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As 2014 comes to a close, TAB would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the TAB News Briefs a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Texas' housing market is smoking
Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University
From Feb. 6: The recovery in Texas' single-family housing market began more than three years ago. Transaction volume and prices are increasing. As we expected, 2013 turned out to be a great year for the residential brokerage industry. Let's take a look at just how robust the market was last year.
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5 once-hot home construction features no one wants
TheStreet
From Aug. 12: Fashions come and fashions go not just in clothing but also in housing construction, and here's a look at five features that are definitely "out" in 2014 among newly built homes. "A lot of these are nice [amenities], but not make-or-break features that determine whether someone will buy a particular place," says Stephen Melman of the National Association of Home Builders, which surveyed some 400 members recently to see what they're planning to include in upcoming projects.
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Labor shortages hammer rebounding housing industry
The Dallas Morning News
From Feb. 11: At some of Chip Bay's Texas apartment projects, they pay construction workers every week to help keep them on the job. Labor is so short in the home and apartment building business that competing contractors lure away skilled workers. "In Texas, we are having a real hard time finding framers," said Bay, a top officer at Dallas-based apartment builder Mill Creek Residential Trust. "Our biggest challenge is getting people — manpower for our subcontractors," he told builders meeting in Las Vegas. "In a recession, a lot of folks leave the industry, and you lose a lot of young talent."
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Home builders bidding up best lots, ignoring outskirts
The Wall Street Journal
From April 3: For builders, premium space is becoming more premium. As the U.S. home construction ramps back up, builders are focusing on higher priced lots that are typically close to growing job and transportation centers instead of the far flung exurbs that where prices were crushed during the recession and housing bust.
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Report: Texas drought will lighten up by winter
San Antonio-Express News
From Aug. 26: Three years have passed since Texas endured one of the worst droughts in history. In September and October of 2011, more than 80 percent of the state was in an exceptional drought, the highest category on the U.S. drought monitor scale. Today, 59 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions from moderate to exceptional, while 22 percent is experiencing dry conditions and 19 percent is experiencing no drought.
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In Dallas, Obama, Perry, local officials discuss influx at border
The Dallas Morning News
From July 10: President Barack Obama pressured Congress on Wednesday to move quickly to address the massive influx of children at the border, and he aimed to deflect mounting criticism over his administration’s attention to the issue. Visiting Dallas as part of a two-day swing to raise money for Democratic campaigns this fall, Obama praised Gov. Rick Perry's suggestions in a private meeting for more resources at the border. He hailed the efforts of Dallas County officials and religious groups to help care for up to 2,000 children.
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NAHB urges OSHA to withdraw silica rule
NAHB
From Feb. 13: The National Association of Home Builders requested that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration withdraw a proposed rule that would drastically lower the permissible exposure limit of crystalline silica for the construction industry. The rule also requires impractical medical surveillance of construction industry workers, extensive and costly recordkeeping processes, and restrictions on certain construction site work practices, which contradict existing safety procedures.
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Why are new homes getting so big? Look at who's buying them
NAHB
From Feb. 27: Though the average size of new homes keeps getting bigger, there is more to this home buying trend than meets the eye, according to Census Bureau data presented by the National Association of Home Builders during the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. "The average home size has continued to rise for the past four years, from 2,362 square feet in 2009 to 2,679 square feet in 2013," said Rose Quint, NAHB assistant vice president for survey research.
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Texas' new home market outpacing the nation
Houston Chronicle
From July 29: Texas has had more new home sales over the past year than any other state in the country, according to housing data and consulting firm Metrostudy. Buyers in the Lone Star State closed on 33,177 new homes, 71 percent more than the second highest ranking state.
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Why everybody is moving to Texas
CNNMoney
From Sept. 30: Jobs is the No. 1 reason for population moves, with affordable housing a close second. "It take two things to draw people inland in big numbers: jobs and housing affordability," said Nela Richardson, chief economist for the real estate broker Redfin. Texas and other heartland states have two advantages that translate into affordable housing: Plenty of cheap land around cities and easy regulations that enable developers to build quickly.
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