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Biz Tip: Adapt or die

Erin Davis Portland Professional RemodelerThis Biz Tip from HBAMP  and PRO member, Erin Davis of Mosaik Design & Remodeling appeared in April’s edition of the Home Building News.

Today’s remodeler faces a number of challenges we did not have to contend with prior to the Great recession. Clients seeking out multiple bids and often choosing the lowest bidder and the ever changing social media and web marketing platforms are two that are high on the list.

First, if you are a professional remodeler who hires only licensed subcontractors, price your projects appropriately from the start and stick to your schedule, it is difficult to compete with others that do not follow the same sets of values and business ethics. So instead of adapting by lowering our margins to compete with the lowest bid, we have to survive by becoming much better salespeople and marketers. Educating clients about the professional remodeling industry, having superior knowledge of design trends and construction and setting realistic expectations from the beginning gains the trust and confidence needed from prospective clients.

Another “adapt to survive” scenario is that we need to incorporate current forms of advertising and marketing into our businesses or get left behind. This is stressful because not only do you need to create, manage and maintain all of these new plat- forms, but the “rules” of how to utilize Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SEO, blogging etc. for business promotion changes regularly. SEO and social media experts are some of the fastest growing jobs and for a good reason: It is simply too difficult for most business owners to learn this new trade and spend the amount of time required to do it effectively. So how do we adapt?

Try hiring some of it out. This allows you to leverage their expertise on the back end so you can be selling and promoting your company on the front end. When these (two) begin to work together, it adds clout and value to your brand and the professional remodeling industry as a whole.

So just by trying new things and thinking outside of the box you can find what works instead of relying on antiquated marketing methods or worse, putting yourself at financial risk by working for next to nothing.

Annual Ultimate Open House presented by NW Natural and Standard TV and Appliance

2014 UOH logoWhat: The HBA’s eighth-annual scattered home site show, featuring 47 entries from 23 different member builders.

When: 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 and May3 and 4

Cost: Free for Consumers! For Realtors: Realtor Day: UOH homes will be open to realtors only before the show begins on Tuesday, April 22

Sponsors: NW Natural, Standard TV & Appliance, Energy Trust of Oregon , Cobalt Mortgage and Bridgeport Village

More information: Visit www.ultimateopenhouse.net or call 503-684-1880.

The Ultimate Open House Tour presented by NW Natural and Standard TV & Appliance offers two full weekends of house hunting for homebuyers throughout a five county area.  The 8th annual Tour, runs April 26 – April 27 and May 3 – May 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and showcases 45 homes by more than 20 of the areas’ top homebuilders.

“The extremely tight home inventory in the Portland metro area makes this year’s Ultimate Open House Tour a highly anticipated event for homebuyers,” says Rachel Trice, VP membership services & events, Home Builders Association of Metro Portland.  “Our homebuilders are answering that call by providing stunning, newly constructed homes with the latest trends and technology that today’s homeowner demands.”

Tour homes range in price from the 200-thousand to just over a million, making this a home tour almost everyone can appreciate. The homes are scattered from Forest Grove to Boring, Oregon—and everywhere in between. As an added incentive this year, the first five buyers who purchase a natural gas tour home will receive a free outdoor Gas Grill by Napoleon®, valued at $1,200, courtesy of NW Natural.

Trends

Attendees to the Ultimate Open House will enjoy new design debuts and technological advances, including open kitchens with virtually invisible appliances along with unique countertop designs.  Other features include fewer walls making entertaining and family time more enjoyable. Homebuyers will notice universal design elements—allowing continuous accessibility for all generations.

“Homebuyers will also see that nearly all of the homes on the tour are equipped with natural gas connections and appliances, which is a must-have for home buyers,” said John Frankel, NW Natural marketing manager. “Not only does natural gas allow you to have the latest in home equipment trends—it also saves on your heating bills and reduces your overall carbon footprint.”

Idea Homes: 

Three homes on the tour are specifically designed to inspire with highlights ranging from convertible living space, downstairs bonus rooms and the highest energy standards.

1. Gertz Fine Homes

This Gertz Fine Home is designed to serve the growing number families that have their parents or other family members living with them for extended periods. This home accommodates people who need a permanent home, within a home.

2. Stone Bridge Homes NW 

This Stone Bridge Home NW features maple raised cabinetry Maple with Ebony Glaze finish. Enjoy energy efficiency with Advantage™ Gold Certification. There’s also a double-sided gas fireplace in looking onto the covered deck. Cabinets for island, Powder Bath & Owner’s Pantry are in “Indigo” finish.

