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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, sail, fish or hike. Vacation ho ...


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 2015, according to t ...


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 s ...


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 sale ...


Mortgage Rates Jump

Big jump in mortgage rates not enough to kill home sale binge, real estate experts say

By Ralph Bivins

Mortgage interest rates rose significantly over the last week — the biggest one week jump in over 26 years — but real estate experts say it won’t  be enough to drive away hom ...


Real estate roundup

Top 5 predictions for Houston real estate in 2013: Home prices, rents and mortages will rise; more supermarkets, too

By Ralph Bivins

Houston’s real estate markets – both commercial and residential – have just finished an exceptionally strong year and conditions remain positive as we sail into 2013. The inv ...


The wave continues

Real estate frenzy: Houston home sales surge to record-breaking levels — prices up, inventory down

By Ralph Bivins

October was a record-breaking month for Houston real estate as property sales rose 35 percent over October 2011, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. Prices rose significantly and ...


Real estate round-up

Vacation homes are back: Tuscany, Provence & Palm Springs are next hot markets

By Ralph Bivins

The vacation home market is making a comeback after a couple of rocky years.  People still want a place for recreation, and the seashore, the mountains and even vibrant urban locations are att ...


Real Estate Round-Up

It's no fantasy: Real estate is recovering across the nation, but progress is slow

By Ralph Bivins

The mood seemed a little lighter this year at the annual convention of the National Association of Realtors in Anaheim, Calif.. Hey, Disneyland was just around the corner, literally within wal ...


Real Estate Round-up

Real estate watch: A San Antonio Pearl, Mexican real estate woes & slipping home prices

By Ralph Bivins

The historic Pearl Brewery hasn’t produced a drop of suds since 2001. But it has become one of Texas’ best examples of re-using 100-year old structures for transformation into something ...


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