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Home Buyer classes and Only 28 new homes homes that qualify for the $8,000 U.S. feder-
al tax credit for new home buyers.
youths annually in Florida, and more than
90 percent of its graduates find placement in
credit/budget restoration remain for sale by Every visitor to a Lennar Welcome Home
Center during Lennar's “Let's Talk Turkey”
home building industry jobs, the military or
wokshops held monthly Meritage Homes at sales promotion will receive a free
Thanksgiving turkey, and Lennar will donate
WTE Manager Tadar Muhammad, who
served on the planning committee for the
LEESBURG — Local Lake County real estate
office, ERA, Tom Grizzard Inc., 1300 W.
Overlook at Lake Louisa a second turkey to the Second Harvest Food
ICCA conference, organized a tour of Project
CRAFT’s new training facility for the event.
North Blvd., Leesburg, is turning a deaf ear ORLANDO — Only 28 new home sites Metheny said visitors to any Lennar “It was a privilege to show attendees of
on the real estate market and reaching out remain for sale at Overlook at Lake Louisa Welcome Home Center in Tampa Bay, the ICCA conference Project CRAFT’s new
to help potential buyers overcome obstacles on Lake Louisa Rd. off U.S. Hwy. 27 in Orlando and Space Coast areas now through training facility in Orlando,” said Bill Paul,
to help them in owning their first home. Clermont. Nov. 8 can also register to win a gift card an HBI trustee and a Florida builder. “The
We have created an individualized person- Brian Kittle, director of sales for Meritage worth $1,500.
Homes in the central Florida region, said, new site illustrates the advancements that
al program for each buyer to see them Lennar's “Let's Talk Turkey” sales promo- HBI is making in rehabilitative job training,
through the process, and have partnered new three, four and five bedroom single tion is aimed at home buyers who plan to
family homes at Overlook at Lake Louisa as well as some of the innovative practices
with builders, city and county housing pro- take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit,
range in size from 1,691 square feet of living that are being incorporated into the residen-
grams, Habitat for Humanity and credit Metheny said.
space to 3,587 square feet. tial construction industry.”
restoration companies to help these families “We have reduced prices on qualified
Kittle said three ready-to-move-in homes homes and we have seen a big jump in the The opening of the new Orlando facility
get into homes. coincides with the introduction of green
at Overlook at Lake Louisa qualify for the number of visitors to our Welcome Home
This year we have been able to help over home building subject matter in HBI’s Pre-
$8,000 U.S. federal tax credit for new home Centers,” Metheny said.
30 families buy or build their first homes. buyers, available through Nov. 30. Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT).
“We anticipate a very busy month of
We also host “hands on” credit and budget New Homes at Overlook at Lake Louisa are Three HBI trustees and green builders from
November,” he said.
restoration workshops to help people over- priced from the $170s. Call 888-317-7489 for more information. across the country participated in the cur-
come the most common difficult challenge For more information call 407 712-8669 or riculum development process.
for most people in this difficult economy, visit www.meritagehomes.com. Green building practices have been incor-
credit. The market could not be better for a
first time home buyer than it is right now.
