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The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders strives to protect the American Dream in Central Alabama for housing opportunities for all, while working to promote professional success for its members who build, remodel, and maintain communities, create jobs and improve our local economy.

GBAHB Covid-19 Update

Many of you have expressed concerns over the growing COVID-19 crisis and what effect it will have on the home building industry. The HBAA is concerned along with you, but is taking every step possible to minimize its impact on the industry.

Potential for a Statewide Shelter in Place Order

Yes, there is a potential that at some point the state will consider such an effort. We have been in contact with that Governor and her staff for the past few weeks discussing the need to deem construction and related industries as essential businesses. We are continuing those discussions and are working with other construction and real estate trade associations in Alabama to create a uniform front.

As of right now, there is no such order in place and workers may continue to work as normal. We do advise that you encourage them to social distance and we urge you to heed all directives and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

Local Shelter in Place Orders

Some communities have begun to limit social interaction and work activities. We would urge local associations to reach out to government officials in your area to ensure that those orders include construction as an essential business. NAHB has provided some guidance that can be useful in this area based around the order issued in San Francisco that specifically exempts construction. See NAHB's email on this matter here.

Governor’s Order (Dated March 19)

There has been some confusion over yesterday’s order from Governor Ivey. Among the prohibitions:

“All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.”

This order is intended to apply to gatherings of non-essential social events. It is not intended to apply to Alabama businesses or its workforce.

Inspections and Permitting

Many city and county governments have restricted public access to their facilities. We would encourage that each local association reach out to the permitting and inspection entities in your area to become aware of their plans. We have been approached by various communities and have suggested that they employ online services as appropriate to accommodate permit and inspection requests. For those areas without access to online services, we have suggested a drop box approach that limits face to face contact. Departments that want to ensure social distancing may want to consider inspections that restrict contact with anyone on the jobsite. This would prohibit any walk-through with the builder, but under the circumstances, it would ensure timely inspections. Local governments may consider video/distance inspections through online or cell phone technology. Each community may handle this differently, but let them know that, as an industry, home builders are willing to accommodate those steps that the government feels appropriate and that facilitates timely inspections and permitting.

HBAA Activities

Your HBAA Senior Officers and staff are conducting business as “usual” for now. At this critical time, the HBAA is focused on anything it can do to minimize any negative affects this crisis may have on you and your business. As you know, we have cancelled the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards Banquet and are postponing the basic carpentry courses until the crisis has averted. The HBAA will make decisions on other events as necessary as time moves forward.

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Upcoming Events

In the interest of public health, the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders has decided that all GBAHB meetings and events will be cancelled, postponed, or continued via virtual conferencing through the month of March. Our team will also be contacting each council and committee chair directly to determine the best course of action for their upcoming meetings and will communicate once decisions are made. Thank you for your cooperation.

06/02/2020

PWB Serve Day - Build Up

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06/18/2020

Spring Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party

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06/19/2020

Spring Parade of Homes - Weekend 1

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06/26/2020

Spring Parade of Homes- Weekend 2

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07/16/2020

Insights with Dwight hosted by Young Professionals

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09/15/2020

Mastering the Market


AGC Conference Center

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Members in the News

Steadman Named HBAA Associate of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Mary Steadman of Birmingham has been named the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA)’s Buddy Berry Associate of the Year for 2019.

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Taylor Burton Inducted Into Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Taylor Burton of Birmingham has been inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame, the highest honor presented by the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA).

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Eye On Housing

New Single-Family Home Size Declines Ending?

May 22nd 2020 : New single-family home size has trended lower over the last four years as builders sought to add additional entry-level supply to an inventory-starved housing market However the coronavirus and the recession of potentially reset those trends as evidence grows that households will seek more space for home offices home gyms and other purposes According to first quarter data ...
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Existing Home Sales See Largest Drop in Nearly 10 Years

May 21st 2020 : Existing home sales as reported by the National Association of Realtors NAR fell for the second straight month in April as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country s economic activity and hit the labor market Total existing home sales which includes single-family homes townhomes condominiums and co-ops dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate SAAR of ...
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Jobless Claims Pace Declines

May 21st 2020 : The U S Department of Labor released the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report In the week ending May th weekly jobless claims totaled million a decrease from the previous week It was the seventh straight week of a declining pace after the record peak of million during the week ending March th In the week ending May th the ...
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Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Falls in First Quarter on COVID-19 Pandemic

May 21st 2020 : Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing weakened significantly in the first quarter of according to results from the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Market Survey MMS The MMS consists of two indices the Multifamily Production Index MPI which fell points to Figure and the Multifamily Vacancy Index MVI which rose points to ...
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Gains Expected for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

May 21st 2020 : The number of single-family homes built-for-rent SFBFR posted a small year-over-year increase for the first quarter of despite otherwise challenging market conditions The SFBFR market has received attention as a means to add single-family inventory amid concerns over housing affordability and downpayment requirements in the for-sale market particularly during a period involving elevated unemployment and weak wage growth Single-family ...
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Purchasing Activity Recovers from April Lows

May 20th 2020 : Current mortgage activity as indicated by the Mortgage Bankers Association s latest Weekly Application Survey indicates a slight rise in purchasing activity and slight decline in refinancings of existing home loans each by about on a seasonally adjusted basis Overall the Market Composite Index decreased by about The contract rate as determined by the Primary Mortgage Market Survey slid ...
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