February 2017 Building Buzz

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What Buyers Want page 5

Bismarck Livability Summit page 6

BMHBA is NAHB Grant Recipient page 8

NAHB New Leadership page 11

BUILDING Buzz 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 Like Us! www.facebook.com/bmhba Follow Us! www.twitter.com/bmhba

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Members Anniversaries Time to Renew! Members with February Anniversaries. Renew by February 28, 2017. ABC Electric | Tony Wald

Acme Tools | Blair Ihmels | www.acmetools.com American Insurance Center | Randy King www.weareamerican.com/insurance.asp Anyleaks, Inc. | Cody Stern Allan Miller www.anyleaks.net Ben’s Electric | Helen Strand

BNI Coal, Ltd | Paul Quist | www.bnicoal.com Brad Bonnet Contracting, Inc. | Brad Bonnet www.bonnetcontracting.com Cabinets Plus | Fryad Hamasoor

Capital Credit Union | Leanne Holzer | www.capcu.org Capital Electric Cooperative, Inc. | Josh Schaffner www.capitalelec.com

Carpet Garage | Marty Hoskin | www.carpetgarage.com CS Doors, Inc. | Delton Stein

Dakota Community Insurance - Joe Belo www.dakotacommunitybank.com

Dakota Impressions Landscaping & Design, LLC Cody Wilhelm | www.dakotaimpressions.com

Dakota Windows, Doors & Siding | Dennis Lawson

Alliance Real Estate - Deorah Ellison | www.alliancere.net Diamond Hardwood Flooring LLC | Logan Hegland www.DiamondHardwoodFlooring.com Electric Systems, Inc. | Bob Schuh www.electricsystemsinc.com

Ferguson Enterprises | Mike Karpiak www.ferguson.com Fred’s Electric, Inc. | Fred Urlacher

iHeartMedia | Jim Klundt | www.kfyr.com Insulation Systems, LLC | Ken Traynor

Interiors by France | France Splonskowski www.interiorsbyfrance.com J - S Sanitation | Shad Gegelman

Jerome Distributing | Arthur Jerome www.jeromedistributing.com

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency - Joe Fink Joe Vetter Construction | Berna Vetter www.joevetterconst.com Keller Hardwood Floors | Kent Keller


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KFYR-TV | Mike Wolff | www.kfyrtv.com

Kuntz & Sons Construction | Randy Kuntz

Kupper Chevrolet | Bob Kupper | kupper-chevrolet.com Lillis Electric, Inc. | Robert Lillis

Magi-Touch Carpet One Floor & Home | Randy Horner magi-touchcarpetonebismarck.com Meadowlands Development | Barry Jennings

Mertz Builders, Inc. | Wally Mertz | mertzbuilders.com North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co. | Erin Schmitz www.thetitleteam.com Pacific Sound and Video | Jamie Stephens www.pacificsoundandvideo.com Paragon Granite | Michelle Bachmeier www.paragongranite.net

Patriot Homes | Tory Otto | www.patriothomesnd.com Pearson Home Builders, Inc. | Terry Pearson www.terrypearsonhomes.com

Your membership is three-in-one: BMHBA, NDAB and NAHB

Professionals building our community through promotion of home ownership, education and legislation since 1958.

2017 Board of Directors PRESIDENT

Shannon Reichenberg Diversity Homes Phone: (701) 751-3999 shannon@diversityhomesnd.com


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


Greg Zenker Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air Phone: (701) 222-2155 greg@northernplains.net

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



Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 chad@k-lhomes.com

Rory Anderson Verity Homes of Bismarck Phone:(701) 354-2846 rory@verityhomes.com

Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701)255-7628 jeff@bismarckbuilder.com

Bill Schmid Townsquare Media Phone: (701) 250-6602


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

Wade Vogel Premier Homes, Inc. Phone (701)226-1809 wade@premierhomesnd.com

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

Prairie Supply, Inc. | Matt Neibauer www.prairiesupply.com

PreFab Plus LLC | Cody Fleckenstein

ProFoam Insulation | Mike Murray | profoamnd.com Proline Enterprises, Inc. | Greg Joblinski www.ProlineHomes.com

Property Resources Group | Shar Larson www.propertyresourcesgroup.com

RDO Equipment | Derek Shaffer | rdoequipment.com Red River Glazing Inc. | Chris Schapp

Ressler Siding & Window | Shawn Ressler www.resslersiding.com

Rodgers Hardwood Floors, Inc. | Jerry Rodgers www.rodgershardwoodfloors.com Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac | Lisa Vance www.schwangmcautocenter.com

BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has named SHIRLEY THOMAS and AMANDA GROSGEBAUER “REALTORS® of the Month”! Shirley & Amanda had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of January 2017. Shirley has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and Amanda has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2014.

