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  • 24 Aug 2016 7:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The Builders Gala Awards are an annual celebration of outstanding achievements by our members and local associations. There are six awards that members and/or local associations can be nominated for:

    Distinguished Achievement Award

    This award is given to individuals who have made significant, long-term contributions to the association and the industry as a whole.

    Builder of the Year
    Awarded to a builder member every year, this award represents the professionalism, ethics, and distinguished service this member embodies.

    Associate of the Year

    Associate members make up over half of our membership numbers, and those who above and beyond to serve their local associations, participate on numerous committees, and constantly advocate for their industry are those who are truly deserving of this award.

    Builder & Shaker Award
    This award is designated to recognize those members under 40 years old who are ambitious, hard-working, and positioned to become, or already have, a leader in the industry.

    Best Local Publication
    This award is granted to the local association whose newsletter (digital or print) reflects an outstanding best practice for local communications.

    Best Community Service Project

    PBA is inspired by the fact that so many of our members and locals understand the importance of reaching out and doing positive things in their communities. - See more at:
    PBA is inspired by the fact that so many of our members and locals understand the importance of reaching out and doing positive things in their communities. - See more at:

    PBA is inspired by the fact that so many of our members and locals understand the importance of reaching out and doing positive things in their communities. Nominees for this award can either be a PBA member or a local association.

    Nomination Process

    Any PBA member can nominate a member or local association for the awards listed above. Simply go to and submit a nomination form! Paper forms are also available for print if you’d prefer to send the nomination via postal mail. All rules and requirements for nomination are listed on the awards’ home pages. Please be sure to read these before submitting a nomination.

    The winners of each award will be announced and presented with their award at the 2017 Installation and Awards Banquet.


    Visit the Builders Gala Awards website for more information.
    If you still can’t find your answers, please don’t hesitate to call us at 717-730-4380.

  • 23 Aug 2016 8:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Are you trying to find new ways to showcase the value of your membership? Do you have members that are actively building again? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then take advantage of this opportunity to get your members to a board meeting, and to an event, free of charge!

    PBA is hosting our 2nd annual Meet the Builder Event and we want your active builders in the room. This is a great way to show builders value in the federation by providing an opportunity to socialize and network with large national manufacturers and service providers that are interested in talking with them and strengthening their business.

    All you need to do is gather the member name, member company, and a valid email address. Send this simple list to Douglas Vu. Any member contact that you send in will receive an online invitation to the Meet the Builder Event and an offer to participate in the associated board of directors meeting.

    Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016
    Invitations will be sent to members: September 5
    Meet the Builder: October 28 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm
            Hershey Lodge
            325 University Drive
            Hershey, PA 17033


    Contact Douglas Vu if you have any questions or to submit members for invitations:
    717-730-4380, ext. 3015

  • 16 Aug 2016 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Through an initiative to support local charities and community service organizations, PBA’s Associates Council has partnered with the York Builders Association to renovate Matthew’s Town - a fun and interactive indoor environment where children with special needs can receive and perform dynamic therapy exercises. Located within Leg Up Farm, a nonprofit educational and therapy center, Matthew’s Town takes the form of a scaled town square and is in need of some final renovations.

    WE NEED YOUR SPARE WINDOWS… which are a large part of our renovation plan. Click here to see a full list of materials needed for the overall project and to see the rough measurements needed for windows.  Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. Also, please visit the York BA website if interested in making an online donation.


    Contact Douglas Vu at PBA or Laurie Lourie at the York BA for more information or if you have any questions.

    Douglas Vu
    Pennsylvania Builders Association
    (717) 730-4380, ext. 3015

    Laurie Lourie
    York Builders Association
    (717) 767-2444

  • 15 Aug 2016 8:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Have an idea to grow our membership?

    Want to make valuable contributions to our advocacy efforts?
    Our members are the best source of expertise when it comes to issues facing the industry. Participating on committees such as Membership, Non-Dues Revenue, or Governmental Affairs task forces gives you a chance to share ideas and concerns with colleagues and PBA leadership.

    All PBA members are invited to indicate their interest in serving on committees. Final selections are made at the discretion of the PBA President and Vice President. All appointments will be finalized in January 2017 and those appointed will be notified via email.

    Please note: If you currently serve on a committee, and wish to continue in that role, you must submit your application by clicking below. Before signing up for any committee appointment, please read the rules and requirements.
    Click here to submit your application and
    view all available committees.

    Deadline to Sign Up: November 18, 2016

    Contact Melanie Wise at or calling 717.730.4380.

