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Continuing Education at Your Desk Page 3 Spring Parade Award Winners Page 4 and 5 Member Q&A Page 9 State Legislative Wrapups Page 12

Congressmen Cleaver and Yoder Visit with HBA Members Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (Missouri, 5th District) and Congressman Kevin Yoder (Kansas, 3rd District) had lunch and visited with HBA members on May 14 at the HBA as part of the NAHB 2014 Legislative Conference, “Bringing Housing Home.” The Congressmen gave

an update on their work in Washington, DC and took questions from HBA members. Members raised concerns with the inability of Congress to move forward on key legislative priorities, such as housing finance reform that ensures the federal government continues to provide a back-

stop for a reliable and adequate flow of affordable housing credit in all economic and financial conditions. Members also discussed the need for Congress to pass immigration reform to provide the certainty needed to grow the economy and increase competitiveness.

June is National Homeownership Month For those in the housing industry, every month is homeownership month. Officially, however, the National Association of Home Builders has declared June as the month to celebrate this cornerstone of the American dream. Most Americans consider homeownership to be their single best long-term investment and a primary source of wealth and financial security. Yet, a home is so much more than an investment. In good times and in bad, the opportunity to own a home has been a cherished ideal and a source of pride, accomplishment, social stability and peace of mind. HBA President Chris Ragland welcomed guests to the American Dream Awards Celebration

As everyone who weathered the Great Recession understands, the home building industry and home ownership is crucial to individuals, to the economy and

to society in general. Countless generations of Americans have counted on their homes for their children’s education, their own retirement and a personal sense of well-being. For our families, friends and neighbors, the word “home” means so much more than a structure—it is where their lives take place, where their loved ones gather. For the American economy, the home building industry is crucial. Fully 15 percent of the U.S. economy relies on housing and nothing packs a bigger local economic impact than home building. Constructing 100 new homes creates more than 300 full-time jobs, $23.1 million in wage and business income and $8.9 million in federal, state and local tax revenue. A healthy Continued on page 2 housing industry

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June Calendar June 3 – 6 NAHB Spring Board Meeting, Washington, DC June 12

Onsite Home Construction 101

June 17

HBA Golf Tournament, Hillcrest Golf Club

June 18

Build-PAC Fundraiser

June 20

HBA Royals Night

Pfeifer Homes’ cozy family room

National Homeownership Month Continued from page 1 means more jobs and a stronger economy. Home building increases the property tax base that supports local schools and communities. Housing, like no other sector, is “Made in America.” Most of the products used in home construction and remodeling are manufactured here in the United States.

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Home ownership provides structure and stability to communities. At the Builder Development Corporation’s recent ribbon cutting in Independence, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver pointed out that owning a home generally means a person is em-

ployed, and an employed person is less likely to commit criminal acts. Recent research, as reported by, found higher crime rates in states where homeownership is low. It is not possible to say that homeownership prevents criminal activity, but it does seem logical to infer that residents who have invested their money and time in property are more likely to respect other people’s well-being and property. Home building is community building. During June, we celebrate and appreciate all those who build and all those who buy.

American Dream Awards Celebrated Best in New Homes Top local home builders were presented with the 2014 American Dream Awards as a crowd of more than 300 people attended HBA’s Spring Awards Ceremony at The Gallery in the Power & Light District. Each spring local home builders compete for top honors in the awards competition held in conjunction with the Spring Parade of Homes. The 52nd annual Parade provided consumers the opportunity to visit 377 new homes throughout metropolitan Kansas City during the 16-day, three-weekend event that opened April 26 and continued through May 11. By all reports, traffic was heavy as potential home buyers were eager to view the latest de2

sign trends, energy-saving measures and neighborhood amenities. The American Dream Awards are the premier honor for new home construction in the Greater Kansas City region. Builders’ entries were rigorously judged on architectural design, construction techniques, craftsmanship and selection of materials. Homes competed in categories based on price range. Teams made up of industry professionals from across the United States canvassed the Kansas City region April 25 and 26 to evaluate the entries. Twenty-four Grand Award winners were selected, and twenty-seven First RunnerUp honors were awarded. See winners on pages 4 and 5.

