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  • 29 Jul 2016 9:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    During the PaCAH Cocktail Reception at the Nittany Lion Inn last weekend, 2016 PBA Secretary Kert Sloan and his wife Cathy won big with a $500 grand prize. Generously, they announced that they would donate their winnings as a contribution to the PA Foundation for Housing.

    The PA Foundation for Housing’s primary focus is to foster the development of a strong future workforce for the home building industry in PA through PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program and other educational opportunities. Thank you Kert and Cathy for your contribution to this program!

    Kert and Cathy also filmed this membership video for us about why they joined the local association of the HBA of Berks County. Check it out - 

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    To learn more about the Foundation and ways you can provide support, visit www.pafoundationforhousing.org


  • 28 Jul 2016 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Robert Dietz, NAHB’s new Chief Economist, reported to the PBA Board of Directors that the housing recovery is ongoing. Supported by favorable demographics, low interest rates, and rising housing demand, NAHB’s economics team sees additional growth for single-family construction in the years ahead.

    However, the rate which that expansion can occur is limited by supply-side factors, most notably what Dietz refers to as the “3 L’s” (lots, labor and lending). The industry continues to rebuild its infrastructure of workers, sources of builder financing (AD&C), and buildable lots. Another challenge for builders remains rising regulatory costs, which Dietz reported have risen by approximately 30% over the last five years and now represent approximately one-quarter of a new home’s final price.

    As builders overcome these challenges, NAHB’s forecast calls for single-family starts to return to a 1.3 million pace in the years ahead.

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    For more analysis from NAHB Economics, go to NAHB’s economics blog, Eye on Housing. Dietz also provides commentary on home building and housing on Twitter at @dietz_econ.


  • 26 Jul 2016 8:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The PBA Summer Board Meeting was a huge success this year and we would like to thank the people who made it possible. The live auction, seminars and presentations... we had a blast! Here are some of the weekend’s biggest highlights along with links to more information. Be sure to check the PBA Facebook page for event photos coming soon.

    Over $30,000 Raised for PaCAH

    Members walked away with lots of prizes during our auction at the PaCAH Cocktail Reception. Designer bags, electronics, travel packages and sports tickets were sold to the highest bidders, raising over $6,500 for PaCAH. Contributions of over $5,000 for Builder Victory Fund and $5,000 for the Committee of 75 were also collected. Thank you to 84 Lumber for sponsoring another fantastic event.

    A big thank you to the local associations who presented PaCAH checks on the board floor – a total of over $19,500. All in all, that’s more than a staggering $30,000 raised for PaCAH over the weekend!!

    Reverse Mortgage Funding Seminar & NAHB Chief Economist Presentation

    Two speakers made very informative presentations to our members. Julie Didyoung of Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC taught us how to increase sales using HECM during a special seminar and Robert Dietz, NAHB Chief Economist, spoke to us about the housing market and forecast for Pennsylvania. Thank you both for being with us.

    Associates Council Project: Leg Up Farm

    PBA’s Associates Council has taken on their biggest project to date by working with Leg Up Farm, a non-profit organization in York County providing educational and therapeutic services for special needs children. They raised over $600 and will continue to collect donations from our generous members, but are also in need of materials and expertise. For more information about this spectacular project, click here.

    Partner Participation

    Another huge thank you to our partners JRG Advisors, EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We appreciate you sharing your time with us.

    PBA 2017 Fall Board Meeting

    Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on October 27-29 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey. We look forward to seeing you there!

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    Follow us on Facebook for more event photos - www.facebook.com/pabuilders


  • 25 Jul 2016 11:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Brian A. Hudson, Sr. of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency was awarded the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s (PBA) 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award at the Summer Board of Directors meeting over the weekend. This is the association’s highest honor, having been presented to only a handful of members since 1998.

    "I am truly humbled and honored to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award," says Hudson. "The home builders have been long term partners with PHFA in providing housing throughout the Commonwealth, and I am looking forward to continuing our partnership to address the needs of our residents."

