Building Business News for October 2017

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October 2017

Parade Awards Celebrate Beautiful Homes Home Show News – page 4 Construction Careers – page 12 Contractor Licensing Classes – page 18

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Winners of the Distinctive Plan & Design and Pick of the Parade contests were announced as HBA members gathered at the Stoney Creek Hotel near Bass Pro in Independence for the Fall Parade of Homes Awards Celebration. Special thanks go to Jennifer Bertrand for announcing the winners and to Misty Hanson, Stewart Title, for distributing the award trophies. The contest winners were announced in the October 1 Kansas City Star and are featured on the KCHBA website, The Fall Parade features two contests: Distinctive Plan & Design which focuses on interior design and architecture and Pick of the Parade which ranks homes based on construction techniques, material selection, and craftsmanship. Housing professionals from outside the Kansas City area toured contest homes September 21st and 22nd. Criteria for Pick of the Parade contest include, among others: exterior flatwork and foundation, framing, window and door installation, cabinetry quality and installation, painting and floor covering. Judges in the Distinctive Plan & Design contest considered: curb appeal, layout and use of space, design and special features of the kitchen and bath, unique accent areas, lighting, furnishings

and window treatments. The Home Builders Association appreciates continuing support for the Parade from Stewart Title, presenting sponsor. Plans are now underway for the Spring 2018 Parade, to be held April 28 through May 13. | Volume 23, No. 10 | October 2017

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Oct./Nov. Calendar Oct. 8

Last Day of Fall Parade

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Clay Shoot

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Radio station 99.7 The Point broadcasted live from Roeser Homes’ Parade of Homes home (Tour #18) in Lenexa the first day of the Fall Parade, Sept. 23. Consumers who visited the home had the opportunity to register to win great prizes including a smart home starter kit from Naturally Wired and a $200 gift card to Capital Grille.

If you would like to host a radio broadcast at your 2018 Spring Parade home, be sure to submit your entry forms to

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Gina by the early bird deadline. All who make that deadline will be entered into a drawing to host the next live radio broadcast.

Congressman Cleaver Defender of Housing The HBA presented Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II with NAHB’s Defender of Housing Award on Sept. 18 in appreciation of his ongoing support of the home building industry. The award presentation was coordinated with the Builders Development Corporation (BDC) and took place at a BDC rehab home in Independence. After receiving the award, Congressman Cleaver toured the home and then visited with HBA members and people from the neighborhood.


Congressman Cleaver currently serves as the ranking member of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, which is just one seat away from the Chairmanship. He has worked on numerous pieces of legislation concerning home affordability and flood insurance. His relationships with members of the HBA, such as NAHB past Chairman Tom Woods, began even before Cleaver

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was elected mayor of Kansas City. Congressman Cleaver recognizes housing to be an important issue in his district and a vital part of his work in Congress. During his remarks at the HBA award presentation, he emphasized the significance of home ownership by stating, “Once you own a home, you have a piece of America.”

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Upcoming Election for 2018 Board Members


Board of directors 2017

Ballots for the upcoming board of directors election will be mailed in October to the primary representative of each HBA member company. Ballots must be returned to the HBA by noon, Wednesday, November 1st. Each ballot is required to be signed by the voting (primary) member. Any questions regarding the primary representative should be directed to HBA staff.


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Builder and associate members may vote for up to three at-large builder candidates. The candidates for these board positions are: Russ Groshans, Casa Bella; Dave Estes, Estes Custom Homes; Dennis Shriver, Hearthside Homes.



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Associate representatives will be chosen from the following: Allen Gregory, Ferguson Enterprises; Greg Kudrna, Henges Insulation; Dee Grisamore, Grisamore Real Estate Services; Karen Lott, 2-10 Home Warranty; Bryan Keller, McCray Lumber; Bill Arnold, Trendstone. Both builder and associate members are eligible to vote for up to four candidates from the list.


