To slump or not to slump? Houston housing market tepid, but not collapsing

  • The energy sector shed 260,000 jobs in 2015.
  • With West Texas crude trading below $27 a barrel, experts are noting trends, but not panic, in the Houston housing market.
  • The Houston economy is far more diverse than it was during the last economic bust.

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