Sheet Metal Specialties Inc. | Dan Johnson www.sheetmetalspecialtiesnd.com

Skinner’s Roll-Off Service, Inc. | Fred Berger

Spiffy Biffs | Collin Walth | www.spiffybiffs.com

Starion Bank | Tracy Roberts | www.starionfinancial.com Tobias Marman Construction, LLC www.tobiasmarmanconstruction.com

U.S. Bank | Shanna Johnson | www.usbank.com

Shirley Thomas

Amanda Grosgebauer

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President’s Letter


ello BMHBA Members,

It’s hard to believe that by the time you are reading this we have already seen the first month of the year pass and we are one month closer to what we all hope to be a very busy building season.

As we approach the building season, we look forward to what many consider our spring kick off, February 17th-18th, the Home Show. We have added some new and exciting things this year with the Scavenger Hunt for the kids, an online interactive vendor map, and a dedicated website… BisManHomeShow. com. The Home Show is our number one non-dues revenue source, and with more than 6,000 attendees and booth prices starting at only $450, this is a great opportunity for all members to brand and grow their business and support the association. If you don’t already have a booth, my challenge to you is to reserve yours today.

Many of you have heard my initiatives for this year and have already asked how to get more involved. Well here are few upcoming ways to get on board with the BMHBA:

• Sponsor and attend Fun Night at Jerome’s and see if the current chili cook-off champ can be dethroned or repeat again (your’s truly proudly displays the silver ladle from 2016)

Shannon Reichenberg Board President

• Make a contribution to PAC (the current session shows why it matters to contribute to advocacy) • Attend the NDAB Chili & Oyster Feed • Support our Scholarship Fund • Join a committee

• Recruit another member

• Contact HBA staff for support with any business concerns from marketing to business operations, to HR.

• And, as always please feel free to reach out to me if you are looking for ideas on how you can get more involved.

As we prepare for the Home Show, let’s not forget the Spring Parade of Homes. We can guarantee another successful event through active participation. Mark your calendars and look for more information in the near future. “All Hands on Deck!”

Your President, Shannon Reichenberg


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BUYERS PREFER Amenities Over Size IN NEW HOMES, SURVEY SHOWS The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 – a sign that the home building industry is preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers as millennials begin to dip their toes into the market, according to research and survey results released by NAHB. In 2015, the typical new home had 2,689 square feet. In 2016, it dropped to 2,634, U.S. Census data show. That’s the first drop in size since 2009, said Rose Quint, NAHB’s assistant vice president for survey research. “The data on new home characteristics show a pattern,” she said. “2016 marked the end of an era that began in 2009 when homes got bigger and bigger with more amenities. I expect the size of homes to continue to decline as demand increases from first-time buyers.”

These homes must include specific amenities: Just as in 2015, a separate laundry room tops the list of must-haves across all income groups. Energy-efficient features like low-E windows, Energy Star-rated appliances, ceiling fans and programmable thermostats are also at the top of buyers’ wish lists. Home buyers also want their homes to include a patio, exterior lighting and a full bath on the main level.

Not as popular among buyers in 2017: cork flooring and solar and geothermal energy, as well as features such as petwashing stations, outdoor kitchens and sunrooms. “Builders are not going to include them in the average home,” Quint said. A majority of home buyers prefer a new home to an existing one, and 65% want that

home to be in the suburbs. Size preference goes up as income goes up, with buyers in the $150,000-plus income bracket preferring homes just under 2,500 square feet. No matter what the income, buyers overwhelmingly prefer a smaller house with more features and amenities over sheer size. “More than two-thirds are willing to trade size for high-quality products and features,” Quint said.

Millennials overwhelmingly prefer do-it-yourself projects.

New research from Better Homes & Gardens targets a subset of these home owners: “First Millennials,” those between the ages of 22-39 who have purchased their first home.

