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Home builders announce housing finance system reform plan
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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced a new comprehensive framework for housing finance system reform that would transition Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a new mortgage securitization system for single-family and multifamily conventional mortgages. "Our plan seeks to overhaul the housing finance system to ensure that housing credit is available and affordable in the future and is delivered through a competitive, efficient, sound, safe and stable system," said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. More

Homeowners seeking vote on builders rules
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The fight over cracked foundations and structural problems in a Schertz neighborhood has led to a call for builders to post surety bonds — a proposal the industry says could squelch new home construction in the suburb. "I think it would be a deal killer," home builder David Anderson said. "There wouldn't be a new house built in Schertz after that." Some homeowners are calling for a ballot measure that would require builders to post surety bonds on every new home. More

ETX contractors building American made home
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Two Tyler builders believe they have the blueprints to create more jobs not just here in East Texas, but across America. They are building their first all American made home in a Bullard neighborhood. They say there is a price to be paid to building American. "Everything from the ground up to the shingles is going to be manufactured and assembled in America," said Gary Bayless with Bayless Custom Homes. More

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Obama to announce new housing plans
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President Obama plans to kick off today's news conference with a pair of housing proposals, designed to benefit veterans and homeowners seeking to re-finance. "This is part of the President's overall strategy to support responsible homeowners and the housing recovery," said a White House announcement. More

Cities, counties, homeowners: Who is responsible for wildfire prevention?
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Fifty years ago, a lightning strike could spark a big fire in the wooded areas outside of Austin that could naturally clear out underbrush and dead vegetation. Then suburban development put homes and businesses in what had been mostly empty country. When flames threatened life or property, rural and volunteer fire departments did what they were trained to do: Move quickly to put them out. The unfortunate side effect of that, fire officials now say, has been an overgrowth of brush, trees and other wildfire fuels. More

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Not-so-super Tuesday
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Ohio, Ohio, Ohio. That's all that matters on Super Tuesday. Yes, 11 states are voting in presidential primaries and caucuses, and 424 delegates — twice as many as in the dozen contests to date — are at stake. But the media and the political community will judge the day by whether Rick Santorum manages to win Ohio or Mitt Romney hangs on for a slim victory, as he did in Michigan. More

Eagle Ford Shale boom bigger than predicted
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The Eagle Ford Shale is booming bigger than experts had predicted even last year, producing almost three times the barrels of oil and number of new wells expected. But an overly aggressive federal government could, through environmental regulations, threaten development of the Eagle Ford Shale and thus endanger South Texas' oil boom, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said. The Eagle Ford Shale has the potential to help lead the nation toward energy independence, Cornyn said, but "the biggest threat to our energy renaissance is, perhaps, the well-intended but misguided policies out of Washington, D.C." More

Mortgage rates will rise thanks to the G-fee
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The FHA's financial struggles are well documented, and the recently announced increase to the FHA's mortgage insurance premiums is an attempt to bolster the loan insurer's depleted reserves. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have also found a way to increase their profits and better shield themselves from risk. The GSEs are raising a mortgage fee you may have never heard of before or even seen before on your Good Faith Estimate or other mortgage documentation. Until now, this "hidden" fee was only really known by those in the industry; it's called the guarantee fee, or G-fee. More

OSHA whistleblower program gets higher profile    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
OSHA is undertaking a major restructuring of the Whistleblower Protection Program. The office will now report directly to the Assistant Secretary, Dr. David Michaels, who heads OSHA. The whistleblower initiative was formerly under the Directorate of Enforcement Programs. More

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State Rep. Lon Burnam is told that he can double dip
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Just like Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, has been told that he can start drawing a government pension right now, without ever leaving his job. But Burnam said he has no plans to take the money. Instead, he wants to stop the hidden perk reserved exclusively for lawmakers. More

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Houston region is now the most diverse in the US
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The Houston region is now the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the country, surpassing New York City. Two suburbs — Missouri City and Pearland — have become even more diverse than the city of Houston. Other suburbs aren't far behind. These findings are from a report released Monday by Rice University researchers, based on an analysis of census data from 1990, 2000 and 2010. More

West Texas Home Builders hosting Home and Garden show
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The West Texas Home Builders Association is proud to host this year's Home and Garden show entitled "Create Your Space." This year's show features multiple vendors with booths on display highlighting everything from electronics to storage sheds, landscaping to drapes and spas to bathrooms. More

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