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July 01, 2014
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Study: Texas 2nd best place for business in US
CNBC via Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The strong economy in Texas coupled with its infrastructure, technology and innovation helped to propel the Lone Star State to the nation's second best place for business. CNBC measured each state on 10 key business and economic development factors to determine America's Top States for Business and for the second consecutive year, Texas is in the No. 2 spot. More

Support the Texas Builders Foundation through
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Support the Texas Builders Foundation each time you make a purchase on! Visit, register the Texas Builders Foundation as your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to the Texas Builders Foundation. Thank you for supporting the Foundation's scholarship program and charitable activities. Visit for more information. More

Enter to win TAB's statewide Washers Tournament!
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This Spring, 15 local HBAs held washers tournaments, and the winners of those local events are headed to San Antonio to compete in TAB's Statewide Washers Tournament. Even if you are not part of a winning local HBA team, you can participate in the Tournament Buy-In. Only 45 Buy-In Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis (2 players per team), so don't delay! Call Lorraine at (512) 476-6346 to sign up. More

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Analysis: Campaign money as a show of political health
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is somewhat crass to talk about money when you are supposed to be talking about good old American democracy, but the list of statewide campaigns that have succeeded without cash is short. It costs money to introduce candidates to voters, explain their views and point out the personality and ideological flaws that opponents forgot to mention. More


Texas Republican, Democratic leaders describe immigration 'crisis'
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A surge of immigrant children pouring into Texas and across the southwestern U.S. border brought Republican and Democratic leaders to federal facilities across the state where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are being held in temporary shelters. More

Contracts to buy US homes up sharply in May
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes shot up in May. But the pace of buying this year remains slower than in 2013, in part because of sluggish sales during winter. The National Association of Realtors said that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 6.1 percent to 103.9 last month. It was the sharpest month-over-month gain since April 2010. The index remains 5.2 percent below its level a year ago. More

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Wendy Davis tries to get Texas campaign for governor back on track
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For one day a year ago, Wendy Davis became the brightest star in the U.S. political universe when she donned pink tennis shoes and launched a one-woman, 10-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions that brought her international attention. Now she is battling to revive a seemingly stalled campaign to become the first Democratic Texas governor in more than 20 years by winning over frustrated Republicans and motivating enough voters who would otherwise spend election day at home to find a few minutes to vote. More

40 states, DC add jobs in May; surveys show varied trends for housing, non-residential activity
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Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased in 40 states and the District of Columbia from May 2013 to May 2014 and decreased in 10 states, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed. More

Rising oil and gas boom does little for poor in Texas
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When it comes to the oil and gas drilling boom in the country, Texas is king. Actually, make that crown a global one: over a quarter of all the active drilling rigs in the world are right here in the Lone Star State. More

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Texas gears up to handle growth demands of Toyota
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While California officials continue to lick their wounds, Texas is looking forward to the gradual move of Toyota’s North American headquarters from Torrance, Calif., to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area over the next few years. And while Texas does face some general challenges in assimilating its recent and continuing population surge — due to a persistent drought there, among other things — economic-development experts foresee little difficulty for the robust economy of the Lone Star State in digesting Toyota's move, the people who will come with it, and the development demands of housing and schooling the families of the 4,000 white-collar employees Toyota eventually is expected to employ there. More

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D-FW foreclosure filings fall by more than 40 percent for July
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dallas-Fort Worth foreclosure filings are down again for July. The number of homes lenders have scheduled for forced sale at recent foreclosure auctions is about 43 percent less than in July 2013, according to data from Addison-based Foreclosure Listing Service. Foreclosure postings for 1,348 homes are on file for the 4-county area. More

Housing: Small economic sector with a big impact
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Housing is a pretty tiny part of the economy. But housing also plays an enormous role in creating economic booms and busts. This is one of the most important paradoxes of how the economy works that policy makers are only now starting to grapple with adequately. More

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As home sales remain restrained, big builder eyes home-rental market
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stuart Miller sounds like a home builder who doesn't expect first-time and entry-level buyers to surge back into the housing market any time soon. In fact, he is considering expanding into building homes for rent if first timers remain largely unable to buy. More

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How much house you can buy, in 385 US cities
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Are home prices cheap in your city right now? It's common to answer this question by talking about how prices today compare with prices last year, or to look at how prices in your city compare with prices in other cities. More

Home-buying a dream delayed for many millennials
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tight credit, high un-employment and record levels of student loan debt are moderating growth and keeping young people and other first-time homebuyers out of the market, says the State of the Nation's Housing report released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. More
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