Southern Oregon Builders Association
The Builder Times Newsletter
June 2016
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What a difference a decade makes!    
The last major peak for the residential construction market was almost exactly 10 years ago this month.  The National Home Builders Association reports that the annualized rate for building permits was over 1.1 million last month.  The last time that much permit activity was recorded, it was 2006.  Amazing isn't it?  There are several drivers for this increase in activity but the bottom line to prospective new home owners or consumers of building services is the same.  Right now there is more demand for construction services than our builders can meet.
Here in Southern Oregon we have a few other factors that are particular to our region.  First of all is our proximity to California, 40 million folks looking over the border to our state of 4 million with no sales tax and bargain priced (for them) real estate.  Lots of them are deciding to move here.  Secondly, is the unforeseen demand for property that was brought on by the legalization of marijuana farming.  Out of state and out of country money is flowing to Jackson county; buying land and construction services at a prodigious rate.  Also competing for land are the grape farmers looking for lush but affordable Southern Oregon soil to plant the next (soon to be famous) vineyard.
The days of foreclosed buildable lots and bargain priced homes languishing on the market for months are long gone.  Today, buyers are making multiple offers and Realtors are working hard to keep up with this red hot market.  Residential and Commercial construction companies are running in high gear, doing their best to take care of customers during this time of extremely high demand.  If you need help finding a contractor, let us know.  If you need help finding construction solutions, shoot us an email.  If you want to be on our Southern Oregon Tour of Homes (and yes, you really do! ) give us a call!  We can help.  SOBA is your source for education, advocacy and policy for the building industry.  We're here to help you as we all build a better community!
To your success,

Brad Bennington, Executive Officer
Southern Oregon Builders Association
2016 SOBA Golf Tournament Recap
Finish Line Real Estate
Finish Line Real Estate's Wild West Spirit tied for 1st place in best decorated Tee contest
Breakfast_ Mark Knouff
Breakfast was sponsored by Evergreen Federal and cooked by Mark Knouff
Tamm yMorgan
Tammy Morgan of Umpqua Bank knows how to lasso em in
The morning was a little wet but the weather cooperated for most of the day. The rain stopped about 9:30 and held off until after the tournament was wrapped up. Regardless of the rain the players showed up in good spirits and had a fun day out on the green.
Ticor Title
Ticor Title Team 
Click on photo to see all the Team Photos 
David Sprague
Umpqua Bank Team takes 1st place for Low Net
Wendy Baker Luke Snelling
Thank You to Wendy Baker and Luke Snelling for being our Hole-in-One Spotters
Cascade Christian High School golf
Cascade Christian High School Students power the long drive
 Thank you to everyone who participated in our 22nd Annual Golf Tournament
at Eagle Point Golf Club!
We would like to extend a big Thank you to our golf committee members: Frank Mania, Brett Funk, Echo Hutto, Brooke Simon, Sal Stearns, Bill Quinn and Sharre Witson; as well as our SOBA staff: Jessica, Anita and Brad. Thank you for all the hours you dedicated to making this a successful event. 
Proceeds from the golf tournament will go to Redemption Ridge to help toward the completion of Grace House.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our amazing sponsors! We couldn't do it without you! See more pictures from the tournament
Join Us on the Tour!
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2016 Southern Oregon
Tour of Homes
September 16-18 and 23-25 
Our popular Southern Oregon Tour of Homes will be here before you know it. If you would like to participate in or know of a builder who would benefit being on the Tour let us know. This event is geared to promote the building industry. We hope you will join us! To take advantage of great savings, email Jessica or give us a call at 541-773-2872 for more information.
See you on the Tou
Look for the Tour Guide in the Mail Tribune on Sept. 16 or on our website the week of the Tour
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Tim Alvarez named Top Emerging Leader!
Tim Alvarez
Congratulations to the 2016 Top 10 Emerging Leaders
SOBA president, Tim Alvarez has been named the 2016 Top Emerging Leader!
The Rogue Valley's top philanthropic leaders were acknowledged today at Redemption Ridge's Emerging Leaders luncheon.  Redemption Ridge offers support for sex trafficking victims.
Of the ten young leaders nominated, the top leadership award went to Tim Alvarez of Claudio Alvarez construction for his outstanding efforts.  Congratulations also to SOBA member, Saul Stearns of Finsh Line Real Estate.
Saul Stearns
Stephanie _ Claudio Alvarez
Top 3 Emerging Leaders_ Ivan Roman_ Tim Alvarez and Kira Zavala
The Wall Street Journal
The average cost for home builders to comply with regulations for new home construction has increased by nearly 30 percent over the last five years, according to new research from the National Association of Home Builders. Regulatory costs such as local impact fees, storm-water discharge permits and new construction codes, which have risen at roughly the same rate as the average price for new homes, make it increasingly difficult for builders to pursue affordable single-family construction projects, the group argues.  READ MORE
Cost of Doing Buisinss
Overview of U.S. Renovation in 2015
Homeowners who renovated
Characteristics of Homeowners who renovated
Houzz 2016 Report
Spending is on the rise for kitchen and bathroom renovations
The desire to stay put is the primary motivation to renovate vs. buy a "perfect"home, trumping financial considerations
Recent home buyers are a key driver of renovation activity, with more than a quarter of renovations being driven by recent home purchases
Those planning to sell their home are also investing in renovations, focusing on exterior projects that enhance curb appeal
Nearly one-third of homeowners take on a remodeling project without setting a budget-the same share exceeds an established budget
Millennial homeowners continue to be just as likely to renovate as other age groups, yet spend a third of the amount spent by Baby Boomers.

