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Ramp Build by the Associates Council – Advance Peek

Yesterday the Associates Council Ramp Build was held in Academy Hills in Newark.  The scope was to construct and build a ramp inside the garage of an existing home to assist the elderly resident with easier entry and exit.

All of this ramp work was done by volunteers and sponsors.  All contributors and participants will be listed later when all the photos are complete and we hold a ribbon cutting ceremony. But the ramp was designed, with our assistance, by Jerry and Ivy, senior drafting students at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School in Glasgow. They were then able to see real world the build of their design.

A sampling of pictures here show John and Ivy in action, along with our Associates Council members Debra Young, John Johnson, and Mike Janis.  We were helped greatly by member Brian Rickards of Benchmark Builders who basically oversaw the build and instructed us all along the way.  All of our members took time from their work day to help the build.  Jim McCulley served as photographer for the event.

Thanks to all for all your hard work as this ramp has come to fruition!  Here’s a sneak peak at some of the shots:





The Summer Issue of NAHB HouseKeys is Available Here!

HBADE Members:  this is great information to pass onto current and future home buyers – thru NAHB HouseKeys

The new issue of NAHB HouseKeys, NAHB’s quarterly e-newsletter for consumers, is out! The articles include topics of interest to consumers including:

• the truth about many of the claims against the mortgage interest deduction, which has helped reduce the cost of homeownership for millions of families,
• a warning about the potential pitfalls of buying a foreclosure instead of a new home,
• advice on how to keep a lawn healthy during the dry summer months,
• the top 10 features buyers of upscale homes are looking for, and more!

HouseKeys is a great way for you to connect to current and future home buyers and maintain a relationship with home owners. It provides unique content that you can use in your own communications, and saves you the time of creating the content yourself. The e-newsletter links to stories on the NAHB website with useful information about homeownership, housing issues, the latest design trends and helpful advice for buying, owning, maintaining and decorating a home.

Access NAHB HouseKeys summer issue here:   http://nahbenews.com/nahbhk/issues/2013-07-26.html

Associates Council Ramp Build July 30, 2013

Come join our Associates Council next Tuesday as they install a garage-space ramp for the use of the mobility-impaired resident to entry/exit the home with a power scooter.  Construction and installation of the ramp is next Tuesday, July 30th, at 118 Syracuse Drive in Newark, starting at 9am.

The Associates Council has worked tirelessly for many months on this project to make it a reality.  The ramp design was prepared by students at NCC Vo-Tech under the guidance of our Associates Council members and the students instructor Mr. Moxley.

Spearheading this effort by our Associates Council members:

John Johnson, Karins and Associates Engineering/Surveying

Jim McCulley, WatershedEco LLC

Debra Young, EmpowerAbility, LLC

Besides our Associates Council members, we owe a world of thanks to our generous sponsors:

Benchmark Builders for their labor and installation management supervision;

Cornell Homes for spearheading and obtaining to secure the building permit;

LC Homes and Shone Lumber for supplying the ramp materials.

Thanks again to all for their help!

Cluster mailboxes coming soon to new developments?

In an article just received, the Postal authorities are considering to eliminate door to door delivery, and also to self decide if new home communities should have curbside or neighborhood cluster box mail delivery.

For complete information, refer to this article:

Changes eyed in door-to-door mail delivery


Reminder for Next Wednesday 7/31/13 Green for Green Workshop in New Castle County

Builder Workshop July 31-2013 final

Celebrity Chef Membership Meeting – Goooood Food and Fun

Last night nearly 60 members enjoyed an evening of food, fun and good fellowship/mixering at our Quarterly Membership Meeting.

Hosted and arranged by our Membership Committee, the theme was the popular Celebrity Chef venue, where homebuilder members staffed food stations to display their culinary and imaginative expertise.  Served were foods from around the world!  Associate members made the rounds, sampled all, then voted for their favorite.

Here Jay Greene is sampling Asian cuisine – sushi, served by Mary Field of Regal Builders.  Pretty darn good and complimented by Japanese beer or Sake.

c chef regal

At another station, Schell Brothers served up home made Italian pasta, gravy and meatballs.  My Italian grandmother would have been jealous.

c chef Schell

After the voting was completed, the builder voted best, was LC Homes for their Mexican theme of tacos, sides, guacamole, and Margarita’s!  Second year in a row for winning. Congrats LC Homes!

c chef LC

Congratulations to all builders for all their foods and creativity.  It was a close vote but everyone had a great time.  And we thank Regal Builders for hosting the event at their Noble’s Pond Clubhouse, and we also thank Doug Hershman of Bayard Group for sponsoring and selecting the wines.  Nobody minded stopping to talk to Doug!

Welcome new HBADE members in July

As you know, our Board of Directors meets monthly to review and approve new membership applications.

Yesterday, we  approved and welcomed three new members to the HBADE family.

Kilkenny Painting & Decorating, Fran Kilkenny  — Associate Member

Simonton Windows, Scott Petronio  — Associate Member

Weyerhaeuser, Bill Rieger  — Associate Member


Congratulations to these newest members of HBADE, and we look forward to seeing you at our next outing!

HBADE Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year July Nomination

Yesterday our Board of Directors met, and nominated for consideration of Associate of the Year 2013 is Debra Young

Debra, Principal of Empowerability LLC is a member of our Board (although she was not present when nominated), is active with our Associates Council and is involved with our current Ramp building project..

Debra is recognized this month for helping us at Legislative Watch June 30th in Dover.  Not a glamorous task, but she attended the House of Representatives session until the very end that Sunday night, which ended in the wee hours between 1 and 2am.  And then she successfully held a 7:30am meeting!

Congratulations Debra

Notice of Green for Green Workshop in New Castle County

Builder Workshop July 31-2013 final


WASHINGTON, July 8 – A total of 255 metropolitan areas across 49 states and the District of Columbia qualified to be listed on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for July, released today. This is down slightly from the 263 metros that made the list in June, but is more than triple the number of metros that were on it in July of 2012.  Delaware continues to make the list.

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. Six new markets were added to the list and 14 were dropped from it in July. Newcomers include the geographically diverse metros of Cumberland, Md.; Saginaw, Mich.; Farmington and Las Cruces, N.M.; Kingston, N.Y.; and Olympia, Wash.

“This is the sixth straight month in which at least 70 percent of all U.S. metros have qualified for the Improving Markets Index,” observed NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. “The relative stability of the IMI is representative of the broad recovery underway, which is much more extensive than what we were looking at one year ago.”

“Despite slight ups and downs in recent IMI levels, an overwhelming majority of U.S. metros — including those located in almost every state — remain solidly on the path to recovery even as the pace of their improvement is slowed by ongoing challenges related to the availability of credit, labor, lots and certain building materials,” added NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Based on recent trends in home prices, housing  permits and employment, the outlook for a continued housing expansion remains very positive for the remainder of 2013.”

“The fact that more than two-thirds of all U.S. housing markets continue to be represented on the improving list should be a boon to consumer confidence at a time when many are looking to take advantage of today’s very favorable mortgage rates,” observed 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 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 255 metros currently on the IMI, and separate breakouts of metros newly added to or dropped from the list in July, is available at www.nahb.org/imi.


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