Noble’s Pond Reaches out to Local School Program
DOVER, DE –Noble’s Pond (www.noblespondhomes.com), Delaware’s premier 55+ Active Adult Community, is proud to call Dover, De. home. Residents and staff members alike are involved in organizations, activities and charities throughout the metro area, both individually and as a group. Recently the Noble’s Pond staff reached out to Dover High School with a project that was tailor-made for one of the school’s job skills programs.
Special Education teacher Jomelle Bowen works with a group of Dover High School students on both academic and life skills. She oversees an in-school program to help students prepare for employment after high school. One of the program’s components is a printing shop, where students print logos, slogans, and graphics on cloth items for fellow students, neighbors and local businesses.
Noble’s Pond staff approached Bowen to see if her students would print new T-shirts for the community’s construction and service staff. The students were excited to have a “real world” assignment, and did an outstanding job creating the T-shirts, according to Bowen. She hopes this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership with Noble’s Pond, since the students have the ability to print a variety of cloth items including tote bags, golf shirts, party favors and much more.
Noble’s Pond is built and developed by Harry Miller III, a third-generation home builder, and president of Regal Builders, LLC. Amenities include a beautifully appointed clubhouse, 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. The community was recently honored with nine Regal Awards from the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) for excellence in home building, interior design and community development, and received a 2018 Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau Serving Delaware for best practices, leadership, social responsibility and high standards of organizational ethics.
The 300-acre community just outside the City of Dover recently opened a spacious, new Welcome Center and Design Studio to offer current and prospective residents detailed information on the community and the surrounding area, as well as assistance with selecting custom finishes and features to create the perfect home. Earlier this year, Noble’s Pond unveiled seven new exciting floor plans. Three have been built as model homes onsite: the Bradford, the Camden and the Greenwold, while the other four are available for virtual tours at www.noblespondhomes.com. All have been designed with today’s active adult in mind and offer the latest in energy efficiency, as well as home automation from Intuity Home Intelligence to provide comfort, entertainment and security.
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This event marked the 8th annual Framing Frenzy Build which is in conjunction with celebrating National Homeownership Month.
The festivities began at 9 a.m. with AmeriCorps volunteers building the frame of a house to be moved to Frederica for the Main Family.
The Sussex County, Central Delaware and New Castle County chapters of Habitat for Humanity were joined in a celebration by Governor John Carney, members of the General Assembly, Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi, Delaware AmeriCorps volunteers, the Delaware Association of Realtors, Delaware Health and Social Services, and Home Builders Association of Delaware.
"We know that homeownership creates more stable neighborhoods, forges stronger relationships, and helps more children succeed in life," said Governor John Carney, who presented a proclamation in honor of Homeownership Month. "Working together, we can help more Delawareans achieve the dream of homeownership and keep our state growing and thriving."
"The cost of regulation raises the price of a new home by over 30%. We have to get that cost down if we expect people to be able to afford to own a home," said HBADE President, James McCulley.
Thank you to our President and our members who came out to support this great event!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
This past week Home Builders’ held its annual Legislative Reception at Dover Downs Tuesday night. The Reception is a great way for legislators to hear from members about various topics relevant to our industry- but in an informal setting over nibbles and adult beverages.
This year about 60 HBADE members and Legislators attended and talked and socialized. We were joined by representatives of St George’s Vo-Tech High School talking about our partnership with them to help students build sheds see the video: http://nahbnow.com/2018/03/hba-of-delaware-helps-students-build-sheds-raise-money/#comment-826464
We were also joined by Jerry Howard, the CEO of the National Association of Home Builders. Jerry was in town that day to help us discuss with legislators the problems with Delaware residential electric licensing and how it has slowed the housing market, slowed hosing productin and impacted builders and home buyers. We distributed a series of talking points to legislators, a copy is here: Click here HBADE Talking Points
Enjoy the slideshow of pictures from the evening!
To help our members make sense of the recent federal tax changes, Brian Stratton and Mike Easton of the Horty CPA firm presented a seminar on March 13, 2018.
Although tax laws and discussion of such can be a dry subject, it seemed to keep everyone paying attention for 90 minutes, with lots of Q&A. Afterward one member even thanked us for the seminar, proclaiming “I believe it was very helpful to a lot of member companies”. Kudos and our thanks to Brian and Mike of the Horty Group for their presentation.
Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the distributed information should ……. Click for Horty Tax Seminar Handout
The Home Builders Association of Delaware Along With National Association of Home Builders Meet With Governor John Carney!
The Home Builders Association of Delaware along with Jerry Howard and Isabel Shocket of National Association of Home Builders met with Governor John Carney to discuss training a workforce in building trades in Delaware. Our youth, at-risk youth, veterans and prisoners are all potential candidates for building trade training and job placement. Let's get to work on the economy of Delaware.
Home Builders Association of Delaware members donated supplies and their expertise to the students of St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown so they can design and construct sheds. In mid-April, the HBA will raffle off the sheds as a fund raiser for the school. Raffle tickets are 1 for $25 or 5 for $100 and can be purchased at the Home Builders Association Office located at 1600 N. Little Creek Road Dover, DE 19901. The drawing will take place April 14, 2018 at the St. Georges Technical High School "Portraits of Excellence" Gala. You can read more information about this gala by clicking here.
With the labor shortage affecting builders and remodelers throughout the state, “We see this as a great opportunity to get local kids involved in the industry, said HBA president Jim McCulley. This video tells the story.
Click here to view the video!
Thank you to the following for supporting this great event by donating supplies and/or their time:
Apex Home Loans
Beeline Services LLC
Best Stoneworks, Inc.
Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc.
Middletown Kitchen and Bath
Sundance Custom Homes LLC