Realtors scale up good deeds in disaster-torn communities this holiday season

Every Christmas Eve, Houston Association of Realtors’ chair Cindy Hamann drops off a blanket and a bottle of wine to several random and very thankful homeless people in downtown Houston. Realtors like Hamann are doing wonderful deeds all over the count…

Ex-husband indicted in Realtor Crystal McDowell’s murder

A Texas man charged with strangling his ex-wife, a Realtor in Houston, was indicted last Thursday, according to The Houston Chronicle. A Chambers County grand jury leveled the murder charge against Steven McDowell nearly three months after Crystal McDowell, a beloved Realtor with Virginia Malone & Associates, went missing on Aug. 25 during the hours leading up to historic Hurricane Harvey’s destructive landfall …

Investors take note: Atlanta and Houston offer rental opportunities

If you are a single-family home investor, it’s time to look away from coastal markets. Data released last week from Attom Data Solutions, identified the top 25 U.S. ZIP codes for buying single family rental homes in Q3 2017 based on rate of return and other factors …

Doss, a voice-powered home search tool, gears up for national launch

Doss, an artificial intelligence voice-powered real estate assistant, will become available nationwide next week. The technology delivers home searches by verbal command for real estate consumers while serving as a lead generation tool for agents …

Tech-driven Miami real estate startup Home61 raises $4M

Home61, which launched its first year of official business in 2015, uses automation to streamline the buying and renting experience from first click to closing. The proprietary Home61 platform provides agents with qualified leads and generally frees th…

Inside Hurricane Harvey relief: 5 aid workers swap stories

Roofs of homes dotting the water’s surface like glaciers in the arctic, families being rescued from second-story apartments, harrowing stories of families being separated and losing everything, including family members — watching the devastation in Ho…

Inside Hurricane Harvey relief: 5 aid workers swap stories

Roofs of homes dotting the water’s surface like glaciers in the arctic, families being rescued from second-story apartments, harrowing stories of families being separated and losing everything, including family members — watching the devastation in Ho…

Real estate vendors offering breathing room for Houston agents

Agents in Houston right now “are thinking about their businesses knowing that it could be months or longer until they see a sale again,” said Zvi Band, the CEO at Contactually, via email. That’s why Band sent an email to all of his customers and gave t…

Hurricane Harvey victims granted temporary relief from foreclosure

Hurricane Harvey has caused thousands in and around the Houston area to flee from the rising waters engulfing their homes and killed at least 14 people to date. In this time of crisis, Federal mortgage agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal H…

Flood insurance issues muddy the waters of Houston disaster

Harvey’s timing couldn’t be more interesting from a legislative standpoint. The storm that’s dumped trillions of gallons of water on Houston has coincided almost perfectly with two flood-related legislative tangles …