Southern Oregon Builders Association

The Builder Times Newsletter

July 2016

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Awesome Alert:

SO Tour of Homes Ahead!
Remember the first time you went to Disneyland? The first time you saw the Matterhorn? The first time you rode the Matterhorn? Yeah, that, "blown brain cells, take a deep breath and I can't believe I just saw that" feeling. That's what's coming just around the corner in September. It's the 2016 Southern Oregon Tour of Homes!
In 2014 and 2015, Oregon was the most "moved to" state in the U.S. and a lot of folks are moving right here. Jacksonville, Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point and Ashland are all growing and houses are popping up everywhere. The housing market is as wild as a roller coaster ride these days.
This September, the Southern Oregon Builders Association would like you to be our guest and take an up close and personal tour of some of our finest homes. You'll see everything from Fam to Glam. You'll see the latest and greatest in new home construction technology, techniques, architecture, landscaping, appliances, floor surfaces, kitchen tech and more. You now have a date to see that house you always wanted to take a look at and check out all the features, up close and personal. Our finest builders showcasing their finest homes for you to come and get ideas, get inspired and get excited about your home. The Southern Oregon Tour of Homes: coming to you this September 16-18 and 23-25. Mark the dates and don't forget because it's going to be a wild ride you won't want to miss.

To your success,

Brad Bennington, Executive Officer
Southern Oregon Builders Association

Join Us on the Tour!
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September 16-18 and 23-25 
Tour of Homes

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 this great opportunity, 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

Presented by
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Deadline for registering your home on the tour is July 22!
Call Jessica at 541-773-2872
Showing up for Foster Families - Foster Parents BBQ Recap
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Thank you to everyone who showed up to help with our annual Foster Parent's BBQ! We had a great volunteer turnout and we couldn't have done it without them!
This BBQ is a much anticipated event for the Foster Families in Jackson County. They get to hang out with other foster families and have some great food while the kids play. The kids love the face painting,  fishing game and the water features at the park. The children's faces have been blurred to protect their identity.
Fishing Line
The Fishing game has proved to be a favorite among the kids. They get to "fish" for prizes. There was a steady line of fishers until the prizes ran out.

Bill_ Brad_ Gary_ Randy _ Tim
First, thank you to Knife River who loaned us the great grill for the day!. Here: Bill, Brad, Gary, Randy and Tim helped cook, serve, set up and tear down. Frank Mania was still working when this shot was taken!
Veronica Thomas
Veronica Thomas spent the entire day without a break painting wee little faces

A big Thank You to Diana Hunt and Scott Valley Bank for sponsoring this event!
Scott Valley Bank 
Member Spotlight: Charlie Grisham
Charlie Grisham
Owner and handyman Charles Grisham has built structures in Alaska, Idaho and Oregon for over 35 years.  He began working with his father building houses in Lewiston, Idaho in the 1970s. A fishing trip to Alaska turned into 25 years building homes, commercial buildings and fishing on the Kenai Peninsula.  
Recently, Charles and his wife, Linda, moved back to the lower 48 to settle in Medford. He immediately got his Oregon General Contractors License. From Grants Pass to Ashland, he has been busy fulfilling punch lists for home sellers, general home repair and remodeling. He is an authorized estimator and installer for an ADA ramp manufacturer.
Repairs or upgrades for home resale "punch list" as provided by home inspector.
Interior door and trim installation.
Cabinet and countertop installation.
Exterior door and window installation.
Ceramic tile installation.
Laminate flooring installation.
Roofing for metal or asphalt.
Repair or build decks and sidewalks.
Siding installation for wood or vinyl.
Build sheds and shops.
Remodel, upgrade and new construction projects.
Consultation for the DIY- Do It Yourself-er
  Charlie Grisham Business Card
Membership... So, what's in it for me?
Member Rebate Program
We get this question all the time!
Here is one great benefit that has been available to builders and remodelers: The Member Rebate Program. 
For Subcontrctors and Associates, we are now starting a Member Rebate Program Associate Member Directory! 
Builder & Remodeler Members:
It's simple: If you use these products - you can get a rebate check. Cha-ching!

