“Not joining NVBIA would have cost me over $100,000!”
This is a direct quote from Karen Hammond, Owner of the Hammond Agency (insurance). Karen has been a member since April of 1991 and through taking an active role in NVBIA and marketing her services she has generated over $100,000 in business over the 20+ years of membership. Now, we can not guarantee business for you becoming a member, only the opportunity to get involved, make and grow relationships, and support the industry of our livelihood.
What will it cost you for not joining?
The NVBIA has 4 goals:
- To advocate for builders at the local, state and national levels
- To educate our members through certified and non certified classes and seminars (we are always looking for speakers).
- To create networking opportunities to grow and foster business relationships.
- To support our community. We have been achieving these 4 goals for over 75 years.
Our 5th goal, is to help our builders generate sales through our annual Parade of Homes. If you are not familiar with the Parade, it is a 2 day marketing event designed to help generate traffic into our builders homes. This is a great way to take part in a $200,000+ marketing campaign designed to bring consumers to our website www.vaparade.com. This past year we had over 10,000 individual people spend an average of 10 minutes on the site. There was an average of over 20+ pages per visit while people were setting up their tour. This may be a great area to advertise your services to both builders and end consumers alike.
We host a number of fun networking events allowing you to meet and grow relationships with Home Builders and Developers. Our largest and most attended “Members Only” function is Meet the Builder. This is a reverse trade show where home building purchasing decision makers are seated at tables and each associate member that chooses to attend get 3-5 minutes with each one. At our last Meet the Builder our associates made and grew contacts with 40+ New Home Builders. Those builders included Pulte, Richmond American, Winchester Homes, NVR, Stanley Martin, just to name a few. We also have 2 smaller less formal events with our Custom Builder Council (CBC consists of 30+ builders). These are builders that build 1-50 homes a year. The two events allow members to meet builders over a couple of cocktails in a relaxed setting. Some of our other events include Casino Night, Crawfish Boil, Oyster Roast, Great American Living Awards, and a Crab Feast.
When you join the NVBIA you also are becoming a member of the Home Building Association of Virginia (HBAV) & the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It is through these 3 memberships that we are able to offer great financial benefits and continuing education. Attached are copies of some of the financial benefits of membership. When you take advantage of the financial benefits membership can pay for itself.
The NVBIA consists of 4 chapters: Fairfax-Alexandria-Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, & Fauquier. Each chapter meets regularly to discuss the ongoing and ever changing challenges for building homes in those areas. You may want to get involved in Loudon, Prince William or FAA.
We also have committees and councils that you may wish to join. The Real Estate Finance Committee meets regularly to discuss the market with builders and developers as well as hosts a Outlook (spring) and Wrap up (December) presentations. The Associates Committee lends a voice to 2/3rds of our membership. They host a fun networking event in the fall. The Membership Committee helps to retain and grow membership in the NVBIA. Our “Green” Building Committee discusses the new ways to be energy efficient and more responsible for our resources. Our Sales and Marketing Committee is in charge of the Great American Living Awards. These are just a few of the committees that help grow and foster professional relationships with potential vendors and colleagues alike.
Lastly, we give back to the community through different charitable organizations. The NVBIA started the Northern Virginia chapter of Home Aid. HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters, transitional houses, food banks, medical clinics, counseling centers, and other facilities that help homeless people gain stability and a roof over their heads. HomeAid leverages the resources of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners to conduct major renovations to shelters and homes to provide safe, stable and new living arrangements for previously homeless persons. HomeAid’s partners and resources help to significantly reduce the construction costs to care provider organizations, thereby allowing them redirect those dollars back into programs and services for these homeless families and individuals. HomeAid Northern Virginia was started in 2001, since then HomeAid has completed over 45 projects valued at over $10 million.
Our individual chapters also help additional charitable organizations. For example, our Prince William chapter continues to work with Project Mend-A-House. Currently we will be helping to supply materials to add an addition to a home for a family dealing with a growing child with muscular dystrophy. The parents started the addition but ran out of money.