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Affiliated with the National Association of Home <strong>Builders</strong> & Home <strong>Builders</strong> Association of Iowa<br />

<strong>2019</strong> Student-Built House<br />

Update, Tools Request<br />

MARCH <strong>2019</strong><br />

Check the Calendar of Events<br />

at iowacityhomes.com<br />

for more information.<br />

Legislative Committee<br />

Meeting<br />

FEB. 26 7:30 - 8:30 A.M.<br />

Emma Harvat Hall<br />

City of Iowa City City Hall<br />

Riverfront Crossings Form Based Code<br />

For the second consecutive<br />

year, nonprofit Reach<br />

For Your Potential is<br />

the client for the Student-Built<br />

House Program. The project is<br />

sponsored by The Greater Iowa<br />

City Area HBA members and<br />

its Vocational Training Council,<br />

in partnership with Kirkwood<br />

Community College. Through the<br />

program, students build a home<br />

supervised by professionals. It’s a<br />

chance for young people to gain<br />

college credit, OSHA certification<br />

and experience in home-building<br />

trades. Many tools and materials<br />

are needed for the job. Below<br />

is a list. If you can provide<br />

something, contact the Iowa City<br />

Area HBA office at (319) 351-5333<br />

or karyl@hbaofic.org. You also<br />

can contribute your Menards<br />

rebate checks, or other monetary<br />

donations, to aid the project. It’s<br />

going to be another terrific home!<br />

extension cords 2 - 50’ and 1 - 100’<br />

two-sided step ladders 2 - 8’ and 2 - 10’<br />

skill saw<br />

½” hammer drill<br />

angle drill<br />

compressor splitter<br />

air hoses for compressor - 5 - 50’<br />

three sections of rolling scaffolding<br />

two air nailers<br />

power staple guns<br />

section of aluminum plank<br />

swing staplers<br />

panel saw for siding<br />

3 framing squares<br />

4’ T-square<br />

couple hand saws<br />

back saw<br />

set of chisels<br />

nail sets<br />

PPE’s for 10 people<br />

-gloves<br />

-respirators for painting<br />

-ear protection muffs<br />

-OSHA approved harness<br />

hand tool for each student<br />

-screwdrivers<br />

-cat’s paw<br />

one large chalk line<br />

3’ wrecking bar<br />

nylon string for laying out building and<br />

straightening walls<br />

2018 Student-Built House<br />

<strong>2019</strong> Student-Built House Tool & Material Requests<br />

orange, blue, and green spray paint for<br />

marking lines<br />

levels 2 torpedo levels, 1 - 2’, and 1 - 8’<br />

two spades<br />

two round shovels<br />

scoop shovel<br />

garden rake<br />

leaf rake<br />

3 push brooms<br />

dust pan<br />

two push pulls for pulling concrete<br />

clamps a few c-clamps, and a few quick<br />

grip clamps<br />

2 pliers<br />

two pair of side cutters Dikes<br />

two pair of each right handed and lefthanded<br />

tin snips<br />

¼” and ½” rope 50’ lengths<br />

assortment of nails and lengths<br />

assortment of screws and lengths<br />

screw tips for the different types of screws<br />

3-in-1 oil for the air tools<br />

rolls of plastic<br />

rolls of resin paper<br />

duct tape<br />

masking tape<br />

tarps<br />

pencils<br />

sharpies<br />

padlocks for doors<br />

wheel lock for trailer<br />

HBAI Board of Directors<br />

and Legislative Day<br />

FEB. 27 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.<br />

Iowa State Capitol, Room 304<br />

Board of Directors Meeting<br />

FEB. 28 NOON - 1:00 P.M.<br />

IC Area HBA Conference Room<br />

<strong>March</strong> Membership Meeting<br />

MARCH 14 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.<br />

Kirkwood Regional Center – Room 118<br />

2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville<br />

CPR/First Aid Training<br />

MARCH 27 9 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.<br />

PSC Distribution<br />

2nd Floor Training Room<br />

72 Commercial Drive, Iowa City<br />

Board of Directors Meeting<br />

MARCH 28 NOON - 1:00 P.M.<br />

IC Area HBA Conference Room<br />


M&R Construction<br />

Lindsey Mills<br />

PO Box 315<br />

Lone Tree, IA 52755<br />

(319) 430-1583<br />

