Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association
BUILDING April 2018
HIDDEN TECH: STASHING SPEAKERS AND TVS page 5
FREE GOOGLE WORKSHOP page 7
GET OUT THE VOTE page 10
INTRODUCING AMAZON BUSINESS FOR NAHB MEMBERS page 12
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NextHome Legendary Properties Scott Louser | 701-852-8151
Time to Renew!
Members with April Anniversaries. Renew by April 30, 2018. Advanced Mechanical, Inc | Brian Benz Remodeling-Residential | Plumbing/ Heating/Air Conditioning Keller Williams Inspire Realty - Ann Andre Ann Andre | Real Estate B & B Roofing | Lonnie Barth Roofing/Siding/Sheet Metal Work BSC Carpentry | Earl Torgerson Carpentry Work Builders Supply Co. | Ryan Luetzen Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Roofing/Siding/Sheet Metal Work Capital City Exteriors | Jon Roise Roofing/Siding/Sheet Metal Work Caves, LLC | Ron Stotz Remodeling-Residential | Other Coat of Many Colors Painting, LLC Zach Stisser | Remodeling-Residential Paint/Wall coverings Dakota Awards, Inc. | Dick Townsend Marketing/advertising or Public Relations Diversity Homes, Inc. | Jason Frank Single Family Spec/Tract Building Single Family General Contracting E Homes, Inc. | Travis Welle Single Family Spec/Tract Building Multifamily Building (Condo/Coop Units) First Class Finishes, Inc. | Wayne Schumacher Drywall Installation Gate City Bank | Norm Clark Commercial Banking/Thrift Institution Mortgage Banking Go Gettem Construction | Joe Gettem Remodeling-Residential House of Color, Inc. | Les Colen Planner or Designer | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Hunter Hardwood Floors, LLC. | Greg Schettler Remodeling-Residential | Carpentry Work Integrity Landscapes, LLC Brandon Bailey | Landscaping
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2018 Board of Directors PRESIDENT
Lynn Klein Gate City Bank Phone: (701) 355-7633 firstname.lastname@example.org
1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701)255-7628 email@example.com
2ND VICE PRESIDENT Rory Anderson Verity Homes of Bismarck Phone:(701) 354-2846 firstname.lastname@example.org Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 email@example.com Bill Schmid Townsquare Media Phone: (701) 250-6602
Brian Eiseman Stoneshire Builders Phone: (701) 471-6935 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Reichenberg Diversity Homes Phone: (701) 751-3999 email@example.com
SECRETARY/TREASURER Greg Zenker Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air Phone: (701) 222-2155 firstname.lastname@example.org Susie Franklin Choice Financial Phone: (701) 751-7282
Joe Hillerson Boulder Homes (701) 400-5554 email@example.com Greg Meidinger Aspire Homes (701) 426-8583 firstname.lastname@example.org Marc Menge BNC National Bank Phone:(701) 250-3000 email@example.com
BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has named SHIRLEY THOMAS and AMBER SANDNESS “REALTORS® of the Month”! Shirley and Amber had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of March 2018. Shirley has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and Amber has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2010.
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s of today, we have 44 homes registered for the 2018 Spring Parade of Homes and according to my math spectators will get 23 minutes to visit each home if they start Thursday at 6 p.m. and finish on Sunday at 5 p.m. Throw in travel time and this year’s event is going to be an amazing race!
The association is just one home shy of its record number of entries, which was 45 set in Spring 2009. The third highest year was Spring 2015 with 43 entries. While a spotlight is on the participating building members, our Parades of Homes present a promotional opportunity for all members. Make sure you scan the list of homes and reach out to the builders to see how you can partner to promote your products and services in their featured home. You can find a complete list of participants online at BisManParade.com. Our Parade website also features links to marketing material to share on social media, print and post in your business and more.
Now is the time to mark your calendar for the Spring Awards Mixer & GMM. The events committee has been dropping hints for the theme. Think cassette tapes, neon and Rubik’s Cubes and MTV. Event registration and details are online at bmhba.com/events. The Mixer is May 17 at the Baymont Inn in Mandan.
Looking back, March was an exciting month for the BMHBA. More than 80 members turned out for the Builders, Beans & Beer event at the Burleigh County 4H Building. Congratulations Marc Menge for claiming the 2018 Chili Champ title and Bill Schmid for securing second place.
We called on members to share an evening with us the following week at our House & Home Social. Attendees at that included members from associations across the state and NAHB reps Donna Oliver and Anna Tilley. If you missed out, check out the photos on Facebook and search out information on the traveling House & Home exhibit that we took in. The association participated in its first quarterly meeting with Bismarck staff in March. Staff has worked for more than a year to get these meetings set to promote dialogue and advanced notice of changes from engineering, public works, planning, building inspections and planning. Items discussed by the small working group will be share with all members at the Building Officials Roundtable meeting on April 12 at the Bismarck Public Works building. Register online at bmhba. com/events.
On January 25 I asked members to “row together.” Please keep that request in mind and make every effort to attend association events, utilize staff connections and expertise and support the HBA through sponsorships and BUILD-PAC donations. Row together,
Lynn Klein, President BMHBA Board of Directors
Building Buzz | April 2018
Hidden Tech: Stashing Speakers and TVs Music throughout the home can be beautiful. But the equipment that delivers that music can sometimes be unsightly.
