What’s the final word on student debt and housing? It’s complicated.

The statistics are hardly encouraging: student debt has more than tripled in the last 10 years; its serious delinquency rate is higher than any other form of debt, including mortgages and credit cards; it now totals $1.37 trillion, and

7 signs that housing still has a long way to go

Americans are deeply pessimistic about economic mobility. By an overwhelming margin, they believe it is harder today to secure a middle-class lifestyle than it was for past generations. And a large majority continue to see the housing market in

Houston home sellers see outstanding returns in 2016

Home sellers in the Houston housing market have seen some of the best returns in the nation, according to the Q2 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report from RealtyTrac. Basing its analysis on publicly recorded sales deeds from more than 900 counties nationwide, RealtyTrac found

Why 140,000 Houston renters cannot buy homes

Earlier this week, we reported on the sobering findings of the Joint Center of Housing Studies’ latest report, which found that millions of households in America are struggling with housing costs, much to the detriment of housing markets across

Houston’s Rice Military among the nation’s 20 most exclusive housing markets

The Rice Military neighborhood is one of the most exclusive housing markets in the country, according to a new analysis from HomeUnion. With an almost $100,000 median household income placing in the 75 percentile and an average rent of $2,858, Rice Military

Texas home prices remain strong in new Case-Shiller Indices

The Texas housing market continued its strong home price growth in 2016, according to the latest Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. From March to April (the most recent month of available data), Dallas home prices – the Case-Shiller does not track Houston’s market

Home prices are outpacing wages, and that’s a problem

Homeownership has become much less affordable for Houston consumers the last few years, according to a new analysis from RealtyTrac. The Q2 2016 Home Affordability Index, which compares wage growth to home price increases, found that without exception, home prices in

What goes into a new home’s price? Most consumers have no idea

There is a significant disconnect between consumers and homebuilders, according to a new analysis from the National Association of Home Builders. Comparing Census Bureau data with that of its most recent Home Buyer Preferences Survey, the NAHB found that

Greater Houston’s top closings, May 2016

Click on the tabs below to see the top single-family, condo, and multifamily closings in Greater Houston’s housing market in May. Single Family Condo Multifamily Single Family Sales Price Address Agent Brokerage $10,500,000 3688 Willowick, Houston Pene Moore Martha Turner

McMansion ascending – U.S. homes are bigger than ever

It was supposed to be the end of the McMansion era. New homes in the U.S., after steadily growing in size for more than 30 years, finally reached their peak during the mother of all housing bubbles. Following the inevitable

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