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Rally Day: Save the date!
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Rally Day 2013Rally Day is the best way for members to familiarize themselves with the issues that face the residential construction industry and, more importantly, deliver our legislative agenda straight to the doorstep of our legislators. This is also a great way to build relationships with legislators and network with other members within the association. Rally Day is the perfect event for new members to attend and see firsthand what TAB does for them and their businesses as well as how your government relations team advocates on behalf of the home building industry at the Capitol. More



Index spotlights 80 improving housing markets in August
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A total of 80 metropolitan statistical areas across 32 states and the District of Columbia were listed as improving housing markets on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for August. This included 75 markets that retained their places on the list along with five new ones, while nine areas fell from the list due primarily to slight movements in house prices. The five metros that were added to the list this month include Miami and Palm Bay, Fla.; Hinesville, Ga.; Terre Haute, Ind.; and Lubbock, Texas. More

Strong momentum in Texas real estate market continues in second quarter of 2012
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In another example of how Texas is leading the nation's economic recovery, the real estate market continues to show marked improvements over last year, according to the 2012-Q2 edition of the Texas Quarterly Housing Report issued by the Texas Association of Realtors. Featuring 13 percent more single family home sales than the same quarter of the prior year and a median price that was seven percent higher than 2011-Q2, the results demonstrate that Texas' economic recovery is robust and widespread throughout the state. More

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Texas real estate sees more sales, higher prices
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Real estate markets across the state saw Texas-sized increases in prices and in the number of homes sold in the second quarter. The median price of a Texas home increased 7.5 percent to reach $161,400 in April, May and June, according to the Texas Quarterly Housing Report, released this week by the Texas Association of Realtors and the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. More

Austin home prices continue to escalate
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Home prices continue to inch up in Austin, according to a report released by CoreLogic Inc. Even counting distressed sales, Austin home prices rose 6.9 percent in June compared to the same month last year. Excluding distressed sales, which includes foreclosures and short sales, home prices jumped 7.5 percent in June compared to a year ago. More

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Committee recommends private partnership to build new Austin courthouse
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Travis County should consider bypassing voters if it wants to smooth the way for a public-private partnership to build a $343 million courthouse in downtown Austin, a panel appointed by county commissioners says. Early estimates show that the county's portion of the project would be about $205 million, and the 14-member Civil and Family Courthouse Recommendation Committee joins a state district judge in recommending that the county issue bonds that don't require voter approval, a move they say will speed the project up by avoiding an election. More

State's economic forecast a mixed bag
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AudioBriefThe comptroller's office announced in its latest financial update that while the state will have more money in its coffers than previously thought, uncertainty about global economic strains could hurt Texas' two main money makers: Energy and exports. More



Opinion: Toughen regulations on colonias
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Colonias, substandard housing developments in unincorporated rural communities, are a big problem along the Texas border. For decades unscrupulous developers have preyed on the poor seeking to buy into the American dream of home ownership by offering low-cost entry into the housing market but not much in terms of services. The land can often be bought cheap because it's located in a flood zone, lacks drainage and comes with no access to utilities. But unsophisticated buyers are often unaware of the problems until they start building. More

CH2M Hill invests $5.2 million to develop Houston facility
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CH2M Hill Co., an engineering and construction firm that helps government, public utility and industry clients, plans to invest $5.2 million to develop an energy center in Houston Texas, initially creating of 285 jobs, with plans to build its workforce to 500 employees by 2015. "Texas' successful formula of low taxes, predictable regulations, fair courts and skilled workforce has made our jobs climate second to none, and continue to attract employers and investment to the Lone Star State," Gov. Rick Perry said. More

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UT scientist draws link between injection waste wells at earthquakes in North Texas
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Using newly available technology, a University of Texas seismologist tracking small earthquakes in the Barnett Shale play area of North Texas has found a correlation between geological disturbances and the sort of injection wells that are associated with hydraulic fracturing, according to research appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More

First layer of Circuit of the Americas track in Austin complete
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The Circuit of the Americas track in Austin is making good progress with "marrying the track" taking place. The U.S. Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calender this year with a race in Texas in November. Construction of the track has had it's hiccups, with a contractual dispute bringing a halt to work over the winter. However, matters appear to be well on schedule now. More

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State predicts strong economy will slow in 2013
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Robust oil and gas drilling has the Texas economy humming, but state budget officials said a slowdown is likely on the horizon for 2013. Top Republicans are already signaling that lawmakers will need to carve out another lean budget when they meet next year. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, back at the Capitol after his failed bid for U.S. Senate, called estimates the state will need to spend $9.4 billion more in the state's next two-year budget to keep pace with Texas' rising population and demand for services "sobering." More



Abilene Planning & Zoning paves way for subdivision, office developments
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Abilene Planning & Zoning Commissioners have approved four zoning changes, paving the way for future subdivision and office developments. The Abilene City Council must approve the requests and open a public hearing for residents before any decisions are finalized. The council likely will vote on the issues later this month. More

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Lubbock City Council to contemplate committee to restructure storm water rates
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Whether big box stores, car lots and other businesses on sprawling land will pay more money for storm water runoff than mom and pop shops and other stores on small lots could come down to the recommendation of a yet-to-be created committee. Councilwoman Latrelle Joy introduced a resolution to the council agenda to create an ad hoc committee to study commercial storm water fees — specifically exploring a shift from a per-meter fee to one based on impervious land — and present its findings to the city council. More

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Government settles border fence land case in Texas
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The U.S. government paid almost $1 million Monday for part of a South Texas nature preserve taken for the border fence, ending nearly four years of litigation in one of the project's highest-profile condemnation cases. The government deposited $978,650 with the court, a month after notifying the judge it had reached a settlement with The Nature Conservancy and farmers who leased property there, according to court records. The settlement has not been finalized by the court. More
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