December 2022
We empower the American Dream by advocating for the housing industry's craftsman, and providing the education and resources through which these innovators build homes, enrich communities and change lives.
******************* IMPORTANT ******************
Effective January 1, 2023:

  • Slight Dues Increase - Membership Dues will increase to $535 annually for Builder and Associate Dues and $205 for Affiliate Members.
  • No Credit Card Fee - Members will no longer be charged a transaction fee for using their credit card to make dues payments!
  • Late Fee Added - A $50 late fee will be added for dues payments that are 30 days late.

These changes were recently made by the Board of Directors meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Lisia Amburn at HBA Spartanburg - or call 864-583-5471.
All members are invited to join us for the
HBAGS Annual Oyster Roast!

January 19, 2023

HBA Spartanburg Parking Lot
5:30 pm
Sponsors include:
Ryan Kaiser, Enchanted Homes
Sammy Sanders, Century Concrete

Sponsors Still Needed!
Contact the HBA Spartanburg if you would like to sponsor this event!

NAHB Updates
Register for NAHB’s
Virtual Townhall Meetings

NAHB's Senior Officers will host a series of Virtual Townhall Meetings at various times on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. The meetings are an important opportunity for members to provide feedback to NAHB leadership on emerging issues in their local communities. These conversations will help craft the agendas for the leadership meetings at the 2023 International Builders' Show. Regis- ter now for this opportunity to help shape discussions at the industry's premier event in Las Vegas.
Don’t Miss the
IBS Show Home
Despite the significant delays earlier this year, The New American Home (TNAH) 2023 is on track for completion this December. The home boasts 7,575 total square feet of living space, with four bedrooms and six and one-half bathrooms. It also will feature a spa, game room, outdoor kitchen and rooftop deck. Registered IBS attendees can tour TNAH between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Jan. 31 - Feb. 2. Free shuttle buses will depart every half hour from the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Shuttle bus tickets will be available at the TNAH booth in LVCC's Central Hall. Visit to register for IBS.
Markets In A Minute - A Short Overview

Here is a short overview of what's happening with rate movement, the economy and the housing market

Provided by: Gwen Cooper with Crescent Mortgage
Six Steps to Reset Building Materials Costs
Rising interest rates and high inflation are dampening the residential construction market as more consumers are priced out. To manage costs in this environment, many home builders are working with vendors in their supply chain to lower material costs. Some will send off letters to suppliers mandating cost. They’ll bid out the various categories and swap vendors wherever they can save money. But that may not be the best way to treat trade and supply partners that held cost increases at bay, prioritized your orders, and worked like crazy to take care of you during the boom market. The following is a six-point guide to making a more collaborative strategy work for you. 
  1. Start with data analytics.
  2. Set up meetings with members of your supply chain.
  3. Put everything on the table.
  4. Review your specification levels.
  5. Involve your internal team.
  6. Avoid laying off purchasing professionals.

For more detail, read the full article, which originally appeared in the September/October 2022 issue of Pro Builder. 
Patios Preferred Over Decks
The share of new homes with patios increased for the sixth year in a row in 2021 to a post-2004 high of 63%. At the same time, the share with decks was trending in the opposite direction, declining for the fifth year in a row to a post-2004 low. Of the roughly 1.1 million single-family homes started in 2021, only 17.5 percent included decks, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and partially funded by HUD. This is the lowest point for new home decks since the 2005 re-design of the SOC.
NAHB Offers Cybersecurity Resources
An overwhelming amount of confidential information and business data is stored on servers all over the world. But the loss of client and contractor data can lead to lawsuits and badly damaged business relationships. A cyber or ransomware attack can hit a company’s bottom line hard. NAHB offers resources to help members protect their data and that of clients, contractors and partners from theft or catastrophic loss. Check out a recent podcast by attorney Philip R. Stein on data security and responding to ransomware threats.
New & Returning Members
New Members:

Charles Foster, Southeastern Insurance Consultants
Ben Peckinpaugh, Fibrenew Spartanburg

Returning Members:
Tim Snow, Avery Construction
Scott Presley, County Bank
Andy Markley, South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Helpful Links
Spartanburg Association of REALTORS®
Monthly Indicators for September CLICK HERE

Spartanburg County Information Building Codes Information
CLICK HERE for Building Codes Website
CLICK HERE to search for Permits

South Carolina Legislature
December Business Hours
The HBA Spartanburg Business Hours are open Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. However, the office may not be open even though business is being conducted (i.e. meetings, classes, remote work, etc.). If you plan to visit the office, please call us at 864-583-5471 so that we can ensure the office is open when you arrive.
The office will be closed the following days:

December 12th
December 23rd, 26, & 30th (Christmas Holidays)

The office may be closed at other times as needed. Please phone ahead if you plan to visit the office. Payments, Registration Forms, etc. may be dropped in the mail slot in the front door when the office is closed.