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May 2014

Home Building A publication of Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa


national home remoDeling month

Weigh your options before a do-it-yourself remodel


Winners Announced for Low Impact Development (LID) Competition


2014 Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show

Your Home. Our Profession.





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Kane’s Corner


SNAPSHOTS: 2014 Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show




Parade of Homes Preview


#PROUDMEMBER: How are you promoting your HBA membership?




PHILANTHROPY: The Little Lighthouse, Habitat for Humanity and Food for Kids


Remodeling News & Updates: Weigh your options before a do-it-yourself remodel


LOCAL NEWS: Winners Announced for Low Impact Development (LID) Competition


Housing starts


STATE NEWS: Oklahoma State Home Builders Association Launches Online State Contracts Platform


NATIONAL NEWS: Housing and the Economy to Continue on an Upword Path








2014 Executive Committee

President’s Report By HBA President Brandon Jackson Second place is not necessarily just the first place loser. . . to re-quote the late, great Dale Earnhardt. The Tulsa metro housing market is starting to heat up after a chilly start. There is no question the harsh winter weather we’ve endured has had a significant impact on early year housing starts. However, if you look back at the past several years, 2014 is still off to a great start. The numbers for both January and February this year are the second best we’ve seen since 2008. Hopefully, you are now experiencing the effects of this pent-up demand as the temperatures begin to rise. Our growing economy, competitive mortgage rates, and affordable housing should put Tulsa on an upward trajectory for 2014. The 2014 Greater Tulsa Home and Garden Show took place March 6-9. Attendance was the second highest in the past nine years. I would like to personally congratulate the chairman, Zelda Garrison with Arvest Bank, and vice chair, Mark Priess with HUB International CFR, as well as the numerous committee members and volunteers on another wildly successful show. This special event continues to have a significant financial impact on our association as well as producing numerous quality leads for our exhibitors. If you are considering a booth for next year’s show, please contact Jenni King as planning for the 2015 Greater Tulsa Home and Garden Show is already underway. The 2014 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes is scheduled for June 21-29. For the second year in a row we will have more than 150 new homes on tour ranging in price from $120,000 to more than $1,000,000. The Parade will also feature four subdivisions with early bird or twilight tours. Thank you to Jeff Smith for coming out of retirement to help with the co-chairman duties of this event. Finally, if you see Cahn Wiggs or Erin DeWeese, please take a second to thank them for co-chairing our new 40Below group. 40Below is the cool new place for hot, young (under the age of forty), building industry professionals. The 40Below group is already hard at work in 2014 with networking events, professional development projects, and philanthropic efforts such as the Brush with Kindness Habitat for Humanity volunteer project. Onward and upward young leaders of tomorrow!

President Brandon T. Jackson, Jackson Construction Group, LLC Vice President/Treasurer Allen Jenkins, Celebrity Homes, Inc. Past President Jeffrey Smith, CedarRock Homes, LLC Membership Chair Tricia Stafford, We B Trees Builders Council President Brandon L. Jackson, Tara Custom Homess Associates Council President John Kiska, Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Green Building Council President Jeff Starkweather, Epic Custom Homes Developers Council President Doug Shrout, Robson Companies/Forest Ridge Remodelers Council President Weldon Bowman, W Design, LLC Executive Vice President/CEO Paul Kane Get the latest industry news and updates! Follow Tulsa HBA:





Kane’s Corner 11545 E. 43rd St. Tulsa, OK 74146 (918) 663-1100 Fax: (918) 663-5820

HBA Management Team Paul Kane Executive Vice President/ CEO Jenni King Special Events Director Melissa Stromblad Public Relations Director Nikki Pauly Director of Membership Marlena Turley Executive Assistant/ Receptionist Pam Fanning Bookkeeper Stacey Bayles Director of Association Issues Jaime Christensen Council Coordinator

HOME BUILDING NEWS Editorial Submissions and Advertising: Melissa Stromblad (918) 663-1100

By Executive Vice President/CEO Paul Kane In the past 12 months, the Tulsa HBA has hired four new employees. Last summer, Jenni King started as our new Special Events Director. Jenni came to us with an impressive background in event planning. She hit the ground running by overseeing the Remodeled Tulsa Tour and the Installation Gala. But she really earned her stripes by her handling of the 2014 Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show. Our Show this year was sold out of exhibit space and had the second highest attendance in the past nine years. Jenni’s hard-working, matterof-fact approach makes her a real asset to the team. Council Coordinator, Jaime Christensen, started with us in March. It didn’t take any time at all for Jaime to learn the ropes and fit right in. Jaime will be assisting our councils and chapters, and will also help maintain our membership database. By taking on these two roles, she will free up two of our existing staff members to broaden their service to HBA. Stacey Bayles, Director of Association Issues, will now take on a more substantial role in our governmental affairs efforts. She will become the ever-important eyes, ears and, at times, the voice of HBA in the community. Stacey will also spearhead our education offerings; upping the game for those members who wish to increase their professional development. Jaime Christensen’s assistance with membership database maintenance will also enable Membership Director, Nikki Pauly to get out of the office and interact with members. Nikki will be out in the field, meeting with members in their office or their worksites, discussing the value of membership, and listening to the concerns and needs of the members. We believe that enabling Nikki to do this will raise the membership value proposition. The third of our new hires is Rodrigo Cardozo, our janitor and custodian. This is a type of role which is often “invisible” and low profile. However, almost from his first

