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Canadian Softwood Lumber

Click here to contact your member of Congress and ask them to encourage the President to re-start softwood lumber trade negotiations with Canada.

American home builders need reasonably priced lumber to build homes that average working families can afford.

U.S. domestic production is not sufficient to meet demand. NAHB is working with the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to clear the regulatory hurdles that constrain domestic lumber production.

In 2016, the U.S. consumed 47.1 billion board feet of softwood lumber while producing 32.8 billion board feet. That’s a shortfall of 14.3 billion board feet. More than one-third of the lumber consumed in the U.S. last year was imported, and more than 95% of the imports came from Canada. Annual domestic production has not met demand even once during the last 50 years.

Why It Matters

The lumber supply problem is made worse by the Commerce Department decision to impose duties averaging 26.75% on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. The tariffs are acting as a tax on American home builders and home buyers, making housing less affordable for American families and forcing builders to look overseas to Germany and Russia in order to meet demand.

The fact that America cannot meet the nation’s demand for lumber is all the more reason to move forward on an equitable U.S.-Canada trade agreement that will provide a reliable and affordable supply of lumber and meet the housing needs of American consumers.

Solutions

America cannot meet the nation’s demand for softwood lumber, which will only continue to grow as the housing recovery picks up steam. Therefore, NAHB believes the following steps should be taken:

  • Rescind the lumber duties, which will be finalized on Nov. 18, and negotiate a settlement to address American home builder concerns regarding price and availability of lumber. NAHB is meeting with representatives of the Trump administration and Congress, as well as Canadian federal and provincial officials, to achieve this goal.
  • Boost domestic production by seeking higher targets for timber sales from publicly-owned lands and opening up additional federal forest lands for logging in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Reduce U.S. lumber exports. Domestic producers are selling abroad to China and other international clients in order to increase profits. Exporting timber should be discouraged when there is a gaping need at home.
  • Seek out new markets to reduce our nation’s reliance on Canadian lumber imports and make up for our domestic shortfall. NAHB last year held productive talks with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that focused on increasing exports of softwood lumber to America. Other potential markets include Sweden and Brazil.
By |April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Member News, News|0 Comments

March 5 Webinar Helps Members Understand Impact of Tax Reform on Their Bottom Lines

The landmark tax reform legislation that took effect Jan. 1 created significant changes in the tax code that will affect the housing industry and our small business members.

To help NAHB members understand how these changes could impact their business, NAHB is hosting a members-only webinar, Tax Reform and Your Bottom Line, at 1 p.m. ET on March 5.

The webinar will feature NAHB tax experts and outside tax counsel who will focus on the specific changes that will most directly impact small businesses, including the 20% pass-through deduction, limitations on the business interest deduction and new depreciation guidelines.

Register for the March 5 webinar at nahb.org/taxwebinar (log-in required).

If you are not able to join the webinar, a replay will be posted on nahb.org.

You can learn more about the new tax law, and NAHB’s influence during the legislative process, at nahb.org/taxreform.

By |February 27th, 2018|Categories: Member News, NAHB News, News|0 Comments

The Viera Company chosen for the 2018 Corporate Impact of the Year Award – Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Viera Company has been chosen as the 2018 winner of the Corporate Impact of the Year Award presented by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Viera, Fla. – Feb. 14, 2018 – The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce chooses to recognize one company each year that demonstrates a focus on a broad range of economic development activities and substantial investment in the community. The chosen business is presented with the Corporate Impact of the Year Award at the Chamber’s annual Impact Awards and Board Installation event.

This year The Viera Company was chosen as the award recipient for the 2018 Corporate Impact of the Year Award. On Friday, February 16th at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Oceanfront, representatives from The Viera Company will don their “funkiest” bow ties and shiniest pearls to attend the 2018 Bow Ties & Pearls Board Installation & Impact Awards event, presented by the Melbourne Regional Chamber.

The Viera Company’s Senior VP, Land Use Planning & Development, Todd J. Pokrywa stated, “As a key stakeholder in Brevard County, The Viera Company is committed to significant investments in the underlying infrastructure improvements in the master planned community of Viera that support, attract and enhance economic development efforts.”

The Melbourne Regional Chamber is aptly described as “the largest business organization in the East Central Florida region, offering the opportunity for networking, education, marketing and community involvement.” The Viera Company is honored to be recognized by such a significant organization within the community.

