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Uncertainty Gives Way to Opportunity

With uncertainty lingering after Hurricane Harvey, the greater Houston real estate market saw further gains in both sales and pricing. Inventory expectedly remains fairly tight as many homes that were listed for sale had to be taken off the market to make repairs or rebuild. You may read more about the latest market statistics here. One thing that is certain is that Houstonians are resilient. While it seems like this
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The Ending is Just the Beginning

We’ve been telling you for months that Matrix is coming, and now is the time. Fusion has already been retired, and Tempo will be retired on November 14. As we have continuously said, this wasn’t our choice. We were literally the last MLS in the country using Tempo, so CoreLogic decided to cease supporting the product. We had evaluations of all of the available options and Matrix had the best
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When the Chips are Down, REALTORS® Come Together

It has been a very difficult time for so many of our members, clients, so-workers and neighbors. What was reaffirmed for me as we all struggled to return to some sense of normalcy is the REALTOR® spirit. We received offers of help from REALTOR® associations, MLSs ad real estate-related corporations all across the country. One association in Alabama that has fewer than 200 members sent a $5,000 contribution to the
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Get Engaged! No Ring Required….

The results are in for the election of the 2018 HAR board of directors. Congratulations to all of the new board members, as well as the returning ones, who will ably lead this organization to even greater heights. You may read here who was elected. I encourage anyone who wants to get more involved to apply for one of the advisory groups or run for the board of directors. It
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New Records Set and Setting the Record Straight

New all-time records were set in June for both median and average sales price in the greater Houston real estate market. The number of transactions closed was also the largest in the history of the MLS. The pending sales figure was up 18.9 percent, so that suggested that July sales will keep up the pace. The luxury end of the market (defined as $750,000 and up) had its eighth consecutive