Sure, some clients are fine with exposed speakers, especially as some manufacturers are designing products that are more attractive — some may even say decorative. But for those who prefer stealthy delivery of tunes, there are now hundreds of products and solutions that can fit the bill. Speakers and subwoofers can disappear into a room with the proper planning and the right installer. A few examples:
• Architectural speakers with removable covers. These in-wall or in-ceiling speakers are light enough to be clamped right to the drywall, and they’re usually hidden behind a magnetic grille (which can often be painted). In-ceiling applications are perfect for distributed, multi-room audio applications and new cinematic immersive audio formats like 3-D audio, which creates a more lifelike effect.
• “Invisible” speakers. These gadgets are designed so that there’s minimal sonic degradation when they’re covered by any wall treatment, from mud to veneers — even plaster. • Acoustically transparent fabric. Any speaker with the proper baffling can be stashed behind the right fabric covering. In theater rooms that feature a projector-and-screen setup, the screen itself can be acoustically transparent to allow sound from the center channel speaker to pass through the screen and still be crystal clear. • Outdoor camouflage. Buried subwoofers and rockshaped speakers are just some of the products that can turn a patio into an extra listening room.
Disappearing TVs Similarly, TV placement and installation is a hotbutton topic among designers and home owners alike. Many end users desire placements that might seem impractical, and some would prefer their TV screens disappear completely when not in use. Luckily, the fully articulated TV mount has evolved, allowing a TV to be safely hung in more obscure locations — or places once thought to offer typically poor sight lines (i.e., over the fireplace) — and then drop to proper eye level when being watched.
For those who want the TV to go away entirely when it’s turned off, there are numerous options of motorized lifts and drives from which to choose. Sets can rise from the floor, drop from the ceiling or appear behind sliding doors and cabinets with the touch of a button. There are also options for those that decide late in the game they want to stash a TV. For example:
• Samsung’s “The Frame TV” looks like a framed piece of art when it’s not in use as a television. • TVs hidden in bathroom mirrors are growing in popularity and can be integrated relatively easily.
• All-weather TVs can turn any porch or deck into its own entertainment space.
With the right planning, any room in a new build or renovation job can be movie- or music-ready as soon as the studs go up.
This NAHBNow guest post is from Ed Wenck, Content Marketing Manager for CEDIA, the industry association representing those professionals who manufacture, design and integrate goods and services for the connected home. April 2018 | Building Buzz
CITY & COUNTY BOARD HEARS REPORT ON CAMPUS SAFETY The Bismarck School Board heard several reports and made decisions using its new “results-oriented” governance model to monitor academics and district operations.
HEAR IT FIRST FROM THE OFFICIALS Get registered to attend the Spring Building Officials Roundtable. Participants will get to participate in a roundtable discussion on upcoming requirements, hear about construction concerns and more. The last event prompted a lot of talk because of the way it was setup. The event was more of a discussion with officials and members engaging in dialogue.
The Building Officials Roundtable is Thursday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bismarck Public Works Building. Registration is FREE for one attendee from each member and just $10 additional attendees. The event includes lunch. Register at bmhba.com/events or call 222-2400.
HOUSING STUDY SEEKS FEEDBACK SDSU Extension is conducting a study about housing in the Dakotas and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is distributing the survey to increase participation. The purpose of the study is to better understand consumer knowledge, motivation, and barriers related to housing accessibility and design decisions. Results of the study will help inform the development of Extension education and outreach material to support aging in place in South Dakota and North Dakota. Because housing is important to all adults, persons age 18 years and older are invited to participate. The survey should take 1015 minutes and can be taken on any device with access to the internet. Your consent is implied by completing the online survey. The survey is available at https://housing-survey. questionpro.com. As a thank you, at the end of the survey you will have the option to enter your name in a drawing for a $50 gift card. To receive the gift card, you must be age 18 years or older and reside in either North Dakota or South Dakota.
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BPS Safety Coordinator Becky LaBella, staff developer Brigitte Johnson, and local law enforcement made a comprehensive presentation about School Campus Safety from Intruders. Johnson said schools are dealing with more students who have fairly intense needs such as children who are dealing with trauma or don’t have support at home.
Proactive measures are used daily, such as building positive relationships, school-wide behavior expectations, social-emotional learning curriculum, discipline reports, Text a Tip lines, etc. There are procedures for securing main school entrances and classrooms. Staff training is ongoing, as are regular drills and table top exercises. Response measures include teams at each school who are trained in restraint and seclusion, a district and law enforcement threat assessment team, suspension and expulsion hearings, Run, Hide, Fight training for staff and students, and more. Lt. Jason Stugelmeyer supervises School Resource Officers. His officers receive national training on reacting to active threats. He also says relationships and the threat assessment tool are key to prevention.
The Board also decided to hold off on an innovative, public option school until a new superintendent is on board and there is time for stakeholder input from parents, teachers and community members. They tabled the idea until this summer or early fall when an interim superintendent is in place.
