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Welcome to my blog created to provide you with the latest lowdown on Houston and Texas real estate! I'll be sharing as well timely trends in decor, market statistics, tips for homeowners, and pertinent news articles. Be my guest!
The Houston housing market resumed its upward trajectory in September after a slide downward in July and August.  Sales for October look very strong as well.  Read how the upper tier market is outpacing the lower-priced housing for the moment: 
According to this Sept. 2, 2014  article in the Dallas Business Journal, Texas has the highest mortgage closing costs in the nation.  The author's suggestion is to get at least three quotes from  lenders and try to negotiate for lower costs.
Demand for urban living in high-density areas of Houston ramps up. According to this article in the Houston Chronicle, more buyers in the first five months of 2014 sought out condos and town homes in close-in urban areas than single family homes.
According to this article in  the Houston Business Journal, Forbes has named Houston the best city in the country for manufacturing.  Evidently, with the boom in the oil industry has come the need for infrastructure such as pipelines and refineries, and the jobs in manufacturing are increasing as well. Now the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area is at the top for growth in jobs in manufacturing!
According to this article in The Houston Chronicle,  a noted economist has just revised his estimate upwards to predict 85,000 new jobs for the Houston area in 2014, an increase of 30% over his original estimate. in
A $110 Million medical complex is to be built near the new Exxon-Mobile campus near The Woodlands to accommodate the gigantic growth in that area.  St. Luke's will have another hospital there to accommodate the exploding job and population growth in that area. Needless to say, the housing market there is booming, too.
Texas has won the Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup for 2013 for the most new and expanded corporate facilities. Learn how Texas has become a beacon of opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs in this article from the San Antonio  Business Journal.
For a clever list of moving tips that really cut the time and labor involved and also help you get organized,   please read this short list of good ideas.  I loved the tip for packing dishes and china!
According to this report just released by the Houston Association of Realtors, 2013 was the best year on record for the Houton housing market. View  to learn more details in the full report, including how much prices are projected to rise in 2014.
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