December 2018 Building Buzz

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December 2018

DO HOME BUYERS ASSOCIATE YOUR BRAND WITH QUALITY? page 5

NORDIC STEEL SYSTEMS WINS BUSINESS PITCH CHALLENGE page 7

TOP SPIKE SHARES THE VALUE OF MEMBERSHIP WITH LONG-TIME VENDORS page 8

BUILDER CONFIDENCE DROPS AS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY ISSUES RISE page 11


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Building Buzz is a publication of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association 2600 Gateway Ave., Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58503 Phone: 701.222.2400 Fax: 701.250.9730

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New Members & Anniversaries October 2018 New Members Midwest Seal Company Jason Bauman Contractors Supply Shane Gaffaney

Decorating Den Interiors Lori Malloy

Time to Renew!

Members with December Anniversaries. Renew by December 31, 2018. A Plus, LLC

Level One Excavating

Baymont Inn & Suites

Luxury Baths & Beyond

Better Roofing & Contracting, LLC

Midwest Deck Company

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce

Nodak Construction

Builders First Source

Odden Construction, LLC

Burleigh Co. Building/Planning/Zoning

Open Road Honda

Choice Financial Insurance

Organized Spaces of Minot

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2018 Board of Directors PRESIDENT

PAST PRESIDENT

Lynn Klein Gate City Bank Phone: (701) 355-7633 lynn.klein@gatecitybank.com

Shannon Reichenberg Milestone Builders Phone: (701) 258-9473 shannon@milestone-builders.com

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Susie Franklin Choice Financial Phone: (701) 751-7282

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701)255-7628 jeff@bismarckbuilder.com Rory Anderson Verity Homes of Bismarck Phone:(701) 354-2846 rory@verityhomes.com Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 chad@k-lhomes.com Bill Schmid Townsquare Media Phone: (701) 250-6602

SECRETARY/TREASURER Greg Meidinger Aspire Homes (701) 426-8583 greg@daretoaspirend.com

s.franklin@choicefinancialgroup.com

Joe Hillerson Boulder Homes (701) 400-5554 boulderhomesnd@gmail.com

bill.schmid@townsquaremedia.com

Brian Eiseman Stoneshire Builders Phone: (701) 471-6935 brian@stoneshirebuilders.com

Marc Menge BNC National Bank Phone:(701) 250-3000 mmenge@bncbank.com

City of Bismarck

Pinnacle Homes

Comfort Zone Htg & AC, Inc.

Real Deals on Home Decor

Dakota Drywall

RiverBend Roofing and Exteriors

BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS

Dakota West Contracting, Inc.

Shaun Kessler Construction

Front Street Millwork & Lumber, Inc.

SunShine Blinds and Window Coverings, LLS

Haga Kommer LTD

The Window & Door Store

Innovative Basement Systems

Verity Homes - Rory Anderson

Jeepers Sweepers, LLP

Yanish Custom Exteriors

Bianco Realty has announced their top 6 "REALTORS® OF THE MONTH" for November: Shirley Thomas, Judy Maslowski, Amber Sandness, Jane Thoele, Darcy Fettig and Amy Asche. These six REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in November 2018.

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Shirley Thomas

Judy Maslowski

Amber Sandness

Jane Thoele

Darcy Fettig

Amy Asche


October 2018 Building Permits Data not collected for the ETA in 2015 and 2016.

SINGLE FAMILY BISMARCK PERMITS BISMARCK ETA MANDAN PERMITS LINCOLN PERMITS BURLEIGH/MORTON MONTH YEAR 2015 2016 2017 2018 2015 2016 2017 2018 2015 2016 2017 2018 2015 2016 2017 2018 2015 2016 2017 2018 0 9 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 JANUARY 3 4 5 2 0 0 1 2 6 5 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 FEBRUARY 21 22 14 2 2 2 11 6 4 8 0 3 0 0 9 9 4 2 MARCH 52 29 40 27 4 3 14 12 8 16 18 2 4 0 14 5 11 11 APRIL 31 46 29 16 5 6 26 13 11 15 17 2 5 5 14 16 7 20 MAY 31 43 48 24 10 2 21 20 13 13 1 6 3 1 8 11 4 4 JUNE 40 16 60 22 3 3 9 13 6 11 0 5 1 5 13 9 4 3 JULY AUGUST 20 48 16 27 6 1 17 7 13 20 8 2 9 4 8 9 6 8 SEPTEMBER 28 44 26 22 8 3 16 14 26 11 3 3 4 5 9 9 9 6 OCTOBER 54 14 22 15 4 7 9 29 20 9 17 10 7 5 4 7 3 7 NOVEMBER 16 11 9 3 7 7 7 2 5 0 3 4 1 DECEMBER 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 2 TOTAL 297 286 270 157 0 0 45 27 132 123 114 110 67 40 37 28 83 82 51 62

BISMARCK SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

SATTLER HOMES INC............................................. 520 SANTA FE AVE K & L HOMES INC..................................................... 2527 LANGER LN KNUTSON HOMES................................................... 601 FLINT DR SATTLER HOMES INC............................................. 408 SANTA FE AVE JOE VETTER CONSTRUCTION.............................. 3927 COGBURN RD JOE VETTER CONSTRUCTION.............................. 3933 COGBURN RD JOE VETTER CONSTRUCTION.............................. 1406 HIGH CREEK PL JE PROPERTIES......................................................... 5316 MICA DR E HOMES.................................................................... 4100 ENGLAND ST APEX............................................................................ 2517 NICKLAUS DR CREATIVE TOUCH HOMES.................................... 6137 CAREFREE CIR VANCE VETTER CONSTRUCTION........................ 8020 TREVINO DR

LINCOLN SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

SATTLER HOMES INC............................................. 7 CHANCE DR RUSCH HOMES LLC................................................. 2929 BUTLER ST SHAUN KESSLER CONSTRUCTION..................... 6034 REILY RD RUSCH HOMES LLC................................................. 6908 MAJESTIC PL SATTLER HOMES INC............................................. 8 MCGINNIS WY

