Dave Jensen's Blog Posts

Tomball ISD - Market Snapshot - Past 30days to May 13, 2022

Here's a quick view of the Tomball ISD market for single family homes over the past 30 days.  It is still becoming more active as expected.  The seasonal cycle is following that familiar

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The Woodlands - Market Snapshot - Past 30days to May 12, 2022

Here's a quick recap of the recent market activity in top 10 sections of The Woodlands, TXA good metric to know of is the sale price vs list price ratio.Most sections are getting closed sales prices

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Gleannloch Farms - Trend and Current Snapshot as of May 8 2022

When you're looking to buy or sell property in a given neighborhood, it's best to know what's been going on over time and if the home you own or are looking to buy is priced well.  The trends

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New Construction within 40mi of Downtown Houston - as of May 3, 2022

New construction.  There's a lot going on.  Still, it looks like it's going to take years to catch up with the demand.  Here's a quick snapshot of all new construction activity listed

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HOW TO CURATE ART FOR YOUR HOME

The right artwork can transform any room in a home, plus it has the unique ability to display the homeowner’s personality, character, and energy. Because of that, choosing the right pieces can

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Plant a Veggie Garden! You Can Save Money and Eat Better

With rising food prices, you can save money by growing some of your own fruits and vegetables. It doesn't take a lot of space, it's not expensive to get started, and it's an easy way to get

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April2022 Housing Market Profile & Trend - Klein ISD

Once a month, I publish a market view of a given school district.  Just good for folks to keep a finger on the pulse of their area market.  This month is Klein ISD.This snapshot is a

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Housing Market Trend & Notes - Houston, TX - through March2022

It's good to have something in life that's predictable.  And if you own a property now in the Houston area, you are loving the sharp increase in your home's value.Not sure what that is? 

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Second Home and Vacation Properties

Where is your favorite vacation spot?Do you visit another town often?Have you ever thought of buying property there? If you manage it right, this second property can pay for your vacation and

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Houston Area Housing Trend – the 7 year view

Here's quick view of the housing trend in the Houston area through the end of February 2022.   I'll post an updated study to include March2022 when the data is complete, likely about

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Thinking of selling your home? Take these steps FIRST!

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s best to go through a bit of a tune-up.  Look it over with an honest and critical eye and make a few notes of things that should be

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COVID19 Effect on Luxury Single Family Homes - A Timeline

This timeline is an excerpt from the larger "Luxury Market Review" which is a monthly study of the conditions around the country affecting Luxury property transaction activity.  Sales in

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TAKE 5: BACKYARD DIY PROJECTS

Summer is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to start planning some fun projects for your backyard. Whether you are looking for new ways to entertain and host friends or you want

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Improve your partner's credit without hurting yours

Here are some ways to help a spouse with poor credit.Improving Your Partner's Low Credit Without Hurting YoursIf your partner brings poor credit to the relationship, it can be an issue you should

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Recent housing activity in Klein ISD - as of March 14, 2022

Activity is picking up in the Klein ISD.  This recap gives you a sense of what's going on over the past 30 days in Klein ISD and the image below shows the longer term trend.It's always good to

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How expensive is a low credit score when getting a mortgage

Your credit score is alway important. When it comes to getting a mortgage, it's good to know exactly how expensive a lower credit score can be.   Broadcast news tends to report a single

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New Development Announced - Mixed Income in East Houston

Robins Landing on Tidwell Road just east of Mesa Drive, will be on 127 acres and have 468 single-family homes as well as multifamily units and senior housing.  Houston Habitat will build 100

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WAITING FOR A BETTER HOUSING MARKET? SIMPLE ANSWER ... STOP WAITING!

If you’re looking to sell your property?, think over all the strategies.  You’ll get premium sales price today yes, but you have to find the next place to go.  Sale contingent

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Houston wants more ADU's - Add more Income to your property!

There is a lot to like about ADU's (accessory dwelling units) - garage apartments, in-law cottages, granny flats - as a form of housing.Done well, ADUs can help meet the needs for multigenerational

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Some Stats on FSBO Real Estate Deals

Some interesting stats.  It affects a small percentage of the total transaction volume but interesting all the same.Think of this.  You're driving to work in a new town.  You only

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A FUNCTIONAL PANTRY IS FAST BECOMING A MUST HAVE

It may seem a small thing, but a convenient and functional pantry is missing in many homes, and it's a specific desire among most of my clients.  Thinking of selling your home?  Consider a

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New Development near Magnolia & Todd Mission - An example of opportunity

The growth continues.  This is a new article outlining broadly a new development in the far Northwest of the Houston marketplace. The developments continue toward college Station, closing

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Trends in Real Estate - The seasonality of Houston Single Family Home Transactions - Nov2021

The seasonality of single family home transactions is visible when you look at the data.  I find it easier to produce a picture of that data.Generally, every year follows the same pattern.;

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TIPS TO LIGHT YOUR HOME

Lighting is such a crucial aspect of your home and can affect the ambiance, energy, and vibe in each room. However, sifting through the various styles, bulbs, and placement options can feel

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FIXED VS. ADJUSTABLE RATES

You’re about to become a first-time homeowner—this is an exciting time! As you begin working with lenders on securing pre-approval for a mortgage, you probably hear some terms when it

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IMPROVE YOUR LANDLORD PROFITABILITY

As you may know, I'm an active real estate investor who, as a Realtor, also helps folks buy, sell and lease properties;  residential, commercial, and luxury properties alike.   I

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IS NOW A GOOD TIME TO SELL THE HOME?

Coming into the holiday season, it’s easy to put off the idea of selling your home.  But it may be smart to sell sooner than later! Winter may not seem like the ideal season for selling,

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PROPERTY TAXES & EXEMPTIONS IN TEXAS

This is a list of exemptions you may not know about.  Taken directly from the Texas Comptroller’s site (hyperlink at the bottom), these are specific to homestead.  There are others

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5 ESSENTIAL FINANCIAL STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE

If you’ve been thinking about investing in real estate, your best first step is to take a critical look at your finances.Getting your finances in order before you start searching for

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IS DOWNSIZING RIGHT FOR YOU?

Downsizing your home is not just for empty-nesters. There are numerous reasons and situations where this path could be the right one for you and your family!MinimizingOwning a large home and

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SOME TRUTHS ABOUT VIEWING HOMES ONLINE

It’s easy to get sucked into looking at home after home online, drawn to the stunningly filtered photos of manicured lawns, sharp-looking kitchens, and giant bedrooms. Although this is a great

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