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News, updates and announcements from the Johnston County Building Industry Association

Scholarship Winners!

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After reviewing a record number of outstanding scholarship applications, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 JCBIA Scholarship. Each of these recipients has earned a scholarship based on academic achievement, exceptional community involvement, strong letters of recommendation, and are immediate family members of a Johnston County Building Industry Association member.

Join us in congratulating the following recipients:

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2020 Session Accomplishments

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Despite the lobbying challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, your NCHBA legislative team had an outstanding legislative session this year. CLICK the Top 10 link to read a summary of our TOP-10-2020-Legislative legislative accomplishments for the session. Each of the bills is discussed in detail where we also highlight the “key legislators” who deserve special recognition for helping us achieve the desired result.

In addition to the “key legislators” highlighted in our "Top 10 Legislative Accomplishments" above, NCHBA has many other legislative friends who consistently support our industry throughout this, and previous, sessions.

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Legislator Of The Week

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For nearly a decade, Senator Jackson has been a stanch supporter of home building industry and business interest as a member of the General Assembly. Senator Jackson serves as one of three principal chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee and plays a large role in setting state budget priorities. Senator Jackson owns a large-scale agriculture operation Sampson County and fully understands the hardships business owners face every day. Thank you, Senator Jackson, for helping to ensure that housing remains plentiful and affordable in North Carolina.

Senator Jackson's District is #10 that covers Duplin County, Johnston County, and Sampson County

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Senate Approves House-Passed PPP Bill

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By unanimous consent, the Senate on June 3 approved legislation passed by the House last week that will liberalize rules under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give business owners more time to have the loans forgiven by the U.S. government. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly.

Under the PPP loan program, which passed Congress earlier this spring as part of the CARES Act, small businesses with fewer than 500 employees can take out loans equal to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll from 2019 with the total capped at $10 million. For many businesses that meet key conditions on the use of these funds, the loans may be forgiven.

The legislation approved by the House and Senate, called the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, will make it easier for small businesses to utilize funds under the PPP and still qualify for loan forgiveness. Specifically, the bill will:

Increase the timeline for businesses to spend their loan money on payroll in order for it to be forgiven from the current eight-week deadline to 24 weeks;
Extend the June 30 rehiring deadline for laid-off employees to Dec. 31;
Reduce the requirement that 75% of loan money must be spent on payroll in order for the loan to be forgiven to 60%; and
Provide more leeway on loan forgiveness for employers if they show they were unable to rehire employees or reopen to business in a way that complies with safety standards.

NAHB continues to urge Congress to ensure the PPP guidelines align with congressional intent to allow more workers in the residential construction sector to access the loan program. Specifically, NAHB is urging Congress to provide a waiver from eligibility restrictions in the existing Small Business Administration 7(a) loan program to allow single-family and multifamily home builders, land developers, multifamily property owners and 501(c)(6) organizations access to the PPP.

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Timing is Everything

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Knowing when to take action can be the difference between your company’s continual growth or eventual decay.
The coronavirus pandemic has created significant challenges and uncertainty for many. While these challenges are substantial, now is not the time to simply stand idle and hope your business is lucky enough to survive.

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Embracing Technology

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More and more home builders are embracing technology..... like the use of drones to make properties more accessible. They are using local production company's to create videos that include both aerial and interior footage. The drones are able to capture a 360-degree view of the exterior of a home and fly-ins showcase the interior.

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Continuing Education

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General Statute 87-10.2 states that North Carolina licensed general contractors will be required to complete continuing education (CE) beginning with 2021 license renewals.

Courses

  • CE courses begin in May 2020.
  • 8 hours of CE must be completed in order to renew a license by at least one qualifier for licensees in the license classifications of Building, Residential and Unclassified. For the Unclassified license, it shall be the qualifier who has passed the Building examination.
  • The 8-hour course requirement includes a mandatory 2-hour course produced by the Board with information about changes in the laws and rules and other content applicable to general contracting.
  • The remaining 6 hours will be elective courses produced by outside providers, submitted to and approved by the Board.
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How to Find an Honest Contractor

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With hurricane season in full swing and other severe winter weather around the corner, home owners may find it necessary to call in professionals to help repair damage to their homes. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that after a natural or man-made disaster, there are people who will try to profit from a community’s misfortune.

 

But a fly-by-night contractor is one disaster you can prevent if you follow a few steps to ensure you hire a reputable professional.

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“A Builders Role in the American Dream”

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For most Americans, like me, home ownership is the epitome of the American dream. Even before those days prior to the writing of the United States Constitution, home ownership was revered as a luxury, held by only a select few.  Home ownership also bore the testimony of man’s ability to provide shelter to his family, protection from often feared wildlife, and a safe refuge for raising strong children. “Home sweet home” is more than just a colloquial expression in today’s world, it is reality, transcending from the days of old. In fact, “at times [the framers of the Constitution] insisted that the right to acquire and possess private property was in some ways the most important of individual rights,” says David Upham, University of Dallas.

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Best Parade of Homes Marketing Effort 2016

Best Parade of Homes Marketing Effort 2016

TOP NORTH CAROLINA HOME BUILDERS AND MARKETING
PROFESSIONALS HONORED AT STARS AWARDS

The North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) recognized the outstanding performance of home building professionals throughout the state at the annual STARS Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 14, at the Omni Charlotte Hotel.  Held in conjunction with the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, the STARS Awards saluted builders, associates, realtors, media and advertising professionals for their excellence and contributions to the home building industry.

