Treasury to Withdraw Two Regs that Would Hinder Home Building

  Two wins for reducing unnecessary roadblocks for home builders came out of the U.S. Department of the Treasury today, as it announced plans to withdraw two proposed regulations that NAHB has said would be costly and burdensome. In its announcement, the Treasury said it plans to withdraw proposed regulations under Section 2704 that would have […]


NAHB Opposes OMB Proposal to Reform National Flood Insurance Program

The Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney yesterday submitted a proposal to congressional leaders to reform the National Flood Insurance Program. NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald issued the following statement regarding the proposal: “While NAHB supports reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that will keep the program fiscally sound and preserve rate […]


NCHBA Legislative Report

  The General Assembly returned to town on Wednesday for a two-day session to consider several legislative issues. Of particular significance to NCHBA were two bills which passed the General Assembly during its long session, which ended in June, and which were vetoed by Governor Cooper-SB 16 (Business & Agency Reg. Reform Act of 2017) […]


Senate Confirmation Ensures Full Slate at NLRB

The Senate late yesterday confirmed William Emanuel to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board(NLRB), giving the GOP a 3-2 majority on the five-member board. This development is important to the housing community, given that the NLRB oversees key labor issues such as joint employer relationships, union election practices and unfair labor disputes. Emanuel’s […]


NAHB Commends GOP Tax Reform Plan

President Trump and Republican congressional leaders today introduced a broad framework to alter the tax code that would lower business and individual rates. During the past several months, NAHB has conveyed its views and concerns to policymakers. In an official statement, NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said this plan “represents a positive step in the right direction.” The proposal, entitled “Unified […]


OSHA’S New Silica Rule – Overview and Resources

At Builders Mutual, we have closely been following OSHA’s ruling on silica. Below is an overview of the ruling and a list of resources to help educate your members on this important change. On March 24, 2016, OSHA announced their final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. The compliance date for the new […]


Engaging and Attracting Young Professionals: A Dialogue

NAHB is hosting two virtual town hall meetings in October to explore ways to best serve and recruit young professional members at the Federation and state and local association level. The first meeting will take place Oct. 17 and is open to young members and local leadership. We’ll ask participants to share their experiences and […]


Apply to serve on City of Fayetteville’s Commissions

There are several positions that are becoming open on three of the City of Fayetteville’s commissions. Having people in our industry serve on these commissions is critical to having our voice heard during the decision making process. Please consider serving. The links to the application for each of the commissions are listed below. For the […]


House GOP leaders outline game plan for tax reform

Republicans say they’ll release more details on the still-vague tax overhaul on Sept. 25. By COLIN WILHELM and AARON LORENZO House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) outlined a way forward for Republicans’ tax reform plans on Wednesday, starting with the release of more details on Sept. 25, completing a budget that will carry tax language by […]


Tax reform has potential to solve the housing affordability crisis

“Our tax system still siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power and reduces the incentive for risk, investment and effort.” You might be forgiven if you thought the above quote was given in recent weeks by the likes of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) or Ways and Means Chairman Kevin […]


Small Businesses See Big Savings With HRAs

  As fall approaches, so too does the open enrollment period when millions of Americans assess their health care coverage and costs. Medical costs continue to rise for many, and employers who want to offer viable health care coverage options to their employees without breaking the bank will need a sound strategy. In 2002, the […]


Judge Strikes Rule to Double Overtime Pay Threshold

A federal judge has struck down the Obama administration’s overtime rule that would have doubled the salary threshold for workers to be able to receive overtime pay. The Justice Department subsequently announced it would not appeal the ruling, effectively ending the Obama-era expansion of the overtime rule. The Obama administration’s final rule that was set to take effect […]


New Law Targets Employee Misclassification; More Vigorous Enforcement Anticipated

On August 11, Governor Cooper signed SB 407 (Employee Misclassification/IC Changes) into law. Known as the “Employee Fair Classification Act,” this law is designed to respond to the practice of those employers who hire an individual to work under the business’s control as an employee but classifies the individual as an independent contractor. NCHBA, along […]


New Silica Rules Go Into Effect Sept. 23

NAHB is advising its members to be prepared as enforcement for the silica rule in construction is currently scheduled to begin on Sept. 23. The rule was originally scheduled to go into effect for the construction sector on June 23, but OSHA issued a 90-day delay. Some state-run OSHA programs, such as Virginia, have chosen not to follow […]


New Single-Family Homes Getting Smaller

Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, when it comes to the average and median size of new homes, a smaller size could mean a larger number of sales. The reason is simple: Following the recession, buyers of large, higher-end homes made up a greater proportion of the housing market. But in recent years, demand for […]


Short-Term Window in Collecting Canadian Lumber Duties Could Boost Market

In what could be a positive development in the ongoing U.S.-Canadian lumber dispute, countervailing duties on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. will be temporarily suspended between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6. While no one can predict with any certainty how this will affect prices, the lumber futures market is anticipating that this development could temporarily […]


