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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

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 ...


Nightclub A Tourist Lure

Historic swinging nightclub's transformation into a tourist center is a win for Houston — and nature

By Ralph Bivins

For the bayou mariner, it’s 29.7621 latitude; 95.3598 longitude. For old hippies, it’s the location of Love Street Light Circus, a 1960s nightclub where you could ...


Home Sales Break All-time Record

Houston home sales break the all-time record: New numbers show 2013 was beyond a good year

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s home sales hit an all-time high in 2013 as strong job growth and low mortgage interest rates lifted the home market to a near-frenzy that won’t be ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston's the Super Bowl of apartment markets: Developers build for sky-high rents

By Ralph Bivins

ZOM Texas, a Dallas-based apartment developer, is diving into Houston’s Tanglewood area with a 431-unit apartment project. The apartment project, called The Hudson, will be built on a 5 ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Oil giant's old grounds to be turned into a $1 billion development: From chemical campus to luxury digs?

By Ralph Bivins

The 35-acre Exxon Mobil Chemical campus on the Katy Freeway in west Houston has been purchased by a developer planning to build $1 billion mixed-use project with office buildings, shops ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Investor buys $400 million stake in iconic downtown Houston skyscraper

By Ralph Bivins

The Boston-based AEW Capital investment firm has agreed to acquire a controlling interest in the 53-story Heritage Plaza, in a deal that could be worth more than $400 million, according ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Legendary Houston real estate firm acquired by Sotheby's; competitor has no plans to sell

By Ralph Bivins

Martha Turner Properties, known as one of the premier brands in luxury homes in Houston, has been sold to Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., a firm known around the world ...


Real Estate Predictions

How long will Houston boom last? Top 5 real estate predictions for 2014

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s real estate market is one of the hottest in the world. Nothing this good lasts forever and some say job growth won’t be as strong next year ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Chevron delays downtown skyscraper but keeps tax incentives

By Ralph Bivins

Chevron Corp. says it is delaying its plan to build a skyscraper in downtown Houston. The 50-story tower was slated to be located at 1600 Louisiana Street at Pease on ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Tearing down Houston history: Iconic wedding venue to be demolished for new office building

By Ralph Bivins

The Courtyard on St. James Place, a venue for hundreds of wedding receptions and other memorable family events, will be demolished and replaced with a new office building. The cozy ...


Record Real Estate's Downside

Good luck finding a house in Houston: White hot real estate market leaves the fewest choices ever

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s inventory of homes for sale dwindled to its lowest point ever in November, pushing home prices higher and giving would-be homebuyers a tiny selection of houses to choose ...


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