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Your Business Wins When the HBA Grows

Membership Reminds Us of Benefits During the month of May, a number of new members were recruited to the HBA and current members were reminded of the benefits of belonging to the association. This is an important business investment that provides your business and career with a wealth of information and opportunities in homebuilding. In fact, during the month of June, HBA members receive a 25 percent discount on Home Show-Fall Edition exhibitor space! Take advantage of the range of services from educational classes and governmental affairs support to unique marketing and social opportunities. “I’ve been an a member of the HBA since 2002, and have actively participated in the association on committees, councils and the board since 2005,” said Fred Delibero, Summit Custom Homes and HBA Board President. “Our company membership is invaluable in providing the opportunity to network with peers, keep up to date on industry trends, keep abreast of changing codes, and learn

Earlier this year, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) changed the name of its research center from the NAHB Research Center to Home Innovation Research Labs. Home Innovation Research Labs staff believes the name change will enhance the value of its brand and certification mark, reflect its independence from

Members Get Legal Advice on Immigration and OSHA Compliance

Mark Mather, Mather Development, Phil Yancey, HBA Membership Mamager, and Tommy Angotti, Factory Direct Appliance, discuss membership activities.

about new building practices. In addition, I rest easy knowing that the HBA is going to bat for builders everywhere on local and statewide political issues affecting builders and their suppliers, and the National Association of Home Builders is doing that too at the national level. Our membership fees are, without a doubt, the best money we spend all year.”

Here is a listing of the benefits and activities afforded to you as a member. Educational Opportunities: Seminars are designed to provide members with information and knowledge to succeed in the home-building industry. The HBA offers educational courses toward many professional designations from Continued on page 10 the National

NAHB Rebrands Its Research Center and Green Building Standard

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NAHB and be more easily understood by consumers. In addition, the NAHB green building standard is now called the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The 2012 NGBS, the only standard approved by the American

National Standards Institute, became available in February 2013. The rebranding effort was based on the results of extensive research conducted with the help of marketing communications and brand consulting firms that showed that consumers were much more favorable to the new name. According to one Continued on page 16

Attorney Jeff Rosen with Polsinelli answers questions about OSHA.

Attorneys from the Polsinelli Law Firm spoke at an event at the HBA in May highlighting the latest trends in immigration and OSHA laws and how to handle a visit from an enforcement agency. Jeffrey Bell, an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in immigration law, spoke about the new I-9 form that every employer must use for any new employees hired after May 7, 2013. Bell stressed the importance of training human resources staff to accurately complete the I-9 form and conducting internal audits to verify that I-9 forms were accurately completed for every employee. Continued on page 12


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NAHB Legislative Conference and Spring Board Meeting Parade Committee Missouri Planning & Development Briefing Advance Green Building: Building Science HBA Golf Tournament OSHA Compliance 101 HBA Night at the Royals Game Board Meeting (changed due to Golf Tournament)

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The HBA Goes to Washington: Submit Your Comments for Congressional Legislators HBA members are headed to Washington, DC on June 4 for NAHB’s 2013 Spring Board of Directors Meeting and Legislative Conference. On Wednesday, June 5, HBA members have scheduled meetings with legislators within the HBA’s jurisdiction. HBA members will be meeting personally with Senators Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts. HBA members will also be meeting with Congressman Kevin Yoder and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins on the Kansas side and Missouri members of the House of Representatives, which

we are finalizing. NAHB has identified a list of issues to discuss with leigislators during our Capitol Hill visists. These issues include tax, immigration and housing finance reform and the housing production credit crisis. In addition, the HBA will discuss local issues that are important to our members. To send your message to Washington, please submit any comments or questions you may have to Beatriz Ibarra at HBA members will share your thoughts with legislators on June 5.