day of work, Rodrigo’s great work ethic, attention to detail and pleasant demeanor made him an instant favorite. The newest member of the team is Melissa Stromblad, Public Relations Director. Melissa comes to us from St. Louis, where she was a founder and a partner in the firm The Creative Word. Melissa also had worked as the Public Relations Director for an organization which provided marketing support to nonprofits. Melissa is hard working and has a contagious smile. We are glad to have her as a member of the team. We know she will do a great job. The two other members of our staff who I haven’t mentioned yet are our longest lasting. Pam Fanning, our bookkeeper and Marlena Turley, our receptionist and office manager, have both been with us for over ten years. Marlena is the pleasant voice you hear when calling the HBA, and the first face you see when you walk in the front door. Marlena’s smiling face and kind disposition make her the perfect choice for the front office. Pam has kept our financial affairs in top shape for years. Not only is Pam’s expertise with handling of HBA funds impressive, but her dedication to the HBA serves a role model for all of us on the staff. Our team is as strong as ever. We will take advantage of the new ideas and energy that our new employees bring to the table. At the same time, our veteran employees will ensure that we retain our character as a staff that truly cares about its members. One thing you can rest assured will never change: the level of service and benefit we provide to our members and to the HBA will always be the best it can be. HOME BUILDING NEWS 2014


2014 Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show: Where Dreams Take Flight!



Snapshots HBA is all about rising to the occasion and announces the 2014 Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show: Where Dreams Take Flight! was a great success. Dubbed the home improvement event of the year, it showcased more than 500 exhibitors and a special Garden Showcase and How-To Stage featuring The Mole Hunter. Stationed at River Spirit Expo at Expo Square, more than 100 volunteers teamed up and the association is grateful for all of their hard work. HBA would also like to thank the 2014 Home & Garden Show sponsors for their generous support. HBA applauds the committee and all who attended and participated this year. $15,000 in plant material used to landscape the Show entrances and features was donated to the City of Collinsville. Check out more charitable highlights from the Show in the Philanthropy section of this issue. A Tulsa Tradition since 1949, the experience is still a hot topic throughout the community.



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First quarter new members: Welcome to HBA! All new members are invited to attend a special President’s Reception at HBA prior to the monthly General Membership Meeting. To RSVP, contact Nikki Pauly at or 918-663-1100.

BUILDER AFFILIATE Dana Rae Enterprises Dana Penn 8517 E. 94th St. Tulsa, OK 74133 (918) 706-7868 Sponsor: John Brawley Diamond Homes Oklahoma B.J. Frohnapfel 2312 S. Evanston Ave. Tulsa, OK 74114 (918) 396-1181 Fax: (918) 396-0142 Sponsor: Douglas Shrout Smithco Construction, Inc. Jess Smith 8807 E. 64th St. Tulsa, OK 74133 (918) 808-7482 Sponsor: Mark Priess Plum Legacy Josh Nave 12361 S. 105th E. Ave. Bixby, OK 74008 (918) 943-6757 Fax: (918) 943-6757 Sponsor: Brett Sharp American Heartland Building Co. Matt Watts PO Box 44 Owasso, OK 74055 (918) 272-5177 Fax: (918) 272-1217 Sponsor: Tom Watts

Tradition Homes Corbin Smith 9959 S. 51st St. S. Tulsa, OK 74146 (918) 627-8300 Fax: (918) 627-5663 Sponsor: Sam Smith

Brad Lambert Construction Brad Lambert 8144 E. 310 Rd. Talala, OK 74080 (918) 857-6931 Fax: (918) 275-4263 bradlamberthomes@ Sponsor: Mark Preiss Titan Homes, LLC Robbie Nees 9533 E. Bond Dr. Claremore, OK 74017 (918) 688-6857 Sponsor: Mark Preiss

Associate Affiliate/2nd Affiliate Children’s Specialties, Inc. David Kendall PO Box 2855 Broken Arrow, OK 74013 (918) 357-3085 Fax: (918) 258-2667 Sponsor: Tricia Stafford Grass Concepts Tony Espino 7107 S. Yale Ave. Suite 418 Tulsa, OK 74136 (918) 752-5343 Sponsor: Greg Grunewald Hawkeye Custom Concrete Brittany Lytle PO Box 2088 Sand Springs, OK 74063 (918) 419-2660 Fax: (918) 419-2661 Sponsor: Jim Field

Murphy Wallbed USA Alehsandr Diky 1835 N. 105th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74116 (918) 836-5833 Fax: (918) 836-5855 murphywallbedusa@ Sponsor: Tricia Stafford

