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Time to Renew! Members with September Anniversaries. Renew by September 30, 2018. Bianco Realty - Amy Asche | Amy Asche Real Estate Bismarck Motor Company | Bob Kupper Other Blue Hawk Audio & Video | Mike Wilkinson Computer Products and Services Security Systems | Other Starion Bank | Brittany Stuhlmiller Mortgage Banking Starion Bank | Chris Fraser Mortgage Banking Dakota OutdoorScapes | Jon Rick Landscaping Security First Bank Of ND | Dennis Kraft Mortgage Banking Future Builders, Inc. | Kyle Morey Single Family Spec/Tract Building Single Family General Contracting Single Family Custom Building Goldstone Realty | Christine Rivinius Real Estate Guild Mortgage | Jenna Vilness Mortgage Banking Homeowners Financial Group Becki Wheeler | Mortgage Banking Alliance Real Estate | Jamie Sorenson Real Estate Bianco Realty | Judy Maslowski Real Estate Starion Bank | Kassy Landis Mortgage Banking Century 21 Morrison Realty | Kathy Wagner Real Estate
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Kerner Construction & Pools | Jason Kerner Single Family General Contracting | Single Family Custom Building | RemodelingResidential | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) | Landscaping | Concrete Work Bianco Realty | Kim Sundquist Real Estate Kirkwood Bank & Trust Co. | Ken Knodel Commercial Banking/Thrift Institution Mortgage Banking Midco | Jerry Eggert Computer Products and Services Marketing/advertising or Public Relations Mitzel Builders, Inc. | Lee Mitzel Single Family Spec/Tract Building Land Development Security First Bank Of ND | Natalie Eckes Mortgage Banking Orion Framing & Construction | Kelly Royball Remodeling-Residential | Carpentry Work Roofing/Siding/Sheet Metal Work Palomino Construction, LLC | Ryan Hiatt Single Family Custom Building | RemodelingResidential | Carpentry Work | Roofing/ Siding/Sheet Metal Work | Insulation Work Drywall Installation Roughrider Hardwoods, Inc. | David Jensen Manufacturing | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) | Other First Western Bank & Trust | Sam Foss Mortgage Banking Sherwin Williams Co. | Chad Schumacher Paint/Wall coverings Continued on page 8
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2018 Board of Directors PRESIDENT
Lynn Klein Gate City Bank Phone: (701) 355-7633 email@example.com
1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701)255-7628 firstname.lastname@example.org
2ND VICE PRESIDENT Rory Anderson Verity Homes of Bismarck Phone:(701) 354-2846 email@example.com Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Schmid Townsquare Media Phone: (701) 250-6602
Brian Eiseman Stoneshire Builders Phone: (701) 471-6935 email@example.com
Shannon Reichenberg Diversity Homes Phone: (701) 751-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRETARY/TREASURER Greg Zenker Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air Phone: (701) 222-2155 email@example.com Susie Franklin Choice Financial Phone: (701) 751-7282
Joe Hillerson Boulder Homes (701) 400-5554 firstname.lastname@example.org Greg Meidinger Aspire Homes (701) 426-8583 email@example.com Marc Menge BNC National Bank Phone:(701) 250-3000 firstname.lastname@example.org
BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top 6 “REALTORS® OF THE MONTH” for August: Shirley Thomas, Darcy Fettig, Amy Asche, Judy Maslowski, Amber Sandness and Tyler Hofland. These six REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in August 2018.
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September 2018 | Building Buzz
he Fall Parade of Homes is the highlight of September. Many of our members are very aware that the association’s Parade of Homes events serve as the single-best advertising and lead-generation opportunities builders can access. The Fall Parade has a healthy lineup of entry-level and luxury homes. With 39 entries and prices that range from $259,900 to $1.25 million, we will showcase homes that suit everyone’s price range and style.
Please help the association promote this event by telling your family, friends and coworkers to attend, sharing the event on social media and displaying the Parade of Homes magazines in your office. Event details are available at www.BisManParade.com and via our smartphone app; simply search BMHBA in your app store.
As always, we are incredibly grateful for the participating builders, subcontractors and associate members who make this event possible. We also have supportive event sponsors that include American Bank Center, J&R Vacuum & Sewing Center, Carpet World, Leingang Home Center, Starion Bank, Kupper Automotive, MDU and The Bismarck Tribune. Thank you all.
After the Parade wraps, the association will ready itself for the election of new leaders. Board President The board of directors currently includes 12 members who serve 3-year, rotating terms. Builder members Shannon Reichenberg and Brian Eiseman have terms ending this year. That means we need to you to nominate members to fill their seats. Please submit nominees online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019Board or complete the insert in this magazine.
