NBN Online for the week of October 8, 2007

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In This Issue:

Front Page
Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Bill Sails Through House
Nation's Building News Will Not Be Published Oct. 15
NCHI Suppliers Good Friends to Have in Housing Downturn
Coast to Coast
Car Dealer Tactics on the New-Home Lot
Politics & Government
Turning Out Voters Can Elect Pro-Housing Local Leaders
Governors Blast Lack of Uniform U.S. Immigration Policy
Register for SLGA Conference Online Until Oct. 14
Economics & Finance
Useful Links to Monitor Economic and Housing Trends
Builders’ Tip: How to Easily Prime Exterior Trim End Cuts
Research Testing Moisture Resistance of Exterior Cladding
Building Quality
Builders Prepare for Upturn by Managing Quality
Multifamily Reception at Builders’ Show on Feb. 14
Enter Pillars of Industry Marketing, Design Awards
CAPS Contractor Makes Accessibility Accessible
NAHB Remodelers Celebrates 25th Anniversary This Month
Building Systems
SIPs Code Change Lowers Hurdles on the Job Site
Register for SHOWCASE 2007, Coming Oct. 28-31
New Home Technologies Require Trained Installers
A Sisterhood of Success in Good Times, Down Markets
Late Entries for The Nationals Due Friday, Oct. 12
Construction Safety
‘811’ Service Stops Diggers From Hitting Utility Lines
Apply for NAHB Safety Award for Excellence by Oct. 19
2008 International Builders' Show Registration Open
Plan for Success With IBS Pre-Show Education
Free Spike Party Tickets Available to HBA Membership Staff
Attend the Custom Builder Show in Naples, Fla., Oct. 26-28
Education Calendar
EPA Trains Texas Builders to Follow Storm Water Rules
Green Building
Builders More Familiar With Green Building Guidelines
Workforce housing
Mississippi Issues RFPs for Workforce Housing Programs
Students Spend a Day at Pulte Homes Job Sites
Building Products
Home Improvement Projects Bring the Family Together
NAHB-Produced Programs on DIY, Fine Living and HGTV
Community Service Award Entries Due by Nov. 12
Students, Apply for Scholarships to Attend IBS by Nov. 15
Association News
Pardee Builds Playhouses to Raise Funds for the Homeless
Make Sound Bites Bark With NAHB’s ‘Interviewing Skills'
Drive Away With a Shiny New $500 GM Offer
Dell Savings on Vostro Desktops, Notebooks Through Oct. 19
UPS Offers Up to 30% Discount to NAHB Members on Shipping
Calendar of Events
NAHB Career Center

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Governors Blast Lack of Uniform U.S. Immigration Policy

Register for SLGA Conference Online Until Oct. 14

Turning Out Voters Can Elect Pro-Housing Local Leaders

Home builders who play an active role in getting out the vote in the upcoming elections through a home builder network have a good chance of putting into office mayors, city council members and other local officials who are supportive of housing on such important issues as impact fees, zoning, and property-tax rates, according to NAHB's State and Local Reporter (a members-only site).

In a city of 50,000 residents, there will be approximately 22,000 registered voters and only about 6,000 of them will vote in a non-presidential election like the one that takes place this Nov. 6. Most local races have a winning margin of 5% to 10%, or 300 to 600 votes.

A home builders association with 200 members that makes a real effort to increase voter turnout can account for those 300 or so votes needed to win.

An estimated 1,000 possible voters can be reached by the HBA, including:

  • 200 members of the association
  • 150 spouses of those members
  • 300 employees of those members
  • 300 employees of subcontractors and supplier companies
  • 50 lawyers, accountants, bankers, etc.

Here are a few steps that can help increase voter turnout of members and their contacts: 

  • During the week of Oct. 8, send an e-mail or letter from the HBA president to each member and associate member reminding them of the upcoming election. Include an absentee ballot request form, which can be found online at the secretary of state’s Web site.

  • Make sure the candidates supported by the HBA (or association PAC) have a chance to speak to the membership.

  • The week of Oct. 22 send an e-mail or letter from the HBA president to each member and associate member reminding them to send in their absentee ballot or go to an early voting booth before the deadline; this varies by state. Also encourage employers to allow employees to fill out ballots or go to an early voting booth during an extended lunch break.

  • On Sunday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 5, HBA leaders and the leaders of sponsorship companies should make phone calls and send personal e-mails to members and subcontractors to make sure that they have voted early or will vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

For more information on how home builders associations can step up their get-out-the-vote efforts, e-mail Karl Eckhart at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8126.


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