Associated Mortgage Corporation Micah Macias 6911 S. 66th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74133 (918) 491-9900 Fax: (918) 491-6192 Sponsor: Frank Sawyer

Amish Crafted Furniture, Inc. Nick Yoder 12193 Hwy 69 S. Chouteau, OK 74337 (918) 476-4600 Fax: (918) 476-4601 Sponsor: Frank Sawyer

Associated Mortgage Corporation Candice Randolph 6911 S. 66th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74133 (918) 491-9900 Fax: (918) 491-6192 Sponsor: Frank Sawyer

Arvest Bank Sara Dodson 502 S. Main St. Tulsa, OK 74103 (918) 284-8192 Fax: (918) 295-2574 Sponsor: Chris Hodges Arvest Bank Katelyn Huddleston 2029 W.Kenosha Broken Arrow, OK 74012 (918) 631-1952 Fax: (918) 631-1999 Sponsor: Chris Hodges Arvest Bank Jennifer Ogle 502 S. Main St. Tulsa, OK 74103 (918) 631-1345 Fax: (918) 631-1352 Sponsor: Chris Hodges Associated Mortgage Corporation Jason Houtman 6911 S. 66th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74133 (918) 491-9900 Fax: (918) 491-6192 Sponsor: Frank Sawyer

C&C Chimney & Airduct Cleaning Richard Tattershall 5799 w 161st St. N. Skiatook, OK 74070 (918) 396-4471 Fax: (918) 396-2229 richard@candcservicesok. com Sponsor: Roger Cooper Cox Communications Robert Drew 11811 E. 51st St. Tulsa, OK 74146 (918) 286-4657 Fax: (918) 286-4018 Sponsor: Douglas Shrout Hardwood Perfection David Anderson 552 W. 138th Glenpool, OK 74033 (918) 519-8884 Sponsor: Ryan Farabough Hartog, Kallenberger & Associates, PLLC Dorothy Carson 1560 E. 21st St. Suite 300 Tulsa, OK 74114 (918) 743-2581 Fax: (918) 742-9057 Sponsor: Rodger Tucker

Hide-Away Ironing Boards Steve Elias 5208 S. Lawton Ave. Tulsa, OK 74107 (918) 872-1645 Fax: (918) 872-7823

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Impressions In Stone Wade Hight 1415 S. Joplin Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 (918) 828-9745 Fax: (918) 384-0695 whight@ Sponsor: Weldon Bowman Mark Close Roofing & Construction Mark Close 399315 W. 3900 Rd. Ramona, OK 74061 (918) 371-9677 Fax: (918) 371-0498 Sponsor: Jacob Tenney Pro Curb Victor Gillespie 11670 E. 51st St. Tulsa, OK 74146 (918) 695-9595 Sponsor: Brandon Jackson Restaurant Equipment & Supply Mike Stuart 9070 E. 31st Tulsa, OK 74145 (918) 664-1778 Fax: (918) 664-5778 Sponsor: Rita Boggs Commerce Bank Kendra Greenlee 5314 S. Yale Ave. Suite 700 Tulsa, OK 74135 (918) 477-3622 Fax: (918) 481-5547 kendra.greenlee@ kendragreenlee Sponsor: Carl Hudgins





2014 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes Preview: One of Tulsa’s favorite annual community events is back!

HBA presents its annual Parade of Homes June 21-29 from 1-7p.m. daily. The Official Guide for the 2014 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes will be available Friday, June 20 at Tulsa-area QuikTrip locations for the duration of the event. The Guide contains home descriptions and floor plan information, along with a map to all the home sites. Extended hours are also available during Twilight Tours from 6-9p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 in Jenks featuring Yorktown subdivisions and Thursday, June 26 in Owasso featuring Stone Canyon subdivisions. The Parade of Homes Committee is also bringing back an Early Bird Tour from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at Forest Ridge. An app will be offered this year throughout the Parade. Participants will be able to search homes, filter the ones that meet their desired criteria, browse photo galleries, get directions, interact with builders, realtors and vendors and save favorites. There is also a one-touch connection to Facebook and Twitter. A special thanks to this year’s Platinum Sponsors, Metro Outdoor Living and Metro Appliances & More. HBA is introducing a new element to this year’s Parade, a ‘TEXT TO WIN’ contest for the People’s Choice Awards allowing Parade goers to vote for their favorites. Stay tuned for more details and be sure to attend the 2014 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes. Additional event details are available online at www. or by calling 918-663-1100. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ Tulsa HBA on Facebook and follow @TulsaHBA on Twitter for updates.






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Owasso 12502 E. 96th St. N Sapulpa 615 S. Mission Stillwater 623 S. Main St. Edmond 1358 E. 15th St. Take advantage of the credibility that comes with being a part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa by identifying your business as a proud HBA member. The logo is available by logging in at The HBA office also has stickers, window clings and other promotional materials.

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Just ask! The HBA team is on the lookout for businesses sporting the HBA logo.

Spotted this month: Drywall Repair Specialist, Inc.

