Weekly Update: March 2, 2017

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   HBAI First Vice President Scott Webster (on left) guided members of the Senate State Government Committee through the Energy Conservation bill SSB1126 (Now SF388) last Tuesday.  He and Senator Roby Smith (Scott County) put together the legislation to make the 2009 ICC Energy Code the minimum requirement in the State.  Cities can still go higher, but this will help many of our members who cannot be competitive with border states.  Many groups and individuals have been pushing the 2015 and 2018 codes, which could add approximately $7k to the cost of a new home.  As long as it’s not mandated at the state level, there will be opportunities to build homes that are more affordable, healthy, and safe.  It advances.

Member Advantage Discounts

Your 3-in-1 membership includes an exclusive program from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) called Member Advantage. This offers you ways to reduce expenses, increase efficiency, and maximize profits through discounts on products and services with leading, national companies. To learn more about these discounts and how to access the savings go to NAHB Member Discounts. Click here for an overview of all discounts.

DM HBA raises $750 For HBAI Education Corp

A big thank you goes to the Greater Des Moines HBA for raising $750 in a silent auction to benefit the HBAI Education Corporation.  We award scholarships to students going into building trade programs.  The deadline for the scholarship applications is March 31 and you can find them here.

Kansas City HBA Looking for Parade Judges

We’ve had our members participate in this in the past and they’ve had a great time.  Meet industry professionals and see new homes outside of your area.  They need you to judge on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21.  You’re responsible for your own transportation down there, but they’ll put you up in a nice hotel and provide meals and entertainment.  Email Jay Iverson if interested and he’ll forward the application form.

4th Annual Doug Mayo Memorial Golf Tourney Registration Now Open

Please join us for the 4th Annual Doug Mayo Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday June 30th, 2017. Click here to register.

President Trump Rescinds WOTUS

President Trump Rescinds WOTUS

As NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald looked on (on left in photo) – President Donald Trump today honored a campaign promise made to home builders and signed an executive order directing EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the process of rescinding or revising the controversial “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.

“NAHB commends President Trump for listening to our serious concerns about the flawed WOTUS rule that goes so far as to regulate man-made ditches and isolated ponds on private property,” said MacDonald before the signing ceremony. “This is an important first step towards fixing the flawed regulation and working towards a more sensible WOTUS rulemaking.”

HBAI Endorses Fred Hoppe (NE) for NAHB Third Vice Chair

At our HBAI Board of Directors meeting, we endorsed Fred Hoppe from Lincoln, NE as our choice for NAHB third vice chair.  Driven by family history, Fred Hoppe is determined to put people into housing. His family has been in the housing industry in Nebraska since the early 1900s.

Fred owns and runs Hoppe Homes, which builds an “affordable future” by specializing in lease-to-own single-family, low income housing tax credit and workforce multifamily. He owns Hoppe Inc., which builds commercial, including remodeling. As a lawyer, he concentrates on residential housing and builder issues. As an advocate, he reviews every new law in Nebraska for its effect on the industry.

Fred is an NAHB Life Director, and has served NAHB for over 20 years including chairmanships of Conventions, Association Planning and Legal Action. For a full list of NAHB activities see hoppetalkshousing.com.

Fred has been a dedicated fundraiser for BUILD-PAC, reaching a $1.5 million goal as chairman in 2015. He has been Nebraska State Government Affairs chair and Lincoln Home Builders Home-Pac chair.

He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Julie, who also served as an Associate leader at NAHB. They have seven children. Fred is a member of the Nebraska State HBA, the Central Nebraska HBA and the HBA of Lincoln. He has recruited more than 130 new NAHB members.

Federal HJ Res 83 Legislation Support – Disapprove of OSHA’s Volks Rule

A key vote at the Federal level is expected to occur this week, disapproving of OSHA’s Volks Rule.  The rule is a regulatory end run around Congress and the courts.  If the rule is not disapproved, small businesses will be subject to recordkeeping paperwork violations that do nothing to improve worker safety.  Check out the NAHB letters to Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

HBA Iowa Legislative Session

   This is funnel week and we’re halfway through the Iowa Legislative Session.  Meetings are long and packed with people, silly arguments are in play, minor illnesses abound – but, we’re getting through it and making some progress.  Many giant issues like abortion, gun laws, and assorted others will consume time.

Dynamite Domiciles

Last month existing home sales absolutely sizzled, hitting a rate of 5.69 million/year, the best level since 2/07. Remarkably, this strength came despite inventory of only 1.69 million units. That’s just 3.6 months of supply at the current sales pace, the lowest level seen this century! Moreover, inventory has fallen year-over-year for 20 straight months. Unsurprisingly, the median-priced home is up a whopping 7.1% from last January. Please, more homebuilding!  Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Last Chance for Weekend Walleye Tournament – May 5-7

We still need another team member for the 2017 Wall-Iowa Tournament on Lake Erie.  Friday May 5 is a pre-fishing day, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 are tournament days.  Email Jay Iverson if you’re interested as soon as possible.  It will be a cheap trip and lots of fun.

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