Board nominees will speak to the membership at the Oct. 23 Fall Awards Mixer & Board Elections event hosted at the Bismarck Ramada. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and exercise their right to vote. Make sure to mark you calendar and attend this important event.
I hope that you’ve been following the association’s work via the newsletters and social media. The Government Affairs Committee has been especially active this summer as they advocate on our behalf with the cities and counties. Their most recent appearance was at the Burleigh County Planning & Zoning Commission where they effectively stopped ordinance changes from occurring that could have negatively impacted our members. Please reach out to the office if you have questions or concerns with local government that we can help you resolve. Fall brings us closer to the general elections. The association will soon review and make recommendations to members regarding candidates and measures. Keep your eye out for messages that will educate you about the Nov. 6 ballot. Thank you for being a part of the BMHBA. We need you and I like to think you need us. Row together,
Lynn Klein, President BMHBA Board of Directors
Building Buzz | September 2018
The 5 Best Practices of HighPerforming Sales Managers
By Kathy Tucker
o you want to lead your teams to higher performance? The key is to focus on the right stuff.
and division leadership to masterfully devise the positioning that sets everyone up for success.
INVEST IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT. With everyone. No matter how long they’ve been selling. Newbies need direction and support. Veterans can get complacent, bored, even rusty. Make certain that wherever you place them, they have the tools and know-how to be successful. Even a veteran in a new neighborhood needs time to learn the new area, community and product, and he needs practice adapting to the new buyer profile.
ALWAYS BE COACHING. There are teachable moments every day. The best sales managers spend time in the field, even with their stars. They listen. They catch them doing something right and complement them. They don’t say “that was great, but…” Instead they say, “that was terrific because…” and share the impact of the behavior. This is especially beneficial when you observe them interacting with customers and you complement them on a specific skill that led to a positive result, like asking a compelling closing question. They will remember what they said and use it again, replicating the positive behavior that got results.
The best sales managers know they must:
HIRE THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST. There is no substitute for building a team stacked with top talent. The best sales managers know the magical combination is: (1) High Drive – you can’t teach this. These people have an innate desire to win. (2) Results Orientation – the closers who are acutely focused on activities that get them to the finish line. (3) Problem Solving Skills – the solution-oriented folks who always find opportunities to move a situation forward. (4) Optimism – they expect to win, and they do. (5) Likeability. Others are drawn to them because they are genuine, confident and fun!
MASTER THE SKILL OF COMPETITIVE COMMUNITY POSITIONING. You can hire the best talent, but if you put them in a community where the pricing and positioning are wrong, they will never succeed. And you risk losing them. It’s the sales manager’s responsibility to ensure the community has the proper positioning and a compelling competitive advantage. The absolute best sales managers collaborate with the sales agent
CREATE A MOTIVATING CULTURE. It’s amazing what the best sales people accomplish when they feel their results are important and genuinely appreciated. Take time to share the significance of the business goals and thank them when they’re achieved! Call them personally after a big week. Send a note to their home. Recognize them publicly. And connect with them as individuals. Learn their personal goals and purpose. Focus on helping them achieve their mission and keep track of it. If they’re not on target, sit down with them and brainstorm the actions that will lead to their success. Maybe you agree to release a few new home sites. Your engagement shows you care. That’s a motivating coach.
The best sales managers know that when they focus on the right stuff, everyone wins. Kathy Tucker is a sales management consultant with New Homes Solutions and a member of the Tampa Bay Builders Association and its Sales & Marketing Council. September 2018 | Building Buzz
CITY & COUNTY BUSINESS PITCH CHALLENGE Mandan is holding its first ever business pitch contest. First place will win $500, the chance to be eligible for a $10,000 forgivable loan to start their business in Mandan and more! The Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee is hosting the event with assistance from the City of Mandan Business Development Department, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and the IDEA Center. Organizers are looking for aspiring entrepreneurs and early startups who could use a boost on their entrepreneurial journey. The competition will be held Nov. 13 at the Strawberry Theater, 210 W Main St. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will conclude with a networking social. This event is open to the public and free of charge. The deadline for entries is Oct. 1, 2018. For more information and to submit your idea, visit www.cityofmandan.com/businesspitch.
