Housing Legislation Awaits President's Signature

Tax Credit Could Help Stimulate Housing Market Prospective first-time home buyers who have been sitting on the fence now have a significant financial incentive to explore the opportunities available in today’s housing market. H.R. 3221, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 — which has just been passed by the Congress and now is ... Read More

Workforce Housing Summit in Branson July 29

Taney County’s first Work Force Housing Summit will be held July 29, according to Cy Murray, president of the Taney County Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to about noon at Presleys’ Country Jubilee Theater in Branson. Sponsors are the Taney County IDA and Taney County Commission. Originally scheduled ... Read More

Two HBA Members Run for Office

HBA Member Terry Ozborn Two HBA of Greater Springfield members are currently running for office in primary elections to be determined August 5th. Both of these members have received contributions from your political action committee, the Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow. Builder Terry Ozborn is running for Greene County Public Administrator. "The Greene County ... Read More

NAHB Advocacy Update on Housing Stimulus

House Takes Up Housing Stimulus Legislation  Urge Swift Passage and Extension of the Housing Tax Credit! Thank you for your phone calls and emails to Congress over the last several weeks urging passage of housing stimulus legislation.  With your help, the Senate passed HR 3221 last Friday, July 11. HR 3221 has moved back to ... Read More

Missouri Governor Signs Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Bill

Missouri Only the Fourth State to Enact Environmentally-Friendly Tax Holiday Legislation Also Contains Tax Credits for Energy Audits and Related Home Improvements Gov. Matt Blunt today enacted the state’s new Show-Me Green Tax Holiday for Energy-Star appliances making Missouri only the fourth state in the country to enact this environmentally-friendly tax holiday. The governor called ... Read More

Federal Housing Stimulus Bill Needs Action

The need for federal legislation to spur home buying and hold back the foreclosure wave is increasing day by day. Congress went home for the Independence Day recess without reaching agreement on key aspects of the housing bill, although there’s a good chance that a bill will be sent to President Bush by the August ... Read More

KY3: 'Going Greene'

KY3's Abby Wuhlner reported tonight on Greene County's effort to promote green building. County officials are discussing plans at an open house at the recently completed Green Circle Development in Springfield. The HBA of Greater Springfield is the recognized industry authority on the subject of green building, and HBA Executive Officer Matt Morrow was interviewed ... Read More

KSMU (91.1 FM) Reports on Local Green Building Efforts

KSMU's Missy Shelton reported July 1 on Green Building efforts in the Greater Springfield area. She intereviewed HBA Builders Brett Godfrey and Scott Kisling, as well as HBA Executive Officer Matt Morrow on the subject. To listen to the radio news story, click here. Following is a partial transcript: July 1st, 2008  Going Green Series: ... Read More

Builders Tell Congress Ways to Make Housing Green

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on June 11 testified before Congress on ways to improve sustainability and energy efficiency in housing while simultaneously supporting housing affordability. Jerry Howard, NAHB executive vice president and chief executive officer, spoke at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on H.R. 6078, the Green Resources for Energy Efficient ... Read More

Greene Co. Land Use Plan Input Group Makes Recommendations

The Greene County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Task Force met on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, to develop recommendations for the Greene County Commission and staff relative to revisions to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. HBA builder members and staff are representing your interests on this task force. The following five recommendations were submitted for the ... Read More

Who Cares What Happens in Jeff City

By Jennifer McClure , Director of Public Affairs Sometimes, the legislation that doesn’t pass is as important as that which is “truly agreed and finally passed” by the Missouri General Assembly. Consider this list of proposed legislation that didn’t pass: • Storm Water/Impact Fee Statutory Authorization • Statewide Uniform Building/Fire Code • Missouri County Planning ... Read More

KSMU (91.1 FM) Reports Launch of HBA Green Building Podcast

June 2nd, 2008 Green Podcasts Provide Information on Building Green: A new podcast produced in Springfield will give tips on how to make your home or business more green. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports. To Listen Click Here You’ve probably heard a lot about “green building” and making your home more “green.” A new podcast produced ... Read More

KY3: Trading Houses Can Help Home Buyers Navigate Housing Market

Last night (Tuesday, May 27, 2008) KY3's Cara Restelli reported in her "Contact KY3" segment about innovative ways buyers and sellers are working with one another to make real estate transactions in today's sometimes challenging housing market. The story highlights the practice of trading houses, an occasionally workable solution in which a builder or other ... Read More