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Nov. 7, 2013
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Props 4, 5 & 6 successfully passed!
Texas Association of Builders/HOMEPAC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas voters approved all nine constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot. In the weeks prior to the election, TAB/HOMEPAC encouraged support for Props 4, 5 & 6 by sharing proposition information with our members and produced a useful TAB Voter Guide. Your vote made a difference! Prop 4 passed with 85 percent of the votes cast in favor!  Prop 5 passed with 63 percent of the votes!  Prop 6 passed with 74 percent of the votes! The Texas Association of Builders would like to sincerely thank our dedicated members who supported and voted for the three constitutional amendments that will, as passed, greatly benefit the residential construction and development industry.  Thank you for your vote.
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Austin-Travis County Flood Relief Fund established
Texas Builders Foundation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Areas of Austin and Travis County were devastated as the result of flooding that occurred on Oct. 31, 2013. Almost 1,400 homes were affected, 12 are uninhabitable, and 531 have been tagged as unsafe or dangerous. State Representatives Paul Workman and Eddie Rodriguez are spearheading an effort to provide assistance and information to the citizens in the affected areas. The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, the Texas Association of Builders, and the Texas Builders Foundation are honored to support the rebuilding effort. 100 percent of your tax deductible donation to the "Austin-Travis County Flood Relief Fund" through the Texas Builders Foundation will be used to help those who were affected by the flood. Donations may be converted into gift cards that will help families purchase building materials and other goods that are necessary to help them recover from the disaster. To make a donation, visit www.texasbuildersfoundation.org/contribute/austin-flood-relief. More

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Texas' housing market sees all-time highs, lows in third quarter
Austin Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Between July and September 2013, 80,105 single-family homes were sold in the state of Texas, up nearly 19 percent from the same period a year ago. According to the third quarter edition of the Texas Quarterly Housing report, a publication of the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), that number was the highest amount of quarterly home sales since TAR began issuing the report in 2009. More

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OSHA wants safety reports made public
The Associated Press via WCSC-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will announce plans to change the way companies file safety records. More

Gov. Perry sets May 10 special election for Senate District 4
Office of the Governor Rick Perry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry has set May 10, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas State Senate District 4 seat, vacated by Sen. Tommy Williams. More

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Builders have eased use of sales incentives
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One way many builders choose to bolster sales and/or limit cancellations is by providing incentives that sweeten the deal for home buyers. The popularity of these incentives, however, is very much tied to the cycles of the housing industry.  More



Austin affordable housing plan passes
KXAN-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Austin voters backed a $65 million affordable housing plan by a margin of 60-40, one year after a similar measure was soundly rejected. he time,  the grassroots organization called Keep Austin Affordable pushed to get the new, scaled-back plan passed. Organizers said an estimated 38,000 low income families in Austin could benefit from this bond because the city is considered the 9th highest rental market in the country. More

Demand, prices for Texas homes high, inventory low
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Temperatures in Texas are cooling, but the real estate market remains red hot, according to the third quarter edition of the Texas Quarterly Housing Report released by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR). More

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A home for a hero
Operation Finally Home    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are days when former Marine Sergeant Andrew Litz can't bear the sounds of his two young children playing in their two-bedroom apartment in suburban Dallas, when his wife, Heather, reminds them that Daddy's head hurts. But on this October afternoon, the sturdy, intense former soldier is imagining a new life: one of calm connection with his family. Standing in the yard of the brand-new home in Gunter, Texas, that will soon be theirs, he smiles. "This," he says quietly, "is a place where I can heal." More



US homeownership at 1995 levels despite housing rebound
The Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Homeownership in the United States remained flat last quarter, staying at its lowest level in nearly two decades and underscoring the dominant role investors have played in the housing recovery. The nation's homeownership rate was 65.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted level in the third quarter, unchanged from the second quarter, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Homeownership fell from a 65.3 percent rate in the third quarter last year. Besides the second quarter of this year, home ownership hasn’t been this low since the last three months of 1995. More

Fabricated green building products rapidly advancing
By Don Rosato    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Green building technology redefines how we make and live in buildings. From a plastics processing standpoint, we can reduce a building's energy consumption through green design, improved insulation, heat recovery and more. We can simultaneously provide for a building's energy production through solar cells and collectors, heat and power generators, and wind turbines. Let's take a look at some emerging green building technologies that involve plastics processing aspects. More

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North Texas city council to vote on construction of famous Texas-based store
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According to Dallas media sources the Terrell City Council will vote on whether or not to construct a Buc-ees flagship store. The deal is expected to pass with flying colors and will give the northern part of the state their first Texas-based store. More

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Prop 6 coalition splits on path forward
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ambitious plan to tap Texas' savings account to address the state's water needs brought together unlikely allies: environmentalists and chemical makers, farmers and builders, Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic lawmakers. More

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Tolls could be coming down road for I-35
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The chairman of the state's transportation commission has revived a radical idea to put some toll lanes on Interstate 35 through Austin in exchange for removing tolls from all or part of Texas 130. Such a swap — which in effect would make 130 the new I-35, at least in part — was proposed two years ago as part of a statewide study about how to relieve traffic congestion on I-35. More
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