These buyers generally purchase older housing stock in need of fixing up, said executive editor Jill Waage, which means “88% of them are very interested in learning about home improvement and repair.” They don’t want to spend too much money, and they are willing to compromise on highquality products and finishes, saving them for their next home. “They’re scarred,” from the recent economic downturn, “but they aren’t scared.” Surrounded by a culture that watches home improvement reality shows and how-to videos on social media – and remembering their parents’ experiences in the Great Recession – First Millennials overwhelmingly prefer do-it-yourself

projects, said Waage, even if they ultimately have to turn it over to a professional to complete. Watching these shows, seeing what’s shared on social media and learning from the experiences of their friends and neighbors working on similar fixer-uppers inspires these young families to get out not only their paint brushes and hammers but even their mitre saws and other specialty equipment – and to work on these projects together. And they aren’t just making home improvements, Waage said. “They’re creating a style, a statement – decorating and remodeling at the same time.”

Amenities for outside living continue to be popular and increasingly include “she sheds,” stand-alone buildings from a kit or built onsite to be used for outdoor entertaining, crafting, reading or just to get away, Waage said. “Seventy-five percent of millennials want relaxing outdoor spaces,” and vegetable gardens, fences and decks top their list of projects. But it’s all about value, as this group thinks ahead to building equity to enable them to purchase their next home. And when that happens, they aren’t looking for oversized master suites or over-thetop finishes. They want mud rooms, that important separate laundry room, and plenty of gathering space. “This generation likes being together. They don’t want to be separate,” Waage said. The NAHB Home Buyer Preferences survey is available from BuilderBooks.

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BPS SEEKING CARPENTRY INSTRUCTOR Dave Peterson, veteran instructor of the Bismarck Public Schools Carpentry Program, has announced his retirement following the current school term. BPS is calling out to experienced professionals to step up as the new secondary program instructor or framing and interior carpentry. Dave Peterson

The course instructor will work with a local contractor to build a home on site in Bismarck. Qualifications include 8000 hours of carpentry experience or a two year degree with 4000 hours. Experience in building a house is essential for this position. Applicants do not need a secondary teaching license. Teaching as a second career offers a good option to those who seek change, but would like to continue using their skills and knowledge. Second-career teachers are often successful as they bring a unique combination of experience and perspective to the classroom. If you are considering making an impact on the future of the building trades, apply at http://www.bismarck.k12.nd.us/district/ jobs/openings/.

Dave Peterson has served as the Framing and Interior Carpentry instructor for 28 years, and has been instrumental in preparing students for successful careers in residential construction. The BMHBA thanks Dave for his dedication to furthering the industry.


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he Bismarck Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Group announces the Bismarck Mayor’s Livability Summit. The event will take place March 9, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College.

The purpose of the summit is to gather input to improve the long-term environment of our community – one that drives economic growth, quality of life, community leadership and diversity, making Bismarck a global community of choice.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. Mayor Mike Seminary will kick-off the Summit and provide an overview of the Bismarck Livability survey results. Inspirational and dynamic speaker, Monsignor James Shea, University of Mary President, will lead off the program with opening remarks. Governor Doug Burgum has been invited to discuss his Main Street Initiative, a skilled workforce, smart efficient infrastructure and healthy vibrant communities. Morning and afternoon sessions will include discussion panels led by community stakeholder presenters

representing community sectors including education; art, humanities and recreation; commerce and development; business and innovation and community services and healthcare. Each sector represented will present and explore what the community wants to cultivate progress and invest in Bismarck’s future. Panelist presentations will be followed by question and answer sessions with questions sought from attendees. Register now at www.bismarcksummit. com and plan to participate! Early bird registration is $25. Early bird pricing closes Feb. 23. Regular ticket price $40. Lunch is included in ticket price.

The Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Group, a group consisting of young professionals and community leaders is hosting the event. Input gathered from the Livability Summit and the Bismarck Livability survey will help to set the stage for the City’s future Strategic Planning activities. It’s not too late to take the Bismarck Livability survey. Participate now and complete the survey at http:// bismarcksurvey.com. For more information visit www. bismarcknd.gov.

Photo courtesy BismarckND.gov.

TECHNOLOGY Why Is Responsive Web Design Critical for Home Builders? From TheBDX.com


esponsive web design “responds” to the needs of the user by identifying the device type and screen size. The result is readability and navigability optimized specifically for a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop and a consistency of experience across devices. Home buyers can surf responsive sites from home or on the road. How is Responsive Design Different?

Unlike a pre-2013 “fixed” website structured in pixels, responsive sites are designed with fluid grids. Instead of creating specific-size elements, a web designer specifies the sizes of elements relative to other elements. In terms of structure, it’s about proportionality.

