HBAFlash
Weekly Association Update: June 8, 2018
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August 16, 2018
Gates Four Golf & Country Club

Player fees include: cart, driving range, breakfast, lunch, drinks, beer, snacks, raffle, hole in one prizes, prizes for top 3 teams with lowest gross score, prize for 1st place team with lowest net score

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Dirt to Door Education at the Idea House-July 13
Dirt to Door: Realtor New Home Education (2 available) $1218
  • Realtor Luncheon presented by your company
  • Opportunity to speak at the luncheon and give out promotional items
  • Logo on evites sent to Realtors and on HBAF calendar of events
  • Name listed on Idea House website
Project Supporter $218
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ON LUMBER, TRUMP IS LISTENING
The White House is listening to NAHB and the drumbeat of American home builders seeking solutions to the industry’s most pressing issue: Soaring lumber prices are making new homes cost too much, and it’s time for relief.
In an early morning tweet on Friday, President Trump laid out the issues, calling on Canada to “open their markets and take down their trade barriers” while also referencing the timber and lumber trade. NAHB has found that the disruption in the softwood lumber trade with Canada is a key factor in the historically high prices of lumber.
NAHB thanked the president in a tweeted reply: “Lumber prices hurt housing affordability and erode tax reform benefits. Let’s increase domestic production AND get a fair deal with Canada. We can protect the American Dream of homeownership with your leadership.”
Recent NAHB surveys suggest the price for lumber has overtaken the availability of labor as the primary business challenge for home builders.
Since the beginning of last year, rising lumber prices have added nearly $9,000 to the price of a typical new home and more than $3,000 to the price of a typical multifamily unit.
NAHB CEO Jerry Howard  met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross  in April to urge him to work with his Canadian counterparts to reach a long-term solution to the trade dispute that is equitable to both sides. During May’s executive board meeting, NAHB leaders hammered home the importance of lumber prices in a  series of meetings  with Administration officials, including Vice President Pence and HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
And in a significant demonstration of the power of the grass roots, NAHB members have written hundreds of letters, called and  visited members of Congress  as well as the White House to ensure the voices of reason – and housing affordability – are heard.
NAHB’s efforts are beginning to see payback, demonstrating the power of a united trade association.
“I’m proud, and also humbled, by the work of our Builder and Associate members all over the country who answered our call to action,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “We are the voice of future home buyers, and we have a duty to do everything we can to make sure their homes are affordable.”
Construction Stats
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Our market is in the best position it has been in for years and poised to see some real growth. There are a number of commercial expansions planned; retail, restaurants etc., in the Fayetteville and Hope Mills area. However, I am disappointed that there seems to be no attempt to have these new businesses implement some simple but very important features that would start our community on the way to looking better.

1. Move the buildings up to the sidewalk and put the parking in the back.

2. The side next to the sidewalk needs to have lots of permeable/transparent walls – (glass windows and doors). These development changes over time with each new business would greatly improve the look and feel of our community. It would do away with large ugly parking lots as our number one visual. It would reduce the need for huge signs at the road. It would make it inviting to walk along the road and not feel like you are just walking out beside some highway. I hope to see this start to become the norm and not the exception

New Construction Inventory for the whole region is still good and balanced at 6.8 months. Year to date New Construction closings as of April 2018 are -8% behind YTD April 2017 closings. However, builders seem to be doing a good job matching new starts with demand to keep it from creating over-supply.

2017 was a good year for our Residential Existing market and 2018 is starting out even better. YTD closings for existing are about 13.5% higher as of April 30, 2018 as compared to April 2017. As existing inventory continues to tighten I expect prices will continue to rise on Existing houses.

David Ray Evans-Main Street Realty
If you have further questions about our market or would like more information please contact me at davidrayevans@gmail.com.
Request for Proposal
PWC RFQ– Condition Assessment and Remediation Plan for the 20” N. Fayetteville F

Please see below: Fayetteville PWC RFQ– Condition Assessment and Remediation Plan for the 20” N. Fayetteville Force Main The Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC) is seeking a qualified consultant to provide engineering services associated with the subject project. Firms possessing expertise in force main condition assessment and remediation projects are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications according to requirements described herein. NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS “RFQ – Condition Assessment and Remediation Plan for the 20” N. Fayetteville Force Main” Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-131, sealed proposals will be received by the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Fayetteville, North Carolina, until 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018, in the PWC Procurement Office, 1st floor, PWC Administration Building, 955 Old Wilmington Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina, for the following: RFQ – Condition Assessment and Remediation Plan for the 20” N. Fayetteville Force Main A copy of the full Request for Qualifications may be obtained from the PWC Procurement Department, 1st floor, PWC Administration Building, 955 Old Wilmington Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; by calling (910) 223-4337; or by e-mail request to gwendolyn.baker@faypwc.com .

QUESTIONS: Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications shall be submitted in writing to the attention of Mark Cannady, Procurement Supervisor, by e-mail to mark.cannady@faypwc.com , no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The 20” North Fayetteville Force Main was originally constructed circa 1987 and consisted of approximately 21,000 LF of 20” DIP from the North Fayetteville Lift Station to a 21” sewer outfall near the PWC Tokay Electric Sub-Station. An additional 9,000 LF of 20” DIP was added in 1995 to discharge to a 30” sewer outfall near the Hoffer WTP. On May 29, 2018 the force main experienced a corrosion related break near an air release valve on the 1987 portion of the line. Preliminary investigations indicate that the main is experiencing significant wall loss due to corrosion and that a full condition assessment of the force main is necessary. The selected consultant will be expected to provide the services needed to prepare and implement a condition assessment plan for the force main. Upon completion of the condition assessment the consultant shall provide services as needed to prepare and implement a remediation plan based upon the results of the assessment. It is the intent of PWC to have the condition assessment completed by December 30, 2018. For more PWC Opportunities: https://www.faypwc.com/purchasing/  
Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP)
June 12 & 13, 2018
8:30AM – 5:00PM
HBA of Raleigh-Wake County
5580 Centerview Dr., #115
Raleigh, NC 27606

NAHB Member*: $400
Non-member: $500

Includes student materials, lunch, and snacks
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CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT 
Candidates seeking endorsement:
The HBAF Build PAC Committee is accepting applications for candidate endorsement. Applications can only be submitted through the HBAF website. Please forward this information to local candidates.


Political races that may be considered for endorsement:
City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, Town of Hope Mills, Town of Spring Lake, Hoke County, City of Raeford and NC General Assembly 


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June 12
Governmental Affairs Committee
9:00 am

June 14
Delegate Crew
9:00 am