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Volume 3: Issue 4 │ April 2019
FREDERICKSBURG - STAFFORD - SPOTSYLVANIA - CAROLINE - KING GEORGE - ORANGE
Sales of newly built, single-family homes posted a yearly gain of 1.5% in 2018, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
The December sales numbers rose 3.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 621,000 units after a downwardly revised November report. The sales report was delayed due to the partial government shutdown.
“Despite a period of weakness in the fall, new home sales ended the year with a small gain,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “While the December sales pace improved on a monthly basis, the current rate of sales remains off the post-Great Recession trend due to housing affordability concerns made worse by the rise in mortgage interest rates at the end of the year. We expect lower mortgage rates in the early months of 2019 will lead to additional new home demand.”
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Single-Family Home Sales up in 2018
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DOL Issues Proposed Overtime Rule
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax Court
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a proposed new overtime rule that would raise the overtime salary limit from $23,660 to $35,308.
This means that some employees making under $35,308 would be due time and a half if they work more than 40 hours a week. The proposal has not yet been published in the Federal Register and could be modified.
NAHB will review the proposed rulemaking and submit comments.
Arkansas Enacts Affordability Law
More than four out of five builders expect to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor in 2019, according to a recent survey of members in the monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.
The questions asked builders about the problems they confronted in 2018 and expect to face in 2019. Topping the list is the cost and availability of labor, with 82% of builders saying they expect it to be a significant issue in 2019. Second was building material prices, with 69% calling it a significant issue. Third was the cost and availability of finished lots, with 63% calling it a problem.
In a victory for home builders and buyers, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently signed SB 170 into law, which will pre- vent cities and counties from regulating building design in a way that would needlessly raise the cost of housing.
The Arkansas Home Builders Association, along with other trade groups and consumers, sought this remedy after the city of Springdale proposed new home design standards that would prohibit exterior finishes such as vinyl, wood and aluminum siding that are otherwise allowed under all editions of the International Residential Code.
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson spoke to the NAHB Board of Directors and then sat down for a conversation with 2018 Chairman Randy Noel during the recent Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
A short time later, Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus Co-chairs Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) spoke with 2019 NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde about bipartisan solutions.
Additional video highlights from the Meeting of the Members and the Board of Directors meeting are also available.
NAHB recently launched “Housing Developments,” a new podcast co-hosted by CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin. The two hosts will provide expert analysis on the latest news in the housing industry. The podcasts will also feature special guests with unique per- spectives on key issues.
Podcast Covers the Housing Industry
Labor Top Builder Concern in 2019
The Consensus Committee for the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) met recently in Washington, D.C., to review and vote upon the public comments it received to its 2020 draft standard.
The draft standard includes several substantial updates, including:
• A reworking of the remodeling chapter;
• A new chapter for certifying mixed-use
• A new performance path for water
• A streamlined compliance path for
single-family homes and townhomes.
The 2020 NGBS will be the fourth edition of the standard, which was first introduced in 2008. The NGBS is the only residential green building standard accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As it was previously, the revised standard is being developed in accordance with the ANSI consensus process.
Brochure, Web Resources Look at Housing Affordability
Wide Disparity in Property Taxes
Employers Must Use New I-9 Form
America faces a housing affordability crunch that has evolved from a local problem into a national crisis.
In an effort to promote innovative solutions to the problem, NAHB has compiled extensive research on state and local policies and incentives that are being used to help make housing more affordable in communities across the country. "Creating Housing for All" is a new brochure and a collection of web resources that look at creative planning and zoning, incentives and public-private partnerships as a blueprint for collaboration and a springboard for innovation.
Housing afford- ability is a top issue for NAHB in 2019. We will be working with Congress, the administration, and state and local officials in the effort to provide housing that is affordable to families across the economic spectrum.
NGBS Public Comments Reviewed
There is nearly an $8,000 difference between what residents of the state with the highest property taxes pay compared to those who live in the state with the lowest rate.
NAHB analysis of data from the American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2017, New Jersey retained its perennial distinction as the state with the highest average annual tax bill per home owner. Garden State home owners paid an average of $8,485 in real estate taxes in 2017.
By contrast, Alabama ranked 50th with an average real estate tax bill of just $678.
The five highest average property tax states:
1. New Jersey $8,485
2. Connecticut $6,349
3. New York $6,054
4. New Hampshire $5,713
5. Massachusetts $5,192
King George County Quarterly Meeting Friday, May 3, 2019
Orange County Meeting
Friday, May 3, 2019
Caroline County Quarterly Meeting Wednesday, June 6, 2019 11:30 am
Stafford County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, June 10, 2019, 9 am
Spotsylvania County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, June 10, 2019, 3 pm
Youth, Beer, Banter and Green Building
"Green Banter and Beer" featured five young industry professionals.
The energy, passion and creativity of youth are reshaping the home building industry in positive ways. That’s the take away from the second annual “Green Banter and Beer” discussion
conducted during the
Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
The event featured five young industry professionals who have forged their own paths outside of the traditional career track. The five panelists shared their thoughts on green building and enjoyed a beer with a sizable crowd in the High Performance Building Zone during the show.
The panelists were: Myles Biggs of Relish the Journey Media in Mifflinburg, Pa.; Brian Gaudio of Module Design in Pittsburgh; Jen Haywood of Texturious Designs in Des Moines, Iowa; Heather Laminack of the Ferrier Companies in Fort Worth, Texas; and Eric Visser of Visser Construction in Anchorage, Alaska.
