange for a tour if you’d like to see it in person. This property is offered for sale by Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

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

Today’s sponsor is Just Buyers Houston, a real estate firm that represents — you guessed it — buyers only. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Appreciation calculations for Houston’s most popular neighborhoods have been published at JustBuyersHouston.com. In the 10-year ranking, the Westbury area (77035) showed the highest level of appreciation in price paid per square foot (75 percent). Meyerland, right next door, showed the lowest (12 percent).

For the last 12 months, the Museum District and Montrose/Upper Kirby led the pack. This could be a result of new construction in those areas, Just Buyers Houston’s Judy Thompson notes. Meyerland showed the greatest decline in price paid per square foot in the previous 12 months, likely — Thompson notes — a result of flooding.

For more up-to-date data on the Houston market, check out the Just Buyers Houston website.

In the market for a great way to reach Houston real estate fans? Check out what it takes to become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day.

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

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day for 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
01/04/18 12:00pm

Thanks to Just Buyers Houston for being today’s Swamplot Sponsor of the Day!

For up-to-date data on market conditions for single-family properties by price range in 21 of Houston’s most popular ZIP Codes, check out the MarketWatch Summary page on the Just Buyers Houston website.

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Sponsor of the Day
12/18/17 9:00am

Our thanks today go to TechSpace Houston, the new modern flexible workspace in Westchase — Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day.

TechSpace Houston is celebrating Christmas early: Swamplot readers are personally invited to come try the space for FREE all this week!

From today through Friday, December 22, 2017, from 8 am to 5 pm, come try the space as a VIP guest — an early Christmas gift from TechSpace Houston.

To join, just fill out this form so you can be added to TechSpace Houston’s VIP list — and receive some important information about the facility.

Can’t make it this week? Claim your FREE day pass with a tour — on the day of your choice!

Separately, TechSpace Houston is also offering Swamplot readers 2 holiday-special discounts for the end of the year. Here are those deals:

  • Sign a FlexSpace membership agreement for 6 months and receive 5 free conference room hours.
  • Sign an agreement for a minimum of 6 months for a private office and receive 20 percent off plus 5 additional free conference room hours.

(To be eligible, agreements must be signed by close of business on Friday, December 29, 2017.) Please contact TechSpace Houston to take advantage of these specials!

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Sponsor of the Day
12/15/17 12:00pm

Hooray for Houston’s own Central Bank — Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day! 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
12/13/17 12:00pm

Thank you to TechSpace Houston, the new modern flexible workspace in Westchase — today’s Swamplot Sponsor of the Day.

TechSpace Houston is celebrating Christmas early: Swamplot readers are personally invited to come try the space for FREE for 5 days!

From Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 22, 2017, from 8 am to 5 pm, come try the space as a VIP guest — an early Christmas gift from TechSpace Houston.

To join, just fill out this form so you can be added to TechSpace Houston’s VIP list — and receive some important information about the facility.

Can’t make it this week? Claim your FREE day pass with a tour — on the day of your choice!

Separately, TechSpace Houston is also offering Swamplot readers 2 holiday-special discounts for the end of the year. Here are those deals:

  • Sign a FlexSpace membership agreement for 6 months and receive 5 free conference room hours.
  • Sign an agreement for a minimum of 6 months for a private office and receive 20 percent off plus 5 additional free conference room hours.

(To be eligible, agreements must be signed by close of business on Friday, December 29, 2017.) Please contact TechSpace Houston to take advantage of these specials!

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Sponsor of the Day
12/01/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thank you for 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
11/28/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor is Dawn in Damnation, a new paranormal Western novel by Clark Casey. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Dawn in Damnation features affordable and creative living spaces . . . in the town of Damnation, on the south side of the afterlife just short of hell. The newly gentrified neighborhood is popular with gun-slinging outlaws from the Old West, as well as werewolves and a lone vampire.

Need a better sense of Damnation? Think True Blood meets a shabby-chic Deadwood. Here’s a review of the book from the Vampires.com website. In Damnation, the local rooming house offers amenities such as cots and the smell of decay, while the saloon functions as a flexible workspace. The best part about Damnation is . . . it hardly every rains.

The novel is available now in paperback and as a Kindle download.

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