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2019: Issue 1

Real Texas Builder Awards night 'smashing'

Panel of expert judges select best of El Paso building industry
By Ray Adauto fortunate to have active builders judge
After months of waiting the Real the building entries, while top
Texas Builder Awards were revealed at professionals in marketing and
the El Paso Museum of Art on January advertising design took on entries for
17. The event culminated months of print, video, social media and other
anticipation as to which members categories.” Those judges all agreed
would leave with the coveted awards. that the work being done in El Paso is
With twenty-nine officially entered amazing. When asked why the judges
categories on the line the results were said that several were surprised at the
surprising and revealed how quality and look for the price. “Please
competitive the businesses are. tell the builders to keep up the
The list of winners is published in excellent work,” one judge said.
this months Builders Outlook. There When the winners were announced
were about 150 guests who enjoyed the crowd cheered and wowed at the
the museum setting and the pace of selections. In some cases, the award
the awards. “It was important that a winners were the most surprised. “I
new award event have a new look and don’t know what to say that could
this year that meant taking it convey my surprise and honor given
downtown to a venue we’ve never us tonight,” said Demetrio Jimenez,
used,” said Ted Escobedo, designer president of Tropicana Properties after
and decorator for the inaugural event. winning several categories in the
“We looked at several venues but Multifamily awards. “I’m truly blessed
consistently the EPMA gave us some to have a great staff who makes the
opportunities to do something unique win sweet for all of us,” he continued.
and rewarding in its own light,” he Just as stunned were the Diamond
continued. Home LLC group. “Nothing,
The crowd arrived early on that absolutely nothing like this has
Thursday night, enjoying beverages happened to us and we’re so honored address the crowd. “We can make
and some finger foods prior to the and humbled to get recognized,” this grow and make it an event and an
presentation. The presenting partner Valerie Bacquera told the crowd. The award our members will grow to
was StrucSure Home Warranty who award for “Best Promotional Video- appreciate,” he said.
had offered support from the very Associate” was won by Sarabias and Plans for the 2019 version of the
start. “StrucSure Home Warranty was principal Monica Brown shook as the Real Texas Builder Awards are being
on board from the inception and I am award was handed to her. “It is an done as this goes to press.
very pleased with a first-year turnout honor to be selected for all of our Scott Whisenant told the audience
and location,” said Scott Whisenant employee owned company, one that I that StrucSure Home Warranty will
from StrucSure Home Warranty. “The will proudly display,” she said. participate as long as the EPAB does
planning shows that the El Paso Tropicana Homes took numerous them. “Tonight, being the first ever
Association of Builders does things awards home. “I think that we’ll need award night impressed the heck out of
right, great location and look,” he to find a special wall to hang these me, and this is the kind of thing that
continued. up,” Randy Bowling said. “What a will grow and grow,” he said.
Entries for the awards began in night,” he concluded. It was Randy “StrucSure is committed to be
August and judging was held in who had suggested several years ago associated with this event!”
December. “Nothing would have that the EPAB do an award, patterned (Continued page 8)
gotten done without the work of after the Texas Association of Builders See Complete list of winners
volunteer judges who are experts in STAR awards. He was acknowledged and photos page 8
their field,” said Ray Adauto. “We were at the event and had the opportunity to

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Message 2019 looks promising for association

