November 22nd, 2013 BIA Names Remodelers Awards of Excellence Winners
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November 22, 2013
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BIA Names 2013 Remodelers Awards of Excellence Winners 20 winners showcase a stunning variety of local renovation projects
LANCASTER – On the evening of November 21, the BIA Remodelers Council bestowed prestigious Remodelers Awards of Excellence on nine well-deserving members during the Annual General Membership Meeting at the Inn at Leola Village.
Twenty-six projects vied for an award, with twenty chosen as winners representing a total of nearly $3 million in remodeling work. The winning projects, ranging in price and scope from a $6,418 wainscoting and interior trim job to a whole house transformation for over $500,000, display an array of tastes and styles. View details of the winning projects – including dazzling before and after photos – on the BIA’s website at www.LancasterBuilders.org/excellence-winners.
Recent data from Hanley Wood suggests that 2013 is set to be the best year for U.S. remodeling activity since the height of the market in 2005. Even in the midst of a challenging housing market, remodeling has remained a bright spot in our local economy, with many people choosing to invest in their current home rather than put it up for sale and look for a new one. The Remodelers Awards of Excellence allows Lancastrians to gather inspiration for their own homes from these stunning local projects.Read on
September 25th, 2013 PA Housing Report
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PA Builders React to New Report Showing Immigration Revitalizes Communities by Increasing Housing Wealth and Preserving U.S. Jobs
Analysis of U.S. Census and American Community Survey Data shows the average immigrant raises the total value of housing wealth in local area by $92,800
(Lancaster, PA) – Today, Pennsylvania home builders reacted to a report released by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and Partnership for a New American Economy. The groups released a report today with U.S. Census and American Community Survey data showing how immigration helps revitalize communities across the United States through the increase in housing wealth, the creation or preservation of manufacturing jobs, and heightened civic engagement.
“Responsible immigration reform will help to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and into our society,” said Mike Garman, President of Garman Builders in Ephrata. “Immigrants are also crucial to the construction workforce across Pennsylvania, at a time when new construction is on the rise. I’d like to see Congress act this year, by taking a holistic view to reform – particularly, with improvements to the W visa program for low-skilled workers.”
Immigrants are injecting new life into cities and rural areas, making once declining areas more attractive to the U.S.-born population. For every 1,000 immigrants that arrive to a county, 270 U.S.-born residents move there in response. At the same time, the average immigrant who moves to a community raises the total value of housing wealth in his or her county by $92,800.
“The U.S. housing market is poised for a turnaround,” said Ray Venema, Owner of Susquehanna Builders and Executive Committee Member of the Pennsylvania Builders Association. “This study shows that immigrants are increasing housing wealth and revitalizing communities across the state. It’s another example of why immigration reform is crucial to our industry and the economy.”
The data also shows that immigrants play a significant role in the preservation or creation of U.S. jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector. For every 1,000 immigrants living in a county, 46 manufacturing jobs are created or preserved that would otherwise not exist or have moved elsewhere.
The data for this report was compiled by Professor Jacob Vigdor of Duke University.
*The full report is available at this link: http://www.renewoureconomy.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/09/revival-of-american-cities.pdf
- The more than 40 million immigrants currently in the U.S. have created or preserved 1.8 million manufacturing jobs nationally.
- Naturalized immigrants are more valuable contributors in the labor market, and out earn immigrants who are not citizens by as much as 16 percent.
- Attracting 100,000 new immigrants per year would preserve 4,600 American manufacturing jobs and grow U.S. housing wealth by $80 billion annually.
- Immigration has accounted for a commanding majority of job growth in four of the five U.S. counties that have experienced the greatest increase in manufacturing jobs since 1970, such as Harris County in Texas – home to Houston – where the increase of 43,299 manufacturing jobs since 1970 is attributable entirely to immigration.
- Estimates indicate that 40 percent of Los Angeles County’s manufacturing jobs would vanish without immigrants.
- The more than 40 million immigrants are responsible for an estimated $3.7 trillion boost to home equity.
- The average immigrant raises the total value of housing wealth in his or her local area by $92,800.
- When 1,000 immigrants move to a given county, roughly 270 U.S.- born residents settle in the area as a direct result within the next decade.
Pennsylvania County Data:
Report data for the 200 most populous counties in the U.S. includes information for 12 counties in PA.