Responsive design supports a variety of technological developments that have arisen with multi-platform internet access. It’s versatile enough to accommodate navigation through a mouse, a keyboard, or a touchscreen. It’s flexible enough to load graphics quickly, regardless of download speed, and to support different font sizes, line heights, and photo sizes (as needed for each user). And it’s powerful enough to use in place of mobile apps, so you don’t need to invest in an app for every type of device. User Statistics

User statistics make a compelling case for making responsive website design priority #1 for all home builders who haven’t yet made the necessary transition. Consider the facts:

• In 2015, mobile users began to outnumber desktop users, and the numbers continue to diverge (Morgan Stanley Research)

• For 2017, the number of mobile phone users is projected to reach 4.77 billion (Statista)

• Mobile devices now drive 56 percent of web traffic (Similarweb)

• Users spend 2.8 hours a day with digital media on mobile devices (eMarketer)

Clearly, accommodating mobile users is being responsive to the demands of the market. But how does responsive design meet the needs of individual consumers and your business? Responsive Design is GoogleRecommended

Google’s algorithms constantly change, but Google’s intent remains the same—to direct consumers to websites offering the best possible user experience. Because more than 60 percent of searches come from mobile devices, a good user experience must include no horizontal scrolling, easily readable text, and all of the additional features of responsive design, in addition to relevant content. So an investment in responsive design is also an investment in search engine optimization (SEO). Better Sites Capture More Leads

Which experience generates more leads? A compromised, bland experience or one that is individualized and dynamic, that gets

users engaged and interested in exploring. Of course, it’s the latter—the one that proves your company values exceeding customer expectations. Responsive design supports all of the elements the best homebuilders use to generate leads and convert them to sales: video, high quality images, virtual tours, and connectivity with social media. ROI Increases as Content Management Needs Decrease

If you’re managing a main site and a mobile version, your staff is spending twice the necessary time on content management. Hours of time that could be spent on other business critical projects are continually wasted. With a responsive site, your business has one site to manage and an efficient process for uploading content to one enterprise content management system. The Solution

Content converts browsers to buyers on builders’ sites, so the solution cannot be to maintain different sites for desktops, tablets, and smartphones. This was a stopgap solution used by some builders to address the surge in mobile access. It was implemented at the expense of wasted man hours and poor user experiences. The solution is one interface that adapts to all devices, platforms, screen ratios, and browsers, to reach more home buyers.

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BMHBA NEWS HBA AWARDED NAHB GRANT The BMHBA was selected as a grant recipient under the NAHB Grant for Supporting HBA’s. The $20,000 awarded will fund an interactive exhibit at Bismarck’s Gateway to Science Center. BMHBA’s goal in seeking this grant was to entice young people to consider careers in the building trades through hands-on activities. Working with an established organization like the Gateway to Science Center, whose expertise includes developing activities and exhibits that are built exclusively for young people, is a tremendous opportunity to bring the our message to the community. “Gateway to Science is honored to be the recipient of this generous grant from the National Association of Home Builders. We are excited to work with the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association and Science Museum of Minnesota to develop and fabricate hands-on exhibits showcasing the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) involved in the building trades. We hope to inspire the next generation of home builders in North Dakota,” said Lesley Icenogle, Director of Development at Gateway to Science.

The Gateway to Science Center (GTS), located on the BSC Campus, provides interactive experiences to over 28,000 visitors annually. In addition to an exhibits gallery, GTS offers STEM educational outreach programs serving people of all ages, including out-ofschool time clubs and camps, free family events, Environmental Festival, Visiting Scientists Series and educator resources.


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The emphasis on STEM education will help to encourage learning practices that will meet the demands of the future workforce, including knowledge and skills required of the building trades. The GTS will work closely with the Science Museum of Minnesota to design and construct a series of custom built tables intended to use in a rotation of open-ended activities, ensuring that every user experience is unique. Freeform building kits will be included in the exhibit that can also be used as an off-site extension of the exhibit for youth enrichment courses and summer camps that are offered by GSC, furthering the reach of the HBA and our ability to make a positive impact in the community. The exhibit is expected to be completed by spring, 2017, and will be relocated to the new and improved 27,000 sq. ft. facility overlooking the Missouri River. The new GTS center is projected to welcome over 70,000 visitors annually. Visit www.gatewaytoscience.org for project updates.


