NAHB Applauds Choice of Carson to Lead Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
NAHB Chairman Ed Brady issued this statement regarding President-elect Trump’s announcement to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
“NAHB congratulates Dr. Carson on his nomination as HUD secretary. He is a thoughtful leader who is sure to assemble a professional team of policy experts and be a great spokesperson for housing.
“Upon his confirmation to the Cabinet post, NAHB looks forward to working with Dr. Carson to promote pro-housing policies that support homeownership, provide rental housing opportunities for low- and middle-income households, and remove regulatory barriers that are needlessly raising housing costs for hard-working American families.”
December Newsletter Overview
NAHB - Carson to lead Dept. of Housing & Development
Holiday Gift Drive
NAHB 75th Anniversary
Trump Leader Nominations
Calender of Events
BANN Committee's & Councils
NAHB Pruit's Nomination for EPA Administration
Board of Directors
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Dec. 2 released its new schedule of loan limits effective Jan. 1, raising loan limits for home buyers in 2,948 counties.
The news was expected after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the conforming loan limit on Nov. 23.
The FHA floor is set at 65% of the national limit, which FHFA increased from $417,000 to $424,100. That makes the new FHA limit rise from $271,050 to $275,665.
Pre-Show Courses at The Builders' Show
Exhibits. Parties. Present- ations. There’s so much buzz around the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show®, you might forget the festivities begin even before the exhibit hall doors open.
More than 20 IBS pre- show courses, held Jan. 6-9 by NAHB and HBI, will help build a better you with sharp new skills. Topics include business management, sales and marketing, universal design/build and more.
We offer more so you have more to offer. Learn more and register at BuildersShow.com/
FHA Increases Loan Limits
In a victory for NAHB, a federal judge in Texas on Nov. 22 granted a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The rule, which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, would double the minimum salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476.
NAHB joined other business groups in filing a legal challenge to the overtime rule on Sept. 20. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In addition, 21 states have also filed suit challenging the rule and the two lawsuits have been consolidated. The parties have filed motions for a summary judgment.
While the injunction is only temporary, the ruling by Judge Amos Mazzant sent a strong signal that he
could likely side with NAHB and our business coalition.
“The State Plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits because the Final Rule exceeds the Department’s authority,” Mazzant wrote in his opinion.
Working with House and Senate lawmakers and members of our business coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, NAHB has been leading the effort to mitigate the effects of the overtime rule.
NAHB-Endorsed Candidates Won on Election Day
Federal Judge Delays Overtime Rule
Healthcare Law Allows Employers to Use HRAs
This year marked the first time in its 74-year history that NAHB endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Of the 137 congressional candidates that NAHB endorsed, 129 – or 94% – won their races on Nov. 8.
NAHB endorsed candidates who have supported policies that pro- mote homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Ameri- cans. NAHB made its endorsement decisions in concert with the state and local associations of the lawmakers under consideration.
NAHB will be urging members of the new 115th Congress to reform and streamline the regulatory process; protect the mortgage interest deduction; expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to spur the production of badly-needed affordable housing; and enact housing finance reform.
In a victory for home building firms and other small businesses, the Senate on Dec. 7 passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a comprehensive health care bill that includes a pro- vision to allow employers to provide Health Reimbursement Arrange- ments (HRAs) to help their employ- ees pay for health insurance.
The House had already approved the bill, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
HRAs allow small businesses to offer pre-tax dollars to insured employees to help pay premiums or out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care. Most small companies do not have benefits specialists. HRAs offer these businesses an easier way to help their employees obtain health coverage.
The measure counters Internal Revenue Service guidance issued in 2013 stating that employers were no longer able to use HRAs because they don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The IRS guidance could have exposed employers to fines of $100 per day per employee if they offered this benefit to their workers. The fine could have added up to $36,500 per employee over the course of a year and up to $500,000 per company.
Builders Report Easing Credit
OSHA Issue Final Surfaces Rule
Next year marks NAHB’s 75th anniversary, and preparations are underway for this year-long celebration, which will kick off during the NAHB 2017 International Builders’ Show®.
