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When Bulldozers Roamed the Earth
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Horton Backs Off On Mineral Rights Under New Houses

Facing a public backlash, big builder D.R. Horton has decided not to hold on to mining or gas extraction rights under homes it builds and sells. More

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US Mega-Builders Hold Mineral Rights Under New Homes

A Reuters special report says production builders in dozens of states are “hoarding” the rights to oil, gas, and other mineral resources in the ground under the new homes they sell — often without the knowledge of home buyers. More

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Lennar Makes a Big Land Play in Florida
In the News
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In the News

Sinking homes and abandoned mines; Boston land-use regs study; storm-damage niche;... More

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Notebook

Portland, Ore., growth restrictions; Minnesota energy code takes on backdrafting; new concrete reinforcing; top ten building markets More

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Eight-Penny News

Hardboard makers face court action, Los Angeles mulls citywide seismic retrofit, a boring story More

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The Legal Column: Cluster Zoning
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The Legal Column: Wetlands Regulations and You
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Life & Death of a Building Lot 'Subject to Perc'

Soil experts think many suitable building lots are passed over due to arbitrary perc-test regs. We examine the testing procedures and how they are used and abused. More

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