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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sponsor of the Day
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.

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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
01/09/18 12:30pm

Just how many would-be customers have been pulling up to the Golden Bagels & Coffee storefront at the corner of White Oak and Oxford, yanking on the locked front door, then walking away? Enough that the proprietors have seen fit to post a handwritten sign this morning telling them they’ll SEE YOU TOMORROW. The Heights’ first-ever bagel shop has already received 3 reviews on Yelp — one a 1-star rating (since upgraded to 3 stars) knocking the establishment for not being open this past Sunday even though the hours painted on the front door suggest otherwise, and two 5-star reviews submitted with the intention to counterbalance the first, noting that the shop at 3119 White Oak Dr. has not yet opened for business.

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Heights Bagel Stakeout
01/08/18 2:30pm

Spotted in the pre-retail hours at 2512 University Blvd. by morning Rice Village dog-walker Gerrit Leeftink: This convocation of under-dressed athletic figures — in warm-up mode outside the local outlet of women’s clothing chain Athleta.

More views of the gathering, as participants awaited their new attire indoors:

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Street Mannequins of University Blvd.
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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