What's Up Wednesday
July 21, 2021


Reputable High Hammer

Luke Brothers

Faithful Straight Edge

SAC logo (Aug 09)
Truex Image logo

Loyal Level

Odette 4
Kinetico 4-17
Lori Swindell Insurance Agency
Quality Homes Logo

Block of Foundation

AJF Construction
Charlotte County Seawalls
Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Kapper Contracting
Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar

07/23: Building Industry Oversight Committee

07/27: CDBIA Next Gen Council meeting

07/29: CDBIA Reverse Job Fair hosted by the Next Gen Council

Click here to promote your job openings

Click here if you are a job seeker

08/03: CDBIA General Membership Meeting

09/09: Market Trends of SWFL

For a complete calendar of confirmed future events, please click here

Update on Lumber


At NAHB’s Urging, White House Holds Supply Chain Summit

NAHB’s efforts to engage the White House to convene a home building materials supply chain summit seeking out solutions to end production bottlenecks that have resulted in soaring material prices has borne fruit.

This afternoon, NAHB, along with a diverse group of stakeholders, participated in a virtual discussion hosted by the White House regarding current challenges across the home building supply chain, its implications for the broader housing market, and possible solutions. Administration officials participating in the event included Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Ambassador Susan Rice, and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Cecelia Rouse.

Thanks to our ongoing efforts, the issue of rising material prices and supply shortages has been brought front and center to the Biden administration. NAHB stressed at this meeting that it is imperative that lumber mill producers boost production in order to meet rising demand.

A Year-Long Effort

This meeting was the culmination of a year-long effort where NAHB has been in the forefront of educating the public and policymakers about how rising lumber and building material prices are harming home builders, home buyers and the economic recovery.

NAHB leaders have appeared on CBS This Morning and numerous times on Fox Business News. We have also been featured in Bloomberg, CNN Business, Fortune, CNBC and scores of local media outlets across the nation calling for action to address rising prices and supply shortages.

In the policy arena, NAHB has reached out to virtually every member of Congress on this issue and held talks with top White House officials and Cabinet leaders. Thanks to the outreach of NAHB’s grassroots membership, several House and Senate leaders have openly raised the issue of soaring lumber prices and housing affordability with Secretary Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. These efforts helped pave the way for today’s meeting. In fact, Secretary Raimondo addressed the NAHB Leadership Council on June 28 and said that “supply chain disruptions are at the top of my mind.”

Moving Forward

In another positive development, many in the residential construction industry may have seen media reports about the recent sharp drop in lumber prices. While this is good news, the lumber crisis is far from over. Most builders have not been able to take advantage of this development because producers are still selling off lumber that they purchased from mills when prices were at their peak.

Moreover, sawmill output continues to lag. During today’s meeting, NAHB underscored that if supply does not increase fast enough to meet demand, we may find ourselves in the same situation as last November, when lumber prices posted a similar steep reduction only to reverse course and move to record-high levels.

And while lumber prices have just recently begun to move downward, the price for other building materials such as oriented strand board continue to soar.

While today’s White House meeting was a step forward, we are not out of the woods yet. Looking ahead, we will remain laser-focused on not only lowering lumber prices and increasing supply, but also keeping pressure on policymakers to improve supply chains for all building materials in order to protect housing affordability. NAHB will continue to work relentlessly on all fronts to find solutions that will ensure a lasting and stable supply of lumber and other building materials for the home building industry at a competitive price.

Learn more about what NAHB is doing to resolve the lumber crisis by visiting our lumber page at nahb.org.

CDBIA Dart Tournament

On July 10th, the CDBIA family and friends got together at the Icehouse in Punta Gorda or a day of darts. It was what we all needed after having Tropical Storm Elsa pass through here earlier in the week! Congratulations to Wharton-Smith, Inc. who won the dart tournament! Wharton-Smith chose to donate the winning prize to The Homeless Coalition and Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County.
To learn more about the CDBIA member nonprofits, click here:
Crossroads Hope Academy: https://www.crossroadspg.org/
Gulfcoast Partnership: https://gulfcoastpartnership.org/
Charlotte County Younglife: https://charlotteharbor.younglife.org/
Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County: https://www.bgcofcc.org/
The Homeless Coalition: https://cchomelesscoalition.org/
Thank you to our event sponsors:
The Firm Advertising Agency: https://www.thefirmfl.com/
Total Recon Cleaning Services: https://www.facebook.com/TotalReconCl...
Ian Vincent & Associates Environmental Consulting Services: https://ivaenvironmental.com/
Colleen Defillipo
Click on the video below to see scenes from the fun:

Education Opportunities

J. Gregory Group is offering CDBIA members to register for this free webinar that reviews the employment law changes to expect from the Biden Administration. Click on the below link, and register. Upon completing the registration form you will be taken directly to the on-demand webinar

Employment Law Changes to Expect From the Biden Administration Webinar Link


Business Accounting Job Costing - Live Online

Learn the basics of construction business accounting that will enable you to effectively track, analyze and communicate your costs. This live online course for building professionals will take place Aug. 3 and 10.

