Building Business News December 2020

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December 2020

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KCHBA 2020 Year in Review

Despite unanticipated hurdles and uncertainty due to Covid-19, KCHBA and its members continued to provide essential services to our community every day. Here’s a look back at the highlights from an unusual year.

Features 2,500 Students Attend NEBA Career Expo


During the expo, three KCHBA members participated on a panel to talk about careers in residential construction, their specific roles within the industry and how they arrived at their current positions.

KCHBA Announces 2020 Award Winners


Each year, the KCHBA recognizes four members for their outstanding leadership and service to the industry and the organization. Here are the 2020 recipients.

What do the Election Results Mean for the Industry? Could a strong housing market be a target for over-regulation?

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2,500 Students Attend Career Expo that Featured KCHBA Members


n Nov. 18, KCHBA partnered with the Northland Education & Business Alliance (NEBA) to co-host a virtual career fair that was open to all of the students in the region. The goal of NEBA is to create mutually beneficial business and education partnerships that support workforce and economic development. With more than 50 presenters, the goal for the expo was to have 500 students attend the virtual career fair. In total, about 2,500 students logged in for a look into various opportunities.

builds about a dozen homes a year. Tebbenkamp has six full-time employees who work with several hundred subcontractors on jobsites.

During the expo, three KCHBA members participated on a panel to explain their roles and how they arrived at their current position within residential construction. On the residential construction panel were:

The videos from the 2020 Virtual Career Expo are available on YouTube. Search “Northland Education & Business Alliance” and look for the “2020 Virtual Career Expo” playlist. Go to www. for more information.

Kristen Hampton Casey runs the Hampton Plumbing showroom in Kearney, Mo. Her father has been a plumber since the 1970s, with her brother following in his footsteps. Casey has now held her position in the showroom for nine years.

Contact or to find out how to get involved in workforce development initiatives like this through KCHBA.

Austin Haywood is a residential development sales representative for Hermes Landscaping. Hermes is involved in everything from paver patios, irrigation, maintenance and planting greenery for both new residential construction, pre-existing and commercial. The panel discussed various aspects of the industry including what the average day looks like, where to start looking within the industry and advice they would have given their younger self.

Brian Tebbenkamp, owner and general manager of Patriot Homes, a residential contractor in the Northland. Patriot Homes


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The Decade of Design Change


CHBA’s Professional Women in Building Committee hosted a virtual holiday and education event on Dec. 2. Following a tablescape tutorial by Restoration Emporium’s Chrysy Huff, Paul Foresman of Design Basics walked through the trends of the past decade.

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In 2010, the average price of a home was 114 dollars per square foot. Now it stands at 162 dollars. Average house sizes have gotten bigger, from 2,392 square feet in 2010 to 2,509 in 2020. Lot sizes have not followed suit, however. The average lot size a decade ago was 10,547 square feet. In 2020, it sits at 8,177. Smaller lots have also led to major changes in layout. Perimeters have gotten smaller, with garages built flush with the home. This translates into saving money on siding materials and using space more efficiently. From his experiences, Foresman believes buyers can never seem to have enough storage. And you would be hard pressed to find an oddly placed linen closet in a new construction home; more thought now goes into where that storage is put. Bedrooms are now more spread out throughout the home. Having two owner’s suites in the home is another trend due to generational households and live-in caregivers. Entry halls are now longer and narrower and homeowners do not like to walk through laundry rooms coming in from the garage.

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Foresman notes “flex spaces” are more important than ever due to remote learning and careers. Pocket doors are popular to create efficient spaces while providing separation and privacy. Pets are also increasingly considered when designing a home, as 65 percent of U.S. households have one. Material preferences, both inside and outside, have changed. Comparable in price, luxury vinyl plank flooring has become increasingly more popular than hardwood floors in recent years.


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Local Officials Announced New Covid-19 Guidelines in November


he KCHBA continually works to stay on top of the latest news and information that affects the industry and your business. With that in mind, we wanted to share the regulatory updates that local county and city officials announced last month in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

be seated, and also masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking. • Indoor and outdoor parties are limited to a maximum of 10 people and parties shall be spaced with no less than six feet of distance between themselves and individuals from any other parties.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners announced new safety guidelines, which became effective on Mon., Nov. 16 and will remain in effect until Jan. 31, 2021. A few of the guideline updates include, but are not limited to:

• Restaurants, taverns, and bars must immediately report known Covid-19 cases to the Kansas City Health Department. • Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

• Mass gatherings are limited to 50 people or 50 percent of fire code capacity.