BURLEIGH CTY SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

KEVIN FISCHER CONSTRUCTION....................... 15275 NE 26 ST SINGER CONSTRUCTION...................................... 9230 SIBLEY DR SCHLOMER CONSTRUCTION............................... 7601 MILKY WAY RD HALLMARK HOMES INC........................................ 7685 STAR LANE K & L HOMES INC..................................................... 4424 WHITE SPRUCE RD

MORTON CTY SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

JSS CONSTRUCTION............................................... 2730 CTY RD 140

MANDAN TWIN HOME

JE PROPERTIES..........................................................2502 7TH AVE NW JE PROPERTIES..........................................................2500 7TH AVE NW VERITY HOMES..........................................................3708 24TH ST SE VERITY HOMES..........................................................3712 24TH ST SE

MANDAN SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

VERITY HOMES......................................................... 3622 AMITY CIRCLE SE JE PROPERTIES..........................................................2118 34TH AVE SE TK HOMES INC..........................................................4904 34TH AVE NW J & D CONSTRUCTION............................................602 COBBLESTONE LP DIVERSITY HOMES...................................................3013 BAYSHORE BEND S

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President’s Letter

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t is hard to believe that I have just two months remaining of my time as president of the association. Time flies when you’re having fun and I have had fun the past 10 months. As the association president, I was able to get close look at how the organization operates, what members are expecting of us and how we do and can respond.

I want you each to know that our association remains strong. Yes, we have experienced a decline in permits in the City of Bismarck and a subsequent dip in membership; however, those changes have only encouraged our members, board and staff to ensure we deliver value every day. The Fall Parade of Homes and Fall Awards Mixer were visible proof of the work we do. Less noticeable, but definitely not less impactful, is the work that has happened at the county and city level. The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) went to bat last month to ensure that onerous changes to the development process weren’t adopted. At risk was the requirement of a second and third access for county developments. The proposed language would have required a secondary access to a rural development that had seven to 100 lots, and a third access would have been required for developments bigger than 100 lots.

Lynn Klein

Board President

Members of the GAC spoke at the Burleigh County Planning Commission meeting, met with county commissioners and testified at the County Commission meeting. Their work paid off and the county commission voted to remove the reference to number of lots and instead implore staff to make a recommendation based on the specific dynamics of each development.

As we enter the winter months, there is one event in particular that I encourage you to support. The Holiday Home Walk is celebrating its third anniversary as an event co-hosted by the BMHBA. This event features homes decorated for the holidays and serves as a fundraiser for the symphony youth orchestra. You can support the participating builders and students by purchasing a ticket and attending. Also, encourage your co-workers, family and friends to explore the eight homes featured in the event. Information regarding the Holiday Home Walk is available online at www.HolidayHomeWalk.com and on our Facebook page. Like the event and share it socially.

Speaking of Facebook, the association is nearing a milestone. Our social media presence has grown significantly in the past few years and we are now just shy of 1500 friends. Help us get there by liking our page and asking others to do the same.

Finally, please think of the HBA as your company makes its 2019 marketing plans. We generate some funds through your membership fees, but the majority of money needed to run this association comes from non-dues revenue. Investing in tickets and sponsorships not only promotes your business but supports the industry that works to ensure you can continue to run your business. Contact Tracy or Dot for ways to get involved. Together we row,

Lynn Klein, President BMHBA Board of Directors

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Do Home Buyers Associate Your Brand with Quality? By Jad Buckman, Epcon Franchising In today’s competitive home building environment, brand reputation matters more than ever before. Quality issues could result in negative online reviews or the home buyer sharing their experiences with friends, family and colleagues. This could have a detrimental impact on your brand and profits. A recent study shows that just a few negative comments online could result in a loss of 70% of potential new customers. By investing in a quality assurance (QA) program, you could protect your brand from potentially negative reviews and enhance your reputation, while saving money. A recent study of nearly two dozen production builders concluded that the average builder could save $7,200 per house by investing about $1,200 up front per house – a 6:1 ROI. Here are six keys to an effective QA program:

1. Survey existing buyers to identify problems that need to be addressed. You may find the same recurring issue, which is an indication of an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

2. Conduct site inspections. In addition to the standard items included during inspection, a comprehensive checklist should include issues uncovered by home buyer surveys. 3. Identify a solution. Once problems have been identified, take steps to figure out how to solve them. Have the QA manager meet with everyone involved including design, purchasing and trades.

4. Train your trade contractors. Meetings with your contractors and site inspections could uncover answers to specific issues related to training. Education with installers conducted by your QA manager could solve this issue.

5. Develop better plans and specs. Detailed documentation makes it possible to spot problems and communicate requirements. Every aspect of the home should be detailed.

6. Ask for help. There are resources available to assist with best practices for installers and processes.

Of course, all of this is easier said than done. Many builders find that franchising gave them the answers needed to manage an effective QA program. A great example is Pat McKee, owner of McKee Homes. As an Epcon Franchise Builder, McKee has access to the home builder’s proprietary QualityMark® program, which inspects homes prior to close and provides the builder with a list of items needing correction. With these items being called to attention and fixed, the buyer receives a defect-free home. And with a happy buyer, comes positive association with your brand. Brand reputation is important to every home builder and today’s competitive housing market is no exception. By taking steps to develop, implement and maintain a QA program, you can help protect your brand’s name in the markets you build. Want to learn more about how to build an effective quality assurance program? Download the toolkit, How to Solve the Quality Assurance Puzzle online at bit. ly/2AszpDR.

Disclaimer: The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a Franchise Disclosure Document. Certain jurisdictions require registration prior to the offer or sale of franchise. We do not offer franchises in jurisdictions where we are not registered (or exempt from registration). Epcon Communities Franchising, Inc. 500 Stonehenge Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Minnesota Franchise Registration No. F-3531. December 2018 | Building Buzz

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CITY & COUNTY SAVE THE DATE FOR 2019 HOUSING CONFERENCE Planning has begun for NDHFA's 2019 Statewide Housing Conference. The main event will be May 20-21 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. Presentations on the 20th will focus on housing policy. The 21st will be training day with property management, development and homeownership tracks. NDHFA will repeat a portion of the homeownership track sessions at the West Fargo Conference Center on May 22. Registration will open in February.