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Continuing Education at Your Desk Building professionals are busy people. NAHB knows how difficult it is to make time for even the most compelling courses, seminars and workshops. It’s easy to miss the learning opportunities that help you to stay abreast of the latest technologies, newly passed regulations and costeffective ways of doing business. NAHB offers virtual learning opportunities that are priced right and fit easily into your busy schedule. Each Wednesday afternoon, the NAHB offers an hour-long seminar on a variety of topics. Seminars are organized in the following categories: Economic and Research Series; Policy and Finance Series; Design and Technology Series; Sales and Marketing Series and Business

The New Normal: Retooling Your Business for Bottom Line Success

Is your company prepared for the new trends, technology and training necessary to keep up as the housing market continues to rebound? NAHB’s The New Normal: Retooling Your Business for Bottom Line Success webinar series focuses on specific knowledge areas like finance, product positioning and social media to help you and your company compete—and succeed—in building’s brave new world. 

Webinar topics: Better Product Positioning through Competitor and Consumer Research Marketing Your Business in the “Participation Age” The New Rules for New Home Sales Using Design Trends to Create a Competitive Advantage Securing Capital for Your Company’s Growth Solving the Supplier/Trade Shortage: New Rules, New Thinking Here’s an interesting question from Marketing Your Business in the “Participation Age”: If you have to show a picture to represent your homes, without showing a home, what would it be?

Improvement Series. As an example of the recent webinar topics, the May offerings included “Design Trends: 45 Design Ideas for Single-Family and Multifamily Homes”, “Codes 101: Remote Voting Grassroots Campaign” and “Financing Solutions for Housing Rural Americans”. Each webinar counts for one hour of continuing education credit for NAHB professional designations. Each class is archived and may be viewed at a later date. Registration for most webinars is $24.95 for NAHB members.

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With a Spring Parade that had the highest number of entries in years and heavy consumer traffic, now is the time to prepare for the Fall Parade of Homes. The 2014 Fall Parade will begin on September 27 and run through October 11, with the Awards Celebration on October 1st. Advertising in the Parade Guide is a unique opportunity to promote your business, products, service or community to thousands of potential buyers. More than 20,000 books are distributed throughout the Kansas City area and the guide is also posted on the website, where it is viewed by thousands more people. For information on rates and specifications, contact Gina Battle at 816-733-2219.

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Kenny’s Tile employees joined the celebration.

A great crowd attended the Spring American Dream Awards Celebration.

Starr Homes 16461 Bond St, Mills Farm

Rausch Coleman Homes 26120 W 142nd Terr, Whitetail

Casa Bella Construction 10614 N Dalton Ave, Tiffany Greens

Homes by Chris 9212 N Evanston, Copperleaf 4

Wolf Creek Homes 19324 New Castle, Estates of Wolf Creek

JS Robinson Fine Homes 24028 W 124th Terr, Hills of Forest View

Dreams & Design Building 800 SW Powell, Oaks of Edgewood

New Mark Homes 1819 NE 102nd Terr, Staley Farms 7116 N Beaman, Overland Ridge

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Roeser Homes 12013 W 164th St, Polo Fields

SAB Homes 2917 SW 16th St, Siena at Longview 15516 Stearns St, Colton Lake South

Steve Foley Construction 22381 Roosevelt, Sweetwater Creek

New Castle Homes and Gary Kerns Homebuilders 12304 N Highland Ave, Woodland Creek 601 Rockbridge Court, Greyhawke at the Lake

