ADVOCACY: "Revive Housing, Restore America"

An Important Advocacy Message / Call to Action from NAHB Chairman Joe Robson: With members of Congress now taking a closer look at extending and possibly expanding the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit, NAHB is seeking to build on this momentum by running two separate ads this week targeted at Capitol Hill and the ... Read More

News-Leader: 'It's a good time to build'

On Monday, October 19, Springfield News-Leader reporter Cory de Vera had this report from the weekend HBA Home Remodeling Expo: 'It's a good time to build' Remodeling expo attracts fewer, but more serious patrons this year. For Battlefield residents Judy and Jerry O'Dell, the Home Builders Association Home Remodeling Expo was the place to be ... Read More

SMCO Seminar: What's New in the 2009 "I" Codes?

The Southwest Missouri Code Officials chapter of the International Code Council is presenting an educational seminar on Thursday, October 22, entitled "What's New in the 2009 'I' Codes?" Chris Straw, the speaker, is a licensed Architect and has been Springfield’s Code Administrator for more than 5 years. He will be discussing the significant differences in ... Read More

Survey Shows Credit Woes Threaten Housing Recovery

From Nation's Building News Online, Week of September 28: Nearly two-thirds of single-family home builders are reporting a severe lack of credit for housing production, threatening the fragile housing recovery before it has time to take hold, according to a new builder survey of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) financing conducted by NAHB and released ... Read More

Kelby Creek Gets Green Light and Cuts Red Ribbon!

Kelby Creek, a 735-acre master planned community located in Nixa, Missouri announced it has received final plat. Receipt of this legal document signifies that the development is now able to begin selling lots. In commemoration, the Nixa Chamber of Commerce conducted the Kelby Creek Ribbon Cutting on site Wednesday, October 7th. The developers also broke ... Read More

Codes and I&E Committees Discuss 2009 IRC Adoption

The Codes Committee and the I&E Committee met recently to review differences between the 2006 IRC and the 2009 version as well as the cost impact of many of those changes. Many of these changes will add hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of dollars to the cost of a home, without addressing a safety ... Read More

Housing Industry Groups Agree On Need To Reform Appraisal Process

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently hosted a Residential Real Estate Appraisal Summit with federal regulatory agencies and the major housing and financial institution stakeholder and appraisal organizations to discuss constructive solutions to appraisal problems. Among the problems discussed at the summit was the use by some appraisers of foreclosed or other distressed ... Read More

Local Builder Opens Region’s First ENERGY STAR Subdivision

With Three New Energy Efficient Homes Already Underway Only “Good Intentions” of Government Stand in the Way Now SPRINGFIELD – Springfield home builder Richland Homes this week will unveil its plans for the area’s first 100% ENERGY STAR subdivision, with three ENERGY STAR homes already underway. Richland Homes owner Brian Willaby will be joined by ... Read More

Builder - Remodeler Breakfast Focuses on Lending Issues

Builders and Remodelers are invited to join us for a complimentary breakfast and roundtable discussion with lenders on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 AT 7:30 AM AT THE HBA OFFICE. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about issues affecting mortgage and AD&C lending. To RSVP click here.

Fire Sprinkler Offer Is Now The Law In Missouri

This new law mandates the OFFER of fire sprinklers for new homes, rather than mandatory installation of fire sprinklers, which is now part of the 2009 IRC. The HBA has emailed and mailed builder members a Residential Fire Sprinkler Option Form which has been developed by the HBA affiliates in Missouri. It helps new home ... Read More