incredible Board of Directors, we have Anthony and Canutillo. We also want have increased locally as of early last
a vision of strengthening our to build new bridges with the elected quarter (lagging indicator). Median
association. Our goals are meant to officials in the City of El Paso. We will home prices have increased while
make your experience as a member need an active government affairs inventories have remained under
better, to make the association robust, team. Please let Sal or Ray know if control and closings speed has
our local EPAB voice louder and to you are interested in participating in increased (coincident indicators). Gas
continue the great work others have Government Affairs or any other prices declined while interest rates
done before us. committee. have not dramatically increased. The
To that end, I would like to share Regulation. We want to work on stock market volatility increased
some of our strategic goals for 2019: reducing impact fees, permit fees, uncertainty (leading indicator). There is
Service our members and increase water and sewer hookup fees, and data, but now we will have our own
Sergio Cuartas our membership. It is our goal to not other regulatory issues in order to and it will be local, industry specific,
only retain you as a member by increase affordability for homebuyers raw and leading.
El Paso Association of Builders
providing more value, but to ask you to and reduce construction time. While our list of goals is longer than
invite others to join. We need Education & networking. We want this, I think it is best to work on these
everyone’s help with this and it’s not to offer you more education and priorities as we start the year off. But I
Welcome to 2019! I am really difficult to do if we all contribute. One networking opportunities. Please let us can’t do it myself. I need our members
excited to serve you as President this member can and will make a know if you have suggestions for to do one or more of the following:
year. For those that I haven’t met yet, difference. Whether you are a Builder speakers, would like to speak yourself attend the meetings, participate in the
I am CEO of BIC Homes, a home or an Associate, I’m asking you to do or have a training in mind. Make sure events, help a member, join a
building company I founded in 2002 two things: 1) serve a member and 2), to participate in our functions and committee, advertise in our
and now own with my good friend ask those you know who are not yet events. publications, sponsor events, and get
Antonio Cervantes. I am extremely members to join. If we all help a We just launched our new EPAB to know other members. You get out of
grateful to live in El Paso, TX. I truly member feel at home in EPAB, do Business Confidence Survey (idea of your membership what you put into
love the weather, the food, the business with a member and bring in a our Active Past President Edgar your membership. This is a Texas
mountains, the low cost of living, the new member, we will quickly and Montiel). Each month every member Legislative year and we have our
bi-cultural atmosphere, and more. effectively strengthen our association. should receive a short survey from hands full, especially now that we are
As President, I lead a remarkable Engage elected officials in and survey monkey. We will share the raw losing Joe Pickett and his support.
group of members in the Executive around the city. Ray and our new results very soon with our members So I’m asking for your help, and your
Committee. We have worked together EPAB Secretary, Sal Masoud will lead ONLY. The results from this survey suggestions. Make it a point to help
for a while and share extraordinary the way with getting to know elected could be effective leading indicators to us THRIVE.
enthusiasm and skill to do our best for officials in the County, including the help us all predict future turmoil and Together as an association team, we
all our members. Together with our communities of Socorro, Horizon City, adjust accordingly. Private payrolls can do just that.
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help from Mike Armstead (DJ), Ruben they don’t hear that too well.
Escandon (catering) and of course Make plans for two big things:
Mayela from 915Bartending. The art International Builders Show in
museum locale was very cool, a first February and Rally Day in March. I’ll
time using it. Thanks go to Janette report back on IBS in the February
Nevarez for navigating us through the issue, but I want to stress the
maze of renting a city owned facility. importance of attending Rally Day on
Thanks to all who went. Very cool, March 20 in Austin. To prime the
very very cool. pump our guest speaker for our
The work on regular stuff like Impact Valentine day general meeting is Joe
fees must go on in spite of other Pickett, recently retired legislator
things like the awards or anything champion for El Paso and supporter of
else. I’d like to thank Randy Bowling our industry.
and Sal Masoud for taking on the
2019 Issue 1 Builders Outlook 5

Builder News

Lower Interest
Rates Stabilize
Builder Confidence

n Buoyed by falling mortgage rates,

builder confidence in the market for
newly-built single-family homes rose
two points to 58 in January on the
National Association of Home
Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market
Index (HMI).
“The gradual decline in mortgage
rates in recent weeks helped to
sustain builder sentiment,” said NAHB
Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home
builder from LaPlace, La. “Low
unemployment, solid job growth and
favorable demographics should
support housing demand in the coming
“Builders need to continue to
manage rising construction costs to
keep home prices affordable,
particularly for young buyers at the
entry-level of the market,” said NAHB
Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Lower
interest rates that peaked around 5
percent in mid-November and have
since fallen to just below 4.5 percent
will help the housing market continue
to grow at a modest clip as we enter
the new year.”
Due to the partial government
shutdown, there will be no new
Census figures released tomorrow on
housing starts and permits. NAHB
estimates that the December Census
data would show that single-family
starts ended the year totaling 876,000
units, which would mark a 3 percent
gain over the 2017 total of 848,900.
However, the slowdown in sales during
the fourth quarter of 2018 has left new
home inventories elevated in some
Derived from a monthly survey that
NAHB has been conducting for 30
years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing
Market Index gauges builder
perceptions of current single-family
home sales and sales expectations for
the next six months as “good,” “fair” or
“poor.” The survey also asks builders
to rate traffic of prospective buyers as
“high to very high,” “average” or “low
to very low.” Scores for each
component are then used to calculate
a seasonally adjusted index where any
number over 50 indicates that more
builders view conditions as good than
All the HMI indices posted gains in
January. The index measuring current
sales conditions rose two points to 63,
the component gauging expectations
in the next six months increased three
points to 64 and the metric charting
buyer traffic edged up one point to 44.
Looking at the three-month moving
averages for regional HMI scores, the
Northeast dropped five points to 45;
the Midwest and South both fell three
points to 52 and 62, respectively; and
the West registered a one-point drop
to 67.
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Mortgage Three Mortgage-Industry Trends to Look for in 2019

