HBA/DE Executive Committee Members Meet With Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester as Part of NAHB Bringing Housing Home Initiative!
Executive Committee members met with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester as part of the National Association of Home Builders Bringing Housing Home initiative. Members discussed issues important to the Association, including workforce development, increased costs of lumber, and flood insurance.
May 2, 2018 St. Georges Technical High School Cordially Invites You to Participate in Their Free 1st Annual Career & Internship Fair
As you know, one of our goals at St. Georges is to make sure our students are career and college ready. We are only able to achieve this goal because of outstanding businesses like yours.
This event will give you the opportunity to interview and hire our outstanding junior students on the spot for any co-op/internship positions you may have available. Even if you are not ready to hire students on this particular date, you can set up a table with possible career opportunities for our current juniors who will start their co-op experience over the summer. Our Cooperative Employment Coordinator will be onsite to sign working papers and Co-op Contracts that day.
Again, this is a free event and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all who participate. Each employer will be provided with a 6’ table and two chairs. There will also be limited tables with an electrical outlet.
Our staff and students are very excited about this event and we hope that you are able to take part in our Career & Internship Fair. Again, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
May 2, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
St. Georges’ Gymnasium
555 Hyetts Corner Road, Middletown, DE 19709
Agenda for the Day:
9:15am - 10:00am - Setup and Breakfast
10:00am - 10:45am - Career Program Information/Tours
11:00am - 11:45am - Lunch
11:45am - 1:00pm - Open Fair Format (Meeting the students and Interviews)
1:00pm - 1:15pm - Clean Up
Contact Person: Jermaine Williams, M. Ed.
Cooperative Employment Coordinator
St Georges Technical High School
Bill would give tax break to first-time homebuyersApr 18th, 2018 · by Matt Bittle · Comments: 1
DOVER — Lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill to exempt first-time homebuyers from an increase in the realty transfer tax enacted last summer.
To balance the budget, the General Assembly bumped the tax on home sales from 3 to 4 percent in July, against protests from realtors and some legislators.
That tax is split unevenly between the state and counties, with the state getting 2.5 percent and the county where the sale takes place receiving 1.5 percent.
The seller and the buyer each pay half the tax.
House Bill 380 would exempt individuals who have never owned a home before — in any state, not just in Delaware — from paying their share of the additional tax for the first $400,000 on a building purchase.
Essentially, a first-time homebuyer would receive a credit of up to $2,000.
“The real estate community got hit hard with that bill, and this is an attempt to make it a little bit easier, give them something that they can entice people to come and buy homes,” main sponsor House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, said.
The measure would be retroactive to August 1, meaning any qualified individual who bought a house since then could receive a refund through the Division of Revenue.
It would cost the state government approximately $3.5 million in the first fiscal year and $4.5 million in the second.
The bill has bipartisan support.
All three counties currently have programs offering tax breaks to first-time buyers as part of an effort to encourage homeownership.
Kent exempts both the seller and buyer from its share of the tax, while Sussex and New Castle require the seller, but not the buyer, to pay the .75 percent fee.
All parties must still pay their half of the 2.5 percent that goes to the state.
“The dream of homeownership is a cornerstone of the middle class, a key to social mobility, and the bedrock of safe, stable communities,” Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride, D-New Castle, said in a statement.
“We should be doing everything we can to bring that dream within reach for first-time buyers, including modifications to the realty transfer tax.”
The House unanimously passed legislation giving judges greater discretion in cases of juveniles illegally carrying a gun.
House Bill 306 now goes to the Senate.
Current state law requires anyone over age 15 to be tried as an adult for possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, itself a felony carrying a sentence of up to 25 years.
The bill would not just raise the minimum age one year but would also allow judges to send cases where a gun was possessed but not used during the commission of a felony to Family Court as opposed to Superior Court.
“If a youth was using the weapon as part of the offense, then it would remain in Superior Court, but if you just happened to have the weapon on another count, like just caught with drugs or something like that, they would have the option of leaving it in Family Court,” Rep. J.J. Johnson, D-New Castle, said after the vote.
Rep. Johnson attempted to make the change as part of a bill dealing with several other juvenile offenses last year but was forced to amend it out.
The version passed Tuesday was approved only after he introduced an amendment as part of a compromise with the Department of Justice.
The original form of House Bill 306 simply stated that anyone charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony could be tried as an adult at age 16 or older, containing no provision mandating a teen be tried as an adult if he or she fired or displayed a gun during a felony.
While it wasn’t his preferred option, Rep. Johnson said he was satisfied with the amendment.
Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at email@example.com
entertainment value and Zuckerberg’s testimony wasn’t exciting, but there were some important points made, and a few key takeaways for builders and remodelers.
Your Facebook advertising options are shrinking (a little). Facebook is feeling heat and acting quickly to dial back on advertiser freedoms. Even before this week’s testimony, Facebook announced it would be discontinuing “Partner Categories,” targeting that includes the industry-favorite option of reaching consumers who are “likely to move.”
This week, Facebook surveyed advertisers to rank the value of “the various targeting options that Facebook offers.” At least they’re asking what marketers value most.
I’m nowhere close to giving up on Facebook advertising, but that next great innovation in advertising tech has been delayed.
Internet advertising and privacy regulation is inevitable. Most consumers would welcome additional privacy protection. But business owners know how burdensome regulations can be. Almost every legislator threatened or directly proposed regulating Facebook and other internet companies.