Best HBA Parade of Homes Marketing Effort
Small/Medium HBA:
Johnston County BIA
Executive Officer: Sherry Pinney Phillips
Local President: Ashley Lee

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Code Talk by Russell Reeves

Code Talk by Russell Reeves

Most contractors have experienced a code change cycle at some point during their career. Code cycle occurs and “the way we’ve done it for 30 years” is no longer acceptable. So, contractors adapt to the new code only to experience a code change again 3 years later. Sometimes code changes back to the way it was in the prior cycle. Subsequently and effective in June 2013 the NC General Assembly approved a bill that would allow a 6 year cycle, drastically slashing the number of cycles during the average 30 year career by half. Excited about that? Before you celebrate, take time to review the 200+ pages of amendments to the current 2012 NC codes. Electricians aren’t so fortunate, the 2014 Electrical code became effective April 1, 2016 and is still on a 3 year cycle.

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Trivia Fundraiser $ Presented!

Trivia Fundraiser $ Presented!

On May 24th the 2nd Annual Trivia Night - Builders vs Realtors - competition was held and $2,945 was raised for the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County!  Great fun and friendly competition was had by all!!  Oh - and the JCBIA is the current champs!!! 

The Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County is a community-based organization that provides young people with a fun, safe and constructive after-school environment. Clubs offer programs and services to build character and strengthen life skills. Clubs are open to all youth ages 6-18 and have a special focus on children and teens from challenging or disadvantaged circumstances.  Clubs reach out to children in need, giving them support, guidance and hope for the future. Dues are kept low and the do not turn kids away because of an inability to pay.

There will be a rematch in 2017 so start brushing up on your trivia!!

Sherry

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NC Builder Institute

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The one constant in the home building industry is change.  New products, changing technology, and evolving legal and building code laws are just a few of the industry’s elements that require constant vigilance and training.

The NC Builder Institute (NCBI) is here to provide you with the tools you will need to stay ahead of your competition.  With flexible course hours, up-to-date materials and cutting edge technology, we are here to help you succeed in your business.

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Congratulations!

Congratulations!

Congratulations! to long time member, Jarman Homes, on celebrating 15 years in business!  Neil and Joy Jarman started in the building industry in 2000 building their first house in the Tralee Subdivision.  Over the years they have built specs and custom homes in subdivisions throughout Johnston County.  They are multi-year Parade of Homes Awards winners, and are still going strong today.  During Neil's term on the Board of Directors, he has been honored with Member of The Year, Builder of The Year and also served as JCBIA President in 2010.  In 2015 Jarman Homes was awarded the Best of Houzz Award in Design!!  Neil and Joy Jarman reside in Clayton with their 3 growing boys.

Members like Jarman Homes bring character and integrity to the JCBIA and lend stability to the Industry. Their unwavering support over the years has helped make the JCBIA the Association it is today!

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Setting A Good Example by Terry Evans

Setting A Good Example by Terry Evans

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Christmas Dinner.   It was a fun time and gave us the opportunity to catch up with those we don‘t see often.

We have many exciting projects coming up in 2016.  As a member of the JCBIA we hope you will take the time to participate in these projects.  Most of the time work is involved, but we manage to squeeze in some good times.

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Kelly Dowless Story - 2015 Fundraiser

Kelly Dowless Story - 2015 Fundraiser

Four years ago, Kelly Dowless wasn’t too concerned when her legs grew weak. At age 31, the schoolteacher was puzzled, but the pain was minimal.
“I thought they’d give me some medication and I’d go home,” she said. The diagnosis, however, was serious. A rare neurological disorder called transverse myelitis was damaging her spinal cord. Her condition began to worsen almost by the minute. By that same afternoon, Dowless was paralyzed from the chest down.

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Oyster Roast a GREAT time!

Oyster Roast a GREAT time!

Todd & Scarboro Insurance Agency has been a member for several years and has always been a great supporter of the JCBIA!  I want to thank them for throwing another successful and well-attended Oyster Roast!  The oysters and shrimp were enjoyed by all!!

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Just Around The Corner! by Heather Hall, JCBIA Secretary

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As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, you know the season will soon change.  Kids are back in school and the housing industry is booming!  It's been an awesome summer!!  Since Fall is just around the corner, why not go ahead and make plans to get your house ready for the 22nd Annual Parade of Homes.  It will be here before you know it.

Judging for the 2016 Parade of Homes will be Thursday April 7th and you will want to be ready.  Open House Weekends will be April 16,23,30.  Go ahead and mark your calendars NOW!!!  We look forward to seeing your entry in the Spring!

Heather Hall
JCBIA Secretary
Parade of Homes Committee Chair

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Effective October 1st! by Bill Clarke

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Hold on to your hat, the mortgage market is about to experience a huge change.  Effective October 1, some of the regulations related to how consumers are informed of the expenses related to mortgage loans are about to have big revision.

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JCBIA 2015 Scholarship Recipient

JCBIA 2015 Scholarship Recipient

The Johnston County BIA established an annual scholarship to support students who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their education. It is intended to help students reach their educational goals and can be applied toward any education-related costs, including textbooks, and any other fees associated with their studies.

This year’s recipient is our next generation in building!  He comes from a family of contractors and architects that have owned their own business dating back 5 generations.  His dream is to one day own his own building company. 

He is attending NCSU and finished last year on the Deans List with a 3.598 GPA.  He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and class representative on Poole College of Management Student Council, and attended Summer Internship for Sumner Construction.

This future Building Industry Professional is the son of Shannon and Mike Hunsaker –   Congratulations!!   Mr. Blake Hunsaker!!!

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Congratulations Blake! Great job and keep on keeping on!
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