3. Portland Development Group

This Energy Star home by Portland Development Group is situated in the Concordia neighborhood of NE Portland. It features modern amenities, an open layout, and a vintage design. The main level offers a dining area, living room with fireplace, and open kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counters, and stainless appliances.

The HBAMP presents the 2014 Ultimate Open House lineup of 45 homes featuring the following builders:

Arbor Custom Homes

Bluestone Homes

DR Horton

Everett Custom Homes

Fish Construction NW

Gertz Fine Homes

Jack Ryan Homes

J.T. Roth Construction

Legend Homes

MCM Homes

Metropolitan Land Group

Noyes Development Company

Pacific Lifestyle Homes

Pahlisch Homes

Polygon NW Company

Portland Development Group

Sage Built Homes

Stonebridge Homes NW

TA Liesy Homes NW

Treece & Lambert

West Wood Homes, LLC

NW Natural will be hosting a free BBQ lunch at the following Idea Homes:

  • Sunday, April 27, Stone Bridge 15154 SW Summerview Dr., Tigard
  • Saturday, May 3, Gertz 9070 SW Edgewood St., Tigard
  • Sunday, May 4, Portland Development Group 5110 NE 36th Ave, Portland

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 695,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

2014 UOH Sponsors

Meet an HBAMP Member: Steph Noble

Steph NobleTitle/Company:
Mortgage Consultant with NW Mortgage Group

Years with the HBA:
New member – 1 year

Why are you a member of the HBA/what value do you find in HBA membership: To connect with other professionals who are excited
about growing our community.

Business Basics
Training and Education: I’ve been a licensed mortgage professional for 10 years.

How’d you get started with your current business: I had a friend who mentored me and my business took off.

What advice would you give others starting out in the industry: Work hard and treat your clients well.

How do you measure “success”: Success to me is working hard and taking time off to play, travel and relax.

What’s your most useful business “tool”: The ability to think on my feet and find a way to help clients get a home loan.

Business mentors or heroes: Sheryl Sandberg, founder of LeanIn.org and my mom who is willing to try and learn anything.

Making the Call
Business decision you’re most proud of: Taking the risk to leave a nursing career to work in the mortgage industry.

One you’d like to have back: College – knowing what I know now – I’d focus my education differently.

Principals you use for big decisions: In 5 years will this decision matter? And will I be proud of the decision I made.

The best business advice you’ve received: Keep
a database. My clients have been the key to my success.

Where I’ve Been, Where I am Going
First “career” job: Registered Nurse – Labor and Delivery.

As a kid, I wanted to be: Everything. I had a million ideas of what I wanted to be.

If I weren’t doing this, I’d be: Training dogs.

Insider Information
People would be surprised to know: I am one of eight children from the same parents.

If I could work for free for any cause/charity, it would be: Working with dogs.

Words I live by/my motto: Will this decision matter in 5 years? It helps me to not sweat the small stuff.

I need more time on weekends for: Travel. Spending time with dogs, family and going to the beach.

HBAMP members lend a hand through philanthropic programs

Homestreet HBF CheckBy Jon Bell for the HBAMP

Building houses, remodeling kitchens, furnishing living rooms, lending money.

The list of what HBAMP members do for a living is a long one. It’s also one that doesn’t stop with straight business functions. Plenty of members also connect charitable giving and philanthropy to their overall mission.

“Whether they choose us or Habitat for Humanity or any number of other organizations, every member I talk to has a nonprofit or cause they believe in,” said Ken Cowdery, executive director of the Home Builders Foundation. “I’ve been in the world of nonprofits for over 35 years, and I’ve never had the pleasure of working with such a large number of people who so readily give back.”

For a look at how four different HBA members give back to their communities, read the full article in January’s edition of the Home Building News.

HBAMP now hiring Sustainability and Education Manager

Position Title: Sustainability & Education Manager Reports to: Vice President, Marketing, Membership Services & Events

Summary of Position: Responsible for managing and implementing activities related to the coordination, expansion and market readiness of sustainable and energy efficient building efforts among the residential home building, remodeling and development communities within the jurisdictions of the HBA of Metro Portland. Focus will be on sustainable building efforts, programs, education and events supported by HBA and our funding partner, Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) and its subcontractors. Also responsible for managing HBAs education efforts, including those directly related to our sustainable programs and others related to general industry certifications, education and training.

