Posts by Wahlquist

Builders Looking to Repair Broken Home Finance System
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February 1, 2010 – Amidst growing signs that housing is on the mend, builders attending last month’sInternational Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas turned their sights on repairing a badly broken housing finance system to restore the flow of credit for home mortgages and acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans. Builders also heard from multiple sources on…

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Government Affairs Group Focused on Advocacy Day at State Capitol
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At its recent meeting, the Government Affairs Committee finalized plans for HBA of Missouri Legislative Day. The bus will begin loading at Corporate Village’s parking lot at approx. 7:30 a.m. with the goal of departing for Jefferson City by 8 a.m. After lunch at Arris Pizza, the group will attend the HBA of Missouri general…

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Statewide Energy Code Legislation Filed in Senate
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Senator Joan Bray (D-St. Louis County) filed Senate Bill 745 that would establish a statewide energy code. SB 745 requires by August 28, 2011, the Department of Natural Resources establish the Missouri Uniform Building Energy Code, which are statewide energy standards for building construction and renovation. The standards must conform with the American Society of…

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There Is Strength In Numbers
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WHAT IS LEGISLATIVE DAY? A day of advocacy for HBA Builders and Remodelers, all of whom are invited to travel on the bus to Jefferson City to meet with our legislative delegation and elected leaders about issues which affect the industry. IF YOU ARE A BUILDER, REMODELER OR DEVELOPER: You are welcome to join us…

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SBJ: Builders Seek Their Own Recovery
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Springfield Business JournalJanuary 25, 2010Builders Seek Their Own Recoveryby Clarissa French – Contributing WriterNO COMMENTS Though U.S. housing starts dropped 39 percent in 2009, according to the Census Bureau, the southwest Missouri home building industry seems to be turning around. The local market was bottoming out at the end of 2008 and through the first six…

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News-Leader: When will the recession be over?
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The Springfield News-Leader reported in its Sunday, January 31 edition on what signs to watch to recognize the end of the recession. Construction activity was cited as a leading indicator. Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield CEO Matt Morrow and Past President Kevin Clingan are among those who were interviewed in the front-page story: January…

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KY3: Winter Weather Doesn’t Stop HBA Home Show
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Friday crowds were strong and people were standing in line Saturday when the show opened at 10am in spite of a heavy snow dump on Friday. KY3 reported the Home Show will go on, and thousands are expected to show up. Road Crews have done an outstanding job clearing most main roads to make travel…

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HBA Secretary Clifton a Candidate for Nixa Mayor
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Past HBA board member Tom Maher also files as candidate for Nixa AldermanHome builder Sam Clifton (Millstone Homes, LLC) this week announced his candidacy for mayor of Nixa. Clifton is one of four candidates to file as a candidate for mayor. The election will be held April 6, 2010. Clifton is a member of the…

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SBJ: State Launches Program to Boost Housing Market
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From the Springfield Business Journal: A $15 million initiative launched earlier this month aims to jump-start Missouri’s home building market. Gov. Jay Nixon and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel kicked off the Home Ownership Purchase Enhancement program during Jan. 13 meetings with skilled craftsmen in St. Louis and Kansas City. Through the HOPE program, the Missouri…

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SCS Home Entertainment Acquires Stereo One Springfield Operations
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Despite Recession, Both Companies Now Poised for Home Market Success in 2010 Springfield, MO — Local Home Entertainment and Custom Electronics Integration firms SCS Home Entertainment and Stereo One, Springfield, have reached an agreement whereby Springfield-based SCS will acquire significant operating assets from Stereo One Springfield.  The transaction will significantly improve SCS’s market position, while…

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KOLR: Builders Say Demand for New Homes May Eclipse Supplies in 2010
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KOLR‘s Kate Stacy reported Tuesday on the local home building market being poised for recovery. Home builder Sam Clifton spoke on behalf of the HBA of Greater Springfield about the likelihood of a coming shortage of new homes for the demand in the marketplace. Viewers also were encouraged to attend the HBA Home Show January…

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Builders & Remodelers Needed in Jefferson City for Legislative Day!
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The Government Affairs Committee is hard at work personally contacting builder members of the HBA, inviting them to ride the bus to Jefferson City on Tuesday, February 23 to participate in the HBA of Missouri Legislative Day. HBA members from across the state will arrive at the Capitol on February 23 to meet with legislators…

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KY3’s ‘Focus on Home’ Points Viewers to HBA Home Show
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KY3 this week began airing a Focus on Home promo that invites attendance at the 2010 HBA of Greater Springfield Home Show. Watch the 30-second promo below, or by clicking here. The HBA Home Show will be January 29-31 at the Springfield Expo Center. This television promo is running as a part of the HBA’s partnership…

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