The ORIGINAL & Best Show of the Year!
The 2015 Home Show™ will be better than ever before! March 13th – 15th at the Knoxville Convention Center in Downtown Knoxville, this year's show will feature an updated floor plan with displays by professional contractors including new home builders, remodelers and home improvement specialists.
Friday, March 13
· 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: EPA RRP Lead Paint Refresher Course, Room 300-D (Pre-register)
The following presentations will be held on the show floor stage in Hall A at the Convention Center
· 1:00 PM – THDA Mortgage Products for Your Homebuyers
As the housing market recovers, buyers are coming back to the table and we see homes starting to pop up all over the place again. With all the new mortgage regulations, what the economy and your business don’t need is another slowdown. THDA provides a great mortgage option for your homebuyers that may not have perfect credit or a lot of money for down payment and closing costs. Come here the details of this product and other ways that THDA is hard at work in your community. You may be surprised at the partnership opportunities you never knew about!
Katie Moore is the CONNECT Liaison for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. She began her housing career cleaning up after natural disasters across the southeast which eventually led to nonprofit homebuilding. She’s taken on roles within multi-family tax credit development and low-income minor home repair groups. After becoming chairman of the Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition’s East Region, Katie was asked to join THDA in her current role. She lives in Knoxville and works towards better connecting partners to what THDA does and can do for Tennessee communities as the state’s Housing Finance Agency.
· 2:15 PM – Attracting and Converting Online Leads
We’ve come to accept that the business of selling homes requires a whole new set of tools – websites, SEO, social media, even CRM. But these tools are only the tip. The Digital Age has changed the fundamental processes that buyers use to shop, chose, and purchase. Yes, sales is still all about building rapport and relationships, but the processes involved in developing those needs to change – perhaps even more than the tools! In this session we’ll dive deep and examine the entire marketing and sales process to show how sometimes slight adjustments in how we communicate can result in exponential increases in sales – without requiring heavy investments in marketing or working more leads.
Dan Mitchell’s company (Eagle CDI, Inc.) has earned several awards in the “Excellence in Marketing and Home Design” presented by the National Association of Home Builders: Building Systems Councils. Eagle CDI, Inc. has acquired awards nationally within the log home builder category, and has also received awards for the best designed homes constructed, that are 2,300 square feet or more. Like many of those drawn to construction, Dan Mitchell has a boundless energy, a talent for problem solving, and a keen mind that is always seeking the next challenge. His life experience is as varied as his interests, which include announcing local NASCAR races and hockey games, volunteering as a wrestling coach for high schools and youth associations, instructing applied building techniques, and real estate development.
· 3:30 PM – Make-up Air Codes: Requirements & Solutions
High CFM kitchen ventilation range hoods are removing air from homes faster than fresh air can enter. This causes a drop in the air pressure within the home. This drop in air pressure can cause back-drafting which can cause carbon dioxide and radon to enter the home. The international residential code (IRC) has established requirements for ventilation hoods exceeding 400 CFM. This program will address the importance of make-up air and solutions that are readily available to builders and contractors. A more restrictive change to the make-up air requirement was introduced in the 2015 edition of the IRC.
David Newton is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD). After several years as a sales associate at Kitchen Sales of Knoxville, David became a kitchen and bath design trainer for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Since 1989 he has operated his own kitchen and bath training organization, David Newton and Associates. He is a member of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Hall Of Fame and a frequent presenter at IBS/KBIS in Las Vegas.
· 4:45 – Stormwater Runoff Reduction Requirements: Facts & Myths
Runoff reduction is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. Runoff reduction employs principles such as preserving and recreating natural landscape features, minimizing effective imperviousness to create functional site drainage that treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product. There are many practices that have been used to adhere to these principles such as bio-retention facilities, rain gardens, vegetated rooftops, cisterns, and permeable pavements.