lindsey@mrconstructionlt.com<br />

mrconstructionlt.com<br />

Sponsored by: Danny Brandt, LITE<br />

Window & Door Co.<br />


Urban Acres Real Estate<br />

Mark Paterno<br />

250 Holiday Road<br />

Coralville, IA 52241<br />

(319) 936-7447<br />

markpaterno@urbanacres.com<br />


2 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>March</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Message from the President<br />

Dear HBA Members,<br />

By now everyone should be well recovered from the “Polar<br />

Vortex” that hit us at the end of January. It is a timely<br />

reminder that the weather is never truly predictable, and<br />

in an industry that is so<br />

incredibly susceptible<br />

to even slight weather<br />

changes, extreme weather<br />

like we endured can be<br />

a true challenge for even<br />

the most experienced<br />

contractors. A positive<br />

to take away from these<br />

events is the value<br />

of membership and<br />

teamwork. On several<br />

occasions I either<br />

personally witnessed or<br />

heard firsthand about members helping each other out to<br />

prepare as much as possible for the unprecedented cold.<br />

They were lending equipment or manpower to assist others<br />

out and generally being good neighbors to one another. For<br />

that, everyone should be commended!<br />

The start of our Spring market has now been kicked-off<br />

by yet another successful Home Show. The variety of<br />

vendors and diversity of attendees allowed everyone to<br />

see new things from a multitude of different perspectives.<br />

The opportunity to view upcoming trends and learn from<br />

industry experts is always a fun time. It also gets us in<br />

the mood to start thinking about better weather, which<br />

is always welcome. Spring is also a good point during<br />

the year to take some time to clean up clutter. Whether<br />

its cleaning at home, cleaning up your shop and trailers<br />

or getting ready for the always “fun” tax preparation,<br />

a little de-cluttering and organizing goes a long way<br />

toward keeping busy and destressing at the same time.<br />

Some energy also can be channeled into smaller projects<br />

before the market is in full swing and working on closing<br />

deadlines and more will be everyone’s priority.<br />

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to<br />

wish everyone the very best of luck and as much prosperity<br />

as you can handle during the coming year. While talk of a<br />

potential slowdown is creeping into the national narrative,<br />

at present our local economy is still humming along and we<br />

continue to expand and grow. It is nice to live in an area that<br />

appreciates and rewards hard work and quality. In business<br />

and in life, we can’t control every situation, but we can<br />

control how motivated we are and how much we care about<br />

the job we are doing. As a valued member of our association,<br />

you reflect the true success one can have by not just showing<br />

up for work every day but showing up and caring about<br />

your job. If we maintain that commitment, we will continue<br />

to grow and be an example of a job well done!<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Mike Bails<br />

Urban Acres Real Estate<br />

<strong>2019</strong> Greater Iowa City Area HBA President<br />

<strong>2019</strong> BOARD OF DIRECTORS<br />


Mike Bails<br />

Urban Acres Real Estate<br />


Adam Hahn<br />

Watts Group<br />


Glenn Siders<br />

Siders Development<br />


GT Karr<br />

Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling<br />


Kelly Manning<br />

Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor<br />


Marty Tunning<br />

RSM US LLP<br />


Mike Pugh - Pugh Hagan Prahm, PLC<br />

Art Floss - CBI Bank & Trust<br />

Chad Keune - Advantage Custom <strong>Builders</strong><br />

Rory Triplett - Insurance Associates Iowa City<br />

Todd Helle - Terry Lockridge & Dunn<br />

Andy Martin - Martin Construction<br />

Join Us<br />

<strong>March</strong> Membership Meeting<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 14, <strong>2019</strong><br />

