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  • March 23, 2017 10:23 AM | Lauren Mozingo (Administrator)

    MAR 15, 2017

    South Carolina added 7,100 construction jobs between January 2016 and January 2017, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of U.S. Labor Department data.

    The year-over 7.8% increase in jobs was the sixth largest gain among all states and the District of Columbia, the Arlington, Va.-based trade group said in a press release issued Monday.

    Construction employment, though, declined by 100 jobs between December and January, the association said. At the end of January, 98,300 South Carolinians were working in the construction business.

    Altogether, 38 states and D.C. added construction jobs between December and January, Association officials said that many firms report they are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to hire as they work to keep pace with growing demand.

    "Even as firms continue to find ways to expand their headcount, they are increasingly concerned about the lack of available, qualified workers," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. "There is only so much firms can do to attract the limited number of qualified workers before labor shortages begin to impact their operations."

    Association officials again urged federal leaders to act on a series of measures they outlined in recommendations to the Trump administration and Congress to bolster the supply of qualified workers even as they work to enact new measures to improve the nation's aging infrastructure. Those measures include boosting funding for career and technical education programs, making it easier for firms to set up regional training programs and making Pell grants eligible for career and community college programs.

    "The growth in construction demand is outstripping the growth in the supply of qualified construction workers," Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer for the association, said. "Federal officials have a great opportunity to attract and prepare even more people for high-paying careers in construction that will cut unemployment and boost the economy."


  • March 23, 2017 10:15 AM | Lauren Mozingo (Administrator)
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    MAR 16, 2017

    Residential home sales and prices continued to rise in South Carolina during February, according to a monthly report from the S.C. Association of Realtors.

    In February, 5,096 homes sold across the state at a median price of $180,000, which is a 1.9% increase in sales and a 7.5% increase in price from February 2016, the report said.

    The Hilton Head area report the highest median price at $280,000, while Southern Midlands saw the lowest at $51,000, according to the report.

    The number of new listings in the state rose 6.9% to 9,815 in February compared to February 2016, and the inventory of homes for sale declined 6.3% to 32,129 last month. That leaves a 4.8-month supply of inventory, the report said.

    “A projected increase in interest rates coupled with continued inventory shortage could result in higher prices, thus impacting affordability in some areas,” association CEO Nick Kremydas said in the report.  

    Homes stayed on the market an average of 102 days, which is down from 110 in February 2016. Homes sold the fastest at 68 days in the Greater Greenville area and the slowest at 255 days in Southern Midlands, the report said.

    Residential real estate data for S.C. regions

    Location

    Homes sold Feb., 2016

    Homes sold Feb. 2017

    % change

    Median price Feb. 2016

    Median price Feb. 2017

    % change

    Aiken

    135

    152

    +12.6%

    $143,000

    $160,600

    +12.3%

    Beaufort

    150

    138

    -8.0%

    $175,000

    $179,500

    +2.6%

    Charleston Trident

    1,100

    1,265

    +15.0%

    $236,484

    $240,500

    +1.7%

    Cherokee County

    31

    22

    -29.0%

    $40,000

    $116,500

    +191.3%

    Coastal Carolinas

    844

    816

    -3.3%

    $156,217

    $164,000

    +5.0%

    Greater Columbia

    755

    730

    -3.3%

    $150,000

    $154,250

    +2.8%

    Greater Greenville

    776

    781

    +0.6%

    $165,375

    $175,000

    +5.8%

    Greenwood

    50

    50

    0.0%

    $120,500

    $118,496

    -1.7%

    Hilton Head Area

    236

    276

    +16.9%

    $290,000

    $280,000

    -3.4%

    North Augusta

    496

    462

    -6.9%

    $155,850

    $167,900

    +7.7%

    Pee Dee

    133

    143

    +7.5%

    $125,250

    $137,000

    +9.4%

    Piedmont Regional

    200

    132

    -34.0%

    $144,900

    $154,500

    +6.6%

    Southern Midlands

    24

    18

    -25.0%

    $107,875

    $51,000

    -52.7%

    Spartanburg

    282

    259

    -8.2%

    $124,950

    $145,000

    +16.0%

    Sumter/Clarendon County

    103

    102

    -1.0%

    $119,200

    $139,500

    +17.0%

    Western Upstate

    279

    278

    -0.4%

    $136,575

    $152,200

    +11.4%

    State totals

    4,999

    5,096

    +1.9%

    $167,417

    $180,000

    +7.5%

    Source: S.C. Association of Realtors

    Reach Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144.


