NCHBA Legislative Update

The Senate worked overtime to get its budget done while the House had an abbreviated schedule of activities. Your legislative team consulted with the Chairs of the House Regulatory Reform Committee in order to calendar SB 55 (Continuing Education for General Contractors) on Thursday only to have that meeting canceled when the House scheduled no votes for its Thursday session. However, this meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday and SB 55 is the first bill on the calendar. Based on our lobbying all of the members of that committee this week, we expect a favorable vote.

As discussed in previous reports, the bill would require at least one qualifier of a building, residential or unclassified licensee to obtain 8 hours of instruction annually as a requirement for license renewal. Starting in 2021, all 8 hours can be satisfied by taking approved courses online. The bill received overwhelming support in the Senate and the same level of support is expected in the House, where the companion bill had 87 of the 120 House members either as a primary sponsor or cosponsor.

This morning the Senate passed its version of the 2019-2020 budget, HB 966 (2019 Appropriations Act). The $23.9 billion plan includes an appropriation of $10 million for the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund for 2019-2020 fiscal year. Support for this fund is always one of NCHBA’s top session priorities. The bill also contains several tax provisions important to us (e.g., reduction in the franchise tax rate and an increase in the standard tax deduction). Starting next year, the standard deduction will increase by $1,000 to $21,000 for joint married filers and the franchise tax rate will decrease from the current rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of the corporation’s tax base down to $1.29 per $1,000 for the 2020 tax year and to .96 per $1,000 for the 2021 tax year.

The budget bill now returns to the House for a vote where House members will fail to concur with the Senate changes. A conference committee will then be appointed by the leadership of both bodies to work out the differences in the two versions. Once consensus is reached, the conference report will be voted on and sent to the Governor. All indications are that Governor Cooper will veto whatever the General Assembly presents.

SB 553 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2019) was heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday. The bill contains several provisions. Of interest to NCHBA are the following:

  • Amending the North Carolina Plumbing Code to include an amendment to eliminate a drinking fountain requirement for a building with maximum occupancy under 30.
  • A requirement for NC DEQ to study and report on expanding existing express permitting programs, including stormwater and soil and erosion permits.

Regulatory reform has been an annual priority for the GOP majority in the General Assembly since gaining control in 2011. Each session, NCHBA has successfully sought provisions in this annual legislation. Compared to prior years, this year’s version contains fewer controversial provisions since the GOP no longer enjoys a veto-proof majority.

NCHBA members will head to Washington D.C., next week for NAHB’s Spring Leadership Conference. On Wednesday, NCHBA members and staff will visit Capitol Hill to meet individually with members of our North Carolina Congressional delegation on NAHB’s key federal priorities. Tim and Steven will immediately return to Raleigh to keep our legislative agenda on track.

Finally, it is our honor to name Senator Deanna Ballard (R-Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Wilkes & Watauga) as our “NCHBA Legislator of the Week!” Serving her second full term, Senator Ballard has been a strong supporter of the home building industry during her service in the Senate. We thank Senator Ballard for her continued support for housing affordability and the American dream of home ownership, and we look forward to working with her in the future!

Congrats Preston Harris – Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Congrats to Preston Harris, who recently earned his Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Educational Designation


Preston Harris, General Contractor, Solid Foundation Construction
solidfoundation39@gmail.com
SolidfoundationNC.com
336-486-4859


Winston-Salem – October 2018
Preston Harris, Solid Foundation Construction, is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as a General Contractor with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging-in-place.


Preston began his business in the Spring of 2009. He established Solid Foundation Construction LLC in the Summer of 2011. Preston prides himself on his creative and pragmatic approach to his clients’ goals to improve and customize their homes.
Preston and his remodeling team believe in listening to and visioning with their clients. Turning houses into dream homes is the foundation of SFC’s work.


CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age.


In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates market demographics, communication techniques, marketing, common barriers and solutions, building codes and standards, product ideas and resources and business management. CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.

