I hope that everyone is enjoying this mild summer. I want to thank everyone from SSHBA that attended the 10th annual Disabled Patriot Fund golf outing at Silver Lakes Golf Couse on July 2. It was a fun event and very profitable for the DPF. Again thanks to everyone who participated.
I’m happy to announce that Governor Quinn signed legislation on July 17th that prohibits lenders from requiring subordination of mechanic’s lien rights as a condition for accepting a loan application. SB3023, sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) and Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Chicago), was accepted favorably by Illinois’ banking associations when an amendment was added that allows the requirement to occur after more than 50% of the loan has been disbursed. HBAI supported SB3023 and appreciates the support we received from the membership of the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pat Quinn. This legislation has been moved forward by many members of SSHBA and HBAI and those members have my thanks for their hard work.
Speaking of HBAI, their annual golf outing will be held on August 14th at Piper Glen in Springfield. This outing was a fun adventure for all of those who participated last year, especially for those who rode down on the Amtrak. This year the outing coincides with the Illinois State Fair, which will be an interesting way to finish the evening. I’m encouraging anyone who is looking for a great day of golfing this summer to attend. The HBAI State Meeting will be held at Harrah’s Casino in Joliet on September 25th followed by the NAHB PAC Fundraiser event at Lakewood Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI on the 26th.
As for upcoming SSHBA events, the Sales and Marketing Council is hosting a Networking Breakfast on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the SSHBA Office at 8:30 a.m. Julea Joseph of Reinventing Spaces will be talking to us about "Why Empty Houses Do Not Sell." There is no cost to attend and it is a great opportunity to pick up some tips to help you sell your homes. I would like to personally invite you all to join me on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Searls Windows & Doors, Inc. in Plainfield for our annual Bags Tournament and BBQ that will be cooked by me and my BBQ team, Beer and Smoking in Las Vegas. I look forward to cooking a nice dinner for all of you. I also want to thank Dick Searls for opening his Sales center to us again. Then on September 24th through the 26th the SSHBA will be offering the NAHB’s Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses taught by Tom Stephani. This is an essential set of classes for both builders and remodelers who wish to tap into the market of retiring adults who need new houses or updates to their existing homes.
Have a safe and fun rest of your summer!!
E Jason Paliatka