The staff at the Home Builders Association of Delaware wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween!
Everyone at the office was given a pumpkin to decorate. Can you guess who did which pumpkin? Let us know what you think. Some worked a little harder then others!
Last week our HBADE President Jim McCulley appeared before the EPA in Washington D.C. and testified along with our National Association of Home Builders. Although there were other groups present at this meeting, only two representatives from NAHB were permitted to attend – the NAHB staffer and Jim.
The topic of discussion was Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The current administration issued Executive Order to rescind the previous Administration proposed rules and to solicit comments a write a new rule that would be more balanced and reflecting the intent of the Congress and Supreme Court. As such, EPA and ACOE are holding a series of listening sessions and asking for comments from different sectors. As Jim is one of a handful of Professional Wetlands Scientists, he is eminently qualified to present fair, balanced comments that protect our waters while not unreasonably stifling or regulating land development and home building
Additionally, NAHB has been asked to propose a framework for the new rule for consideration and Jim is assisting NAHB Staff with that
said the Washington Post. The House plan to double the standard deduction, end personal exemptions and repeal the deduction for state and local taxes “is a bad bill for the housing sector,” NAHB CEO Jerry Howard told Fox Business.
“All the resources we were going to put into supporting are now going to go into opposing the plan,” Howard told Politico.
The House is set to release its proposal Wednesday. NAHB will continue to keep members informed of its progress. “We will not rest until Congress guarantees us that homeownership will remain as a centerpiece of our tax policy,” said NAHB Chair Granger MacDonald.
It's Throwback Thursday and we have some interesting pictures for you. We go back to 2002 for these winners. If you recognize anyone in these pictures, don't forget to tag them. Happy Thursday!
P.S. If anyone knows why some of these people were having their heads/faces painted, please let us know. We are very curious.
Noble’s Pond New Welcome Village Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening Delights Crowd
Homebuyers Inspired by New Design Studio, Decorated Models, Active Living Lifestyle
Dover, Delaware (October 25, 2017) – On Saturday, October 21, Noble’s Pond, the premier active lifestyle community in Dover, Delaware, hosted a special Grand Opening of its beautiful new Welcome Village for interested buyers and their families. Harry Miller III, president of Regal Builders and developer of Noble’s Pond, welcomed a number of dignitaries for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:30AM including Robert Sine, Mayor of Cheswold, Brooks Banta, President Kent County Levy Court, Sam Callender, Land Use Administrator and Treasurer of Cheswold, and Howard Fortunato, Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware.
On this beautiful fall day, more than 100 people toured Noble’s Pond stunning new Welcome Village consisting of three professionally decorated model homes plus the sparkling new Design Studio where Noble’s Pond Interior Design Specialist, Vivien Koronet, shared the variety of flexible and innovative new floorplans available at Noble’s Pond.
Potential 55+ buyers were eager to tour the gorgeous model homes designed for today’s active lifestyle. The low maintenance homes impressed with their thoughtful floorplans and outdoor living spaces, and buyers expressed their appreciation for Noble’s Pond’s superior construction and top quality finishes. The Grand Opening event had people excited to become a part of the Noble’s Pond community.
“We thank our many ‘Ambassadors,’ current Noble’s Pond residents, for participating in our Grand Opening Event and for sharing their personal experiences about moving and living here,” says Colleen Ostafy, Lifestyle Director. “No-one is better at welcoming our visitors, celebrating our Noble’s Pond lifestyle with them, and explaining why Noble’s Pond really feels like home!”
Noble's Pond Welcome Village and Model Homes are open for touring on Mondays - Saturdays from 10am - 5pm and on Sundays from noon to 5pm. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1.888.222.0030 or visit http://www.noblespondhomes.com.
Ribbon cutting and grand opening of the beautiful new Welcome Village at Noble’s Pond, Delaware’s premier active lifestyle community. Photo, from left to right: Pat Schaffer, resident, Vivien Koronet, Design Consultant, Brooks Banta, President Kent County Levy Court, Sam Callender, Land Use Administrator and Treasurer of Cheswold, Dorothy Carey, Concierge, Justin Olear, Vice President, Regal Builders, Harry Miller, President Regal Builders, Robert Sine, Mayor of Cheswold, Colleen Ostafy, Lifestyle Director. Guests Included Mark Succarotte, New Penn Financial, Howard Fortunato, Executive Vice President Delaware Home Builders Association and Jane Marie O’Connor, 55+ Housing Consultant.
