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Week of May 10, 2004

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President's Message

* For Working Families, Affordable Housing Is in Short Supply

Housing and Economics

* Consumers Win Latest Round in Canadian Lumber Dispute
* A Housing Price Bubble Does Not Exist, Freddie Mac Economists Say
* Eye on the Economy

Housing Politics

* Sarbanes Blames ‘Ideologues’ for Impasse Over GSE Reform Legislation
* Provisions in Habitat Reform Bill Supported by Builders
* NAHB Unveils Virtual 'Get Out The Vote' Election Web Service

Business Management

* NAHB Kicks Off General Liability Insurance Initiative
* Review Your Accounting Reports to Protect Yourself From Fraud


* Supreme Court Decision Brings Good News on Residential Construction Equipment
* Storm Water Permit Guide Available at


* Stillman Knight Honored for Affordable Housing Efforts
* High-Density Housing an Opportunity for ‘Urban Quality’ Design

Small Builders and Remodelers

* Build a Brand: Become a Household Name
* Publicize May as National Remodeling Month in Your Market


* Survey Says Buyers Want Laundry Rooms, Linen Closets
* Best in American Living Awards Accepting Entries

Seniors Housing

* HUD Urged to Provide FHA Insurance for Age-Restricted Elderly Housing
* Not-So-Big Homes Provide Unique Marketing Advantages

Legal Issues

* Texas Town’s Misconduct Not Enough to Show Taking

Housing Finance

* Responses Sought on HUD Proposal For Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Housing Goals
* National Housing Conference to Honor Angelo Mozilo for Lowering Homeownership Barriers

Codes and Standards

* Stair Geometry, Window Sill Heights on Hearings Agenda


* Second International Housing Conference of the Americas Promotes Business Across Mexican Border


* NAHB Members, Job Corps Students Help DC Habitat in Family Build

Building Products

* Vinyl Siding Stays Put During Severe Weather

Builder's Engineer

* Gold-Fringed Business Cards?

Building News Coast To Coast

Association News & Events

* Calendar of Events

NBN Back Issues


NAHB Kicks Off General Liability Insurance Initiative

In an effort to solve the home building industry’s growing general liability insurance (GLI) crisis, NAHB last week kicked off an intense effort designed to bring new GLI products to the market.

Working in partnership with Marsh, the global risk management firm, NAHB is gathering exposure and loss information from builders, remodelers and trade contractors. That information will be used to evaluate the industry’s risk management needs and to create new GLI products.

The information gathered from NAHB members will be held in strict confidence and will not be seen by NAHB members or staff. Revenues from the new products generated as a result of this initiative will be shared with state and local home builders associations.

Over the next three weeks some 42,000 builder, remodeler and trade contractor members will receive a mailing about this initiative. The mailing will include an insurance survey and a consent letter that gives Marsh permission to contact a builder’s insurance carrier to obtain loss-run information. It will also include additional information about this GLI initiative.

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Those who do not receive the mailing are strongly encouraged to go on line to find the materials, or to contact NAHB.

To obtain a copy of the GLI survey or consent letter, click here. Or contact the NAHB Member Service Center at 800-368-5242 x8600. If you have specific questions about the data collection initiative, e-mail Brett Diggs or call him at x8453 or e-mail Clayton Traylor or call him at x8490.

All completed surveys, consent letters and related materials should be sent to Marsh, c/o Jessica Hatch, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.

University of Housing Offers 'Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals'

"Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals," offered by The NAHB University of Housing, is a course designed to help builders and developers avoid, minimize and transfer risks and, where possible, buy insurance and make insurance claims. Click here and type “Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals” in the keyword field for more information on this course.

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