Did You Know: Greenville is a Popular Search on Redfin

According to a study by Truist, housing searches on Redfin by users in other MSAs, Greenville had the second highest increase in searches in 2020 behind Knoxville TN.  Housing searches in the Greenville area increased in 2020 by 302% year over year, and 400% compared to 2017.  Greenville’s population increased 12% between 2010 and 2020 and is projected to increase by another 6.1% between 2020 and 2025.

Corps of Engineers Suspends New Nationwide Wetland Permits

Trump WOTUS Rule Replaced

Twice last Fall, the US Army Corps of Engineers suspended issuance of nationwide permits under the Federal Clean Water Act. The suspensions were the result of legal challenges to the Trump Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.

The Biden Administration is replacing the WOTUS rule with the rule that was in place for nearly 30 years until it was replaced by the Obama Administration. The new rule will include the substance of a US Supreme Court ruling in Rapanos.

Below is more on the subject from NAHB. You can learn more by attending the briefing by SC Attorney General Alan Wilson on February 7, and support his campaign for reelection as well.

https://nahbnow.com/2021/11/corps-of-engineers-suspends-issuance-of-all-new-federal-nationwide-wetlands-permits/
https://nahbnow.com/2021/09/what-does-the-recent-wotus-rule-change-mean-for-your-projects

Brenda Jo Anderson

Brenda Jo Anderson

Brenda Jo Anderson

Brenda Jo Campbell Anderson, 49, passed away November 7, 2021.  Brenda was the wife of James Anderson, a mortgage lender with HomeTrust Bank.

Brenda was a native of Sioux City, Iowa, and an interior decorator. Her family says her love for Jesus and people was the centerpiece of her life.

In addition to James, Brenda is survived by her a daughter, Emma Grace Anderson, and sons Maxwell Anderson and Jacob Anderson.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Grace Church on Pelham Road .  Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memory Gardens.  Visitation will be held 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, November 12, at The Wood Mortuary.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miracle Hill Shepherd’s Gate, 11 Regency Hill Dr., Greenville, SC 29607.

Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.

Do you want to serve on a local government board or commission?

Do you want to serve on a local government board or commission?

Serving on a local government board or commission is a great way to give back to your community, plug into what is happening, and maybe even benefit personally and professionally by building new relationships. It also doesn’t hurt that you will learn more about how government operates as well.

Both Greenville County and the City of Greenville have opened applications for several boards and commissions.

Greenville County

The Application period to serve on a board or commission at Greenville County closes July 31.  To apply, click here to access the Boards and Commissions website and download the application.

  • Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee: 5 vacancies
  • Airport Commission (downtown airport): 1 vacancy
  • Airport Environs Planning Commission: 2 vacancies
  • Board of Tax Assessment Appeals: 9 vacancies
  • Construction Board of Appeals: 1 vacancy
  • Greater Greenville Sanitation District Commission: 1 vacancy
  • Historic Preservation Commission: 5 vacancies
  • Human Relations Commission: 4 vacancies
  • Library Board of Trustees: 6 vacancies
  • Metropolitan Sewer Subdistrict: 1 vacancy
  • Museum Commission (Upcountry History Museum): 2 vacancies
  • Redevelopment Authority (affordable housing): 4 vacancies
  • Thrive Upstate (Disabilities and Special Needs): 2 vacancies
  • Zoning Board of Appeals: 1 vacancy
  • Ashwicke Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
  • Canebrake Fire District Board: 2 vacancies
  • Clear Spring Fire and Rescue District: 2 vacancies
  • Devenger Pointe Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
  • Donaldson Fire Service Area: 1 vacancy
  • Lake Forest Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
  • Old Mill Estates Tax District Commission: 2 vacancies
  • Sterling Community Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
  • Terra Pines Estates Special Tax District: 1 vacancy

City of Greenville

The application period to serve on a board or commission at the City of Greenville closes August 1.  To apply, click here to access the city boards and commissions page and download the application.

  • Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies
  • Board of Zoning of Appeals: 2 vacancies
  • Community Development Advisory Committee (affordable housing): 2 vacancies
  • Firefighters’ Pension Fund Board of Trustees: 1 vacancy
  • Green Ribbon Advisory Committee (sustainability): 3 vacancies
  • Greenville Housing Authority: 3 vacancies
  • Greenville Transit Authority (Greenlinks): 1 vacancy
  • Municipal Election Commission: 1 vacancy
  • Public Safety Citizen Review Board (police): 1 vacancy
  • Richland Cemetery Advisory Committee: 4 vacancies
  • SCTAC board: 1 vacancy

Elected Boards

Did you know there are 23 boards whose members run for election.  Turn out for most of them is very low.  Are you interested in running for office, but not necessarily for a high-profile office?  Check out the elected boards by clicking here.