The numbers below show contribution of immigration to:
Home Values: $4,084
Manufacturing Jobs: 7,931
Home Values: $998
Manufacturing Jobs: 2,616
Home Values: $2,438
Manufacturing Jobs: 3,366
Home Values: $1,764
Maufacturing Jobs: 2,330
Home Values: $1,244
Manufacturing Jobs: 2,178
Home Values: $836
Manufacturing Jobs: 1,023
Home Values: $1,974
Manufacturing Jobs: 1,876
Home Values: $786
Manufacturing Jobs: 692
Home Values: $1,197
Manufacturing Jobs: 1,212
Home Values: $61
Manufacturing Jobs: 267
Home Values: $1,354
Manufacturing Jobs: 1,426
Home Values: $809
Manufacturing Jobs: 605
Note: Contribution of immigration to home values evaluates the change in foreign-born population 2000–2010. Contribution of immigration to manufacturing considers the total magnitude of the immigrant population. See the appendix for methodological details.
* Manufacturing employment data redacted by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect the employer confidentiality.
About Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) unite opinion leaders to exchange ideas and create solutions to the challenges of the Americas today. Americas Society (AS), the recipient of a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to produce this research, was established by David Rockefeller in 1965 and is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Council of the Americas (COA), affiliate organization to AS, is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing the link between U.S. immigration and overall hemispheric relations, AS/COA launched its Integration and Immigration Initiative in 2007 to draw on its public–private convening power in order to bring together key constituencies in new gateway cities and to produce research on the link between changing demographics and economic competitiveness. Visit us at www.as-coa.org.
About Partnership for a New American Economy
The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. The Partnership’s members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing. Partnership members understand that immigration is essential to maintaining the productive, diverse and flexible workforce that America needs to ensure prosperity over the coming generations. Learn more at www.RenewOurEconomy.org.
This research was made possible with partial support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The opinions and views of the authors do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Fund.
June 13th, 2013 43 Dream Homes Open to Public This Weekend
Sponsored by Fulton Bank and UGI Utilities, this year’s Parade features 43 new single-family homes and townhomes from 22 different builders, ranging in price from $180,895 to nearly $800,000.
Detailed information on the Parade and all of the home entries is available at the official Lancaster Parade of Homes website. Parade of Homes Guidebooks with the same information are available at Fulton Bank locations throughout Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, and at the BIA office at 204 Butler Avenue, Lancaster. Guidebooks will also be mailed to over 100,000 Lancaster and Lebanon County households in June. The event is free and open to the public.Read on
June 11th, 2013 BIA Names New Executive Officer
Karen Watkins to lead the association staff
In this role, Watkins will coordinate the BIA staff, recommend and participate in the formulation of policies and strategies, promote programs and events, and advocate to ensure that the association’s goals and objectives – established by the Board of Directors – are met.
“We are pleased to have Karen Watkins as our new Executive Officer,” states Chris Labs, 2013 BIA President. “After a careful review of our organization’s priorities and goals for the future, we believe Karen is the best person to lead the BIA into its next chapter.”Read on
April 22nd, 2013 Changing the Landscape
New Building Industry Association president wants to protect the consumer and the environment
By PAULA WOLF
The Great Recession “changed the landscape of our industry,” said Chris Labs, owner of Kitchen Design Specialties.
As the homebuilding boom dried up, builders were required to adapt — or go out of business.
But a lot of companies here successfully made the transition, by starting remodeling divisions or focusing more of their work in that area, said Labs, 2013 president of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County.
While some closed their doors, “many survived or even thrived,” he said. “That’s a testimony to their resilience.”
Labs said his presidency comes at a time when the local BIA is on a strong financial footing — stronger, in fact, than a number of its counterparts. One of the major goals he has for 2013 is advocacy of government regulations that balance the need for new housing with the need to protect the consumer and the environment.Read on
February 6th, 2013 Lancaster included on list of Improving Housing Markets
LANCASTER INCLUDED ON LIST OF IMPROVING HOUSING MARKETS IN FEBRUARY;
ALL 50 STATES REPRESENTED
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 – The number of improving housing markets continued to expand for a sixth consecutive month to a total of 259 metropolitan areas on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for February, released today. This is up from 242 markets listed as improving in January, and includes entrants from all 50 states and the District of the Columbia.
The IMI identifies metro areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. A total of 20 new metros were added to the list and three were dropped from it this month. Newly added metros include such geographically diverse locations as Rome, Ga.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Racine, Wis.Read on
January 24th, 2013 Congratulations BIA Award Winners
2012 Builder of the Year – Scott Provanzo, Heartland Builders, Inc.
2012 Associate of the Year – Mark Stanley, Hartman Underhill & Brubaker
2012 Ambassador of the Year – Rick Jackson, ELA Group, Inc.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award – Rich Hurst, Hurst Bros Development Co.Read on
January 24th, 2013 2013 BIA Board of Directors Installed
President – W. Christopher Labs, Kitchen Design Specialists
Vice President – Philip Eby, Eby Exteriors, Inc.
Associate Vice President – Ted Risser, Lezzer Lumber
Secretary – Rick Jackson, ELA Group Inc.
