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Dec. 6, 2012
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Register for the IBS Texas Reception
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If you are going to NAHB's International Builders' Show® in Las Vegas, be sure to come to the IBS Texas Reception in the London Club at Planet Hollywood Resort on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 4:30–6 p.m. Our presenting partner StrucSure Home Warranty and select partner Morrison Supply Company will host the event along with TAB. Meet up with fellow Texans for some power networking before you head to the IBS House Party. Please register for the FREE event online.

Editorial: Welcome signs lawmakers are ready to get serious about water
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst made a welcome suggestion recently: Legislators should consider withdrawing $1 billion from the rainy day fund to create a "water infrastructure development bank" to help local governments pay for new water projects. Dewhurst's suggestion, tossed out during a speech to the Dallas Regional Chamber, falls far short of the tens of billions of dollars needed to meet the water needs of a growing population over the next several decades, but legislators don't have to pay for every project now. They just need a start. More

Lubbock economic index: Building permit valuation for October among highest ever
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The Lubbock Economic Index is now just about 2 percent off its peak value achieved in September 2008. Spending indicators remain on the rise, with construction permits, auto sales and existing home sales showing significant increases, while the unemployment rate remains steady. More

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Houston real estate market likely to survive fiscal cliff
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Worried about the fiscal cliff — that looming $500 billion combination of federal spending cuts and tax increases? Don't get too worked up. For the Houston housing market, there are fewer reasons to be concerned, according to a report from, a real estate listing service. The group asked economists from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center to weigh in on why this area may not feel a deep impact. More

Green building to surge amid new LEDs and smart windows
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As new LED light bulbs and smart windows debut, new surveys say the lure of lower utility bills is prompting a boom in green building despite a weak global economy. Half, or 51 percent, of companies say most of their construction projects (at least 60 percent) will be certified as green by 2015, up from 28 percent in 2012 and 13 percent in 2009, according to a study that finds saving money — not the planet — is their primary motive. More

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Housing gains boost Fed's quarterly earnings as rally spurs growth
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A revival in the U.S. housing market is amplifying the impact of the Federal Reserve's efforts to spur the world's largest economy. Home values boosted by record-low mortgage rates are helping improve the finances of both households and banks. That's easing the flow of credit, providing a further boost to the housing market and the economy, say economists at Bank of America Corp. and Deutsche Bank AG. More

Construction on Austin boardwalk begins
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As you go on your daily jogs on the southern side of the Butler Hike and Bike Trails on Lake Bird Lake you will probably start seeing more and more construction throughout the next year. Construction is in full swing on the new Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk Trail Project. According to the City, the contractor has built a work dock and staging area in International Shores (Lakeshore) Park — which is east of IH-35 — crews will begin installing piers this week. More

Billions of dedicated funds unspent
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Lawmakers have stockpiled nearly $5 billion in more than 200 dedicated revenue funds, using the money to help balance the budget rather than for their intended purposes, according to estimates from the Texas comptroller's office. It's a practice that has been criticized for years, and both Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus have called on legislators during the 2013 session to end the diversions. More

Midland-Odessa's economic path continues sharply higher
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Midland-Odessa's regional economy continued to follow a path that leads sharply higher as the final quarter of 2012 got under way. Amarillo Economist Karr Ingham said the Midland-Odessa Regional Economic Index he prepares for the Midland Development Corp., Security Bank and the Reporter-Telegram was up 13.5 percent in October compared to October 2011. "We have a road to drive on for awhile," said Bobby Burns, president and chief executive officer of the Midland Chamber of Commerce. More

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Coldwell Banker: San Antonio homes still a bargain
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Housing prices in San Antonio may be on the rise, but the Alamo City still remains one of the most affordable residential markets. The latest firm driving that message home is Parsippany, N.J.-based Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, which has released its annual Home Listing Report. The analysis provides a snapshot of not only each state but more than 2,500 markets around the country. More

Mapping the material world
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New Englanders go for chrome, while Texans live in the bronze age. When it comes to picking materials in home construction, it all depends on where you live. For the past 15 years, the NAHB Research Center, a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders, has been tracking construction materials in annual surveys of residential builders in the U.S. Here are nine geographical regions, broken down by the building materials that are most commonly used in luxury-home construction. More

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State to go on offensive in school finance trial
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For the past seven weeks, lawyers representing hundreds of Texas school districts have laid out a case during the trial that the Legislature has failed to live up to its constitutional obligations to the state's 5 million public school students. Beginning Dec. 6, the state's lawyers will launch their offensive in the three-month trial that has the potential to reshape public education in Texas. They need not prove the system is constitutional — only that the school districts' have failed to prove that it isn't. More

Former Austin educator calls out legislators
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John Folks, retired superintendent of San Antonio's largest school district, places blame for struggling school districts squarely on the backs of Texas lawmakers. The former president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and the state's 2011 superintendent of the year, was the final witness called by Texas school districts in their lawsuit against the state. The case involves allegations from more than 600 school districts that state lawmakers are not adequately funding public education to meet the academic standards they have imposed and are not providing equitable funding. More

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Can house built in 1961 be historic?
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A woman who bought a house built in 1961 in Austin, Texas, planning to tear it down could be foiled by its designation as a historic building. Ashley Amini says the $1.1 million house is too small and does not really take advantage of its one-acre lot, The Austin American-Statesman reported. Amini, a real estate agent, is fighting the historic label. More

Brownsville seeking to balance zones
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Brownsville is one vote closer to newly drawn political districts. The Brownsville City Commission approved the first reading of a realignment of the commissioners' districts, which would give some residents new representation on the city's ruling board. The item needs a second vote before the realignment plans are sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval, officials said. More

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Asarco smokestacks will be demolished
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The deadline has passed for finding a way to save the Asarco smokestack that juts from El Paso's heart, and there is no preservation plan in place. However, that does not mean people passionate about keeping the stack as the nation's tallest monument are letting the issue go. Roberto Puga, the trustee in charge of cleaning up and selling the smelter site, said that he does not foresee any circumstance under which he would halt demolition of the 826-foot stack and its smaller neighbor. More

Rosedale Renaissance aims to turn Texas Wesleyan area into urban village
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A major reconstruction of East Rosedale Street, coupled with improvements planned at Texas Wesleyan University, aims to transform the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth into a thriving corridor. "There's a lot of excitement," university President Frederick Slabach said of the projects, called the Rosedale Renaissance. "It's important for Texas Wesleyan. It is also extraordinarily important for southeast Fort Worth. This is the kind of catalyst that can really change a neighborhood." More
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