O’Grady Moderates Panel at ULI Austin 10th Annual Marketplace

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Austin Regional Director, Vaike O’Grady, moderated the City Chat panel at last week’s ULI Austin 10th Annual Marketplace. The panel highlighted the economic development priorities in Travis, Williamson and Hays Counties, and featured Diana Ramirez, Director, Economic Development & Strategic Investments, Travis County; Ben White, Past President, Williamson County Economic Development Partnership; ...

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Vaike O’Grady Shares Regional Expertise at ACEA Symposium

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Austin Regional Director, Vaike O’Grady, served as the keynote speaker at last week’s Greater Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA)’s 2019 Central Texas Infrastructure Design & Construction Symposium. Vaike shared her regional expertise, particularly in relation to the home building market in the growing Austin market.

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The Challenge of Net Zero Beyond California

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Parks Associates / Builder / April 29, 2019 According to the Net Zero Energy Coalition, growth of ZE (Zero Energy) home construction was 75% higher in 2017 than in 2016. While California represents approximately half of all net zero energy homes built in the US, growth is occurring across the ...

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Here Are Single-Family Attached Housing’s Hottest Markets

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John McManus / Builder / April 29, 2019 Townhome construction, one of builders’ and developers’ go-to tactics in cyclical battles to deliver more new homes that meet would-be buyers’ asking price tolerance levels, is trending upward as costs continue to challenge affordability. Prospects for new attached offerings–along with a raft ...

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Regulation Chokes Innovation: Myth or Reality?

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John McManus / Builder / April 22, 2019 Myths block progress. Myths by nature masquerade as reality. They contain a measure of truth, but their ground in what’s actual, real, and factual shifts constantly. Because builders have to bet big money upfront on future returns, they seize on opportunity to ...

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Boomers, Gen X Spurn the City, Seek Dining Rooms

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Builder / April 22, 2019 A recent survey by Del Webb of men and women aged 50 and 60 finds that younger baby boomers and older Generation X are not planning to downsize with their next move. According to the survey, of the 57% of respondents who say they plan ...

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Financing Options for Small to Mid-Sized Builders

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Michael Berke / Builder / April 15, 2019 Adobe Stock/Minerva Studio Access to capital with reasonable cost is essential for small and mid-size builders to grow their businesses. Since the financial crisis a decade ago, large volume builders with lots of cash are providing increased competition and are moving in ...

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