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  • Wed, March 13, 2013 2:02 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Today's hectic lifestyles create stress, depression, anxiety and other personal issues for many people. HouseCalls 24/7 helps members handle life's challenges and offers additional resources too improve overall quality of life. Now you can wait for the Doctor in your living room, not in a waiting room!

    Plans included unlimited 24/7 access via email, telephone, or video conference to a Dr. who can diagnose, consult, treat, and prescribe medications.  The Core Plan is $9.95 per month and The Enhanced Plan is $12.95 per month.

    Click on the link to the flyer for more info.

    EMPLOYER ADVANTAGES

    RHBA Member Benefit 247.pdfeduce healthcare costs up to 25%

    Lower Absenteeism

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    Easy access to needed healthcare

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  • Wed, February 13, 2013 5:14 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    List of Improving Housing Markets Expands to 259 in February; All 50 States Represented

    February 6, 2013 - The number of improving housing markets continued to expand for a sixth consecutive month to a total of 259 metropolitan areas on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for February, released today. This is up from 242 markets listed as improving in January, and includes entrants from all 50 states and the District of the Columbia .

    The IMI identifies metro areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. A total of 20 new metros were added to the list and three were dropped from it this month. Newly added metros include such geographically diverse locations as Rome , Ga. ; Fort Wayne , Ind. ; Myrtle Beach , S.C. ; Albuquerque , N.M. ; and Racine , Wis.

    “The fact that all 50 states now have at least one metro on the improving list shows that the housing recovery has substantial momentum and continues to expand from one market to the next,” said 2013 NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Of course, there is still much room for improvement in metros that have not yet been listed as well as those that have, and we know that a key factor slowing this progress is today’s overly stringent mortgage standards that are keeping qualified buyers on the sidelines.”

    “Just over 70 percent of the 361 metros covered by the IMI are listed as improving this month,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “That’s a far cry from when we initiated this index with just 12 improving metros in September of 2011 for the purpose of highlighting places that didn’t fit the mold of the national headlines. Today, the story is about how widespread the recovery has become as conditions steadily improve in markets nationwide.”

    “The continued expansion of improving housing markets in February should help convince those who have been considering a home purchase that now is the time to go forward with those plans,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company.

    The IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data to get a mark on the top improving Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The three indicators that are analyzed are employment growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, house price appreciation from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permit growth from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB uses the latest available data from these sources to generate a list of improving markets. A metropolitan area must see improvement in all three measures for at least six consecutive months following those measures’ respective troughs before being included on the improving markets list.

    A complete list of all 259 metropolitan areas currently on the IMI, and separate breakouts of metros newly added to or dropped from the list in February, is available at nahb.org/imi. Check this link for Spartanburg ranking.

    Editor's Note: Next month’s NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) will be not be released until March 21 due to revision delays to one of the data sets. The IMI is usually released on the fourth business day of each month at 10:00 a.m., ET, unless that day falls on a Friday - in which case, the index will be released on the following business day. A full calendar of future release dates can be found at nahb.org/imi.

     

  • Wed, January 16, 2013 1:37 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    2013 HBA Officers

     

    Manning Lynch-President

    Jeff Smith - 1st Vice President

    Larry Hagerman - 2nd Vice President

    Secretary - Tim Snow

    Treasurer-Allen Bunn

    Immediate Past President - Calvin Snow

     

    Builder Board Members

    Ricky Camp

    Parker Champion

    Alex Hudson

    Len Reed

    Buddy Womick

     

    Associate Board Members

    Chad Bourguignon

    Bill DeHass

    Laura Gault

    Ben Moseley

    Ann Staggs
  • Mon, January 07, 2013 10:36 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Why Join?

    The HBASC represents over 6,400 homebuilders, trade contractors, suppliers and industry professionals and advocates for the building industry through legislative action, heightened standards and consumer awareness. From legislative advocacy, business networking and educational programs to money-saving benefits and an array of communication publications, you benefit from membership.

    3 in 1: A Package Deal

    When you join your local association, you automatically become a member of your state and national associations. Staff members on all three levels are available to help you with your professional needs. Joining the HBA means you have access to a wide variety of benefits and services.

    Government and Regulatory Affairs

    We help keep your business up and running through our involvement in government and regulatory agencies. Our members are given up-to-date information consistently, so you know what’s going on locally, statewide, and nationally. This is the most important part of your membership.

    Networking

    Making connections is important in business and in life. Getting involved in a trade organization like HBA of SC helps you develop the connections you may need in the industry. You’ll have plenty of networking opportunities at membership meetings, golf tournaments, seminars, and conventions, to name a few.

