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05/23/2017

Submit Your Nomination for BIA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame

Recognize a deserving member for the Irving E. Schottenstein Builder of the Year, the Associate of the Year, the Remodeler of the Year, the Citizen of the Year, the Washburn Schofield Memorial Award, the Rising Star Award or the BIA Hall of Fame.

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05/22/2017

Rockford Homes Sponsors Autism Society Central Ohio Coffee, Tea & Autism Event

Rockford Homes (www.rockfordhomes.net), a family owned and operated business in Columbus, OH and 2016 BIA Builder of the Year, will serve as the sponsor for Autism Society Central Ohio’s May Coffee, Tea & Autism: Summer Kick Off. The event will be held at Rockford Homes’ Meadow Grove Estates model home in Grove City on June 05, 2017.

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05/22/2017

30th Annual MAME Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of the winners from the 30th annual Marketing And Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards. The event, held May 12 at Bridgewater Banquet & Conference center, attracted over 350 BIA members who cheered on the best of the industry. The event program and the winners book can be downloaded from the Publications page of the BIA website.

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05/21/2017

Donate Your Building Materials to a Good Cause

Turning Point - Delaware County Domestic Violence Shelter

The BIA of Central Ohio’s Professional Women in Building Council has committed to helping the local Delaware County Domestic Violence Shelter become a safe place for so many of our local residents. We are looking for donation items to help this project be a huge success!

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05/20/2017

Chillin' & Grillin' with the SMC

presented by the BIA of Central Ohio Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) Hosted by Coppertree Homes.

All BIA members, SMC members & Guests are invited to this free SMC Networking Event. Enjoy an afternoon of food and fun sponsored by Cambria, Great American Title and Independent Bank.

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05/20/2017

Register For Your 2017 Best Of Ohio Homes Categories

The Best of Ohio Homes Awards is in its second year and the program is presented by the Ohio Home Builders Association. The goal is to recognize builder and remodeler members for completing the BEST projects in the state. It also gives members a unique marketing opportunity - to present themselves to potential clients as one of the “Best of Ohio Homes” award winners.

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05/19/2017

NAHB Now Accepting Applications for Best of 55+ Housing Awards

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 55+ Housing Industry Council is now accepting applications for the 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards, which honor excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyle of housing for the mature adult. The awards also honor individual success by highlighting two 55+ Housing Industry Council members--one as Builder of the Year and one as Associate of the Year.

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05/16/2017

Multifamily Drop Brings Down Housing Production 2.6 Percent in April

Led by a decline in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 2.6 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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05/15/2017

Builder Confidence Continues on Upward Trend

In a further sign that the housing market continues to strengthen, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points in May to a level of 70 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the second highest HMI reading since the downturn.

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05/04/2017

Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Remains Positive Despite Drop in the First Quarter of 2017

Despite a 12-point drop from the previous quarter, builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remains in positive territory for the first quarter of 2017 with a reading of 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the 12th consecutive quarter with a reading above 50, which means that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

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05/04/2017

Housing Index Hits Milestone but Permits Still Lagging

Based on current price, permit and employment data, markets nationwide are running at an average of 100 percent normal economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today.

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05/01/2017

NAHB Now Accepting Applications for Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards Competition

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its general call for entries for the 2017 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards competition. Multifamily owners and developers, builders, property managers, architects, interior designers and multifamily industry professionals are invited to enter the competition.

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05/01/2017

Aging-in-Place Remodeling, Minor Modifications Gaining Popularity, According to NAHB Survey

The past five years have seen increases in the number of remodelers engaged in aging-in-place home modifications and home owner awareness of these types of remodeling projects, according to a survey by NAHB Remodelers, the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

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04/28/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on the Nomination of Pamela Hughes Patenaude as Deputy HUD Secretary

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on the nomination of Pamela Hughes Patenaude as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

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04/26/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on President Trump's Tax Reform Plan

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following response to President Trump's tax reform proposal:

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04/25/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Comments by Commerce Secretary Ross Regarding Canadian Lumber Tariffs

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today responded to comments by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the imposition of tariffs on Canadian lumber imports.

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04/25/2017

New Home Sales in March Continue Upward Trend

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose for the third straight month, increasing 5.8 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 621,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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04/25/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Canada Seeking Alternative Source of Lumber Exports to the U.S.