Congratulations to Chad Potter! Thank you for being an #HBAProudMember. Many HBA members participated in the 41st Designer Showcase and you were the sole member who included the HBA endorsement. For that, we thank you! Share how you are an #HBAProudMember by posting photos on the HBA Facebook page or by including #HBAProudMember in your tweets. Go ahead and throw in #Tulsa if you have space. You can also email photos to Promote your membership for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Home Building News issue. We are hard at work on a membership toolkit to be distributed soon. In the meantime, we are watching for our #HBAProudMembers. HOME BUILDING NEWS 2014


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January February Builder

Brandon L Jackson

Tara Custom Homes, Inc. for his leadership of the Builders Council.


Mark Priess

HUB International CFR, for

his dedication and service to HBA as a member of the Applications and Membership committees and OSHBA as a member of the Insurance committee and as an Area Representative.

Executive Committee Phil Rhees

BMI Properties, LLC, for his leadership and advocacy at local, state and national level.


Erin DeWeese and Cahn Wiggs

Brian D. Wiggs Homes, LLC for their efforts in championing 40Below.


Dave Sanders

Sanders Engineering, Inc. for his support of the HBA, Home & Garden Show contributions and work on the Government Affairs committee.

Executive Committee

John Madden

J. Madden Homes, LLC, for his efforts in supporting and mentoring new members.




Cahn Wiggs saws at Brush with Kindness

From Left to Right: Wayne and Ryan Farabough, Perfection Homes

The Little Lighthouse HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Wayne and Ryan Farabough of Perfection Homes built a playhouse for The Little Light House’s annual Garden Party auction, held Saturday, April 20, 2013. The playhouse was a big hit and sold for a record $53,000. Other HBA members who contributed to the playhouse were Frametek, M & M Lumber, A-Best Roofing, CetraPro Painters, Renaissance Wood Floors, Mill Creek Lumber, and Home Hardware.

HBA’s young professional group, 40Below, completed a Brush with Kindness project for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity. A Brush with Kindness is an exterior home preservation program that offers painting, landscaping and minor repair services to eligible homeowners so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come. The 40Below team cleared brush and debris from the property, replaced floor joists, repaired flooring in the laundry room and rear deck. They also trimmed trees and did some additional clean up around the home in the Pearl District.

Travis Meyer wears a mini rose for a pocket square to support Food for Kids


HBA partnered with Reasor’s and News On 6 during the 2014 Tulsa Home & Garden Show. Reasor’s floral department was onsite throughout the event and donated 100 percent of bouquet sales to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. HBA presented a check for $9,000. Reasor’s donated another thousand, bringing the grand total to a $10,000 donation to the organization.

HBA also donated $5000 to the cause.

excited to have HBA help on a project this spring “ We were–sowhat a BIG help the 40Below team was. Thank you so much! ” - Paula Blalock, Volunteer Coordinator, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity



Remodeling News & Updates

May is National Home Remodeling Month! Spring is the time of year when many Americans make plans to remodel their homes. May is National Home Remodeling Month, and HBA encourages you to trust plans for your home to a qualified professional remodeler.

Weigh your options before a do-it-yourself remodel By Weldon Bowman, Remodelers Council President

Most professional remodelers understand that home owners will do some of their own home repairs or small renovations. After repairing many a DIY gone awry they overwhelmingly believe that many jobs should be left to the pros.

in your roof or floor. Leave this work in the hands of professionals with the proper training.

The desire among home owners to tackle repair and remodeling projects has risen with the popularity of Pinterest and design blogs and the prevalence of home improvement stores. Before attempting to recreate the gorgeous bathroom from your Pinterest board in your own home, consider the following before sinking your resources into the project.



Without the proper training and preparation, a DIYer can and has landed in the emergency room. Unfamiliarity with new tools and techniques can lead to life-threatening accidents. Follow product directions and safety procedures and always use proper safety equipment. A good rule of thumb for any home owner is to avoid projects that require a license. Veteran remodelers advise against doing electrical or plumbing work on your own and avoid making structural changes to walls, roofs and floors. You run the risk of compromising the structural integrity of your home and having a large hole

Even projects that appear simple like laying floor tile can result in you stubbing your toes every time you are in that room if improperly installed. DIYers often tackle larger projects than they can handle before the holidays so that visiting family can enjoy the updates. But when something goes wrong, there is no one to hold to the deadline. Hiring a professional will ensure that you have a contract with a completion date and that the remodeler will bring in whatever help is necessary to get the job finished on time. Even professional remodelers sometimes need extra time on projects when they find surprises behind walls. Troubleshooting these issues often takes more time and expertise than originally planned. If timing is a priority for your weekend warrior, call a professional remodeler to get your project completed.


Purchasing new tools is exciting but consider the price of all the specialty tools used for a one-time project when they are sitting untouched in your garage for a few years.

