NCBIA June 2020 BUILDER Newsletter

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North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) BUILDER newsletter is the official newsletter of the NCBIA and is published monthly by the NCBIA. The NCBIA is an affiliate of the Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA) & the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

NCBIA Office

5201 Waterford Dr. Sheffield Village, OH 44035 Phone: 440.934.1090 |


Executive Officer Judie Docs | Executive Assistant LaBreeska Bellan | Administrative Assistant Ashlyn Bellan | Marketing Associate Maria Sabala |

2020 NCBIA Officers

President Jeremy Vorndran, 84 Lumber Vice President Sara Majzun-Garwood, BCT Alarm Services, Inc.

Associate Vice President John Toth, Floor Coverings International Treasurer Steve Fleming, Shamrock Development Secretary Tim King, K. Hovnanian Homes - Ohio Division Immediate Past President Liz Schneider, Dollar Bank

2020 NCBIA Board of Directors

Dennis Willis, ActionCOACH TeamNEO Kelly Christy, Cleveland Custom Homes Mike Meszes, DRC Construction Dave Linna, Linna Homes & Remodeling Jason Rodriguez, Lorain County Joint Vocational School Mark Craig, Mark F. Craig, Esq. Jason Scott, North Star Builders Emily May Brunke, Northwest Bank Dave Weisenberger, Tusing Builders & Roofing Services

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Advertising Policy - The North Coast Building Industry Association reserves the right to reject advertising in the Builder newsletter based on content. Acceptance of advertising does not imply endorsement of the product or service advertised.

NCBIA Life Directors

Jeremy Vorndran, 84 Lumber Calvin Smith, Calvin Smith Builders Tom Caruso, Caruso’s Cabinets Bob Yost, Dale Yost Construction Liz Schneider Dollar Bank Mary H. Felton, Guardian Title Jack Kousma, Kousma Insulation Jeff Hensley, Lake Star Building & Remodeling Chris Majzun Sr., Majzun Construction Co. Chris S. Majzun Jr., Majzun Construction Co. Jim Sprague, Maloney + Novotny, LLC Randy Strauss, Strauss Construction Tom Lahetta, Tom Lahetta Builders, Inc.

2020 NAHB & OHBA Directors

These are our members who represent our local industry in Washington DC and Columbus.

Sr. NAHB Life Director

Randy Strauss, Strauss Construction

Ohio’s State Rep. to NAHB

Randy Strauss, Strauss Construction

OHBA Past Presidents Randy Strauss, 1996

2020 OHBA Trustees

Jeremy Vorndran, 84 Lumber Tim King, K. Hovnanian Homes – Ohio Division Jason Scott, North Star Builders

OHBA Area 2 Vice-President

Richard Bancroft, Bancroft Development

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Table of Contents 6

Letter from the President


Softball Game & Picnic Flyer

8 Save the Dates 10 Executive Officer’s Report 12-13

BUILD-PAC Brochure

14-15 Golf flyer

16 Gain for Single-Family Permits Points to Building Growth

17 Builder Confidence Surges in June


It's a Success! NCBIA Job Listing Service


Eye on Housing: Accommodative Monetary Policy Will Continue for Years

21 New Housing Numbers Flash

Spike Update

Welcome New Members! Applying for Membership! Thank You for Renewing! Sorry to See You Go!


Vacant Land Information


NAHB Safety Handbook Primes Builders on Newly Released OSHA Regulations


State Rep's Report

Signs of Continued Growth


22 Eye on the Economy: Turning


Point for Labor Market


Housing Stands Poised to Lead a Recovery

NCBIA Calendar of Events

Legislative Review


CareWorks Update

26 Coronavirus Likely to Add


27 Economic Well-being of U.S.


28 Home Purchasing Climbs for


Momentum to Increased Home Building in Smaller Markets




Eighth Straight Week

NCBIA Member Testimonials

Photo Gallery: Summer Membership Banquet

Hall of Fame


The NCBIA IS BACK IN FULL SWING! On Wednesday June 24th, the North Coast Building Industry Association was able to have our first live event since February 29th. That is 116 days since we were able to see each other in person, laugh together, and tell our stories to one another. The cookout at Crushers stadium was like a big family reunion for us. The venue was perfect, the food was amazing, and the company could not have been better. I would be remiss if I did not give a HUGE thank you to Judie Docs, our executive officer. Judie worked tirelessly to make sure we were able to have this fantastic event. From calling the health department and making sure we were following the appropriate guidelines to finding a new venue on short notice. Judie does so much work for the association behind the scenes and I am truly grateful for everything she does to make the NCBIA a success! It was truly a great thing to see everyone together again. There was so much laughter and everyone I talked to was just so grateful to be back together again. We had many new members in attendance, and it was good to be able to put a face with the name. The zoom meetings and online socials were great but getting to talk to them all in person and learn about their companies was even better. There is no substitute for a handshake and face to face interaction. I think this general membership meeting proved just that. Jeremy Vorndran of 84 Lumber


As I have said many times before, this association is truly a wonderful group of people and I am so honored to be the 2020 president.

I am so glad that our events are up and running and we are getting back into the swing of things. We have our annual golf outing coming up on July 31st and this event is always a great time. I encourage you to get your foursomes in now as they will be selling out quick! Sponsorships are still available as well so be sure to check out that flyer for more details. Next up we have our annual Member vs Member Softball Game and Family Picnic on August 29th. This event is one of the most fun for our members! The flyer has just come out and we are looking for players! If you want to play on one of our two teams send an email to Sara Majzun-Garwood and she will get you all signed up! This is one of my favorite events of the year as it builds up our member to member camaraderie and it strengthens many of our business relationships! As I have said many times before, this association is truly a wonderful group of people and I am so honored to be the 2020 president. We have had a tough first half of the year, but I know it is only going to go up from here!