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville Texas, today issued the following statement regarding reports that Canada is looking at China to boost lumber exports as an alternative to the U.S.:

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04/25/2017

Proposed Lumber Duties Will Harm Consumers, Housing Affordability

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today denounced the decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose a 20 percent countervailing duty on Canadian lumber imports, saying it will harm American home buyers, consumers and businesses while failing to resolve the underlying trade dispute between the two nations.

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04/25/2017

Single-Family Production Falls in March After Strong February Reading

Following an elevated February reading, nationwide housing starts fell 6.8 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Still, new housing production in the first quarter of this year is running 8.1 percent above the pace in 2016.

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04/25/2017

Increases in Remodeling Market Indicators Reflect Broad-Based Confidence

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose to 58 in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of five points from the fourth quarter of 2016 and the highest reading since 2015.

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04/24/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Canada Seeking Alternative Source of Lumber Exports to the U.S.

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville Texas, today issued the following statement regarding reports that Canada is looking at China to boost lumber exports as an alternative to the U.S.:

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04/20/2017

Making Inroads with Millennial Homebuyers

Study shows that the millennial generation made up the largest share of homebuyers last year.

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04/13/2017

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in April

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained solid in April, falling three points to a level of 68 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) after an unusually high March reading.

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04/07/2017

New Homes Strengthen Economy, Spur Job Growth

As the housing industry celebrates New Homes Month in April, newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department confirms the significant contribution that residential construction has on the U.S. economy.

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04/06/2017

Coppertree Homes Opens Jerome Village Model

Coppertree Homes has opened a gorgeous new five-bedroom and four-and-a-half bath model in the Eversol Run section of Jerome Village.

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04/05/2017

BWC Proposes another $1 Billion Workers' Compensation Rebate

For the third time in four years, BWC is poised to return more than $1 billion dollars to Ohio’s private and public employers.

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04/04/2017

Building the Parade

Preparations are already underway for our next Parade of Homes, slated to take place in September -- and on March 10, BIA staff and Parade planners visited the Cheshire Woods site to fine-tune plans.

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03/29/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on President Trump's Executive Order on the Clean Power Plan

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued a statement regarding President Trump's new executive order on the Clean Power Plan rule.

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03/28/2017

Trump Issues Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Power Plan Rule

President Trump today signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to rework the controversial Clean Power Plan rule, which requires states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants located within their borders.

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03/23/2017

New Home Sales Rise 6.1 Percent in February

Sales of newly built, single-family homes continued to expand, rising 6.1 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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03/23/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on House Passage of Association Health Plan Legislation

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on House passage of association health plan legislation:

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03/22/2017

House Approves NAHB-Supported Association Health Plan Bill

The House today approved the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), association health plan legislation that would put small businesses on an equal footing with large employers and unions when it comes to negotiating lower insurance costs.

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03/20/2017

Krissy Vargo Joins the BIA

You’ll be seeing much more about the BIA on social media, thanks to our newest staff member, Krissy Vargo. Krissy joined the BIA in March 2017 as our communications manager.

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03/16/2017

Single-Family Housing Starts Reach Highest Level since Late 2007

NAHB

Single-family production increased 6.5 percent to 872,000 units -- its highest reading in nearly a decade -- while multifamily starts fell 3.7 percent to 416,000 units.

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03/16/2017

Home builder sentiment roars to a 12-year high as regulations get rolled back

MarketWatch

The National Association of Home Builders’ closely-watched confidence index surged 6 points to 71, the highest level since June 2005. The index jumped sharply to a fresh cycle high in the month after the election, but then retreated slightly. Economists had forecast a 1-point increase to 66 in March.

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03/16/2017

Why All the Cool Kids Love Columbus, Ohio

National Geographic

If you think Ohio's a flyover state, its hip capital city might change your mind. Find out what makes Columbus a city to watch—and visit.

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03/15/2017

Builder Confidence Hits 12-Year High

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped six points to a level of 71 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest reading since June 2005.

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03/14/2017

The Housing Crisis Is a Building Crisis

Construction industry productivity in the U.S. is lower today than it was in 1968—and it won’t pick up unless it can embrace modernization.

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03/13/2017

Spotlight Your Business with a MAME Award

Is your company ready for its star turn? Winning a Marketing and Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Award will put your business in the limelight.

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03/08/2017

Rockford Homes Sponsors Autism Society Central Ohio Coffee, Tea & Autism Event

Rockford Homes, a family owned and operated business in Columbus, OH and 2016 BIA Builder of the Year, will serve as the sponsor for the Autism Society Central Ohio’s March Coffee, Tea & Autism: Mom’s Night Out.

