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Home    Education    Legislative    Publications    Calendar    Sunbelt Builders Show    Resources May. 24, 2012

Star Awards final deadline extended
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The 2012 Star Awards final deadline is extended until 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 — but don't wait until the last minute. This is your chance to be recognized as one of the home building industry’s best in the Southwest! Winning a Star Award is a concrete, third-party affirmation that you can present to a potential client and list on your marketing materials. To begin your entry, click here.

Texans can save sales tax on energy efficient appliances; Home builders qualify
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The opportunity for Texans to save money on energy efficient appliances is fast approaching. The state's annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, 2012. "As Texans focus on their household budgets, they can save twice on energy efficient appliances purchased during Memorial Day weekend," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. "Texas shopper" refers to anyone in Texas buying these products on the stated weekend at a store in Texas or from an Internet or catalog seller engaged in business in this state. The term includes home builders, real estate developers, dealers, service providers and contractors. More

Houston voters may be asked to OK $500 million dome, arena plan
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The Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. recommended that Commissioners Court ask voters to renovate the Reliant Astrodome into a multipurpose venue for $270 million and replace aging Reliant Arena for $385.4 million. A consulting team led by Conventions Sports & Leisure estimated the net cost to taxpayers at $523 million, after the use of tax credits. If Commissioners Court wants a smaller price tag, the Dome could be demolished and replaced with a park plaza for $64 million, the consultants estimated. More

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New home Sales rise 3.3 percent in April
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Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.3 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 343,000 units, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. "The increase in April sales activity is in line with other important housing measures that have shown continued, gradual improvement from the first quarter as more consumers look to take advantage of today’s low interest rates and affordable home prices," noted National Association of Home Builders Chairman Barry Rutenberg. More

Austin weighing changed deal to develop downtown water plant site
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One of the biggest downtown Austin developments ever would take shape on a valuable city-owned block over the next several years under a deal the City Council will consider. The council will decide whether to sell the former home of the dismantled Green Water Treatment Plant to Trammell Crow Co. for $42.4 million to turn into a $500 million mix of stores, restaurants, offices and housing. More

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Four factors in the rent vs. buy decision
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When Brandon Noel and his wife Pam relocated from Selden, N.Y., to Mount Prospect, Ill., they thought long and hard about whether to rent or buy their next home. "We started out looking to rent, but we were open to buying," says Noel. "We went out and looked at houses; we found one that was for sale or rent, and the Realtor suggested that we rent." More

Developers hedge on traditional housing
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Oil and gas production has attracted a slew of new hotels, traffic and RV parks to South Texas. Will the boom bring any actual houses too? While San Antonio-area developer Abrego Development Co. LP is one of the few developers working on a traditional neighborhood in the Eagle Ford Shale play, San Antonio-based Koontz McCombs is moving into South Texas with furnished, semipermanent homes. More

Foreclosures up for latest month, down for year
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Lenders are moving to foreclose on nearly 20 percent more Bexar County properties in June than they were during the same month last year. But the pop in postings is likely a quirk of the calendar, not a sign of a surge in foreclosures. So far this year, foreclosure postings have dipped 7.8 percent when compared with the first six months of 2011, according to San Antonio-based foreclosure listing service More

Proposed FEMA flood maps could alter downtown Corpus Christi
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The cost of doing business in downtown Corpus Christi could increase under a proposed federal flood map. It likely will require flood insurance for about 300 private property owners in the city's waterfront business hub and several taxpayer-funded buildings, including the federal courthouse, American Bank Center and county appraisal district. The proposed changes also could affect development, requiring elevation standards for new construction. Downtown includes about $500 million in real estate, according to some estimates. More

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad announces $199 million project plan
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Amarillo facilities will benefit from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway's plan to invest $199 million in capital projects in Texas. The company announced a 2012 program of maintenance, rail-capacity improvement efforts and expansion projects. Work will include expansion of rail capacity in Fort Worth, replacement of the Galveston Causeway rail bridge, and improvements to car and locomotive maintenance shops at 1100 S. Garfield St. in Amarillo. More

San Antonio's unemployment rate lowest since 2009
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The San Antonio metropolitan area's unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in April, the lowest rate since May 2009, according to figures released by Workforce Solutions Alamo. Total non-agricultural employment in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area expanded by 5,800 jobs, or 0.7 percent, to 851,500 in April. Over the past 12 months, the metro area added 13,300 jobs. More


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Housing market recovery gains traction
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The U.S. spring home-selling season got off to a strong start in April, with rising sales and prices providing evidence that a housing market recovery was gaining some traction. The housing sector has been the Achilles' heel of the economy ever since the home-price bubble burst. Data this week, however, has painted a relatively upbeat picture for the market and underscored the economy's resilience. More

Opinion: Oil boom 2.0 pumps up West Texas economy
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If you're looking for an economy in full bloom, check out what's happening in West Texas. Many hotels in Midland and Odessa are filled during the week, and housing is so tight that four companies are bringing in man camps to accommodate thousands of laborers. In Midland, the city, community college, school district and hospital may jointly build an apartment complex so their new hires have a place to stay. More

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Merritt to be installed as regional HUD director
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Wanda C. Merritt, a former community development administrator for the city of Abilene, will be installed Thursday afternoon as the field office director for the Lubbock office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The office covers 71 counties in Texas, including several in the northwestern portion of the Big Country. She will oversee the delivery of HUD programs and services. More

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