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HBADE members: Volunteers Needed for Home Show Staffing April 6-7

Members we are in need of volunteers to help run our Delaware Home & Garden Show in April

Running the Show is not difficult but it takes manpower and ladypower. We will need help selling tickets and greeting the public, answering questions and other easy tasks.  Absolutely no experience needed and it’s a fun few hours.  And you can make some great contacts with our volunteers and the exhibitors.  The shifts are listed below, we only ask that you arrive at the noted times to get briefed.  If you can  help, email Hollie Gordon by next Wed 4/3/13 (info@hbade.org).  Thanks!

The Dover Home and Garden Show is Saturday and Sunday April 6 and 7 at the Dover Sheraton, Rt. 13.  Shifts are as follows:

Saturday, April 6 (2 hour shifts)

9:45 am – 12 pm

11:45 pm – 2 pm

1:45 pm – 4 pm

3:45 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, April 7 (3 hour shifts)

10:45 am – 2 pm

1:45 pm – 5 pm

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April is National New Homes Month!

Home buyers often look for a place to better suit their family’s changing needs and modern lifestyle in the spring, and it doesn’t get any better than a newly constructed home. During New Homes Month in April, the home building industry is sharing just some of the advantages of newly constructed homes.

“Newly-constructed homes today can’t be beat for convenience, safety, energy-efficiency and comfort,” said Fred Fortunato, President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware. “They provide outstanding value and an investment in your family’s future.”

One very important feature of brand new homes is peace of mind for a family’s safety. A new home was constructed with the proper permits, has passed recent and thorough inspections and conforms to current building codes. There’s no worry that renovations or repairs were done by an unskilled do-it-yourselfer, wiring is old or connected incorrectly, or outdated techniques or materials were used.

New home owners won’t be surprised with repair bills for issues such as structural defects, hidden water damage, faulty appliances or more that may not have been discovered during the home inspection of an existing home. A new home is under warranty and any issues that arise or appliances that fail during the warranty term will be fixed at no cost to the home owner.

Today’s appliances, entertainment resources and home automation systems require state-of-the-art technology capabilities. New homes are outfitted with the electronic and wiring components that can accommodate high-definition televisions, full-house sound systems, hard-wired fire and security alarms and more.

New homes are always move-in ready. Home buyers can work with the builder before construction begins to select the appliances, cabinets, countertops, floor coverings, paint colors, custom features and other design elements that meet their family’s needs and tastes. There’s no need to spend time painting, tearing out unwanted features or having daily life disrupted while a contractor makes changes.

Existing homes often don’t have features that cater to modern lifestyles, such as open space floor plans, walk-in closets and pantries, creative storage solutions and conveniently located laundry facilities—but newly-built homes do.

Finally, new homes are highly energy-efficient, which can save the home owner significant money over time and also helps the environment. New windows, doors and insulation better control the home’s interior climate, and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and other modern components such as tankless water heaters and new HVAC systems help save costs on utility bills.

To learn about homeownership opportunities in Delaware contact our Home Builders Association at 302-678-1520 or http://www.hbade.org.

List of Improving Housing Markets Rises to 274 in March

Dover Makes it Again!

WASHINGTON, March 21 – The list of improving U.S. housing markets expanded for a seventh consecutive month in March to include 274 metros on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today. This total amounts to a net gain of 15 markets since February and includes entrants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The IMI identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. Thirty-four new markets were added to the list and 19 were dropped from it this month. Notable additions include such diverse locations as Birmingham, Ala.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Bloomington, Ind.

“This is the second consecutive month in which every state is represented by at least one metro on the improving list,” observed NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “The expanding housing recovery is energizing communities nationwide by generating jobs and local tax revenues — and it could be an even more potent force for economic growth if credit for building and buying homes was more readily available.”

“With just over 75 percent of the 361 metros covered by the IMI now seen as improving, the housing market is on considerably more solid footing than it was at this time last year,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “While we expect this positive momentum to continue, it’s important to understand that many markets are just beginning the recovery process, and that numerous issues – from credit availability to the rising cost of building materials and emerging lot shortages – are slowing the pace of that advancement.”    “With the understanding that there are still a lot of uncertainties in the regulatory arena, it looks like we are finally seeing the beginning of what could be a broad and deep recovery of the nation’s housing market,” added Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company.

The IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data to get a mark on the top improving Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The three indicators that are analyzed are employment growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, house price appreciation from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permit growth from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB uses the latest available data from these sources to generate a list of improving markets. A metro area must see improvement in all three measures for at least six consecutive months following those measures’ respective troughs before being included on the improving markets list.

A complete list of all 274 metropolitan areas currently on the IMI, and separate breakouts of metros newly added to or dropped from the list in March, is available at www.nahb.org/imi.

Delaware Home & Garden Show – Coming to Dover Next WEEK

Check out what’s happening at the Dover Sheraton next weekend April 6 and 7 – our Delaware Home & Garden Show.  Here’s some pics from last month!

Pictured above, we held gardening seminars with garden guru Mike McGrath, host of WHYY’s You Bet Your Garden.  He will be back next month for a repeat performance!

Nearly 3,000 attendees  toured the Show, taking in the multitude of home, food, hot tubs, gardening and you name it from over 200 exhibitor.  Something for everybody including the kids!

