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  • 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...

  • Editor's Choice: 5 Favorite 2013 Projects

    The 2014 Watermark Awards are upon us, and as entries trickle in, Custom Home Editor-in-Chief and Builder Senior Editor Amy Albert takes a look back at five of her favorite projects from last year's Watermark Awards.

  • Shelves in the Shower

    Building out a section of the back wall 3 inches and inserting glass shelves generated an oversized cubby and defined the two bathing areas.

  • CEO Power Panel: Thoughts on Green Building

    The second in a series of excerpts from a panel discussion at the 2013 Multifamily Executive Conference. This excerpt focuses on how green building affects individual markets.

  • North Carolina developer to build 1,250 homes in Leander

    Austin Business Journal staffer Jan Buchholz reports on North Carolina-based Crescent Communities' purchase of 500 acres of land in the North Austin-area Leander, to build a 1,250-home master-planned community, part of Crescent's aggressive move to expand in jobs-driven Texas markets.

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    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...

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    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).

  • Texas two-step: jobs and affordability

    With high-paying jobs aplenty in Austin, Dallas and Houston, incoming homebuyers can live like royalty. Redfin's Ellen Haberle runs the numbers and gets the rumble (with California) started.

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    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...

  • Austin's PSW expands home building operations into Dallas-Fort Worth market

    Austin Business Journal staffer Candace Carlisle reports that Austin-based PSW Real Estate has bought two land sites for residential projects near White Rock Lake in East Dallas as part of the builder's expansion into the North Texas market.