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  • Mon, June 05, 2017 10:31 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     

    Homeownership is the Foundation of the American Dream.

    ·        For many people, owning a home is part of their American Dream.  Homeownership builds stronger communities, provides a solid foundation for family and personal achievement and improves the quality of life for millions of people. It is truly the cornerstone of the American way of life.

     

    ·        Most Americans consider homeownership to be the single best long-term investment and a primary source of wealth and financial security. Countless generations of Americans have counted on their homes for their children’s education, their own retirement and a personal sense of well-being.

     

    ·        Yet, a home is so much more than an investment. In good times and in bad, the opportunity to own a home has been a cherished ideal and a source of pride, accomplishment, social stability and peace of mind.

    ·        Changing housing policy now to make owning a home more expensive is unfair and would hurt those that have played by the rules and made the sacrifices to get where they are now.

    ·        It would harm millions of Americans who are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments and those who aspire to one day own a home of their own.

    Homeownership is a Major Driver of the U.S. Economy

    ·        The nation’s housing and homeownership policies over the last century have contributed to the growth of the middle class and helped the United States become the most dynamic economy the world has ever seen.

    ·        Fully 15 percent of the U.S. economy relies on housing and nothing packs a bigger local economic impact than home building.

    ·        Constructing 100 new single-family homes creates 297 full-time jobs, $28 million in wage and business income and $11.1 million in federal, state and local tax revenue.

    ·        A healthy housing industry means more jobs and a stronger economy. Home building increases the property tax base that supports local schools and communities.

    Housing, like no other sector, is “Made in America.” Most of the products used in home construction and remodeling are manufactured here in the United

  • Thu, April 27, 2017 2:58 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Be Pro Be Proud Initiative Announced


    The Associated Industries of S.C. Foundation recently announced the adoption of a statewide workforce initiative aimed at educating and inspiring more South Carolinians to consider skilled professional careers. The Foundation includes Home Builders Association of SC; SC Trucking Association; Carolina’s Associated General Contractors; Forestry Association of SC; SC Chamber of Commerce; SC Farm Bureau Federation, SC Petroleum Marketers Association; South Carolina Timber Producers Association; Palmetto Agribusiness Council; SC Motor Coach Association; Carolinas Ready-Mix Association; SC Propane Gas Association, SC Beverage Association, SC Retail Federation, SC Beer Wholesalers Association), in partnership with Governor Henry McMaster, Senator Thomas Alexander, state agencies including the S.C. Technical College System, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and the S.C. Department of Commerce. Tens of thousands of jobs in South Carolina are going unfilled due to a lack of interest and skilled workers trained in construction, trucking, agriculture and other specific roles. This is a critical issue to South Carolina’s economy as the state tries to succeed in a globally competitive environment.



     In announcing the initiative, home builder Jim Garman said “It is not a trade secret that a lot of people are involved in the construction of a new home. Once the plans for the new home are in place and all required permits are received, the construction phase requires a detailed project plan that involves many skilled trades. These include framers, plumbers, electricians, roofers , as well as, more than 45 other trades.”   Garman is the President of the Home Builders Association of South Carolina and President of Willow Tree Low Country Homes in Hilton Head Island. Since 2006, SC has lost 26.8% of all residential construction jobs, which totals almost 17,000 jobs which were predominantly self-employed. The need is great and growing. The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce estimates an additional 24,000 new construction workers are needed to meet the state’s current building needs. “I have been told that only one of three parents says they would encourage their children to pursue construction careers, despite the advanced skills and high pay characteristic of the existing opportunities in the construction industry. Be Pro Be Proud SC will offer South Carolinians new insight into the skilled professional workforce requires a team approach that includes employers, schools, elected officials, students and parents who recognize skilled professions for the financial and rewarding career opportunities they are. The HBA of SC will also work to provide apprenticeships in the construction field to help attract and cultivate future talent. “ South Carolina’s skilled professional workforce is aging fast, leading to a growing gap in finding South Carolinians to fill these positions.



     Information about these opportunities has not generated interest among younger generations. There are an estimated 4.6 million job openings in the U.S. today. Approximately 61,000 of these openings exist in South Carolina with many being in skilled technical fields. This gap in our state’s employment can be directly attributed to a lack of knowledge, interest and preparation. South Carolina’s future will depend of changing the perception of these career options and efforts highlighting the many opportunities available within these sectors. The initiative will be adapted for South Carolina from a model program initiated and supported by the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and a group of associated industry organizations.