If you decide to apply, or run, please let us know by emailing (mdey@HBAofGreenville.com) or calling (864-254-0133) Michael Dey.

Dr. Robert Dietz on construction’s place in the US economy

Dr. Robert Dietz on construction’s place in the US economy

Dr. Robert Dietz

The decline, rebound and growth of home construction in 2020 has been dramatic. After a significant decline in the spring, home building has seen notable gains supported by historically low interest rates, favorable demographics, an evolving geography of housing demand, and a significant inventory deficit.

New home sales have led the way: Sales of new single-family homes are up almost 17% on a year-to-date basis, with a growing number of sales contracts attributable to homes not yet under construction. In fact, such sales are up 47% as of September. A recent NAHB analysis found that the current gap between new home sales and for-sale single-family starts was at historic levels.

The housing market is already beginning to adjust to this notable gap between sales and construction, as the growth rate for new home sales saw a 3.5% decline from August to September. But to be clear, the pace of sales in September (959,000 annual rate) is still strong, with a 32% year-over-year increase. Combined with the low level of inventory at a 3.6-month supply, the September data indicate growth opportunities for home building.

For these reasons, builder confidence in October reached a new, all-time high. The rising optimism is a reflection of the gains in September’s home construction data, which show single-family starts up 6.2% on a year-to-date basis and permits up almost 10%. In contrast, multifamily building is weakening, with 5-plus unit apartment permits down 8.4% thus far in 2020.

–NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz

HBA Elections and Annual Meeting is November 12

To: Home Builders Association Members
From: Bill Kane, APB, President and Vice Chairman, Leadership Development Committee
Matt Shouse, APB, Immediate Past President and Chairman, Leadership Development Committee

As we approach the end of another year, your association will hold elections for our 2021 Board of Directors. Our Annual Meeting is set for Thursday, Thursday, November 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m., at the newly remodeled HBA of Greenville offices. The Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast sponsored by GBS Building Supply, Clarks Termite and Pest Control and Jeff Lynch TV and Appliance Center.

The Annual Meeting agenda will consist of election of the 2021 Board of Directors. We expect to convene the Annual Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m., after the winners of the Chili Cook Off contest are announced.

As a member of your Home Builders Association, you are encouraged to exercise your privilege of voting on the slate of officers and directors who have agreed to lead your association in 2021. To do that, you can attend the annual meeting on November 12, or you can submit a proxy form to our Secretary-Treasurer, Chuck Childress, who will cast your vote for you if you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting.

A Report of Nominations and proxy card have been mailed to each member in good standing at the mailing address we have on file for you. Or you may cast a proxy online.

Voting Online
The Report of Nominations is included below. To vote online, click this link and follow the instructions.

If you attend the annual meeting, the vote you cast there will be the vote that is counted. If you are not able to attend the Annual Meeting, please vote by proxy.

Report of Nominations

      Position                               Member                                               Term Ends

  1. President                         Ben Mosely                                       12/31/2021

The Heirloom Companies

  1. President Elect                 Steve Carson, APB                           12/31/2021

Carson Speer Builders

  1. Vice President                   Dave Hagan                                       12/31/2021

Ryan Homes

  1. Associate Vice President   Alan Wilson                                       12/31/2021

Clark’s Termite and Pest Control

  1. Immediate Past President  Bill Kane, APB                                  12/31/2021

Ryan Homes

  1. Secretary-Treasurer            Chuck Childress                                12/31/2022

Truist Bank

  1. Director                                 Dustin Hughes                                  12/31/2023

Jeff Lynch TV and Appliance Center

  1. Director                                Drew Hamblen, APB                         12/31/2023

D.R. Horton

  1. Director/SMC Chairman      Bryn Brutoski, APB                         12/31/2021

Ryan Homes

  1. Director/PWB Chairman      Tonya Lambrecht                             12/31/2021

Ryan Homes

  1. Director                                Emily Raines, APB                           12/31/2022

Dan Ryan Builders

Voting rules from the Bylaws:
The Designated Member of each member company, and Affiliate Members of each member company, are entitled to one vote each. Members may vote in one of the following ways:
In person at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 12, 4:30 p.m., at the HBA of Greenville offices at 5 Creekside Park Court, Suite H, Greenville, SC, 29615.  Authorize Secretary-Treasurer Chuck Childress to cast your vote for you by executing a proxy. The deadline to submit a proxy card is Wednesday, November 11, 5 p.m.  A quorum is 10 percent of the members in each membership category (Builder, Associate, and Affiliate).