    Educational Opportunities

    From workshops to seminars, you’ll have an edge over your competitors and non-members by staying up-to-date on techniques, codes, standards, and many other areas of home building. You can even earn a Certified Master Builder of South Carolina designation.

    Insurance Programs

    Becoming a member of the HBA means you’re entitled to take advantage of our money-saving insurance programs available exclusively to our members. When you join, you’ll become eligible to participate in our Self Insurers Fund, which is owned by the participating members. The Fund is run by a board of HBA members, so you can rest assured knowing that every decision is in your best interest.

    Advertising

    Avertising opportunities are available to members on all levels – local, state, and national. Newsletters and magazines are distributed to the entire association membership.

    Strength in Numbers

    Uniting as one leads to great accomplishments and many good things for our industry. The Association is part of many coalitions that were created to shape and secure the future of the home building industry.

    Industry Publications

    You will receive the Builder News Network and the Builder Journal. Both publications provide information on the latest technological advances and market trends related to the home building industry. You’ll also get the latest on regulatory changes and events.

    Professional Image

    Image is everything. It can make or break you. By joining the HBA, you’re making a statement to the industry, your peers, your customers, and to the community that you care about. Membership in the Association will set you apart from others.

    Marketing Opportunities/Sponsorships

    It isn’t always easy reaching out to home builders. They’re almost always out of their office and on the job site. The HBA can make it easier for you to reach home builders through associate membership. Because the HBA serves as a key source of information for builders and because the HBA offers networking, advertising, and sponsorship opportunities, many suppliers to the housing industry have become associate members. Only through the HBA can you advertise in publications read by more than 6,400 members, or sponsor a meeting or an event that will put your message in front of the most influential executives in the industry.

    As compelling as our marketing opportunities are, there’s much more to the HBA. When you support the HBA, you are supporting our lobbying efforts to represent the entire housing industry on the local, state, and national levels. The strong voice of our combined membership is needed to convince legislators of the dangers of restrictive laws that threaten to halt the growth of the home building industry, a vital component of a healthy American economy. The truth is, you can’t afford not to join the Association.

  • Thu, January 03, 2013 5:42 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Highlights from the Fiscal Cliff Agreement

    Below is a list of key points from the Fiscal Cliff Agreement that Congress passed on Tuesday.

    Permanently extends the middle-class tax cuts and also extends credits for working families

    · Extends middle class tax cuts, which includes lower tax rates, an expanded Child Tax Credit, and marriage penalty relief. In addition, it includes a permanent Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) fix.

    • Extends Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits for one year.
    • Extends expansions of the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, and the new American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps families pay for college. The agreement would extend them for five years.
    • Extends renewable energy incentives, the Research & Experimentation tax credit, and the Production Tax Credit, 50 percent bonus depreciation through the end of 2013.
    • Avoids a 27 percent cut to reimbursements for doctors seeing Medicare patients for 2013 by fixing the sustainable growth rate formula through the end of next year (the “doc fix”).
    • The agreement saves $24 billion, half in revenue and half from spending cuts, which are divided equally between defense and nondefense, in order to delay the sequester for two months.
    • Homeowners who receive principal forgiveness or go through a short sale or foreclosure will not have to pay taxes on the amount of debt forgiven since the deal extends this 2007 Act by one year.

    Raises $620 billion in revenue according to Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation

    • The top rate would return to 39.6 percent for singles with incomes above $400,000 and married couples with incomes above $450,000.
    • The capital gains rate would return to 20 percent. Counting the 3.8 percent surcharge from the Affordable Care Act, dividends and capital gains would be taxed at a rate of 23.8 percent for high-income households. These tax rates would apply to singles above $400,000 and couples above $450,000.
    • The agreement reinstates the limits on high-income tax benefits, the phaseout of itemized deductions (“Pease”) and the Personal Exemption Phaseout (“PEP”), for couples with incomes over $300,000 and singles with incomes over $250,000.
    • The agreement raises the tax rate on estates worth more than $5 million per person from 35 percent to 40 percent.

    Extends the farm bill through the end of the fiscal year, averting a sharp rise in milk prices at the beginning of 2013.

    Capitol Consultants

    Government Affairs

  • Mon, December 03, 2012 9:30 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)
    The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, Frank B. Norris Company and the Home Builders Association of S.C. is proud to offer the ability to register and receive notification of policies that have been canceled mid-term based on a search of the NCCI database via the SCWCC Verification of Coverage link on the www.wcc.sc.gov website. This service has been developed and funded by the Frank B. Norris and Company and the Home Builders Association of SC as a benefit to its members and the industry. Thanks to the help and support of Frank Norris and his company (the program was his idea, which we have worked on for several years) our members will soon realize a great deal of savings in their w.c. policies.
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