Upcoming Educational Events

Posted on May 2, 2011 by Mike Means

OSHBA is offering the following to members:

Lead Based Paint Renovator Course

Duration : 8 hrs

Date : May 12, 2011

Time : 08:30 am

Location : Oklahoma State HBA

Type : Required

Classification : Safety

Lead Based Paint Renovator Course ($225.00)

Register here.

Notes :

EPA Certified Instructor - Jack Werner of A to Z Inspections

Cost $225.00 (includes lunch) - Register by May 9th

Sponsored By the Oklahoma Professional Women in Business

OPWB Member Special

Current OPWB Member cost $25.00 - To Register at this special price call 405.843.5579

*New OPWB members - You may join today! With your payment of $95 you will receive the Lead Based Paint Course AND a One Year Membership to OPWB! Membership is available to men and women in our industry. Become a member today!! Call 405.843.5579

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Developers bringing

Posted on April 20, 2011 by Mike Means

A portion of the Main Street
Business District.

As published in The Oklahoman, April 9, 2011

Homebuilder and OSHBA member Jeff Click, along with building mechanical systems contractor Craig Ferguson, are bringing a piece of "main street" to the north part of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoman Real Estate Editor Richard Mize recently profiled the project - Main Street Business District - and dubbed it a "combination of old-time commerce and Bricktown-type flair."

To read more, click here.

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New Homes Benefit More Than Just Buyers and Builders

Posted on April 20, 2011 by Mike Means

The only people who benefit when a house is built are the family members who get to live there, and the builder who constructed and sold the home, right?

Wrong. The positive impact of new residential construction is far-reaching, bringing benefits to families, businesses and services throughout a community immediately, as well as for years to come.

According to economists at the National Association of Home Builders, the one-year estimated local impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include $21.1 million in local income, $2.2 million in taxes and other local government revenue, and 324 local jobs.

But what does that economic impact mean in the real, day-to-day lives of community residents?

Just think about it. When a family moves to a community and buys a new house, they will likely shop at local stores to buy furniture and accessories to decorate the home. They will fill their car's gas tank at local gas stations so they can get to the stores, have local mechanics work on the car when it breaks down or needs the oil changed, or buy a new car at a local dealer when it's time to replace the old one.

The family may need to hire local companies for regular services to maintain their home, such as landscaping, house cleaning, pet sitters or pool upkeep.

The children will enroll in local schools. This increases enrollment, meaning more teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers and other school support staff will need to be hired. Those kids will also join sports leagues and other activities, buy equipment and pay registration fees that provide stipends for referees and coaches.

All of this economic activity puts income into the pockets of local business owners and their families, who can then afford to go out and spend money themselves, which recycles even more money into the community's economy.

The new family also pays local and state taxes. These tax revenues help pay for a wide range of government services, including school teachers, police departments, refuse collection, parks maintenance and road repairs.

Over the long term, as the families who move into new homes become part of the community, their positive impact continues. NAHB estimates that those 100 new homes also provide the community with additional, annually-recurring impacts of $3.1 million in local income, $743,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and 53 local jobs.

Families who buy a newly built home enjoy benefits including safety, amenities, energy efficiency and floor plans to fit a modern lifestyle. But the advantages of new homes extend far beyond the buyers and the builders residential construction has a positive, direct impact on the local community for years.

To learn more about the home-buying process or to find new homes for sale in your area, go to www.okhba.org.

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Seeing green

Posted on April 19, 2011 by Mike Means

"Green" homeowner Jeff Lytle

Jeff Lytle sees the economic value and health benefits in the "green" house OSHBA past president Mike Gilles built for him and his family.

Lytle's family spent five years researching and planning for the build, and expects to recoup the additional seven to 10 percent in cost spent on making the home green, low maintenance and healthy in approximately 12 years.

To read the article, click here.

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Notes from the OSHBA president

Posted on April 18, 2011 by Mike Means

Michael Herndon

I want to share with you again two things to get the most out of your membership. The first deals with Government Affairs and the second deals with Membership.

First, whenever a poll is taken by NAHB about the value of membership, the top two reasons given on why someone joins is networking and government affairs. And the order changes depending on recent events. Your State Association is your voice at the State Capitol. We work diligently in trying to support business-friendly legislation which may include sponsoring a bill or having to defeat a bill that would have negative effects. But our work at the Capitol is greatly supplemented by two assets - your voice and your dollars - your voice through your participation in voterVOICE and your dollars through Build-PAC. If you aren't participating in either one, then OUR voice is not as strong as it can be. Ask your local president or give us a call if you want to know how you can participate.

Now for membership. If networking is one reason to join then it only makes sense that if we are all recruiting new members it will mean more people to network with. Who have you recruited lately? If you can't answer that question let me ask you this one. Who will you recruit this week? I want you to call the first name that came to your mind.

Thank you and God bless,

Michael Herndon, 2011 President

Upcoming Events

We have a lot of events coming up - some of which registration has closed. But one event that isn't closed, in fact, we are happy to announce....

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for 2011 STATE CONVENTION!! Please follow this link to register for the OSHBA 2011 State Convention. Just like last year are holding the event in Oklahoma! Also, for those Certified Professional Builders that want to get all of their Continuing Education at once - this is the place for you.

April 27, 2011 we will be continuing our LunchBox series with a live webinar of the NAHB Construction Forecast. $20 includes lunch.

May 12, 2011 we will be hosting another Lead Based Paint Seminar.

For more details on these and other upcoming seminars, click on this link or visit our website at www.okhba.org.

Last But Not Least ...

The Uniform Building Code Commission will soon be determining the Commercial Building Code that the State of Oklahoma will follow. They are currently seeking volunteers to sit on the technical committees. Contact Mike Means at mike@oshba.org to see the application or for more information.

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In the news

Posted on April 15, 2011 by Mike Means

OSHBA members and associates have been making big news lately!

Builder Leader is Certified Green

Michael Herndon

As a homebuilder, Michael Herndon has several firsts under his tool belt:

First builder certified by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association in his neck of the woods, as well as the first one to build to federal Energy Star standards and one of the first to go "green."

And this year he's the first president of the state builders association from rural Oklahoma. He is the owner of Herndon Construction Inc. in Kingston, about 30 miles southeast of Ardmore and 130 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, and builds in the Lake Texoma area.

Herndon, 55, talked business and building recently with The Oklahoman. Read more: http://newsok.com/builder-leader-is-certified-green/article/3554903#ixzz1JXOmr4Tp


Technology Clicks for Oklahoma City Homebuilder Jeff Click

Jeff Click

Jeff Click is the go-to guy for technology among Oklahoma City homebuilders.

It's not because of his adeptness with new and emerging technologies. It's also his ability to explain it to those of us more comfortable in the '80s, and his willingness to patiently bring us along. That's why, as the world goes increasingly digital, he gets a lot of ink. And online time.

Former president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, on track to be president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, at 35 he's been a builder for 13 years.

Jeff recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about technology and the builders' groups. Read more: http://newsok.com/technology-clicks-for-oklahoma-city-homebuilder-jeff-click/article/3550111#ixzz1JXLB2Dmf

Vanessa Shadix Profiled in The Oklahoman Real Estate Section

Vanessa Shadix

The Oklahoman recently ran a profile story on Vanessa Shadix, who has been honored as Member of the Year by The National Association of Homebuilders' Professional Women in Building Council. She is agency account manager for Old Republic Title Co. of Oklahoma. Read more: http://issuu.com/opubco/docs/031911realestate

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