CITY OF BISMARCK ANNOUNCES NEW MOBILE APP The City of Bismarck recently launched a new mobile app named the ‘City of Bismarck’. This new digital tool will provide an on-thego connection for individuals seeking City of Bismarck resources, news, and information from their smart phones, tablets or hand-held devices.

The City of Bismarck mobile app can be used to enjoy convenient access to services such as getting up-to-date City of Bismarck announcements, upcoming meeting agendas, GIS/Maps, property information and much more. You can also find contact information for City of Bismarck departments. To download the app on an Apple® device:

• Click here or search the name "CivicMobile" in the iTunes® App Store. Make sure to choose "CivicMobile". Once the CivicMobile app is downloaded, search for ‘Bismarck, ND’ or use the ‘Find My Location’ feature to find the City of Bismarck app. Once ‘Bismarck, ND’ has been selected during the first use, it will open the City of Bismarck mobile app each time the app is used. To download the app on an Android device:

• Click here or visit the Google Play store and search for ‘Bismarck, ND'.

Download the app today and connect with City of Bismarck!or 222-2400 ext. 2.

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BISMARCK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLANS COMPREHENSIVE SIGN ORDINANCE UPDATE The City of Bismarck Community Development Department will be preparing a comprehensive update to the sign ordinance over the next several months. The focus of the update will be onpremise signage throughout the community, including commercial/institutional signs, temporary signs, signs in residential or public zoning districts, and electronic signs. Although several topics relating to signs have been addressed in recent years, this is the first time the City of Bismarck has evaluated and updated the sign ordinance in its entirety. City staff will be meeting with stakeholders, including sign installers and business interests, to gather input and refine any provisions of the ordinance as necessary. Please contact the City of Bismarck Community Development Department if you have an interest in participating in any capacity. Then, you will be added to a mailing list to receive draft documents, meeting invitations, and other information. You can reach a Planner by calling 355-1840 or by email at planning@bismarcknd.gov. Once a final draft is prepared by staff, it will be presented to the Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission where a public hearing will be held to receive comments and feedback from interested parties. If the Planning and Zoning Commission opts to recommend approval, the draft ordinance will be submitted to the Board of City Commissioners for their final review and potential adoption.

SENIOR HOUSING PROJECTS AWARDED ASSISTANCE

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has awarded development assistance to four affordable housing projects that will offer supportive services to help their senior tenants age in place.

NDHFA awarded a total of $3.39 million in federal tax credit authority to the projects through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program which will generate more than $30 million in equity. The Agency also awarded $2.8 million from the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and $1.6 million from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). “North Dakota’s seniors are one of the most housing insecure and cost-burdened sectors of our population,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA’s executive director. “Focusing our development resources on supportive housing for these households allows seniors of limited means to live safely and comfortably, and reduces the burden placed on the state if the other alternative is a costly long-term care facility.” ABOUT THE PROJECTS

Century Cottages, a CommunityWorks North Dakota project that will be located on Century Ave. in Bismarck, ND, received $788,000 in LIHTCs. NDHFA also made a commitment of $300,000 from the HTF and $408,047 through HIF. The project will create 35 new one- and two-bedroom apartments. Twenty percent of the units will be reserved for households that require assistance to live independently. The cost of construction is estimated to be $8.5 million.

The Schuett Companies was awarded $899,000 in LIHTCs to support acquisition and renovation of Patterson Place Apartments in downtown Bismarck, ND. The project will also receive $2.5 million from the HTF. The 117-unit property will continue to be operated as housing for seniors and individuals with disabilities. In addition to supportive services, 24/7 staffing will be added. The total project cost is more than $17.2 million. The Housing Authority of Cass County was awarded $850,000 in LIHTCs to develop The Monterey, the first phase of a planned replacement of its ND1-1 and ND1-2 properties, commonly known as the West Fargo low-rise. The project was also awarded $600,000 through HIF. The Monterey will consist of 42 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Twenty percent of the units will be reserved for households that require assistance to live independently. Separate financing will support the development of office space in the property for the housing authority. The total cost of construction is estimated to be $11 million.

Phase two of the Housing Authority of Cass County’s planned replacement of the ND1-1 and ND12 properties, known as The Bridges, was also awarded $850,000 in LIHTCs and $600,000 through HIF. The Bridges will consist of 36 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom units. Twenty percent of its units will also be reserved for households that require assistance to live independently. The estimated cost of construction is $9.6 million.


CITY & COUNTY NORDIC STEEL SYSTEMS WINS BUSINESS PITCH CHALLENGE Winners of Mandan’s first Business Pitch Challenge held Nov. 13 are Juan Carlos Dominguez and Jared Stober of Nordic Steel Systems. They received $500 cash, the chance to be eligible for a $10,000 forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund, plus a host of other prizes to assist on their entrepreneurial journey. Nordic Steel Systems provides the construction industry with innovate concrete-free foundations and exterior wall-systems. For more information visit www. concretefreefoundations.com. First runner-up is Kimberly Bloms for Steps Ahead Therapy, a proposal for a pediatric physical, occupational, and speech therapy clinic. Other finalists were RacePace Timing and Event Management, Chad Hatzenbuhler; and I 2 i Institute, Barb Sandstrom and Shawna Marion. All finalists receive a $3,000 advertising package from National Day Calendar. For a full list of awards and donors, visit www.cityofmandan.com/businesspitch. Judges were Dr. Blake Feil, orthodontist and co-founder of The Junto, a venture capitalist group promoting development in Bismarck and Mandan; Kodee Furst, managing partner of Annie Capital, a new private capital firm investing in women entrepreneurs across North Dakota and South Dakota; Rob Knoll, chair of the Mandan Tomorrow- Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee and small business owner; and Lee Weisbeck, a commercial lender and representative of the Mandan Growth Fund Committee.

BIANCO REALTY'S FEIST RECOGNIZED KATHY FEIST

Kathy Feist, Broker/Owner of Bianco Realty, has earned “REALTOR® Emeritus Status” from the National Association of REALTORS® which recognizes a member who has held membership for forty (40) continuous years.

