If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know just how important it is to have a knowledgeable realtor on your side. But with 2018 producing monumental regulatory changes set to affect Houston real estate for years to come, selecting an educated and informed realtor seems more critical now than ever. A longtime Houstonian with years of experience as a full-time realtor with Boulevard Realty, Jan Clark prides herself on staying on top of all these changes.
“From revisions to the City of Houston floodplain ordinance passing in April to the design guidelines for the Houston Heights Historic Districts going into full effect earlier this month, Houston real estate looks a lot different today than it did at the start of 2018,” Clark said. “It’s up to us as realtors to be here for homebuyers, sellers and investors, educating them on what all has changed and how these changes will affect them moving forward.”
Clark brings the unique advantages of a legal background to the table as well, having received a law degree from the University of Houston and practiced both privately and as an attorney for the City of Houston. The extensive contract and negotiation experience she gained as a former lawyer is a major asset to her clients, and this background also goes a long way in helping her break down the complex design guidelines and the Chapter 19 (the City of Houston floodplain ordinance) changes for her clients.
“Maybe it’s because I was used to pouring over lengthy and dense documents as a lawyer, but I actually enjoy digging into the design guidelines and the Chapter 19 changes,” she said. “I know topics like these can be confusing and a lot to take in, so I want to make sense of it all for my clients.”
A proud Houstonian who has lived in what she identifies as the “Central North” area of Houston for a number of years, Clark knew to be successful as a realtor in that part of town — which includes the Greater Heights, Lazybrook, Timbergrove, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks — she needed to match her distinctive skill set with a real estate firm that had a firm presence there. That’s how she selected Boulevard Realty, the boutique firm that’s the only one she’s ever been with. Clark quickly realized that Boulevard is much more than just the top listing firm in the Heights. She asserts that it’s the most resourceful firm in Houston.
“Phenomenal training, community involvement, a full suite of design-build services, a full-service marketing team — I’m able to put all that to use for my clients every single day,” she said. “Then there’s the unparalleled wealth of knowledge our broker Bill Baldwin offers us, not only as an incredible realtor, but as a City of Houston planning commissioner, Houston Heights Association president and member of countless other public-private strategic planning committees.”
Going into 2019, Clark is confident that Boulevard’s resources, her past legal experience and many years of proven results for her real estate clients have her positioned perfectly to help those preparing to buy or sell a home in the wake of 2018’s changes.
“A realtor’s knowledge builds upon their foundation, so it’s crucial to work with an agent with the experience and resources that will allow them to guide you, not only today, but through new changes,” Clark said. “With my years of experience and the backing of Boulevard Realty, I’m excited and ready to lead my clients through this new set of changes and those on the horizon in this constantly changing world of real estate.”