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Welcome to the Athens Area Home Builders Association

The Athens Area Home Builders Association is a non-profit professional trade association made up of member companies, representing residential and light commercial builders, subcontractors, suppliers, and many other service providers to the building industry throughout Athens-Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Stephens, and Walton Counties. Together we are the foundation for the local home-building industry - building pride in our community through interaction, commitment, professionalism, education, community service, and environmental responsibility.

RSS NAHB Now

  • IBS 2025 Exhibit Home Takes Building Innovations to a New Level
    As the flagship exhibit of next year’s International Builders’ Show, the 2025 New American Home will feature more levels, more openness and even more of the latest innovations in residential construction.
  • Housing Starts Retreat in May
    Single-family and multifamily housing starts fell in May as high interest rates for construction and development loans and mortgage rates held back both housing supply and demand.
  • High Mortgage Rates Act as a Drag on Builder Confidence
    Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes was 43 in June, down two points from May, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the lowest reading since December 2023.
  • Treasury Announces Crackdown on Certain Partnership Transactions
    The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service announced a crackdown — and new disclosure requirements — on “basis shifting” transactions used by partnerships that share common ownership. The Biden administration estimates this move could generate an additional $50 billion in tax revenue over the next decade.
  • Treasury Releases Final Rules for Energy Tax Credit Prevailing Wage, Apprenticeship Bonuses
    The Inflation Reduction Act modified and extended many energy tax incentives used in residential construction, including requiring taxpayers to meet prevailing wage and/or apprenticeship requirements in order to claim the full value of the tax credit. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have now released final regulations on these labor requirements.

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RSS Eye On Housing

  • Housing Starts Retreat in May
    Single-family and multifamily housing starts fell in May as high interest rates for construction and development loans and elevated mortgage rates held back both housing supply and demand. Overall housing starts fell 5.5% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.28 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing...
  • High Mortgage Rates Act as a Drag on Builder Confidence
    Mortgage rates that continue to hover in the 7% range along with elevated construction financing costs continue to put a damper on builder sentiment. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes was 43 in June, down two points from May, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market...
  • U.S. Households Real Estate Asset Value Rises to Start 2024
    The market value of household real estate assets rose from $44.90 trillion to $45.84 trillion in the first quarter of 2024 according to the most recent release of U.S. Federal Reserve Z.1 Financial Accounts. Over the year, household real estate assets were 7.75% higher. After falling in the fourth quarter of 2023, the market value...
  • Single-Family Permits Holding Steady in April 2024  
    Over the first four months of 2024, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 336,124. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is an increase of 25.3% over the April 2023 level of 268,205. Year-to-date ending in April, single-family permits were up in all four regions. The range of permit increase spanned...
  • Hispanics Comprise 31% of the Construction Workforce
    Diversifying the construction labor force is a key strategic goal given the ongoing skilled labor shortage. The latest labor force statistics from the 2022 American Community Survey[1] show that Non-Hispanic White people account for the majority of workers in the construction industry (57.5%). However, Hispanics make up close to one-third of the construction labor force...