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2017: Issue 10

Housing Market Squeezing First-Time Buyers

Tight housing markets

across the country
squeezed out more first-
time buyers over the past
year. A new survey by the
National Association of
Realtors shows that the
share of first-time buyers in
the market is at its fourth-
lowest point since 1981.

ByScott Morgan were a common occurrence,

investors paying in cash had the
Tight housing markets across the country squeezed
According to the report, first-timers upper hand, and prices kept climbing, out more first-time buyers over the past year. A new
made up 34 percent of the buying which yanked homeownership out of survey by the National Association of Realtors shows
that the share of first-time buyers in the market is at its
market this year, compared to 35 reach for countless would-be
percent a year ago. Even last year buyers.
was notably below the generally Increasing student debt, the report fourth-lowest point since 1981.
considered normal figure of 39 stated, has also become a key
percent. problem for younger buyers. The One uptick in the otherwise gloomy compares to 37 percent a year ago.
NAR factored several average first-time buyers age has first-time-buyers world is the increase Still, the reality for first-time buyers
considerations into the reasons why. hung steady at 32, but Millennials in single women buying homes for is that they are cash-strapped in a
For one thing, its been a sellers face now an average of $29,000 in the first time. According to NAR, solid market in which houses go quickly
market for some time. In most student loan debt. Thats up from job prospects, higher incomes, and amid heavy competition.
markets, homes for sale dont last $26,000 in 2016; more than half owe improving credit conditions among Many of those in the market to buy
long under stiff competition to get at least $25,000. And, of the 25 single women have them the second- a home this year had little room to
them. Thats especially true at the percent who said saving for a down largest buyer type, behind couples. In negotiate, said Yun. Listings in the
lower end, where first-timers tend to payment was the most difficult task in the past year, single women have affordable price range drew
flock in their search for properties, the buying process, 55 percent said become 18 percent of the buying immediate interest, and the winning
NAR reported. student debt delayed saving for their marketmatching a 2011 highand offer often times had to waive some
The dreams of many aspiring first- home purchase, the report found. are increasingly buying more contingencies or come in at or above
time buyers were unfortunately Even in markets with a plethora of expensive homes. Single men and asking price to close the deal.
dimmed over the past year by job opportunities and higher pay, unmarried couples buying remained
persistent inventory shortages, which Yun said, steep rents and home at 7 and 8 percent, respectively. About Author: Scott Morgan
undercut their ability to become prices make it extremely difficult to One other bright spot is that fewer
Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and
homeowners, said Lawrence Yun, put savings aside for a down people have reported trouble getting
editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a
newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000
NARs chief economist. With the payment. a mortgage this year, compared to published pieces. He's been recognized for his work
lower end of the market seeing the Downpayments also dropped last. According to NAR, 34 percent of
since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win
acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is
worst of the supply crunch, house among first-time buyers, from 6 mortgage seekers said they had also a creative writing teacher and the author of
hunters faced mounting odds in percent last year to 5 percent this difficulty getting a mortgage. That
several books, from short fiction to written works

finding their first home. Multiple offers year.

about writing.
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Presidents Don