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03/05/2017

WOTUS: What’s Next

Now that President Trump has ordered an extensive review of the “waters of the United States (WOTUS)” definitions in the Clean Water Act, many NAHB members have questions about how this executive order changes the stormwater and wetlands permitting processes they have been following all along – and what the next steps are.

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03/05/2017

Trump to NAHB Chairman: ‘We’re Going to Make Home Building Great Again’

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald had an important message for President Trump on Tuesday. And Trump had a very positive message for home builders.

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02/24/2017

New Home Sales Start Year on a Positive Note

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.7 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 units...

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02/24/2017

2017 BIA PARTNERS: Join the Club

Sponsorship opportunities are designed to enhance your ability to communicate your products and services to other members and engaged consumers. Your participation as a sponsor is a great win-win opportunity: you gain exposure to your key markets, and the BIA is able to continue offering high quality educational programs and events to our members, outreach to the community, and advocacy to create a strong industry.

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02/23/2017

Over $1 Billion in New Development Proposed in Downtown Columbus

Columbus Underground

The Downtown real estate market shows few signs of slowing down, according to the latest report from the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. Even though $116 million in new development projects were completed in 2016, there’s a collective $734 million still under construction at this moment, and another $1 billion in development still in the pipeline.

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02/23/2017

Apartment and Condominium Market Keeps Momentum Going in Fourth Quarter

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), posted a gain of two points to 55 in the fourth quarter. The MPI has been at 50 or above for five straight years.

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02/22/2017

Join the BIA's 401K Plan and Reap the Benefits

The BIA is now offering a 401 (k) Retirement Plan that offers valuable benefits for our members. This 401 (k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust is a retirement plan put together by the BIA and constructed specifically for our members.

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02/21/2017

Mechanics' Lien Law Seminar Scheduled

The BIA of Central Ohio has scheduled Nuts & Bolts of Mechanics' Lien Law for Wednesday, April 26 from 9:00am - 12:00pm.

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02/17/2017

NAHB Congratulates Scott Pruitt on his Confirmation as EPA Administrator

"NAHB congratulates Scott Pruitt on being confirmed as the nation's next EPA Administrator. Pruitt understands the need for a commonsense regulatory process that is based on sound science...

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02/16/2017

Housing Production in January Levels Off After Multifamily Surge

Housing starts returned to trend, dropping 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.246 million units. Multifamily production fell 10.2 percent to 423,000 units after an unusually high December 2016 reading, whereas single-family starts ticked up 1.9 percent to 823,000 units.

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02/16/2017

Housing Affordability Remains Favorable Even as it Hits an Eight-Year Low

Shortages of buildable lots and skilled labor, along with excessive regulations, rising mortgage interest rates and ongoing home price appreciation pushed housing affordability in the fourth quarter of 2016 to its lowest point since the third quarter of 2008.

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02/14/2017

New homes too pricey, too distant for many in central Ohio

The Columbus Dispatch

Rising costs and changing demand have left homebuilders struggling to capitalize on the biggest housing market that central Ohio has ever seen.

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02/14/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Steven Mnuchin's Confirmation as Treasury Secretary

"NAHB congratulates Steven Mnuchin on becoming the nation's 77th Treasury secretary. Secretary Mnuchin understands that reform of Dodd-Frank financial regulation is key to returning the American economy to full strength...

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02/13/2017

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio Requesting Bids from Subcontractors

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio is a Developer and General Contractor accepting bids to determine Complete Foundation, Concrete Flatwork, HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Drywall and Roofing subcontractors for single family residential projects in 2017.

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02/13/2017

BIA CondoQuest offers numerous options for condo buyers

The BIA of Central Ohio announced today its CondoQuest will take place April 22-23 and 29-30, noon to 5 p.m. and on April 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. The free open house event gives prospective buyers the chance to scope out the area’s best selection of new condos in neighborhoods all across central Ohio.

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02/06/2017

Regulatory and Supply-Side Challenges Inhibit More Robust Housing Growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 - Although employment and home price levels have returned to or exceeded normal levels of activity, new-home construction during the fourth quarter of 2016 remained tepid in many markets due to regulatory and supply-side constraints, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today.

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02/04/2017

Put Some Heart in Housing: Help Build the BIA Habitat Home

Join us this February as we finish the BIA Habitat home. We are working on interior finishes and punch out items.