Kirkwood Regional Center – Room 118<br />

2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville<br />

6-8 p.m. | Cost: $15 | Gold Card Applies<br />

Mingle with fellow and potential Greater Iowa<br />

City Area HBA members and hear updates<br />

about area development from city and county<br />

managers and administrators.<br />

RSVP BY MARCH 11: Karyl@HBAofIC.org,<br />

Michelle@HBAofIC.org or (319) 351-5333<br />


Aaron McGlynn - Cabinet Works<br />


Tim Ruth - McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />


Melissa Schooley - Great Western Bank<br />


Kevin McCreedy - McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />

<strong>2019</strong> COMMITTEE CONTACTS<br />


Mitchell Manning - Sobaski Abbey<br />

Carpet & Floor<br />


Katy Stutsman - McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />

Maggie Gehrls - PSC Distribution/Studio H2O<br />

The Greater Iowa City Area<br />

Home <strong>Builders</strong> Association<br />


Karyl Bohnsack<br />

karyl@hbaofic.org<br />



Michelle Moore<br />

michelle@hbaofic.org<br />



PO Box 3396, Iowa City, IA 52244<br />

Phone: 319.351.5333 • Fax: 319.358.2443<br />

Website: iowacityhomes.com

Gary Watts on CBJ<br />

Economic Forecast Panel<br />

Our members are experts. Watts Group CEO Gary Watts served as a panelist for the<br />

Corridor Business Journal’s Economic Forecast Luncheon Jan. 16 at the Cedar Rapids<br />

Doubletree Hotel. The event featured a keynote speaker followed by a moderator/<br />

panelists segment. Among the discussion topics were predicting that a recession won’t<br />

come this year, how the farm bill will affect Iowa farmers and tariff negotiations.<br />

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Parade of Homes, Remodelers<br />

Parade Coming in June<br />

The annual Parade of Homes and Remodelers Parade, put on by The Greater<br />

Iowa City Area HBA, are just around the corner. The Parade of Homes is a<br />

highly recognized event hosting thousands of visitors who search for the latest in<br />

innovative building and decorating trends in residential construction. Nineteen<br />

homes are a part of the event. Our Remodelers Parade, presented by The Greater<br />

Iowa City Area HBA Remodelers Council, helps area homeowners meet remodelers<br />

and see their work. Six remodeled homes will be featured. See full dates and times<br />

for both parades below. Watch future <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> issues, iowacityhomes.com<br />

and facebook.com/IowaCityAreaHBA/ for further details.<br />

9<br />

Watts Group CEO Gary Watts addressed the<br />

real estate and construction areas at the Corridor<br />

Business Journal (CBJ) Economic Forecast<br />

Luncheon. PHOTO: ADAM MOORE, CBJ<br />

Build My Future Event is April 2<br />

There are 140 students from nine schools signed up so far for the first annual Build My<br />

Future Construction Career Day & Industry Showcase being held April 2 at Jones Hall<br />

(6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW) on the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Community College campus.<br />

The event is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company, The Greater Iowa City Area<br />

HBA’s Vocational Training Council, The Cedar<br />

Rapids HBA and Kirkwood Community College<br />

with a grant from the National Association of Home<br />

<strong>Builders</strong>. Hosted by the ACE Sector Board, the event<br />

gives 7th- and 8th-grade students an opportunity<br />

to spend a day in the construction industry through<br />

an interactive showcase. Hands-on learning labs<br />

include construction-industry practices, such as<br />

carpentry, electrical, heavy equipment, masonry,<br />

welding and more. There also will be educational<br />

displays and equipment operations. There’s still time for your organization to be a part of<br />

this inaugural event. Contact Karyl or Michelle at (319) 351-5333 to participate.<br />

