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What Are the Trends in Houston Real Estate for Spring 2017?

Posted on · What are the biggest trends in Houston’s real estate market? Have things slowed down? Where’s demand highest? We take a look at what Houston’s real estate market for renters, buyers, and sellers looks like as we head into Spring with Paul Takahashi of the Houston Business Journal. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Revisiting the Bike Plan, and Surviving Life in the Oil and Gas Industry: Thursday’s Show (February 16, 2017)

Posted on · The weekend Houston hosted Super Bowl 51, there were two fatal accidents involving cyclists and light rail trains. Those were just two recent examples that highlight the danger cyclists face on the roads in Greater Houston. And they came as the Houston City Council prepares to take up the Houston Bike Plan. Mary Blitzer of […]

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Affordable Housing, and Mental Health Care Issues; Houston Matters Weekend (January 7, 2017)

Posted on · A question that perplexes potential home buyers and renters: where’s the affordable housing for the rest of us? The Search for Affordable Housing has More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers in the middle- to lower-income market, making less than $50,000 a year. Many are “rent-burdened,” which means they spend more than the recommended 30 […]

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Where is the Affordable Housing for the Rest of Us?

Posted on · At the beginning of this month, Houston Business Journal reporter Paul Takahashi wrote that Houston has the fifth-largest number of affluent renters nationally. And while that might seem high, it’s actually just 4.4 percent of all renters in Houston. More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers are in the middle- to lower-income market, making […]

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HIV Prevention Drug, and Affordable Housing for the Rest of Us: Tuesday’s Show (November, 29 2016)

Posted on · For the past decade, a local researcher has been working on a drug to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, is an associate professor of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist. His research involves using a refillable implant that administers drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure. He’s developed a prototype, and his research […]

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Co-Working Spaces Give Freelancers a Place to Share Ideas — and WiFi

Posted on · Co-working spaces, like the sixth most valuable private company in the world WeWork, are office rental spaces where freelancers or entrepreneurs can go to feel part of an office community, though perhaps not as buttoned-up. Houston has lacked these spaces in the past, or at least they weren’t as flashy. But that tide seems to […]

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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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Is the Houston Real Estate Market Slowing Down, Stopping or Just Pausing?

Posted on · As the Greater Houston regions continues to gauge just what kind of impact dropping oil prices will have on the economy, many in the real estate industry say the market here isn’t slowing down or in a downturn. The term that’s floating around is “pause.” To discuss just what that means and how a so-called […]

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What Does the Ashby High-Rise Case Mean for Development in Houston?

Posted on · Last year, nearly two dozen residents near Rice Village sued to stop development of a 21 story residential tower. Jurors decided the so-called “Ashby High-Rise” would create a nuisance. Developers appealed, and now the case is before a Harris County judge. We discuss this seven-year-long battle between residents and developers, and how it represents what one of our […]