Bringing Housing Home

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 in Members

The UHBA has been setting up meetings with our local congressmen in order to more effectively get our voices heard on Capitol Hill for issues concerning the building industry.  The meetings have been scheduled for March 18th, 19th and 20th.  You will see that we've attached the bills that the national and state HBA's feel will effect us.   If you can make it to any of these meetings please do.  The state has worked hard to set this up and hopes that we can continue this in the future but won’t if we can’t get the needed support from our local members. If you have any further questions on the matter please call Natalie Hirschi @ 435.932.0422 or email at bearlakehba@gmail.com Congressional meetings o    Rep Bishop March 19th 12:30 437 N Wasatch Dr. Layton o    Rep Chafitz March 20th 10:00 Ivory Homes office (978 woodoak lane) o    Rep Mathisen March 18th 4:30 HBA board room o    Rep Stewart March 20th 11:30 136 E South Temple Suite 900 o    Sen. Lee March 20th 1:00  125 S State suite 4225 o    Sen Hatch no meeting set Housing Finance Reform    second home housing stock     Building Energy Codes     Waters of the US Labor Shortage Immigration Reform     Tax Reform     Flood Insurance Reform for BHH    Lead...

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The “Not-So-Obvious” Benefits of Buying New

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog

Prospective home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice. But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren't so obvious.  Below are a few more benefits of a brand-new home that you may not see in the sales brochure. Building a Community Together A brand-new community is one of the built-in benefits of many new homes. When families move in to a subdivision at the same time, often lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness are formed right away. Nobody is the “new kid on the block,” and many home builders host community block parties in new developments to help owners meet and connect. Popular amenities like pools, walking trails and courts for tennis and basketball offer additional opportunities for interaction among neighbors of all ages.   Often new communities are comprised of home owners in the same stage of life, such as young families or active retirees, so neighbors can get to know each other through carpools, PTA meetings, tennis matches or golf games. Entertaining Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests in one large space.  Builders are responding to today’s home buyer preferences with layouts featuring more open spaces and rooms that flow into each other more easily, like the popular great room.  While you are in the kitchen preparing dinner, you can still interact with guests enjoying conversation in the family room without feeling closed off. The feeling of spaciousness in today’s new-home layouts often is enhanced the higher ceilings and additional windows that bringing in more light than you would find in an older home. A Clean Slate For some buyers, parking the car in a sparkling-clean garage or being the first to cook a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction.  In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your own sense of style. You can create your own home décor from the get-go! The advantages of being the first owner of a home extend to the outdoors. Instead of inheriting inconveniently or precariously placed trees, or having to tear up overgrown shrubs, you can design and plant the lawn and garden you want. Outlets, Outlets Everywhere! Homes built in the 1960’s and earlier were wired much differently than houses today.  Builders had no way of anticipating the invention of high-definition televisions, DVRs and computers that we enjoy today — and the very different electrical requirements they would introduce.  New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security...

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New Member Advantage Program!!!!

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 in Blog

New Member Advantage Program!!!!

APP Fuel Card Program - Benefiting You...Benefiting Housing Fuel is probably the 2nd largest expense for any company involved in transportation, next to payroll.  In an effort to continually provide value to our members, NAHB sought a new affinity vendor for a fuel program that would invest in our members and what we believe in.  We found that in Associated Petroleum Products, Inc. (APP). APP is a family owned company formed in 1981 based out of Tacoma, Washington providing a variety of fuel, lubricant, and propane products and services for many industries.  They created the APP Fuel Card Program unique to NAHB that benefits our members with a vast network of fueling locations, industry-best purchasing controls, and online management tools that provide fleet managers the security and operational control required to run a fleet of any size, whether you have one vehicle or 400!  The program is simple…Members earn $0.015 for EVERY gallon purchased and gain a fuel management program that replaces messy accounting practices and gains accountability for all your fuel purchases. Accepted at more than 90% of all retail station and commercial fueling sites in the U.S. Track & monitor fuel expenses by vehicle & driver Consolidate all your fuel expenses with one report, no more receipts! Access your account anyway, any time with a detailed online account management tool No setup or monthly fees! No gallon limits on rebates, every gallon counts! Driver ID & Odometer required for security Online purchase controls & alerts to help prevent unauthorized purchases No member too big or too small to participate Hopefully you had the chance to get to know APP at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas last week.  Ready to sign up?  Go to www.associatedpetroleum.com/nahb and fill out the simple form or contact Dennis Gregory at (800) 929-5243, Option...

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Happy New Year

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 in Blog

The Bear Lake Home Builders Association would like to wish all of our members a happy and successful new New Year!!

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