MARCH
2016
NEWSLETTER






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It's That Time Again!

ANNUAL LHBA LEGISLATIVE CRAWFISH BOIL

Join us after we lobby at the Capitol for our annual crawfish boil! Don't miss this chance to mingle with your fellow LHBA members & our Louisiana State Legislators! 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BOIL LOCATION HAS CHANGED THIS YEAR

Tuesday, April 19

Capitol Park Museum
660 North Fourth Street
Downtown Baton Rouge

Tickets MUST BE purchased by April 5th  
NO tickets will be sold at the door!

Your ticket includes music and entertainment by the Overboard band, beer & soft drinks, all you can eat crawfish, fried catfish, hush puppies, and home-made bread pudding by Chef KD!


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY


The 2016 Regular Legislative Session is a general session this year with non-fiscal bills filed only. Session begins March 14th with bills already being filed at this time. LHBA defends or passes legislation that impacts your business. These consequential regulatory, financial or litigious bills are significant to our members.

Legislative Day ("Red Shirt Day") is one of the most important days for our volunteer efforts. Our membership numbers are strong and showing it at the Capitol is crucial. On Legislative Day, we lobby legislation that is currently going through the process.  Attending this day will help LHBA continue our highly successful legislative outcomes.   


LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING 
& LUNCH PROVIDED BY LHBA

If you are joining us to lobby at the Capitol on April 19th, LHBA would like to provide you with a FREE delicious lunch!! 

We will host a lunch before the Legislative briefing at the 
Hilton Capitol Center in Downtown Baton Rouge. 
 After the briefing, we will all head to the Capitol. 

 LHBA will provide transportation to the Capitol for those who do not wish to drive their personal vehicles.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE FREE LUNCH BY APRIL 5th IN ORDER TO ATTEND!! 



BOTTLES FOR PAC
Fundraiser for LHBA PAC
April 20, 2016
6-8pm

Your ticket to this event includes:
  • Open bar & incredible buffet dinner
  • Ticket for the "Cork Pull" where everyone wins a bottle of wine or liquor valued at $10-$50!!
  • Entry into the raffle for a 3 night stay at the Sandestin Hilton Beach Resort during the LHBA Summer Board Meeting!!
Ticket sales will end April 5th!! No tickets will be sold after the deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS!!



LHBA Spring Board of Directors
 
Make Your Hotel Reservations Today!
 
Hilton Capitol Center - Baton Rouge 
Room Block Rate $145
  DEADLINE March 29th  
1-800-955-6962  
LA Homebuilders Block
 
 
There was a lot of great new technology available at IBS this year, but one standout app was the  2016 Best Home Technology Product,   Freshbrix:  an app for builders created by a builder.

Here's how it works: The builder enters information about the house being built, such as photos, plans and warranty, into the Freshbrix app, and provides the buyer with the login information for that project.

While construction is under way, the builder can continue to post photos, progress updates and other communications with the home owner as a cloud-based record of the project.

After the build is complete, the app stores all the specs, maintenance requirements and user manuals for the home and appliances.
Home owners can then reference the app quickly and conveniently to recall details about their home and set up alerts for when to perform regular maintenance.

The app also allows for easy contact between the builder and home owner in case there is a repair or warranty question.

NAHB member John Sekas was talking to a friend in the tech industry, and together they came up with the idea. The user experience for both the builder and home owner has been the primary focus of the app.  "They love it from a library and warranty point of view," Sekas said. Now, his company, which builds about 20 homes a year, uses the app to replace the large binders he used to give to new home owners. 

Sekas believes that this tool levels the playing field for small- to mid-size builders that don't have the resources to manage a large amount of customer service requests. The app is free for home owners and costs the builder about $100 per home and there are no contracts.

Freshbrix is still young - having only launched in the third quarter of 2015 - but it is growing. The company continually rolls out new developments.
The app isn't just a useful tool to store information about building a home, it's a powerful platform to build relationships with your customers. Home owners will certainly see value in the way it simplifies complex information, and ultimately helps to reduce the stress and anxiety many feel when they become a first-time home buyer.

BUILD-PAC'S NEW "FAIR SHARE" PROGRAM

BUILD-PAC's new Fair Share campaign is the easiest way to get involved in the political process. We are asking every member to do their Fair Share for the housing industry by contributing just $25 to BUILD-PAC during the 2015-2016 election cycle.


