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Zillow finds Houston homes hit record total value
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Published in 1-1-2016
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By comparison, the U.S. gross domestic product totaled $18.1 trillion in the third quarter, or about $10 trillion less than the cumulative value of all homes in the U.S., according to Zillow's report, which used U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and other data. Gudell added that the number of "renter households" also increased and a record amount was spent on rent during the year. "Americans ...>>
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World's largest McDonald's to close; bigger one planned
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Published in 1-1-2016
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that the restaurant and entertainment complex on the International Drive tourism corridor was set to close for good Wednesday night.

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Survey: Texas retailers' report sales up in December, but outlooks dim
Business
Published in 1-1-2016
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As recently as mid-December, a survey of Texas retailers showed flat to increased sales activity but a less optimistic outlook on business activity six months from now.

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Retail Wrap: Steel City Pops, El Pollo Loco and more
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Published in 1-1-2016
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Walmart Neighborhood Market plans to open at FM 518 West and Landing Boulevard in League City on Jan. 13, according to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. [...] the developer plans to start building Phase II of the center, The Shoppes at Landing, consisting of 16,200 square feet, in March. El Mercado Supermarket has signed a 42,130 square foot lease in the Fairmont Junction Shopping Cente ...>>
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It's another big win for reverse mortgages
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Published in 25-12-2015
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In the vast universe of consumer borrowing, reverse mortgages get little respect. When I write about them, the next day's mail has chiding notes suggesting that I failed to tell the gruesome downside. Wade Pfau, a professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services, did a study that examined probable results of seven ways of using a reverse mortgage. The lowest ov ...>>
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Last-minute gifts you can get within hours from Amazon Prime Now
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Published in 25-12-2015
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Whether you procrastinated on your holiday gift list, left someone off, or just have a late RSVP'er in your family, Amazon Prime Now's quick delivery service is basically your Christmas miracle.

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Financial literacy is the greatest gift of all
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Published in 25-12-2015
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The average American suffers from a stunning lack of financial literacy. Talking about money could be the greatest gift of all.

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Too late? Discounts could get much deeper after Christmas
Business
Published in 25-12-2015
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Exchanges, returns and continued heavy use of gift cards are expected to provide a boost for retailers well into January.

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Photos: Vintage Christmas ads from around the world
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Published in 25-12-2015
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If you think America has the market cornered on Christmas commercialism, think again.

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Texas ACA enrollment tops last year as deadline extended
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Published in 18-12-2015
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By the end of last week, more than 474,000 Texans had enrolled in a health plan through the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange, already topping the number enrolled last year by the Dec. 15 deadline for first-of-the-year coverage, according to statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [...] this year's last-minute was so significant HHS offici ...>>
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Investor buys north Houston medical office portfolio
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Published in 18-12-2015
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The buildings were purchased at below-market occupancy and rental rates, and the investors plan to increase their value through a phased renovation program. Spring Valley Medical Plaza consists of a six-story medical office building and surgery center with 68,000 square feet at 9234 Katy Freeway near Blalock.

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Perks improved for United's highest fliers
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Published in 18-12-2015
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United Airlines is making it easier for first- and business-class fliers to reach premier status, which gives travelers benefits such as priority boarding, free checked bags, seat upgrades and bonus award miles. For comparison, first- and business-class fliers in 2015 (both full-fare and discounted tickets) have earned a 50 percent bonus, or 1,500 premier qualifying miles on a 1,000-mile flight.
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U.S. and Cuba will establish scheduled flights
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Published in 18-12-2015
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The U.S. and Cuba have agreed to establish scheduled commercial flights between the two countries, a year after President Barack Obama began easing relations with the country. Tourism still isn't permitted, but Houston-based airline consultant Pete Garcia expects that will follow the commercial flight agreement. He also said the state's business opportunities and large population make ...>>

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Fewer Texans fall behind on mortgage payments
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Published in 11-12-2015
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[...] by the end of next year, it forecasts consumer lending nationwide will be fully recovered from the last recession, which technically ended six years ago. The state's 90-day credit card delinquency is expected to remain stable at 1.69 percent for the end of this year, comparable to 1.66 percent last year. The 90-day credit card delinquency rate is expected to be 1.46 percent at the end ...>>
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United Airlines to bring back free snacks
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Published in 11-12-2015
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United quit offering free snacks in 2008. After its merger with Continental Airlines, Continental quit offering free snacks in early 2011.

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