Posts by Wahlquist

Springfield News-Leader: Quicker Reviews by Greene County Could Boost Green Building

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DIRECTLY ON SPRINGFIELDHBA.COM  March 23, 2009 Didi Tang Springfield News-Leader Despite their complexity, green projects may soon be able to move through the county’s review process as fast as other projects. “Greene County wants to be on board to promote green buildings,” County Administrator Tim Smith said. “We’re simply facilitating those…

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Springfield News-Leader: Housing Market Picks Up

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DIRECTLY ON SPRINGFIELDHBA.COM  Springfield News Leader March 18, 2009 Housing Market Picks Up More people re interested in houses again in the Springfield area, HBA executive director says However, experts view the surge as a temporary gain. Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press Washington — Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase…

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Input Sought on Springfield’s Development Review Process

The City of Springfield has established a task force to analyze and recommend changes to the development review process. The task force consists of several department heads and representatives from the development community. HBA President-Elect Matt Bailey is among those working on the task force for better outcomes. The city has been surveying the development…

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New Home Buyer Tax Credit is Bigger and Better

On Feb. 17, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law. As part of $787 billion in economic stimulus measures, the legislation created a home buyer tax credit that is bigger and better than the previous credit that was implemented in July 2008.    The Web site www.FederalHousingTaxCredit.com explains in…

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KY3: Homebuilders worry about Obama plan to limit mortgage deductions (Re-Post)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DIRECTLY ON SPRINGFIELDHBA.COM  (Technical Issues on Friday’s post prompted this re-post on Saturday) In a Friday (March 13, 2009) roundtable discussion with Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond about tax policy, the issue of the mortgage tax deduction was raised by members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, Missouri. KY3‘s…

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HBA / Zanola Triennial Construction Forecast Tops Evening News Coverage

(CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON SPRINGFIELDHBA.COM) Both KY3 and KOLR covered the HBA’s construction forecast and market analysis event at the top of their newscasts at both 5pm and 6pm tonight (Friday, March 13). To watch the coverage, simply click on the news stories below (if viewing directly from SpringfieldHBA.com), or you can watch on…

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Advocacy Alert – Fire Sprinkler Legislation at State Level

ADVOCACY ALERT: Please make at least two phone calls a TOP PRIORITY no later than Thursday, March 12 at Noon. The reason is that we have a CRUCIAL issue facing us in the Missouri General Assembly in Jefferson City regarding residential fire sprinklers. THE ISSUE: The 2009 IRC Building Code mandates residential fire sprinklers. The…

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Homeowners Can Take Advantage of Federal Tax Credits in Stimulus Package

Energy Star has published comprehensive information on how the housing industry and consumers can take advantage of the federal tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements in the new economic stimulus package. The credits are expected to significantly increase demand for green renovation projects this year and next, according to federal officials. Congressional economists project that…

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Learn More About Marketing the $8,000 Tax Credit to Sell New Homes

Housing Tax Credit Teleconference Monday, March 16 at 1 pm at HBAThose who want to learn more about how to use the $8,000 tax credit to sell new homes should listen to this telephone audio-conference which will offer details about the tax credit program and tips from leading marketing specialists. And for those who cannot…

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State’s High Court Makes Work Comp Decision

Supreme Court Decision – Workers CompensationAfter a year and a half, the Missouri Supreme Court finally ruled on the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1. This bill made wholesale changes in Missouri’s workers compensation program and has been credited with lowering premiums for the last couple of years. Organized labor challenged nearly every section saying that…

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KY3: Slowdown in Housing Starts Could Mean Now is the Time to Buy

KY3‘s Sara Forhetz reported on the 10pm news Wednesday night that housing starts nationwide and locally dropped off substantially in 2008. Commercial construction locally is holding steady, and the dynamics of the current housing market make it a great time to buy your next home. Forhetz interviewed Nick Heatherly, with the City of Springfield’s Building…

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Largest Group Ever for HBA Legislative Day!

The HBA of Greater Springfield brought its largest group ever to Jefferson City to meet with elected officials in the state Capitol building for HBA of Missouri Legislative Day. “Our group was the largest from any affiliate in the state,” said Executive Officer Matt Morrow, “including a record 23 builder members.” There were also 17…

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All Four CBBT-Supported Candidates Advance to General Election

The HBA of Greater Springfield’s political action committee (The Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow) supported four candidates in Tuesday’s primary election for Springfield City Council. All four candidates advance from the primary to the April general election. Following are the February 3 election results in the four city council races. CBBT-supported candidates are noted…

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