IVHFH<br />

Representative<br />

Speaks at<br />

Affordable<br />

Housing Meeting<br />

<strong>2019</strong> Parade of Homes<br />


Saturday, June 1: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br />

Sunday, June 2: Noon - 5 p.m.<br />

Tuesday, June 4: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.<br />

Thursday, June 6: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.<br />

Saturday, June 8: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br />

Sunday, June 9: Noon - 5 p.m.<br />

PARADE<br />

<strong>2019</strong> Remodelers Parade<br />


Saturday, June 1: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br />

Sunday, June 2: Noon - 5 p.m.<br />

Need a Construction Loan?<br />

Call Hills Bank!<br />

R<br />

Gabe Martin, community outreach director with Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity<br />

(IVHFH), concludes his presentation to the monthly Johnson County Affordable Housing<br />

Coalition meeting Jan. 25 at Johnson County Health and Human Services. Gabe discussed<br />

IVHFH’s work, including initiatives to expand its reach in the community.<br />

• Free loan draws<br />

• Draws processed within 24 hours<br />

of receipt<br />

• Receive dedicated, one-on-one<br />

service by calling 1-800-445-5725<br />

Member FDIC

4 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>March</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

<strong>2019</strong><br />

HOME<br />

SHOW<br />

Approximately 1,800 people attended the <strong>2019</strong> Home<br />

Show, held Feb. 8-10 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel &<br />

Conference Center, to find just what they needed for<br />

their next home project. The latest in new construction,<br />

remodeling, lawn and garden, interior design, spas,<br />

home products and more were showcased through<br />

nearly 80 exhibits and a multitude of professionals.<br />

Thank you to Home Show Corporate Sponsors<br />

Collins Community Credit Union and Lepic-Kroeger,<br />

REALTORS ©, who also underwrote the scavenger<br />

hunt through which two lucky winners received a<br />

$500 voucher toward an HBA-member show vendor.<br />

We also greatly appreciate the following sponsors:<br />

CLB Planning and Design (lay out and exhibit hall<br />

design); Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center<br />

(Kids Zone); Kitchens By Design (Kids Raffle); King’s<br />

Material (lanyards and badges); and Window Depot of<br />

Eastern Iowa (parking).<br />

Lepic-Kroeger, REALTOR’s (LKR) Julie Dancer<br />

(top) is interviewed by CBS Channel 2/Fox 28<br />

<strong>News</strong> reporter Lukas Voss on opening day. LKR<br />

held two screen-printing demonstrations at its<br />

booth where Iowa-themed prints were made<br />

and then given away.<br />

Collins<br />

Community<br />

Credit<br />

Union’s<br />

booth. The<br />

organization<br />

had a<br />

drawing<br />

for a play<br />

house.<br />


The Home Show was fun for the whole<br />

family. In the Kids Zone, sponsored<br />

by Iowa City Landscaping & Garden<br />

Center, children made pine-cone bird<br />

feeders using Crisco and bird seed.<br />

Kitchens By Design hosted the Kids<br />

Raffle in their tailgate-themed booth<br />

that included bean bag toss.

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Various members of The Greater Iowa City Area<br />