BUILDERS DISCUSS BURLEIGH COUNTY ORDINANCE
A group of member builders and developers met to discuss the proposed changes to the Burleigh County development standards. The county was proposing an access requirement that would include secondary accesses for rural developments that exceed 6 lots, and a tertiary access for developments that exceed 100 lots. After reviewing the revisions, the group decided to drat a letter to the commissioners recommending the item be tabled for discussion with the HBA or at least following the section of the International Fire Code that references accesses. That code specifies a second access after 30 lots and doesn’t reference a third. Members will attend and present at the public hearing on Sept. 12.
PROPOSED BUDGET KEEPS PROPERTY TAXES NEARLY LEVEL
The Mandan City Commission initially approved the 2019 budget proposal during its Aug. 7 meeting. An existing residential property with a 5% valuation increase coupled with the mill levy decrease, equates to a $12 increase for the 2019 budget. This excludes any special assessments on the property. Mandan residents also will see a $1.70 monthly increase for utility base charges, totaling $20 for the year. Of that increase, $1.45 per month is for the City’s contribution toward the 30-inch water transmission line replacement project for the Sunset Reservoir; a cost-share project with the State Water Commission. The remaining $0.25 is contractual increases for Armstrong Sanitation and Waste Management services. The City’s budget and finance committee recommended a budget of $37.5 million with a contribution of $4.7 million from property tax revenue. The draft budget includes a 2% increase to employee salaries, down half a percent from 2018. Three new hires, including a full-time firefighter/EMT, full-time evidence/crime scene technician, and a part-time engineering intern are set for 2019.
The full budget document is posted at www.cityofmandan.com in the Finance Department section.
PROMOTE THE PARADE The Fall Parade of Homes is Sept. 27-30. There are 39 homes registered for the event that spans four days, two cities and two counties. Members are encouraged to attend and to invite others to tour the homes. This year’s event includes a nice mix of entry level and dream homes.
The cost to attend is $10 and one ticket gives the ticketholder access to all 39 homes during the four-day event. 2018 marks the second anniversary of the Pick Pink campaign. Attendees will have the option to purchase a limited-edition pink ticket for $20 and receive a Hope Builder pin. The additional $10 will be donated to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. Information about the Parade is available online at www.BisManParade.com or via the app BMHBA in your app store.
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CITY & COUNTY D&M Industries Announces Promotion
HOUSING FOR HOMELESS UNDERWAY
Korey Zellers has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Bismarck office and showroom of D&M Industries. Korey has been with D&M for 6 years. Previously he held the position of project manager in the Residential Sales division in their Moorhead, MN office. Korey brings a wealth of knowledge to this position. Prior to D&M Industries Zellers had worked in multiple fields of construction including roofing, siding, framing and residential window replacement sales. D&M Industries is 100% Employee Owned has been in Business since 1982 with over 175 employees in Moorhead, MN, Bismarck, ND, and three locations in Wisconsin. D&M provides doors and hardware, windows and millwork for commercial projects and residential homes across the US.
Construction has begun on Edwinton Place, a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) project that will offer stable housing and support services for 40 individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness in the Bismarck area. The approach that will be utilized is called ‘Housing First’. “Through the Housing First model, some of the barriers to rental housing entry are set aside. The individual is provided with a permanent, stable home and then support services are offered to address the underlying causes of their homelessness.” said Dwight Barden, Burleigh County Housing Authority (BCHA) executive director.
Chronically homeless individuals typically have mental health or substance abuse issues, a chronic health condition, or a history of physical or sexual abuse. The need to provide supportive housing for these individuals was first discussed in 2008 in Bismarck-Mandan’s 10-Year Plan to End Homeless. Since that time, local service providers have been planning and educating key stakeholders to gain support for a PSH development. As an experienced provider of affordable housing, BCHA agreed to take the lead and be the owner and manager of the property. BCHA has partnered with Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI), a nonprofit developer of affordable housing to develop Edwinton Place. Funding commitments provided by NDHFA will cover the majority of Edwinton Place’s development costs. The state agency awarded federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits that will provide the project with $7.2 million in equity, and awarded $1,026,147 from the National Housing Trust Fund, $500,000 from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund and $460,000 from the Neighborhood Stabilization III Program. The total project cost is $10.3 million.
Edwinton Place also received support from the City of Bismarck, in agreement with Burleigh County and the Bismarck Public School District, a 20-year Payment in Lieu of Taxes for the property valued at more than $2 million. The North Dakota Department of Commerce committed $730,000 through the Neighborhood Stabilization I Program for land acquisition. Through Bank of North Dakota, the Federal Home Loan Bank awarded $750,000 from the Affordable Housing Program, and the Otto Bremer Trust committed $62,000 to help cover pre-development costs.