BISMARCK UTILITY RATES WILL CHANGE

There were 11 applications for the 2018 Business Pitch Challenge. A five-person selection committee previously picked finalists after reviewing applications and executive summaries of business plans. They considered plan content including thoroughness of information, research and analysis; innovativeness in terms of how the product or service is creative or different than others on the market or in the community; target customer identification; market fit and impact; strength of leadership team; use of prizes; and feasibility. Judges scored finalists for these same factors plus pitch delivery; expertise in answering questions; and whether they deemed the proposal to be bankable or investable. The Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee hosted the competition with assistance from the City of Mandan Business Development Department, BismarckMandan Development Association and IDEA Center.

The City of Bismarck recently approved changes to their utility fees structure based on a study conducted by Stantec. The City contracted the consultant to review its current utility rates system and suggest changes to ensure that revenues cover existing expenses and that policies are in place to allow for managed growth. As a result of the study, the City has fine tuned its customer classes and created a tiered system based on class, usage and capacity. While some of the user groups will see an overall decline in their utility rates, single family homes will experience an increase.

The HBA actively participated in the study meetings and spoke during the Commission meeting when the plan was presented.

The Government Affairs Committee supports an increase in utility fees to cover expenses but was hesitant about the tie in to meter size. The new rates will take effect Feb. 2 and include changes to consumers, builders and developers. Visit https://bit.ly/2QJnkoa to view the slideshow that was presented to and approved by the City Commission. December 2018 | Building Buzz

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BMHBA NEWS TOP SPIKE SHARES THE VALUE OF MEMBERSHIP WITH LONG-TIME VENDORS Looking to recruit members into the NAHB Federation? A top Spike for September says that you just need to break out your Rolodex.

BURLEIGH COUNTY RESPONDS TO HBA'S ACCESS REQUEST

David Adams of Highland Homes in Florida believes now is the time to get back to the way we used to do business: with other members.

“I’ve begun contacting our long-term vendors and partners that were once members to reengage with our association as we need their help in promoting our high school construction academies and joining together in one voice to promote and protect our industry,” said Adams. “I also have encouraged our new vendors and partners to look at the benefits the 3-in-1 membership offers, not to mention the mentoring and exposure they receive by being active members.” These Spikes brought in the most new Builder and Associate members to the Federation in September 2018. Thank you for growing our network of professionals. Region A: Three-way tie:

• Steve Mazza, Scranton Motors Inc., Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts • Emerson Clauss, Allegiance Construction & Development, LLC, Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Boston • Michael Guertin, Guertin Inc., Rhode Island BA

Region B: David Adams, Highland Homes, Polk County BA (Fla.)

Region C: Jim Dunham, Jim Dunham & Associates, HBA of The Sioux Empire (S.D.) Region D: Chris Hall, Chris Hall Custom Homes LLC, East Texas BA Region E: Dwight Mitsunaga, DM Pacific Inc., BIA of Hawaii

Members attending the Fall Awards Mixer & Board Election were asked to rank association priorities for the upcoming year. According the submitted responses, legislation/lobbying ranked number one followed by member networking, consumer events, education and promotion to consumers.

The BMHBA will use this insight to plan events that meet the needs of members. If you have ideas that support any of the initiatives, please share them with staff at info@bmhba. com or by calling 222-2400.

Recruit five or more members this year and you have the chance for access to the VIP Spike area at the 2019 IBS Closing Concert. Want to learn more about the Spike Club? Talk to your local association staff by emailing info@bmhba.com or calling 222-2400. Download our Spike Rolodex today at https://bit.ly/2TqpN5s.

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ANNUAL DINNER DATE ANNOUNCED Members attending the Fall Awards Mixer & Board Elections event last month at the Ramada had the opportunity to vote in two board members.

Past President Shannon Reichenberg of Milestone Builders and director Brian Eiseman of Stoneshire Builders have terms expiring at the end of the year. Reichenberg stepped down from his seat, while Eiseman sought another term. There were two builder member candidates on the ballot for two seats. Eiseman was re-elected and Jamie Schmidt of Triton Homes was newly elected. Both will begin their terms in January and will be sworn in at the Annual Dinner on Jan. 18 at the Harvest Catering & Events on Main Street in Mandan.

GET YOUR HOME SHOW EXHIBIT SPACE

The 2019 Home Show will be here before you know it. The annual event is a consumer favorite that brings more than 5,000 prospective buyers by your booth. Sign up now to ensure you have a spot in the March 15-16 show. Members get a reduced rate and space starts at just $500. Visit www.BisManHomeShow.com to access the online reservation system.

EVENTS 2019 Calendar of Events January 18

BMHBA Annual Banquet 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. Harvest Grill, Mandan, ND

Join us as we celebrate the start of a new year with the BMHBA. The Annual Banquet is one of our premier events that features fine food, a BUILD-PAC fundraiser, a formal program and a special guest. Register today to reserve your seat(s) along with more than 200 other home building industry supporters.

February 21

Builders, Beans & Beer Chili Cookoff 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Burleigh Co. 4H Building, Bismarck, ND

Winter blues got you down? Then it's time for some fun! Join us for a new twist on an old favorite. Fun Night is now Builders, Beans and Beer. Enjoy house chili and serve as judges for the board cookoff on Thursday, Feb. 21. You must be 21 to attend.

March 15-16

BMHBA Home Show

We're excited to present the 2019 Home Show at the Bismarck Event Center. The HBA is pulling out all stops to ensure a successful event for exhibitors. Visit BisManHomeShow.com.

April 25-28

BUILDERS, BEANS & BEER IS BACK A new twist on an old favorite, Fun Night is now Builders, Beans & Beer. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 19 to enjoy house chili and serve as judges for the board cookoff. You must be 21 to attend. One free ticket per membership, additional tickets $15 each.

Spring Parade of Homes

Save the date so you remember to get your home(s) ready for the Spring Parade. Details at BisManParade.com.