HBA were on hand throughout the show at the<br />

Ask the Experts booth to offer free advice and<br />

answer questions about home improvement<br />

projects or building a new house. Thank you to<br />

the following volunteers:<br />

Brad Storck - Bachmeier Carpet One; Jane<br />

Hagedorn - Bea Day Plumbers; Art Floss - CBI<br />

Bank & Trust; Barbara Messer - Kitchens By<br />

Design; Dan and Katie Lammers - Lammers<br />

Construction; Andy Martin - Martin Construction;<br />

Kevin McCreedy - McCreedy-Ruth Construction;<br />

Marc and Susan Olson - Olson Remodeling;<br />

Phoebe Martin - Skogman Homes; and G.T.<br />

Karr - Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling.<br />

They say it’s<br />

not a home<br />

without a<br />

pet. The Iowa<br />

City Animal<br />

Foundation<br />

and Adoption<br />

Center,<br />

including<br />

Gertie the<br />

dog, was<br />

on hand<br />

to share<br />

adoption info<br />

and more.<br />

Since a<br />

car is a<br />

common<br />

feature<br />

paired<br />

with most<br />

homes,<br />

the<br />

Antique<br />

Car<br />

Museum<br />

of Iowa<br />

displayed<br />

vintage<br />

autos.<br />


Each year following opening night of The Home Show, a reception is held for our dedicated exhibitors to thank<br />

them for being a part of the event and provide an opportunity for socializing and networking. Thank you to Collins<br />

Community Credit Union and Lepic-Kroeger, REALTORS© for sponsoring The Home Show reception!<br />

Iowa City Area<br />

HBA <strong>2019</strong><br />

President<br />

Mike Bails of<br />

Urban Acres<br />

Real Estate<br />

welcomes<br />

exhibitors to<br />

the show.<br />

Above: Former long-time Greater<br />

Iowa City Area HBA Executive Officer<br />

Joan Tiemeyer (left), her husband<br />

Jon (right) and retired King’s Material<br />

executive Mark Hall (center) were on<br />

hand to celebrate another show.<br />

Walter Sparks (left) with Lepic-<br />

Kroeger, REALTORS© and Jim<br />

Sweeney with Hills Bank and Trust<br />

Company enjoy the reception.<br />


to all attendees, exhibitors and sponsors!

6 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>March</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />



