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VIRTUAL CANDIDATES FORUM NC LEGISLATURE

VIRTUAL CANDIDATES FORUM 2020 – NC LEGISLATURE from JERFILM PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo. The Virtual Candidates Forum 2020 is sponsored by: The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Longleaf Pine REALTORS Association of Fayetteville Piedmont Natural Gas The Fayetteville Observer Home Builders Association of Fayetteville


VIRTUAL CANDIDATES FORUM CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

VIRTUAL CANDIDATES FORUM 2020 – CUMBERLAND COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS from JERFILM PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo. The Virtual Candidates Forum 2020 is sponsored by: The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Longleaf Pine REALTORS Association of Fayetteville Piedmont Natural Gas The Fayetteville Observer Home Builders Association of Fayetteville


Virtual Candidates Forum BOE

VIRTUAL CANDIDATES FORUM 2020 – CUMBERLAND COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION from JERFILM PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo. The Virtual Candidates Forum 2020 is sponsored by: The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Longleaf Pine REALTORS Association of Fayetteville Piedmont Natural Gas The Fayetteville Observer Home Builders Association of Fayetteville


Construction Sites Specifically Included In Governor’s Face Mask Order

NCHBA Members: This afternoon Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 147 (Order) which requires face covering at various business, manufacturing and other settings. Construction sites are specifically included: In Certain High-Density Occupational Settings Where Social Distancing is Difficult. Social distancing is inherently difficult where multiple workers are together in manufacturing settings, at construction sites, and […]


NC Phase Two-May 22

  Should North Carolinians continue to work from home if possible? Yes. All businesses in North Carolina are strongly encouraged to continue directing employees to telework, if possible. Additionally, non-essential travel and in-person meetings should be avoided. What is the new mass gathering limit? In Phase 2, gatherings of more than ten people in a […]


NC Phase One-May 8


Builders Mutual, COVID-19 Job-site Safety Video


Governor Cooper Extends Stay-At-Home Order Through Friday, May 8

NCHBA Members: Governor Roy Cooper this afternoon announced that his “Stay-At-Home” Order would remain in place through Friday, May 8, 2020. This order specifically continues his prior Executive Order 121 and declares that it remains in effect through May 8. That order provided that “housing construction” is an essential business. “We are pleased to see […]


Registration for NCLBGC Continuing Education Classes is Now Open!

All classes will be held at Highland County Club from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., you must arrive for check-in by 7:30 a.m. REGISTRATION INFORMATION You must register through the links below and provide all the mandatory information. Please do not email or call the HBAF office with a request to register you for a class. HBAF members must login with […]


CARES Act and Small Business Lending Programs

NAHB has been providing valuable resources for members interested in the small business loans that were created in the recent federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. View summary of the plan.


City of Fayetteville Curfew

Mayor Declares State of Emergency on March 16 State of Emergency First Amendment State of Emergency Second Amendment (Curfew)


COVID-19 Employee Rights Poster

Department of Labor Publishes Required Poster and Additional Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) The required workplace poster notifying employees of their rights must be posted in a conspicuous place on the employer’s premises. For employers with employees who are telecommuting, the posting requirement may be met by emailing or direct mailing the poster […]


NC Stay at Home Orders 3/27/20

State of North Carolina Beaufort Cabarrus County Durham Forsyth County/Winston-Salem Gaston County Guilford County Madison County Mechlenburg County Orange County Pitt County Wake County/Raleigh


Cumberland County Planning & Inspections Update

Planning & Inspections – Staff will meet with customers by appointment. This includes planning, central permitting, code enforcement, building inspections and community transportation. Click HERE to read the full protocol for the Planning & Inspections Department. Call: 910-678-7600 Visit: www.co.cumberland.nc.us/planning


Development Services Update, City of Fayetteville

City of Fayetteville Development Services no longer is accepting walk-in customer service in compliance with the closure of the City Hall. However, we remain open for business. Professional staff contact information from Planning, Zoning, Building Inspections, and Code Compliance can be found at the department City of Fayetteville website (https://fayettevillenc.gov/government/city-departments/development-services). Plan submittals and requests for […]


Cumberland County Register of Deeds Update

To Our Valued Customers, It’s the Register of Deeds mission to continue to serve our customers to the best of our ability during the closure of government offices to the public due to COVID‐19.  We want to make you aware of the services that will be available and unavailable during this time.  Please see the list below.   Any […]


NAHB Publishes Construction Job Site Guidance for Coronavirus

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) today published guidance for construction employers, employees and contractors on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedness and response. NAHB is a key member of CISC. The guidance describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be […]


Protect your Business During the Pandemic

NAHB is committed to helping home building businesses impacted by the coronavirus and will continuously update this set of resources as more information becomes available. Workplace Safety Jobsite Safety Guidance from the Construction Industry Safety Coalition NAHB Encourages Members to Donate Masks to Fight Coronavirus Coronavirus Could Affect OSHA Compliance on Home Building Sites OSHA: COVID-19 CDC: […]