El Paso Association
of Builders

Contemplating the similarities between hunting and home building

Taking a small break, due to hunting construction and building is needed. coverage or qualifications, and has As the year is winding down, we still
season being upon us around the How many of us are experts in our comfort in this coverage or safety net, have some work, fun and meetings to
country, I would like to share with you field and are in continuing education of as it might be, Now, we have planned handle. First is our last board meeting
some hunting anecdotes. This is one our industry, after we know it all. and prepared. of this year on Thursday, November 9.
of my favorite times of the year as the Next, we need to know where to Following all applicable laws and Yes, it has been moved to Thursday,
outdoor calls even more, the climates hunt and the habits of the game we ethics, as they relate to being a as several shared this was a better
are mostly moderate and there are re- will be hunting. Many hours should be sportsperson, it is time for our hunting day based on their work schedules.
births of many things soon to come, and will be spent scouting areas and trip. As we are prepared in whatever We will be looking to finalize the
For those who have not hunted or evaluating game trails and such of our our industry or career demands, we executive ladder for next year,
have had very limited exposure. You intended hunt. As members (and of are ready to start. Then your planning finalizing the board for next year and
might presume that you just buy, course, all associates), we spend comes to fruition. You are in the field, discussing December installation
borrow or have a gun, you go countless hours on planning and doing your game is in sight, you shoot what banquet.
somewhere and shoot something. For our due diligence as it applies to what you are after. Then you clean and The very next week, November 16 &
those who are a hunting sportspeople, we want to accomplish. Once we do dress what has been taken and you 17, are the TAB Fall Board Meetings &
you know this is far from the truth. this, then we consider land have just supplied food for your dinner Excellence ln Leadership Dinner.
First, you find that you have the acquisitions, lot development, finished table. Nothing there happening that affects
inner passion for hunting, or you were lots to buy, product that "fits" the area, Speaking just on the builder side, EPAB or us here in El Paso. To the
introduced to hunting by someone, who to hire to get the product our passion has become someone's contrary, it will be a big night for El
where you learned to share this love completed, who will sell the product home. Success! Thank you everyone, Paso and Randy Bowling.
and passion for hunting. How many of and who will finalize the sale and for allowing me to share some of my Randy will be next year's TAB Vice-
you have this inner passion for exchange of the property or product. passion and similarities, between President/Secretary and will be the
building or being in the construction This is an enormous overview and I hunting and building. TAB President in 2020.
industry? If you do, you know how know doesn't account for all details. Now getting back to local "stuff". Ray CONGRATULATIONS RANDY!
enjoyable it is to be doing something Before we can hunt, we must have and Joe Bernal are to be Develop your passions, Happy
you love. Most of the United States all the applicable licensing. Sound congratulated, as we are close to Hunting and BE PREPARED TO
work force is not working their "dream familiar? Who out there is not involved instituting the legacy health program SUCCEED!
job" or their ideal career field. Second, in some form licensing in their that has been mentioned and
it helps a lot if you know how to shoot business. I'm pretty sure almost discussed, lately.
a gun. Hence, knowledge of everyone can relate to showing Ray and Joe, WAY TO SUCCEED!
Executives Full steam ahead at Association
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reason to do it again and so it is diamond Partnership; Foxworth residents about what to do with
with leadership. This time we are galbraith, WestStar and Sierra that place. its in shambles and
Ray Adauto, again fortunate to have a good Title. Thanks to these companies the city is to blame for that. now
executive handful of member interest. What for helping us with your the plan is to tear that stadium
Vice President is the best way to get on the partnership. For those who down and do what every other city
ePaB board? its simply this: get and thought about the board and didnt is doing, a mixed-use plan that in
stay involved. Meetings, outings, put your name on the nomination this case look very similar to
events, programs. They are the get involved so someone notices. others that have come before.
stairwell to the leadership. The Make a difference, participate. Sorry, there must be a better way,
its a busy time at the other thing is that this board must Well have openings during the a better plan. First of all the city
association. in addition to the be committed to time, money and year as well as this time next year. shouldnt be in the business of
upcoming fall golf tournament we resources. if someone cant do By the way the installation is developer. Put the site up and
have the nominations for board one or more then think about what Friday december 8. You can see what creative ideas flow.
and leadership, the installation youre asking the association to make reservations at 778-5387. Second make sure you ask the
gig, and then the new year to plan endorse. This is not a rich The city of el Paso has opened community what it wants. note:
for. id like to thank all of you who persons philanthropic board, but it a dialogue about cohen Stadium no parking headaches,
nominated someone for the board. certainly has to be rich in and the 40 plus acres the city entertainment, eateries, not the
nominations are a little funny thing knowledge and understanding. owns. i attended the meeting at same old stuff, and maybe a great
because a board should always We will be installing the latest the ePcc campus and frankly new site for few giant roller
have an infusion of new blood. edition of the board on december came away disappointed. coasters. Just sayin.
Just because weve always done it 8 at the Marriott Hotel. already disappointed that so much money
this way isnt a good enough we have three companies in the has been spent prior to asking the


