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February 2021

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Recovery in Sight for Economy

Single-family construction will continue to see gains in 2021, but not at same growth rate as 2020.

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Land Disturbance in a Larger Common Plan of Development or Sale There are many types of construction projects across the state that require a land disturbance permit, but a common activity is housing development.

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KCHBA Donates Over $100,000 Locally in 2020


hrough fundraising and donations, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA) is pleased to announce that its charitable arm, the Home Builders Foundation, contributed $101,576.35 in 2020 to various community partners in the Kansas City area to support educational opportunities related to the housing industry, housing redevelopment in lower-income neighborhoods and other services.

“HBA’s generous gift went to support our new home construction program, and was a lifesaver this year with the exploding cost of lumber in the 3rd quarter,” said Brennan Crawford, executive director of Community Housing of Wyandotte County. “Despite rising lumber prices and the pandemic, CHWC built and sold 16 brand new homes to hardworking families in KCK’s urban core. This is the most homes CHWC has EVER built, and we are on track to beat that number in 2021. We couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of organizations like the HBA.”

“The Home Builders Association has supported Kansas City communities for more than 80 years, and at a time when people’s homes have never been more important, our Foundation stepped up to support local organizations who are also providing safe, comfortable homes for everyone,” said Will Ruder, KCHBA executive vice president.

In addition, the KCHBA’s Foundation provided scholarships and grants to students interested in the construction field at Johnson County Community College and at Pittsburgh State University.

To raise funds, KCHBA hosted the Parade of Playhouses in July, supported the Artisan Home Tour in August and hosted a Top Golf tournament in November 2019. Organizations that received funds in 2020 include:

Thank you to these KCHBA for donating to the Foundation’s “Home for the Holidays” year-end fundraiser: • William G. Arnold, Northcraft Flooring • Lonny Cohen, The Real Estate Book/New Home Guide

• Community Housing of Wyandotte County

• Shelia Ewing, Phelps Engineering

• Friends of Johnson County Developmental Support

• Marty R. Haivala, Security Bank of Kansas City

• Habitat for Humanity Kansas City

• Bill & Maria Koch, KC Lift & Elevator

• Rebuilding Together

• Leonard Marks, Dusselier & Marks Homes • Mark Mather, BMW Communities

• Veterans Community Project

• David Rinne, Schlagel & Associates • Greg Sims, CrossFirst Bank

• JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

• John Vance, Pella Products of Kansas City

• Make-A-Wish


Feb/March Calendar

Recovery in Sight for Economy By Paige Waltman


Feb. 25 PWB Happy Hour & Lean-In Series

AHB’s Chief Economist Rob Dietz and Chris Kuehl of Armada Corporate Intelligence were the guest speakers for KCHBA’s 2021 Virtual Economic Forecast on Jan. 21, which was sponsored by Spire. With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, for the more than 250 people listened in, this year was BYOB (bring your own breakfast) to your computer.

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Covid-19 continues to impact the global economy, but both Kuehl and Dietz believe recovery will proceed at an optimistic pace. Increasing vaccination rates and decreasing case numbers will result in easing lockdowns. Kuehl predicts this happening by second quarter, with job numbers improving along with it.

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Based on the current vaccination rate, Dietz believes reaching 50 percent vaccination rate by the end of April, and 75 percent by October, is not out of reach. The jobs most heavily impacted were in the service industry, which is mostly composed of renters and not homeowners. While still an awful scenario, these types of jobs are quicker to return and resulted in less of a negative impact on single-family homebuilders. Kuehl points out it is harder to predict when consumers will largely return to their old buying habits of a pre-Covid world.

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The United States’ GDP is actually in a favorable position, all things considered. The U.S. economy shrunk by about 3.6 percent in 2020. For comparison, Japan is looking at -5.3 percent, Canada is at -5.6 percent and the United Kingdom sits at -11 percent. Dietz predicts a soft recovery for the U.S. this year, with 2022 providing about a 4 percent growth rate.

market.” Kuehl believes much of this money will eventually go into mergers and acquisitions. Interest Rates Dietz projects accelerating growth in 2021 will bring along slightly higher long-term interest rates. Expect 30-year fixed rates to stay below 4 percent for the next year, increasing just enough to dissuade certain buyers. Kuehl anticipates the Federal Reserve will largely focus on job growth for at least the next year. Attempts to limit mortgage interest deduction was one of the three biggest concerns home builders had on the federal level going into 2021. The other two are taxes on home builders and extreme environmental regulations and/or policies.

New Management A new administration in the White House, along with a Democratic hold in Congress, also brings about economic changes and immediate impacts. Kuehl believes trade relations will improve with key partners in Europe, as well as with Japan and Canada. Kuehl, however, does not feel confident U.S. and China trade relations will improve in the near future, possibly even taking a slight nosedive. Political shifts could benefit some sectors and damage others. Areas likely to get more attention during the Biden administration are green energy, the medical sector and infrastructure. Housing affordability also continues to be a major topic of discussion on the national and local levels.

