Tuesday
Apr082014

RSI Professional Cabinet Solutions Announces New Director of Contracting Operations

MIRA LOMA, Calif. (April 8, 2014)—RSI Professional Cabinet Solutions (RSI PCS) announced the promotion of Darrin Toop to Director of Contracting Operations. Toop joined RSI PCS in January 2013 as the Sales Operations Manager and brought with him more than 23 years of industry experience as a highly-skilled cabinetry and millwork professional.

In his new role, Toop is responsible for overseeing a quickly growing team of over 100 professionals dedicated to serving customers in new construction and rehabilitation projects within Southern California, where the company is the market share leader. Toop brings extensive aptitude in streamlining processes to improve first pass yield and reduce secondary trips, which are vital elements to customer satisfaction.

“Darrin has been a key part of our success and we are thrilled to promote him to this important position,” said Eric VanDerHeyden, president, RSI Professional Cabinet Solutions. “The Southern California market has recovered quickly and needs even more cabinet experts and installers. I am confident Darrin will successfully grow our service capability so our customers can continue to choose RSI PCS as their preferred supplier.”

In his position as Sales Operations Manager, Toop was instrumental in refining the ordering process, which reduced pre-order errors and improved productivity. His proficiencies in process improvement execution and his extensive field management background will allow him to transition seamlessly into his new role.

The RSI PCS frameless European-inspired cabinetry provides numerous advantages over traditional, framed cabinetry. The frameless cabinets offer functional advantages, such as larger and deeper drawers, wider openings for more storage, easier cleaning, faster access and retrieval, and high quality hardware. Full overlay doors provide a clean, streamlined look with premium crown, light rail moldings, and knobs or pulls accentuating and completing the design. 

About RSI Professional Cabinet Solutions

Founded in 2003, RSI Professional Cabinet Solutions (RSI PCS), is part of RSI Home Products, Inc., and is the leading western supplier of frameless, European-inspired, full access cabinetry. In partnership with top builders, remodelers, dealers and distributors, RSI PCS premium construction cabinets have been installed in nearly 100,000 kitchens and baths throughout the Western United States, and are designed, built and shipped from Mira Loma, Calif.

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For media inquiries, contact Kelly Kemmis

909.614.2948

 

Thursday
May172012

Southland Housing Affordability Hits New High

Despite Gains, Affordability Still Far Lower Than Most Parts of U.S.

IRVINE – Buying a home in Southern California is within the reach of more families than at any time so far this century, according to the latest Housing Opportunity Index released today by the National Association of Home Builders.

Despite that positive trend, however, housing prices in California remain among the least affordable in the nation, leading the CEO of the Building Industry Association of Southern California to urge local and state governments to work with homebuilders to ease fees and regulations that continue to drive up costs.

“Between state laws that encourage lawsuits to block housing developments and local government fees and requirements that can add anywhere between $20,000 and $100,000 to the price of each new home, it’s always been difficult and expensive to build in Southern California,” said David W. Shepherd.

“In this market, every dollar counts and the competition with foreclosed homes and short sales remains fierce. We look forward to partnering with state and local governments to reduce fees, speed up processing times and craft other measures to make more projects pencil. That will create jobs, generate tax dollars and allow more families to buy today’s exciting new homes. ”

During the first quarter of 2012, 49.5 percent of the homes sold in Los Angeles County could be afforded by a family earning the county’s median income. That was up slightly from the previous quarter and up by more than 6 percentage points from the same period in 2011. In comparison, just 1.8 percent of the homes were affordable at the low point, set in the first quarter of 2006, and the county was the nation’s least affordable housing market.

Affordability also hit new highs for the century in the other metro areas in BIASC’s service territory, ranging from 83.7 percent in Imperial County to 50.7 percent in Orange County. (See table below for details.)

However, L.A. County was the fifth least-affordable metro area in the country during the quarter and Orange County ranked sixth-lowest. The two Southland metro areas joined San Francisco and San Diego in the bottom 10 among metro areas nationwide.

