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Employer Alert - New I-9 Form

Because it wants to reduce errors and make it easier to complete the forms on a computer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and all employers are now required to use it. Among the changes in the new I-9 form, Section 1 asks ... Read More

Lumber Prices Rising to Start 2017

The price of lumber, from framing to structural panels, has increased in recent weeks with some prices rising more than 30%. Softwood lumber prices have been relatively steady since 2014.  During this period, the largest one-week price increase of framing lumber (+6.8%), as measured by the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Index, occurred in the ... Read More

Mortgage Rates January 2017

Results from a survey administered by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) indicate that mortgage rates rose in January 2017*. Over the month, contract rates on mortgages used to purchase single-family newly constructed homes increased by 24 basis points to 4.02 percent. Although the monthly change reported by FHFA contrasted with a report by Freddie ... Read More

BUILD MY FUTURE - Home Builders NEED Skilled Workers

Did you know that it takes an average of 22 different subcontractors to build a home? READ THIS ARTICLE IN THE 2017 HBA EVENT MAGAZINE Indeed, home builders rely on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, ... Read More

Residential Construction Employment Growing

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector declined recently, as residential construction employment accelerated in the last three months. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) came in at 148,000 in December. The cycle high was 225,000 set in July. The ... Read More

The Average Number of School Age Children per Home

Across the United States, builders are often charged impact fees by local governments to help pay for infrastructure associated with children in new residential developments entering the public education system. Therefore, builders have an interest in ensuring that the number of school age children in new developments is accurately estimated. Local governments also benefit from ... Read More

Thank You to the 2017 HBA Home Show Sponsors

Sponsorship is more than what appears beneath the HBA logo on a TV commercial, sign or magazine. Because of participation, volunteering and sponsorship by our HBA Home Professionals, the HBA is able to better communicate to those planning to attend the event and it also allows the HBA to make improvements on our events. Thank You to ... Read More

Home Show 2017 Is Getting Close!

The 2017 HBA Home Show is right around the corner, and booths are going quickly! Don't miss out on a wonderful opportunity to showcase your business to homeowners and future homeowners.  Contact Jamie at the HBA office for details on booth sizes and location (Jamie@SpringfieldHBA.com or 417.881.3711).Here are some other important details regarding the Home Show: Booth ... Read More

Metro Appliances & More Giving Away YETI Tumblers

Stop by the Metro Appliances & More booth and register to win a YETI tumbler.  We will be giving away 10 of these during the course of the show.  While you are there, see what’s new in the appliance industry as well as new trends in lighting. This post brought to you by Metro Appliances ... Read More

Newly Remodeled Southern Supply Showroom will Open Soon

Building a better home improvement shopping experience - the newly remodeled Southern Supply showroom will open soon! We're working to bring you an exceptional experience, and our construction is nearly complete. Don't mind the dust; we're still here to partner with you and provide the best expert advice for building materials and solutions. Come see ... Read More

Residential Construction Employment Grew in November

  The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector remained elevated in October, as residential construction employment continued to grow. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) came in at 205,000 in October, after reaching 221,000 in September. The cycle high ... Read More