• Patrons of gyms, fitness, and recreational centers, including city, school, and other publicly owned and managed facilities are required to wear masks at all times, and these establishments are limited to no more than 50 percent capacity.

• Bars, night clubs, restaurants and other businesses licensed to sell alcohol for on-site consumption must abide by a curfew and close at midnight and remain closed for four hours. • Restaurants must cease all in-person dining at midnight and remain closed for four hours.

• All indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum.

Jackson County, Mo. and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County also announced last month their coordinated response to Covid-19. The health orders closely align with the guidelines put out by Kansas City, Mo., and will remain in effect until it is extended, rescinded, replaced or amended.

• Restaurants, taverns, and all other venues, including wedding and other event spaces, shall close at 10 p.m., require social distancing between different parties, and limit the number of occupants indoors to no more than 50 percent of building occupancy. Indoor and outdoor patrons at these facilities must

As we saw this spring, information can change rapidly, so KCHBA encourages you to visit your county and/or city websites for updates.

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas announced the “Safer at Home, KC” guidelines, which went into effect Fri., Nov. 20. The new guidelines are as follows:

Platte County and Clay County also followed suit with similar orders. These orders will be in effect until further notice.



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Consumers appreciate the low maintenance and durability while providing the desired comparable appearance. Modern farmhouse has become the dominant façade style, versus the traditional style of stucco a decade ago. Multiple options for siding and stone is now expected when purchasing a new construction home. Over the past few years, but especially in 2020, there has been a bigger emphasis on creating an at home oasis. Part of this trend is the demand for larger and more luxurious showers. And taller showers at that. Foresman noted his company never installs a showerhead lower than five feet, but the norm is now six feet and up. Correlating this trend, Foresman noted a recent survey that found 78 percent of homeowners claim to never use their tub. Many consumers are now willing to downgrade, or sacrifice completely, the owner’s suite tub if there is another minimalist tub somewhere else in the home. Practical changes have led to a demand for completely separate vanities, nixing the double sink design. Consumers appreciate having their own space and the opportunity to have vanities of different heights. Other practical design elements include built in laundry baskets and triple rod storage in the closet. One thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of the kitchen. Pantries continue to be a priority, but they no longer just hold your canned goods. Walk-in pantries are now the home for your small appliances, keeping them off working counterspace. For the ultimate host, “work-in” pantries have become extremely popular, complete with a sink and dishwasher. Foresman has also seen an increased demand for “chill-n-grill” stations. A great alternative for those not needing a full outdoor kitchen, this station is placed just inside the door leading to the grill. This provides a countertop prep space and storage for utensils and serving dishes. As technology rapidly advances, presenting a home for sale has changed as well. Foresman believes consumers expect more realistic, computer generated renderings in the absence of photographs, not the hand-drawn designs of the early 2010s.


Covid-19: Taxes, Legal Issues and Insurance


n Oct. 28, KCHBA hosted an Area Council industry update with KCHBA members from Rubin Brown, Woodworth Law Firm and Bovard Insurance. The panelists discussed some of the changes and updates that businesses need to pay attention to as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as shared new tools and ideas that might be helpful to businesses. Tax Plans, Now and Tomorrow Zach Fritz and Chris Coleman, CPAs with RubinBrown, provided their perspective on the current administration’s tax policies along with the now president-elect Biden’s proposed initiatives. Trump’s signature tax legislation was the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which passed at the end of 2017. Fritz points out many of the benefits from TCJA will only run for about 10 years, no matter who is president. “Select businesses and individuals provisions will sunset between the end of 2021 and 2025,” said Fritz.

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Fritz noted that “According to the bipartisan group Tax Foundation General, Biden’s plan wants to raise $3.3 trillion over the next 10 years in conventional revenue. That equates to a real revenue raise of $2.78 trillion. This will be achieved a few ways, the first being an increase in the corporate tax rate from 21 to 28 percent.





