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May 01, 2014
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Economy poised to assist housing recovery
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David Crowe, Chief Economist of the National Association of Home Builders told members attending the Association's 2014 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar that a stronger housing picture requires an improved economy. He added that the economy seems poised to respond as payroll employment continues to grow and the unemployment rate slowly recedes. He projected the latter would shrink from its first quarter reading of 6.7 percent to 6.2 percent by year end. More

US homeownership rate falls to the lowest since 1995
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The homeownership rate in the U.S. declined to the lowest in almost 19 years as rising property prices and mortgage rates held back demand. The share of Americans who own their homes was 64.8 percent in the first quarter, down from 65.2 percent in the previous three months, the Census Bureau said in a report today. The rate is the lowest since the second quarter of 1995, when it was 64.7 percent. More

Texas builder tests the merits of pace over price
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Home builders have spent most of the past two years building houses for the affluent. Now D.R. Horton Inc., the largest U.S. builder by homes sold last year, is signaling that it may be shifting to favor production pace over price. The Fort Worth, Texas-based builder last week unveiled a new division, called Express Homes, to build small, no-frills homes in four states at prices ranging from $120,000 to $150,000. D.R. Horton's overall average selling price is $278,900. More

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TAB Excellence under 45 Awards Program
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The Excellence under 45 Awards Program is dedicated to highlighting and rewarding young professionals who have committed their time, efforts and careers to the Texas building industry. The Call for Entries is open until Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Applicants can read the program guidelines and complete the online application. Link to the website for details.


Mixed signals as spring data bloom
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With the unseasonably cold winter now finally over, the spring home building and selling season has begun. Economic data thus far presents mixed news. For example, new home sales disappointed for the month of March. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that March new home sales were down 14.5 percent in March to a seasonally-adjusted annual basis of 384,000, the lowest pace since July 2013 and down 13.3 percent year-over-year. More

Texas Builders Foundation Scholarship Applications
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The Texas Builders Foundation will accept scholarship applications for the fall 2014 academic semester through June 30. The foundation awards student scholarships to individuals enrolled in Texas' technical and trade schools and community colleges and universities that offer construction degrees. The application is available at

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NAHB remodelers reveals the most popular features to improve the performance of your home
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According to a new National Association of Home Builders Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results, which highlight the most common building features that home owners are using to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. More

Chinese drywall continues to be a problem
By Jessica Taylor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Remember when an estimated 250,000 tons of drywall were imported from China during the housing boom and it was used in approximately 100,000 homes in the U.S.? Do you recall the reports that this drywall installed was emitting pungent, corrosive gases and ruining appliances? For years, builders feared product-related lawsuits and settlements. Unfortunately, the problem hasn't diminished yet. Nearly 10 years later, there are still reports popping up in regard to the drywall causing harm to health and homes all around. More

  Energy savings start with the framing.
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Sustainability trends drive change in the housing industry
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With more than 9 billion people expected on our increasingly resource-scarce planet by 2050, meeting the global challenges of more people and dwindling resources are the key issues facing home builders today. Adding to this situation is a dramatic rise of new middle classes in countries across the world, all demanding higher standards of living, including air-conditioned houses and cars, computers and other technologies, all of which require energy. More

Creativity unleashed
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Affordable housing has come a long way. In many cases it's generating new ideas regarding sustainability as well as a setting to test these ideas. And, since low-income developers and designers work with limited resources, when a best practice emerges it's usually cost-effective to roll it out to market rate projects. In this Special Report, MHN talks to an East Coast developer and a West Coast architect who are among those leading the conversation about the new breed of green, affordable and certainly healthy multifamily development. More

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What's under foot for 2014?
By Christina Mogk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As much as people fuss about what color and/or treatment to apply to the walls in their homes, the reality is that your flooring choice is what will ground your space. In some ways, that grounding is what will make or break your room, pulling the rest of the elements together. Hard-surface flooring — hardwood, tile, laminate and the like — remains the go-to choice over wall-to-wall carpeting, and it does not look like a shift will be coming any time in the near future. What has changed are color preferences, sizes and manufacturing technologies. More
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