- Nearly 60 Homeowners from Kingwood, Atascocita, and Humble Suing State Agencies for ‘Intentionally Flooding’ Their Homes [Houston Chronicle]
- Houston Officials Detail Billions of Dollars’ Worth of Hurricane Harvey Recovery Need at State Hearing [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- About 460,000 Texas Households Are Still Waiting for FEMA Assistance Approval [Houston Public Media]
- New Government Report Finds FEMA’s Flood Mapping Program Is Inaccurate, Outdated [Houston Public Media]
- What Some of Houston’s Flooded Restaurants Have Been Dealing With in Harvey’s Wake [Houston Press]
- CBRE: Harvey Accelerated Multifamily Absorption in Houston by About 18 Months [Realty News Report]
- Harvey by the Numbers [Houstonia]
- Profiles of the Heroes of Harvey [Houstonia]
- Slideshow: The Most Dangerous Houston Suburbs, Based on the FBI’s 2016 Violent Crime Rate [Houston Chronicle]
- Houston-Area School Districts with the Most New Homes Under Construction [HBJ]
- Redfin Reduces Listing Fee from 1.5% to 1% of the Sales Price in Houston [Houston Chronicle]
- Newest Pappas Restaurant, Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse, Opening Later This Month in Webster [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Pho Restaurant Flying Pho Coming to the Ella Plaza Shopping Center in Garden Oaks [Culturemap]
- Breakfast Chain Snooze Opening Latest Houston Location at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on Oct. 25 [Houston Press]
- Food Truck Flip ’N Patties Teases First Brick-and-Mortar Location, in the Energy Corridor [Eater Houston]
- These Are the 10 Houses Featured in AIA Houston’s Annual Home Tour This Month [HBJ]
- Houston Included Among U.S. News’s Best Cities To Spend Retirement [HBJ]
- After Harvey, Houston at a Development Crossroads [Curbed]
- An Optimist’s Guide To What Houston Will Do To Prevent Future Floods [Houstonia]
- Packers Tight End Martellus Bennett Releases Renderings of Football-Field-Sized Playground Called MartyLand Adventure Park [NFL.com]
- Hundreds of Harvey-Displaced Pets Still Waiting for Their Owners at NRG [abc13]
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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.