Tuesdays, August 3, 10, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ET


The financial scorecard, or measurement of an owner or a company’s success, is a reflection of proper financial management and accounting. This course provides you with the basics of financial planning, budgeting, construction business accounting, job cost systems and financing options that will enable you to effectively track, analyze and communicate costs of goods, overhead and individual job costs. Topics include accounting terminology, a chart of accounts, types of records and reports to be maintained and loan products that can provide financing alternatives. Registration is open until 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on Monday, August 2.

Participants in this course will be able to:


  • Define concepts and terminology basic to construction business accounting
  • Describe the value and use of common financial reports in measuring business performance, job cost accounting and variance analysis
  • Explain the importance and process of measuring and analyzing job cost against performance
  • Identify the essentials of operating capital funding methods
  • Identify common construction and permanent mortgage products and the relative builder/client positions
  • Recognize the differences between active and passive income endeavors
  • Access templates for a personal budget, a company budget, a chart of accounts, an income statement and balance sheet reports

NAHB Continuing Education: 6 hours towards CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP, MIRM

Required for NAHB Designations: CGB, CGR

To learn more or to register click here: https://storefront.nahb.org/Catalogs/NAHB/NAHB-Education/37389?_ga=2.61354220.1914260728.1626905805-1652844797.1617654343

IMT - Ron CDBIA Template Flyer
This past Monday, the CDBIAPWB, Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association Professional Women in Building held our July meeting, hosted by Cindy Grover of Harbor Home Builders LLC
We selected our new logo.
Karen, Executive Director of C.A.R.E. shared information about how we can partner with CARE to partner together.
We also had an exciting visit from an up and coming leader who was sharing a vision she had regarding a women empowerment project. We hope we can share more details soon!
Last week, FHBA held their state meetings. While at the meetings, FHBA: Florida Sales & Marketing Council shared information about coming to local associations to speak. We shared the information to see which speakers our Council is most interested in bringing down to paradise.
As always, we hung around a bit to catch up, celebrate each other and network.
Thank you again for being a part of the PWB- building women, together!

We also welcomed to more of our Charter members to their first meeting.

Welcome Denise Dull, Gulfcoast Partnership and Jessica Overcash, Integrity Electric

2021.08.16 Construction & Cocktails

You are invited to the next meeting of the CDBIA PWB (Professional Women in Building)

This meeting is sponsored by Robin Lindecamp, First International Title

*NOTE: This meeting will be held at First International Title's Port Charlotte office located at 992 Tamiami Trail

This event is FREE to all members of the CDBIA PWB. Each PWB Member can bring one guest for free.

For CDBIA Members and Guests the price is $10.

Food and beverages will be available with your registration.

Please register by 8/13 so we can ensure a head count to purchase food and drinks.

Click here to register

Thank you!



Are you hiring? Do you know someone looking for a job?


We welcome you to be a part of the CDBIA Reverse Job Fair!

2021.07.29 NextGen Job Fair Revised

There is no charge for CDBIA Members to promote their job openings. We do ask you to register your company by clicking on this link: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/xP2D1W8r?mode=Attendee

If you know someone looking for a job, please have them click here: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/XpjR5Gdp?mode=Attendee


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:

Eligible NAHB members can earn 125,000 Membership Rewards® points after they spend $30,000 on eligible purchases in the first three months of Card Membership. Terms apply.*

Up to $200 Annual Dell Statement Credit

Get up to $100 in statement credits between January and June and up to $100 in statement credits between July and December for U.S. purchases with Dell on your Business Platinum Card when enrolled. That’s up to $200 in statement credits annually.‡

Membership Rewards® Points

5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com‡ 1.5X points per dollar on eligible purchases of $5,000 or more on your Business Platinum Card® (that’s an extra half point per dollar). Up to 1 million additional points per year.‡

To be contacted by an American Express representative:


Help Wanted

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.

What's Up, Members?

Stwan's Pressure Washing
For the month of June Stwan’s Pressure Washing is offering 10% off any service to all CDBIA members.

Appointments can be for any month, as long as you schedule an appointment before the end of June you will receive 10% off your service.