Lumber Of course lumber prices needed to be addressed. According to data presented by Dietz, the January 2021 price of lumber was $929, up 166 percent since mid-April of 2020, but down 3 percent from September 2020. “We are engaging outside researchers, academics and consultants to write a definitive research piece to examine the factors on why this market is so volatile. If it’s market power among mills, the inability to hedge, or where it’s geographically located… We want to know what we as an industry can do to Continued on page 15

Kuehl’s data points to businesses and investors being cautious as they navigate and observe a new Democratic federal government. He estimates anywhere from $2-5 trillion “on the sidelines, waiting for some kind of signal that it’s okay to get back in the


Stephen Spallo, Chair

Justin Kerns, Co-Chair

Rocky Rhodes, Allure Luxury Homes

YP’s Transition Leadership; Learn from Longtime Builder Rocky Rhodes


At the group’s most recent meeting, Rocky Rhodes of Allure Luxury Homes spoke to the YPs, providing industry insight and tips on approaching potential customers. Rhodes has been a homebuilder for decades, taking over the company his father started in 1966.

he KCHBA Young Professional group is pleased to announce that Stephen Spallo will lead the YPs in 2021 as committee chair. Spallo currently serves as the Business Development Manager for the Greater Kansas City Metro at James Hardie Building Products, a company he has been with since 2012. He was born and raised in Kansas City, currently residing in Raymore with his wife Christina.

Rhodes believes that acquiring business is a process that takes time, but “if you leave it to chance, it probably isn’t going to happen.” A few key points were the importance of personal touch (don’t send generic texts or emails) and not being afraid of rejection.

Spallo’s KCHBA resume includes Associates Council and the Clay Shoot Committee. He has been active with the KCHBA YPs since its inception, volunteering for Veterans Community Project and assisting with the YPs’ 2020 Parade of Playhouse entry.

Those present in the meeting were eligible to win two $100 Visa gift cards and two bottles of Tom’s Town bourbon. Congratulations to the prize winners: Graham Powers of Canaan Stone Works, Rachael Boyes of Bickimer Homes, Dan Carvalho of Stoneworth Building Products, and Sydney Stalp of ProSource of Kansas City.

Justin Kerns will serve as the 2021 co-chair. Kerns joined the family business, Gary Kerns Homebuilders, after graduating from Missouri Western State University. Over the past few years, he has enjoyed taking on a larger role and bigger projects within the company.

A big thank you goes to Stephen Spallo and James Hardie Building Products for providing these giveaway items.

Like Spallo, Kerns has also been with the KCHBA YPs since the committee was created. He enjoys working with fellow KCHBA members and gaining more knowledge from longtime industry professionals. Kerns’ favorite hobby is fishing, a pastime he has recently enjoyed teaching his young daughter.


2021 In-Person Event: Topgolf Tournament


s a participant in the first Foundation Topgolf tournament, you helped Kansas Citians not only find financial stability by owning a home, but also gave them a place of safety, a place to work, a place to teach their children - and so much more in 2020. Here’s an example: “HBA’s generous gift went to support our new home construction program and was a lifesaver this year with the exploding cost of lumber in the 3rd quarter. Despite rising lumber prices and the pandemic, CHWC built and sold 16 brand new homes to hardworking families in KCK’s urban core. This is the most homes CHWC has EVER built, and we are on track to beat that number in 2021. We couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of organizations like the HBA, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” —Brennan Crawford, Community Housing of Wyandotte Co. Join the KCHBA Foundation Committee for its second annual Topgolf tournament. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s a blast with a group of your favorite home-building colleagues!



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Ruder Keynote Speaker at Cass County Economic Development Meeting


CHBA Executive Vice President Will Ruder was the keynote speaker at the Cass County Economic Development fourth quarter investor meeting in December. Ruder’s presentation included an overview of what the KCHBA does, current design trends and consumer response during the Fall Parade of Homes. Ruder began by sharing the residential permit statistics for Cass County and how Covid-19 positively affected the industry.

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“This economic downturn had a laser focus on the ‘missing middle,’ which is not usually the audience looking for a newly constructed home,” said Ruder. “Homeowners took inventory of where they live during the pandemic and many decided to renovate or move.”


“Homeowners took inventory of where they live during the pandemic and many decided to renovate or move.”

