The Value of NAHB: Volunteerism as a Benefit

Two weeks ago, I published an article by NAHB’s CEO Jerry Howard highlighting (click here) “The Value of NAHB Membership.” The article described several areas where builder members benefited, financially, by NAHB actions. On the surface, an associate would remark, “that’s great but what benefits do I gain by being an NAHB member? I won’t go into detail here, as I have written in past blog articles, but as I am known to say, “if it affects builders, it will affect associates.” Let’s move from the legislative benefits that provide sales opportunities and let’s look at the “other” benefits of membership for an associate. If you look closely, these types of benefits are rewarding IF you take advantage of all the HBA has to offer you and your company. Past articles, here on “Association Maximization,” such as (click here) “Social Capital” can help you understand the value of NAHB membership. Read the article, then come back and continue reading here:

Urge your senators to co-sponsor S. 2148, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012

On March 1, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced S. 2148, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012. This legislation improves the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule (RRP) which has hampered remodelers with burdensome compliance costs that are inevitably passed on to their clients.

NAHB is asking members and HBAs to urge your senators to co-sponsor S. 2148, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, by writing them at

Read the full lead paint Builder Alert.

Gain valuable insights from builders about their successful strategies

On Feb. 9 at the International Builders’ Show, 2011 NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen gathered a group of builders from around the country to share how they have steered their businesses to prosperity through the recession with tactics such as green certification, cost-savings, enhanced amenities, event marketing, distressed lot and foreclosure conversions and unique financing.

So that members who weren’t able to attend the session can learn from the best practices shared by their peers, NAHB has posted video excerpts from the panelists’ presentations online at

Gain valuable insights from builders about their successful strategies including promoting utility cost savings realized from green features and appliances, re-purposing distressed lots or buying and remodeling foreclosures, and more.

The session panelists were:

  • J. Gary Hill, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tradition Homes and president-elect of the North Carolina HBA
  • Carolyn Rolfes, President, Potterhill Homes, LLC and president-elect of the HBA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Stillman Knight, President and CEO, The Knight Company
  • Philip Beere, Founder, G Street™ and the G Home™

Builders Commend White House Focus on Helping Home Owners, Seek Additional Steps to Spur Housing

January 25, 2012 – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commends President Obama for offering proposals in last night’s State of the Union address to help families stay in their homes and stanch foreclosures, and is urging policymakers to take additional actions to mend the housing market and boost the economy.

“President Obama’s refinancing plan offers an opportunity for continued exploration of ways to aid struggling home owners and tackle the foreclosure crisis,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, Nev. “We look forward to working with the White House and Congress to tackle this issue and continue to make progress on foreclosures that are hampering the housing market.”

In order to create jobs and further stabilize housing and the economy, Nielsen added that the Administration, Congress and federal regulators need to reopen the lines of credit for builders ready to embark upon viable projects in markets where new housing stock is needed and to ease overly restrictive mortgage lending requirements for qualified home buyers.

The NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index shows that scores of metro areas across the nation are beginning to see signs of recovery, but in order to meet this emerging housing demand, builders need access to credit to break ground on sound projects and generate new jobs and sorely needed tax revenues in these communities.

“President Obama was absolutely right when he said that ‘there has never been a better time to build,’ and the nation’s home builders are eager to do their part to contribute to economic growth and job creation,” said Nielsen, who noted that housing normally accounts for more than 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Building 100 single-family homes creates more than 300 full-time jobs and $8.9 million in federal, state and local tax revenues that help fund local schools, police and firefighters in markets across the land.

Sixty percent of voters say that resolving the foreclosure mess is essential to get the economy back on track and there is broad support for government policies that encourage homeownership, according to a new nationwide survey on housing commissioned by NAHB from the Republican and Democratic polling firms of Public Opinion Strategies and Lake Research Partners.

More than seven in 10 voters representing all political parties believe that tax incentives to promote homeownership are reasonable and appropriate and nearly six in 10 voters say the federal government should make it a high priority to restore the nation’s housing market.

Even more telling, the majority of voters believe neither party is doing a good job on housing.

“In this election year, voters will be looking closely at President Obama, the GOP presidential contenders and congressional candidates from both political parties to determine how they plan to put housing and the economy back on track,” said Nielsen. “How the candidates respond will decide not only their political fate but the economic prospects of most Americans.”

Contact Your Lawmakers in Their Home Districts

With lawmakers back in their home districts until Jan. 17, NAHB is urging its members to set up a meeting with their members of Congress at their district office to push two key issues:

  • the passage of H.R. 1755, home construction lending legislation, and
  • H. Res. 25, the sense of Congress resolution to protect the mortgage interest deduction.

These two pieces of legislation need to be at the forefront of the congressional agenda in 2012. In order for the housing industry to gain solid footing, we need Congress to act now.

[For additional information, email Nick Gentile at NAHB or call him at 800-368-5242, x8542.]

House prices continued to improve…

House prices continued to improve in July, with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reporting a 0.8% increase in the monthly purchase-only house price index (HPI). Despite these recent gains, the HPI remains 3.3% below its year ago level and 18.4% below its peak recorded back in April 2007.

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