May 16

Spring Awards Mixer & GMM 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Baymont Inn, Mandan

• Presentation of the Spring Parade of Homes Awards • Remarks from BMHBA President & Executive Officer • Hot Appetizers and Open Bar

Register online at BMHBA.com/events or call 222-2400.

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NATIONAL NEWS NATIONAL NEWS NATIONAL NEWS

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IBS PRE-SHOW COURSES

2019 REMODELED SHOW HOME BOASTS PRIME LOCATION, GARDEN FEATURES

Would you like to learn how to better manage your company or discover the latest techniques in high-performance building? Maybe you’d like to start on the path to an NAHB professional designation or earn continuing education credits for a designation you already have. You can do all this and more just prior to the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas this February: Back by popular demand are NAHB’s Pre-Show Education offerings, taught Feb. 16-18, before IBS begins.

In addition to 15 NAHB designation courses, HBI is hosting four residential construction courses. These sessions will dig deep into industry topics like business, sales, green and more—and come with a free expo pass. You can: • Improve productivity and increase profits with business management-oriented courses in financial management, project management, estimating and scheduling and more important topics. • Dive deep into the fast-growing remodeling industry for boomer buyers with all three of our Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) designation courses.

• Learn to conduct yourself with confidence during interviews and speaking engagements with our popular Spokesperson Training courses, • Take Train the Trainer and learn how to instruct NAHB designation courses — or become an NAHB instructor yourself.

Finally, new home sales professionals can continue their journey to better sales with Principles of Residential Marketing: Research & Analysis Classroom. Don’t miss this chance to learn more and earn more, all before the Show even starts. Grab your spot today!

Note that pre-show courses require a separate registration fee.

A front exterior rendering of The New American Remodel 2019.

Finding the right home to serve as The New American Remodel 2019 was a lot easier said than done, especially in Las Vegas — a land of abundant tract-home communities. Michael Gardner, principal of studio g ARCHITECTURE who is overseeing the 2019 remodel show home, knew he’d have to search diligently and strike quickly when the right opportunity presented itself.

“We wanted to find a home that wasn’t part of a master plan to give us the ability to do what we really wanted to do: build something very unique to Vegas and for the [Builders’] Show,” he said. His house hunt focused primarily on downtown Las Vegas, where there is a larger supply of older, unique homes. Eventually, he found a property that fit the bill and even had an agricultural zoning designation that would give him the flexibility to create almost anything.

“Pretty much anything goes here. You can even have animals — horses, sheep, goats, chickens — there are no restrictions,” Gardner said. “We’re just a few minutes from the Strip, so having that kind of identity is really unique. There are very few areas of town that have this designation.”

There likely won’t be any animals grazing in the yard. But the home will take advantage of the zoning designation by featuring a backyard orchard with a variety of flowers, citrus trees and an herb garden.

Gardner said the ever-increasing prices of newer homes in the further-out suburbs of Las Vegas are prompting many prospective buyers to look for opportunities closer to downtown and pursue remodel projects—but perhaps not quite as extensive as The New American Remodel.

“[The area] is ripe for redevelopment, and in this neighborhood our home is among the first of what will surely be many remodeled homes,” Gardner said. “People want to be here, downtown, where the energy is, but not everyone wants to live in a high-density apartment or condo.” The home will be officially unveiled to the public during the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show, Feb. 19-21. For more information about the home, visit tnarh.com.

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Growing affordability concerns resulted in builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes falling eight points to 60 in November on the NAHB/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Despite the sharp drop, builder sentiment still remains in positive territory.

Policymakers need to focus more on residential market conditions. “Builders report that they continue to see signs of consumer demand for new homes but that customers are taking a pause due to concerns over rising interest rates and home prices,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel.

With the prospect of future interest rate hikes in store, Dietz said that builders have adopted a more cautious approach to market conditions and urged policymakers to take note.

“Recent policy statements on economic conditions have lacked commentary on housing, even as housing affordability has hit a 10-year low,” said Dietz. “Given that housing leads the economy, policymakers need to focus more on residential market conditions.”

FHA CAPITAL RESERVES POST HEALTHY GAIN The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released its annual report to Congress that shows the agency’s capital reserve ratio grew by more than $8 billion in fiscal 2018 to a total economic net worth of $34.86 billion.

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In an official statement, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel said: “The report clearly shows that actions instituted by HUD Secretary Ben Carson and FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery to enhance the agency’s capital reserves are showing positive results. It’s also another indicator that FHA’s financial picture continues to brighten and should provide momentum for the agency to consider a mortgage insurance premium reduction to help first-time home buyers and young families seeking to enter the housing market.” However, in a conference call with reporters, FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery indicated that despite the positive report, it was still premature to consider a mortgage insurance premium cut in the near term, since many factors go into such a decision other than the overall health of the Fund.

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“The financial health of FHA’s single-family insurance fund is sound,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a press release. “FHA is in good hands, guarding against excessive risks, protecting the American taxpayer and remaining true to our core mission to facilitate safe and affordable mortgage options for qualified borrowers.” The Fund’s growth was fueled by the Single Family Forward Portfolio program, which posted a capital ratio of 3.93% and a positive economic net worth of $46.8 billion. These gains were partially offset by losses in the volatile reverse mortgage portfolio, which posted a negative capital ratio of 18.83% and was valued at minus $13.63 billion. Steps have been taken to address the problems in the reverse mortgage portfolio, but they have only recently taken effect.

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In a sign that the housing recovery continues to make gains, the independent actuarial analysis shows that for the fourth straight year, FHA’s reserve ratio of its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (Fund) has exceeded the congressionally mandated 2% threshold. The capital reserve ratio jumped from an upwardly revised 2.18% in 2017 to 2.76% this year.

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“For the past several years, shortages of labor and lots along with rising regulatory costs have led to a slow recovery in single-family construction,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “While home price growth accommodated increasing construction costs during this period, rising mortgage interest rates in recent months coupled with the cumulative run-up in pricing has caused housing demand to stall.”

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The Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners warned the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware.

