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VOL. 12, ISSUE 9  |  SEPTEMBER 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BUILDERS FRAMEWORK

Save the Date for the Gala!

Fredericksburg Area Builders Association

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Fredericksburg

Caroline

King George

Orange

Spotsylvania

Stafford

STAFFORD PLAN REVIEW Training and Dos and Donts Page 4 MEMBER HAPPENINGS: What Are You Up To? Page 14 PARADE OF HOMES : Check Out the 22 Houses Page 20 NEW MEMBERS: Welcome To FABA! Page 13

       The 2017 Parade of Homes promises to be the best two weekends of the year to buy a new home.  The Parade will feature our area’s finest builders showcasing design, special features, fantastic floor plans, and superb craftsmanship.  We have builder entries in the City of Fredericksburg, Orange County, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County, so far! Remodelers can feature their projects on the Parade of Homes website and mobile app.  Click here to view the Fred Parade website.          To kick off the 2017 POH, the 2017 Parade of Homes Celebration will take place Friday, September 29, 2017 at Stevenson Ridge from 6pm-9pm.  This event acknowledges and celebrates the Parade of Homes Award-Winning Entries and

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS:

awards the 2017 Pinnacle Builder of the Fredericksburg Area - the

Local and State Legislation

most prestigious FABA award! Come attend the biggest builder-

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attended event of the year to support our builders and the tradesmen who came together to build our houses! The Parade occurs 10:00am to 4:00pm on the first weekends in October Sept 30-Oct 1 & Oct 7-Oct 8. Dates to keep in mind: ● Pinnacle Builder Entry deadline: September 22, 2017 ● Realtor Open House/Judging: September 26, 2017 ● Parade of Homes Celebration: September 29, 2017 ● POH Tour: September 30 & October 1 and October 7 & 8, 2017 The Parade of Homes Guidelines and Application are posted on the FABA website with our new Builder Benefits List for the parade. Contact Chrissy Urian at fredparade@fabava.com or 540.898.2730 for questions, comments, or concerns.


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President's Pen Dave Phelps What a great CrabFeast we had this year! I truly appreciate all the hard work the CrabFeast team put into this year's event. We cannot have great events like this without our volunteers, THANK YOU! Maria and staff, yet another fun event! THANKS! We met with Lewis Watts (Spotsylvania) and Cary Jamison (Stafford) last month about the continued growth in new homes and the permit review times. Both counties saw a doubling of the number of permits in March of this year, yet their staff numbers are the same. They are aware of the rising demand and the longer review times to get building permits out. We asked how FABA could help with this new review time challenge and how they were planning to handle the increased volume of permits. Both Counties suggested one of the biggest issues are building permit packages being submitted with incomplete documents. Many times the missing documents are not noticed until it gets in front of the building plan reviewer, which now takes 2-3 weeks and that time is lost if the package is not complete. Both counties offered to have a training class on submitting building permit packages. Spotsylvania's class was last month and Stafford's is this month - Sept 19 at 7:30am in the FABA Boardroom. I hope you were able to make one of these classes. (If not, contact Jewels at admin@fabava.com for the Spotsy Powerpoint) For me, I highly recommend using FABA's Permitting service for building permits they know how to get all the right documents together. Both counties are looking for ways to hire more reviewers, but this will not be a quick solution to the current demand challenges. The Nomination Committee, which includes Gene Brown, Marc Simes, Sean Halsey, and myself, will be meeting this month to review nominations and make recommendations for the 2018 Board of Directors and 2nd VP. If you have a nomination, please let Maria know. It is very important we get your input on who represents FABA on the Board of Directors. Thanks, Dave Phelps


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Sept Calendar of Events and Meetings Sept 4 Sept 6 Sept 13 Sept 14

Sept 19 Sept 20

Sept 26 Sept 28 Sept 29

Labor Day - FABA Office Closed FAB Foundation - 9:00am Parade of Homes Committee Meeting - 10:30am Executive Board Meeting - 3:00pm Member Orientation - 4:00pm       (Chatterbox) Hard Hat Reception - 5:00pm       (Splitsville) Stafford Plan Review Training - 7:30am Associates Committee Meeting - 9:00am Membership Committee Meeting - 10:00am Parade of Homes Committee Meeting - 11:30am Parade of Homes Judges Roundup - 8:00am Legislative Committee Meeting - 9:00am Parade of Homes Celebration - 6:00pm - 9:00pm        (Stevenson Ridge)

All meetings are located in the FABA Boardroom unless otherwise noted

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BUILDERS' BUZZ WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR INDUSTRY

THE LANDS OF OPPORTUNITY      Builders are looking to secure land for 2018, now that spring selling season is over. Average demand for new lots across Metrostudy’s 36 markets peaked in June, July, and August the past two years.        While some builders look to acquisitions in order to secure lots—like D.R. Horton’s acquisition of publicly held mixed-use developer Forestar Group in June, which landed it roughly 9,700 lots in 14 U.S. markets —builders in other markets with tight lot inventory must employ other strategies. Read more here...