We are pleased to announce that the Public Service Commission approved this week a requirement for water utilities in Delaware (Order # 9124) to notify developers and or home builders if there might be offsite costs to the builder/developer to run water service to their new project.
These costs, titled Contributions in Aid of Construction (CIAC) Category 1B, represent the costs (generally, offsite costs directly assignable to a project to run from the project to the utility main) to provide water. The water utility must also provide an estimate of costs, although these costs may change over time.
We have been involved with this matter since early this year, including appearing and testifying at the public workshop. Kudos to our member Kevin Kelly and his firm Leon N Weiner & Associates for their invaluable help on this matter. They were involved with a project that initiated the public workshop, and in fact besides attending meetings and testifying, Kevin prepared proposed language for the final order which was approved by the PSC this past week.
Prior to this new PSC order, there were no regulations requiring prior notification of offsite costs, which in Kevin’s instance amounted to over $400 thousand dollars.
Developers, builders and their engineering consultants are encouraged to review Order 9124 for complete details. We also strongly encourage that you establish early and regular communications with your water utility company especially if the project is delayed. As we noted, the offsite Category 1B costs can change over time.
Download a copy of the order below.
NAHB has announced the finalists for its 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 55+ housing industry.
This year, 111 entries were chosen as finalists and are eligible for either a gold or silver award from NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council. Those winners will be announced on Jan. 9, 2018, during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
“Physical activity remains an important aspect for residents of 55+ housing, and prime outdoor amenities offering access to activities like hiking, biking, gardening and swimming are a must in today’s residences,” said Dennis Cunningham, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council, and president of ActiveWest Builders, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
“This year’s finalists have some great examples of these types of amenities in their communities. Even the more traditional continuing care communities are providing opportunities for activity for residents at the level they are able to participate.”
Finalists were selected from entries in 38 categories representing single-family homes, rental housing, service-enriched housing, 55+ housing lifestyle features and marketing activity, plus three categories representing individuals and firms.
NAHB’s 55+ Housing Council launched the awards to encourage quality and innovation in the 55+ housing market. The council provides information, education and networking opportunities for its members and provides advocacy support to NAHB on key 55+ housing issues.
See the complete list of this year’s finalists.
Download a PDF of the 2018 Finalists.
Home Builders Association of Delaware visited a ball field to enjoy a night of baseball. Does anyone recognize the stadium? How about the members? Tag us if you know.
Home Builders Association of Delaware and Two Men and a Truck partner with Community to “Stuff the Truck” for Houston Hurricane Victims.
Throughout the state of Delaware, the community has come together to help collect much needed supplies for the continued relief efforts in Houston. After Hurricane Harvey flooded them with several feet of water, The Home Builders Association of Delaware partnered with Two Men and a Truck with hopes of sending one truck load of supplies down to Houston. Several Members of Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) volunteered to become drop off locations in each county. Soon the public learned of our efforts, and more and more members of the community began to provide donations and assistance.
JS Homes of Bear DE, became our collection point in Northern New Castle County. Soon, Melissa Scott of JS Homes, called the HBADE office to advise us that Jenner’s Pond, (a retirement community in PA) , had an 18 ft box truck filled to help “Stuff the Truck”. JS Homes also collected a number of items from local community members to send to Houston.
Middletown Kitchen and Bath (MKB), of Middletown DE, became our collection point in Southern New Castle County. Mark Gandy, owner of MKB, collected many items. In addition when another charity backed out of an arrangement with a local fire company to deliver 18 additional pallets of supplies, Mark found them transportation and a driver. Mark also joined Two Men and a Truck to help sort through donations to repackage and load for transport.
Frank McKee Jr. of McKee Builders of Springfield, PA also did a drive at their local favorite coffee spot. They were able to collect several SUV’s full of items to contribute to the collection efforts of the Home Builders Association of Delaware.
Resort Custom Homes of Lewes, DE collected items in Sussex County. Mark Grahne, (owner), delivered them to HBADE staff on several occasions to get them to Two Men and a Truck. Sunny Dean, (also of Resort Custom Homes), helped sort and repackage things to load the truck up for transport.
Schell Brothers of Rehoboth, DE decided they wanted to help, rented a box truck and hosted a collection drive over the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. There were many items collected from Schell Brothers’ communities. The most collected items seemed to be paper products and brand new linens, some of which Schell purchased themselves. Mark Moore, (Senior Construction Manager for Schell), delivered their stuffed truck to Two Men and a Truck on Monday, September 25th. The items Schell Brothers collected filled almost an entire garage bay at the Two Men and a Truck office.
