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Full Show: Home Buying After Harvey, And Tax Reform’s Impact On Houston’s Economy (Feb. 20, 2018)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We learn about the challenges of buying or selling a home after Harvey. Then, one analyst says recent changes to the nation’s tax laws will be good for the energy Industry — and therefore Houston’s economy. We find out why. Plus journalist Chris Whipple discusses his book about the role of past White House Chiefs of Staff. And we learn how AMBER, Silver, and Blue Alerts work.


On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: As we approach the six-month anniversary of Harvey, Houston's real estate market is heating up. So, how are buyers and sellers navigating the post-Harvey home-buying market? We talk with Sam Brody with Texas A&M University at Galveston about a tool he's created to help house hunters know if a property flooded. Then, we turn to Realtor Ed Wolff to learn how real estate agents are working with home buyers in the post-Harvey market. And Nancy Sarnoff, the Houston Chronicle’s real estate reporter, talks about the current real estate market in Greater Houston.

Also this hour: We learn how the recent changes to the tax code might impact Houston’s energy industry. Regina Mayor from KPMG says the changes will be good for Houston’s economy.

Then: Some are calling for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign after his handling of the Rob Porter situation. Porter is the former White House staffer whose two ex-wives accuse him of physical and mental abuse. It’s a reminder of the pressure and challenges that White House Chiefs of Staff face, a subject very familiar to writer Chris Whipple. He's written a book examining the role past chiefs of staff have played in the West Wing. It's called The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.

And we learn how the state’s many alert systems work — from AMBER Alerts to Silver and Blue Alerts.

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