Dwight Cook's Blog Posts

When is the best time to list your home?

You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last

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Make Sure the Price is Right!

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That

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Health of Real Estate Market in 2018

HAR shared stats with us on home sales in 2018.Despite uncertainties amid Houston’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, 2018 proved to be a record year for Houston home sales with 82,177

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Is Your Homestead Exemption Filed?

Below are the websites for the Homestead Exemption forms for Harris and surrounding counties.  It is also a good time to get a market analysis to fight your tax assessment. At the

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Megastar Beyoncé's Childhood Home For Sale

2414 Rosedale St, Houston, TXPrice: $500,000It's kinda crazy but the childhood home of megastar Beyoncé set the web ablaze this week.Built in 1946, the three-bedroom home has

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Concert Lineup

The following is the official announcement from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials released the entertainment lineup for the 2019 Rodeo season, which

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Half Price Rodeo Carnival Tickets

Get half price carnival tickets for a limited time.  Yes, the Rodeo will be back in Houston soon. Visit: https://www.rodeohouston.com/Tickets/Carnival-Rides-Games

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How to keep your New Year Resolutions?

Have you made a New Year Resolution yet?  Making a New Year's resolution is a great way to make a positive change in your life, whether it's going to the gym, waking up earlier, or saving your

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Houston Leads the Nation in Tech Hiring

Technology Hiring plans remain robust across the nation. The table below shows percentages of technology managers from 28 U.S. cities who expect to add to their teams in the first half of 2019.RankU

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Worried about another crash (Pt 2)

Most homeowners have tremendous equity in their homesTen years ago, many homeowners irrationally converted much, if not all, of their equity into cash with a cash-out refinance. When foreclosures

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Worried about another crash? (Pt 3)

Lending standards are much tougherOne of the causes of the crash ten years ago was that lending standards were almost non-existent. NINJA loans (no income, no job, and no assets) no longer exist.

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Worried about another crash? (Pt 4)

Affordability is better now than in 2006 (our final post comparing the 2007 crash to today!)Though it is difficult to afford a home for many Americans, data shows that it is more affordable to

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Worried about another crash? (part 1)

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced

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What about hacking your security camera?

If your security camera makes you feel less secure, there might be a problem.Especially when a voice emanating from the other end claims to be a “white hat hacker”. That&rsquo

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How to Winterize Your Houston Home

Houston is famous for its stifling summer heat, but we do have winter. The coldest temps are yet to come! Here are some important winter home maintenance items to help you protect your home from

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Real Estate market December 2018

Builders are super-discounting right now - because they’re trying to get rid of inventory.  Discounts don’t just apply to new homes. Market observers say that as the housing

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Houston on track for another record in real estate

Home sales continue to outpace 2017’s record levels Holiday's are here and even though Houston home sales slowed slightly in November it was not enough to knock the real estate market off

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Post Harvey, are we better prepared?

The city’s post Harvey recovery ‘Czar’, Marvin Odum, who recently stepped down, says a comprehensive protection infrastructure for Southeast Texas will cost billions and take

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Houston Office Market is Rebounding

Like most major cities, Houston has had its fair share of market cycles. However, this most recent decline in the local economy’s growth rate that was caused by a steep drop of oil prices put

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A house for a penny?

A Whopper for a penny?Brilliant, but competition in the burger arena may be a prediction for real estate.  I'm not suggesting that you can buy a house for a penny, but I have seen homes listed

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Tired of spam calls?

It seems like every day I get a least a dozen(s) of spam calls.  What a waste of time.Be sure to register your phone numbers at the National Do Not Call Registry. https://donotcall/

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Airbnb and Other Income Streams

Hi, thank you for attending our Airbnb event.  Here is the info for the Airbnb slide deck:Slide DeckHere is the info on the broker that offers ownership and passive income streams to Realtors

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Houston better than NYC for expats

Only three US cities featured in the latest comprehensive ranking of the 72 best cities to live in the world as an expat.According to the recent Expat Insider report, conducted by networking group

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Houston Thanksgiving takeout favorites to the rescue!

Thanksgiving is a great time to gather with family and friends and share our stories of gratitude. Unless its your thing there’s no doubt some folks find the prep work and cooking exhausting.

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Is now a good time to buy a house?

A survey including Texas reveals that for the past five quarters, the majority of Americans said their housing markets were overheating. Now, in the fourth quarter, 75 percent of Americans say their

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Will Your Home Flood

FloodingWe all know Houston is pretty flat.  That brings about flash flooding which we have experienced or seen in the news.  Tropical weather raises the risk of flooding.  I remember

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Home Sales Grow As Office Leasing Gets Worse

The Houston Chronicle and the Houston Association of Realtors Houston are reporting big home sales growth. In the past, the oil slump stagnated the Houston home market.  I think that is because

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