     For more information, please contact Alex James at ajames@hbaofsc.com or call 843-566-3237.


  • Mon, April 24, 2017 1:57 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)
  • Fri, April 21, 2017 11:43 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    HBA Spartanburg Showcase of Homes

    Saturday and Sunday, May 6 & 7, May 13 & 14 

    Saturdays 10:00 - 5:00       Sundays 1:00 - 5:00


    HBA Spartanburg Showcase of Homes magazine is here and in racks all over town . 

     Pick one up or read the digital version below



    Showcase Magazine

  • Thu, March 09, 2017 2:17 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    EPA to Act on Waters of the United States Rule


    02/28/2017


    THANK YOU HBA MEMBERS -  FAR AND WIDE  - FOR YOUR SUPPORT - NAHB IS RESPONDING TO YOUR CONCERNS.


    Contact Information:

    U.S. EPA Media Relations (press@epa.gov)


    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order at the White House today, directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review and then rescind or revise the 2015 Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States”.


    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt joined the President for this announcement and afterward issued the following statement: “EPA intends to immediately implement the Executive Order and submit a Notice to the Office of the Federal Register announcing our intent to review the 2015 Rule, and then to propose a new rule that will rescind or revise that rule. The President’s action today preserves a federal role in protecting water, but it also restores the states’ important role in the regulation of water.”


    View the Executive Order and the Federal Register Notice: https://www.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule


  • Thu, February 23, 2017 12:09 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    R 302.1B

     

    I've been asked to let HBA builder members know that Spartanburg County is currently enforcing this code that requires fire protection in unfinished basement floors. Mark Weizenecker has done quite a bit of study and work on this and has some good solutions in mind if you would like to reach out to him. He did a short presentation on this at the Feb. membership meeting . In addition,Ron White with All In One Insulation provided some product information in the link below.

     

    Ron White, All In One Insulation has provided the attached product information 

    Faster Easier Way to Meet NFPA 13.pdf 

  • Tue, January 31, 2017 4:11 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     

     

     

     

     

    2017 HBA January Newsletter 

  • Sun, January 29, 2017 1:15 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    The following schedule is current as of January 29.  If you are planning on attending one of these events, please follow up to make sure the date has not changed. 

     

    JANUARY

    Monday, January 9 - Thursday, January 12

    2017 NAHB International Builders Show

    HBASC Hospitality Suite, January 10-11

    NAHB Board Meeting, January 10-12

    Orlando, FL

    Thursday, January 19 – Friday, January 20

    HBASC Legislative Duck Hunt

    FEBRUARY

    Wednesday, February 15

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.

    HBASC

    MARCH

    Tuesday, March 28

    Bird Supper

    Board of Directors – 4:00 p.m.

    Seawells, Columbia

    May

     

    Wednesday, May 10

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.

    HBASC

    Wednesday, May 17

    District 3 Meeting

    Anderson – noon

    Thursday, May 18

    District 5 Meeting

    Florence – 10:30 a.m.

    June

    Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 17

    2017 Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting

    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

    Washington, DC

    July

    Wednesday, July 19

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.

    HBASC

    August

    Wednesday - Saturday, August 2 -5

    NAHB Association Management Conference

    Denver, CO

    SEPTEMBER

    Wednesday, September 20

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.

    HBASC

    NOVEMBER

    Sunday - Tuesday,

    Southern Builders Network

    Thursday – November 16

    Legislative and Strategic Planning followed by an Oyster Roast

    1100 Key Rd, Columbia SC – next to Williams Brice Stadium – 4:00 p.m.

    DECEMBER

    Wednesday, December 6
    Executive Committee - 1:00 p.m.

    HBASC

                                                                                

    District Meetings – TBD

    HBASC Convention/Board Meeting  – TBD

    SBN - TBD

  • Mon, January 23, 2017 11:54 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     In an official statement, NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said: “The nation’s home builders look forward to working with President Trump and bipartisan leaders of the 115th Congress to keep housing a national priority, to provide regulatory relief for the nation’s small business community and to advance policies that will expand homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans.”

      Read the entire article below.

     

     

    http://nahbnow.com/2017/01/nahb-congratulates-donald-trump-on-becoming-the-nations-45th-president/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Story3-0123&utm_campaign=MMB2017

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