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Area council representative are chosen only by builder members from each particular area. Candidates are as follows: Kansas representatives (2 to be elected) Tommy Bickimer, Bickimer Homes and Patrick Willis, Willis Custom Homes; Missouri North— Todd Lipschutz, Inspired Homes; and Missouri South— James LaVoy, FornerLaVoy Builders.

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The 2018 Greater Kansas City Home Show will mark the 70th year the KCHBA has presented the latest in products and services, tips and advice, and home design experts to the Kansas City public. The focus during this spring’s show (March 23-25, 2018) will be the amazing talent that originates right here in our hometown. The KCHBA is excited to feature these local designers who have risen to national prominence. And, not only will Kansas Citians be able to hear their stories, there will be a chance to win their services. Home show audience members will be eligible to win designer makovers and other valuable prizes.

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Local stars appearing at the 2018 Greater Kansas City Home Show are: Jennifer Bertrand—Jennifer currently travels the world as a speaker for a variety of industry events including the International Design Guild and its Design For A Difference, the first-ever design contest benefiting local charities in the U.S. and Canada. And now you are able to catch her on episodes of “Military Makeover” on the Lifetime Channel. Designer, TV Host and Recognized Artist, Jennifer currently resides in Weatherby Lake, Missouri with her husband Chris, their son Winston and their adorable dogs Sophie + Emmie.


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Tamara Day—Tamara appeared at the 2017 home show and she’ll return for 2018 while a national audience gets acquainted with her through “Bargain Mansions”. Her DIY Network program will feature Tamara’s renovations of homes in Hyde Park, Leawood and near

Loose Park. Tamara lives with her husband and four children in Leawood. Chrysy Huff—Chrysy and her husband Jeff are the owners of the popular and growing Restoration Emporium (RE). RE has expanded from its West Bottoms original location to stores on the Plaza and at Park Place. Chrissie describes RE

as “a family-owned business curating antique, vintage and vintage-inspired, farmhouse and urban home decor all under one roof!” Jennifer Allwood—beginning as a decorative painter, Jen has combined her decorating expertise and vision with advice and support for small businesses. Her website states that “so often creative entrepreneurs have amazing creative services and products, but they struggle to grow their business online. I train creative business owners to grow their brand and business so that they can sell more and make money while they sleep.” Kyle Davis—Kyle and his best friends Rehan and Taimoor Nana star in FYI Network’s “You Can’t Turn That Into a House”. All three are local guys—Kyle is from Lawrence and Rehan and Taimoor make their homes in Fairway. They’ve travelled through the area—Platte City, Lee’s Summit and others—as they’ve transformed everything from a chicken coop to a horse trailer into a house.

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Kansas Area Council Hears from Chris Kuehl

The Kansas Area Council on September 26 featured leading local economist Chris Kuehl, Ph.D. Dr. Kuehl is a managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company.

CAPS Classes Provide‌ The HBA office hosted Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) classes last month, taught by Shawn McGuire. In the CAPS I training, attendees learned how to identify opportunities and develop the skills to interact with customers that are 50+ years old in order to grow their businesses. They learned best practices in communicating and interacting with this exciting and evolving population.

Kuehl advised the audience that economic data reports for the remainder of 2017 will be skewed due to the hurricanes in Texas and Florida: the third quarter will likely show a decrease in activity, but as rebuilding begins in the fourth quarter the numbers will be better than otherwise expected.

recession on the horizon, noting that a sudden increase in inflation would warn of recession.

Kuehl does not see an increase in interest rates, based on the very low rate of inflation and decrease in workforce participation. Likewise, he does not see a

Answering a question about the continuing increase in lumber prices and other costs when there is no reported inflation, Kuehl stated that the calculation of the

inflation rate includes very few items that are used in home building, especially in the consumer inflation rate. Rather, lumber prices have been affected by the government attitude toward imports and demand.


