Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Headlines: September 22, 2017

Ten Home Building industry stories we have read recently:
  • Senior loan officer survey as a barometer of the economy (it shows an easing of lending standards). Eye on Housing.
  • NAHB applauds President Trump's order rescinding overreaching flood standard.  NAHB Now
  • Why Americans are shunning new homes and opting to stay put, renovate instead (average length of home ownership up from 6 years to 15 years).  Chicago Tribune.
  • Home equity used to start seven percent of U.S. businesses.  Eye on Housing.
  • New single-family homes getting smaller (down to 2,388 square feel).  NAHBNow.
  • New silica rules go into effect September 23.  NAHBNow
  • Home sales on the rise in the Upstate (July to August, Greenville is up 7.8 percent, Spartanburg is up 12.3 percent).  GSA Business
  • EPA waives lead pain requirements for certain renovations (emergency renovations after a disaster).  NAHBNow.
  • New generation of young home buyers is tiptoeing into the market.  Los Angeles Times.
  • More floods are coming, but smarter policies can limit costs, damage (op ed by former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley).  Miami Herald.
Did you know?  According to Greenville County administration, 96 subdivisions defaulted on their stormwater permits during the real estate crisis.

September 22, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

HBA launches new website for the Southern Home and Garden Show

The Home Builders Association of Greenville has launched a new website dedicated solely to its signature bi-annual event, the Southern Home & Garden Show:

www.SouthernHomeandGardenShow.com.

The launch of the new website leads into the Southern Home & Garden Show happening Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 17, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C.

“This website launch is part of a series of significant investments we are making to elevate and continually improve the Southern Home & Garden Show for both the attendees as well as the exhibitors and HBA members who participate,” said Bob Barreto, President of the Board of Directors of the HBA of Greenville.

The new www.SouthernHomeandGardenShow.com serves as a hub of event-related information, with an updated look and feel to reflect the evolution of this and future shows. Show sponsors are featured prominently, and the site includes HBA of Greenville member and exhibitor photography highlighting products, services and brands. The site also outlines a few of the show’s exhibitions including The Chef’s Kitchen produced by Ingles and a Kid’s Corner sponsored by The Home Depot.

As the largest home improvement event in South Carolina, the Southern Home & Garden show adopted a sleek, user-friendly design and platform as is indicative of larger markets around the United States.

Employment Opportunity: Sales Assistant and Office Manager

You Home Builders Association of Greenville has an opening on its staff for a Sales Assistant and Office Manager.  The position is full-time and offers a competitive wage and benefits including retirement, generous leave, long-term disability insurance, and a wellness program that includes a monthly stipend for health insurance premiums.  Applicants must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.  Interested applicants should email their resume and statement of interest to Crystal Yanes, Chief Operating Officer, at CYanes@HBAofGreenville.com.

Save $500/$1000 with the GM NAHB Private Offer


We are pleased to extend to our members a private offer (1) of $500 toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. HBA members who are business owners can now qualify for up to $1,000 and also add on incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program (2) and Business Choice (3) to get the best value on vehicles that run your business. To get this offer just visit HBA Member Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet, choose an eligible GM vehicle, and present your proof of membership form.  You can get a proof of membership form by contacting the HBA Office.

How it works:
  • Get your NAHB proof of membership form at www.nahb.org/gm.
  • Bring form to your GM dealer and mention this private offer.
  • At time of purchase or lease, present your NAHB proof of membership.
  • For private offer details, visit www.nahb.org/gm.
1Private offer amount varies by model. City Express and Low Cab Forward receive a $250 Offer for both Fleet and Retail deliveries. Fleet deliveries on the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Silverado, Express, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Acadia, Sierra, Savana, Yukon, XL receive a $1,000 Offer. All other Fleet or Retail deliveries receive a $500 Offer. Not compatible with other private offers. Not valid on prior purchases. Compatible with many current incentives. Incentives are subject to change without notice. See dealer for complete details.
2Offer eligible for qualified fleet customers only through Dec. 31, 2017. See dealer for details.
3To qualify, vehicle must be used in the day-to-day operation of the business and not solely for transportation purposes. Must provide proof of business. For complete program requirements, including information regarding offers, vehicles, equipment, options, warranties, and ordering, consult your dealer or visit gmbusinesschoice.com. Take delivery by Jan. 2, 2018.

The Headlines: September 14, 2017

Ten Home Building industry stories we have read recently:
  • New FHA multifamily mortgage insurance applications halted in Texas disaster areas (expect delays in processing applications across the country). NAHBNow
  • How local housing regulations smother the U.S. economy (and affordable housing). New York Times.
  • Co-borrowing to afford a home is gaining popularity.  Who's doing it and why?  MarketWatch.
  • Hurricanes Irma, Harvey boost call for flood insurance (renewal of the program).  Orlando Sentinel.
  • 70 percent of Harvey residential flood damage not covered by insurance.  National Mortgage News.
  • A devastating hurricane season exposes America's flood insurance problem (Senator Tim Scott is quoted).  Time.
  • Labor shortage could hamper Harvey reconstruction.  Houston Chronicle.
  • The last big piece of unfinished business from the Great Recession (Fannie and Freddie).  The Washington Post.  
  • Top ten sources of softwood lumber imports (in short, Canada laps the field).  Eye on Housing.
  • Baby Boomers who refuse to sell are dominating the housing market (55 percent of owner-occupied housing is owned by people 55 years and older, the highest in history).  Bloomberg.
Did you know?  25 percent of all flood insurance policies in the U.S. are written in the state of Florida.

September 14, 2017.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Southern Home and Garden Show

Appeal for volunteers
Member tickets are at Will-Call


Appeal for volunteers:
The Southern Home and Garden Show needs you!  Twice a year, the Home Builders Association of Greenville interacts with the public, face-to-face, as producer of the Southern Home and Garden Show.  We need your help to make the Home Show a success.

Volunteers are needed to work at the Approved Professional Builder booth, the lobby Exhibitor Registration and Will-Call area, and to help us keep the Exhibitor Lounge stocked with snacks and water.

We are seeking volunteers for two-hour shifts on the show days of Friday, September 15, Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17.

You can register to volunteer by clicking here.

Member tickets:
HBA of Greenville members receive two tickets to the Southern Home and Garden Show compliments of the Home Show Committee members.  Simply go to the Will-Call counter outside the show entrance.  Your tickets will be waiting for you. 

Volunteer with your HBA and Rebuild Upstate partner to help a 78-year old widow





Your Home Builders Association and Rebuild Upstate will team up later this month to repair a deck that is the primary entrance for a 78-year-old widow in Easley.  Please consider volunteering.

Needed are 8-10 volunteers to perform the work.  Andrew Woodford of ABW Construction will supervise the project.

  • Saturday, September 30
  • 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately to perform construction work.  The HBA will provide lunch and have water and sodas on hand.

To volunteer and for additional details, simply email Michael Dey at mdey@hbaofgreenville.com.