During our June Board Meeting, the Board builder members nominated several Associate members as candidates for our Associate of the Year 2016. We would like to recognize the following nominees for the projects they have worked on to better our industry for all:
Richard Forsten, Saul Ewing LLP – principal author and spearheading our efforts for Bring New Jobs to Delaware Act, presently under consideration by the Delaware General Assembly (House Bill 396).
Jim McCulley, Watershed Eco LLC – for organizing the Associates Lobbying 101 class we are holding, and representing us at NAHB during recent meetings related to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup work
Damien Golden, iKANDE Advertising – for her artistic expertise in the design of the Legacy Ball invitations and collateral materials
Mike Riemann, Becker Morgan Group – as our representative protecting our interests at the State Clean Water Task Force and RAC Committee
Thank you all for your contributions to bettering our industry and supporting our Association. Congratulations on your nomination!
HOUSING MORTGAGE LOAN OFFICER II
ENTRY LEVEL SALARY: $43,330 — FULL-TIME
OFFICE LOCATION: 820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE
OPENING DATE: 6/22/16 CLOSING DATE: 7/6/16
This non-state position is located in Wilmington, DE and is responsible for the daily operations of a variety of housing loan or grant programs, evaluating their effectiveness and recommending new or modification of existing programs, policies, procedures, guidelines, etc. Programs assigned may include, but are not limited to: the Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bond program, Second Mortgage Assistance Loans, Delaware Housing Partnership, Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program, Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and Delaware Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing and administering the full spectrum of duties under assigned programs, including but not limited to working with borrowers/lenders/contractors to process applications, analyzing program effectiveness, developing improvements/solutions, preparing systems for reporting program activity, overseeing the servicing of loans, monitoring loan portfolio performance, monitoring contractor performance, etc. to ensure assigned programs are effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of DSHA’s customers.
• Acquires and maintains pool insurance coverage on all Single Family mortgages.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applications may be completed on our website at
THE DELAWARE STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES IN
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The term high performance is most often associated with the automobile and technology industries. But a growing number of professionals in the building industry are trying to change that.
As part of High Performance Building Week, an annual event held by the High Performance Building Coalition, experts from across the industry are meeting with congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. and presenting the latest research and insights on efficient commercial and residential construction.
Among those who joined for today’s proceedings was John Barrows, founder of P3 Builder Group, Inc., who also serves as instructor of several NAHB educational courses on business management and green building techniques.
Their goal during an hour-long congressional briefing was to increase awareness among policy makers about the major impacts that different building techniques – especially high-performance and green techniques – can have on public health and safety.
Barrows said that more emphasis is needed on stakeholder and consumer education, as well as an increased reliance on the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS).
The NGBS is a green building rating system that assigns points for green and sustainable building practices in the areas of water, resource and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development and home owner education.
In his comments during the briefing, Barrows highlighted the benefits of green building from the consumer perspective. Though financial incentives like tax credits and reduced utility expenses are still big motivators, he emphasized improved comfort and health as the top two drivers for consumers in today’s market.
“With the downward trend of energy prices in recent years, cost savings have recently become less of a factor,” he said. “But the wise consumer knows [the current energy prices] won’t last forever, and they’re looking for solutions now before all of a sudden prices go back up.”
The latest version of the NGBS was recently approved by the American National Standards Institute. It can be downloaded for free as a PDF from NAHB’s BuilderBooks.
After holding steady for the past four months, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes rose two points in June to 60 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), the highest reading since January.
“Builders in many markets across the nation are reporting higher traffic and more committed buyers at their job sites,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. “However, our members are also relating ongoing concerns regarding the shortage of buildable lots and labor and noting pockets of softness in scattered markets.”
“Rising home sales, an improving economy and the fact that the HMI gauge measuring future sales expectations is running at an eight-month high are all positive factors indicating that the housing market should continue to move forward in the second half of 2016,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.
Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the HMI 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 in which any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.
All three components posted gains in June: Current sales conditions rose one point to 64, sales expectations in the next six months increased five points to 70, and the component measuring buyer traffic climbed three points to 47.
Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the South registered a two-point uptick to 61 and the West rose one point to 68. The Northeast dropped two points to 39 and the Midwest fell one point to 57.
See the complete tables at nahb.org/hmi.
View more analysis in this Eye on Housing blog post.
Join the Home Builders Association of Delaware and RuggerioWillson & Associates for networking and refreshments, followed by the 2016 Annual Legislative Watch. Attend and witness the political process in action on the final day of session. We may need to deal with possible last minute surprises that could impact our industry.
Thursday, June 30th
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Refreshments and Legislative Briefing at
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