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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
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Politics, Properties and… Pedicures?!?

As I’m sure everyone has circled on their calendars, the HAR Board of Directors election will start on July 27 and run through August 7. This is your chance to elect the REALTORS® who you feel will best represent your interests and help lead your association in a positive direction. You may read about the candidates running for each of the director positions here and look out for your ballot
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Looking Back Can Help Us Succeed In the Future

Greg Hale was a visionary. Even before video became ubiquitous in the real estate industry, he launched what would become HARTV, the facilities for which were just rebranded as the Greg Hale Studios in his honor. One of the favorite stories about the development of HARTV was when then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in to do an interview. Between takes, he leaned over to his communication director and said jokingly,
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Spring Has Definitely Sprung

I don’t know about you, but I am relieved that the pollen has finally stopped coating my car the moment I’m done washing it. If I wanted a green car, I would have bought one! Now if only everyone’s allergy symptoms would finally clear up! Speaking of spring and everything that’s blooming, I was very happy to see how home sales and rentals throughout greater Houston blossomed in March. Our
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The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Woodrow Wilson was president. Daylight Saving Time was enacted for the first time. World War I ended. Reverend Billy Graham was born. The Houston Association of REALTORS® (then known as the Houston Real Estate Board) was formed. All those milestones occurred in 1918. As we enter our 100th year of HAR this year, we have much to reflect on regarding how things have changed and how they have stayed the