MILLENNIALS, STUDENT LOANS, AND DEMANDS        It's widely held that student loans, carried by graduates into their early careers, suppress demand--both in household formations, as well as family formation, and homeownership.       Our take-away in all of this is that what may in bygone days worked as a homogenous "demand universe,"--people of shared demographic, household debt, and income characteristics--now functions as a series of parallel multiverses. Read more here...

EROSION QUESTIONS? Contact Nanci Curtis at 540-507-7265 as an immediate contact number for questions on erosion permits or inspections. Contact the Zoning Office for erosion inquiries.


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BUILDERS' BUZZ WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR INDUSTRY

Industry Intuition Are Floating Houses a Solution for Rising Seas? The islands have been of particular interest to climate change researchers

List of Top Mover Destinations Pre-mover housing index from Attom predicts increased sales activity in these markets

People Sacrifice Square Footage for Outdoor Space Survey says homebuyers want to enjoy the outdoors while at home

Flexible Space of the Future

Green build KB Home ProjeKt partner, Virginia Tech, demonstrates movable wall

Trendy Times Four Plans: Innovative Home Offices These aren't your dad's den

6 Home Features That Shouldn't Be Deal Breakers You don't always get everything that's on your wishlist

Skip the Wedding, Buy a House Lavish weddings may be costing millennials a down payment on a house

In the 90s, We Had "Friends", Now It's Co-Living Co-Living aims to push people together


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WHAT IS FABA? ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, AND NETWORKING

ABOUT US The Fredericksburg Area Builders Association, chartered in 1968 and incorporated in 1980, represents thousands of people whose livelihoods are directly tied to the building and buildingrelated industries. FABA, a tax-exempt trade association, is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV). With its main purpose to create and maintain a favorable climate for the growth and development of the building industry, the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association seeks to develop and maintain high professional business standards with the ultimate goal of providing home ownership to all individuals and families in our area. Centrally located between Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, and Richmond, Virginia, the state capital, FABA serves the historic Fredericksburg, Virginia area including the surrounding counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline, and Orange.

Fredericksburg Area Builders Association

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@FredBuilderFABA

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Governmental Affairs Saving the American Dream

LEGISLATIVEÂ COMMITTEE The Legislative Committee plays a crucial role for FABA member businesses. This group is responsible for reviewing and influencing proposed legislation and regulations. These proposals affect Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline and Orange Counties as well as the City of Fredericksburg. Staying abreast of local issues that affect the building industry, members research proposed ordinances and work with local governments to try to bring about change that is satisfactory to members and government. Members of this committee attend county meetings, monitor state and local government activities, and speak at public hearings on items of interest to FABA. They also work in coordination with the HBAV Legislative Committee on issues at the state level. This committee typically meets the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 am.

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DEQ AUDIT OF THE MS4 PERMIT By Bruce Reese     The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has selected Stafford County for an audit of the MS4 Permit the week of September 18th.     This has a significant impact on active construction projects with regards to erosion, storm water management, and pollution prevention.  We believe advance notice about these inspections helps awareness of our obligations, which

FACT-PAC FABA FACT-PAC is the Fredericksburg Area Construction Trust Political Action Committee. It has been organized to provide financial support to candidates for local and statewide government offices.

FABA FACT-PAC is completely independent and bipartisan. All candidates are judged strictly on their positions on housing and industry-related issues. Every dollar you contribute goes

translates to better construction techniques and more stringent maintenance.     We strongly encourage your sites be ready for environmental inspections at any time, but given the scrutiny Stafford County may encounter in September, we thought it important to bring this matter to your attention.  Informed members are better members and better stewards of the environment.

