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Featured Listing: 30 Acres in Madison County – Hunting & Recreation
A view west along the north side fence.

A view west along the north side fence.

Midway, TX – This secluded 30 acres is an ideal retreat for all who enjoy hunting, camping, recreational ATVs, and nature watching. Explore the clearings beneath the shade of towering oaks, visit the pond, and watch for game trails and tracks scattered throughout the woods. The property is fenced along the majority of the boundary lines, and a cleared fencerow allows you to drive a full circuit. Located 2 hours from Houston – come on Friday and stay the weekend! -Reduced!- $2,550/ac.

Please visit this listing online for more details: 30 Acres in Midway, TX – $2,550/ac.

Madison County Hunters – mark your calendars!

  • General Season:  November 6th, 2010 through January 2nd, 2011.

Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. website for more details: Madison County Hunting Seasons

You may want to visit this 30 acres before the season is over. Just give me a call! (936)349-7075

30 Wooded Acres in Midway, TX

30 Wooded Acres in Midway, TX


Three Texas Cities Among Nation’s Most Affordable
November 10, 2010, 1:07 pm
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NEW YORK (Forbes) – Three Texas cities made Forbes’ list of ten most affordable U.S. cities.

San Antonio came in sixth with Houston right behind at seven. Austin claimed the final spot on the list and was noted as one of the nation’s hottest cities for high-tech jobs.

Forbes attributed the number of Texas cities on the list to the state’s business-friendly climate, rich natural resources and stable housing economy.

“The state (as a whole), and Houston and San Antonio (in particular) are deriving significant income from domestic in-migration. People are moving to Texas because of job availability and because of the cost of housing being so low,” said Real Estate Center Research Economist Dr. Jim Gaines. “Texas has always been a wide-open laissez-faire, low-control, low-regulation place.”

Realtor®, Pathfinder, & Photographer

Today I put up For Sale signs and took photos at a 30 acre wooded property that I have just listed. It features towering mature oak trees, sunlit clearings, fenced boundaries, and evidence of a local deer population – a great place to hunt! When I arrived at the property, I found the entrance a little crowded with branches and underbrush, too narrow to drive through. Opening the back of my truck, I retrieved my machete and went to work. I wrapped an orange flagging tape “bandolier” around me as a visual heads-up to any bow hunters who might be in the area (yes, it’s that time of year). Here’s a photo:

David "Indiana Jones" Companik

David "Indiana Jones" Companik

I truly enjoy my profession. I assist people in meeting important goals: buying a home, selling a home, purchasing rural acreage, etc. To do this requires a knowledge of the local market, agriculture, rural real estate, financing, mathematics, contract law, appraisal standards, taxing authorities, and much more. And if that weren’t fascinating enough already, I get to wield a machete under the shade of Texas oaks and explore our beautiful countryside on foot. Real estate gives me plenty of exercise!

I’ll post photos and property details on my blog soon. Keep an eye out for this ideal hunting retreat within 2 hours of Houston.

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

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!