Call today to schedule your FREE estimate and mention this promotion 941-276-8629.

Ken Rite Construction
Help Wanted-Construction Estimator/Sales
Competitive salary plus commission
Experience in construction estimating and Microsoft office.
Residential remodeling, custom homes and light commercial.
Opportunity for potential growth and investment in the company.
To apply, please send resume to klowa@kenriteconstruction.com

Murdock Stones
Did you know that Murdock Stones Etc. sells a large variety of mulch at everyday low prices? This week, we'll tell you that our Melaleuca Mulch is $2.75 for a 2 cubic foot bag....and Melaleuca is Florida friendly and BUG RESISTANT. ($3 to $4 at most other establishments) 590 Prineville St. in Port Charlotte (by the Sun Flea Market). 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. …look for the World’s Largest Mailbox). www.murdockstonesetc.com. 941-629-6651

Dancing Moon Travel

Pat welcomes Julie Quarry from UnCruise Adventures...providers of the ultimate small ship cruising experience.
Whales and dolphins alongside the boat are just the beginning of your Hawaii cruise adventure. Snorkeling in Hawaii means warm water, coral gardens, and neon-colored fish. And you'll remember snorkeling with sea turtles long after you’ve taken off your flippers. Water play, waterfalls, lava fields, and talking story with locals—you’ve never lived aloha quite like this.

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/


News for you


From the desk of Greg Murray, City Manager

Click here

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.

Code Enforcement – (one alternate) Meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 9 a.m. in City
Council Chambers. City residency required. Seven-member board with two alternate members.
Three-year terms. Maximum of three terms OR partial term plus two more terms. Financial
disclosure required. Makes recommendations to City Council on variances to City Code.

Punta Gorda Building Department Help Wanted

Building Inspector - Single License - Electrical License

 Building Department

A highly skilled technical position responsible for performing a variety of tasks associated with advanced technical building inspection and preliminary plans examining work for the purpose of enforcing building codes, regulations and ordinances for both residential and commercial construction.

Permit Technician

Building Department

A skilled clerical position responsible for providing assistance and guidance to contractors, developers, utility companies and residents.

 Building Inspector - Single License

 Building Department

A highly skilled technical position responsible for performing a variety of tasks associated with advanced technical building inspection and preliminary plans examining work for the purpose of enforcing building codes, regulations and ordinances for both residential and commercial construction.


Planner II - Associate Planner

Urban Design

An advanced professional planning position responsible for researching and analyzing technical data in the field of city planning.   Performs professional and technical work developing, researching, data collection, mapping and maintaining public planning studies and programs on land use, zoning, conservation, housing, transportation, population, coastal management, historic preservation and other areas of comprehensive planning activities.


For more information or to apply, click here: https://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/government/human-resources/employment-opportunities


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.

The Historical Advisory Committee is searching for two volunteers who must be permanent residents of Charlotte County who are interested in preserving the history of Charlotte County. The position calls for these members to serve from different Charlotte County historical organizations. The terms are three years and will be staggered in order to be in compliance with Ord. No. 2004-045, Sec. 1-11-69. The HAC’s functions, powers and duties include:

• To evaluate and make recommendations about where historical markers
• should be established;
• To review development and construction projects of historical significance;
• To provide input on potential historic districts;
• To provide input on historical programs and outreach efforts;
• To make recommendations on establishing an archives/collection program;
• To raise funds to preserve historical structures and amenities;
• To provide recommendations to the board on issues relating to those duties specified above or other duties assigned by the board;
• To review and provide input on the capital improvement budget.

For more information, please contact Morgan.Cook@charlottecountyfl.gov.

The Agricultural and Natural Resources Advisory Committee is searching for two voluntary members who must be residents or owners of real property in Charlotte County and broadly representative of the interests of agricultural land ownership and use, agricultural commodity finance and production, agricultural processing, agricultural economics and marketing, agricultural engineering and water management, soils use and fertility, wildlife management, geology and mine
engineering, and environmental conservation. Both volunteers must be engaged in commodity production. The term is effective immediately upon approval and will expire Dec. 31, 2024. If you are interested in an application and information, please contact Morgan.Cook@charlottecountyfl.gov.

