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SNHBA has launched a new "Start Fresh Buy New" marketing campaign to promote builder members' new homes.
SNHBA LAUNCHES 'START FRESH BUY NEW' CAMPAIGN
The campaign centers around the recently launched website,
which was developed by a subcommittee of the association's Sales and Marketing Committee, SNHBA member Team AMC advertising agency and SNHBA online partner Builders Digital Experience.
The multi-media campaign presents information about the value of newly constructed homes compared with resale homes, and encourages potential homebuyers to 'start fresh' by purchasing a newly constructed home.
"A lot of people think new homes are more expensive based on sales' prices and that's where they stop," said subcommittee member
of American West Homes. "If they continue doing the math, they'll find there's much more to it - lower costs and more benefits."
In addition to Hernandez, the subcommittee members who developed the campaign include SMC Chairman
of KB Home,
of Team Power Marketing,
of KB Home and
of StoryBook Homes. SNHBA also thanks
of Team AMC and
of BDX for their significant contributions to development of the campaign.
The following builder member companies provided new-home photographs for the new website:
- American West
- KB Home
- Pardee Homes
- Richmond American
- Shea Homes
- Storybook Homes
- Toll Brothers
- Warmington Residential
- Woodside Homes
REAL ESTATE EXPO SET FOR APRIL AT ORLEANS ARENA
The Orleans Arena - site of the 2017 Real Estate Expo Las Vegas
SNHBA is pleased to announce that plans are well underway for the 2017 Real Estate Expo Las Vegas, a unique event that brings together real estate and homebuilding industry professionals and potential homebuyers.
Real Estate Expo is set for
at the impressive Orleans Arena on West Tropicana Avenue, west of I-15. The expansive facility will allow Expo to feature more and varied exhibitors, speakers and seminars...and there's plenty of free onsite parking.
SNHBA is among the major supporters of Real Estate Expo, which was launched earlier this year by the association's Sales and Marketing Committee, and in particular, member Mike Sweeney of Finance of America Mortgage. The first Expo was April 8-9 at the Cashman Center in downtown Las Vegas. Based on the success of that initial effort, SNHBA and the Expo team are moving forward with next year's Real Estate Expo Las Vegas.
SNHBA members are invited to attend the free 2017 Real Estate Expo Las Vegas preview and kickoff cocktail party set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 25 at the Orleans Arena Lounge (3rd floor of the arena.)
Scores of real estate and homebuilding industry professionals and special guests are expected at the preview and kickoff party, which will include tours of the Orleans Arena. Please RSVP now to email@example.com.
INDUSTRY TURNS OUT FOR HEARING ON BLM ISSUES
SNHBA thanks the many members who turned out in force for the Congressional field hearing on July 26 at the North Las Vegas City Hall Council Chamber.
The House Committee on Natural Resources, on which Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-NV, serves, heard testimony about newly imposed and burdensome mineral rights' policy by the Bureau of Land Management.
In particular, SNHBA thanks longtime, supportive member David Jennings of D R Horton for testifying on behalf of the association and the local homebuilding industry about the impact of the mineral rights' policy on the industry. Jennings is a member of the association's Land Use Committee.
Jennings explained to the congressmen that the BLM began in 2013 to impose mineral rights' policies on homebuilders' land that was purchased many years ago at BLM land auctions. Since then, the BLM launched a program of imposing fees and fines on builders for "trespassing" and "unauthorized uses" of the "minerals" on the builders' land previously owned by the BLM. The policy is costing many Las Vegas' builders tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for the fees, fines and legal action.
Jennings said the BLM policy is part of a "disturbing trend occurring in many federal agencies that are adopting policies that are inconsistent with existing regulation in lieu of notice and comment rulemaking."
He called upon the lawmakers to halt the BLM policy until the policy can be reviewed, modified and clarified to provide more certainty of future enforcement, and minimize adverse impacts on Nevada's homebuilding industry, other businesses and the overall economy in metropolitan Las Vegas.
The congressmen also heard testimony from representatives of local government jurisdictions, including Clark County and the Regional Flood Control District; non-profit groups, such as Opportunity Village, and a UNLV economist - all of whom testified about the negative impacts of the BLM mineral rights' policy.