To keep you up to date on anniversary-related news and events, NAHB will launch a dedicated, 75th anniversary webpage in January. The web- page will feature resources that local HBAs can use to highlight the impact of the home building industry and showcase the benefits of member- ship to prospective members.
HBAs can opt to join in on the celebration by hold- ing their own 75th anniversary-themed events. We’d like to hear from you about the positive contribution of your members in your community.
Did your HBA or company recently reach a significant milestone ?
What impact did your HBA and its builders have on your community?
Some of these achievements will be featured on NAHB’s 75th anniversary webpage to be shared with other members nationwide as well as the general public. You can send us a brief summary of those success stories by using this submission form.
For more information, contact Camilo Cuba at 800-368-5242 x8437.
Celebrating NAHB’s 75th Anniversary
Builders and developers continue to report easing credit conditions for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loans according to NAHB’s survey on AD&C Financing. However, the pace of easing slowed somewhat in the third quarter of 2016 from the rate in the second quarter.
In the third quarter of 2016, the overall net tightening index based on the AD&C survey was -10.7. The third quarter reading indicates somewhat less easing than in the second quarter of 2016 when the index was -25.0. The index is constructed so that negative numbers indicate easing of credit, the lower the index, the higher the extent of credit easing for AD&C loans.
According to the NAHB survey, easing on net over the third quarter took place on all forms of credit with standards on single-family construction rec- ording the greatest net percentage of easing. A net of 17 percent of respondents reported that stand- ards on loans for single-family construction had eased. Meanwhile, 10 percent of respondents on net said that land development loans had eased.
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that updates its 44-year-old general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standard, created to better protect workers from slip, trip and fall hazards.
According to OSHA, the rule aligns the fall protection requirements for general industry with those for construction that will make compliance easier for those companies who perform both types of activities. It should be noted that this new general industry rule does not change the construction standard.
Additionally, all inspections, investigations or assessments of a job prior to the actual start of work, or after all the work has been completed, is exempt from the standard. NAHB had urged OSHA to include this provision.
The rule also allows employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options.
Calender of Events
As President-elect Trump continues to assemble a leadership team and a game plan for governance, NAHB is hard at work to ensure that its members’ priorities are addressed by the administration that will take office Jan. 20.
But even when those priorities are in alignment with Trump’s campaign platform, it is unrealistic to expect those changes to happen overnight. Some, tied up in litigation or involving multiple agencies and branches of government, may take years. Others depend on leadership appointment confirmations that sometimes take longer than anticipated.
No matter what happens, NAHB government affairs, legal and regulatory staff is already preparing. Leaders have had extensive discussions and sent background information to the Trump team about a number of significant issues, including President Obama’s Executive Order that drastically changes development rules in and around floodplains.
“While there may be some expectation of quick and dramatic reversals of some existing policies, political reality may temper the pace and extent of those changes,” First Vice Chairman Granger MacDonald told the NAHB Executive Board when it convened for an online meeting Nov. 18.
For example: health care reform. While both the Republican leadership in the House and Senate want to see significant changes made to the Affordable Care Act, it’s not yet clear what specific issues will end up in the mix, or whether the Republicans’ rejection of Obamacare will result in repeal, revision or a brand new set of programs.
Until the new Trump team is in place and has made decisions about what to tackle first, it’s hard to predict whether, say, the regulatory overreach seen in the Waters of the United States definitions – an issue of great importance to home builders – or other headline-grabbing rules such as the Clean Power Plan, will move to the head of the line. And to complicate matters, both those regulations have been stayed in federal court.
“The outcome of the election is likely to re-shape the political landscape for many of NAHB’s highest policy priorities,” MacDonald told the NAHB leadership.
“We cannot be certain as to what will change, or how quickly changes will occur. Regardless, we see this as a tremendous opportunity, because our advocacy team is well-prepared to respond to the new political environment.”
January 17, 2017- BANN Forecast 2017 & Beyond
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February 9, 2017- Thirsty Thursday Mixer
No Quick Fixes for Builders as Trump Nominates Leaders for Key Posts
Sales & Marketing Committee/ Public Relations
Chair: Bridget Evans, Country Financial
Meets: 2nd Thursday of every month at Noon
The Sales & Marketing Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and educational opportunities for sales andmarketing professionals. Members of this committee also market BANN, designing advertising campaigns designed to enhance the association’s image and promoting the contributions our members and the industry make in our community.