“Your user agreement sucks,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R- La.), who told Zuckerberg that Facebook needs to do more to help consumers understand how their content is shared. Increasing Facebook’s legal responsibility for user privacy and disclosure will have an immediate impact on your advertising opportunities.
Expect this to quickly trickle down from big tech, with more laws enforcing how all businesses — including yours — collect, share and use consumer data for advertising purposes.
Real estate-specific advertising rules to come. About a year ago, Facebook began asking real estate marketing companies to assert whether they were advertising in accordance with fair housing laws. In other words, Facebook is asking advertisers to self-certify that they are not using Facebook’s targeting tools to illegally exclude protected classes from promotions.
We know that self-certifying “good behavior” didn’t work out with a rogue developer and Cambridge Analytica. Don’t be shocked if real estate ads get moved into a category of their own — with fewer targeting options to ensure fair housing compliance.
Bad apples. Geez.
This guest post was written by Dennis O’Neil, a member of the NAHB National Sales and Marketing Council and president of ONeil Interactive, a full-service advertising and marketing agency for home builders. O’Neil can be reached at 410-584-2500.
Register now for our May 31st Spring Golf Tournament at the beautiful Peninsula Golf & Country Club. The golf course is a Jack Nicklaus Signature designed course. If golf isn't your thing there is so much more to do. Take advantage of the spa, wave pool, or the nature trails. There is something for everyone. Register now to enjoy great food, fun and conversation.
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April 11, 2018 (404) 285-3434, Julie@gilbertsheppard.com
Noble’s Pond Adds Three New Team Members to Delaware’s Premier
55+ Active Adult Community Team
DOVER, DE – Residents of Noble’s Pond, Delaware’s premier 55+ Active Adult Community, are busy, active and engaged. The same can be said of the community itself, which has recently debuted seven new floor plans, expanded its Welcome Center, built a beautiful new Design Center and now has added three new team members to its professional staff. They are:
Foust, an Air Force veteran, has worked with both buyers and sellers throughout his real estate career. He brings to the table a unique understanding of what home buyers want and what home builders can provide, helping him meet and exceed the home buyers’ expectations. Houchins-Holsclaw is an interior designer who will work with current and potential Noble’s Pond residents to customize their new homes. As manager of the new Design Center, she will have photos, floor plans, samples and furnished model homes available to help residents visualize the home of their dreams. Donahue is a seasoned sales consultant with an over 20-year career working throughout Delaware. She will help prospective residents select their perfect home from the many model options and locations available throughout the spacious property.
Earlier this year, the 55+ Council of the National Association of Home Builders honored Noble’s Pond with two Gold and four Silver Awards at its annual 55+ Housing Awards Event. The Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the industry’s only national awards program honoring excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for the mature adult and serve as a showcase for quality housing, innovation and emerging trends that appeal to the 55 and above demographic.
About Noble’s Pond
Award-winning Noble’s Pond is Delaware’s premier 55+ active lifestyle community. Built and developed by Harry Miller III, a third-generation home builder and president of Regal Builders, Noble’s Pond features beautiful new single-family homes with a variety of well-designed, customizable floor plans. The development is situated on 300 acres of bucolic farmland just outside Dover, the state’s charming capital, with fine restaurants, culture and history. The acclaimed master-planned community offers top amenities including a beautifully appointed clubhouse, a large outdoor pool, bocce courts, a putting green, tennis and pickle ball courts, a five-acre pond with a pier and observation deck, natural walking trails and a community garden. For more information, call 1-888-222-0030 or visit www.noblespondhomes.com.
Mike Riemann, P.E., Civil Engineer, has been promoted to Principal, demonstrating strong technical competency and leadership skills throughout his tenure with Becker Morgan Group. Mike started as an intern in 1997, joined full time as a Civil Designer in 2001, advanced to Associate in 2006, named Senior Associate in 2009, promoted to Associate Principal in 2016 and became a Principal in 2018. Mike is a graduate of University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science / Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. Mike played a vital role in the opening and expansion of the firm’s newest office in Newark, DE. His extensive experience spans statewide across Delaware, with expertise in various market sectors including, commercial, retail, education, institutional, residential subdivision and more. Mike is actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including his current role serving as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Delaware, and has been recognized as the 2015 Delaware Council of Engineering Societies Young Engineer of the Year, 2014 Rotarian of the Year from the Dover Downtown Rotary, and 2013 Associate Member of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Delaware.
DSHA invites all interested parties to attend a public hearing being held to obtain views on housing and community development needs and comments on the agency's draft FY18 Annual Action Plan. The hearing will be 1:30 p.m. April 26 at the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover.
The Action Plan serves as Delaware's housing planning document, and as the application for funding to several federal programs. The draft plan is available for review on DSHA's website, and hard copies are available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both oral and written comments will be accepted and recorded at the hearing, and a summary of the comments and DSHA's response will be attached to the final Action Plan.
If you have a vision, hearing, or physical impairment that requires accommodation either in the reading of this notice or at the public hearing, DSHA will provide appropriate assistance. To schedule assistance, please call 302-739-4263, ext. 245, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Free Webinar: Designing a Sensory-Friendly Room
From 2-3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28, Tom Ashley the 2017 NAHB Remodeler of the Year and 2017 Homes for Life Single-Space category winner and John Guillory of Expand, Inc. will detail their design challenges and solution to create a room for a client with an autistic child. A question-and-answer session will follow. This webinar is free for all NAHB members. Register today.