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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.

GBAHB 2021 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase

Out of an abundance of caution and the utmost concern for the health and wellbeing of our guests and exhibitors, we have decided to cancel the 2021 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase. Plans for the 2022 Showcase are already underway and we look forward to welcoming our guests back to Alabama’s premier home building event next year.

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.

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Upcoming Events

06/17/2021

Spring Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party

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06/18/2021

Spring Parade of Homes - Weekend 1

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09/16/2021

Steak Cookout and Draw down presented by Remodelers Council


GBAHB Office

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09/28/2021

Associate Appreciation Night

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10/11/2021

Marksmanship Challenge presented by Remodelers Council


Selwood Farms & Hunting Preserve

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10/28/2021

PWB 3rd Annual Bowling Tournament


Bowlero

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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

Housing Affordability Shows Signs of Weakening as Challenges Lie Ahead

May 06th 2021 : Housing affordability weakened slightly during the first quarter of as rising material costs and supply shortages along with expected increases in mortgage rates stemming from a growing economy are likely to exacerbate affordability challenges in the year ahead According to the National Association of Home Builders NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index HOI percent of new and existing homes ...
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Latest Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey Indicates Easing Credit Standards

May 05th 2021 : The latest results from the Federal Reserve Board s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey SLOOS present standards on bank lending practices as they occurred in the first quarter of The three major categories of lending covered by the survey are Commercial and Industrial C amp I loans Commercial Real Estate CRE loans and Residential Real Estate RRE loans The survey distinguishes the ...
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Some Buyers Perceive an Improvement in Housing Affordability

May 04th 2021 : For some home buyers housing affordability has improved According to the Housing Trends Report for the first quarter of of buyers report being able to afford half or more of the homes available for-sale in their markets A year earlier that share was The increase is an indication that still relatively low mortgage rates continue to have ...
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March Gains for Private Residential Spending

May 03rd 2021 : NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of billion Total private residential construction spending was higher than a year ago The monthly gains are largely attributed to the strong growth of spending on single-family and improvements Single-family construction spending rose to ...
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Home Offices Remain Popular Among Home Buyers

May 03rd 2021 : Few events over the last century have had as profound an impact on the ways we live than the ongoing COVID- pandemic Premier among them is the heightened relevance of home The health crisis thrust the home into a new level of prominence expanding its purpose beyond just a functional dwelling to many non-traditional roles such as office gym or ...
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Personal Income Up by Record 21.1% in March

Apr 30th 2021 : The most recent data release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis BEA showed that personal income growth roared by in in March the biggest monthly gain on record It stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate SAAR of billion The gains in personal income were largely due to the American Rescue Plan Act which includes billion in ...
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