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Houston's high-end housing market takes a dive — Sales of Houston's most expensive homes fell 7.9 percent during the first eight months of 2016 compared with the same time last year, a new report shows. The decline corresponds with a significant loss in high-paying energy jobs , a result of oil prices plummeting from more than $100 per barrel two years ago.

Stewart Information Services posts third-quarter gain — Stewart Information Services Corp. reported third-quarter net income Thursday of $26.4 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $13.5 million, or 58 cents per diluted share, for the same period a year earlier.

Houston: no zoning, but plenty of rules — When law professor Matthew Festa teaches land use in Houston, the largest city in the country without zoning. While Houston doesn't have a formal zoning code, Festa says there are enough rules in place to give the city what he calls "de facto zoning" or "zoning light."

Stewart settles with investors, replaces longtime board members — The resigning board members are cousins who have served on the board for 16 years of the Houston-based title and real estate services company. "The enhancements announced today will help us improve Stewart's corporate governance structure for the benefit of all shareholders, allowing us to create a truly independent board in line with best practices," Thomas Apel, board chairman said in a statement.

Economist: Houston apartment market to struggle for next five years — Houston developers are expected to build 27,600 apartments this year, a historical high and one that's coming at a time of slumping demand for rentals, a new report shows. The highest concentrations of apartments have been and will continue to be in the Downtown/Montrose/River Oaks area, according to a third-quarter report from Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate firm.

Montrose mixed-use project aims to be place where "work meets play" — Houston developer and restaurateur Fred Sharifi has hired real estate brokers specializing in office and retail to help land tenants to fill a proposed mixed-use development he announced late last year for east Montrose. The project will be called Fairview District and plans include developing a five-story parking garage and several other buildings to house office, restaurant and shop space along Fairview near Taft.

Real estate market uneven, but worst may be over — Houston's housing market is experiencing simultaneous highs and lows, with some neighborhoods reeling from the energy slump while others are benefitting from pent-up demand left over from the boom. Economic and real estate experts say the worst appears to be over for oil-related layoffs and the housing market isn't headed for a bust.

Home sales dip in September — Single-family home sales fell just slightly in September following a surprise jump in August when they spiked 8.5 percent, the Houston Association of Realtors reported Thursday. The most popular homes for buyers last month were those priced between $150,000 and $500,000. Sales in the very high- and low-end price segments declined.

Greater Houston Partnership hopes new downtown offices make good first impression — Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle When the president of Mozambique came to town with a delegation of country and business officials, leaders at the Greater Houston Partnership booked a room at the Houstonian Hotel to welcome them. The group's cramped offices on the seventh floor of a 1970s downtown building just wouldn't do.

Greater Houston Partnership unveils shiny, new digs in downtown — The Greater Houston Partnership showed off its new offices to the Houston Chronicle before an official unveiling on Thursday. The partnership - essentially Houston's chamber of commerce - spent $8.5 million to build the top two floors of a new building at 701 Avenida de Las Americas, also known as Partnership Tower.
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RT @HAIF: Could Tiny Houses Help Homeless in Houston? Austin's Effort is Worth a Look. 

Oct 19, 2016

RT @mstrozier: Via @WSJusnews Researchers find new culprit for income inequality: the growth in land-use regulations @LauraKusisto

Oct 18, 2016

Millennials eat out more than anyone else. But Baby Boomers and Gen Xers spend more. -@CBREHouston

Oct 18, 2016

For the first time we're seeing restaurant expenditures surpass grocery expenditures -@CBREHouston

Oct 18, 2016

#Houston's retail real estate is 94% occupied, a historic high. @CBREHouston

Oct 18, 2016

#Houston office market has 12.2M square feet of sublease available,200% more than two years ago. @CBREHouston

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