April 28, 2021
05/12: Young Building Professional meeting- all welcome
05/19: CDBIA Executive Committee & Board of Directors meeting
05/28: Building Industry Oversight Committee Meeting
06/01: June GMM. More details will be available shortly
06/11: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: OPEN
06/16: CDBIA Executive Committee & Board of Directors meeting
06/18: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: OPEN
06/25: Building Industry Oversight Committee Meeting
07/10: CDBIA Dart Tournament
07/15-7/16: Southeast Building Conference
07/16 42nd Annual Aurora Awards
You are invited to the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association's Dart Tournament on July 10th 2021 at
The Icehouse Pub (http://www.theicehousepub.com/) in Punta Gorda. Registration will begin at 1:30 pm and darts will be in the air at 2:30 pm.
Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place dart teams.
Prize for 1st place: $400 AND they get to choose which of the following CDBIA nonprofit members will receive $500:
Boy and Girls Club of Charlotte County
Charlotte County YoungLife
Crossroads Hope Academy
Gulf Coast Partnership
The Homeless Coalition
Registration is $80 per team. A team is four (4) players.
Sponsorship opportunities available:
Bullseye Sponsor - $1500 Your Company's Logo on all 10 Dart Board Signs which will remain posted for 2 weeks after the event . Mentioned in all event promotions. Logo on drink coasters. Company logo on front of T-shirts. Sponsor is able to put marketing material at dart tournament event. Two free team registrations (8 players) and the opportunity to present the winners with awards.
Neck Gaiter Sponsor - $1000 You will receive your company logo on 5 dart boards which will remain posted for 2 weeks after the event. All players will receive a gaiter with your logo on it. One free team. Mentioned in all event promotions.
1st Round Sponsor - $750 8 table signs in the Dart Bar Area. Logo on Drink Tickets. Mentioned in all Event Promotions. Logo on 1 Dart Board sign. One free team registration (4 players).
On the Board Sponsor - $200 Logo on Dart Board Sign which remain posted for two (2) weeks after the event. One free team registration (4 players). Mention in all event promotions
Thank you, Sponsors:
On the Board Sponsor:
Click here to register: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/vrADoaeL?mode=Attendee
Check out this video from the last CDBIA Dart Tournament. Winning team: Centennial Bank who chose Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County to win $500!
Welcome to the CDBIA family
Updates from your CDBIA family
At the April 2021 CDBIA Board of Directors, the following members were approved.
Please help us welcome:
Jim Traut, Adaline Telecommunications Corporation
sponsored by Aaron Kennedy, Harbor Nissan
Desiree Strickling, ADG Architecture, LLC
sponsored by Caryn Huff-Sufferling, Wharton-Smith Inc.
William Campos, Autumn Oaks Construction
Sponsored by Caryn Huff-Sufferling, Wharton-Smith Inc.
Barb Lisby, affiliate of Southern Style Homes
Sponsored by Sallee White, Southern Style Homes/Harbour Realty
Chelsey Shelton, Cambria
Sponsored by Carlene Zeches, Z Interior Decorations
Mark Harden, Harden Custom Homes
Sponsored by Caryn Huff-Sufferling, Wharton-Smith Inc.
Daniel Valentino, Integrity Employee Leasing
Sponsored by Caryn Huff-Sufferling, Wharton-Smith Inc.
James Jankowski, James Jankowski Enterprises Inc.
Sponsored by Tricia Gibbs, Precise Painting
Michael Lewis, Affiliate of Sharp Development of Southwest Florida
Sponsored by Patrick Lewis, Sharp Development of Southwest Florida
Steve Goins, Reliable Well Services
Sponsored by Kelley Munsell, Harbor Nissan
Raul Anchia, Vortex Power Sweeping
Sponsored by David Gibbs, Precise Painting
Paul Davis, WinSupply of Port Charlotte
Sponsored by Gregory Allen, Patriot Plumbing Corp.
Join us for the CDBIA May General Membership Meeting as we celebrate our future.
The Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association, Future Builders of America, Professional Women in Building and Gene Extejt Construction Scholarship will be honoring students who will be the recipients of construction scholarships. We welcome you to help us congratulate these students.
Also joining us will be Dr. Pat Dower, New Hope Chiropractic And Massage
The meeting will take place at Twisted Fork
CDBIA May General Membership
Date: May 4th, 2021
Location: Twisted Fork
Price is $40.00. but if you register before April 2nd, pay only $30.00. Members- please login and register to enjoy your savings!
This will be an evening of networking, education and meeting the leaders of the building industry.
Special Guests: Recipients of the Tools of the Trade AND Construction Scholarships.
The evening will consist of:
6:00 Prayer & Pledge
6:15 Announcement of scholarship recipients
Welcome new members
Updates about the CDBIA
Progressive Pot: $300
Twisted Fork will have a cash bar.
Make sure you are logged in to get your savings!
To register online, visit: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/bLqEOomL?mode=Attendee
What's UP with lumber prices.
Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Add Nearly $36,000 to the Price of a New Home
Soaring lumber prices that have tripled over the past 12 months has caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by $35,872, according to new analysis by the NAHB Economics team. This lumber price hike has also added nearly $13,000 to the market value of an average new multifamily home, which translates into households paying $119 a month more to rent a new apartment. Further adding to affordability woes, building material prices have by and large been steadily rising since 2020 and were up across the board in March.
The latest Random Lengths prices as of the week ending on April 23 show the price of framing lumber near $1,200 per thousand board feet — up nearly 250% since last April when the price was roughly $350 per thousand board feet.
NAHB calculated these average home price increases based on the softwood lumber that goes into the average new home, as captured in the Builder Practices Survey conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs. Included is any softwood used in structural framing (including beams, joists, headers, rafters and trusses), sheathing, flooring and underlayment, interior wall and ceiling finishing, cabinets, doors, windows, roofing, siding, soffit and fascia, and exterior features such as garages, porches, decks, railing, fences and landscape walls.
Why Lumber Prices Have Surged
These unprecedented lumber price hikes are attributable to the following factors:
Many mills reduced production last spring due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures enacted by state and local governments at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
When it became clear in the ensuing months that housing weathered the storm much better than predicted and demand remained strong, lumber mills did not ramp up production accordingly.
Moreover, producers did not anticipate the massive uptick in demand from do-it-yourselfers and big box retailers during the pandemic.
Finally, the extreme lumber price volatility has been exacerbated by tariffs on Canadian lumber imports into the U.S. market.
As lumber prices remain stubbornly high, NAHB continues to work relentlessly with the White House, Congress and lumber producers to increase production and bring prices lower. This is the top priority for the association. Since President Biden was sworn into office in January and the new 117th Congress was seated, NAHB has taken the following actions:
NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke and First Vice Chairman Jerry Konter held in-person and virtual meetings with congressional leaders earlier this month to urge them to address rising lumber prices and to take steps to ensure an adequate supply of lumber and other building materials to stem rising housing costs.
In an effort led by NAHB, more than 35 organizations recently sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo calling on her to “examine the lumber supply chain, identify the causes for high prices and supply constraints, and seek immediate remedies that will increase production.”
NAHB has also sent letters to President Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai seeking prompt action to address this issue that is a growing threat to housing and the economy.
NAHB remains in close contact with the White House and will be meeting with top administration officials later this week to discuss the lumber situation.
At the same time, we continue to reach out to lumber producers, other policymakers and the media calling on lumber mills to increase production to meet growing housing demand.
On the last point, NAHB has saturated with the media with our message on the need to act on soaring lumber prices and how it is hurting home buyers, home builders, the housing industry and the economy. NAHB CEO Jerry Howard delivered this message in an April 22 appearance on Fox Business, Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast. The same day NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz discussed rising material prices on NPR Marketplace. Additionally, Fortune, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business online and the Associated Press have mentioned or quoted NAHB on the impact of rising lumber prices.
NAHB is also seeking swift action on the trade front. Tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. are exacerbating price volatility and increasing housing costs.