Project CRAFT Success porated into all of the PACT training materi-
als. In addition, three new sections on green
It is feasible for a first time home buyer to
buy a nice, newer built home for less than
Lennar to offer $5,000 gift Cited at ICCA Conference building, weatherization and painting have
been added. PACT Works, a student entre-
ORLANDO — A
100 thousand with as little as $500 dollars
out of pocket costs. Chances are, many
card, $8,000 Tax Credit for conference by theSeptember 13-16 research
International Community preneurial guide, has been included as a sup-
renters could buy for as much or less than new homes sold and Corrections Association (ICCA) in Orlando
focusing on the best practices for rehabilitat- “With the current direction of the build-
they are renting. ing industry, adding green components to
In this economy people need all the help closed Before Nov. 30 ing persons returning home from the crimi-
nal justice system included a look at the suc- the PACT curriculum was essential,” said
and opportunity to better themselves for ORLANDO — Lennar is offering a gift card cess of the Home Builders Institute’s (HBI) HBI Chairman M. M. “Mike” Weiss, CGR,
their family. We pride ourselves on giving worth $5,000 with the purchase of any new Project CRAFT (Community, Restitution, CGB, GMB, CAPS. “Gainful employment has
back to our community and helping families home that sells and closes before Nov. 30 in Apprenticeship Focused Training) Program. proven to be a strong indicator of rehabilita-
find a home. its 17 communities in the Orlando and Dennis Torbett, the Home Builders tion, and students entering into PACT pro-
Call us now and do business where busi- Space Coast regions. Institute’s vice president of Workforce grams will now receive training that makes
ness is being done. Mark Metheny, president of Lennar's Training and Employment (WTE), and WTE them increasingly marketable to building
For more information contact Amy Central Florida Division, which builds new Director John Hattery attended the meeting industry employers.”
Cearley at ERA, Tom Grizzard Inc., 504- single-family homes and town homes priced to present results from HBI’s seven Project For more information on Project CRAFT or
0036. from the $100s to the $400s, said the $5,000 CRAFT programs in Florida. the PACT curriculum, contact Dennis
gift card incentive is available with new Project CRAFT trains more than 500 Torbett at the HBI by calling 800 795-7955.
R E A L E S TAT E N E W S
Top Remodelers, Councils beautiful and comfortable.
— Tom Ashley earned a Homes for Life
salaries and business income and $11.6 bil-
lion in additional tax revenues,” Robson
that we needed something to separate our-
selves from the competition, and give buyers
Honored at Annual Gala Award for remodeling the bathroom with
aging-in-place features for a retired couple.
said. “That’s an opportunity we can’t afford
to pass up at this difficult time.”
another reason to buy a Shugart home,”
Carole Ponzio, of Design Solutions in Port Ashley also earned the award in the “This is the first time since November of The downturn in the housing market,
Charlotte, Fla., earned a Homes for Life “Single Space” category for remodeling a 2008 that all three component indexes of which fortunately was less severe in North
Award by making an entire home more bathroom for a retired couple who are avid the HMI have declined,” noted NAHB Chief Carolina than in many other parts of the
accessible for its owner. boaters in order to make it more accessible Economist David Crowe. “Clearly, builders country, played a part, Frye said, because it
Doug Sutton, CGR, CAPS, of Sutton Siding as they age. His remodel improved the bath- are experiencing the effects of the expiring gave the company some extra time on its
and Remodeling in Springfield, Ill., was room’s natural light, enlarged it and added a tax credit on their sales activity, since it hands.
named the Remodeler of the Year and other porthole. He also installed a no-step shower would be virtually impossible at this point One of Shugart’s first steps in implement-
top National Association of Home Builders with a deep seat for resting, a hand-held to complete a new home sale in time to take ing green home building, Frye said, was
(NAHB) remodelers and councils were hon- shower, grab bars, vanities at different advantage of that buyer incentive before explaining to its suppliers and trade partners
ored at the NAHB Remodelers Annual heights to match their needs, pocket doors Nov. 30.” how their practices would have to change.
Awards Gala recently in Indianapolis. and cabinets with full extension slides. On the flip side of the coin, Crowe noted “We’ve been fortunate to have good trades
Held during the Remodeling Show, mem- CADRE Award Winners that immediate congressional action to and they were more than willing to work
bers and local councils were recognized for Winners of the CADREs awards demon- extend the tax credit and expand its eligibili- with us and buy in on it,” he said. “We’ve
their achievements in remodeling and lead- strating remodeling excellence include: ty beyond first-time buyers could substan- got to sell more houses to keep the trades
ership. — Community Service Project tially boost sales activity. “In a special ques- busy, and they appreciated that.”
