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Aug. 30, 2012
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Sunbelt free registration deadline Wednesday
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The Texas Association of Builders would like to remind you that the deadline for FREE registration for the Sunbelt Builders Show™ is Wednesday, Sept. 5. After this, registration increases to the onsite price. Connect with the thousands of registrants that have already made the decision to attend.

We are very excited about this year's event. In addition to our outstanding keynote, Lance Armstrong, we are offering five education sessions, three days of trade show action, roundtable discussions on hot topics in Remodeling Central, a new Multifamily Central, and more. If you would like to purchase tickets for the two special events occurring during Sunbelt (the Sunbelt Luncheon and the Texas Housing Hall of Honor & Excellence in Leadership Dinner) remember that pricing for special event tickets also increases after Wednesday.




McKinney is No. 2 on CNNMoney's list of best places to live
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Four DFW-area communities are near the top of CNN Money's list of the 100 best places to live in the nation, led by McKinney at No. 2. Also among the top cities are Allen at No. 13, Mansfield at No. 28 and Flower Mound at No. 32. More

Will Texas embrace reverse mortgages?
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Texas cannot quite catch up to the evolution of the reverse mortgage. When the first reverse mortgage was issued in Texas 12 years ago, the state had been the only one for about a decade without the financial product. Texas now is the only state without the legal status to allow a new type of reverse mortgage, the kind used by seniors to buy a house, not just to draw down the equity in their existing house. More

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Local real estate market gaining ground
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Linda Urbina was on her way to look at a new home in Converse recently, and running a few minutes late. By the time she, her boyfriend and their real estate agent drove up to the house, they found a "sold" sign planted in the front yard. Confused, they approached the house anyway. "We rang the doorbell. They were like, 'Sorry we sold it a few minutes ago,'" Urbina said. More

Home prices signal recovery may be here
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The S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index, which covers more than 80 percent of the housing market in the United States, climbed 6.9 percent in the three months ending June 30 compared to the first three months of 2012. "We seem to be witnessing exactly what we needed for a sustained recovery; monthly increases coupled with improving annual rates of change," said David Blitzer, a spokesman for S&P, in a statement. "The market may have finally turned around." More

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Dewhurst to seek 4th term as lieutenant governor
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A month after losing a costly and long-coveted bid for the U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst turned his political sights back on the Texas Capitol and said he would seek a fourth term in his powerful state office. The line of prominent Republicans eyeing the lieutenant governor's seat in 2014 is already growing long, and Dewhurst's announcement at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., didn't change their plans — or even convince them that Dewhurst would really be on the ballot in two years. More

Report: Mass deportation could cost Texas billions
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A recent study by the Center for American Progress concludes that the Texas economy would suffer a net economic loss in the billions if group deportations of illegal immigrants occurred at even moderate levels. The progressive think tank concluded that even if as few as 15 percent of Texans living in the state illegally were removed at once, it would mean an annual $11.7 billion loss for Texas' gross state product, increasing to more than $77 billion if all 1.65 million estimated illegal immigrants were removed from the state. More



Construction companies struggle to complete jobs during boom
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It's a story that has people outraged: A group of construction workers from El Paso, hired to build a new hotel in Midland, end up living in deplorable conditions and they claim they haven't been fully paid for the job. Now construction companies in West Texas say this problem is common in the booming economy. Jimmy Henderson, the owner of Greenstreet Construction in Lubbock is in charge of building this hotel. He's been in the business for 18 years and says this is the toughest area he has ever worked in. More

Kyle gets initial approval to use fine for water conservation projects
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Kyle has received preliminary approval to proceed with a water conservation project in lieu of paying a $46,000 fine the Edwards Aquifer Authority levied against the city for overpumping last year. Kyle Utilities Coordinator Jason Biemer said the aquifer authority's enforcement committee voted to use that money on a project to reduce the amount of water the city loses through leaks. More

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Green homebuilding makes strides
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Once considered eccentric and dowdy, not to mention expensive, green homebuilding's looks have gotten a makeover as it creeps closer to mainstream housing. Sure, with the real estate recession still taking a toll on building of all kinds of homes, there's not a lot of it out there. But green is no longer the Plain Jane of homebuilding. More

Agency to explain border fence construction
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Officials from a U.S. agency that monitors the U.S.-Mexico border are to explain why they're allowing construction of border fence segments in the Rio Grande flood plain. Earlier this year, the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission withdrew its objection to border fence construction in the flood plain, finding it wouldn't obstruct the flow of the Rio Grande significantly. More

Master Brick announces the addition of MB2 BioClay!

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Expert talks about transforming Brownsville
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The timing of the visit of 8-80 Cities Executive Director Guillermo Peñalosa was just right considering what Brownsville has on its plate involving the university and downtown, Mayor Tony Martinez said. Peñalosa's organization, a nonprofit based in Toronto, focuses on helping cities change into vibrant places through encouraging people to walk, bike and use public transportation as well as enjoy parks and other public spaces. More



Fed survey: US economy grew during summer
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The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy expanded at a moderate pace in July and early August, buoyed by stronger retail sales. The Fed report said nine of its 12 districts reported growth that was "modest" or "moderate" and pointed to strength in tourism, although manufacturing was generally described as weaker. More

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Cedar Bayou gets a funding boost
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The pass that historically divided San Jose Island from Matagorda Island north of Rockport remains blocked with silt and sand, but the cash for dredging the fabled Cedar Bayou is starting to flow nicely. Aransas County has announced the receipt of $958,005 in oil and gas royalties from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, a federal grant program for the conservation, protection and preservation of coastal areas. More

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Exelon quits Texas nuclear plant project
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Exelon is halting efforts to gain federal regulatory approvals for new nuclear construction in Victoria County, Texas. The company notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it will withdraw its Early Site Permit application for an 11,500-acre tract southeast of Victoria, the Chicago-based energy company said in a statement. Exelon said its decision was a result of low natural gas prices and economic and market conditions that have made construction of new nuclear power plants uneconomical now and for the foreseeable future. More
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