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Home Building in the Ozarks is Turning the Corner!

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Home Builders’ annual International Builders Show in Orlando. Like the industry it represents, the Builders Show is not nearly as big as it used to be. But it still ranks as one of the largest trade shows in the world ... Read More

HBA-Missouri Update: New Construction Assessment Process, Unemployment Compensation, and More

Home Builders Association of Missouri For the HBAM Bill Tracking Report CLICK HERE --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recently Filed Legislation and Upcoming Hearings: Legislation: House Bill 222 was filed this week by Representative Schneider.  This bill changes provisions governing assessment of newly constructed residential property.  HB 222 Hearings: Monday- 1/24/2011 House-Workforce Development and Workplace Safety 12:00 PM, Hearing Room 6 Public hearing: ... Read More

HBA Home Show TV Spots Airing Now

This week viewers throughout the Ozarks began seeing television advertising promoting the 2011 HBA Home Show. The Show opens Friday, January 28 and runs all weekend at the Springfield Expo Center in Downtown Springfield, Missouri. Two television spots are now running, and each can be viewed here: HBA Home Show 30-second TV ad HBA Home ... Read More

HBA Home Show on KTTS Monday Morning

Monday morning (January 17), HBA of Greater Springfield CEO Matt Morrow sat in with Andy Taylor on the KTTS morning show to visit about the 2011 HBA Home Show. The Home Show opens January 28 and Andy and Matt visited about some of the products and trends you can expect to sample when you go. ... Read More

NAHB Outlook: Housing Moving to Higher Ground in 2011

Housing will see gradual improvements in activity this year as the nation’s economy and job market continue to move to higher ground, establishing momentum that will produce more considerable gains in 2012, according to economists who appeared at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando on Jan. 12. "This year’s spring selling season will be ... Read More

Important Fire Sprinkler Legislation Filed in Missouri Senate

Senate Bill 108 has been filed by Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt. Schmitt, who represents a portion of St. Louis County, also serves as the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary. Currently, provisions of law which prohibit adoption of code mandating installation of fire sprinklers in certain home dwellings are set to expire on December 31, 2011. This ... Read More

February HBA Membership Meeting

February's General Membership Meeting for HBA members will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at the Clarion Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone Ave. Social hour is at 5 pm and the buffet dinner begins at 6 pm. The presenter is the HBA's new President, Matt Bailey. Bailey will preview the association's new 3-5 year strategic plan ... Read More

Better Times Ahead

As we start a new decade, we look forward to better times ahead. The last three years have been a struggle in the construction industry, but with the lessons learned have made us all better and more efficient at what we do. That’s good news for you as you plan your next home improvement, remodel ... Read More

SBJ, NixaXpress: Housing = Jobs

As part of their year-end coverage and wrapups, both the Springfield Business Journal and the Nixa Xpress highlighted how housing and increasing new home construction will be necessary drivers for any local economic recovery in 2011: ----------------------- Nixa Xpress: Nixa included in new HBA housing study Saturday, December 4, 2010 By Ryan Bowling, editor The ... Read More

Will Missouri Reject Consumer Choice on Residential Fire Sprinklers?

State legislators will determine this session whether or not code-adopting jurisdictions in Missouri will have the authority to adopt a building code mandating residential fire sprinklers. If nothing is passed before the session ends in mid-May, the statute preventing jurisdictions from mandating residential fire sprinklers will expire at the end of this year (2011). BACKGROUND: ... Read More

Appraisal Advice for Builders

A letter from Sandy Dunn, 2008 NAHB Past President For the past several years one of the major problems our builders have been facing are low appraisals. NAHB has been working diligently to help solve these problems. Two Appraisal Summits were held in the last quarter of 2009 and the third Summit was just recently ... Read More

January 2011 New & Renewing Members

New Applications: BUILDER MEMBER - NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION Mark Rowden Homes, LLC Mark Rowden 320 Ichord Ave., Waynesville MO 65583 573-774-4100 Sponsor: Tom Buckner ASSOCIATE MEMBER - CONSULTANTS, ENGINEERING Gredell Engineering Resources, Inc. Thomas Gredell 1505 E. High St., Jefferson City MO 65101 573-659-9078 Sponsor: Lee Beaman ASSOCIATE MEMBER - BUILDER PRODUCTS MANUFACTURER Mark J. ... Read More

HBA-Missouri Update: Work Comp Case Impact & Tax Commission Report

Missouri's 2011 Legislative Session officially begins on Wednesday, January 5. One item already under scrutiny will be the state's tax credit programs -- including recommendations from a Tax Credit Review Commission to change/decrease credits related to low-income housing and historic preservation. For more information about this report and how legislators are responding to it, as well ... Read More