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Only 1 more week of early General Election voting
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Early voting ends on Oct. 31. During this period, you may vote at any polling location in your county. Check times and locations on your county voter registrar website. Attached is a list of general election candidates that are supported by HOMEPAC, the registered, non-partisan, political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders, in the 2014 General Election. All decisions to support a legislative or statewide candidate are made by the HOMEPAC Board of Trustees. Decisions to support a candidate are based upon their demonstrated understanding of issues affecting the Texas residential construction and development industry and dedication to issues affecting homeowners and future Texas home buyers.

Please remember to vote YES to pass Proposition 1
— The November 2014 statewide ballot proposition is a constitutional amendment authorized by SJR 1 which legislators approved last year. The amendment would authorize annual disbursements from the state's oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund. An estimated $1.7 billion would be transferred into the State Highway Fund in the first year alone. The amendment would provide a significant step toward meeting the unmet funding needs for transportation projects in Texas.
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Texas Builders Foundation welcomes your end-of-the-year charitable giving
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Please keep the Texas Builders Foundation in mind when making your end-of-year charitable giving decisions.

Whether you make a donation in your name or in honor of a friend or loved one, your contribution to the Foundation will help to support and develop the future of Texas' construction workforce and facilitate the charitable activities of the residential construction industry.

To learn about the Texas Builders Foundation's activities or to make a contribution, visit our website — TexasBuildersFoundation.org. The Texas Builders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. All contributions to the foundation are tax deductible.

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UT/TT poll: Green light for transportation plan
The Texas Tribune
Texas voters overwhelmingly support using oil and gas tax money for transportation instead of putting all of it in the state's Rainy Day Fund, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. This second constitutional amendment sent to voters in as many years for infrastructure issues — the last one, in 2013, was for water projects — has the support of 68 percent of likely voters, while only 15 percent oppose it, according to the poll. If it passes, the state would direct half of the money that now goes into the Rainy Day Fund into the highway fund to support transportation projects.
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Short of a win, finding ways to measure Democrats' progress
The Texas Tribune
Just under 5 million votes were cast in the 2010 midterm election. The state has grown since, and Democrats are spending millions to get more people to the polls. But they have to start with the obvious: Democrats will rate their performance by whether state Sen. Wendy Davis gets more votes than White did four years ago.
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After push to mobilize new voters, turnout surges in Texas
MSNBC
After an energetic Democratic campaign to get new Texas voters to the polls, turnout rates spiked on the first day of early voting in the state. According to figures released by the secretary of state's office, Texas’ six largest counties all saw increases in voting Monday compared to the first day of early voting in 2010, the last midterm election.
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Texas State Rep. Joe Pickett positive about Proposition 1 vote
El Paso Times
State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, says he knows now what it's like to run for statewide office. Throughout the election season, he's been crisscrossing Texas, sitting in airports and eating bad food. Recently, he found scorpions in the bathtub of his Fort Worth hotel room. Pickett has been spearheading the campaign for Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment on the ballot to provide an additional $1.7 billion a year for Texas' chronically underfunded transportation system.
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Nov. 4 election lacks historical firepower but still has implications
The Dallas Morning News
Elections matter. Over the past 20 years, local and statewide contests have altered the course of history — with national and international implications. On Nov. 4, voters will determine whether Attorney General Greg Abbott or Sen. Wendy Davis succeeds Perry as governor, shaping history for the next generation. And while this election lacks the watershed feel of some past contests, there are implications for the long term.
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Down in polls, Texas' Davis recalls own comebacks
KHOU-TV
Reminding worshippers of overcoming long odds in her personal life, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis urged reliable Democratic voters at black churches to turnout in the face of predictions that she needs a miracle to win.
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Hot new real estate trend
The Huffington Post
As people begin to seriously think about where to live, there is a remarkable sea change afoot with millennials, empty-nesters, and the newly single. Instead of plunging in to buy a home, people are weighing other options. We all know how life is supposed to work. Boy meets girl, they graduate from college, get married, and spend an exciting turn in The Big City before they settle down to raise a family in the suburbs.
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Perry to declare US has come to another 'time for choosing'
Houston Chronicle
Gov. Rick Perry plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the speech that launched Ronald Reagan’s political career with his own lecture Monday night declaring the United States has reached another "time for choosing." "We are experiencing a crisis in competence in America, and the people know it," Perry will say at the Reagan presidential library, according to prepared remarks. "What is needed at this moment in time is leadership that can usher in a new era of reform and renewal to restore trust in government."
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Central Texas home sales up 10 percent in September
Austin American-Statesman
After a two-month decline, Austin-area home sales bounced back in September, rising 10.3 percent from the prior September, the Austin Board of Realtors said. In addition, both the median and average sales prices rose to their highest levels ever for a September, the board said in its latest monthly report.
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Tight Dallas-area housing market will continue to keep prices rising, sales down
The Dallas Morning News
After two years of fast-paced selling, Dallas' housing market shows no sign that supply is catching up with demand. The inventory of pre-owned homes on the market is at a two-month supply or less in about half of the area neighborhoods The Dallas Morning News tracks. A normal supply of houses listed for sale with real estate agents is about six months.
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Some builders like new mortgage rules, but Toll calls them 'dumb'
The Wall Street Journal
Some home builders are heralding federal regulators' move this week to ease mortgage-qualification standards as a key to reviving the entry-level market but at least one is panning it as a return to dangerous lending. The Federal Housing Finance Agency indicated it will expand mortgage availability with changes such as allowing borrowers to make a down payment of percent of a loan's value rather than the typical 20 percent for a high-quality mortgage.
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For one luxury home builder in Houston, smell sells
Houston Business Journal
It's no secret that smell sells in real estate. For years, realtors have urged clients to bake a batch of cookies before showing their home. The sweet aroma of freshly baked goods creates an inviting, cozy atmosphere that is supposed to trigger warm-and-fuzzy feelings and childhood memories that help sell a home. At Darling Homes, the sales staff tries to engage all five senses to create a "Darling experience" for their potential homebuyers.
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Housing shortage looms for Houston baby boomers
Houston Business Journal
Houston faces one of the largest housing shortages for baby boomers in the country, according to a new report. Metrostudy Corp., a national housing research and consulting firm with an office in Houston, analyzed the current housing market for Boomers. It found that Houston has the second-largest deficit nationally for baby boomer housing. The Bayou City could face a shortage of more than 260,000 homes for active adults 55 and older.
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New homes' problem: Price
The Wall Street Journal
Abby and Tom Anderson wanted new-home perks like larger closets, granite countertops and an open floor plan, but their search this year ended with the couple buying a four-bedroom home built in 2001. The reason the Andersons, who own a hair salon, went resale instead of new: price.
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