Additionally, many of the products purchased for the DIY market, although designated by a name brand, are not always the same quality available to contractors. It is also important to verify the terms of the product warranty. Many warranties become void by improper installation. “Does it really make sense to do the job twice when you can pay a professional to do it once?� said Weldon Bowman of W Design and Remodelers Council President, The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa. There are some home projects that professional remodelers believe can be tackled by determined DIYers such as hanging pictures, interior painting, caulking, changing door knobs and cabinet pulls, and some aesthetic work (depending on skill level) such as installing crown molding. Just consider the safety risks, time and cost involved in a DIY project of any size. Still think you can tackle a big remodeling project? Just remember, DIY projects should be fun and suit your skill level. If they’re not, then consider hiring a professional. For information about hiring a remodeler, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa at 918663-1100 or visit HOME BUILDING NEWS 2014



Winners Announced for Low Impact Development (LID) Competition Green Country Sustainability Forum The winning teams were announced during the Awards Gala at the Great Plains Low Impact Development (LID) Innovation Symposium, held at the Hard Rock Conference Center in Catoosa, OK on April 3, 2014. The goal of the LID competition is to increase the familiarity of LID as an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible, and to now Photo by Mary Kell carry on the discussion with public and private entities. Benefits of LID include potential reduced development companies: DRM Design Group, Sanders Engineering, Inc; cost, decreased flood risk, improved water quality, more and 1 Architecture. urban green space, improved urban habitat, and, in many The winning team for the Urban Residential Development cases, increased property values. category was represented by employees and individuals There were three categories of professional winners: Elm as follows: Howell & Vancuren, Inc; Flanagan & Associates, Ridge in Broken Arrow (Mixed use Development), 6th Street LLC; Jeff Dalton, AIA; and Keithline Engineering. and Peoria area in the Pearl District in Tulsa (Commercial The judging consisted of Expert judging by a panel of Green Street), and Barnard Trace at 17th and Lewis in experts that counted for 80 percent of the final score Tulsa (Urban Residential Development). Each of the three in advance of the Awards presentation, and onsite Jury category winners were presented with a $10,000 “big judging which counted for the remaining 20 percent of the check” to split amongst their hardworking team members. scoring. “This was a great event for development in the Tulsa Metro There was also a student poster contest. The 1st place area,” according to Jason Vogel, the Executive Director of winner was Elizabeth Hickman, OSU Biosystems and the Green Country Sustainability Forum and an assistant Agricultural Engineering and there was a tie for 2nd place: professor in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Jessica Lay, OSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University. “We hope that this is only and Saroj Kandel, OSU Biosystems and Agricultural the beginning of a new paradigm in economical and Engineering. sustainable development in the region.” The site sponsors were Lindsay Perkins Development and The winning team for the Mixed Use Development category Phil Marshall Properties. was comprised of employees from the following companies: W Design, LLC; CH2M Hill, and LandPlan Consultants. Full information can be found at: http://lidcompetition. The winning team for the Commercial Green Street category was comprised of employees from the following Photo by Mary Kell



Housing Starts: New Housing Market Flourishes March 2014 housing start numbers reflected the strongest March in seven years. In fact, March 2014 was over 16 percent better than March 2013. Tulsa area builders obtained permits on 308 new homes, bringing the year-todate total to 710. An unusually strong March was expected after the somewhat weaker start to the year. The first two months of 2014 were down slightly from the same period in 2013; but most attributed the lower numbers to the unusually harsh winter experienced in this area. Many believed that the numbers would bounce back once the weather improved. The March 2014 numbers proved this to be true.

Looking ahead into the next three quarters of 2014, the Home Builders Association anticipates that the new housing market will continue to flourish. Paul Kane, Executive Vice President/CEO of the association said that barring additional bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, 2014 should be every bit as good as 2013; if not better.

“While it was no surprise that the March numbers came in so strong, it was certainly a relief,” said Brandon T. Jackson, President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa. “We knew that the weather curtailed a lot of activity in January and February. But if the March numbers hadn’t looked so good, we might have suspected something else was going on.”

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Oklahoma State Home Builders Association Launches Online State Contracts The new online contracts were presented to the Tulsa HBA Builders Council on April 15. Phil Rhees, OSHBA Vice President and HBA Contracts Committee member walked the team through the online platform. Builder and remodeler members now have access to this valuable resource online at with their



membership login credentials. The minds behind the development of this tool are confident it will maximize builders and remodelers’ time with its simple navigation and logging system.




Housing and the Economy to Continue on an Upword Path, Economists Say A growing economy, pent-up demand, competitive mortgage rates and affordable home prices will keep housing on an upward trajectory through 2015. However, several obstacles including tight consumer credit, shortages of lots and labor and rising materials prices are hindering a more robust recovery, according to economists who participated in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2014 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar.

new-home market will have to make 308,000 in 2013 to 331,000 this year, reaching what is considered a normal up existing ground.” level of production. However, he cautioned that builders continue to face a number of Banks Awash in Cash headwinds. Agreeing that the economy is on