BMHBA is helping to prepare students for civic responsibility by teaming up with Junior Achievement. JA volunteers come from a wide range of industries and experiences to connect with students of all ages, bringing a connection between the real world and what skills that are learned in school. JA elementary school programs consist of 5 classroom learning sessions, facilitated by volunteer professionals, focusing on a specific area of study. Offered in kindergarten through high school, students begin learning about family dynamics, community engagement, cities, regions, and can progress all the way to job shadowing programs. In the spirit of building strong communities, BMHBA members have committed to bringing the JA Our City program to area third graders. Through hands-one activities, students will gain insight to program concepts including how places where people live, work and play all come together to create

a community. Kids will study city planning and economic development, jobs, banking and money choices and will practice communication skills and teamwork.

Thank you to the following members for stepping up and giving their time to Bismarck-Mandan students. • Celeste Burke, The Mortgage Company

• Dave Skalicky, Inspector Ski Home Inspections • Greg Zenker, Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air • Lisa Liken, Gate City Bank,

• Susie Franklin, Choice Financial

• Terri Mollman, Choice Financial

Dot, Terri and Tracy will also be joining the fun, and classrooms are still in need of volunteers. Please contact Tracy at 701-222-2400 or email tracy@bmhba. com to get involved.


March 7 - The BMHBA is supporting efforts to do business with members by hosting its first Box Lunch with a Builder, presented by Inspector Ski Home Inspection. Builders and associates will come together to learn how to learn about products and services available, industry updates, and how to better collaborate.

NPP Offers Value to HBA Members National Purchasing Partners (NPP), an industrial manufacturing Group Purchasing Organization, offers significant savings to HBA members. NPP works with manufacturers to offer discounts, rebates and preferred pricing on materials and services.

Your BMHBA membership qualifies you for NPP enrollment, which is quick and easy. Visit www.mynpp.com and click JOIN NOW at www.mympp.com to start earning!

December 2016 New Members HOFLAND HOMES Tyler Hofland hoflandhomes@gmail.com Single Family General Contracting Remodeling-Residential

INSPECTOR SKI HOME INSPECTIONS Dave Skalicky inspectorski@yahoo.com www.inspectorski.com Single Family General Contracting Industry Consultant

RIVERBEND ROOFING AND EXTERIORS Mike Hopfauf geris@hopfaufcustombuilders.com hopfaufcustomhomes.com Single Family General Contracting Remodeling-Residential Roofing/Siding/Sheet Metal Work

Take advantage of this opportunity to work with your fellow members. The event is $25.00 and includes lunch. Spaces are limited. Register at BMHBA. com/events or call Tracy at 222-2400 for more information.

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FHA LOWERS ANNUAL MORTGAGE INSURANCE PREMIUMS In a move that will make home loans more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce the annual premiums most of its borrowers pay on mortgage insurance premiums by 0.25 percentage points from 0.85% to 0.60%. The agency said that the new lower premium rates are projected to save new FHA-insured home owners an average of $500 this year. NAHB supports this action to further boost the housing recovery and reduce the cost of housing for creditworthy borrowers, particularly for first-time home buyers. In response to FHA’s announcement, NAHB Chairman Ed Brady issued the following statement:


“NAHB commends the FHA for reducing its annual mortgage insurance premiums by 25 basis points to 0.6%.

With mortgage rates rising in recent weeks, lower premiums will make home loans more affordable, particularly for creditworthy young families and first-time buyers. The new premium structure will also help to ease stubbornly tight credit conditions in the mortgage market, and represents sound policy given a recent actuarial report that shows that the agency continues to strengthen its financial reserves.”

The new premium will be effective for mortgages closed on or after Jan. 27, 2017.

2016 EXISTING SALES BEST SINCE 2006 By Stephen Melman

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 2.8% in December, but ended 2016 as the best year for existing sales since 2006. December sales were up a slight 0.7% from the same month a year ago. Total 2016 existing home sales reached 5.45 million, exceeding the 5.25 million in 2015. Total existing home sales include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops. December existing sales were unchanged in the South, but declined 3.8% in the Midwest, 4.8% in the West and 6.2% in the West. Year-over-year, existing sales increased 2.7% in the Northeast, 2.4% in the Midwest and 0.4% in the South, while declining 1.6% in the West.


