Houzz is a social media platform designed for consumers who want to build or remodel their home by bringing all of the experts in the industry together in one place. It allows builders, designers, realtors, etc. to reach potential clients by digitizing their portfolio, allowing for consumer and colleague reviews, and answering questions directly related to past or current projects.
Your Home Builders Association of Greenville has a partnership with Houzz that allows members access to special programs, and to verify their membership with the Home Builders Association of Greenville as well as the National Association of Home Builders on their Houzz profile.
If all of this sounds like gibberish to you, then you should strongly consider attending our Houzz University class on August 18th, where a Houzz professional will help you set up your profile. On the other hand, if you have a Houzz page already and want to learn how to improve it, you should attend the second class, Houzz Tips, Tricks, and Trends.
August 18th, 2016 at the Home Builders Association of Greenville office. The classes will be taught by a Houzz agent and sponsored by the Approved Professional Builder program. Pricing will be as follows: $13 for PWB and SMC Council members, $19 for HBA members, $25 for nonmembers.
7:30-9 a.m. – Houzz University, includes breakfast
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Houzz Tips, Tricks, and Trends, includes breakfast
11:30-1 p.m. – Houzz University, includes lunch
May is when the flowers are all blooming, the temperatures are rising, and a large number of home shoppers are interested in buying. But the springtime housing market isn’t just for buyers and sellers.
This is the time of year when a large number of home owners are highly motivated to cross off a few items from their home improvement to-do lists.
Last year, Americans spent an estimated $150 billion on owner-occupied remodeling projects. After a somewhat mild start to 2016, the remodeling industry is primed for continued growth as the year progresses – growth that’s sure to be amplified during the month of May when the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers celebrates National Home Remodeling Month.
Remodelers across the country are encouraged to further emphasize the benefits of home remodeling projects and the advantages of hiring a professional to get the job done right the first time.
Throughout the upcoming month, NAHBNow will feature several recent projects, techniques and strategies from NAHB members that have helped deliver more value to their clients and drive more traffic to their business, despite the increasing competition.
NAHB also makes it easy for remodelers to promote their industry with a toolkit of ready-to-use resources to engage consumers with trending remodeling topics such as:
- Benefits of hiring a professional remodeler
- Facts about aging in place
- Basics of green remodeling
- Lists of top remodeling projects
- Suggestions on how to hire a remodeler
A guide on how to get started promoting National Home Remodeling Month is available on nahb.org, along with tips to maximize consumer outreach.
After the nominations had been submitted, our 2016 Board of Directors were approved and elected at our Annual Membership Meeting earlier this month, with Joe Hoover leading as President. Thank you to our 2015 President Susan Peace-Vernon and the wonderful Board that accompanied her as they worked together on public policy initiatives, strengthening the Approved Professional Builder/Remodeler Program, and community service projects that directly assisted families in the Upstate. We are excited to see the 2016 Board work just as hard on improving our industry and association in the new year.
Newly Elected 2016 Board of Directors-Officers:
President, Joe Hoover, APB, Hoover Custom Construction
President Elect, Bob Barreto, GBS Building Supply
Vice President, James Speer, APB, Carson Speer Builders
Newly Elected 2016 Board of Directors-Members:
Ben Moseley, Heirloom Stair & Iron
Alan Wilson, Clark’s Termite and Pest Control
Matt Shouse, APB, LS Homes
Matt Ruth, APB, Mobius Construction
Thomas Dillard, APB, Dillard-Jones Builders
Bill Kane, APB, Ryan Homes
Continuing on the Board of Directors:
Associate Vice-President, Jon Statom, Palmetto Exterminators
Immediate Past President, Susan Peace-Vernon, APB, Dillard-Jones Builders
Treasurer, Chuck Childress, BB&T
Secretary, Scott Warren, APB, Dunn Custom Builders
Are you an Approved Professional Remodeler? Have you thought it would be helpful to network with other remodelers that are not competitors and learn more about how other professionals run their companies?
The 20 Club program is forming the first new Remodeler 20 Club since 2006. It will be the second remodelers’ club established in the program’s 20-year history.
A two-day meeting focused on the club’s formation will be held at NAHB headquarters in Washington, D.C. later this year. A working agenda for the new club includes team building exercises and discussions like sales and marketing, customer service, company financials, and presentations from some of the most knowledgeable and well respected consultants in the construction industry.
The remodelers who are forming the new club are excited about being able to exchange ideas and best practices with their peers – a dynamic often referred to among existing 20 Club members as their own personal “board of directors.”
Statistics show that this high level of interaction and connectivity with peers helps 20 Club members double their net profits by the third year of membership.
Knowing that help for any situation is just an email or phone call away is one of the greatest benefits of being a member of a 20 Club. For more information on how you can join the club, visit nahb.org/20clubs.
The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) reclaimed the high-water mark of 57 in the third quarter of 2014, the sixth consecutive quarter for a reading above 50.
An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity.
“Most remodelers remain confident that the market is improving as home owners undertake renovations, large and small,” said Paul Sullivan, CAPS, CGR, CGP, of Waterville Valley, NH, chairman of the Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders. “The consistency and longevity of positive RMI readings are in line with the gradual recovery of the housing industry.”
The RMI’s future market conditions index rose to 58 from 56 in the previous quarter. All four sub-components − calls for bids, amount of work committed for the next three months, backlog of jobs and appointments for proposals – increased or remained level with the previous quarter’s reading.
The current market conditions component of the RMI increased one point to 57 this quarter. A two-point gain was made among the categories of large additions as well as smaller remodeling jobs with readings of 56 and 58, respectively.
“The stabilization of the RMI in the mid-50s for more than a year demonstrates the slow, steady recovery of the housing industry that we expect to continue,” said David Crowe, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders. “The major headwind to a stronger recovery is a shortage of qualified labor and subcontractors in some parts of the county, making if difficult for remodelers to employ carpenters and finish projects as quickly and economically as many of their customers expect.”