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April 15, 2014
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U-Haul names top moving destinations: Where does Austin fall?
Austin Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The top moving destination in 2013 for people using U-Haul trucks was Houston, but Austin wasn’t far behind. The Phoenix-based truck rental company ranks all cities regardless of size based upon the number of one-way truck rentals. Houston has snagged U-Haul's top spot on the list of top 50 moving destinations for the past five years. There are some surprises, though. Not all of the top destinations were growing Sun Belt cities. More

More than 1 in 10 Dallas-area houses sells within 72 hours
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you plan to sell your house this spring, you’d better be ready to move. More than one in 10 houses that are put on the market in the Dallas area have a buyer within three days of the sign going up, according to a new report by And almost 40 percent of Dallas-area houses sell within two weeks, the Internet real estate marketing company reports. In Austin, more than 20 percent of houses are under contract to sell within the first three days of listing. More

Experts: Texas' public-private partnership law not yet paying off
Austin American-Statsman (Login required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An estimated 400,000 people are moving to Texas each year expecting to find the schools, roads, water systems and other infrastructure to support them. So far, state's controversial public-private partnership law isn't helping fill those needs or contributing to the state's economy, the Texas House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development was told. More


Houston home sales running 4 percent higher than 2013's record pace
Realty News Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Single-family existing home sales in March were up about 4 percent over March of last year, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. "It's not slowing down any that's for sure, and we're certainly seeing a very positive movement in the upper-end," says Cheri Fama, president of John Daugherty Realtors. More

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Analysis: Property tax irritation includes fairness question
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While some in Texas politics would like to abolish property taxes, there are constant efforts to overhaul them, like the percolating effort to raise valuations of supposedly undervalued business properties in the state. It is not a new idea, but there is a new push for higher appraised values on commercial and industrial property. More

Park Cities home prices hit new high
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you plan to buy a house in one of North Texas' fashionable Park Cities neighborhoods, be prepared to dig deeper. Median home sales prices in the Park Cities topped $1 million for the first time in the first quarter of 2014. A mid-priced house in University Park or Highland Park will set you back $1.1 million, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems. More

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Local Austin home builder MileStone Community Builders doubles in size with addition of 1,300+ lots in 2014
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MileStone Community Builders, LLC, top new homes Austin builder, and recognized by Inc. magazine as the 6th fastest-growing private company in America on the 2013 Inc. 500 list, is set to double in size again in 2014 with the addition of 1,300+ lots. MileStone has six new communities under development this year, including The Arbors at Lakeline, Woodford Gardens, Woodford Estates, Stinson Oaks, The Eastwood at Riverside and The Hills of Bear Creek, and will open five more communities in the near future. More

Strong sales continue for high-end housing market
Houston Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Houston's housing market shows no signs of slowing down. The city's housing market saw its 34th consecutive month of positive home sales in March, the largest one-month sales volume recorded since last September, with houses priced at more than $500,000 seeing the highest increase at 28.1 percent in sales year over year. More

Texas sees slight uptick in number of foreclosures filed
San Antonio Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The housing market in Texas is seeing something unusual, according to the latest U.S. Foreclosure Market Report by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac. During the first three months of 2014, the Lone Star State saw an increase — albeit a very slight increase — in the number of homes entering the foreclosure process. More

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North Texas homeowners beefing up security with storm shelters
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spurred by the terrifying images of an EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., as well as twisters that tore through Cleburne and Granbury last spring, many North Texas homeowners are beefing up their security with storm shelters. No one keeps count of shelter installations but Sarah Smith, executive director of the Amarillo-based American Tornado Shelter Association, estimates as many as 200,000 safe rooms have been added in Texas and Oklahoma in the last year. More

Builders plan for new homes at Tuscan Lakes
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Home builders in Tuscan Lakes will add 400 new homes on the 870 acres. Houston-based Johnson Development Corp. has seen demand for homes in the master-planned community, which is in League City three miles east of Interstate 45. Several home builders, including Westin Homes, KB Home and Brighton Homes, recently announced plans for new construction. More
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