  • March 07, 2017 10:51 AM | Lauren Mozingo (Administrator)

    SENATE

    Wes Climer [R]
    Financial Advisor
    District 15 York County
    (H) P.O. Box 4898, Rock Hill 29732
          Bus. (803) 752-0052
    (C) 604 Gressette Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 212-6016

    Mike Fanning [D]
    Educator & Executive Director, Olde English Consortium
    District 17 - Chester, Fairfield & York Counties
    (H) 7825 Camp Welfare Road, Great Falls 29055
    (C) 606 Gressette Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 212-6024

     Chauncey K. Gregory [R]
    President, Builders Supply Co.
    District 16 Lancaster & York Counties
    (H) P.O. Box 1381, Lancaster 29721
          Bus. (803) 289-6211
    (C) 512 Gressette Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 212-6148

     Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. [R]
    Dairyman & Businessman
    District 14 Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union & York Counties
    (H) P.O. Box 742, Gaffney 29342
          Bus. (864) 489-9994      Home (864) 489-3766
    (C) 213 Gressette Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 212-6430

    HOUSE

     F. Gregory "Greg" Delleney, Jr. [R]
    Attorney, Hamilton, Delleney, Grier, & Cotten, LLC
    District 43 Chester & York Counties
    (H) P.O. Drawer 808, Chester 29706
          Bus. (803) 581-2211      Home (803) 385-3580
    (C) 512 Blatt Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 734-3120

    Brandon Michael Newton [R]
    Staff, University of S.C. Lancaster
    District 45 Lancaster & York Counties
    (H) 2003 Hickory Dr., Lancaster 29720
    (C) 404D Blatt Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 212-6874

    J. Gary Simrill [R]
    Businessman
    District 46 York County
    (H) 1515 Alexander Rd., Rock Hill 29732
          Bus. (803) 366-0445      Home (803) 328-8089
    (C) 518C Blatt Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 734-3138

     Thomas E. "Tommy" Pope [R]
    Attorney & Speaker Pro Tempore
    District 47 York County
    (H) P.O. Box 471, York 29745
          Bus. (803) 324-7574
    (C) 505 Blatt Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 734-2701

    Dist. No. 48 - York Co. VACANT

    John Richard C. King [D]
    Funeral Director & Owner, Christopher King's Funeral Home & Bail Bondsman
    District 49 York County
    (H) P.O. Box 11555, Rock Hill 29731
          Home (803) 980-5454
    (C) 309D Blatt Bldg., Columbia 29201
          Bus. (803) 212-6873


  • January 19, 2017 11:13 AM | Lauren Mozingo (Administrator)

    The HBA of York County proudly announces our newly elected board for 2017:

    Chairman - Brian Jones (Cornerstone Builders Group)

    President - Bo Ziegler (Adler Construction Services)

    Vice President - Brian Jones (Cornerstone Builders Group)

    Assoc. Vice President - Jeff Jones (Carter Lumber)

    Secretary - Mike Palmer (MJ Palmer Construction)

    Treasurer - Tena Cornwell (South State Bank)

    Builder Directors - Kenny Childers (Cornerstone Builders Group)
                                        Scott Grigg (Waddell Homes)
                                        Brian Grissom (Carolina Homes Development)

    Associate Directors - Tyler Barnes (The Building Center)
                                            Janet Gaglione (Northpointe Bank)
                                            Michael Carruth (York Co. Natural Gas)

    As always committees are open for all. If you are interested in hearing about our committees and were you can help, please contact Lauren at 803-328-8460


  • January 25, 2016 8:33 PM | Lauren Mozingo (Administrator)


    January 22, 2016

    Volume 2 Issue 21


    Inside this issue

    ·       • Headlines

    ·       • Positive Bills

    ·       • Negative Bills

    ·       • HBASC Complete Legislative Tracking List

    ·       • NAHB Membership Advantage Discount Program

     

     

    Headlines

     

     

    Governor Haley Delivers State of the State Address

    Governor Haley spoke to a joint assembly of the House and Senate this week, and focused her speech on funding for education and infrastructure as well as domestic violence and legislative ethics reform.  Governor Haley gave her support for borrowing $200 million for repairs to K-12 schools across the state, and proposed to pay state college tuition for teachers who agree to spend eight years working in rural school districts.  The Governor also used her speech to reiterate she would veto any road bill that did not include a reduction of the state's income tax rates and restructuring at the Department of Transportation.

