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Housing market shows healthy local economy
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If the housing market can take the temperature of the local economy, then Lubbock should receive a clean bill of health based on recent market reports. Lubbock Land Co. and Title One both completed surveys of the local housing market, and while the data differed slightly between the two reports, both studies pointed to a strong recovery from the national recession. More



Polls are open for early voting
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Early voting for Democratic and Republican primaries started 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. More

Killeen, Cove OK construction of $3 million in homes
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Estimated values for new home construction almost reached $3 million in Killeen and Copperas Cove between Feb. 14 and last Thursday. Killeen issued 19 new home permits for $2.6 million in estimated construction cost, according to a city report. The new residences were valued between $94,000 and $191,000. More

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Visitability ordinance has hidden costs
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The Austin City Council passed an ordinance requiring all new homes built in Austin be "visitable" for people in wheelchairs. The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin opposed the new standards, with a major concern being the installation of entrance ramps. More

Statement from NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly on flood insurance bill
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Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del., issued the following statement on flood insurance legislation pending in the House. More

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Experts say flexible gas line lightning-related fires continue in spite of new safety measures
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New interviews and documents obtained by NBC 5 Investigates raise more questions about how well one manufacturer-recommended safety measure prevents lightning-related fires involving flexible gas lines and questions how often those fires happen. More

Lubbock custom home builder wins major copyright infringement victory
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Attorneys from Lubbock's McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf LLP won a major victory in a copyright infringement case after successfully defending local custom home builder Dan Wilson and Dan Wilson Homes Inc. On Jan. 29, Judge Sam R. Cummings of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock ruled that Mr. Wilson, Dan Wilson Homes and draftsman Ben Lack did not infringe the copyrighted house plans held by architect Marshall Hunn of Lubbock's Hunn Designs. More

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Builders FirstSource reports 4th quarter and fiscal year 2013 results
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Builders FirstSource, Inc., a leading supplier and manufacturer of structural and related building products for residential new construction in the United States, reported its results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2013. More

2 Austin-area salamanders classified as threatened
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will place the Georgetown and Salado salamanders on the threatened species list. The salamanders have been a contentious issue for both environmentalists and some community officials, who have struggled over how to protect the animals while preserving development opportunities. The full impact of the decision won't be clear until the Fish and Wildlife service sets rules for how the salamanders will be protected, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. More



Texas windstorm insurance association names Port Aransas native as new board chair
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The state’s windstorm insurance association named a new chair of the board in Austin, a chair with a coastal home. More

Menger Hotel celebrates San Antonio's 'Master Builder'
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The Menger Hotel is going back to its roots to celebrate the release of the book 'Master Builder,' which celebrates 19th Century San Antonio leader who built the hotel in 1859. "He was very involved with it along the way as the builder, and later as the owner," said Judith Carrington, Kampmann's great great granddaughter who has traveled to San Antonio for the book's release. More

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Why homeowners are investing in smart homes
By Archita Datta Majumdar    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Have you locked the door on your way out only to go back in and check whether your stovetops and faucets are quietly sleeping? Perhaps, we have all done that at some point. With 101 jobs in hand to do every day, homeowners are rushing from pillar to post. In the midst of all this chaos, there pops up the worry about home security — not just from unwanted intrusions but also from slight mistakes of their own doing. It makes sense, therefore, to take advantage of the emerging technologies and invest in a smart home. More
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