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HBA Fall Golf Tournament - September 11, 2017

  If you haven’t signed up for the HBA Fall Golf Tournament… what are you waiting for? Come hit a few balls, enjoy the cooler weather and connect with your fellow HBA Members. The Tournament will be held on Monday, September 11th at Hidden Valley Golf Links. A hamburger lunch, including baked beans and potato salad, ... Read More

Build My Future is Scaling Up for March 28th, 2018

Workforce development is critical – but, how do we connect with the next generation of workers? One fantastic opportunity is the Build My Future event. This event is a One Day Construction Career Day targeting high school students. The inaugural Build My Future event in the Springfield market attracted almost 800 high school students from ... Read More

Top Ten Sources of Softwood Lumber Imports

The softwood lumber trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada has sent prices significantly higher in the first seven months of 2017.  The Random Lengths Composite Price—a weighted-average measure consisting of multiple species and dimensions of softwood lumber products—increased 14% over just three weeks in February.  Certain framing lumber—such as spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F) studs—remains 40% more expensive than ... Read More

Fifty Political Pros You Need to Know - 2017

When browsing through the "50 Political Pros you Need to Know" you should recognize one Political Pro who happens to be connected to the HBA of Greater Springfield. These pros are the people behind the scenes and behind the people making history. They rarely receive any awards or accolades for their hard work, so we want ... Read More

Builders Mailed 2x4s in the 1980s - What?

Since 1942, NAHB has been committed to improving the housing industry and helping its members build communities. Walk with us down memory lane as we revisit some of NAHB’s most notable milestones, like builders mailing 2x4s to Washington DC in the 1980s, as well as other significant turning points in American history. Below are a ... Read More

Home Prices in April – Slowing Growth

The S&P/Case-Shiller and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released their respective home price indices for April. National home prices increased at a more moderate annual growth rate, while local home price gains varied. The Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, reported by S&P Dow Jones Indices, rose at a seasonally adjusted annual growth rate ... Read More

May Gains for New Home Sales - NAHB 2017

Contracts for new home sales expanded by 2.9% in May to a 610,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to estimates from the joint data release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The report also noted a strong upward revision for the April rate of sales, increasing from a 569,000 annual pace to 593,000. The growth in sales continues ... Read More

Community Banks Account for Nearly Half of Residential Construction Loans - 1st Q 2017

Residential Construction Loans on FDIC-insured banks’ balance sheets reached $70.7 billion in the first quarter of 2017 with community banks accounting for approximately 49 percent of these loans. The current share of residential construction loans held by community banks is higher than community banks’ share of other types of loans, with the exception of farm-related loans. However, ... Read More

Interested in a BBQ Grilling Class? Members Only

The HBA and Countryside BBQ will be teaming up for an AWESOME BBQ event on September 19th. Planning is in the works to make this a Fall BBQ Kickoff Blast with BBQ, Beans, Chips, Water & Tea, Cornhole, Beer Tasting and a BBQ Grilling Class taught by true BBQ Grilling Experts (OPTIONAL). Click to Sign ... Read More

New and Renewing Members - July 2017

HBA MEMBERSHIP PARTICIPATION POINTS UPDATE • See How Many Points Your Company Has - View this spreadsheet for the most current points for your company as well as other HBA members. This google spreadsheet will be updated monthly. • Participation Point System Playbook - Summary of the point system including how to acquire points and purpose of ... Read More

Parade of Homes App - FREE - June 16-18 & 23-25

Download or UPDATE your FREE Parade Craze App for iPhone or Android to help guide you to 2017 HBA Parade Homes, see photos, learn about the homes and builders, plus you can buy tickets and rate the homes. Preview home details, home photos and builder information on your mobile device Rate & Comment on individual homes Convert ... Read More

Exciting Upcoming Events at Your HBA!

Mark your calendar for a number of exciting events on the way from your HBA! 2017 HBA HOME REMODELING SHOW The HBA Home Remodeling Show will be held September 29th, 30th and October 1st this year.  As you may have noticed, we moved the date this year to avoid conflicting with other large events and ... Read More

Did You Get Your 2017 HBA Membership Directory?

A bountiful breakfast buffet and lots of coffee greeted HBA Members who rolled out of bed early to join us on Tuesday, May 16th in Southern Materials’ beautiful showroom.  Hosted by both Southern Supply and Southern Materials, the May Membership Breakfast featured the launch of the 2017-2018 HBA Membership Directory.  Members also got the chance ... Read More