— Doug Sutton, Sr. named Remodeler of The Greater Houston Builders Association tions section of our HMI survey, 85 percent Next it was time to figure out how to
the Year. Sutton was honored as the Remodelers Council for remodeling the of respondents said that expansion of the reengineer operations to produce green
Remodeler of the Year in recognition of the House of Tiny Treasures, an early childhood tax credit would have a positive impact on homes that were both affordable and replic-
longevity and quality of his business and for development center serving homeless chil- their sales,” he said. “That would amount to able. “Our bread-and-butter product is a
his active NAHB involvement and commit- dren and families. a very effective stimulus to housing demand starter home or a home for the first-time,
ment to community service. Sutton has The Texas Panhandle Builders Association and a needed boost to the overall economy.” move-up buyer,” and Shugart did not want
worked at his family business, which was Remodelers Council for rebuilding a family’s Derived from a monthly survey that to lose those customers.
founded in 1946, for more than 20 years home after it was destroyed by a devastating NAHB has been conducting for more than In late 2008, the builder began meeting
and throughout his career has earned recog- wildfire in the Texas Plains. 20 years, the HMI gauges builder perceptions with Southern Energy Management, whose
nition for customer service and business — Member Recruitment and Retention of current single-family home sales, sales verifiers can certify homes both to the stan-
excellence. He has volunteered at several The Greater Atlanta Home Builders expectations for the next six months and dard and to Energy Star. Green building spe-
charitable organizations, led many commu- Association Remodelers Council traffic of prospective buyers. Scores for each cialist Jamie Hagar provided great advice and
nity service projects and received a commu- Housing and Building Association of component are then used to calculate a sea- counsel and continues to do so, Frye said.
nity involvement award from his local Colorado Springs Remodelers Council sonally adjusted index where any number At that time, the standard had not yet
chamber of commerce. — Membership Service and Education over 50 indicates that more builders view been approved by the American National
Within NAHB and the NAHB Remodelers, Northeast Florida Builders Association sales conditions as good than poor. Standards Institute, so Shugart decided to
Sutton has served as a local, state and Remodelers’ Council Each of the HMI’s component indexes start out with energy-efficiency improve-
national leader and continues to serve on — Public Relations and Promotion recorded declines in October. The compo- ments and go for Energy Star new home cer-
countless committees — including the edu- The Greater Houston Builders Association nent gauging current sales conditions fell tification in all their new projects.
cation, conventions and budget committees Remodelers Council one point to 17, sales expectations for the Among Southern Energy Management’s
— to support the interests of remodelers and — Government Affairs & Legislation next six months declined two points to 27 suggestions was to look for changes that
the industry. Collier Building Industry Association and the traffic of prospective buyers fell would result in the most improvements in
He has been an active instructor with the Remodelers Council in Naples, Fla. three points to 14. energy efficiency while spending the least
NAHB University of Housing and plans to Individual Categories On a regional basis, the Northeast was the amount of money.
complete his Certified Green Professional — Outstanding Associate Member only part of the country to record an A few years earlier, Shugart had performed
(CGP) designation to complement his CGR Theresa Springer, CGA, Professional improvement in its HMI score, with a one- a value engineering analysis of all of its
and CAPS designations. Remodelers of the Home Builders point gain to 25. Meanwhile, the Midwest house plans to determine how to construct
A former chairman of the NAHB Association of Metropolitan Portland, Ore. and South each recorded one-point declines them more efficiently. As a result, it
Remodelers, Sutton became an NAHB senior — Outstanding EO/Council Coordinator to 18 and the West recorded a four-point switched to advanced framing techniques
life director in 2006. Carrie Horner, Collier Building Industry decline to 14. Visit www.nahb.org for more and using house wrap. “We didn’t want
Ponzio, Nunan, Ashley Earn Home for Life Association Remodelers Council information. moisture problems to crop up two or three
Awards — Outstanding Council Chair or four years down the road,” Frye said.