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02/02/2017

Easton developers strike deal to help grow Linden area

10TV.com

The shopping and dining center that attracts visitors from all over Central Ohio is growing again. The Easton Town Center's lead developer, Georgetown Co., is drawing up plans for its latest project, which will be housing.

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02/02/2017

Apartments, hotel, park planned near Battelle

The Columbus Dispatch

New apartments, houses and offices are coming to the Harrison West neighborhood, as a result of a deal struck by nearby research institute Battelle.

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01/30/2017

BIA Shines Honored BIA Members

Congratulations to all of the winners and Hall of Fame inductees who were honored at the BIA Shines & 74th Annual Inaugural Celebration on January 26, 2017.

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01/30/2017

2017 Joint Industry Forecast

BIA members got a glimpse into the future at the 2017 Joint Industry Forecast on January 26. Dr. Ted C. Jones, PhD, Senior Vice President, Chief Economist for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, discussed the impact of the election, our current economy and real estate megatrends.

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01/26/2017

New Home Sales Post Highest Yearly Total Since 2007

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 12.2 percent in 2016 to 563,000 units, the highest annual rate since 2007. New home sales fell 10.4 percent in December 2016 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 536,000 units.

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01/25/2017

2017 BIA Parade of Homes dates, builders and location announced

The BIA of Central Ohio announced today that the 2017 BIA Parade of Homes will take place Sept. 2-17 at Cheshire Woods, a brand-new residential neighborhood in Berkshire Township in Delaware County.

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01/19/2017

Nationwide Housing Production Up 11.3 Percent in December on Multifamily Surge

A surge in multifamily production resulted in overall nationwide housing starts rising 11.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million units. Census Bureau. Single-family starts dropped 4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 795,000 units.

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01/19/2017

Remodeling Market Optimism Remains Positive in Fourth Quarter

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 53 in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of four points from the previous quarter but on par with levels seen in the first half of 2016. Remodeler confidence has held firm in positive territory for 15 straight quarters.

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01/18/2017

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in January

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained on firm ground in January, down two points to a level of 67 from a downwardly revised December reading of 69 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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01/17/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on the Supreme Court's Decision to Hear WOTUS Jurisdiction Dispute

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to take up the dispute over which lower courts can hear challenges to EPA's rule defining "waters of the U.S." in the Clean Water Act:

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01/12/2017

NAHB International Builders' Show: Three Days of 'Positive Energy'

The crowds were thick on the exhibit hall floor as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) returned to Orlando, Fla., for the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) Jan. 10-12.

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01/12/2017

NAHB Announces Best of IBS Product Winners at 2017 International Builders' Show

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named the winning products in its fifth annual Best of IBS Awards during the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) in Orlando, Fla.

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01/12/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Ben Carson's Confirmation Hearing

Granger MacDonald, newly-elected 2017 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) issued the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation hearing for Ben Carson to become the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

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01/12/2017

Nation's Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2017

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association's International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.

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01/11/2017

Buyers Willing to Trade Square Footage for Amenities, Survey Results Show

The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 - a sign that the home building industry is preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers as Millennials begin to dip their toes into the market.

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01/10/2017

Remodelers Find Operational Efficiencies as the Market Recovers

Remodelers' average profit margins have increased since 2011, indicating they are running their businesses more efficiently as residential remodeling activity steadily improves.

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01/10/2017

Housing Will Continue Gradual Climb to Higher Ground in 2017

Fueled by a growing economy, solid employment gains and rising household formations, single-family production will continue on a gradual, upward trajectory in 2017.

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01/10/2017

55+ Housing Market Shows Continued Growth

The 55+ housing market is expected to keep on its path of growth, according to industry experts.

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01/10/2017

NAHB Honors Five Outstanding Young Professionals

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has honored five home builders around the country as the 2016 Young Professionals of the Year. The awards were given Monday evening in Orlando, Fla., during the NAHB International Builders' Show®.

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12/30/2016

One Week Left to Save

Resolve to attend the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS)—three days that will set you up for a great year.

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12/29/2016

Builders Confident at Year's End

Confidence among single-family home builders reached a post-recession high in December, following the election of a new president who promises regulatory relief and increased economic growth.

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12/29/2016

2017 Home & CondoQuest Planning Meeting

We would like the input of our builder members as we set plans for the 2017 event – not just from past participants but from those who may not have participated before and are interested in a new home/condo marketing event. January 19 9:00 am - 10:30 am BIA Office. Please RSVP.

