This Week in Houston Real Estate: ‘Fixer Upper’ stars help 81-year-old with Harvey home recovery

by Rincey Abraham

Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” made news in Houston as they volunteered to help an 81-year-old woman rebuild her home after it was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Along with 80 ExxonMobile volunteers, they helped Doris Davis restore much of her home, which she would have been able to do otherwise, according to ABC13

In other Houston real estate news:

  • The Dallas-based homebuilder HistoryMaker homes announced that it plans to double the number of homes under construction in Houston in order to keep up with post-Harvey demand. It is also partnering with mortgage providers who offer hurricane relief programs and developing additional aid initiatives, according to BuilderOnline.
  • Houston-based GPI Real Estate Management Corp added a 293-unit complex in the Energy Corridor due to their purchase of H6 in partnership with Hong Kong-based Wai Kee Holdings. The property at 14805 Grisby Rd. did not flood during Harvey or during releases of nearby reservoirs, and occupancy at H6 rose from 90 percent pre-hurricane to 95 percent afterward, according to the Houston Chronicle
  • Eighteen25, an apartment development from the Allied Orion Group, is finishing up completion and is beginning to move in residents. The new multifamily community at 1825 San Jacinto St. is part of a number of new apartments that began because of the Downtown Living Initiative, giving developers $15,000 per unit in tax benefits, according to Realty News Report
  • The 580-acre residential community Balmoral is ready for residents. Developed by Houston-based Land Tejas Cos., construction on the community began more than a year ago and is expected to have 2,100 houses when completed. As of Oct. 29, there have been 56 home sales, and 193 lots have been purchased since the community began selling this summer. To kick off resident move-in, they will be hosting a beach-themed grand opening where visitors can tour the community, which is named after the Balmoral Castle in Scotland, as well as help a master sand sculptor carve an 8-foot-tall sandcastle from 10 tons of sand. Miniature train rides and presentations about the 2-acre lagoon will also be offered, according to the Houston Business Journal.

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