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Texas Builders Foundation now accepting scholarship applications for fall 2014 semester
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The Texas Builders Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the fall 2014 academic semester. The foundation awards student scholarships to individuals enrolled in Texas’ technical and trade schools and community colleges and universities that offer construction degrees. More



A rundown of the runoffs on the May 27 ballot
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Primary day may be over, but several primary races are far from settled. Republican voters will have another 12 weeks to hear incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick tout their conservative records. Meanwhile, Republicans Ken Paxton and Dan Branch will continue attempts to bolster their credentials in the race for attorney general. On the Democratic side, U.S. Senate candidates David Alameel and Kesha Rogers will also extend their battle. More

The Tea Party in Texas is far from weak
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A GOP primary contest that rewarded many of the most conservative candidates on the ballot has the national media sizing up the continued strength of the Tea Party in Texas. More

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Mortgages: Americans shut out of home market threaten recovery
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Kirk Rohrig is concerned he may soon join the growing ranks of Americans shut out of the housing recovery and the financial benefits that spring from it. Rohrig, who is unmarried, began hunting in November for his first home in Portland, Oregon, where cash buyers are driving up property prices. The software support specialist earns about $55,000 a year, has a high credit score of 790 and can’t find anything worth buying for about $200,000. More

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Leading Markets Index shows 59 metros at or above normal levels in March
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Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index. This represents a net gain of one from the previous month. More

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NAHB applauds House passage of flood insurance bill
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The National Association of Home Builders commended the House for passing flood insurance legislation that will benefit home buyers and home owners and provide a boost to home building and remodeling, while providing certainty and financial stability to the National Flood Insurance Program. More

Why construction employment seemed decent even with the bad weather
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Much virtual ink has been spilled about the effect of the tough winter weather on the economy, including jobs. But Wednesday data about jobs in private-sector construction, a weather-sensitive industry, signal that the winter chill wasn't disastrous. More



What deep freeze? The Texas economy continued to grow from January to early February
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The Texas economy continued to grow at a "moderate pace" from January through early February — the same as in the previous six weeks, according to a report released today by the Federal Reserve. Dallas was one of eight Fed districts (out of 12) to report modest to moderate economic improvement despite bad weather. Growth slowed in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia due to unusually bad weather. Kansas City reported stable conditions. More

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What's hot, what's not in the American home
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The American home is continuing to get bigger, while several studies show that owner preferences are shifting on what's in and what's out within that space. More

MERS handily beats Texas lawsuit
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The folks at Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems know how to take a victory lap. Over the past year MERS has won court cases across the country, and the victory in Dallas was just another feather in the cap for the Virginia-based firm. More
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