    Hudson was selected for the statewide award based on his lifetime of achievement to both the housing industry and his surrounding community. Hudson has been a member of PBA for over 25 years and the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency since 2003. He has served on many organization boards and committees, as well as in various leadership positions. In 2007, he received recognition as PBA’s State Government Official of the Year. Some of Brian’s other prominent positions include: President of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, a Board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, and Board member for the National Housing Trust.

    “I have personally known Brian for over 20 years and had the unique opportunity to witness firsthand his numerous accomplishments on behalf of the housing industry,” says nominator Gary Lenker, Vice President/Director of Operations of Donco Construction, Inc.  and President of the Home Builders Association of Metro Harrisburg. “Brian has certainly made a significant and long term contribution to Pennsylvania’s housing industry and I enthusiastically support him for his award.”

    For more information about the Builders Gala Awards, including past recipients,  click here.

    About PBA

    Chartered in 1952, the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization representing nearly 5,000 member companies from across the Commonwealth. PBA members and their employees include builders, remodelers, material suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, lending institutions, utilities and others involved in the housing industry.

    PBA serves its membership by providing proactive leadership on state regulatory and legislative issues and by offering products and services to its 36 local associations and chapters that enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of its members. PBA serves Pennsylvania communities and consumers through its steadfast efforts to protect homeownership rights and advocate for affordable housing options. PBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders. www.pabuilders.org 

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  • 18 Jul 2016 10:34 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The PBA Associates Council, in collaboration with the York Builders Association, has partnered with Leg Up Farm, a non-profit organization in York County providing educational and therapeutic services for special needs children.


    In addition to hosting fundraising events, the project hopes to bring together philanthropic members interested in volunteering for the renovation of Matthew’s Town, a dynamic indoor interactive therapy setting fashioned after a small town.

    Visit us at the upcoming PBA board meeting in State College to donate or learn more about the project. You can also download a flyer with more information by clicking here.

    Schedule of Fundraising Events -
    PBA Summer Board Meeting: July 21-23 2016
    PBA Fall Board Meeting: October 27-29 2016
    York BA Parade of Homes: September 17-18 2016
    York BA Home and Garden Show: February 10-12 2017

    Interested contributors may also visit with project coordinators, face-to-face, at any of the fundraising events listed above.

    Volunteers Needed! The renovation of Matthew’s Town requires the input and support by interested philanthropic members among us. Opportunities are available for members to get involved on a deeper level. Donations of certain materials would be appreciated. We also need volunteers with expertise in the following areas:
    - Window Installation
    - Garage Doors
    - Painting/Air Brushing
    - Flooring
    - Roofing
    - Custom Construction - Mechanical
    - Scaffolding
    - Electrical & Lighting
    - Remodeling

    Contact Douglas or Laurie with questions or to sign up:

    Douglas Vu, PBA Program Coordinator
    717-325-4174 or dvu@pabuilders.org

    Laurie Lourie, York BA Executive Officer
    717-767-2444 or laurie@yorkbuilders.com

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    Learn more about Leg Up Farm on their website.


  • 11 Jul 2016 1:35 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    We are honored to announce that PBA was named as a beneficiary of the Estate of Harold B. Benjamin, former member of the Building Industry Association of Northeastern PA. A generous gift in excess of $8,000 was distributed to our association last month following Mr. Benjamin’s passing.

    On behalf of PBA's Leadership, we would like to express our appreciation for Mr. Benjamin’s generous contribution. His foresight and openhandedness when preparing his will allowed him to honor and support the continued work of PBA even now when he is no longer with us. We applaud all of our members and supporters for contributions that assist us in providing valuable member services.

    If you might be interested in following Mr. Benjamin’s example and leaving a legacy for PBA, please contact Daniel Durden at (717) 730-4380 or ddurden@pabuilders.org.


  • 05 Jul 2016 12:08 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Ben Illig, President of the Home Builders Association of the Alleghenies, was featured on several Johnstown radio stations in an interview with Sunday Magazine speaking about the importance of joining our association.