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The National Association of Home Builders designates September as Associate Appreciation month. The HBA is fortunate to have associate members that are so active and involved in our association. As a gesture of its appreciation, the HBA hosted an associate appreciation lunch Sept. 19. A DJ played music while members gathered for hamburgers and hot dogs, which were provided by Nadlers.

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An example of the great support from associate members was evidenced by the United Heating & Cooling trucks in the parking lot during the associate appreciation lunch. For at least the last 10 parades, United Heating has picked up parade guides and delivered them to the HBA for builder pickup. Thank you to our associate members and remember -- do business with a member!

Possible Liability Under Kansas Subcontractor Law A recent court case brought to light a Kansas statute dating back to 1973 that makes a builder liable when a subcontractor does not pay their workers. The Kansas Department of Labor is the government entity responsible for enforcing this law.

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and to the extent that the subcontractor fails to pay such wages.” Therefore, it requires builders to compensate the workers directly, despite already paying the subcontractor for the work. The law does provide builders the “right in the payor to recoupment from the subcontractor,” meaning they should be able to sue for the money back. However, this is not a perfect solution due to legal fees, difficulty in tracking the subcontractor down, etc. Continued on page 7

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As this law does not seem well-known, please be aware of your potential liability. It is important to recognize ways to mitigate the risk, such as hiring reputable subcontractors with clean work histories. Builders should also have in place independent contractor agreements with all subcontractors used to perform work on a project. In the absence of an independent contractor agreement, it can be alleged by the attorney of a subcontractor that the builder exercised a level of control over what was done, how it was done, and when it was done, to the extent that the relationship was in reality that of an employee/employer. Misclassifying that relationship could open up numerous other problems for the builder, not just the issue of paying workers.

The HBA is continuing to investigate this statute and how builders can protect themselves from the increased liability.

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Tell Job Seekers Why Building is a Great Gig October is Careers in Construction Month, an opportunity to increase public awareness about the great jobs available in residential construction and related trade professions. Both NAHB and the KCHBA are working hard to address the critical labor shortage builders are currently facing.

Members are encouraged to consider the many valuable opportunities of offering student internships. Doing so allows home builders to engage with a large talent pool filled with resources that could help them meet their skilled labor needs. An NAHB publication, “Student Internships: Resources for

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Home health care services


Nursing and residential care facilities


Food services and drinking places


Offices of physicians


Local government educational services compensation


Employment services


Computer systems design and related services


Hospitals; private


Offices of other health practitioners


Outpatient care centers


Management, scientific, and technical consulting services


Wholesale trade


Individual and family services



General Merchandise stores


Retail, except motor vehicle and parts dealers, food and beverage…


Junior colleges, colleges, universities, and professional schools; private


Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and…


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Motor vehicle and parts dealers


Source: Employment Projections, BLS

The accompanying chart indicates that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the construction industry to top the list of job growth during the next several years. KCHBA’s Workforce Development taskforce has formulated a Strategic Plan, structured around two subcommittees—Education and Community & Industry Outreach. HBA staff and volunteers attended the Olathe Advanced Technical Center Career Day on October 4th, promoting the homebuilding industry to students that would be fantastic additions to our workforce.

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NAHB Supports White House Efforts to Reduce Regulatory Burdens NAHB CEO Jerry Howard joined Administration and industry leaders at a White House event on October 2nd,

highlighting the need to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and the economy. Vice President Mike Pence, who hosted the event, was joined by the entire cabinet, members of the Republican

congressional leadership, several governors and approximately 100 industry leaders. Pence cited the Administration’s progress on regulatory reform across federal agencies and its plans to continue working on regulatory relief moving forward.

After the White House event, NAHB was invited to participate in three of 10 breakout sessions hosted by federal agencies, including the Labor Department, Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury, to discuss the specific regulations in need of reform.

“Residential construction remains one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country,” Howard said. “We are pleased that the Trump administration recognizes the regulatory challenges placed on our industry and that it is taking steps to reduce these burdens.”

