What your HBA has to offer
Many of my customers ask me why they should join their local home builder association and what they would be getting for their money. At first glance, all they see are membership fees, monthly meetings and dinners. To be sure, the monthly meetings and dinners focus on education and networking, but there is much more going on.
Activities in Congress, federal agencies, the courts, and state and local governments affect the housing industry. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is actively involved on many fronts to make sure that housing remains a priority in the public policy arena. Membership in a local HBA automatically includes NAHB membership.
How home builder associations benefit you and the industry
The NAHB has a professional staff of more than 300 in Washington, D.C. whose jobs are to look out for your best interest. Below are just some of the functions of the NAHB:
- Analyze policy issues
- Housing industry public relations through the media and other outlets
- Monitor and work toward improving the housing finance system
- Analyze and forecast economic and consumer trends
- Educate, train and disseminate information to members
- Represent the industry’s interests on Capitol Hill
- Strive to ensure that housing remains a national priority when laws are passed and policies established
- Work with federal agencies on regulations affecting the housing industry in areas such as mortgage finance, codes, energy and the environment
- Strive to shape court decisions by being involved in litigation on land development, environmental and construction liability matters, so that laws and regulations will be interpreted favorably for the housing industry
All these areas affect contractors, their employees and customers, and HBA membership is a signal of professionalism and commitment to the building industry.