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Ralph Bivins

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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

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 ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Luxury home sales explode in Houston: $5 million-plus palaces are suddenly a hot ticket

By Ralph Bivins

Houston home sales continued to be hot in March, led by the luxury market, which is absolutely on fire. The Houston realty market continues to outpace the sales of 2013 ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Boom on! Houston notches more new home starts than the entire state of California

By Ralph Bivins

Houston has more new home construction than any other city in the nation and the building boom is going to get even more intense in the next few years, even ...


Real Estate Rumblings

New luxury hotel tries to revitalize Magic Johnson's GreenStreet as Downtown Houston grows up

By Ralph Bivins

Valencia Group, the company that created Hotel Sorella, is coming to downtown Houston with an luxe hotel that will energize a rebirth of the GreenStreet mixed use development. GreenStreet, the ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston home prices — and sales — still climbing to record-setting levels

By Ralph Bivins

Houston homes sold quickly and home prices rose to record-setting levels in February. The average single-family home price was up more than 12 percent from a year ago, the Houston ...


New Downtown Landmark

A new skyline changing downtown landmark? Main Street skyscraper starts to rise

By Ralph Bivins

Hines, the Houston-based international real estate firm, has started construction of a downtown Houston skyscraper, one of the largest “spec” office projects being built in the world. The Hines project ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Goin' Uptown: $1.2 billion overhaul of shopping center includes high-rise residential tower

By Ralph Bivins

Uptown Park, a European-style shopping center on the west side of Loop 610 at Post Oak Boulevard, is getting a $1.2 billion transformation into a denser urban development that ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Even higher home prices ahead? New stats show Houston's real estate market is still climbing

By Ralph Bivins

The Houston realty market welcomed 2014 with surprising vigor, recording the second-best January for home sales in Houston real estate history. Coming out of the always-slow holiday season, a total ...


City of the Future

Where everyone yearns to live: Houston No. 1 in the nation in new home construction

By Ralph Bivins

LAS VEGAS – Houston led the nation in single-family home construction in 2013, with a significant lead over the No. 2 market, Dallas, according to Metrostudy, a housing consulting firm. Last ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Major oil company quietly downsizes its downtown operations as an iconic tower is revamped

By Ralph Bivins

Shell Oil is vacating a huge block of downtown office space in Two Shell Plaza and in the wake of that pending vacancy, Hines is planning a major renovation of ...


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