In the near term, NAHB invites builders to take advantage of this free sample escalation clause to use in contracts which stipulates that if lumber prices increase by a certain percentage, the customer would be required to pay the extra cost.
The NAHB advocacy team – Government Affairs, Communications, Economics and Legal – continues to work doggedly on all fronts to find solutions that will ensure a lasting and stable supply of lumber for the home building industry at a competitive price.
NAHB Senior Economist Paul Emrath provides more analysis on how rising lumber prices have added nearly $36,000 to the price of a new home in this Eye on Housing blog post. Future analysis from NAHB will also examine additional factors, including other building material costs.
Learn more about what NAHB is doing to resolve the lumber crisis at nahb.org.
You are invited to the next meeting of the CDBIA PWB (Professional Women in Building)
This meeting is sponsored by CDBIA PWB Chair Melanie Markel (Array of Cabinets)
This event is FREE to all members of the CDBIA PWB.
For CDBIA Members and Guests the price is $10.
Food and beverages will be available with your registration.
Please register by 5/14 so we can ensure a head count to purchase food and drinks.
Click here to register.
When you are a member of the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association, you are also a member of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders.
Here are some of the fantastic savings available to members from your memberships to all 3 associations:
This week's deal comes from FHBA
Attention BUILDER members:
With the price of supplies going up, this is a great time to review the Member Rebate Program to see if you have any eligible rebates available for your company.
This program is available to builder members.
If you have installed, or any of your subcontractors have installed products from any of the following manufacturers, please take a moment and register at www.fhbarebates.com
This is a free program for members.
Just this past quarter CDBIA Members saved over $2,000.
First Choice Home Builders has saved $2,680 in 2020!
If you have any questions, please contact the CDBIA office.
We have officially SOLD OUT on all sponsorships and foursomes
CDBIA Gene Extejt Classic Swingo De Mayo
Weekly and sometimes daily, we have experienced construction workers contacting us looking for employment.
We always recommend first they visit http://members.cdbia.com/jobspot.
If you are hiring, let us know. We will continue to promote your openings on our page and our social media.
Let's get your crews full and get everyone back to work.
Dancing Moon Travel
Pat Hand with Dancing Moon Travel: April is Premium Cruise month at Dancing Moon Travel. In this episode of Let's Talk Travel, Pat chats with Ashley Vaughan, exploring Holland America's unique positioning in the premium cruise market. https://fb.watch/59GnLbvJ9a/
All Florida Flooring
James Ecker would like to invite you to a fundraiser on May 23rd. The Punishers LEMC Sine Pari will be hosting a Benefit Ride for C.A.R.E.
Co-hosted by ABUAT
Registration at Punishers Sine Pari clubhouse at 11:00am.
KSU @ 12:00pm.
1st stop - Banditos in Port Charlotte
2nd stop - End Zone in Englewood
3rd stop - Moose Lodge in Englewood.
Final stop - Punishers Sine Pari Clubhouse
No food pass
$10 single bike
$15 with passenger
With food pass
$15 single bike
$25 with passenger
Live music performed by Andy Garcia
Food and vendors will be on site.
50/50 and raffles
All proceeds donated to C.A.R.E.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/200312598340530
Looking to hire? Look no further than the yoursun.com Virtual Career Fair happening April 28 and 29. Let us promote your open positions and bring job seekers to you!
Using just your computer or smart device, you can chat live on the spot, collect resumes, build your candidate database, and HIRE NOW.
How else do you benefit?