The Barrier Island Fire Service Municipal Service Benefit Unit Advisory Board is
seeking two members to fill two vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 21, 2024. Applicants must be residents of Charlotte County and reside within the unit. Submit applications to Public Safety Department, 26571 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, Fla., 33982; call 941-833-5610 or email Todd.Dunn@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

The following MSBU/TU Advisory Boards are seeking volunteers who must be both a property owner within and reside within the Unit. Submit applications to Public Works Department, 7000 Florida St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950; call 941-575-3600 or e-mail MSBU-TU@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

  • Boca Grande Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2024.
  • Burnt Store Village Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2024.
  • Gulf Cove Waterway Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2022.
  • Harbour Heights Waterway is seeking two members to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2022 and Oct. 31, 2024.
  • Manchester Waterway Unit is seeking two members to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2024.
  • Northwest Port Charlotte Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to a fill vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2022.
  • Rotonda Heights Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2024.
  • Rotonda Lakes Street & Drainage Unit is seeking five members to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2022, Oct. 31, 2023, and Oct. 31, 2024.
  • Rotonda Sands Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2022.
  • Suncoast Waterway Unit is seeking five members to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2022, Oct. 31, 2023, and Oct. 31, 2024.

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 admin@cdbia.com.


Recent reported crimes



  • Port Charlotte – *UNLOCKED* X2 vehicle burglary, wallet, key fob & $100 change taken.


  • Port Charlotte – Pentair pool pumps (2) and filter housing removed from new construction sites.


  • City of Punta Gorda – Several *UNLOCKED* vehicle burglaries & a stolen vehicle. Vehicle located crashed.
  • Punta Gorda – Polaris Ranger stolen from ranch property.


  • Port Charlotte – Catalytic converter removed from business vehicle – Suspects identified & arrested.


  • Punta Gorda – (6) *UNLOCKED* vehicle burglaries – nothing of value taken.
  • Englewood – Suspicious persons - 2 Unknown white males entered unlocked back screen lanai for a few seconds then left.


  • Port Charlotte – Unknown subject(s) entered two sheds behind home under construction by breaking the windows for entry – 9 firearms taken, ammunition & misc. items.


  • Port Charlotte – Unknown suspect removed a black mongoose bicycle from the front of a residence.


  • Port Charlotte – Unknown subject(s) entered open garage and removed a plasma cutter, compressor, pressure washer, Makita drills & a Lincoln 140 mig welder.


  • Port Charlotte – Catalytic converter removed from business E-350 van


  • Port Charlotte – Vehicle burglary – Owner walked outside his residence and observed a black male run away from his vehicle – then found his vehicle door ajar and lights on inside. Nothing known taken.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Non-emergency 941-639-0013 - Emergencies are always 911


Remember to always remove valuables & key/key fobs and lock your vehicle when not in use! Lock  your doors, lock your doors, lock your doors!


***Back to School***

Some of our local year round schools will be starting back to school on July 13th and regular school starts August 10th.  Stay alert and slowdown! ** 15mph school zones**



Federal Trade Commission (FTC.gov)

Family emergency scams – "Don't send them money!"

June 17, 2021


Lisa Lake

Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Instead of telling you a ghost story around a summer campfire, we have an all-too familiar tale to share: Myra’s grandson, Jon, is in Mexico for the summer. They video chat every week. One day, Myra gets a call from someone who says he’s Max, a friend of Jon’s: “He was arrested last night and needs $500 for bail.” Max says the police took Jon’s passport, so he’ll need another $700 to get it back. He says not to tell Jon’s parents or anyone else because Jon is embarrassed.

Myra is scared at first — but she’s heard a thing or two that makes her suspicious. So she thanks “Max” for his concern, hangs up, and calls Jon right away. Jon, it turns out, is on his way to class, not in jail. And “Max” is nothing but a scammer.

Family emergency scams like this try to scare people into sending money to help a loved one in trouble. The fraud can play out in many ways, but the hustle is the same: the caller lies, tries to scare you, and rushes you to pay so you don’t have time to think twice or check things out before you send money. And once you do that, you’ll never get it back.

To avoid family emergency scams:

  • Resist the urge to act immediately — no matter how dramatic the story is.
  • Call or message your loved one who (supposedly) contacted you. Even though the caller says not to. But use a number you know is right, not one the caller gives you.
  • Never send cash, gift cardscryptocurrencyor money transfers. Once the scammer gets the money, it’s gone!

If you spot this or any other scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.






What to know before you buy something online


June 18, 2021


Alvaro Puig

Consumer Education Specialist, FTC


Ahh, summer. Ten sweet yet short weeks to enjoy some of your favorite traditions. Maybe it’s sipping an ice cold drink on the porch, spending a weekend at the beach, or cooling off with the kids at the pool. Now that you think about it, you might decide to treat yourself to a new porch swing or a new beach umbrella. Or suddenly realize that you need to buy more goggles because the kids lost theirs…again. Before you start filling up your online shopping cart, we’ve got some tips you’ll want to check out (no pun intended!).

