Posts by Wahlquist

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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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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KY3: National Construction Slowdown Affects Local Jobs

KY3‘s Linda Russell reports that the nationwide slowdown in construction has led to job losses. Locally, construction is faring better, but we are not immune to the effects of national economic trends. HBA Executive Officer Matt Morrow was among those interviewed for the story. You can watch the story below, or by clicking here.

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Meet Officeholders and Candidates at Mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 21

Meet area candidates and officeholders at the after-hours HBA Member reception on Oct. 21 at Southern Materials Company. This is your opportunity to make sure those in government, who make decisions which affect your business, actually hear the voice of residential construction. Enjoy hot hors d’oeurves and a cash bar in this beautiful showroom —…

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Springfield News-Leader: Foreclosures Affecting Local Housing Market

Thursday ‘s Springfield News Leader (October 9) featured an article on foreclosure rates in the local area, and the impact those foreclosures are having on the housing market and residential construction. HBA of Greater Springfield Executive Officer Matt Morrow and Greater Springfield Board of Realtors President Doug Andrews both were interviewed in the article below. …

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Amendment 4 Deals With Financing of Stormwater Control Projects

The Missouri Storm Water Control Amendment is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that, if passed, will amend the Missouri Constitution to change the provisions relating to the financing of stormwater control projects. It will appear on the general election ballot November 4, 2008. Official Ballot Title:Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to change provisions relating to…

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Member Mixer and Meet the Candidates at Southern Materials Company Showroom

Join your fellow HBA members for some “after-hours” fun in Southern Materials’ Premier Kohler® Showroom! You’ll also have an opportunity to meet and greet area candidates for office in the upcoming general election. Enjoy hot hors d’oeurves and a cash bar in this beautiful showroom — and you’ll have a chance to vote on your…

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Emergency Economic Stabilization Act Signed By President

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was given final approval by the House today, 263 to 171 vote, and signed into law by President Bush. Some of the changes in this legislation, of particular interest to the residential construction industry, from the original version which failed earlier in the week include:-FDIC Insurance: the bill…

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NAHB BuilderLink: URGE CONGRESS TO PASS A FINANCIAL RESCUE PACKAGE!

National Association of Home Builders Urges Members: Email your Senators and Representative at www.capitolconnect.com/builderlink  or call their offices using the NAHB toll-free legislative hotline at 1-866-924-6242. On Monday, September 29 the House of Representatives failed to pass the bipartisan, carefully-crafted “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008” by a vote of 205-228 (View the Final Vote…

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SBJ: HBA’s Morrow Among Panelists at Annual Economic Outlook Conference

This week’s edition of the Springfield Business Journal offered extensive coverage of the Springfield Business & Development Corporation’s annual Economic Outlook Conference. Rebecca Ryan was the keynote speaker. Panel discussions also were featured on “sustainability and green building” and “the local real estate market.” HBA Executive Officer Matt Morrow was among the panelists on the…

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KY3: Mandated Residential Fire Sprinklers Impact Affordability

On tonight’s (September 23, 2008) KY3 10pm News, Contact KY3’s Cara Restelli reported on the International Code Council’s recent move to mandate fire sprinkler systems in new homes as a part of the building code. HBA of Greater Springfield President-Elect Rusty MacLachlan outlines the impact the decision will have on the American Dream of Homeownership.…

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Fire Official Surge Sweeps Sprinkler Mandate to Victory

– From National Association of Home Builders News Services Fire sprinkler mandates will be part of the 2009 International Residential Code and will be required in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses that build to the code as of Jan. 1, 2011. The sudden — and controversial — arrival on Saturday of 900 fire officials eligible…

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Call for Grassroots Action from National Association

Congress Adjourns in Two Weeks…. Help pass Seller-Funded Downpayment Assistance and Energy Efficiency Tax Credits!Call Congress Toll Free at 1-866-924-NAHB (6242) Two weeks remain for Congress to consider legislation before breaking to campaign for the November elections. Legislation addressing seller-funded downpayment assistance and energy efficiency has the potential to be addressed before Congress adjourns. Energy…

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