Fannie Mae Building
Over the last year, various groups, including community lenders, affordable housing advocates, civil rights groups, interested observers, and financial analysts, called for a change in governmental policy that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to rebuild a capital base. Those calls were only strengthened recently, when Freddie Mac reported a loss, its second in the last six months after four straight years of profits. READ MORE
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Southern Oregon Builders Association
1006 East Jackson St., Medford, OR 97504
Phone: 541-773-2872 Fax: 541-773-1189
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Why Redemption Ridge?
Survivor victory
Surviving is just the beginning... 

SOBA and the Home Builders Association have been dedicated to helping Redeption Ridge. 
Not only do the proceeds of our Golf Tournament go to this amazing organization; we have also had many members step up and donate their time, expertise and resources to building Grace House.
Redemption Ridge is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to young girls rescued from the horrendous world of sex trafficking. They are committed to redeeming lives, restoring dignity and placing purpose in the hearts of these precious children.
Efforts are underway to establish a home; a safe house that will provide freedom and security in an undisclosed location so perpetrators cannot find the girls. The goal is to provide a home where healing, restoration, and spiritual redemption can occur in a safe and healthy environment.
Opportunity will be given for each girl to develop a Plan of Redemption (POR). This plan will address her emotional, physical, educational and spiritual needs, with the desire to offer a successful pathway to independent, self-sufficient living for the young women at Redemption Ridge. To volunteer or donate call 1-888-256-7921.

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for May  

Brock  Scott
(541) 450-4787 

Wayne Van Wey
(541) 601-8036 

Bill Cyphers
(541) 830-3966

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Avista Utilities
Brian Taylor
(541) 858-4757

Bill's Glass & Windshields
Jim Butler
(541) 773-5881

Budge-McHugh Supply Inc.
Louis Budge
(541) 779-6180

Burning Diode
Matt Boughton
(541) 210-9792

Completely Floored, Inc.
Lesslee Rier
(541) 779-2175

First American Title Co. of Oregon
April Beard
(541) 779-7250

Golden-Fields Construction & Design LTD.
John Fields
(541) 482-8442

Hi-Way Lumber Co.
Bob Casad
(541) 779-2753

Home Comfort Hearth, Inc.
Mike Kohn
(541) 535-3080

Hughes Lumber Company, Inc.
Dennis Rawls
(541) 826-4969

Ipipe Plumbing LLC
Scott Kuitert
(541) 821-8585

Jackson County Development Services
Ted Zuk
(541) 774-6921

Pacific Electrical Contractors, Inc.
James Hess
(541) 773-7751

Pacific Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Mark Webb
(541) 826-7773

Quality Fence Company, Inc.
Rick Dolmage
(541) 664-2281

Rogue Credit Union
Virginia Lewis
(541) 858-7328

Selectemp Employment Services
Penny Brennan
(541) 773-5733

Snyder Creek Development LLC
Travis Snyder
(541) 621-7918

Van Wey Homes, LLC
Wayne Van Wey
(541) 601-8036

Vision Homes, Inc.
Mark Wickman
(541) 855-8992

Windermere/Van Vleet & Assoc., Inc.
John Zupan
(541) 779-6520
Online Education FREE to Members!!
Home Builders University  features online courses designed to help professionals in the residential building trades receive industry-specific training, meet continuing education requirements and improve building and business skills.
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Master Builder Program Description
by Carol Myers
The Certified Master Builder (CMB) program was created in 1997 as a pilot program in Marion County and the City of Salem. In 2001 the Legislature expanded the program statewide, allowing building officials around the state to grant certain privileges to Certified Master Builders with regard to plans review and inspections. A certified master builder may perform portions of plan ... Read more
 New DEQ rules require survey prior to demolition
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) asked that we share the following information with contractors.
Temporary rules that became effective Jan. 1, 2016, require an asbestos survey prior to demolition of residential properties. Specifically:
An accredited surveyor must conduct the asbestos survey before demolition (removal of a load-bearing wall) at any residence constructed before Jan.1, 2004. The surveyor should supply his credentials upon request.
A copy of the asbestos survey must be kept on site and provided to DEQ upon request.  Read More
OSHA Implementing New Eye and Face Protection Standards
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New Rule(s) coming down from Oregon OSHA regarding standards in Eye and Face Protection to keep Oregon OSHA in harmony with recent changes to Federal OSHA's standards..
Adoption tentatively will be September 2016
To get a copy: Click 'Rules" ikn the left vertical column to view the proposed, adopted, and final rules.
Unlock The Value of Membership: NAHB


The National Association of Home Builders
exists to serve its members.


Fighting for housing on major policy issues, providing excellent educational programming, and creating outstanding networking opportunities are just some of the ways that NAHB fulfills that mandate.


And the proof of its success is in the numbers. In 2014, NAHB's actions on the legislative, codes, regulatory and legal fronts, as well as in other arenas, provided members an estimated savings of $6,882 per housing start as the association resolved numerous issues affecting home builders.


NAHB urges members to take advantage of the many resources that it offers.They are designed to help you build a better home, build a better business and work in a policy environment that enables your business -- and those of your associates in the home building industry -- to thrive.

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Green builders, remodelers, developers and verifiers have all heard the news: The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ has been approved by the American National Standards Institute. But maybe you haven't heard the equally great news: The standard can be downloaded as a PDF from the NAHB BuilderBooks site. And it's absolutely free. Read More
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Brad Bennington
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Anita Wright
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Jessica Bennington

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