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KY3: Protect Yourself from Unexpected Liens Against Your Property

Homeowners should take protective steps to select professional contractors and obtain lien waivers on home improvement and construction projects. Contact KY3's Cara Restelli interviews Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield CEO Matt Morrow for helpful steps homeowners should take to avoid unexpected liens against their property. Watch the video story by clicking on it below. ... Read More

Foot Traffic Up as Home Buying Becomes More Affordable

From Nation's Building News: Thanks to record low mortgage rates and declining home prices, 55 million families — or half of all U.S. households — can afford today's $200,000 median-priced new home, according to figures released by NAHB. "That's an increase of 17 million households from conditions just two years ago and the best housing ... Read More

Belt Sander Races April 21 - GREAT VIDEO!

* YOU CAN VIEW THIS DIRECTLY ON SPRINGFIELDHBA.COM (Member Login Required) * 2009 HBA BELT SANDER RACES Tuesday, April 21 - 6pm $15 BBQ Dinner Carnahan-White Fence Co. 1845 S. State Highway MM RSVP HERE Watch KY3's Coverage of Last Year's Races!

SBJ: 2008 Shakes Up Real Estate Market Share

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DIRECTLY ON SPRINGFIELDHBA.COM  Monday, March 16, 2009 2008 shakes up real estate market share Springfield Business Journal Staff Monday, March 16, 2009 Greene County's share of area new home construction showed a slight uptick in 2008 after a steady decline in recent years, according to a five-county study presented to the ... Read More

Springfield News-Leader: Housing Market Picks Up

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DIRECTLY ON SPRINGFIELDHBA.COM  Springfield News Leader March 18, 2009 Housing Market Picks Up More people re interested in houses again in the Springfield area, HBA executive director says However, experts view the surge as a temporary gain. Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press Washington -- Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase ... Read More

Fed Action Means Lower Mortgage Rates are on the Way

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced some very aggressive steps aimed at unlocking the sluggish credit markets, with a major focus on further lowering mortgage interest rates. The Fed said it would significantly expand its ongoing program of buying Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and debt. The Fed increased its planned MBS purchases ... Read More

New Home Buyer Tax Credit is Bigger and Better

On Feb. 17, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law. As part of $787 billion in economic stimulus measures, the legislation created a home buyer tax credit that is bigger and better than the previous credit that was implemented in July 2008.    The Web site www.FederalHousingTaxCredit.com explains in ... Read More

Homeowners Can Take Advantage of Federal Tax Credits in Stimulus Package

Energy Star has published comprehensive information on how the housing industry and consumers can take advantage of the federal tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements in the new economic stimulus package. The credits are expected to significantly increase demand for green renovation projects this year and next, according to federal officials. Congressional economists project that ... Read More

KY3: Slowdown in Housing Starts Could Mean Now is the Time to Buy

KY3's Sara Forhetz reported on the 10pm news Wednesday night that housing starts nationwide and locally dropped off substantially in 2008. Commercial construction locally is holding steady, and the dynamics of the current housing market make it a great time to buy your next home. Forhetz interviewed Nick Heatherly, with the City of Springfield's Building ... Read More

HBA Home Show Local News Coverage Recap

The big news coming out of the 2009 HBA Home Show was the success of the event. A vendor sellout and more than 12,000 in attendance defied the expectations of many who were suprised by the activity, optimism and relative urgency of thousands of people thinking of buying, building, or remodeling a home. Following is ... Read More

KY3: Home Builders at HBA Home Show Hope for Rebound in 2009

Contact KY3's Cara Restelli reported Tuesday on the local housing economy. She interviewed HBA of Greater Springfield President Rusty MacLachlan and HBA Executive Officer Matt Morrow as they worked to set up the 2009 HBA Home Show at the Springfield Expo Center in Springfield Missouri. To watch the news story click on it below or ... Read More