Total housing inventory decreased dramatically by 10.8% in December, and is at the lowest level since the series was launched in 1999. Inventory has fallen for 19 straight months. At the current sales rate, the December unsold inventory represents a 3.6-month supply, compared to a 3.9-month supply in November. Homes stayed on the market for 52 days in December, an increase from 43 days in November, but down from 58 days last December. Some 37% of homes sold in December were on the market for less than a month.


The December all-cash sales share was unchanged from November at 21%, but was down from 24% during the same month a year ago. Individual investors purchased a 15% share in December, up from 12% in November and unchanged from the same month a year ago. Some 59% of investors paid cash in December. The first-time home buyer share was 32% in December, unchanged from November and last December. Distressed sales, comprised of foreclosures and short

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sales, increased to 7% in December, which was down from 8% in the same month a year ago.

The December median sales price of $232,200 was 4.0% above the same month a year ago, and represents the 58th consecutive month of year-over-year increases. The median condominium/co-op price of $221,600 and is up 5.5% from the same month a year ago.

The December decline in existing sales was consistent with the November drop in pending sales to the lowest level in a year. NAR cited “another year of insufficient home construction,” and urged action to “address the regulatory and cost burdens preventing builders from ramping up production.” However, builders continue to address the low inventory of homes as builder sentiment held firm in January. Both jobs and incomes are growing, suggesting an improving market for new single-family construction.

The NAHB Board of Directors today elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.



With more than 700 affiliated state and local home builders associations and more than 140,000 members across the country, NAHB represents the interests of the nation’s housing professionals through advocacy, education and research.

Randy Noel

“We will work this year to prevent expensive, pointless regulations from impeding home building and housing affordability and partner with the Trump administration and new Congress to promote policies that encourage homeownership and affordable rental opportunities for all Americans,” said MacDonald.


Taking the helm as NAHB’s Chairman of the Board of Directors this year is Granger MacDonald, a Kerrville, Texas-based builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry. MacDonald is chairman and CEO of the MacDonald Companies, a diverse development, construction, and property management enterprise with nearly 50 neighborhoods completed and managed throughout Texas. Greg Ugalde

Also moving up on the association’s leadership ladder during NAHB’s Orlando board meeting was Randy Noel, a Louisiana-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry. He was elected as First Vice Chairman of the Board.

Noel is president of Reve Inc., a custom home building firm that has developed more than 1,000 custom homes in the greater New Orleans area. Greg Ugalde, a Connecticut builder and developer with more than 25 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co., Inc., one of the largest home builders in the state.

Dean Mon

2016 NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, from Bloomington, Ill., remains on the leadership ladder as Immediate Past Chairman. Brady is president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1962 by his father, William Brady Sr.

One of the longest standing home building firms in central Illinois, Brady Homes has developed 20 residential communities throughout the state, building more than 1,800 single-family homes, 2,000 apartment units and more than 100,000 square feet of light commercial property.

Rounding out the association’s leadership is NAHB Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C. Howard heads up a professional staff of more than 240 working out of the National Housing Center in Washington. He has served as the association’s CEO/EVP since February 2001. Previously, Howard was NAHB’s chief tax counsel.


Dean Mon joined the NAHB leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the Board. He is president of the D.R. Mon Group Inc., which specializes in the development and construction of classic urban living projects throughout New Jersey. Since 1985, the company has created communities throughout Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Hudson and Monmouth counties.

Ed Brady

Jerry Howard

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NAHB CONGRATULATES DONALD TRUMP ON BECOMING THE NATION’S 45TH PRESIDENT NAHB congratulated Donald Trump after he was sworn as the 45th President of the United States of America.

In an official statement, NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said: “The nation’s home builders look forward to working with President Trump and bipartisan leaders of the 115th Congress to keep housing a national priority, to provide regulatory relief for the nation’s small business community and to advance policies that will expand homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans.”

In the weeks following the Nov. 8 elections, NAHB was busy laying the groundwork for a successful year in 2017. NAHB leaders held extensive discussions and sent background information to the Trump team about a number of significant issues, including President Obama’s Executive Order that drastically changes development rules in and around floodplains. NAHB looks forward to working in a bipartisan manner with the new Trump administration and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders in the 115th Congress to tackle critical issues facing the housing industry. Specifically, NAHB will be working with policymakers to: • Reform the regulatory process;

• Ensure creditworthy home buyers and small businesses can get mortgages and loans;

A FAST START ON REGULATORY REFORM The House approved H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act, legislation that would modernize the rulemaking process under the Administrative Procedures Act and make the regulatory process more transparent, agencies more accountable and regulations more cost-effective.

