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Housing Affordability: Escalation of Tariff Conflict Exacerbates Construction Costs

By Joanna England / September 24, 2018 / 1 Comment

From Staff Reports With lumber tariffs already adding more than $6,000 to the price of every new home in Dallas, President Trump’s decision this month to escalate the trade conflict with China has builders bracing for more challenges to housing affordability. This decision could wind up imposing a $2.5 billion tax increase on residential construction, […]

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HomLuv Wants To Change The Way You Build Your Home

By Bethany Erickson / June 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

When Mark Law took his job as the vice president of product innovation for HomLuv, it necessitated a move to Austin from Seattle. His wife was still in Seattle, in fact, when the couple also became one of HomLuv’s earliest users. is a visual search platform for new home buyers that takes the joy […]

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Phil Crone: Future of DACA and Housing Inextricably Linked

By Contributor / February 28, 2018 / 1 Comment

By Phil Crone Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association In the midst of a labor shortage of nearly 20,000 construction workers in our area, the Dallas Builders Association is looking for young people to enter into an industry that desperately needs them. Much of our outreach has centered on our area’s vocational trade school programs. These […]

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HB 7 Prioritizes Valuable Trees Over Costly Fees

By Contributor / September 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

By Phil Crone Dallas Builders Association Executive Officer Governor Greg Abbott on Aug. 16 signed House Bill 7 into law ending a long and tumultuous road that the measure took prior to his signature. The legislation, authored by State Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Port Neches) and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), enables property owners to receive […]

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Hurricane Harvey: Know Before You Rebuild

By Contributor / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

By Phil Crone Special Contributor The Dallas Builders Association extends its heartfelt thoughts to our friends on the coast who are suffering from the wrath and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. To help those affected, please text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross or visit While […]

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Why Are Trees so Controversial? Dallas Builders Association’s Phil Crone Answers

By Contributor / June 27, 2017 / 1 Comment

By Phil Crone Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association Everyone loves trees, so why are they so controversial? They are the focus of years of back and forth in the Texas legislature and the subject of intense debate at several city halls and neighborhood meetings in the Dallas area. It may come as a surprise to […]

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