Best Real Estate Vendors in Houston
July 2011 update
This list was initially compiled in 2007, and it is severely outdated. Some vendors may no longer be in business, other worthy vendors are not listed. By the end of 2011, this list is likely to be completely redone, based on a brand new survey of Houston real estate community. Stay tuned.
WARNING: Please keep in mind that this is not “Michael Plaks list.” I do NOT endorse these vendors personally. In fact, I do not even know half of them! These vendors were nominated by Houston investors who subscribed to my 3,000-strong email list. Similarly, there are many other vendors who I would personally endorse but who are not listed below.
If you want to learn how this list was assembled or you want to add another reliable vendor to this list, please see the background information below. Otherwise, please contact these vendors – but at your own risk, of course. Again: these vendors are not endorsed by Michael Plaks.
- Deal makers: Realtors, lenders, inspectors, title companies
- Supporting actors: attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, mentors
- Contractors: GCs, plumbers, electricians, roofers, HVAC
- Suppliers: building materials, appliances
|Realty Associates||713-542-3515||Dale Tyson|
|Lion Realty||281-639-8589||Kevin Coleman|
|Carolyn Poe, Broker||713-830-7682||Carolyn Poe|
|StarTex Title Company – Spring||832-249-7800||Judy Crocker|
|StarTex Title Company – Spring||832-249-7800||Buzzie Darnell|
|AmeriPoint Title Co. – Sugar Land||281-240-1811||Manoj Bhatia|
|First American Title – Kemah||281-538-0371||Karen McCann|
|First American Title – Katy||281-398-6565||Camille White|
|Fidelity National Title||713-966-4050||Ernest Torres|
|Lenders – traditional|
|Cornerstone Mortgage||832-379-0600||Teri Treadway|
|Cornerstone Mortgage||281-397-9708||Ray Hunt|
|CTM Funding, Inc.||713-975-7421||Archie & Jerry Salch|
|Buyers Loan Source, LLC||281-873-8855||Eddie Gant|
|Lenders – hard money|
|Coast Realty Capital, Inc. (CRC)||713-681-6677||Sharon Gilbert|
|Jet Investor Lending, LLC||281-872-7800||Johnny Hays|
|Forward Assist||713-858-1330||Kevin Smith|
|Sherlock Home Inspections||281-844-8399||Christopher Hurley|
|Avoid Ugly Surprises||832-489-1071||Stephen Ruback|
|Entrust Retirement Services, Inc.||281-492-3434||Quincy Long|
|Aurelle Investment Group||281-454-4594||Linda Purcell-Muscarello|
|Road 2 Success||877-418-2125||Dennis Arocho|
|Wealth Through Wisdom||281-921-0590||Gordon Appleby|
|Richard Melamed, Attorney At Law||713-839-8800||Richard Melamed|
|Roger Schirmbeck, Attorney At Law||281-422-2000||Roger Schirmbeck|
|Michael Plaks, EA||713-721-3321||Michael Plaks|
|Yeiter & Company, P.C.||713-943-1040||Jerry Yeiter|
|Wilkinson Insurance Services||800-932-5743||Bill & Margaret Wilkinson|
|The Patriot Insurance||281-970-8787||Deuwain Henrichs|
|Property tax consultants (protests)|
|Premier Graphics||281-561-0410||Zoebali Noorbhai|
|National Tenant Network||281-487-4100||Mike Stout|
|The Dependable Renovators, LLC||713-702-3490||Shaun Sharry|
|Fast Track Remodeling||713-992-6997||Shannon Dies|
|Premier Remodeling & Construction||713-532-1100||Rob Hellyer|
|Your Cousin Vinnie||281-772-7901||Vinnie McKinney|
|Manuel Lopez||832-725-5399||Manuel Lopez|
|Primary Aire||713-240-8595||Paul Franco|
|Charlie Roofing||713-688-6463 / 281-389-4654|
|Eagle Roofing, Patio Covers & Sidings||281-493-3232||Jerry Maciel|
|Honesty Foundation Co.||281-989-4219||Joe Winter|
|Allied Foundation Specialists||281-479-5247|
|Afford Less Foundation||832-275-8327||Jose Deleon|
|Summit Floors, Inc.||281-235-9424||Rick Henley|
|Carpet Clearance Center||713-790-1100||Gilbert Banda|
|Beautify with Granite||713-664-7271||Karol Kyno|
|Oscar Ellis||832-883-2157||Oscar Ellis|
|Tree Service by Donnie Mosqueda||832-875-6031 & 713-863-7936||Donnie Mosqueda|
|Ponce’s Tree Service||281-820-4517||Juan Ponce|
|Creative Termite & Pest Control||281-389-6944||William Tisdale|
|Kingwood Pest & Termite Company||713-990-9378||Phil Langford|
|Houston Habitat ReStore outlet||713-643-1100|
|Floor and Decor outlets||281-893-3035|
|Olshan Lumber Company||713-220-9460|
|AAA Super Appliance Mart||281-550-5551|
|Conn’s Clearance Center||713-218-8844|
Michael, how did you select these vendors?
I did not. This list was assembled in late 2006 – early 2007 as a “community service” project and entirely from community input. I sent emails to my more than 3,000 subscribers all of whom are local real estate investors. I asked to send me nominations for whoever they considered to be honest, competent, and reliable. If a particular vendor received at least 3 nominations (from 3 different investors of course) and no “blacklisting” demands – he made the list.
How did you filter out “bad” responses?
Perhaps, I did not, but I tried. I know most of the people who responded to my request, and I have no reason to believe any of them had mean intentions. No self-nominations were accepted. As far as “blacklisting”, if I received multiple negative responses towards the same person (which did happen) – I took it as a collective “no.” In cases of an isolated negative feedback, I contacted the “complainers”, and all of them agreed to withdraw their requests. I did the best I could to make the process fair.
Can I trust the vendors listed here?
You kidding me? Who can guarantee you this nowadays? You can be assured of two things only: these vendors did not pay me anything to get listed, and each of them was recommended by at least three local investors. Whether it is good enough for you – is your call.
Why there is only one vendor (or none) listed under category A?
Because nobody else met my conditions: three nominations and no blacklisting. I have many vendors in my database who received only two nominations and need one more to be included. Your vote can make this difference. Please email me!
How come this great vendor, Mr. X, is not listed?
One of the two reasons. Either he did not receive the required 3 nominations – or did receive multiple negative feedback. Also, couple vendors requested to not be listed because they are not taking new business. Neither of these three possibilities means that this is a bad vendor! “Not listed” does not really tell you anything. In fact, several of my friends who I will highly recommend if you ask me privately, did not make this list. As I said, this is not “Michael Plaks list.”
Can you add Mr. X to this list?
Possibly, and even likely. This list will be expanded as I receive more feedback. Please email me your nomination (but no self-nominations please). If this vendor already has two other votes – he will be in! Please help your favorite vendors by voting for them.