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Builders Forced to Turn Away Business

June 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Builders Forced to Turn Away Business

Housing Crisis in the News This comes as no surprise- due to the increasing cost of land, labor and lumber, builders are in trouble. Buyers are not able to afford a home and the existing supply is quickly evaporating. We have now gotten to a point where builders must turn business away because they can’t get workers, land, and building material costs have skyrocketed. “We purposefully stopped accepting pre-sales because we knew we were going to have issues with products not showing up, as well as escalating costs that we couldn’t hedge for,” Dannica Hanson of RYN Built Homes said.…

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First-time home buyers increasingly priced out of Washington housing market

June 2, 2021 | Comments Off on First-time home buyers increasingly priced out of Washington housing market

Is Relief in Sight for Spokane Residents? (Click the photo above to view video) With a hot home buyer’s market and ongoing shortage of new construction, home builders are troubled by a growing crisis in housing: People in middle and lower-income brackets are increasingly priced out of the market for home ownership. “Legislators are considering a number of bills this session that will significantly increase the cost of new homes,” said Tracy Doriot, 2021 president of the Building Industry of Washington. “Many of the bills have worthy goals. However, they also have significant consequences. “Every $1,000 increase in the cost…

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SHBA Wins Multiple Nationwide Awards

May 25, 2021 | Comments Off on SHBA Wins Multiple Nationwide Awards

SHBA’s Big Year   This year the Spokane Home Builders Association took home four nationwide awards from the National Association of Home Builders. They are: Best Public Relations Program Conducted, Best Education Program, Best Local Government Affairs Effort, and Best Service to Members. This is the first time SHBA has won this many awards in a single year. “The recognition from the national association is really special,” Executive Director Joel White said. “This goes to show how hard our team has worked all year on behalf of our members.” SHBA beat out almost 100 other submissions from associations across the…

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City Council Doubles Down on Housing Crisis Denial

May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on City Council Doubles Down on Housing Crisis Denial

It’s time for the City to take action on housing, not spark political wars It is disappointing to see city leaders again dodge an opportunity for real dialogue and solutions for hurting families in Spokane.  Instead of providing alternatives or explaining the council’s stance, Mr. Beggs’ rebuttal threw political allegations that dodged addressing the real issues at hand. The City of Spokane has only permitted less than 4000 units in the past six years, far outpaced by other areas in the region, including Post Falls. See the chart comparing housing growth in the Spokane area. SHBA’s position is to look at the…

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