The Value of Designations<br />

<strong>March</strong> is National Designations Month!<br />

National Association of Home <strong>Builders</strong><br />

(NAHB) designations can lead to more earned<br />

income, credibility and prestige for members<br />

and their companies.<br />

NAHB Education offers courses and designation<br />

programs to building-industry professionals<br />

nationwide that enhance their business savvy,<br />

broaden their areas of expertise and increase<br />

their marketability. In today’s changing housing<br />

market, what better way to get ahead or maintain<br />

your edge on the competition than a professional<br />

designation? Professional designees stay up to<br />

speed on the latest developments in business,<br />

building methods and technology while showing<br />

clients they have the know-how and dedication<br />

to earn a professional designation. Potential<br />

clients can use designations to help identify and<br />

select professionals with superior training, realworld<br />

experience and in-depth knowledge of<br />

their area of need.<br />

Earning an NAHB designation is hard work<br />

and the rigorous coursework is continually<br />

being elevated. Still, many are signing up, such<br />

as Dan Marine of Oak Tree Homes who has<br />

earned CAPS, CGB, CGR, CGP and Master<br />

CGP designations.<br />

“Since I started my business in 2006, I’ve<br />

relied on NAHB education and designations<br />

to help me learn better ways to build and run<br />

my business. In many instances, the course<br />

information has helped reduce our liability by<br />

improving our processes and finished product,”<br />

explains Dan. “The business management<br />

courses have also significantly improved our<br />

profitability and designations have improved<br />

our credibility in the market. All education costs<br />

money but NAHB education helps you invest<br />

before you learn instead of always needing to<br />

learn from your mistakes.”<br />

Dan adds the NAHB Builder or Remodeler 20<br />

Clubs, comprised of builders and remodelers<br />

from noncompeting markets who meet several<br />

times a year to share wisdom and ways to<br />

CAPS is one of 13 designations NAHB offers.<br />

improve operations and increase bottom lines,<br />

is another way for those with CAPS, CGA,<br />

CGB, GMB, CGR and GMR designations to<br />

earn continuing credit.<br />

“I’m 100 percent confident we would not<br />

have made it through the recession without<br />

investing in a Remodeler 20 Club,” said Dan.<br />

“I came into the home-building industry with<br />

14 years of military experience, an MBA and<br />

a master’s degree and thought I’d be in good<br />

shape. What I didn’t realize is that I had no<br />

real idea of how to apply my experience and<br />

education to creating a robust and profitable<br />

business. It’s worth the money.” Learn how to<br />

get involved in these clubs at nahb.org.<br />

During the past year, The Greater Iowa City<br />

Area HBA has offered Certified Aging in<br />

Place Specialist I, II and III classes as part<br />

our and NAHB’s commitment to offering<br />

industry professionals the best, most-extensive<br />

continuing education program. Find more<br />

information on specific designations at nahb.<br />

org/designations.<br />


DESIGNEES AS OF JAN. 30, <strong>2019</strong><br />

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist<br />

Joanne Abbas – Lammers Construction Services<br />

Karyl Bohnsack – The Greater Iowa City Area HBA<br />

Lorraine Bowans – Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors<br />

Mark Buell – CBL Home Planning & Design<br />

Jane Hagedorn – Bea Day Plumbers<br />

Julie Hajek – Home Repair Team<br />

Rob Hajek – Home Repair Team<br />

Travis Hugunin – Oak Tree Homes<br />

G.T. Karr – Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling<br />

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes<br />

Andy Martin – Martin Construction<br />

Kevin McCreedy – McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />

Barbara Messer – Kitchens By Design<br />

Susan Olson – Olson Remodeling<br />

Marc Olson – Olson Remodeling<br />

Tim Ruth – McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />

Steven Van Abbema – Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity<br />

Wayne Winn – Home Town Restyling<br />

Jennie Wunderlich – PSC Distribution/Studio H2O<br />

Certified Graduate Builder<br />

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes<br />

Chad Keune – Advantage Custom <strong>Builders</strong><br />

Amy Pretorius – Elevation Home <strong>Builders</strong><br />

Certified Graduate Remodeler<br />

Jane Hagedorn – Bea Day Plumbers<br />

Rob Hajek – Home Repair Team<br />

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes<br />

Wayne Winn – Home Town Restyling<br />

Certified Green Professional<br />

Jason Baxter – Baxter Construction<br />

Jane Hagedorn – Bea Day Plumbers<br />

G.T. Karr – Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling<br />

Chad Keune – Advantage Custom <strong>Builders</strong><br />

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes<br />

Andy Martin – Martin Construction<br />

Chris Mottinger – Legacy Green<strong>Builders</strong><br />

Tim Ruth – McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />

Wayne Winn – Home Town Restyling<br />

Master Certified Green Professional<br />

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes<br />

Certified New Home Sales Professional<br />

Karyl Bohnsack – The Greater Iowa City Area HBA<br />

Andy Martin – Martin Construction<br />

Adam Pretorius – Blank & McCune Real Estate Co.<br />

Housing Credit Certified Professional<br />

Melissa Sisler – RSM US LLP<br />

Our Own EO Speaks to ACE Class<br />

Greater Iowa City Area HBA Executive Officer Karyl Bohnsack spoke Jan. 18 to high<br />

school students studying architecture, construction and engineering (ACE) at the<br />

Kirkwood Community College Washington County Regional Center. Class instructor and<br />

HBA member Aaron McGlynn of Cabinet Works invited Karyl to talk about the various<br />

professions available in the construction industry, ranging from plumbers and electricians<br />

to bankers and attorneys. She addressed educational requirements for various positions and<br />

the great salaries that can come from building-trades work. “Karyl really highlighted the<br />

value of ACE professions and the tremendous opportunities available in the construction<br />

field,” said Aaron. “She has great credibility and insight.” Karyl also explored her executive<br />

officer role and responsibilities, and the career path that led her to the position.<br />

Iowa City Area HBA<br />

Executive Officer<br />

Karyl Bohnsack<br />

(background) spoke<br />

to ACE students<br />

about constructionfield<br />

professions.<br />

Karyl tossed the<br />

kids candy if they<br />

asked a question.

