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National Association of Home Builders
HUD vet to offer builders tips on to making money with federal grants
NAR: New home sales up in Feb.
Sales of newly built, single- family homes continued to expand, rising 6.1 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units, according to data from HUD and the Census Bureau.
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Here is a list of upcoming events at Metro. Click on the item to register online or call the office at (973) 887-2888 for information.
03/15 -- Navigating grants to make money
3/28 -- Young Professionals
04/03 -- April Sales & Marketing Breakfast
04/11-12 -- ABC, Atlantic City
05/17 -- General Membership Meeting
06/07 -- Awards of Excellence
09/20 -- General Membership Meeting
11/15 -- Meeting & Elections
12/06 -- 2018 Holiday Party and Installation of 2019 Officers
Metro member Rob Fallone, president of The Fallone Group, has been named one of Professional Builder Magazine’s 40-under-40 winners.
Most recently, Rob, 35, has been active in getting the Young Professionals Group off the ground in Metro as well as at a national level. He has served as president of NJBA and was inducted into the NJBA Builder Hall of Fame.
Rob describes himself as a third-generation builder-developer. The Fallone Group was established in 1949 and continues to thrive under Rob’s leadership. The company builds communities, homes and commercial projects predominately in the Central New Jersey area.
In 2017, The Fallone Group won two Awards of Excellence.
A certified bartender when he’s not building, Rob holds a BA from Lafayette College and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Like a Broadway show where the understudy saves the day with a brilliant performance, tomorrow night’s general membership meeting, which is about taking advantage of federal grant programs, will feature last-minute speaker who is a nationally recognized expert on the topic.
Brenda Edmondson is the chief of the Program Compliance Branch for the Newark Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Center. She has had a long career working with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and now oversees recipients of federal financial assistance in New Jersey.
Her talk will be about various federal programs that are available to builders and to businesses that support them. She will talk about the Section 3 program, which builders or associates can participate in. Section 3 is about creating economic opportunities for low-income
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people and includes simple steps like providing training or doing business with minority-owned businesses. Businesses with Section 3 status leap to the top of federal grant programs.
While federal grant programs may not be the most exciting topic, they are another way for members to pick up jobs and make money.In addition, NJBA CEO Carol Ann Short will be on hand to discuss legislative and regulatory activity in New Jersey. NJBA works hard to represent members to legislators and regulators and have members’ needs considered in government
Brenda Edmondson has been dealing with federal grants for 40 years.
Rob Fallone was honored by Professional Builder
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Magazine honors member Rob Fallone
Professional Development * Networking * Fun
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Open discussion on the menu for April 3 Sales & Marketing breakfast meeting
The monthly breakfast meeting of the Sales and Marketing Council will take place at the Morristown Pancake House on South Street at 8:30 a.m. April 3.
The agenda is an open forum, which creates a great opportunity to bring your sales challenges to a group of experienced professionals. Whether trading stories – often the best way to learn – or tackling a specific problem encountered by a member, members say SMC meetings always leave them with new ideas.
The meetings are $20 each, which covers the networking opportunities and breakfast. Register by clicking here or calling the office at (973) 887-2888.
Members to learn about new computer marketing services from Metro at tomorrow's meeting
Metro will offer members new tools for marketing themselves online and to other members.While there’s still work to be done before things go live, Ronnie Glomb, chair of the Sales & Marketing Council, will begin the roll-out tomorrow night.
“Our goal is to help our members improve their businesses with better marketing and sales tactics,” said Ronnie, who is with Your Town Realty. “We do a lot of that just by helping members meet each other and build relationships. But now, we’re going to offer members some powerful sales tools through Metro’s software.”
Work already has begun updating Metro’s website so it can take advantage of new modules available through a program the organization is already using.
“Metro uses association management software called GrowthZone,” Ronnie explained. “The office has been working with the program to better manage the business side of Metro. Now, with the help of some volunteers, we’re ready to roll out some member benefits.”
The council will be working on several projects, but the most immediate are upgrading our member directory and creating a space for “classified” ads.
The new directory will have extra data in the listings and will actually be searchable. But first, members need to sign into GrowthZone and update their listings.
“We’re getting all the details figured out, including the best way to help members transition from the old directory, which didn’t require any action, to the new one, which requires that they add some information,” said Ronnie.
Ronnie said the Sales & Marketing Council is working with the office on these new features. SMC members also will be available to help individual members. To learn more, come to tomorrow night’s meeting. Make your reservation by clicking here.
Members will soon be able to use their computers to market themselves using programs from Metro.
Young Professionals Group to gather later this month in Bernardsville
The Young Professionals Group will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 28 at Designer Appliances’ new store at 280 Main St. in Bedminster.
The event is open to up-and-coming members of the homebuilding and remodeling field and those who support them. Metro members are encouraged to attend, but also to send their future leaders so they can develop their own networks.
Not only will those attending get to meet Metro members and potential members with similar backgrounds and aspirations, they’ll get to see a new shop that Metro member Justin Wilk of Designer Appliances says brings appliance showrooms to a new level. In addition to working models, those visiting will see the appliances set in a kitchen environment, rather than rows and rows of each type of appliance.