    On the issue of infrastructure funding, the Senate indicated the body will begin debate next Tuesday on an infrastructure funding bill.  There is no indication that the working group of senators has reached an agreement which could lead to an extended debate.

     

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    Positive Bills

     

     

    (Use links to see full text of each bill)

    S.165 - Automatic Stays

    (Similar to H.4011)
    Senator Greg Hembree to remove the automatic stay provision from statute.  Under current law, construction projects that have received the proper approvals and permits can be automatically stopped in order for individuals or groups to appeal those same permits.  This typically happens with projects that involve wetland mitigation and can force developers to pay more in mitigation fees than required by the formula determined by the US Army Corps of Engineers and SC DHEC.  This legislation would remove the automatic stay provision and allow construction to continue while any appeals are heard.  This bill was amended and approved in the Judiciary Committee.  It now goes to the Senate floor for further consideration.

    S.408 - State Procurement Code

    Senator Paul Campbell introduced a bill aimed at increasing the open competition for bidding in water and sewer projects.  This legislation could result in potential savings for local governments by allowing them to consider more cost effective materials to be used in these projects. This bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

    S.522 - Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands

    (Similar to H.3797)
    Senator Sean Bennett introduced legislation to remove the portion of Dorchester County above the critical line from Coastal Zone.  This would significantly reduce the mitigation costs for economic development projects, and could lead to increased growth in Dorchester County.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

    H.3490 - Business License Fees

    Representative Rick Quinn, along with Reps. Merrill, Rivers, and Atwater, introduced H.3490.  As we have mentioned before, this is one of the HBASC's top priorities this session.  The bill was introduced with 18 co-sponsors (Reps. Kennedy, Erickson, Tallon, Loftis, Taylor, Putnam, Goldfinch, Ballentine, Bedingfield, Finlay, Forrester, Hamilton, Herbkersman, Hicks, Huggins, Sandifer and Toole) representing all parts of the state.  We are very appreciative to Rep. Quinn and all of the co-sponsors for their passion on this issue which would lower the tax burden local government places on businesses. 

    As introduced, this legislation would create a centralized collection system under the SC Department of Revenue, and bring South Carolina into the 21st century by allowing online payment of these fees.  Additionally, the bill would change the payment structure from its current form.  Businesses would be required to pay the business license fee only in the jurisdiction where the company's state income tax return is address, and the fee is capped at $100 per business.  This would be a huge relief to businesses operating in multiple jurisdictions while also improving the ease of compliance.  The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

    H.3682 - Patent Trolling

    Representative Kirkman Finaly filed this bill aimed at curbing patent trolling in South Carolina.  Many HBAs across the country are experiencing issues with "patent trolls" falsely claiming to hold a patent on common construction practices.  In many cases, a builder receives a letter claiming that a particular building method is infringing on a patent and unless the builder pays a license fee they will be sued by the "patent troll."  Most often, the builder will pay the license fee rather than go to court even though the patent claims are fabricated.  This bill is supported by a number of trade associations, including the SC Bankers, SC Realtors, and the HBASC.  The bill was approved by 87- 0 vote in the House Judiciary Committee, and is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    H.3774 - Construction Careers Pathways Act

    Representative Samuel Rivers introduced a bill to provide additional opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry.  The legislation would allow collaboration amongst high schools, technical schools, and 4-year institutions.  It would also create curriculum and strategies to enhance learning and skill building.  The bill was referred to the House Education and Public Works Committee.

     

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    Negative Bills

     

     

    (Use links to see full text of each bill)

    S.18 - Home Owners Associations

    (Similar to S.13H.3217H.3248)
    Senator Jackson has filed this bill, as he has for a number of years, to address concerns with homeowners associations.  There are a number of similar bills which attempt to address these issues as well.  The HBASC is concerned these bills may attempt to force builder and developers to turn over control of the development before reaching 100% build-out.  This bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  During the subcommittee hearing, Sen. Rankin amended the bill to authorize a new commission under the Department of Administration to study the issue and make recommendations to the General Assembly.  The bill was amended and passed by the Judiciary Committee; however, a minority report was placed on the bill.  This report would need to be removed before the legislation could receive a vote on the Senate floor.

