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HBADE membership and Noble’s Pond Getting Bigger

Must be something in the air.  Mary Field at the Villages of Noble’s Pond in Dover became a first time grandparent March 27th.

Bryan 9

Move over Harry and Tom, Bryan Jonathan is here and will soon take over!

Congratulations Mary, and try not to spoil the little tike too much!

HBADE Mixer Upcoming May 21st

Our Associates Council has sponsored the resumption of our HBA/DE Membership Mixers.

Our next free mixer is May 21, 4-6pm, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House – Dover Downs

Join your fellow HBA/DE members for a mixer! It’s free to attend and you’ll be able to meet and greet and make new business contacts.

Click here for details and reservations: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=rqcbvycab&oeidk=a07e7dief5ya363b27e

NAHB National Discounts – Lowe’s and Many Others

As a member of HBADE, you are automatically a member of the National Association of Home Builders which gives you special discounts.

Help to cut your sticks and bricks costs at Lowe’s:

Lowe’s – Members should visit www.LowesForPros.com/NAHB or call 877.435.2440 and register to save 2% on your Lowe’s Accounts Receivable (LAR) purchases and free delivery on purchases over $500.  Now Members save an additional 5% every day at the store when they mention the 5% at time of purchase and when using their LAR.

There are many other discount programs that Members are entitled to:  go here and follow this link for complete details:

www.nahb.org/ma

Homebuilder Members – Cost of Doing Business

HBADE single family builder members:

As you may know, the NAHB Builders’ Cost of Doing Business Study is one of NAHB’s most valuable resources because it provides builders benchmarks they can use to
compare their financial performance against their peers and the industry as a whole. Their economic staff is currently collecting data to produce the next edition of the
study, and they need help.

NAHB is looking for single family builder members to complete the cost of doing business study survey.  All data is kept confidential and participants will receive a free copy of the final publication which normally costs $80.

If you are a single family builder member, please email hfortunato@hbade.org asap, first come first served and I will forward your name to NAHB.  This is another example of services available to members of HBADE.

Members: Company Health Insurance

Reminder of our HBADE endorsed insurance program for members:

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HBADE Announces Read Aloud Volunteer Program

HBADE has selected Read Aloud Delaware as our Volunteer Program.  The Associates Council suggested this and the Board of Directors voted to approve last week.

In an effort to “pay it forward”, HBADE would like to ask members, staff of members, spouses, or anyone with an interest to volunteer to read to children in their school for about an hour a week beginning with the school year this Fall.

readaloud

Visit readalouddelaware.org and complete an application, then you will need to be fingerprinted and background check.  Walk in any time in Dover, appt needed in NC & Sussex.  Then a training class will be set up in August, so we will be ready to roll in September.  This is a very simple process.

Helping a child become a better reader is so rewarding, and allowing a child to read to an adult is a wonderful way to work on those reading skills.

Please consider offering a small amount of your time, it will make such a difference!

Coming this Weekend: DSHA 3rd Annual Homebuyer Fair April 27, 2013

Attention Homebuyers – This Fair offered by the Delaware State Housing Authority for first time and repeat buyers:  register using this link:

http://www.dfli.org/index.cfm?ref=02500&ref2=5790.

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LAST CALL: NAHB Construction Forecast Webinar April 24, 2013

Spring Construction Forecast next Wednesday.

Registration deadline is this coming Monday 4/22/13 at 4pm. If we don’t get enough participants the webinar will be cancelled.

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

Helpful Spring News from DNREC – Young Wild Animals in Your Yard

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Young wild animals in your yard?

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife
recommends, ‘If you care, leave them there’

DOVER (April 19, 2013) – With spring mowing season underway and having fielded recent calls from people who have found what they believe are “abandoned” baby rabbits, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife would like to remind well-meaning wildlife watchers not to “rescue” young wild animals. Young Eastern cottontail rabbits, in particular, may appear to be alone, since their mothers often temporarily leave their ground nests to avoid attracting predators, returning only to feed the young.

“Before handling or moving any wildlife species, please contact the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and speak to a trained wildlife biologist. We can help you determine whether the animal needs help or should be left alone,” said Wildlife Biologist Joe Rogerson, Division of Fish and Wildlife. “This will not only help ensure your safety, but also help to ensure the best possible outcome for the animal.”

Precautions to take with both juvenile and adult wild animals:

If you see a young animal alone, watch from a distance      to see if its mother returns, which could take several hours.

  • Some wild animals can be unpredictable and sometimes      dangerous, especially if they are in pain. They also can carry parasites      or illnesses that can affect you or your pets, such as rabies. If you must      handle any wild animal, wear gloves and use extreme care.
  • Remember that it is illegal to raise or keep any wild      animal in Delaware.

“In almost every case, wild animals should be left where they are found. The hard truth is, if you take a young animal from the wild, you are almost certainly ensuring its death,” said licensed wildlife rehabilitator Dawn Webb. “While you may see a baby animal alone, what you don’t see is its mother, who is most likely nearby, waiting for you to move on. The bottom line is, if you care, leave them there.”

For more information, please call DNREC’s Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.

McCulley Appointed to NAHB Land Use Policy Subcommittee

Congratulations to Jim McCulley on being named to the NAHB Land Use Policy Subcommittee!

This subcommittee to the Land Development Committee is charged with identifying and evaluating key emerging national land development issues, and then developing research and advocacy strategies and resources to address them.

With the myriad of issues we face locally in Delaware, no doubt Jim’s participation at this national level will be especially helpful to HBADE in Delaware as we confront many of the same issues which impact land development and growth.

Congrats again to Jim.  If you try to reach Jim at Watershed Eco and receive a voicemail message, no doubt he’ll busy with these new issues, on top his already hectic schedule of his wetlands and environmental business in addition to participating at HBADE on the Board and as a Life Director.

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