MN Builder Blog

Advocate and Watchdog: Article I, Sec. I - “If You Can’t Touch It, What’s Its Value?”

Jan 22, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article I, Section I (2015) By Forrest Cyr, BAM Communications & Government Affairs Associate “If You Can’t Touch It, What’s Its Value?” The value of a good defense cannot be overstated. From a government affairs perspective, the value of stopping a bad…

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Contractor Registration Program, Avoid Getting Fined

Nov 7, 2014

Contractors who provide residential or commercial building construction or improvement services are required to register with DLI through the Construction Contractor Registration Program. Licensed residential contractors do not have to be registered because they already carry a license…

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NAHB Spring Board Report

Jul 11, 2014

Happy Summer from your NAHB State Rep, Kathe Ostrom. I returned from the NAHB Spring Board meeting in Washington DC feeling grateful for Minnesota’s weather. If you think MN is muggy… WOW it’s a sauna in DC! There is lots of politicking within NAHB for the upcoming election of our…

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What's up and what's on deck for the housing industry and economy?

Apr 25, 2014

The 2014-2015 Economic and Housing Forecast as presented by NAHB Three economists gave their best predictions as to what 2014 and 2015 will bring for the housing industry and economy nationally and regionally.  The presenter lineup included: David Crowe, Chief Economis with NAHB,…

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Randy Noel Endorsed for NAHB Race

Apr 24, 2014

NAHB elections should be on your radar.  I’m Kathe Ostrom, your NAHB MN State Rep and there is a contested election for the 2015 NAHB Third Vice Chair position.  I know… the news channels are filled with election hoopla for local, state and national government races too.  And…

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Down the Appraisal Rabbit Hole

Mar 27, 2014

Well, it’s been a dry spell since things that make me crazy have shown up. But at IBS, the Exec Committee was given a report, “State Appraisal Regulatory Board Best Practices”, on a GAO publication (Government Accountability Office) entitled ‘Real Estate Appraisals – Appraisal…

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BAM Board Meeting + Builder Day at the Capitol

Mar 15, 2014

On March 12, over 170 builders association members from across the state converged in Saint Paul to use our collective industry voice at our state’s Capitol. We are stronger together, and it’s one of the reasons the Builders Association of Minnesota exists. Every local…

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Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol March 12

Feb 16, 2014

Each year the builders association hosts a Day at the Capitol, and this year it’s going to be better than ever. All members of the association and the home building industry are invited to join us March 12 to deliver the message to the Legislature that the home building industry matters.…

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2013 State Award Winners Announced

Jan 16, 2014

Tuesday December 17th, 2013 members from around the state gathered for a day of celebration. The Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner was held in concert with a BUILDPAC and BAM-PAC fundraiser. Thank to all who attended, sponsored and made the day a…

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The Gifts of Membership

Dec 24, 2013

The holidays are a time to count your blessings and give thanks. Membership with the Builders Association of Minnesota is the gift that keeps on giving. Remember to “open” these gifts and take them out for a spin! Legislative, Regulatory, and Legal Protection The biggest benefit…

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