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My Newsletter Update – Madisonville TX Real Estate

EDIT: The photos were not displaying when I first posted this entry, but I’ve corrected the issue! Please take a look below.

Dear Friends,

It has been nearly one year since I last e-mailed you all to say “hello” and update you on my life and real estate work here in Madisonville. I hope this e-mail finds everyone blessed and in good health; please respond and let me know how you all are these days!

My wife Jennifer and I are enjoying life in Madisonville, especially the outdoor activities and projects that keep us busy. As of October, our backyard is now home to a small vegetable garden, an orange tree, and a compost bin! Here’s a photo of our square foot garden: (Click here to continue…)


Tour of the Madisonville, TX Courthouse Square

Last week I made a brief video tour of the historic courthouse square here in Madisonville, TX. This square will be the location of the upcoming Texas Mushroom Festival on the weekend of Saturday, October 23rd. If you’re looking for a quiet, rural downtown to visit, please stop by and enjoy the local hospitality!

Business owners in Madison County: You can be featured on my blog! If you would like me to record a video tour of your business and a video interview describing your services, please contact me! I will meet you at your business and take some footage (this part takes about 10 minutes); I’ll then upload the video to YouTube and also share it on my blogs at DavidCRealEstate.com, Trulia.com, and ActiveRain.com. Each place your video appears, I’ll include your business contact information: phone number, website, e-mail, etc. I’d like to use these videos to help introduce the folks in Madisonville to our neighbors online who haven’t yet explored our community.

Closings, Marketing, and Networking

The weather this week has taken a refreshing turn toward autumn! It’s 4:45 p.m., and the current (low-humidity) temperature is 78 degrees. Yesterday was just as pleasant, so my wife and I spent the evening playing tennis with family at the local Madisonville high school tennis courts.

This month I’ve been coordinating several property closings, three of which will likely occur this week. Every closing can encounter last minute obstacles, but I try to avoid these surprises by accurately preparing the sales contract, guiding the buyer and seller through their contractual responsibilities, and working closely with all of the service providers involved in closing the deal. (That last part requires daily phone calls and e-mails!)

My time has also been spent building my online presence at Trulia.com and ActiveRain.com; both are important tools in my online marketing program. Trulia is a feature-filled site for marketing my listed properties, and ActiveRain has helped me connect with other real estate professionals. Networking with my associates in the industry gives me an additional source for news, insights, referrals, and advertising. I enjoy working with other experienced agents, and I encourage them to show my listed properties to their clients- because the sooner my listings are sold, the better for my clients!

I’ve updated my “Contact Info” page with links to a few social networking sites I use. Feel free to connect with me through these sites (listed below). Be sure to introduce yourself when you send a request!

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Madison County Market Update

Below is my original article that appeared in the September 8th, 2010 edition of the Madisonville Meteor newspaper.

Madison County Market Update

by David Companik, Realtor®

As a real estate agent, I find myself inundated by “real estate updates” about the national and statewide markets: US home prices, Texas median prices, Houston residential sales, etc. While this information helps me assess the overall health of real estate sales in America, it does not address the questions my clients ask about the market in Madisonville. I’d like to answer some of those questions and bring you up to date on Madison County real estate trends. Continue reading…

Featured Listing!

3/2/2 Brick Home in Madisonville

104 E Crescent St. – $81,500!

Madisonville – 3/2 brick home on E Crescent St. Built 1977 with 1631 SF per CAD. Spacious formal living and dining rooms; large kitchen with utility area. Vinyl and carpet flooring in living areas and bedrooms; tile floor in bathrooms. New roof installed in June 2010! Beautiful hardwoods in front yard and a concrete patio and 12×10 storage building in back. Access to fishing and boating on Lake Viser! Perfect home for a family in a quiet neighborhood. Asking $81,500

Madisonville, TX – Community Information
August 30, 2010, 11:40 am
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(This post will appear as a separate page “Information & Resources” under the “Community Information” menu on the left.)

