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Who Are NAHB’s Builder Members?

Every year the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducts a member census in order to better understand the composition and characteristics of the people who belong to its organization. In 2016, 32 percent of NAHB’s members were builders—those directly involved in home building. The remaining 68 percent were associate members—those involved in support industries ... Read More

Housing Affordability Registers Slight Uptick in First Quarter

Rising wages and moderating home prices offset a rise in mortgage interest rates to give housing affordability a slight boost in the first quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  In all, 60.3 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of January and ... Read More

Soggy Spring Fishing Draws A Crowd

A steady rain couldn’t keep dedicated fishermen away from Stockton Lake for the 2017 HBA Spring Fishing Tournament.   48 anglers braved the wet, chilly weather to try and reel in the biggest haul and take home a win.  Thank you so much to our Big Bass sponsor, Screenmobile!  Check out our winner’s list, scroll ... Read More

Build My Future was a HUGE Success in Educating Youth about Construction Careers - Watch Video

Build My Future invited students from throughout the Ozark Region to learn about career opportunities in the construction industry through a hands-on approach. When we say hands-on approach to construction careers, we mean there were backhoes, concrete finishers and cherry pickers to operate, brick and mortar to lay, virtual welding simulators, and even a bridge building ... Read More

The Distribution of Residential Construction Loans Among Banks

Smaller banks, those with assets of less than $10 billion, hold the majority of residential construction loans, according to NAHB analysis of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) data. Unlike mortgages, a larger proportion of residential construction loans at FDIC-insured institutions are held by banks with assets between $100 million and $10 billion.In addition, a greater ... Read More

New Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit Estimates

In 2005, Congress established a number of energy-efficiency tax incentives related to housing that benefitted new home buyers and remodeling homeowners. These policies included the tax code section 45L credit for the construction of energy-efficient homes (including for-rent residences and low-rise apartments), the 25C credit for retrofitting/remodeling existing homes, and the 25D credit for the installation ... Read More

HBA Spring Golf Tournament - April 17, 2017

If you haven’t signed up for the HBA Spring Golf Tournament … what are you waiting for? Come enjoy the spring weather, hit a few balls and connect with your fellow HBA Members. The Tournament will be held on Monday, April 17th at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club. A hamburger buffet will be served at ... Read More

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