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HBA/DE Office Closed July 4, 2017

Home Builders Association of Delaware will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day!

We will resume normal business hours Wednesday, July 5th.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. 

Save the Mortgage Interest Deduction!

Attention HBADE Members:

The State legislators continue to try to balance their budget on the backs of homeowners and the housing industry rather than cut spending.

Last week they proposed (HB 240) to eliminate all itemized tax deductions and replace it with a slightly higher standard deduction.  Then Wednesday night they released an amendment to the bill (HA 1 to HB 240) which is probably worse – to take away the increased standard deduction that they just proposed and to allow half of your itemized deductions. So your itemized deductions are devalued and could still cause a tax increase since many of the income tax rates are proposed to be increased as well.

We remain opposed to any change in the treatment of itemized tax deductions – leave the mortgage interest deduction alone!  Click on this link  for the full page ad we are running in newspapers today and tomorrow across the State.

The Legislature is supposed to solve this budget mess by Friday night June 30th. It’s not too late for you to reach out to them, here is what you can do:

  1. Call your legislator at 302-744-4114 and express your opposition to the bill and amendment.  Or, email them, Click here to Find My Legislator
  2. We have posted this on Home Builders Association of Delaware’s Facebook page. Like it and share it there.
  3. Join us at Legislative Hall tomorrow night– email info@hbade.org for details.

Thank you for your support and help. Together we can protect homeownership for the benefit of all homeowners in Delaware as well as the housing industry!

Last Chance to Advertise in the 2017-2018 HBA Delaware Membership Directory!

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Home Builders Association of Delaware Partner to Build Ramp for Local Veteran

June 20, 2017- Dover, DE- Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) partnered with Purple Heart Homes, Dover Federal Credit Union, and HBADE Members to provide a wheelchair ramp for Edward Littlejohn a 94 year-old WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veteran.

Purple Heart Homes, brought Home Builders Association of Delaware and Dover Federal Credit Union together to provide all the necessary steps to start construction of the ramp for Mr. Littlejohn.

“We are honored to join with Purple Heart Homes and Dover Federal Credit Union to build a ramp for one of America’s true heroes and a member of the greatest generation”, said James C. McCulley, President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware.

“Community plays a vital and needed role to help our older Veterans to be able to live with dignity for the service and sacrifice they made on our behalf,” said John Gallina, Executive Director of Purple Heart Homes.

“Edward Littlejohn fought for the freedom of our country and it is an honor for us to be able to serve him by building a wheelchair ramp”, said Jeb Jewell, Marketing Director for Dover Federal Credit Union.

Home Builders Association of Delaware would like to thank Bob Taylor, of JS Homes, for providing a building crew, tools, and arranging pick up of materials each day.

We would also like to thank Bill Hare, 2nd District City of Dover Councilmen for coordinating with HBADE and City Offices to aid in a smooth process of obtaining the necessary permits and documentation to build Mr. Littlejohn’s ramp.

Finally, HBADE would like to thank, Purple Heart Homes, Dover Federal Credit Union, and the volunteers who helped make this project successful: John Augustus, Shore United Bank; Scott Bradley, Handler Homes; Mike Dawson, Master Shower Doors; Elcimar DeLima, Station Builders; Josh Green, JS Homes; Bobby Lueke, Master Shower Doors; John Morgan, JS Homes; Mike Reimann, Becker Morgan; Brad Schmidt, USAF; Teresa Swartz, Shore United Bank; Toni Wilhite, Fairway Independent Mortgage; Debra Young, EmpowerAbility; and Avenue Medical for providing refreshments for the volunteers each day.


HBADE Prepares for Legislative Watch

We will hold our annual Legislative Watch Friday, June 30th in Dover,starting at 5:30 pm where we gather with sandwiches and beverages for a quick legislative briefing from our Legislative Consultants.  Then we head over to Leg Hall — to be ready to jump if something new or unexpected arises.  If you’ve never been before, the legislative process is quite an education. You NEVER know what’s going to happen or could arise literally at the 11th hour.  Start at 5:30 pm it runs till whenever they recess that evening – could be midnight or later (although all can leave at whatever time you want.) Come get a firsthand glimpse of how the state political legislation process works!

To register for Legislative Watch Click Here.

