www.kchba.org | Volume 20, No. 6 | June 2014
June Calendar June 3 – 6 NAHB Spring Board Meeting, Washington, DC June 12
Onsite Home Construction 101
HBA Golf Tournament, Hillcrest Golf Club
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 HSH.com, 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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