October 6, 2016

To Endorse or Not to Endorse?

That truly is the question...

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has the answer; YES! 
NAHB has decided that this election year, for congress, that they will endorse candidates for reelection. 
I say "BRAVO!" 
I took part in presenting an award to one of our top legislators in the country, when it comes to pro-housing issues, this past week and the congressman (see picture below) was thrilled to receive his NAHB award. When we, the Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern New Jersey (BRANNJ), explained to him that NAHB wanted to also endorse him publicly he was excited and very proud to have NAHB's, and the members in his district, backing.

NAHB Candidate for NAHB 2017 3rd Vice Chairman Dean Mon (left) and Michael Kurpiel, 2016 BUILD-PAC Associate Vice Chairman (right), presenting Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-R) the NAHB Defender of Housing Award

Rep. Frelinghuysen, and others like him who understand the value of home building, should be recognize for his "Houser" status and we should always fight to protect them during election years. 
Every state has a few legislators who will fight for the American Dream in Washington, D.C. and every member in those states should celebrate their "Housers."

Here is the national and local media endorsement: 

"The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) local affiliate, Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern NJ (BRANNJ), Names Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen a Defender of Housing

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-R) was honored on October 5, 2016 at the offices of SAX, LLP in Clifton, NJ by BRANNJ with the Defender of Housing Award, acknowledging him as forward-thinking federal legislator who recognizes housing’s significant role within the U.S. economy

“Rep. Frelinghuysen understands the key national issues facing home builders and remodelers here in the Northern NJ market” said BRANNJ president Don DiNovi, a builder member in Ridgewood, NJ. “The unfortunate effect of too much legislation and regulation is that it drives up the cost of housing, making it more difficult for families to afford a home.”

“Home building is by its very nature a series of productive partnerships: between the home builder and his or her client, trade contractor, banker or architect,” said Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder in Bloomington, Ill.  “The Defender of Housing Award honors another very important partnership: our ongoing work with the lawmakers who, in many ways, create the blueprint for our businesses with their votes on legislation that define how our industry operates.”

NAHB created the Defender of Housing Award on behalf of the more than 700 state and local HBAs across the country that make up the NAHB Federation. These HBAs chose their nominees, and a panel of NAHB elected leaders chose the finalists. The awards will be presented throughout the fall months to recipients nationwide.

“No matter how an HBA chooses to present this award, each one represents a strong commitment to affordable housing, consumer choice and most importantly, the significant contribution that home building makes to the economy,” said Don DiNovi. “Homeownership is the engine that drives this nation, and the Defender of Housing Award goes to those men and women that enable more homes to be built."

Please share your success stories with NAHB so we can all share with the federation those who stand up for housing, for our careers, for our Nation's families and for all of our memories!

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