Do some comparison-shopping. Before you buy online, use the power of the internet to compare prices on different websites. We’ve got tips about using comparison-shopping sites.

Think critically about online reviews. Reading other people’s opinions about a product can help you make a decision. But some reviews are downright fake or not completely honest. You may not know when a reviewer got something — like a free product — in exchange for the review. Learn more about how to evaluate online reviews.

Pay attention to the details. Before you buy something online, know when it’ll ship and what to do if you want to return it. Read up on delivery, return, and refund policies.

Pay with a credit card if you can. That way, if you get billed twice for the same item, or you get billed for something you never got, you can dispute it. Learn more about the benefits of paying with a credit card.

Find out what personal information shopping apps collect. Shopping apps might give you exclusive deals or rewards points. But they might also take your personal information, like your name, phone number, and email. And they might use your device’s location. Here’s what to know if you’re using a shopping app.

If you spot this or any other scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.



Federal Reserve, FDIC and OCC to Develop Joint Community Reinvestment Act Rule

How to Tackle Your Labor Needs with Temporary Worker Programs

New Resources Explore How to Change Company Culture on Mental Health

Led by OSB, Lumber Products Now Add Nearly $30K to the Price of a New Home, $92 to Rent

Housing Releases

For the Week of July 26

New Home Sales (June): Monday, July 26

After notable and expected downward revisions for prior months, newly-constructed single-family home sales declined 5.9% to a 769,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate in May. The May number was the lowest in a year, due to builders slowing sales as a consequence of higher material costs and declining availability of labor, material and lots. Higher costs have priced out buyers, particularly at the lower end of the market.

Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (CPS/HVS): Tuesday, July 27

The Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (CPS/HVS) reported the U.S. homeownership rate dipped to 65.6% in the first quarter of 2021. The national homeowner vacancy rate declined to a record low of 0.9%, while the rental vacancy rate increased to 6.8%. Technical issues involved with data collection changes limit useful comparisons of the data since the onsets of pandemic with the prior data series.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): the initial Estimate for Q2.21: Thursday, July 29

According to the “advance” estimate, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.4% in the first quarter of 2021, the fastest growth rate since the third quarter of 2003 (excluding the third quarter of 2020 of course). This quarter’s growth reflected increases in personal consumption expenditures (PCE), the backbone of the U.S. economy, as well as gains for nonresidential fixed investment, residential fixed investment and government spending.

Personal Income: Friday, July 30

Personal income soared 21.1% in March, the biggest monthly gain on record. The gains in personal income were largely due to the American Rescue Plan Act, which includes $4,044 billion in Economic impact payments. Meanwhile, real disposable income, income remaining after adjusting for taxes and inflation, rose 23% in March, the largest monthly gain on record.


Last week, Florida Home Builders Association held the Southeast Building Conference.

Members had booths to share information about their products, members attended to find new product, and members attended meetings to represent you and the voice of our community.

What is most exciting is to attend the board meeting. This board meeting is open to every member.

And as small as our community is, it is so humbling to see we have the largest crowd of dynamic leaders attending these meetings!


CDBIA leaders have taken time out of their unbelievably busy schedules to represent our community at the Florida Home Builders Association Summer Conference at Gaylord Palms Resort In Orlando

FHBA Vice President TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders, Inc

FHBA Area VI Associate Vice President & 2020 Women of Distinction Odette Embury , Drummond Mortgage

FHBA 2020 Remodeler of the Year Bob Miller ( Boyette and Miller Construction & Dev., Inc )

FHBA Past Presidents:
Bill Truex, Truex Preferred Construction
Suzanne Graham, Massey Services, Inc.

FHBA Past 2nd Vice President Rick Ilmberger Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc.

FHBA Life Director Zac Extejt Charlotte County Seawalls

CDBIA President Caryn Huff-Sufferling Wharton-Smith, Inc.

CDBIA leaders:

Robyn Bonaquist B-Squared Advertising
Rob Close Sherwin-Williams
Joe Ernst D and D Garage Doors
John Carlson @Wharton-Smith Inc.
Pat Lewis Sharp Development of SWFL Building and Electrical Service
Rich Lancette, AMS Floors, LLC



And most exciting was the announcement that FHBA has chose our very own Rick Ilmberger, Suncoast Glass & Mirror as the 2021 FHBA Associate of the Year!

The banquet will be held in Sarasota on October 29th. We will be sending information about this banquet, which will also be when our TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders will be sworn in as the President of FHBA.


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