The Smart Money Says...

Aug. 25, 2009

Houston's Real Estate Market - It's Baaaack!

A free Market Snapshot Report monitors real estate activity.

Yes, the kids are back in school. But that’s not the only thing that’s different!  Our real estate market is back!

Our market in West University Place has gotten REALLY active in the last couple of weeks. Houses that sat around for months (or even years) are now under contract. And ...

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Aug. 25, 2009

Bank of Houston Salutes Roger Martin

Larry Massey and Roger Martin prepare real estate loan documentsMany thanks to the Bank of Houston, who graciously acknowledged Roger Martin on page 9 of the August 25, 2009 Village News.  The text says...

Larry Massey, Executive Vice President, works with Roger Martin (right), Roger Martin Properties, to assist one of Roger's clients in a home purchase. Bank ...

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June 6, 2009

Protesting Property Taxes

Lecture by Paul BettencourtGot questions about protesting property taxes????  I recently hosted a lecture by Paul Bettencourt, the former Harris County Tax Assessor/Collector.  The audience was made up of a mix of real estate professionals and property owners, who all joined in a lively discussion.  Here is the resulting article from ...

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March 11, 2009

The Houston Economy - Changes in the Energy Industry Changes - by Forbes.com

Houston Economic Update - Federal ReserveThe oil industry, from drilling and exploration, to equipment and petrochemial plants, is a lynchpin of the Houston economy.  Forbes.com discusses the impact of energy industry changes on the City of Houston...

March 10, 2009

"... The biggest problem facing Houston today revolves around the energy industry, which represents ...

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Feb. 1, 2009

Update on The Houston Economy

Houston Economic Update - Federal ReserveIn a February 2009 publication, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas had this comment about the Houston economy.  "... Houston housing missed the boom and bust in prices that hit many other parts of the country. But it was hurt by the dramatic 2007 tightening of credit standards after the subprime ...

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Aug. 9, 2008

Best City to Earn a Living? Houston!

Houston Jobs MarketThe Houston jobs market is one of the best in the nation.  In fact, we have just been name the Best City to Earn a Living by Forbes.com.  Here is what they said...

August 8, 2008

"Houston is recognized here for its dynamic business environment, low unemployment ...

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July 15, 2008

Houston - Best City to Buy a Home

Forbes.com has ranked Houston the Best City to Buy a Home

Houston frequently ranks well on the "best of" type of lists, and a recent post by Forbes.com is no exception.  Houston has been named the best city to buy a home...

"Houston, we don't have a housing problem.

"The city's $152,500 median home sale price ...

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June 1, 2008

Update on the Houston Economy

Houston Economic Update - Federal ReserveThe Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has posted this update on the Houston economy...

"... Tighter lending standards are the chief culprit in pushing down home sales in Houston every month since the subprime mortgage market blew up last August. The June existing home sales, for example, were down 15 percent ...

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March 4, 2008

Houston Technology Center makes Houston a Top 10 Tech City

Houston Top Ten Technology CityHouston has been named one of the Top Ten Up-and Coming Tech Cities by Forbes.com, based on the work of the Houston Technology Center.  Here is an excerpt from the recent article...

... Houston hasn't exactly earned a reputation as a city teeming with techies.  But that ...

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Feb. 26, 2008

Housing Market Deemed Strong in Inner City

 Inner City Real Estate MarketI was recently interviewed by the ExaminerNews.com, who compared our local housing market to the national real estate conditions.  Here is an excerpt...

Houston’s inner city housing market continues to be robust despite recent reports of a decline in overall sales and an increase in the number of days on the ...

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