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New Home Sales Pace in NAHB worked closely with leaders of the

September Hits 10-Year

House Ways and Means Committee to develop
a better homeownership tax incentive that will

ensure the middle class - not the wealthy -
benefits. Last week, it appeared that we had a
n Sales of newly built, single-family homes deal that would establish a meaningful
in September rose 18.9 percent to a seasonally homeownership tax credit that would benefit
adjusted annual rate of 667,000 units from an tens of millions of households. Unfortunately,
upwardly revised August reading, according to we were told by the House leadership that the
newly released data by the U.S. Department of credit will be removed from the bill.
Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. "By sharply reducing the number of
Census Bureau. This is the highest sales rate taxpayers who would itemize, what's left is a
since October 2007. Year-to-date, new home tax bill that essentially eviscerates the
sales are 8.6 percent above their level over the mortgage interest deduction and strips the tax
same period last year. code of its most vital homeownership tax
The September sales numbers show that benefit. This tax blueprint will harm home
there is solid, growing demand for new home values, act as a tax on existing home owners
construction, said Granger MacDonald, and force many younger, aspiring home buyers
out of the market.
NAHB Chairman
chairman of the National Association of Home
Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and give the American people a tax reform package "Given that owning a home is the largest

MacDonald on Tax Plan

developer from Kerrville, Texas. However, that would boost middle-class families and asset for most American households, it makes
builders need to continue to monitor rising promote greater housing opportunity for little sense to offer a tax bill that effectively
construction costs to keep houses affordably Americans across the economic spectrum. abandons the nation's long-standing
n Granger MacDonald, chairman of the
priced. "This plan is particularly disappointing, given commitment to housing.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) "This plan will hurt millions of hard-working
New home sales have bounced back from a that the nation's home builders warned that the
and a home builder and developer from American families and marginalize
few soft months and have returned to the proposal would severely diminish the
Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following homeownership. The American people deserve
strong growth trend we saw earlier this year, effectiveness of the mortgage interest
statement on the tax plan that will be put forth better."
said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. As deduction and presented alternative policies
by Republican members of the House Ways
existing home inventory remains tight, we can that would retain an effective housing tax
and Means Committee:
expect new homes sales to continue to make incentive in the tax code.
"Lawmakers missed a golden opportunity to
gains in the months ahead.
The inventory of new homes for sale was
279,000 in September, which is a 5.0-month
supply at the current sales pace.
New home sales increased in all four
regions. Sales rose 33.3 percent in the
Northeast, 25.8 percent in the South, 10.6
percent in the Midwest and 2.9 percent in the