Check out the: Quick and easy registration and learn about the quarterly claiming process to earn back valuable rebate money - this one benefit can cover the cost of your annual membership dues!

Associate Members:
We are introducing the new Member Rebate Program Associate Member Directory
This is exciting news because now your company can get exposure to the builders and remodelers who use these products.
If you Supply or Install any of our 50+ participating Manufacturers, register for a free listing on our Associate Member Member Rebate Program directory.
To be included in the  Associate Member Directory fill out the registration form 
All Associate Member Directory listings will be hyperlinked to your business website.
Remember: The MRP Associate Member Directory is brand new - be the first business to be listed and help builders and remodelers find you!
Check out your NEW OHBA Member Rebate Program Website:

If you have any questions about the Member Rebate Program call (541-773-2872) or email us and we will be happy to go over it with you!
What happens when a complaint is filed against you?
ccb complaint form
Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup 
Often I find that contractors don't really understand the Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) complaint process, so hopefully this will give you an idea of what to expect. First off, avoid the need to end up in the dispute process by communicating with your customer. This starts early in the project with a clear and concise contract that specifies what you will be doing, what materials you will use, when you expect to have the work completed and what responsibility the property owner has. Be sure to promptly return calls or emails. ALWAYS write up change orders when there is a change to the project, especially if there is a cost involved. Read More.

Millions of spenders are ready to come back from the mortgage crisis
Culdesac - Neighborhood

Millions of Americans lost their homes to foreclosures or short sales during the housing crisis. Fortunately for the economy, time heals most wounds - and credit reports. The number of people joining the rolls of those knocked from homeownership peaked seven years ago, so those blotches to their histories are starting to roll off the books right about now. The resulting improvement in credit scores means more Americans will find themselves with the ability and means to once again apply for loans, and not just for home purchases.  Read More
New $6 billion tax on Oregon sales threatens Oregon's
consumers and home builders
By John Tapogna, President of ECONorthwest
In late May, the Secretary of State certified that sponsors of Initiative Petition 28 (IP 28) had submitted more than enough petition signatures to qualify their $6 billion tax on Oregon sales for the November General Election ballot.
Like virtually every Oregon industry and every Oregonian, there's good reason for home builders to take a close look at IP 28 and how it will affect them.
The language of IP 28 is simple. It modifies the corporate minimum tax rates passed by voters in 2010 for C-corporations with total annual Oregon sales of $25 million or more, requiring them to pay "$30,001 plus 2.5% of the excess over $25 million."
According to economists in the nonpartisan Legislative Revenue Office (LRO), that change will increase state tax revenues about 25 percent, or more than $6 billion per biennium. Read More.
(Oregon Home Builders Association opposes IP 28 and has joined the coalition working to defeat it. If you and your company have not yet joined, we encourage you to please add your name and your company to the coalition at
How Much Does a Remodel Cost, and How Long Does it Take?
Spending Follows square footage
Erin Carlyle  Houzz Editorial Staff
The 2016 Houzz & Home annual survey gathered information from more than 120,000 registered users of Houzz, including more than 70,000 who renovated in 2015. Their responses provide insight into how your own renovation project might play out, 
Be Prepared
High renovation costs can be surprising for first-timers. After all, it's easy to fall in love with photos of a high-end kitchen or Sub-Zero appliances when you don't have to pay for them. "A lot of times people have grandiose ideas or pictures of things that they've seen - it looks great but doesn't fit their budget," says Brandon Quinton of Cameo Homes in Salt Lake City. "Everyone is drawn to the most expensive stuff. Everyone has got expensive taste; they just don't know." Read More.
What Moms Want in a House
family in home

