In a key or NAHB, President Trump has put housing at the forefront of the national debate by signing an executive order that cites the need to cut costly regulations that are hampering the production of more affordable housing.
After attending the White House signing ceremony, NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde issued an official statement, which is excerpted below:
“NAHB applauds President Trump for making housing a top national priority. With affordability near a 10-year low, the executive order underscores that the White House is ready to take a leading role to help resolve the nation’s afford- ability crisis.
“Given that homeownership historically has been part of the American dream and a primary source of wealth for most American households, the need to tackle ongoing afford- ability concerns is especially urgent.
"We are pleased that the president’s executive order calls for the formation of a White House Council chaired by HUD Secretary Ben Carson that will seek to reduce regulatory barriers that are making housing more costly.”
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Regulatory Barriers to Affordability
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NAHB Leadership Council Sets Priorities
In a huge victory for NAHB and its members, the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a long-standing land use decision that made it nearly impossible for property owners to bring a Fifth Amendment takings claim in federal court.
In 1985, the Supreme Court issued a decision, known as the Williamson County decision, that forced land use plaintiffs to first go through years of expensive state administrative and/or court proceedings prior to bringing a “takings” claim in federal court. Local governments often used the decision to their advantage to tire out property owners. In addition, once a property owner finally filed a case in federal court, government defendants would use the prior state court decision as leverage to throw out the federal case.
In Knick v. Township of Scott, the Supreme Court ruled that “the state-litigation requirement [in Williamson] imposes an unjustifiable burden on takings plaintiffs, conflicts with the rest of [the Court’s] jurisprudence, and must be overruled.
A property owner has an actionable Fifth Amendment takings claim when the government takes his property without paying for it.”
This means that rather than going through expensive and drawn-out state court proceedings, a land use plaintiff can bring a takings claim in federal court as soon as the taking occurs.
During the first week of June, NAHB convened its spring leadership meetings in Washington, D.C.
The event included meetings of NAHB’s committees and councils, the 2019 Transitional Board and the Legislative Conference, which featured Sen. John Barrasso, chair of the Senate Republican Conference.
The week-long event concluded with the first meeting of NAHB’s new Leadership Council on Saturday, June 8. Read a summary and view videos of the Leadership Council Meeting.
What to Do if ICE
Visits Your Site
Huge Victory for NAHB on Takings Claims
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax Court
NAHB has received a $110,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight housing discrimination.
The grant will be used to educate developers and multifamily building owners and managers on the Fair Housing Act’s accessibility requirements.
With the administration announcing increased en- forcement actions by the U.S. Immigration and Cus- toms Enforcement agency (ICE), NAHB has a guide to remind members what to do if federal officials visit their job sites.
Now more than ever, employers should be aware of their obligation to comply with the law and know how to handle visits from ICE.
For more information, contact David Jaffe at 800-368-5242 x8317 or Amy Chai at 800-368-5242, x8232.
The House Financial Services Committee recently voted to advance NAHB-supported bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years through Sept. 30, 2024.
NAHB has made a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP a top legislative priority, and the bill agreed to by Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) includes many NAHB-supported reforms to the program.
Specifically, the NFIP Reauthorization Act of 2019 would:
Increase funding for flood risk mapping and mitigation.
Provide premium credits for not currently recognized mitigation activity.
Create a new zone to account for levee-protected areas.
Establish umbrella coverage options for multifamily development.
NAHB is urging Congress to swiftly pass a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP.
House Panel Approves Long-Term NFIP Reauthorization
Thanks largely to NAHB members and their efforts to educate codes officials, none of 26 high-priority code change proposals opposed by NAHB passed the first stage of the International Code Council I-Code development process.
The ICC recently held its 2019 Group B Committee Action Hearings on proposed changes to the Group B codes for the 2021 edition of the I-codes. Group B includes the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Residential Code.
The ICC committees considered almost 1,400 code change proposals. Overall, they supported NAHB’s position on 84 percent of proposals where a position was taken.
After another round of hearings, there will be an online vote in November open to all ICC governmental voters.
NAHB will again be asking members to participate in the One & Done campaign to encourage favorable codes voting results.
NAHB Scores Codes Victories
What if there was a simple solution to help communities struggling with high housing costs, limited developable land and demand for multigenerational living?
An increasing number of communities around the United States have found that there is such a solution: accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Also called an in-law suite, granny flat or secondary dwelling unit, an ADU offers an additional self-contained living unit that typically has its own kitchen, bedroom(s) and bath space, while maintaining independence and privacy from the primary home.
ADUs can take many forms: a second small backyard cottage on the same grounds as (or attached to) a single-family house, an apartment over the garage or a basement apartment. They offer a relatively inexpensive means to provide more affordable housing options in a neighborhood without changing com-
ADUs Can Boost Affordability
King George County Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, July 11th
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Orange County Quarterly Meeting Friday, August 2nd
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Spotsylvania County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, August 5th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stafford County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, August 12th
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Caroline County Quarterly Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4th
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nearly 700 NAHB members from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill in early June for NAHB’s 2019 Legislative Conference to urge their lawmakers to support policies that will increase the production of quality, affordable housing and keep the housing recovery moving forward.
“We are sending a loud and clear message to members of Congress that there is an urgent need to implement innovative solutions to ease the nation’s affordability woes and enable more families to achieve homeownership or have access to suitable rental housing,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde.
In nearly 300 individual meetings with their representatives and senators, NAHB members discussed the following key housing issues:
Workforce and immigration
Housing finance reform
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
National Flood Insurance Program
Building energy codes
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) addressed the members before their Hill visits and cited the need to reduce regulatory burdens and taxes to help the residential construction industry.