HBADE Media Event for Ramp Build 6/20/17

Home Builders Association of Delaware would like to invite you to our scheduled media event to thank all the volunteers and supporters of the ramp build for Mr. Littlejohn. The event will be Tuesday, June 20th at 11:30 am at Mr. Littlejohn’s residence, 911 S. Bradford Street, Dover, DE.

If you have any questions about the media event, please call 302-678-1520.

HBADE Celebrates National Home Ownership Month!

Home Builders Association of Delaware celebrated National Homeownership Month by attending a Framing Frenzy on Legislative Mall.  Americorps Volunteers framed out walls for the Nazario Family who will be putting in sweat equity to help build their new home in Dover, with the help from Central Delaware Habitat For Humanity.

Governor John Carney gave a proclamation speech to all the workers and presented the proclamation to Dan Simpson of Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity

To see the video of Governor Carney’s Speech Click Here

Even though the temperatures were soaring into the mid 90’s there were smiles on those attending the press conference about National Homeownership Month. There were many esteemed speakers from all of the partners who made this event happen, Habitat for Humanity – Central Delaware, Sussex County, and New Castle County Chapters, Delaware State Housing Authority, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Delaware Association of REALTORS, and HBADE.

Dan Simpson, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity

Kevin Gilmore, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity

Anas Ben Addi, Director of DSHA

Maria Bynum, Field Office Director of U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

James C. McCulley, Home Builders Association of Delaware President

Bruce Plummer, 2017 Delaware Association of Realtors President


In addition to the partners of National Homeownership Month, Members of the Delaware House and Senate gave a Tribute to National Home Ownership Month.

From Left to Right: Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, Senator Brian Bushweller, President Pro Tempore – David B. McBride, Representative Harvey Kenton

To close the press conference on National Homeownership Month the Nazario Family gave a speech in both Spanish and English to show their gratitude for the support in building their new home.

To view all photographs taken during the event please click here.

HBADE Limited Office Hours June 13th – June 16th

Home Builders Association of Delaware Office hours will be limited the remainder of the week.  Some Staff and HBADE Members will be attending Home Ownership Month for the Framing Frenzy, with Habitat for Humanity, on the Green in Dover as well as the National Association of Home Builders Mid- Year Board Meeting.  The remainder of staff will be assisting with the Ramp Build with Purple Heart Homes and HBADE Members to provide a WWII Veteran with a wheelchair ramp on his home.

If you plan on stopping by, please call first to be sure someone is here.

Have a question? Please email info@hbade.org or call 302-678-1520 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.

NAHB Member Discount Program

NAHB Member Discount Program

As a benefit of being a member, you have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies. All programs, rates and prices are subject to change without notice.

For more information visit: www.nahb.org/ma

When using these programs please identify yourself as a member of the National Association of Home Builders.

2017 REGAL AWARDS! Celebrating Excellence for 25 years!

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Delaware’s brightest and best Builders, Remodelers, Lenders, and Associates converged at Irish Eyes, May 19 for the 2017 Regal Awards.



To download event images for use in marketing and PR, visit photographer, Karl Richeson’s Blog



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Distribution of the 2016-2017 Regal Book to over 150 locations statewide has already began, and copies will be distributed again during fall months. A digital campaign targeting surrounding areas is slated to begin this week, where we anticipate up to 2000 site visits!


To view the digital version of the Regal Book, get a comprehensive list of all Regal Award winners, & see 2017’s “Of the Year” winners visit the New Home Buyers Landing Page at hbade.org

Member companies received a free contact listing in the Regal Book



Regal Award Winners Are:


Delaware Community of the Year

& Sussex Community of the Year

Bayside by Carl Freeman  Builder, Schell Brothers 

Kent County Community of the Year

Champions’Club, Mckee Builders 

New Castle County Community of the Year

High Point at St. Georges

Delaware Community Home of the Year

The Vandelay, Insight Homes 

Delaware Custom Builder of the Year

Echelon Custom Homes 

**New** Custom Builder of the Year

Miken Builders

**New** Remodeling Excellence of the Year

Middletown Kitchen and Bath  

**NEW** Delaware Lender’s of the Year

Mark Sucaratte, New Penn Financial

Joe Dellatorre, Acopia Home Loans

Welcome Winning New Comers:

Montchanin Builders Best Luxury Single Family Home & Best Multi Family Home

Burton Builders , Best Addition over $50,000

Creative Courtyards Best Outdoor Area Design


*Regal Award duplicates are $135 each, please email hollie.gordon@hbade.org with a list and preferred payment method.


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