The configuration of the home is more important to buyers with children these days, Jeff Martel, a real estate professional with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, told MarketWatch.
"Ten years ago, the only thing families were looking for was square footage and a large yard," he says. But now more family home shoppers are placing an open floor plan high on their list rather than separated rooms.
"Everything happens in the kitchen," he says. "Kids use the islands now for breakfast, lunch and dinner."
Here are other house features that parents desire the most, according to real estate professionals:
Office nookMartel sees a declining interest in having a separate home office. Instead, he has more clients asking for an office nook off the main living space so that parents can better monitor their children while the kids are online. "You want a family office that's very visible with a direct sightline to the kitchen," he says.
Garage accessLocation of the garage is also important, adds Lindsay Alteri, who works for BHGRE in Raleigh, N.C., and is also a mother of two young children. "If there are stairs to and from the garage, are you going to be willing to go up and down them carrying a child" in from the car? she notes.
Mud room: Also, a garage that walks into an area in the laundry room is desirable, adds Stacy Barry, a real estate professional at Century 21 Scheetz in Indianapolis. "You want a 'mud room' that has a bench and some storage for boots that's done in a hardwood or laminate where you can drop everything like backpacks and jackets," Martel adds.
Built-in storage: "Kids come with clutter," Martel says. Parents are wanting a lot of built-in storage in bedrooms, attics, spaces under stairs, and even hidden storage behind bookshelves.

Source: "What Moms Look for When Buying a House," MarketWatch (June 19, 2016) 
NEWS from the CCB: 

Exemptions from continuing education
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As of July 1, this is a summary of all contractors that are now exempt from continuing education. 
This list applies to both residential and commercial contractors.

* Architects (if an owner or officer is a licensed architect)

* Developers

* Engineers (if an owner or officer is a licensed engineer)

* Electricians (if an owner, officer or employee is a licensed electrician)

* Plumbers (if an owner, officer or employee is a licensed plumber)

* Boiler contractors

* Elevator contractors

* Renewable energy contractor

* Pump installation contractors

* Limited sign contractors

* Landscape contractors who are construction contractors

* Home inspectors (must still complete continuing education for the home inspector certification but no longer for the CCB license) `

* Master builders (if actively licensed as such through the Building Codes Division)

Next Lead Based Paint Classes:
8-hr INITIAL Lead Based Paint Class
Need to become RRP Certified?
Do you work on structures,pre 1978, where you would be disturbing paint? If so, sign up now for this EPA-Certified class!
8-Hr INITIAL Course:
August 10
Cost: $175 for Members and $225 for Non-Members
Qualifies for (8) Series B Credit Hours
Space is limited to register today!
4-hr REFRESHER Class
Need to become RRP Certified?
Do you work on structures,pre 1978, where you would be disturbing paint? If so, sign up now for this EPA-Certified class!
4-Hr REFRESHER Course:
August 3rd
Cost: $150 for Members and $00 for Non-Members
Qualifies for (8) Series B Credit Hours
Space is limited to register today!
Quick Links 
Member Opportunity
One great way to meet your fellow members is to attend a membership mixer. One great way for members to see who you are and what you do, is to host a membership mixer!
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for June  

Doug Berning

(541) 770-3734

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for June   


Cindy Dyer

(541) 779-6691

Ashland Lumber Co. Inc.

Robert Hodgins

(541) 482-1621

Crater Sand & Gravel, Inc.

Mary Savage

(541) 664-5148

Habitat for Humanity/Rogue Valley

Denise James

(541) 779-1983

Insurance Marketplace, Inc.

Scott Weaver

(541) 779-0177

Jackson County Development Services

C J Marincus

(541) 774-6920

John L. Scott of Medford

Judith Foltz

(541) 774-5613

Larry A. Denn Construction, Inc.

Larry Denn

(541) 899-3184

Mahar Homes, Inc.

Randy Jones

(541) 776-1200

Mountain View Window and Door

Ray Cannon

(541) 772-2272

National Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Carl Ost

(541) 535-4687

Roofline Supply & Delivery

Jeff Drake

(541) 830-3040

The Truss Company

Dave Estep

(541) 830-3300
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

Linda Henning Photography and Design
Thank you to Linda Henning, RVAR and Gary Whittle for taking photos for our 2016 Builders Classic Golf Tournament. 
 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
osha eye wear
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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1006 East Jackson St., Medford, OR 97504

Phone: 541-773-2872 Fax: 541-773-1189

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