The scam is especially problematic for businesses whose employees might open the malware because this malware can spread throughout the network and potentially take months to successfully remove. This well-known malware, known as Emotet, generally poses as specific banks and financial institutions in its effort to trick people into opening infected documents. The Summit partnership of the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry remind taxpayers to watch out for this scam. However, in the past few weeks, the scam masqueraded as the IRS, pretending to be from “IRS Online.” The scam email carries an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar, and the subject line uses some variation of the phrase “tax transcript.”

These clues can change with each version of the malware. Scores of these malicious Emotet emails were forwarded to phishing@irs.gov recently.

The IRS reminds taxpayers it does not send unsolicited emails to the public, nor would it email a sensitive document such as a tax transcript, which is a summary of a tax return. The IRS urges taxpayers not to open the email or the attachment. If using a personal computer, delete or forward the scam email to phishing@ irs.gov. If you see these using an employer’s computer, notify the company’s technology professionals. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a warning in July about earlier versions of the Emotet in Alert (TA18-201A) Emotet Malware.

US-CERT has labeled the Emotet Malware “among the most costly and destructive malware affecting state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments, and the private and public sectors.”

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In a recent NAHB survey, 65% of builders reported that the overall supply of developed lots in their areas was low to very low. This is up only 1% from June 2017, but significantly higher than the 42% posted in September 2012. The focus on lots was included in a special survey section in September’s NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The 65% of respondents citing a shortage of lots represents the largest low- supply percentage recorded since NAHB began periodically asking the question in the HMI survey in 1997. The 65% includes 43% who characterized the supply of lots simply as low and 22% who said the supply of lots was very low.

The lot supply problem is particularly severe in relation to housing starts, which still have only partially recovered from the last downturn. After averaging 1.5 million new units from 1960-2007 and hitting a peak of two million in 2005, starts have recovered only to about 1.2 million a year. The continued low supply of developed lots is a hindrance to a fuller housing recovery and helps explain some of the recent weakness in new home sales.


In a victory for NAHB, the Department of Labor (DOL) on Nov. 9 agreed to a legal settlement that keeps a permanent injunction in place that stops the “persuader rule” from taking effect and prevents a future administration from seeking to revive the rule. The Obama-era persuader rule sought to unfairly require lawyers and consultants to report to the DOL when counseling employers concerning union organizing.

The settlement signed by the DOL provides NAHB and its coalition partners peace of mind that the persuader rule cannot be brought again by a future administration and ends the litigation. The persuader rule would have impacted NAHB in two distinct ways. First, it would have decreased employer access to qualified labor relations attorneys. Second, trade associations like NAHB would have been directly regulated by the persuader rule if they engaged in certain activities, such as holding educational seminars on labor relations topics. Regulations under the rule would have included reporting the identities of NAHB members attending these seminars and other complex filing obligations.

DOL appealed the permanent injunction to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the agency subsequently moved to initiate a rulemaking to withdraw the persuader rule. That rulemaking was finalized in August 2018. The settlement reached on Nov. 9 ensures that this rule cannot be revived by a future administration.

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According to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, total housing starts rose 1.5% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million units from an upwardly revised September reading. Year-to-date, new housing starts are 5.6% above their level over the same period last year.

The October reading of 1.23 million is the number of housing units builders would start if they maintained this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number, singlefamily starts edged down 1.8% to 865,000 units. Meanwhile, multifamily starts—which include apartment buildings and condos—rose 10.3% to 363,000. “This month’s decrease in single-family starts isn’t a surprise given the drop in our builder confidence index,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. “Builders are showing caution as mounting housing affordability concerns are forcing some consumers to delay making a home purchase.”

“Single-family starts were strong at the beginning of the year, but weakened this summer and have remained soft,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Despite this softness, 2018 construction volume is set to be the best since the downturn. A growing economy and positive demographic tailwinds are supporting housing demand as interest rates rise. However, policymakers should take note of the November decline in builder confidence as a sign that housing affordability conditions will weigh on the housing market going forward.” Overall permits—which are an indicator of future housing production—registered a 0.6% drop in October to 1.26 million. Single-family permits fell 0.6% to an 849,000 unit pace while multifamily permits dropped 0.5% to an annualized rate of 414,000.

Looking at the regional numbers on a yearto-date basis, combined single-family and multifamily housing starts rose 13.5% in the West and 5.5% in the South. Starts fell 0.6% in the Midwest and 4.8% in the Northeast.

Also on a year-to-date basis, permit issuance rose 7.6% in the South and 3.9% in the West. Permits were down 2.4% in the Midwest and 5% in the Northeast.

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You can do all this and more just prior to the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas this February: Back by popular demand are NAHB’s Pre-Show Education offerings, taught Feb. 16-18, before IBS begins.

Rising housing affordability concerns continue to weigh on single-family production even as total housing starts edged higher in October.

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The regulation was issued in 2016. However, before it could be implemented, NAHB scored a major legal victory that November when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted NAHB, the Texas Association of Builders, the National Federation of Independent Business and other Texas business groups a permanent stay of the persuader rule.

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NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

December 2018

Dan Lindquist,

Kim Schneider,

It’s truly hard to believe that a year has passed since I began my term as President. Making it possible for directors at this level to maintain balance of volunteer hours, and the needs of work and family takes the dedicated support from the NDAB staff, board of directors, local HBA staff, and the entire membership. Together we continually move the association in a positive direction and keep housing in the forefront of the economy.

Thank You, 2018!

