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Austin Startup, Kasita, Visits Seven Cities to Preview Its Solution to Housing Crises

Austin Startup, Kasita, Visits Seven Cities to Preview Its Solution to Housing Crises

AUSTIN, Texas, March 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kasita manufactured homes and communities are known for high-design and high-quality while occupying small financial and geographic footprints. The Austin-based startup is pioneering the future of housing by offering America’s cities a solution to a lack of housing supply and associated housing costs, construction complications, disaster relief, workforce housing and providing aging populations an opportunity to earn passive income through the addition of accessory dwelling units to properties they own.

Starting in Culver City, California on March 30th, Kasita kicks off its first-ever “Roadshow,” visiting the cities of San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Reno and Denver, all of which are affected by the housing crisis. Whether it be a shortage in affordable urban living, overcrowding or a need for more multifamily living options, each location faces their own unique issues for which Kasita is a solution. On the Roadshow, Kasita will bring its widely-acclaimed innovations from concept to experience, showcasing the latest iteration of “Independent,” the brand’s single-family micro-home / accessory dwelling unit (ADU), and share additional insights on its newly-launched “Community” model – a stackable, multi-family platform.

“We can build a Kasita home in less than a month and they are move-in ready the day they are installed. At a starting price of $89,000, we offer homeowners, developers and hoteliers a value-driven quality product that solves many of the usual hassles of construction, allowing developers to bring product to market 40-50% faster than conventional construction. Kasita occupies a small footprint allowing for installation on land areas otherwise overlooked by developers as suitable for housing,” says Martyn Hoffmann, Kasita CEO.

The Roadshow will visit seven U.S. cities, concluding at the influential Urban Land Institute real estate conference in Detroit:

March 30-31, The Platform, Culver City, Calif. 8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 April 3-4, Swenson Builders’ Lot, San Jose, Calif. 115 Terraine Street, San Jose, CA 95110 April 6-7, Mission Bay, San Francisco, Calif. 4th St & Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158 April 10-11, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center, Santa Rosa, Calif. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 April 13-15, City Plaza, Reno, Nev. 10 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501 April 20-21, Great Divide, Denver, Colo. 1812 35th St, Denver, CO 80216 May 1-3, Urban Land Institute, Detroit, Mich. COBO Center 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

In each market, Kasita will invite potential dwellers, interested renters, real estate developers and media to enter and personally experience Kasita living for the first time outside of Austin. Highlights of the cross-country Roadshow include open houses, VIP events, private tours, breakfast parties and cocktail hours in desirable locations, such as The Platform in Culver City and the Great Divide Brewing Company Barrel Bar in Denver. Visitors will be able to test mood-activated smart home technologies that come standard with each unit as well as appreciate the marriage of high design and high amenity that Kasita is known for.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Takes Jabs At Land Office, Which Says He’s Got His Facts Wrong On Harvey Response

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Takes Jabs At Land Office, Which Says He’s Got His Facts Wrong On Harvey Response

Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Bush/Pu Ying Huang: TurnerTexas General Land Commissioner George P. Bush (left) and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who tangled publicly with Gov. Greg Abbott last year over the state’s response to Hurricane Harvey, turned his criticism to the Texas General Land Office on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets, Turner accused the GLO of “hogging” billions in disaster aid and excluding Houston leaders from conversations surrounding the disbursement of $5 billion awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last November.

“There’s a lack of cooperation and inclusiveness,” Turner said. “We just need to get that worked out, and, quite frankly, we need to get that worked out yesterday. People are holding those of us here responsible, but we don’t have the dollars and we’re not being brought to the table.”

In a press conference shortly after his tweets, Turner said that while he’s had an open line of communication with Abbott, he couldn’t say the same of Land Commissioner George P. Bush, whose agency was tasked with running short-term housing programs for Harvey victims — a role that typically falls to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We’re simply not being included in the process to help develop the action plan,” Turner said. “It’s unclear how much of the $5 billion already approved is going to be in the Houston area.”

