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NAHB urges OSHA to withdraw silica rule
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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. More



Bring photo ID to the polls, election official reminds Texans
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Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry wants to make sure voters take one thing to the polls: Photo ID. Berry is traveling around the state, trying to get the word out — before early voting in the March 4 primary elections begins next week — to prevent any problems that might arise at the polls. "There's a primary ... and we want to get people ready for the election," Berry, who was sworn into office last month, said. "We want to leave no stone unturned." More

North Texas home sales take a dip in January
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North Texas home sales sputtered in January, dropping 1 percent from a year earlier. While the decline was tiny, it was the first dip in year-over-year pre-owned home sales in the area since early 2010. The pause on local home sales gains was probably due to winter weather that postponed some buys and a lack of houses on the market to sell, real estate analysts and agents say. More

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Yellen holds fast to taper
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen — showing a solid resolve — said that she plans on keeping the central bank on a steady and consistent course, with less quantitative easing but a continued commitment to near-zero interest rates. In her first official remarks since taking over for Ben Bernanke, Yellen told the House Financial Services Committee she is optimistic about the economy, unemployment and the prospect of inflation. Yellen is scheduled to appear similarly before the Senate Banking Committee. More

The 10 most romantic homes you can buy right now
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Romance is a subjective idea, for sure, but these homes feature hot tubs, fireplaces and killer views worthy of a love story. We found these by searching Zillow in random cities and looking at lots of beautiful pictures. You can check out the complete listing of each home on the included links. More

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Longtime East Texas home developer aims for growing niche
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James Williams' work as a builder has come full circle. "I grew up in it," he said recently. His father, Zack Williams, was in the business, and James Williams said he grew up picking up brick and carpet and cleaning up homes at construction sites. He went on to start his own home construction business and joined his father in business for a while, too. Now, his own sons have joined the business as it continues pushing into a new niche. More

East Texas homeowners: Home and Garden Show provides a place to 'dream'
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Annita Wolfe drove from Mount Pleasant to Longview, hoping to find something new. "This is a place where you can dream," Wolfe said as she looked around Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, which on Saturday was transformed into a paradise for homeowners and builders alike. "And when you're ready for it, you know just where to find it because you've seen it at the Home and Garden Show," Wolfe added. More



Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes of Austin receives Best Of Houzz 2014 award
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Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes of Austin has been awarded "Best Of Houzz" by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Austin luxury custom home builder with more than 34 years of home building experience was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. More

Record number of new homes to be built in Leander
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After a slowdown in 2010, the residential construction industry is again booming in Leander and 2014 is expected to set a new record with close to 1,000 new homes built this year. "In the whole Austin area, the available inventory is very low and that's what's spurring all the building," said Leander City Manager Kent Cagle. More

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Green home building expected to more than double by 2016
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McGraw Hill Construction, a part of McGraw Hill Financial, released findings from a new Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Green homes comprised 23 percent of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26 and 33 percent of the market by 2016. This equates to a doubling in the value of green home construction over three years, growing from $36 billion in 2013 to $83-$105 billion in 2016, based on the current McGraw Hill Construction forecast for total residential construction. More

Signs of life in home building
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In a perfect world for the housing industry, the employment picture contains a virtuous cycle in which housing drives jobs and jobs drive housing. Some analysts found evidence of that in the January jobs report. The real question is whether, once the industry has made up some of its lost ground, there will be new customers, not just homeowners trading up. More
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