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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

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 ...


Real Estate Rumblings

1,000 new jobs for Energy Corridor as auto insurer with zany ads expands

By Ralph Bivins

GEICO, the auto insurance company known for its funny TV commercials, will bring 1,000 new jobs to the Energy Corridor west of Houston, where it has leased an entire ...


Home Building Boom

Hammering as fast as they can: Builders struggle to keep up with demand for new homes

By Ralph Bivins

Houston home builders are hammering as fast as they can to keep up with a 13 percent increase in sales this year. “Everybody is upbeat and expecting new home sales ...


Hometown Glory

Building right: Hines wins major green building award

By Ralph Bivins

Gerald D. Hines, chairman and founder of the Houston-based Hines real estate development firm, has received the President’s Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in recognition ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston real estate's dream run continues: Home sales break yet another record

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s existing home sales broke more records in October, as the city’s strong economy and low mortgage rates extended a phenomenal run for real estate. A total of ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Oilfield giant buys large tract of land for huge west side headquarters

By Ralph Bivins

One of the finest pieces of property on the west Sam Houston Tollway has been purchased by oilfield giant Cameron International, which is planning a massive corporate campus with multiple ...


CultureMap Exclusive

Modern Hill Country homes are coming to The Heights area: New community to change Houston's look

By Ralph Bivins

A new Inner Loop community will be ushering in a new look in Texas home building. It’s what the home builder is calling “Modern Hill Country.” Partners in Building ...


Hale & Hearty Night

Houston's top real estate agents and government bigwigs gather to celebrate an innovator

By Ralph Bivins

The A-list of American realty showed up at Houston Country Club Friday night to honor Bob Hale, president and CEO of the Houston Association of Realtors. The Realtors were celebrating ...


Best Place to Trick or Treat

The best place to trick or treat in America? National study finds it's a Houston neighborhood of course

By Ralph Bivins

The City of Bellaire is the best place in the nation to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, according to a national study by ZipRealty Inc., an online residential realty brokerage firm ...


Changing Houston

New downtown skyscraper is set to rise: 47-story tower aims to be an iconic Houston landmark

By Ralph Bivins

Houston-based Hines, the international real estate firm, will begin work on downtown Houston’s next major skyscraper on Nov. 1. The building, 609 Main at Texas, will be a 47-story ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Iconic restaurant site to be turned into a new apartment complex — lake included

By Ralph Bivins

Hunington Residential will develop a 276-unit apartment community on the site of the iconic Vargo’s restaurant near the Memorial area of Houston. The new apartment community will be named ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Houston home sales skyrocket again: 28 straight months of increases — with no sign of an end

By Ralph Bivins

Home sales always taper off in the fall as kids go back to school and the sizzle of the summer dies out. But this year, September remained robust, according to ...


Major Skyscraper Sale

Historic Gulf skyscraper sold off: Landmark loved by "cutting-edge tenants"

By Ralph Bivins

Downtown’s 37-story art deco building that was once the headquarters of Gulf Oil has been sold to Lionstone Group, a local investment company. The 800,000-square-foot building at 712 ...


Higher and Higher

Galleria area skyline is looking up: Another new office tower is on its way

By Ralph Bivins

The Uptown/Galleria area is getting another major office tower – a 30-story skyscraper that will make another big splash on the neighborhood’s skyline. Construction started Monday on the 600 ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Downtown Houston's most unique skyscraper goes up for sale: A $480 million buy?

By Ralph Bivins

Heritage Plaza, known as one of Houston’s most distinctive towers because its top resembles a Mayan temple, is up for sale, according to the authoritative Real Estate Alert newsletter ...


Real Estate Rumblings

Bill Gates is buying one of Houston's most prominent hotels in a major downtown deal

By Ralph Bivins

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is buying the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston, and is expected to upgrade the property, considered one of the finest hotels in Texas ...


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