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN IN BUILDING UPDATE
PWB members are pictured enjoying ice cream during the chapter meeting in June at the William Lyon Homes Design Center.
The members of the association's chapter of NAHB's Professional Women in Building Council enjoyed an "Ice Cream Social" in June.
The event was hosted by William Lyon Homes at its beautiful Design Center. SNHBA and the PWB salute all those involved in making this event a success!
Also, the NAHB PWB recently informed our chapter that it won 2nd place for membership and member retention among the Region E chapters (western states) during the period of December 2015 through May 31. The chapter received $1,250 to be used toward its scholarship funding. Congratulations to the chapter!
The PWB chapter is planning a dinner meeting on
and a luncheon meeting on
. Members should watch for details about those two meetings coming soon.
For more information about the Professional Women In Building chapter, contact Holly Nostro at
FALL GOLF TOURNAMENT SOLD OUT FAST!
Only a few major sponsorships remain for the SNHBA Fall Builders Golf Classic, hosted by William Lyon Homes, which is scheduled for October 7 at the Mountain Falls Golf Club in Pahrump.
Only three sponsorships remain: Platinum (Drink Cart) Sponsor - $3,000; Tournament Photography Sponsor - $1,200; and Players Goodie Bag Sponsor - $900.
All player positions/foursomes and tee sponsorships are sold.
Tournament Host: William Lyon Homes
SNHBA salutes the Tournament Sponsors:
Platinum (Drink Cart) Sponsor: Available
Gold (Luncheon) Sponsor: New American Funding
Silver Sponsor: Southwest Gas Corp.
Bronze (Breakfast) Sponsor: Desert Companies
Tournament Photography: Available
Players Bag: Available
America First Credit Union
Fusion Sign and Design
HomeTeam Pest Defense
Kelly Design Group
Las Vegas Builder Trade In Program
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sierra Air Conditioning
Wallace Morris Kline Surveying
Contributing Sponsor: Slater Hanifan
For more information about the Platinum, Tournament Photography and Players Bag sponsorships, please contact Monica Caruso at
SNHBA SEEKS GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS STAFFER
The association seeks to hire a government affairs analyst. The duties include, in part:
Participate in meetings with government leaders and political candidates to advance the objectives of the Association; Provide staff support to the Codes, Community Planning & Infrastructure, Land Use, Legislative and Safety committees and the SNHBA PAC, as well as other committees and task forces, as assigned; Attend government and community meetings; Monitor agendas of state and local boards, agencies and stakeholder organizations for items impacting the homebuilding industry; Draft letters/emails/memos in response to local government or agency policies for public distribution; Become familiar with local development processes, regulations, fees and taxes; Coordinate efforts to draft and distribute information about the
industry to community leaders.
NAHB CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR THE FALL
SNHBA and its education partner, the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at UNLV, will offer educational classes from the National Association of Home Builders in the fall.
The first class, "
Building Technology: Structures and Exterior Finishes
," is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday,
The second class, "
Business Management for Building Professionals
," is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday,
Plans are pending for a third class, "
Estimating and Scheduling for Builders and Remodelers
," tentatively set for 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday,
UNLV Professor Neil Opfer, a longtime and respected construction industry educator, will teach the classes at the SNHBA office. Each class is $149 per person, which includes instructional materials and refreshments.
Registration will begin in about one week. Please watch your Inbox for additional information.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUCCESS DRIVE
HOMEAID SOUTHERN NEVADA UPDATE
SNHBA and its HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter thank all those involved in ensuring the success of the 3rd "
Back to School Success Drive,
" a partnership with Project 150 to provide local homeless high school students with backpacks stocked with school supplies and hygiene products.
We're still crunching the numbers, but here are the preliminary results:
- More than $35,000 in monetary contributions to purchase supplies;
- 33 donor companies and 27 individual donors;
- 133 volunteers;
- 66 locations for the donation collection boxes.
HomeAid salutes the following individuals and companies that have contributed generously to the drive:
ST. JUDE'S RANCH FOR CHILDREN DEDICATION
American West Homes
Bank of America
David & Lisa Diffley
|Faiss Foley Warren
|Hearth & Home Specialties
||HomeTeam Pest Defense
Monark Premium Appliance Co.
|T & F Marble
||T & R Construction
||Ticor Title Co.