September 2018 | Building Buzz
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VIP SPIKE EXPERIENCE AT 2019 IBS CONCERT
BMHBA members who recruit five new Builder and/or Associate members will be invited to the VIP area at the 2019 IBS Closing Spike Concert. The area will be in front of the VIP platform, includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and an additional guest entry (Spike plus one guest). The VIP area is limited to the first 150 qualifying recruiters, and their one guest, who RSVP. Learn more at nahb.org/VIPSpike.
Time to Renew! continued
Members with September Anniversaries. Renew by September 30, 2018. Sherwin Williams Co. | Chad Schumacher Paint/Wall coverings Kirkwood Bank & Trust Co.. | Steve Gerhardt Mortgage Banking The Blind Guy of North Dakota | Tammy Fransen | Other The Mortgage Company | Rob Nagle Mortgage Banking TransTrash | Mitch Kaelberer Single Family General Contracting Commercial General Contracting Excavation Work | Other
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ACCESS NEW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES AUG. 30 NAHB recently updated the state wages and workforce demand data in the Skilled Workforce Development Resources. The state-specific data includes the annual average wages for 19 construction trades and the projected workforce demand by state and for the top 100 metro areas. Access North Dakota’s information online at https://bit. ly/2MKuPcx.
EDUCATION EDGE: TAKE 3 CAPS COURSES AT THE REMODELING SHOW
Get in on the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry —home modifications for aging in place. BMHBA members can find all three required Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) designation courses at the Remodeling Show, Oct. 6-8, in Baltimore. CAPS I, II and III help remodelers guide clients to the right choices and provide the groundwork for a promising future in this exciting niche. Upon completion of the courses, students are eligible to apply for CAPS. Register today at remodelingdeck.com.
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EVENTS RECRUIT DURING THE FALL DRIVE WIN A TRIP TO NAPA
2018 Calendar of Events September 27-30
Fall Parade of Homes www.bismanparade.com
October 23 As the official NAHB membership sponsor, Signature Kitchen Suite is offering an allinclusive trip to Napa Valley to each of the top six Builder members who sign up the most new* members during the fall membership drive. The competition runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2018. Builder members will compete against others from HBAs similar in size. The top two members from each category will be invited to attend and bring a guest. The prize includes:
• 3-day, 3-night trip from Wednesday to Saturday • Airfare, meals, hotel and transportation
• Exclusive Signature Kitchen Suite Experience featuring sous vide cooking demos and learning more about the True to Food™ philosophy and Technicurean™ customer • Great food, fine wine and fun activities (wine tour or golf)
* Membership renewals will not be included. Official rules coming soon. Visit nahb.org/ sks for details.
Fall Awards Mixer & Board Elections 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. Ramada Inn, Bismarck
Holiday Home Walk 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Annual Banquet 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. Harvest Grill in Mandan Register at bmhba.com/events, or call 701-222-2400.
GET ON BOARD Two builder member seats are up for grabs for 2019. Members are encouraged to nominate themselves or another member to fill the vacated seats. Board members serve as the governing board for the association and meet monthly to discuss business. Board terms are three years. Board members have the unique opportunity to help shape the association and direct initiatives each year. In addition to attending the monthly meetings, board members are able to represent the HBA at Chamber, BMDA, Realtor and other organizational events.
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September 2018 | Building Buzz
NATIONAL NEWS NATIONAL NEWS
NEW HOME SALES EDGE DOWN 1.7% IN JULY Sales of newly built, single-family homes inched down 1.7% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 627,000 units after an upwardly revised June report, according to newly released data by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-to-date basis, sales are up 7.2% from this time last year.
“A lack of overall housing inventory is pushing up home prices, which is hurting affordability and causing prospective buyers to delay making a home purchase,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “Although this month marks the lowest sales pace since last October, we continue to see solid housing demand due to economic strengthening and positive demographic tailwinds,” said NAHB Senior Economist Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington. “Builders need to manage rising construction costs to keep their homes competitively priced for the newcomers to the housing market.”
A new home sale occurs when a sales contract is signed or a deposit is accepted. The home can be in any stage of construction: not yet started, under construction or completed. In addition to adjusting for seasonal effects, the July reading of 627,000 units is the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued for the next 12 months.
The inventory of new homes for sale was 309,000 in July, which is a 5.9-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price rose to $328,700.
Regionally, new home sales rose 10.9% in the West and 9.9% in the Midwest. Sales fell 3.3 % in the South and 52.3% in the Northeast. Year-to-date, sales in the Northeast are down 14.5% as that region deals with impacts from tax reform and persistent affordability issues. View more analysis eyeonhousing.org.