In 2010, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation included runoff reduction as part of the state’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit. As a result, jurisdictions across the state have to implement runoff reduction into their stormwater ordinances to curb reactive “end of pipe” approaches to stormwater management. This presentation will explore the smart application of the design process to meet runoff reduction requirements.
Co-presenters: Chris Granju and Amy Mann
Chris Granju, P.E.: Mr. Granju is Knox County’s Stormwater Management Director. He has worked in the stormwater management field for over 20 years. As Stormwater Management Director Mr. Granju oversees policy development and implementation of Civil Engineering regulations, permitting for construction, implementation of floodplain management policy, coordination of government programs and activities to meet EPA NPDES Phase II regulations, and provides technical analysis and guidance on surface water engineering issues. In addition, Mr. Granju is an avid cyclist and soon to be new father.
Amy Mann: Mrs. Mann is an NPDES Project Manager for Knox County Stormwater Management. She oversees the Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping program and the Ed / Outreach and Public Participation program for Knox County’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. Amy spent 6 years working for the Knox County Soil Conservation District before moving over to the urban side of stormwater management in January 2014. Amy graduated from the University of Oregon in 2002 with a BA in Journalism - Advertising.
2015 Officers and Directors Announced, 2014 Member Awards
President: Brian Shugart
Vice President: Julie DuPree
Secretary/Treasurer: Dan Mitchell
Associate Vice President: Larry Jackson
Immediate Past President: Blane Chrisman
Alan Van Why
Award Winners & Special Honors
Paul Shamiyeh, 2014 Associate of the Year
Alan Van Why, 2014 Builder of the Year
Deanna Arnott, 2014 President’s Award
Dennis Sewell, Honorary Life Director
Home Ownership Remains a Key Part of the American Dream
There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about Millennials delaying marriage, kids and homeownership. So it would be easy to think that perhaps the traditional American dream of owning home is slowly dying. In fact, the opposite is true: Research shows that homeownership remains a goal for the vast majority of American renters.
A recent survey by Freddie Mac revealed that 91% of renters believe homeownership is something of which to be proud. And, younger renters are making plans to buy homes in the near future. In fact, nearly half of renters in the 25-to-34 age bracket – and nearly 60% of renters ages 35 to 44 – indicate that they plan to buy a home in the next three years.
Benefits of Homeownership
These would-be buyers recognize the many benefits to homeownership, including the fact that homeownership is a primary source of net worth for many Americans, and is an important step in accumulating personal financial assets over the long term.
In fact, 90% of the survey respondents said that being able to pass their home on to their children is one of the top three benefits of homeownership. Although property values have declined in many markets, Americans have more than $10.8 trillion of equity in their homes, and for most families, home equity represents the largest share of net worth.
Overcoming Obstacles to Homeownership
Qualifying for a mortgage and saving up for a downpayment remain primary obstacles to homeownership. To help address these concerns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – recently announced new low-downpayment mortgage programs geared primarily toward the first-time home buyer market.
These lenders will now offer mortgages with 3% downpayments, allowing more creditworthy borrowers who lack the funds for a large downpayment to obtain a home mortgage.
To ensure that the financing process goes smoothly, buyers should consider pre-qualifying for a mortgage and having a financing commitment in place before shopping for a new home. Buyers also may find that some home builders have arranged favorable financing for their customers or offer financial incentives.
Recent analysis by the National Association of Home Builders reveals that financial concerns remain front of mind for many first-time home buyers. In fact, Millennial home buyers – those in the 18-to-33 age bracket – are more likely to let financial reasons influence their house choice, while older generations consider the right size most often. And the homes Millennials buy are smaller, older and less expensive than homes bought by older generations.
That’s not surprising, since Millennials also are more likely than older generations to finance home purchases through current income than accumulated wealth, according to the NAHB analysis of the 2013 American Housing Survey. So, while Millennials may be taking a little longer than previous generations to reach some of these traditional milestones, their goal of building their own American Dream remains strong.