Share of Adults Planning to<br />

Buy a Home Drops From 24<br />

Percent to 13 Percent In a Year<br />

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The Mansion Has Moved<br />

During the final quarter of 2018, 13 percent of adults reported plans to purchase a<br />

home within a year. A year earlier, during the final quarter of 2017, a significantly<br />

larger portion – 24 percent – had the same plans. This sharp decline in the share of<br />

prospective home buyers provides additional evidence that the erosion of housing<br />

affordability has become a serious concern for the housing market. The deterioration<br />

in affordability has been driven by several years of strong home price appreciation and<br />

interest rate increases throughout much of 2018.<br />

Additional findings from the latest Housing Trends Report show that in the fourth<br />

quarter of 2018, 53 percent of prospective home buyers had never owned a home before.<br />

In comparison, a year earlier, 60 percent of buyers were first-timers.<br />

The intention to buy is inversely related to age: whereas 22 percent of Millennials have<br />

plans to purchase a home in the next year, only 14 percent of Gen X’ers, 7 percent of<br />

Boomers and 4 percent of Seniors share that goal. Most of the 22 percent of Millennials<br />

planning a home purchase are first-time home buyers (77 percent). Among prospective<br />

Gen X and Boomer buyers, 47 percent and 28 percent, respectively, would be buying a<br />

home for the first time. Since only 4 percent of Seniors reported plans to buy a home,<br />

not enough data are available to reliably estimate the share that would be first-timers.<br />

In terms of the type of home these prospective home buyers are interested in, 42<br />

percent would buy either a new or existing home, 40 percent are looking to buy an<br />

