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Housing's Labor Crisis Worsens
Courtesy of BuilderOnline.com
National Association of Home Builders economist Paul Emrath top lines a new NAHB analysis that illustrates that as volume demand ramps up in housing markets nationwide, the crisis around reliable labor capacity escalates. Here's the drill-down on subcontractor shortages, trade by trade. This, of course, is a signature issue BUILDER is working with sister company Metrostudy to put into a market-by-market geographical heat-map... Read more...

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7th Annual Grapes & Galleries Raised Over 70K for the HBF
With almost 600 attendees and 50 sponsors, the annual Grapes & Galleries fundraiser raised over $70,000 to support the Home Builders Foundation (HBF). Despite the torrential rain, this year’s Grapes & Galleries was the most successful to date with both the highest attendance, nearly 600 attendees, and the most raised, over $70,000. The funds raised at this event allow the HBF to approve and complete accessible home modification projects for individuals with a disability and financial need. Typical projects include widening doorways, remodeling bathrooms to be barrier-free and installing wheelchair ramps. All projects are done at no cost to the recipients. ... Read more...

2015 Gold Nugget Awards Presented


Recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development, four HBA of Metro Denver builder members were presented Gold Nugget Awards at the ceremony held on June 25, 2015. Congratulations, TRI Pointe Homes (Grand Award), Brookfield Residential (Award of Merit), Berkeley Homes & Harvard Communities (multiple winner, Award of Merit).... Read more...

The HBF Teams Up with Wells Fargo & the National Multiple Sclerosis Society To Build A Ramp



With the help of volunteers from Wells Fargo and funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter (NMSS), the Home Builders Foundation (HBF) installed a wheelchair ramp for Thornton resident Darlene H.... Read more...

To learn more about HBF, the services they provide and how to get involved, visit www.hbfdenver.org.

Last Chance to Get Your Questions Answered About MIRM
MIRM instructor, Meredith Oliver with CreatingWOW!
This July the HBA of Metro Denver's SMC is offering the courses needed to pursue your MIRM designation. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of acquiring this well-respected designation, or have questions about the process, join us Thursday, June 25th at 8:30 a.m. at the HBA. We'll have a brief information session and Q&A. We can also help you get registered for the class.... Read more...

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Will major home building merger trigger industry-altering trend?

Image Credit: PR Newswire
The mega-merger between Standard Pacific Corp. and Ryland Group will create the fourth-largest U.S. homebuilder and could be the first in a spate of consolidations in the industry. “A public-to-public merger… is a rare occurrence, often spoken about but seldom done, thanks in some part to the enormity of egos or fire-in-the-belly of executives running the respective public home building companies,” John McManus, editorial director for the Residential Construction Group at Hanley Wood, the publisher of Builder magazine, wrote the morning after the two companies’ Sunday evening.... Read more...

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Sterling Ranch finally under way
Douglas County has had three different congressional representatives since Sterling Ranch was first proposed after the Sterling Ranch Development Co. acquired the land in 2003. Back then, George Bush was still president, Jake Plummer was quarterbacking for the Broncos, and children everywhere were delighted by Pixar/Disney’s new hit movie, “Finding Nemo.”... Read more...

 Read article and companion article in Denver Business Journal

KB Home Spies More First-Timer Home Buyers
Home builder KB Home is heralding the return of the first-time buyer. Economic indicators agree that, yes, there is cause for optimism in that regard, but it is heavily muted optimism. KB Home Chief Executive Jeff Mezger made a disclosure that bodes well for future sales: The builder’s sales to first-time buyers are up, albeit slightly. ... Read more...

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