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Current HBA Member Job Openings - Join the Group

Please sign up to post on the HBA Job Openings Facebook Group, SHARE and come back to visit from time to time.  If you know of anyone looking for employment, please tell them about this group. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/hbajobs Click "Join Group" below the cover image (please join as your company business page so job postings will display your company). Answer simple questions & wait for ... Read More

263,000 Jobs Added in April

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in April, while the unemployment rate declined to 3.6%. Residential construction employment increased by 600 in April, after the increase of 11,200 jobs in March. The total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) gained 33,000 jobs in April. According to the Employment Situation Summary for April, released by the Bureau ... Read More

Builder Confidence Posts Solid Gain in May

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose three points to 66 in May, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder sentiment is at its highest level since October 2018 after declines in late 2018 due to higher interest rates and concerns over slower growth. ... Read More

EPA Announces Results of Lead Paint Enforcement Initiative

EPA Announces Results of Lead Paint Enforcement Initiative in New Hampshire and Maine In 2018, EPA conducted a targeted lead paint compliance initiative in coastal New Hampshire and Maine communities. EPA distributed outreach materials to renovation firms then completed 59 lead paint inspections, resulting in at least four enforcement action. EPA also saw an increase in firms ... Read More

How Does Your Business Measure Up?

Nobody likes to operate in a vacuum, but in a competitive industry such as home building, it can be very difficult to determine how your business measures up to your competitors. Industry benchmarks on profit margins, asset levels and equity positions are important because they allow businesses to compare their performance to their peers, and ... Read More

Your HBA Turns 65 This Year!

HBA MEMBERS! Join us to celebrate 65 years on May 17th in front of Southern Materials from 4pm to 8pm. There will be Axe Throwing, Giant Inflatable Crocodile Slide, Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Inflatable Bowling, Burgers and more. PLEASE RSVP ASAP, so that we know how much food and drink to prepare. Click here for more ... Read More

Corn Madness Tournament 2019 - NEW CORNHOLE CHAMPIONS

The annual HBA Corn Madness Tournament, sponsored and hosted by FamilySAFE, brought over 100 HBA Members together for food, fun and games. 48 teams battled it out on the boards to see who would take home the grand prize of mini corn hole boards and gift cards! There was some tough competition, but in the end one ... Read More

Who Will Be Your Next Employee?

The construction industry is facing a serious workforce development issue. It’s hard to find new employees and many existing employees are older and starting to think about retirement. What can you do to make a difference? PARTICIPATE IN: (1) Build My Future (2) Summer Job Fair at Kickapoo High School. (1) Build My Future is ... Read More

Homes Built in Nonmetropolitan America

Of the 848,000 single-family homes started in the U.S. in 2017, roughly 79,000 were nonmetropolitan—that is, they were built outside one of the officially-defined metropolitan areas—as reported in a recent NAHB study,  At 79,000, nonmetropolitan single-family starts were up 40 percent from the trough in 2011, compared to a 97 percent for single-family starts overall. The NAHB ... Read More

Build My Future UPDATE

April 17 is the day. There are more than 2,500 high school students registered to participate in the third annual “Build My Future” construction career day. More than 2,500 students have the opportunity to explore what their future could look like in the construction industry! The HBA of Greater Springfield is proud to be part ... Read More

Student Loans Crowding Out Home Purchases

Student and auto loans have historically dominated non-mortgage, non-revolving credit, as seen in the Federal Reserve’s G.19 Consumer Credit report. As of the third quarter of 2018, student loan debt totaled $1.6 trillion.  As student-loan debt has historically made up the majority of non-mortgage, non-revolving credit, homeownership is the opportunity cost for its accumulation. In January 2019, ... Read More

HBA Fishing & Golf Tournaments - Make Plans

FISHING TOURNAMENT The HBA has so many fun membership events coming up! Join us for the Spring Fishing Tournament at Stockton Lake, Old State Park on Friday, April 12th from 7am – 3pm. Entry fees are $75 per boat and are due to the HBA office by April 5. Click here to download the registration form ... Read More

Characteristics of Recent Home Buyers

A total of 8.8 million households bought homes in the two years preceding the release of the 2017 American Housing Survey (AHS).  For its February Special Study, the National Association of Home Builders used the 2017 AHS to analyze trends among recent home buyers. The AHS is a nationally representative survey of residential structures in the ... Read More