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Dec. 24, 2013
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As 2013 comes to a close, TAB would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the TAB News Briefs a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.


Wichita Falls, Texas, could go dry by year's end
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From March 21: The Texas government keeps a list of a communities that could run out of water within 180 days. Most are small, affecting a few hundred or few thousand people. But now there is a big city on the list — Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, home to more than 100,000 people. Wichita Falls was added to the list last month when lake levels dropped to 40 percent and the city entered Stage 3 watering restrictions. Currently, residents can water only once per week, and city officials warn that the restrictions could tighten further sometime this summer. More



Gov. Perry signs milestone Texas water legislation
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From May 30: Declaring he was "making history," Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed landmark legislation that he said will "secure the future" of Texas by ensuring that the nation's second-largest state has adequate water supplies for the next half-century. House Bill 4 would authorize $2 billion to start a revolving water fund that is contingent on voter approval in the Nov. 5 election. More

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Congress extends energy efficient homes tax credit
Resnet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 3: RESNET has achieved its number one legislative priority when Congress extended the $2,000 tax credit for builders who build energy efficient homes by a bipartisan vote (89-8 in the Senate and 257-167 in the House). The legislation changed the base of the tax credit from the 2003 to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. he extension was part of the compromise legislation aimed at averting the fiscal cliff. The legislation extends the credit from Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013 and retroactively to Jan. 1, 2012. The credit had previously expired on Dec. 31, 2011. More

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Housing boom bigger in Texas as home bidding wars erupt
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 10: Texas, known for its open spaces and cheap property, is experiencing the types of real estate bidding frenzies seen in tightly built markets from New York to San Francisco as job gains generate a suburban land rush. Existing-home prices in Dallas and Houston are rising faster than at any time since the oil boom of the 1980s. Home builders, caught off guard by the ferocity of buyer demand, are exhausting construction-ready lots as they struggle to recruit workers to complete houses quickly. More

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Group calls for new Texas building code
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 17: A group of environmental advocates and business leaders is calling on Texas officials to adopt a new statewide energy building code, saying the move would slash air pollution and lower utility bills across the energy-guzzling state where the electric grid often strains to keep up. In a letter sent to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, the group, led by the Sierra Club, said Texas should adopt stricter energy standards for construction of new homes and commercial buildings. More



In DFW, struggle to save water and prepare for growth
KAMR-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Aug. 27: On the northern edge of the city limits, where residents have been subject to watering restrictions for more than a year, a cozy home on less than half an acre has one of the greenest lawns around. The house is the first in Dallas to receive the Environmental Protection Agency's "WaterSense" label, the agency's stamp of approval for water efficiency. It is also the only such home in the country that is open to the public for tours and demonstrations. And the Dallas-Fort Worth region — one of the country's fastest-growing and thirstiest — may be the most fitting location. More

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When will the homebuilders turn around?
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Aug. 13: By the end of last year, the rebound in real estate prices and the explosive rallies in many of the homebuilding stocks had convinced the majority that this important part of the economy had turned the corner. More



More than 600 new Texas laws take effect Sunday
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 3: Some people might not notice until they go to a farmers market, buy a switchblade or are involved in a hit-and-run. More

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Interactive: American Community Survey home values by county
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 21: Only three large counties in the nation saw significant growth in home values from 2007 to 2012, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released this month, and two of those counties — Bexar and Travis — were in Texas. The Census Bureau analyzes three-year periods of American Community Survey data and found that the median home value in the United States in 2010-12 was $174,600, which was $17,300 less than in 2007-09. Of the 50 most populous counties in the country, two of the five with the lowest median home values were in Texas: Bexar and Dallas. More

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Texas will need 10.5 million new housing units by 2050
Housing Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Aug. 16: Texas will add twice as many people in the next 40 years as it did in the previous 40, a study from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University revealed. This prediction is especially positive for homebuilders, real estate agents and property managers. More

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Interactive map: Texas public water systems at risk
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From June 13: This map shows cities across Texas where water systems are especially strained due to drought, infrastructure problems or both. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the source of the data, tracks which water systems are at risk of running short of water within 180 days. Each of the cities noted below is in that 180-day danger zone. More
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