President's Pen by Tamra Stier, HBA President

Tamra Stier

It was a great day for all who came out to the HBA Build PAC Fall Golf Outing with good food, fun and sun. Thank you to the hosts, participants, sponsors, volunteers and the companies that donated door prizes! Here is your chance to help YOUR association……

Chili Cook Off & Silent Auction - Proceeds to Benefit the HBA Office Restoration

Thursday, October 23rd 5:30pm to 8:30pm @ 3 Rivers-1615 Northland Boulevard

The Historic Edsall House (housing the HBA), built in 1839 and the oldest home in downtown Fort Wayne, has recently undergone some foundation repairs. Due to these repairs, the landscaping, signage, front steps and lighting have to be replaced.

We are accepting any type of silent auction items and companies are allowed to deduct these silent auction items as a tax expense but not individual donations. Please invite - employees, friends and family for a fun night!! These events are only a success when we have our members involved, so please mark your calendars and contact Maurine and Michelle for more information.

The proposed IBA dues increase over the next 3 years has been the discussion of your Board members. The FW HBA Board’s letter, with concerns and suggestions, was written in response to the IBA proposal. The IBA Board of Directors will vote on the proposed dues increase (along with other important items) Monday, December 8, 2014.

It is always good to hear positive news in our Industry. This leads me to agree with the following statements: “Since early summer, builders in many markets across the nation have been reporting that buyer interest and traffic have picked up, which is a positive sign that the housing market is moving in the right direction,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. According to another article the NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said, “Sustained job growth, affordable home prices, low mortgage rates and a rebound in consumer, small business and builder confidence will help the housing market continue to show modest improvement and better production levels in the months ahead.”

Being positive in the midst of negative….brings light in to the darkness.

Tamra Stier

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