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Ranieri says housing market in US is reaching bottom
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The U.S. housing market is reaching a bottom, according to Lewis Ranieri, the mortgage-bond pioneer. While "broad" concern that home prices have further to fall is restraining sales, "many, myself included, think we are at a bottom," Ranieri said at a conference hosted by the Mortgage Bankers Association in New York. The second or third quarter will prove the nadir, said Ranieri, who added that in his distressed mortgage business "we can't buy loans fast enough anymore." More



Longtime TAB associate dies
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It is with sadness that the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) announces the death of Frank S. McCoy. Mr. McCoy was a dedicated member of the association for over 30 years and was the creator and driving force behind the TAB-endorsed general liability and builders risk insurance programs.

"For decades, Mr. McCoy worked with TAB and the local home builders associations in Texas to forge lasting relationships and enrich association partnerships," said Scott Norman, executive director of the Texas Association of Builders. "Thousands of builder members have benefited from the insurance products that have been — and continue to be — offered as a benefit of membership. The success of this program is due in large part to the efforts of this distinguished gentleman."

The Texas Association of Builders honored Mr. McCoy in 1997 with its Associate of the Year Award and again in 2005 with the Ted Schlossman Lifetime Achievement Award.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at West-Hurtt Funeral Home in DeSoto, TX. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Hampton Road Baptist Church in DeSoto, TX. Interment will be at Nocona Cemetery in Nocona, TX at 3:30 p.m. The family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, 400 S. Eagle, Crowley, TX 76036.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. McCoy's family at this difficult time. Letters and notes of condolence can be sent to the family c/o Texas Association of Builders, 313 E. 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701.

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Survey: Kitchens and bathroooms remain top remodeling jobs
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Remodelers report that kitchen and bathroom projects remain the most popular remodeling jobs with home owners increasingly upgrading both rooms and making major repairs as they decide to stay in their current homes longer. Nearly 50 percent of remodelers report seeing an increase in the number of home owners who undertake remodels to avoid moving compared to the 2010 findings. More

Homeowners thinking outside the box about remodeling
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It might be time to say good-bye to the traditional home as more and more homeowners are thinking outside of the box — sometimes literally — and are embracing new concepts and design ideas to make their living space more organic, efficient and personalized, according to Whitestone Builders, a company that has been building luxury homes in Houston. More

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Affordable housing projects in low-income areas face tough road under new Texas tax-subsidy rules
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In many ways, the planned site for a huge affordable apartment complex in South Dallas seemed perfect. At the intersection of Hatcher and Scyene roads, the project known as Hatcher Square is near a train station and bus lines; it's close to jobs and churches and community centers, and nearby residents have widely supported its construction. But according to backers, Hatcher Square will be all but impossible to build under new rules that govern the lucrative subsidies developers need to build affordable housing. More

Construction self-employment rates are on the rise
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Construction is known for employing a relatively high share of self employed workers. In fact, according to the 2010 American Community Survey, the construction sector registers the second highest share of self-employed among all industries, more than 26 percent of the employed labor force, i.e. more than one in four construction workers are self employed. Only agriculture has a higher share of self-employed, close to 34 percent, while a national average for all industries stands at 10 percent. More



100 housing markets on improving list in May
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The list of housing markets showing measurable and sustained improvement held virtually unchanged in May at 100, down from 101 in April, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). The number of states represented on the list also held firm from the previous month, at 35 (including the District of Columbia). More

Taking on home projects to save money
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Let them hammer nails? In a tight economy, better-off Americans are making sacrifices, too — like taking on do-it-yourself home improvement and maintenance projects that they would ordinarily hire someone else to do, according to a new report from Bank of America. More

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Fort Worth ranks as 4th-best city in US for job growth
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Texas cities, both large and small, once again lead the pack in a new ranking of the best places for jobs. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos topped the chart for the fourth straight year among the nation's 65 biggest metro areas. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown was ranked second, followed by No. 3 Salt Lake City, according to NewGeography.com, a site which analyzes economic, demographic and urban issues. More

Amarillo real estate deals rumble market
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Investor activity has caused some rumbling in the Amarillo real estate market. An Amarillo apartment complex and a strip shopping center traded hands in separate deals, and an Interstate 40 office building is being offered up. More

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District Court: Voter ID unlikely for 2012
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The Texas attorney general's office issued a statement in response to a court order and scheduling guidelines in the state's lawsuit against the Department of Justice over the voter ID bill. In the response, Attorney General Greg Abbott's office said it is not relenting in its defense. Instead, it alleges that the department, not the state, is responsible for dragging out the proceedings. More

I-35 corridor booming northward
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It's one of the most popular corridors for builders and buyers of new homes. And as the economy picks up, the suburbs from Loop 1604 to New Braunfels along Interstate 35 are likely to grow even more crowded. Housing analysts, developers and builders say a low supply of vacant lots, tight credit markets and higher development and building fees are pushing the new-home market farther north, away from San Antonio and into New Braunfels. More



Opposition to EPA unites GOP hopefuls for Railroad Commission
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One overriding theme unifies the Republican candidates for two Texas Railroad Commission slots: The Environmental Protection Agency has overreached and must be scaled back. The Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, is headed by three elected commissioners. More

Interactive: 'Forward commitment' low-income housing map
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Developers of low-income housing are supposed to win coveted tax credit subsidies based on a competitive scoring system. But over the years, they increasingly found a way around it: By seeking "forward commitments" — projects that can bypass the point system — from the state housing board. More


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Column: Texas Insurance Department has made disciplinary information harder to find
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With governments everywhere moving much of the people's business online for easy accessibility, the Texas Insurance Department has taken a big step in the opposite direction. Until September, the department, which promises to protect insurance customers, publicly released the names of insurance companies and agents who violated state rules. No longer. More
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