Ruder also explained how lumber tariffs have caused a supply disruption on top of mills being shut down during quarantine in spring. As a result, lumber prices were 170 percent higher in September than in April. “This raised price of a home this summer by $14,000 on average,” Ruder said. When asked about the inventory of lots and land prices, Ruder noted that things have improved on that front due to recent modifications made to the Waters of the U.S. law. Ruder noted that several builders have become developers as well and prices are going up because of demand. For Kansas City as a whole, 8,000 single-family permits a year is the goal, but currently we’re delivering 5,000,” said Ruder. “The main reasons for the lag are the three “L’s: labor, lumber, land.” Ruder noted that there are 400,000 job vacancies in construction nationally right now. Covid-19 added to that, but currently 96 percent of jobs lost due to Covid-19 have been recovered. Of course, Continued on page 9


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that still leaves the 400,000 deficit. Ruder gave an overview of the KCHBA’s workforce development efforts, including the quarterly meetings with industry and educators.


The term “affordable housing” is in the news regularly and Ruder explained that the KCHBA defines “affordable” as what someone is able to pay for in the place they want to live. “There are challenges associated with building affordable housing, mainly regulation is 25 percent of the cost of a house and 2018 codes were just recently implemented by many cities.”

he Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA) Board of Directors and staff would like to thank our 2020 outgoing president Jerry Braklow, Braklow Custom Homes, for his time and service to the KCHBA in 2020. We appreciate his leadership during a difficult year and

When asked about possible population growth in the Kansas City region, Ruder believes KC is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the trend of moving inward and out of coastal cities. “Large metropolitan urban cores are not growing at the rate mid-size cities, such as KC, are growing,” said Ruder. “Similarly, urban core construction has decreased and construction in suburban areas has increased nationally.”








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Will Ruder Joins NAHB’s EOC Council


he KCHBA’s Executive Vice President Will Ruder has been invited to join the National Association of Home Builders’ Executive Officers Council (EOC). The EOC is a professional organization of association executives who manage approximately 650 local and state builder associations affiliated with NAHB. EOC represents full and part-time executives. In addition to its members, the activities and services of the EOC benefit the members of the NAHB-affiliated associations, the NAHB federation as a whole, the housing industry, the housing consumer and the Executive Officers Councils of affiliated state associations. Officially installed during NAHB’s Winter Leadership meetings, Will is filling a vacancy on the council and will serve a one-year term ending in 2022.

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increase domestic lumber production.” According to Dietz, the current drastic up and down nature of the lumber market is adding an average of $16,000 to each home. This number can increase notably more for custom-built houses. Buyers and builders alike need to be aware of the lumber impact, both from a financial and construction timeline standpoint. Kansas City Trends According to Dietz, single-family construction will continue to see gains over the next 12 months, but not at the same growth rate as 2020. This makes sense, Dietz said, as the population growth in KC exceeds the Midwest average.

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Land Disturbance in a Larger Common Plan of Development or Sale By Billy Hackett


he MO-RA land disturbance general permit is the most commonly issued Missouri State Operating Permit. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (Department) issues approximately 1,000 land disturbance permits a year. There are many types of construction projects across the state that require a land disturbance permit, but a common activity is housing development. Because housing development projects are often larger projects that require multiple phases of construction and many different contractors to complete, this work often requires many different construction crews to be involved and sometimes changes in land ownership. This can make it challenging when trying to understand when the permit is required, and permit ownership. The term “Larger Common Plan of Development or Sale” (Larger Common Plan) was created to ad-

dress this very issue. This term has a long regulatory history that goes back to the implementation of the federal Phase 1 Stormwater Program in

1990. The definition provided in the MORA permit is “a contiguous area where multiple separate and distinct construction activities are occurring under one plan.” The Missouri Department of Natural Resources defines the ‘plan,’ or the Common Promotional Plan, to mean: “A plan undertaken by (1) or more persons, to offer lots for sale or lease; where land is offered for sale by a person or group of persons acting in concert, and the land is contiguous or is known, designated or advertised as a common unit or by a common name or similar names, the land is presumed, without regard to the number of lots covered by each individual offering, as being offered for sale or lease as part of a common promotional plan.” Once a land disturbance occurs with the goal of developing a project for sale or lease it is considered a Larger Common Plan and must be permitted. Even as portions of the project are being worked on by Continued on page 17


different crews for different purposes, or as the area is divided into smaller lots for contractors to develop, they are still required to be permitted because they are part of the Common Promotional Plan. This protects waters of the state from the cumulative impacts of numerous, concentrated disturbance activities. They can be included under one permit covering the whole area or under multiple permits owned individually. Nevertheless, the entire area must be permitted regardless of size. The permittee in either case is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with permit and protecting waters of the state.

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he KC Professional Women in Building council officially chartered at the National Association of Home Builders Winter Leadership meetings last month. The group is now recognized by NAHB and its members can take advantage of any benefits provided by the national PWB council. Leading the organization as chair in 2021 will be Angie Beerup of Elevate Design + Build. Angie Ripley of Engel & Volkers will be the co-chair.

