Dave Jensen's Blog Posts

5 COMMON HOME ISSUES INSPECTORS UNCOVER

One crucial step in the process of buying or selling a home is the home inspection.  A licensed inspector looks at the structure, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and more. Here are 5 common home

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New Scoring - FICO 9 May Increase Credit Scores

How medical debt and other collection items are tallied in a credit score is changing, potentially increasing the credit scores of millions of people.Called the FICO 9, the new credit score changes

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The Weekly Report - Houston Area Real Estate Activity - 7days to Jan25

Here's the weekly snapshot of our Houston area real estate market.Thankfully there were more listings again this past week and more coming soon properties.  And as usual, a little over 23% of

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Quick Weekly Market Snapshot - Houston Area Real Estate as of Jan 18, 2021

Here’s the weekly Houston Area Real Estate Recap.  Again, it covers the past 7 days including this past weekend ending Monday. If you'd like a longer trend, or more localized study,

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Long-Term Value of Homeownership

In the current economic situation, many of you may find it hard to buy into the idea of owning a home. It can be hard to get past the talk of a down payment and closing costs to see to the long-term

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Info: Houston Area Real Estate stats - 1 week activity ending 01/04/2021

Here's a quick snapshot of what's happened in the Single Family real estate market over the 7 day period ending January 4, 2021 in Harris and surrounding counties. Over 1,000 new homes listed

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Kitchen Trends That Are Going Out of Fashion

Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing meals and cleaning up. In many cases, we spend so much time in our familiar kitchen space that we don’t pay much attention to what it

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Info: Do you have useful data? a 5 Year history of Houston Real Estate

We all like to have info; to "be in the know".  Learning from online sources is fine but it comes at a risk.  Do you really know all you need to know?  Consider this:  How many

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How to Choose a House Where You Can Work From Home

People across the United States have begun working from home more frequently. For many, this will be a long-term or permanent change. If your current living and working situation is less than ideal

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ANNUAL HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

If you’ve been a homeowner before, you know that just like your vehicle needs regular maintenance like oil changes to run well—so does your home.It can be easy to ignore or put these

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BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PLUNGE WITH A FIXER-UPPER, THINK ABOUT RESALE VALUE

We’ve all watched the HGTV programs that show a run-down old house transforming into a dream home. Tackling a big renovation project on an outdated property can indeed pay off big&mdash

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MONEY TO BUY A HOME – YOU MAY NEED LESS THAN YOU THINK

WAITING?  If you’re hesitant to buy a home because you think it’ll take too much money for a down payment, call me.  A conversation will help separate fact from

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5 NEGOTIATING TACTICS THAT KILL A SALE

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a

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HOW TO HELP YOUR ADULT KID BUY: ADVICE FOR MOM AND DAD

As a parent, it’s hard to watch your kids struggle with anything, but watching them struggle to buy a house can be especially tough. We all want the best for our offspring, and owning a home

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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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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, getting your finances in order before you start searching for properties and scheduling appointments will save you from money headaches

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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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