Economic Impact Study Shows Home Building Pays Its Way in Asheville

On April 20, the Asheville Home Builders Association (AHBA) hosted a special Housing & Economic Outlook event for its members, local businesses and community leaders. Keynote Speaker, NAHB’s Chief Economist Robert Dietz, Ph.D. provided valuable insight on the forecast for our local economy and what is on the horizon for Asheville’s home building market.   […]

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Supporting Careers in Construction with Local and State Level Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 28, 2017 The Asheville Home Builders Association offers an annual Scholarship Program to students of Western North Carolina who are interested in pursuing a career in the Building Industry.  Scholarships may be awarded to students attending a college, technical school or a senior in high school studying in a construction related field […]

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March is National Designation Month

Leadership, Credibility, Prestige: The Value of Designations NAHB Education offers professional development programs to building industry professionals nationwide that enhance their business savvy, broaden their areas of expertise and increase their marketability. In today’s growing housing market, what better way to get ahead or maintain your edge on the competition than a professional designation? Designations […]

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Buncombe County Students Complete 5th Annual Playhouse Showdown

For the past seven months, students of the Buncombe Counties Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program have been hard at work completing their Playhouses for the 5th Annual Playhouse Showdown. Through this program, students completed their projects in a specified time period, working within specified parameters while demonstrating creativity in design and problem solving.  Each […]

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AHBA meets 2017 BuildPAC Goal

The Asheville HBA’s Government Affairs Committee set their goal for 2017 to raise at least $6,000 from Asheville HBA Members by January 31st for NC Build PAC.  “The Political Action Committee of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NC Build PAC) is a non-partisan committee organized for the specific purpose of raising funds to support […]

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With Interest Rates So Low Should the Deficit be Bigger?

The US government can currently borrow at exceptionally low interest rates.  After considering inflation, the rates are sometimes zero or even negative, meaning that the government is effectively getting paid to borrow.  Under these circumstances and with GDP growth quite anemic, isn’t the case for increased borrowing overwhelming?  After all, the benefit of public investment […]

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Economic Forecast 2017: Like 2016 But Slightly Better

Entering 2017, the domestic economic landscape is solid, and while there is an increased likelihood of volatility with President Trump in the White House, the risks to the forecast are slightly to the upside.  This is because the proposed combination of personal and corporate tax cuts, increases in infrastructure and defense spending, reduced regulatory burdens […]

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Important Sales Tax Changes Affecting Residential Construction

The NC Department of Revenue (DOR) has released its E-589CI, Affidavit of Capital Improvement, which generally will be required to substantiate that a contract, or a portion of work to be performed to fulfill a contract, is to be taxed for sales and use tax purposes as a real property contract with respect to a capital […]

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What Do Election Results Mean for Housing?

One of the most divisive election campaigns in our nation’s history is finally over. Defying pollsters and election prognosticators, the Republicans, now led by President-elect Donald J. Trump, control the White House and both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2005-2006. While the House was predicted to remain in GOP hands, the fate […]

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A Recession is Unlikely

The current US economic expansion is one of the longest on record, and, come March, will become the third longest in US history, dating back to the start of record keeping in 1854.  As such, there is increasing concern that we are due for a recession. That concern has only heightened, given that the last […]

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