According to Fritz, the most unconventional proposal in the Biden plan is the “minimum tax” for corporations. This requires businesses with financial statement incomes in excess of $100 million to pay the greater of their regular corporate income tax or a 15 percent tax on their financial income statement income. The Legal & Insurance Side of Covid-19


Switching gears to the legal implications of Covid and housing, Stan Woodworth of Woodworth Law Firm has seen many builders include a Covid-19 release form in the selling process. Some have even asked for one to be used on the punch list and warranty process. Woodworth noted that according to the Missouri Merchandise Practices Act (MMPA), new homes are exempted from the MMPA if two things are done: The home builder has to give an expressed written warranty either in or outside the contract.

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On the insurance side, Jack Baker and Charlie Stenger of Bovard Insurance discussed the state-specific insurance responses to Covid-19, particularly in Missouri. Covid-19 has brought into question where certain liability lies and what it takes to be OSHA compliant on the job site. There might be some coverage under workman’s comp, as some policies do not exclude infectious diseases. To read more about this Area Council visit


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The mission of the KCHBA’s Young Professionals group is to provide career-minded individuals with opportunities to develop professionally, civically and socially through activities that support the future of the home-building industry. Any KCHBA member under the age of 45 is welcome to join.


Getting involved in a professional organization can be intimidating. The YP group is a welcoming place for new people to learn about what the KCHBA has to offer so that they can become more comfortable attending events, joining committees and getting the most out of their membership! Networking: The KCHBA’s YP group is great because you Net will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are also looking to grow their networks. Philanthropy: KCHBA’s YP group is also focused on giving back to the community. The group coordinates services opportunities for members to work together and make an impact. Leadership Opportunities: The members of the Young Leade Professionals Council are the next generation of leaders in our industry. For those who are interested in taking on a larger role with the KCHBA, there are opportunities available to help plan events, support advocacy initiatives and grow into leadership positions.


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Canaan Stone Works Relocates

Brian Tebbenkamp a NAHB Finalist


rian Tebbenkamp, owner and general manager of Patriot Homes as well as a KCHBA board member, is a Region D finalist for NAHB’s 2020 Young Professional Award.


anaan Stone Works (CSW) is excited to announce the relocation of its stone fabrication and showroom to 23540 W. 86th St, Shawnee, KS 66227. Please note: CSW’s current locations at 4851 S. 13th St, Leavenworth, Kan. and 23760 W. 82nd Terr, Shawnee, Kan. are closing as CSW opens this new facility. CSW plans on minimal downtime, with the new facility being fully functional the week of Dec. 21. This new location also allows CSW to expand fabrication production, as well as deliver a broader offering of granite, quartz, and other stone slabs. Do not hesitate to call 913-351-3500 or email with any questions you may have.

The NAHB Young Professional Awards recognize young building industry professionals under the age of 45 who propel their careers forward; advance in all three levels of the NAHB Federation; advocate for the home building industry; engage with their peers; and establish themselves as exceptional members of their communities. There are only 15 finalists in the country, chosen for their hard work, dedication and outstanding potential. A winner from each of the five regions will be announced during the virtual 2021 International Business Show, Feb. 9-12. Congrats, Brian!



The overwhelming consensus seems to be 2021 won't be here soon enough. Despite unanticipated hurdles and uncertainty, due to Covid-19, KCHBA members continued to provide essential


services to our community every day. Before flipping the calendar, take time to reflect on some of the highlights:

Kansas Legislative Day KCHBA members visited Topeka on March 11 to speak with state legislators.

Economic Forecast Breakfast Federal Reserve Board Governor Michelle Bowman speaks at the 2020 Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 16.


BUILD PAC BUILD PAC attendees enjoyed a Valentine night out on Feb. 13 with wine and whiskey tastings. Donors played ring toss for the chance to win a bottle and were eligible for raffle prizes, including a wine cooler fridge donated by Ferguson.

Kansas City Home & Lifestyle Show The 2020 Home & Lifestyle Show, scheduled for March 13-15, was cancelled due to Covid-19. Pictured is Brian Tebbenkamp of Patriot Homes with students from the MCC Business and Technology program. While the public did not get to experience the SMART home, local students furthered their technical knowledge and learned more about the skilled trades as a career path.



