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WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 10 — Michael LeCorgne, CAPS, CGA, CGP, CSP, a risk management specialist with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty in Mandeville, La., has been named the 2012 Certified Graduate Associate (CGA) of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The CGA is a professional designation offered by NAHB for suppliers and other industry professionals who do business with builders and remodelers.
Prior to his current role, LeCorgne was a home builder, remodeler, renovator and commercial builder, and he also is a licensed insurance agent in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A veteran of the home building industry for nearly three decades, LeCorgne holds the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Green Professional™ (CGP) and Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) designations from NAHB.
The St. Tammany/Washington Parishes Home Builders Association, HBA of Greater New Orleans and the HBA of Louisiana have all recognized LeCorgne as their Associate of the Year. Nationally, he received the prestigious Bill Polley Award from NAHB for his political advocacy and was inducted into the Society for Honored Associates. In 2011, LeCorgne was inducted into the St. Tammany/Washington Parishes HBA and the HBA of Louisiana Hall of Fame.
LeCorgne has made significant contributions as an educator. He is an NAHB-approved instructor for several courses on topics such as business management, customer service and aging-in-place remodeling. The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors also approved LeCorgne to teach builder continuing education classes.
The CGA Designee of the Year is awarded to the industry professional who best showcases the importance of the educational designation and promotes professionalism. LeCorgne has held the CGA designation since 2005.
“Builders and remodelers want to work with individuals who understand the building industry,” said John Barrows, CGB, CGP, GMB, chairman for the Certified Graduate Builder Board of Governors and a builder from Wainscott, N.Y. “Michael exemplifies what the CGA designation is all about, a commitment to education and professionalism. He is committed to making the industry better in his home state and sharing his expertise as an instructor.”
LeCorgne and other leading industry professionals will be recognized at the 2013 International Builders’ Show on Jan. 21 in Las Vegas.
From the National Association of Home Builders
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 – Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for an eighth consecutive month in December to a level of 47 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. This marked a two-point gain from a slightly revised November reading, and the highest level the index has attained since April of 2006.
“Builders across the country are reporting some of the best sales conditions they’ve seen in more than five years, with more serious buyers coming forward and a shrinking number of vacant and foreclosed properties on the market,” observed NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “However, one thing that is still holding back potential home sales is the difficulty that many families are encountering in getting qualified for a mortgage due to today’s overly stringent lending standards.”
“While there is still much room for improvement, the consistent upward trend in builder confidence over the past year is indicative of the gradual recovery that has been taking place in housing markets nationwide and that we expect to continue in 2013,” noted NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.
Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for the past 25 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.
Two of the HMI’s three component indexes are now above the critical midpoint of 50. The component gauging current sales expectations rose two points to 51 in December, while the component gauging sales expectations in the next six months slipped one point, to 51. The component measuring traffic of prospective buyers increased one point, to 36.
Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at www.nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at http://www.housingeconomics.com.
ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in remodeling, home building, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.
From National Association of Home Builders
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 – Sparked by rising home prices across much of the nation, the housing recovery is now under way, but fiscal uncertainties and other challenges could result in a bumpy ride in the coming months, according to economists participating in yesterday’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) webinar on the construction and economic outlook.
“We’re seeing a more robust housing sector than many other parts of the economy,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “One of the reasons is we have finally begun to see on a national scale that house prices are picking up again.”
Crowe cited a number of other factors that are carrying the housing momentum forward. These include:
- -Pent-up household formations
- -Rising consumer confidence
- -Increasing builder confidence in all three legs of the industry: remodeling, multifamily and single-family construction
- -Growing rental demand
- -More than 100 metros currently on the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index
However, Crowe offered several cautionary factors that continue to put a drag on housing activity at this time – including builders who are experiencing difficulties in obtaining production credit, qualified buyers who are unable to obtain mortgage loans, inaccurate appraisals, seriously delinquent mortgages that are at least 90 days late or in foreclosure, and a limited inventory of developed lots in certain markets.
The St. Tammany Home Builders Association (STHBA) along with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) would like to let citizens know that there are resources available for repairing storm-damaged homes.
For your protection, safety and peace of mind, always hire licensed and insured contractors. If you hire unlicensed contractors or subcontractors, the LSLBC has the authority to place a STOP WORK order on your jobsite, and they can REMOVE contractors and subcontractors from the jobsite permanently. To avoid costly delays and legal issues, be sure to follow these tips:
Begin by asking friends and family for referrals and browse the STHBA website for a list of members at www.sthba.org or call our office at 985-882-5002. The STHBA has a list of members who are willing and able to do storm repairs. You can visit our online directory and select Storm Remodeling/Restoration under business category. Before you choose a contractor, get at least three bids, ask the builder for references and call those references to find out if they would do business with that builder again.
Don’t become a victim twice – check out your contractor. Louisiana law requires that you must hold a Residential Builder License to do construction projects over $75,000, and a Home Improvement Registration is required for projects exceeding $1,500 but not in excess of $75,000. Get the contractor’s name, business address and license/registration number, and check licensing status and complaints at www.lslbc.louisiana.gov. Require a written contract and proof of General Liability AND Workers Compensation insurance. Never pay more than a 10% down payment in advance of the start of a project, and only pay invoices for actual work completed.
For more information about licensing requirements, visit www.lslbc.louisiana.gov. For additional articles, and resources for cleaning up after the storm, or for a list of local contractors and subcontractors, visit www.sthba.org/hurricane or call the STHBA at (985) 882-5002.
From Louisiana Home Builders Association
Please remember the law changed on August 1st, 2012 regarding home improvement agreements and contract cancellations for roofs paid from the proceeds of an insurance policy.
A revised remodeler contract and a roofing services addendum is available online for members at www.lhba.org. These contracts are model language only. Consultation with your attorney for your specific use is encouraged as contracts have legal consequences.
Home Improvement Registration Changes and Additions:
- -Threshold has been lowered to $1,500 for agreement requirements. (Current law $7,500)
- -Proof of general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $100,000.
- -Repair or replacement of a roof system to be paid from the proceeds of a property or casualty insurance policy contracts may be canceled within seventy-two hours after the insured party has been notified by the insurer that all or any part of the claim has been denied.
For details regarding the talking points above, see below or review HB 386.
Written Agreements Required for Home Improvement Contractors
Below (A 1-5 – C) is Current Law with the new threshold of $1,500 inserted.
A. Every agreement to perform home improvement contracting services, as defined by this Part, in an amount in excess of $1,500, but not in excess of seventy‐five thousand dollars, shall be in writing and shall include the following documents and information:
(1) The complete agreement between the owner and the contractor and a clear description of any other documents which are or shall be incorporated into the agreement.
(2) The full names, addresses, and the registration number of the home improvement contractor.
(3) A detailed description of the work to be done and the materials to be used in the performance of the contract.
(4)(a) The total amount agreed to be paid for the work to be performed under the contract including all change orders and work orders.
(b) An approximation of the cost expected to be borne by the owner under a cost‐plus contract or a time‐and‐ materials contract.
(5) The signature of all parties.
A 6. (Roof repair or replacement language is below in complete starting at A6)
B. At the time of signing, the owner shall be furnished with a copy of the contract signed by both the home improvement contractor and the owner. No work shall begin prior to the signing of the contract and transmittal to the owner of a copy of the contract.
C. Contracts which fail to comply with the requirements of this Section shall not be invalid solely because of noncompliance.