Brittany Eck, press secretary for the GLO, says Turner’s characterization is disingenuous. Between phone calls, hearings, press conferences and meetings with local officials, Eck says Bush has has done more than 60 events in Harvey-affected areas. Houston was also the only city to receive an early draft of the action plan.

“We have been meeting with local officials to draft this action plan almost since the storm made landfall,” Eck said. “We’ve had five meetings leading up to the drafting of the plan. We have weekly calls with local officials that the city of Houston is invited to partake in. I don’t even know if we could quantify how many phone calls and meetings we’ve had.”

Turner also accused the GLO of running everything from Austin — rather than using local organizations in the affected areas — in order to keep administration fees.

“It seems to me (the GLO) wants to run the federal housing relief project from Austin,” Turner tweeted. “That includes the agency keeping administrative fees. Why? I urge news media to shine a light on this unsatisfactory situation.”

Pete Phillips, the GLO’s senior director of Community Development and Revitalization Program, said the $5 billion Harvey grant allows up to 5 percent to be used to cover administrative fees, and a portion of that money would always go to the GLO regardless of where the effort is based. The GLO has used between 2.5 and 2.8 percent for administrative costs so more money goes to the recovery effort, he said.

“Our attitude is to be frugal and allow yourself the flexibility to convert your admin dollars to project dollars because that’s where they belong,” Phillips said.

On March 2, the GLO sent its action plan to be translated into other languages, after which it will be released for public comment. At that time, Phillips said, Houston officials will have an opportunity to offer their opinions on the plan. Then the GLO will draft a response and submit it to HUD before the agency can begin spending money on projects.

Shortly after Harvey made landfall in late August, bringing category 4 winds and epic flooding, Turner criticized state leaders for being too slow to get relief money to the storm-stricken communities and urged Abbott to call a special legislative session to approve using the state’s $10 billion Rainy Day Fund for Harvey relief.

When Abbott said that wasn’t necessary, Turner threatened to impose a property tax hike in Houston to pay for Harvey recovery. The high-profile spat was settled when Abbott went to Houston and presented Turner with a $50 million check from a state disaster relief fund.

Disclosure: The Texas General Land Office has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.

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Houston Rodeo Live: Chris Young Performs Friday Night

Houston Rodeo Live: Chris Young Performs Friday Night

HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) enters its second week after the annual barbecue cook-off and nine can’t-miss concerts. The rodeo lineup reached its halfway mark Thursday night with Luke Bryan. Chris Young, the Season Four winner of USA’s ‘Nashville Star,’ kicks off the second half of shows when he takes the stage Friday night at NRG Stadium. Big music acts like Garth Brooks, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Leon Bridges, Kelsea Ballerini and Jason Aldean have already played.

Chris Young has a plethora of hits, and he’ll croon most of them Friday with songs like:

Gettin’ You HomeThe Man I Want To BeNeonVoicesLonely EyesSober Saturday NightTomorrow

The shows opened on Tuesday (Feb. 27) with Garth Brooks and will close on Sunday, March 18, with Brooks — both Garth shows are sold out. The full lineup is listed under the video. Click here to purchase individual tickets through ATX.

Weekday rodeos start at 6:45 p.m. The entertainer(s) takes the stage at approximately 8:45 p.m.
Weekend rodeos start at 3:45 p.m. The entertainer(s) takes the stage at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Here’s a video of Young’s peppy and flirty ‘Gettin’ You Home ‘ that you’re sure to hear Thursday


The HLSR will also unveil a newer, bigger stage for the concerts this year.