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June 2020

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Executive Committee Meeting 3:30 - 5:50

Board of Directors Meeting 5:00 - 6:30

July 31 (Assigned Tee Times) Golf Classic

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August 29

2020 Softball Game & Picnic

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Why BUILD-PAC? BUILD-PAC depends on the contributions of all members to help us elect pro-housing candidates to office. This 2020 election year is especially important with several key races around the country. Importance of BUILD-PAC: • Everyday federal lawmakers make decisions that impact your business. • Having a social political presence locally, state, and national, including having a big PAC means something, • An investment in BUILD-PAC is an investment in your business. • It is not about buying votes – it is about ensuring that we have the right members elected. • We can sit back and pump the breaks – watch candidates get elected who will harm our industry OR we can hit the accelerator and work together as an industry to protect our champions in the government. Member Participation: • Member participation, at any level, is especially important to the strengthening of housing’s voice. • We cannot continue to put the weight of our political strength on the backs of just 3% of our members. • We need every member across the federation to make an investment to show how strong and important our industry is.

by Judie Docs, CSP, MCSP, MIRM, CMP, CGP

This election cycle has proven to be more competitive than in the past and that means even more expensive. We must ensure our coffers are full this year so we can support all our housing champions. Thanking you in advance for your investment in BUILD-PAC that will help strengthen our industry’s political muscle.

B U I L D - PA C depends on the contributions of all members to help us elect prohousing candidates to office.

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5201 Waterford Drive Sheffield Village, OH 44035 (440) 934-1090


Serving Erie, Huron and Lorain Counties

NCBIA Build PAC provides financial support to political candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who respect the legitimate interest of the housing industry as it strives to satisfy the community’s need for better housing.

NCBIA Build PAC is a political action committee of the North Coast Building Industry Association.

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and involvement in Build-PAC. Each year OHBA Build PAC supports pro-housing candidates who champion

give, do so voluntarily. They understand a pro-business officials is essential to sustaining our industry.

and Governor on housing issues facing our industry. For example, in a typical election it is not uncommon for the

irrespective of party affiliation. Candidates are judged strictly on their merits.

representation enables us to provide this education efficiently and timely.

Its goal is to help elect and re-elect pro-housing and probusiness candidates to local and state governmental

Code Advisory Committee (RCAC) and Board of Building Standards(BBS). Direct action by OHBA has achieved code savings totaling thousands of dollars per home by insisting on a true and realistic cost/benefit analysis to be completed proving actual cost savings to prospective homebuyers before passage. OHBA is assured builder

Columbus? Because of the legislation in Columbus that affects our members businesses, it is most important that we give our PAC dollars to keep our interests in the forefront of any legislation. None of us have time to keep up on all the legislation brought before our representatives in Columbus.

With important decisions to be made on sensible

growth initiatives, tax reform, property rights and

housing affordability, a strong bipartisan electorate is

vital to keeping a pro-housing agenda.

Who runs NCBIA Build PAC?

NCBIA Members do! An elected Board of Trustees made up of NCBIA members decide which political candidates to support.

sprinklers and include burdensome and costly energy requirements in new home construction. All a direct result of OHBA action and advocacy.

Again, at the discretion of the NCBIA Build PAC Trustees donations are sent on behalf of the NCBIA so that OHBA can continue to protect our industry as an active and aggressive advocate for all facets of the building industry in the myriad of the many legislative and regulatory issues impacting our business before the Ohio General Assembly and government offices.

Does any part of my contribution pay for other

expenses, such as overhead or administrative


No. All funds collected for the PAC will be used in

support of candidates and political parties.

have saved millions of dollars by not having to install

representation on the RCAC and BBS. Our members

code issues under consideration by the Ohio Residential

To represent the interest of the industry on building

on housing issues facing our members. Our full-time

The NCBIA Build PAC is a local political action committee.


New members need to be brought quickly up to speed

How will NCBIA Build PAC work for my business?

General Assembly to have 30% to 40% new members.

To educate the constantly changing General Assembly

North Coast BIA Build PAC supports candidates

What about the regulatory issues impacting us in

The NCBIA Build PAC is the political action committee for our association. It provides financial support to political candidates who understand and support the issues of the industry. NCBIA Build PAC ensures the voices of our members are heard on industry-related issues.

General Assembly by promotions, member support

help elect candidates to office is prohibited. Those who

Does NCBIA Build PAC favor a political party?

To support pro-home construction advocates in the

Under Federal Law, the use of membership dues to

affordable housing issues.

How does OHBA use our dollars?

Why can’t NCBIA Build PAC use my dues money?

Why is NCBIA Build PAC so important?