  • 09 Aug 2016 8:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    This article was written by: Katie Bassett, Trulia

    When it comes to choosing a metropolitan area to settle down in, thousands of factors come into play, but making the decision of where to buy is sometimes difficult. Often, home buyers inspect neighborhood quality, public education zoning, housing infrastructure, and much more; yet there is an important factor that can help you significantly narrow your search efforts. Housing elasticity is the correlation between the home price growth and the housing stock growth and it measures overall housing affordability in a given area.

    U.S. Housing Elasticity

    National trends in the past years suggest homebuilding is weak as prices are rising. However, each major metro area tells a different story. Trulia recently analyzed housing markets on a national scale in its recent report, and found long-run housing supply elasticity averages of .17 unanimously, which is three points under the 30 year national average.

    Elasticity in Pennsylvania

    Looking at long-run elasticity on a local level, variances occur based on a number of metropolitan factors. Honing in on Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh’s market has had the second lowest housing supply elasticity in the past 20 years. In fact, two major Pennsylvania metros reside in the top 10 markets with the lowest elasticity.

    Markets with the Lowest Housing Supply Elasticity

    U.S. Metro

    % Increase in Housing Stock,
    1996 -2016

    % Increase in Housing Prices,
    1996 -2016

    Housing Supply Elasticity,
    1996 -

    New Orleans, LA




    Pittsburgh, PA




    Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA




    San Francisco, CA




    Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY




    Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazelton, PA





    Here, we take a look at the top five metros in Pennsylvania to analyze and compare housing elasticity from 1996-2016. Trends and percentage increases reflect directly on the area’s housing efforts in the past 20 years, which can help develop new expectations for what lies ahead.


    As mentioned above, real estate in Pittsburgh has proven to be rather stingy. From 1996-2016, prices have increased 99% in Pittsburgh and housing stock has only increased by 3.9%. An extremely low elasticity of .04 tells us that the gap between home price growth and housing stock growth is low, which reflects the efforts of Pittsburgh providing new affordable housing.


    Also coming in the top 10 cities with the lowest housing supply elasticity is Wilkes-Barre. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton metro area has an overall housing supply elasticity of .05 from 1996-2016. Housing prices increased by 85.4% in the area, with an overall housing stock increase of 4.7%. Similar to Pittsburgh, it can be assumed that the Wilkes-Barre housing market inelasticity corresponds directly with affordable housing availability in the area.


    While Philadelphia, the largest metropolitan area within Pennsylvania, escaped the top 10 least elastic cities in the country, the area still ranks fairly low in elasticity ratings. In the past 20 years, we saw housing prices increase 105.1% in the area, while housing stock only increase by 10%, totaling a housing elasticity of .10. Granted, the density of Philadelphia does come into play. With the area already being so heavily populated, this makes it more difficult to increase housing stock. Trends indicates that real estate prices climb when less is available- the idea that people want homes in areas that are limited and essentially more exclusive.  


    Allentown sees slightly more elasticity, when comparing to other major cities within Pennsylvania. Totaling a housing supply elasticity of .25, Allentown’s housing prices have increased 67.5% in the past 20 years. Additionally, there has been an increase in housing stock of 17% in the area.  


    Of all the major metropolitan areas within Pennsylvania, the real estate market in Harrisburg has proven to be the most elastic, coming in at .27. In the past 20 years, Harrisburg’s home prices have increased by 67.1% while the housing units added has increased by 18.4%. This indicates that, while this metro area is in no means perfect, this area does offer more affordable housing options, relative to price increase and home availability.

    What Does This Mean for Pennsylvania Housing Market?

    Why should this matter you? Either extreme of elasticity can be bad for the real estate market which means finding the perfect balance is essential. Cities with high elasticity can potentially see a high rate of foreclosures. On the other hand, metropolitans with low elasticity, like Pittsburgh, aren’t providing affordable housing options for those looking to buy a home. On a national scale, the country has fluctuated with a housing elasticity of .13 and .29, which is pretty similar to both Allentown and Harrisburg. Population density and open land directly reflect price as well as housing units, along with several other factors, which is why we could see smaller metros like these have more affordable housing availability.


    This article was written by: Katie Bassett, Trulia

  • 29 Jul 2016 11:22 AM | Government Affairs (Administrator)

    The Right-to-Know Law serves as a powerful tool for citizens of the Commonwealth to access and obtain copies of public records held by government agencies. Builders and contractors working within the state should familiarize themselves with the Right-to-Know Law should the need arise to file a request for the production of certain documents. Click here for PBA’s Right-to-Know Fact Sheet.


    For more news and updates from PBA's Government Affairs team, go to

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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 - 


    To learn more about the Foundation and ways you can provide support, visit

  • 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.


    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!


    Follow us on Facebook for more event photos -

  • 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. 

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