COMMITTEE SEATS OPEN IN MANDAN
Volunteers are needed to fill unexpired terms of service on two City of Mandan advisory committees, those for the Growth Fund and Renaissance Zone programs. Members of the Mandan business community and residents are encouraged to submit a letter summarizing their desired appointment, background and reasons for interest. Letters are welcomed through April 20, or until the positions are filled. Submit information to Jim Neubauer, City Administrator, by e-mail or mail to 205 Second Avenue NW, Mandan, ND 58554. For more information, please call 667-3215.
Growth Fund Committee. One position is open with a term ending Dec. 31, 2020. Applicants may be owners or employees of a Mandan business with preference for representation from the I-94/north Mandan business district. The nine-member committee makes recommendations to the City Commission related to applications for assistance to businesses seeking to expand or locate in the Mandan area. The committee meets about once a month or as needed depending upon applications for incentive or assistance programs. Meetings take place at City Hall, generally over the noon hour. Renaissance Zone Committee. Two positions are open, both representing the private sector or community-at-large. One position has a term expiring Dec. 31, 2020 and the other expires Dec. 31, 2019. The committee makes recommendations regarding applications for property and state income tax exemptions for qualified investment in the purchase, rehabilitation, new construction and lease of commercial and residential properties in a 28-block area of downtown Mandan in accordance with state and local regulations. The committee meets a few times annually or as needed to consider applications. Meetings take place at City Hall. For lists of appointees and descriptions of other City of Mandan volunteer positions, see the “Boards and Committees” section under the “City Government” category on the City website at www.cityofmandan.com.
CITY & COUNTY GET PUBLIC EMPLOYEES INTO YOUR NEW HOMES The Essential Public Employee Program (EP2), administered by the Lewis & Clark Development Group, provides home loan down payment and closing cost assistance for individuals employed by a city, county, school district, medical or long-term care facility, the state of North Dakota, or others as determined by Lewis &Clark Development Group. The program provides loans for up to $10,000 and works with any North Dakota bank or credit union. Interest rates may be as low as two percent (2%) for up to ten years. Eligible Applicants: Individuals employed by • City government
• County government • State government
• Law Enforcement: - Officers and support staff • Emergency services:
• Professional and volunteer firefighters
• Professional and volunteer first responders • Support Staff •
School district: - Teachers - Paraprofessionals - Administration - Support staff
• Medical or long-term care facility or
• Others as determined by Lewis & Clark Development Group Applicants must . . .
• Meet minimum down payment requirements or • Avoid mortgage insurance for more affordable house payment For more information, contact Lisa Pogatshnik (NMLS# 180495) at (701) 6677603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE GOOGLE WORKSHOP
Area organizations are partnering with Google’s Get Your Business Online Program to offer a workshop on Thursday, April 19, to help train local businesses on how to create a stronger online presence. Small businesses are far more likely to reach more customers and new markets, and to create more jobs when they fully adopt digital tools. The workshop will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Baymont Inn, 2611 Old Red Trail NW. Lunch is included. Advance registration is requested by April 16 and is available online at cityofmandan.com/register or by calling 667-3478. The first 50 attendees to register will receive Google backpacks and other free gear.
The workshop is for small business owners, managers and other employees who have responsibilities related to marketing. Google trainer Pamela Starr will show attendees how to get found on Google search and maps, ways to promote your online presence and some methods of online advertising. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices such as laptop computers, tablets or cell phones to get started with implementation. This business education workshop is being hosted by the Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee in cooperation with the City of Mandan Business Development Office, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce.
The session is the first a business education series being conducted in 2018 by the Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee. Other plans include a downtown tour and networking social, a business start-up 101 workshop, and a spark your start-up event.
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CITY & COUNTY RESIDENTS REWARDED FOR REPLANTING In an effort to rejuvenate boulevards along arterial streets in Mandan, the City’s Forestry Department is offering residents living on Sixth Avenue NW and First Street NW the opportunity to replant boulevard trees. Many elm trees have been removed along these major streets due to Dutch elm disease. This one-time opportunity comes with no cost to the homeowner. The offer covers initial planting, staking and mulching. Homeowners are asked to water the trees to establish a good healthy root system. The homeowner will also be responsible for future maintenance of the trees.
SPRING PARADE TO SHOWCASE 44 HOMES The Spring Parade of Homes is April 2629. This year’s event will feature 44 homes by 28 builders. Prices range from $224,900 to $990,900. In addition to a wide range of prices, floorplans and subdivisions we have two homes constructed by students. Bismarck State College is opening their home to the public. Each year, the college carpentry class constructs a home. This year the house is located in South Meadows. Priced at $349,900, the home is 2,250 sq. ft. with a triple garage. Dakota Adventist Academy is debuting the school’s first tiny house. The 221 sq. ft. house features Pella Designer windows and door, LP SmartSide siding, and a Euroshield rubber roofing. The tiny house will be parked at Kupper Chevrolet for participants to tour. We encourage you to share the event through social media and hang the poster from this month’s newsletter. Marketing materials are available online at BisManParade.com.