Mecklenburg County And Municipalities Announce “Stay-At-Home” Declaration; Residential Construction Is Exempt

NCHBA Members: Yesterday afternoon, the Mecklenburg County local governments jointly announced a “Stay-At-Home” Proclamation with a number of significant restrictions on citizens and businesses. However, the proclamation explicitly finds that “housing construction” is an essential infrastructure which may continue. It becomes effective at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 26, and applies to Mecklenburg County, the […]


Local Inspection Department Updates 3/18

City of Fayetteville Development Services is now meeting walk-in customers in the Cape Fear Conference Room at the front of City Hall. Professional staff from Planning, Zoning, and Building Inspection will meet with customers who cannot otherwise complete tasks online or by phone. The Permit Technicians and Finance Department expect to be operating from this […]


Viral Economic Stress

The last two weeks have seen growing concern and economic stress related to coronavirus mitigation efforts and social distancing. These recommended strategies will continue to place large sections of the U.S. economy on pause for at least the next few weeks — and potentially much longer. Postponed events, cancelled travel plans and deferred service consumption […]


NCHBA Works With NCDOI On Inspections

NCHBA is committed to our members as we monitor the impact of COVID-19. We have been in close contact with several state agencies and trade associations. NCHBA is specifically in communication with the North Carolina Department of Insurance regarding the continuation of new home inspections. Please see this memo from the Department of Insurance regarding […]


HBAF Office Closed, Staff Will Work Remotely

Over the next few weeks, our priority is to balance the safety of self, family and members, while at the same time meeting the needs and expectations that our members want and deserve in this unprecedented time. Our work environment is where we start. We believe we can accomplish this desired balance with the following […]


HBAF Builder Continuing Education Class

March 4, 2020 The HBAF will offer three, 8-hour continuing education courses that satisfy the new requirement to renew your NC General Contractors License. The NCGCL is in the final stages of approving instructors and program material. Once everything is approved, we will send out the information to register by email, through the HBAFlash, on […]


How To View And Purchase New 2018 NC Building Code

The 2018 NC Building Code is now available to view online and to purchase. The code became effective on January 1, 2019. To receive the online “members” purchasing discount, anyone can go through the NC Department of Insurance website. Under “Code Book Sales” click “Purchase State Building Code On-Line” and follow the link to ICC’s […]


Labor Sales Tax Exemption Form

All builders and remodelers should give this form to any vendor that charges labor. Otherwise, you are responsible for the sales tax on that labor. If you have questions about this form, please contact Tim Minton at NCHBA,tminton@nchba.org or (919) 676-9090. Generally, services to real property are retail sales of or the gross receipts derived from repair, […]


NC General Contractors’ 2019 License Renewal Applications Now Online At NCCLiC.org

The new online license renewal system NC Contractors Licensing Central (NCCLiC.org) is live! General contractors may go online at NCCLiC.org to access their 2019 license renewal applications and complete the process quickly, easily and securely. Remember for 2019 renewals, you’ll use NCCLiC. NO PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL BE MAILED. It’s fast – No more waiting for […]


New Trade Deal Could Open Door for Future Lumber Talks

The new trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, has the potential to yield positive developments regarding the ongoing U.S.-Canada lumber trade dispute. All three nations must still ratify the new agreement. While the accord does not specifically […]


Housing’s Summer Soft Patch Continues

Rising interest rates and declining housing affordability caused housing demand to weaken slightly this summer. On a seasonally adjusted annual basis, the pace of new home sales in each of the previous three months was slower than any other month so far this year. This soft data for both sales and single-family starts coincided with declines in […]


NAHB Economists Forecast Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

The nation’s economy is enjoying one of the longest stretches of continued GDP growth in history. But the level of economic acceleration might soon begin to ease. In a midyear economic forecast presentation now available to NAHB members, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz was quick to acknowledge that, aside from the declining affordability of housing, “overall economic conditions remain […]


New Home Sales Edge Down 1.7% in July

Sales of newly built, single-family homes inched down 1.7% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 627,000 units after an upwardly revised June report, according to newly released data by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-to-date basis, sales are up 7.2% from this time last year. “A lack of overall […]


Most U.S. Homes Built Before the Reagan Administration

With age comes wisdom… along with achy muscles, creaky joints and thinning hair. And as the median age of Americans continues to rise,  so too does the age of the nation’s housing stock. Census data reveal the median age of owner-occupied housing has increased to 37 years old, meaning half of all homes in the U.S. were […]


Democrats Introduce Several Tax Bills Focusing on Affordable Housing

In the final days prior to the start of the traditional August congressional recess, Democrats in the House and Senate have put the spotlight on the affordable rental housing crisis by introducing a number of new bills. Here is a brief summary of the legislation: On July 19, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Rent […]


Builder Confidence Remains Firm in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes edged down one point to a solid 67 reading in August on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. “The good news is that builders continue to report strong demand for new housing, fueled by steady job and income growth along with rising household formations,” said NAHB […]


Inspections Taking Too Long?

