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Ralph Bivins

Real Estate

Ralph Bivins is a veteran journalist with extensive experience in writing about real estate for newspapers, magazines and Web publications. He also serves as publisher and editor-in-chief of, a Web site that caters to realty professionals. He is former president and chairman of the board of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, a non-profit journalists group. Bivins has won numerous awards, including the Texas Headliners Club award for best business writing in the state of Texas 

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Real Estate Rumblings

Vacation home sales surge as buyers seek fun and a good investment

By Ralph Bivins

Sales of vacation home sales are surging across the nation as Americans seek out their own place for a family retreat; a regular vacation spot; or a place to ski ...

Downtown Development

Iconic new skyscraper will transform the San Antonio skyline

By Ralph Bivins

A 400,000-square-foot office building anchored by the headquarters of Frost Bank will be constructed in downtown San Antonio. It's the first new downtown office tower since 1989. The ...

A Mansion Backlash

Real estate experts reveal the 10 hottest home trends of 2015

By Ralph Bivins

Designers say granite is no longer king of the kitchen. Sustainability is a hot item. And the prevailing trend is moving toward tiny houses, instead of gigantic mansions. Those are ...

Golf Courses Are So Yesterday

6 surprising real estate trends, from bikes to barks

By Ralph Bivins

Real estate reflects the way people want to live, work, shop and play. If there’s a new trend afoot, you’ll see it being played out in the real ...

Real Estate Rumblings

Austin’s new Tuscan-style luxury hotel to be one of the most expensive in Texas

By Ralph Bivins

Houston developer Giorgio Borlenghi is beginning work this week on the Hotel Granduca Austin, an Italian-styled luxury hostelry that will command some of the highest nightly rates in Texas. Built ...

Real Estate Rumblings

Bill Gates is buying one of Texas' most prominent hotels in major real estate deal

By Ralph Bivins

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is buying the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston, and is expected to upgrade the property, considered one of the finest hotels in Texas ...

Real Estate roundup

The hottest new home trends: Experts reveal the 8 must-haves buyers are demanding

By Ralph Bivins

LAS VEGAS — Whether it’s built-in cabinetry to accommodate your poodle or ultra-luxury wine cellars that would make Ernest Gallo jealous, you can always count on the International Builders Show ...

A Healthier Home

Step inside Disney's house of the future: New Vision shows green living can be luxury living

By Ralph Bivins

ORLANDO — Living in a sustainable house doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable, too. Consider the Vision House. It’s a housing exhibition in Disney’s Innoventions center in ...

Real estate round-up

Vacation homes are back: Tuscany, Provence & Palm Springs are next hot markets

By Ralph Bivins

The vacation home market is making a comeback after a couple of rocky years.  People still want a place for recreation, and the seashore, the mountains and even vibrant urban ...

Real Estate Round-Up

The Top 10 apartment building trends: What your new place is going to look like

By Ralph Bivins

Trends come and go in apartment living. Apartments outfitted with harvest gold appliances of the 1970s are now harder to find than a Yeti’s fossil. Today, everybody wants an ...

real estate round-up

It's no fantasy: Real estate is recovering across the nation, but progress is slow

By Ralph Bivins

The mood seemed a little lighter this year at the annual convention of the National Association of Realtors in Anaheim, Calif.. Hey, Disneyland was just around the corner, literally within ...

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