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The City of Mandan Forestry Department mailed a letter to properties in the eligible area in February. Individuals interested in participating or with questions may call the Forestry Department at 751-7894 or email City Arborist Katie Nagel at katherine.nagel@ cityofmandan.com by March 30. After March 30, interested homeowners will be added to a wait list until more funds become available. Cost-sharing boulevard tree-planting program available. The City of Mandan continues to offer a program to encourage residents to plant boulevard trees by offering partial reimbursement.
The homeowner is responsible for the purchase and planting of the trees. The city arborist will inspect the site once the tree is planted and the individual may be reimbursed for up to $50 a tree, with a maximum of $300 per property. The Forestry Department should be contacted prior to planting boulevard trees to verify selected trees are an acceptable species and that they are planted appropriately. To be eligible for reimbursement, a copy of the original sales receipt must be mailed to the Forestry Department, 411 6th Ave SW. Funds are usually available for the entire planting season from April through October. Since 2016, 55 trees have been planted in boulevards through the boulevard tree planting program. For a list of approved trees and more information, visit www.cityofmandan.com/trees.
GRANER JOINS BIANCO REALTY
Bianco Realty is excited to announace the newest REALTOR® to join their professional Real Estate Team: CHERYL GRANER. Cheryl looks forward to helping clients with their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and providing a Tradition of Excellence!
CITY & COUNTY
SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES VACANCIES The Bismarck School Board last night discussed next steps for hiring an interim superintendent and how to replace several principals and district administrators who have decided to resign or retire. Superintendent Tamara Uselman has resigned effective June 30, and former Assistant Superintendent Mike Heilman declined to fill the interim spot for next school year.
Board members debated whether the interim should be allowed to apply for the fulltime position. They decided on a phased approach. Interested candidates have through Tuesday, April 3 to apply for the one-year interim superintendent opening with no opportunity for contract renewal. If the board does not find a viable candidate, they may choose to hire someone after that date who could apply for the superintendent’s position once next school year is over.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA WITH EMOTIONALCONTENT Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1-2 p.m. In 2018, it’s increasingly hard to generate content for social media that stands out. It requires strategy, planning, teamwork and most importantly, you must make your audience feel something. Going viral can’t be left to chance. Speaker Will Duderstadt of M/I Homes, Inc. will show you how to incorporate emotion into your social media content and create highly shareable content. Registration is open until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. Visit bmhba.com/events for details.
Board members also discussed the process for replacing other key positions left vacant by resignations or retirements, such as the assistant superintendent of elementary schools, the human resources manager, and three elementary principals. According to policy, the school board only hires the superintendent and business and operations manager. The superintendent and assistant superintendents are responsible for filling other administrative positions. Human resources manager Lisa Kudelka says this is standard practice in Bismarck Public Schools and other districts, regardless of whether superintendents are leaving. Board president Karl Lembke asked if the interim superintendent could be on the hiring committees, but Kudelka said that would be unusual as that person won’t start until July 1. Lembke said since the board has final say when the position comes to the board for final approve, he is alright with the policy as it stands. Other board members agreed.
Elementary principal interviews have started to replace Linnett Schmidkunz, Liberty; Wilda Lu Nelson, Grimsrud; and Kathy Rooke, Northridge. The human resources manager and assistant superintendent positions will be posted soon.
Spread the Word Help promote the Spring Parade of Homes by hanging the poster that was inside this edition of the Building Buzz, joining the event on Facebook and posting graphics to your social media site and webpage. Visit BisManParade.com and click on “Promote the Parade” for graphics.
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BMHBA NEWS MEMBERS MEET WITH CITY OF BISMARCK
GET OUT THE VOTE
The City of Bismarck has agreed to quarterly meetings with members from the BMHBA to talk about changes they are contemplating. The first meeting was held on Monday, March 19 and included staff from administration, public works, building inspections, planning and engineering.
The goal is to talk about implementation and impacts that changes have on our members and the community. The next meeting is June 25. If you have topics that you’d like the working group to cover, please contact the Dot at HBA at 222-2400 ext. 1 or email email@example.com.
RIGHT AT HOME The BMHBA hosted local and NDAB members at a House & Home Social last month. The event took advantage of the traveling exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center Museum. Guests were privy to private access to the exhibit and enjoyed a beverages and appetizers. Enhancing the experience was live music by a University of Mary jazz ensemble. Check out photos from the event at facebook.com/bmhba.
Members Heidi Rue of Superior Insurance and Ashley Anderson from Verity Homes enjoy the House & Home Social.
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Members are encouraged to learn about the candidates running for elected office. There are contested races in Bismarck, Mandan, Burleigh and Morton Counties. The BMHBA solicits candidates to complete a questionnaire to help us determine levels of support for their race. We will share the responses to the questionnaires online and in the May edition of the Building Buzz. You can get candidate information from most of the local news sources. Learn about who’s running, what they’re running for and how they feel about the home building industry. Then exercise your right to vote on June 12.
One of our own, Greg Zenker, current board member and past president is running for a Bismarck City Commission seat. You can support his campaign by visiting facebook. com/ZenkerForBismarck.
