The Plot Thickens

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Affordable Housing Could Become Harder To Find

Social distancing, a quickly retracting job market, and eviction and foreclosure moratoriums may result in reduced population mobility.

https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/multifamily/in-the-time-of-coronavirus-affordable-housing-could-become-harder-to-find-103599

Multi-family Braces for a Difficult April

https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/multifamily/multifamily-braces-for-april-103601

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Three Recent Real Estate Trends In Houston

1. No one wants to be in the office.
2. It’s a seller’s market.
3. Higher end home sales are slowing down because of 2018 tax law changes.

Vertical Gardening Helps Maximize Space

Hanging Grow Bags are perfect for growing flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Add life to garden fences and walls, posts, gates, railings, decks and anywhere else you find could use a little splash of color. This pouch is designed to maximize space and grow beautiful hanging flowers or veggies.

https://www.ufseeds.com/product/growing-bags-2/

Architect Brett Zamore Designs Houston’s First Tiny Home Development

The East End is now home to Houston’s first tiny home development. Houston developer Refuge and Brett Zamore Design have created a miniature development of 1- and 2-bedroom homes with 600- to 800-square-foot layouts. These shotgun house-inspired Z-kit home prices range from $80,000-$250,000, and feature open layouts, large communal spaces and ample storage space. Check it out at www.brettzamoredesign.com

Cypress Area Homebuilder Offers New Homes starting at under $10,000

Arched Cabins, a Cypress area homebuilder, offers prefab home shell kits for as little as $5,000. The company designs, manufactures and builds cabins that range from a cozy 378-square-foot cabin with a loft to expansive two-story homes. All of their home kits are manufactured in and delivered from Cypress. See the home in action at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2KQXaMqVnA and visit their site at www.archedcabins.com

The Architecture of Gentrification

Texas Observer put out a great article on the banality of some ‘gentrification architecture’, of which we’ve seen plenty. You can recognize it by the row upon row of sameness in architecture, materials and color palette in areas like Montrose, the Heights and other neighborhoods. There are alternatives that enterprising developers have used to avoid this and retain the character of great neighborhoods, which the article touches on. In fact, Houston developers have done the same thing in several close-in neighborhoods. Check out the article at www.texasobserver.org/gentrification-architecture/