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Houston’s shopping mecca – 4 reasons buyers love Rice Village

Written by JAMES MCCLISTEROCTOBER 12, 2016-Taken from Houston Agent Magazine


Houston’s Rice Village neighborhood – “The Village,” as locals call it – is a mecca for shoppers, walkers and foodies alike. It’s defined by its strip of stores and its proximity to Rice University, which is Houston’s best institution of higher learning.

Here are some of The Village’s most notable qualities:

1. Walker’s paradise – Walk Score calls the Rice Village area a “walker’s paradise,” because errands do not require a car. Things are so close and the streets are so flat that walking from place to place is not a strain. If residents are in any sort of hurry, they can always bike, because

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As reported in an Inman article, May, 2016

According to U-Haul, some cities are just gaining more attention from relocating homebuyers than others, and one of the easiest ways to tell is by looking at one-way truck rentals. U-Haul released its top rankings for the past calendar year based on solely that fact. 

With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start to moving season is underway. Families throughout the nation are gearing up to pack their bags and venture to a new city before Labor Day. Texas made a big appearance on the list, with Houston ranking first for the seventh consecutive year in a row. San Antonio and Austin also made the top five, ranking in at fourth and fifth, respectively. Since 2014, Austin climbed up the rankings by three

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 As published in the Houston Business Journal, September 6, 2013

In the latest grand accolade for the Petro Metro, Forbes predicts that within a decade Houston will be known as “America’s next great global city.”

Forbes made the prediction in its article “A Map of America’s Future: Where Growth Will Be Over the Next Decade,” part of its “Reinventing America” series.

The article breaks the country into seven major regions, including the Third Coast — of which Houston is named the capital.

“Once a sleepy, semitropical backwater, the Third Coast, which stretches along the Gulf of Mexico from south Texas to western Florida, has come out of the recession stronger than virtually any other region,” Forbes writes. “Since 2001, its job base has expanded 7

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According to Trulia's economist Jed Kolko when asked what his predictions are for the top ten housing markets in the U.S, he ranked Houston as #1 and 3 others in Texas in the top 10 (San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth) with Houston and Austin having some of the fastest job growth in the country. For his rationale behind picking the cities that made the list, Kolko explained: “The healthy markets that made the list have strong job growth (Bureau of Labor Statistics), which bodes well for housing demand; low vacancy rates (U.S. Postal Service)–low enough to encourage new construction, but not so low that inventory and sales are restrained; and low foreclosure inventory (RealtyTrac), since foreclosures tend to hold back recovery.”
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Texas is officially in a seller's market!
The Texas housing market posted a 14% increase in sales volume with roughly 6% increases in both median and average sales price, according to the 2012-Q3 edition of the Texas Quarterly Housing Report. Here are some highlights from the report:
Median sales prices for properties was up 6.46% more than the third quarter of 2011.
Average sales price had a similar increase, up 5.74% from the same quarter last year.
Houston's most popular and desirable neighborhoods are seeing properties sell quickly, many tmes with multiple offers. It's important to have an expert agent to help navigate this exciting market!

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According to The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch, Jan 23, 2012:

"A strong jobs recovery is working in this market’s favor, where the oil drilling and services sector rules. It’s also an area with high population growth — almost triple the national average, according to Local Market Monitor. “The housing boom was all one way, with prices up 21%. The recession was almost non-existent, with jobs down just 1% [over the past year],” Winzer said. At left, the shuttle flight control room at Johnson Space Center. When NASA’s shuttle program ended, jobs were cut at the Johnson Space Center, but it continues to be one of Houston’s most popular family attractions"

It's a great time to buy in Houston!- call an Houston real estate expert:

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