Gaudio noted that America is still building homes the way it did in 1947, when the post-war suburban boom took off.
“At Module, we have a new idea for home ownership,” Gaudio said. “We’re redesigning homes from the ground up. Buy the amount of house you need today, add on as your family grows, as your income grows, as your needs change. And we’re leveraging pre-fab solutions.”
Laminack, a fourth-generation builder, said she wants to make high performance available to more people.
“Part of what we do is try to make green building and sustainable homes accessible to everyone, regardless of their budget," she said. “It’s easy when people walk in with a large budget. But when you’ve got a young family that just wants a healthy home to raise their family in, but doesn’t have an endless budget, those are the projects we really like to get behind.”
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Thursday, May 2nd Parade of Homes Committee Meeting
Monday, May 6th FABA Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 8th Associates Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 8th Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 16th Hart Hat Member Networking
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Saturday, August 24th Crab Feast and BBQ
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Get out the Housing Vote!
Do you know which General Assembly candidates in your area support the housing industry? Please take a few moments to complete our Get out the Housing Vote survey here.
On November 5th, 2019, Virginians will head to the polls to cast their vote for the individuals that will serve as their voice in the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate. All 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly are on the ballot this year and the Home Builders Association of Virginia is working to elect candidates to office who truly understand that housing plays an important role in our local, regional, and national economies!
The housing industry employs hundreds of thousands of individuals across the Commonwealth - and it's absolutely critical that we all head to the polls on Election Day!
In the weeks leading up to the Primary and General Elections, HBAV will send out a list of candidates who support our industry and information about your polling location. In order to provide you with an accurate list of candidates in your area, we need to know your home address/where you are registered to vote. This information will not be shared with any of the campaigns - it will be used solely by the Home Builders Association of Virginia.
Please take a few moments to complete our Get out the Housing Vote survey here.
Thank you for your support of the housing industry!
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New Associate Members & Thank You Spikes
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New Affiliate Members
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Renewed Builder Members
Caroline County Habitat for Humanity
ICF Homes of Virginia
Inside Out Consruction, Inc.
Paul Davis Restoration
ABC Supply Company
Axis Land Surveying, Inc.
Bagby, Foroughi and Goodpasture, PLLC
Brandonbilt Foundations, Inc.
Carter Lumber Company
Central Park Insurance
Community Bank of Chesapeake
Donovan & Associates Realty
Exceptional Home Designs, Inc.
EZ Treat Inc.
Falls Run Stucco & Stone
Froehling & Robertson
George Mason Mortgage
Germanna Center for Workforce
M&M Soil Consultants, Inc.
More Prospects Now, LLC
Nicholls Auction Marketing Group
SH3 Computer Systems, Inc.
Southern Spotsylvania Plumbing
Stone Center, Inc.
Suburban Auto Sales
The Carpet Company
Tiger Fuel Company
Welford Engineering Associates
WW Webb & Associates
Renewed Associate Members
Thank you for your continued support!
Virginia Builders Summit & Expo
HBAV will be hosting the Virginia Builders Summit and Expo in Richmond on September 19, 2019. We held our first committee meeting for the event this morning and I was asked to send a short summary of the event to each of you in hopes that you’ll help promote the event to your members. All of the information below can be found on the event website, http://vabuilderssummit.com/
About the Show:
The Virginia Builders Summit & Expo brings housing industry professionals together from across Virginia for one day. Exhibitors will display products and services, build relationships, create brand awareness, generate leads, and be able to answer questions in person. The home building and housing market is constantly evolving. Attendees will look to the vendors at the Virginia Builders Summit and Expo for new products and services to separate them from their competition.
The show will feature 48 exhibitors geared towards marketing their products and services to home builders.
The event will feature 8 educational sessions for home builders.
Member registration is $65. Registration includes expo floor access, education classes, and lunch!
For more information, visit the event website, http://vabuilderssummit.com/
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FABA Members, the 2019 Membership Directory is at the PRINTER!!!!
During the upcoming year, you can help us by confirming the information we have in our membership database by logging into your account on our FABA website or by answering our calls when we reach out to you this month
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20 GREAT REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Help others
- Make a difference
- Find purpose
· Enjoy a meaningful conversation
· Connect with your community
· Feel involved
· Contribute to a cause you care about
· Use your skills in a productive way
· Develop new skills
· Meet new people
· Explore new areas of interest
· Meet good people
· Impress your mom
· Impress yourself
· Expand your horizons
· Get out of the house
· Make new friends
· Strengthen your resume
· Feel better about yourself
2019 FABA Board of Directors
1st Vice President
Spaces Design Studio
2nd Vice President
Assurance Financial Group
Immediate Past President
Atlantic Builders, Ltd.
Associate Vice President
Embrace Home Loans
Republic Home Builders
Built Right Homes
Legacy Engineering, PC
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The Legislative Committee meets monthly to discuss the status of local and state level legislation that affects the building industry. For more information from each county, plan to attend the Legislative Committee meeting this Thursday, May 16th at 8:30 am.
The FAB Foundation board of directors meets monthly to discuss ways to involve the association with local workforce educators and help promote workforce development in our area. If you would like to be invoived with these students, contact FABA for more information.
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