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As 2011 comes to a close, the Texas Association of Builders 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 profession, we would like to provide the readers of TAB News Briefs a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.


Texas releases $45 million more for first-time homebuyer tax credit
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From Jan. 25, 2011: The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs recently made available a second round of funding for its first-time homebuyer tax credit program under its Texas Mortgage Credit Program. The state agency just released $45 million of $500 million allocated for the program. The department released $50 million of the funds in May when the program was first implemented. More

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The end of Fannie Mae
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From Feb. 15, 2011: It's enough to make you believe in miracles: The Obama Administration is now on record as saying that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should go out of business. It took a global financial panic and $140 billion in taxpayer losses, but on Friday there it was in black-and-white in the U.S. Treasury's report to Congress on reforming the mortgage market: The Administration will "ultimately . . . wind down both institutions." More

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Heart of Texas build to air Sunday
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From Feb. 17, 2011: On Nov. 5, 2009, a gunman fired more than 100 rounds at soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas. Thirteen people died and 32 others were wounded. Sergeant Patrick Zeigler, a soldier who two weeks earlier had returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq, was hit four times and suffered a near fatal gunshot to the head. Patrick's fiancée, Jessica Hansen, put her college degree on hold so that she could be by his side and aid in his recovery. At the urging of Dan Wallrath, 2010 CNN Hero and founder of Operation Finally Home, the Texas Association of Builders, Tilson Home Corporation and Temple-Inland formed the team that would build a mortgage-free home for Patrick and Jessica. More


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Permits continue strong in Texas and Carolinas
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From May 10, 2011: Nineteen cities are issuing housing permits at twice or more the rate per population as the rest of the country. Five cities are in Texas, with two more just over the border in Louisiana and Arkansas and six in the Carolinas and one just over the border in Georgia. The list also includes Des Moines and Omaha, close together in the central plains plus Nashville, Provo and Bradenton-Sarasota. More

Are we facing the end of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage?
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From May 17, 2011: Many housing proponents say the government's move to dismantle Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac means the most popular home loan will be more expensive. But how much more is a matter of debate. More

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Directive to protect residential construction workers from falls goes into effect
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From June 16, 2011: Starting June 7, residential construction employers will have to provide workers with the conventional fall protection required by the construction fall protection standard, issued in 1994 (29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13)). Falls are the leading cause of death for workers in construction and this directive will provide residential construction workers with greater protection from being injured or killed on the job. More

Senate committee approves sanctuary cities bill
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From June 14, 2011: From the testimony of a Houston police officer's widow to allegations of racism, a daylong legislative committee hearing Monday on a bill banning "sanctuary cities" brought the national immigration debate back to the Texas Capitol. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation approved a bill that would ban cities from prohibiting police officers from inquiring about the immigration status of a person they detain. More

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OSHA announces 3-month enforcement phase-in for residential construction fall protection
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From June 16, 2011: OSHA announced June 9 a three-month enforcement phase-in period to allow residential construction employers to come into compliance with the agency's new directive to provide residential construction workers with fall protection. More

Texas state housing chief resigns; agency failed to use Hurricane Ike rebuilding funds, oversaw faulty stimulus program to fix up low-income homes
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From Aug. 18, 2011: Gov. Rick Perry has accepted the resignation of the head of the state's housing agency, which has failed to handle billions of federal dollars to rebuild homes in the wake of Hurricane Ike and oversees a federal stimulus program plagued by questions of fraud and mismanagement. Michael Gerber, executive director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, tendered his resignation, effective Aug. 31, as Perry yanked nearly $3 billion that has yet to be used to rebuild thousands of homes, roads, public utilities and buildings damaged or destroyed in 2008 by Hurricane Ike. More

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Fires destroy hundreds of homes
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From Sept. 6, 2011: Firefighters battled raging wildfires across Central Texas for a second day Monday as wind-driven flames continued their relentless march through hundreds of homes and across thousands of acres. With most homeowners unable to survey their property, the scope of the disaster — perhaps the worst of its kind in the region's history — was not fully known by late Monday as officials struggled to provide a complete count of the number of lost structures. More
 
 
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