The House action comes one week after the chamber passed two other NAHB-supported regulatory relief measures – the REINS Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act. The Reins Act would require Congress to approve all federal regulations that have an annual economic impact of $100 million or more.

The Midnight Rules Relief Act would allow Congress to examine under the Congressional Review Act multiple regulations pushed through by an outgoing administration.

Due to their importance to the housing industry, NAHB designated passage of all three regulatory relief bills as “key votes” and will push for their approval in the Senate. However, the association faces an uphill battle given the 60-vote filibuster threshold needed to advance legislation in the upper chamber. For more information and to show your support for this legislation visit capitolconnect.com/builderlink.

Join the BMHBA and NDAB for the annual Chili & Oyster Feed with legislators on Thursday, Feb. 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Ramada Bismarck, 1400 E. Interchange Ave.

• Protect the mortgage interest deduction and expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit; and • Enact comprehensive housing finance reform that safeguards the 30-year mortgage.

NAHB believes this pro-housing legislative and regulatory agenda will spur job growth and keep the housing and economic recovery moving forward.

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HOUSING WILL CONTINUE GRADUAL CLIMB TO HIGHER GROUND IN 2017 Fueled by a growing economy, solid employment gains and rising household formations, single-family production will continue on a gradual, upward trajectory in 2017, according to economists speaking at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. “While positive developments on the demand side will support solid growth in the single-family housing sector in 2017, builders in many markets continue to face supply-side constraints led by the three ‘Ls’ – lots, labor and lending,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. He added that 64% of builders nationwide report low or very-low lot supplies; the rate of unfilled jobs in the construction sector is now higher than the building boom; and that acquisition, development and construction loans for builders – while on the rise — needs to grow faster to meet demand.

A Solid Outlook • As the economy continues to grow, NAHB expects mortgage interest rates will average 4.5% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2018.

• NAHB is projecting that there were 1.16 million total housing starts in 2016, up 4.9% from the previous year’s total of 1.11 million units. • Single-family production is expected to rise 10% in 2017 to 855,000 units and increase an additional 12% to 961,000 next year.

“Regulatory requirements make up nearly 25% of the cost of a new home,” said Dietz. “Given those constraints, it is hard to build a $200,000 entry-level house.”

But in a sign that more millennials are getting off the sidelines and jumping into the market, Dietz noted that townhome construction, which can be a useful bridge for millennials to transition to homeownership, is showing impressive growth and now constitutes 12% of all single-family starts.

Meanwhile, residential remodeling activity is expected to register a 1% gain this year over 2016. Affordability and Demographics

CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft also expects mortgage rates to rise and home prices to moderate in the coming year. “We anticipate a stronger economy will translate into higher mortgage rates,” said Nothaft. “Meanwhile, we expect moderation in 2017 for rent and home price growth, but it will still be higher than inflation, reflecting the tight inventory in the housing market.”

He added that home purchase originations should rise 5.7% in 2017, and that the credit risk for home loans is substantially lower than 10-15 years ago. The biggest housing issue in 2017 will be affordability, according to Nothaft.

“The industry needs to recruit more workers and get more land in the pipeline, but it will take time,” Dietz said.

However, these supply-side challenges are more than offset by continued economic growth, ongoing job creation, rising wages and favorable demographics. Moreover, builder confidence is up on anticipation that the incoming Trump administration will help to lower regulatory costs going forward.

pace is sustainable due to demographics and the balance between supply and demand.

“Mortgage rates are up three-quarters of a point since last summer and house prices are up. That starts to pinch a household budget,” he said. Setting the 2000-2003 period as a benchmark for normal housing activity when single-family production averaged 1.3 million units annually, single-family starts are expected to steadily rise from 56% of what is considered a typical market in the third quarter of 2016 to 75% of normal by the fourth quarter of 2018.

On the multifamily front, NAHB is anticipating multifamily starts to hold steady in 2017 at 384,000 units, which would be 1,000 units above last year’s pace. While this level is slightly above trend, Dietz noted this

Supply and Demand

David Berson, chief economist for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., also expects mortgage rates to rise in the coming year, but he said this should not have a negative impact on housing demand. “Higher mortgage rates will be offset by stronger wage gains and job growth, which suggests that housing demand will increase this year,” said Berson. “The question is, how much will supply go up?”

