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Why Did Mayor Turner Halt the Fountain View Housing Project?

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner turned down a plan from the Houston Housing Authority that would have built a mixed-income complex near the Galleria area, saying he’s not going to present that plan to Houston City Council. The Mayor’s main objection to the project is the price tag. While the city wouldn’t need to provide […]

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Touring a Housing Project for Houston’s Homeless Vets

Posted on · You may remember some initiatives we’ve covered aimed at addressing the city’s homelessness issue. In 2014, a goal was announced to end chronic homelessness for non-veterans by this year. But that effort may have been dwarfed a bit by the city’s declaration last year that veteran homelessness was “effectively over.” As we learned, that meant […]

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Will Low Oil Prices Mean Lower Rents in Houston?

Posted on · We discuss how current economic conditions in Greater Houston are affecting the real estate market. There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over the luxury apartment rental market in particular as many upscale high and mid-rise properties have been built across the region in prime locations, but in many cases are far from fully occupied. We […]

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Crude Oil Exports and Real Estate: Thursday’s Show (January 14, 2016)

Posted on · Brent Crude Oil — a major benchmark for worldwide oil prices — dropped below $30 a barrel Wednesday (Jan. 13, 2016) for the first time in more than a decade, a day after West Texas Intermediate crude — the U.S. benchmark — fell below the same threshold. Meanwhile, with a glut of oil production, sparked […]

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What You Should Know Before Signing an Apartment Lease

Posted on · New Houstonians and renters whose leases are up in the fall may be apartment hunting these days. While demand is consistently high here, there are lots of apartment developments to explore. The real challenge – finding an apartment with the amenities you want, at the price you want, in the location you want, when you […]