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BIG BUILDER

McGuyer, Hillwood team on a Houston master-stroke

Inside the mechanics of the new joint venture that teams Texas super-regional home builder McGuyer Homebuilders and Hillwood Communities for Hillwood's first Houston-area masterplanned community--Pomona, a 1,000-acre, $700 million tract along Houston's Highway 288 corridor in Manvel, there are flashpoints into how this leg of recovery's working to put money where opportunities lie.

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BIG BUILDER

Where to next?

Land committee meetings these days--prior to Sunday, Feb. 2's Super Bowl XLVIII--are likely to be slightly surreal affairs, but temporarily unhinged from the real world traction of sales per community. To percolate ideas, even in this eerie pre-selling season limbo, here's a blast of insight into who's moving where and why, with a big hat tip to two of America's biggest moving companies' just-released annual inbound and outbound migration analyses. Also, we have a corrective look at our Google Trends big builder rankings from last week.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL

College reunion

Retirees are flocking to university towns, drawn by the intellectual life, health care and youthful vibes. Wall Street Journal staffer Katy McLaughlin checks out the markets in Austin, Texas; Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Portland, Ore. (paywall).

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BIG BUILDER

In Texas, home building's world apart, Modern Hill Country design catches a wave

When a home building company sees a sudden spike in the number of competitive shoppers wandering around their new model markets, it's a sure sign that a new design has taken hold. In Texas, which is a housing market arena unto itself these days, just such a design "tipping point" has occurred. It's all about Modern Hill Country design, which disrupts traditional Texas rococo extravagance with simpler, elegant lines in classically warm materials. And it's catching on fast among Texas production home builders. BIG BUILDER's John McManus has insight into the design style's genesis and trajectory.

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