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12/23/2016

New Home Sales Up 5.2 Percent in November

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.2 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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12/16/2016

Networking Night at Mardi Gras

Networking Night is the largest residential building trade show in the area. This annual, member only event features over 100 BIA Associate members displaying their various products. Don't miss out on this excellent networking event.

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12/16/2016

BIA Shines: Celebrate the best of the BIA on 1/26/17

BIA Shines: BIA Annual Awards and Inaugural Gala

The BIA Shines Gala is a night for local residential construction, remodeling and industry-related professionals to shine. We’ll gather to induct new officers, honor award winners, and celebrate the many successes of the past year.

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12/16/2016

Multifamily Weakness Pushes Overall Housing Starts Down 18.7 Percent in November

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - A sharp decline in multifamily starts pushed overall housing production down 18.7 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance was also down 4.7 percent.

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12/16/2016

Builder Confidence Closes Year on High Note

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped seven points to a level of 70 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest reading since July 2005.

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12/16/2016

Reminder: (SMC) Holiday Luncheon

Reminder to those who have signed up that there is a Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) holiday networking lunch at the Lakes Golf & Country Club on December 21st. Arrive early to start networking with some of our current SMC members! Date: December 21, 2016 Location: The Lakes Golf & Country Club - 6740 Worthington Road, Westerville, OH 43082

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12/16/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Nomination of Former Governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former Texas Governor Rick Perry as the nation's next secretary of energy:

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12/15/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as interior secretary:

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12/15/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Nomination of Former Governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former Texas Governor Rick Perry as the nation's next secretary of energy:

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12/15/2016

Builder Confidence Closes Year on High Note

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped seven points to a level of 70 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest reading since July 2005.

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12/15/2016

Just 1 Membership Drive Continues!

With our “Just 1” theme, we’re asking you to recruit just 1 new member to help us grow our association and make it stronger.

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12/12/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Nomination of Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor.

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12/08/2016

Congress Reinstates Health Reimbursement Arrangements

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 - In a major victory for home building firms and other small businesses across the land, the Senate today passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a comprehensive health care package which includes a provision to allow employers to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to help their employees pay for health insurance. The House approved the bill last week and President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law shortly.

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11/23/2016

Proposed Extended Stay Zoning Change Heard at Columbus City Council

As I have reported before, Columbus is working on an ordinance that will eliminate extended stay hotel options in areas zoned for manufacturing.

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11/23/2016

Columbus Graphics Code Being Updated -- Impacts Temporary Signs for Real Estate -- A Template for Suburban Communities?

I wrote about this issue a few months ago and wanted to update members. A 2015 US Supreme Court ruling bans local governments from regulating signs based on the content of the message of the sign.

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11/23/2016

Columbus Dispatch Story Calls Out Impact of Zoning Regulations

Jim Weiker, Home Section Editor, has wrote an excellent article in Sunday's paper about the cost impacts of zoning regulations and challenges in providing affordable workforce housing options.

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11/22/2016

BIA Membership Drive!

Just1!

With our “Just 1” theme, we’re asking you to recruit just 1 new member to help us grow our association and make it stronger.

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11/22/2016

Delaware County Sewer Master Plan

As a follow up to the BIA Builders and Developers' Council presentation by Director Mike Frommer, I wanted to let you know that we have collected input from over a dozen BIA members regarding preferences for future fee structures that would be implemented by the County to fund sewer expansion.

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11/22/2016

Voters give less cash to parks, more to roads

By THOMAS GALLICK

Orange Township residents should see increased road resurfacing efforts in the coming years after voters last week agreed to shift tax dollars from parks toward roads.

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11/22/2016

Bob Webb Group Buys Last Open Space in Muirfield

Bob Webb, one of Muirfield Village’s original homebuilders, recently purchased the last sizeable land parcel in that community. His company, the Bob Webb Group, plans to build 18 homes on 12.3 acres there starting this winter.

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11/22/2016

City looking at plan for a cohesive future development

Shier Rings Road corridor

Dublin City Council members are considering a framework plan for the Shier Rings Road corridor.

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11/22/2016

Columbus2020 Update

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The BIA will be hosting a meeting for members to get an update from Columbus2020 on their economic development and job growth initiatives.

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11/17/2016

Levies for parks, roads cruise to wins

Orange Township

Orange Township will take in less tax revenue for parks and more for roads after residents Nov. 8 approved a pair of levies.