“We have a taste of everything,” added Justin. “We specialize primarily in the upper-end products, but we have some of everything. Even out-door kitchens.”
The Young Professionals Group will enjoy refreshments and some comments from Justin at the new store. There’s no charge for the event, but registration is requested so the hosts have a head count. Please click here to register.
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people and includes steps like providing training or doing business with minority- owned businesses. Businesses with Section 3 status leap to the top of grant programs.
While federal grant programs may not be the most exciting topic, they are another way for members to pick up jobs and make money.
In addition, NJBA CEO Carol Ann Short will be on hand to discuss legislative and regulatory activity in New Jersey. NJBA works hard to represent members to legislators and regulators and have members’ needs considered in government affairs. She’ll provide a brief run-down on the issues facing our members in Trenton.
Members also will hear a brief presentation on new marketing opportunities Metro is creating using software it already has.
The meeting will take place tomorrow night at the Bridgewater Manor. The $65 admission includes a networking-and-cocktail hour at 6 p.m., dinner and the program. There’s still time to sign up by clicking here.
U.S. Court ruling will help keep some prices down
After years of starts, stops and even litigation, the path forward on the Environmental Protection Agency’s formaldehyde emissions rule is finally clear.
Today, an agreement on how the formaldehyde rule will be implemented was reached by EPA, the Sierra Club, and industry trade associations including NAHB. It was then approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The agreement provides certainty to the composite wood industry, and in turn, the home building industry that relies on these products, by:
Setting a new date of June 1, 2018, for compliance with EPA’s formaldehyde rule
Declaring that products manufactured between December 2017 and June 2018 can be sold at market
Allowing products that comply with California’s formaldehyde rule to be considered compliant with EPA’s rule until March 22, 2019
NAHB had played a key role in clarifying the rule in 2016, ensuring that remodelers were not treated as “fabricators” and forced to comply with product testing and tracking requirements.
However, a number of NAHB members, such as manufactured housing providers, are directly regulated by the rule.
Moreover, all NAHB members would have been impacted if the supply chain for cabinets, flooring and other composite wood products had been disrupted. Any disruptions to the supply chain for these products would have increased prices and reduced availability.
EPA’s formaldehyde rule originally gave the composite wood industry until December 2017 to comply with the emissions, labeling and recordkeeping requirements. But the rule was delayed for five months because of the transition between presidential administrations. That delay prevented EPA from properly implementing the rule, so it extended the deadline by one year to December 2018.
The Sierra Club filed suit against EPA, arguing that the extension was too long. NAHB joined with other trade associations to file a brief in the case, urging the court to uphold the extension and to consider the consequences the composite wood industries — along with the industries that rely on these products — would experience if EPA’s extension were removed.
NAHB Remodelers member Robert Criner prepared a statement explaining how removing the extension would make it difficult for remodelers to provide accurate production schedules for their trades or meet agreed-upon deadlines and pricing contracts with their clients.
“While I do not know the specific pathway this disruption may take, I can describe what would happen to my business if any of these disruptions occur,” Criner wrote. “I use the prices for building materials that are available to me at the time the contract is signed to calculate the fixed fee.”
Forcing producers to change their manufacturing processes on such short notice would likely increase these prices, hurt his business and hurt his employees, he said. “Without a steady stream of income from customers whose projects are in various stages of completion, I cannot pay my employees, my trade contractors or myself. Multiple people could lose their jobs until compliant inventory becomes available,” he said.
NAHB economist Paul Emrath provided an overview of the breadth of the remodeling industry and its impact on the economy, pointing out the far-reaching effects of regulatory uncertainty on businesses, their employees and the communities they support. Emrath estimated that if the extension rule were invalidated, the resulting delay in obtaining compliant cabinets and flooring would cost residential construction more than $1.4 billion.
Nonetheless, the judge ruled against EPA on Feb. 16. However, the judge provided EPA and the Sierra Club with three weeks to consult with the impacted industries and come to an agreement, which they reached today.
Ladder safety climbs to the top of NAHB's March agenda
The American Ladder Institute (ALI)’s second annual National Ladder Safety Month is well underway.
All through the month of March, ALI has been promoting ladder safety by providing a number of helpful resources that everyone can use for free. The goal: Bring more attention to the dangers of improper ladder use and how easily ladder-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented with simple, straightforward training.
“When you look at the number of ladder- related injuries and deaths that occur every year, it’s very clear why we are working to increase ladder safety awareness,” said Dave Plotner, an ALI board member and vice president of engineering at Werner Co.
Home builders, developers and remodelers are encouraged to participate in National Ladder Safety Month by taking simple steps like hanging a ladder safety checklist in their workplaces, completing ALI’s free Ladder Safety Training, viewing the Ladders 101web page and downloading ladder safety posters from ALI’s website.
Throughout the four weeks of March, ALI is placing a special focus on ladder safety by first defining the issue and then focusing on company leadership opportunities.
Learn more how you can participate by visiting www.laddersafetymonth.com.