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Gain for Single-Family Permits Points to Building Growth BY ROBERT DIETZ


ingle-family housing starts were flat in May, albeit off an upwardly revised estimate for construction in April. Singlefamily starts in May were estimated by Census/HUD at a 675,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, after an revised estimate of 674,000 for April. However, the turning point for the market was found in the permits data. Consistent with recent gains in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), single-family permits increased almost 12% in May. Total permits for single-family homes issued in 2020 on a year-to-date basis are 1.8% than the first five months of 2019. An increase in the pace of permits signals gains for single-family starts ahead. Since the peak rate in February, the pace of single-family construction has declined 35% as of May. As an indication of how strong the start was for single-family construction in 2020, single-family starts on a year-to-date basis are down just 2.4% relative to the comparable 2019 totals. Thus far, single-family starts are down on a year-todate basis 23% in the Northeast, 3% in the Midwest, and 3% in the South, but are 4% higher in the West (led by the fast growing Mountain states). Construction starts for the multifamily sector, which includes apartment buildings and condos, increased 15% to a 299,000 pace in May. This reflects a 52% decline for multifamily construction relative to the strong January pace at the start of 2020. NAHB’s forecast calls for multifamily construction to decline more than single-family construction as a result of the 2020 downturn. In terms of economic impact, there were 503,000 singlefamily homes under various stages of construction in May. This was down more than 2% from April and almost 4% lower than a year ago, as the impact of recent months’ single-family starts declines take hold. It is the lowest total since early 2018. There were 669,000 multifamily units under construction in May, a slight decline from April (675,000). But this total is 10% higher than May of 2019.

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Builder Confidence Surges in June BY ROBERT DIETZ


n a sign that housing stands poised to lead a post-pandemic economic recovery, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped 21 points to 58 in June, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Any reading above 50 indicates a positive market. As the nation reopens, housing is well-positioned to lead the economy forward. Inventory is tight, mortgage applications are increasing, interest rates are low and confidence is rising. And buyer traffic more than doubled in one month even as builders report growing online and phone inquiries stemming from the outbreak. Housing clearly shows signs of momentum as challenges and opportunities exist in the single-family market. Builders report increasing demand for families seeking single-family homes in inner and outer suburbs that feature lower density neighborhoods. At the same time, elevated unemployment and the risk of new, local virus outbreaks remain a risk to the housing market. Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. All the HMI indices posted gains in June. The HMI index gauging current sales conditions jumped 21 points to 63, the component measuring sales expectations in the next six months surged 22 points to 68 and the measure charting traffic of prospective buyers vaulted 22 points to 43. Looking at the monthly average regional HMI scores, the Northeast surged 31 point to 48, the South jumped 20 points to 62, the Midwest posted a 19-point gain to 51 and the West catapulted 22 points to 66. The HMI tables can be found at More information on housing statistics is also available at

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ast month, I was emailing Kim Strah of Advanced Air Duct Solutions, Inc. about the upcoming golf outing. She mentioned they were slammed at work and just could not find additional employees. They were even having to turn people away. Since they were completely booked, they were unable to attend the event. A good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless! Since it sounded like Kim and Rick were looking for additional employees to lighten their load, I offered to post their open position on and on the NCBIA Facebook page, for FREE! Did you know this service is offered to all members? Kim took me up on the offer to help and quickly sent me a great description of the company and the position they were hiring for. The job posting went up right away on and on Facebook. com/northcoastbia/. Read on to see what happened next. Q: Kim, you mentioned that you received some applicants from the NCBIA job postings. Can you tell us a little bit about the application(s) you received and what your initial thoughts were? How many did you get and what was the quality of the applications? A (Kim): Yes! We were delighted to have two applicants that had experience with hand tools, customer service, and the ability to drive a box truck. Both applicants were willing to begin the paid training program immediately. We prefer to train those without any duct cleaning experience, as it can be difficult to leave bad habits behind. Q: Despite the lack of information on the applicant’s online resume, you decided to give them a chance. How did you know they would be a good fit for your company? A. (Kim) We always begin with a phone interview. We have a list of questions that cover the basics requirements necessary to allow for a good fit. One applicant checked all the right boxes while the other did not. After having a traditional interview with the remaining applicant, our confidence in the match was confirmed, and so we offered him the position.

A (Kim): Obviously, yes! We have officially hired a second Facebook applicant as of today! We truly appreciate the help that your service provided! Sometimes when you are too busy to look up you become your own obstacle. Your offer of help came at just the right moment! We have been blessed with two new crew members that we are genuinely excited about! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Thank you so much for letting us interview you for this article today. We wish you all the best with your growing team and your business! Thank you for being a member of the NCBIA! We are delighted we could help you guys out.

Q: What tips would you give other member companies who are looking to hire? A (Kim): We have had some luck with Indeed and word of mouth, but I would highly recommend taking advantage of this free service! Facebook provides you with a huge audience. Q: Was the NCBIA job listing a good addition to your recruitment process?

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Federal Reserve: Accomodative Monetary Policy Will Continue for Years



he Federal Reserve held the federal funds rate at the current 0% to 0.25% range as it continues to deploy policy tools to underwrite an emerging recovery for the U.S. economy. And it will continue to provide such policy support until the crisis has passed and the economy has recovered. The Fed noted that it will continue its quantitative easing policy, purchasing on a monthly basis $80 billion in Treasuries and $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities, which is helping to support low mortgage interest rates and housing demand. Home building, and housing in general, will be a leading element of the recovery, as foreshadowed by two months of gains for mortgage applications and better than expected newly-built home sales. The Fed is projecting a 6.5% decline for GDP for 2020 (NAHB’s call is -6.2%) due to the sharp, sudden stop for the economy due to government mandated virus mitigation efforts. Like other outlooks, the nation’s central bank is forecasting a strong bounce back in 2021, with growth for that year coming in at a 5% rate. The Fed’s projections indicate an effective zero federal funds rate through 2022, but indicated that the long-run rate should return to 2.5% (beyond 2022). The statement from the central bank indicates that the Fed will continue to be broadly accomodative in terms of monetary policy during this crisis. NAHB’s forecast includes a projection that the Fed will not advance the fed funds rate until the Fed’s target inflation rate rises to its 2% target on a consistent basis and the economy returns to full unemployment (unemployment below 5.5%). It is likely that the Fed’s miscalculation in 2018 – raising rates too quickly and causing, among other effects, a soft patch for housing in 2018/2019 – is leading the Fed to be more aggressive in the current crisis. This monetary policy support is broadly positive for building and housing markets. The Fed’s messaging is clear: it will do what it takes to return labor markets and the economy as a whole to its prior trend. In particular, the Fed is making sure that credit is available for households and businesses to ensure the smooth operation of markets. Housing and home building are important elements for the transmission of monetary policy and will thus feature as front-line sectors during a recovery. Despite the promising May employment report and other positive leading indicators, there is more work to do as the recovery gets underway. page 20