Staff that report to this position: None

Overview of Responsibilities: Serve as a champion and spokesperson to promote, communicate and advance sustainable building programs and better building science efforts within the residential building, remodeling and development communities in metro Portland on behalf of the HBA.
- Maintain and advance relationships on behalf of the HBA with sustainable and building science partners including, but not limited to, Energy Trust of Oregon, PECI, ClearResult and EarthAdvantage. Promote ETO and HBA better building science initiatives for both New Homes and Existing Homes Programs.
- Encourage participation and educate builders about energy performance scores (EPS) and the New Homes Program through ETO. All collaboration activity shall be tracked and reported to ETO on a regular basis per directives given to HBA by ETO annually.
- Develop information, communications and resources that help HBA members better understand better building/sustainable opportunities, incentives, programs, products, services and tools available to them. Also serve as a link from our industry back to our sustainable program partners, jurisdictions and others about the market readiness, feasibility and challenges associated with various initiatives and specific tactics.
- Manage the Home Performance Council (HPC) of the HBA, a council of volunteers focused on residential better building/sustainable building initiatives. Coordinate monthly meetings, education and events as HPC and HBA strategic plan requires.
- Serve as the staff contact for HBA with ETO and partner organizations and their programs/activities in order to better integrate energy efficient and better building efforts within HBA shows, events and programs and government affairs efforts.
- Organize and lead HBA annual educational programs for its members including better building/sustainable practices courses, contractor business management training, national designations, sales and marketing training and Construction Contractors Board (CCB) education. Responsibilities will include all phases of event coordination including procuring sponsorships, promotion, managing registration, obtaining speakers, event agendas, logistics, budget management and on-site event coordination.
- Coordinate with our State Association (OHBA) and other HBA staff to make sure online education for contractors related to CCB requirements is communicated and marketed to our members and others in our industry.
- Plan, implement, operate, budget and market the BuildRight Conference, a large one-day business-to-business conference and trade show focused on residential better building practices. Responsibilities will include all phases of event coordination including procuring sponsorships, promotion, managing registration, obtaining speakers, event agendas, logistics, budget management and on-site event coordination.
- Coordinate and attend committee meetings for the various education programs as required. Use resources available through the National Association of Home Builders, Oregon Home Builders Association and HBA’s staff to identify hot industry related topics which may result in education programs. Keep the membership informed of education offerings of the local, state and national associations through promotion on website, print, social media, and HBA’s monthly news publication Home Building News.
-  Support the events/shows team with on-site event support as needed.

Skills/Experience/Educational Requirements and Preferences
- Four-year college degree, or relevant additional work experience will be considered in lieu of educational background.
- 3 years experience working in or with the building industry preferred.
- Familiarity with green building and energy efficiency programs such as Energy Star, Earth
Advantage, and LEED for Homes.
- Familiarity with Energy Trust of Oregon, PECI or CLEAResult a plus.
- Relationships and connections with green building and sustainable organizations, government agencies and companies that interact with and support the building industry. – Conference and education planning, promotion and implementation experience.
- Ability to work in a member-driven, industry association environment while effectively
collaborating with outside partners.
- Strong communication, organization and writing and presentation skills.
- Good budget management skills.

Values Needed
- Commitment to HBA’s desire to create a work environment where employees act with integrity, pursue excellence in actions and attitudes, foster creativity, respect colleagues, build camaraderie and earn and exercise trust.
- The process of involvement and consensus building among members and organizational partners can achieve better outcomes worth the extra time and effort.
- Homeownership plays a vital role in successful communities.
- The home building and remodeling industry’s success is vital to our region and it can best adapt when market-driven or incentive-based approaches are the primary drivers.
- Government’s ability to provide a well planned, consistent and efficient regulatory, land use and building environment that provides stability to the development and building processes and balances the region’s economic and environmental needs will help the industry provide housing more effectively and affordably.

Compensation and Benefits: Full-time, salaried, exempt position. Base salary commensurate with experience. Association offers a 401(k) with employer match, medical/dental/vision insurance, long and short-term disability, and other benefits to qualified employees.

People will do well in our work environment who: Have an interest in and are able to support the value of the home building and remodeling industries. Enjoy an active, event-oriented environment. Can work in an atmosphere where there is regular activity and member/staff interactions, even when it may be a little disruptive. Look for ways to be of help to others. Believe in the value of collectively working with staff and members to achieve goals, even when this may slow down the process. Able to work in an environment where priorities and responsibilities are laid out in general but need to be adapted to changes in needs or demands of the day/week.