For more information or to register for any event, go to or call 816-942-8800

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Summer Education & Training The HBA’s Education Schedule for Spring-Summer 2013 is now available. The schedule includes the never before offered class, Advance Green Building:  Building Science, and several opportunities to learn more about new residential building codes and energy requirements recently enacted across the Kansas City metro area.  Also, Directors of Planning and Development from across Kansas City will tell you where our area cities are headed. Download the document from the kchba. org, register at kchba. org or by calling Andrew McKeegan at 816-942-8800 or

Missouri Planning & Development Briefing


June 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost $15 (members) - $25 (non-members), Lunch included

Join the Directors of Planning and Development from the Cities of Lee’s Summit, Independence (invited) and Blue Springs (invited) for a briefing on their lot inventory, developments and overall future growth plans.

Advance Green Building: Building Science June 13 & 14, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost $325 (members) - $375 (non-members), Lunch included

Matt Belcher will lead this two-day course that instructs builders and remodelers on proper building science techniques for constructing and remodeling high-performance homes. Receive an NAHB Certification by attending this course.

OSHA Compliance 101

June 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost $15 (members) - $25 (non-members), Lunch included Learn how to survive an OSHA inspection on your job site and to comply with new regulatory requirements. A representative from the OSHA Kansas City Area office will lead this training.

Signing Exhibitors

Home Show organizers are signing up exhibitors for this year’s Fall Edition to be held September 6-8 at the Overland Park Convention Center. During the month of June, HBA members get a 25 percent discount on all space! Don’t miss this chance to meet your customers face to face early this fall. Contact Lori Kodanaz at 816-733-2217 or e-mail lori@ to ensure your opportunity to participate. Sponsorship Opportunities are available as well!


Members only in June! Building Business News

Kansas Planning & Development Briefing


July 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost $15 (members) - $25 (non-members), Lunch included

Join the Directors of Planning and Development from the Cities of Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa for an update on their lot inventory, developments and overall future growth plans.

Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) Course

July 17-19, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost $395 (members) - $425 (non-members), Lunch included This 3-day, professional-level course is designed for specialists in new home sales. Gain a broad understanding of the home building business, consumer psychology and advanced techniques used by real estate veterans for closing and overcoming objections.

Curb Appeal: Staging the Outside of Your Home to Sell

July 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost $20 (members) - $25 (non-members), Lunch included Who said it’s what’s on the inside that counts? Come learn from the area’s top landscape architects about the latest and greatest trends in staging the outside of your home in time for the Fall Parade of Homes.

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HEAT UP YOUR HOME SALES. Summer is here. It’s time to fire up the grill, mix the marinade and enjoy an evening on the patio with friends and family.

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By Lysa Allman-Baldwin, freelancer with the Kansas City Star In this Spring Parade of Homes, several homebuilders showcased homes that place great emphasis on outdoor living spaces—a focus, and trend—according to Tim Cunningham with Cunningham Homes, that is a must in all new homes under construction. “Creating the right outdoor living space is as important as the kitchen,” says Cunningham. “It is a place where people can truly get away from daily life right at home. The sky is the limit to the amount of money you can spend and to the creativity you can incorporate into the space.” A great example of this, in what Cunningham refers to as “the result of a builder, architect, designer, and craftsmen coming together and producing a true work of art,” is at his model home at 16120 Lucille St. (Parade of Homes Entry #245) in the Mills Farm Community in Overland Park. Here, prospective buyers will find a spectacular, 35 foot by 22 foot, four-season living space featuring its own


kitchen, bar area, fireplace, heating and B cooling, barbecue grill, full bathroom and oodles of room for the family. This fourseason space also opens onto the home’s infinity edge pool. “With the folding wall of doors it can be totally open to the outdoors, or somewhere in between, no matter the weather, 365 days of the year,” Cunningham says. “While building this home I was given the opportunity do something unique and special to the Kansas City area – “Coastal Chic.” It is a home from which other builders and homeowners can take aspects and incorporate into their own designs.” For Cunningham, his work is really a labor of love. “I truly love building new homes and am very passionate about the process and final product,” he explains. “I am very hands-on, detailed oriented, easy to work with, and build quality custom homes that are unique to every client.” -reprinted with permission from the Kansas City Star