Carole Ponzio, CGA, CAPS, of Design William Varian, Collier Building Industry Worried about the additional cost of mak-
Solutions in Port Charlotte, Fla.; Patricia Association Remodelers Council ing this move, as well as possible unfamiliar-
Nunan, CAPS, of Lifestyles Design in
Perkiomenville, Penn.; and Tom Ashley,
N.C. Builder leads nation ity with the product among its trade part-
ners, Shugart decided to stick with fiberglass
CGR, CAPS, CGP, of Expand Inc. in Denham Builder Confidence Slips in Certified Green Homes batt insulation rather than switch to foam.
Hills, La., earned NAHB’s Homes for Life However, after reexamining how the insula-
Shugart Enterprises — a North Carolina
Awards recognizing excellence in remodel- in October construction company targeting first-time, tion was being installed, it was able to sig-
ing for aging-in-place and universal design. nificantly improve the process, Frye said.
With the expiration date for the home move-up and empty-nester home buyers —
— Ponzio earned the award in the “Major “Insulation has got to be encapsulated on
buyer tax credit fast approaching, builder has completed more homes certified to the
Space” category by making a house more all six sides to do its job, and we do that,
confidence in the market for newly built, National Green Building Standard than any
accessible, functional and beautiful for its and our framers are doing proper draft stop-
single-family homes slipped one point to 18 other home builder in the nation.
60-year-old, wheelchair-bound owner. ping,” he said. This has made a big differ-
in October, according to the latest National By last week, 26 homes built by the
Ponzio enlarged the kitchen and added roll- ence in HERS, or Home Energy Rating
Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Winston-Salem company had completed the
under counters, reachable appliances, a pull- Scores.
Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). National Green Building Certification
out shelf and pantry, self-closing drawers, By Feb. 1 of this year, every new 2nd
“It comes as no surprise that after trending process. Forty-five additional homes had
task lighting and more. She also widened Generation home — Shugart’s name for its
upward from a historic low in January, the undergone the first of two inspections
hallways and created a fully-accessible bath- new, more efficient product — was being
HMI’s positive momentum now appears to required by the standard, while another 15
room with turning space, grab bars and a built to Energy Star specifications. And with
have stalled,” said NAHB Chairman Joe were just getting underway.
roll-in shower, tilted mirror and pullout the approval of the National Green Building
Robson. Shugart wasn’t looking to become a green
clothes rod. Creating office space and Standard just two days earlier, it was time to
“Our economists have repeatedly warned building pioneer, said Les Frye, the compa-
improving access to the backyard were also move Shugart up to the next level, Frye said.
that the approaching expiration of the ny’s director of special projects. But with
part of the remodel. “Our goal was to roll out everything by
$8,000 home buyer tax credit on Nov. 30, founder Grover Shugart wanting to steer his
— Patricia Nunan earned a Homes for Life April 1 so that our new homes going for-
combined with the massive hurdles that 43-year-old business in a new, and positive
Award for remodeling the master bathroom ward would be certified NAHBGreen,” using
builders face in obtaining construction direction, the timing seemed right to make
to make it more accessible for a woman with the standard as the scoring tool, Frye said.
financing and appropriate appraisals on new some changes.
multiple sclerosis. Nunan earned the award Weighing the effectiveness of the products
homes, could derail the fragile recovery in Last year, Frye and other Shugart team
in the “Single Space” category for remodel- and materials Shugart was using to build its
housing just as it is starting to take shape,” members met to “see if it made sense for us
ing the master bathroom of a recently homes, Frye and his colleagues found that
he said. to jump on this green bandwagon,” he said.
retired couple. To accommodate the wife’s the standard’s rating system and allocation
“Congressional action to expand the tax Frye started by attending local seminars and
progressive multiple sclerosis, Nunan made of points under categories such as water effi-
credit and extend it for one year would pro- classes sponsored by National Associaiton of
the bathroom wheelchair accessible by ciency and indoor environmental quality
vide a critically needed boost to the employ- Home Builders (NAHB) and other green
enlarging it, creating a no-step shower, provided a “laundry list of ways to achieve
ment market and economy, generating near- building groups.
installing slip resistant floors and decorative
ly 350,000 jobs, $28.2 billion in wages, After that, “we talked it over and decided
grab bars and by making the space more
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