NDAB President

NDAB Chief Executive Officer

December is a month full of emotions, full hearts and time to reflect on another year gone by. This past year has been a time of growth for me, our office staff and the Association. While sometimes change can be hard, it is alDan Lindquist ways a time for new experiences and making Kim Schneider President new friends. A big thank you to NDAB’s 2018 CEO President, Dan Lindquist from the FargoIt takes a collective effort to make an association viable, and it is only fair Moorhead HBA for his leadership, his calm ways and for the countless emails, phone calls and text messages we exchanged. to recognize the Senior Officers specifically who met monthly; Bob Horab, 1st Vice President, Nate Applegren, 2nd Vice President, Phil On November 29 the NDAB Board of Directors and special guests Risbrudt, Secretary, Arnold Karsky, Treasurer, and Past President, Eric gathered in Williston to toast the Brenden. Thank you to this group of leaders for your time and talent throughout the year. In addition, a sincere thank you to the entire Board successful past year and celebrate the future year ahead of us. 2018 of Directors, and NDAB CEO Kim Schneider and staff for your work to NDAB President Dan Lindquist was thanked for his past years’ service keep us pointed in the right direction. and pinned with NAHB’s Past State President pin. 2019 NDAB President Bob Horab was sworn in and pinned with NAHB’s State In May, we hosted the Bringing Housing Home event in Bismarck. The President pin. ND Congressional delegation of U.S. Senator Hoeven, U.S. Senator Heitkamp and U.S. Representative Cramer were awarded this prestigious The North Dakota Association of Builders Board of Directors is made award from NAHB for their work ensuring that they made positive up of volunteers and we fully recognize and appreciate their time and contributions to the housing industry when we needed them. dedication. To our outgoing board members, a heartfelt thank you. Your leadership is helping to push forth NDAB, NDAB-PAC and to NDAB held a candidate forum following the BHH event and we were help us to grow in our success. It has truly been a pleasure to work with able to meet with now Congressman-elect Kelly Armstrong and his opponent Mac Schneider, and Secretary of State candidate Josh Boschee. you! At that time, Al Jaeger had not yet joined the race but made a later announcement of his candidacy as an Independent. As you know, Mr. Outgoing Board Members: Jaeger went on to win the seat for another term. We congratulate and § Bismarck-Mandan HBA: Lynn Klein look forward to working with US Senator-elect Kevin Cramer, US § Bismarck-Mandan HBA: Greg Zenker Senator John Hoeven, and US Representative-elect Kelly Armstrong § HBA of Fargo-Moorhead: Tyrone Leslie along with the 2019 ND State Legislature and local officials across the § Minot Assoc. of Builders: Melissa Francisco state. § Western Area BA: Joan Mainwaring We added the Battle of the Builders blood drive as a community effort to Congratulations to our 2018 state award winners and nominees that support the ongoing needs of life-giving blood at hospitals in our local HBA communities of Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Dickinson, were also announced at the annual banquet. If you were unable to join us the winners will also be featured in the E-News letter and the Faceand Williston. 70 individuals took time out of their busy day to donate and provided for 210 lives. That’s impressive and thank you to everyone book Page. who showed up at their local blood drive. What an exciting year it has been! As 2018 goes down in the record We thank Governor Burgum for issuing two Proclamations relative to our books, we look forward to making industry – June as Homeownership Month and October as Careers in new memories in 2019. Sponsorship opportunities are available, educaConstruction Month. tion opportunities will be offered, memberships will grow, and, in the end, new friendships will As the 2019 Past President, I will continue to support the meaningful work on behalf of the association membership and welcome Bob Horab be made. Thank you all for making NDAB one of the best state-wide Associations in the Nation! as your incoming President. Happy holidays and all the best in 2019!

Warm wishes to you and yours,

Dan

Kim Schneider

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| forxbuilders.com Bismarck/Mandan HBA for donating a Decorating Services, 701-746-4536 Top Recruiter; Ken computer Executive! Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust, Top Dot Frank, Executive • Nearly 50 peopleOfficer attended the MAB 40 Below's kickoff event, • Forx Builders Association would for likeour saynew a Big THANK YOU to Spike; George Fraza, Blue Cross Blue  donated Home show booths are being sold now! 701-222-2400 bmhba.com Bags 'n Builders. Teams from both 40 Below and 40 Above it's 11 members who blood on Tuesday November Shield of ND, Top New Spike; Ken Krajsa January 8thexcellent is the deadline for for our this went head to head in a cornhole tournament at Lowe's GardenAward. HBC granted 6th. Dak$12,500 Minn Blood Bank was an partner Cornerstone preferred vendors. Home show is April 15  Center The BMHBA has been busy following on November 7th. The team from Lowe's Garden event and we look forward to working with them again in the in scholarships to local high school – 17, 2016 ordinance updates in Bismarck and students and college students in or Center took the top prize of $50 gift cards sponsored by Gate future. contact Jackie@willistonbuilders.com for Mandan, Burleigh and Morton Counties. planning on enrolling in the construction City Ron Rudser and Cole Stober took second place and questions. All Bank! are reviewing and updating dated • Thursday December 13th we will be celebrating our Holiday programs. received gift cards from The Rooster. We'd like to give codes. Eyes are currently on Starving permit cost  atOur December General Builders After Hours Keith's Security World!Membership It's a tradition  The HBA of F-M Social with and development standards.First International a changes special thank you to our sponsors: Bank & held a PAC meeting will be held on the luck 17th style for our Membership Committee to provide a pot special guest Jerry Howard to talk about Lowe's Garden Center, Gate City Bank and Muus Lumber  Trust, A housing analysis conducted by Bismarck forand this event. We are all looking forward to some yummy issues NAHB is working onmeal in D.C. and andHardware. Mandan outlines a need for an how they tie in locally. Thehomemade event was adishes! Thank you so much to our Annual additional 7,786 owner-occupied homes success with 75 members in attendance. • The Builders' Bash will take place on December 6th at Gravel Banquet Sponsors! Your Design support by 2030. The HBA is working on a task • Registration is open for the 44th Annual Home & of our Justawards under 20 members attended a Lunch Products! The Builders’ Bash is of a culmination force to explore implementation the helped to put onAlerus a great event! We Garden Show, March 22-24,us 2019 at the Center. Session with local building officials to talk presentations into one BIG Night. This is where we come study’s recommendations. had a great crowd and a fun evening about the toelected celebrate theBuilder industry, celebrate everything thelatest issues in residential  together Members a new board celebrating the year end and construction. Western Area Builders Association MAB has accomplished this the great member at the Fall GMM on year Nov. and 24 torecognize fill recognizing all our amazing Award New Year Celebration & City Night is Executive Officer Amber Elizondo, Pastyou President Vetter’s The of theYear,The work do by Vance presenting ourseat. Builder Associate winners. We are already looking on Jan. 28 at the Radisson in Fargo. | willistonbuilders.com boardCitizen of directors be sworn at 701-572-5744 of2016 the Year, of thewill Year, BEAMinAward and the Dan forward to doing it all again next year Mayors from Fargo, Moorhead, West the Annual Banquet on Jan. 14. in Bismarck! Feist Extra Mile Award winners all while wearing Fargo, our ugly Dilworth & Oxbow be in news Williston • will Exciting Area Builders Association has proudly  Christmas The BMHBA welcomes members sweaters! Theallevening is to emceed by Shaun Sipma,and participatebeen attendance on a mayoral serving Williams, Divide, Burke, Mountrail and McKenzie attendMayor. a LeadAppetizers Renovator from and Lead panel. guest Alare not just Williston and have officially changed Minot The Starving Rooster willWe fill will also have special counties. We Renovator Initial and Refresher course Jaeger, Secretary of State. If you would your builder bellies! evening will wrap up with a round of our name to the Western Area Builders Association! on Nov. 30 and Dec.The 1, respectively. like to attend, please visit the events Family Feud! Visit bmhba.com/events to register. calendar at www.hbafm.com. • 2019 Home and Garden Show planning has begun! We are • Work has begun on the 2019 Home and Garden Show! Next looking to add more “Kids” items at the event. Kids will get the Dickinson Area Builders Assoc. Builders year's show will takeOfficer place on March 1st and Forx 2nd. Stay tuned Association Platinum Sponsors—Kuntz Builders, parents in the door! Irene Schafer, Executive Betty McDonald, Executive Officer for more details! Inc. and Winn Construction, Inc. 701-483-0044 dickinsonareabuilders.com 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com

