Historic Rate Cuts Mean Low Mortgage Rates for Home Buyers

U.S. Federal Reserve officials recently slashed official interest rates to an historic low range and signaled they will keep rates "exceptionally low" for some time amid rapidly waning price pressures. Officials also signaled a new phase for policy in which lending programs financed by the Fed's ballooning balance sheet, a process known as quantitative easing, ... Read More

KY3: New Home Energy Audit Tax Credits

Contact KY3's Cara Restelli reports on the new Missouri tax credit for home energy audits and implementation of their recommendations. City Utilities home energy auditor John Smith demonstrates a home energy audit. CU Director of Energy Conservation Cara Schaefer and HBA of Greater Springfield Executive Officer Matt Morrow also provide comment on the program. You ... Read More

KSFX-27: Economy Makes It Hard For Immigrants to Find Jobs

The slow home building economy has affected many people who work in the business, including immigrant workers. HBA member Rosales Masonry and HBA President-Elect Rusty MacLachlan are interviewed as part of this news story by Carlos Correa for KSFX-27, which aired Saturday, December 6, 2008. You can watch the video direcly from Springfieldhba.com below, or ... Read More

Tell Congress to Fix Housing First

Visit www.capitolconnect.com/builderlink We need your help!  The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is taking decisive actions to push President-elect Barack Obama and the 111th Congress to revive the American economy by addressing the core problem to the current economic crisis...falling home values.  The Problem:  Falling home values are at the core of the current ... Read More

"Fix Housing First" Initiative Aimed at Advocating for Measures to Reduce Inventory Quickly

Short-term, targeted incentives will encourage Americans to buy homes again. Fix Housing First is a coalition of business and housing industry related organizations working to educate congressional leaders about immediate action necessary to address the issues they contend are the core of our nation's economic crisis: 1. Existing home inventory is nearing an all-time high ... Read More

State Launches Home Energy Audit Program with Tax Incentive

Gov. Matt Blunt today launched a new program to help Missouri families conserve energy and reduce their tax burden with certified home energy audits. "Certified home energy audits will give Missouri families reliable guidance when it comes to energy use and waste reduction, saving money on overall energy costs as well as offering another tax ... Read More

NAHB Files Appeal on Fire Sprinklers

Citing a failure of the International Code Council to provide a fair and open voting process at its Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis in September, NAHB has filed an appeal to the ICC to set aside code changes mandating fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes constructed under the 2009 International Residential Code ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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.