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Land Tejas breaks ground on Conroe community

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Houston-based Land Tejas has started development of an 111-acre community in Conroe called Wedgewood Forest. Initial builders are Century Communities, Colina Homes and Westin Homes.

Deal of the Week: Black Bear Diner coming to Katy

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago
The shopping center, at the northeast corner of the Katy Freeway and Katy Fort Bend Road, is anchored by Dick's Sporting Goods, another Houston newcomer, along with Bed Bath & Beyond and PetSmart. New-to-market retailers contributed to an overall increase in demand of nearly 5.5 million square feet in the local market in 2016, according to JLL. Other companies that recently announced plans to set up shop in Houston include Dirt Cheap, a deep-discount chain based in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Dat Dog, a New Orleans chain of hot dog restaurants.

As region pulls out of bust, housing market booms

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago
[...] when Shelor and his wife, Mary Jo, decided to sell their four-bedroom, three-bath house - typical fare for Copper Village and other local neighborhoods - they lined up contractors and did a deep dive into local sales rates, inventory and price trends. From Cypress to Baytown, Fort Bend to Friendswood, two-thirds of Houston-area neighborhoods saw sales price gains in 2016, according to an analysis of home sales and prices collected by the Houston Association of Realtors for the Houston Chronicle. Analysts attribute the strength to improving consumer confidence, still-low mortgage rates and a seemingly endless pent-up demand. While sellers are doing well, buyers have been grappling with rising housing costs, exacerbated by limited supply and increased demand for moderately priced houses. Rising mortgage rates stand to further squeeze buyers already feeling pinched by higher prices. Despite widely discussed concerns over the cost of housing in Houston, once considered a bastion of affordability, Jones said the age-old 'Drive till you qualify' mantra still rings true, meaning there's reasonably priced real estate the farther you get from the city center. In a hot market with many buyers, a fairly priced home could receive multiple offers because people recognize it's a good deal. Jones said the boom in leisure and hospitality jobs helps explain why the housing market is doing so well. Last summer Jeff Hollinden received an unsolicited offer for his 1950s ranch-style home in Old Braeswood, a tactic often employed during the boom before the oil bust. Across town in Glenbrook Valley, a historic district near Hobby Airport, there's been little for sale, propelling home prices to new highs.

Listen: What's up with Uptown's Zone d'Erotica?

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Uptown booster and BLVD Place developer Ed Wulfe joined Nancy and Erin to unravel some of the mystery of "Zone D" and discuss what type of tenant could afford to rent the pricey real estate.

Bellaire Atrium I and II are sold

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago
Houston-based SLS Properties has purchased the Bellaire Atrium I and II office buildings at 5909 and 5959 W. Loop South near Fournace. MPG Pipeline Contractors has signed a long-term lease renewal and expansion for 13,070 square feet at 16770 Imperial Valley Drive in Greenspoint. R&S 5 Star Properties has purchased the now-closed Texas Sports Ranch at 13098 Seaberg Road in Crosby from DGM. Reytec Construction, a utility contractor, will build a 32,000-square-foot office headquarters on the southwest six acres.

Coventry Homes introduces homes with dog showers in Veranda community

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Coventry Homes has opened a model home in Richmond's new Veranda, a development of Johnson Development Corp. Coventry Homes is part of McGuyer Homebuilders.

Outback Steakhouse to open in Katy and Pasadena

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Outback Steakhouse has inked deals for new locations in Katy and Pasadena next spring, Baker Katz announced.

New homes in Houston took longer to sell in March

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

New home sales in Houston and Dallas took a little longer to sell in March, while the pace quickened in Austin and San Antonio quickened, a new report showed. The average number of days on the market in Houston rose by nearly 2 to 134.7 in March compared with February, according to the HomesUSA.com New Homes Sales Index.

An early look at proposed upscale development overlooking Buffalo Bayou

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Developer releases renderings for high-end project along Allen Parkway.

Huge Randalls warehouse on the block

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Binswanger has been hired to sell or lease the mammoth Randalls distribution center in northwest Houston.

Contractor selected for new Barbara Jordan High School for Careers campus

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Cadence McShane Construction Co. will build a replacement campus for Barbara Jordan High School for Careers at 5800 Eastex Freeway

Weingarten announces Q1 earnings and notes plans for River Oaks tower

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Weingarten noted in its first-quarter earnings Monday plans for The Driscoll at River Oaks Shopping Center, a 30-story luxury high-rise planned to include 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.