Moffitt Built 12810 W 49th Terr, Heather Glen

Summit Custom Homes 12810 N Apple Blossom Dr, Seven Bridges

Woodbridge Homes 10502 W 168th Terr, Coffee Creek Crossing

Estes Custom Homes 16200 Lucille St, Mills Farm

Cecil & Ray 101 Dunhill Court, Loch Lloyd

Spring Parade of Homes First Runner Up Award Winners

Dreams & Design Building

4238 S Stone Canyon Drive

Stone Canyon

Summit Custom Homes

24050 W 124th Terr

Forest View-the Hills

Hilmann Home Building

24072 W 124th Terr

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Don Julian Builders

2811 NE 102nd Ter

Staley Farms-Shadow Woods

New Mark Homes

6100 NW 104th Terr

Tiffany Greens

Ashlar Homes

2720 S Haden Ct

Drumm Farm Villas

Summit Custom Homes

2815 NE 102nd Terr

Staley Farms- Shadow Woods

SAB Homes

312 Alexander Creek Court

Alexander Creek

James Engle Custom Homes

12820 N Apple Blossom Drive

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Sallee Homes

904 SE Sienna Court

Parkway Estates

Monticello Homes

1733 NE Woodland Shores Ln

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Sallee Homes

900 SE Sienna Court

Parkway Estates

New Mark Homes

5705 NW 59th Terr

Forest Ridge Estates

Sallee Homes

908 SE Sienna Court

Parkway Estates

Don Julian Builders

5955 N Saline Ave

Forest Ridge Estates

McBee Custom Homes

1104 SW Conch Way

The Estates at Chapman Farm

Providence Homes

16129 Oakmont


Homes By Chris

9100 N Oxford


Koehler Building Co

10418 W 168th Terr

Coffee Creek Crossing

SAB Homes

2337 SW Deer Run Road

Eagle Creek

Don Julian Builders

8255 Shoreline Dr

Riss Lake Reserve

Richard Mather Builders

2662 SW Heather

Highland Meadows

Allure Luxury Homes

10410 W 168th Terr

Coffee Creek Crossing

Summit Custom Homes

4317 SE Lariat Drive

Belmont Farms

Larson Building

2615 W 83rd


James III Homes

22021 W 122nd St

Grayson Place

Evan-Talan Homes

14612 Linden

Highlands Creek

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Index Shows Metro Markets Continuing on Path to Normalcy Of the 351 metro markets measured, 300 have seen year-over-year economic gains, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released May 6. The index shows that 59 metros have fully returned to or even exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity.

should spur a steady release of pent up demand among home buyers.” Keeping its top position of major metros on the LMI was Baton Rouge, La. with a score of 1.41 - or 41 percent better than its last normal market level. Other major metros whose LMI scores indicate that their market activity now exceeds previous norms include Honolulu, Oklahoma

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At a score of .79, the Kansas City metro area falls into the 20% to 40% ranking.

The nationwide economic score rose slightly to .88 from a revised April reading of .87. This means that based on current permit, price and employment data, the nationwide average is running at 88 percent of normal economic and housing activity. The index showed an overall reading of .82 a year ago. “We have always said this recovery would be a slow but steady one, and I think this index continues to prove this,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The year started a bit slower than anyone could have anticipated, but we still expect housing to play a greater role in aiding the overall economic recovery this year. The job market continues to mend, and that 6

City, Austin and Houston, Texas, as well as Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif. and Harrisburg, Pa. “Our builder members tell us they are starting to see more optimism in the field,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. “Mortgage rates are low, home prices are affordable and with the harsh winter behind us, latest surveys show builders are feeling more bullish about future sales conditions.” “We keep waiting for the economy to get into a higher gear,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., which co-sponsors the LMI report. “This report, along with other recent economic news, may mean we are finally there.”

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The HBA is excited to announce the launch of a new, dedicated website for the Home Show and Flower, Lawn & Garden Show, located at The new site features a clean design and show-

The HBA is looking forward to the spring show, scheduled for March 20-22, 2015 at Bartle Hall. We encourage anyone interested in exhibiting to register early as booth space is reserved on a first come, first served basis and prime booth locations are already selling quickly! Limited sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit to learn more and contact us to sign up!

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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Buying a New Home Home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice. But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren’t so obvious. Here are a few more benefits of a brand-new home that you may not see in the sales brochure. Building a Community Together A brand-new community is one of the built-in benefits of many new homes. When families move in to a subdivision at the same time, they often form lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness right away. Nobody is the “new kid on the block,” and many home builders host community parties in new developments to help owners meet and connect. Popular amenities like pools, walking trails and tennis and basketball courts offer additional opportunities for interaction among neighbors of all ages.

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Member Q&A Member Q&A

Missouri General Assembly Extends Energy Audit Deduction

Bruce Rieke and Don Julian at the 2013 HBA Clay Shoot. Mark your calendars now for the 2014 HBA Clay Shoot on October 17

Wayne Burton President Western Chandelier Co. Inc.

Bruce Rieke President B.L. Rieke Custom Homes, Inc.

How did you get into your business? My dad was warehouse manager for Western Chandelier so I started work there at 15 to earn money for my car and have stayed for the last 47 years.

