NAHB Award Has Arrived!

Guess what arrived today?

Our Award of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders!  We won the award for the Best Membership Recruitment / Retention Plan Implemented and learned about it last month at the annual NAHB' 2011 EOC Seminar in Naples, Florida.

The best part?  Our winning entry will become part of the Executive Officers Council's Idea Loan File in an effort to help other executives and associations across the country provide better service to members and their community. 

Come to the BIA House and check her out!

Thank you to our wonderful members and our incredible staff, without whom this would not be possible!!

Riverside BIA Wins National Award

The Riverside BIA hosts numerous member-focused events throughout the year, such as last week's Summer Winery Event.The Riverside BIA recently received an Award of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders for the Best Membership Recruitment / Retention Plan Implemented.  The award was presented during the annual National Association of Home Builders' 2011 EOC Seminar in Naples, Florida.

 "I am very proud of the accomplishments of my association and the hard work of our staff," said Mark Knorringa, chief executive officer for the Riverside BIA.  "To receive an Association Excellence Award and to be recognized by one’s peers is truly the ultimate compliment."

Winning an Association Excellence Award is truly a great honor, said David Ellis, president of the Executive Officers Council and executive officer of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.  

"Each award recognizes the outstanding effort, commitment and achievement an executive officer and the association membership made to further the value of involvement in the association," he said.

The winning entries will become part of the Executive Officers Council's Idea Loan File in an effort to help other executives and associations across the country provide better service to members and their community. The council's membership consists of the staff executives who manage the more than 800 state and local home builders associations that comprise the National Association of Home Builders.

Lawmakers Indicate Support for Extending Conforming Loan Limits

We wanted to draw your attention to this article in today's Monday Morning Report from NAHB:

NAHB’s ongoing efforts to extend the current conforming loan limits, which are due to expire on Oct. 1, received a boost this week when CQ Today reported that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the Administration has changed its stance on the issue and would now support a one-year extension of the current home loan guarantees.

Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) on July 15 introduced legislation (H.R. 2508) that would provide a two-year extension. In addition, pending legislation by Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) — H.R. 1754 — would provide a permanent extension. Despite these positive developments on this issue, extending the mortgage limits is far from a done deal, with many conservative lawmakers in opposition and in favor of reducing the government's involvement in housing and potential risks to taxpayers. If Congress fails to act, the national ceiling for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Federal Housing Administration home loans will drop from $729,750 to $625,000. A drop in some mortgage loan limits would reduce housing demand and place downward pressure on home prices in major markets across the country, exacerbating the current housing downturn and endangering the fragile economic recovery, according to NAHB economists. The CQ Today article also cited NAHB CEO Jerry Howard, who predicted an extension would come to pass if voted on in the House. "It's really not a partisan issue," said Jerry. "It's a geographic issue, and Republicans in high-cost areas are going to have to recognize their constituents." See NAHB's recent study on the impact of loan limit changes for 2011. Contact: Scott Meyer (800-368-5242, x8144).