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HBADE Announces New Ramp Build Program in Sussex County

The Associates Council of HBADE is proud to announce they will be working this Fall with Sussex Vo-Tech students and instructors to design, build and install a wheelchair ramp in Sussex County for a deserving person, preferably a military veteran.

As you recall, we worked last summer with Hodgson Vo-Tech students in New Castle County to build and install a ramp for an elderly recipient in New Castle County.

 

The ramp will be designed by the high-school students, in consultation with their teachers and our Associate members expertise to guide them on ADA and accessibility guidelines.  Then they will continue to build and install the ramp, while learning hands-on about construction and obtaining the necessary County building permits.  In addition, all of this will be provided at no cost to the recipient as the construction materials will be donated by HBADE members and our Associates Council members will donate their time and expertise.

 

Recipient applications will be available shortly on our website, however anyone interested in getting on the list should contact us at info@hbade.org with a reference to the Ramp Program.

HBADE Launches Regional 50+ Housing Council

We are proud to officially launch the Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council!

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NAHB economists have told us that a quarter of all new homes sold this year are forecast to be sold to people 55 and older. The number of homes sold to that age group is projected to grow every year for the following seven years, holding steady at about 250,000 homes a year until 2030.

 

That forecast highlights the fact that every builder is building for the 50+ housing market — now and for the foreseeable future. Even builders whose market has always been first-time, as well as move-up buyers in their 20s, 30s and 40s will have to understand that it’s the active mature market — aging boomers — who have the equity and the savings to easily purchase a more user-friendly home in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

 

Here’s the most important thing: Mature market buyers don’t want the same things that younger buyers want. So a builder who isn’t offering the features mature buyers expect — such as one-story homes that minimize stairs, homes with first-floor owner’s suites, high-performance energy-efficient homes or kitchens designed to minimize bending and reaching — won’t even be considered by at least a quarter of all new home buyers.

 

However, there’s good news. A group of builders who’ve been catering to this group of service-intensive buyers for years. The members of the NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council have a vault full of information on how these purchasers think, how they live and what they want.  Now they’re taking that energy and expanding it across the member spectrum to builders and associates!

 www.midatlantic50hc.org

Membership in the Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council is open to all HBADE members and nearby Home Builder’s Associations members! More information and the application are available on our website:

www.midatlantic50hc.org

New Home Sales Down 8.1% in June

(Reprinted from NAHB Monday Morning)

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 8.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000 units in June, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales numbers for May were revised downward to 442,000.

“The numbers are a little disappointing, but May was unusually high and some pull back isn’t completely unexpected,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. “Our surveys show that builders are confident about the future and we are still seeing a gradual upward trajectory in housing demand.”

“With continued job creation and economic growth, we are cautiously optimistic about the home building industry in the second half of 2014,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The increase in existing home sales also bodes well for builders, as it is a signal that trade-up buyers can move up to new construction.”

Regionally, new-home sales were down across the board. Sales fell 20% in the Northeast, 9.5% in the South, 8.2% in the Midwest and 1.9% in the West.

The inventory of new homes for sale held steady at 197,000 units in June. This is a 5.8-month supply at the current sales pace.

Read Aloud Delaware Needs Volunteers

HBADE has selected Read Aloud Delaware as our Volunteer Program.  The Associates Council spearheaded this community service initiative and the Board of Directors voted to approve it.  A great cause.

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 this program.  The children really look forward to it and volunteers find it quite rewarding – without taking a great deal of time.

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Visit readalouddelaware.org and complete an application, then you will need to be fingerprinted and background check.  Walk in any time in Dover, an appointment is needed in New Castle & Sussex Counties.  Then they hold an “orientation/training” class and you’re ready to go.  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!

NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly Participates at White House FHA Discussion

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Participating with other industry leaders in a July 18 panel discussion at a White House event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly said that the association will continue to work to support a vibrant agency that provides critical single-family and multifamily programs.

“Moving forward, we need to ensure that FHA maintains its role of providing stable and liquid markets,” said Kelly. “With respect to reform, we should proceed cautiously but essentially ensure that the agency is better able to assess market needs and respond efficiently and sustainably.”

During the housing downturn, the agency stepped up to provide mortgage market liquidity to the nation’s housing finance system. Since then, FHA has become the primary source of mortgage credit for first-time home buyers, minorities and those with limited downpayment capabilities.

Shaun Donovan, in one of his last official acts as secretary of Housing and Urban Development before Julián Castro takes the helm at the agency, appeared at the morning ceremony to take a look back at the last 80 years of FHA and celebrate how it has helped millions of Americans to achieve the dream of homeownership.

“FHA has been a champion of opportunity for the last 80 years,” said Donovan. “During this time, FHA has funded more than half of all first-time mortgages.” He also noted that the agency remains an important source of low-cost affordable rental housing.