How did you get into your business? Toni and I built our first house when we were 22 years old for ourselves. My brother in law Greg Prieb asked if I wanted to be a builder after we finished our home, we then partnered for 2 years and then I purchased the company from him.

What are the goals for your business? To continue to supply the homes of Kansas City with the best selection of quality lighting possible.

What are the goals for your business? Our goals have always been to build the best quality home and give the homeowner the best experience possible.

What do you like to do outside of work? There is very little of that time, but my grandson’s soccer games are seldom missed.

What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy fishing and hunting. I also enjoy boating and riding in our convertible car.

Where do you like to go for fun? Mazatlán, Mexico and Palau in the South Pacific What is something people don’t know about you? Probably my love for classic cars, such as my 1969 Jaguar XKE Roadster and 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud with right hand drive. What is your favorite movie/television show/website? A Few Good Men and Modern Family. What is your prediction for the home building industry? Continued slow growth—slower than present rate or we may see another recession. What is your favorite HBA event/ meeting experience? Parade of Homes because it’s one of the biggest and best in the country and spurs the public to remodel or buy.

and housing stats that we received every month at the HBA Board Meetings. It is a great way to stay ahead of changes to your business that come from government regulations. It is also a great way to challenge regulations being involved at the HBA. I get to meet some of my peers that I may not have gotten to know since being on the board. We need more Kansas Builders to step up and get involved.

Where do you like to go for fun? Lake of the Ozarks and Siesta Key Beach in Florida. What is something people don’t know about you? I enjoy helping people that need help. What is your favorite movie/television show? The Last of the Dogmen. Fox News. Website? What is your prediction for the home building industry? Next few years appear to be good, after 2017, time to be conservative. What is your favorite HBA event/meeting experience? International Builders Show and Fall Board of Directors Meeting for the NAHB. Why did you decide to join the HBA? It was a major reason that I saw the economy changing with the economic forecasts 9

In the final days of the legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 601, a bill to extend the existing tax deduction for home energy efficiency audits. The bill reauthorizes the deduction as of January 1, 2014 and sets the expiration date for December 31, 2020.  The deduction has a $1,000 annual limit per individual (or per joint taxpayer return) and a $2,000 cumulative limit per individual or joint taxpayer.  The energy audit must be performed by a home energy auditor certified by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources before any efficiency improvements are performed in order to be eligible for the tax deduction.  Senator Jason Holsman, a Democrat from Kansas City, was the lead sponsor of the bill to restore the deduction. | Volume 20, No. 6 | June 2014

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“The Longevity Revolution” An article titled “The Longevity Revolution”, which appeared in the February 2014 issue of Washington, the magazine for Washington University in St. Louis noted this startling fact: “twothirds of folks in human history who have

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as they look at the features of homes under consideration. Across the nation, builders and developers strive to meet the housing needs of boomers, empty nesters, active adults, retirees, and older seniors — a huge and growing market. The 50+ Housing Council serves the special needs of NAHB members involved in all aspects of 50+ housing. The following article, excerpted from NAHB’s 50+ Housing Online Magazine, presents the experience of three builders active in different areas of the housing market focused on those age 50 and older. The three builders spoke in February at NAHB’s International Builders’ Show.

made it to the age of 65 are on the planet right now. By the year 2030, the number of people over age 65 in the US will have doubled to 72 million. That’s one in five people.” What does this mean for home builders? It means that the potential customer base is aging along with the general population. In addition to the increasing age of the primary home buyer, younger buyers may also have their aging parents in mind

Gary Campbell, Gilbert Campbell Real Estate, Lowell, Mass., and builder of several market-rate rental communities, recently built a 62+ age-restricted, lowerrent community of 60 units. It was so successful that he’s planning to do more age-restricted rentals. C.R. Herro heads up the Energy Business Innovation Program at Meritage Homes. Meritage builds Continued on page 11