Submitted comments to the EPA recommending that the agency revise regulations governing wetlands, stormwater and lead-based paint.

Here are some recent examples of how NAHB has been working with the Administration and federal agencies on this issue:

Organized members to participate in SBA Advocacy roundtables held across the country, where members gave firsthand accounts of the problematic federal regulations they face.

Who’s building here? Find out by subscribing to the KCHBA’s Permit Report. The Detail Permit Report provides up-to-date information on residential building permits in the eight county metro area, including builder name and contact info, permit address, subdivision and value. Available only to KCHBA members, the Detail Report subscription cost is $460 per year. In addition to the Detail Report, reports which focus on specific counties are also available. For information regarding permit reports, contact Marcia Jurgens (


Submitted comments to HUD about which of the agency’s regulations should be repealed, replaced or modified; and met with HUD Secretary Carson to discuss regulatory and housing affordability issues. Met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss steps to reduce regulatory burdens that are raising housing costs for home builders and home buyers. “We look forward to helping this Administration deliver meaningful regulatory relief to the industry and, in doing so, generating substantial local economic activity and job creation,” said Howard. NAHBNow, 10/3/17

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October Is Membership Month and We Are Asking for Your Help Your HBA Membership Committee and staff have been hard at work creating a plan to reach our goal of 10 new members in October – that’s two to three new members each week. But we need your help. The HBA is asking that each member reach out to one non-member and invite them to an upcoming event you are planning to attend. (See calendar of events on page 2.) The HBA will comp the guest’s registration cost for the event. In addition, here are just a few quick talking points you can share with non-members before, during and after the event on why they should consider becoming a member: Build a better network - The HBA hosts numerous networking events throughout the year in an effort to promote relationship-building within the industry. (Monthly Area Councils, Clay Shoot and New Member gatherings, to name a few.) Increased profitability – The HBA works hard to keep the costs of home building down. Most recently, we lobbied on the industry’s behalf and were successful in eliminating the possibility of the state/cities mandating fire sprinklers in all new homes. Generate new business – A subscription to the HBA’s monthly Permit Report is available exclusively to members, which is an excellent source for business development. Improve business practices, become more competitive – The HBA serves as a resource for the latest news and information that affects the housing industry – both locally and nationally – through our website, our monthly Building

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Our motto for Membership Month is “Be Educated. Be Involved. Be a Member.” So when you see and/or receive materials with this tag line please feel free to share it with any non-members you know.

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the HBA takes every opportunity to promote its members in the media and throughout the year at its major events, such as the Spring and Fall Parade of Homes and the Greater Kansas City Home Show.

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One of the best ways to recruit a new member is to share a specific example of how the HBA has helped you. Personal achievements and success stories from you will mean much more to the non-member than anything anyone else says.

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NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on OMB Flood Insurance Proposal

This month’s pro tip is:

Differentiate Yourself and Increase Sales What are your business’ unique qualities? How do you make your business stand out from the competition? What steps can you take to get your audience’s attention and boost sales? Learn these answers and more on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET during the webinar Dare to Be Different, Increase Your Sales!

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement regarding a proposal to reform the National Flood Insurance Program put forth by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney:

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“While NAHB supports reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that will keep the program fiscally sound and preserve rate affordability, we strongly oppose the new proposal by OMB Director Mulvaney to phase out new NFIP policies for newly-constructed homes. It would simply prevent home builders from being able to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers. By creating uncertainty in the housing market, this proposal would also harm

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local communities and impair economic growth. “New homes are built to more stringent safety standards and usually fare much better than the older housing stock in flooding disasters. Moreover, new construction policyholders pay full-risk rates, so they put more into the NFIP than they take out in claims. Why does OMB needlessly propose to penalize new construction? It would only hurt the fiscal soundness of the NFIP and fail to ease taxpayer burdens. “NAHB will continue to work with Congress and the administration to achieve needed reforms to the NFIP that will ensure it remains efficient and effective in protecting property owners, creates more stability in the housing market, and improves the financial viability of the program.”