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Sales & Marketing Council Kicks off with Event in the Northland

As builders and realtors headed into the selling season this spring, members expressed an interest in re-establishing the local Sales and Marketing Council (SMC). The National Sales and Marketing Council is affiliated with NAHB with the mission to represent sales and marketing professionals by serving them through education, recognition, networking and career development. Two HBA members have stepped up to lead the efforts of the SMC including Roy Ragland, Homes by Chris, and Jenni Mann, Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. They kicked off the council’s activities with a bus tour of a number of homes in the Northland area. Sales and marketing professionals are encouraged to join SMC with dues of only $75 if the broker’s office is already an HBA member. For more information, contact the HBA, 816-942-8800.

Roy Ragland, Homes by Chris, Russ Groshan, Casa Bella Construction, Don Julian, Don Julian Builders, Misty Hanson, Stewart Title, Kevin Stucker, Summit Custom Homes, Jodi Hermstedt, Summit Custom Homes

Why I value my HBA membership… By Erik Blaney, Shamrock Cabinet

I wanted to write and tell you a short story about the value of our membership with the HBA. We were recently faced with an issue that could have potentially had a negative impact on not only our company but the entire industry. Without going into detail, we needed help as a company gaining access, and an audience, with the right people in Topeka. We needed a political ally with connections that we just didn’t have alone. My first thought was to contact the HBA. We have been members for many years and I fully understand the value of the association. I feel like we need to explain to potential members the value and depth of membership other than what might lie at the surface. I contacted Sara Corless and the executive committee and explained our dilemma. I asked for an audience with the governmental affairs committee. I was granted a meeting with the committee and asked for any help or guidance they felt would be appropriate. I went to the Building Business News

HBA and asked for support. That is huge. It’s so much more than a lunch meeting here or there. It’s about the industry banding together and helping each other survive. The HBA contacts set up an appointment with the right people to hear our concern. Less than two months later we received confirmation that our issue was no longer an issue. I am 99% sure this would not have happened if I was not a member, who has been involved for years and years, and knew who to ask for help. If you are riding the fence about joining this association, please know that the benefits go far beyond what can be explained in one letter. You do however have to get involved. Those of you reading this know that the folks at the HBA are probably the most approachable, accommodating people you will ever meet. Ask what you need to do to get involved. I feel like our company will be here for another 50 years because of my membership.



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National Homeownership Month

The Value of Homeownership

Homeownership is an Enduring Goal Since our nation’s first days as a newly-fledged republic, homeownership has been a cherished ideal. Reasons as diverse as our population have impelled generations of Americans to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to own a home. That’s because the benefits of homeownership are many. Perhaps most important is that owning a home provides an unparalleled sense of well-being, security and achievement. Moreover, homeownership has always been – and continues to be – the single best long-term investment for most Americans. It is a primary source of wealth and financial security for many households, helping to provide for education, retirement and more. Even in the wake of the Great Recession with its severe housing market crisis, Americans continue to value homeownership. Almost all (96 percent) of the people polled in a survey* conducted last year for the National

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Association of Home Builders (NAHB) by two nationally-known polling firms said they are happy with their decision to own a home. That sentiment held true even among people whose homes are “under water.” Eighty-four percent of those who owe more on their mortgage than their home’s current value said they are happy with their decision to own a home. The nationwide survey also found that a significant majority – 76 percent – think owning a home is the best long-term investment they can make and is worth the ups and downs of the housing market. Among people who don’t currently own a home, 68 percent hope to own a home in the future, the poll found. Homeownership Generates Jobs and Strengthens the Economy Just as homeownership provides many benefits to individual families, it also benefits the nation. Whenever new homes are built, new jobs are created and a permanent source of ongoing revenue

for local, state and federal government springs to life that supports local schools and communities across the land. Just consider: building 100 average single-family homes creates 305 jobs and generates more than $23 million in wage and business income as well as $8.9 million in taxes and revenue for state, local and federal governments. The employment impacts are broad based, extending far beyond the construction workers employed directly to build the homes. Jobs are generated in the industries that manufacture and supply the many products that go into building the home. They are also created when real estate agents, lawyers and brokers provide services to home builders and home buyers. And the benefits don’t stop there. When 100 families move into new homes, they spend $740,000 more than usual on appliances, furnishings, and property alterations, creating a further economic stimulus.

