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Houston Public Works has extended its survey to offer free water testing for qualified homes that may have lead or copper pipes, according to a Sept. 1 news release from the city.

For most of 2021, home sales in the local area have consistently shown year-over-year increases based on monthly data. This month, however, was a different story.

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Houston's Planning & Development Department has amended its policy regarding Special Minimum Lot Size applications, which essentially are residential zoning mechanisms, after an application submitted by Heights property owners and approved by the Houston City Council was determined to be ineffectual because of a similar, existing ordinance that applies to the area. Some residential lots there were re-platted and are in the process of being developed into commercial property, which is what the nearby property owners had hoped to avoid.

The planned apartment complex on Fisher Street in the Garden Oaks area did not get the funding it needed from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Here are the details. 

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One of the most iconic Victorian homes in the Heights, the “Castle House” at 1802 Harvard St., has had a new owner for the last year-and-a-half. John and Jan Greer have been updating the grounds on the property and are installing a new rain garden in the ditch along 18th Street, which drew complaints to the city from at least one neighbor. But the city is OK with the Greer’s plan, which aims to further beautify the property while protecting against flooding.

Recently, the Texas Invasive Species Institute announced a new invasive species of hammerhead flatworms being found in the Houston area. While some people may have seen one species of this worm in their garden for years, this is a different species of hammerhead flatworm, and it poses the same threats. 

Preservation Houston, the citywide nonprofit group for historic preservation advocacy and education, is accepting nominations for its 2022 Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation.

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Houston-based commercial real estate firm Baker Katz recently purchased the building housing he Foodarama at 18th Street and Ella Boulevard, and will close the store by 2022 to make way for a new development.

State Rep. Penny Morales Shaw said she recognizes a need for more affordable housing options in the Garden Oaks area, such as the proposed apartment complex on Fisher Street. She said multiple residents in the community, including one who lives close to the site, told her they were being pri…

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When Peter and Katherine Chang met with the Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization (GOMO) in 2012, about a deed restriction violation related to constructing a second garage on their property, they said they were told by the homeowners association that it had a “war chest” it was not afraid to…

Kasia McCormick with Compass Real Estate knows the key to any real estate transaction is finding the perfect melding of data, market analysis and personal touch in order to overcome challenges.

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Heather and John Collins first found out about a proposed 60-unit apartment complex planned for 909 Fisher St. — across the street from them — when a neighbor met State Rep. Penny Morales Shaw walking on their street.

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Heights residents picked up a heavy hitter last weekend in their ongoing fight against a seven-story storage facility planned for the neighborhood. But after the owner of Big Tex Storage reached a compromise of sorts with the Houston Heights Association (HHA), preventing the business from se…

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As the calendar has flipped to 2021, Houston realtors will be looking for a replication of 2020 on the sales front. In addition to a strong December showing, many came out with a significant year-over-year increase in sales volume compared to 2019.

For nearly two decades, Julie O’Neill has made it her mission to provide well-researched counsel to real estate clients.  Her career spans multiple markets (Houston, Dallas and Chicago), economic cycles, and interest rate environments, as well as previous corporate marketing and sales positi…