Looped In

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Synopsis

Houston Chronicle real estate reporters Erin Mulvaney and Nancy Sarnoff take their deskside chit chat to the podcasting world.

Episodes

  • EDITORIAL: #StayHome

    EDITORIAL: #StayHome

    19/03/2020 Duration: 07min

    Listen to the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board's impassioned plea to Houstonians coping with the coronavirus -- "Stay home!" -- as expressed by editorial board member Monica Rohr. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/coronavirus/

  • Ep139: Chinatown was Houstons coronavirus canary in the coal mine

    Ep139: Chinatown was Houston's coronavirus canary in the coal mine

    17/03/2020 Duration: 34min

      In many ways, Houston’s Chinatown — with its restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, banks and travel agencies — is a microcosm of the city as a whole. So when foot traffic suddenly diminished at the end of January following false rumors of coronavirus in the neighborhood, the economic strain felt by Chinatown businesses foreshadowed some of the tough decisions restaurants, bars, hotels and other businesses are now facing throughout the city.

  • Ep138: As the Houston real estate world turns

    Ep138: As the Houston real estate world turns

    14/03/2020 Duration: 20min

    iBuyers are gaining market share, but are they making money? And John Daugherty has been a fixture in Houston’s high-end housing market. His real estate company is now in bankruptcy. Nancy and Rebecca explain.

  • Ep137: Coronavirus fears hit Houston stores

    Ep137: Coronavirus fears hit Houston stores

    07/03/2020 Duration: 17min

    Houston Chronicle retail reporter, Paul Takahashi, is moving on to cover the energy industry. But first, he is covering how the coronavirus is impacting retailers, from pharmacies to grocery stores. He also discusses the major trends he has seen in the retail industry, from experience-based shopping to what’s up with Houston malls.

  • Ep136: Warehouse and chill

    Ep136: Warehouse and chill

    19/02/2020 Duration: 16min

    The embrace of online shipping has driven a rush of warehouse space and logistics services. One Houston Chronicle employee ordered upwards of 800 packages in 2019 alone. But one link of the e-commerce supply chain remains in short supply: temperature-controlled warehouses, known as cold storage, necessary for storing and shipping groceries, meal prep kits, cold-pressed juice cleanses, dog stem cells — the list goes on.

  • Ep135: The best and worst of Houston real estate

    Ep135: The best and worst of Houston real estate

    07/02/2020 Duration: 28min

    Ding ding ding! The votes have been tallied and the winners are in! For Looped In's third-annual Loopie Awards for the best and worst of Houston real estate, the Chronicle's real estate editor reveals his picks for eight categories, including "Trendiest Development Trend," "Saddest Demise" and "Highest Gentrification Threat." The episode is part game show, part Rotten Tomatoes review. Listen along and congrats to all the winners!

  • Ep134: A home for every income

    Ep134: A home for every income

    31/01/2020 Duration: 30min

    The Houston Housing Authority’s new approach to affordable housing involves building complexes with units reserved for families of different incomes. These new apartments aim to both attract those who can afford the rising costs of living and protect low-earners in danger of being pushed out of their longtime neighborhoods, while also providing space for people who earn something in between. However, not everyone is on board, especially as many fear affordable housing could strain their neighborhood’s infrastructure and discourage investment in the neighborhood. Erin Douglas, who reports on the economy for the Houston Chronicle, joins real estate reporters R.A. Schuetz and Nancy Sarnoff to discuss mixed-use housing planned for the Fifth Ward, East End and Near Northside.  

  • Ep133: Rail lines and real estate

    Ep133: Rail lines and real estate

    21/01/2020 Duration: 44min

    A new study from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University reveals how development and land use patterns have changed over time in neighborhoods near transit centers, park and ride lots and light rail stations. Kyle Shelton, the report's author, joins Nancy and Rebecca to talk about the benefits and the challenges of transit-oriented growth and the tools that could help prevent unintended consequences.

  • Ep 132: Betting big on tiny living

    Ep 132: Betting big on tiny living

    03/01/2020 Duration: 26min

    Everything's bigger in Texas. Even tiny homes. Texas is the top market in the nation for a type of tiny home known as a park model RV, and developers are building communities specifically for these dwellings outside of Houston.

  • Ep131: Houston mayoral candidate, challenger Tony Buzbee

    Ep131: Houston mayoral candidate, challenger Tony Buzbee

    10/12/2019 Duration: 35min

    Tony Buzbee, who's headed to a runoff Saturday in the 2019 race for Houston mayor, sat down with Nancy Sarnoff and Chronicle City Hall reporter Jasper Scherer to talk about his rise from small-town kid to millionaire lawyer and mayoral hopeful. This a one of two episodes featuring the candidates for mayor.

  • Ep130: Houston mayor candidate, incumbent Sylvester Turner

    Ep130: Houston mayor candidate, incumbent Sylvester Turner

    10/12/2019 Duration: 34min

    Mayor Sylvester Turner decided what he wanted his future to look like after watching the Kennedy/Nixon debate in 1960. That determination propelled him through school, where he graduated as valedictorian, all the way through Harvard Law, which was not his first choice. Turner sat down with Nancy Sarnoff and Chronicle City Hall reporter Jasper Scherer to reflect on his life in politics and the struggles he faced along the way. This is one of two episodes featuring the candidates for mayor.