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New Housing Numbers Flash Signs of Continued Growth

n a sign that the housing market continues to show forward momentum, single-family permits posted an 11.9 percent gain in May, while total housing starts increased 4.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000 units, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department.

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The May reading of 974,000 starts is the number of housing units builders would begin if they kept this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number, single-family starts increased 0.1 percent to a 675,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, after an upward revision for the April estimate. The multifamily sector, which includes apartment buildings and condos, increased 15.0 percent to a 299,000 pace. “We are seeing many positive economic indicators that point to a recovery, including low interest rates, rising demand and an increase in mortgage applications,” said NAHB Chairman Dean Mon. “Singlefamily and multifamily housing production are on an upward path while overall permits, which are a harbinger of future building activity, posted a double-digit gain.” “The May housing report is consistent with the positive results of the NAHB/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index, and we expect this momentum to continue as economic activity recovers,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “In another promising sign, single-family permits are up almost 2 percent on a year-to-date basis and builders are bringing back thousands of workers laid off in March and April to meet renewed demand.” On a regional and year-to-date basis (January through May of 2020 compared to that same timeframe a year ago), combined singlefamily and multifamily starts are 1.7 percent higher in the Midwest, 4.7 percent higher in the West, 6.7 percent lower in the Northeast and 0.2 percent lower in the South.

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Overall permits increased 14.4 percent to a 1.22 million unit annualized rate in May. Single-family permits increased 11.9 percent to a 745,000 unit rate. Multifamily permits increased 18.8 percent to a 475,000 pace. Looking at regional permit data on a year-to-date basis, permits are 14.8 percent lower in the Northeast, 6.2 percent lower in the Midwest, 2.7 percent lower in the West and 0.8 percent higher in the South.

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Turning Point for Labor Market



n a surprisingly positive reading for the labor market, recent jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate in May declined to 13.3%. The true unemployment rate is likely closer to 16% due to many who reported being "employed but absent from work" but who were most likely unemployed. However, even with this technical adjustment, the jobless rate came in well below the 20%-plus rate some analysts had forecasted. (NAHB's forecast called for a 17.8% rate for the second quarter.) This forecasting miss by those predicting a much higher level of unemployment appears to have been based on somewhat unreliable state-level jobless claims data. The unemployment rate for construction workers is currently 15.2%. Moreover, a job gain of 2.5 million was reported for May; a striking contrast to what many analysts had predicted of a job loss of up to 8 million. Residential construction was among the top sectors in terms of the May turnaround. After posting a job loss of 422,000 in April, home builders and remodelers added 226,000 jobs last month, as housing demand improved. Getting the economy back on track will require additional hiring by employers, as well as a recovery for the labor force participation rate, a measure of people who hold a job or are actively looking for one. After declining 2.5 percentage points in April, the participation rate gained 0.6 points in May, rising to 60.8%.

Furthermore, we expect the economic crisis associated with the virus to accelerate existing geographic trends of home construction activity. The NAHB Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) found that in the first quarter, single-family construction expanded at a faster pace in small metros, small towns and rural areas than in larger metro areas. A similar pattern has been in place for apartment construction, with multifamily market share for lessdense markets having risen since the start of 2019. The impact of the virus, with people telecommuting more and seeking lowerdensity neighborhoods, will accelerate these existing trends. Challenges remain ahead for housing, but as the labor market improves, so too has the outlook for the housing market. And while a decline in listings of existing homes is holding back the resale market, home builders have benefitted in the short-run due to the corresponding decline in competition. However, on the whole, historically low interest rates and a more rapid than expected improvement in the labor market should set the stage for a V-shaped recovery for housing, which in turn will provide support for the overall economy as a rebound takes shape in the second half of the year.

The reopening of the economy in most states has led to a rapid reversal for the jobs outlook and the prospects for the beginning of a recovery in the third quarter. Housing data indicate the industry will lead the way in such a rebound: For eight consecutive weeks, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association has shown weekly gains for home purchase mortgage applications, a sign of improving housing demand, particularly for the single-family market. In fact, the data from the last week of May and first week of June show applications are running higher on a year-over-year basis. However, risks remain as the recovery could be uneven. For example, recent NAHB analysis identified states with vulnerable labor markets due to exposure of high unemployment business sectors, including tourism and hospitality enterprises.