    S.258 - Local Lobbying Registration

    Senator Thurmond has filed this bill, similar to legislation last session, to require registration of lobbyists at the local level.  The HBASC continues to have concerns with the unintended consequences this would have on HBA members and local associations. This bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

     

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    HBASC Complete Legislative Tracking List

     

     

    The HBASC tracks a number of bills throughout the legislative session relating to a variety of topics.  For your convenience,  we have made a copy of the complete tracking list available.  The following highlights will be used to bring your attention to updates within the tracking list:

    Blue highlight = newly introduced bill
    Yellow highlight= changes to the status of a bill
    Green highlight = bill signed into law by the governor

     

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    NAHB Membership Advantage Discount Program

     

     

    HBASC members are eligable for discounts from GM, UPS, FTD, Office Depot, Wyndham Hotel, Hertz and more. Get all of the details online at www.nahb.org/MA

     

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    625 Taylor Street, Suite A
    Columbia, SC 29201
    (803) 771-7408

  • August 18, 2015 1:12 PM | Brian Jones (Administrator)
    We needed this article two months ago to enlighten our county leadership and planning staff.  Wow!  What a great amount of information and should be publicized to everyone!  Check out this article posted in the Herald:

    http://media.heraldonline.com/static/0816intersections/index.html



  • August 18, 2015 1:09 PM | Brian Jones (Administrator)

    THE HBA FALL GOLF OUTING WILL BE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015 AT SPRINGFIELD.  

    It was necessary to change the date originally announced due to golf course conflicts.

    Please watch your email for sponsor opportunities and sign-up sheets.  Please call the HBA office

    with any questions.

    Thank you


  • March 03, 2015 9:58 PM | Brian Jones (Administrator)

    Water Heater Changes and Energy Compliance

    Changes are in the works regarding size and installation requirements for many water heaters. These changes are the result of new federal energy-efficiency standards going into effect for those appliances manufactured after April 15. 

    The changes will affect nearly all types of water heaters being produced, but the changes depend on the size of the water heater and what the manufacturer chooses to do. 

    Smaller water heaters of 55 gallons and less, the most commonly used, may see an increase in size – perhaps 1-2 inches taller or wider – to account for the additional insulation necessary to make the higher efficiency. These increased dimensions may require additional installation clearances and may not work for closet installation replacements. 

    However, some manufacturers may choose to adjust the capacity of some of their tanks to make sure they can still fit where the older models did, even if they hold 2-3 gallons less. 

    The standards will have their biggest impact on the design and installation of gas and electric heaters larger than 55 gallons in capacity – about 10% of the residential water heater market. For these larger units, electric water heaters must use a heat-pump design and gas water heaters will need to be a condensing combustion type to meet the new efficiency requirements. You can read a more detailed explanation at nahb.org/waterheaters, and as NAHB learns more about the changes, the page will be updated. 

    Manufacturers are now beginning to get the word out on impending changes. Your members should contact their sale representatives, suppliers or plumbing subcontractors to discuss the best solution for their projects. 

    For additional information, contact Don Surrena at 800-368-5242 x8574.


  • November 20, 2014 8:49 PM | Brian Jones (Administrator)

    The HBA of York County in association with Pro-Impact Design is proud to announce that it has updated its website with a fresh new look and palette of tools.  The refreshed web site HBAYC.com will be the new catalyst for events and information as it pertains to the Home Building industry in York County South Carolina.   

  • August 04, 2014 8:50 AM | Brian Jones (Administrator)

    The South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame inducted F. William “Bill” Hargrove, Sr., Hank Chardos and W.B. “Bill” Cox, Sr. will be inducted into the prestigious honor society for their work in and support of South Carolina’s home building industry. Each inductee was presented with the trademark medallion and plaque during a ceremony on August 4 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort.

    “We couldn’t have asked for better inductees than Bill Hargrove, Hank Chardos and Bill Cox because of their unwavering efforts to protect the home building industry and the American dream of homeownership,” said Kenneth E. Ormand, Jr., chairman of the S.C. Housing Hall of Fame Trustees. “The South Carolina home building industry has been fortunate to have these champions working for the benefit of our citizens.”

    Bill Hargrove is a strong advocate of housing who has had a remarkable effect on the housing industry. His innumerable hours of volunteer work on behalf of our industry stand as an example to any HBA member or anyone who owes their livelihood to the construction industry.  He has tirelessly worked to insure a mix of housing options within the county to provide affordable homes to a growing workforce in the York County/Rock Hill/South Charlotte area.  Bill Hargrove has also shown time and time again through his philanthropy and his service that the well- being of the construction industry and community are imperative to him....

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