“Supply constraints related to lots and labor and rising lumber, gypsum and OSB (oriented strand board) prices are hurting the ability of builders to meet demand,” he said. “Moreover, creditworthy borrowers, particularly younger families and first-time home buyers, are having difficulties in “Housing needs an improved getting home loans.” economy,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe, adding that Remodeling, Sales and the economy is expected to respond as payroll employment continues to Starts on the Rise grow and the unemployment rate The NAHB Remodeling Index, slowly recedes from 6.7 percent in the which averages ratings of current first quarter of this year to 6.2 percent remodeling activity with indicators of future activity, stands at 53 in the first by the fourth quarter of 2015. quarter of 2014 and has been above Consumer confidence is back to pre- 50 for six of the past seven quarters. A recession levels and the purchase of reading above 50 indicates that more motor vehicles and home furnishings remodelers report market activity are on the rise, indicating that is higher (compared to the prior consumers are increasingly willing to quarter) than report it is lower. buy big ticket items such as houses. NAHB is forecasting that residential Reflecting an increase in credit remodeling will post a 3.8 percent demand and economic growth, increase in 2014 over last year and mortgage interest rates are projected rise an additional 2.4 percent in 2015. to rise to 5 percent by the end of 2014 and 6 percent by the end of next year. New-home sales are expected to Noting that these rates are still low by climb 29 percent from 431,000 in historical standards, Crowe said this 2013 to 557,000 this year. would “not be a significant deterrent to expansion in the housing market.”

an upward trajectory, Maury Harris, managing director and chief U.S. economist at UBS, said that financial lending institutions are sitting on a mountain of cash. “Banks have over $2 trillion of excess reserves. That’s with a ‘t,’” he said. “Banks would like to put that money to work and increase lending, which will help the economy.” In the aftermath of the Great Recession, Harris said that normal household formations have fallen short by about 2.5 million as graduating college students were forced to move back in with their parents and young adults were doubling up in apartments. “As unemployment comes down and credit availability eases, Millennials (the 25-34 age group) will feel better about their economic circumstances,” said Harris. “I think we will see the shared household rate come down, less doubling up and a pickup in household formations.”

Harris is forecasting 1.15 million housing starts this year (700,000 single-family and 450,000 multifamily) and 1.35 million next Single-family housing production is year (900,000 single-family and projected to increase 22 percent from 450,000 multifamily). 621,000 last year to 760,000 in 2014 and surge an additional 55 percent to A Gradual Climb to 1.18 million units in 2015. Normal

With new-home sales averaging just 8.8 percent of total home sales, barely half the historical average of 16.1 percent, Crowe observed that “this On the multifamily side, production Looking at the state statistics behind is another reason to believe that the is expected to rise 8 percent from the national numbers, Robert Denk, 24


NAHB’s assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis, cited a range of differences among the states in the amount of distress suffered during the recession and the progress that is being made in recovering. Housing production nationwide bottomed out at an average of 27 percent in early 2009 and reached 45 percent in the first quarter of 2014. In the worst hit states, housing fell to 10 to 15 percent of normal production while production only fell by half in other states with a better underlying economy.

“The hardest hit states were the bubble states—Arizona, Florida, California and Nevada—along with the industrial Midwest, which struggles with challenges in the auto industry and a declining manufacturing sector,” said Denk. Where individual states stand now has a lot to do with how far they fell when the Great Recession hit, Denk added. Fueled by a booming energy sector that is producing solid job and economic growth, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana are at the forefront of

the housing recovery, with North Dakota now the first state to surpass its normal level of housing production. On a national basis, single-family housing starts are projected to get back to 70 percent of normal production by the end of this year and 93 percent of normal by the end of 2015, Denk said. In another way of looking at the long road back to normal, by the end of 2015 the top 40 percent of states will be back to normal production levels, compared to the bottom 20 percent, which will still be below 80 percent.



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The Spike Club recognizes members for their recruiting and retention efforts. To become a Spike, you must earn six Spike credits within two consecutive years, by bringing in new members and retaining current members. At each new Spike level, members receive awards. Spikes also enjoy benefits such as visibility among their peers leading to increased business contacts, invitations to special, FREE events and celebrations and more. Names with at least two Spike points are listed below, as reported by NAHB.

201+ points Francine Bandy - 464 Burr Kannady - 312 Joe Hoffman - 309 Douglas Shrout - 241

Weldon Bowman - 5

Kim Leitch - 2.5

Tom Wenrick - 109

Ryan Farabough - 44

Lora Phillips - 108

Steve Holt - 43

Susan Burch – 101

Brandon Jackson - 42

76-100 points

Mark Priess - 231

Roger Cooper - 100

Ken Klein - 229

Glenn Shaw - 100

Kristin King - 212.5

Glenn Shaw - 99

Howard Kelsey - 209

Melanie Haines - 94

David Blackburn – 208

Brandon Jackson - 94 Mary Pearce - 94

151-200 points

Bob Kenney - 93

John Brawley - 191.5

Rita Boggs - 90

Steve Murphy - 187

Gretchen Casto - 84

Darrell Jenkins - 182

Shawn Linfoot - 83

Steve Harris - 180

Ted Dubie - 80

Sam Hollinger - 180

Mary Keane - 79

Philip Rhees - 179

Zach Davis - 77

Brian Wiggs - 173

Rick Ellison – 77

Monte Dunham - 92

Rex Alexander - 167 Calvin Cozort - 163

Chuck Ramsay - 39

Lee Sherman - 45

Charlie Gilmore - 240.5

Bill Rhees - 164

Leland Cable - 2.5

Rob Miles - 39

Spike Candidates (Less than 6 points)

