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Ralph Bivins’ New Houston 2020 Book Discussed on Looped In Podcast with Nancy Sarnoff

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Realty News Report Editor Ralph Bivins, author of a new book on Houston, is appearing now on the popular Looped In podcast hosted by Nancy Sarnoff of the Houston Chronicle. The book – Houston 2020: America’s Boom Town – An Extreme Close Up– Bivins lays out the projects, partnerships and personalities that are positioned ... Read More »

Seven Predictions for the Remainder of 2019

HOUSTON – (By Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report) – The first quarter draws to a close. 2019 pours out of the hour glass even though it seems like New Year’s Day was only yesterday. Nevertheless, the first quarter will be gone in about two weeks. So it’s time for a few predictions for the remainder of the year. PREDICTION ONE: 2019 ... Read More »

Transwestern’s Johnson: Obamacare Reform Uncertainty Not Slowing Medical Real Estate

HOUSTON – The “repeal and replace” Obamacare health insurance discussions under the Trump administration have not slowed down activity in the healthcare industry, says Eric Johnson, national director of Transwestern’s healthcare advisory group. Johnson made the observations at the recent Texas Healthcare Real Estate 2017 conference in Houston. A panel discussion on healthcare real estate included Alan Whitson, president of ... Read More »

Realty News Report Editor Ralph Bivins Wins Unprecedented Five NAREE Journalism Awards

HOUSTON – Realty News Report editor Ralph Bivins won an unprecedented five awards in the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s 66th Annual Real Estate Journalism Competition. “This writer covers Houston real estate like a glove,” the judges said of Bivins’ work. “Whether he is writing about new building construction methods, the future of the Astrodome, or the acquisition of the ... Read More »

The “F Word” Will Be Spoken in Houston in 2016

HOUSTON – The “F Word.” The word “foreclosure” will be heard by commercial real estate professionals in 2016. About a year ago, Houston was leading the nation in office building construction with some 17 million square feet underway and more projects proposed. Rental rates are going down and vacancies are going up. Sublease space is everywhere and more new buildings ... Read More »

Thank You From Realty News Report – and Happy Thanksgiving

Realty News Report extends a word of thanks to our many readers, friends and supporters at this Thanksgiving holiday. This has been a great year for Realty News Report. We’re thankful for our many new readers and sponsors – and also for those who have been with us for a while. We’ve received a lot positive feedback on our e-newsletter ... Read More »

Best September Ever for Houston Home Sales

HOUSTON – In the strongest September on record, the Houston Association of Realtors reported 6,691 single-family homes were sold in September, a 3.5 percent increase over September of last year. However, HAR reports a slight decrease in “pending sales” a statistic that indicates sales activity could be slowing. Traditionally home sales slow down in the fall, as the holiday seasons ... Read More »

Best August Ever for Houston Home Sales, Despite Last Month’s Plunging Oil Prices

HOUSTON – The Houston Association of Realtors reported 7,454 single-family homes were sold last month – the best August on record and the eighth best month ever for the city’s housing market. Sales so far this year indicate that homes are selling at the nearly same pace as last year –an impressive rate considering that 2014 was the best year ... Read More »

Apartment Briefs from Realty News Report, a Ralph Bivins Publication

IMT CAPITAL ACQUIRES 392 APARTMENT UNITS IN HOUSTON FOR $90.1 MILLION HOUSTON – IMT Capital LLC, together with its affiliate, IMT Residential, has acquired IMT Uptown Post Oak, a 392-unit apartment community at 1111 Post Oak Blvd. near Houston’s Galleria The complex was acquired for $90.1 million from Plano, Texas-based Monogram Residential Trust in a deal brokered by David Oelfke ... Read More »

Houston’s Energy Corridor: The Scariest Office Market in America

HOUSTON – There may be some scarier places in The Universe than West Houston’s Energy Corridor office market. But there aren’t many. On Monday, a big decline in oil prices, with West Texas Intermediate crude dropping to near $45 a barrel, cast an even darker shadow on the Energy Corridor. Since the beginning of the year, energy firms have slashed ... Read More »

Q&A: Third Palm Capital’s Exclusive Interview with Realty News Report

MIAMI – Third Palm Capital is undertaking a billion-dollar mixed-use development in Houston’s Energy Corridor in one of the nation’s strongest growth regions. The Texas Triangle – a heavily populated swath of Texas bounded by Dallas, San Antonio and Houston – holds a great allure for long-term development possibilties, said developer Cameron Graham, executive vice president of Third Palm. Graham, ... Read More »

Houston’s Top 17 Catalyst Deals of the Year

HOUSTON – Houston realty outscored the nation in most categories last year. The city has more than 17 million square feet of office space under construction, far more than any other city. And it had more single-family housing starts than any other market in the nation last year. Plus, existing single-family sales are on a record-setting pace. While adding 125,000 ... Read More »

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