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EVENTS 2018 Calendar of Events Mar. 15
Chili Chili Bang Bang The BMHBA turned the Burleigh Country 4H building into a collection of crockery contentment with the annual Builders, Beans & Beer Chili Cookoff. Board members dazzled guests with their deliciously creative takes on a classic. With cold beer to tackle the heat, members enjoyed food and fun with friends. Congrats to first-time winner Marc Menge with BNC bank, who took home the Championship Ladle. Defending champ Bill Schimd with Townsquare Media came in at a close second. Thank you all who cooked and attended!
Donna Oliver, from NAHB, leads a small group through association best practices.
BMHBA board members were accompanied by board members and staff from the Dickinson, Minot and State Associations of Builders for an association leadership training last month. NAHB’s Affiliate Services staff Donna Oliver and Anna Tilley lead the group down two training paths – one for membership and another for operations.
Attendees looked at stats from associations across the county to set benchmarks and explored ways to increase member engagement. The BMHBA hosts training for board members each year. This was the first time the training was extended to members across the state.
Builders, Beans & Beer Chili Cookoff 5:00 to 7:00 PM Burleigh County 4H Building
House & Home Social 5:30 to 7:00 PM North Dakota Heritage Center
Webinar: Smart Kitchens & Baths for Easier Aging in Place 1-2 PM
Webinar: Using the Cloud to Effectively Manage 1-2 PM
Spring Parade of Homes Bismarck, Lincoln and Mandan
Webinar: Supercharge Your Social Media 1-2 PM
Spring Awards Mixer & GMM 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Baymont Inn, Mandan
Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Picnic 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dakota Zoo
Annual PAC Golf Tournament Hawktree Golf Club in Bismarck
Annual Sporting Clay Shoot 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Capital City Sporting Clays Register at bmhba.com/events, or call 701-222-2400.
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2018 SEES THE FIRST OF SEVERAL RATE HIKES As forecast, the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate in March — the first of what will likely be at least three rate hikes this year. Additionally, the Federal Open Market Committee now projects three hikes in 2019 and at least two more in 2020.
The latest decision to continue raising rates largely factored in February’s strong labor market report, which noted employment increased by 313,000, while the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1%. Wage growth also grew by an estimated 2.6% compared to last year. “The Fed must be careful not to move too fast, as inflation remains low and price increases can be slowed by additional
supply, particularly in housing,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.
“While higher interest rates will increase the cost of borrowing for home buyers and builders, after-tax incomes will also rise in 2018 and help to offset the effects on housing affordability,” Dietz continued. “Housing affordability was flat throughout 2017. And developers are reporting easing conditions for AD&C loans, the market for which grew by 7% in 2017 compared to 2016.” Read the recent Eye On Housing post for more analysis on the impact of the rising rates and the inflation projections at eyeonhousing.org.
CONGRESS APPROVES $1.3 TRILLION SPENDING PACKAGE
Congress has approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill that will fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, which expires Sept. 30.
• The Community Development Block Grant program received a 10% increase to $3.3 billion from $3 billion last year.
The budget contains Republican and Democratic priorities: It boosts defense spending – which President Trump and Republicans have been calling for – by $78 billion over 2017 levels. Democrats won a $52 billion increase for domestic programs.
• The Section 502 Direct Loan program will be funded at $1.1 billion in fiscal 2018, up $100 million from the fiscal 2017 level.
The House passed the bill on March 22 and the Senate approved the legislation early the next morning.
The legislation also extends the National Flood Insurance Program to July 31, 2018.
On a related note, last fall the House approved the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, NAHB-supported legislation that would reauthorize the NFIP for five years.
With the flood program set to expire on July 31, this will provide a greater urgency for the Senate Banking Committee to move forward on a long-term reauthorization of the program to ensure accidental lapses between short-term reauthorizations like we have seen in the past do not occur.
Overall, HUD received $42.7 billion in funding for the current fiscal year, an increase of $3.9 billion from fiscal 2017. The increase was due primarily to the budget deal struck at the beginning of the year. Here are funding levels for key HUD and USDA programs:
• The HOME program received $1.362 billion for the current fiscal year, a $412 million increase from last year. Moreover, the 24-month commitment requirement for HOME funds has been extended a second time. This will help participating jurisdictions that have struggled to meet the deadline from losing appropriated funds.
• The Project-based Section 8 program will be funded at $11.5 billion in fiscal 2018, a $680 million increase from last year’s $10.82 billion level.
• The Section 502 Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan program will be funded at $24 billion, the same level as last year.
• The Section 521 Rural Rental Assistance program received funding of $1.345 billion in fiscal 2018, a slight decrease from the $1.41 billion in fiscal 2017. Also of interest to the housing community, the budget package will:
• Marginally improve the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. NAHB expressed its disappointment that lawmakers failed to do more and we continue to push for congressional passage of the Affordable Housing Improvements Act, which enjoys bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. • Help increase the timber production from federal lands. The legislation contains several forestry reform measures backed by NAHB, including many that were taken from Rep. Bruce Westerman’s (R-Ark.) legislation that would remove regulatory hurdles to forest management projects and shield those projects from frivolous lawsuits. • Provide an additional $50 million for apprenticeship programs and increase support for career and technical education programs by $75 million. For more information visit nahb.org.
