StrucSure Home Warranty Celebrates 20 Years Serving America’s Builders and Homebuyers
February 17, 2017
StrucSure Home Warranty, one of the nation's leading new-home warranty providers, is excited to be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017.
Jerry Thompson, StrucSure’s founder and CEO, started in the warranty industry back in 1985, but ultimately saw the need for a program that was different from the rest… one that would provide outstanding customer service and be completely responsive to client and homeowner needs while providing excellent coverage at a reasonable fee. As a result, StrucSure Home Warranty was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1997.
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February 13, 2017
The Denver Post and The Gazette reported last week that starter homes are nearly impossible to find in metro-Denver and Colorado Springs. In fact, Colorado Springs and the Denver metro area rank second and third respectively for the most “unbalanced” housing markets IN THE COUNTRY for first time homeowners.
As The Post put it: “Many Front Range home shoppers can afford ground chuck, but are finding store shelves stocked with filet mignon.”
This starter-home desert, combined with skyrocketing rental rates that have 40 percent of working Colorado renters spending more than a third of their income on rent... Read more...
Denver area still lags in new home construction
February 13, 2017
Metro Denver’s housing woes boil down to one easy to state but incredibly difficult to resolve problem — a lack of enough new home construction.
“We add jobs, but we don’t build homes. The problem is that we don’t build enough homes,” housing economist Elliot Eisenberg told a gathering of the Colorado Association of Realtors on Tuesday.
Eight years into an economic recovery, the country still is starting only around 800,000 single-family homes a year, a level associated with residential construction activity during recessions, he said.
“Colorado is growing at twice the pace of the country, but you have housing starts that are at 1995 levels. That is your problem,” said Eisenberg, previously a senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders ... Read more...
BUILDERS OPPOSE SENATE BILL 45
February 09, 2017
For two hours Wednesday, builders, subcontractors and insurers paraded before the Colorado Senate's Business, Labor and Technology Committee at the state Capitol to tell members how badly the state’s laws need to be changed to jump-start condominium construction.
But most then added that the first construction-defects reform bill the state Legislature is considering would not do the trick in its current form.
Still, committee members passed that measure, Senate Bill 45, by a 6-1 vote — but only after the majority of them said that they want to see the bill's sponsors amend the measure.
Multiple construction organizations and industry advocates say that the bipartisan proposal would not get builders to put up condos — and, in fact, that it might actually set back efforts to diversify Colorado's housing stock.... Read more...
All Council Kick-Off An Inspirational Start to 2017
February 06, 2017
On January 26th 2017, the HBA held its first ever all council kick-off event at the stunning Cable Center on the University of Denver campus. In an effort to encourage deeper collaboration, participation, and camaraderie amongst the HBAs several councils and ultimately all HBA members, the celebration was a memorable start to 2017. With well over 350 current and soon to be HBA council members in attendance, the night was an amazing success for the HBA.... Read more...
Daniels Home Builders Career Fair
February 03, 2017
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017,
Marcus Commons, Daniels College of Business, from
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
250+ students seeking jobs and internships across all
business disciplines in the home building industry including
management, marketing, finance, accounting, business
analytics, mechanical-electrical engineering, real estate,
development, and construction management.... Read more...
Daniels College of Business students take second in national competition
From left: John Garretson, Lee Kopecky, Tucker Vann, Sarah Schulz, Alex Simons, Ellie Lord, Anthony Bachner, Chase Stillman, Kassandra Tyson, Jordyn Osenbaugh, Stefan Lycou, Dr. Barbara Jackson, Corie Fraker, Dr. Eric Holt
February 02, 2017
Students from the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management and the Reiman School of Finance at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business won second place in the 2017 National Association of Home Builders Student Competition.... Read more...
Home Building Industry Icon, HBA Past President, Builder of the Year Recipient Phil Winn has passed
Phil Winn's 1976 HBA President portrait
as displayed in HBA Board Room
January 26, 2017
Philip Donald Winn, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Aaron Benjamin Winn and the late Etta Anna (Goldstein) Winn. Phil was a graduate of New Britain High School; following high school graduation, he briefly attended Boston University before being drafted into the Army and serving in the South Pacific until 1945. After, he went on to graduate from the University of Michigan earning a B.S. in Mathematics in 1948. It was there at the University of Michigan that he met the love of his life, Eleanor (Elle) Feigensohn Winn who he was married to for over 68 years. Phil had a remarkable career. After graduating from college, he and Elle settled in Seattle, Washington. In 1956, they moved to Denver, CO where they would reside for much of their life. Phil worked for Witkin Homes and served as their Senior Vice President from 1964-1976... Read more...