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Home Ownership still important to Americans

Posted on June 14, 2011 by Mike Means

I had the opportunity today to listen to a webinar regarding a national poll done by two groups working in a bi-partisan manner. The results were outstanding - Home Ownership is still important to Americans.

Whether they owned or rented, whether they were under water or not, the vast majority think that home ownership is a good investment and is good for all age groups. It is where people want to put their money.

Some really good news is that most think this is a great time to buy. The bad news - many think it is a bad time to sell. If you are in a position to buy - get a good deal now and start building value.

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Mark your calendars for State Convention

Posted on June 1, 2011 by Mike Means


Mike Means

Come cool off with us at the OSHBA Annual State Convention July 14 - 16, at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Okla., situated near Lake Texhoma.

In addition to the fabulous table top/silent auction, we will have educational offerings for everyone. And an added bonus this year is you will receive the first year's registration free as a new Certified Professional Builder if you attend the convention.

Add the education hours you earn at the convention, and you're already set for the first year! Also, you won't want to miss former CEO of the California Builders Association, Bob Rivinius, present "Don't let Oklahoma become the next California."

Do you golf? Oklahoma Natural Gas has arranged a special golf outing right before our state convention at the Chickasaw Point Golf Club. This fantastic course abuts Lake Texoma and is fun to play. Through ONG's generous offer, you can play this course -- with cart, green fees, door prizes and more -- for only $25 (registration is required and the outing is limited to 18 teams).

For more information, and to register, click here!

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The meaning of Home - 2 views

Posted on May 27, 2011 by Mike Means

Two items in my email inbox caught my eye today. They both dealt with the meaning of "home." I thought I would share.

The first item came from the executive director for the Homeless Alliance. I sit on their board of directors and we are building a new resource center that will bring providers into a "one stop shop" setting. We will have some fence panels that surround that property and they will be decorated with art from local sources. Here is what I received from him today:

"The first completed art panel for the WestTown Campus public art project was delivered this morning. It was done by the students of Taft Middle School, a substantial portion of whom are themselves homeless or formerly homeless. The title of the piece is, "Home is Where Your Heart Feels Safe."

 

How fantastically COOL is this?!?!?"

 

The second email came from one of our own NAHB economists, Elliot Eisenberg, regarding Joplin, Missouri. It too, struck a chord with me -

"Recently I was to give a talk about the economic impact of home building in Joplin, MO. However, a few hours before I landed, a devastating tornado destroyed 2,000 buildings and heavily damaged one-third of the city, including the hospital, high school and many neighborhoods. In all, over 120 persons were killed.

The most poignant part of natural disasters is hearing survivors talk about rebuilding their destroyed homes and neighborhoods. Few cry over other destroyed property; such items are more easily replaced. Yet, people grieve when surveying a destroyed home. This is because homes are repositories of memory and because homes speak to the importance of place. Thus, the profound desire to rebuild persists even though moving away may be easier.

Joplin has suffered immense physical and psychological damage. And home builders will take their part in helping to make these communities whole. In my speeches as an economist I regularly report the number of jobs created and the amount of tax revenue generated by home building. But those details miss the larger point. What rebuilding homes in Joplin and New Orleans and Memphis does is offer people and communities hope about the future and comfort that they are part of it."

These two emails once again reminded me the importance of "home"  to those who don't have one, to those who have lost one, and to those who should count our blessings to have one. May you enjoy your home and all those who fill it and make it home, this Memorial weekend.

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Impact Fee Legislation Signed

Posted on May 16, 2011 by Mike Means

legislationOklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 708 into law recently. This legislation was regarding Impact Fees, and sets the framework by which cities can implement an impact fee.

It doesn't mandate one, but if municipalities elect to have one, they have to enact and enforce it by the rules set forth in this legislation. The rules include:

 

 

 

  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Reasonableness
  • Transparency

Thank you for your support and action on this item that is so important to our industry!

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OSHBA's Member Rebate Program

Posted on May 13, 2011 by Mike Means

Attention OSHBA members!

Bag O' MoneyNo one likes to leave money on the table. So, what would you think if you could get a rebate for your loyalty to many of the nation's leading housing industry product suppliers? Now you can!

We're happy to introduce the OSHBA Member Rebate Program, aimed at increasing your bottom line. For the minimal effort of informing us about the home construction projects you use and when you close on a home or project, you'll be putting money back in your pocket. Both Builder & Remodeler companies, no matter how large or small, qualify for the program. When you participate in the program, you can count on receiving checks every quarter!

Please note: Program is only available to current OSHBA Members. Check out www.hbarebates.com/oshba.html for more information, rebate claim forms, deadlines, and all the other information you need.

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From the President: Increased Optimism

Posted on May 9, 2011 by Mike Means

From OSHBA 2011 President Michael Herndon:


Michael Herndon, 2011
OSHBA President

Lately it seems everyone I talk to has an increased optimism. And we can all do with a dose of good news right now.

I attended NAHB's construction forecast webinar earlier this month along with several builders. All the economists agreed the outlook for housing is improving. David Crowe cites low inventory, good mortgage rates and pent up demand as reasons for optimism. He also stated remodeling should continue to improve. We also heard from Mark Zandi and Robert Dink and both had good reasons for optimism. Slowly but surely we seem to be heading in the right direction.

Our Summer Convention is July 14-16th and you will be able to get all of your required hours for the Certified Builder Program. Just a reminder to put on your calendar and plan to be with us.

Don't forget May is National Remodeling month and there are lots of downloadable material at www.nahb.org. If you want help in promoting remodeling this is the place to go.

Please continue to mention the builder's association at every opportunity and remind your builder and associate friends of its importance. Membership is a key to our success.

On the legislative side, we have had tremendous success with our voterVOICE program this year. Please be sure to register when you have the opportunity. Everyone who has an email with NAHB receives the weekly updates and the action alerts. But not everyone has registered. When you register, your home address and business address is automatically linked to your legislators. That allows you, even if you don't know them personally, to be able to communicate to them issues that are important to our industry. Please register. And then, please respond when you receive an action alert. Our association is powerful when we are working together.

We also have several educational opportunities available. You can visit our website - www.oshba.org - to find the events we have scheduled and sign up. Here are some of the following:

May 12 - Lead Based Paint Training

May 26 - OSHA Safety Training Requirements for Residential Construction

June 1 - OSHA Fall Protection Seminar presented by NAHB

September 27-28 - OK Green Building Summit

For information call OSHBA at (800) 256-9980.

Happy building!

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