And the Straight Answers Are:
1. What publications do I automatically get from NAHB?
As a NAHB member, you will receive a free subscription to Nation's Building News, published sixteen times a year with the latest news and analysis on regulatory, technical, legislative, and other industry-related issues. All new members also receive a free subscription to NAHB's builder magazine.
Note to associate members: You may continue your free subscription after a three-month trial simply completing a qualification card included in your magazine.
2. How can NAHB improve my bottom line as a builder?
NAHB is the place to go for "hands-on" help for your bottom line. Call 800-368-5242, ext. 113 for assistance or email Allan Freedman, Director for NAHB's Business Management Department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can answer simple questions directly or we may recommend a book for more complex issues. If you really are committed to long term excellence for your company then you should ask about the Builder 20 Club program or our specialized educational programming. We have the key to success - you just have to want to walk through the door.
You can also utilize the economic and forecasting information available from our Economics Department to understand current and future trends and adjust your business accordingly. Contact the NAHB Economics, Mortgage Finance, and Housing Policy Division at 1-800-368-5242, ext. 870.
3. I'm in remodeling (sales and marketing, multifamily or seniors housing, light commercial construction, etc.). How do I get involved in my specific segment of the industry?
Join a NAHB Council! NAHB responds to the increasingly diverse need of it's membership with specialized services of these industry councils: Building Systems, Remodelers (and Remodelers 20 Club), Commercial Builders, Multifamily, Seniors Housing, National Sales and Marketing, and Women's Council. Call 1-800-368-5242, ext. 418 for more information.
4. I'm an associate member. How do I network with builders?
Your best strategy - Get involved! Working side-by-side with a builder member on an association project or issue demonstrates your commitment to the industry, while it builds the foundation of a trustworthy relationship necessary to long term business success. It's a more effective approach than hard-selling yourself. You can also purchase NAHB's Mailing List Service at a member discount to target qualified member prospects and reach your strongest markets.
5. Am I invited to attend NAHB's Annual Convention and Exposition?
Absolutely! And as a first time attendee, you are eligible to receive a special discounted registration fee.
6. How does NAHB's work on Capitol Hill benefit me in my hometown?
By supporting pro-housing legislation and fighting burdensome regulations, NAHB directly influences national policies, which in turn directly impact your business at home. NAHB also provides lobbying assistance to your state and local builders associations to ensure a healthy building environment on all levels. Through NAHB's grassroots efforts, you have a powerful voice with our nation's leaders on the issues that matter to our industry.
7. How does NAHB help me understand and comply with all these new and changing regulations?
NAHB keeps you informed of major changes in regulations from environmental, building codes and standards, to labor, safety and health to OSHA. NAHB offers programs and seminars on critical issues that affect the building industry, publications addressing new or changing policies, as well as a team of interdisciplinary staff experts who are ready to address your needs - and all just a phone call away.
8. Can I save money through my NAHB membership?
Yes, if you take advantage of our discounted business products and services! NAHB's buying power gives you great deals on office products, airline reservations, car rentals, long distance phone service, credit cards and special NAHB logo merchandise - just to name a few! You also receive a 20% member discount on all books, brochures, videotapes, and audio cassettes available through the Home Builder Bookstore. Call the Home Builder Bookstore at 1-800-223-2665, or visit their website at www.builderbooks.com.
9. How can I access NAHB information online?
Just visit NAHB's "The Home Page" at www.nahb.com. The Home Page is the address for Nation's Building News online, the International Builders' Show, The International Commercial Construction Exposition (ICCON), and the Remodelers' Show. You can also access NAHB.net, NAHB's member-only online community found at www.nahb.net. Engage in real-time chat with other users online, find industry-specific message boards, an interactive address book, and an archived library of housing reference material. To access NAHB.net, you will need your membership ID number, available through your local home builders association, NAHB, and on your copy of Builder magazine. For more information on all of NAHB's Online Services call 1-800-368-5242, ext. 499, or email email@example.com.
10. What other free services are available through NAHB?
When faced with legal questions, you can call NAHB's attorneys for fast answers and expert assistance. All legal services to members are at no charge or just a minimal fee. The National Housing Library will create a free, customized resource list for you on books, magazine articles, convention tapes, and videos relating to any building topic - from ADA compliance to zero lot lines. For a nominal fee, the National Housing Library can even fax you articles or lend you books or videos from their extensive resource collection.