Metro Area

Imperial County

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Lowest*

 

 

 

Lowest*

 

1Q12

4Q11

1Q11

4Q06

1Q12

4Q11

1Q11

1Q06

Median price (000)

121

132

133

280

295

295

300

523

HOI

83.7

76.5

74

6.8

49.5

48.3

43.1

1.8

Nat’l Rank**

112

59

66

T11

5

6

3

1

 

Metro Area

Orange County

Riverside/San Bernardino

 

 

 

 

Lowest*

 

 

 

Lowest*

 

1Q12

4Q11

1Q11

1Q06

1Q12

4Q11

1Q11

3Q06

Median price (000)

384

392

400

608

165

168

175

393

HOI

50.7

47.4

44.8

2.5

77.5

75.7

74.9

6.7

Nat’l Rank**

6

4

5

2

60

56

70

13

 

Metro Area

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Lowest*

 

1Q12

4Q11

1Q11

2Q06

Median price (000)

320

320

333

586

HOI

67

66.1

59.7

8.1

Nat’l Rank**

24

28

19

18

*Lowest – the lowest affordability ranking since 2000 or since data has been collected for that metro area.

**National rank counts from the bottom of the affordability list. The lower the number, the more unaffordable a metro area is nationwide.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index is a measure of the percentage of homes sold in a given area that are affordable to families earning that area’s median income during a specific quarter. Prices of new and existing homes sold are collected from actual court records by First American Real Estate Solutions, a marketing company. Mortgage financing conditions incorporate interest rates on fixed- and adjustable-rate loans reported by the Federal Housing Finance Board.

The NAHB/Wells Fargo HOI is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. Please visit www.nahb.org/hoi for tables, historic data and details.

The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc., is a non-profit trade association representing nearly 1,000 member companies in the housing industry, construction trades, and affiliated businesses throughout Southern California. Along with its four chapters – Los Angeles/Ventura, Orange County, Riverside County and Baldy View – it advocates on behalf of the homebuilding industry throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, southeast Kern, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino counties. Visit its Website at www.biasc.org.

Thursday
May102012

Apartment Growth Fuels Increase in Statewide Housing Starts, CBIA Reports

Note to editors: Tables have been posted listing housing production by metro area in February and March. More information on the acquisition of CIRB by the Foundation is available here.

SACRAMENTO – Boosted by a major increase in apartment construction, statewide housing starts continued on an upward path during February and March, the California Building Industry Association reported today.

The statistics are the last building permit data to be compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board, which after more than 35 years in operation is being taken over this month by the California Homebuilding Foundation, a CBIA affiliate.

Statewide housing starts, as measured by permits issued, totaled 6,092 in March, up 73 percent from February and up 32 percent from March 2011. Single-family permits totaled 1,922 in March, up 26 percent from February and 5 percent more than March 2011. And multifamily permits shot up to 4,170 in March, more than double February’s total and up 50 percent from the same month a year ago. It was the largest monthly multifamily total since November 2002.

On a quarterly basis, single-family construction during the first three months of 2012 was 3 percent greater than the same period a year ago, multifamily permits were up 37 percent and total housing production climbed by almost 21 percent.

During the first quarter, single-family construction was highest in the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino; Los Angeles County; and the Sacramento region. By far the most multifamily production was in L.A. County, followed by San Diego and Orange counties.

CIRB projects that total production in 2012 will be 57,000 homes and apartments compared to the estimated 47,100 units built last year. That would still be the fourth-lowest annual production in the past 30 years and the second-lowest level in single-family construction.

Mike Winn, CBIA’s president and CEO, said the upward trend is encouraging but urged policy makers at the state and local level to continue working with homebuilders in order to spur economic growth and tax revenue.

“Homebuilding has to really get back on its feet before the state will see real economic growth, and with the number of foreclosures and other distressed sales still high, builders have to be able to compete on price,” Winn said.

“Unfortunately, high government fees and other costly restrictions often mean a project can’t get under way and will remain on the drawing board. State and local officials need to understand today’s market conditions and recognize that building more homes designed for today’s customers equals jobs, economic growth and increased revenue for government programs.”

Monday
May072012

California Homebuilding Foundation, BIASC Reach Agreement to Continue Construction Industry Data Service

Note to Editors: BIASC is sending out this press release on behalf of the California Homebuilding Foundation.

Media contact: John Frith, BIASC. 949-553-9500, ext 125 | jfrith@biasc.org

CIRB data subscription contact: Terri Brunson, CHF. 916-340-3340 | tbrunson@mychf.org

May 7, 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SACRAMENTO – The California Homebuilding Foundation announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Building Industry Association of Southern California to take over the statewide construction permit data collection and reporting functions formerly performed by BIASC’s Construction Industry Research Board.