INTRODUCING AMAZON BUSINESS FOR NAHB MEMBERS
EO Dana Kelso had been using her personal Amazon Prime account to order paper and other products for the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma. Then she found out that NAHB has a brand-new Member Advantage benefit: Amazon Business.
NAHB members can access Amazon Business by signing up for a free business account. Amazon Business offers a variety of features and benefits, including free shipping on eligible orders over $25.
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NAHB members gain access to multi-user accounts, businessfriendly payment options, business pricing on more than five million products, and more. Members can explore NAHB’s storefront and scroll through a curated collection of products for the office and the jobsite. They’re arranged in categories including NAHB Hot Products, Best of IBS 2018, and Smart Home.
We’re looking for member suggestions on more categories and products to offer on Amazon Business: Contact Director of Affinity Programs Sarah Swango at firstname.lastname@example.org at and share your recommendations.
By Stephen Melman
Existing-home sales decreased 3.2% in January, and the firsttime buyer share slipped to 29% from 32% last month. The National Association of Realtors reported that 43% of homes sold last month were on the market less than a month. The January inventory actually increased 4.1%, but is 9.5% below the level a year ago, and has decreased for 32 consecutive months on a year-over-year basis. At the current sales rate, the January unsold inventory represents a 3.4-month supply, slightly up from a 3.2-month supply in December. January existing sales reached a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.38 million units, compared to a downwardly revised 5.56 million in December. Total existing home sales include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops. Existing sales decreased monthly in all four regions ranging from 1.3% in the South to 6.0% in the Midwest. Year-over-year sales also decreased in all four regions, ranging from 1.7% in the South to 9.5% in the West.
The January all-cash sales share was 22%, up from 20% in December, but down from 23% a year ago. Individual investors purchased a 17% share in January, up from 16% in December and a year ago. The January median sales price of $240,500 was up 5.8% from a year ago, representing the 71st consecutive month of year-over-year increases. The January median condominium/ co-op price of $231,600 was up 7.1%% from a year ago. Single-family starts increased 3.7% in January, and builder confidence remains strong. Personal income gains and jobs will continue to spur more gains by first-time buyers into the housing market, and that demand is good news for residential construction.
FEBRUARY NEW HOME SALES FLAT AFTER UPWARD REVISIONS TO PRIOR MONTHS
“New home sales are at a steady level, which is consistent with our measures of solid builder confidence in the housing market,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “As housing demand grows, builders need to manage increasing costs for labor, lots and building materials to keep their homes competitively priced.” “The recent upward revisions to the sales numbers reflect our forecast for a gradual strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2018,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Demographic tailwinds point to higher demand for single-family homes in the months ahead. Combined with solid job market data, we expect more consumers to enter the housing market this year.” The inventory of new home sales for sale was 305,000 in February, which is a 5.9-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $326,800.
Regionally, new home sales rose 19.4% in the Northeast and 9% in the South. Sales decreased 3.7% in the Midwest and 17.6% in the West.
According to the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), nationally, the primary residence represents the largest asset category on the balance sheets of households in 2016 (as shown in Figure 1 below). At $24.2 trillion, the primary residence accounted for about one quarter of all assets held by households in 2016, surpassing other financial assets1 (20%), business interests (20%) and retirement accounts (15%).
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Sales of newly built, single-family homes remained virtually unchanged, inching down 0.6% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 618,000 units after upward revisions to the January, December and November reports, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.
By Jing Fu
Homes stayed on the market for 42 days In January, down from 50 days a year ago.
HOMEOWNERSHIP IS KEY TO HOUSEHOLD WEALTH
EXISTING SALES FALL 3.2 PERCENT IN JANUARY
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NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders
Kim Schneider, NDAB Chief Executive Officer
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On February 9 Congress passed the budget and President Donald Trump signed the major budget deal into law. It’s important to know that NAHB worked hard on behalf of our members to make sure key housing tax credits were retroactively extended for 2017. The following tax credits were reinstated on a retroactive basis for 2017 only:
Section 45L Credit for Energy-efficient New Homes. Provides a $2,000 tax credit for the construction of homes exceeding heating and cooling energy standards by 50%.
Spring Is In The Air
Kim Schneider CEO
Mortgage forgiveness tax relief. The budget accord eliminates any taxes home owners might face due to renegotiating the terms of a home loan, which result in forgiving or canceling a portion of the outstanding mortgage, particularly in connection with short sales. The debt forgiveness pertains to debt discharged in 2017 but not in 2018.
Advocacy is one of the five pillars of NAHB’s work which strengthens the association and is carried out every day on Capitol Hill, in your state, and in the communities where we do business. The action of policymakers will determine in large part where our children live tomorrow. By being involved in your local association, you can let representatives know that you value homeownership. Thank you,
Owning a home is a big responsibility, and that fact becomes even more obvious every year when spring rolls around. Spring cleaning for home owners typically means much more than just cleaning out the garage and washing windows. For most, the to-do list can be quite extensive.
