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Most Common Exteriors On New Homes are Stucco and Vinyl in 2019

Most Common Exteriors

According to the data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), stucco was the most common principal exterior material on new single-family homes started in 2019 (27 percent), followed by Vinyl siding (25 percent), fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard (21 percent), brick or brick veneer (20 percent). Far smaller shares of…

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Refinancing Activity Surges

For the week ending October 2, 2020, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey, showed a 4.6% increase in overall mortgage activity from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as seen in its Market Composite Index. The growth was driven primarily by the Refinancing Index, which shot up by 8.2% from the previous…

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Suburban Shift for Home Building in Q2 2020

The Q2 2020 results of NAHB’s Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) show geographical trends of the home building industry as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, spread quickly through the United States. Although the pandemic caused widespread economic impacts for many businesses, housing has weathered the economic storm, rebounding quickly from an April slump. Moreover, data from…

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2021 International Builders’ Show Registration Opens with Discounts Offered

2021 International Builders’ Show Registration Opens with Discounts Offered Through September New Health and Safety Protocols Put in Place for In-Person Show WASHINGTON, Sept. 1-The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) officially opened online registration today for the 2021 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), the premier event of the residential construction industry. IBS will move…

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Saving Lives – Smoke Alarm Donations – Sept 29

Fire Safety Smoke Alarm Donation

Approximately 2,000 lives will be protected and potentially saved because of Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice, Krueger Geothermal Systems, HM Risk, Murney Associate Realtors and the HBA Charitable Foundation (HBACF) In addition to the smoke alarm donation, each year the HBA Charitable Foundation recognizes an individual that excels in Fire Safety Education. This year we…

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HBA Fall Golf Tournament

Sign Up Now for the 2020 HBA Fall Golf Tournament This year’s tournament is being held at Greene Hills Country Club on October 2nd. Check-in at noon and Tee off is at 1:00 and dinner and awards will follow at 5pm. We are doing a two and four person scramble along with other exciting games…

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HBA Fall Magazine + Directory Available

HBA Fall Magazine 2020 with Pocket Directory

The cancelation of the 2020 HBA Parade of Homes, due to COVID-19, created a new opportunity. Magazines that were planned to be distributed during the Parade of Homes are now being distributed at HBA Member locations as well as multiple other outlets. Plans are to add to the list of distribution spots over the next…

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HBA Fall Fishing Tournament 2020

HBA Fishing Tournament 2020 Slogan

HBA Fishing tournament Let’s go Fall Fishing! Pomme De Terre Hermitage Access point 9/25/2020 7am-3pm Big Bass Sponsor – Guaranty Bank Sign up with our simple online form below. Call 417.881.3711 if you have any questions or if you would like to sponsor this event. Click Here to Sign Up

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HBACF Incredible PARTY 2020!

Incredible Pizza

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2020 The HBA Charitable Foundation is hosting an Incredible Party on October 27th from 5-8pm!!! This party & incredible silent auction is open to all members and non members with a purchased ticket. A BIG “thank you” to Springfield Electric for your sponsorship of this year’s Incredible Party.…

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For Every $1,000 Added 158,857 People Priced Out of a Home

NAHB recently released its 2020 priced out estimates. The new estimates show that, if the median new home price goes up by $1,000, 158,857 households would be priced out of the housing market nationwide. In other words, based on their incomes, 158,857 households would be able to qualify for a mortgage to purchase the home before…

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HBACF Scholarships to Six Deserving College Students

The HBA Charitable Foundation recently selected six deserving college students, and awarded them each with a $500 scholarship to be used for the 2020-2021 school year.  The six individuals chosen have shown excellence in academics, leadership, and a passion for the construction industry. The HBACF also awarded departmental grants in the amount of $500. each,…

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2020 National Electrical Code Adoption Kits Now Available

2020 National Electrical Code Adoption Kits Now Available

The National Fire Protection Association issued their most recent edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) on Aug. 25, 2019, and states are now in the process of adopting this most recent set of electrical codes. NAHB staff has reviewed the code changes and has made available the 2020 National Electrical Code Adoption Kit that identifies the significant changes…

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Turning Point for the Labor Market

Labor Market Reopening

The following excerpt was recently published in NAHB’s bi-weekly e-newsletter Eye On the Economy by Chief Economist Robert Dietz:  In a surprisingly positive reading for the labor market, recent jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate in May declined to 13.3%. The true unemployment rate is likely closer to 16% due to…

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