& Banking
analysts expect 30-year loan rates to hover market in 2019 will likely be dominated by mortgage loan with a higher level of
around 5% for much of 2019. The Mortgage purchase loans (i.e., those used by home household debt, and with less money down.
Bankers Association (MBA) recently buyers). Mortgage refinancing activity, on Generally speaking.
predicted that the average rate for a 30-year the other hand, will likely decline through the An October 2018 report by the property
fixed home loan would start 2019 at 5.0%, end of 2018 and into 2019. analytics company CoreLogic stated:
and then hover around 5.1% for the rest of According to a November 2018 press “Mortgage credit underwriting eased for
next year. release from the analytics firm Black Knight, both conventional and Federal Housing
The economic research team at Freddie almost 1.9 million homeowners across the Administration (FHA) home-purchase loans
Mac offered a similar prediction for country still “have an interest rate incentive during the Q2 2018 compared with a year mortgage rates in 2019. In an October 2018 to refinance” their homes. But the window earlier … In the last few years, GSEs have
report, the group stated: has closed for many more. The company’s expanded their credit box to creditworthy
A new round of mortgage industry “We anticipate that the 30-year fixed-rate data revealed that roughly 6.5 million borrowers by increasing the maximum debt-
forecasts and projections suggest that mortgage will average 4.5 percent in 2018, homeowners “have now missed their to-income (DTI) and loan-to-value (LTV)
higher interest rates could lead to a rising to 5.1 percent in 2019 and 5.6 percent opportunity to refinance their mortgages due ratios.”
purchase-dominated mortgage market in in 2020.” to rising rates.” Note: The GSEs in the above quote are
2019. Meanwhile, mortgage qualification So their long-range outlook mirrors the Bottom line: Some homeowners in the the two government-sponsored enterprises,
standards have eased, and this could bring forecast issued by the MBA. Analysts from U.S. could still benefit from refinancing. But Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Their
more borrowers into the market next year. both organizations expect long-term home if rates continue to rise, that number will purchasing criteria tend to “trickle down” to
Three Mortgage Trends We Could See loan rates to hover in the low 5% range for shrink. In 2019, the mortgage market will the primary mortgage market, where they
in 2019 much of next year. probably consist primarily of purchase loans, affect borrowers.
As we move into the holiday season, Did you know? While there are different with a smaller percentage of refinance We recently reported that mortgage loan
many home buyers are looking ahead to types of home loans, the 30-year fixed-rate loans. denial rates have declined steadily over the
2019. And many of them share the same mortgage is by far the most popular Prediction #3: Mortgage lending last seven years or so. This is partly due to
questions: What will mortgage rates do in financing among borrowers today. That’s standards will be more relaxed, an ongoing “easing” trend within the
2019? Will it be a good time to buy or why you see it mentioned so frequently compared to previous years. industry.
refinance a home? Here are some recent within news reports, forecasts, etc. Mortgage lending criteria have eased over To be honest, it’s fairly easy to “forecast”
trends that could carry over into next year. The key takeaway here is that there the past year, and this could have an impact this particular trend because it’s already
Prediction #1: Thirty-year mortgage appears to be some consensus among on the 2019 mortgage market as well. The happening. And it’s something that will
rates could hover around 5% in 2019. experts that mortgage rates will remain fairly short version is that it’s generally easier to probably carry over into 2019. That’s good
At the start of 2018, the average rate for a stable throughout 2019. qualify for a home loan today, compared to news for borrowers.
30-year fixed mortgage was 3.95%. That’s Prediction #2: Purchase loans will previous years. Disclaimer: This article includes
based on the long-running survey conducted dominate the market, as refinancing There are several reasons for this. For predictions and forecasts provided by third
by Freddie Mac. As of November 8, that activity declines. one thing, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae parties outside of our company. We have
average had risen to 4.94%. So today’s When mortgage rates trend upward, have eased the criteria they use when presented them here as an educational
mortgage rates are about one full percent refinancing activity tends to decline. And purchasing mortgage loans from lenders. service to our readers. The Home Buying
higher than they were at the beginning of we’ve already talked about the steady rise in They’re allowing higher debt-to-income Institute (HBI) makes no claims or
this year. rates that has occurred during 2018. ratios, and higher loan-to-value ratios. This assertions about future economic
As for forecasts and projections, some As a result of that trend, the mortgage means borrowers today can qualify for a conditions.
2019 Issue 1\ Builders Outlook 7

