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Want to Understand How TRID Affects Your  New Construction Business?

Join the Sales and Marketing Council to learn more about TRID (TILA – RESPA Integrated Disclosure) and how it affects your buyers.

Thursday, March 3rd

New Penn Financial
614 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901 


8:30 am – 9:00 am: Coffee and Refreshments
9:00 am -10:00 am: Class will be held

FREE for SMC Members
$15.00 for Non-SMC Members 

Topics covered will include an overview of:

  • New regulations
  • New turn time expectations for financing
  • Special considerations for new construction
  • What we have learned so far since TRID rolled out last October.

*Materials will be provided for your buyers to help them understand the process and set proper expectations.*


DryZone, LLC Looking for Experienced In-Home Sales Professional

DryZone, LLC is GROWING, and we are looking for an EXPERIENCED in-home sales professional to RUN self-generated and company-provided leads and CLOSE sales in the basement, crawlspace, and foundation repair field. We provide qualified, high quality leads (homeowners contact us for appointments).

The ideal candidate will have in-home sales experience or come from the residential real estate, window/siding/roofing, home inspection, or home improvement industries. You MUST have verifiable and STABLE sales experience. Construction experience and knowledge is a definite plus. You must also be comfortable with a 100% commission based income.
The ideal candidate must also have strong listening, follow-up, and closing skills. You must be proficient working with computer software and be detail oriented, focused, and a team player. Most importantly, you MUST have strong ethics and high integrity and be committed to ALWAYS putting the homeowner first.

We provide the BEST training, systems, products, and services in the business. We are the biggest and the best. For more information on our company, please visit dryzone.com and find us on Facebook. If you are interested, please submit your resume to careers@dryzone.com

Becker Morgan Group Announces Promotions

Date: February 16, 2016


Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce the following promotions.

Jeremy Walbert



Jeremy I. Walbert, P.E., Structural Engineer in the Salisbury, MD office was named Senior Associate. With a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, Walbert has over 10 years of professional experience. He leads the structural department.



Ann CamperAnn M. Camper, NCIDQ, Interior Designer in the Dover, DE office was named Associate. Camper joined Becker Morgan Group 10 years ago after earning her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Architectural Engineering and Associate in Applied Science Degree in Interior Design from Delaware Technical Community College.




Bryan Hutchison

Bryan L. Hutchison, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, Architect in the Dover, DE office was named Associate. He has been with the firm for 12 years and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Hutchison is an active member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).


Adam Jones



Adam W. Jones, Prof. Land Surveyor, Land Surveyor in the Dover, DE office was named Associate. Jones earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics with an Engineering Emphasis from Delaware State University. He has been with the firm for 10 years and was named the Delaware Society of Surveyors 2013 Surveyor of the Year.


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

HBA Delaware – Member Benefit Claim Deadline Extension, 3/4/16

Member Rebate Program – Last Chance for 2015!

Don’t Leave Money On The Table!  This is your Last Chance to claim your rebates on work you completed in 2015!

Builder & Remodeler members can claim for any completed residential addresses from July – December 2015 that used any of our 50+ Manufacturer brands.

The deadline to submit has been extended to March 4th. www.HBArebates.com/claimform.html

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MemberRebateProgram

Builder Testimonials: http://bit.ly/1HQGSeF

Webinar Schedule: www.HBArebates.com/webinar.html

Registration: www.HBArebates.com/registration.html

Member Rebate Program Tutorial Videos: www.HBArebates.com/tutorial.html

Member Rebate Program Claims Process: www.HBArebates.com/claimsprocess.html


Carolyn Stanley has a special request.   Could you please share the attached flyer/invite with the person in charge of communications at each of your communities?

This Las Vegas style Tribute to Elvis will benefit Nehemiah Gateways’s EITC program, which does taxes FREE for low income folks.  Carolyn has been volunteering with the group for 10 years.

If groups of 10-12 order their tickets together, they will have a reserved table



HBADE Joins the General Assembly for Their Food Drive

Home Builders Association of Delaware Joins the General Assembly for their “148k for the 148th” Food Drive.


Historically, donations to the Food Bank fall to their lowest levels after the holiday season, during the months of January, February and March. These are also the coldest months of the year, when people in need call on organizations like the Food Bank of Delaware the most. When you couple this greater demand with fewer donations, it presents a real challenge for the Food Bank.

Please join HBA/DE in collecting non-perishable food items as well as pet food to donate to the Food Bank of Delaware.  We will be collecting food donations.

  • February 18th-Bowling Mixer, Bowlerama, New Castle DE.
  • February 24th -The Tile Shop, Wilmington, DE.
  • March 15th– Legislative Reception, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

For more information, email Sunny Schmidt at sschmidt@hbade.org or call 302-678-1520

Job Posting SRAP Housing Coordinator


DSHAThe Delaware State Housing Authority is hiring a State Rental Assistance Program Housing Coordinator.  If interested please click here for more information.

New Residential Sprinkler Requirement

Tuesday February 9, 2016

Attention Homebuilder Members:

In this morning’s Wilmington News Journal there is a Letter to Editor regarding new requirements surrounding residential fire sprinklers in Delaware. We are sending this eblast to make sure you know we are aware of the requirement and will keep you posted before the provisions embodied in the law takes effect.

