Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Signs and Trash

Trash along Lee Vaughn Road near an active subdivision
As the pace of development and construction increases, so do the complaints about violations of various laws and ordinances.

Recently a concerned citizen made a very well prepared presentation to Greenville County Council about trash along roadways near active residential development sites. The argument was made compelling by a multi-slide presentation showing photographs of garbage on the sides of roads in the Simpsonville area.  Much of the garbage shown is construction-related waste including wrapping material for shingles.

Greenville County government has contacted your Home Builders Association and asked that our members be conscientious about maintaining a clean and trash-free job site.  Note also that Greenville County has instructed Environmental Enforcement as well as Litter Enforcement to conduct tarp checks on trucks carrying trash.  Those not properly covered will be ticketed (it is the law).

Please help yourselves by helping your community and control litter on your job sites.


The Greenville County Code of Ordinances, as well as those of the various municipalities in the county, limit the location and time that temporary lead-in signs may be used to advertise real estate for sale.

Under the rules, directional signs may not:
  • be placed in the right-of-way or within 15 feet of the right-of-way
  • create a visual obstruction for motorists
  • be fastened to trees or utility poles in the right-of-way
  • be placed on private property without the property owner's permission
Signs may be set out after 7 p.m. on Friday and must be removed by 7 a.m. on Monday. Their size may not exceed 3 feet in width and 2 feet in height.

As we enter election season, which will last another eight months(!), complaints about political signs will emerge.  Unfortunately, real estate signs can get caught in that discussion.  The timing is compounded by the fact that Greenville County is beginning a two- to three-month review of its sign ordinance.  Note that Michael Dey, Chief Executive Officer of your Home Builders Association, will serve on that review panel.

The best way to insure that your right to use unpermitted lead in signs is to comply with the current ordinance summarized above.

David Crowe Predicts 2016 Market

Hear what National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Dr. David Crowe has to say about the housing market in 2016. Hint: when David Crowe wears a pink tie, he is optimistic.

The 2015 Bridge Award Winners Will Be Revealed on March 17

On March 17, 2016 we will be awarding our members with the biggest heart for housing at our Southern Home and Garden Bridge Awards gala. The annual gala is a black tie optional event where the nominees gather for an evening of food and celebration, but most importantly to hear who won the hearts of our judges with their projects from the previous year. Categories include: New Homes, Full Home Remodel, Partial Home Remodel, Green Building, Special Feature, Sales and Marketing, individual awards, and Home Builders Association recognition awards.

The Southern Home and Garden Bridge Awards gala at TD Convention Center will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, followed by the awards ceremony where the 2015 Bridge Awards winners will be announced.
The Bridge Awards would also like to welcome back emcee Kimberly Kelly    

For information, call the HBA of Greenville at (864) 254-0133. For tickets, click here.

Thank you to our members for their hard work in the industry and to our sponsors for helping us celebrate their work:
Presenting Sponsor
Green Building Award Sponsor

Builder of the Year Sponsor

Remodeled Home Awards Sponsor
Remodeler of the Year and Community
Service Award Sponsor

Photography Sponsor

Sales Agent of the Year, Sales
Executive of the Year, and Print
Media Sponsor

New Home Awards
Plant and Garden Sponsor

Home Staging Sponsor

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Don't Forget--New Member Reception and Meet the Board on Thursday

This Thursday, February 25, your Home Builders Association of Greenville will be hosting a New Member Reception and Meet the Board at our office, sponsored by Palmetto Exterminators. The event is a great chance for new and potential members to meet our Board of Directors, staff, and other members to hear why joining the Home Builders Association is beneficial for your business. If you have questions about the event contact the Home Builders Association at (864) 254-0133 or find out more about joining on our website,

You're invited!
Thursday, February 25
5:30-7 p.m.
Home Builders Association office
at 5 Creekside Park Ct
Greenville, SC 29615