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Silver Sponsor—ProBuild  There was good attendance at Slate Club on November 11 with a moment of Don Dabbert Custom Homes Interior Design’s November BuildersJr.-Dabbert after Lindsay Lange, Executive Officer silence honoring our veterans. NDAB-PAC Reception Sponsor—Bosch Hours. Thank you Alissa. 701-483-0044 | dickinsonareabuilders.com Todd Williams-Todd Williams  Our Home Show committee is busy  The December Builders after Hours will be Lumber Co. Construction, LLC • The 2018 DABA Annual Banquet planning our Home ShowChristmas in April, Party and Awards hosted by the Membership Committee and andaway! addingWe new features. isupdating one month are putting the finishing touches onof DirectorsMike Banner Sponsor—Roers West, LLC the Board at Keith’s Security Workman-Jordahl Custom Homes “Grinchmas” celebration, a nightJim of fun  our Our main focus right now is onand cannot wait for World. Bisson owner of Keith’s Lock & Bon-C’est Bon Construction, Inc. Key will be retiring theCharles end of December the our Statemembers Meeting here Dickinson. We with and in their families. and we will be helping him celebrate this are looking forward to making this a Also,Inc. Thank you to the NDAB 2015 Vern Hanson-Hanson Bros., • The 2019night Home less than 6 months away.milestone. We are special for Show ArnoldisKarsky as he is Partners! We truly appreciate your gearing upasfor another great turnout April 6th & 7th at the installed our State President. Berg-Eric Inc. we have enjoyed serving  Our Home Design andEric Garden ShowBerg will Construction, support and River that, Ice Center.  West Following we also busy planning our be held April 1, 2 & 3 Michael at the Alerus Center. youProductions throughout the entire year! Bullinger-Western annual Christmas Newly elected • Congratulations toParty. our local Builder of the Year, WillieAssociation Winn, Minot ofJason Builders Eid-Eid-Co Homes Vice President, Val Voelkering is busy with Associate of the Year, Gene Kruger, BEAM, Steve Schwab of Schwab Executive Officer her committee putting final touches to a Tom Spaeth-Accent Messer Construction Inc., and Affiliate of the Year, Mike Schwab. very special evening at the Elks Club. 701-852-0496 minotab.com Kitchen & Bath Mark Spriggs-M & J Construction, Inc.  We would like to take this opportunity to  We are having a “Holiday Open House” for an invitation to Kim and Heather Homeextend Builders Assoc. of Fargo-Moorhead Leslie-Heritage Homes our members here at Tyrone the office December other associations to attend our Bryce and Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, 15th from noon-7pm with food and Christmas party. Gold Partner Todd Halle-T & S Custom Homes, Inc. - Montana Dakota Utilities 701-232-5846 | hbafm.com beverage.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Robert Leslie-Designer Silver HomesPartners - Bismarck-Mandan • Over 200 members attended the HBA of F-M Williston Awards GalaArea & Builders Association everyone! Home Builders Charles Zach-Zach Construction, Inc. Association, Dickinson Annual Meeting to hear from NAHB ChairmanJanna of the Board Lutz, Executive Officer Area Builders Association, Home Builders Randy Noel and find out who received the Association's top 701-572-5744 willistonbuilders.com John Gunkelman-Dakota Construction Bryce Johnson, Executive President Association of Fargo-Moorhead, & awards. Thank you toVice diamond sponsor Red River Drywall 6 701-232-584 Krueger-Krueger Construction Northern Plumbing Supply  WABA welcomes newGreg incoming board & Decorating Services. 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ProBuild, RDO Equipment Co., & Williston Dietrich, Inc., Builder of Meeting in November. Area Builders Association the Year; Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell • 23Banker members participated at the HBA of F-M Blood Drive, First Realty, Associate of the Year;  Top Spikes were alsoThe recognized: NDAB Bill is proud to announce a NEW program this saving over 80 lives! Heritage Homes, BEAM; Dan Beecher, Murphy and Dave Nordenstrom became Foam Doctor’s LLC, Extra Mile; John in 2015! year for our Associate Members! Apply Now!For more • The New Year Celebration & City Night will be Jan.Life 24 Spikes and will Koerselman, Red River Drywall &  Special Frank and the about NDAB’s Builders Program contact Sara feature a year in review video as well as a mayoral panel. thanks to Dotinformation Frank: sara@ndbuild.com or 701-222-2401. www.ndbuild.com North Dakota Association of Builders  December 2015

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