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Make Full Use of NAHB Membership Did you know the NAHB has these resources? Working in the construction industry can sometimes be dangerous. Work-related accidents can cause serious injuries and even death. But most of them are preventable. NAHB provides a number of educational resources, safety training materials, and news updates to help members learn what they need to know about construction safety, keep informed about proposed safety standards comply with existing regulations, and provide training to their employees.


The toolkits provided are intended to help educate employers and workers on the various safety and health hazards the industry faces today on the jobsite, and to better understand and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.


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Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute! All contractors who need credit to renew their licenses are encouraged to attend classes at the Fall Seminar held by Johnson County Contractor Licensing October 30 through November 3. As the KCHBA does not have contractor classes scheduled for the remainder of 2017, builders and associates are urged to participate in Johnson County’s seminar. The mission of Johnson County Contractor Licensing is to foster the highest standards of integrity, skill, and trade practice in the construction disciplines regulated by the program. In so doing, they work to safeguard the life, health, property, and welfare of the public. That mission is accomplished by administering a uniform licensing pro- Online Resources for HBA Members Register for HBA Events with Safe & secure online registration. Personalized calendar of events. Get notification of your events

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gram for participating jurisdictions and by producing quality construction-related continuing education seminars for licensed contractors, trade practitioners, and building inspection professionals. 2016 was a growth year for the program, having added Tonganoxie and Mission Hills. Now, representing 18 jurisdictions inside and outside Johnson County, the organization is proud to have been designated as the International Code Council’s first Preferred Provider Program. Pre-registration is required for classes and for lunch (Thursday is whole hog day, by the way). For on-line registration go to http://cls.jocogov. org/CLSCOURSEREG/default.aspx. Seminar booklets with registration forms are also available at the HBA office. The deadline for registration is October 27; for further information call 913-715-2233.

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Silica Rule in Effect The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially began enforcing the silica rule on Saturday, Sept. 23. The rule will apply to a wide range of employers who are involved with common residential construction tasks such as using masonry saws, grinders, drills, jackhammers, performing milling, and using heavy equipment for grading and excavating. Silica is a component of soil, sand and granite, and occurs in many commonly used building products such as mortar, concrete, bricks, blocks, rocks and stones. It can be disturbed by construction activities ranging from cutting concrete and brick to moving soil around the jobsite. OSHA has determined that the rule is needed to substantially reduce the risk of serious disease from exposure to airborne concentrations of silica dust.

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The crystalline silica rule was originally issued in March 2016 with a delay on enforcement. It is the most far-reaching regulatory initiative ever finalized for construction with an industry-estimated cost of $5 billion per year — roughly $4 billion per year more than OSHA estimates. NAHB and the Construction Industry Safety Coalition have requested that OSHA withdraw the rule and talk frankly with the construction industry about a more feasible and economical approach to dealing with the silica hazards.

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NAHB’s legal challenge on the silica rule is still pending. For more background on crystalline silica as well as resources for helping home builders comply with the rule, see NAHB’s Silica in Construction Toolkit, found at

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Tricia French Membership & Events Support, 816-733-2217

2012 Regency Homes

Courtney Reyes Government Affairs Manager, 816-733-2214

2013 Millard Lumber Kansas City Providence Homes, LLC

Kelcee Schlotzhauer Permit and Show Sales Coordinator, 816-733-2246


Platte-Clay Electric Coop

Katie Walkley Government Affairs Manager, 816-733-2241

Dawn Allen Director of Member Services & Events, 816-733-2239


2007 Decor & Company Warehouse, LLC

2009 Aristocrat Homes, LLC Arrow Circle Electric, Inc. Banks Blue Valley Pools & Spa Country Home Elevator & Stairlift Crowley Furniture Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City Kobush Concrete, Inc. R W Investments, LLC Show Me Ready Mix, LLC Wheeler Design, Inc.