Looking forward, NAHB believes FHA should take immediate steps to reduce barriers to affordability, such as lowering its annual mortgage insurance premium and resume allowing borrowers to stop paying premiums when performing loans reach an appropriate loan-to-value or maturity threshold.

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FHA endorsed $4 billion in multifamily loans in 2008, which grew to $24 billion in 2013. Demand for rental housing has increased and a related rise in rents, coupled with lagging or stagnant incomes of many renters, will fuel the need for additional affordable rental units.

Therefore, Kelly said that in addition to single-family programs, FHA should continue to focus both on affordable rental housing and multifamily mortgage market liquidity.

HBADE Launches Regional 50+ Housing Council

We are proud to officially launch the Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council!

50+ logo healine

 

NAHB economists have told us that a quarter of all new homes sold this year are forecast to be sold to people 55 and older. The number of homes sold to that age group is projected to grow every year for the following seven years, holding steady at about 250,000 homes a year until 2030.

 

That forecast highlights the fact that every builder is building for the 50+ housing market — now and for the foreseeable future. Even builders whose market has always been first-time, as well as move-up buyers in their 20s, 30s and 40s will have to understand that it’s the active mature market — aging boomers — who have the equity and the savings to easily purchase a more user-friendly home in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

 

Here’s the most important thing: Mature market buyers don’t want the same things that younger buyers want. So a builder who isn’t offering the features mature buyers expect — such as one-story homes that minimize stairs, homes with first-floor owner’s suites, high-performance energy-efficient homes or kitchens designed to minimize bending and reaching — won’t even be considered by at least a quarter of all new home buyers.

 

However, there’s good news. A group of builders who’ve been catering to this group of service-intensive buyers for years. The members of the NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council have a vault full of information on how these purchasers think, how they live and what they want.  Now they’re taking that energy and expanding it across the member spectrum to builders and associates!

 www.midatlantic50hc.org

Membership in the Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council is open to all HBADE members and nearby Home Builder’s Associations members! More information and the application are available on our website:

www.midatlantic50hc.org

Read Aloud Delaware Volunteer Program

HBADE has selected Read Aloud Delaware as our Volunteer Program.  The Associates Council spearheaded this community service initiative and the Board of Directors voted to approve it.  A great cause.

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 this program.  The children really look forward to it and volunteers find it quite rewarding – without taking a great deal of time.

readaloud

Visit readalouddelaware.org and complete an application, then you will need to be fingerprinted and background check.  Walk in any time in Dover, an appointment is needed in New Castle & Sussex Counties.  Then they hold an “orientation/training” class and you’re ready to go.  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!

Debra Young to Speak at IBS in 2015

 

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Save the Date for IBS 2015 – there will be lots of displays, new products, and educational seminars to improve your business.

On the education front, Debra Young, of EmpowerAbility LLC in Newark has been accepted to present at the International Builder Show in 2015.

 

To be held in Las Vegas January 20-22, 2015, Debra will be co-presenting with Betty Rhoades, Chief of Specially Adapted Housing for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Their presentation is: “Aging in Place: An Individualized Approach to Set Your Business Apart”.

IBS Registration opens in early September!

 

HBADE Picking Up More Read Aloud Volunteers – how about you?

HBADE has selected and affirmed Read Aloud Delaware as our Volunteer Program.  Our Associates Council spearheaded this community service initiative and the Board of Directors voted to approve it.  A great cause.

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 this program.  The children really look forward to it and volunteers find it quite rewarding – without taking a great deal of time.

readaloud

Visit readalouddelaware.org and complete an application, then you will need to be fingerprinted and background check.  Walk in any time in Dover, an appointment is needed in New Castle & Sussex Counties.  Then they hold an “orientation/training” class and you’re ready to go.  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!

Becker Morgan Group Announces New Employees

 

 Becker Morgan Group Announces New Employees

 

Garrett M. Neeb (pictured below) joins the Salisbury, MD office as a Survey Technician. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University. His project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes surveying at Seaside Village Subdivision in Ocean City, MD; 1111 Edgewater Avenue Condominium in Ocean City, MD; Sandy Spring Friends School Solar Array in Sandy Spring, MD; Batson Creek Estates in Roxana, DE; and Bay Forest Club in Millville, DE.

 

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Eric J. Singleton (pictured below) joins the Wilmington, NC office as an Architectural Designer. He graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associate Degree in Architecture. Singleton has 8 years of professional experience and previously worked as a Senior Architectural CAD Designer. His project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes the Allicyn Spa in Surf City, NC; Chemtex International Office in Wilmington, NC; Lumberton Northeast Park in Lumberton, NC; and PNC Bank in Charleston, SC.

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Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com.

 

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