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January 24th ~ Residential Sprinkler Hearing ~ 10:00AM ~ LOB, Room 1A
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25th Annual HOBI Awards


2017 State Legislative Session Wrap-Up - by Bill Ethier, CEO

2016-2017 Resolution for a Better Connecticut - HBRACT urges all state and local lawmakers to embrace this resolution.

Connecticut: Not So Bad for Business, Companies Doing Well - "The solid results go right across industries ... Only home builders on our client list are languishing."

Fair Housing Working Group holds initial meeting - HBRACT CEO, Bill Ethier,  lays out a way forward to increase affordable housing production. 38 things CT could do.

How Local Housing Regulations Smother the U.S. Economy - NY Times Op-Ed

How Did America's Richest State Become Such a Fiscal Mess? - Governing magazine

Mandate to install fire sprinklers in all new 1&2 family homes  - overwhelming defeat (7-18 vote) in Public Safety Committee should send strong message to proponents.  But, they're not listening and trying this time to mandate sprinklers be installed in every new townhome - a blow to a popular affordable housing option.

Millennial Home Buyers Send a Chill Through Rental Markets - WSJ

Connecticut is facing a corporate migration crisis -"It's not the cheapest place to do business ... but it's not that bad"

What on Earth is Wrong With Connecticut? - The Atlantic

Regulatory Hurdles in Connecticut - So many ways builders are beat down in CT; We all lose when that happens ...

archived Opinion posts

Housing Defense Fund
Please Join the Fight

24th Annual
HOBI Awards
880 attendees celebrated our 2017 HOBI Awards at the  Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville.
Thanks to our Sponsors and Congrats to all winners

2017 HOBI Photo Gallery

See Pics from the
2017 Fiano Family Golf Classic
July 10, 2017
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell


State Budget News

House sends veto-proof, bipartisan budget to Malloy - last state to adopt a budget, passes Senate 33-3 and House 126-23.  Connecticut may start to get government under control; Wall Street Says Budget Is Good for Connecticut, But Bad for UConn; but Wait!, What? ... Newly adopted CT budget already showing red ink; Gov. Malloy Submits Deficit Mitigation Options to Legislature - Legislature likely to consider other options to close a growing (now $208 million) deficit in current FY; Malloy's plan includes $189 million in new taxes and $113 in spending cuts.

Other news:

Gov Malloy Announces State Begins Providing Reimbursements to Homeowners for Crumbling Foundations - Homeowners advised to begin application process ASAP; Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations Qualify For Federal Tax Break - Hartford Courant; Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Remediation Services for Crumbling Concrete Foundations - by Capitol Region Council of Governments.  DUE By 11-30-17.  Those with crumbling foundations finally may get some help; Feds bring technical aid, not cash, on crumbling foundations - see more on this critically important issue

Summary released of 1-1-18 Revisions to Technical Standards for Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems

Article on 2017 changes to 8-30g (Affordable Housing Appeals Act)

Connecticut Improves, But Remains Among 10 Least Tax-Friendly States - right direction at least, with a long way to go to top 20, let's keep improving

Some towns will win, others lose as CT struggles with slow growth; see also this article from Connecticut By The Numbers

Connecticut's Housing Market Lags Behind Neighbor States - WSJ

Connecticut jumps 10 spots to 33rd in 2017's business ranking - In a tie for most improved over 2016.

archived News posts

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Check out our House of the Year in Avon!
by Sunlight Construction, Inc.

For Sale
5 BR, 4.5 Bath, 5000+ SF
Click here for realtor.com listing
With the help of our members supplying their services, products and time to this great project!

See photos of this fantastic home at CTRevealed

Thanks to our Members who participated!
Overhead Door of Hartford - DONATED garage doors & openers
CAFD - DONATED Electric Fireplace
Nelson Construction - DONATED Clean Fill
Simscroft-Echo Farms - DONATED TRUCK for clean fill delivery
BENDER, Dalene Flooring, Glasco, Dunning Sand & Gravel, Connecticut Lighting Centers, Viking Kitchen Cabinets, Cyclone Home Systems, Sanford & Hawley and many others provided their products and services!

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Our HBRA House of the Year by Sunlight Construction is Virtual Staged!

This home is completely empty! All furniture, rugs and pictures are digitally placed in these pics! Thanks to New England Web Services for this great feature, allowing buyers to see and visualize a room, yet still visit an empty canvas live at the home.

Upcoming Events & Education

Thu, January 18, 2018 7:30 AM • Ridgefield Supply - Ridgefield Supply
Tue, January 23, 2018 2:00 PM • Best Western - North Haven
Wed, January 24, 2018 10:00 AM • LOB - Room 1A
Thu, January 25, 2018 6:00 PM • CT Valley Brewing Company
Fri, January 26, 2018 8:00 AM • Ring's End - Stratford
Mon, January 29, 2018 5:30 PM • Chatterley's Banquet Hall - Torrington
Wed, January 31, 2018 5:30 PM • Wireless Zone - 351 Frontage Road, New London
Thu, February 01, 2018 4:00 PM • Cyclone Home Systems - White Oak Drive, Berlin
Thu, February 01, 2018 6:00 PM • Dakota Restaurant - Rocky Hill
Wed, February 07, 2018 4:00 PM • Valley & Aetna Building Products - Granby
Wed, February 07, 2018 6:00 PM • 136 Water Street, Norwalk
Thu, February 15, 2018 5:30 PM • Chamber of Commerce EC - 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford
Thu, March 01, 2018 6:00 PM • Dakota - Rocky Hill
Fri, March 02, 2018 3:00 PM • Connecticut Convention Center - Hartford
Sat, March 03, 2018 10:00 AM • Mystic Marriott - Groton

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