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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This stunning Italian Renaissance-styled mansion from Bella Custom Homes is the highlight of the May 4 Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes. (Courtesy Photo)

When we talk about the Renaissance masters, names such as da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Raphael are bandied about. But in the Dallas building scene, we’d wager that the master of the Italian Renaissance is Tony Visconti of Bella Custom Homes. The evidence is on view May 4 during the Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes, where you can tour this Italian Renaissance masterpiece that showcases the incredible design and construction you get in a Bella Custom Homes build.

“Our buyers are very sophisticated and they appreciate the authentic architecture and recognize the craftsmanship we put into our homes,” Visconti, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, told us. “While we are well- known for the classic European designs, we can design any style of home and we approach each home with the same attention to detail whether it is 5,000 square feet or 20,000 square feet.” 

And while we’ve been in love with this stunning Italian Renaissance design on Deloache, we’re also thrilled to see what the six other Dallas Builders Association members on Saturday’s tour bring to the table

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As more and more homes in Lakewood get a “glow up,” so are we educated on the builders in East Dallas that not only manage sites responsibly and work with the neighborhood, but also those that produce incredibly well-built homes. At the intersection of those two qualities, we found Mark Dann of Highland Classic Homes. 

Dann is a mainstay in the White Rock Lake area. With 35 years in the business and 14 years at the helm of Highland Classic, it’s easy to see that his experience has generated a well-deserved following and a few awards, too. For those reasons, we’re pleased as punch to give our readers an inside look into what makes the Mark Dann and Highland Classic Homes a brand you can trust in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Mark as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Highland Classic Homes, keep reading!

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Recent severe weather has brought the issue of fly-by-night roofing companies to the forefront of the Texas Legislature. To combat scammers that prey on homeowners after hail storms and high winds, Texas State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) introduced HB 2101, also known as the Reroofing Contractor Registration Act. 

In order to comply with the proposed law, all roofers wishing to do business in Texas would have to register with the state. 

“This is a great bill that will help protect vulnerable consumers,” said Dallas Builders Association executive officer Phil Crone. “Wind and hail events, which are common this time of year, unfortunately also cause fly-by-night contractors to crawl out of the woodwork. When your roof is leaking and you want nothing more than to get your life back in order, you are ideal prey for these vultures.”

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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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Incumbent District 13 Dallas councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates (center) debated former mayor Laura Miller (far right) Thursday. The Dallas Builders Association’s Phil Crone moderated.

Candy will dissect the debate later today, but for now, we have the recorded Dallas Builders Association debate between District 13 incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates and former mayor Laura Miller. Let us know what you think! (more…)

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!

Pierre and Marie Curie, Bill and Melinda Gates, John Lennon and Yoko Ono — these are a few groundbreaking, pioneering husband-and-wife teams with which Jason and Liz Haynsworth could be compared. Though their humble nature and great attitude would keep them from making the comparisons, we’re absolutely thrilled to highlight the dream team that has made Haynsworth Custom Homes the company it is today. 

With 10 years in custom homebuilding under their tool belts, we’re more than happy to give our readers an inside look into what makes the Haynsworth Custom Homes team tick in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Jason and Liz as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Haynsworth Custom Homes, keep reading!

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