May 2016
Greg Smith, President

President's Letter

The weather is heating up and so is the competition to bring new members into the association. May is designated as Membership Drive month for our local associations/chapters.  The state office is offering great incentives to increase membership.

This month only, $50 of the state dues are waived for new members. Local chapters can provide the discount to the new members, keep the $50 for the local chapter or could choose to use the $50 for incentives to get more members.  This opportunity allows us to grow the association and is the state's way to give back to our locals. 

The state organization is providing weekly challenges to help get everyone started with their drives. Also, we will be posting updates on social media to chart progress and encourage "friendly" competition. At the end of the drive, we will have award opportunities for recruiters and new members too. Please make every effort to help us bring new people into our HBAM family.

We are continually looking at different ways to help streamline membership benefits and to help bring everyone together to make our organization even more successful. You are all the key to success.

Greg Smith
Home Builders Association of Mississippi
"A Three Day Tour"
2016 HBAM State Convention & Educational Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 State Convention at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi Mississippi.

The dates for the convention are June 23-25, 2016. You don't want to miss a minute of the fun that's being planned for this year's event. Registration pricing will include most of the activities.

The Price is $300 Builder Member and $150 per additional guest until Monday, May 23rd. The price will then increase again to our late registration pricing of $375 per member registration and $175 per guest.  

State Convention - Key Connection Exhibitor Showcase
Be a "Key Connector" at the state convention and exhibit your products/programs and make key connections with builder attendees.  Thursday, June 23 (10am - 5pm) & Friday, June 24 (8am-Noon). To become a key connector, click the link below. 
Convention Sponsorship Opportunities still available
Are you looking for a way to market your business with key home builder members from all over Mississippi?  Look no farther.  We still have great opportunities available to do just that at a minimum cost, but with lots of added value.  Click below to be a convention sponsor.  
Shane McLendon 
Home Remedies, LLC

Each month, HBAM will spotlight one member to feature in the newsletter. This month's recipient is Shane McLendon, owner of Home Remedies, LLC.  Shane is a long time member of the Home Builder's Association of Jackson and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer on their board. He is also an active member in HBAM/NAHB. Shane earned two exciting awards in 2016 and we are not even half-way through the year!
In January, McLendon was recognized as a Top 50 under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Top 50 Under 40 recognizes the state's 40 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40. The Top 50 Under 40 program seeks to identify and recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Mississippi's overall economic progress, often working at their own local levels.
McLendon was also recognized as the National Home Builder's Association (NAHB) Remodeler's- May Remodeler of the Month. The NAHB Remodeler of the Month award program recognizes local, active remodelers who stand out among their peers. The award focuses on recent work, customer service, community involvement and dedication to improving the industry.  Shane will be featured in a full-page profile in Qualified Remodeler magazine. 
Congratulations to Shane for these outstanding achievements! In addition to his involvement in HBAJ/HBAM, Shane maintains the Certified Professional Builder accreditation through the Mississippi Housing Institute. He also holds a Certified Aging in Place designation through NAHB. Shane is married, with two sons, and lives in Brandon. 

Members, take a look at all your subcontractors, business partners, affiliates, etc. and make a list of those who are NOT a current HBA member.  Each member is challenged to come up with at least 10 prospects and recruit them to a member.   Together, we can build a strong association by "Doing business with a Member".    
MARCH 2016
Thanks to the following new members in the Home Builders Association of Mississippi!   
East Central 
Ridgeway Homes

Farrell-Calhoun Paint Co.
Lowe's Home Centers, Inc.
Standard Gravel
L & M Services

Great Southern Homes, LLC
Steven Milner Realty, Inc.
H & H Electrical, LLC
Middle MS Building Official Association
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
Ann Prewitt Realty
Mac Haik Jackson CDJR
Harbor Financial Group

North MS
LBJ Properties, LLC
Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc.
Lansing Building Products
North Central  
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

MS Coast 
Acadian Homes, LLC
Shaughnessy Homes
Fischer Environmental Services, Inc
Magnolia Gas Company
Window World 
City of Gulfport
Palazzo and Company, CPA
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Thomas Matthews Framing, LLC
The Peoples Bank
Mississippi Power Company

Northeast MS
Pierce Cabinets Inc.