• You can attend from wherever you are, no need to be out of the office all day
• You'll have the ability to video interview, text, and email candidates
• You'll expose your company to more job seekers in the area
Powered by yoursun.com, this event will be heavily promoted online, in print, and with social media. To learn more and register your business for this event, contact our Recruitment Specialists at 941-429-3110 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judges needed for Tallahassee Parade of Homes (virtual)
TBA’s Parade of Homes event will kick off on Saturday, May 8, and run May 9, 15 & 16 and will be judged virtually only. We are in need of judges with judging beginning May 8 and finishing on Tuesday, May 11th. If you are interested, please call Jodi at (850) 385-1414
UH-OH!! Murdock Stones Etc.'s supplier brought 1/2" White instead of 1/2" Brown. Regular price $150 per cubic yard. For chamber members, we will sell the 1/2" White for $130 per cubic yard. Available for delivery or for pick-up at our 590 Prineville location...While supplies last...941-629-6651
The Firm Advertising Agency
Don’t forget The Firm 360 Photography when they’re gone. Who is “they” you might ask? Snowbirds! They are leaving soon. Remind them of what they have looked at with a Virtual Tour. They are great for real estate and businesses alike and they give people inside views right from their phones and laptops. We can do that for you. Call us today to arrange a Virtual Walking Tour for your business or homes for sale. 941-347-8198. www.thefirm360.com
Lemon Bay Glass
Glass Shower Enclosure Installer
Our company is growing, and we are Hiring!!! – This is a great place to work. We are eagerly interested in hiring qualified individuals. Located in sunny Englewood, FL, we are a glass company currently seeking an experienced 'Mirror and Shower Door Installer'.
> The right candidate will have at least 2-5 years of experience. We are looking for someone with experience in all aspects of shower doors including framed, frameless, frameless sliding, etc.
> Candidates will be able to measure, fabricate, and install a variety of glass & mirror products.
> Top salary based on experience.
> You also need to have your own tools and a valid driver's license.
Customer satisfaction, craftsmanship, and attention to detail are crucial.
> This is a full-time position with benefits as well as a 401k plan + company match, profit sharing.
> Paid holiday/vacation time.
> A friendly work environment.
We are a high-quality shop looking for someone who is self-motivated and takes great pride in their work.
If this is you, contact us today with your resume.
> Lemon Bay Glass ph. #941-475-1281 > Email: info@LemonBayGlass.com; Place in Subject Bar - 'Shower Installer Resume'
> Link to see more about the company and job - https://lemonbayglass.com/glass-installer/
Consult Engineering’s new YouTube channel is called Building Integrity. Founder and Principal Engineer, Josh Porter, conceived of the channel as an educational (and entertaining) outreach of our company, as well as a digital brochure for our company, staff and services. While the inspiration was to find an alternative to traditional marketing during the Covid-19 era, the purpose is literally to build integrity within the construction industry through education and accountability. The target audience is the homeowning public, property managers, contractors, tradesmen, students and anyone interested in construction. We launched the channel just before Christmas with a good amount of content for subscribers to digest. Going forward we will build our video library with episodes featuring interviews with industry leaders from our office studio, on-the-job videos shot in the field during our inspections, in depth lessons with Josh at his desk and various fun, informational or visually appealing short videos.
We invite you to please subscribe to the channel and recommend it to your friends, employees and customers who may enjoy it. The direct link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xpl8LyFRsKXASGHBBj_xQ
Once we reach 100 subscribers, we’ll be able to get a URL that is something like YouTube/channel/BuildingIntegrity, instead of that alphabet soup. And YOU can help us get there! If any of your companies have channels you’d like to promote, please let your CDBIA family know about them
News for you
From the desk of Greg Murray, City Manager
Candidate Packets Now Available – Candidate packets for the 2021 City General Election are now available through the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 326 West Marion Avenue. The 2021 General Election will take place on Nov. 2 and will include City Council District 3 and 5. Councilmembers serve a two (2) year term and are elected at-large. Only opposed candidate races will appear on the ballot. If more than two candidates seek election for any one district seat, a primary election must be held on Aug. 17 (11 weeks prior to the General Election). Qualifying for the 2021 General Election cycle begins, Jun. 7 at noon and ends on Jun. 11 at noon. For information or questions regarding qualifying, please contact Karen Smith, City Clerk, at (941) 575-3369 or email email@example.com. Questions regarding voter registration, vote-by-mail ballots or precinct and polling information should be directed to the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections Office at (941) 833-5400. Candidate forms can also be obtained online from the City’s website at https://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us as well as from the Division of Elections website at https://dos.myflorida.com/elections.