Builder Confidence Rises

Four Points
n Builder confidence in the market for newly-
built single-family homes rose four points to a
level of 68 in October on the National
Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo
Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the
highest reading since May.
This months report shows that home
builders are rebounding from the initial shock of
the hurricanes, said NAHB Chairman Granger
MacDonald, a home builder and developer
from Kerrville, Texas. However, builders need
to be mindful of long-term repercussions from
the storms, such as intensified material price
increases and labor shortages.
It is encouraging to see builder confidence
return to the high 60s levels we saw in the
spring and summer, said NAHB Chief
Economist Robert Dietz. With a tight inventory
of existing homes and promising growth in
household formation, we can expect the new
home market continue to strengthen at a
modest rate in the months ahead.
Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB
has been conducting for 30 years, the
NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index
gauges builder perceptions of current single-
family home sales and sales expectations for
the next six months as good, fair or poor.
The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of
prospective buyers as high to very high,
average or low to very low. Scores for each
component are then used to calculate a
seasonally adjusted index where any number
over 50 indicates that more builders view
conditions as good than poor.
All three HMI components posted gains in
October. The component gauging current sales
conditions rose five points to 75 and the index
charting sales expectations in the next six
months increased five points to 78. Meanwhile,
the component measuring buyer traffic ticked
up a single point to 48.
Looking at the three-month moving averages
for regional HMI scores, the South rose two
points to 68 and the Northeast rose one point
to 50. Both the West and Midwest remained
unchanged at 77 and 63, respectively.
Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo
Housing Market Index is strictly the product of
NAHB Economics, and is not seen or
influenced by any outside party prior to being
released to the public. HMI tables can be found
at More information on housing
statistics is also available at
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September 2017 compared to year ago. Only two 69,500 jobs. Leisure & hospitality, mining and
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states, Wyoming and Kansas declined, falling by
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12 months, the largest job gains occurred in business services, education and health services
California (280,300), Texas (256,100), and New sectors lost jobs in September 2017. However,
York (93,100). The largest percentage gains part of the jobs lost in September could be
occurred in Nevada and Utah (2.5%), followed by attributed to seasonal trends, where sectors such
Maryland (2.4%) as hospitality typically lose jobs as the year comes
Nationwide, the unemployment rate declined by to an end.
0.2 percentage points reflecting decreases across In September, out of the 44 states which
the majority of locales. Over the past 12 month, reported construction sector jobs data, 24 states
ending in September 2017, the unemployment reported an increase, while 19 states reported a
rate declined in 27 states, was unchanged in 13, monthly decline, and the number of construction
and increased in ten states and the District of jobs in Indiana remained unchanged compared
Columbia. North Dakota had the lowest with August 2017. Oregon had the largest
unemployment rate in September, 2.4%, closely increase in job growth with 2.9% closely followed
followed by Colorado and Hawaii, 2.5%. Alaska by Mississippi (2.8%) and Vermont (2.7%). The
had the highest jobless rate, 7.2%, followed by the largest decline was in Florida where total
District of Columbia, 6.5% and New Mexico, 6.2%. employment in construction fell by 4.1%. Idaho
Forty-two states had the jobless rate decreases declined 2.9% and Connecticut declining 2.6%
from a year earlier, seven states and the District of during this time. Texas construction employment
increased 0.6% in September.
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Economic Fear Not Robots, Artificial Intelligence, or Algorithms
years, driving the unemployment rate In fact, going back to 1850, job creation and
destruction, as measured by job losses in slow-
down to its best level in decades.
Elliot Eisenberg Moreover, labor productivity growth,
Economic & Policy which should be skyrocketing because growing occupations and job growth in fast-growing
ones, is at its lowest level on record! There are two
Blog of all these robots and automation, is,
in a word, abysmal.
In fact, going back to 1850, job main reasons for this: first, the past was much more
convulsive than we think. The arrival of the steam
creation and destruction, as measured
by job losses in slow-growing
Almost daily, we hear that robots, occupations and job growth in fast- engine, cotton gin, and internal combustion engine,
wrought economic havoc on the labor force as they
machine learning, and automation will growing ones, is at its lowest level on
destroy jobs -- and not just a few, but record! There are two main reasons
tens of millions of them, and soon! for this: first, the past was much more were deployed. Ditto for the railroad and the
mechanical switchboard. In fact, adjusted for labor
Some experts predict that 47% of all convulsive than we think. The arrival
US jobs are at high risk of of the steam engine, cotton gin, and
disappearing over the next few internal combustion engine, wrought force size, 57% of the jobs that workers performed in
1960 no longer exist!
decades due to computerization; economic havoc on the labor force as
others predict even more dire they were deployed. Ditto for the
outcomes. Doomsayers suggest that railroad and the mechanical
this time is different, and that the switchboard. In fact, adjusted for labor rides. As a result, robots and artificial be an economic boon. Similarly, if
technological apocalypse to come will force size, 57% of the jobs that intelligence can replace a lot less residential construction, where there
be so profound that we are on the workers performed in 1960 no longer economic activity than we might think. been have no productivity gains at all
precipice of an employment crisis. I exist! And this is likely to continue. Just in decades, can use robots to build
doubt it -- just think about electricity As for the second reason, because consider for a moment the likelihood of homes better and faster, we will all be
and how disruptive it was, or how Americans now consume substantially a parent leaving their young child in better off. Otherwise, our ever-
farming was transformed by more services than in the past, and the care of a robot. tightening labor market and aging
mechanization and massive because the goods they consume are Lastly, in low productivity growth population will cause wages to rise
consolidation, yet employment growth less easily automated, technological areas such as education, healthcare, and growth to decline. In short, we
in both cases hardly skipped a beat. disruption moves much more slowly transportation, and construction, where need technology to destroy more jobs
This pessimism would be at least than before. That is, massages and jobs are largely performed the same more quickly.
plausible if there were a shred of boat cruises are services that are very way they were decades ago, the
evidence to support it! While the US labor intensive and cannot be productivity gains from technology
economy has numerous problems, job automated, and even goods such as cant come fast enough and may well
creation is not one of them. Nonfarm artisanal cheese and free-range eggs be economically transformative. If
employment and has risen for 87 lend themselves to less automation suddenly millions of truck, bus and taxi
months in a row, and job growth has than the manufacturing of American drivers are freed up to do other tasks
been twice its sustainable level for cheese slices and amusement park that are more productive, that would