Gina Battle Director of Parade of Homes, 816-733-2219

Insuring Kansas City area builders for more than 50 years

2004 Stewart Builders, LLC

October 2017 | Volume 23, No. 10 |

Member Anniversaries 2014 Century Marketing, Inc. 2015 Best Lighting Lawn and Landscape Solutions Wholesale Sheet Metal 2016 Bennett Home Improvement & Building, Inc. Re/Max House of Dreams Regency Homes, LLC

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Star Companies, Inc. Stewart Title Wells Fargo Home Mortgage GOLD SPONSORS

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ProSource Raynor Garage Door Co., Inc ReeceNichols Wilson Lighting 21 | Volume 23, No. 10 | October 2017

New Members Anything on Anything Kim Christopher 10798 Oakmont Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 498-9082


ATI A/V and Security Scott Reaves 8518 Sleepy Hollow Rd. Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 237-8038

Homeowners save with natural gas. Natural gas furnaces heat homes more efficiently than electric heat pumps: the average household can save $400 to $500 a year with a natural gas furnace.

Century Plumbing Co. Todd Rosenfelt 14001 Century Ln Grandview, MO 64030 (816) 765-6066


Build for Comfort. Build with Natural Gas. Natural gas is efficient, affordable, reliable and proven to sell homes faster. With MGE's new rebate programs, it's easier than ever for builders to upgrade to high efficiency natural gas appliances.

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Keller Williams North Gayla Hiatt 310 NW Englewood Road Kansas City, MO 64118 (816) 268-4428 Lashbrook Co. Rick Lashbrook PO Box 26710 Overland Park, KS 66225 Matt Adam Development Co., Inc. Matt Adam 15050 Antioch Ste. 101 Overland Park, KS 66221 (913) 890-4302

Cover Electric Matt Deever 21717 W. 99th Street Lenexa, KS 66220 (913) 744-7787

Prairie Design Build David Schleicher 270 Hillcrest Road West Lake Quivira, KS 66217 (913) 441-0000

Drees Built Homes Brad Drees 40412 W 247th Wellsville, KS 66092 (913) 915-4201

Schluter Systems L.P. Denny Routh 194 Pleasant Ridge Road Plattsburg, MO 12901 (888) 472-4588

Franklin American Mortgage Co. Adam Andrews 7300 W. 110th St. Suite 700 Overland Park, KS 66210 (417) 619-8181

Stonehenge Outdoor, LLC Cyrus Dawson 5620 E State Route 150 Kansas City, MO 64147 (816) 807-6323

ISC Surfaces/ Virginia Tile Joe Cinalli 5100 Kansas Ave. Kansas City, KS 66106 (913) 313-7137

Table Rock Company Darin Loftus 17672 Welch Plaza Omaha, NE 68135 (402) 408-1830

October 2017 | Volume 23, No. 10 |

Residential Permit Growth Continues Local cities and counties issued 481 permits for new single-family units during August bringing the yearto-date total to 4,128, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. This total of 4,128 is a 7 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Kansas City, Mo., tops the list of permit issuers with 680, with the majority (504) of those in Clay County. Rounding out the top five most active cities are: Olathe (407), Lee’s Continued on page 16

New Affiliates Keller Williams North Tyler Hiatt 310 NW Englewood Road Kansas City, MO 64118 (816) 268-4428 Matt Adam Development Co., Inc. Ryan Tull 15050 Antioch, Ste. 101 Overland Park, KS 66221 (913) 890-4302 ReeceNichols Nikie Jo Glasbrenner 11601 Granada Leawood, KS 66211 (816) 468-8555 Stonehenge Outdoor, LLC Spencer Sherf 5620 E State Route 150 Kansas City, MO 64147 (816) 807-6323

