Dwight & Karen Cook's Blog Posts

A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale - Seller’s Checklist

We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare

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These 3 Real Estate Investment Types are a Hedge Against Inflation

Real estate investing can help you beat inflation.But where should you invest your money? What kind of real estate is most valuable? Here are three investment types to consider: PRIMARY RESIDENCE:

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Popular Home Design in 2022

Popular Home Design 2022There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key

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Normal? The State of Real Estate in 2022

Last year was one for the real estate history books. The pandemic helped usher in a buying frenzy that caused home prices to soar nationwide by a record 19.9% between August 2020 and August 2021

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20 Unique & Fun Home Gifts for Every Person on Your List

Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded-last minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly

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Property Taxes and your Protest

Homeowners all across Texas have started to receive the dreaded letter in the mail. Now that the shock has worn off, it's time to take action. The clock is ticking if you want to protest your

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New or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?

New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?01 Nov 2021  by Dwight CookHomebuyers today are facing a huge dilemma. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale

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Protect Yourself From Home Intruders

Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety StrategiesAccording to the FBI, more than one million burglaries are committed in the United States each year, with victims suffering an estimated $3

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March 2021 = Frenzied Buying

With frenzied buying at the high end and shrinking inventory in the mid-to-low end, the Houston real estate market managed to achieve its tenth straight month of positive sales in March, with some

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Buying Virtually?

Now could be a great time to take advantage of our Virtual Home Buying Program! For several years we have helped buyers purchase homes without ever leaving the comfort and safety of your home. 

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The Charm of an Existing Home

Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in

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Identity Theft

How to Prevent Identity TheftOnly carry essential documents and cards with you.Avoid carrying extra credit cards, your Social Security card, birth certificate or passport with you outside the house

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The point of points

If you’re financing a property purchase, you’ve probably come across the term points or discount points. Although there are other meanings, most often these terms refer to prepaid

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Texas Comfort Food

When you think Texas, Oil, and Cattle come to mind.  No dish more accurately reflects Houston’s guns-and-oil heritage than the almighty Texas steak. No matter how it’s cooked,

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Freeways too busy?

Texas ranked second in the nation for relocation activity in 2018, according to the 2020 edition of the Texas Relocation Report released today by Texas Realtors, which analyzes the latest migration

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Worried About Rates

Mortgage rates move and it may have nothing to do with any news headlines.  The bond market drives mortgage rates.  Mortgage Loan PerspectiveThe market will continue to change so lock

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How to price your home when you sell.

How To List Your Home for the Best PriceMany people price their home based on neighborhood gossip or on how many dollars they need. Get real information and talk to an appraiser or Realtor

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