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ith one major exception, this week’s housing data showed some signs of stabilization after an effective two-month pause for major portions of the U.S. economy. While most indicators are down yearover-year, there are hints of a rebound in the data, provided businesses can continue to reopen as the virus slows its growth. As the housing sector enters this recession underbuilt, it is a sector with both pent-up housing demand and sensitivity to low interest rates, which places it in a good position to recover more quickly than other sectors of the economy. Indeed, in the most promising sign, mortgage purchase applications increased for the sixth straight week, supported by historically low mortgage rates (3.4% average). Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association found a 9% week-over-week gain, with a 54% improvement since early April and standing at the highest level since mid-March. These gains foreshadowed the surprise in the April new home sales data from the Census Bureau. The estimates revealed that the seasonally adjust annual sales pace of new, single-family homes was effectively unchanged from March, with the measured volume at a 623,000 annualized rate. The surprising April data (NAHB expected close to a 20% decline), and strong start in January and February, left new home sales for the first four months of the year 1% higher than the first four months of 2019. The April rate is nonetheless 20% lower than the January pace. A downward revision is still possible for the April sales estimate, but the initial report is a reminder of housing’s potential to lead a recovery.

1960s. The rate was just 7.9% in January, with the recent gains a strong indicator of economic concerns as households build cash reserves. Consequently, consumer spending fell approximately 14% in April, but these savings, combined with increasing economic opportunity from the reopening of various sectors, should allow an unlocking of a significant amount of pent-up consumer demand. That impact, plus ongoing improvement in housing, should help set the stage for better economic data ahead.

The resale housing market did not fare as well as the newly built market in April. As estimated by the National Association of Realtors, pending resales fell almost 22% for the month, with projected sales volume down 34% compared to a year ago. Listings have declined as owners of existing homes have been reluctant to place their residences on the market. In turn, this tight inventory environment has benefitted ready-tooccupy new construction as housing demand shows relative strength. Ultimately, whether the recent momentum in housing markets can be sustained depends on the labor market. It is the job numbers where the contrast between the recent gains for mortgage applications run counter to ongoing, historic challenges for employment. First-time jobless claims continued to be too high, but they are slowing. This week’s total was 2.1 million, leaving a net count of almost 41 million job losses (25% of the workforce) in just 10 weeks. However, continuing claims (ongoing unemployed) declined from 24.9 million to 21 million – a suggestion of renewed hiring. This macroeconomic uncertainty was also reflected in a staggering jump for the national savings rate, which increased to 33% in April, by far the highest reading since the government began measuring it in the page 24

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Coronavirus Likely to Add Momentum to Increased Home Building in Smaller Markets


he COVID-19 pandemic is likely to hasten a housing trend already taking place across the nation – residential construction activity that is expanding at a more rapid rate in lower density markets such as smaller cities and rural areas. Multifamily development is also proceeding at a brisk pace in areas where education and health services dominate. These are among the findings of the latest quarterly NAHB Home Building Geography Index (HBGI). “We expect the virus could affect future housing preferences for those currently living in the hardest-hit, high density environments like central cities and that housing demand will continue to increase in medium- and low-density communities,” said NAHB Chairman Dean Mon. “The first quarter HBGI data reveals that construction growth expanded over the last year more quickly in low population density areas than high density regions,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “This trend will continue as households seek out single-family homes further from urban cores, particularly as telecommuting continues in greater numbers.” An unavoidable lesson of the public health crisis associated with COVID-19 is that major metropolitan areas faced greater challenges. High density lifestyles, championed by some urban planners over the last decade as a rival to suburban living, proved to be vulnerable to a virus due to crowded living conditions, dependency on mass transit, and insufficient health and public sector infrastructure. The HBGI found that even before the pandemic hit, home construction activity was increasing at a higher rate in inner and outer suburbs than in high-density markets. First quarter HBGI findings show: •

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The first quarter HBGI also features a new economic geography class based on local employment in the education and health services sector (EHS). Given the public health crisis associated with COVID-19, this sector is of critical importance. The HBGI designates EHS-focused regional markets as the top quartile of counties based on this employment share (25.7% or above of total employment). These counties also make up 23.2% of the U.S. population. This analysis finds: • • • •

Single-family construction expanded across all seven economic geographies, posting the strongest growth (9.1%) in outlying suburbs (exurbs) of small metro areas, as measured on a one-year moving average. Over the past year, apartment construction growth in less dense markets has outpaced expansion in larger metropolitan areas. All economic geographies reported net growth over the past year for single-family and multifamily construction, a reminder of the momentum home building possessed before the current recession.

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The HBGI is a quarterly measurement of building conditions across the country and uses county-level information about singleand multifamily permits to gauge housing construction growth in various urban and rural regions.

4% of single-family construction occurs in EHS markets; 4% of multifamily construction occurs in these markets; Multifamily construction has outpaced single-family construction in these markets over the past year; Multifamily construction has expanded at nearly twice the growth rate of the rest of the construction in EHS markets over the past year; and Single-family construction was growing in EHS markets, but the rate was slower than the rest of the nation.

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he Federal Reserve Board recently released its Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. The report provided results from the responses to the 2019 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), as well as from responses to a follow-up survey conducted in April 2020. Surveyed items included income, employment, dealing with expenses, banking and credit, housing, education, and retirement. As of the end of 2019, 76 percent of adults reported “doing okay” or “living comfortably financially,”, which was unchanged from 2018 and was 13 percentage points higher than when the survey began in 2013. The report showed how homeownership is closely intertwined with a household’s finances. Though nearly two-third of adults owned their homes, homeownership rates varied by age, race and location. Homeownership rates generally tended to rise with age. The report revealed that 26 percent of 18-to-29-year-old owned their homes compared with 85 percent of people age 60 and older, as young adults were more likely to live with parents to save money. Similar analysis had been done by NAHB based on the results from Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS). White adults had higher homeownership rate than black and Hispanic adults. 71 percent of white adults owned their homes, compared with 48 and 50 percent of black and Hispanic adults. Moreover, rural residents were more likely to own their homes compared with people living in other areas. 31 percent of rural residents owned home without mortgage, compared with 20 percent of urban residents. The survey also provided information on the economic well-being of renters. Renters were asked to indicate all reasons for renting rather than owning. One of the common reasons for renters not to own their homes was difficulty accessing mortgage. 62 percent of renters reported that they could not afford the downpayment, and 41 percent of renters said that they could not qualify for mortgage. Other reasons that keep people renting include convenience and affordability. More than half of renters preferred renting because it is cheaper and convenient. Among renters, 35 percent of respondents were looking to buy a home.

