Homeowners Sue Over Conroe Dam Releases; Lost Pets at NRG; Martellus Bennett’s Houston ‘Adventure Park’ Playground

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  • Re: Misleading Headline

    Houston was named one of the “Best TEXAS cities for retirement” along with just about every other large Texas city (Houston, Dallas, Austin, McAllen, El Paso, and San Antonio) …. in other words, don;t live in rural Texas. Duh!
    I seriously doubt that any of these cities other than (perhaps) Austin might make the US list of “Best Cities) while McAllen frequently makes the Most Economic (i.e. cheapest) places to retire.

  • Glad to see someone is disrupting the model of charging a 6% real estate commission, but Redfin isn’t doing much about the other half of the commission, that goes to the buyer’s agent. A couple days of driving people around to showings is apparently worth thousands of dollars. Transaction costs on the sale of a $300,000 house are well in excess of $20,000, $18,000 of which are commissions.
    Is there a more ridiculous example of an entrenched cartel than the real estate industry? The answer is yes: title insurance. The title insurance industry in TX collects over 80X more in premiums than it pays out in losses, which would lead one to conclude that rates ought to be lower. Except that title insurance companies aren’t allowed to compete on price, since rates are set by state regulators.
    Both of these industries are very interested in protecting themselves from competition on price, to the detriment of current and future homeowners.

  • Re: “New Government Report Finds FEMA’s Flood Mapping Program Is Inaccurate, Outdated”

    Is this a regurgitated headline from every year going back 10 years?

  • “Nearly 60 Homeowners from Kingwood, Atascocita, and Humble Suing State Agencies for ‘Intentionally Flooding’ Their Homes”

    Talk about a frivolous lawsuit. Unlike the Barker and Addicks Reservoirs, Lake Conroe and Lake Houston play NO role in flood control. They serve as part of the City of Houston water supply. Unless we are in a severe drought, these facilities will discharge water every time it rains. If it rains a lot, they discharge a lot. The are not meant to hold back increase run off from rain events.

    Any lawsuit will show this and no fault during operation.