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Mar. 5, 2013
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Free money! TAB's new Member Rebate Program
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As a builder or remodeler member of TAB, you are eligible to receive money back from over 40 housing industry product manufacturers. For more information and to register for this simple program, visit to start adding money back to your bottom line. Participation is free and easy. Sign up today.

Demand for lumber ratchets up
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Lumber prices are up thanks to increased demand from foreign buyers, especially China. So says Jon Anderson, president and publisher of the timber industry newsletter Random Lengths. Anderson told ABC News that for the past five years, exports of North American lumber to China from both Canada and the U.S. have been on the rise. More
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Price, proximity to work and design are key concerns for home buyers
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Price and proximity to work are key concerns for first-time home buyers, while trade-up buyers tend to be most focused on the design of the home and the neighborhood, according to "Characteristics of Home Buyers," an analysis of the recently released 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The biennial survey, which is conducted in odd-numbered years by the Census Bureau, covers about 6.8 million home sales that occurred in 2009 and 2010. NAHB's analysis additionally compares the homes that buyers purchased with what they say they want using results from "What Home Buyers Really Want," a new consumer preference survey published by the association. More

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Texas leads country in business relocations and expansions
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Texas landed 761 business relocation or expansion projects last year, 270 more than the next closest state, according to an announcement by Site Selection magazine. The magazine, which awarded Texas its annual Governor's Cup for topping the list, said 2012 marked the first year any state had surpassed the 700 level since 2005, when Texas attracted 842 such projects. More

Bill aims to make it easier for businesses to pay for renewable energy features
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Renewable energy proponents face the usual hurdles at the Legislature this session, but technologies such as rooftop solar have attracted a key ally who wants to make it easier for Texas businesses to finance water and energy conservation. Rep. Jim Keffer, an Eastland Republican who chairs the House Committee on Energy Resources, said many building owners don't invest in conservation because of the time it takes to pay for itself. More

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October 24, 2012 or February 14, 2013.

Oil boom moves fracking to forefront in Legislature
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Despite mounting concerns over disruptions to the environment and infrastructure, Texas lawmakers haven't soured on fracking. But that hasn't kept the practice out of the sights of legislators pushing for more regulations. More

US home prices rose by most in nearly 7 years
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U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season. Home prices rose 9.7 percent in January from a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic. That's up from an 8.3 percent increase in December and the biggest annual gain since April 2006. More

AG opinion sought in State's obligation to fund windstorm pool
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A state lawmaker from the Texas Panhandle is again seeking guidance on whether Texas is required to act as reinsurer to Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, should the association become unable to pay claims. State Rep. John Smithee, of Amarillo, in a letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott, sought a formal opinion on what legal basis the state may be obligated to pay claims in excess of the association's ability to pay, if such a basis exists. More

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Two indicted in Smithville HUD investigation
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A Bastrop County grand jury has indicted the former executive director of the Smithville Housing Authority and her son, saying they defrauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Brenda D. Schroeder, 62, who was the authority's executive director from 2006 through May of last year, is charged with first-degree theft by a public servant, submitting false credit applications and engaging in organized criminal activity. Her son, Wendall B. Bennett, 43, of Newcastle, in North Texas, is charged with felony theft and engaging in organized criminal activity. More

Water summit urges legislature to fund Texas State Water Plan now
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Water advocates made a strong push for the Texas Legislature to set aside funding from the so-called Rainy Day Fund for water infrastructure projects recently. Not doing anything could be detrimental to the state's economic development, said Heather Harward, executive director of, a group that advocates for the state to implement the Texas State Water Plan. More

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GHBA Remodelers Council sees improvement for residential remodeling
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Residential remodeling will slowly and steadily improve in 2013, according to experts at a press conference hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Remodelers speaking on the panel agreed with NAHB's latest economic forecast, citing increased demand from homeowners for kitchen and bath renovations and repairs. More

Avison Young adds land broker as principal
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Avison Young said it has hired land broker Lee Jones as a principal in the Houston office, effective immediately. The addition of Jones follows the Canada-based commercial real estate firm's recent acquisition of Houston-based Mason Partners, which gave Avison Young a land division. More

Help is in your hand: Red Cross tornado app
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Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado — and all that comes with it — in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it's never been easier to be ready. More

Regulators crack down on classifying workers as contractors
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A crackdown on businesses that treat some workers as independent contractors is causing a stir in industries from trucking to exotic dancing. At issue is whether the companies improperly classify employees to avoid paying overtime and payroll taxes. In recent months, regulators have demanded millions of dollars from companies that hired independent contractors to hang drywall, install cable, staff call centers, give manicures and perform other jobs in which the government said workers were really functioning as company employees. (Registration may be required to view full article.) More

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Garcia wins Senate District 6 seat
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In what was a fierce political battle, former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia won the runoff election against state Rep. Carol Alvarado for the Senate District 6 seat previously occupied by late state Sen. Mario Gallegos. Garcia earned 53 percent of the vote, compared to Alvarado's 47 percent, according to preliminary results from the Harris County Clerk's Office, with 95 percent of precincts reporting. More
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