Retirement Income- How long will it last?

by Ruth Rivera, VP Bukaty Financial
We are looking forward to our retirement.
Will you outlive your retirement
new h o m e s
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State Rep Pickett provides legislative insight to EPAB Members

meeting in December at the
installation. Pickett, often referred to
as the Democrat with Republican
tendencies or a conservative
Democrat, has been in the legislature
for over 23 years. My position allows
me to work both sides of the isle
normally, but this session was the
most difficult of all my years, he
Pickett told the great crowd that
issues in Washington have spilled over
into Texas and that Texas must be
careful which way it will go. We
continue to be ahead of the curve, but
hurricane Harvey hit our gut hard and
that will be something we will pay for a
long time. Mr. Pickett also warned the
audience of the impending search for
leadership as the speaker of the
IThe Association was pleased to pieces of legislation despite that.
House and Governor had battles
have our senior State Rep Joe Pickett What Ill tell all of you is that I have
during the entire time. We cant
at the podium for our October general never seen our Legislature so divided,
continue down this road, someone has
membership meeting. Mr. Pickett he told the Outlook. The meeting was
to give but whoever it is will be
talked about the disharmony of the the last of the general membership
opening a new set of problems to
session and how the legislature had to meetings for the year as the next time
come with that, Pickett concluded.
deal with the thousands of proposed we have one will be the annual



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Updated every month, here is a list of the 2017 EPAB Membership.

