Fall was in the air at Thursday’s Chili and Politics Event making it a success!

Fall was in the air at Thursday’s Chili and Politics Event making it a success!

While the rain may have dampened summer’s sting and allowed for cooler weather, it was a great night for Chili and oysters at the annual Chili Cook-off event on September 24th. This year’s event was hosted and sponsored by Gateway Supply Co, with oysters provided by Clark’s Termite and Pest Control, and the nights beverages sponsored by Greer State Bank.

The HBA of Greenville would like to congratulate the Chili and Dessert Cook off winners.
  • Best Dessert- Ferga-licious, Ferguson Enterprises.
  •  Best Overall- Mean Mama’s Chili, GBS Building Supply
  • Hottest Chili- Fire in the Bowl, Gateway Supply Co
  • Best Presentation- Flint Rubble Bubble, Ferguson Enterprises.

Thank you to everyone who brought a chili, dessert, or both. There was a great turn out with 9 chili entries and 5 dessert entries. We are looking forward to next year so get your aprons and recipes ready!

We would also like to thank those that donated school supplies to our School Supply Drive benefiting Greenville County Schools. Thank you!

Getting ready!


The Ground Hog may have predicted 6 more weeks of winter but at Tuesday’s annual Housing Market Forecast Luncheon predictions were more favorable.

Your HBA, SMC of the Upstate, Greater Greenville Association of Realtors (GGAR), and Upstate Mortgage Lenders Association (affiliate of MBAC) held The Housing Market Forecast Luncheon at TD Convention Center on Tuesday, February 3rd featuring Dr. David Crowe, Chief Economist for NAHB. Dr Crowe brought some very valuable information catering to our unique and growing area. Including this: Crowe predicted that single-family housing starts in the Greenville metro area would grow 17 percent this year, to 3,392. Crowe also mentioned that while Greenville’s housing market still isn’t back to normal following the Great Recession, it should get there over the next two years.
Dr. David Crowe is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Dr. Crowe is responsible for NAHB’s forecast of housing and economic trends, survey research and analysis of the home building industry and consumer preferences as well as micro economic analysis of government policies that affect housing. For more information on Dr. David Crowe click here.
Thank you to all that participated in this event. We would also like to thank our Presenting Sponsor The Greenville News and our table top sponsors:
All About Flooring
Clark’s Termite and Pest Control
GBS Building Supply
Homestead at Hartness
Palmetto Exterminators
The SMC of the Upstate. 

Also, a special thank you goes out to our Volunteers:
Anita Lebold- BankLine Mortgage Corp.
Beth Smith- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Bill Kane- Ryan Homes
Brittany Bailey – Ryan Homes
Deana Long- GBS Building Supply
Gary Cohen- Allen Tate Realtors
Haro Setian- The Haro Group of Keller Williams
Isabell Fleshman- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
James Anderson- Park Sterling Bank
Kathy Weeks- Allen Tate Realtors
Nichole Moore- Arthur Rutenberg Homes
 We look forward to another great Housing Market Forecast Luncheon in 2016!

Lots of Fun at this Years Chili and Politics Event last Thursday!

Lots of Fun at this Years Chili and Politics Event last Thursday!

The rain and bad weather held out for The Chili and Politics event held this past Thursday evening. It was a great event with with great food and fun. While the judges of the Cook- Off had a hard decision to make the winners of the Best Chili and Dessert contest are as follows:
1st Place Chili- “OOO Wee”- GBS Building Supply
2nd Place Chili- “Wild Chicken Chili”- Howard Custom Builders
3rd Place Chili- “Smokin Hot”- The Cook’s Station
Best Dessert was awarded to The Cook’s Station for their Sweet Potato Bread Pudding.

There were also some great prizes including a  KBRS Tileable Shower worth over $700, eligible for Builder or Remodeler, won by Trey Cole of Trey Cole Design Group. A Cook’s Station gift basket went to Alan Boone of Advanced Renovations, and Bill Fitz of Gateway Supply won the raffle for some cold hard cash. 

The HBA of Greenville would like to thank our event sponsors for helping to make this event a success!
Enjoying some Oysters
GBS Team with their 1st Place Chili.
Oyster Roast courtesy of Clark’s 
Annual Chili Cook-off and Oyster Roast September 12

Annual Chili Cook-off and Oyster Roast September 12

Thursday, September 12th @ 5:30p.m. at Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet
Sponsored by:
The Home Builders Association of Greenville is holding its Annual Chili Cook-Off & PAC fundraiser on Thursday, September 12th from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Join us at Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet to vote on your favorite chili. If you would like to enter your chili in our Cook-Off for a chance to win some great prizes, make sure to fill-in the top portion of the form below, or to attend please fill out the bottom portion of the form. Please RSVP by emailing this completed form to rduvall@hbaofgreenville.com or fax to 864.254.0134 with your registration information.
There will be a short business  meeting starting at 5 p.m.

To enter your best Chili or Dessert or to register please contact the HBA office at 864-254-0133.

Quarterly Economic Report

Quarterly Economic Report

That latest quarterly economic report is ready for viewing.  Produced in partnership with RESH Marketing and sponsored by Clark’s Services, the report provides HBA members with up-to-date information about the Upstate housing market in an easy-to-consume five-minute video format.

The report is presented by Joseph Von Nessen, PhD., CMP, Director of the Real Estate Center at the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business.

The key findings in this quarter are the weakening of employment, which was stronger in 2012 than 2013, largely the result of the Federal Government Sequester and the increase in the Federal Payroll Tax. The report also found that intense competition, particularly in Greenville, has resulted in more than 70 percent of new homes have been built by the top 10 builders.