Facial Covering Ordinance – The Facial Covering Ordinance in the City of Punta Gorda will expire Apr. 30. Business owners and managers can still require customers to wear facial coverings in their business if they would like and request anyone failing to comply with their request to be trespassed. City facilities will still have the following requirements in place: Entrance to any City facility shall only be through the designated entrance.
Planning Corner - It’s National Playground Safety Week!
National Playground Safety Week, observed Apr. 26 – Apr. 30, is a time to
build awareness around playground safety. Have you visited one of Punta
Gorda’s beautiful playgrounds? Located at 400 West Retta Esplanade in
historic Punta Gorda, the Gilchrist Park Playground is adjacent to Charlotte
Harbor and sits underneath the iconic Ficus Tree. The Playground includes
a Pirate ship where you can "walk the plank" and steer the ship! Other playground features include a swings, climbing areas, slides, and other features for an unlimited amount of fun.
The playground is geared towards children ages five to 12 years old. Adult supervision is recommended at all times.
The Playground in part was made possible through the generosity and support of the Friends of Gilchrist Park Playground.
Current Board and Committee Vacancies (Volunteer Appointment Information Form)
Board of Zoning Appeals – (Two alternates) Meets the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers. City residency required. Seven member board with two alternate members. Three year terms, maximum of three terms. Financial disclosure required. Makes recommendations to City Council on variances to City Code.
Building Board – Meets the 4th Tuesday at 9 a.m. in City Council Chambers – City residency not required. Seven-member board with two alternate members. Three-year terms. Maximum of three terms OR partial term plus two more terms. Four members must be involved with the building industry and three members must be consumer advocates who are not, nor ever have been, involved with building industry.
Utility Advisory Board – Meets the fourth Monday at 9 a.m. in City Council Chambers. Must be City resident. Seven-member board. Three-year terms, maximum of two terms. Makes recommendations to City Council with regard to, but not limited to, revisions to the utility construction standards, alleged billing discrepancies and review of utility specifications.
Donation Review Committee – (representative of non-profit organization related to history of
City) Meets quarterly, as needed, immediately following meetings of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board. Five member board. Three of the total five members will be appointed from the Historic Preservation Advisory Board membership. Reviews nonmonetary donations received by the City and recommends acceptance or rejection of same.
Wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
Click here: www.tinyurl.com/CharlotteVaccine
They have been responding within a day, and setting up appointments within 24 hours of their call.
Currently, as of April 19th:
Percent of residents who have their first shot: 37%
Percent of residents who have at least one dose: 54%
Percent of residents who have their first shot: 18%
Percent of residents who have at least one dose: 29%
Percent of residents who have their first shot: 28%
Percent of residents who have at least one dose: 40%
Click here to view number of people vaccinated
Charlotte County Committee Vacancies
The Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee is seeking three volunteers, two business representatives and one resident. Members must be residents of Charlotte County. The resident representative must live within the CRA boundaries and business representatives must represent a business that is located within the CRA boundaries. Meetings are held quarterly in the Administration Center at 18500 Murdock Circle and are generally held on the first Monday at 10:30 a.m. To obtain an application call 941-743-1300 and select option 1 or email Lisa.Eby@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
While we are working on many issues for you, such as impact fee increases, building supply chain issues and increases on product, we have not stopped working on unlicensed handyman.
This is a reminder to you that the CDBIA is an anonymous hotline. If you happen to see someone doing work without a license, you can report it to the CDBIA. The CDBIA will report it to the county and never reveal who contacted us. All calls are strictly confidential.
Another suggestion to help homeowners.
When you are bidding on a job, you are welcome to share the resources available to explain how they can make sure they are hiring the right person (contractor) for the job they are wanted completed.
Checklist for hiring a builder, remodeler, contractor.: This is a checklist that can help a homeowner perform their due diligence when hiring a contractor
Tips for hiring a contractor- This brochure is from Department of Business and Professional Regulation and offers additional resources for Florida
What a handyman can and cannot do- This is a list of what a handyman can do in Charlotte County.