EPAB Membership Remember to please do buinsess with fellow members.
Builder members Rassette Homes, Inc. Dunn Edwards Paints Morrison Supply
as of June 1, 2017 Donald Rassette Nathan Gordon Sam Shallenberger
Santana Custom Homes Dorney Security MTI Ready Mix, Inc.
AT Architectural Designs Fernando Santana John Dorney Tony Mullen
Elsa Taracena Southwest Land Development Serv. DWS Building Supply LLC
Accent Homes Doug Schwartz Sabrina Voorhies Walter Pichardo
Mark Dyer The Heritage Group E.F. Building Materials, Inc. New American Funding
Bain Construction David Bingham Efren Fraire Brenda Trillo
Scott Bain Trejo Construction Co. Eagle Roofing Products New Era Foam
Bella Homes Juan Trejo Scott Aguilar George Tollen
Leti Navarrete Tropicana Building Corp. El Paso Building Materials Passage Supply
Bella Vista Custom Homes, Inc. Bobby Bowling IV Ken Wade John Chaney
Edgar Garcia Tropicana Development El Paso Disposal Patriot Mortgage
BIC Homes Greg Bowling Irma Parsons Randy Bowling
Antonio Cervantes Tropicana Homes El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association Pella Windows
Blue Star Construction, LLC. Randy Bowling Randi Cabrera Jason Bates
Carlos Villasana Tropicana Properties El Paso Star Ready-Mix Concrete Inc. Performance Glass & Aluminum
Carefree Homes Demetrio Jimenez David Armendariz Hector Hernandez
Richard Aguilar Villagi Homes, LLC El Paso Times Pioneer Bank
Casas De Leon, LLC Kristi Eddings Jose Molina Kathy Carrillo
Nick Bombach Will Harvey Development El Paso Truss Prewire of El Paso, Inc.
Classic American Homes Will S. Harvey Luis Mendiola Steven Drury
Priscilla Hernandez Winton/Flair Homes El Paso Winnelson Post Tension
Crown Heritage Homes Herschel Stringfield Rene Goldfien Dennis Moore
Lydia Mlouhi Associate Members Ferguson Enterprises Inc. Powerfoam Insulation:
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John Cullers 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty First American Bank Arnie Pederson
Cullers Homes Michael Elman Luis Sauceda, RAC Doors Unlimited, Inc.
Jason R. Cullers 84 Lumber First Light Federal Credit Union Charles Foxx
Custom Dream Homes Ernie Chavez Lorenzo Revelez Randall Smith, CPA
Leti & Javier Navarrete ABC Supply Co., Inc. Firth, Johnston, Bunn & Kerr Randall Smith
D. R. Horton Homes Larry Eck Jay Kerr Real Estate Weekly Newspaper
Jaime Gonzalez Acme Brick Company Foxworth Galbraith Lumber Riley Stephens
Dawco Home Builders Vanessa Rocha; Steve Bush Dan Villarreal Rebath of El Paso/Las Cruces
Walter O. Lujan Adams Moulding & Lumber Franklin Building Materials Lisa Walling
Deal-2-Deal Homes Tom Swahlen Ricardo Aguilar; Cristina Sheldon Remcon Self Storage
dba Deal-2-Deal,LLC Area Iron & Steel Works, Inc. G2 Ram Electric Will Harvey
Delton Deal Fred L. Edmonston Jr. Luis Cano Richman Group Affordable Housing Corp.
Del Rio Engineering, Inc. Atrium Homes GCC Sun City Materials, LLC Kevin Hoffman
Sal Masoud Ricardo Bocardo Jr. Victor Tito Marquez Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company
Diamond Homes, LLC Bank of Texas GECU- Greater El Paso Credit Union Dean Inniss
Valerie Baquera Ray Owen Brenda Aguirre Roe, Brad
Donald Ward Builder, Inc. Barnett & Bennett Construction Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Bradley Roe
Donald Ward Ben Trzyna Richard Dayoub Rudolph Chevrolet
E. Valencia Land Development LLC Baron Supply GEPAR-Greater El Paso Art Smith
Eddie Valencia David Trammell Assoc. of Realtors Saldivar Electric, Inc.
Edward's Homes, Inc. Barragan & Associates Sharron Ramirez Martin A. Saldivar
Eduardo Fernandez Benito Barragan Hardware Specialties Sarabias Blue Sanitation
EPT Land Communities Barrett Airworks Jeff R. Paxton Monica Brown
David Bogas Alexandro Castro Harris Real Estate Group Saguaro Corporation dba EP C & D
Everest Homes Beasley, Mitchell & Co., LLP Lane Harris Recycling Sean Gillespie