Elliot Eisenberg

Economic Forecast 2019: Good,

Economic & Policy

But Not as Good as 2018

ending the continuing, albeit slowing, excludes food and energy) will edge at 620,000 and 5.3 million
expansion that we will experience in up slightly from 1.9% to 2.1% due to respectively, with mortgage purchase
2019. rising wages. volume rising by $50 billion due to
A major reason for the slowdown is Because of the very slow rise in higher prices. Refinance activity
the fading of fiscal stimulus from tax core inflation, the Federal Reserve should fall by about $60 billion
cuts passed in December 2017 and will raise the federal funds rate from because of the rise in mortgage
debt-financed spending increases 2.375%, where it is now, to at most rates. Housing inventories will rise
totaling $400 billion passed in 2.875% by year’s end, with a slightly, but due to the combination of
February 2018. Collectively, this quarter-point rate increase in June continued strong household
should clip GDP by close to half a and possibly another one in formation and insufficient new home
point. Add to that global slowing, December. 10-year Treasuries will building, home prices will still rise by
trade concerns, a strengthening end 2018 at 3.35%, up from the 4%, less than last year.
Despite increasing political dollar, Brexit fears, and other threats current 2.8%, and the rate on 30- In summary, growth in 2019 looks
uncertainty, a split Congress, trade -- and GDP growth during the next year mortgages will end 2019 no to be slower than what we became
concerns, financial-market volatility, 12 months should average 2.3%, higher than 5.1%. accustomed to in 2018. This is
and slowing global growth, from an down from 3.0% in 2018. As for housing starts, the attributed to slowing global growth,
economic perspective, the next 12 Despite slowing growth, combination of high land costs, rising increasing trade concerns, a growing
months should be decent. The odds unemployment will continue declining worker wages and input costs, and worker shortage, higher interest
of a recession have roughly doubled from the current rate of 3.7% to 3.5% the reduced benefits of rates, and substantially less fiscal
but remain relatively low – about and maybe as low as 3.4%, rates not homeownership resulting from last stimulus coming from Washington.
25% -- despite being just a few seen in more than 50 years! As the year’s tax reform should see them Although the Fed may raise rates as
months away from the longest labor market tightens, wage growth increase by no more than 2% to 1.28 much as two times next year, strong
economic recovery in US history. should increase in 2019, from million. Single-family starts will likely consumer spending combined with
While growth is slowing in all major 3%/year last year to 3.3%/year and total 900,000, up from 883,000, while continued employment growth and
economies, inflationary pressures maybe 3.5%/year by year end 2019, multifamily starts should flatline at rising wage growth should keep the
are surprisingly tepid. As a result, the a healthy rise. Inflation, as measured about 380,000. economy on track. The chances of a
Fed will have the luxury of raising by the PCE, the Fed’s favorite New and existing home sales recession, while meaningfully higher
rates at a very leisurely pace, and measure, looks to flatline at 2% in should both remain largely than in 2018, remain relatively low.
thus hopefully avoid prematurely 2019, while core inflation (which unchanged in 2019 and end the year

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Real Texas Builder Awards (Continued from front page)

Our thanks go to our hard- frankly the quality of materials

working judges from Amarillo submitted were outstanding,”
and Austin. In each builder Ferguson told the Outlook.
category the judges were very Special thanks to Ted
impressed with the offerings Escobedo who worked on the
and the price of the homes. “El whole project from inception to
Paso is well represented by the award night. He designed the
builders who entered, and truth logo, the entry forms, the
be told it was hard to judge,” concepts for the physical
said Boyd Johnston. “I think awards. His work was
you guys are doing something translated by The Wholesale
right!” Johnston concluded. A Frame Shop into beautiful one
special thanks to Alexis of a kind awards.
Ferguson of Austin who gave Winners will be able to use
time and energy in the the logo, the award, and slogan
marketing/video judging and “A winner of the Real Texas
helping the association Builder Award 2018.”
categorize the entries. “These
awards will grow with time and
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#Real Texas

