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Jan. 2, 2014
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Texas' continued rapid growth can bring opportunities and problems
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest numbers from the Census Bureau bode well for Texas, giving leaders another set of figures to use in bragging about the state's rosy economic picture, lower unemployment rate and being that desirable destination for people fleeing higher taxes and other ills in big cities of the north and northeast. More

Corpus Christi blows Austin away in construction job growth
Austin Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite all of the construction cranes and building activity, Austin isn't among the most robust construction markets in the U.S., according to job data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. In fact, Austin ranked 89th for construction employment growth between November 2012 and November 2013. More


Residential building on the rise
Denton Record-Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Confidence in the housing market and the local economy are on the upswing in Denton County, as home builders in the area are the busiest they have been in years. While the homes are not as lavish and extravagant as previous years, people are confident enough to build homes after holding off during an unstable economy, said Jeff Wawro, owner of Design Classics in Denton. More

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LuAnne Butler 1st woman to head Heart of Texas Builders Association
Waco Tribune-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time in its 58-year history, the Heart of Texas Builders Association (HOTBA) has elected a woman as President of the HOTBA Board of Directors. LuAnne Butler, of Woody Butler Homes, will take the oath of office at the HOTBA installation ceremony in January 2014. More

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Bexar foreclosure figures start year down 14 percent
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bexar County foreclosure postings are down almost 14 percent in January, marking the 14th consecutive month with a decline. Next month, 641 properties are set to hit the auction block at the Bexar County courthouse. That's a 13.8 percent drop compared to January 2013 when there were 744 postings, according to data from foreclosure research firm More

New-home sales give up some ground
The Arizona Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The housing recovery, which slowed over the summer as mortgage rates rose, appears to be back in full swing as 2013 draws to a close. New-home sales slipped 2.1 percent in November, but totals for prior months were revised sharply higher and the report solidly beat economists' estimates, the Census Bureau said. More

More people moving to Texas than any other state
Austin Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you're new to Texas or you've got new neighbors, you aren't alone. The Lone Star State topped Allied Van Lines' Magnet State Report for the ninth year in a row, meaning more people are moving to Texas than any other state. Texas had a net relocation gain of 1,914 families in 2013. The number factors in the inbound and outbound moves performed by Allied Van Lines. Coming in a distant second was Florida with 1,115 net moves. More

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US home prices increased 0.5 percent in October from September
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. house prices rose 0.5 percent in October from September as buyers competed for a tight supply of properties for sale, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said. The seasonally adjusted gain matched the average estimate of 11 economists, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Prices climbed 8.2 percent from a year earlier, the FHFA said in a report from Washington. More

New-home sales post solid numbers in November
National Association of Home Builders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000 units in November from an upwardly revised strong pace of 474,000 units in the previous month, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Except for October 2013, this is the strongest sales pace since July of 2008. More

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Home builders poised to ride jobs wave
The Wall Street Journal (Login may be required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mortgage rates have been the crucial variable for home builders this year. Next year it may be jobs instead. This has, on balance, been a good year for home builders. But rising interest rates in the summer put a dent in sales that spooked investors, sending the S&P home-building index down 29 percent from its peak this year in May to its September trough. More

FBR: 2014 good for housing, not so much for economic growth
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The coming year will see the continued slow-but-steady recovery in housing and housing-related industries, minimal interest rate movements, less than stellar economic growth, and an improving purchase market. That's the prediction from the brain trust at FBR & Co. FBR is a leading investment bank that focuses its efforts across a broad array of industries including financial institutions and real estate, among a host of others. More

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Contradictory housing data makes 2014 a bit of a maze for forecasters
HousingWire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What can we make of the seeming incongruity of indicators in the housing market as 2013 comes to a close? Mortgage applications recently hit a 13-year low. Existing home sales fell for the third consecutive month — and for the first time on a year-over-year basis in quite some time. Pending home sales also fell for the third consecutive month. But home builder sentiment rose significantly, we saw an enormous spike in housing starts, and existing home prices continue to creep up, although more slowly than they rose earlier in the year. More

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Scott Norman: Home building in 2014
TAB via YouTube    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shannon Register, Broker/Owner of Register Real Estate Advisors and Host of "Houston Real Estate Radio," talks to Scott Norman, Executive Director of the Texas Association of Builders, about his outlook for 2014. More
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