Weekly Update: December 5, 2013

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Iverson Meeting with Fellow HBA State Executives

HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson is in South Carolina this week to meet with his colleagues who head up other state HBA’s.  A few of the many topics on the table include:

  • Federation issues (jeapordized states): Oregon; Colorado; Montana; Washington
  • Health insurance – who’s doing what
  • EOC discussion – 2014 plan; getting a state EO into the chairs; policy/political issues around the country; tax reform; storm water and other environmental enforcement; ‘cost of growth’ and other anti-growth sentiment returning with the market recovery; OSHA related issues, particularly fall protection; Immigration; state level uses of Koontz
  • Association related – membership reports; non-dues revenue ideas; communication problems and solutions; Builder Fusion and other database issues
  • Market related – housing starts; single v multi-family trends (owned and rental); impact of national builders

 

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Newest HBAI Member – Heated Stone Products

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With the cold weather upon us, that cold feel of granite, quartz, and other stone countertops is even more of a negative for homeowners 

wanting the elegance of stone in their homes. But there is now a great solution that warms up countertops using an ultra-thin heating pad that just sticks-onto the lower surface of the counter.

The product is called FeelsWarm Technology produced by Heated Stone Products of Lakeville, MN and they produce custom sized/shaped heaters to match each unique countertop design. Using low voltage and a heating pad less than 9 sheets of paper thick, the heaters are ideal for overhangs, unsupported areas, and areas where a homeowner experiences that cold feeling when touching or leaning on the counter.

This is a fantastic solution for basement bars, kitchen islands, vanities, bathrooms, desks, and wherever people rest their arms. This is also a good option for commercial applications such as banks, automotive dealerships, health clubs, lawyer/doctor offices, and firms looking to provide customers with a comforting and elegant environment.

Furthermore, it is extremely easy to install. They can be stuck on at the fabricator or they can be installed in 5 minutes after the countertop is on the cabinet. The cabinets don’t need to be specially prepared nor does a contractor need to be involved to integrate the heater. They can also be easily installed to existing countertops/homes.

Check out their web site at www.feelswarm.com. The site shows many examples and describes the technology thoroughly. Impress your customers with this new comfort product that solves a widespread issue regarding luxury stone countertops. Interested parties can contact Jahn Stopperan at 952-898-9505 or by e-mail at jjstop@charter.net.

 

December 2013 Leading Markets Index (LMI)

The LMI compares the current levels of economic health of single-family building permits, home prices and employment to their last normal, sustainable level. A national number and a comparison of individual metropolitan market areas is calculated and scored. Your area’s score is the average of the three component’s proximity to the last period of normality. An index value above one indicates the market has advanced beyond the previous sustainable level of economic activity. An index value above the national index level indicates the market is doing better than the country as a whole, moving beyond the last period of normal economic growth.

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Weekly Update: November 28, 2013

Off Schedule a Bit, But Pheasant Hunting and the Holiday Bumped It

hba-phesantsWe had this newsletter scheduled to go out Thursday, as we do each Thursday. But with the holiday we didn’t want it to get lost. Plus we may need some time to put together a South Dakota pheasant hunt! This is Jay Iverson writing this and I’d like to put together a pheasant hunt yet this year. My schedule could make it work December 13 on and I have the spot. Several friends of mine from the Ankeny Ike’s, shown in this picture, limited out the first day in 29 minutes last week. My landowner said that there will be no problem getting a limit of birds. Lots of the crops are still out and being harvested now. He charges $225 per day including lodging. I’m thinking of doing two days of hunting. Email or call me, 515-278-0255 asap if you have any interest at all and we’ll build a plan together. If you’re interested in next year, let me know that too. I’d like to put together an annual event booked on the calendar the same time each year. We’ll see if we can put together some salmon or walleye trips too. Let me know! Happy Thanksgiving!

HBAI Educational Corporation Needs Volunteer Leaders

Our HBAI Educational Corporation is in need of additional volunteers. We are planning to expand the reach and financial stability of the scholarship program. A future development that will be fun to put together is the first ever Doug Mayo Memorial Golf Outing. We could use additional members for that subcommittee. If you’re interested in helping out, please email Jay Iverson.

NAHB Is Looking for Associate Members to Serve

Are you interested in serving at the national level? It’s a great organization and a superb way to expand your relationships with other associate members. If you would like more information or to submit your name, please email Sonora Munks or call her at (800) 368-5242 x8246.

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HBAI and NAHB Message to Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds

Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds (on left) was in a meeting with representatives from NAHB last week (right side). Speaking in the photo is Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer. They thanked her for everything that she and Governor Branstad have done for Iowa and our members. Discussion topics included tax reform; easier, more predictable approval processes for permits; immigration and education and how the two issues affect labor; working with the federal government so there’s no federal overreach; and water issues. All in all it was an excellent discussion and she reinforced that her door is always open.

New HBAI Net Member Forum

Our new member forum is up and running. Go to: http://hbainet.com/ and register. Post whatever you want for now – stuff for sale, how to advice wanted or offered, help wanted – it’s wide open until it needs to have rules put in place.

IBS Deadline is Approaching

IBS provides building industry professionals with the best education, exhibits and networking opportunities. Good through Dec. 20 ONLY, an expo pass starts at $50 for NAHB members. Access more IBS information at BuildersShow.com.

Spike Appreciation Month – Jerry Cowan: All Time Big Spike

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are approximately 350 members of NAHB’s Spike Club who have reached the level of Statesman Spike by earning 500 Spike Credits during their time as members. Less than 60 have reached the level of Grand Spike with more than 1000 Spike Credits and fewer than 20 are All Time Big Spikes with an amazing 1500 or more Spike Credits. Jerry Cowan, of Greensboro, N.C., is one of the few who has reached this lofty level of success and he has managed to do it in only 15 years as a member.

Since first becoming a member in 1998, Cowan has worked tirelessly as a recruiter for local associations in North Carolina and beyond. A Senior Territory Manager for Builders Mutual Insurance, Cowan makes a pitch for membership to every potential client and encourages his co- workers to become members as well. He says, “I’m motivated by the competition – the first time I saw a list of the association’s Top 10 Spikes on the wall of my HBA’s offices, I knew I wanted to be on that list. I worked hard to recruit new members and achieved that goal. When I found out about the national NAHB Spike Wall of Fame, I made that my next goal.”

 

NAHB.org Survey Underway

NAHB is in the process of redesigning nahb.org and your help is needed. Over the next few months, NAHB will be asking for your input in the form of surveys and focus groups. The first stage in the process is a “true intent” study. When you visit nahb.org, you may be greeted with a pop-up survey box. This survey will track your movement through nahb.org and follow up with a survey upon leaving the website. The survey will provide valuable insight into how navigation can be improved.

To participate, please accept the initial pop-up, follow the instructions, proceed with the task you came to nahb.org to complete, return to the homepage to show you are finish and are ready to take the survey. Thank you for your participation