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HAR’s Bob Hale says Houston Realtors are ‘Essential’ and Should Be Exempt From Stay-At-Home Order; Harris County Leaders Agreed

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Real estate sales agents perform an “essential” service and should be exempt from the Harris County stay-at-home order, says Bob Hale, president and CEO of the Houston Association of Realtors. The Harris County Commissioners Court agreed and included Realtors in the list of businesses and workers who may continue to operate during the stay-at-home ... Read More »

Realtors Discourage Open Houses; HAR.com Website Drops Open House Notices Due to Coronavirus

HOUSTON — (Realty News Report) — The HAR.com website, which carries listings of thousands of homes for sale across Texas, has suspended the display notices of open house events due to  the coronavirus outbreak. Most of the national real estate franchises and many large brokerage firms have either cancelled all in-person open houses or are strongly encouraging their agents not to ... Read More »

Rent vs Buy: Do the Numbers Still Add Up for Homebuyers?

HOUSTON – (By Dale King, Realty News Report) — The answer to the ancient question, “Is it better to rent or buy a home?” isn’t easy to come by. So much depends on one’s own personal finances, career trajectory and a complicated formula that takes into account variables like total monthly costs, local median rent and sales prices, taxes and ... Read More »

Houston Home Sales Surged in January – Up 14 Percent

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – January 2020 was the strongest January for home sales in  Houston real estate history. According to the Houston Association of Realtors, 4,699 single-family homes sold in January, a 14.3 increase over the 4,112 houses sold in January of 2019. Exceptionally low mortgage rates and strong economic signals lifted the Houston housing market. The January ... Read More »

Houston Retail Real Estate was Strong in 2019 — But What About 2020?

HOUSTON – (By Kyle Hagerty for Realty News Report) – Houston’s retail real estate sector may be as strong as it has ever been. CBRE reports 2019 was one of the strongest years on record for Houston’s retail real estate market, with occupancy remaining high, despite robust new construction. About 4.4 million SF of new retail-space was delivered in 2019, ... Read More »

September to Remember: Best September in Houston Real Estate History, Realtors Say

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Houston Realtors report September 2019 was the strongest September in Houston real estate history. A total of 7,035 single family homes were sold in September, up 9.5 percent from September of 2018, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. Lower mortgage rates enabled buyers to jump into the market while the inventory of homes ... Read More »

Houston Realtors: Best April Ever for Home Sales

HOUSTON – (By Michelle Leigh Smith for Realty News Report) – April 2019 was the strongest April ever for Houston home sales as 7,586 single-family homes were sold, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. The April sales total represented a 7.8 percent increase  over April of 2018, the association said. “April sales are historically strong in Houston because buyers ... Read More »

Houston Home Sales Move Past Hurricane Setback as Market Achieves Best November Ever

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Houston home sales remained strong in November as the market shrugged off the shock of Hurricane Harvey and recorded the best November in Houston real estate history. The Houston Association of Realtors reported 6,184 single-family home sales in November, up 7.4 percent over November of 2016. Despite the hurricane, which damaged over 100,000 homes ... Read More »

Winning Streak Continues: Houston Home Sales Up in January

HOUSTON – Following up on the strongest year ever for home sales in Houston, the winning streak continues in the new year with single-family sales rising in January 2017. The Houston Association of Realtors reported 4,080 single-family homes were sold in January, up 1.7 percent from the 4,011 sold in January of 2016. Last month was the second-best January in ... Read More »

Trump, Oil Prices and a Record-Setting Year for Home Sales: Q&A with Houston Association of Realtors Chair Cindy Hamann

HOUSTON (By Dale King) – Houston Realtors just finished up their best year ever. Even though the local economy – and the energy industry – had a bumpy ride, 76,449 single-family homes were sold in 2016, shattering the previous annual sales record set two years earlier. With an abundance of optimism, Cindy Hamann kicked off 2017 as the new chair ... Read More »

Houston Home Sales on a Record Pace in 2016

HOUSTON — Houston’s home sales are on a record-setting pace in 2016, according to new sales totals from the Houston Association of Realtors. Year-to-date through October, 63,973 homes were sold, a 1.2 percent increase over the sales in the comparable period of 2015, the HAR reports. “The Houston housing market continues to demonstrate its strength by holding steady in the ... Read More »

Houston’s Home Sales are on a Record-Setting Pace, HAR reports

HOUSTON – Houston’s home sales are on a record-setting pace this year. With three quarters of 2016 in the record books, Houston single-family homes sales are running ahead of last year. Year-to-date through September, home sales are up 1.3 percent over the comparable nine-month period of 2015, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. “With home sales ahead of where ... Read More »

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