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

Posted on · 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.

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Full Show: Hockey In Houston, And Year-End Tax Advice (Dec. 7, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: The City of Houston is about to tell some Harvey victims what repairs they need to make to their property. Author Reza Aslan talks about the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We discuss the possibility of an NHL team coming here. A tax expert answers your questions. And comedian Hari Kondabolu takes on Apu from The Simpsons.

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What Potential Artist Housing Could Mean for Acres Homes Neighborhood

Posted on · Acres Homes has been talked about as a place for revitalization for a while but typically within the context of preserving the historic African-American neighborhood. But now a different sort of development is planned in the enclave: high-end housing for artists. We discuss the concept, how Acres Homes residents are reacting to it, and what […]

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Star Trek’s Impact on Space City: Thursday’s Show (September 8, 2016)

Posted on · Fifty years ago today, on Sept. 8, 1966, Star Trek debuted on American television. The original television series lasted just three seasons, but a legion of fans kept Trek culture alive for a decade, leading to a series of films, which spawned a new TV series, which led to three additional series, and more movies, […]

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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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How are Low Oil Prices Affecting Houston’s Real Estate Market?

Posted on · As discussed previously on this program, the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015” report suggests Houston is the country’s number one “market to watch” this year. So, Houston Matters will do just that, periodically, throughout 2015. It’s been a seller’s market in real estate here in Houston for some time […]

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Real Estate, Immigration, Pet Care, and Deflategate: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Posted on · As discussed previously on this program, the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015” report suggests Houston is the country’s number one “market to watch” this year. So, Houston Matters will do just that, periodically, throughout 2015. It’s been a seller’s market in real estate here in Houston for some time […]