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Ralph Bivins

Real Estate

Ralph Bivins is a veteran journalist with extensive experience in writing about real estate for newspapers, magazines and Web publications. He also serves as publisher and editor-in-chief of RealtyNewsReport.com, a Web site that caters to realty professionals. He is former president and chairman of the board of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, a non-profit journalists group. Bivins has won numerous awards, including the Texas Headliners Club award for best business writing in the state of Texas 

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Real Estate Rumblings

The oil plunge: Houston home sales drop for the first time in forever — a return to normal?

By Ralph Bivins

Declining oil prices eroded Houston home sales last month, as residential sales dropped 5.8 percent in February, compared to February of last year, the Houston Association of Realtors reported ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston real estate defies the doomsday oil bust visions: Home sales still jumping as job losses mount

By Ralph Bivins

The Houston housing market shrugged off the frightening free-fall in oil prices and racked up a very strong January. The Houston Association of Realtors reports 4,032 single-family homes were ...


A Mansion Backlash

The Mansion Backlash: 10 hottest homebuilding trends prove that excess is no longer in

By Ralph Bivins

LAS VEGAS — Designers say granite is no longer king of the kitchen. Sustainability is a hot item. And the prevailing trend is moving toward tiny houses, instead of gigantic mansions ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Best year ever for Houston home sales in 2014, but future uncertain with falling oil prices

By Ralph Bivins

A strong economy and low mortgage rates elevated Houston realty to record levels in 2014 as more homes were sold than ever before – and prices rose to record highs, as ...


Top 10 Deals In Houston Housing

The Top 10 deals in Houston housing in 2014: Real estate game changers — and worries

By Ralph Bivins

Home selling hit a record high in 2014. There were a lot of deals, developments and announcements that moved the needle significantly in Houston. Everyone needs to make note of ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston's real estate bull run hits a big snag: Record home sales to drop right along with those oil prices

By Ralph Bivins

Houston home sales surged in November toward a record-setting year, but the Houston Association of Realtors warns that falling oil prices will bring a slowdown in 2015. The Houston Association ...


10 Real Estate Shockers

10 Houston real estate game changers: Give thanks for new Astrodome plan, Ashby high-rise & more

By Ralph Bivins

Sure, you can find negative news in Houston. The price of oil has been falling fast — always a worrisome omen for the Houston economy. And the inflation boogeymen will prompt ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Sleepy side of downtown Houston wakes up fast with sale of tower and lots of development

By Ralph Bivins

A partnership of Stream Realty Partners and DRA Advisors has purchased the 20-story office tower at 600 Jefferson for a redevelopment that will inject more momentum into the surging southern ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Another record year ahead? Houston real estate will outpace the nation in 2015, top economist says

By Ralph Bivins

The Houston housing market, coming off the strongest October on record, will outperform the nation in 2015, says one of the nation’s leading residential real estate economists. Home sales ...


Big Real Estate Deal

Premium outlet mall appears headed to prime Southwest Freeway location in major real estate deal

By Ralph Bivins

Good news for outlet mall fanatics. One of the biggest parcels of available land on the Southwest Freeway is being eyed by one of the world’s best outlet mall ...


Real Estate Rumblings

America's new superpower city? Houston blows by New York in key building metric, tops in U.S. by wide margin

By Ralph Bivins

When it comes to construction cranes, Houston is leading the nation. Houston has more than 50 office buildings under construction totaling 17 million square feet, far more than any other ...


Houston's Tear Down Shame

Tearing down history: Houston's shameful disdain of historic preservation must stop — bulldozer city stinks

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s bulldozer crowd has dominated things long enough. Tearing down anything that stands in the way of making a quick buck is not smart business for Houston. Our city ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston's real estate market is unstoppable: Home sales just keep climbing, defying drop off predictions

By Ralph Bivins

Houston real estate recorded its strongest September on record last month, as the home buying spree showed impressive staying power. In September, 6,490 single-family homes were sold in the ...


Real Estate Rumblings

The sky's the limit: Houston's high-rise craze moves into the suburbs with new towers and $4,000 a month rent

By Ralph Bivins

Two-stories are out. High-rises are in. More Houstonians are choosing to live in high-rise and mid-rise buildings and the trend is about to spread to an unlikely place — outer suburbia ...


Real Estate Rumblings

The office tower that transformed downtown Houston is for sale — and expected to fetch record price

By Ralph Bivins

The office tower that started a tsunami of downtown development on Main Street could make some more history before the end of the year. The 36-story building at 1000 Main ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Rich Man's Market: Houston home sales jump again — with $500,000 plus houses leading the charge

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s home prices escalated more than 10 percent over the last year while the supply of available homes has been extremely tight. The Houston Association of Realtors reports the ...


Houston's Greenest House

No city water needed at Houston's greenest house; it's an energy-saving wonder

By Ralph Bivins

One of the greenest new homes in Houston will rely on rainwater from its roof for all of its water needs, an extremely unusual sustainability strategy designed to avoid toxins ...


New Real Estate Hotspots

Houston's next real estate hotspots: Off-the-radar locales — former hooker haven included — are rising

By Ralph Bivins

Without zoning, Houston entrepreneurs can create corridors of commerce in a heartbeat. If you’ve got the moxie and the money, you can create momentum to transform Washington Avenue into ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Best month ever for Houston home sales: How long can housing frenzy last?

By Ralph Bivins

Houston home sales hit an all-time high in July with 7,769 homes sold – the highest monthly sales total even in Houston’s real estate history. The phenomenal July sales ...


Real Estate Rumblings

The $367,000 Question: Why did the city reject Houston developer's higher bid for prime property?

By Ralph Bivins

John Beeson’s dream to build high-rise towers linked to Buffalo Bayou Park with a pedestrian bridge over Allen Parkway probably won’t come true. That’s because the Houston ...


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