The El Paso Association of Builders encourages you to work with our members.
Builder members Pacifica Homes, Inc. Barragan & Associates EDLR Plastering
as of January 30, 2019 Juan Jose Vasquez Benito Barragan Eduardo De La Rosa
Padilla Homes Barraza Drywall Corp. E.F. Building Materials, Inc
Althon Investments, LLC Misael Navarrete Ignacio Barraza Efren Fraire
Jose Luis Martin Palo Verde Homes Barrett Airworks ERA Sellers & Buyers
Bain Construction Edgar Montiel Alexandro Castro Karla Rayos
Scott Bain Pointe Homes Bassett Woodworks ESS Environmental and Safety Solutions
Bella Vista Custom Homes, Inc. Carlos Villalobos Danny Murillo Jose L. Garcia Ramirez
Edgar Garcia R.C. Baeza & Associates Beasley, Mitchell & Co., LLP Eagle Custom Cabinets
BIC Homes, LLC Robert C. Baeza Brad Beasley Juan Benabidez
Sergio Cuartas R.E. Welch Contractor Bella Vista Realty Eagle Roofing Products
Blue Sage Homes, LLC Gordon Welch Grisel Ortega Scott Aguilar
Jamie E. Gonzalez Rassette Homes, Inc. Belmont's Air Conditioning, Inc. Edgar's Flooring
Blue Star Construction Donald Rassette Rafael Belmonte Edgar Enriquez
Carlos Villasana Rosewood Design & Build Big A Construction Edmund Esper
Bowling Construction Brianna Barnes Thelma Vasquez Edmund Esper
Randy Bowling Santana Custom Homes BMC Select El Paso Audio Video by Design
Carefree Homes Fernando Santana David Quintana Joe Gutierrez
Richard Aguilar Southwest Land Development Serv. Boise Cascade El Paso Building Materials
Casas De Leon, LLC Doug Schwartz Mike Flores Ken Wade
Nick Bombach Spanish Oaks Custom Homes Border Construction Specialties El Paso Disposal
Cisco Homes LLC Juan R. Saenz Ricardo Yvellez Irma Parsons
Francisco Arroyos III The Heritage Group Border Solar El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association
Classic American Homes David Bingham Javier Ruiz Gilbert Pedregon
Priscilla Hernandez Trejo Construction Co. Bordertown Carpets El Paso Times
Crown Heritage Homes Juan Trejo Brian M. Abraham Sal Hernandez, Justin Riley
Lydia Mlouhi Tropicana Building Corp. Builders Source Appliance Gallery El Paso Truss
Cullers & Caldwell Builders Bobby Bowling IV Sandra Lucero Luis Mendiola
John Cullers Tropicana Development Bukaty Financial Companies Group El Paso Winnelson
Cullers Homes Greg Bowling Ruth Rivera Rene Goldfien
Jason R. Cullers Tropicana Homes C. D. Lee/Britton Insurance & Bonding Electrolux NA
D B Innovations, LLC Randy Bowling Anthony Landavazo Adger Colley
Dan Berry Tropicana Properties CMF Elizardo Garcia Electric
Dawco Home Builders Demetrio Jimenez Carlos Munoz Elizardo Garcia
Walter O. Lujan Rio USA Cabinet Masters EZE-R-DESIGNS
Deal-2-Deal Homes Freddy Klayel Mike Robles Leticia Mata
Delton Deal Valance Construction, LLC Cadence Lending Group Farmers Ins. Mercedes Ruiz Agency
Del Rio Engineering, Inc. Oswaldo Prieto Carolyn De Leon Mercedes Ruiz
Sal Masoud Villagi Homes, LLC Carpet Warehouse Felipe Rocha Construction
Diamond Homes, LLC Kristi Eddings Erez Belkin Felipe Rocha
Valerie Bacquera Vista Del Sol Architectural Design Castillo Electric Ferguson Enterprises Inc.
E. Valencia Land Development LLC Luis J. Lopez Jose Del Val Albert Holguin
Eddie Valencia Will Harvey Development CEA Engineering Group First American Bank
Eclat Homes & Design Will S. Harvey Jorge L. Azcarate Louis Sauceda
Veronica Guerra Winton/Flair / Accent Homes Central Texas Metal Roofing Supply Co.,Inc. First Light Federal Credit Union
Edward's Homes, Inc. Herschel Stringfield Ben Garza, III Lorenzo Revelez
Eduardo Fernandez ZIA Homes of El Paso LLC Centricity First National 1870 exp. 7
EPT Bella Custom Dream Homes, LLC Preston Brown Brent R. Morgan Ernesto Avila