Treasurer – Scott Frick, Bertz, Hess, & Co., LLP
Immediate Past President – Scott Provanzo, Heartland Builders
January 3rd, 2013 Fiscal Cliff Avoided: What it Means for Housing and Home Builders
The fiscal cliff, an economically damaging set of tax hikes and spending reductions scheduled to begin in 2013, has been avoided (for now) and that is good news for housing in the short-run.
The enactment of H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, will extend permanently most, but not all, of the 2001/2003 tax cuts. The legislation prevents a fiscal drag of approximately $600 billion in 2013, which would have been large enough to push the current weak economy into recession. That in turn would have reduced demand for both owner-occupied and renter housing and threatened the ongoing recovery for home building.
That outcome has been prevented, although future fiscal policy debates loom on the horizon. For example, a legislative fight over the debt ceiling and the delayed sequester will take place in February. And 2013 may be a year in which comprehensive tax reform is under legislative consideration.
But for now, the following items in H.R. 8 are of interest to housing stakeholders and home builders:
November 16th, 2012 2012 Remodelers Awards of Excellence Winners
LANCASTER, PA – The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County Remodelers Council honored 12 local building and remodeling contractors with Remodelers Awards of Excellence (RAE) on November 15. The awards were presented as part of the BIA’s Annual General Membership Meeting and dinner at the Inn at Leola Village.
The Remodelers Awards of Excellence program recognizes excellence in design and construction of both residential and non-residential remodeling and rehabilitation projects by members of the BIA’s Remodelers Council. Entries are judged on workmanship/quality of construction, creativity, design, value and cost effectiveness, and sensitivity to existing structure, using a numeric scoring system.
27 winning projects, ranging in price and scope from a custom interior door and artwork for $4,585 to a whole house transformation for over $1 million, display a cornucopia of tastes and styles. The public can view details of the winning projects – including dazzling before and after photos – online at www.LancasterBuilders.org/excellence-winners.
As one of the top remodeling markets in the nation,LancasterCountyboasts a vast array of options for homeowners looking to upgrade their residences. Even in the midst of a challenging housing market, remodeling has remained a bright spot in our local economy, with many people choosing to invest in their current home rather than put it up for sale and look for a new one. The Remodelers Awards of Excellence allows county residents to gather inspiration for their own homes from these stunning local projects.
Each RAE project was entered and judged in one of 10 categories: Addition, Bathroom, Basement, Commercial, Exterior, Garage, Interior Specialty Item, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, and Whole House Remodel. Categories were further broken down into divisions according to price, allowing projects similar in scale to be judged together.
The 2012 Remodelers Awards of Excellence Winners are:
Addition, Division 1: Eby Exteriors, Inc.
The clients wanted a place where they could spend more time and feel like they were outside. They currently have a small vacation cottage in another county but as they age they realize that they will not be able to maintain that place and may have to stay home. Budget was a significant factor as the homeowners pre-determined the amount and held fast to it. Eby delivered on what their clients desired – from the patio door placement to the tile – and the owners were thrilled with their new space.Read on
September 20th, 2011 Legislative Breakfast Event
On September 16, about 50 members met together in the Eden Resort & Suites’ Presidential Ballroom for breakfast and dialogue with nine elected officials and leaders from the Pennsylvania Builders Association.
Legislators in attendance included Rep. Mike Sturla, Rep. Gordon Denlinger, Rep. Scott Boyd, Rep. David Hickernell, Rep. Bryan Cutler, Senator Mike Brubaker, Rep. John Bear, Senator Lloyd Smucker, and Rep. Ryan Aument.Read on
September 14th, 2011 Consumer Advisory
Consumers Beware of Unscrupulous Contractors
September 14, 2011 – Unscrupulous contractors often take advantage of homeowners affected by severe weather and natural disasters. Consumers who have flood damage should consider some important advice before hiring a contractor.
Below is a list of warning signs that should indicate a contractor is not on the level:
- A contractor approaches you about storm damage to your property or uses scare tactics.
- You’re told you’ve been chosen as a demonstration project at a special price.
- You’re told a contract “won’t be necessary.”
- You’re asked to pay for the entire job upfront.
- You’re told the price is only good for today.
July 1st, 2011 Steve Edris Elected Life Director Of NAHB
June 6, 2011 – Steven Edris was elected a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders at the association’s recent Spring Board of Directors’ Meeting in Washington, D.C. Kevin Kelly, NAHB Third Vice Chairman, thanked Steve for his loyalty to NAHB. “I know the commitment it requires to attain and participate at NAHB Board Meetings for the ten years required to achieve the Life Director status,” said Kelly. “Then to attain Senior Life status through an additional ten consecutive years of service is a great testimony to your dedication to NAHB and the Building industry.” As a Senior Life Director, Steve has attained a permanent seat on the NAHB Board with no continuing attendance requirement.Read on