  • Ep129: Pocket listings and porch potties

    Ep129: Pocket listings and porch potties

    20/11/2019 Duration: 29min

    NAR’s new policy on pocket listings is expected to result in a more transparent housing market, but there are loopholes, Nancy and Rebecca explain. They also talk about a recent luxury real estate event where agents learned about condo amenities for the ultra-rich.

  • Ep128: Glamping in the Gaslands

    Ep128: Glamping in the Gaslands

    14/11/2019 Duration: 28min

    For a long time, the phrase "man camp" evoked images of tents and mobile homes, but many have received a makeover. Large energy companies clamoring for safe housing — where their employees can get food and rest without any of the late-night carousing that can lead to trouble in the oil fields the next morning — has led companies like The Woodlands-based Target Hospitality to specialize in temporary housing. Perks include pools, basketball courts, fresh-squeezed orange juice and wood-fired pizzas.    

  • Ep127: Turf wars: Homeowners vs. the Harris County Flood Control District

    Ep127: Turf wars: Homeowners vs. the Harris County Flood Control District

    06/11/2019 Duration: 37min

    Matt Zeve delivers a lot of bad news as deputy executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District. In the coming years, he'll be delivering a lot more. Potentially thousands of Harris County homeowners have fences, sheds and even swimming pools that encroach onto land the district owns or has the right to access. With the district now embarking on hundreds of flood mitigation projects, Zeve and his staff have started enforcing the encroachments. Nancy and Rebecca talk to Zeve about how the enforcement process works and what can happen when a property owner doesn’t comply.

  • Ep126: Harvey investors, two years later

    Ep126: Harvey investors, two years later

    25/10/2019 Duration: 24min

    After Harvey came the crisis investors, who bought hundreds of homes to flip. In places, they snapped up entire blocks. What do those communities look like two years later? Vacant and abandoned homes, as well as impromptu rentals, dot the landscape. Real estate agent Ace Tejada and home appraiser Mike Taylor take Looped In on a tour. Read the story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Investors-promised-revival-after-Harvey-It-14473105.php

  • Ep125: Gentrification targets Independence Heights

    Ep125: Gentrification targets Independence Heights

    09/10/2019 Duration: 17min

    In Independence Heights, developers are tearing down the original bungalows and replacing them with skinny townhomes with six-foot fences. Whole Foods, often a harbinger of gentrification, has opened a store there. Like in other neighborhoods under a similar threat, there's been a growing movement toward preserving what's left -- even if it's just memories. The Chronicle's Sarah Smith joins Nancy and Rebecca to talk about her recent reporting on the community and what residents are doing to retain its historical character.  

  • Ep124: George Mitchells unconventional journey to build The Woodlands

    Ep124: George Mitchell's unconventional journey to build The Woodlands

    18/09/2019 Duration: 41min

    Late billionaire George Mitchell was a Galveston-born wildcatter who became widely known for being the father of the modern process of fracking. Yet as a young executive, Mitchell became fixated with the idea of creating a healthy, sustainable community at a time when many American cities were experiencing urban decay. Author and former Chronicle Business Columnist Loren Steffy explores Mitchell's paradoxical life in a new book titled “George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet.” He joins Nancy to talk about the legendary Houstonian.

  • Ep123: Beer Me! 

    Ep123: Beer Me! 

    11/09/2019 Duration: 22min

    The number of craft breweries in Houston has grown by more than 250 percent since 2013 when there were only 18. The industry explosion (there are now 64) helped pave the way for new legislation that allows breweries to sell beer to go. Beer aficionado Ronnie Crocker and Chronicle business reporter Paul Takahashi join Nancy to talk about what the new law means for Houston's brewers and how the rise of craft breweries has come at the expense of the home brew market and the small retailers that cater to it.

  • Ep122: The life of Ed Wulfe

    Ep122: The life of Ed Wulfe

    29/08/2019 Duration: 06min

    A ceremony celebrating the life of the late Ed Wulfe revealed a different side to the gregarious real estate developer and civic leader. For almost two hours, family members and friends, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner shared stories highlighting Wulfe's civic involvement and work ethic. His grandchildren told of his affinity for inspirational sayings and practical jokes. All their stories elicited more laughter than tears. After attending the service, Nancy recounts some of the memorable moments.

  • Ep121: The legal battle over real estate commissions

    Ep121: The legal battle over real estate commissions

    13/08/2019 Duration: 24min

    New lawsuits challenging how real estate commissions are structured could lead to a number of possible outcomes, including changes in how much home sellers pay in fees and how agents who represent buyers are compensated. Plaintiffs in the case want to see more transparency in the real estate transaction. The defendants, including the National Association of Realtors, warn of potential dangers to the consumer if the system is drastically altered. The Chronicle's Rebecca Schuetz recently spoke on a panel with NAR's legal counsel and a lawyer/real estate broker from Washington at the annual Inman Connect conference. On the newest episode of Looped In, Schuetz discusses potential outcomes should the case be settled or even go to trial.

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