KCHBA Young Professionals Tailgate The KCHBA YPs met up but kept their social distance for a tailgate on May 19. KC MADE The Kansas City Manufacturing and Design Expo was moved to an online competition. Winners were announced on May 31. Prizes included shop tools for individual winners and grants to their high school skilled trades programs.


Spring Parade of Homes Originally scheduled for April 25 - May 10, the Spring Parade ran June 13-28 and featured over 375 beautiful homes. Virtual Parade Awards Getting together in person for the Spring Parade Awards was not an option, but there was still reason to celebrate. KCHBA hosted the first ever virtual Parade Awards ceremony June 17. Golf Tournament KCHBA hosted the annual golf tournament on June 25 with a few additional healthy and safety guidelines in place.


JUlY Parade of Playhouses Originally part of the Home & Lifestyle Show, the Parade of Playhouses were on display at Nebraska Furniture Mart July 17-19. Thirteen playhouses were actioned off to support Veterans Community Project through the KCHBA Foundation Fund.

AUďż˝ Economic Updates NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz gave the national outlook on Aug. 12, followed by Chris Kuehl giving a local economic forecast on Aug. 26. Artisan Home Tour Held Aug. 14-30, eight custom homebuilders showcased nine homes over three weekends.

ďż˝[rT HBA 101 KCHBA is an organization steered by its members. The HBA 101 webinar on Sept. 30 was the first in a series about how to get involved and "discover your voice" within the association.

PWB Inaugural Event The inaugural event for the KCHBA Professional Women in Building Council was on Aug. 27, with Angie Beerup as chair.


Fall Parade of Homes Another successful Fall Parade took place Oct. 10-25. Thank you to Mike Bryant for sponsoring the 2020 Parade of Homes. Parade Awards Nebraska Furniture Mart hosted the Fall Parade awards ceremony on Oct. 14. Pop up tents outside allowed for social distancing while celebrating the winners. Associate Appreciation + Clay Shoot Two of KCHBA's most popular events were combined this year on Oct. 16 - the Associate Appreciation Lunch and the Clay Shoot Tournament.


NOV Virtual Area Council On Nov. 18, NAHB's Executive VP and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin, along with NAHB's VP of Intergovernmental Affairs Karl Eckhart, helped break down the November 2020 elections and their likely impact on the housing industry.

2020 Awards Winners signer’s artistic virtuosity and technical skill, but also – indeed, primarily – as an adjunct to the client’s lifestyle and as an expression of the client’s character, values and status.

Fred J. Geier Associate of the Year Award Scott Bickford – Bickford & Company, Inc. Next Generation Builder Dennis Shriver – Hearthside Homes of Kansas City, Inc.

Scott joined the KCHBA in 1988 and many of his clients are custom home builders within the KCHBA. As chair of the 2020 Artisan Home Tour Committee, Scott led a group that hosted the most successful Artisan tour yet – despite a global pandemic.

Builder Hall of Fame Award Gary Kerns – Gary Kerns Homebuilders, LLC Bob Bollier Award for Sales and Marketing Kent Welch – Weichert, Realtors, Welch & Company

Next Generation Builder Established in 2013, the Next Generation Builder Award honors young leaders who are an involved, innovative and a reliable spokesperson for the homebuilding industry. Next Generation builders create a quality product and volunteer their time to advocate for the skilled trades. The 2020 Next Generation Builder is awarded to Dennis Shriver, president of Hearthside Homes of Kansas City.

Meet the 2020 KCHBA Award Winners Fred J. Geier Associate of the Year Award The Associate of the Year Award was renamed in 2010 in memory of Fred J. Geier. Geier was honored three times as Associate of the Year. He was known as a man of true character and is remembered by the many lives he touched. Congratulation to the 2020 Fred J. Geier Associate of the Year, Scott Bickford of R.S. Bickford & Company.

Dennis has spent his entire career in the homebuilding and development industry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and is an active participant in KCHBA/KCMO staff meetings. He has been a member of the Developers Council and will be the 2021 Missouri North Council chairman.

