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Early voting starts today on key primary elections
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Early voting for Democratic and Republican primaries starts today, Feb. 18 and ends Feb. 28. Election day is March 4. Texas voters are now required by law to provide a valid photo ID in order to vote in elections. For a list of acceptable forms of ID, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Link to the HOMEPAC Primary Election Voter Guide.



Houston led nation in housing starts in 2013; and 2014 looks even better
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Houston led the nation in single-family home starts last year with a significant lead over the No. 2 market, Dallas, according to Metrostudy, a housing consulting firm. With job growth in full force, Houston area home builders accounted for 28,339 housing starts in 2013. Houston was followed by Dallas-Fort Worth at 21,200 and No. 3 Atlanta with 13,119 starts. More

4 factors will influence housing inventory in 2014
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Eager buyers shopping for homes in today's modestly recovered housing markets might be disappointed to discover not many homes are available for sale. This shortage of inventory means homebuyers in some areas have but few — if any — for-sale homes to choose from. Gary Rogers, broker/owner of RE/MAX on the Charles in Waltham says inventory there is "extremely and unusually low" even for mid-winter. Inventory is so low, in fact, that one nearby town recently had zero single-family homes for sale. More

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Collin County development will have homes for more than 4,000 families
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Developers are building a 1,700-acre residential community north of McKinney that will eventually provide housing for more than 4,200 North Texas families. The Trinity Falls development is west of U.S. Highway 75 and north of U.S. Highway 380 near the Collin County town of Weston. Austin-based Castle Hill Partners is developing the huge new housing community on land it purchased in 2012. More

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Taylor Morrison plans to top $1 billion in spending on land acquisition, development this year
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Shares of Taylor Morrison Home Corp. were up 3.6 percent following its earnings report released earlier that morning showing a strong finish to 2013. The Scottsdale-based home builder, which went public in April, saw its fourth-quarter earnings before income taxes climb by nearly one-third to $121.54 million. Its 42 percent plunge in year-end earnings before taxes was mostly attributed to the costs of its initial public offering that raised about $591 million. More

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Jobs in home building and remodeling
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Home building is an industry dominated by small businesses around the nation. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal the many job categories within the industry and their relative concentrations. Previous NAHB research has examined the geographic scope of the building industry, as well industry surveys that present a census of builders and associated businesses. More

DIY houses in the Internet age: Some assembly required
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If you can barely swing a hammer, you can still build your own home. Builders at the Maker Faire in New York City proved this point last fall, with something akin to an old-fashioned barn-raising. The event celebrates the do-it-yourself aesthetic, particularly when it comes to digital fabrication and open-source construction plans. Using wooden mallets cut from plywood, a crew of eight banged together the slotted frame of a WikiHouse without a single nail. More



Suburban growth inevitable, but will it come with easy access?
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Suburban development follows a pretty predictable cycle. Builders construct homes where land is cheap and demand is high, choosing their spots based in part on where people can get from their planned paradise. More

McCoy's Building Supply announces executive promotions and realignments
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McCoy's Building Supply recently announced several senior executive promotions and appointments designed to position the company to continue its positive growth and focus on next level company leadership and mentorship. Meagan McCoy Jones has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. James Lewallen has been appointed to Vice President of Culture and Customer Experience, and Waylon Walker has been promoted to Vice President of Store Operations. More

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Student debt may hurt housing recovery by hampering first-time buyers
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The growing student loan burden carried by millions of Americans threatens to undermine the housing recovery's momentum by discouraging, or even blocking, a generation of potential buyers from purchasing their first homes. More

Protecting your receivables by sending preliminary notice
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Credit management professionals know that finding some way to secure an extension of credit goes a long way to ensuring payment. A company that routinely secures its receivables is better able to make credit decisions and is able to feel more secure in its extensions of credit. In the construction industry, a powerful way to secure accounts receivable is built directly into the law on every project, through the use of mechanics liens. However, certain steps must be taken for a company to fully avail itself of those protections. More
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