“I look forward to helping homeowners in the Triad make the changes they need to enable them to live in their homes for a long, long time,” said Preston.

For additional information about the CAPS program, visit www.nahb.org/caps.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund

NCHBA DISASTER RELIEF ALERT
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Hurricane Florence left a wide path of destruction throughout the entire state and especially in central and eastern North Carolina.

In light of this disaster, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc. (NCHBECF) announced the establishment of the “Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund” to aid members of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) in recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence.

Please donate now online with a credit card or send a check addressed to:

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund
NCHBA
PO Box 99090
Raleigh, NC 27624

“Since rivers have yet to crest and flood waters recede, accurate damage estimates are not yet possible, however, we know our members in the affected areas have suffered greatly along with our fellow citizens,” said Gary Embler, NCHBECF Chairman. “We intend to help our members so they can in turn assist their neighbors.”

“The NCHBECF is a Sec. 501 (c)(3) entity conferring federal tax deductibility to donations,” said Mike Carpenter, NCHBA Executive Vice President. “I know our members will give generously in order to make the greatest impact possible.”

“As has always been the case in past natural disasters, home builders and tradespeople will be leading the way in rebuilding our state,” added current NCHBA President Alan Banks.

 

Give to NCHBA Hurricane Relief Fund

Tax Assessment Savings – HBA Benefits

HBA Members:

Recently, I  received a property tax assessment for an inventory home we have under construction. The home will sell for $800k, so you can imagine the tax bill could be high on this one. Fortunately, we had done the proper paper work to request a lower assessment based on the builder inventory bill that the NCHBA got passed in the General Assembly.

Instead of an assessment of $588,0000, we received a correct assessment of $85,000 – Lot value. The  saving in tax is $5505 on this one house! I have paid my HBA membership for 10 years on the savings from this one house.

Be sure to share your own stories of how the HBA has benefitted you and your business when talking with other members. There is so much that we benefit from that ultimately benefits the home owner. Without the NCHBA at work in Raleigh, I would have a very different tax bill today.

Be proud of the team you are on!

Alan

Alan C. Banks, Evans Coghill Homes
2018 President – NC Home Builders Association

It’s about time! NC Licensing Board Online

It’s about time! NC Licensing Board for GC’s announces

Contractors Licensing Central (NCCLiC) for online licensing

The NC Licensing Board for General Contractors is finally moving to an online license renewal system: It’s North Carolina Contractors Licensing Central or NCCLiC.

Log on now and establish your profile – it only takes a minute: It’s fast, easy and secure.


Visit https://ncclic.org/ to get started.

  1. CLiC the orange button
  2. CLiC to register your existing license number
  3. Enter the requested information:
  • your license number
  • a password of your choosing then confirm your password
  • an email address then confirm the email
  • tax ID for corporations/LLCs or Social Security number for sole proprietors
  1. CLiC “I agree” to confirm agreement with terms
  2. CLiC “register”
  3. Look for an email to confirm your account. Simply click the red button.

For the 2019 renewals, you’ll be able to use NCCLiC. NO PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL BE MAILED.

Call us at 919-571-4183 if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

 

Licensed Contractors: What’s in a Name

CE Class – Licensed Contractors: What’s in a Name


HBAWS Education – Licensed Contractors: What’s in a Name

Date: Tuesday, April 24

Time: 11:30am

Location: HBAWS office


Event Description:


HBAWS CE – Licensed Contractors: What’s In a Name?
Presented by Frank Wiesner, Executive Director of the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors

It matters how you conduct your business whether you are entering into contracts with customers, advertising, applying for permits and any other matter in which you are portraying yourself as an individual or corporate entity with intent to conduct business as a North Carolina Licensed General Contractor.  Nearly 30% of all HBA Builder Members are not operating in a 100% correct manner.  Be certain that you are!  Why does this matter?  More information from the NCLBGC below…


*2 General Continuing Education Credit available towards your HABWS required credits