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“The Longevity Revolution” Continued from page 10 about 20 million sq.ft. of green housing per year, and about 10% of that amount is designed to appeal to active adults. Ron Bonvie, president of Helios Construction, Mashpee, Mass., started South Port, a large-scale high-end activeadult for-sale community in Cape Cod, just before the recession. It was a huge success, with 750 units currently sold and more in the pipeline. Campbell noted that there’s a segment of the older 50+ market that really wants a reasonable rental option and aren’t able to buy into an expensive assisted living community. His community appealed to those middle-to-lower-income renters who wanted to remain in their home community and stay for the long term. Bonvie’s target market wanted more. “I’m not selling houses at South Port — I’m selling a way of life,” he said. Bonvie provided an all-inclusive package approach that stresses health and wellness. Herro’s communities also stress amenities that involve activity. “It’s bike paths and Pickleball,” he said, “not card games.” He

has figured out how to involve his suppliers, architects and tradespeople in bringing green features into the homes and community from the beginning of the planning process. With across-the-board buy-in, he says he’s able to build “a home that consumes half the energy, has much better indoor air quality, is durable and built better than code — all within 5% of the cost of homes that don’t have that.” How Mature Clients Are Different Both Herro and Bonvie stressed that buyers in this age group “will not buy today.” They will take their time in making a decision. Like younger buyers, they will have done thorough research online before visiting, and they don’t really need to have the sales people tell them what they already know. They’re more interested in getting a feel for the community — preferably from people who already live there.

Market Research Potential buyers and renters aren’t the only ones doing research about their future homes. The other panelists agreed with Bonvie that the best way to decide what to build is to use a consultant who can identify the target market and collect data to help determine such things as whether to build a one-car or a two-car garage, the amenity mix and more.

Campbell agreed that the rental world also depends on testimonials and noted that people with bad experiences are much more eager to share them than people happy with the process and the community.

Herro observed that “We think we understand our buyers, but we don’t. Look around the room — we’re mostly guys. Guys don’t buy homes. In 92% of home purchases, even for single males, the key influencer is an adult female.” That, he said, is why builders need research to help

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them understand buyers. To purchase an audio CD or an MP3 version of this presentation, or any other 50+ Housing offering from the International Builders’ Show, visit and choose “70th Annual International Builders’ Show” from the drop-down menu. The 50+ sessions are at the top of the list.

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The Kansas Legislature and Missouri General Assembly have wrapped up another legislative session but not without impacting the housing industry. In Missouri, we worked with our HBA of Missouri partners to pass an amendment to extend the prohibition on mandatory fire sprinklers. Under current law, cities are prohibited from requiring builders to install fire sprinklers in one and two family dwellings but this prohibition was set to sunset on December 31, 2019. The amendment will extend the prohibition to December 31, 2024.

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We were also successful in striking language from a bill that would have extended the definition of architecture to require their services in any design of an interior space, and not only to those that directly impact the structural integrity of a building or the life-safety and mechanical systems, but also the work that a non-architect could typically perform.

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The Missouri General Assembly also passed legislation that will require voters to decide on a statewide ¾ cent tax increase to fund highway improvements across the state. The initiative, which will be on the November 2014 ballot, would raise more than $500 million each year for roads and bridges. Proponents of the initiative are highlighting the bill as a job creator. Opponents argue that increasing the sales tax disproportionately impacts low-income individuals. The tax would expire in 10 years and would need to be reapproved by voters to remain in effect. The Missouri Senate succeeded in gaining the two-thirds majority vote to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 509, a bill to cut state income taxes. The bill would reduce the individual income tax rate from 6 to 5.5 percent over a five year period beginning in 2017. The bill also included a 25 percent tax reduction for business income that is reported on an individual’s tax return, however, it stipu12

lates that annual revenue growth must be at least $150 million for the state. Senator Will Kraus from Lee’s Summit was the bill’s lead sponsor. In Kansas, the legislature’s veto session ended on May 3. In the final hours of the veto session, the legislature passed a bill (HB 2643) to phase out the Mortgage Registration Tax (MRT) over a period of 5 years. The bill also phases in certain per-page fee increases on documents filed with the Register of Deed’s office. The additional fees are meant to offset some of the lost revenue to counties (about $9 million for Johnson County). The bill was supported by the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Kansas Realtors Association. In addition, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that directs the Secretary of Labor to study whether the state should “enter into an agreement with the federal government regarding state enforcement of federal occupational safety and health act (OSHA) standards.” The Senate Substitute for HB 2616 requires the Secretary to identify agreements necessary to carry out a state OSHA standard, review funding arrangements and determine statutory and regulatory changes that would need to be made. The report is due on or before January 12, 2015. It is important to note that on May 1 Moody’s Investors Services lowered Kansas’ bond credit rating from Aa1 to Aa2. According to the Kansas City Star, 29 states have higher ratings than KS. In addition, the Kansas Department of Revenue issued a report showing $92 million less than expected in tax collections for April. While not a legislative issue, per se, the economic health of the state will dictate the legislature’s actions next year and play into the upcoming November 2014 gubernatorial election.

