Archive for 2008

2009 HBA Event Magazine

Home Builders Association2009 Event Magazine AdvertisingTime to reserve your space in the HBA Annual Event Magazine.Over 20,000 copies of the Event Magazine are printed every year and are distributed by HBA members as well as given out at all the annuals shows Home Show, Parade of Homes, and the Home Remodeling EXPO. Deadline for all…

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State Launches Home Energy Audit Program with Tax Incentive

Gov. Matt Blunt today launched a new program to help Missouri families conserve energy and reduce their tax burden with certified home energy audits. “Certified home energy audits will give Missouri families reliable guidance when it comes to energy use and waste reduction, saving money on overall energy costs as well as offering another tax…

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Foundation Auction and Races Incredible Success!

The HBA Charitable Foundation’s Auction and Go Kart races at Incredible Pizza were a resounding success! Thanks to all those who participated. Many thanks to Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice, the event sponsor. Thanks also to our Go Kart sponsors: Brookline Doorworks, Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realtors, Metro Builders Supply, Up-Tyte Construction, Conco and Krueger Mechanical…

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NAHB Files Appeal on Fire Sprinklers

Citing a failure of the International Code Council to provide a fair and open voting process at its Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis in September, NAHB has filed an appeal to the ICC to set aside code changes mandating fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes constructed under the 2009 International Residential Code…

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Could You Be Poised to Win Big in This Housing Market?

Every set of market conditions has the potential to create both financial losers and financial winners in the marketplace, and the current set of housing market conditions is no exception. It wasn’t that long ago that an exploding “seller’s market” in real estate bloated home prices everywhere. Those who sold their homes cashed in big,…

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Join us for a Holiday Open House!

The HBA Holiday Open House, sponsored by your slightly obsessive friends at Kitchenland USA, is set for Thursday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come by and see us at the HBA office in Corporate Village, 636 W. Republic Rd., Building D 108. Enjoy some tasty refreshments and get in the holiday mood!…

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Share Your Suggestions for Financial Management Guide

The NAHB Business Management team is compiling the Financial Management Builder Business Guide for 2009. We’re looking for one- to two-paragraph submissions from members with suggestions or tips on handling the current economic condition. More specifically, insight into what has helped you, the HBA members, in the following areas: -Increased efficiency-Cultivating new resources or partnerships-Developing…

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Clingan Serves Industry on State Housing Task Force

Earlier this fall, Association President Kevin Clingan was tapped to serve on a statewide task force looking at the health of Missouri’s housing industry and considering potential legislative proposals which would stimulate the industry. The Task Force most recently met in late October. Chairman Ken Stricker requested comments on the seven original issues outlined by…

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Share Your Biggest Bureacratic Obstacles with the HBA!

Just about every HBA member has war stories. Some “new” requirement added at the eleventh hour by a city or county staffer that threatens to blow up a whole development? Perhaps differing code interpretations by different inspectors for the same city? Or do you have other pet peeves when dealing with a building regulations or…

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Springfield News Leader: Bargains to be had locally for first-time home buyers

In the Sunday Springfield News Leader (November 2, 2008), Ryan Colvard reported on unique buying opportunities in local residential real estate, even in today’s challenging market. Among those interviewed for the article was HBA of Greater Springfield Executive Officer Matt Morrow. Following is the full story: Bargains to be had locally for first-time home buyersLocal…

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A Real Education

With a little over a month left as president, staff asked if I would reflect back and comment on all that has happened, and what I have gotten out of the last two years. I have been privileged to serve on many HBA and community committees/task forces during my tenure. At the September Board Meeting,…

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Ozarks Communities: Open for Business

On Thursday, October 23, two Ozarks-area city governments each made their own overtures to the development community. At separate high profile events, each city had the same message: “we are open for business – ready to help developers build here.”  The city of Republic hosted a bus tour of the community, toting residential and commercial…

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Your November HOUSING NEWS is available online!

The November issue of your HOUSING NEWS is online. To download the document, click here. Highlights this month include details about the HBA’s Charitable Foundation Auction & Go Kart Races at Incredible Pizza Company on Nov. 18, photos from the Home Remodeling Expo and the Candidate Night at Southern Materials Co., plus more information about…

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Make Your Election Day Problem Free!

Area elections officials are suggesting that registered voters study their sample ballot prior to going to the polls so you are prepared to vote quickly. To read the 2008 ballot measures you can visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008ballot/. Some counties also have your local ballot version online. For example, Greene County’s…

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CBBT Contributes to Area General Election Candidates

The HBA’s Political Action Committee, the Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow, recently made contributions to several area general election candidates for office. The following candidates received contributions from the CBBT: 1. Representative Shane Schoeller, House District 139http://www.electschoeller.com/http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills081/member/mem139.htm 2. Representative Jay Wasson, House District 141http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills081/member/mem141.htm 3. Representative Don Ruzicka, House District 132http://www.donruzicka.com/http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills081/member/mem132.htm 4. Candidate for…

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