On August 1, 2018, an important provision contained in HB 948 (Building Code Regulatory Reform Act of 2018), NCHBA’s top session priority, became effective. It allows a builder to request the assignment of a state inspector by the NC Department of Insurance’s Engineering & Codes Division (DOI) whenever a local inspections department fails to perform […]


55+ Housing Market Shows Continued Strength in 2nd Quarter

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market continued to be in positive territory in the second quarter of 2018, according to the NAHB 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The index increased one point to 67. The 55+ HMI measures two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each […]


National Flood Insurance Program Receives 4-Month Extension

The Senate voted today to approve House-passed legislation that will extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Nov. 30. Absent congressional action, the program would have expired at 11:59 p.m. tonight. It is anticipated that the four-month extension — which will keep home owners covered through the end of the hurricane season — will give the […]


Closing Strategies for Today’s ‘Amazon Prime’ Home Buyer

Alec Baldwin in the 1992 movie “Glengarry Glen Ross” from New Line Cinema. If you have any experience in sales, you’ve likely heard the classic line from the movie “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing.” But what does it mean to always be closing? Closing is not an action but a strategy. As times change, so […]


2018 Building Code Available For Purchase

The 2018 NC Building Code is now available for purchase. The code becomes mandatorily effective on January 1, 2019. To receive the online “members” purchasing discount, anyone can go through the NC Department of Insurance website. Click here to begin. Under “Code Book Sales” click “Purchase State Building Code On-Line” and follow the link to […]


Supply Constraints Hinder Sales and Affordability

The dominant characteristic of the nation’s housing markets over the last few years has been a lack of resale supply and lagging single-family construction. This dearth of inventory has resulted in price growth, making prospective home buyers more cautious about a potential purchase. Recent sales data reflect these trends. The volume of new single-family home sales […]


Congress Reauthorizes Perkins CTE Act

The House and Senate this week voted to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. Last reauthorized in 2006, the program provides grants to states to fund vocational programs for high school and college students. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for signing. As the demand for new housing […]


ESA Proposals Cut Red Tape to Concentrate on Species, Not Paperwork

NAHB is welcoming proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act announced July 19 as a way to streamline a cumbersome and bureaucratic permitting process – and allow federal regulators to spend more time on species preservation rather than creating red tape. Builders and developers whose projects require a federal permit (typically for working in wetlands) because their […]


Builder Confidence Stays at Healthy Level in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes remained unchanged at a solid 68 reading in July on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “Consumer demand for single-family homes is holding strong this summer, buoyed by steady job growth, income gains and low unemployment in many parts of the country,” said NAHB […]


In New Home Sales, Process Equals Growth

If you want to freak out certain personality types, just start throwing around words like process, systems, tracking and accountability — words that might invoke a few “four-letter-word” responses. However, everyone can master these properties, but some of us require more support than others to get there. My 19-year-old son recently got into the toughest sales business of all: […]


NAHB, HBI Pledge to Train 50,000 Workers Over Next 5 Years

Attending a White House event on workforce development, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel pledged that NAHB and the Home Builders Institute (HBI) will educate and train 50,000 new workers over the next five years for careers in the construction trades. President Trump signed an executive order that establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will develop a national […]


International Builders’ Show ‘Safety Zone’ Planned for the Builders’ Show

NAHB is extending its Safety 365 campaign past the end of this year and into 2019 with the launch of the Safety Zone, a unique exhibit and demonstration space at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Feb. 19-21 in Las Vegas. The Job-Site Safety Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting safety research for the construction industry, and Builders Mutual […]


After Rush to Urbanize, Suburbs Again on Top

Populations in cities’ core urban areas grew at a rate that nearly matched growth in America’s suburbs, a sharp shift from a decades-long trend that prompted demographers to declare the 2010s “the decade of the city.” A recent report from the Urban Land Institute showed the growth rate in that period for urban neighborhoods was 3.4%, compared […]


Kavanaugh and Home Building: What the Record Shows

As legal pundits and news outlets pour over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s extensive judicial record to learn more about President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, members need only turn to the multiple NAHB court cases over which Kavanaugh has presided at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to get a fuller picture. In […]


What Happened to the Alternative Minimum Tax?

As tax reform negotiations pressed forward last year, there were high hopes that the dreaded individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) would be repealed. While the corporate AMT was abolished permanently, the individual AMT still exists. However, the AMT rules are now more taxpayer friendly, and other changes to the tax code reduce the odds that […]


International Builders’ Show New IRS Campaign Targets S-Corp Compliance

The Internal Revenue Service on July 2 announced that it is launching five new compliance campaigns, including one that will seek to stop S corporations from abusing the rules governing pass-through entities. Several rules restrict which companies can be S corporations. Some are simple rules that define an S corporation, such as the fact that the business […]


 
 
 
      

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