By Phil Crone, Executive Officer
Dallas Builders Association

The collective hearts of all members of the Dallas Builders Association are with the victims of the recent tornadoes that affected the Dallas area. As our community begins to rebuild and recover, the Association wants to ensure that those affected are not victimized by unscrupulous storm chasers who follow significant weather events all over the country.

How can you spot a storm chaser? Look for contractors, often from out of state, soliciting with flyers in your mailbox or going door to door, and contractors who ask for a signed contract to assess the damage or speak with your insurance adjuster. Sometimes the fine print in these contracts binds you to do business with them. Other red flags include lowball bids, “sign today” price requests for a large down payment or a bid in the entire amount of your insurance settlement.

The best advice is often the hardest to follow when you’re vulnerable, but it will likely keep you from being further victimized by these scavengers. Take your time, do your research and trust your intuition. Ask yourself, “Do I really see myself working with this contractor?” If you are unsure, move on; there are plenty of competent and reputable options in our area. Do not let a pushy sales representative convince you otherwise.  

Be sure to help elderly neighbors, friends or family with this if you can. A quick Google search can turn up anything you need to know about a prospective contractor. Not finding anything also tells you everything you need to know. 

Membership in a professional organization such as the Dallas Builders Association or the National Roofing Contractors Association indicates they are a local contractor who is truly invested in their industry. In fact, the Dallas BA lists builders with experience in specific neighborhoods. You can find builders familiar with Preston Hollow, Midway Hollow, Northwest Dallas, and roofers on our website.  

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Brian Miller of Northern Kentucky, who was named Executive Officer of the Year for 2017, congratulates Dallas Builders Association Executive Officer Phil Crone. (Courtesy Photo)

From Staff Reports

It’s been a pretty big year for Phil Crone, the executive officer of the Dallas Builders Association, and getting recognized by your industry has to be the icing on the cake for him. The Dallas Builders Association relaunched their Parade of Homes, hosted a City Council debate, and worked to get more trade education in public schools — all initiatives that deserve recognition. 

And that’s exactly what Crone received on July 24 with the National Association of Home Builders named him Executive Officer of the Year. The award was presented at the annual Association Management Conference in Baltimore and honors a dedicated executive officer whose actions, commitments, and accomplishments in a single year has been truly exceptional. In addition, Crone was recognized for promotion of the national Executive Officer’s Council and for assisting in the advancement of his peers. The award is in memory of Gary Komarow, former chief legal counsel of NAHB.

In 2014, Crone received the New Executive Officer Award, which is presented to an EO who has served no more than three years in an association management position, but who is judged to have made major contributions to the profession during that time. Crone has served as the Association’s executive officer since January 2013.

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By Phil Crone
Executive Officer
Dallas Builders Association

In the midst of a nationwide, 10-year low in affordability, the housing industry is bracing for additional tariffs. From tile to countertops, laminates, lighting, and furnishing, about 450 products commonly found in new homes and remodeling projects are seeing tariffs rise from 10 percent to 25 percent due to the escalating trade war between the United States and China.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homeowners and homebuilders nationwide will be paying an additional $2.5 billion. Existing tariffs on Chinese imports and Chinese retaliatory tariffs already reduce U.S. Gross Domestic Product by 0.15 of a point. These additional tariffs will lower GDP by another half a point. While painful, they should not, in and of themselves, induce a recession.

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The Matthews Southwest team celebrated their win for People’s Choice Community of the Year at the 40th Annual McSam Awards.

Staff Reports

The Dallas Builders Association has announced winners of its 40th Annual McSAM Awards, presented April 13 in partnership with StrucSure Home Warranty. The McSAM Awards are held each spring to recognize “maximum creativity in sales and marketing.” Almost 400 entries were received this year, and winners were named in 67 categories.

Dale Hansen, WFAA’s award-winning sports anchor, was the master of ceremonies for the awards gala at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

In the industry-judged awards, David Weekley Homes was awarded the McSAM Builder of the Year; Johnson Development was named Developer of the Year, and Twin Creeks by Green Brick Partners was named Neighborhood of the Year. Industry experts from around the country including builders, architects, interior designers, and new home marketing professionals judged the awards.

