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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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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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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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D.R. Horton buys Atlanta homebuilder for $210M

D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI) has acquired the homebuilding operations of Crown Communities, which builds in Georgia, South Carolina, and eastern Alabama.
Fort Worth-based D.R. Horton will pay approximately $210 million in cash for the purchase, the company announced today. 


Crown will operate as a separate division within D.R. Horton. Crown has a sales order backlog of approximately 420 homes sold, 640 homes in inventory and 2,350 lots. D.R. Horton also acquired control of approximately 3,400 lots through option contracts. In calendar 2013, Crown closed 1,540 homes ($375 million in revenue) with an average home size of approximately 3,500 square feet and an average sales price of $244,000.

Crown is ranked as the 28th largest builder in the United States by Builder Magazine and is the largest builder in the Atlanta market.
“We welcome the Crown team to the D.R. Horton family. We are excited about combining the two largest builders in the Atlanta area to establish double-digit market share for D.R. Horton,” said Donald R. Horton, chairman, in a statement. “The acquisition also adds the Augusta, Ga. and Spartanburg, S.C. markets to our expansive geographic footprint, while strengthening our presence in Greenville and Columbia, SC. We believe the combined D.R. Horton and Crown team will be a strong platform for further growth in these dynamic markets in the southeast.” - Robert Francis
 

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