Home Builders Association of Delaware Office will be closed Wednesday July 4th.
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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!
Education. More than 140 IBS education sessions cover the hottest industry topics. “I was really impressed with how much variety in education there was. It didn’t matter which class I walked into, I could apply it to what I do,” said 2018 recipient Shannon Alcock of Goldmark Construction Group in Raleigh, N.C.
Product Knowledge. IBS draws 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers, which is why it is the place to discover what’s trending. “I was able to get so much product knowledge. I actually met a ton of new vendors that we’re going to start using on our houses. We were able to make a ton of new business relationships, and I learned a lot,” said recipient Anna Fosmire of Crabbe Homes in Clarksville, Tenn.
Demonstrations. Attendees learn from construction demos and interactive programming in IBS Live, and the High Performance Building Zone. “A lot of times, the products just show up from a supplier on your jobsite. It definitely helps to speak directly with the manufacturers for their recommendations and important little tidbits,” said Lynch Christian of Four Points Construction Inc. in Martinsburg, W. Va.
Niche Exploration. The Centrals are fun, educational lounges that allow you to explore new niche-specific ideas and connect with others like yourself. Workshops, presentations, roundtables and networking events are all available at the six Centrals: 55+ Housing, Custom Building, Design Studio, Multifamily, Remodelers and Sales. “I found some great opportunities in the Custom Building Central to make my network stronger,” said recipient Kristopher Gardner of Magleby Construction in Lindon, Utah.
Networking with Young Professionals. The IBS Official House Party and the Young Pros Party are two events where young pros gather to have some fun and network with others in the industry. “It was just amazing to see a lot of the young professionals at the show. Really inspiring,” said Sarah Harne of Dan Ryan Builders in Frederick, Md.
On top of all that, an industry coming together in one place over three days can be invigorating, attendees said. “When I got home, I told my boss, ‘I never want to miss IBS again.’ I legitimately feel like my brain chemistry has been altered through this experience,” said Joshua Dean of Precision Homecrafters LLC in Birmingham, Ala.
Submit your application and video by June 15 to be considered.
It's not too early to start thinking about attending the 2019 International Builders' Show. What better way then to go for practically free. NAHB members between the ages of 21-35 can attend the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) practically free through the IBS Scholarship Program. Interested members must submit an application and video by Friday, June 15 to be considered.
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What a great night everyone had at the 2018 Regal Awards Ceremony last Friday night at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites. Thankfully the weather did not put a damper on everyones anticipation for the evenings festivities. The venue was amazing, food delicious, and members excited.
The evening began with mingling, and enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while listening to some live music. The awards ceremony started at 8 with Jim McCulley, our board president, starting us off. Jeff Haggerty and Damien Golden also took to the mic to give out some awards.
The program culminated with the Delaware Community of the Year Award that went to Schell Brothers. Congratulations to them and to all of our Regal Award winners.
Click here for a list of the winners
Thank you to all that supported and attended this sold out event to recognize and celebrate our members and their excellence in the building industry. These include our judges, sponsors, advertisers, regal entrants, media partners (The Real Estate Book -Brian O'Rourke and Today Media), Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, along with the SMC led by SMC President Damien Golden and last but not least Sunny Schmidt, who is now with Regal Builders, but helped with the event tremendously until the end.
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Please note: The Regal Book should be on the website by next week. If anyone would like to purchase additional awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors and Advertisers:
AZEK Building Products
Acopia Home Loans
Bath Kitchen & Tile
Carl M. Freeman Companies
Leon N Weiner & Associates
Middletown Kitchen & Bath
Pala Carpet & Tile
J.F. Sobieski Mechanical Contractors
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.
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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.