June is Nation Homeowners al hip Month!

In normal economic times, more than 17 percent of the nation’s economy relies on housing. Equally important, new homes are “Made in America.” Most of the products used in construction are manufactured right here at home in the U.S. by our countrymen. Attacks on a Principle that Americans Hold Dear Despite the many benefits that homeownership provides for families, its potential to create millions of jobs and its value to the nation’s economy, it is under attack. Policymakers are pushing for sweeping tax code changes that could prevent millions of families from ever setting foot on the homeownership ladder. Some of the proposals under consideration include eliminating or reducing the mortgage interest deduction and the deductions for property taxes and the interest on home equity loans. This would hurt those who have played by the rules and sacrificed Continued on page 12

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National Homeownership Month With the economic uncertainty of the past few years, you may be wondering,

Is now a good time to buy a home? The answer is easy: Yes. It’s a very good time to purchase a home. There are many opportunities in today’s market including affordable prices, low mortgage rates and great new homes. And despite the housing downturn, home owners still place high value on owning a Opportunity Knocks Brochure_Layout 1 5/18/12 11:00 AM Page 2 home, and recommend homeownership to others. According to a January, 2012, poll*: • 96 percent of home owners are happy with their decision to own. • 79 percent of home owners would advise a family member or close friend just starting out to buy a home. • 74 percent said that despite the ups and downs in the housing market, owning a home is the best long-term investment they can make.

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Great Selection An excellent selection of homes on the market makes today a very good time to buy. A plentiful inventory provides a great choice of homes, and many builders have brand new homes that are “move-in ready.” Many owners of existing homes who postponed trading up or downsizing due to market conditions are now ready to sell. And as employment improves, the number of relocations will increase, bringing more homes into the market.

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Like inventory and pricing, mortgage interest rates are still at very favorable levels, but rates are sensitive to market forces and can change quickly. Even a slight rate increase can push The answer is easy: monthly Yes. payments to the point that a buyer might miss out on their choice for a new home. It’s a very good time to purchase a home. There arefirst many opportunities in today’s market including affordable prices, low should be aware that Prospective home buyers mortgage rates and great new homes. lenders are looking more closely at borrowers And despite the housing downturn, home owners still place high value todayhomeownership than in recenttoyears. on owning a home, and recommend others.Buyers also may find that some home builders have arranged favorable According to a January, 2012, poll*: financing for with theirtheir customers n 96 percent of home owners are happy decision or offer financial to own. incentives.



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National Homeownership Month Tax Benefits: For Home Owners Only

Unique tax benefits that apply only to housing help lower the cost of homeownership. Both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible. Moreover, for married couples, profits of up to $500,000 on the sale of a principal residence ($250,000 for single taxpayers) are excluded from tax on capital gains.

The Advantage of Leveraging Leveraging is another advantage of homeownership. A buyer can

purchase a home and receive the full benefit of homeownership with a cash downpayment that is only a fraction of the total purchase price. This is called leveraging, and it makes the rate of return on a home purchase greater than on other purchases with the same value, such as stocks, where the buyer must put up the entire price.

Building Personal Resources For most Americans, homeownership

is a primary source of net worth and an important step in accumulating personal financial assets long term. Although property values have declined in many markets, Americans currently have a total of more than $6 trillion in equity in their homes, and for most families, home equity represents the largest share of net worth. In fact, the January 2012 poll respondents said that they consider homeownership and retirement savings to be their best investments and those most likely to pay off the most for them and their families.

