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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.


Help HBADE & Purple Heart Homes Build a Ramp for Veteran!

Home Builders Call for Volunteers for Handicap Ramp

HBADE members. We are teaming up with the national group Purple Heart Homes to construct a handicap ramp, at no cost, for an elderly WW2 Veteran in Dover next week. And we are looking for volunteers!

The build takes place next Wed June 14th and Thursday June 15th, and maybe Fri June 16th. HBADE Board member Bob Taylor of JS Homes will be overseeing the construction and we need 2-3 volunteers each day to help build.  No experience necessary!  The build at this Vet’s home is in the City of Dover.

If you can help and donate a few hours of time would be appreciated!  Please respond asap to info@hbade.org and we will provide complete details!

Karins Makes Zweig 2017 Hot Firm List

June 2, 2017 – Newark, DE – Zweig Group announced the release of the 2017 Hot Firms List, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industry.  Ranking is based 50 percent on percentage growth rate and 50 percent on dollar revenue growth rate, over the previous three-year period.  For the second year in a row Karins and Associates made the list, this year breaking into the TOP 100 LIST at #92.

“We have made a few acquisitions over the last three years to help us diversify our regional presence,” says Dev Sitaram, president of Karins.  “The most recent in 2016, Momenee, Inc. in Bryn Mawr, PA, has helped our firm grow revenue, staff and our brand in Pennsylvania.  I am very proud of our employees and am honored to be leading our team.  This award, and recognition, is a testament to the hard work and dedication our employees have to our clients.”

“Getting on the Hot Firm List is like winning an Oscar. It says you are the best at what you do – running an A/E/P or environmental consulting firm – in an industry made up of 100,000 companies,” said Mark Zweig, chairman & founder of Zweig Group.  This ranking, established over twenty years ago, is the only list celebrating and honoring growth in the industry.

With a staff of professional engineers, professional land surveyors, survey crews, designers and support services, Karins offers services including civil/site engineering and land development, surveying and high density laser scanning, stormwater management/water resources, utility planning and engineering, transportation, and construction permitting.  Karins has offices in Newark and Georgetown, DE and Momenee in Bryn Mawr, PA.  For more information, contact pnelson@karinsengineering.com.


HBADE Launches New Email Format

In the coming weeks you will notice some changes to Home Builders Association of Delaware’s digital communications. We will be launching a once a week only Eblast.  Once a week?  How can that be? We get so many emails! How can HBADE possibly put everything in ONE email?  Well, we did!  Your new email format will contain:

  • Advocacy Updates
  • All upcoming events with a featured event/subject matter
  • Highlights of latest news with a clickable link to our Daily Sticks and Bricks blog.

This new release will start Tuesday, June 6th at 6:00 am, and will continue every Tuesday, at 6:00 am.

We hope you enjoy our clutter free approach, and look forward to giving you the best content without filling up your email box!

~HBADE Staff

Remembering Leon Weiner

Leon-e1495813551448In the atrium of the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., NAHB’s national headquarters, there is a life-size bust of Leon N. Weiner, the Delaware-based builder and developer who served as president of the association in 1967.

He’s the only NAHB leader to be so honored. But then again, there is only one Leon Weiner.

“He was known throughout the housing industry as ‘the conscience of the housing industry in America,’ and played a key role in developing housing policy and forging consensus at the national level,” then-NAHB President Gary Garczynski said in a Builder magazine obituary when Mr. Weiner died in 2002. “We will miss Leon’s outspoken, enthusiastic and effective advocacy for housing. Our industry has lost one of its brightest lights.”

As NAHB celebrates its 75th anniversary, long-time members remember leaders like Mr. Weiner, and younger members should get an introduction.

NAHB advocated for the creation of the Department of Housing, now HUD, in the mid-1960s during the Johnson Administration. Mr. Weiner led that effort, helping to convince legislators that housing was such an important player in the nation’s economy and in society that it deserved its own department.

It was just part of a career spent largely in the service of providing affordable housing for low-income families and the elderly, winning national awards and appointments and leaving a legacy that includes a scholarship program for disadvantaged students that survives to this day.

NAHB 2014 Chairman Kevin Kelly thinks about Mr. Weiner’s legacy often: He is chairman of Leon N. Weiner & Associates in Wilmington, Delaware, where he has worked since Mr. Weiner hired him in 1979.

“He was the smartest man I ever met, but you run into very smart people who love to let you know they are really smart. Not Leon,” Kelly remembered.

However, his personality did lean toward the bull-in-the-china-shop side, Kelly said. “When he was negotiating, he was hardnosed, and if you weren’t prepared, you’d have a problem, particularly when he was right and you were wrong. And when Leon was convinced he was right, 1,000 people could say he was wrong, but Leon would be undaunted, particularly on issues of principle. He would never sacrifice principle on the altar of profit. That was his moral compass.

“Leon believed that housing was a fundamental human right and the fact that there were tens of millions of Americans who were inadequately housed was a national disgrace,” Kelly said.

Kelly remembers one trip that he took with an NAACP delegation to talk to then-Senator Caleb Boggs of Delaware. They all had to wait outside. “While we are sitting in the waiting room, I keep hearing this voice. It was very emphatic and very loud and at times, almost lecturing, and they were talking about the Civil Rights Act. Leon was giving Caleb Boggs hell over his refusal to sign it,” he said.

In the 60s and 70s, Mr. Weiner conversed regularly with White House officials, including the president and his closest advisors, who valued Mr. Weiner’s insight into housing policy.

“Leon’s secretary would say, ‘Mr. Weiner, the White House is on the phone,’” Kelly remembered. It happened often enough that Kelly got curious, and asked her what was going on. “I said, ‘Is that, like, the White House?’ She just looked at me and said, ‘Do you know of any other White House?’”

In 1981, just before then-President Jimmy Carter left office, Kelly drove with his boss to Washington for a meeting with bankers about an apartment project in Maryland. But his boss had a different trip in mind.

“He got on the radio – this was before cell phones – and told the office to send the White House my Social Security number,” because Mr. Weiner wanted Kelly to meet the president. They parked at the White House. “We went through the diplomatic entrance and he said, ‘Come on, I’ll show you around.’ We marched all over hell and creation, walked through the East Room, and we met President and Mrs. Carter.”

Kelly was bowled over. Mr. Weiner, not so much. “One thing I’ve never forgotten is that Leon said, ‘These people are public servants, they are not public deities. Don’t ever treat them like a deity. You show them the respect the office is due and that they are due, but don’t you ever, ever act as if they are deities. Too many people do. If you feel strongly about your position, you don’t have to be deferential even if you are talking to the president of the United States.’ And he never was.”

For Mr. Weiner, it was all about the mission, Kelly said.

“His avocation became his vocation, and he began transitioning [from market-rate products] so by the time I got here, we were doing tons of affordable housing. We still do commercial, but 85% of our business remains affordable housing,” Kelly said.

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