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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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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 ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Energy Corridor sizzles as Houston home sales head toward best year ever

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s homes are selling at a record pace, as midyear statistics indicate 2014 may be the strongest year ever for local home sales. Midyear sales totals for the first ...


Real Estate Trends Surprise

Bikers and dogs suddenly rule real estate — while golf courses are so yesteryear: Six surprising new trends

By Ralph Bivins

Real estate reflects the way people want to live, work, shop and play. If there’s a new trend afoot, you’ll see it being played out in the real ...


Real Estate Rumblings

The cupboard is bare: Houston home sales show first decline in three years as prices reach all-time record

By Ralph Bivins

A lack of inventory has put a damper on the Houston housing market winning streak as sales declined in May — the first decline in three years. The Houston Association of ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston's real estate dilemma: Home prices hit a record high, but there just aren't enough houses to sell

By Ralph Bivins

Houston home prices hit a record high in April as an exceptionally low inventory of homes for sale prompted many buyers to engage in bidding wars and make higher offers ...


Houston's Richest Neighborhoods

Houston's most expensive neighborhoods: New Luxe List Home Price Survey reveals rich secrets

By Ralph Bivins

River Oaks, the grande dame of Houston’s luxury enclaves, ranked as the city’s most expensive neighborhood last year, according to the Realty News Report Houston Luxe List Home ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston developer plans new luxury hotel for Austin in Granduca style

By Ralph Bivins

Houston developer Giorgio Borlenghi is beginning work this week on the Hotel Granduca Austin, an Italian-styled luxury hostelry that will command some of the highest nightly rates in Texas. Built ...


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