And it all happens again at the Dover Sheraton April 6 & 7.  For tickets information to attend, or for potential vendors looking to get in, see our website DelawareHomeShow.com.  And HBADE members, this is a tremendous volunteer opportunity to have fun, rub elbows with other members which might lead to business with other members, and meeting and greeting the pubic.  An extremely easy way to get involved in HBADE and get more bang for your buck!  Any volunteers interested for Dover, contact Hollie Gordon at 302-678-1520 up to a week before April 6th!

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Congrats Real Estate Mortgage Network

Congrats to Sales Manager Mark Succarotte at Real Estate Mortgage Network in Wilmington, ranked #16 in top Mortgage Lenders in 2012!  Way to go!

Top 100 Mtg Lenders

Alert to Builders – New Lumber Design Values

Alert to Builders

Effective June 1, 2013, new design values go into effect for Southern Pine lumber, including all sizes and grades of dimensional lumber.

Truss makers who use Southern Pine are already implementing redesign of their product. Deck builders and house framers should begin to use the new span tables for the 2×8, 2×10, and 2×12 lumber. You should verify that the new design values are being used.

Click here for the Southern Forest Products Association’s (SFPA) new span tables for Southern Pine. And “new design values for ALL sizes and grades of visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber” are published in Southern Pine Inspection Bureau’s (SPIB) Supplement No.13 to the 2002 Standard Grading Rules for Southern Pine Lumber February 11, 2013 located on the SBC Magazine webpage.

NAHB Construction Forecast Webinar April 24, 2013

Spring Construction Forecast One Month Away !!!

Register below for the upcoming NAHB Spring Construction Forecast Webinar to get industry-specific analysis of the issues affecting the housing market.

Regional markets are improving, but several variables could influence where housing goes next. Find out how builders are responding and what the best moves are for other industry professionals Wednesday, April 24, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. at Noble’s Pond Clubhouse in Dover. Three of the nation’s top housing experts will give their take on the market, the economy and what 2013 has in store.  Webinar is free to HBADE members, $10 per person non-members.  All must register in advance.

The panel will discuss, among other topics:

  • Improving house prices
  • Increasing number of improving markets
  • Housing’s return as an economic leader
  • Building material prices
  • Availability and cost of labor
  • Fiscal, tax and regulatory changes

Join NAHB Chief Economist Dr. David Crowe, UBS’s Managing Director and Chief Economist for the Americas, Maury Harris, and NAHB’s Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis, Robert Denk. You can ask questions directly through the webinar interface.

A big shout out THANKS to Harry Miller and Mary Field at Regal Builders for hosting this webinar in their Clubhouse at Noble’s Pond!

Register here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=rqcbvycab&oeidk=a07e790gidl9daef5b5


HBADE Office Closed Good Friday Reminder

Members: wanted to remind you that our office will be closed this Friday, March 29, 2013.

We will reopen for business Monday morning first thing! Thank you.

HBADE Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year Nominations

Our Board of Directors met yesterday afternoon.

As you probably know, in the past, nominations for the Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year Award were culled together later in the year, as the winner is announced at our Annual Ball each December.

In order to not lose sight of the accomplishments and achievements our Associates contribute to the Association during the entire year, member of the Board name noteworthy Associates and their achievements at each month’s Board meeting.  All of these named Associates will then become the pool of candidates which the Builder members will vote on near the end of the year.  Besides providing recognition of these candidates at general membership meetings and soon on our website, we’ll spread the word here monthly in Sticks and Bricks.

Associate Members Nominated so far by the HBADE Board of Directors at yesterday’s meeting:

Joe Gordon, GreenJoeGreen / Joe Gordon LLC – Joe was instrumental in spearheading our recent energy code meetings and dialogue with DNREC.

Mike Riemann, Becker Morgan Group – for his continued assistance on flood plain regulations, and Kent County matters.

Scott Wilcox, WhitefordTaylorPreston – for his persistence working with the State on language for the Sussex County ordinance regarding building plan requirements.

Thank you to Joe, and Mike and Scott.  We appreciate all your hard work to make our industry better.

Successful Building Science and Marketing at Noble’s Pond

Yesterday, about 70 members and non-members learned much more about building high performance homes, and selling high performance homes at our Green Building Council seminar on energy topics.  The morning session centered on building science, while the afternoon focused on selling building science to consumers.  The classes were held at Noble’s Pond Clubhouse in Dover.

Nationally renowned speaker Gord Cooke came in from Canada and walked our participants step by step thru numerous facets of building science, insulation, sealing methods, third-party verification and more.  Our exit surveys all said the same thing:  “great course”; “loved the class”; “awesome”.

We need to thank our sponsors, whose generosity made the classes quite affordable:

  • First, a big shout out to Regal Builders, our host at Noble’s Pond.
  • DOW Building Solutions, Jodi Hawn, Arlington, VA
  • Energy Services Group, Ed Minch, New Castle, DE
  • J.S. Hovnanian and Sons, Shari Hendley, Felton, DE
  • Schell Brothers, Mark Fitzgerald, Rehoboth Beach, DE
  • The Fifth Fuel, Francisco Chavez, Georgetown, DE
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Pam Robichaud, Dover, DE

Thank you Sponsors!

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