He noted that most metro areas across the nation are relatively healthy, marked by solid job growth, mortgage delinquencies down near normal levels and house price gains that are strong, but not excessive.


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A major concern going into 2017, he said, is that demand will exceed supply, which will put upward pressure on home prices. “If there aren’t enough homes on the market, that will be a problem,” said Berson. “Price gains need to moderate. We can’t have 6%, 7% or 8% gains. That is not sustainable.” He added such a situation could downgrade many markets from “healthy” to “neutral.”

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On the flip side, demographics will be very positive for housing and home sales going forward. “As millennials age from 25-to-30, that is a big potential base to expand the home buyer market,” said Nothaft.

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NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

February 2017

Volunteering at the National Level As we return from Orlando and look back at our week of warmer weather, great company, lots of steps and new information we are reminded of all the great opportunities to be involved at the national level with National Association of Home Builders. NDAB members from across the state and representing each of the six local associations traveled to Orlando to be a part of NAHB Kim Schneider Board of Directors meetings and the International Builders Show. Annually, NAHB hosts the International Builders Show (IBS) and next year will be doing so NDAB President Eric Brenden pictured with members of St. Mary’s again in Orlando, FL January 9-11. At these meetings, committees High School, Northwest Contracting and Mandan Parks and Rec. made up of Builders and Associates meet to discuss what is happening in the building industry, discuss membership numbers and how to increase, discuss issues across the nation, BUILD-PAC, Many of you have heard of the house explosion North of they recognize their peers with various National awards for the Mandan in December that killed two people. Elianna Vazquez, work they do and they have an opportunity to network.

a high school Senior at St. Mary’s in Bismarck, survived. However, her mom and step – dad were killed in the explosion. Elianna suffered multiple injuries including a broken back, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. Thankfully, Elianna is recovering and is now out of the hospital.

At NAHB meetings, it is always a great opportunity to reconnect with old and new friends, network, and gather new ideas and information. Another fun gathering at IBS is the North Dakota Reception. We are pleased each year to invite North Dakota attendees and our friends to a reception with great food, drinks and of course On January 5, Kim and I had an opportunity to present a check fun company. We have around 200 people stop by and we recognize the student chapter attendees for their hard work and the comon behalf of NDAB members to the Elianna Vazquez fund in petition they participate in. This year, NDAB teamed up with memthe amount of $1,550. We were also able to have a good bers from the Area 10 Caucus to co-host a fun evening. This alconversation with the principal of St. Mary’s High School, the lowed us to host even more guests from our area without competSuperintendent of Light of Christ Catholic Schools, and Elianna’s friend and her friend’s mother. They told some of the ing for time and gave us the opportunity to work closely in planning with our counterparts from Iowa and our National Area Chairman stories of the support the community has given to her. Considering what she went through, Elianna is doing very (NAC) Keith Butz who so kindly traveled to ND in December to swear in our President, Eric Brenden and our 2017 NDAB Board of well. By the time you are reading this, she may already be Directors. We thank those that stopped by this year making it anback at school. However, she has much physical as well as other successful and fun evening.

emotional healing to go through that will take some time.

The cause of the house explosion has not been 100% determined, but it is suspected that is was a result of a propane leak. With all of the snow many of us have been receiving around the state, this reminds us to check our gas meters and vents as well to make sure that they are not covered with snow. It is also a good idea to purchase a gas detector, which will warn you of a gas leak when the gas levels get too high in the house. I would like to thank everyone who gave money to the Elianna Vazquez fund. She will have a long road ahead of her. If anyone wishes to make a contribution, you can send a check to the NDAB office payable to NDAB or directly to the Elianna Vazquez fund and Kim and her staff will ensure that it gets delivered. Eric

If interested in learning more about NAHB meetings and events, please connect with your local association’s Executive Officer or connect with our office. There are many great volunteer and networking opportunities happening in state and in warmer weather and we would love to see you there! 2017 also brings to us a new legislative session where we are welcoming 26 new Representatives and 9 new Senators. We always invite our members to join us at the Capitol to experience how the state legislative process works and to can testify on a bill. On February 15, NDAB along with NDAR will be hosting a Legislative Impact Day and then hosting all legislators and our members to the annual Oyster and Chili Feed. On March 15, we will be hosting Builder Day at the Capitol where we will invite our members to spend the day visiting with their local legislators and join us for lunch. Please continue to watch your email for more information and any call to action items that might arise as the session gets underway. We always appreciate your voice and support! Take care, Kim Schneider

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