A Temporary Band-aid On Labor Shortages

The portion of builders experiencing labor shortages rose again last month. While long-term workforce development initiatives are underway, many builders have the same question: How or where can we find more laborers now? A lesser-known option that could help temporarily boost production is the Department of Homeland Security’s H-2B visa program, which issues up to 66,000 temporary worker visas each year. But […]


NEW LAW CLARIFIES SALES TAX ON LABOR

On August 11, 2017, the Governor signed SB 628 (Various Changes to the Revenue Laws) which, among other provisions, contained several clarifying changes to sales and use tax on labor applicable to residential construction. Here is a brief description of the sales tax law and the fixes which NCHBA helped bring about: CURRENT LAW: All […]


Cantwell-Hatch Bill Would Help Ease Affordable Housing Crisis

NAHB today called on Congress to pass the Affordable Housing Credit Improvements Act of 2017 (S. 548), legislation that would promote the construction of sorely needed rental apartments and help alleviate the nation’s affordable housing crisis. Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald told lawmakers that it is essential to increase the resources supporting housing production in […]


EPA Formally Withdraws National Post-Construction Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that long-awaited federal regulations to require all developers to install stormwater management devices have been jettisoned. In response to NAHB comments, EPA tabled the rule in 2014 that would have required additional “post-construction” controls for stormwater discharges. That rule would have required all builders to retain a certain volume […]


Remodeling Market Confidence Remains Positive

The NAHB Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 55 in the second quarter of 2017, down three points from the first quarter. For 17 consecutive quarters, the RMI has been at or above 50, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is […]


NAHB and House Panel Reach Agreement on Flood Insurance Bill

NAHB today reached an agreement with leaders of the House Financial Services Committee to craft a viable, long-term flood insurance reauthorization bill that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fiscally sound and enable home builders to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers. “NAHB commends House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Housing Subcommittee Chair Sean Duffy […]


Top 5 Mobile Apps for Home Builders

Planning and overseeing your projects has never been easier thanks to a variety of apps available on mobile devices. These apps can help you more efficiently communicate with superintendents and workers, draw up designs for projects and keep track of dates and deadlines. Here is a quick look at five mobile apps – some are […]


OSHA Provides Clarification on Confined Spaces Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently consulted with NAHB to develop a newly released fact sheet to aid residential builders in meeting the standard issued in 2015 to protect workers from hazards related to confined spaces in construction work. The fact sheet, in addition to a detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, stems from a lawsuit NAHB filed against […]


Labor Dept. plans revision of stalled overtime rule

Dive Brief: The U.S. Department of Labor has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to confirm that it is permitted to use salary as a factor in determining which workers are eligible for overtime before it begins a new rulemaking process to amend a pending overtime regulation, according to Bloomberg BNA. Last November, […]


New Resources Help You Recruit Skilled Labor

NAHB continues to update its members-only Skilled Workforce Development Resources to help you recruit skilled labor and spread the word about the valuable careers available in residential construction. NAHB economists recently analyzed the latest salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to provide HBAs and members with updated information about their local residential construction labor market. […]


Comply with the 2018 Building Codes

States and jurisdictions across the country are making plans to adopt the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) next year – and this free NAHB webinar replay can help you prepare for the changes. The webinar highlights the differences between the upcoming code and the 2015 version, including significant updates to energy-efficiency requirements. Among the more […]


Rep. Westerman’s Forestry Bill a ‘Win-Win-Win,’ NAHB Tells Congress

A draft legislative proposal by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) would encourage better management of the nation’s federal forest natural resources while also ensuring the continued recovery of the housing industry, NAHB told Congress Thursday. “The nation’s home builders believe that increasing domestic lumber production from federal lands, both as a means to improve housing affordability […]


Federal Reserve Policy Moves

A tightening labor market and a desire to normalize monetary policy led the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee to tighten financial conditions. First, the Federal Open Market Committee announced the second rate hike of 2017, increasing the target rate to a range of 1%-1.25%. NAHB expects one additional increase in 2017. Second, the committee announced plans […]


IBS 2018 Scholarship Program for Young Professional Members

IBS 2018 Scholarship Program Applications accepted until June 21! Exclusively for the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) young professional members between the ages of 21-35. Your future awaits you at the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the 2018 Scholarship Program is designed to help get you there! IBS provides access to everything you need to jumpstart your career goals in […]


‘Persuader Rule’ One Step Closer to the Dustbin

The Department of Labor today began the process of formally rescinding the Obama administration’s final “persuader” rule. The proposal to withdraw the rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks, where it will be open to public comment. As reported previously in NAHBNow, the association scored a major legal […]


NAHB Targets the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Regulations

NAHB highlighted 10 expensive and overreaching regulatory programs in comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week in response to a presidential directive to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.” “Residential construction is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country. In these economic times, the decrease in production, loss of jobs within […]


NAHB Rob Dietz’s Presentation

NAHB Presentation May 18, 2017.


