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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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New home sales surge to 5-year high

Emily Jane Fox

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Sales of new homes jumped in June to a five-year high, despite the recent rise in mortgage rates.

New homes sold at an annual rate of 497,000 in June, up 8.3% from May, which was revised downward. June sales were well above the 483,000, that economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting,

It was the highest pace of sales since May 2008, when they reached 504,000.

Sales were 38% higher from the same period last year.

The report comes a day after the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes stumbled last month, which some experts called a possible side effect of rising mortgage rates lately.

The 30-year mortgage rate recently rose to its highest level in nearly two years to 4.51%.

The higher rates dragged down the pace of home building last month.

Record low mortgage rates, coupled with a drop in foreclosures, had helped boost the housing market over the past year. As a result, home sales, prices and construction had surged earlier this year.

But in the last 10 weeks, mortgage rates began a steady climb, raising the cost of buying a home. Rates, however, are still low by historical standards.

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