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Feb. 8, 2013
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North Texas existing home sales start out year on a strong note
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North Texas existing home sales start out the year well above the number of homes sold in January 2012, the latest Texas A&M University Real Estate Center market report shows. Sales in January for the 29-county region, including Tarrant County, reached 4,733 homes, up 23 percent. The median sales price was also up 9 percent, to $152,000. More

TAB events in Austin next week
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The Texas Association of Builders invites you, your family and friends to join us for Rally Day in Austin on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Your support is needed to protect our industry, and TAB asks that you make the commitment to travel to Austin for Rally Day 2013. Rally Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the South Steps of the Capitol. We have invited legislators from the House and Senate to speak, followed by a legislative and advocacy briefing from TAB. We will wrap up the day's festivities with a legislative reception at the historic Driskill Hotel. We look forward to you being a part of this important event. Please contact your local HBA for details on transportation and registration information.

Stay in Austin for TAB's Winter Board Meetings Feb. 21-22 at the Driskill Hotel. For schedule and hotel reservation information and to register click here. All members are welcome to attend and participate.

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. for the HOMEPAC Game Night fundraiser at Buffalo Billiards (across from the Driskill Hotel.) Enjoy food, beverages, live music, a pool tournament, darts and games for everyone — a true "Sixth Street" sports bar experience. Purchase tickets and find out more information on the TAB website.

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Trulia researchers: Californians still heading this way for housing more than jobs
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Texas governor Rick Perry's promotional trips to California aren't making many friends in the state. And his efforts to lure transplants from California to Texas may be a wasted effort. Housing researchers at say that the Lone Star State is already doing a great job of attracting California transplants. But they are coming mostly for the housing bargains. More

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New home sales up 8.8 percent in January
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The Obama Administration released data further indicating the housing market recovery is progressing. Sales of new and existing homes for January are up 8.8 percent, and 12.8 percent, respectively from December 2012, according to the most recent Housing Scorecard released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Treasury. More

KB Home to open new Hill Country community
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KB Home, one of the nation's largest and most recognized home builders, has announced that it has acquired 56 acres in the existing master-plan development of Georgetown Village located just west of downtown Georgetown, Texas and Interstate 35. KB Home's new community, the last phase of a 750 unit subdivision, will include 184 home sites. Model home construction and land development is expected to begin in the spring. More

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Runoff to fill Houston Senate seat set for March 2
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A Houston runoff between two Democrats vying to replace the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos will be March 2. Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and state Rep. Carol Alvarado received the most votes in an eight-candidate special election last month. But neither captured a majority, resulting in the March runoff set by Gov. Rick Perry. More

Democrats file resolution on school finance, House doesn't vote on it
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So far this legislative session, most of the discussion in the state House has been politely focused on the importance of adequately funding roads and water. That changed Feb. 11. Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, filed House Resolution 408 that would hurry up the debate on school funding in the wake of the previous week's court ruling declaring the funding system unconstitutional. There was no vote on Martinez Fischer's resolution, and it wasn't clear if there would ever be one. More

El Paso County will sue to stop Socorro from annexing part of San Elizario
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The El Paso County Attorney's Office is about to file a lawsuit against the city of Socorro in an effort to stop its annexation plan that includes taking over a section of San Elizario. The decision was announced during the county Commissioners Court's meeting. Socorro officials said they had not seen the lawsuit and, therefore, would not comment. More

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Texas lawmakers get map of transportation needs
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Texas transportation officials say they will need about $4 billion more per year to maintain and improve the state's aging highway system and keep its growing population moving. Phil Wilson, executive director of the state Department of Transportation told House lawmakers that Texas is nearing the end of a decade of construction and maintenance fueled by bonds and other revenue sources. More

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Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market ends year on a positive note
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Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed continued improvement in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index released Feb. 7. The index increased 10 points to a level of 28, the fifth consecutive quarter of year over year improvements. More

House education bill intended to reform public schools
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Less than 48 hours after a state judge ruled that the state underfunds public education, an influential lawmaker filed a bill aimed at overhauling the school accountability and graduation system. House Bill 5 would improve workforce preparedness, reduce testing mandates and create a more transparent system of evaluating schools, state Rep. Jimmie Aycock, R-Killeen, said after filing his proposal. More

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Dallas County to urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid
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Dallas County officials will adopt a resolution urging Texas legislators to extend Medicaid benefits to impoverished adults under the Affordable Care Act. And advocates for Medicaid expansion hope the major urban county's decision will spur other counties to adopt similar measures and pressure lawmakers into taking action. More
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