Ed Schermerhorn - 110

51-75 points

Zelda Garrison - 38 Kevin Blackburn - 34 Rick Liebman - 34 Jeffrey Smith - 31 Tricia Stafford - 28.75 Richard Fredrick - 27.25 Scott Burnett - 26 Kyle Smalygo – 26

David Funk - 147 Lana Nelson - 144

Steve Fulps - 72 Barry Helms - 72

Mike Walker - 5 Tom Watts - 5 Aaron Wiltshire - 5 Brad Dunlap - 4.5

Craig Thurmond - 23

Jason Brown - 4

Vince Mims - 21

Peter Grant - 4

Ken Saltink - 20

Chris Hodges - 4

Gary Soderstrom - 20

Toni Rogers - 4

John Kiska - 19

Phil Roland - 4

J. D. Harp - 18

Tommy Thompson - 4

Rodger Tucker - 17

Dana Brown - 3.5

Allen Jenkins - 73 David Sanders - 73

Lisa Puyear - 5

Sharon Baker - 4

Joe Robson – 153

101-150 points

Chad Potter - 5

6 - 25 points

Wayne Farabough - 158

Allen Jenkins - 73

Jason Fisher - 5

Kieth Hilligoss - 4.5

Jennifer Boczar-Ashley - 75 Kyle Bradley - 16 Janet Soderstrom - 16 Fred Pruett - 74

Calvin Cozort - 163

Brian Casey - 5

Stacye Beaver - 4

Larry Cagle - 3.5 Reagan Eden - 3.5

Stacey Pennington - 14

Edward Kaplan - 3.5

Jimmy Holmes - 11

Shawn Karnes - 3.5

Sonya Fernandez - 10

Travis Butler - 3

Krista Huisenga - 10

Kristin Daffern - 3

Robbie Nees - 10

Greg Grunewald - 3

Robert Hughes - 9

Carl Hudgins - 3

Scott Sherrill - 9

Kevin Hutchens - 3

Nathan Holloway - 8

Dax Junker - 3

John Kirkland - 137.5

David Gibson - 65

Mike Fretz - 132

Greg Simmons - 63

Howard Tackett - 131.5

Steve Wright - 63

Greg Strange - 8

Scott Wood - 131.5

Cheryl Funk – 62

Keith Kunze - 3

Christian Teague - 8

Joe McArter - 3

Jim Lane - 7

Donald Merritt - 3

Tarah Duncan - 6

Chris Meyer - 3

Kirk Van Vleet – 6

Jenny Miller - 3

Bill Butts - 122 Brandon Perkins - 121 Frank Sawyer - 118 Lindsay Perkins - 117 Lantz Day - 115

26-50 points John Madden - 50 Dub Jester - 48

Dale Chapman - 2.5 Bill Ford - 2.5 Scott Gideon - 2.5 Kim Leitch - 2.5 Dean Christopoulos - 2 John Cowen - 2 Adam Curran - 2 Tony Cypert - 2 Carrie DeWeese - 2 Travis Detter - 2 David Edens - 2 Robert Hines - 2 Perry Hood - 2 Paul Kent - 2 David Land - 2 Robert Lemons - 2 Jacqueline McGuire - 2 Matt Means - 2 Greg Miller - 2 Kirk Murdoch - 2 Barbara Nall - 2 Eric Peaden - 2 Jim Rackleff - 2 Michael Sabo - 2 Nick Schutz - 2 Randall Schwers - 2 Jeff Starkweather - 2 Steve Surles - 2

David Molony - 3 Tony Taylor - 3



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Proud Partners Thank you to the following members for their support and generous contribution to Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

Donna Alford - Permastone, Inc.

Allen Jenkins - Silvercrest Homes, Inc.

Sharon Baker - Owasso Land Trust, LLC/ Stone Canyon

Carl Joy - Chase Ryan Homes, LLC

Rita Boggs - Charter Title & Escrow Co., LLC

Howard Kelsey - Kelsey Company

Ron Boyd - Boyd’s Drywall Janet Brown - Metro Outdoor Living Susan Burch - FamilySAFE Scott Burnett - Burnett, Inc. Windows & Siding

Carla Keller - Crossroads Granite, LLC

Lindsay Perkins - Lindsay Perkins Development

Scott Kordis - Andrews Lighting Gallery, Inc.

Lora Phillips - Life Member

Keith Kunze - Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers

Dennis Pine - Visions Tile and Stone, Inc.

David Land - Tulsa Landscape, Inc.

