It’s hard not to notice the world of difference between the housing-led recoveries that consistently have pulled the economy out of recessions for decades and the economic recovery we are experiencing today. Anemic job creation, slow and vacillating economic growth, sagging consumer confidence -- it’s painfully evident by now that something has gone wrong with a recovery that barely feels like a recovery at all. So maybe it’s encouraging, even if it’s a bit late, that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a growing number of other leaders in Washington are starting to make the connection between a languishing housing industry and a recovery that just can’t work up a good head of steam.
Americans overwhelmingly oppose any action by Congress to tamper with the mortgage interest deduction, but it could be eliminated or scaled back as Congress and the Administration are looking at tax increases in light of deficit concerns. The consequences would be devastating for home owners, the housing market and the nation's economy.
Please join us in the important effort to preserve the mortgage interest deduction.
Visit www.SaveMyMortgageInterestDeduction.com for information about this issue.
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The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) empowers homeowners and renters to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their homes. HES recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. The money invested in these upgrades commonly earns "interest" in the form of energy bill savings, at an annual rate of 20% or more (see examples). HES also estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how much it can be reduced. For professional users, we also offer HESpro and teachers and students can check out Energized Learning.
CLICK HERE to visit the Home Energy Saver Web Site.
Members of the Home Builders Association of Hartford County represent the best in their industry. Whether a builder, remodeler, developer or associated trade or supplier, our members are committed to the highest standards and building our communities.
HBA members have access to a strong list of benefits including networking opportunities, member to member discount programs, government advocacy on behalf of the industry, and HBA members have access to a strong list of benefits including networking opportunities, member to member discount programs, government advocacy on behalf of the industry, and education and certification programs.
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The HBA has developed a comprehensive Safety program under the direction of its Safety Committee. In 2007, the HBA signed a training Alliance with OSHA - the first in New England. The Alliance is a cooperative program that allows us to collaboratively work with OSHA to educate and lead employers and employees in the advancement of workplace safety.
The HBA has a number of safety resources to help members and advance health and safety on the job.
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Your 3-in1 Membership offers resources at the local, state and national level. One of the most important part of your membership is the National Association of Home Builders. Whether you are actively involved at the NAHB, they are working for our industry everyday. Here are just a few examples of what NAHB does to protect the residential construction industry and help save YOU money.
The NAHB Chart of Accounts helps builders keep track of where their profits are coming from to maximize their companies performance. To be successful, builders and remodelers need a well-organized accounting system to accurately classify assets, liabilities, owners’ equity, revenues and expenses. This resource among many other BizTools resources will provide an easy to use accounting system made specifically for the building industry.
Developed by CPAs specifically for home builders, remodelers, developers and commercial builders, the NAHB Chart of Accounts is the foundation of a well-organized accounting system. Use it to classify financial accounting data as assets, liabilities, owners’ equity, revenues and expenses. The Chart of Accounts’ detailed subsidiary ledgers will structure your managerial accounting system and organize data for analysis, reporting and control.
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Remodelers and builders who do renovation or remodeling projects in homes built before 1978 must soon comply with new lead paint safety requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Any company doing work in these homes must be certified, follow specific work practices and keep detailed records. At least one employee in these companies must be trained in these new requirements that went into effect in April 2010. Act now to avoid fines of up to $32,500 for each violation.
Call the HBA office for details or to register for an upcoming class (860) 563-4212
Being a member of the HBA and NAHB pays. As an NAHB benefit, members have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies. All programs, rates, and prices are subject to change without notice.
The Home Builders Association of Hartford County is the proud producer of the Original Connecticut Home Show. The HBA members have produced this show since 1947 and it is one of the longest running Home Shows in the Country.
The National Green Building StandardTM for all residential construction work including single-family homes, apartments and condos, land development and remodeling and renovation was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
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This year’s severe weather (winter, summer and fall) has caused a great deal of damage to homes. Roof damage, trees on homes, ice dams, damaged drywall, landscaping destroyed and much more. Before you just hire someone to repair the damage, make sure you are not going to be stuck with bigger problems. Hire an HBA member and you can rest assured that the job will be done by a professional. See a list of HBA Members by clicking on the link to the left.
If you are still trying to decide whether you want to move from being a renter to a home owner, what are you waiting for? Housing affordability is at an all-time high and interest rates are at 50-year lows – the perfect combination for today’s home buyers. Read Article »
ARM? GPM? PITI? You'd have to be a cryptologist to figure out some of the terms buyers encounter during the home buying process. Doing research on how to buy a house before beginning the process can greatly improve your experience and prepare you for the exciting course ahead. And with this glossary of home buying terms at your side, you can rest easy that your new home won't get lost in translation. Read Article »
You’ve gotten through shopping for a home, the closing process, and even unpacking your boxes. But it’s not time to put your feet up and relax just yet! There are a few more things you should do shortly after moving into a new home to make sure you and your family will have a safe and healthy place to build lifelong memories in. Read Article »
The home is central to American life.
It is where families make lifelong memories, and where children are nurtured so they can build a better tomorrow. Homeownership promotes social stability, is critical in creating wealth, and provides upward mobility and financial security to individual households.
Housing and homeownership are also critical to a strong and prosperous nation.
This publication examines the contributions that homeownership, residential construction and remodeling, rental housing and other aspects of the housing industry make to the nation, its people and the economy. It also explores the potential impact of some of the proposals that lawmakers and regulators are now considering.
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Homeownership is the American dream, and there may never be a better time to buy than today. There are many incredible opportunities in today's housing market, including ample inventory, attractive pricing, near-record low interest rates, tax incentives and more.
Download this brochure from the National Association of Home Builders(NAHB) to find out about the advantages of buying a home, and to see examples of federal income tax savings home owners typically realize in the first five years.
As they grapple with skyrocketing energy costs, more homeowners are turning to remodelers for money-saving solutions. According to the results of the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI), 33 percent of surveyed remodelers report that they are increasingly called on to improve the energy efficiency of their client's homes. Read Article »