Home Builders of Tennessee

Membership Update

September 17, 2014


Dear Valued Member

We got a little surprise in July with numbers showing the sales of newly built homes dipping 2.4 percent.

It was somewhat surprising because, as Kevin Kelly, National Association of Home Builders chairman, noted, builder confidence has been up and new home starts have been on the rise.

NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said, however, that the economic fundamentals are in place for an ongoing housing recovery. "Consumer confidence continues to improve, mortgage rates are at yearly lows, and the labor market is healing. These factors should help spur pent-up demand."

While the dip is a little disappointing, there is a nice bright spot - the South. While the rest of the country saw sales dip - the Northeast with the largest decline at nearly 31 percent - the South saw an 8.1-percent increase in sales. 

House Passes Important Bill Limiting EPA and Army Corps reach

Last week, the House passed a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) that would prohibit the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing a rule that would expand their authority over almost any kind of waterway.

The rule would have included ditches, mudflats, prairie potholes and whatever water feature the agencies deemed to fit under the Clean Water Act.

With support from NAHB and other business organizations, Southerland introduced the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.

"NAHB commends the House for passing bipartisan legislation ... that would prevent federal overreach by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would harm individual landowners and home buyers and impact economic growth," Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. "Allowing these agencies to radically increase their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act would impede the fledgling housing recovery by greatly increasing the number of construction sites required to obtain permits, which would also delay and raise the cost of home building projects. Moreover, many American families would be priced out of the housing market if this rule is finalized in its current form.

Kelly said the House decision sends a strong message to the EPA that the agency needs to go back to the drawing board to find a "common-sense middle ground plan that will maintain environmental safeguards and protect landowners from unnecessary regulation."

MTSU Challenge for Construction Management program

We would like to remind everyone that we are building a fund to produce a PR/Marketing campaign that encourages enrollment in Middle Tennessee State University's Construction Management program.

The deep recession and housing industry collapse caused a decline in enrollment, and it's yet to recover as our industry recovers. Those college graduates help our industry thrive and grow. They are our future. MTSU's program is a vital element to our industry's success, and we need that program full and growing with us.


To encourage more students to pursue construction management, we are creating a marketing/promotional campaign touting the benefits of such an education as well the tremendous number of job opportunities upon graduation.


To make this campaign happen, David McGowan, president of Regent Homes, has challenged the industry to contribute to a PR/marketing campaign fund that encourages students in high school and at MTSU to enter the Construction Management program.


David has presented a challenge. He will match up to $10,000 in contributions to kick-off this campaign.

Contributions of any kind can be made. Please make checks out HBAT-MTSU Promotion, 213 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219, so we can get this effort moving as quickly as possible.


Be sure to come visit our Facebook page and click "like." This is another way we keep you informed about our industry and HBAT events. 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments, at  615-777-1700 or 888-550-4228.




Susan Ritter
Home Builders Association of Tennessee

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