With your help, we can create additional awareness to your potential customers when they see lower bids coming in and how to check to make sure that person is the right person for the job.
To report an unlicensed person to the CDBIA, you can call 941-625-0804 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office:
Construction Crimes reported this week in Charlotte County
• Punta Gorda – Business (fenced) Storage Yard – 4 catalytic converters stolen off business vehicles
• Punta Gorda – Burglary, Grand Theft - New Construction – 24 pieces of 2x4x16 and 5 sheets of plywood taken from unsecure garage.
• Murdock - Business Grand Theft – Enterprise Drive – During the overnight hours subject(s) removed a catalytic converter ($1,000) from a Ford E350 van.
• Port Charlotte – Stolen Boat & Trailer- Taken by w/m with short black hair approx. 6ft tall along with another unknown subject driving a light colored Ford F150.
• Port Charlotte – Burglary unoccupied structure - Unknown subject entered an unlocked shed and removed a Dewalt 12v/20v Max Lithium ION charger and Dewalt 20v Driver Drill unknown serial numbers.
• Murdock - Attempted Business Burglary – Back door alarm activated, no one located upon law enforcement arrival. Rear door had fresh pry marks, video of subject wearing blue jeans, white long sleeve shirt, gloves, hat & face covering.
• Port Charlotte - Unknown individual used a 5 gal. sand bucket (used for cigarette butts) to break the glass in the front door of the business. Cash drawer stolen with approx. $39 cash inside.
• Port Charlotte– 3 UNLOCKED vehicle burglaries – 1 of the vehicles had the keys, a purse and a 12 gauge shot gun left inside, the vehicle was stolen by unknown suspect(s) A second 12 gauge shotgun was taken from another vehicle also. *Vehicle was later located in Lee County*
• Murdock – Theft of Construction rental equipment from jobsite. Toro Dingo Tree Cutter and trailer.
• Punta Gorda- Cabinets stolen from an unsecured garage
• Murdock- Wells submersible pump was pulled out of the ground and cut form the pvc pipes.
If you are having items installed by subs, please get serial numbers.
Builders- please get the serial numbers on items that are being installed at your homes.
Subcontractors: please provide these numbers to the builders. Send a picture of after the install, or write it on the invoice. If at all possible put an identifying mark on the item installed (carve the address into the metal, etc). This will help when items are located they could match the item to the report. Water softeners, air conditioners, etc all have their own personal serial numbers.
Working together we can help.
If possible, please make sure you have cameras installed on your jobsites. Law enforcement stated the signs work. They are hitting homes that do not have signs stating this area is being monitored.
And most important, post trespassing signs. These signs are deterrents. The CDBIA does have signs you are welcome to pick up at our office.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office offers no cost construction site no trespassing signs. Call the Crime Prevention Office at 941-613-3227
Always remember to remove all valuables, key/key fob & guns and lock your vehicle.
As a friendly reminder to our business community, please remember to lock all your doors, set alarms and cameras and if possible, remove cash.
If you see something suspicious, say something! Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency number is 941-639-0013
For the Week of May 3
Construction Spending: Monday, May 3
Total private residential spending fell 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $718 billion in February, after reaching a record high last month. The monthly drop is largely driven by spending declines in multifamily construction and improvements, while single-family construction spending rose only slightly. Spending on single-family construction edged up 0.1% in February, while remodeling spending and multifamily construction spending slid 0.2% and 1.4%, respectively.
Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (Q1): Wednesday, May 5
The Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) for the fourth quarter of 2020 showed that banks reported a tightening of standards of both Commercial and Industrial (C&I) loans and Commercial Real Estate (CRE) loans to firms of all sizes. For the Residential Real Estate (RRE) loans, banks left standards unchanged but reported either somewhat strengthening or unchanged demand.
Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) (Q1): Thursday, May 6
The Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) remained unchanged at 58.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020 as record-low mortgage rates offset record-high home prices. Though affordability rates held firm, regulatory and supply-side challenges threaten to aggravate affordability problems in the year ahead. Meanwhile, the national median home price jumped to an all-time high of $320,000 in the fourth quarter, and average mortgage rates fell to a record-low of 2.85 percent in the fourth quarter.
