(Part seven in a 13-part series) The homebuilding industry will be watching Rick Judson this year because Judson will spend the year watching over the homebuilding industry. Judson, 63, is the 2013 president of the National Home Builders Association, a nonprofit lobbying and advocacy organization with a $70 million annual budget and 150,000 members from throughout the residential construction and related industries.
“New-home sales are way up, so much so that we’re selling off our inventories, which are still historically below accepted equilibrium levels,” said Alan Banks, president of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte.
“The builders will have to be financially qualified with effective business models and financial discipline," said Bill Bickett, who is spearheading the creation of the Charlotte-based division of the bank. "But smaller builders have had more problems getting financing. We’ll be looking at loans from $2 million to $6 million. That’ll be our sweet spot.”
"We need to be unique in our appeal to Gen X- and Y-ers," Lewis said. "We need to prove our value to them."
“She came to the realization that our membership used to be baby boomers, but now they are increasingly Gen Xers, they relate and communicate differently," said incoming HBA President Alan Banks. "She’s going to be not more of the same.”
The uptick in homebuilding activity comes as some homebuilders say Mecklenburg County’s code enforcement department is taking longer than builders would like to inspect projects and approve plans. Builders say the waits are costing them money.
The city of Charlotte, which had been working on a set of design standards for homebuilders, put those plans on the backburner while waiting to see what would happen with SB 731. With the bill going nowhere in the recently ended session, city officials aren’t wasting any time.
The Home Builders Association of Charlotte last week announced the winners of its Excellence in Remodeling awards. Find the full list here.
The struggles in the homebuilding market have resulted in the Home Builders Association of Charlotte deciding to eliminate the executive vice president position by the end of this year, The Mecklenburg Times learned Thursday. That means Mark Baldwin’s position will no longer exist after Dec. 31. He has been with the HBA for 10 years. [...]
Michael McMillan said he’s just completed what will likely be the most important project of his career. Lives in: Mountain Island Lake Age: 36 Family: wife, Kathleen, 42; children, Amelia, 8, Jack, 7, Mary Frances, 5 Education: bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from University of Dayton, Ohio After college, Michael McMillan came to Charlotte [...]