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HOME PURCHASING CLIMBS for Eighth Straight Week



he latest round of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Application Survey showed an increase in its benchmark Market Composite Index for the week ending on June 5 by 9.3% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis. Refinancing activity, which had been showing week-toweek declines since the second week of April, showed a sharp turnaround this week and posted an 11.4% gain compared to the previous week’s activity. Home purchasing continued its climb, posting gains for the eighth straight week, increasing from the previous week by 5.3%. This week’s purchasing activity marked the highest level since January. Meanwhile, MBA’s 30-year fixedrate mortgage rate inched up one basis point from the record low reached last week of 3.37%. This suggests a cautionary stance among many lenders as the economy prepares for a relatively more V-shaped recovery from the COVID-19-induced slump. As shown in the above figure, the declines in refinancing and purchasing activities’ year-over-year gains from the previous week, while nonetheless positive, are indicative of the uncertainty that the housing market faces as many businesses reopen across the nation.

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n the residential construction industry, a safe work environment and well-written, up-to-date safety program isn’t optional; it’s essential. Not only does it keep employees healthy and safe, but it can stave off huge losses, including everything from workers’ compensation to equipment issues, administrative costs and even periods of low productivity. BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of NAHB, recently released the fourth edition of its Jobsite Safety Handbook to help home builders navigate and comply with the latest OSHA requirements and keep workers safe on the jobsite. The comprehensive guide, that features both English and Spanish translations, describes how those in the residential construction industry can comply with OSHA regulations while focusing on the most common hazards found on jobsites. It also covers the key issues residential builders and trade contractors need to focus on to reduce accidents and injuries. The pocket-sized handbook includes a series of general safety tips that are explained in simple terms and are accompanied by illustrated, colorful examples of common best practices that can be incorporated into a company’s safety and health programs. “The health and safety of our workers is the top priority on any jobsite,” said NAHB Chairman Dean Mon, a home builder and developer from Shrewsbury, N.J. “The new edition of this handbook is a great resource that covers key safety issues and offers concise tips for complying with OSHA regulations to keep workers safe.” With clear illustration and color photographs, the Jobsite Safety Handbook includes new information on topics such as: • • • • • • •

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STATE REP'S REPORT: Saturday, June 27, 2020


ast week while doing a virtual committee meeting with NAHB, I learned something quite disturbing. Did you know that more construction workers die by suicide each day than almost all other workplace related facilities combined! Wow... With the added stress of the pandemic, this statistic could become worse. Please see the link below for some further information. I ask that you share this with your members that hire and use our great trades people, hoping we all might help someone in need. Mental Wellbeing Becoming Increasingly Important for Construction Workers | NAHB Now | The News Blog of the National Association of Home Builders Hoping you all are safe and well. Randy K Strauss Ohio State Rep to NAHB 1025 Milan Avenue Amherst, Ohio 44001 Office: 440-984-2575 Cell: 440-935-2929

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Did you know that more construction workers die by suicide each day than almost all other workplace related facilities combined?!


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JUNE 12, 2020 REPORT #10 SENATE RELEASES SCHEDULE FOR REMAINING 2020 CALENDAR A new Senate schedule for the rest of 2020 calls for a few summer sessions and an extensive session after the fall general election. The new schedule was released on Tuesday. Senators could be back in Columbus for two session days in July and August, and three potential days in September, October and November. Senators are set to be back in the Statehouse for seven potential days in December as the 133rd General Assembly concludes. The House previously released its session schedule for all of 2020.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES HB 163 WATER/SEWER SERVICE (BRINKMAN, T.) To create a process for withholding local government funds and state water and sewer assistance from municipal corporations that engage in certain water and sewer practices with respect to extraterritorial service. HB 163 creates a declaratory judgment process by which a municipal corporation providing water or sewer services in other subdivisions may be penalized for engaging in either of the following practices with respect to pricing or providing the extraterritorial service, except as authorized in contracts currently in effect: • Charging higher extraterritorial rates for similar property not justified pursuant to generally accepted municipal water or sewer industry pricing practices, with certain exceptions; • Requiring the extraterritorial subdivision to make direct payments to the municipal corporation as a condition of providing such services in excess of the cost related to extending such service. A full summary of HB 163, As Passed by the House, can be reviewed at the following link HB 163 passed the House 56-38 earlier this week, and will now head to a Senate committee for action. HB 498 DISABILITY TAX CREDIT (FRAIZER, M.) To authorize a refundable income tax credit for disability-related home expenses. OHBA will continue to monitor HB 498 after reviewing proponent testimony submitted this week in the House Aging and Long Term Care committee. Although not currently in the bill, a proponent requested changes be made to require certain accessibility standards in the Residential Code of Ohio. OHBA has made the sponsor aware of the RCAC process, and will continue to ensure nothing is added into HB 498. The sponsor indicated he did not intend to include any such language into HB 498. A full summary of HB 498 can be reviewed at the following link. https:// HB 246 PUCO OCC (VITALE, N.) To reform and modernize the Public Utilities Commission and the Consumers' Counsel. The House Public Utilities Committee Thursday adopted a substitute version of Rep. Nino Vitale's closely watched bill (HB 246) to "modernize and reform" the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Consumers' Counsel. (Substitute Bill) In doing so, the panel replaced the single-sentence placeholder bill with a version that includes a host of provisions. Among the numerous items added to HB 246 was language from a bill (HB 20) prohibiting condominium, homeowners and neighborhood associations from imposing unreasonable limitations on installing solar collector systems on roofs or exterior walls. OHBA has been watching HB 20, and is currently reviewing all the other utility provisions included in the substitute bill. HB 246 did not receive any further hearings this week. page 38

