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Election 2018 Endorsements

Home Builders and Contractors Association

of Brevard General Election Endorsement List

 

After careful consideration and hours interviewing candidates, the HBCA Government Affairs committee has voted to endorse the following candidates running for political office.  We encourage everyone to exercise your Right to Vote and do so either during Early Voting Period October 27 through November 3; absentee ballot or at your precinct from 7 am to 7 pm on November 6thClick Here to visit the Supervisor of Elections website for polling information.

 

U.S. Senate                                        Rick Scott

Florida Cabinet Races

Governor                                            Ron DeSantis

Chief Financial Officer                    Jimmy Patronis

Attorney General                            Ashley Moody

Commissioner of Agriculture      Matt Caldwell

 

The Florida Home Builders Political Action Committee (FHB PAC) endorses the above state cabinets for the primary races.  The FHB PAC seeks to ensure a favorable environment for the home building industry.

 

Brevard County

State House of Representatives

District 50                                            Rene Plasencia

District 51                                            Tyler Sirois

District 52                                            Thad Altman

District 53                                            Randy Fine

 

Senate

District 14                                            Dorothy Hukill replacement Tom Wright

 

County Commission

District 2                                               Bryan Lober

District 4                                               Curt Smith

 

Brevard Public Schools – School Board

School Board District 1                   Misty Belford

School Board District 2                   Charles Parker

School Board District 5                   Katye Campbell

 

During the Florida Home Builders Leadership Conference the FHBA Board of Directors and Government Affairs leadership discussed and voted to Oppose Amendment 1, and voted to support Amendment 2. Both amendments impact the home building industry.  Below is a summary of the amendments and FHBA’s position to help YOU decide.

 

AMENDMENT 1, INCREASED HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION:

Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. The amendment shall take effect January 1, 2019.

FHBA Position: Oppose Amendment 1

“The FHBA’s opposition to Amendment 1 is not related to its fundamental purpose, decreasing taxes and making homes more affordable. It is solely a reflection of out-of-control local government” said Rusty Payton, FHBA CEO. “Our opposition is rooted in the realization that many local governments are out of control and will attempt to fill any void in revenues by increasing impact fees and using them for purposes not allowed by law. Their actions will only exacerbate the home affordability crisis, the very thing the amendment is trying to help.”

AMENDMENT 2, LIMITATIONS ON PROPERY TAX ASSESSMENTS:

Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to permanently retain provisions currently in effect, which limit property tax assessment increases on specified nonhomestead real property, except for school district taxes, to 10 percent each year. If approved, the amendment removes the scheduled repeal of such provisions in 2019 and shall take effect January 1, 2019.

FHBA Position: Support Amendment 2

“Permanently retaining the 10% limitation on tax increases for rental and other properties is good public policy,” said FHBA President, Bill Truex. “These provisions, which are already in effect, allow companies to use the savings on wages, capital investments and other business enhancement priorities. Voting to not continue the property tax cap would result in increased taxes, moving our economy backwards.

Associate Appreciation Month September 2018

From plumbers to electricians and selling lumber to financing mortgages, associate members are a vital part of our association. They include suppliers, service providers and product manufacturers across all facets of the home building industry.

Take a moment to view all our associate members and thank a fellow member you do business with.

In recognition of your support, all associate members will be entered into a drawing.

The winner will be announced at the next membership meeting on September 25th 2018

Economic and Housing Outlook Presentation

New Home Sales Rise 8.3% Overall in 2017

roof trussesSales of newly built, single-family homes fell 9.3% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625,000 units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Census Bureau. Despite this monthly decline, new home sales rose 8.3% overall in 2017 to 608,000 units.

“The number of consumers planning to buy a new home in the near future is trending upward,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “Inventory remains low, but its growth in 2017 is an encouraging sign. Our members are also telling us that market conditions continue to improve.”

“Some moderation in sales was expected this month after a strong November reading,” said NAHB senior economist Michael Neal. “With ongoing job creation and rising home equity, we should see housing demand continue to grow in the months ahead.”

The inventory of new home sales for sale was 295,000 in December, which is a 5.7-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $335,400.

Regionally, new home sales decreased 2.4% in the Northeast, 9.5% in the West, 9.8% in the South and 10% in the Midwest.

2017 HBCA of Brevard Holiday Party

Chili Cook Off Results and Pictures

Sponsored By
The 1st Annual Trade Show & Chili Cook Off presented by the Home Builders and Contractors Association and sponsored by Shelter Mortgage Company was a huge success! Proceeds benefited Habitat for Humanity of Brevard.
A special thanks goes out to the SMC Committee members, Tina Suiter of Holiday Builders for providing live music, and to all of the vendors who helped make this event a success.
DiPrima Construction Corp.
Holiday Builders
Joyal Homes
Maronda Homes
Cabinet Designs of Central Florida
Caliber Home Loans
Cambria
Christensen Financial Inc.
Digital Graphics
Ferguson Enterprises
Omni Resource Group
PIP Printing
Prime Lending
Proforma Arrow Solutions
ProSource of Brevard
Richard’s Paint Manufacturing
Sea Turtle Real Estate
Shelter Mortgage Company
Chili Masters are as follows:
BEST RED: Sea Turtle Real Estate
Runner Up: Holiday Builders -Ragin Cagin
BEST WHITE: Joyal Homes
Runner Up: Omni Resource Group
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Holiday Builders -Ragin Cagin
 
Chili was judges by the following Local Experts:
Suzy Fleming Leonard, Florida Today Food Editor
Matt Nugnes, Owner of Matt’s Casbah
Keith Winsten, Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo
Linda Jeffreys Scholle, Brevard County Schools

OSHA Proposes to Delay Deadline for Electronic Injury Reporting

Construction Worker Using Drill On House Build

OSHA has announced that it is proposing to delay to Dec. 1 the date by which certain employers are required to electronically submit workplace injury information from 2016.

The original mandate, as NAHBNow reported in May, would have given builders, contractors and other companies until July 1 to electronically submit their lists of 2016 workplace injuries. OSHA had previously announced a suspension of the July 1 deadline until further notice.

In January, NAHB, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma State HBA, State Chamber of Oklahoma and three poultry associations filed a lawsuit challenging the legal authority of OSHA to issue the electronic reporting rule.

In addition to the lawsuit, on May 5 NAHB and other construction industry associations asked the Department of Labor to put the implementation and enforcement of the rule on hold and to reopen the rulemaking record to reexamine the legal authority for the rule and its impact on workplace safety and health.

For more information about the rule and other jobsite safety concerns, contact NAHB’s Rob Matuga at 800-368-5242 x8507.

Original article here

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2017 Parade of Homes Awards Ceremony

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