Employment: Friday, May 7
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased 916,000 in March and the unemployment rate fell to 6.0%. The labor market is improving as many states ease business restrictions and more people are vaccinated. Currently, employment in residential construction surpassed the level in February 2020, while only 64% of non-residential construction jobs lost in March and April have been recovered.
FHBA NEWS- April 26, 2021
With just ONE DAY remaining in the 2021 Legislative Session, Tallahassee is a buzz!
As of 11:29 a.m. Monday, April 26, HB 337 "Impact Fees" is on its way to Governor Ron DeSantis.
Impact Fee reform capped off the legislative process with a final 28-12 vote in the Florida Senate. Thanks again to Senator Joe Gruters and Representative Nick DiCeglie (and their teams!) for their leadership in tackling such a complex and technical issue. The bill sets forth critical provisions that will tackle the rising costs of impact fees on new residential construction by:
• Increasing market predictability through a responsible phase-in provision. Ensuring impact fee increases are incrementally phased-in at no more than 12.5 percent annually and no more than 50 percent over a 4-year period. Addressing counties such as Hillsborough and Orange, whom in the height of an affordable housing crisis increased impact fees by 80 and 160 percent in a matter of months.
• Defining infrastructure. Ensuring impact fees are calculated and expended on true capital infrastructure projects. Limiting the number and types of public facilities that impact fees may be implemented for, i.e., ensuring local governments cannot base fees off frivolous studies.
• Clarifying that all impact fee credit holders can redeem credits; &
• Providing local government attestation.
HB 401 Florida Building Codes passed the Florida Senate Monday, April 26. The bill adopted floor amendments which will set up its return to the Florida House. The bill now includes:
• Prohibits local governments from using preliminary maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the purposes of imposing land use changes or permits;
• Adds SB 284 “Building Design” – local preemption on aesthetic controls – by Senator Keith Perry (with multiple exemptions);
• Authorizes private provider inspection services for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS). Including a provision that prohibits the department from charging a fee on an owner/contractor who elects to have a private provider.
The bill retains the following provisions:
• Prohibits building departments from requiring building contracts in permit applications;
• Discourages local governments from bypassing the local technical amendment process to the Florida Building Code by allowing an affected party the opportunity to submit a complaint to the Florida Building Commission (FBC); &
• Authorizes the FBC to correct errors in the code by simplifying the procedures and not opening the process up to special interests.
SB 1788 Construction Permits previously passed the Florida House and is currently on the Senate special order calendar for the afternoon of Monday, April 26.
• Updates electronic permitting across the state, including electronic applications, payments, and tracking;
• Applies penalties on local enforcement authorities who fail to meet statutory deadlines, such as 10 percent permit fee reductions if a jurisdiction fails to issue a building permit with 30 business days (and 10 percent reductions every business day thereafter); &
• Provides an applicant with 10 days to correct an unsuccessful application.
HB 919 Preemption Over Restriction of Utility Services passed the Florida Legislature today with a final 27-13 vote in the Florida Senate. The bill will now head to the Governor’s desk.
• Addressing local governments such as the City of Tampa, which proposed a resolution banning natural gas hookups to new and existing homes. HB 919 will prohibit local governments from enacting rules that would restrict or prohibit the types of fuel sources of energy which may be used to serve customers, such as: Investor-owned electric utilities; Municipal electric utilities; Rural electric cooperatives; Entities formed by interlocal agreement to generate, sell, and transmit electrical energy; Investor-owned gas utilities; Gas districts; Municipal natural gas utilities; Natural gas transmission companies; and Certain propane dealers, dispensers, and gas cylinder exchange operators.
Enter Your Projects For The 2021 Aurora Awards Today
The Aurora Awards showcase the best of the best in our industry presented to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers, advertising and other housing-related professionals. Now lets get ready to celebrate!
June 16, 2021