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Full Show: Primary Runoff Election Results, And A Real Estate Snapshot (May 23, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We pore over the results from the Texas primary runoff election with analysis from our political experts. Then, we take a snapshot of the local real estate market. And we examine the American equivalent of the royal family.

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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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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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A Snapshot of Houston’s Real Estate Market

Posted on · We discuss what Houston’s real estate market looks like as we head into summer with Scott Davis, principal at Tisona Development, a commercial and residential development company. MORE: Economist Forecasts Best Years Ahead for Houston Housing Market (Houston Business Journal, May 25, 2016) Houston Apartment Market Worsening (Houston Chronicle, April 29, 2016) Houston-Area Home Market Shows […]

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Clean Power Plan & Property Taxes: Wednesday’s Show (April 1, 2015)

Posted on · The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a study about the federal government’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Their assessment: doom and gloom, lost jobs, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. But others say the plan is positive, forward-thinking and the criticisms are overblown. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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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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Is Buying a House in Houston Still an Affordable Prospect?

Posted on · Houston’s real estate market is aggressive, with low inventory and high prices. Is buying a house in Houston still an affordable prospect for most of us? We talk with a Houston Realtor and a real estate agent about the housing market, challenges first-time home buyers face, and what may be in store for both buyers […]