Edmundo Dena, Jr. Brad Beasley Haskins Electric Senercon
Fortune Custom Homes BMC Select Charles B. Haskins, Jr. Javier Ruiz
Javier Andrade Jaeson Iovinella Home of Texas Sherwin Williams Paint
Gaddy Construction Boise Cascade Mark Smiley Cruz Lopez
Charles Gaddy Mike Flores Home Performance Testing Sierra Title Company/Lawyers Title
GMF Custom Homes, LP Bonded Builders Home Warranty Grp. Fernando Garcia/Ray Gonzales Angelique Roman
Frank Torres Bill Deal HUB International Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
Guel Construction Border Solar Luis Rosas Ken Donham
Rudy Guel Javier Ruiz Insight Mortgage Company Snappy Publishing, LLC
Hakes Brothers LLC Builders Source Appliance Gallery Shawn Weeks Ted Escobedo
Chris Hakes Kathy Rose, Sandra Lucero Interceramic Tile & Stone Gallery Solar Smart Living
Hanson Asset Management, LP C. D. Lee/Britton Insurance & Bonding David Holguin Larry Perea
Russell Hanson Anthony Landavazo; Lisa Daniels Inter National Bank Southwest Dcor El Paso Corporation
Homes by Design Cabinet Masters Natalie Ojeda Chris Matthews
Leslie Driggers Hoard Mike Robles J & H Concrete & Post Tension Spectrum Technologies
Hunt Communities, LLC Capital Bank, SSB Jorge Herrera Miled Daou
Kathy Parry David Ortwein James L. Ellis, CPA, PC Stewart Title of El Paso
Icon Custom Home Builder, LLC. Cardel Design Group Jim Ellis Cindy Bilbe
Carlos Garcia Lorraine Huit Jimmy Garza StrucSure Home Warranty
Industrial Realty Group Incorporated Casa Ford & Casa Nissan Emergency Water Removal Scott Whisenant
Brent D. Harris Luke Lowenfield Veronica Buchanan Su Casa Magazine
JER Custom Homes, LLC CEA Engineering Group Jobe Materials, LP Bob Skolnick
Jorge E. Rodriguez Jorge L. Azcarate Charlie Tellez Sun City Winnelson
Kayton Lee Residential, Inc. Central Texas Metal Joe Bernal Insurance Dean Moore
Brianna Barnes Roofing Supply Co.,Inc. & Financial Services, Inc. Texas Gas Services
LMJ Construction Co., LLC Ben Garza, III Joe M. Bernal Mica Short
Mike Lopez Chaparral Materials, Inc. L & P Building Supply Texas Title Company
Loyalty Homes Kevin Fortin Denise McConnell Steve Raney
Gustavo Loy City Bank Texas Legacy Real Estate Services TFCU
M A Builders & Design, LLC Bob Kotarski /TTi Prop. Management. Yolie Melendez-Estrada
Mustafa Ali City Lights Patrick Tuttle The Dorian Group/Ocean Gallery USA
Metro Homes, Inc. Thomas Brown Lennox Industrie Miguel Angel Mercado
Fernando Torres, Judith Arrunada, Cognent, Inc. Sharon Horton The Home Systems Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Millennium Homes Martin Paredes Lone Star Title Co. of El Paso Jesus Chain
Dan Ruth Commercial Insurance Brokers, Inc. Sam Trimble Trane Residential Solutions
New Horizon Builders Ken Foster Love Engineering, Inc. Robert Meske/ Kathleen Chacon
Georgiana Garcia Conde, Inc. Montez Love TRE & Associates
Pacifica Homes, Inc. Conrad Conde Majestic Realtors Linda Troncoso
Juan Jose Vasquez CQC Testing and Engineering, LLC Patti Musshorn Trim Team
Palace Homes, Inc. Jaime Rojas MAK Roofing & Construction Juan & Kris Hernandez
Robert Diaz Dal-Tile Felix Vizarreta USA General Contractors
Palo Verde Homes Joseph Cepeda Masco Contract Services Javier Olmos
Edgar Montiel Delek US dba 7 Eleven dba Gale Insulation Vision Consultants, Inc.
Pointe Homes Sonja Scanlan Tom Harmon Kelly Sorenson
Carlos Villalobos Demcon Disposal Management, LLC McCoy's Building Supplies WestStar Home Loans
Porter Homes Maria Elena (Nena) Gomez Julie Reyes Cinco Houghtoni
Albert Porter Dempsey, Cooper & Lane, Llc Mechanical Technologies WestStar Bank
R.C. Baeza & Associates Richard T. Dempsey Jaime Zubiate David Osborn
Robert C. Baeza Desert Quest Plumbing Mingos Painting & Remodeling WestStar Title
R.E. Welch Contractor Hector Gonzalez Erik Chavarria Janette Coon
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