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Feb. 13, 2008

West University Named Blue-Chip Neighborhood

West U is Blue Chip Neighborhood West University has just been named a Blue-Chip Neighborhood by Forbes.com.  The Examiner.com published and article in response, citing the Forbes article and quoting me.  Here is an excerpt...

Forbes magazine has named West University Place one of the premier blue-chip real estate investment areas in the ...

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Feb. 7, 2008

Best Cities for Bargain House-Hunters

Forbes.com names Houston Best City for Bargain House HuntersHouston has just been named one of the "Best Cities for Bargain House-Hunters", by Forbes.com.  Here's a quote from the recent article...

"... Compared to housing prices in other cities, Houston real estate has always been a bargain, which is part of why the population has expanded so ...

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Feb. 1, 2008

Update on the Houston Economy

Houston Economic Update by the Federal ReserveThe Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reports that the Houston economy is beginning to feel the effects of the national housing crisis.  New construction is down and foreclosures are up...

"Is Houston feeling the strain of the U.S. slowdown? It is not apparent yet in the employment data, but ...

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Jan. 19, 2008

Radio Interview with Roger Martin

Roger's Radio InterviewJanuary 19, 2008

Here I am, discussing Houston real estate live on the radio with Steve Levine of Houston Real Estate Today on CNN 650. The other guest was my friend Tom Laurenzo, VP of urbanFINANCIAL. Tom is my go-to guy when I need a Spanish-speaking loan officer.

To see a ...

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Dec. 7, 2007

Best Blue Chip Real Estate - West University Place

West U is Blue Chip Real EstateForbes.com has just named West University Place one of the "Best Blue Chip Real Estate Investments"!

West University Place

Median Home Sale Price:  $663,740

Price Growth Since 1990:  194%

… West University Place, a smaller city within Houston, originally chose to remain separate from the big ...

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Nov. 14, 2007

Best Places to Retire - by Forbes.com

Forbes.com has ranked Houston as one of the best places to retire

Houston has been ranked as one of the best places to retire by Forbes.com...

"Houston has eclipsed stalwarts such as Miami, Tucson, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in its ability to attract older residents. The cheap cost of living and lower-than-average tax burden have something to do with it, but ...

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Nov. 7, 2007

Houston - Most Affordable Place to Live Well -- by Forbes.com

Forbes.com has named Houston the Most Affordable Place to Live WellForbes.com has ranked Houston the Most Affordable Place to Live Well in the entire United States.  Check out this article...

November 6, 2007

One of the country's fastest-growing cities, Houston has added nearly 1 million new people since 2000.  Housing affordability and a strong job market seem ...

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Nov. 1, 2007

Houston Economy - Update by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Houston Economic Update by the Federal ReserveThe strength of the Houston economy has kept us going for a year after the rest of the nation slipped into recession.  However, while real estate is local, lending is not.  And it is becoming increasingly difficult to finance home sales in Houston.  Here is what the Federal ...

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Sept. 1, 2007

Update on the Houston Economy

Houston Economic Update by the Federal ReserveThe Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has just issues this update on the Houston economy and its real estate market...

"... Houston’s existing-home market is holding up better than many other markets across the U.S., its health underpinned by fewer past excesses than others and solid continued job growth. July ...

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Aug. 8, 2007

America's Most Expensive Commutes

Commuting in HoustonForbes.com has just ranked Houston as having one of America's Most Expensive Commutes...

"It's often said that the trip to work can kill you.  But if you live in Houston, what really takes a beating is your wallet.

"There, the average commuter spends 20.9% of ...

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