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Sunbelt tickets still available for the FUNdango and Star Awards; YP event sold out
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The Sunbelt Builders Show has a limited amount of 2015 HOMEPAC FUNdango and Star Awards tickets still available. The Young Professionals event sold out in record time. Each event will be held inside the prestigious Gaylord Texan® Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine Texas.

The family-friendly FUNdango includes entertainment, music, food, beverages and FUN for all ages on Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. This outdoor event also hosts the 2nd Annual Statewide Washers Championship. Winning teams from the local HBA washers tournaments will compete for the coveted championship belt buckle. In addition, two-person teams may also buy in to play. Ticket proceeds benefit HOMEPAC, Texas Association of Builders political action committee. Corporate donations are not accepted.

Adult FUNdango tickets are $125, children 5–12 are $50 and kids under 5 are $20. Washers tournament buy in is $125 per team member, which includes a FUNdango ticket.

TAB is proud to honor the Star Awards and Excellence Under 45 winners on Thursday, July 30. The cocktail reception and presentations of awards start at 5:30 p.m. The winners represent the best in the housing industry. They have helped significantly to grow the profession and their companies; wowed their clients with creative plans; and influenced the future generations. Tickets are just $50.

Click here to purchase tickets.
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Analysis: Legislature losing some key players
The Texas Tribune
A dozen of the state's 181 legislators have said they won't return for another session. More will follow, but 20 to 30 new House members and a handful of new senators would be pretty normal turnover. Quantity isn't the problem; this is hardly a stampede. It's the quality that could leave a mark. Some top legislators are leaving. State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, is the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, the guy a lot of legislators were hoping would lead them out of the latest round of litigation over school finance.
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Abbott to meet with Mexican leader
Houston Chronicle
With Texas significantly ramping up its border security even as it looks at new avenues for increased trade, Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday is slated to confer with Mexico's foreign affairs secretary in his third diplomatic initiative since taking office. While the agenda for the talks had not been released, aides said the meeting at the Governor's Mansion with Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena would be diplomatic in nature, most likely the governor's campaign promise to maintain a close working relationship with Texas' southern neighbor and its largest foreign trading partner.
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Texas Attorney General Paxton figures in federal probe of Dallas-area tech firm
The Dallas Morning News
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose admitted violations of state securities laws will go before a grand jury this month, has also figured in a federal investigation of a Dallas-area technology company suspected of defrauding investors. Paxton owns at least 10,000 shares in Servergy Inc., a company based in his hometown of McKinney. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began investigating Servergy in 2013 after receiving complaints, according to federal court records reviewed by The Associated Press.
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Analysis: Waiting for the political field to form
The Texas Tribune
The legislative session is over, and lawmakers have gone home to sleep it off. The newly elected people who took office in January are taking a little breather. But a small herd of lawyers and political types have their eyes on San Antonio, where three federal judges are expected to rule — sometime this summer — on the legality of the maps used to elect people to the Texas House and to the state's delegation to Congress. It's a never-ending story of political turbulence. The Legislature is required to remake the maps every 10 years when the U.S. census comes out. And litigation reliably spans each decade, tweaking and tinkering with the maps and making it difficult for voters and officeholders to settle into strong relationships.
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Kiernan: Wind energy can power Texas' economic future
Houston Chronicle
The winds of change are blowing in Texas. Within two decades, wind energy here could power the equivalent of more than 15 million homes. That's according to a new report from the federal Department of Energy. Researchers outlined that the American wind industry can rapidly expand over the next two decades, comprising one-fifth of the domestic electricity market by 2030. Advanced turbines will be able to reach higher and stronger winds, according to a companion report, bringing wind energy development to every state in the nation. That rise promises to generate huge economic benefits here in Texas and all across the country.
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Texas flood survivors consider container homes as they rebuild
KXAN-TV via WWLP-TV
As the floodwaters rose Memorial Day weekend, many people in Wimberley and other communities were left without a home. While they may want to rebuild, that process can take months. Now some are considering a unique alternative: Container homes. They can range from 160- to 4,000 square feet, depending on a family’s needs. LeeAnne and Mike Bower are looking into the idea. They lost nearly all their belongings in the flood and estimate rebuilding could take over a year.
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10 renovation trends that will put your home on the cutting edge
The Washington Post
Over the last few years, we have seen a boom in both significant home renovations and new construction. It is an exciting time as homeowners, interior designers and builders are incorporating thoughtful design details into their projects. Some are functional or aesthetic. Others are a bit of both. Since we have the unique vantage point of seeing lots of homes and working with many sellers/buyers, we thought we’d share with you 10 of our favorites.
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Are climbing Texas home values finally slowing?
Houston Chronicle
New projections for Texas home values raise the possibility that the state's strong market growth might finally be slowing. After a vigorous climb beginning in 2011 after the recession, Texas home value growth rates are forecast for 1.8 percent over the coming year, markedly short of the 8.3 percent increase seen over the last 12 months. Based on growing home price index values, the hottest areas in Texas over the last 12 months have been metropolitan Victoria with 14.15 percent growth, Midland with 13.36 percent growth and Texarkana with a 12.19% increase. Strong HPI growth like this generally indicates a hot market where buyers are willing to pay higher prices for homes.
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LGI Homes offers luxury in Magnolia
Houston Chronicle
LGI Homes builds luxury homes in the serene community of Ranch Crest. Starting at $899 per month, with $0 down financing available, homeowners receive a stunning new home with $25,000 worth of included upgrades. At Ranch Crest, all spacious three- and four-bedroom homes are built with brick and stone accents on oversized lots that feature beautiful front-yard landscaping. Also included in every home are energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops that complement a tile backsplash, 42-inch espresso custom cabinets, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, ceiling fans and more.
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3 DFW-area senators sent fewest bills to Abbott
The Texas Tribune
The three state senators who had the least impact during the 2015 legislative session — at least in terms of numbers — were all freshman conservatives from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But observers say that doesn't mean they had an unsuccessful session. Among the three Republicans, Konni Burton sent just one bill to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, while Don Huffines and Bob Hall passed none. No other senator passed fewer than seven bills, and state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, topped the rankings with 44. (Former Sen. Leticia Van de Putte passed no bills, although she stepped down to run for San Antonio mayor.)
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DFW home starts up 25 percent in 2nd quarter
The Dallas Morning News
After falling behind in the early months of 2015, North Texas homebuilders in the second quarter started the most houses in five years. Dallas-Fort Worth-area home starts were up more than 25 percent from the second quarter of 2014, according to data from Dallas-based Residential Strategies Inc. Local builders started 7,533 houses in the last three months — the largest one-quarter total since mid 2007.
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The new job advice: Put down the machine tool, pick up the hammer
The Wall Street Journal
Businesses are hiring at a solid pace, as shown by a new employment report. But the mix of jobs is also important. For those who have less than a college degree, the best career path may lead to a construction site. No doubt about it, the bulk of U.S. jobs are created in the service sector. Of the 223,000 slots added in June, 222,000 were in the private service sector. But the goods side of the economy on average creates better-paying jobs. And typically (although this is changing) these jobs do not require a college degree, which means the positions are accessible to a majority of workers.
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