Year in Review - 2013

As we inch closer to another new year, we have often found ourselves reflecting back on 2013.  The past year has left little doubt in our minds that the housing market is continuing to show consistent improvement.  Our team, personally, can attest to a steady increase in new home sales.  Furthermore, we are pleased to hear from our sub-contractors, suppliers, and other colleagues that they are experiencing constant improvement in their businesses, as well.  We rarely tire of hearing this good feedback, even with our competitors.  As a business, we appreciate the positive impact that this improvement has on our economy and local building industry.  Looking back on 2013, certain highlights throughout the year definitely come to mind, and we would invite you to share them with us!

TWO-TIME "BUILDER OF THE YEAR"

One of our team's proudest accomplishments, to date, has been receiving the coveted "Builder of the Year" award.  We were humbled to receive this award in 2012, and much to our surprise, again in 2013.  We later learned that it was the first time any builder has received the award two, consecutive years in a row, which makes it even more of an honor considering our fellow builders who were nominated and most definitely the past recipients.  We are truly grateful to be recognized with this award.  You can follow the link below for information on the history of the award, the selection process for the nominees, and more.

http://www.akron.com/editions/Akron-Ohio-News-2013-December-19/HBA_holds_Installation_and_Awards_Banquet.asp?aID=21634

INSTALLATION OF SCOTT STRAYER, 2014 PRESIDENT OF THE HBA Serving Portage/Summit Counties

Scott has served on the Board of Trustees for the local HBA for the past four years.  On December 7, 2013, he was installed as the association's 2014 President.  You can read more about the annual inauguration banquet, including some of Scott's goals for the upcoming year, by following the link below.

http://www.homes.ohio.com/local-hba-installs-new-officers-honors-members-at-70th-annual-ceremony-1.452348

SCATTERED-SITE PARADE OF HOMES



This was the second year that we have participated in the scattered site Parade of Homes.  Our featured entry (pictured above) is located in New Franklin, Ohio.  We weren't quite sure what to expect over the duration of the Parade, but we were eager to find out.  By the end of the first day, we realized that the foot traffic was going to be heavy, and by the last day, we had hundreds of visitors.  Since our business has been primarily referral based over the years, we have chose not to advertise very often.  However, participating in the Parade of Homes has proved to be a successful way to promote our product to potential customers and show them exactly what we do - from our standard, upgraded features to the quality of our work.  To say that we were pleased with the traffic through our Parade entry and the feedback we received would be an understatement, and we are excited to participate in future Parades!  If you are thinking about building, sooner or later, we would really encourage you to visit the Parades - whether they are a single or scattered site.  They are a great way to meet builders, not to mention get ideas on floor plans and more. 

VOLUNTEER

This year the HBA partnered with the Board of Realtors to assist two homeowners in making repairs and improvements to their homes.  Members from our team participated in the project, which is referred to as "Rebuilding Together".  The team has also contributed to this project in the past couple of years, and will continue to do so in the future.

While these are just a few of our highlights from the past year, we would encourage you to stay tuned as we make our way into 2014.  We have some exciting, new plans coming up!  We wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!