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Building Buzz | September 2018
DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE SEVERAL TAX BILLS FOCUSING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING In the final days prior to the start of the traditional August congressional recess, Democrats in the House and Senate have put the spotlight on the affordable rental housing crisis by introducing a number of new bills. Here is a brief summary of the legislation:
• On July 19, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Rent Relief Tax Act (S. 3250), which would create a new, refundable tax credit for renters who pay more than 30% of their gross income on rent and utilities. The bill has four Democratic cosponsors, none of whom sit on the Senate Finance Committee.
• On July 26, the Assistant Democratic Leader in the House, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, introduced the Restoring Tax Credits for Affordable Housing Act (H.R. 6542). This bill would increase state Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) allocations and modify the discount rate formula used to calculate the 9% credit rate. The goal of this bill is restore the equity lost as a result of the lower corporate tax rate. H.R. 6542 has 23 Democratic cosponsors, but none of them are on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Clyburn also cosponsored H.R. 1661, the Curbelo-Neal bill to strengthen the LIHTC, at the same time he introduced this bill. • On Aug. 1, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, and Equity (HOME) Act of 2018 (S. 3342), which would also create a new refundable tax credit for renters. The bill would also seek to require communities to adopt “inclusive zoning policies,” which would be of concern to NAHB. NAHB does not support federal preemption of local or state land use authority. S. 3342 has no cosponsors. While none of these bills enjoy bipartisan support or even support of any Democrats on the tax writing committees, they show a growing focus among Democrats on affordable housing. It is notable that two of these three bills focus on creating a renters’ tax credit, an idea that has drawn criticism from the LA Times and the Tax Foundation, and by some estimates could cost $76 billion per year.
Unfortunately, renters’ tax credits do not address the fundamental problem driving the affordability crisis, which is lack of inventory. Nonetheless, NAHB will seek to leverage this newfound energy on affordable housing into action on H.R. 1661, the Curbelo-Neal bill, and S. 548, the companion Senate bill sponsored by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes edged down one point to a solid 67 reading in August on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.
“The good news is that builders continue to report strong demand for new housing, fueled by steady job and income growth along with rising household formations,” said NAHB chairman Randy Noel. “However, they are increasingly focused on growing affordability concerns, stemming from rising construction costs, shortages of skilled labor and a dearth of buildable lots.”
Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.”
The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. For more analysis, read this Eye on Housing blog post.
SHORTAGE OF ROUGH CARPENTERS CLIMBS TO RECORD HIGH
Three-fourths of the total cost of building a typical home goes to subcontractors. So as they get harder to find, it’s getting especially hard for projects to stay on schedule and on budget.
NAHB economist Paul Emrath wrote about the findings in Eye On Housing and offered possible explanations for the severe shortage of subcontractors: One is that workers who were laid off during the housing downturn and subsequently started their own businesses have since returned to work for larger companies.
Regardless of the reasons, the widespread shortages continue to restrain the pace of construction, further driving up construction costs, which are increasingly being absorbed by the home buyer. However, the shortages are also affecting builders’ bottom lines by causing lost or canceled sales and making some projects unprofitable.
“Housing affordability is at a 10-year low, and that means it will become increasingly difficult to pass along higher construction costs to home buyers,” NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz wrote in the latest issue of Eye on the Economy. “Builders in many markets may find supply-related cost increases will slow sales now more than in recent years due to elevated pricing.” Making matters worse, shortages are likely to intensify in the near term for some markets, particularly those in and around the Carolinas. “As the impact of Hurricane Florence affects North and South Carolina — home to 9% of the nation’s single-family construction — and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic, we can expect increased demand for construction workers and higher building material costs as the region recovers,” Dietz noted. “As we saw last year in the wake of the storms that devastated portions of Texas and Florida, these impacts will lower production volume while increasing costs for a number of months in and around the affected regions.”
Healthy housing groups petitioned EPA to lower the DLHS and revise the definition of lead-based paint so that lower amounts of lead in paint trigger federal regulation. EPA is now proposing to lower the DLHS from 40 milligrams per square foot (mg/ft2) on floors and 250 mg/ft2 on window sills to 10 mg/ ft2 and 100 mg/ft2, respectively, as some advocacy groups have suggested.
However, EPA is not proposing a change to the current definition of LBP due to its position that insufficient information exists to support such a change. NAHB agreed that the agency was acting within its statutory authority and in compliance with the court order in deciding not to propose any changes to the current definition to LBP. NAHB also agreed that the existing data gaps supported the decision not to propose any changes to the standard at this time.
