HAR’s September 2023 MLS Market Update reported that Houston home sales were down for an 18th consecutive month with interest rates keeping prospective homebuyers headed toward the rental market or putting their buying plans on hold. The lower sales volume enabled inventory to expand and prices to moderate, creating more buyer-friendly conditions once consumer confidence is restored. The report generated media coverage from mid- to late October in the following news 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
  • PaperCity
  • Realty News Report (RNR)
  • The Real Deal

HAR Chairman-elect Thomas Mouton authored a column that published in Houston Agent Magazine on November 8 about HAR’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI). Thomas wrote, in part, “Following the 2020 murder of George Floyd, HAR…took a long, hard, deep look at itself, the work of its employees, the way those employees interact with one another as well as their interactions with HAR’s nearly 50,000 Realtor members around Greater Houston and across the state of Texas. Almost immediately, association leadership determined it was time to demonstrate meaningful and measurable commitment to do our part to heal social and cultural differences and expand awareness and understanding.”

On November 8, The Real Deal reported that U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and State Senator John Whitmire were headed for a December 9 runoff election in the race to be Houston’s next mayor and that HAR was supporting Whitmire.

The Beaumont Enterprise cited HAR MLS data in a November 9 story about the growing migration of Californians to Texas in 2023.

On November 10, Houston Agent Magazine published the findings of HAR’s Q3 2023 Housing & Rental Affordability Report, showing affordability at its lowest level in 10 years.

Houston Agent Magazine published HAR’s October 10 Most Expensive Homes Sold in Houston report on November 13, featuring full-color photos of the properties.

KHOU/11 News consumer reporter Grace White interviewed HAR Chair Cathy Treviño for a story that aired on November 14 about real estate scams that are becoming more prevalent across Houston and around the country. This particular story focused on a “seller impersonation” scam in which a parcel of land was fraudulently listed for sale by a scam artist.

HAR Board member Bill Baldwin discussed REALTOR® safety with KPRC/Local 2 reporter Bryce Newberry as part of his report about the armed robbery of a REALTOR® her client on November 26 while they were preparing to tour a home for sale in the Heights. They were shaken up but otherwise uninjured. At the time the story was broadcast, in the 10 p.m. newscast on November 28, the four suspects remained at large.


These stories and more are available in the HAR Online Newsroom awww.har.com/content/newsroom as well as in HARConnect.