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.
You’re invited to a free viewing of the Center for Watershed Protection’s webcast, “ Bringing Better Site Design into the 21st Century” hosted by DNREC on October 18th at 1:00PM in Dover, DE (exact location TBD). To view for free you must attend in person. There will be time for discussion after the webcast.
Wednesday October 18th 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Questions or concerns, please contact Phil Miller, Marketing Specialist, DNREC
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With all of the hurricanes/flooding occurring and the potential ones that are brewing, we thought this may be a good article to share with our membership. Hopefully we won't need this information for Delaware, but please pass to friends and family in the areas that are getting hit with these natural disasters.
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August Deals Extended Until 9/15 for the NAHB International Builders' Show!
January 9-11 Orlando, Florida
What are you waiting for?
We're giving you more time to get your free expo pass* and get free spouse registration for the 2018 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS). Don't miss the chance!
*Manufacturer and Software Provider registrants are not eligible.
Events: A Member's Persepective on the Importance of the International Builders' Show -IBS Gave this Builder a Business ‘Owner’s Guide’
One of our own members, Bay to Beach Builders, was interviewed for an article that came out this month on the NAHBNow website talking about the importance of the International Builders' Show. Read the following for the full article.
Deric Parker’s home building business was just getting its feet wet when it was slammed with a tidal wave.
Launched in 2003, Parker’s Bay to Beach Builders in Greenwood, Del. was scrambling to keep itself together as the Great Recession hit. He was a good builder, he said, “but we realized that there was a lot we didn’t know about our business.”
While he was a member of the HBA of Delaware, Parker said he hadn’t really availed himself of any member benefits and services. “We started looking for resources,” Parker said. “Most guys like me start out working for someone else, and when you start your own business, it doesn’t come with an owner’s guide or a manual.”
Through his HBA, Parker learned about NAHB and the annual International Builders’ Show® (IBS). He scanned through the IBS education offerings. Maybe going to a few sessions could help?
Parker took the plunge. “My wife and I and two of our team members went,” he remembered. They enjoyed the exhibits and seeing the new products on display, but their focus, he said, was on education.
“We knew how to build homes, but there were a lot of aspects of the business we didn’t really do the way we needed to,” he said.
He needed a better hold of process. Taking IBS business management sessions and having the opportunity to talk later with the instructors was eye-opening, Parker said.
Before, “We’d get a contract and as quickly as we could we’d get a permit and we tried to get construction started,” Parker said. Through one IBS class, “One of the simplest things we learned how to do was to slot all our starts on a calendar and have the sales team fill each slot. We aren’t going to build more homes than we can efficiently handle. It’s very much controlled and our trade partners love it. Instead of operating out of chaos it’s a much, much more orderly process. We aren’t scrambling like we had been.”
He brought his sales team to the marketing classes. He joined roundtables facilitated by IBS instructors to trade ideas and learn new skills. Now, focusing on IBS education is part of the Bay to Beach Builders business plan.
“We take different team members each year — someone from sales, a project manager — four or five of us go,” Parker said. “We go through the education schedule pretty thoroughly so we can get a lot of coverage, and we take a lot of notes.” And even though Bay to Beach has been attending classes for 10 years now, “There’s always a couple little things that you can come up with,” Parker said. “We’re fine tuning — and we can make small gains here and there.”
From a company that grossed $2-3 million a year 10 years ago, Parker’s business now has 18 employees, does about 50 starts a year, and brings in $16-17 million annually. He credits hard work, faith and the International Builders’ Show.
The best registration discounts are in August, but Parker said there are bigger reasons to sign up. “IBS introduced us to people who could dig deep into our situation and help us a lot. I encourage anybody to go and learn something. It really did transform our company,” Parker said. “It’s part of the reason why we are still here, and our competitors are not.”
Register for IBS by the end of August to enjoy special discounts. For a full list of offerings, visit BuildersShow.com/august.
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NAHB members can also subscribe for free at nahb.org.
NAHB Remodelers honors individuals and local remodelers councils for outstanding projects and exceptional service to the remodeling industry. Awards include:
Applications for NAHB Remodeler of the Month are open year round.