In its comments, NAHB did raise some additional implementation questions for EPA regarding the proposed changes to the DLHS and how the transition period between the current and new standards would be handled. This has particular implications for multifamily properties subject to regulations administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that rely on the DLHS.
Single-family builders who responded to a recent NAHB survey listed which workers they are struggling the most to find. Topping the list: shortages of rough carpenters were reported by 90% of builders — the highest-ever portion for any occupation in residential construction in the survey’s history.
NAHB submitted comments to EPA last week in response to a proposed rule regarding the Review of Dust-Lead Hazard Standards and Definition of LeadBased Paint. As we previously reported, EPA was ordered by the 9th Circuit to issue a proposed rule concerning the dust-lead hazard standard (DLHS) and definition of lead-based paint (LBP).
“The solid economic expansion and firm job market should spur demand for new singlefamily homes in the months ahead,” said NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz. “Meanwhile, builders continue to monitor how tariffs and the growing threat of a trade war are affecting key building material prices, including lumber. These cost increases, coupled with rising interest rates, are putting upward pressure on home prices and contributing to growing affordability challenges, as indicated by the latest quarterly reading of the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.”
EPA SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED LEAD REGULATIONS
BUILDER CONFIDENCE REMAINS FIRM IN AUGUST
It is important to note that EPA articulated in the proposal that the DLHS changes do not directly affect the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program because existing RRP regulations do not require dust sampling prior to or at the conclusion of a renovation.
NAHB further reminded EPA that any future review of existing post-abatement clearance levels the agency intends to take should maintain the long-held distinction between RRP and abatement activities. September 2018 | Building Buzz
MOST U.S. HOMES BUILT BEFORE THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION With age comes wisdom… along with achy muscles, creaky joints and thinning hair. And as the median age of Americans continues to rise so too does the age of the nation’s housing stock.
Census data reveal the median age of owner-occupied housing has increased to 37 years old, meaning half of all homes in the U.S. were built prior to 1980 — before Ronald Reagan took office, before Michael Jackson first performed “Thriller” and long before M*A*S*H aired its last episode.
As NAHB economist Na Zhao wrote in a recent post for Eye On Housing, the aging housing stock is largely the cyclical effect of residential construction’s modest pace combined with everrising home prices. Those factors are compelling many home owners to simply stay put and consider updating their current home.
Interestingly, 70% of homes built after 2010 are owned by people under the age of 55, while homes built before 1980 are largely owned by baby boomers. Zhao notes this points to significant growth potential within the aging-in-place market, as home owners increasingly pursue home renovation projects to enable them to live safely and more comfortably as they get older. For more, go to EyeOnHousing.org.
NAHB ECONOMISTS FORECAST CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD The nation’s economy is enjoying one of the longest stretches of continued GDP growth in history. But the level of economic acceleration might soon begin to ease. In a midyear economic forecast presentation now available to NAHB members, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz was quick to acknowledge that, aside from the declining affordability of housing, “overall economic conditions remain solid.”
He noted that while certain seemingly negative dynamics of the economy will actually prove to be good news for housing demand, several economic challenges will persist. “We’re in an aging growth cycle and some imbalances are beginning to build up in the macroeconomy, [so] we have to be aware of those risks going forward,” Dietz said.
Dietz’s full presentation, as well as several more from other NAHB economists, can be viewed for free at nahb.org/forecasts. The presentations provide insights on many key areas of the housing sector — some that are likely to experience sustained growth, and others showing signs of a slowdown. The additional presentations include: • Lumber and Tariffs
• Multifamily Cost of Regulation
• Macro and Regional Conditions
• Living Arrangements of Young Adults Go to nahb.org/forecasts for more.
BUILDERS TAKE THE LEAD FOR A BETTER BUILDING CODE
Six members of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders in Alabama and the Builders Association of South Central Kentucky have volunteered to deliver the NAHB voting guide to their local code officials in advance of November’s online voting period for the next round of building and energy code changes.
guide to that official to make sure that he or she gets online to vote.
In fact, more than a quarter of all HBAs have identified at least one volunteer to carry out this important mission.
“How our code officials vote is going to affect how we build houses in the future,” NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards chair David Sowders told members of the board of directors at the Midyear Meeting in July. The One and Done camapign, he said, is “critical to our industry.”
The BIA of Greater Louisville, Ky., and HBA of Greater Kansas City are tied with five volunteers each.
