HBA Tells its Story in Heartwarming Video Project

Filed in Membership by on December 18, 2014 1 Comment

When Wayne Crider, EO of the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association, started brainstorming ideas to commemorate the HBA’s 35th anniversary this year with staff, committee members and his board of directors, he knew the group needed to do something that would have a lasting impact. “We wanted to show how proactive our association has been from […]

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Corps’ Latest Attempt to Improve Wetland Plant List Misses Mark

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Land Development by on December 18, 2014 0 Comments
Corps’ Latest Attempt to Improve Wetland Plant List Misses Mark

After years of additions and modifications – and with property owners having little say in the matter – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now looking for public input on changes to the National Wetland Plant List. Along with soil type and how the water drainage works, the list helps regulators determine whether a piece of property should be classified as a wetland and potentially require the owner to get a federal Clean Water Act permit before any development can begin.

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Once Again, NAHB is ‘Bringing Housing Home’

Filed in Capitol Hill, Leadership by on December 18, 2014 0 Comments
Once Again, NAHB is ‘Bringing Housing Home’

It started as a quick fix to accommodate a change in the congressional calendar and turned into a smashing success all over the country. Now, Bringing Housing Home™ returns to the NAHB calendar of events March 9-13, 2015. That week, every NAHB member is encouraged to meet with U.S. representatives and senators in their home offices and talk to them about the pressing national issues that affect the home building industry and their clients – and what we’d like Washington to do about it.

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Rural Housing Service Announces Program Changes

Filed in Homeownership by on December 17, 2014 0 Comments
Rural Housing Service Announces Program Changes

The Rural Housing Service, which promotes housing in rural areas and is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is updating its loan programs by streamlining processes, reducing regulations and strengthening the agency’s ability to manage its programs.

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NAHB Delivers in Lackluster Congress

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NAHB Delivers in Lackluster Congress

Though the 113th Congress is destined to be the least productive legislative session in 40 years in terms of laws passed, NAHB was able to achieve considerable victories for its members.

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Lowe’s to Offer CGR and CAPS Scholarships in 2015

Filed in Education, International Builders' Show, Remodelers by on December 17, 2014 1 Comment
Lowe’s to Offer CGR and CAPS Scholarships in 2015

Active NAHB Remodeler members can expand their knowledge—and their businesses—by earning an NAHB educational designation with the generous support of NAHB Remodelers sponsor Lowe’s ProServices.

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Housing Production Falls 1.6% in November

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Housing Production Falls 1.6% in November

Following an upwardly revised rate last month, housing starts in November slipped 1.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.028 million units, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Three-month moving averages for total and single-family production were at their highest levels since the Great Recession. “These numbers are in […]

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What Employers Should Know About the President’s Immigration Executive Action

What Employers Should Know About the President’s Immigration Executive Action

ImmigrationWorks USA, of which NAHB is a member, recently held a conference call discussing President Obama’s immigration executive action and its impact on employers and their workforce. The call addressed many of the questions employers may have about the President’s Executive Action:

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Rick Judson Inducted in N.C. Housing Hall of Fame

Filed in Awards, Leadership by on December 15, 2014 3 Comments
Rick Judson Inducted in N.C. Housing Hall of Fame

Charlotte builder/developer Rick Judson has been honored for 40 years of significant and lasting contributions to the North Carolina housing industry with his induction into the North Carolina Housing Hall of Fame Dec. 2. Judson served as NAHB chair in 2013.

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Builder Confidence Drops 1 Point in December

Filed in Economics, Home Building by on December 15, 2014 0 Comments

Following a four-point uptick last month, builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell one point in December to 57 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, released today. “Members in many markets across the country have seen their businesses improve over the course of the year, and we expect builders to remain confident in 2015,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.

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