Reports for February and March will soon be released to subscribers and future monthly data will be compiled and published by CHF in a timely manner.

In making the announcement, CHF Executive Director Terri Brunson said it is essential that the data on residential and commercial construction continue being collected and disseminated to a wide range of subscribers, including government agencies, companies, researchers and the news media.

“CIRB houses data about construction trends that go back to 1954 and it is by far the most authoritative source of information about residential and commercial construction in California,” Brunson said. “Many organizations rely heavily on this information and we are excited that we can step in and take over its operations. We are also working on plans that will allow us to make the data even more useful to our subscribers in the future.”

The Research Board was formed in 1974 and has been operated by BIASC since 2007. Earlier this year, BIASC decided to spin off CIRB and discussed transferring its operations to a number of organizations before reaching an agreement with CHF.

“As a non-profit educational and research organization with close ties to our state-level affiliate, the California Building Industry Association, CHF is ideally positioned to continue and even improve upon the collection, analysis and reporting of building permit and public contract data,” said David W. Shepherd, BIASC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We know that CHF will do a great job and are pleased that we were able to keep this vital service alive within the BIA family.”   

The most widely used data collected by CIRB is California building permit information, which is collected monthly from more than 525 California cities and counties.  But CIRB also has been the only source of comprehensive data on private, nonresidential building permits since the Census Bureau stopped collecting such information in 1996.

CIRB’s Burbank office will close and CHF will operate the service from its office in Sacramento.

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The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) is the research and education center for California’s homebuilding and construction industries. Founded in 1978 through the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), the Foundation serves the industry by providing scholarships, funding research and conducting educational and professional development programs. The Foundation also is responsible for the Building Industry Hall of Fame. Learn more by visiting www.mychf.org.

The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc., is a non-profit trade association representing nearly 1,000 member companies in the housing industry, construction trades, and affiliated businesses throughout Southern California. Along with its four chapters – Los Angeles/Ventura, Orange County, Riverside County and Baldy View – it advocates on behalf of the homebuilding industry throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, southeast Kern, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino counties. Visit its Website at www.biasc.org.

Monday
Mar122012

BIASC Names David Shepherd New CEO

IRVINE – Southern California’s largest homebuilding trade association has named veteran planning and government affairs professional David W. Shepherd as its new CEO. Shepherd, 46, will begin his duties with the Building Industry Association of Southern California on April 2.

In making the announcement, BIASC President Bob Yoder said Shepherd brings a wide range of experience to the post.

"Dave has a strong commitment to our industry and possesses a rare combination of experience that we believe make him the ideal candidate to lead our Association in the years to come," said Yoder, who also is a Division President for Shea Homes.

“He understands our industry, has been a volunteer leader with the BIA and has an extensive background in government. These experiences will serve him well at BIASC and I look forward to working closely with him to help our region’s homebuilding industry continue to rebound from its worst crisis since World War II.”

Currently, Shepherd is Manager of Land Use Planning for Orange County, where he was responsible for planning for major developments as well as regional coordination with other jurisdictions.

Prior to that, he was a consultant for government agencies on development policy matters and Director of Forward Planning and Government Affairs for KB Home’s Coastal Division. While working for KB, he served in several leadership roles for the BIA, including Vice President for Public Affairs for BIASC’s Riverside County Chapter.

Earlier in his career, he directed intergovernmental and legislative affairs for the Riverside County Transportation Commission and San Bernardino Associated Governments and before that worked for two state legislators.

Shepherd said he was excited to return to the homebuilding industry.

“I look forward to working with our Board, staff, members, and regional and local governments to promote homebuilding, and assist Southern California’s economic recovery,” Shepherd noted.  “Building homes and apartments creates jobs, boosts the economy and provides cities and counties with much-needed revenues.”

He earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and public service from the University of California, Davis. He and his wife, Karen, have three children – Riley, Kyle and Abbey – and live in Oceanside.

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BIASC is a non-profit trade association representing nearly 1,000 member companies in the housing industry, construction trades, and affiliated businesses throughout Southern California. Along with its four chapters – Los Angeles/Ventura, Orange County, Riverside County and Baldy View – it advocates on behalf of the homebuilding industry throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, southeast Kern, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino counties.Visit our Website at www.biasc.org.