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Membership Reminds Us of Benefits Continued from page 1 Association

of Home Builders as well as for contractor licensing in many local jurisdictions. Networking Opportunities: Get to know other members at social events such as the Area Council Lunches, Parade Awards Ceremonies, Inaugural Gala, International Builders’ Show Hospitality Suites, Golf Tournament, and Sporting Clay Shoot. Grassroots Involvement: Members can engage with their local areas through the HBA’s three Area Councils - Kansas, Missouri North and Missouri South. Governmental Affairs Support: The HBA’s governmental affairs representatives work at the local, state

and national levels to support pro-housing candidates and initiatives that allow HBA members to build housing choices and keep the housing industry strong. The political action committee gives members the opportunity to support HBA efforts at all levels or in the areas where they do business including Kansas, Missouri North, and Missouri South. Industry Information: Resources keep members updated about the industry and association in many ways including the website (, the monthly Building Business News, the e-newsletter This Week at the HBA, social media such as Facebook and twitter, and access to national information from the National

Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Marketing Opportunities: HBA members can take advantage of numerous opportunities to promote their business as sponsors and advertisers of events, publications, and the website. National Membership: When a company joins the HBA, they also become a member of the National Association of Home Builders, which offers a wide variety of benefits at the national level. NAHB members enjoy educational opportunities, national networking events, informative publications, pertinent market information, and national governmental affairs support throughout the year. Consumer Connections: Kansas City is home to one of the largest housing tours in the country. Builders who

participate in the HBA’s Spring and Fall Parade of Homes and awards contests receive the benefit of comprehensive and professional advertising and promotion. In addition, the HBA puts on the Home Show and Flower Lawn & Garden Show and the Home Show-Fall Edition offering direct contact with your customers at these premiere consumer shows. Get a 25 percent discount on exhibitor space during this month of June! Cost Savings: HBA members receive special discounts on a wide variety of goods and services. Check out the listings at . Read an article by Erik Blaney, Shamrock Cabinets on why he values his company’s membership on page 5.

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Happy Anniversary

Welcome New Members

The strength of an association is in its membership and a thank you goes out to all of those members who continue to support the HBA.

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Homeownership is an Enduring Goal to get to where they are today, and it would send shockwaves through the economy. Although detractors claim that the mortgage interest deduction primarily benefits the wealthy, younger households and middle income home owners are actually the biggest beneficiaries. Abolishing or limiting the mortgage interest deduction would also inflict serious damage on millions of middle-class home owners and the struggling housing market by further depressing home values. It only takes a 6 percent drop in home values to wipe out $1 trillion in household wealth. Any policy change that makes it harder

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to buy a home, or forces young families to defer home purchases, will have a significant impact on wealth accumulation and the makeup of the middle class.

The Bottom Line Americans continue to value homeownership. That’s a lesson that elected officials would do well to remember. As the debate over housing policy unfolds, it is crucial to ensure that homeownership remains attainable and that access to safe, decent and affordable housing remains a national priority. * Note: This national survey of 1,500 likely 2012 voters was conducted Jan. 2-5, 2012 by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va., and Lake Research Partners of Washington, D.C. It has a margin of error of ±2.5 percent.

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Members Get Legal Advice on Immigration and OSHA Compliance Continued from page 1 Regarding enforcement trends, Bell mentioned that I-9 investigations are up – over 3,000 last fiscal year with $12.5 million in civil penalties for employers. Criminal immigration prosecutions are also up 100 percent over three years ago. Jeff Bell also described the immigration bill that was introduced by the Gang of 8, a bipartisan group of 8 Senators, that is currently being debated in the U.S. Senate. He warned participants that every employer may soon have to use the E-Verify system to verify work eligibility of its employees.