Highland Homes won the prestigious People’s Choice Builder of the Year honors. The Tribute by Matthews Southwest was named People’s Choice Community of the Year.

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A few weeks ago, there was much buzz in North Dallas about a scheduled debate between District 13 Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates and her challenger, former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller for March 28. Preston Hollow People organized the event, which swelled up to 250 seats at Preston Hollow United Methodist Church. It was reported that 80 people were on a waiting list. Councilwoman Gates backed out of the debate, her reason being that the event sold out before she could notify her constituents, the space wasn’t big enough, etc. She even tweeted a funny:

The Dallas Division of the Dallas Builders Association is hosting a debate between the two, moderated by none other than Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the organization:

Dallas Division
April 4, 2019
Maggiano’s Little Italy – NorthPark
205 NorthPark Center
Dallas, TX 75225

11:15 a.m. Registration & Lunch
11:45 a.m. Program

Sure, there’s lunch served at the event tomorrow, but we’re already popping the popcorn. This event is open to members of the Dallas Builders Association and the building community. Can’t attend? CandysDirt.com will be there, and we will be streaming live on Facebook for our fans. 

Questions? Pop them right here in the comments: Joanna, Bethany, and I will ask for you!

Summit

From left, Metrostudy regional director Paige Shipp, Zillow Group Insights Director Mary Kaye O’Brien, and NAHB CEO Jerry Howard will speak at the Dallas Builders Association’s State of the Industry Summit on March 26.

From the Dallas Builders Association

The State of the Industry Summit, presented by Zillow Group, will feature NAHB CEO Jerry Howard, Metrostudy Regional Director Paige Shipp and Zillow Group Insights Director Mary Kaye O’Brien. The Summit, will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 9 a.m. (doors open at 8:30) until 11:30 a.m. at Venue Forty|50 in Addison.

As the chief executive of NAHB, Jerry Howard’s leadership ensured that housing remained a priority in recent tax legislation. Howard continues to lead NAHB’s advocacy efforts through contentious times on Capitol Hill. NAHB recently scored key victories on regulatory reform, helped reduce the rising cost of lumber and assisted property owners facing regulatory overreach at the U.S. Supreme Court. (more…)

By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

 

 

Unlike prior years, 2019 will not be full steam ahead for our area’s housing market. The predicted return to normalcy after a run of several frenzied years will be hard to characterize with a broad brush (though many will try). While more nuanced and complicated than before, there will be no shortage of opportunities and no reason why we cannot continue to be the envy of the nation.

Looking ahead, here are four things to watch in the year to come and why they matter:

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We make no effort to hide the fact that we LOVE the Dallas Builders Association. They are some of the best people you will ever meet, from their officers to the builder members, who are rock solid characters. These are the guys and gals I want around me should all hell break loose in the world. Plus builder members of the DBA don’t leave clients hanging. If your builder is NOT a member of the DBA, he or she SHOULD be. 

One of our favorite’s is Dallas Builders Association Executive Officer Phil Crone. He’s young, he’s passionate, and he is devoted to the DBA and home building.

But now, we understand his focus on another kind of devotion: Phil and his fiancee, Heidi Miller, were married on Saturday, March 3, in a small backyard ceremony — where else — at the new home they recently built in East Dallas.

Heidi hails from Mesquite and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, where she also played on a tennis scholarship. She has a Master’s degree and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in sports management while working as a teacher and tennis coach at Reedy High School in Frisco.

Phil is originally from the small northern Indiana town of North Liberty. Which makes him a midwesterner, even better! He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Juris Doctorate from SMU. He has worked for the Dallas BA since 2006, and became its Executive Officer in 2013.

The couple met while competing in a local adult kickball league.

And get this: Phil proposed to Heidi July 4, on their home’s newly poured foundation.  It just doesn’t get any better! (more…)