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Kansas Primary Election – August 3

Posted on July 21, 2021

It is CRUCIAL to the Future of Your Industry that you VOTE in the Upcoming Kansas Primary Election Make your way to the polls on August 3. Use your voice and support those who support you! Overland Park Curt Skoog, M...

Price of OSB Up More Than 500% Since January 2020

Posted on July 15, 2021

Framing lumber prices garnered more attention than any other building material over the past year as prices quadrupled between April 2020 and May 2021.  But even as lumber prices decline, the spotlight on lumber continues to...

Why Builder Lumber Prices Remain Higher than Headlines Suggest

Posted on July 6, 2021

NAHB recently provided the below article to help home builders explain to customers why decreasing lumber futures prices aren't correlating to lower new home prices just yet. Lumber futures prices have decreased by 52 perc...

KCHBA Members Talk Housing With KC Star

Posted on June 29, 2021

KCHBA members Andy Homoly, owner of Homoly Signature Homes, and Chris Ragland, owner of Homes by Chris, were featured in a recent article in the Kansas City Star  focused on building costs and sales. “People really real...

EPA Seeks to Revise Definition of Waters of the U.S.

Posted on June 17, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (the agencies) have announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). EPA Administrator Michael Regan say...

Learn How to Navigate Lumber, Supply Chain Challenges with New NAHB Webinar Series

Posted on June 7, 2021

NAHB is hosting a webinar series this month to help members and other industry professionals understand the current challenges with escalating lumber prices and supply chain issues, and learn how to develop strategies to adap...

How Lumber Prices Are Hammering Housing Affordability for Home Owners

Posted on June 7, 2021

Skyrocketing lumber prices and supply-chain challenges continue to slow home construction, even amid higher demand. Both new home sales and existing home sales have cooled as prospective buyers are priced out of the m...

KCHBA Is Working for You to Resolve the Lumber Issue

Posted on May 17, 2021

For the past several months, KCHBA has actively engaged U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and his staff on this urgent issue. Recently, Senator Moran shared his concerns with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai duri...

Tommy Bickimer Interviewed about Lumber Prices on Fox4

Posted on May 17, 2021

Last week, KCHBA's Vice President Tommy Bickimer of Bickimer Homes talked to Fox4 about how the rising cost of lumber is affecting home prices and potential homeowners. “During the Great Recession there were no buyers. N...

Commerce Secretary Pledges to Make Lumber a Priority

Posted on May 10, 2021

NAHB’s grassroots efforts urging the Biden administration and Congress to address the growing problem of rising lumber and material prices along with supply shortages is showing results. Responding to a request by Rep. R...