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NAHB-Supported Senate Bill Would Reform Federal Housing Programs
The Senate on June 22 introduced the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016, legislation that includes many NAHB-supported bipartisan fixes to HUD programs. Introduced by Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, the measure contains a number of reforms to increase access to affordable rental housing, provide assistance to low-income renters and facilitate homeownership. NAHB urges the Senate to support this legislation. Specifically, the bill would... Read more...


Flatirons Building Council features a panel discussion of big builder verses small
The Flatirons Building Council (FBC) of the Home Builders Association of Denver (HBA), hosted a robust panel discussion with both small private builders and large public builders. Mike Rinner, senior vice president of Meyers Research, LLC, moderated the conversation from the various builder perspectives to over 100 builders and associate members last week. The information was well received by attendees who gained insight as to the pros and cons of being a big builder verses small, and the benefits and challenges that each experience.... Read more...


Colorado Job-Ready Students initiative advances training within the construction industry
The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), in partnership with the Colorado Construction Institute (CCI), is pleased by the recent legislation that Governor Hickenlooper signed into law earlier this month. House Bill 1289: Job-Ready Students supports school districts in adopting education practices that prepare students to meet Colorado’s emerging workforce needs. The collaborative efforts between the HBA and CCI was the catalyst for this type of bill, as their successful training platforms served as an example of the educational programs needed across the Denver Metro area.... Read more...


Terrain in Castle Rock will host “Industry Night” to kick off the 2016 Parade of Homes
Terrain in Castle Rock, location of the 2016 Parade of Homes Industry Night
Terrain, a master-planned community in Castle Rock, will host this year’s “Industry Night” gala, August 12, to kick off the 2016 Parade of Homes.

Each year, the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), invites members of the home building community – builders, architects, designers, landscapers, tradesmen, and others associated with Parade builders—to the “Industry Night” event to tour a sampling of homes that will be featured in the Parade. More than 1,000 are expected to attend.... Read more...


HBA Lobbyist Mary Kay Hogan Rescues Metro District Financing
The Colorado Association of Home Builders, through its lobbyist Mary Kay Hogan, was responsible for organizing the lobbying effort behind what became Senate Bill 16-211, which sought to resolve the retroactive ambiguity crated by the Marin Court regarding the validity of electors and actions of district directors prior to the date of the decision. This politically and financially sensitive problem had to be solved in less than three calendar weeks as the Colorado Legislature was constitutionally required to adjourn on May 11. The bill was sponsored by the Senate President and Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House and House Majority Leader. The bill passed the final week of session by a 100-0 vote, and Governor Hickenlooper ... Read more...


5 crucial issues impacting the construction industry
Contractors in all sectors of the construction industry have expressed their frustrations about how much meeting regulatory requirements is costing them. A recent National Association of Home Builders report found that government fees — local, state and federal — added nearly 25% to the cost of a home. Trade associations are also fighting the Department of Labor over new stipulations in the agency's silica and overtime rules — changes the industry said will cost contractors millions,... Read more...


Supreme Court Issues Common-Sense Wetlands Decision
Supreme Court Issues Common-Sense Wetlands Decision by NAHB Now In a unanimous decision this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed NAHB’s long-held position that courts should be able to review federal decisions that determine whether and how a property owner can develop a piece of land so that the owner doesn’t have to go through the time- and money –consuming federal permit process before a decision can be made. ... Read more...


NAHB Releases Remodeling by Zip Code Estimates for 2016
NAHB has released its latest projections of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code. The projections show total spending on improvements, the number of owner-occupied homes, as well as average spending per improvement, in each zip code for calendar year 2016. Also shown for each zip are 2016 projections for the five key variables NAHB uses to estimate home improvement spending in relatively small areas.... Read more...


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