“Bow Ties and Pearls is about recognizing the incredible contributions of local business owners and board members,” noted Michael Ayers, Melbourne Regional Chamber President and CEO. “Our community benefits enormously from the award recipients and it is an honor to support them.”

About The Viera Company

The Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., manages commercial and residential development of Duda’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties and the Duran Golf Club. The mission of The Viera Company is to create vibrant, livable communities that are built with faith, integrity and thoughtful stewardship of the land.  For more information, visit www.viera.com.

By |February 15th, 2018|Categories: Member News, News|0 Comments

Viera, FL ranks in the Top 25 Master-Planned Communities Across the Country

Viera, Florida has been ranked 24th out of the Top 50 Master-Planned Communities across the United States by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC.

Viera, Fla. – Jan. 10, 2018 – In January of each year John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC. releases a list of the Top 50 Master-Planned Communities across the United States. Viera, Florida was listed as 24th in the nation for 2017, a 17 spot jump from the previous year.

Rankings for the John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC Top 50 list are based on new home sales with feedback from industry contacts and boots-on-the-ground consultants that support the research which goes into producing the prestigious annual rankings. “Viera remains one of the only master-planned communities in Brevard County, and continues to attract both families (working in the high-tech sectors around Cape Canaveral) to retirees who are attracted to the MPC’s activities and retail offerings,” stated Lesley Deutch, Principal John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

Moving into 2017, The Viera Company was excited about the diversity of housing options coming onto the market in the community which included entry-level homes, attached or detached units, single and multi-family homes, move-up homes, maintenance-free living and custom luxury estate homes. New neighborhoods such as Trasona Cove East and West, Kerrington, Loren Cove, Reeling Park, Seville, Valencia, Adelaide, Bridgewater at Viera and Modern Duran all began and/or continued to sell homes in the highly desirable community of Viera in 2017. “The opening of WCI/Lennar’s 55 and Better resort-style community this year will likely add to the success of the MPC,” Deutch remarked.

“The Master-Planned Community rankings validate how well we are creating a community that appeals to our homebuyer,” states Scott Miller, VP Sales and Community Management, The Viera Company. “Today’s homebuyer is seeking features and designs that reflect their lifestyle and offer them the flexibility to change as their needs change.” The master-planned community of Viera boasts an integrated network of trails and parks including the robust Viera Regional Park and miles of multi-purpose trails. Viera also encompasses other sought after amenities such as retail shopping, a movie theater, A-rated schools, the Brevard Zoo, USSSA’s Space Coast Stadium Complex, award winning Duran Golf Club, quality medical services and multiple places of worship all within minutes of every home. “Our reward for listening to the buyer is reflected in our rankings and we are very pleased to be recognized as one of the Top 25 Master-Planned Communities in the country,” expressed Miller.

John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC. Top 50 Master Plan Communities

About The Viera Company

The Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., manages commercial and residential development of Duda’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties and the Duran Golf Club. The mission of The Viera Company is to create vibrant, livable communities that are built with faith, integrity and thoughtful stewardship of the land.  For more information, visit www.viera.com.

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Member News, News|0 Comments

September 2017 Associate Spotlight – Sams Gas

Sams Gas Co recently joined the HBCA of Brevard in June of 2017 as they are expanding into the Space Coast area. Family owned and operated since 1964, Sams Gas Co can service all of your gas needs from custom homes to gas lines, kitchen-cooking and everything in between.

“If gas flows through it we can do it!”

For more information contact Sams Gas Co at 407-855-1903 or visit www.SamGas.com

By |October 4th, 2017|Categories: Associate Spotlight, Member News, News|0 Comments

September 2017 Builder Spotlight – Brothers and Son Construction

Brothers and Son Construction Inc. joined the HBCA back in 2006 to take advantage of the many benefits to include continuing education, insurance and networking.

Member Robert Brothers is a general contractor with a proven track record of more than a decade of serving Brevard County and the State of Florida’s construction needs.

Bothers and Son Construction Inc. grew from a small handyman business to a general contractor dealing in large commercial projects with no advertising thanks to their wonderful customers and word of mouth.

Brothers and Son Construction specializes in turning dreams into reality no matter how big, small, difficult or unusual. As they say, “You Dream It, We Build It.”

For more information

Call 321-508-4809

By |October 4th, 2017|Categories: Builder Spotlight, Member News, News|0 Comments