• Wed, July 19, 2017 4:25 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)
  • Mon, July 10, 2017 12:01 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    A new consumer spending analysis from NAHB highlights another reason why home building helps drive a healthy economy: In their first year of ownership, new home buyers spend about $10,601 on appliances, furnishings and home improvement projects — 2.6 times as much as other home owners in a typical year.

    NAHB economist Natalia Siniavskaia studied the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey to help quantify the wave of activity — and cash — spent to install new refrigerators, buy couches and make other improvements as new owners personalize their homes.

    “While construction jobs are the most obvious impact of new homes on the economy, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t stop there,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer in Kerrville, Texas.

    “It’s the architects, the heating technicians, the lumber dealers. And it’s the mom-and-pop owners at the local furniture or appliance store who are helping these buyers make their house a home,” he said.

    During the first two years after closing on the house, a typical buyer of a newly built single-family home tends to spend on average $4,500 more than a similar non-moving home owner.

    previous NAHB study based on 2004-2007 data collected during the housing boom showed somewhat higher spending by home owners overall. But the tendency of buyers to outspend non-moving owners on appliances, furnishings and home improvements was similar.

    In the aggregate, most of the demand for appliances, furnishings and remodeling projects in a given year is generated by non-moving home owners, because they outnumber home buyers by such a wide margin.

    But new owners’ impact is noticeable — and vital, MacDonald said. “The health of housing — and new home buying — is  key to the overall state of our economy.”


  • Thu, June 29, 2017 10:12 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

  • Mon, June 26, 2017 6:41 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    The HBA of SC Member Rebates Program is worth exploring!  The average rebate in 2016 was $1,200.00 !  It will only take a few minutes to register for this benefit.   A link to Insights magazine is included .  Flip through this digital publication and see what savings are available to you!

    Insights Member Rebate Magazine

  • 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 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



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    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:


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