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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's mission is to advocate for the home building industry by promoting professionalism and developing community through quality-built homes.

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GBAHB 2022 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase

Make plans to join us for the 2022 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase.

Free Parking

Admission

Adults $12

Seniors $10

12 and Under Free

Alabama’s premier home building event will be held at the Finley Center- Hoover Metrpolitan Complex.

Friday, June 24th 10am-7pm

Saturday, June 25th 10am-7pm

Sunday, June 26th 10am-4pm

For more information call 205-912-7000 or email shannonh@gbahb.com.

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COVID-19 TESTING

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.

Get tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus infection) if you develop any of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Consider getting tested, even without symptoms, if:

  • You live or work in a place where you are in contact with a large number of people, or
  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Visit JCDH.org for information on test sites.

Text INFOJEFFCO to 888777 to receive information updates

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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.

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

Decline in Single-Family Permits in June 2022

Aug 12th 2022 : Over the first six months of the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date YTD nationwide reached On a year-over-year YoY basis this is a decline over the June level of Year-to-date ending in June single-family permits declined in all four regions The South posted a small decline while the Northeast region reported the ...
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Credit for Builders Less Available, Costs More

Aug 11th 2022 : During the second quarter of credit became both tighter and more costly on loans for Acquisition Development amp Construction AD amp C according to NAHB s Survey on AD amp C Financing The average effective rate based on rate of return to the lender over the assumed life of the loan taking both the contract interest rate and initial fee into account increased substantially ...
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Housing Affordability Falls to Lowest Level Since Great Recession

Aug 11th 2022 : Rising mortgage rates high inflation low existing inventory and elevated home prices contributed to housing affordability falling to its lowest point since the Great Recession in the second quarter of According to the National Association of Home Builders NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index HOI just of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end ...
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Refinancing Activity Down 82% Compared to August 2021

Aug 10th 2022 : Per the Mortgage Bankers Association s MBA survey through the week ending August th total mortgage activity increased slightly and the average -year fixed-rate mortgage FRM rate rose four basis points to The FRM rate has declined bps over the past month but remains roughly percentage points higher than it was a year ago The Market Composite Index ...
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Has Inflation Peaked?

Aug 10th 2022 : Consumer prices eased slightly from a -year high in July as declines in energy prices offset increases in food and shelter indexes Despite this improvement inflation remains above an rate for a fifth straight month The food index recorded its largest annual gain since May as all six major grocery store food group indexes increased Nonetheless it is ...
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Single-Family Homes Started in 2021

Aug 09th 2022 : According to NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction SOC new single-family starts expanded at a fast pace in Nationally new single-family units were started in higher than the units started in It marked the fastest growth rate since and the highest count of starts since the Great Recession Among all the nine Census ...
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