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HAR Recommends Voting FOR HISD Proposition 1

Due to a robust and thriving real estate market, Houston is considered “property-wealthy.” By law, “property wealthy school districts” can be required to purchase “attendance credits” from the State of Texas. In 2016, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) determined that HISD owed a payment of $162 million in attendance credits to the state.  The referendum was placed on the November 2016 election... 

Prepare for Flooding and Storm Surge

Houstonians know the human and economic costs of severe weather. Floods in 2015 and 2016 caused 16 deaths and over $1 billion in damage. Additionally, the entire coastal region is particularly vulnerable to the threat of storm surge from a powerful hurricane. In order to address these issues, Houston City Council Members David W. Robinson and Dave Martin and the AIA Houston Chapter Urban Design Committee... 

HAR Presents the 2015 Houston Mayoral Candidate Forum

Who will lead our city into the future? The Houston Association of REALTORS® presents the 2015 Houston Mayoral Candidate Forum. You may register online at www.har.com/mayoralforum. Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on Linkedinshare via RedditTumblr itTweet about itBuzz it upSubscribe to the comments on this postPrint for laterBookmark in BrowserTell a friend... 

REALTOR® Ray Holztapple Re-Appointed to HCAD Board

At the December 9, 2013 Houston City Council meeting, HAR member Ray Holtzapple was re-appointed to serve as the City’s Representative on the Board of Directors of the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD). His appointment is for a two-year term commencing on January 1, 2014 and ending on December 31, 2016. Ray just completed a two-year term on the HCAD board. Ray brings to HCAD his extensive... 

Mayor Annise Parker Welcomes Houston Homebuyers

Mayor Annise Parker video welcomes Houston Homebuyers Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on Linkedinshare via RedditTumblr itTweet about itBuzz it upSubscribe to the comments on this postPrint for laterBookmark in BrowserTell a friend  Read More →

City of Houston Proposes Changes to Chapter 42 – The Land Development Code

The City of Houston’s Department of Planning and Development has proposed changes to Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinances, the land development code. Generally, the City regulates land development in Houston and within its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) through Chapter 42. The City of Houston does not have zoning, but development is governed by codes that address how property can be subdivided.... 

REALTOR® Edie Archer Appointed to HAHC by Mayor Parker

Edie Archer, a sales agent for Greenwood King Properties, has been appointed to the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The appointment was made official by a vote of the Houston City Council on November 7. The HAHC makes recommendations to City Council on historic properties. The 13-member board reviews requests for historic district designations,... 

HAR Makes Recommendations on Several Local Measures This November

On November 6, voters in the city of Houston and some surrounding communities will be asked to decide on several ballot measures. The issues will range from how METRO allocates its 1 percent sales tax to various bond measures for public schools, community colleges, parks and city infrastructure totaling $2.7 billion. In an effort to keep the Houston REALTOR® community informed, the HAR Governmental... 

HAR Offers Recommendations on Houston’s Proposed Land Development Regulations

At its January 2012 meeting, the HAR Board of Directors approved recommendations to City of Houston officials currently drafting changes to Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinances.  The changes relate to the city’s land development regulations and would include the expansion of the city’s “urban area” from Loop 610 to Beltway 8, clearing the way for developers to more easily subdivide lots... 

Houston City Council Approves High Rise Limits – Chapter 42 Overhaul on the Horizon

In its last meeting of 2011, the Houston City Council approved restrictions on residential towers which would abut certain single-family residences. The restrictions will generally require high rises to be built at least 30 or 40 feet from surrounding homes, depending on the street sizes.   The restrictions would apply to buildings greater than 75 feet in height built along local and collector... 
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