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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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Houston's Bulletproof

What slowdown? Home sales keep rising even though oil prices fall: New record set in Houston

By Ralph Bivins

July was the strongest month ever for home sales in Houston as the local housing market defied predictions of a slowdown and fallout from the declining energy industry. A total ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Best month ever! Houston home sales reach record levels as average price tops $300,000

By Ralph Bivins

June was the strongest month for home sales in Houston real estate history with 7,935 single-family homes sold, the highest one-month sales total ever reported by the Houston Association ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Vacation home sales surge as buyers seek fun and a good investment

By Ralph Bivins

Sales of vacation home sales are surging across the nation as Americans seek out their own place for a family retreat, a regular vacation spot or a place to ski ...


Wrecking Ball

Major developer eyes downtown Houston Chronicle building, with an eye on the future

By Ralph Bivins

Hines, the real estate developer that erected many of the iconic skyscrapers decorating the Houston skyline, is reportedly negotiating to buy the Houston Chronicle building in downtown Houston. The deal ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston home prices hit all-time record high as affordable houses are hard to find

By Ralph Bivins

Houston home prices have never been higher. The Houston Association of Realtors reports the median home price hit $233,000 in May, an all-time record. The low inventory of homes ...


Home Sales Still Hot

What oil crash? Houston home sales continue to sizzle with record high prices

By Ralph Bivins

Houston home sales, even with oil-related economic downturn looming, recorded the strongest April ever with record-high prices and a record number of homes sold for an April, according to the ...


San Antonio Rises

Things are looking up in San Antonio with first new downtown office tower in 26 years

By Ralph Bivins

A 400,000-square-foot office building anchored by the headquarters of Frost Bank will be constructed in downtown San Antonio. It's the first new downtown office tower since 1989. The ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Oil crash proof? Houston's real estate market refuses to falter, looks bulletproof — home sales rise again

By Ralph Bivins

Home sales in Houston have not yet succumbed to the much-feared onslaught from a crashing energy industry. In fact, home sales are actually up slightly in the first part of ...


Astrodome Shame

St Louis absolutely shames Houston on the Astrodome with unabashed big money love of its own historic icon

By Ralph Bivins

It’s a tale of two cities. Two symbolic structures. Both 50 years old. For cities that dream big, 1965 was a very good year. Fifty years ago, St. Louis ...


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 ...


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