Top Ten Code Violations
About 45% of residential field inspections result in a code violation. That's according to the Common Code Violations survey released in 2013 by the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). Researchers polled code officials across the U.S. about the items most likely to be flagged during construction. Click here for more info.
City-by-city look at home prices as signs of slowing growth appear
U.S. home prices rose 0.2% in February, according to a home-price gauge released in April. House prices rose 5.4% compared to a year ago in February, a slightly slower pace than in January, the S&P/Case Shiller 20-City index showed Tuesday. Analysts surveyed by Econoday had forecast a 5.5% gain. Click here to read more. 

This Skills Gap Is Hurting America's Housing Market
While America's housing market is recovering, the construction industry has struggled to catch up. Nationwide, the median price for existing and new single-family homes for sale shot up more than 8% during the past year. The rise, in part, signals good news in that the housing market has continued to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, but prices are also being driven up by a growing shortage of homebuilders and home improvement professionals. Get the full story here. 
Larger Remodeling Projects Trending Up in 2016 According to NAHB Survey
Whole house remodels and additions are regaining market share according to a survey of remodelers released by NAHB Remodelers, the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). For more info, click here.

Government Regulation in the Price of a New Home
New NAHB estimates based on the latest data show that, on average, regulations imposed by government at all levels account for 24.3 percent of the final price of a new single-family home built for sale. Click here to read the full article.
Become a Certified Professional Builder

The purpose of the Certified Professional Builder Program is to establish criteria for home builders to assist in consumer awareness and professionalism through education, professional development and customer satisfaction.

Becoming a Mississippi Certified Professional Builder provides an opportunity for builders to pursue professional development through education and customer satisfaction. By agreeing to become a Certified Professional Builder, you will agree to meet standards beyond the licensing requirements of the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. Through the certification, builders will stay current on housing trends and the home buyer receives the benefits offered through the program.

May 3, 2016
HBA MS Coast
Board of Directors Mtg.
MS Coast Office

HBA- Delta Chapter
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
Crystal Grille

HBA of Vicksburg
Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker: Senator Briggs Hopson
6:30 PM

May 5, 2016
HBA of Natchez
Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
The Hotel Vue

May 6, 2016
HBA of Hattiesburg
Crawfish Boil
11:00 AM
House Plan Zone

May 9, 2016
HBA of Mid Mississippi
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
Location - TBD

May 10, 2016
HBA of Corinth / Alcorn
Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
Russell's Beef House

HBA of Northeast MS
Membership Meeting
Location: TBA

May 11, 2016
Stone County Chapter
Membership Meeting
Sawmill Restaurant - Wiggins

May 12, 2016
HBA - Jackson
Parade of Homes - Awards Lunch
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
HBAJ Office

HBA - E Central
Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
Mi Casitos - Hwy 15 N
May 14-15, 2015
HBA - Jackson
Spring Parade of Homes
1:00 - 5:00 PM

HBA - MS Coast
Home Show
10:00 - 5:00 PM
MS Coast Coliseum / Convention Center

May 18, 2016
HBA - MS Coast
Lunch & Learn - Building Permits
11:00 AM
MS Coast Office  

May 19, 2016 HBA - North MS
Membership Meeting
11:30 - 1:00 PM
Cherokee Valley Golf Club

HBA - Pearl River County
Membership Meeting & Social Media Class
6:00 PM
The Library

May 21-22, 2016
HBA - Jackson
Spring Parade of Homes
1:00 - 5:00 PM

May 23, 2016
HBA - Mississippi
Convention - Early Bird Pricing Expires

Beau Rivage Resort
Room Block / Special Rates - Expires

May 24, 2016
HBA - Jackson
After Hours
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Mc Be's - Ridgeland

HBA - Southeast MS
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM

May 26, 2016
HBA - Jackson
Board of Directors Meeting
HBAJ Office

May 30, 2016
Memorial Day Holiday
HBAM Closed 

May 31, 2016
HBA - Southwest MS
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
The Caboose  
State Meetings:

HBAM - State Convention
Beau Rivage - Biloxi MS
June 23 - 25, 2016

HBAM - Fall Meeting
Embassy Suites
Ridgeland, MS
November 9 - 10, 2016
National Meetings:

NAHB - Spring Board Mtg.
NAHB - Mid Year Mtg.
Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach, FL
August 8 - 11, 2016