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NAHB to Congress: A Healthy Housing Industry = Job Growth The health of housing is key to the overall state of the U.S. economy, and housing stands poised to serve as an engine of job growth with the right policies in place, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress on May 7. Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Policy during a hearing examining the drivers of job creation, NAHB economist Robert Dietz said that home building and remodeling have generated 274,000 jobs over the past 2 ½ years. “This expansion has direct economic benefits,” said Dietz. “Housing provides the momentum behind an economic recovery because home building and associated

$118 million in business income

businesses employ such a wide range of workers.”

$111 million in taxes and revenue for state, local and federal governments

Employment from new home construction and remodeling has a wide ripple effect. About half the jobs created by building new homes are in construction. They include framers, electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Other jobs are spread over other sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, retail, wholesale and business services.

Similarly, construction of 1,000 rental apartments, including units developed under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, generates 1,130 jobs while $100 million in remodeling expenditures creates 890 jobs. Currently, housing comprises about 15.5% of GDP but Dietz said the industry still has room to grow. “Typically, housing represents 17% to 18% of the GDP,” he said. “With a growing population and an aging housing stock, NAHB forecasts that sin-

NAHB analysis of the broad impact of new construction shows that building 1,000 average single-family homes generates: 2,970 full-time jobs $162 million in wages

gle-family construction will increase 22% in 2014 to 760,000 units and multifamily production will rise 6% to 326,000 units.” Noting that 2014 should be the first year since 2007 in which total housing starts exceed 1 million homes, Dietz said this expansion will produce jobs. “In April alone, home builders and remodelers added 13,100 jobs,” he said. NAHB estimates that total housing construction over the next few years should return to just under 1.7 million combined single-family and multifamily starts on an annual basis.

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April Maintains Momentum in New Home Construction

NAHB Urges Members to Call their Senators on S. 1217 The National Association of Home Builders encourages HBA members to contact their U.S. Senators to urge them to support Senate Bill 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014. The bill, which recently passed the Senate Banking Committee with bipartisan support, would fix the nation’s flawed housing finance system and breathe new life into the housing sector by providing a consistent and affordable supply of mortgage credit for single-family and multifamily housing.  Increasing support for the bill will put pressure on the Majority Leader to hold a vote on the bill.

After six years of government conservatorship our nation’s housing credit system remains in a constant state of uncertainty and confusion. Home builders, lenders and other market participants cannot adequately plan for the future and home buyers are either denied credit or paralyzed by the mixed messaging. Absent reform, all critical policy decisions on the operations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue to be left to one unelected regulator. In addition, the bipartisan compromise that would fund nearly $5 billion in annual affordable housing programs would be put on the back burner, and taxpayers would be exposed to yet another government bailout.

The eight county Kansas City metropolitan area recorded 441 single family building permits during April, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,304 according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. The monthly average of 326 through April of 2014 exceeds the monthly average during the first four months of 2013, making the first third of 2014 the most active since 2007. Area multi-family permits continue to correspond with national trends of increased apartment building with 1,159 units permitted through April. “Builders say home buyer traffic during the recent Parade of Homes was good and is evidence that the single family residential building recovery continues in 2014 in spite of the difficult winter and worries about rising interest rates and material prices,” said Executive Vice President Sara

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Corless. “A new commitment to hiring staff and marketing is obvious to industry leaders, as well as slightly improved access to credit--all of which points to 2014 continuing to improve for builders, their suppliers and subcontractors,” added Corless. Residential building permits are almost evenly divided between Missouri and Kansas, with 654 issued in Missouri counties and 650 in Kansas locales. Kansas City, Missouri (Jackson, Clay and Platte counties) continues to be the top permitting city with 232, followed by Olathe with 174, Overland Park with 142 and Lee’s Summit rounding out the top five with 80.