Here is the full lineup:

Friday, March 9 — Chris Young (Country)Saturday, March 10 — Cody Johnson (Country)Sunday, March 11 — Calibre 50 (Regional Mexican)Monday, March 12 — Zac Brown Band (Country)Tuesday, March 13 — J Balvin (Spanish Pop)Wednesday, March 14 — One Republic (Rock)Thursday, March 15 — Keith Urban (Country)Friday, March 16 — Chris Stapleton (Country)Saturday, March 17 — Brad Paisley (Country)Sunday, March 18 — Garth Brooks* (Country)

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Image: Singer/Songwriter/Angler Chris Young win trophy for ugliest fish during Th3 Legends Cast For A Cure Tournament Benefiting The T.J. Martell Foundation at Sanders Ferry Park on November 4, 2017 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Rice University football player found dead in apartment

Rice University football player found dead in apartment

The Rice University community has been stunned by the death of a star member of the football team.

Blain Padgett, a 21-year-old junior, was found dead Friday in his apartment after missing a morning team workout, according to reports.

When the defensive end failed to show up for the workout, some teammates went to check on him and found him unresponsive, Fox 26 Houston reported.

The cause of death has not been determined.

The station spoke to former Owls head coach David Bailiff, who said that Padgett would have played in the NFL.

Bailiff recruited Padgett out of high school in Texas.

“It’s news that absolutely hits your heart and brings tears to your eyes,” he said. “You reflect back on the last conversations you had with him. The big gut hug he gave you when you walked out the door. Shocked, saddened.”

“Can’t imagine what his parents and sister are going through because they’re such a close family,” added Bailiff. “Great kid, great player, team leader who influenced everyone around him. He would have played at the next level.”

The new coach at Rice, Mike Bloomgren, said the team was devastated by the news.

“All of my thoughts right now are how best to help Blain’s family and his teammates in this very difficult period,” he said.

The Owls start spring practice Monday.

Padgett’s football bio calls him a “commanding presence along the defensive front.”

After being named a preseason All-Conference USA third-team selection by Athlon and Phil Steele last year, Padgett was expected to have a breakout season in 2018, The Houston Chronicle reported.

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Garth Brooks Kicks Off Houston Rodeo Concerts Tuesday Night

Garth Brooks Kicks Off Houston Rodeo Concerts Tuesday Night

HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) got underway last weekend with its annual barbecue cook-off. The music concerts begin Tuesday night at NRG Stadium, and the biggest act of this year’s rodeo — Garth Brooks — will play the first show and the last show.

The shows open with Brooks on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and he will close it on Sunday, March 18, the full lineup is listed under the video.

The Garth Brooks shows are already sold out — they went on sale in December and didn’t last 30 minutes. The tickets for the remainder of shows will go on sale online at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, with the waiting room area beginning at 9:30 a.m. Click here to purchase individual tickets through ATX.

Weekday rodeos start at 6:45 p.m. The entertainer takes the stage at approximately 8:45 p.m.
Weekend rodeos start at 3:45 p.m. The entertainer takes the stage at approximately 5:45 p.m.

The HLSR will also unveil a newer, bigger stage for the concerts this year.
Here is the full lineup:

Tuesday, Feb. 27 — Garth Brooks* (Country)Wednesday, Feb. 28 — Little Big Town (Country)Thursday, March 1 — Blake Shelton (Country)Friday, March 2 — Leon Bridges (R&B/Pop)Saturday, March 3 — Kelsey Ballerini (Country)Sunday, March 4 — Alessia Cara (Pop)Monday, March 5 — Rascal Flatts (Country)Tuesday, March 6 — Jason Aldean (Country)Wednesday, March 7 — Thomas Rhett (Country)Thursday, March 8 — Luke Bryan (Country)Friday, March 9 — Chris Young (Country)Saturday, March 10 — Cody Johnson (Country)Sunday, March 11 — Calibre 50 (Regional Mexican)Monday, March 12 — Zac Brown Band (Country)Tuesday, March 13 — J Balvin (Spanish Pop)Wednesday, March 14 — One Republic (Rock)Thursday, March 15 — Keith Urban (Country)Friday, March 16 — Chris Stapleton (Country)Saturday, March 17 — Brad Paisley (Country)Sunday, March 18 — Garth Brooks* (Country)