What would happen if every NAHB member did their Fair Share? 
If every member does their Fair Share and invests a minimum of $25, then BUILD-PAC will be a $3.5 Million PAC. This would allow BUILD-PAC and housing to have an even greater impact in the 2016 elections. 

What is my Fair Share going toward? 
Your contribution helps elect pro-housing, pro-business candidates who will support our issues and fight for housing in Congress.

How can I help with the Fair Share campaign? 
Please help your state meet its goal. During your state and local meetings back home, ask your peers to do their Fair Share for housing by contributing just $25 to BUILD-PAC in this election cycle. If every member does their Fair Share, then BUILD-PAC's voice will be LOUDER and STRONGER than ever before.

Questions? For more information contact BUILD-PAC staff. 
Meghan Everngam, Assistant Vice President | (202) 266-8259 | MEverngam@nahb.org Sofia Fox, Fundraising Manager | (202) 266-8248 | SFox@nahb.org Sashia Moore | (202) 266-8114 | SMMoore@nahb.org NAHB.org/buildpac 


Education
 
Residential Builders must earn 6 CEU credits each year, even with a multi-year license. 
 
 
 
 
Acadian Home Builders Association
March 15th  9a-Noon
OSHA Review and Safety Plus information
Call AHBA to Register (337)981-3053 
 
CRBA
March 12 @ the 9a-10:45a Changes in Sub-Contractor Requirements  & 10:45a-Noon Topic TBD
Meeting Room 8 
Call CRBA to Register (225)769-7696

Southwest LA HBA
Builders' Education Breakfast on March 16 at 8:30a @ the SEED Center  -  Housing Demand & Implementation in SWLA - Financial Incentives for Building Affordable Housing. Free for members/ $30 Non-members
Contact SWLAHB to Register (337)478-7893

 

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE LIST OF UPCOMING COURSES
 


What's going on this month?
 
LHBA Executive Committee
March 10
 
Northshore HBA
March 1 - General Membership Luncheon 11:45am at Fleur de Lis Event Center, Mandeville
March 4 - Skeet Shoot, Covey Rise, Husser
March 8 - Local PAC Wine Dinner
March 19 - Easter Egg Hunt and Early Bird Drawing, 10am-12pm, 2016 Raffle House, Spring Haven, Madisonville
 
Acadian HBA
March 5 & 6 - Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Show @ the Cajundome Convention Center
 
Greater New Orleans HBA
March 11-13  Home & Garden Show @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
 
CRBA
March 12 & 13 - Building & Remodeling Show @ Baton Rouge River Center
 
Southeast HBA
March 5 & 6 - Bayou Home Show @ Houma Terrebonne  Civic Center
 
 
 
 

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General Liability Coverage for Builders
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Ask about the VIP program!  
If you are not a member with us or you have subcontractors that maybe interested, contact Home Builders SIF for more details. 1.877.LHBASIF (1.877.542.2743)
LHBA Builders Risk Program
New Homes
Find and list new homes now using our New Homes Directory linked to our website  Click Here!  
Do Business with Members!!!
LHBA Buyer's Guide
 
 
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LHBA MISSION STATEMENT
Our goal is to provide Louisiana with quality housing that is safe and affordable.

The Louisiana Home Builders Association is comprised of Builders & Associate members which:

  • Represents the homebuilding industry before state & regulatory bodies
  • Serves as the chief advocate of private property rights

  • Educates the general public as to the advantages of utilizing licensed builders

  • Promotes professionalism in the homebuilding industry

  • Promotes economic development & quality of life in Louisiana

Membership Benefits and Rebates 
GET REBATES FROM SUPPLIES YOU ALREADY USE!

  As an LHBA member, you can be putting money back into your pocket with our NEW and EXCITING LHBA Member Rebate Program!  It's very simple to sign up, but to collect the rebates you've earned in 2012, you MUST sign up before February 20th!
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2016
LHBA Senior Officers

James "Jim" Fine, President

Conrad Blanchard,
1st Vice President

Nick Castjohn,
2nd Vice President

Curtis Loftin,
3rd Vice President

April Becquet,
Associate VP

Ray Kothe,
NAHB Representative

Peter Young,
Immediate Past
President 

Contact Information
Stephanie Reid

Louisiana Home Builders Association

660 Laurel Street
Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

stephanie@ LHBA.org

(225) 387-2714

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