Robert Buss - Investors Title & Escrow Co., LLC

Bill Leet - Primus Properties, LLC

Larry Cagle - Cagle Construction, LLC Joe Caldwell - Tulsa Energy Control Andrea Canada - Langdon Publishing/ TulsaPeople

Brandon Perkins - Brandon Perkins Development

Bob Kenney - HUB International CFR

Karen Burnette - Smith Brothers Abstract & Title Co., LLC Bill Butts - Pinnacle Properties, Inc.

Jeff Pense - 180 Kitchen and Bath Design Group, LLC

David Lee - Underground Services, Inc. Kim Leitch - Gem Contractors, Inc. Scott Lewis - Colburn Electric, LLC Steve Litwack - Quickbooks Accounting & Tax Center

Jesse Powell - Concept Builders, Inc. Toby Powell - Concept Builders, Inc. Bill Powers - Powers Design & Build, LLC Mark Priess - HUB International CFR Andy Pulley - AP Concrete Construction, Inc. Chuck Ramsay - Terry L. Davis Homes Roland Rice - Heatwave Supply, Inc.

Scott Mabrey - Citizens Security Bank & Trust

Clark Robinson - Robinson Glass

Alexander MacLean - Freedom Roofing & Construction, Inc.

Heidi Roy - Tulsa Area Screen Company

Sharon Combs - Sharon Combs Interiors, Inc.

Charles Sanders - Charles Sanders Homes

Don Conwell - AmeriPro Funding, Inc.

Dan Martin - Design IV Carpet & Tile

Dave Sanders - Sanders Engineering, Inc.

Roger Cooper - R&R Carpet & Tile Company

Mark McGuigan - Central Plains Lift

Frank Sawyer - NuReDo Media

Adam Curran - Adam W. Curran Homes, Inc.

John McGuire - Country Financial

Jim Davis - Mid-Continent Group

Bill McKee - Rhodes, Hieronymus, Jones, Tucker & Gable

Ed Schermerhorn - Schermerhorn Development

Douglas Collins - Collins & Associates

Dale DeBoer - Dale & Lee’s Service Brendan Delehanty - Villa Homes, LLC Gentry Detter - Spectrum Paint Company Angie DeWitt - Stoneman Granite & Marble Tarah Duncan - Metro Appliances and More Monte Dunham - Monte L. Dunham Company Richard Dyer - Dyer Glass & Mirror John Esposito - ESPO Fire & Water Restoration Glenn Ewell - Hajoca Corporation Sonya Fernandez - The Image Group Jim Fieszel - Jim Fieszel General Contracting, LLC Bobby Fox - Fox Electrical Inc. Mike Fretz - Mike Fretz, Inc. Dennis Hall - Hall Homes, LLC Robert Hines - Overhead Door Company

Doug Sellers - Midwest Block & Brick

Brad McMains - Hunter Homes

Kirk Shell - AVB

Chris Meyer - Turner Roofing & Sheet Metal

Scott Sherrill - Benchmark Construction of Tulsa, LLC

Rob Miles - Milestone Homes, Inc. Billy Moore - East Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. Scott Morgan - Ark Wrecking Company of OK, Inc. Neil Morton - Mid Continent Concrete MarkWayne Mullin - Mullin Plumbing, Inc. Kirk Murdoch - Epic Custom Homes Steve Murphy - Yorktown Builders, LLC Tim Nall - We B Trees Barbara Nall - B Haulin’

Doug Shrout - Robson Companies/Forest Ridge Development Glenn Simms - Re-Bath of Tulsa Ashley Smith - Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance Bill Smith - HISINC, LLC Jeff Smith - CedarRock Homes, LLC Sam Smith - Tradition Homes Gary Soderstrom - Gem Contractors, Inc. Janet Soderstrom - Gem Contractors, Inc.

Lana Nelson - Lana Nelson Interior Design

Greg Strange - CounterTop Solutions

Curt Nevins - Wichita Technical InstituteTulsa Campus

Tony Taylor - Cobalt Mortgage, Inc.

Brian Taylor - Bank of Oklahoma Mortgage

Charla Nicklas - Renaissance, Inc.

Rodger Tucker - Cobblestone Homes, Inc.

Roger Nunley - Nunley Custom Painting, Inc.

Delores Turner - Arvest Bank

Mike Parks - Envision Homes, LLC

Jennifer Wagner - Andrews Lighting Gallery, Inc.

Krista Huisenga - Big Red Real Estate, LLC

Chuck Patterson - Patterson Trucking & Excavating

Jackson Whitacre - Whitacre Glass Works

Brandon L. Jackson - Tara Custom Homes, Inc.

Eric Peaden - Crest Homes

Brandon T. Jackson - Jackson Construction Group, LLC

Mary Pearce - Frisco Title Corporation

Craig Wilson - Craig’s Roofing

Chris Hodges - Arvest Bank Perry Hood - Perry Hood Properties Carl Hudgins - Commerce Bank, N.A.

Steven Pennington - Prestige Roofing, LLC

David Whitney - URETEK-ICR Oklahoma Larry Wilson - Pro-Tech Roofing, Inc. Chuck Wise - Bright Construction Corp.



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