One of Kansas City’s most acclaimed architects, Scott stresses the client’s preferences more than his own artistic expression. He regards the house not just as an abstract exercise of the de-


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Dennis is consistently in the top 10 of builders listed in the Kansas City Business Journal’s residential construction list. Builder Hall of Fame Award KCHBA established the George W. Byers Award in 1972. This award paid tribute to builders providing distinguished service to the homebuilding industry. In 1993, this honor evolved to become the Builder Hall of Fame Award. Award recipients have demonstrated a lifetime of service to the industry, the association and the community. The 2020 Builder Hall of Fame Award is presented to Gary Kerns, president of Gary Kerns Homebuilders. Gary is a third-generation home builder. Focusing his business in the Northland, Gary joined the HBA in 1999 because he wanted to put a home on the Parade. Since then he has served and/or continues to serve on the Parade Committee, co-chairs the Membership Committee, is a board member and was president in 2018. Gary will serve as Parade chair in 2021. Bob Bollier Award for Sales and Marketing The Sales and Marketing Award is named for a man who was beloved by many for his generous spirit and undeniable dedication to his friends within the KCHBA and the Sales and Marketing Council. The 2020 Bob Bollier Award for Sales and Marketing is awarded to Kent Welch of Weichert, Realtors, Welch & Company. Kent, a longtime leader within the industry, works with a lot of KCHBA members and is a champion of new construction within the realtor community. Kent’s team assisted with the “Clear Cooperation” process to make the new homes sales process on MLS more friendly. This includes being able to clear the listing history and days on market when the new home is completed, to pushing MLS to allow model homes to be syndicated across third party sites.

No Home Show in 2021


ue to the uncertain circumstances surrounding Covid-19, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City will not being hosting a 2021 Greater Kansas City Home & Lifestyle Show.


What Do the Elections Results Mean for the Industry?


f you’re in business, you’re in politics,” according to Karl Eckhart, vice president of intergovernmental affairs for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Eckhart and NAHB’s Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin were guests speakers during an engaging virtual conversation last month during the KCHBA’s Missouri South Area Council. Eckhart noted many transit measures were passed this election. “Where transit goes, people tend to go.” Voters in nine major cities voted to increase their own sales or property taxes to pay for public transit. Eckhart believes this shift in mindset will result in more multifamily housing and duplexes being built. The U.S. House of Representatives remained in Democratic hands, with Nancy Pelosi maintaining her role as Speaker of the House. Tobin notes that position has added difficulty with a shrunken House majority and internal party differences. The two undecided Georgia Senate seats will be determined on Jan. 5, 2021, in a runoff election. Currently, Republicans hold 50 seats and Democrats have 48. Reflecting on the current administration, Tobin believes regulatory measures that directly impact housing have been favorable over the past four years. Water, labor and other environmental policies have been pro-housing. NAHB’s accessibility to the Trump administration also made advocacy more effective. Moving forward, the housing boom is very likely to continue. “It defies all logic that housing is doing as well as it is,” said Tobin. “No matter the administration, it is critical to remind people how important housing is.” With many parts of the economy struggling, a strong housing industry could potentially become a target for overregulation. Added taxes and other hoops could lead to a cooling down of the market. Tobin also cautions the possibility of repealing Trump’s Waters of the U.S. regulation, which has a great and immediate impact on land developers.

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Tobin also predicts a change in energy policy with more federal control. Another possible scenario is unions gaining a bigger foothold in the housing industry, making it more difficult for large, publicly traded companies to use independent contractors.

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Tobin is optimistic about the future of immigration policy under a Biden administration. “I think we’ll see some relaxation on some of the visas that we use,” said Tobin.

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Protect Your Development with a SWPPP By Karen Rouse and Leigh Mitchell


rotecting the community’s clean water and surrounding environment is essential for public health and a robust economy. In Missouri, the Department of Natural Resources is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program under the Missouri Clean Water Law.

ing, grading and filling. These activities cause destruction of the root zone and may cause pollution to waters of the state. This is why a land disturbance permit must be obtained before these activities are started. The primary requirement of a land disturbance permit is a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Created by the developer, a SWPPP is specific to that development site. An updated and complete SWPPP should be an accurate reflection of the construction site, incorporating site-specific best management practices (BMPs) to minimize soil exposure, soil erosion and pollutant discharge. BMPs can include physical devices, such as silt fencing and gutter buddies, or protective practices, such as preservation of existing vegetation. The SWPPP ensures that the site-specific BMPs are designed, implemented, managed and maintained to effectively prevent sediment and other pollutants from leaving the site.