As they step up from HBAs throughout the Federation, it’s clear that home builders have gotten the message that it takes only a few simple steps to ensure better building and energy codes – and those steps start with them.
It’s the One and Done campaign, in which volunteers agree to connect with at least one code official or other International Code Council governmental voting member in their communities. NAHB staff will help the volunteers identify code officials in their area who are eligible to vote.
The assignment: Let the code officials know that home builders share code officials’ concerns that changes to the codes result in a positive outcome for the building’s safety or energy efficiency and also be be cost effective and not favor one particular manufacturer’s new product.
And when NAHB has put the finishing touches on the code voting guide,which highlights the changes most important to the industry, these volunteers have committed to delivering the Building Buzz | September 2018
It will all happen quickly: The online voting period is slated to be open for only two weeks, not giving volunteers a lot of time to ensure that the code officials understand the builders’ points of view. Fortunately, the volunteers are ready. It’s not too late to be part of the solution to better building codes. Sign up to connect with a local official and deliver the guide by filling out the form at nahb.org/oneanddone.
On Aug. 13, HUD published a notice inviting public comment on amendments to its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulations. Under the AFFH rule, as a condition of receiving certain HUD funds, state and local governments must work to identify barriers to fair housing choice and ensure that their practices and policies do not promote racial segregation.
However, HUD found that in contrast to its stated goals, the AFFH rule proved ineffective and highly prescriptive, and effectively discouraged the production of affordable housing. HUD’s objective in pursuing new rulemaking is to offer more helpful guidance to states and local communities to effectively promote fair housing choice through the use of their federal funds.
HUD is requesting public comment on changes that will:
• Minimize regulatory burden while more effectively helping program participants meet their statutory obligations;
• Create a process focused primarily on accomplishing positive results, rather than on analysis; • Provide for greater local control and innovation;
• Seek to encourage actions that increase housing choice including through greater housing supply; and • More efficiently use HUD resources.
After the notice is officially published in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to comment.
NAHB has consistently urged HUD to revise the AFFH rule and address its potential for inappropriate federal encroachment on local land use and legitimate business decisions. NAHB will work with our members to respond to this latest comment opportunity.
From a builders’ perspective, the rule affects NAHB members’ building and development opportunities because of its impact on land use, zoning decisions and the availability of federal housing and community development funds.
HUD TO AMEND ITS AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHERING FAIR HOUSING RULE
LEGAL MORASS MUDDIES THE WATERS ON THE WOTUS RULE Corps of Engineers still applied the 1986 definition of waters of the United States.
On Aug. 16, 2018, the District Court for South Carolina ruled that the EPA had improperly added the applicability date to the 2015 WOTUS Rule. The judge explained that the EPA had restricted the topics that the public could comment on when it proposed to add the applicability date. According to the court, this restriction denied the public a meaningful opportunity to comment on the applicability date rule. Thus, it nullified the applicability date rule nationwide. This decision leaves the regulated community in a state of disarray. Other courts have previously enjoined, or prohibited, application of the 2015 WOTUS rule.
SO WHERE DO THINGS STAND NOW?
A BRIEF BACKGROUND:
Between 1986 and 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated under the 1986 definition of the Clean Water Act term “waters of the United States.” In August 2015, the EPA promulgated a new definition of waters of the United States that was known as the WOTUS rule. Litigation ensued in multiple courts around the country. Soon thereafter, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit enjoined the WOTUS rule nationwide, which prevented its implementation. Thus, the 1986 definition was still in effect.
The Sixth’s Circuit’s decision was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2018. However, before the Supreme Court’s decision took effect, the EPA finalized a rule that added an “applicability date” to the 2015 WOTUS rule. This rule postponed the applicability of the WOTUS rule until 2020. Therefore, nationwide, the EPA and
A recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for South Carolina means that for the foreseeable future, roughly half of U.S. states will be abiding by one set of rules pertaining to waters of the United States while the rest will abide by different rules.
In 24 states (see below), the 1986 definition of waters of the United States is applicable. In the remaining 26 states, the 2015 WOTUS rule defines the term “waters of the United States.” It is not clear whether the administration plans to appeal the South Carolina court’s ruling, or whether it will seek a stay of the court’s ruling pending appeal. However, NAHB’s coalition had already asked a court in Texas to enjoin the 2015 WOTUS rule nationwide and recently reiterated that request.