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SB 308 CIVIL IMMUNITY (HUFFMAN, M.) To revise the law governing immunity from civil liability and professional discipline for health care providers during disasters or emergencies, to provide qualified civil immunity to service providers providing services during and after a government-declared disaster, and to declare an emergency. The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to hear testimony and adopted a substitute last week. As far as we know, homebuilding and construction are currently included in the definition of those to whom this legislation would apply. SB 308 passed the Senate last week and has been referred to House Judiciary committee. HB 606 CIVIL IMMUNITY (GRENDELL, D.) To grant civil immunity to a person who provides services for essential businesses and operations for injury, death, or loss that was caused by the transmission of COVID-19 during the period of emergency declared by Executive Order 202001D, issued on March 9, 2020, and to declare an emergency. HB 606 bars civil action related to deaths, injuries or losses tied to transmission of COVID-19 in cases without reckless or intentional conduct. Other provisions in the emergency legislation, which passed 83-9, attempt to shield the state and local governments from coronavirus-related suits. HB 606 is now being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. All essential workers, including construction are included in HB 606. HB 380 CONSTRUCTION PAYMENTS (Cross, J., Sweeney, B.) To require owners of construction projects to pay a contractor within thirty-five days of receiving a request for payment. No hearings of HB 380 were scheduled for this week. SB 212 PROPERTY TAXATION (Schuring, K.) To authorize townships and municipal corporations to designate areas within which new homes and improvements to existing homes are wholly or partially exempted from property taxation. There were no hearings of SB 212 currently scheduled for this week. Feel free to contact OHBA with any questions or concerns at (614)228-6647

OEPA ISSUES DRAFT GENERAL PERMIT TO REGULATE EPHEMERAL STREAMS As the new navigable waters rule removed “ephemeral streams� from its definition of Waters of the United States, the OEPA has issued a draft general permit to regulate as a water of the state. OHBA has been working with stakeholders and the OEPA to answer the numerous questions raised with the new permit. The WOTUS definition is set to go into place June 22, 2020. A copy of the draft permit can be found at the following link. Ohio Home Builders Association Toll Free- 800/282-3403

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NCBIA MEMBER Testimonials

he North Coast Building Industry Association is a not-for profit trade association of professionals affiliated with the Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The North Coast BIA is dedicated to the advancement of the building industry, its members, and the community it serves. Our association consists of contractors, builders, suppliers, landscapers, realtors, mortgage brokers, title companies, residential home improvement companies as well as many other businesses that serve the building industry. There are countless benefits to becoming a member of the NCBIA. Some include up to a 53% discount on your company’s Workers Compensation, a SuperFleet Discount Fueling Program, General Motors Discounts and many more. Don’t just take our word on why being a NCBIA member works! Check out some great testimonials from some of our members as to what the NCBIA has done for them!

There are 2 main reasons why I am a member of the North Coast – Jeremy Vorndran, Outside Sales, Builders Industry Association: 84 Lumber #1 For the networking with other builders and subcontractors. Where else can you get this many people in the same industry in the same room and discuss things. Sure, we all compete against each other to a point, but we also help each other as needed. #2 For the education you can get from NAHB, OHBA and others in the industry.

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– Chris Majzun Jr. Owner, Majzun Construction Company


When I first joined the NCBIA my sole purpose was to gain builders business. But, after a short time, I came to realize that there was so much more. The BIA has given me lifelong friends and contacts that help me every day. If I have a question, I know who to call and if they don’t have the answer they know who to call. Of all the things that the BIA has given me the personal contacts are priceless and because of this I do whatever I can to give back to the association and the industry.

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Strauss Enterprises -

Randy K. Strauss

Congratulations on 75 years!

–Thanks Randy Owner, forStrauss, being there for all of us for so long. Strauss Construction STRAUSS CONSTRUCTION 1025 Milan Avenue Amherst, Ohio 44001-1316

Phone 440/984-2575 Cell 440/935-2929 Fax 440/984-2576

Now more than ever, the benefits of the NCBIA are clear. Knowing what others in our industry are faced with and what help is available to us is of utmost importance. The information that has been sent to us on an almost daily basis has helped us make the critical decisions we are faced with each day. Thank you for all you do. – Dave Weisenberger, Tusing Builders & Roofing Services

I am proud to be a member of the North Coast Building Industry Association. As a business owner I want the community and my customers to know that I take my work seriously and that I am actively involved in my industry. As a member I’ve benefited in many ways from my affiliation with the NCBIA. Some highlights include: • As part of this I tell every customer that I serve on the board of directors for the association and I talk briefly about our work and our events. • I am actively growing my business by partnering and working for other members. I am well on my way to a goal of 10% of my revenue realized through active members. • I actively refer members who I’ve come to trust by my relationship with them through the BIA. • I consult with other members who I trust and respect on industry related items as well as for advice on all aspects of my business. • I firmly believe that giving back is a role everyone should commit to. The NCBIA gives me an opportunity to do so in a way that impacts the community, the industry, and my business. • I’ve made lifelong friends I highly value my involvement in the NCBIA and I look forward to being a part of it for years to come – John Toth, Owner, Floor Coverings International