HomeAid Southern Nevada and St. Jude's Ranch for Children conducted a dedication ceremony in late June following the completion of a major re-roofing project at the facility.
Special thanks go to the generous build team - Boral Roofing, Cooper Roofing & Solar and Warmington Residential for their outstanding contributions to re-roof five buildings at the campus, including three cottages where the children live, the Early Learning Center and the Therapy Building. In addition, the chapter handled some repair work to the drywall and trim at those buildings. Click here to read the story in the Boulder City newspaper.
U.S. VETS-LAS VEGAS KITCHEN RENOVATION
The chapter and benefactor, Credit One Bank, are partnering on a major remodeling of the kitchen at the U.S. VETS
facility in Las Vegas. In addition, ChoiceCenter Leadership University is a major supporter of the upcoming project. Completion is expected by Thanksgiving.
The $434,000 commercial kitchen remodel, funded in part by Credit One Bank, and designed and built by HomeAid Southern Nevada, will enable U.S. VETS to more effectively serve three meals a day to formerly homeless veterans now living in the Las Vegas residential facility.
Click here to learn more about this outstanding project
HomeAid Southern Nevada Mission Statement: Building new lives for Southern Nevada's homeless men, women and children through housing and community outreach.
MEMBERSHIP MIXER AT MONARK BENEFITS HOMEAID
SNHBA board member Darren Wilson of Sierra Air Conditioning talked about HomeAid Southern Nevada during the mixer at Monark Premium Appliance Co. Wilson is 2016 president of the HomeAid chapter.
Nearly 100 members and special guests turned out for the
SNHBA Membership Networking Mixer
, hosted by member Monark Premium Appliance Co., to benefit the association's HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter.
The mixer was conducted in July at the company's showroom in Las Vegas.
Thanks to the generosity of Monark Premium Appliance Co. and SNHBA members, the association raised $2,582.66 for the HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter. The funds will be used for the chapter's projects to renovate and build shelter for the community's homeless men, women and children.
Monark and GE also contributed an under-counter beverage refrigerator valued at more than $1,700 as a grand-prize in a raffle drawing. The happy winner was Rebecca Tarr of Comfort Engineering. Congratulations, Rebecca!
FOOD TRUCKS FEATURED AT CADENCE MIXER
SNHBA salutes its member, the Landwell Co., for hosting an outstanding
Membership Networking Mixer
at its Cadence master-planned community in Henderson.
More than 50 members and special guests turned out for the mixer at Cadence's new Pool Complex in the community. The mixer featured food and dessert trucks. In particular, SNHBA thanks Cheryl Persinger, the VP of marketing at the Landwell Co., for her outstanding efforts putting together this special event for fellow SNHBA members.
SNHBA MEMBER NEWS
is participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "
Light the Night Walk
" to raise funds and awareness that will support research of blood cancer treatments that save lives. The walk is set for
in Downtown Las Vegas. BMC-SelectBuild set a goal to raise $5,000.
Click here for more information and to learn how you can get involved
Finance of America Mortgage
recently conducted a grand opening at its newest office in metro Las Vegas. The office is at 1170 E. Sunset Road, Suite 200, in the Cadence master-planned community in Henderson. Finance of America Mortgage is an outstanding supporter of the association's Realtor TrainNTour program.
Richmond American Homes
has opened a new Home Gallery at 7770 S. Dean Martin Drive. The 4,000-square-foot gallery is about three times larger than the builder's previous gallery. There are four color rooms, where buyers coordinate flooring, cabinets and other features; three full-size kitchen vignettes; bath and fireplace displays; as well as displays of plumbing fixtures, window coverings, stair rails, lighting fixtures and more.
Original Roofing Co
. did the roof on Las Vegas' first Cracker Barrel Restaurant. The popular chain opened a restaurant in July near the Silverton Hotel and Casino off Blue Diamond Road and Interstate 15.
Development is moving forward for the
Villages at Tule Springs
, a 2,000-acre, master-planned community in North Las Vegas that was stalled by the Great Recession. KB Home, Pardee Homes and CalAtlantic Homes plan to build homes there, starting in the first quarter of next year.
