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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...

Eight more home builders join 2016 Parade of Homes

Eight more Denver area home builders have signed on for the 2016 Denver Parade of Homes bringing the early total to 15 builders who will showcase model, custom and luxury homes in this year’s Parade. New entries include: CalAtlantic Homes, Cardel Homes, Century Communities, DR Horton, Joyce Homes, KB Home, Mountain Property Builders and Shea Homes.... Read more...

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Plan to rescue funding tool sails through the state House of Representatives

A proposal that's backed by some of Colorado's top lawmakers that would prohibit legal challenges to the qualifications of special district electors in all past special district metropolitan district elections sailed through the House of Representatives Monday without a single question. ... Read more...

Construction-Defects Transparency Legislation Stalled in 2016
The Homeownership Opportunity Alliance—a broad coalition of business groups, builders, elected officials and affordable housing advocates—provided the following statements on reports that there will be no construction-defects transparency legislation this session:

“We are disappointed that negotiations broke down today and that event was immediately turned into an effort to use the media to score political points. The Homeownership Opportunity Alliance has worked on this issue for three years, and we are committed to finding a resolution that will address Colorado’s housing needs, especially through the development of attainable condominiums,” said Tom Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. “We understand the importance of this issue for our state, for working families, for first-time homebuyers and for anyone along the housing spectrum who is struggling to find a home. That's why we will remain committed to working on this issue.”

The Homeownership Opportunity Alliance’s diverse coalition includes more than 50 organizations from across Colorado... Read more...

Three times a year, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board (PAB) meets, typically, once in Washington, D.C.; once in Cambridge, Mass.; and once in a third, floating location. The PAB is a who’s who of 50 or so housing business leaders, developers, builders, manufacturers, distributors, and the like. It’s dynamic. Extremely so.

PAB proceedings as a rule include a roundtable session that calls on each participant to offer up—briefly—a bullet point or two of high-level, material insight, straight from the trenches. Apart from brevity, the rule is that what you divulge cannot violate federal antitrust, securities, or other laws. You’re among competitors responsible for about one out of three for-sale or for-rent new homes in America, after all, and any whiff of complicity in the meeting would be a no-no.

What’s not against the rules is to listen to what the other speakers say. ... Read more...

Regulation: 24.3 Percent of the Average New Home Price
A new NAHB study shows that, on average, regulations imposed by government at all levels account for 24.3 percent of the final price of a new single-family home built for sale. Three-fifths of this—14.6 percent of the final house price—is due to a higher price for a finished lot resulting from regulations imposed during the lot’s development. The other two-fifths—9.7 percent of the house price—is the result of costs incurred by the builder after purchasing the finished lot.... Read more...

HBA Teams Up With OSHA - Events Scheduled for 2016 National Safety Stand Down

The week of May 2-6 marks the 2016 OSHA Fall Stand-Down Campaign. National Safety Fall Stand-Down highlights importance of preventing falls, leading cause of worker death, serious injury in the construction industry.

The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. Those deaths were preventable. FREE Training May 5th, hosted by Oakwood Homes in Green Valley Ranch.... Read more...

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Colorado’s construction industry in need of more workers

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Colorado’s Construction industry is in dire need for more workers. As more and more people are moving to the state, supply cannot keep up with the demand. “We’re having a labor problem which is causing us not to produce homes fast enough, it’s making home buyers wait and it’s raising costs,” Colorado Construction Institute Executive Director Michael Smith said. The FOX 31 Problem Solvers wanted to know: what is going to fix this?... Read more...

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