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    May 21, 2014

    Creepy Third Ward Mansion Sold for $251K

    Towers, unfinished walls, and a new owner -- oh my! This 4,861 square-foot, five-bedroom mansion at 2309 Wichita Street sold Tuesday. Listing Realtor Brenda Ames said in an email that the property was listed at $150,000 but after approximately 25 offers, the property sold for $251,000. That's a lot ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Houston Market Continues Its Explosion in July

    According to a report from the Houston Association of Realtors, the city of Houston had its biggest single month of home sales ever in July. This continues the housing boom of 2013 that has seen dramatic increases in the number of homes sold and the sharp rise in home prices. All of this has been fu ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    App of the Week: City of Houston 311 App Has Promise, but Needs Work

    App: City of Houston 311 Platform: iPhone, Android Website: iPhone Site Cost: Free The city's 311 hotline is one of the easiest ways to circumvent the hassle of city government. The idea originally was to route non-emergency problems away from 911 and create a first line of defense against the typi ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Houston: Your Home Market Is Looking Good

    The folks at the Houston Association of Realtors are sounding positively giddy about the local home market, which has seen an increase in sales for the eighth consecutive month. January 2012 "opened with a continued decline in active property listings and growth in pending sales -- a combination th ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Welcome to the Dollhouse: HAR Listing Photos Overwhelmed by Dolls

    Um, we saw an, uh, movie kinda like this.​Looking at the exterior photo of 7706 Valley View Lane on the Houston Association of Realtors website, everything seems completely normal. One look at the photo gallery tells a different tale. In what has got to be one of the strangest thing in a hous ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    10 TV Rooms In Houses Big Enough To Have Elevators

    If your house is big and fancy enough to have an elevator (or a shaft ready for an elevator if you desire), then it's probably not your basic shotgun shack. And you, the owner, are probably someone who puts a lot of thought into your home.Like, say, in the TV/media room.We checked the Houston Associ ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    The 10 Biggest Homes For Sale In Houston Right Now

    Feeling a little cramped these days? Sure you are, what with all the stocking up whenever Costco has a sale on baked beans and rice.Well, an economic downturn is the perfect time to move on up in the real estate world. People who have overextended themselves -- or maybe have become empty-nesters in ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Realtor Foot Fetishist Captured; There May Be Others

    3 bed 2 bath, wbfp, pool, suckable toes​At least one of the foot fetishists who have been hassling Houston-area Realtors has been captured, the Houston Association of Realtors says.A suspect was arrested by Webster police on Spetember 22, the HAR's Matt Burrus tells Hair Balls. (We tried unsuccess ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    All The Taste And Style Of Tony & Carmela Soprano Can Be Yours

    Photos courtesy HAR​A tipster has informed Swamplot that the Memorial mansion up for sale on the Houston Association of Realtors site belongs to none other than Vincent Palermo, who came to town under the Witness Protection Act a while back.KPRC broke the story last year that "Vincent Cabella," ow ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Stairways To (Foreclosed) Heaven

    It's tough having a McMansion these days. The economy, the a/c bills for cooling uselessly overwhelming foyers, it all adds up.But when times were booming, people loved their McMansions. And because no one actually wants to be accused of living in a McMansion, developers and designers doll them up w ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Devin the Dude, Inadvertent Virtual Realtor?

    We were idly trolling around the Houston Association of Realtors Web site the other day and came across this, um, as a real estate agent might put it, "near North Side charmer" at 417 Bishop St. The house itself is less than amazing, but the soundtrack Muzak on the "virtual tour" is pretty dam ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Houston Still A Hot Real Estate Market, Somehow

    So how is it that local home sales have dropped for 13 months in a row while Houston’s commercial real estate market is rated one of the top ten in the country? “One is going up in smoke, and the other is about to go up in smoke,” Steve Blank, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute, tel ... More >>

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