This law, to mandate that builders offer residential sprinklers as an option to new home buyers, was enacted last summer (2015) by the Delaware General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Markell. (There are other details regarding the mandate that you should be aware of. Use the link below to review the requirements which are detailed in the sprinkler legislation HB 133.)

As we reported to all members last summer, builders will be required by this law to price and provide the option, and install the sprinklers if the buyer chooses and pays for the sprinklers. As a prerequisite to the law taking effect, the State Fire Marshal is required to prepare a consumer booklet detailing sprinklers before the law takes effect.

We met with the Fire Marshal last Fall and spoke with him again last week. The booklet preparation is underway and we expect to hear more soon.

We will keep you apprised as documents and further information become available.

A copy of the final sprinkler option legislation which lists the specific requirements (HB 133) can be found here:

Click here for (HB 133)

For reference, a copy of today’s News Journal Letter to the Editor can be found here:

Click here for Letter to the Editor

If you have any questions, please email me at hfortunato@hbade.org


Howard Fortunato
Home Builders Association of Delaware

More Than 110,000 Attend 2016 International Builders’ Show, Design & Construction Week

February 02, 2016

More than 110,000 housing industry professionals packed the aisles at Design & Construction Week,[tm] held Jan. 19-22 in Las Vegas. This marked the third year of the co-located mega-event, which included the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS), the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, the International Window Coverings Expo and The International Surface Event.

Official attendance for IBS was 59,687, which was 8 percent higher than last year’s show. Nearly 1,400 IBS exhibitors filled more than 500,000 square feet of space, including a record-breaking 30,000-square- foot outdoor exhibit space. New products focused on home technology and increased energy efficiency: two factors boosting the return of buyers to the new home market.

“The packed crowds and positive energy throughout this year’s Design & Construction Week are another indication of the residential construction industry’s ongoing recovery,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill.

IBS organizers also noted an increase in international exhibitors, with 460 exhibitors representing 25 countries and filling 72,000 square feet–or 14 percent of total IBS exhibit space.

Overall, Design & Construction Week boasted more than 3,750 exhibitors and 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space.

“We reached our goal of creating the ‘must attend, must exhibit’ week for anyone and everyone in the residential construction industry,” said Tom Swartz, chair of the NAHB Convention and Meetings Committee, during his report to the NAHB Board of Directors on the last day of IBS.

Crowded education sessions held during the show demonstrated that builders and remodelers are taking a bigger interest in automating their purchasing, accounting and sales systems. There were more than 120 education sessions during the event.

Swartz noted the expanded educational offering on the show floor, with more than 30 companies offering almost 90 “Exhibitor Forums,” and the addition of a new Exhibitor Forum Presentation Stage in Central Hall, where 16 exhibitors demonstrated their most innovative products.

Visit BuildersShow.com to see photos and videos of the show, as well as more information about the exhibitors, events, educational sessions and award winners.

The 2017 IBS, Jan. 10-12, moves to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Source NAHB

Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Ends Year on a Positive Note

February 04, 2016

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remains strong in the fourth quarter of 2015 with a reading of 61, up one point from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the seventh consecutive quarter with a reading above 50.

“Builders and developers for the 55+ housing sector continue to report increased optimism in the market,” said Jim Chapman, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of Jim Chapman Homes LLC in Atlanta. “We are seeing steady consumer demand for homes and communities that are designed to address the specific needs of the mature homebuyer.”

There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). An index number above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

One of the three index components of the 55+ single-family HMI posted an increase from the previous quarter: traffic of prospective buyers increased six points to 52. Present sales held steady at 65 while expected sales for the next six months decreased four points to 63.

The 55+ multifamily condo HMI dropped eight points to 42, falling back to a range typical of the past year and a half. All three components decreased as well: present sales fell 10 points to 44, expected sales for the next six months fell 10 points to 46 and traffic of prospective buyers edged down three points to 37.

Three of the four indices tracking production and demand of 55+ multifamily rentals posted gains in the fourth quarter. Present production and expected future production both rose one point to 56 and 61, respectively, and future demand increased three points to 71, while current demand for existing units fell four points to 66.

“This quarter’s 55+ HMI is in line with our forecast for the overall housing market, which shows a gradual, steady recovery,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “In addition, the 55+ housing market is benefitting from growing home equity on the balance sheets of  55+ households, an improving economic outlook, historically low mortgage rates and a growing population as baby boomers age.”

For the full 55+ HMI tables, please visit www.nahb.org/55hmi.

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  • NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard December 15, 2017
    In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted on Dec. 14 to overturn its 2015 ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries. Yesterday's 3-2 vote effectively overturns an Obama-era decision that radically expanded the traditional definition for joint employer status.
    NAHB Now
  • IHA Meeting Focuses on Housing Affordability December 15, 2017
    Housing affordability continues to be a priority for housing experts not just in the United States, but worldwide, said participants at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the International Housing Association held in Tokyo last month.
    NAHB Now
  • 2018 Could Bring More of the Same: Tight Labor and Costly Materials December 14, 2017
    NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides a brief summary of the challenges builders faced in 2017, and describes the impacts of hefty tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
    NAHB Now