Dwight Cook's Blog Posts

Houston Real Estate Pops in March

HOUSTON HOUSING MARKET POPS IN MARCHDemand for rental properties remains strong; inventory reaches a five-month highHOUSTON — (April 10, 2019) — Lower interest rates pushed fence

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Houston Home & Rental Prices Are Changing Again

Houston home prices are rising — fast — but local rents are a different story, as a new report lists the Bayou City among the top three U.S. cities with the most dramatic rent decreases

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Texas eats and fun Saturday! 12-5pm

Onion Creek 10th Annual H-Town Chili ThrowdownHouston is known for being diverse and our diversity gives Houston many culinary choices.  But let's not forget Texas favorites ...Do you like?

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5 Golden Rules of Home Buyers - don't break them.

Are you looking to buy a house? That's fine, but just keep in mind that in this heightened emotional state, it's easy to get swept up in the moment and make an emotional decisionSome decisions

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Houston's 10,000 restaurants

Did you know that Houston represents more than 70 countries and American regions in its restaurants? The city has 10,000 restaurants showing off the diversity of palates and cuisines among its 6

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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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Inventory UP! - Does that mean slower sales?

HOUSTON — (February 13, 2019) — Fresh on the heels of a record-breaking 2018, home sales across greater Houston began the new year at a dramatically slower pace. Sales volume fell

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When you say Texas - what food comes to mind?

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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Want the charm of a used home?

Do You 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

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Is it too cold for ice cream?

Never, am I right? Frozen treats are great all year. Two new shops for creamy frozen desserts are now joining the Houston food scene.La Argentina Gelato, originally a Katy creamery, just opened

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Learn Craft Cocktails in Houston

Was one of your goals for 2019 to learn a new skill? If so, it doesn't get much cooler — or more useful — than knowing your way around a cocktail kit. And who better to learn some

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Has your home value increased?

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?During 2018, home values increased nationally by over 5%! If you are planning on selling your home in 2019 you may be pleasantly surprised by how much your

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Selling a Home this Year? Here Comes the Inventory!

The top reason homeowners cited for not listing their home for sale in 2018, was their belief that they would be unable to find a home to buy. After 3 years of declining inventory for sale, we&rsquo

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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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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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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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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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Airbnb and Other Income Streams

Hi, thank you for attending our Airbnb event.  Here is the info for the Airbnb slide deck:Slide Deck - Click hereHere is the info on the broker that offers ownership and passive income streams

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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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