Application Requirements: Please include a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position and that also addresses the position requirements listed above. Direct application, salary requirements or history, and resume submissions to:
Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland Attn: Rachel Trice, VP of Marketing, Membership Services and Events 15555 SW Bangy Road, Suite 301 Lake Oswego, OR 97035
rachelt@hbapdx.org

HBAMP member, David DeHarpport elected a life director of NAHB

Dave DehaarportWASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 – The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected David DeHarpport of Beaverton, to be a life director at the Association’s IBS Board of Directors’ Meeting in Las Vegas, NV., on February 6.

“The success and scope of NAHB is largely due to the dedication and hard work of members of its board of directors such as David,” said NAHB Third Vice Chairman Ed Brady. “By giving up time with their own businesses and families, NAHB’s life directors are instrumental in helping further NAHB’s work to advance housing opportunities for all Americans.”

David DeHarpport is the owner of Four D Construction Company in Beaverton. He has been a member of NAHB since 1981, was the HBAMP President in 2006 and has served as a voting director for 10 years.

In order to be eligible for election as a life director, NAHB builder and associate members must have served as a voting director for more than 10 years, have attended at least two board meetings each year, and be recommended by their local or state association.

ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

For more information about the Life Directors honors, contact:

Kimberly Worthy
(202) 266-8579
www.nahb.org

Work at the 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams in Happy Valley

The NW Natural Street of Dreams is currently hiring for the 2014 show located at Northern Heights, a development located off 152nd and Sunnyside Rd. in Happy Valley, Oregon. There are a two different types of positions to apply for: Crew and Ticket Office. Information about each position is listed below.

Crew Photo 2

Crew Position Description:
The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland is seeking enthusiastic and hardworking individuals for the position of Crew at the 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams from July 15 through August 30. The show will be held at Northern Heights, a development located off 152nd and Sunnyside Rd.  in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Responsibilities:
This is a great opportunity for motivated young people seeking summer employment. Crew Members will assist with the daily operations of the NW Natural Street of Dreams. Responsibilities include concessions operations, event set up and teardown and parking assistance.  The days and hours will vary. Duties of the position are performed indoors and outdoors and may be performed in inclement weather conditions. Position may require frequent or continuous walking, standing and talking. May also require occasional sitting, kneeling, bending, reaching, stooping, running and heavy lifting/carrying.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must be 16 years of age or older and have the ability to work mid-July through late-August. Candidates must work well in a team environment, possess excellent verbal and written language skills and have outstanding customer service skills.  Applicants should be willing to take direction but be capable of working independently and efficiently. A food handler’s permit is not required, but is a plus.

For consideration, please download the NW Natural Street of Dreams Application and submit with cover letter by May 1, 2014 to: Helen Lewis, Executive Assistant, Helenl@hbapdx.org.

SOD_Logo2013_V2Ticket Office Staff Description:
The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland is seeking enthusiastic and hardworking individuals for the position of Ticket Office at the 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams from July 15 through August 30. The show will be held at Northern Heights, a development located off 152nd and Sunnyside Rd.  in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Responsibilities:
This is a great opportunity for those seeking part time summer employment. Ticket Office employees responsibilities include money handling, ticket sales, customer service and accurate record keeping.  The days and hours will vary. Duties of the position are performed indoors and outdoors and may be performed in inclement weather conditions. Position may require frequent or continuous walking, standing and talking. May also require occasional sitting, kneeling, bending, reaching, stooping, running and heavy lifting/carrying.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must have the ability to work mid-July through late-August. Candidates must work well in a team environment, possess excellent verbal and written language skills and have outstanding customer service skills.  Applicants should be willing to take direction but be capable of working independently and efficiently.

For consideration, please download the NW Natural Street of Dreams Application and submit with cover letter by May 1, 2014 to: Helen Lewis, Executive Assistant, Helenl@hbapdx.org.

HBA of Portland adds Hood River County to territory

HoodRiverORHPThe Home Builders Association of Metro Portland has had our official territory expanded to include Hood River County. HBAMP made the request to our national association, which oversees jurisdictional boundaries, as a result of a number of builders and other industry companies in the area reaching out to us and asking if they could join our HBA and if we would provide some limited services to the area. The County had been under the jurisdiction of another local HBA until recently, but it became available. We can now accept members from Hood River County even if they don’t do business in the Metro Portland region.

For membership applications, please click here.

Contact Us: Call Us at: 503-684-1880 // Email Us at: info@hbapdx.org