Madisonville, Texas is a bustling rural city at the intersection of Interstate 45 and State Highway 21. The community both past and present has uniquely benefited its residents and the state at large through its strongly agricultural way of life and business, with an estimated 244,524 acres of Madison County devoted to farm and ranch activities in 2002. With its prime location 1 1/2 hours from Houston, 2 hours from Dallas, and 45 minutes from Bryan/College Station (home of Texas A&M University), visitors and residents find that Madisonville is a pleasantly rural locale from which to access the arts, culture, education, and commerce of the nearby big cities- and those very things are growing within the community itself!

With historic roots deeply grounded in the good Texas earth, you will find Madisonville friendly, active, and growing. I’d encourage you to visit and stay awhile!

Here are some great resources to learn more about the area:

  • City of Madisonville: http://madisonvilletexas.us/ – Official city website for information about the city and county government, local organizations, current events, and more.
  • Madison County Government: http://www.co.madison.tx.us/ips/cms – Find information about the county government offices, notices, and news.
  • Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District: http://www.madisonvillecisd.org/ – “The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District is located in the eastern portion of Madison County and extends into Grimes County in the South.”
  • Madisonville Community Calendar: A community calendar of events on the City of Madisonville website.
  • Madisonville, TX on Zillow.com – Great source for local community information regarding median income, home values, demographics, and local schools. The page will open to Madisonville community details, but you can enter a different city or zip code at the top of the page.
  • Madison County in the Handbook of Texas Online – Learn more about the fascinating history of Madison County.

Howdy!… and what are Feral Hogs?

Hello, folks! I’ve been busy of late. I closed a commercial sale on the town square at the end of July and listed a new rural property a week ago, and I’m working on a pending sale and a few contract offers. These top priorities, along with the day-to-day “maintenance” work required in my business, keep me happily occupied.

I showed a 218 acre property in Leon County yesterday; it’s an office listing. The customer was looking at the place as a prospective investment. The Texas goatweed on the red-dirt entry road into the property was standing higher than the hood of my truck, but I plowed through without any trouble and left a cloud of goatweed “wool” (a hairy growth on the plant) floating in the air. This weed (and it truly is one!) can invade pasture land and choke out weaker grass root systems, resulting in a thick, widespread growth that is inedible to all livestock but goats. In addition to conventional herbicides, goats can be an effective control and eradication tool for goatweed and other unwanted weed species. Unlike horses and cattle, goats are predominately browsers whose diet subsists of 70% non-grassy species, so they don’t significantly compete with the livestock for grass.

After entering through the second gate into the property, I saw a herd of feral hogs run across the road about 10 yards ahead of me; it appeared to be a sow with her several piglets. These wild inhabitants of the rural south are one of the greatest natural threats to farm and ranch land, as well as a popular game sport for Texas hunters. With an estimated 2 million hogs in Texas alone (about 50% of their total US population) and the average sow giving birth twice a year to litters of 4 to 8 piglets, these omnivorous pests are invading rural land in large number to feed on agricultural grains, fruits, crops, grasses, roots, tubers, nuts, and more. Their need for protein also compels them to eat eggs, birds, reptiles, small mammals, and the young of wild mammals and livestock, and they will even cannibalize one of their own if a pig carcass is available! Because many of their food sources require them to root with their tusks and snouts as deep as 3 feet into the ground, they frequently plow up the soil across many acres of land, leaving a costly wreck for an angry farmer to deal with. Here are a few Texas viewpoints on the “pig problem” we face:

While showing the property, I had to cross a few hog-furrowed fields – quite a bumpy ride! They sure do leave their mark on a place. After finishing there, I drove back to Madisonville and stopped at the car wash to clean the goatweed wool out of my radiator… and then it was time to hang up my hat for the day and enjoy dinner with my wife!

To read more about feral hogs, you can view the online pamphlet “Feral Hogs in Texas” provided by the Texas Cooperative Extension, Wildlife Services Dept.

Do you have any feral hog stories or information to share? Please leave a comment on this post!