I have been a member of our Home Builders/North Coast BIA for over 40 years. What I have learned from my association cannot be summarized in a brief statement. My affiliation with the BIA keeps me up to date on building codes, regulations, tax incentives and best building techniques. And my networking experience with its diverse membership has introduced me to amazing business strategies and provided many leads that have turned into great projects. My membership has paid for itself time and time again. Thanks, North Coast Building Industries Association!

– Tim King, K. Hovnanian Northern Ohio Division

The one most valuable thing to me about the NCBIA is “the people”. The people that you meet and develop relationships with, are truly great people that truly care about each other and the building industry. You only need to come to one event to see the passion members have about this industry and making it better and you’ll be hooked. You hear the saying “surround yourself with good people who can help make you a better version of you”. Well that rings true whether you’re trying to grow your business or even just try something new and get involved in something. The wealth of knowledge, experience, and diversity within the industry is second to none and something that you won’t find anywhere else. I’ve made lifelong friends and colleagues whom helped me grow personally over the years and I look forward to giving back and contributing the growth and progression of the building industry. – Jon Sherer, Production Manager, K. Hovnanian Homes

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Being a member of the NCBIA provides gives me the opportunity to network with people in the building industry. It is a group of people representing their businesses that are dedicated to not just building for our customers, but also in building relationships. Those relationships will provide tools for your toolbox to help your business be successful. Home ownership is the American Dream and it is great to be part of an organization that works toward providing that opportunity to all.

June 2020

Summer Membership Banquet

PHOTO GALLERY It was so great to be back together again!! Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors for helping make this event such a huge success!! We could not do it without you! EVENT SPONSORS: First Federal Savings of Lorain Guardian Title E.H. Roberts Co. Luxury Heating & Air Conditioning John Thorne, LLC Dessert Sponsor: Advanced Air Duct Solutions, Inc. Table Sponsor: BCT Alarm Services, Inc. Drink Ticket Sponsor: Jason Scott, North Star Builders

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June 2020

June 2020

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NCBIA Hall of Fame Members

Terry Goode Inaugural Class 2001

Bucky Kopf Inaugural Class 2001

Robert Nickoloff Inaugural Class 2001

........ Hall



FAME North Coast Building Industry Association

Hall of Fame Nominating Form

Ernie Parsons Inaugural Class 2001

Calvin Smith Inaugural Class 2001

Dan Strauss Inaugural Class 2001

Jim Schmidt Randy Strauss Dale Yost Inaugural Class Inaugural Class Class of 2002 2001 2001

The North Coast BIA Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the housing industry through their work in building and development, public service and housing-related areas. To nominate an individual for Hall of Fame induction, you must be a member of the NCBIA in good standing, complete this form on both sides and return it to the NCBIA office by November 30, 2020.

Hall of Fame Candidate Name: Title: Company Name:

Robert Yost Class of 2002

Chris Majzun Class of 2003

Bill Perritt Class of 2003

Address: City/State/Zip: Phone

Gene Henes Class of 2004

John Sarnovsky Class of 2004

Mick Mackert Class of 2004

Nomination Submitted by: Company:

Return the completed form to: Hall of Fame Committee c/o NCBIA 5201 Waterford Dr., Sheffield Village, OH 44035 Phone: 440-934-1090


Chris S. Majzun, Jr. Andy Kerchmar Larry Franklin Class of 2005 Class of 2005 Class of 2004

LeRoy Forthofer Class of 2006

Ray Yunker Class of 2006

Mary Felton Class of 2009

Linda Kacher Class of 2009

Joe Scaletta Class of 2010

Rich Smothers Class of 2010

(continued on reverse side)

NCBIA Hall of Fame Nominating Form (continued) If you want to check on the criteria for your nominee, please contact the NCBIA office at (440) 934-1090.

Hall of Fame Core Criteria

Use additional sheets as needed and please type information when possible.

~Longevity of Membership - At least 10 years of NCBIA membership ~Committee work - Must have served on 7 (seven) committees during time of membership and chaired 1 (one) ~Directorships and offices held - 5 (five) year minimum ~Spike Status - Must have achieved Life Spike Status ~Community Involvement - Involvement defined as something that takes a time commitment not just a monetary one ~Promotion of Industry and Association - E.g. speaking engagements, home show participation, JVS liaison, use of logo in advertising, etc.

Member from





List committees &/or task forces that nominee has served on and indicate chair positions as they apply. committee name

Ex. Clambake


chairman check if yes


Other Criteria Considered ~OHBA and/or NAHB involvement ~Sponsorships (e.g. sponsorship program or event sponsorships) ~Task Force Involvement (e.g. Expansion Development Task Force) ~Special Stories/Circumstances (e.g. radio show, 24-hour house)

List NCBIA offices held

~Awards received (NCBIA & others)



~Complaints or lack thereof (NCBIA records will be checked for complaints)

List OHBA and/or NAHB involvement

Spike Status


Industry & Community Involvement

Awards Received (NCBIA and others) Special Stories or Circumstances that are pertinent Summary Statement: I believe that the NCBIA Hall of Fame because...

should be named to

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