NCHBA Legislative Crossover Update

NCHBA was successful in passing its three major pro-active measures through the House well in advance of last week’s crossover deadline. They are: HB 252 Building Code Regulatory Reform Act (vote in House: 115-3) HB 507 Land-Use Regulatory Changes (Vote in House: 115-0) HB 457 Performance Guarantees/Subdivision Streets (Vote in House: 112-0) Currently, all three […]


Canadian lumber tariffs needlessly harm US home builders, buyers

President Donald Trump campaigned to help average Americans — the hard-working men and women who put in long hours and deserve a break. He also pledged to fix areas where trade policies are hurting these workers. It might surprise him to know that doing away with tariffs on Canadian lumber could accomplish both in a […]


An Apple smart home, made to order

Apple has partnered with home builders to offer new houses with Apple HomeKit products preinstalled. Are buyers lining up? https://www.cnet.com/news/an-apple-smart-home-made-to-order/


What’s Happening At The Legislature

Have two minutes? Want to be in-the-know? NCHBA’s new video series, “What’s Happening At The Legislature”, will give you a quick rundown of legislation affecting home builders in North Carolina. We know it’s hard to stay informed about everything happening on Jones Street, but we hope this new series helps you see NCHBA’s pro-business, pro-housing strategy […]


Help Your Senators Rein in OSHA

Your Senators have expressed interest in supporting home builders in the fight against a last-minute Obama Administration OSHA overreach, but they need to hear from you. OSHA’s new rule represents an extreme abuse of authority by a federal agency that will subject millions of American businesses to paperwork violations, while doing nothing to improve worker health […]


“Spruce” Up Your Homes With Another Source Of Lumber

Builders looking for U.S.-grown sources of softwood lumber have a new choice – Norway Spruce grown in New England, New York and the Great Lakes region. Last October, the American Lumber Standard Committee Board of Review approved the inclusion of Norway Spruce grown in the United States as part of the Spruce-Pine-Fir (South) species group. Lumber prices […]


National Mortgage News

Carson seeks more private sector involvement in housing Many borrowers say the mortgage process is a major pain Here’s how home prices may respond to rising mortgage rates


Home Sales, Lumber Prices Higher at Start of 2017

Despite higher mortgage interest rates, new single-family homes sales grew 3.7% in January and existing home sales were up 3.3%, starting the year off on a positive note. However, contrasts exist when comparing inventories: New home inventory grew to 265,000 in January, while the inventory of existing homes for sale dropped 7% from a year […]


Market Edge Forecast Report-January Meeting

Market Edge Permit Forecast Presentation 1.17.17


2016 Annual Report & By-Laws Update

2016 HBAF Annual Report BY-LAWS


NCHBA Generated Residential Construction Sales Tax Changes Effective 01/01/17

Important tax changes regarding sales and use tax applicable to residential construction take effect January 1, 2017. These changes affect when sales or use tax is due on labor in connection with construction activities. Recently, the NC Department of Revenue (DOR) mailed notices to persons that hold an electrical contractor license, generating questions to NCHBA about […]


Congratulations to the NCHBA Executive Officer of the Year Natalie Fryer!


The New Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule regarding overtime eligibility and specifically, the exemption for employees serving in executive, administrative and professional capacities, also known as the “white collar” exemption. Employers must comply with the new rule by Dec. 1, 2016. The rule will have significant ramifications for many employers, including […]


Energy Bill Heads to Finish Line

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would stop energy code costs from skyrocketing and give the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) a more common-sense and home buyer-friendly role in writing these codes. The Senate passed a version of the energy bill that doesn’t address cost, and instead strengthens DOE’s role in writing […]


Trump Vows to Cut Burdensome Regulations in Address to Home Builders

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today vowed to cut regulations that are hurting the housing and economic recovery. Speaking before more than 950 NAHB members and guests attending the NAHB Board of Directors Midyear Meeting in Miami, Trump said that over-regulation is costing the economy $2 trillion per year. “No one other than the energy industry is […]


Top Clinton Advisor Cites Importance of Housing to the Economy

Gene Sperling, a top economic advisor to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, today said that housing will play an important role in a Clinton administration. “For Hillary Clinton, growing middle-class jobs and middle-income security is the single lens in which she will judge economic policy,” Sperling said in an address to the NAHB Board of Directors […]


Charlie Cook Predicts Tight Presidential Race, Continued GOP Control of House

“This election is about changing the nature of the political process,” political pundit Charlie Cook told the NAHB Board of Directors this week during the Midyear Meeting in Miami. “In the end, the Democrats nominated who you thought they would,” noted Cook. Not so with the Republicans. “The GOP did not follow its pattern of […]


 
 
 
      

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Treasury to Withdraw Two Regs that Would Hinder Home Building


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NCHBA Legislative Report