August 2017

Residential Building Permit Statistics

Residential Building Permit Statistics AUGUST 2017 CASS COUNTY Archie Belton Cass County Cleveland Garden City Harrisonville Lake Winnebago Lee's Summit Peculiar Pleasant Hill Raymore Village of Loch Lloyd

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

Single MultiFamily Family Total Units^ Units% Units 0 22 12 0 0 0 3 6 5 6 19 2 75

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

0 22 12 0 0 0 3 6 5 6 19 2 75

S-F Units YTD

M-F Units YTD

Total Units YTD

0 89 62 2 2 2 7 27 73 32 154 10 460

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

0 89 62 2 2 2 7 27 73 32 154 10 460

7 1 2 55 17 0 2 0 0 12 96

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

7 1 2 55 17 0 2 0 0 12 96

45 16 12 504 88 0 39 1 0 130 835

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

45 16 12 504 88 0 39 1 0 130 835

18 0 5 0 5 6 12 3 0 32 3 0 0 84

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 22

18 0 5 0 5 6 12 25 0 32 3 0 0 106

124 0 52 2 19 79 56 54 2 324 31 0 0 743

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 395 0 308 0 0 0 703

124 0 52 2 19 79 56 449 2 632 31 0 0 1446

11 2 0 9 4 0 0 26

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

11 2 0 9 4 0 0 26

122 36 0 128 33 9 3 331

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

122 36 0 128 33 9 3 331

4 0 1 10 3 5 0 0 0 67 36 3 0 18 13 0 160

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

4 0 1 10 3 5 0 0 0 67 36 3 0 18 13 0 160

15 0 7 60 38 37 140 1 4 407 318 18 7 138 66 1 1257

120 0 0 0 0 0 67 0 0 30 287 0 0 0 0 0 504

135 0 7 60 38 37 207 1 4 437 605 18 7 138 66 1 1761


Single MultiFamily Family Total Units^ Units% Units LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 8 0 8 Lansing 0 0 0 Leav. County 7 0 7 Leavenworth 0 0 0 Tonganoxie 2 0 2 17 0 17 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Co MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill Totals

S-F Units YTD

M-F Units YTD

Total Units YTD

55 5 60 7 34 161

0 0 0 0 0 0

55 5 60 7 34 161

1 0 12 13

0 0 0 0

1 0 12 13

6 2 254 262

0 0 0 0

6 2 254 262

3 7 0 0 0 10

0 0 0 0 0 0

3 7 0 0 0 10

17 39 0 6 17 79

0 0 0 0 0 0

17 39 0 6 17 79







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

2010 137 145 252 228 213 239 180 243 173 279 173 209 2,471

2011 90 121 180 210 230 262 204 205 202 205 185 207

2012 188 182 270 277 294 268 288 260 379 331 283 279

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

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 5,517

2017 457 476 567 561 504 570 512 481


Comparison of Permits By Units Issued Year to Date

2010 - 2017 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

S-F Units 1637 1502 2027 2709 2780 2987 3858 4128

M-F Units 223 576 1062 1881 2271 1765 3062 1207

Total Units 1860 2078 3089 4590 5051 4752 6920 5335

^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 yearto-date figures when updated data is made available. Copyright 2017 Home Builders Assoc of Greater Kansas City. All rights reserved. | Volume 23, No. 10 | October 2017

Residential Permit Growth Continues Continued from page 15

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Summit (351), Overland Park (318) and the Unified Government of Kansas City, KS/Wyandotte County (254). While the number of single-family permits has increased compared to last year, multi-family construction has slowed down compared to 2016: new projects have decreased to 1,207 units permitted, compared with 3,062 units for the first seven months of 2016. Home builders and associates continue to report that the level of production is limited by a shortage of skilled employees. Local economist Chris Kuehl reported that this problem may be exacerbated as rebuilding in Houston and Florida attracts workers willing to move to those states.

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