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Vote Today
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Primary Election Day is today, March 4. To find a poll site near you, visit VoteTexas.gov. Voters will vote in one of the two political party elections. The chosen candidate (unless a runoff election is necessary) will represent the party in the Nov. 4 General Election. As a reminder, Texas voters are now required by law to provide a valid photo ID in order to vote in elections. For a list of acceptable forms of ID, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Link to the HOMEPAC Primary Election Voter Guide. More



Eyes on GOP as Texas holds nation's 1st primary
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Texas is holding the nation's first primary election with a political free-for-all in Republican races that could push the state further right, though Democrats are calling it the next big battleground on the electoral map. Republican Gov. Rick Perry has decided this would be his last of a record 14 years in office, and his looming exit has set off a scramble resulting in the most open races in Texas in more than a decade. More

The 4 secrets why Texas leads in new home sales
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The Lone Star State outpaces every one of the other 49 in both median household income growth and new-home sales in 2013. That's the word from the Texas Association of Realtors in their 2014 Texas Home Buyers and Sellers Report. More

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Boomers bring their unique traits to housing markets
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Baby boomers, a generation of Americans who share numerous cultural and social characteristics, still do their part to shape the housing market, especially as they get older. Just ask the Realtors, homebuilders and developers in the Big Bend, many of whom want to make sure they cater to this very active part of the market. More

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3 things that could slow home building activity in the South
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The South is rising in terms of housing activity, albeit slowly and steadily. That's the findings from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Southeast housing market poll. More than half of Southeast-based builder and brokers reported that sales increased modestly on a year-over-year basis. Many builders indicated that buyer traffic had increased on a year-over year-basis. Reports from brokers were mixed. More

Texas homeowners buying later, have more household income
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Texas homebuyers are making their purchases at an older average age, and they have higher income levels than buyers nationally, according to a new report by the Texas Association of Realtors. In 2013, the average age of homebuyers was 43, according to the statewide real estate trade association, up from 42 in 2012. The average first-time buyer was 31 years old, the Realtors said. More

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US construction spending up 0.1 percent in January
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U.S. construction spending showed a tiny increase in January as strength in housing helped to offset declines in nonresidential building and government projects. Construction spending edged up 0.1 percent in January, significantly slower than an upwardly revised 1.5 percent gain in December, the Commerce Department reported. Home building was up 1.1 percent in January with single-family construction rising 2.3 percent and apartment building up 1 percent. More



Dallas-area home prices soar 12.2 percent in January
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Dallas-area home prices jumped by more than 12 percent in January from a year ago — one of the largest such increases on record, according to new data from CoreLogic Inc. Texas Louisiana and Nebraska all hit record high home prices in the first month of 2014, CoreLogic reports. Nationwide prices were up 12 percent and 12.2 percent in the Dallas area. More

Texas electricity demand growing slower than once thought
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Texas electricity use during summer peak times is increasing slower than once thought, according to a report released Friday morning by the state grid manager. Technology has improved the power efficiency of appliances and gadgets, largely canceling out the growing electricity demands of Texas' expanding population. More

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Aging Texas 'Golden Girls' doubling up for affordable housing
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The number of seniors living in Central Texas is soaring — and so is the cost of living, causing many to seek affordable housing outside the city. That's making The Golden Girls far more than a funny 1980s TV show on cable. The show's shared-living arrangement could become a template for senior housing in cities like Austin. More

Housing inequality: The tale of two communities
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Nowhere is the divide between rich and poor more apparent than in the backyard. Home values in the top 10 percent wealthiest communities are worth more than six times that in the bottom 40 percent, a new survey has found. More
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