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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…)


Friends of the Library @ Texas Mushroom Festival

The Friends of the Madison County Library held our annual Book Sale & Silent Auction on October 23rd, 2010 in conjunction with the Texas Mushroom Festival. We had a great turnout of volunteers and patrons and sold a lot of books! Here’s some video I took between cashier shifts:

The Friends of the Library seek to grow the Madison County Library and encourage its use by local residents. Our Vision for the future includes a new modern library facility to enable more readers to enjoy the thrill of exploring great books. If you would like to join in our efforts or learn more about our bookstore in Madisonville, please contact member Joan Osth at (936)399-3187.

Joan appears in the video wearing our “Book” to promote the $1 bag of books sale that took place on Saturday. She and her husband Johan own the Osth Family Farm in North Zulch, TX, where they and their three children care for an organic garden, goats, cows, chickens, and more! Visit their website to learn more: osthfamilyfarm.com

If you didn’t make it to the Texas Mushroom Festival this year, you’ll have another chance to join the fun in October 2011!

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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Paved trail completed around Lake Madison
September 17, 2010, 12:42 pm
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Yesterday I went walking with my dog Patti on the new paved trail around Lake Madison here in Madisonville, and I took a short video while there. The city workers did a great job! The new trail is a vast improvement over the dirt trail that preceded it; the old trail would become muddy and impassable after rain storms, and it was generally an uninviting path to take. If you live nearby, be sure to visit the new trail and enjoy the scenic lake views!

To read more about the new trail, follow this link to the Madisonville Meteor’s “More Life in Madison County” page on their website: Click Here – and then scroll to the bottom of the page.

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…

Texas Mushroom Festival 2010
September 7, 2010, 12:11 pm
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Mark your calendars! The annual Texas Mushroom Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Saturday, October 23rd.

Dubbed the “Mushroom Capital of Texas” by the State legislature in 2005, Madisonville is home to a large Monterey Mushroom farm that produces nearly 28 million pounds of mushrooms per year. Recognizing the importance of this industry in the life and employment of the community, Madisonville held its first Mushroom Festival in 2003, and the event has grown and flourished ever since. With attractions ranging from a sumptuous steak & mushroom dinner, arts & crafts vendors, antique car show, 5k run/walk, photo contest, and more, the festival has something for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to soak up some sunshine in the mild October air while browsing the many displays and shops. It’s also an enjoyable way to learn more about the local mushroom industry and the methods used to produce their  tasty harvest.

As with any major community event, volunteers are greatly needed and appreciated! If you are in the area and in the mood to help, visit the “Volunteer” page on the Texas Mushroom Festival website for more details: http://www.texasmushroomfestival.com/2010_volunteer.html

I hope I’ll see you there!

Visit the official Texas Mushroom Festival website at www.texasmushroomfestival.com