To help protect surface waters and achieve NPDES goals, the department requires developers to obtain land disturbance permits on construction activities that disturb one or more acres. A permit also is required for construction activities that are part of a larger, common promotional plan of development or sale that will disturb a cumulative total of one or more acres over the project’s life. When a land disturbance site receives precipitation, such as from rain or snow melt, the resulting runoff is generally known as stormwater. The stormwater washes over the exposed loose soil and any materials or products being stored outside. As the stormwater flows over the site, it can pick up pollutants like sediment, debris and chemicals and transport them to nearby storm sewer systems or directly into rivers or lakes.

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ribbon construction, among others. The Department looks forward to assisting developers with questions regarding permit exemptions or other questions related to land disturbance activities. You can easily apply for a permit or find more information online at env/wpp/stormwater/sw-land-disturbpermits.htm. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Kansas City Regional Office (KCRO) covers a 19-county region in western Missouri. Karen Rouse is KCRO’s regional director, and Leigh Mitchell is the environmental manager for KCRO’s Water Section. The office is located in Lee’s Summit; however, most staff currently are working remotely due to COVID-19. You can reach Karen or Leigh by leaving a message on the main line at 816-251-0700 or by email at


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Are you interested in running for local office or volunteering for a campaign? Reach out to KCHBA about NAHB’s campaign school. NAHB will provide assistance how to navigate the process. KCHBA is also proud to have a thriving local BUILD PAC. We need your support on an individual level to keep it strong. Donating to PAC is an effective and efficient way to make sure your voice is heard. “It is critical for this industry to participate in every manner they can,” explained Tobin. “We are a tremendous economic force… in every congressional district in every state.” For more information or questions about BUILD PAC, contact the KCHBA office at 816-942-8800.


2020 Single-Family Permits on Track to Surpass 2019 Total


ore than 500 single family permits were pulled in October, according to statistics compiled by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA). 4,496 permits have been issued between January 1 and October 31 of this year, an increase from last year at this time when 3,810 permits had been pulled. At this rate, the Kansas City area is on pace to surpass the 4,654 total single-family permits pulled in 2019. Kansas City, Mo., issued the most single-family permits in October with 56, followed by Olathe, Kan., with 50; Blue Springs, Mo., with 43; Lee’s Summit, Mo., with 40; and Gardner, Kan., with 38. “Single-family construction is up 8.6 percent year-to-date nationally and nearly 10 percent in the Midwest according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” said KCHBA Executive Vice President Will Ruder. “As cities and counties across the metro feel the fiscal effects of Covid-19, single family construction has been a bright spot. The members of the KCHBA pledge to continue to work with the communities we serve as we seek to offset these fiscal challenges so that even more of our fellow Kansas Citians are able to take advantage of this historically low interest rate environment.”

The Official Publication of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

December 2020 • Volume 26 • Issue 11 Copyright 2020

Published by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City 600 E 103 Street, Kansas City, MO 64131 • (816) 942-8800

Editor Kari English Contributing Writers Marcia Jurgens, Paige Waltman Graphics Karla Peterie, Creative Services 2020 Executive Committee President Jerry Braklow Vice President Kevin Kirtley Executive Vice President Will Ruder Secretary/Treasurer Tommy Bickimer Immediate Past President Shawn Woods Associate Representative Richard Holtcamp Past Presidents Representative Bob Frost

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Residential Building Permit Statistics

Residential Building Permit Statistics

October 2020


CASS COUNTY Archie Belton Cass County Cleveland Garden City Harrisonville Lake Winnebago Lee's Summit Peculiar Pleasant Hill Raymore Village of Loch Lloyd

CLAY COUNTY Clay County Excelsior Springs Gladstone Kansas City Kearney Lawson Liberty North Kansas City Pleasant Valley Smithville JACKSON COUNTY Blue Springs Buckner Grain Valley Grandview Greenwood Independence Jackson County Kansas City Lake Lotawana Lee's Summit Oak Grove Raytown Sugar Creek PLATTE COUNTY Kansas City Parkville Platte City Platte County Riverside Weatherby Lake Weston JOHNSON COUNTY De Soto Edgerton Fairway Gardner Johnson County Leawood Lenexa Merriam Mission Hills Olathe Overland Park Prairie Village Roeland Park Shawnee Spring Hill Westwood