BUILDING SAFETY ROUNDTABLE The Spotsylvania County Building Safety Department's Building Safety Roundtable is an informal gathering of contractor and builders to discuss building code issues and related topics. The program is designed for residential builders, contractors, and design professionals; but is open to all. The program is designed to give the building community an opportunity to speak one on one with the Building Safety Department management team.  The Deputy Building Official runs the meeting and the Building Official and Inspection Supervisor are typically in attendance as well.

directly to candidates for local or statewide office. The FABA FACT-PAC decides which candidates shall receive support and the level of that support. The factors considered when reviewing whether or not to support candidates include their understanding and support of our industry and their support of a sound business climate for Virginia. Check out more information here...

The Roundtable meets at 11:30am in the Community Development main conference room of the Building Safety Dept; 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd, 3rd Floor. October 3 December 5

DAVE ANSELL DEPUTY BUILDING OFFICIAL 540.507.7230

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2017 Board of Directors Dave Phelps

Dan Sandoval

President ICF Homes of Virginia, Inc.

Builder Director Republic Home Builders

Gene Brown

John Gasque

1st Vice President Atlantic Builders, Inc.

Builder Director Toll Brothers, Inc.

Marc Simes

Tim Hall

2nd Vice President W.J. Vakos

Builder Director Tricord Homes

Sean Halsey

Brandon Serbay

Immediate Past President Halsey Homes Corporation

Builder Director Built Right Homes, Inc.

Sara Cushing

Conrad Labossiere

Secretary Legacy Engineering, P.C.

Associate Director Builders FirstSource

Scott Hine

Meet the Staff Maria Moore Executive Vice President mmoore@fabava.com

Jewels Jarrell Events and Membership Coordinator admin@fabava.com

Debi Frederick Accounting Coordinator accounting@fabava.com

Bruce Reese

Treasurer Assurance Financial Group

Legislative Director Legacy Engineering, P.C.

John Reid

Stacey Lampman

Associate Vice President Embrace Home Loans

Associate Director Spaces Design Studio, LLC

Charlie Payne

Maria Moore

Legal Counsel Hirschler Fleischer

Executive Vice President FABA

Tina Perryman Permitting permitting@fabava.com

Chrissy Urian Parade of Homes Specialist fredparade@fabava.com

Cornerstone Partners


Membership 101 NEW MEMBERS Anderson Propane Encius Painting Guaranteed Rate

RENEWALS 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Apex Truss Bin There Dump That Embrace Home Loans Hazel Homes HIVEX Jack's Seamless Gutters John Robb Custom Homes, Inc. Lennar Shackleford's Plumbing Silver Companies Spaces Design Studio Spear Builders of Virginia, Inc. Teakwood Enterprises

Not a member yet? Click here to become a member of FABA.

Got Swag? FABA needs marketing materials to hand out at the office, put in new membership bags, and distribute at our events. Bring us anything you have with your company name and logo and we'll put it to work for you! FABA Office: 3006 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Why should you join the Builders Association? Click here to watch a video and see why others joined!

Click here for the FABA Membership Directory


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What's Happenin'? Member since 2002

Wednesday, Sept 6 5pm - 7pm 4134 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA

Send Company Happenings to admin@fabava.com to be included in our weekly emails and monthly newsletters!


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Want to see your ad here? Contact Jewels Jarrell at admin@fabava.com.

Ad Rates: Full $150 Quarter $75 Half $100 Business Card $50

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Put Your Membership to Work and Pocket the Savings! All members have access to many discounts and savings opportunities through NAHB and NPP. All programs, rates, and prices are subject to change without notice. Â Please follow the links below for a full overview of all discounts.

www.nahb.org/ma

www.mynpp.com

Receive exclusive discounts and access to the Builder Backed Service Program

Save 10% in addition to any other specials

Sales and Marketing Council To keep up to date on all things sales and marketing, follow FABA SMC on Facebook. Click Here!

Please join us at Kitchen Krafters Open House for another SMC Social! See you there!

Wednesday, Sept 6 5pm - 7pm 4134 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA

Thank you to everyone who braved the rainy weather to bond with other SMC members at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game on August 29!


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4 Offices - Furnished 1 Workspace 1 Conference/Classroom 2 Restrooms High Speed Internet Access Wired Multiple Phone Lines Call FABA for more details 540-898-2730 3006 Lafayette Boulevard Fredericsburg, VA 22408


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Become a 2018 Cornerstone Sponsor. Keep an eye out for our updated brochure. Coming Fall 2017!

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