Meanwhile, EPA is trying to finalize another 2017 proposed rulemaking that would finally repeal the 2015 WOTUS rule and temporarily replace it with the original (1986) regulatory definition of WOTUS. According to EPA’s current regulatory agenda, the rule repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule is expected to be finalized by November of this year. Moreover, the Trump administration’s proposed version of a new regulatory definition of WOTUS consistent with the president’s guidelines contained within his executive order on this issue is expected by October.
Given the legal confusion created by the U.S. District Court for South Carolina ruling coupled with various WOTUS-related rulemakings expected from EPA and the Corps of Engineers over the coming months, NAHB will provide regular updates as the situation develops.
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NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders
On the table at the national level are two actions from the current administration in D.C. that show the importance of advocacy and why it’s so critical to be a member in your local, state and national association. Together, our voices make a powerful impact on the housing industry and the future of our businesses, homeowners and renters.
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As we say goodbye to summer and hello to Fall, it is also time to look forward to 2019 and the various positions at your local, state and national levels. Because an association can only be as effective as the members who serve, taking an Dan Lindquist active role, and volunteering on various commitFirst, rising lumber prices have been made worse by Kim Schneider President tees is vitally important to the health and longeviU.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber resulting in CEO ty of the association. Often, committee and counthousands of dollars being added to the price of an average new home. This is making it much more difficult for millions of cil members set the stage for the policy agenda Americans to be able to afford the purchase of a home of their own. and other association objectives established and executed by the Board of Directors. These positions also allow you to become more engaged and The fact is, domestic lumber production has not met our country’s demand active with your association, provides networking opportunities along with for the past 50 years, so today that means the United States must import about personal and professional growth. one third of the needed lumber with more than 90% if the imports coming from Canada.
On the local level, meet with your peers and Executive Officer to discuss the Board of Directors, PAC, or various committees that might have an Last month, at NAHB’s mid-year meeting in Portland, more than 400 board opening for a new volunteer. At the state level, we have positions on our members sent a strong message to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Board of Directors where you will represent your local association along U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: Negotiate now. Returning to with members from the remaining 5 locals. We have ladder positions if the negotiating table with Canada to reach a new softwood lumber trade you are interested in stepping into a leadership role, including being State agreement that is fair is more important now than ever. President. NDAB-PAC Trustees play an important role with fundraising for ND candidates that are vital in making rules and laws that impact our inSecond, the initial estimate of a $1 billion tax on housing because of the dustry. Advocacy is one of the main pieces of our mission and being a part administration’s plan to add a 10% tax on Chinese imports could be more of the Government Affairs committee helps to be a voice with elected offithan doubled. The U.S. is now considering moving to a 25% tariff on Chinese goods — that would include $10 billion on goods used by the home cials at the local, state and national levels. Education for our members and building community — which would represent a $2.5 billion tax increase on education to the youth about our industry is a key part of being active with residential construction. the education committee. Any amount of time you can contribute is valued and appreciated as your voice matters at all levels. We have many members Being involved at the local level of the associations is typically the who have been active with the state at various levels for many years. If you experience most members relate to. Local executive officers and staff have any further questions, please let me know and I can talk it through continually work to build relationships and a positive presence in their with you or connect you with a builder or associate member to share their communities. If an opportunity arises for members to participate at a State or personal experiences.
National event, I would strongly encourage all to consider it. There is no better way to see first hand, some of the good work done by our Association. Every year, NAHB invites all members in good standing to consider servAdvocacy that includes a strong, informed team with a unified voice cannot ing on a committee or council board of trustees. These groups meet in perbe stressed enough. We had seventeen representatives attend the NAHB mid-year meetings in Portland, which exemplifies the importance of the work by Kim Schneider and staff, at the state level. They are always working to connect all of us as the voice of North Dakota at the national level. And with so much happening with national policy, it is vital we be present. Thank you to each of you who take the time to advocate for our industry. With everyone’s daily activities at work and home, your efforts on behalf of the North Dakota Association of Builders are truly appreciated. Let’s head into fall with optimism, knowing we have a strong, like-minded group, working towards a solution to these latest challenges. All the best, Dan Lindquist
son during the Spring and Fall Leadership Meetings and at the International Builders’ Show to discuss legislative and regulatory news, business updates, economic and design trends and other issues of importance to the membership and to the industry. Their role is to make informed recommendations to the NAHB Board of Directors on matters of policy. If you are interested in joining an NAHB committee, the application is open until September 23 and can be found on NAHB’s website once you log in. If you have any questions, please let our office know. To all those that serve at the local, state and national levels, please know that all of us at NDAB are very grateful for your continued dedication and support. Take care, Kim Schneider
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