Houston business coalition urges HISD voters to approve Prop 1

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

The Greater Houston Partnership and other local organizations whose members own some of the city's priciest commercial real estate have come out in support of a ballot measure over whether the Houston Independent School District should pay its share of property taxes to the state as part of the so-called Robin Hood system of school finance.

Houston City Club closing to result in 128 layoffs

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Employees of The Houston City Club were notified this month that they will lose their jobs at the fitness and tennis center, which is set to close June 12. The closing will affect 128 employees, according to information sent to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Dirt Cheap discount retailer enters Houston market

Greater Houston Real Estate - 19 hours 3 min ago

Dirt Cheap, a deep-discount chain based in Hattiesburg, Miss., has inked deals to open its first three stores in the Houston market this year.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - 19 hours 3 min ago
Poolside Containers and Ideas: 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com. Landscape Design and Maintenance Made Easy: with extension horticulturist Skip Richter. 10 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com. Southside Place Community Garden Party: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Family-friendly fundraiser with food and music, silent auction, ladybug release; southsideplacecommunitygarden.org. $20 adults, kids' admission free. Harris County Master Gardeners Open Garden Day and Herbs Seminar: 9-11:30 a.m. at Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek Drive; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu. Beneficials in the Garden: with Galveston County extension agent William M. Johnson. 6:30-8 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, email reservations to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Heritage Gardeners Spring 2017 Garden Tour, Flower and Horticulture Show: show 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29-30 at the Marie Workman Garden Center and Briscoe Gardens, 112 W. Spreading Oaks, Friendswood. Fairy Garden Seminar: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; and at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com. $10 plus materials. Spring Fling - A Sip and Stroll Garden Event: sponsored by the Garden Oaks Beautification Fundraisers. 4-6:30 p.m. along the 1300 block of Sue Barnett. $40 adults, $5 children 3 years and older; tickets at tinyurl.2017springflingtickets.

Evelyn's Park to open Saturday in Bellaire

Houston Gardening - 19 hours 3 min ago

Houston has another new urban park to celebrate this Earth Day as Evelyn's Park in Bellaire opens Saturday.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - 19 hours 3 min ago
Vertical Gardens Made Easy - and Affordable: with Steven Chamblee. 10 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com. Registration deadline for The Herb Society of America, South Texas Unit's 34th annual Herb Day: registration deadline for April 22 event "Celebrating the Beauty of Earth Day With Herbs." $45 includes four speakers, box lunch and marketplace in Houston Museum District. Rain Water Harvesting: with Master Gardeners Odie and Marie Asscherick. Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and Rain Water Harvesting Specialists. Gulf Coast Fruit Study Group program. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek Drive; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu. Native Plant Society of Texas-Houston Chapter meeting. 6:45-8 p.m. in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive; npsot.org/houston. Poolside Containers and Ideas: 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com. Landscape Design and Maintenance Made Easy: with extension horticulturist Skip Richter. 10 a.m. at Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com. Harris County Master Gardeners Open Garden Day and Herbs Seminar: 9-11:30 a.m. at Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek Drive; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu.

Survey says homeowners want curb appeal to stand out

Houston Gardening - 19 hours 3 min ago

Houzz 2017 survey looks at priorities in outdoor projects at home. It's all about great hardscapes, lighting that's easy on the environment and furniture to make the outdoors feel more like the indoors.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - 19 hours 3 min ago
Introduction to Native Landscapes - Native Landscaping Certification Program Level 1 Class: sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Texas. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena; npsot.org/wp/houston. $37. Herb Festival at the Wynne Home: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by the Texas Thyme Unit, Herb Society of America. Garden and herbal vendors, speakers, artists, music, herbal products, children's activities. Urban Harvest's Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, Malloy Hall, room 23, 3812 Yoakum; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $20. Gardening with Color - Creating the Wow Factor: with Gaye Hammond. 10 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com. Woody Trees and Shrubs to Make Your Neighbors Envy You: with horticulture professor David Creech. 10 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com. Cockrell Butterfly Center Spring Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-noon at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, seventh floor of parking garage, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; 713-639-4753, hmns.org. Memorial Northwest Ladybugs Garden Club Plant and Tree Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Memorial Northwest Community Center parking lot, 17440 Theiss Mail Route Road, Spring, mnwhoa.org.
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