If the thought of spring cleaning makes you long for winter, try thinking about these annual chores to protect your family’s home and your future finances. All it takes is just a few days to complete some simple tasks. Here are several items that should be on your spring cleaning checklist:
• Section 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction. Provides a deduction up to $1.80 per square foot for commercial and multifamily buildings that exceed specific energy efficiency requirements under ASHRAE 2007. • Section 25C Tax Credit for Qualified Energy Efficiency Improvements. This policy offers a credit worth up to $500 (subject to a $500 lifetime cap), with lower caps for certain products like windows, for consumers to install qualified • energy-efficient upgrades. Mortgage insurance premiums. Subject to income phase outs, consumers who file their taxes can deduct premiums paid for private mortgage insurance in 2017.
Inspect all windows to ensure they operate properly and that all window screens are in place. Clean the window tracks and check that the weather-stripping hasn’t cracked or torn. Preventing unwanted outside air from leaking into your home also will reduce your energy bills. Have your air conditioning system inspected and cleaned. If your system has a filter, replace it every three months to keep your unit working efficiently. Check the condition of the glazing compound, caulking and exterior paint. Replace or paint as needed.
Exchange glass and screens in storm doors and/or windows. Ensure the screens are clean by washing gently with soapy water.
Inspect your roof for damage caused by snow or debris. While you’re up there, clean your gutters of debris. Even though you did this last fall, winter weather often brings a mix of storms and heavy winds that can cause debris to build up.
Keep out pests and rodents by sealing any cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows. Also, repair any holes in doors and window screens.
Check for evidence of termites such as sagging floors and ceilings or dry, brown tunnels in the ground near the home’s foundation.
Seed and feed the lawn and plant annuals, cut back perennials that need pre-growth pruning.
Remember, focusing on these small jobs now will save you time and money in the long run. For more information about home maintenance, contact your local home builder association or visit www.ndbuild.com
Back your PAC … your PAC backs you! NDAB-PAC is the North Dakota Association of Builders’ Political Action Committee. It is a non-partisan political action committee that provides support for candidates who are friends of the building industry. Contact NDAB at (800) 326-4746, (701) 222-2401 or email@example.com to contribute or learn more! North Dakota Association of Builders ❖1701 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 201, Bismarck, ND 58503-0801 ❖701/222-2401 or 800/326-4746 ❖www.ndbuild.com
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AROUND THE STATE Home Builders Assoc. of Fargo-Moorhead
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Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, 701-572-5744 | willistonbuilders.com Bismarck/Mandan HBA for donating a Decorating Services, Top Recruiter; Ken 701-232-5846 | hbafm.com • Trust, The 2018 & Garden will be held April computer for ourShow new Executive! Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Top Williston Home Dot Frank, Executive Officer Spike; George Fraza, Blue13&14 Cross Blue at the Raymond Family Community Center. This year • The Dickinson Area Builders 2018 Home Show is April 7 & 8 at Home show booths are being sold now! 701-222-2400 bmhba.com of ND, Top New Spike; Ken Krajsa Menards will be sponsoring a project in deadline the Kidsfor Zone. the West River Ice Center! This year we are addingShield a treasure January 8th is the our We will Cornerstone Award. HBC granted $12,500 vendors. show is April 15 also have laser tag andpreferred face painting on Home Saturday from 10 AM the first kids. hunt Thefor BMHBA has200 been busy following in scholarships to local high school – Miss 17, 2016 - Dakota and Miss Williston 2 PM. during that time North ordinance updates in Bismarck and students and college students in or • AtMandan, our Annual Christmas PartyCounties. we raised around $1,300 Jackie@willistonbuilders.com forfor Burleigh and Morton be present. We willcontact be holding a sticker scavenger hunt planning on enrolling in thewill construction dollars donate to two local non-profits. questions. All areto reviewing and updating dated the kids again this year as it has a huge success last year. programs. Eyes are currently on permit checks cost Our December General Membership • Atcodes. our January GMM we presented to Bakken ThePaws HBA of F-M held a PAC Social with - June 19, 2018 • Golf Scramble changes and development standards. meeting will be held on the 17th Animal Rescue and Dickinson Backpack Program.special Thank guest you Jerry Howard to talk about toAall housing conducted by Bismarck Homes - June 2018 - Date TBD in D.C. of and of our analysis members who donated and purchasedissues itemsNAHB at theis working• onParade and Mandan outlines a need for an how they tie in locally. The event was a silent auction. Thank you so much to our Annual additional 7,786 owner-occupied homes success with 75 members in attendance. Banquetthe Sponsors! Your support by 2030. The HBA is working on a task NDAB is Proud to Announce 2018 Professional Builders Just under 20 members attended a Lunch force toArea explore implementation of the helped us to put on a great event! We Dickinson Builders Assoc • Don Dabbert Session with local building officials to talkJr.-Dabbert Custom Homes study’s recommendations. had a great crowd and a fun evening Tiffaney Dolechek, Executive Officer about the latest issues in residential Members elected a new Builder board celebrating the year endLLC and • Todd Williams-Todd Williams Construction, construction. • The DABAatHome Show is on April 7th member the Fall GMM Nov. 24&to8th fill at the West River recognizing all our amazing Award Year Celebration & CityWorkman-Jordahl Night is • Mike Custom Ice Center. This year we have over vendors andThe 130New booth Past President Vance Vetter’s seat.80 The winners. WeHomes are already looking on Jan. in Fargo. 2016 board of doing directors will be sworn in hunt at spaces. We are a kids scavenger and have 10 28 at the Radisson forward to doing Inc. it all again next year • Charles Bon-C’est Bon Construction, Mayors from Fargo, Moorhead, West the Annual Banquet on Jan. 14. members participating. in Bismarck! Fargo, Dilworth & Oxbow will be in • Vern Hanson-Hanson Bros., Inc. The BMHBA welcomes all members to attendance • Our PAC event is scheduled for April 18th at the Ramada! Weand participate on a mayoral attend a Lead Renovator and Lead panel.donate We will also have• special guest Al Berg Construction, Inc. Eric Berg-Eric will have a social, meal, and door prizes for those who Renovator Initial and Refresher course Jaeger, Secretary of State. If you would toon PAC. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively. • Michael like to attend, please visit the eventsBullinger-Western Productions Visit bmhba.com/events to register.