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11/17/2016

Apartment and Condominium Market Posts Positive Gains in the Third Quarter

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 - The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), posted a gain of three points to 53 in the third quarter. The MPI has been at 50 or above since the beginning of 2012.

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11/17/2016

Housing Starts Jump 25.5 Percent in October

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 - Led by impressive gains in both single-family and multifamily production, nationwide housing starts surged 25.5 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.32 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family starts reached their highest level since October 2007 while multifamily production jumped 68.8 percent from the previous month.

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11/14/2016

BIA Membership Drive!

Just 1!

With our “Just 1” theme, we’re asking you to recruit just 1 new member to help us grow our association and make it stronger.

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11/12/2016

SIGN UP NOW: SMC Holiday Luncheon & Toy Drive

SMC Holiday Luncheon & Toy Drive

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 11:30 am - 1:00 pm The Lakes Country Club. Everyone is welcome!

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11/09/2016

Housing Affordability Edges Lower in Third Quarter

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - Ongoing home price appreciation offset a small decline in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the third quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.

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11/07/2016

Housing Recovery Continues at Modest Pace

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Markets in 162 of the approximately 340 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the third quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today. This represents a year-over-year net gain of 73 markets.

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11/04/2016

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a workshop on “Construction Site Storm Water Controls, What You Need To Know” on November 16.

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11/04/2016

Columbus2020

The BIA will be hosting a meeting for BIA members to get an update from Columbus2020 on their economic development and job growth initiatives. Bob Schottenstein, who is a Columbus2020 Board member, will be attending the meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Link to register.

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11/04/2016

BIA Builder and Remodeler Contracts

We will be hosting a free lunch and learn session on Thursday, November 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to review recent changes and updates to the BIA Builder and Remodeler contracts. Link here to register.

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11/04/2016

Delaware County Sewer System Focus of Wednesday's Builders/Developer's Council

A final reminder that Delaware County Regional Sewer District Executive Director Mike Frommer will be presenting at the Builders and Developers Council meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. His presentation will include detailed priority projects for expansion of services to accommodate specific future growth areas in Delaware County as well as future funding mechanisms growth plans.

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11/03/2016

55+ Housing Market Has Strong Third Quarter Showing

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 - Builders report that the single-family 55+ housing market is holding strong in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The index had a reading of 59, up two points from the previous quarter and the 10th consecutive quarter with a reading above 50.

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11/02/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Legal Challenge to Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., issued the following statement after the association and its industry partners presented their first brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit challenging the Waters of the U.S. rule:

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11/02/2016

Mussel die-off extensive

By MARION RENAULT

Whatever is killing fragile mussels in Big Darby Creek has spread along 50 miles of the protected waterway, and state and federal environmental officials say they are no closer to figuring out the cause after several weeks.

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11/02/2016

Amazon's central Ohio data centers now open

By MARK WILLIAMS

Amazon's three massive central Ohio data centers are up and running, providing customers that depend on the company faster speeds for handling data and a more secure backup for accessing and storing data.

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11/02/2016

Council hears options for plaza, Columbus Street

By ALAN FROMAN

Grove City Council on Oct. 24 heard an update on options being considered for the extension of Columbus Street and the design of a town plaza that would serve as a connection to the redeveloped Beulah Park site.

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11/02/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on HUD Floodplain Management Plan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's proposed regulations regarding floodplain management:

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11/02/2016

Jefferson Township rejects M/I proposal

By MARLA K. KUHLMAN

The Jefferson Township trustees will receive a negative recommendation from the township zoning commission next month regarding a proposal for M/I Homes of Central Ohio LLC for 75 houses on 62.1 acres along Darling Road.

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11/02/2016

Powder Room site back on ballot? City bides time

By THOMAS GALLICK

City of Powell officials have not decided whether residents are guaranteed a vote on the future of the former site of the Powder Room shooting range.

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11/02/2016

'Impressive' development in works on Delaware's south side

Planned project off U.S. Route 23 could bring high-end homes, restaurants, grocery store to area

A developer's plans for an 80-acre site off U.S. Route 23 on Delaware's southeast side includes residences, offices, shops and a big-box retail store.

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11/02/2016

Construction won't start for at least 18 months

Tarlton Meadows

Zoning is now in place for the construction of 248 single-family residences on 144 acres on the east side of Elliott Road in Hilliard, but construction is not expected to begin for 18 to 24 months.

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