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March 20, 2014
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Texas Housing Hall of Honor call for nominations
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Nominations for the 2014 Texas Housing Hall of Honor are now being accepted. Hosted by the Texas Association of Builders (TAB), the Texas Housing Hall of Honor celebrates men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the Texas housing industry. Inductees are selected annually from the categories of: builders, developers or remodelers; trades professionals and suppliers; government; and, industry-allied professionals. Seventeen legends grace the walls of the Texas Housing Hall of Honor. The contributions of these men and women have resulted in the long-term advancement of the residential construction industry in Texas. Inductees for the 2014 Texas Housing Hall of Honor will be formally recognized during a ceremony on Nov. 14, 2014 at the Excellence in Leadership Dinner at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. More

Adauto: El Paso impact fees not needed; new development pays for itself
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The issue of impact fees for water and wastewater resurfaced recently around a Public Service Board, or El Paso Water Utilities, request to nearly double the fees already in place. According to the utility, the request is necessitated by the projected growth and needs for infrastructure to meet the growth projections provided to them by the City of El Paso. Impact fees are fees allowed under Texas Local Government Code 395 and are subject to the rules in that code. More


550-home development planned for Southeast Austin
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As Central Texas' housing market continues its rebound, a developer has started construction on a 200-acre community that is expected to bring up to 550 new homes to Southeast Austin, about two miles south of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Brookfield Residential, a North American land developer and homebuilder, broke ground Wednesday on Addison, which is off U.S. 183 and east of Interstate 35, in a part of the region destined for more growth. More

KB Home delivers hope for housing market's spring selling season
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After a stream of choppy home-building data for recent months, investors cheered a surprisingly strong earnings report released by one of the country's largest builders and traded up KB Home shares 7 percent. The report signaled that the all-important spring selling season for the building industry might get off to a "reasonable start" after an unusually harsh winter, one analyst said. More

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Houston developer announces new master-planned community in Fort Bend County
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A Houston-based developer announced it will develop its fifth Fort Bend County master-planned community. Johnson Development Corp. will build the community on a 1,300-acre property at the intersection of the Grand Parkway and West Airport Boulevard for 2,700 homes, retail and commercial facilities, public and private school and churches. The property will be near the Energy Corridor, Sugar Land and the Westpark Tollway. More

Top 10 buyer's and seller's markets in the US
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As the spring home shopping season heats up, buyers and sellers nationwide can expect very different experiences when it comes to negotiating power. Zillow took a look at recent data to determine markets where sellers have the power and those where buyers are in control. More

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Home builders remain cautious about housing market
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U.S. home builders remained cautious about the housing market in March, suggesting a driver of the recovery might be sputtering for reasons beyond the severe winter weather. Builder confidence in the market for single-family homes rose just one point from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted 47 in March, the National Association of Home Builders said Monday. Readings below 50 indicate more builders view conditions as poor than good. More

Pay-if-paid clauses: An attempt to shift the risk of nonpayment
By Nate Budde    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pay-when-paid and pay-if-paid clauses are pretty common in the construction industry. So what do they actually do, how effective are they, and how did they come about? This article will attempt to provide some answers to those questions. But before pay-when-paid and pay-if-paid clauses are discussed specifically, the background of the issue giving rise to these clauses should be discussed. Getting paid is hard, and getting paid in the construction industry is even harder than in most others. There are a lot of reasons for this, and pay-when-paid and pay-if-paid clauses are only the tip of the iceberg. More

Generational study offers homebuyer insights
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Despite challenges posed by debt, down payment and credit score requirements, people of all generations, from millennials to the Silent Generation, continue to buy houses, though not always for the same reasons. That's according to the latest National Association of Realtors Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which compared the differences among current generations of homebuyers and sellers. More

4 design features of an energy-efficient home
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Building a new home instead of buying an old one offers you plenty of options to customize it so it doesn't only satisfy your personal tastes, but it also cuts the amount of energy you consume. If you want to spend more on your beautiful new home and less on utilities, consider these four features of an energy-efficient home. Not only will your wallet thank you, but the environment will, too. More

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US Concrete acquires ready-mix assets for West Texas operations
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U.S. Concrete, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ingram Concrete, LLC, has acquired the ready-mix assets of T&S Ventures, LLC, headquartered in Sweetwater, Texas. U.S. Concrete's bolt-on acquisition strategy is dependent on finding strong businesses that are well located in areas of above-average growth. This acquisition is an example of the strategy and reinforces U.S. Concrete's commitment to the robust Texas construction market. "We continue to look forward to great things from the West Texas market and this acquisition takes us one step closer to capitalizing on the dynamic construction activities in this region," said U.S. Concrete President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Sandbrook. More
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