existing home and 18 percent are looking only at newly-built units.<br />

After 40 years of operating out of the<br />

historic Close house on South Gilbert<br />

Street in Iowa City, The Mansion has<br />

moved. The new interior design and<br />

furniture showroom is a more open,<br />

streamlined layout, conducive to<br />

client interactions.<br />


501 12th Avenue, Suite 3<br />

Coralville, IA 52241<br />

(Corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue<br />

directly across from the Coralville Center<br />

for Performing Arts.)<br />

CPR/First Aid Training<br />

<strong>March</strong> 27, <strong>2019</strong><br />

PSC Distribution<br />

2 nd Floor Training Room<br />

72 Commercial Drive, Iowa City<br />


Kate White, Owner and Trainer<br />

National Safety Training Service, LLC<br />

COST: $85.00 person TIME: 9:00a.m. - 12:30 pm<br />

American Heart Association Certification good for two years<br />

To Register: karyl@hbaofic.org or 319-351-5333<br />

RSVP Required by <strong>March</strong> 20, <strong>2019</strong><br />

Bloodborne Pathogens<br />

While you may face significant health risks if you come in contact<br />

with blood or other potentially infectious materials, our NSTS<br />

trainers will teach you how to reduce those risks.<br />

n Bone, joint & muscle injuries<br />

n Rescuing & moving victims<br />

n Bleeding & wound care<br />

And much more<br />

Our certified trainers will show you how to protect yourself and<br />

what to do if an exposure occurs. This course specifically covers:<br />

n An introduction to bloodborne pathogens<br />

n Information on common pathogens found in the United States,<br />

including the hepatitis and zika viruses and HIV Prevention<br />

techniques for infection<br />

The course, which is taught according to your company’s Exposure<br />

Control Plan, also includes up-to-date information relating to the<br />

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.<br />

Standard First Aid<br />

This three-hour course will teach you how to respond in a first-aid<br />

emergency. Whether it’s a simple sprain or a serious emergency, our<br />

Standard First Aid course will teach you how to care for an injury or<br />

illness until professional help arrives.<br />

This course will cover topics such as:<br />

n Shock<br />

n Burns<br />

n Poisoning<br />

Our certified trainers will teach you the very latest first-aid<br />

techniques, giving you the confidence and expertise to help<br />

someone in an emergency.<br />

Certifications can be for either two or three years to meet the<br />

needs of your budget.<br />

CPR and AED<br />

Nearly every two minutes, someone dies of cardiac arrest. In<br />

just one to three hours, you can learn the basics of emergency<br />

life support. An NSTS trainer will teach you how to recognize a<br />

cardiac emergency, respond appropriately and sustain life.<br />

CPR Training<br />

Learn how to assess the scene of an emergency, perform onerescuer<br />

and two-rescuer CPR and manage a choking victim.<br />

Hands-on AED Training<br />

Learn and use the key operating characteristics of Automated<br />

External Defibrillators (AED), as well as proper precautions and<br />

maintenance techniques.

8 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>March</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />


929 Design Inc. has been in business for more than 13 years.<br />

The bulk of owner Monica Boeckenstedt’s work is design<br />

and sale of cabinets for new construction and remodels.<br />

Monica had an office in Cedar Rapids but when the<br />

building was purchased, she decided to begin working from<br />

her Coralville home. According to Monica, now working<br />

from home only made her feel “slightly” guilty about<br />

updating her 5-year-old kitchen.<br />

“Personalized space planning, flow and function are<br />

paramount to me. Then comes making a space look<br />

stunning,” said Monica. The main goals of the remodel<br />

were to brighten the kitchen, add more storage and remove<br />

barriers that blocked the flow. The original pantry in the<br />

home, built by Klosterman Construction, had been turned<br />

into an elevator by the previous owner, so a new walk-in<br />

pantry was added. Cherry cabinets were replaced with<br />

new white cabinets. The dark wood-paneled appliances<br />

replaced with Sub Zero and Wolf stainless steel, including<br />

a 60-inch range and refrigerated drawers. New, bright<br />

Cambria quartz counters were installed, and a new favorite<br />

is a motorized garbage. “We love to cook and entertain, so I<br />

didn’t hold back,” said Monica.<br />

Other HBA members who worked on the redesign, included<br />

A Tech Freeman Systems, AVI Audio Video Integrators,<br />

Randy’s Flooring, Kelly Heating and Air, Grout Electric, The<br />

Appliance Barn and Vittetoe Plumbing and Heating.<br />

The project will be part of the <strong>2019</strong> Greater Iowa City Area<br />

HBA Remodelers Parade (see page 3). Stop by and check it out.<br />

BEFORE<br />

AFTER<br />

Iowa City<br />

Area HBA<br />

Remodelers<br />

Council is<br />

Nation’s Fastest<br />

Growing<br />

The Greater Iowa City<br />

Area HBA Remodelers<br />

Council showed the<br />

greatest growth in the<br />

large-size category<br />

nationally during 2018!<br />

The council went from<br />

a high in 2017 of 73<br />

members to an amazing<br />

167 members as of<br />

Nov. 30, 2018. It was<br />

recognized at the National<br />

Association of Home<br />

<strong>Builders</strong>’ Remodelers<br />

Board of Trustees meeting<br />

at the International<br />

<strong>Builders</strong>’ Show in Las<br />

Vegas in late February.<br />

Watch for an IBS recap in<br />

the April <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong>.<br />

Meet our Mortgage Professionals<br />

Purchase • Refinance • Construction<br />

Nick Watson<br />

Hiawatha<br />

319-730-3227<br />

Nathan Seyfer<br />

Downtown<br />

319-731-2755<br />

Jason Spengler<br />

Marion<br />

319-730-3208<br />

Brad Maras<br />

Westdale<br />

319-730-3226<br />

Felisha Junge<br />

Blairs Ferry Rd<br />

319-730-3234<br />

Mitch Hames<br />

Westdale<br />

319-731-2778<br />

All loans subject to approval.<br />

Let’s discuss the options today • uiccumortgage.com

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