    “I believe that the greatest benefit is being a part of a local network of individuals who work with integrity in the same industry, that share knowledge and work together efficiently,” says Illig.

    For a full list of benefits available to members, use your log in to access the Tools for Members page at www.pabuilders.org/members.

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    Share your local news with us! Contact Melanie Wise at 717-730-4380. 


  • 01 Jul 2016 10:10 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    We are excited to welcome NAHB Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy, Robert Dietz, Ph.D. as our guest speaker at the PBA Summer Board meeting!

    July 23 at 10 a.m.
    Nittany Lion Inn, State College
    See the full event details, including a link to register here.
    (Registration deadline July 15)

    Robert Dietz, Ph.D. handles housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research for the National Association of Home Builders. Dr. Dietz has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing and tax issues in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Housing Research, the National Tax Journal and the NBER Working Paper series. 

    Full bio posted here - http://eyeonhousing.org/nahbs-economists/

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    Register for all of the meetings and events you plan to attend at the PBA Summer Board Meeting by Friday, July 15! Also, don't forget the room release date for the Nittany Lion Inn is July 8. Click here for more information.


  • 29 Jun 2016 9:24 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) announced today that a total of 822 students were awarded a certification from the PBA Endorsed Trade Program at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program currently includes 121 technical programs from 30 different schools throughout the state and continues to grow every year.

    Chris Warren, Chair of the PBA Workforce Training and Education Committee, is excited by the recent growth and development seen in the program. “Our decade-long development of the program has produced an outstanding outline of expectations, as well as setting a high standard of education for successful workforce-focused programs in our Pennsylvania Career Technology Schools.”

    Endorsement of a trade program involves a thorough review and evaluation by people working in the construction industry using criteria established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The program is also recognized by the Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Endorsement ensures that trade programs meet high standards of performance and will properly prepare students for a career in the industry with foundational knowledge in the building trades.  

    “PBA is committed to a viable, high-quality construction industry and the workforce to support it. We make an annual list of students from these schools available exclusively to our members so they can make direct contact with certified graduates. I continue to encourage every PBA member to reach out to these students so they can begin building positive relationships within our association and our industry,” according to Jim Brown, 2016 PBA President. PBA members may view this list on the PBA website under www.pabuilders.org/members using their member login information.

    PBA works with schools around the state to certify their various home building courses, demonstrating they meet NAHB educational guidelines. Students who complete PBA-certified programs can take tests that demonstrate their skills in their program’s core competencies. When these students receive certification, it provides reassurance to builders and potential employers that they are well-prepared for work with a residential construction company.

    Further information about the program can be found at pbaendorsedtrade.org.

    About PBA

    Chartered in 1952, the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization representing nearly 5,000 member companies from across the Commonwealth. PBA members and their employees include builders, remodelers, material suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, lending institutions, utilities and others involved in the housing industry.

    PBA serves its membership by providing proactive leadership on state regulatory and legislative issues and by offering products and services to its 36 local associations and chapters that enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of its members. PBA serves Pennsylvania communities and consumers through its steadfast efforts to protect homeownership rights and advocate for affordable housing options. PBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders. www.pabuilders.org 

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    Contact: Melanie Wise

    mwise@pabuilders.org   
    717.730.4380, ext. 3012
    June 29, 2016
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Download a PDF of this press release.


  • 28 Jun 2016 8:47 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Published: Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Daily Local News - Real Estate

    Funds, labor and furniture donated to support Chester County initiative.

    A local builder [and PBA member] is partnering with a non-profit organization to combat the growing issue of middle-aged women on the brink of homelessness in Chester County. McKee Builders is donating their time to aid in the restoration of The Catherine Twomey House, a Home of the Sparrow Project. The renovated house will have the capacity to host up to six women at any given time while also providing them with direct access to transportation, healthcare resources and grocery stores. 

    The home building community, most especially the Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties, has graciously taken it upon themselves to assist with renovations of the house. Read the full article.

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    This post was sourced from Daily Local News: Real Estate on Sunday, June, 26, 2016.





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