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HAR in the News

The Houston Association of REALTORS® is making headlines! Here’s a look at some of the media coverage our organization has received over the past few weeks.

HAR’s August 2018 MLS news release – reporting a distortion in home sales data resulting from the “Harvey effect” (an almost complete shutdown of real estate activity during the last week of August 2017 as a result of Hurricane Harvey) – generated coverage from mid- to late September in the following media outlets:

  • Bellaire Essentials
  • Community Impact Newspaper
  • CultureMap Houston
  • Examiner Newspapers
  • Houston Agent Magazine
  • Houston Business Journal (online and print editions)
  • Houston Chronicle (online and print editions)
  • Houston Community Newspapers
  • Houston Public Media / KUHF 88.7 FM
  • KHOU-TV / 11 News
  • KPRC-TV / Local 2
  • KRIV-TV / FOX 26 News
  • KTRH / NewsRadio 740
  • KTRK-TV / ABC 13 Eyewitness News
  • Realty News Report (RNR)

In September, HAR worked proactively to inform consumers via the media about a dramatic rise in real estate wire fraud that could potentially cost unsuspecting home buyers thousands of dollars when wiring money to bogus title companies. The effort resulted in print, online and broadcast coverage. Houston Chronicle real estate reporter Nancy Sarnoff wrote a September 19 story that ran in print and online. For her September 20 story, KPRC/Local 2 reporter Leigh Frillici interviewed past HAR Chair Chaille Ralph, who described how hackers are sending very convincing emails with instructions for wiring funds. HAR Chair Kenya Burrell-VanWormer was interviewed by KUHF/Houston Public Media reporter Florian Martin for a story that aired on September 24. HAR also encouraged consumers to report any suspicious activity to the FBI.

These stories and more are available in the HAR Online Newsroom at www.har.com/content/newsroom  as well as in HAR Connect.

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