Ted Ammann of the Red Clay School District reached out to Home Builders Association of Delaware because they wanted to do a drive, but had no way to transport the items. HBADE and Two Men and a Truck agreed to take their items. Children from the district collected an 18 ft box truck filled with items such as school supplies, toiletries, pet supplies, and non-perishable items. Mr. Ammann, along with some of his co-workers, drove the truck to Two Men and a Truck and filled an entire garage bay with the items they collected.
Two Men and a Truck of Dover, DE was the collection point for Kent County, and also kindly donated a truck and driver in the beginning of collection efforts. Jeremy Brown, (owner of the Dover location), stated that items just trickled in every day. After receiving 3 truckloads of deliveries from other locations, Home Builders Association and Two Men and a Truck had no choice but to consider cutting off the collection efforts several weeks early.
Mr. Brown did not want to turn away people whom had not heard we had stopped collecting, so he graciously kept receiving items as they came. In the end, Mr. Brown not only donated a truck and driver of his own, but rented an additional truck and provided an additional driver to take the collected supplies to Texas.
Our collective efforts resulted in 29,500 pounds of goods to send to Houston. Items will be delivered and distributed with the help of Texas local Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association. The HBADE community received so much support, that overflow donations, beyond the 29,500 pounds, went to support other organizations in Hurricane relief efforts.
Finally, HBADE would like to thank Leon N Weiner & Associates for donating funds to help defray the expenses of Two Men and a Truck. We would also like to thank Ted Ammann of Red Clay School District; Jeremy Brown, Two Men and a Truck; Sunny Dean, Resort Custom Homes; Mark Gandy, Middletown Kitchen and Bath; Mark Grahne, Resort Custom Homes; Frank McKee Jr, McKee Builders; Mark Moore, Schell Brothers; Rose Selman, Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association; Melissa Scott, JS Homes; Bob Taylor, JS Homes; and the community for their generous donations.
What a beautiful day we had for our Fall Golf, Crab & Steak Feast Event held Thursday, October 5th, at the Odessa National Golf Club in Townsend. It was a sold out crowd and the golfers were rearing to go after picking up their boxed lunches, cigars (if desired) & golf carts which had their goody bags waiting for them. We had a shotgun start at noon and off they went.
As the golfers finished, they came into the big tent where the drinks and food awaited them. There was plenty of crabs, steak, drinks, and company to go around.
Once the crowd settled down, it was time to make some announcements. Jim McCulley, HBA/DE President, thanked our amazing sponsors as well as our awesome golf committee. Jeff Haggerty, Golf Committee Chair, spoke next. He also thanked our sponsors as well as our incredible volunteers, and our generous donors of the goody bag items and prizes. He awarded first place to the team from Energy Services Group (Congratulations),
followed by the second place and last place teams, the 50/50 which the winner received $745, plus other prizes such as a yeti tumbler, yeti cooler with beer, golf gift certificates, and gift certificates for Conceal Carry class.
We had a special guest at the event this year, Mariano "Sandman" Rivera, who is a former Yankees Baseball Player. Scott Morris, of Palram Americas, invited Mariano to golf with the HBA/DE. Scott purchased a golf bag to be signed by Mariano and auctioned it off to raise much needed funds for Puerto Rico. The winning bid was $1600 belonging to Steve Arnold of Engery Services Group. Other members also donated money to the cause. Way to go HBA/DE. Mariano, then stayed after dinner for pictures. He was a great sport.
We hope everyone had a great time. These events can't be successful without our golf committee, our many sponsors, donors, volunteers, and of course the golfers. Thank you to the following sponsors/donors:
Acopia Home Loans
Bank of America
Bath Kitchen and Tile
Builders 1st Source
Excel Business Systems
Geo-Technology Associates Inc
Leon N. Weiner & Associates
Middletown Kitchen and Bath
Morris Ritchie Associates Inc.
Saul Ewing LLP
Tricon Construction Management
Whiteford Taylor Preston LLC
Thank you to Madison Bailey, Bath, Kitchen & Tile, who is always willing to lend a hand and help with whatever is needed.
As always, a big shout out to Sharon Moore from AZEK for volunteering and being our official photographer for this event, and bringing cigars to share. Thank you Sharon!
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It would be amazing if we could have this kind of turn out to all of our events. Our BREC conference is the next event. Have you signed up yet? Click here for information.