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More than 400 single family units were permitted in April 2013 for the best month in the past five years. Statistics showed 441 permits in April 2008 and no months since have surpassed 400 until this month with 444, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Year to date for 2013 shows 1,276 single family permits issued in the eight county area which is virtually the same as 2008 which had 1,277. Multi-family has shown the strongest year to date in recent history with 1,281 units permitted through April. Multi-family permits have not exceeded this number as of the month of April since 2001 which recorded 1,968. “Builders say the local new home market is ‘hot’ and they recognize that the supply of unsold homes is probably too small for the demand experienced this spring,” said Executive Vice President Sara Corless. “They are pleased to be building homes again, but they continue to be cautiously optimistic with new concerns about the price of lumber and labor which may pose future pricing challenges for them and the home buying public.” Every county showed an increase over the permits for 2012 and the most significant increases are Johnson County which was up 57 percent and Wyandotte County up 192 percent. Other Kansas Counties also had increases with Leavenworth County up 43 percent and Miami County up 317 percent. Missouri counties achieved the following percentage increases: Cass-23 percent, Clay-5 percent, Jackson-26 percent, and Platte-17 percent. Building Business News

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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

Single Family Units^

M-F Units Sale%

M-F Units Rent

0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 20 1 26

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

10 0 0 55 8 0 3 5 0 2 83

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

APRIL 2013

Total Units

S-F Units YTD

M-F Sale YTD

M-F Rent YTD

Total Units YTD

0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 20 1 26

0 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 4 32 3 54

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 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 4 32 3 54

10 0 0 55 8 0 3 5 0 2 83

16 0 1 149 19 0 9 5 0 5 204

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

16 0 1 149 19 0 9 5 0 5 204

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

7 1 10 4 0 22

21 1 10 9 2 43

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

21 1 10 9 2 43

1 0 18 19

0 0 0 0

0 0 306 306

1 0 324 325

3 0 73 76

0 0 0 0

0 0 306 306

3 0 379 382

4 1 0 0 2 7

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

4 1 0 0 2 7

20 3 0 0 2 25

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

20 3 0 0 2 25









Single Family Units^ LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 7 Lansing 1 Leav. County 10 Leavenworth 4 Tonganoxie 0 22 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville# KCK/Wyandotte Co

MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill

APRIL 2013

Comparison of Single Family Building Units for Greater Kansas City (Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte Counties)

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

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29 0 0 6 4 4 5 10 4 35 0 0 0 97

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

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 0 0 0 0 0 58

29 0 0 6 4 4 5 68 4 35 0 0 0 155

45 0 1 7 11 22 9 19 4 85 1 0 0 204

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

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 0 0 0 0 0 58

45 0 1 7 11 22 9 77 4 85 1 0 0 262

0 15 3 0 19 0 1 0 38

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 15 3 0 19 0 1 0 38

0 52 18 0 53 0 1 0 124

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 52 18 0 53 0 1 0 124

0 0 0 3 2 26 12 1 0 43 52 0 4 9 152

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

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 788 0 0 0 788

0 0 0 3 2 26 12 1 0 43 840 0 4 9 940

15 0 0 13 13 50 53 6 0 175 154 1 48 18 546

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

28 0 0 0 0 0 81 0 0 0 808 0 0 0 917

43 0 0 13 13 50 134 6 0 175 962 1 48 18 1463

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

All numbers shown in the box above are ACTUAL NUMBERS.,

Comparison of Units Issued Year to Date in this Month 2007-2013 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

S-F Units 2339 1277 540 762 601 917 1276

M-F Units

180 1080 23 55 212 121 1281

Total Units

2519 2357 563 817 813 1038 2557

^The Single Family number is now 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.

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NAHB Rebrands Green Building report, ninety-one percent of consumers surveyed said the new name would impact their purchase decision favorably compared with the old name. Fifty-nine percent of builders surveyed said the new name was better than the existing name in conveying the meaning of the company’s certification seal and services. Home Innovation Research Labs staff believes that the name change will positively benefit builders, developers and remodelers who certify their projects to the NGBS. Michelle Desiderio, the Vice President of Innovation Services at Home Innovation Research said in one interview, “While the name NAHB is well-known within the building industry, ‘NAHB Research Center’ was not a meaningful brand for consumers.” And while the name has changed, Home Innovation Research Labs’ mission remains the same, as well as its relationship to NAHB as a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary. The HBA will be making the transition to the new name by using the new logo/mark on its website and in other marketing materials.

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