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Investing in the Next Generation of Builders

By Kimberly Winter Stern Josh Jacobs recalls the unexpected reaction from students several years ago after entering his Liberty High School industrial technology class into the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s Parade of Playhouses. “That first year, about 20 students built a simple, Colonial-style playhouse with framed walls, a roof, real shingles, plywood panel siding and non-working windows,” Jacobs said. “It was exploratory to

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Whether You Build or Buy Existing, Homeownership Is the Best Choice

Realtors Kenya Lewis and Kent Welch discuss why both are great options. By Jeanene Dunn Reece Nichols Realtor Kenya Lewis is busy helping clients find their dream homes on the resell market. “It is still very competitive, because the demand remains strong despite continuing inventory challenges.” Lewis says. The clients she serves are looking for pre-existing homes, whether they are first-time homebuyers or empty nesters looking

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Building Paths to Success

Doors of opportunity open for high school students like Gael Moreno through HBAGKC workforce development.   By Kimberly Winter Stern   As the owner of Construction & Planning Services in Lenexa, Kansas City area’s longest-tenured framing business, KCHBA member David Elliott has spent decades in the commercial and residential sectors, building a respected legacy.   A core part of Elliott’s successful business model also helps pave

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Housing in KC: Will it Be More Attainable in 2024?

By Jeanene Dunn   You often see headlines “Homeownership Remains Out of reach for Many” and “Cities Where Homeownership Has Become Unaffordable.” The fact is that “shelter” costs continue to rise, and for the past several quarters shelter inflation has been more than 50 percent of overall inflation growth.   So, really, every single story about inflation should begin with the headline “Inflation is a Housing

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Our Goal: Homeownership for All

What do you remember about the first holiday you spent in your house as a first-time home buyer? Is it the pride you felt as you put up that first string of lights on the exterior of the house at Christmas? Or is it the look on your child’s face as he or she sat in front of a birthday cake with everyone singing happy birthday?

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