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Looking for insights into the Wisconsin housing market for 2019? Discover what your business needs to know about the housing market and building trends for next year.
ALSO: Main Goal of 2019-2020: No Backsliding on 2011-2018 Reforms • A.G. Schimel Decides Against Recount • WI Supreme Court Race Next Up • Governor-Elect Evers Announces Transition Team and Chief of Staff • NAHB Explains Opportunity Zone Proposed Rule • From NAHB: Not a Lot of Lots, Builders Report
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Get Your Tickets! • Home Builders Should Know How Their Legal Team Identifies Risks • $50 Off B4 Conference + Free Course in Madison • Members Flock to New WBA Association Health Plan • Save the Date! 2019 WBA Event Dates Now Available • BOD Meeting Attendance Record • Happy Thanksgiving
ALSO: First Glance on Why Top of the Ticket Went D in 2018 • Assembly GOP Comes Back with 63/64 Members • State Senate GOP Gains One Seat to Go to 19 • What Does this Mean for WBA’s Advocacy Efforts in 2019-2020? • NAHB’s Take on National Election Results • From NAHB: 250k Jobs Added in October
Do you know a student who wants to become involved in Wisconsin construction trades? Discover how the WB Foundation can help them get a head start in a rewarding career here.
ALSO: Online Giving Now Available for Building a Better Wisconsin PAC
ALSO: Governor Walker Calls Himself Underdog in Reelection Bid • Final WBA Advocacy Agenda for 2019-2020 To Be Considered Next Week • Coming Soon: Online Giving to BBW-PAC & Survey on Member Involvement in Government • From NAHB: FAA Bill Includes Key Housing Affordability Provisions
As I travel the country, I meet with many business owners that fall into the category of this article, they are growing by mistake. That is why I wrote my #1 Amazon Best Selling book, Growing on Purpose. They tend to be passionate about their company, excited about their product and/or service and have devoted everything to make their company a success. Yet, there is still something missing.
ALSO: New Marquette Law School Poll to be Released this Week: What to Watch For? • new Ads Released in Race for Governor • From NAHB: Bipartisan Group of Senators Seek Fair Resolution of Lumber Trade Dispute
Looking for tips on drafting consumer-friendly building proposals? Use these six tips to help you land more new business.
ALSO: Polling Released in Key Legislative Districts • Despite Huge Funding Disadvantage, Vukmir Beats Nicholson • Marquette Law School Poll: Good News for Vukmir; Walker & Evers Tied • Governor Walker Announces $10 Million Available to Help Contractors Access Capital • From NAHB: NAHB Weighs in as EPA Considers Changes to its Regulatory Development Process
If you’ve ever wondered how you can benefit from becoming a member of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA), you will have access to a wide range of advantages, including: Advocacy privileges, Discounts and free benefits, Research and industry news, Credibility and visibility, Networking opportunities, and 3-in-1 membership.
The Wisconsin Builders (WB) Foundation recently awarded $5,100 in scholarships to seven students going into the building trades at its charity golf outing on July 19th in Wisconsin Dells. These scholarships are open to students across the state who are entering an institution of higher learning in the building trades.
ALSO: Over $20,000 Raised During July Event for Governor Walker • Bipartisan Pushback Against Trump Tariffs • BOD Votes to Endorse Walker and Schimel • WBA Advocacy Group Meeting Highlights • From NAHB: A Looming $1 Billion Tax on Housing
The internet has changed the way that companies do business and consumers seek information. Instead of using newspaper ads and other traditional marketing outlets, consumers are heading online to find home builders in Wisconsin. In fact, research suggests that 90% of home buyers search online during their house-hunting process. If your company isn’t in the digital space, you might be losing out on opportunities to reach potential clients looking to build their dream home.
ALSO: Sign up Today to Host or Attend the Fundraiser for Gov. Walker on 7/18 • Member Review Also Needed for DNR Guidance Documents on Wetlands • From DSPS: Update on Electrical Code Effective Dates • From NAHB: Major Victory for NAHB and Builder in Clean Water Act Court Case
Home ownership is the most significant investment most people make, and, when choosing to build your own home, the stakes are raised further. Who can I trust to build my dream home? Who will stick to vision, my time frame, and my budget? What should I know before signing a contract?
The Wisconsin Builders Association has been recognized for its outstanding website with an Award of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
ALSO: Special Election Split on June 12th • U.S. Supreme Court Sends Wisconsin Redistricting Case Back to Lower Court • From NAHB: Nearly 1/3 of Multifamily Development Costs Stem from Regulations
Giving back to our community is more than an act of social responsibility, it’s a source of pride for our entire membership. Every day, we pay it forward to help promote the housing industry and make Wisconsin an even better place to live, work, and thrive. Let’s take a closer look at three ways our loyal members help us make a difference in local communities in your area.
ALSO: 10 Democrats Make the Cut for August Primary to Challenge Walker • Longtime WBA Friend of Housing Rep. Young Announces Retirement • From DSPS: Commercial Building Code Insert Pages & Informational Documents • Additional Details From the Recent Nomination Paper Filing Deadline • From NAHB: Tax Reform and Net Operating Losses
Recently, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) published its 2018 Wisconsin Housing Impact Study, examining the effect of residential construction activity on the state’s economy. The news is good: residential construction in Wisconsin generates income and jobs for state residents, as well as substantial revenue for state and local governments.
Home modification plays a critical role in older adults’ ability to age in their homes. Beginning July 17, the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology will be offering the Wisconsin HOMES Program, an online professional training program with Wisconsin-specific tools and resources for professionals working in aging, disability, housing, and health care settings serving older adults. Students earn an Executive Certificate and continuing education hours!
ALSO: Jacque & Plumer Advance in Special Election Primaries • GOP Convention Goers Choose Vukmir over Nicholson • California Becomes First State in America to Mandate Solar Panels on New Homes • Badger Institute Report on Fire Departments • From NAHB: November Gubernatorial Races Heating Up
Home building in Wisconsin is highly competitive, so it’s essential to have all the right tools in your mental toolbox for sealing the deal on a family’s dream home. The following sales strategies for home builders can help guide you through the process.
ALSO: DSPS Update on Electrical Code: Attention Electricians • New Commercial Building Codes Goes into Effect May 1st • More WHEDA Loans Coming for New Construction as a Result of 2017 WI Act 277 • Madison Mayor Paul Soglin Claims Democrat Primary is a "Two-Person" Race • Senator Roth Gets an Opponent • 2017 Wisconsin Act 330: Safe Buildings with Fewer Carbon Monoxide Detectors • From NAHB: Safe, Affordable Homes Win at Code Hearings
The recently completed legislative session is a huge win for more affordable housing for Wisconsin families. From streamlining wetlands housing development regulations to prohibiting building codes from exceeding statewide uniform standards, the leadership and influence of our members are making a powerful impact on Wisconsin’s building industry.
ALSO: Wetland Reform Becomes Law • Development and Housing Affordability Act Now 2017 Wisconsin Act 243 • Efficiency Coming to DSPS Councils with 2017 Wisconsin Act 240 • Looking for a Speaker to Tell the Good News? • Join DSPS for Spring Session of "Ask the Code Official" • From NAHB: Timber Towers Face Key Vote
We are excited to announce the launch of our improved website bearing a fresh appearance and enhanced user experience. In addition to designing a new look and smarter navigation, we set out to find ways to better connect with home builders in Wisconsin and others who share the common goal of improving housing.