Chair: Melissa Palange, King Bee Construction
Meets: 4th Thursday of every month at Noon
This council is an organization of remodelers and industry associates dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism through education, certification and services to the community.
Chair: Cameron Starner, Nevada Association Services
Meets: 4th Friday of every month at 8:30 am
The HOA Council is comprised of those interested in issues of importance to Home Owners Associations and their management companies. This includes, but is not limited to, legislative changes, regulatory issues, maintenance, homeowner relations, etc.
2017 BANN Committees
Infrastructure, Planning and Codes Committee
Chair: Bobbie Merrigan, Ryder Homes
Meets: 3rd Thursday of every month at Noon
Almost every planning and building issue that comes before our local jurisdictions (Reno, Sparks and Washoe County) is discussed. Building and development regulations and ordinances are examined, planning commission issues are discussed, and
health department, TMWA, Regional Water Planning, Fire, and RTC issues are always on the agenda.
Please e-mail Don Tatro (email@example.com) if interested in joining or questions.
Chair: Johnny Skowranek, Square One Solutions & Michael Fiore, PHD Construction
Meets: 1st Tuesday of every month at Noon
This committee is charged with the recruitment and retention of interested and qualified members. Membership campaigns are designed and implemented by this committee. The campaigns are team-oriented and include recruitment prizes and incentives for those who meet the campaign recruitment goals.
Legislative Committee/ Government Affairs
Chair Greg Peek, ERGS Properties
Meets: Weekly on Tuesday at 7:30 am during elections/ legislative session or otherwise noted
The committee’s mission is to study the laws and ordinances affecting the construction industry not only in Northern Nevada,but statewide. During a legislative session, BANN utilizes the services of a full-time lobbyist to keep the committee aware of proposed legislation. The committee also interviews candidate for public office at the local and state levels.
Chair: Steve Thomsen, Ryder Homes
This committee is comprised of the Officers of BANN: President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, Associate Vice President, and the Immediate Past President. They are charged with overseeing the administration of BANN.
Chair: Ray Pezonella, Pezonella Associates, Inc
This committee , working in conjunction with its investment advisor, monitors the financial health of BANN and recommends investment policies as needed.
2017 BANN Committees (Cont.)
Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Scott Pruitt's Nomination as EPA Administrator
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to become the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
"NAHB commends President-elect Trump's selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. NAHB believes in environmental regulations that truly protect the environment. However, the EPA has taken on an increasingly activist agenda during the Obama administration, often issuing regulations based on political considerations and failing to go through the proper rulemaking process, as illustrated by its 'waters of the U.S.' rule.
"Scott Pruitt will restore common sense to the regulatory process by ensuring that federal regulations are based on sound science, do not trample states' rights and address the economic impact they will have on small businesses.
"NAHB fully supports the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the nation's next EPA administrator."
Chair: Bob Nielsen, Shelter Properties/Manage, Inc. & Victor Rameker, Desert Wind Homes
This Committee, comprised of builder members of BANN who are actively building in our region , meets bi-monthly to share ideas and determine policy for issues that directly affect builders. Membership is restricted to builders and developers
Steve Thomsen, Ryder Homes
Chris York, C & E Builders
Mike Fiore, PHD Construction
Danyale Howard, NV Energy
Androo Allen, Artisan Communities
Ted Erkan, Lewis Homes
Scott Esslin, RFI
Rob Fitzgerald, Northern Nevada Homes
Randy McReynolds, D R Horton
Brian Gipe, BRG Homes
Kraig Knudsen, Tanamera
Shayla Gifford, Guild Mortgage
Travis Means, Homecrafters
2017 Board of Directors
Ed McCaffery, McCaffery Development
Curtis Rowe, HMT
Kurt Stitser, Realm Constuctors
Sue Barry, Finance of America
Bridget Evans, Country Financial
Chris Fleiner, Reno Lumber
Doug Flowers, Holland & Hart
Bob LaRiviere, CFA
Cory Miller, First American Title
Lebo Newman, Signature Landscapes
Johnny Skowronek, Square One Soluctions
Ryan Swenson, Simpson Strong Tie