“I want you to be able to build faster, cheaper and smarter by getting rid of regulations and red tape,” said Barrasso. “If we want to grow the economy, we need to lower taxes and get rid of punishing regulations.”
The senator also expressed support for two other NAHB priorities: ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
NAHB Members Converge on Capitol Hill
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Thursday, July 11th King George Quarterly Meeting
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Tuesday, July 16th BDX Envision Online Design Center Roadshow
Thursday, July 18th Hard Hat Networking presented by Boise Cascade
5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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Wednesday, July 31st Basic Spanish for the Work Site
Friday, August 2nd Orange County Quarterly Meeting
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
128 W. Main Street, Orange, VA 22960
Monday, August 5th Spotsylvania County Bi-Monthly Meeting
3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
9019 Old Battlefield Blvd. Spotsylvania VA 22553
Monday, August 12th Stafford County Bi-Monthly Meeting
9:00 am- 10:00 am
1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554
Saturday, August 24th Crab Feast and BBQ
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club
Wednesday, September 4th Caroline County Quarterly Meeting
11:30 am- 12:30 pm
233 W Broaddus Ave, Bowling Green, VA 22427
Calendar at a Glance
Virginia Builders Summit & Expo
September 19, 2019 - Richmond
The Virginia Builders Summit & Expo brings housing industry professionals together from across Virginia. 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.
8 Educational Sessions for Home Builders
Registration: Member registration is $65. Registration includes expo floor access, education classes, and lunch!
For more information, visit the event website, http://vabuilderssummit.com/
Get out the Housing Vote!
Do you know which General Assembly candidates in your area support the housing industry?
On November 5th, 2019, we encourage all FABA Members to head to the polls and cast your vote for the candidates that will serve as our voice in our local government, 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 November General Elections, HBAV will send out a list of candidates who support our industry and information about your polling location.
Thank you for your support of the housing industry!
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October 5-6 & 12-13, 2019
2019 Entry Information:
Model/Spec Home and Community Entry Fee: $1500 per entry
Remodel Project Entry Fees: $1000 per entry
This year's Parade of Homes also features revised judging criteria, MORE builder awards, and new advertising opportunities for FABA's Associate Members and Builders who do not have a model or tour-ready home to participate. Watch your email this month for more details about how you can be a part of this year's Parade of Homes.
The Associates Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9 am. This committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President and plans and organizes several FABA events, and keeps the association focused on the needs of all members.
New Associate Member (June 2019)
The Childress Agency – spike Jeremiah Horstick
Riverside Brick & Supply
2-10 Home Buyers Warrenty
Energy Services Group
ICE Heating & Cooling
The Growth Coach of NOVA
The Carpet House
Xceptional Wildlife Removal
Renewed Associate Members (June 2019)
Jarrell Properties, Inc.
Thompson Building Corp.
Quality Built Homes
The Membership Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am. This group is responsible for coordinating membership recruitment and the new member mentor program to increase membership retention. Emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of members with Spike Club, new member receptions, and networking opportunities. The 1st Vice President serves as co-chair.
Renewed Builder Members (June 2019)
Basic Spanish for the Work Site
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BDX Envision Online Design Center Roadshow
Tuesday, July 16 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
Hear how builders around the country are using technology to increase options sales, improve customer satisfaction, and make operations more efficient.
The Envision Online Design Center is proven to:
- Increase option sales by up to 30%
- Drive more Qualified pre-sale leads with 2-3x higher conversions
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The FAB Foundation is chaired by group of voluntary directors who work to help the Fredericksburg area community through several initiatives.
FAB financially supports non-profit organizations in the Fredericksburg region that specifically coordinate and provide home repair and safer living conditions for those in need. Helping make repairs and improvements related to home ownership affordable.
With a greater emphasis on the growing need for Workforce Development in our region, FAB has partnered with local educators and has established two local NAHB Student Chapters in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, and will continue working toward the establishment of student chapters in all the municipalities that we serve.
FAB Foundation has grant opportunities available for those looking to learn a trade and to potentially partner with member mentors and job placement opportunities. For more information on all the good that FAB Foundation does, call Maria Moore, Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Executive Vice President, at 540-898-2730, email at email@example.com, or go to www.fabava.com and select FAB Foundation tab.
Part of being a great volunteer is loving what you're doing. Find something that you're passionate about or something that inspires you, and then find a need in your community. There are dozens of reasons why you should volunteer - you just need to find the one that feels right.
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
The Community Service Committee plans and organizes FABA's outreach and service in the local community and partners with members and non-profit groups to find ways to give back.
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1st Vice President
Spaces Design Studio
2nd Vice President
Assurance Financial Group
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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, June 20th 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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Our goal is to provide our customers with the most outstanding service in the industry while maintaining a family atmosphere for our customers, vendors, and employees. Our 30,000 square foot facility allows us to buy in large volume and pass the savings on to our customers. Our partnerships with several manufacturers have strengthened our resources giving us valuable insight and education that we pass on to our customers.
We are consistently proactive in researching new products, materials, and techniques so that our clients will have access to
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NEWS AND HAPPENINGS
Send us your press releases, news, and event information! We can post it here in our newsletter and on the Member Happenings page of our website!
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Do you have job openings, apprenticeships, or internships to fill? Contact us today!
FAB Foundation is working with FABA's workforce partners to help you fill these positions with qualified and trained local students.
FABA also posts job openings on the FABA website.
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