Image: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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John Brackett Moves Into the Houston Market

John Brackett Moves Into the Houston Market

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February 13th, 2018 – Carlsbad, California – John Brackett, real estate investor, expands into Houston, Texas. John Brackett made the following comments; �with large multifamily inventory under scrutiny in the region, the economic significance of small asset multifamily (5 – 49 units) may have been marginalized.��

�Houston is the 5th largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States. Houston continues to diversify its employment base with fortune one thousand companies committed to long-term growth in the region. These companies have made and continue to make significant capital investments into the region.� Industrial and retail vacancy continue to rank competitively when compared to national averages.�

�I favor multifamily commercial real estate, because I value community.� In my experiences, communities are eager to work alongside someone who wants to contribute and not just take.� I believe apartment buildings offer a unique opportunity to bring people together and create community.� We are often approached to purchase apartment buildings that lack a sense of community. We are eager to add value to the community and learn how to be better community partners.�

This move to Houston may not come as a surprise. John Brackett has built a reputation for spotting niche investment opportunities in markets other firms are slow to recognize. His results combined with his collaborative leadership style has created a loyal following of investors, lenders, and community partners.� ��

About John Brackett �

Fidelity Business Partners

John Brackett is President of Fidelity Business Partners, a private equity firm with a focus on multifamily commercial real estate.� FBP works with individual investors and private wealth advisors that lack access to alternative real estate investments.

�John Brackett is Chief Investment Officer for John Brackett Investments, a family office based in Carlsbad, CA.� JBI�s flexible investment mandate allows it to focus on value-add real estate opportunities that may be overlooked by less nimble market participants.� ��

John Brackett is a member of the International Economic Honor Society.� He completed his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University with an emphasis in finance and economics. John Brackett is also an alumni of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He holds an additional degree in health and science.

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Company Name: John Brackett Investments
Contact Person: Debbie Brackett
Phone: (760) 350-9474
Address:6965 el Camino Real, st 105-190
City: Carlsbad
State: CA 92009
Country: United States


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Garage Apartments Houston Is a Deal in Your Favor

Garage Apartments Houston Is a Deal in Your Favor

That is very obvious and easy for a citizen of Houston to possess a private vehicle. The credit goes to city, offering the high income, good career opportunities and the ways to make the dream of living a luxury life easy for anyone. Hence garage becomes a requirement. Garage apartments Houston can be one of the best deals of your life.

Before focusing on the advantages of owning garage apartments in Houston, there are certainly more factors that need to be considered. Before getting more specific on this particular factor, aspects like weather conditions, educational quality and the outdoor options to spend some quality time are of vital importance.

If you love to go on picnics, you would love Houston because of the weather conditions it has. Despite being the part of the cold region, it has a considerably warm climate. In a way making it picture perfect for a picnic scenery. Owing to the good weather conditions, innumerable outdoor activities dominate the city. There is adventures fun involving things that you would for sure love to do.

Apart from that, the place is also known to be one of the best educational destinations. You can feel free and relaxed after dropping your student at the school gate. From the primary to the higher education, the city witnesses thousands of students enrolling themselves in the schools and colleges of the city.

Concerning the issue towards health care and the facilities available, the place does not lag behind in any way. The medical units and the hospitals are ranked among the top ones in the country.

So there is everything that you would be writing on your priority list.

Coming back to the Garage apartments Houston, there is the versatility in the available options. The garage was becoming the necessity; the apartments are built the way it is required to be.

Some of the available apartments that have the facility of garage are:

Carrington at Champion Forest- A1 with a garage is available at the price of approximately $1550, a 1 bedroom apartment in Houston Tx is available at the cost of around $1900, spread over an area of around 1400 acres, and the Washington Ave apartments are available at the rental cost of approximately $2500 and have 2 bedrooms along with 2 bathrooms. Every of the apartment is spacious with a garage of its own hence you don’t have to worry at all.

This is the time to own or rent one. Go for it.