Single MultiS-F M-F Total Family Family Total Units Units Units Units^ Units% Units YTD YTD YTD 0 11 0 0 0 1 13 3 0 6 14 0 48

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5

0 11 0 0 0 1 13 3 0 11 14 0 53

5 197 11 0 0 11 43 17 24 17 106 7 438

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 396 0 401

5 197 11 0 0 11 43 17 24 22 502 7 839

Single MultiS-F M-F Total Family Family Total Units Units Units Units^ Units% Units YTD YTD YTD LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 11 0 92 0 11 92 Lansing 0 0 11 0 0 11 Leav. County 2 0 69 0 2 69 Leavenworth 0 0 30 0 0 30 Tonganoxie 3 0 32 2 3 34 16 0 16 234 2 236 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Co MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill

0 0 10 10

0 0 6 6

0 0 16 16

6 0 203 209

0 0 6 6

6 0 209 215

0 0 0 0 11 11

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 11 11

6 46 0 1 34 87

0 0 0 0 0 0

6 46 0 1 34 87

2014 287 216 362 439 385 364 375 352 383 468 312 328

2015 240 260 393 437 395 438 399 425 462 459 360 432

2016 274 408 542 523 503 578 494 536 424 466 417 352

2017 2018 457 463 477 463 571 549 562 564 504 598 567 569 512 485 480 514 514 353 583 485 502 354 468 276

2019 234 234 357 411 391 387 471 429 396 500 410 434

2020 355 475 438 434 374 420 493 443 555 509







0 2 4 27 15 0 7 0 0 5 60

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 2 4 27 15 0 7 0 0 5 60

30 23 7 506 52 0 45 0 0 39 702

0 0 0 315 0 0 0 0 0 0 315

30 23 7 821 52 0 Totals 509 27 536 4496 2155 6651 45 0 Comparison of Single Family 0 39 Building Units for Greater Kansas City 1017 (Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte Counties)

43 0 7 0 0 7 15 9 0 40 0 0 0 121

7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9

50 0 7 0 0 7 15 9 0 42 0 0 0 130

238 0 92 12 0 73 70 102 0 340 0 0 0 927

61 0 48 0 0 0 0 116 0 316 0 0 0 541

299 0 140 12 0 73 70 218 0 656 0 0 0 1468

20 11 1 18 2 0 0 52

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

20 11 1 18 2 0 0 52

220 54 8 106 20 0 0 408

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

220 54 8 106 20 0 0 408

5 0 0 38 3 1 21 0 0 50 31 2 0 13 27 0 191

0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7

5 0 0 38 3 1 27 0 0 51 31 2 0 13 27 0 198

51 0 0 100 27 38 185 0 0 519 295 52 0 112 111 1 1491

56 0 0 0 0 0 398 0 0 369 0 0 0 67 0 0 890

107 0 0 100 27 38 583 0 0 888 295 52 0 179 111 1 2381

Month/Year January February March April May June July August September October November December Annual Total

2013 273 224 335 444 337 333 409 354 384 369 340 288 4,090


Comparison of Permits By Units Issued Year to Date

2013 - 2020 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

S-F Units 3462 3631 3908 4748 5227 5043 3810 4496

M-F Units 2493 3246 2970 3543 1903 3229 2427 2155

Total Units 5955 6877 6878 8291 7130 8272 6237 6651

^The Single Family number is units and includes both attached and detached units. %Multi-Family units are in buildings with 5 or more units. # Not available at time of report Permit information reflects the most recent data at time of publication. In order to ensure accurate recording of residential building permit statistics, the HBA may revise monthly and year-to-date figures when updated data is made available. Copyright 2020 Home Builders Assoc of Greater Kansas City. All rights reserved.


2020 HBA Sponsors

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CHBA is excited to announce the transition to a new association management software called GrowthZone. The software will replace BuilderFusion and will be more userfriendly and intuitive. Stay tuned for details on the launch and all the new features that will be available to you — including a mobile app.

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