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The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Planning and Development Department now accepts electronic plan submittals for one and two family residential plans, as well as other building categories. The electronic process will reduce trips to City Hall and save postage and printing costs.  Builders should note that the submittal method, whether electronic or by paper, must be consistent for the duration of the entire project.  Once the applicant has received email notification that the permit is ready for issuance it may be obtained at the City Planning and Development Permit Office or by fax.  For detailed instructions and links to the necessary forms for electronic submission, go to planning/electronic-plan-submittal/.  The HBA is in the process of coordinating a symposium with the KCMO building official and HBA members to review this new electronic process and other policy changes related to residential construction.  Please check This Week at the HBA for information about this upcoming event.

Residential Building Permit Statistics

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Residential Building Permit Statistics

CASS COUNTY Archie Belton Cass County Cleveland Drexel 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 Edgerton 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 Shawnee Spring Hill Westwood

Single Family Units^

M-F Units Sale%

M-F Units Rent

Total Units

S-F Units YTD

M-F Sale YTD

0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 3 0 13

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

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

0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 3 0 13

5 0 12 0 0 0 3 1 11 7 6 15 4 64

10 0 1 54 2 1 0 0 0 5 73

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 12

10 0 1 66 2 1 0 0 0 5 85

33 0 6 3 4 5 5 7 2 17 1 0 0 83

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

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 315 0 0 0 0 0 315

0 20 7 0 12 0 0 0 39

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3 0 0 5 2 15 23 1 0 52 62 2 22 10 0 197

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

April 2014 APRIL 2014 M-F Rent YTD

Total Units YTD

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

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

5 0 12 0 0 0 3 1 11 7 6 15 4 64

21 0 1 163 14 1 6 3 0 17 226

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 12

21 0 1 175 14 1 6 3 0 17 238

33 0 6 3 4 5 5 322 2 17 1 0 0 398

71 0 28 5 13 15 16 15 4 69 4 0 0 240

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

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 457 0 42 0 0 0 499

71 0 28 5 13 15 16 472 4 111 4 0 0 739

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 20 7 0 12 0 0 0 39

0 54 25 1 43 0 1 0 124

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 54 25 1 43 0 1 0 124

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

3 0 0 5 2 15 23 1 0 52 62 2 22 10 0 197

3 0 0 15 8 27 63 1 0 174 142 5 55 17 0 510

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

0 0 0 0 0 0 246 0 0 0 402 0 0 0 0 648

3 0 0 15 8 27 309 1 0 174 544 5 55 17 0 1158

Single Family Units^ LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 10 Lansing 1 Leav. County 6 Leavenworth 2 Tonganoxie 0 19 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Co MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill

APRIL 2014

M-F Units Sale%

M-F Units Rent

Total Units

S-F Units YTD

M-F Sale YTD

M-F Rent YTD

Total Units YTD

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

10 1 6 2 0 19

30 1 20 3 9 63

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

30 1 20 3 9 63

4 0 8 12

0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0

4 0 8 12

4 1 54 59

0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0

4 1 54 59

0 4 0 0 1 5

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 4 0 0 1 5

0 15 0 0 3 18

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 15 0 0 3 18









Comparison of Single Family Building Units for Greater Kansas City

(Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte Counties)

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









Annual Total









353 475 824 687 677 616 546 515 397 597 385 313

221 262 353 441 231 260 311 293 264 314 167 115

96 129 131 184 189 204 196 207 219 226 192 182

137 145 252 228 213 239 180 243 173 279 173 209

90 121 180 210 230 262 204 205 202 205 185 207

188 182 270 277 294 268 288 260 379 331 283 279

273 224 335 444 337 333 409 354 384 369 340 288

283 219 361 441

All numbers shown in the box above are ACTUAL numbers.

Comparison of Permits By Units Issued Year to Date* 2007-2014 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

S-F Units 2339 1277 540 762 601 917 1276 1304

M-F Units

180 1080 23 55 212 121 1281 1159

Total Units

2519 2357 563 817 813 1038 2557 2463

^The Single Family number is units and includes both attached and detached units. %Multi-Family units are in buildings with 5 or more units and are divided by sale/rent. # 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. 15 | Volume 20, No. 6 | June 2014

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