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 […]


Register for IBS and Enjoy August Discounts

The 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Jan. 9-11, and will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show for the fifth annual Design & Construction Week. During August, IBS registrants can take advantage of several registration discounts. For a full […]


Positions Available at HBI

The Home Builders Institute’s mission (HBI) is: to advance and provide education, career development, training and placement of men and women serving the building industry. HBI is celebrating 50 years as a national leader for career training in the building industry. HBI is committed to building careers and changing lives of the diverse populations it […]


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 […]


Federal Fines To Jump August 1

The NAHB reports that penalties for non-compliance assessed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are slated to rise next month for the first time in 25 years. But OSHA is not the only federal agency that plans to increase its fines. Last November, President Obama signed into law the Inflation Adjustment Act to ensure federal agencies regularly […]


New Home Sales Contract

New Home Sales Contract available for use. Click on the links below to view each editable document. Blank Purchase and Sales Agreement Blank New Builder Addendum Updated Blank Addendum A – Additional Provisions Addendum


Preparing to Buy in 2016

When winter gives way to spring, the temperatures won’t be the only things on the rise. The home-buying market tends to heat up as well during the spring, and 2016 will be no exception. Many savvy buyers will be looking to lock in attractive interest rates while they still remain low. If this group includes […]


NCHBA Build PAC

The Political Action Committee of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NC Build-Pac) purpose is raise and spend money to elect candidates running for political office in North Carolina. NCHBA formed Build-Pac because it cannot make direct contributions to a candidate. NC Build-Pac helps elect pro-housing candidates by contributing to their campaigns. Contributions to NC […]


INVENTORY TAX EXCLUSION FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL REAL PROPERTY IMPROVEMENTS

In one of NCHBA’s most important legislative victories ever, the General Assembly during its 2015 Session enacted HB 168 (Exempt Builders’ Inventory). This act exempts from the local property tax the increase in value of real property held for sale by a builder to the extent the increase is attributable to subdivision or other improvement. […]


OSHA’s New Standard on Confined Spaces

After months of negotiation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), NAHB finally reached a settlement agreement that resolves the association’s legal challenge to the agency’s Confined Spaces in Construction final rule. In general, the settlement clarifies that the rule has very limited application in the residential home building industry. The Q&A defines “residential home building” or “residential […]


HBAF wins NCHBA Stars Awards!

Congratulations to all of the HBAF Members! Your association won 2 awards at the NCHBA 21st Century Building Expo & Conference! Best HBA Website Best Event Special Project for the Idea House    


Home Design & Remodeling Show on February 26-28

September 3, 2015 The HBA of Fayetteville is a proud sponsor of the Home Design & Remodeling Show on February 26-28, 2016 at the Crown Complex. The Fayetteville Spring Home, Design & Remodeling Show is designed to place quality homeowners in direct contact with quality home improvement, interior décor, landscaping, and outdoor living companies.  The show […]


Call for HBAF Nominations

The selection of the annual awards for Builder of the Year, Associate of the Year and Pillar of the Industry have changed. The nominations will now come from YOU, the HBAF Member. If no nominations are received the award will not be given that year. Nominations are due September 23 at 12:00 pm. Click here […]


Natalie W. Fryer: Tax-relief bill a fair deal for builders

By Natalie W. Fryer Tim White’s column last Sunday (“If they build it, they won’t pay“) got it wrong. In the 1980s, the General Assembly repealed the inventory tax for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers because it was unfair to tax a product before it was sold. Houses constructed and offered for sale are a builder’s […]


Casino Night Presented by Lumbee Quality Builders

 presented by October 29 Highland Country Club VIP Reception 5:30-6:30 pm Casino Night 6:30-10:00 pm SPONSORSHIP AND TICKET INFORMATION


OSHA’s New Standard on Confined Spaces

On May 4, 2015 the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the Final Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction. The standard (Subpart AA of 29 CFR 1926) contains the requirements for practices and procedures to protect workers engaged in construction activities at a worksite with one or more confined spaces (including, but not […]


Idea House Project Wins Award

This past week at the Association Leadership Institute, the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville received the 2014 Association Excellence Award in the category of “Best Revenue Effort Other Than Parades, Tours, or Shows 200-600 Members”. What an honor!


Governor McCrory signed SB 25 into law!

Your Membership Dollars & BuildPAC Dollars at Work! Governor McCrory signed SB 25 into law! What does this mean for you? The law clarifies that local ordinances may not mandate subjective design and aesthetic controls. This law effects the UDO and several sections will have to be amended to reflect NC Legislation. This is a HUGE win for […]


Call to Action

Urge Your Senators to Pass S. 1140 Write your Senators at http://capitolconnect.com/builderlink Call your Senators at (866) 924-NAHB (6242) Once again we need your help to reverse the onerous “waters of the U.S” rule that was recently finalized by the EPA and Army Corps (the agencies). You were instrumental in the passage of H.R. 1732 in the […]


Idea House Wins National Award

NAHB Association Excellence Award The 2014 Idea House & the Fayetteville HBA was recognized for Best Revenue Effort – Non Parade, Tour or Show for HBAs with 200-600 members.


 
 
 
      

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