Click here to read the full story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
SNHBA has welcomed the following new members to the association. Please welcome them when you meet them at an upcoming event. Details about new members are posted in the members-only Members Zone at
. Contact Holly Nostro at
for username and password to access the site.
- Acero Masonry
- ARC Document Solutions
- Newport Pacific Land Co.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - BONNIE HERNANDEZ
SNHBA salutes member Bonnie Hernandez for bringing in three new members in the 2nd quarter!
Bonnie is the executive director of marketing at American West Homes
. She's been with the company nearly 10 years. She serves on the association's board of directors and several association committees, including the Promotion Committee and the Sales and Marketing Committee. She served on the SMC subcommittee that recently developed the new "Start Fresh Buy New Las Vegas" marketing campaign to promote our builder members' new homes.
Thank you, Bonnie!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the
city of Henderson
more than $500,000 to support efforts to revitalize and redevelop the Boulder Highway Corridor. The funds will be used to assess an 8-mile segment of the highway, conduct clean-up planning for possibly contaminated areas also known as 'brownfields.'
Click here to read the city's news release about the EPA grant
city of Las Vegas
recently notified the association that, effective August 1, plans for projects scheduled for Express Plan Review must be submitted to the city's Building and Safety Department no later than one week prior to the date of the scheduled Express Plan Review. Failure to comply may result in cancellation of the appointment and forfeiture of the $550 reservation fee. For more information, contact Plans and Permits Supervisor Rod Clark at 702-229-6913.
city of North Las Vegas
has promoted Valerie Evans to the position of Building Official at the city. Evans has worked in the city's building department for more than 15 years, primarily as a building plans examiner. SNHBA congratulates Evans on this well-deserved promotion and recognition.
North Las Vegas
City Attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan is stepping down, effective August 18. Chief Deputy City Attorney Bethany Rudd Sanchez will serve as temporary city attorney until a permanent city attorney is appointed.
Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS
has unveiled plans for a new headquarters in the southwest valley. GLAVR will start construction in January on a two-story, 30,533-square-foot office building on Rainbow Boulevard, north of Sunset Road. Occupancy is set for the fall 2017.
Click here for more information about the new building.
SNHBA extends condolences to the family of local real estate executive,
, who passed away May 25. He was 46. Becker is the son of former SNHBA President Ernie Becker IV and wife, Kathy Becker, who established the SNHBA Women's Auxiliary in the 1980s.
Click here to read the obituary in the Review-Journal
Also, SNHBA extends condolences to longtime member Richard Lee and the family on the passing of son,
, on July 14 at age 40. Nate Lee was a commercial real estate agent, and also worked in construction on major Strip projects.
Click here read the obituary in the Review-Journal
EDUCATION AND EVENTS
National Association of Home Builders
has a large selection of educational offerings for members. The On Demand program includes courses such as "
," the "
Basics of Building
" and the "
Certified New Home Sales Professional
" classes offered for the CSP designation. Webinars include "
How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection
OSHA Fall Protection
," and "
What Employers Need to Know to Comply with the Health Care Reform Law
Click here for more information about NAHB education.
U.S. Green Building Council Nevada
will present the "
Southern Nevada State of Sustainability Report
" at a luncheon meeting set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday,
at the Innevation Center, 6795 S. Edmonds St., Suite 331, 89118. The price is $20 for members; $35 for non-members.
Click here for more information and to register
Excellence In Building Conference & Expo
, better known as the EEBA Conference, is scheduled for
at the Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The conference is sponsored by the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, one of the oldest and most respected residential building education organizations in the country.
Click here for more information and to register.
World Wide Safety
, a global workplace safety company with operations in metropolitan Las Vegas, has scheduled the inaugural "
Safety Awards and Fundraising Luncheon
" for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday,
at the Linq Resort and Casino. Local companies will be honored for their outstanding safety programs. Proceeds will benefit SNHBA's HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter and Hope for Prisoners.
Click here for more information
or contact company President Virginia Toalepai at
National sales and marketing guru
will present his "
" workshop from 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday,
at the Fiesta Henderson Resort. The price is $55 per person; for group sales' pricing, please call Ali Westbrook at 844-547-4673, Ext. 2. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association.
Click here for more information and to register
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