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The KC PWB is dedicated to promoting industry professionalism and supporting its members. It provides networking and educational events throughout the year. Any female working for a KCHBA member company can join. Annual dues are $100. If you would like to learn more, contact Courtney Reyes at Courtney@kchba.org.

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Single-Family Permits Top 5,000 in 2020

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he number of single-family housing permits issued in December 2020 in the Kansas City metro increased by 12 percent from the prior month, according to the monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report compiled by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA).

Will Ruder Executive Vice President will@kchba.org 816-733-2216 Dawn Allen Director of Member Services & Partnerships dawn@kchba.org 816-733-2241

For the year-end, the total number of single-family permits issued in 2020 surpassed the total number of permits issued in 2019 by 13 percent. The organization reported a total of 461 single-family homes permitted in December 2020, resulting in a year-end total of 5,366 for 2020.

Kelcee Allen Director of Parade of Homes/Digital Content Strategist kelcee@kchba.org 816-733-2246 Kari English Senior Director of Communications & Strategy kari@kchba.org 816-733-2213

“Consumer demand for single-family homes both nationally and in the Kansas City metro was incredibly strong in 2020,” said Will Ruder, Executive Vice President of the KCHBA. “While we are anticipating a continued consumer-friendly interest rate environment in the near term, the rising cost and overall availability of building materials will likely affect our ability to keep pace with demand. New home construction was a bright spot in the economy in 2020 and we are optimistic that will continue into 2021.”

Marcia Jurgens Vice President of Administration marcia@kchba.org 816-733-2215 Courtney Reyes Director of Government Affairs & Workforce Development courtney@kchba.org 816-733-2214 Paige Waltman Manager of Communications & Education paige@kchba.org 816-733-2217

The top five permitting cities for single-family homes in 2020 were Kansas City, Mo.; Olathe, Kan.; Overland Park, Kan.; Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Blue Springs, Mo.

Jordynn Webster Manager of Government Affairs & Workforce Development jordynn@kchba.org 816-733-2218

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Residential Building Permit Statistics

Residential Building Permit Statistics

December 2020


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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 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 3 30 0 43

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 3 30 0 43

5 197 11 0 0 12 56 27 24 22 136 7 497

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

5 197 11 0 0 12 56 27 24 27 532 7 898

Single MultiFamily Family Total Units^ Units% Units LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 20 0 20 Lansing 0 0 0 Leav. County 10 0 10 Leavenworth 0 0 0 Tonganoxie 0 0 0 30 0 30 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Co MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill

S-F Units YTD

M-F Units YTD

Total Units YTD

132 11 85 30 33 291

0 0 0 0 3 3

132 11 85 30 36 294

0 0 14 14

0 0 0 0

0 0 14 14

6 0 225 231

0 0 6 6

6 0 231 237

2 0 0 0 7 9

0 0 0 0 0 0

2 0 0 0 7 9

10 46 0 6 58 120

0 0 0 0 0 0

10 46 0 6 58 120

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

0 0 0 25 23 0 7 0 0 5 60

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 25 23 0 7 0 0 5 60

30 24 8 554 81 0 62 0 0 50 809

0 0 0 315 0 0 0 0 0 0 315

30 24 8 869 81 0 Totals 461 108 569 5366 2292 7658 62 0 Comparison of Single Family 0 50 Building Units for Greater Kansas City 1124 (Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte Counties)

28 0 9 0 0 8 11 13 0 41 0 0 0 110

8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8

36 0 9 0 0 8 11 13 0 41 0 0 0 118

300 0 122 13 0 86 83 121 0 404 0 0 0 1129

86 0 48 0 0 0 0 116 0 316 0 0 0 566

386 0 170 13 0 86 83 237 0 720 0 0 0 1695

19 0 0 16 0 0 0 35

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

19 0 0 16 0 0 0 35

260 54 10 142 21 0 0 487

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

260 54 10 142 21 0 0 487

3 0 0 10 0 8 21 0 0 49 40 3 0 17 9 0 160

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 96 0 0 0 0 0 100

3 0 0 10 0 8 21 0 0 53 136 3 0 17 9 0 260

60 0 0 114 32 46 221 1 0 628 376 59 0 138 126 1 1802

56 0 0 0 0 0 405 0 0 377 96 0 0 67 0 0 1001

116 0 0 114 32 46 626 1 0 1005 472 59 0 205 126 1 2803

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




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 6,197


2019 2020 234 355 234 475 357 438 411 434 391 374 387 421 471 493 429 444 396 557 500 510 410 404 434 461 4,654


Comparison of Permits By Units Issued Year to Date 2013 - 2020 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

S-F Units 4090 4271 4700 5517 6197 5673 4654 5366

M-F Units 2879 3910 3995 4451 2434 3245 3014 2292

Total Units 6969 8181 8695 9968 8631 8918 7668 7658

^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 2021 Home Builders Assoc of Greater Kansas City. All rights reserved.


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