calendar at www.hbafm.com. • Jason Eid-Eid-Co Homes
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Forx Builders Association • Tom Spaeth-Accent Kitchen &Sponsors—Kuntz Bath 701-746-4536 | forxbuilders.com Platinum Builders, Irene Schafer, Executive Officer Betty McDonald, Executive Officer Inc. and Winn Construction, Inc. 701-483-0044 dickinsonareabuilders.com • Mark Spriggs-M & J Construction, Inc. • We held our 2018 Home Design & Garden Show at the Alerus 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com Center March 23-25. Thank you to everyone that attended. • Tyrone Leslie-Heritage Our regular GMM was held at the Eagles SilverHomes Sponsor—ProBuild There was good attendance at Slate Club on November 11 with a moment of Interior Design’s November Builders after& S Custom Homes, Inc. • Todd Halle-T Minotsilence Association ofveterans. Builders honoring our NDAB-PAC Reception Sponsor—Bosch Hours. Thank you Alissa. • Robert Leslie-Designer Homes Elysha Head, Executive Officeris busy Our Home Show committee The December Builders after Hours will be Lumber Co. planning our Home Show in April, 701-852-0496 | minotab.com hosted by the Membership Committee and • Charles Zach-Zach Construction, Inc. updating and adding new features. Banner Sponsor—Roers West, LLC Board of Directors at Keith’s Security • The 2018 Home and Garden Show was better thanthe ever. New • John Gunkelman-Dakota Construction Our main focus right now is on World. Jim Bisson owner of Keith’s Lock & additions the Chalks SmocksWe competition,Key thewill MAB be retiring the end of December the Statelike Meeting here inand Dickinson. • The NDAB would like to thank you for continuing to be a part of Man Workshops with The Silver Springs and weGarden will be helping him celebrate this are Cave, looking forward to making thisFoundry, a Also, Thank you the NDAB 2015 this program. These individuals havetoinvested in themselves, Art and Norm the Gnome were a hit with attendees. The Pub in milestone. special night for Arnold Karsky as he is Partners! We truly appreciate your to their community and their profession by continuing installed as our President. the Park and theState Ready Builders Lego Competition were back Our Home Design and Garden Show will support and we have enjoyed serving educated themselves on new innovations in their industry. as focal points of the again Following that, we also busyshow. planning our be held April 1, 2 & 3 at the Alerus Center. you throughout thegoentire This program promotes those that that year! extra mile by annual Christmas Party. Newly elected • Muus Lumber and Hardware is planning an invitation-only Minot Association of Builders completing 14 hours of continuing education every 2 years. Vice President, Val Voelkering is busy with future member putting social in April. Moretodetails coming soon! Executive Officer For more information on how to join the NDAB Professional her committee final touches a very special evening atofthe Elks Club. 701-852-0496 minotab.com Builders Program contact Sara Frank: firstname.lastname@example.org or • The MAB is dreaming summer and bringing back the Tool 701-222-2401. Belt WeBarbecue, would like Birdie to take with this opportunity to and the Guns and the Builders We are having a “Holiday Open House” for extend an invitation Kim Roses Trap Shoot! Betoon theand Heather our members here at the office December
and other associations to attend our Christmas party. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
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Thank you to everyone who attended our Awards Gala & Annual Meeting. The HBA of F-M celebrated award winners and scholarship recipients with over 200 of its members. The awards went to Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc., Builder of the Year; Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty, Associate of the Year; Heritage Homes, BEAM; Dan Beecher, Foam Doctor’s LLC, Extra Mile; John Koerselman, Red River Drywall &
15th from noon-7pm with food and beverage.
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WABA welcomes new incoming board members: Lance Bevier of Tractor and Equipment Co., Joan Mainwaring of American State Bank and Trust Co., and Bob Radermacher of Bakken Contracting. Mark Schneider, LJA, was sworn in as our incoming WABA President at our Annual Meeting in November. Top Spikes were also recognized: Bill Murphy and Dave Nordenstrom became Life Spikes in 2015! Special thanks to Dot Frank and the
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