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NAHB Spring Board Report

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

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… Read More...

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

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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,… Read More...

Randy Noel Endorsed for NAHB Race

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

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… Read More...

Down the Appraisal Rabbit Hole

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

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… Read More...

Success: NAHB 2015 ICC Wins

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

I saw SNOW! Yep. It mysteriously appeared on the mountain peaks during a rainstorm in Colorado Springs.  This is your NAHB State Rep, Kathe Ostrom, and I recently returned from the Fall Board meeting where the weather was sunny and beautiful AND cold and rainy.  Gee! Did I leave… Read More...

She's Back! Kathe Ostrom on the NAHB Council-Committee Appointment Process

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

Hey! Where have I been? It’s Kathe Ostrom again, your NAHB State Rep and this has been a crazy summer for me. Are you doing more with less staff? Well, I certainly am….but I am not complaining….at least not a lot! I recently returned from my first NAHB Summer Exec meeting… Read More...

New Employment Eligibility Verification Form Required

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Federal law places an affirmative duty on employers to verify the identity and work authorization of all newly hired persons through completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form  I-9 within three business days after the individual is hired. The U.S. Citizenship and… Read More...

What is NAHB Doing About the Price of Materials?

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

Hi! Kathe Ostrom, your Minnesota State Rep here asking, “Have you noticed the price of materials lately? What is NAHB doing about it?” The answer is NAHB is making efforts to decrease the impacts of the increase of material costs. Below is an economic summary and prediction for… Read More...

How's Your Local Association Doing?

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

Hey, it’s Kathe Ostrom again - your Minnesota NAHB State Rep. I am calling local association presidents here in Minnesota to see how they are doing, asking if there are any problems that I or NAHB can help them with and just generally chatting about the state of the industry in… Read More...

NAHB Committee Appointment Process

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

Kathe Ostrom, CN Ostrom & Son Minnesota’s NAHB State Rep There have been lots of rumblings, tumblings, and grumblings about the NAHB committee appointment process lately.  In Minnesota, there has been concern expressed about the number of Minnesota members given committee… Read More...

Guest Blogger Kathe Ostrom Reports on NAHB

posted in Kathe Ostrom, MN State Rep, NAHB

What has NAHB done for me lately?  Ever think this? My name is Kathe Ostrom, and I’m the NAHB State Rep for Minnesota. I’ve been a member of the builders association for over 20 years and run a remodeling company – CN Ostrom and Son. On this blog I plan to share observations and… Read More...

Fiscal Cliff & What It Means For Homebuilders

posted in NAHB

In NAHB’s most recent Eye on Housing article the bill passed to avoid the “fiscal cliff” was discussed. The fiscal cliff, an economically damaging set of tax hikes and spending reductions scheduled to begin in 2013, has been avoided (for now) and that is good news for housing  in the… Read More...

EPA Delays Expansion of Lead Rule to Commercial Building to 2015

posted in NAHB

The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed its plans to expand the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to commercial buildings until 2015. As NAHB and other trade groups have repeatedly pointed out to EPA and members of Congress charged with EPA oversight, the agency failed to… Read More...

Lt. Governors Association Passes Resolution, Calls on President, Congress to Address Housing Issues

posted in NAHB

BAM is pleased to report the resolution we sent to Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon July 11th was passed by the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) July 20th.  The resolution passed by the NLGA underscores the importance of homeownership and calls on Washington… Read More...

Where Are We At? A Mid-Year Update on the Building Industry

posted in NAHB

Thursday July 12, 2012 the National Association of Home Builders gave an update on the building industry hosted by NAHB CEO Jerry Howard, Chief Economist David Crowe, Ph.D., and Sr. Vice President for Government Affairs Jim Tobin, who provided information on economics, advocacy and the… Read More...

Facts on Rumored 3.8% Sales Tax on Homes

posted in NAHB

NAHB has been tracking a set of emails that falsely claim that the 2010 health care reform legislation imposed a 3.8% sales tax or transfer fee on all home sales in 2013. NAHB states the 3.8% tax is not in any way a sales tax paid against the sales price of the home for either the home… Read More...

BAM Requests Lt. Governor Prettner Solon Co-Sponsor Resolution

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BAM sent a letter today, to Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon requesting that she co-sponsor a resolution introduced to the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association and up for a vote at their meeting in Chicago on July 18th. The resolution calls attention to the lagging… Read More...

EPA's Removal of Lead Rule Opt-Out Provision Upheld

posted in NAHB

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the “opt-out” provision from its lead rule is legal. The EPA included the opt-out provision in the original 2008 Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule… Read More...

NAHB Spring Board & Area 10 Meetings June 9

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The National Association of Home Builders held their spring board meeting June 9, 2012 in Washington D.C. The NAHB board meeting materials can be viewed here. If you missed the meeting and are interested in the discussions that happened at the Area 10 Caucus the meeting minutes are… Read More...

NAHB Construction Codes & Standards Committee Meeting

posted in NAHB

By: Karen Linner, BAM Director of Codes & Research The NAHB Construction Codes and Standards Committee meeting held on Tuesday February 7th was available for viewing as a webinar. I monitored the event and the time was well spent. The software was easy to download and worked without a… Read More...

Cowards Or Lemmings?

posted in NAHB

Today on the National Association of Home Builders Executive Board floor, the agenda included 90 minutes of discussion on the Futures Task Force report. Yet before they could begin, a motion with the greatest amount of sarcasm was brought forward to postpone the discussion on the report… Read More...

NAHB Win: No EPA LRRP Third-Party Clearance Testing Required

posted in NAHB

By Pam Perri: The residential construction industry is over-regulated. There is no doubt about it. But this week the industry had a victory. And we need to celebrate the small regulatory victories. Let’s be honest, in the regulatory arena, our playbook is almost always running defense.… Read More...

Federal Bill Introduced to Help Restore Flow of Credit to Housing (Miller Bill)

posted in NAHB

The article below in Nation’s Building News, one of NAHB’s email newsletters. In a major step forward in making the nation’s lawmakers aware of the dire financial situation faced by most home builders, Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Brad Miller (D-N.C.) and 29 other original cosponsors… Read More...

Remodeling Market Index Reaches Highest Level In Four Years

posted in NAHB

April 28, 2011 - According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), the remodeling market is heading into recovery with an increase to 46.5 in the first quarter of 2011 from 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010. This marks the highest level for the… Read More...

Free Housing News For Members

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As a member you have free access to three top NAHB newsletters that provide current information and news on topics like legislation, government regulations, educational seminars and how to market and sell your company. Nation’s Building News offers a mix of news about legislation,… Read More...

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