Leti & Javier Navarrete Century 21 The Edge Firth, Johnston, Bunn & Kerr
EPT Land Communities Associate members Scott Kesner Jay Kerr
David Bogas as of January 30,2019 City Bank Texas Forge Factory Strength & Conditioning
Everest Homes Bob Kotarski Edmundo Portillo
Edmundo Dena, Jr. 150 Sunset City Lights Foxworth Galbraith Lumber
Fortune Custom Homes Danny Heredia Thomas Brown Dan Villarreal
Javier Andrade 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Citizens Loan Center Franklin Building Materials
Gaddy Construction James Hebert Jim Easley Ricardo Aguilar /Cristina Sheldon
Charles Gaddy 4 Tech A/C Service Cognent, Inc. Franklin Door and Trim
GMF Custom Homes, LP Enrique Hernandez Martin Paredes Jesse C. Brown
Frank Torres 84 Lumber Commercial Insurance Brokers, Inc. G2 Ram Electric
Guel Construction Ernie Chavez Ken Foster Luis Cano
Rudy Guel 915 Siteworks, LLC Conde, Inc. GCC Sun City Materials, LLC
Hakes Brothers LLC Hugo Jasso Conrad Conde Antonio "Tony" Chavez
Chris Hakes A Plus Remodeling & Repairs Copenhagen Imports GE Appliances
Hanson Asset Management, LP Martin Arroyos Flemming Carlsen Christine R. Villanueva
Russell Hanson ABC Supply Co., Inc. CQC Testing and Engineering, LLC G & G Enterprises Gen. Contractor
Homes by Design Larry Eck Jaime Rojas Juan F. Garcia
Leslie Driggers Hoard A C Refrigeration, LLC David Hernandez Cabinets GECU- Greater El Paso Credit Union
Hunt Communities, LLC Angel Cabrera David Hernandez Danny Galindo
Kathy Parry Acme Brick Company David J. Ellis Fee Office for Sierra Title GEPAR-Greater El Paso Assoc. of Realtors
ICON Custom Home Builder, LLC Brent Smith David J. Ellis Jason Sanchez
Carlos Garcia Adams Moulding & Lumber De La Torre Iron Works Goodman Mfg.
Industrial Realty Group Incorporated Tom Swahlen Alfredo de la Torre Jorge Guajardo
Brent D. Harris Agustin Favela Concrete Delek US dba 7 Eleven Go Pro Refrigeration
JER Custom Homes, LLC Agustin Favela Sonja Scanlan Humberto Diaz
Jorge E. Rodriguez Alden R & R Services, LLC Demcon Disposal Management, LLC Great American Insurance Group
Kayton Lee Residential, Inc. Alejandro Dena Maria Elena (Nena) Gomez Julie Tomlinson
Brianna Barnes Allbrite Electrical Desert Quest Plumbing Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
Lloyd Hamilton Construction Carlos Nunez Hector Gonzalez David Michael Jerome
Lloyd Hamilton, III Alpha Asphalt Designer's Mart H P Roofing & Construction
LMJ Construction Co., LLC Gabriel Chavez Valerie Edmiston Heriberto Prieto
Mike Lopez Alvarado Plastering & Stucco, LLC Diaz Services, Inc. Harris Real Estate Group
Loyalty Homes Jorge Enrique Alvarado Emmanuel Diaz Lane Harris
Gustavo Loy Amelia's Janitorial Services Dominguez Insurance Agency Haskins Electric
M A Builders & Design, LLC Amelia Gomez Victoria Dominguez Charles B. Haskins, Jr.
Mustafa Ali Area Iron & Steel Works, Inc. Garage Doors and More Hector De La Canal Real Estate Group
Maravilla Homes Fred L. Edmonston Jr. Miguel Moran Hector De. La Canal
Victor Robles Atrium Homes Dorney Security Hector Phillips fee Office for Sierra Title
Medlock Commercial Contractors, LLC Ricardo Bocardo Jr. John Dorney Hector Phillips
Steve Medlock Bank of Texas Dunn-Edwards Paints Hercules Industries
Metro Homes Ray Owen Nathan Gordon John Chaney
Judith Arrunada Baron Supply DWS Building Supply Hernandez Roofing
Millennium Homes David Trammell Sabrina Voorhies Concepcion Hernandez
Dan Ruth \
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Homes of El Paso Majestic Realtors RGR Roofing, LLC Stewart Title of El Paso
Riley Stephens Patti Musshorn Mario Rodriguez Cindy Bilbe
Home Pros Real Estate Group MAK Roofing & Construction Ramon Romero Painting Stone City Rocks
Penny Moore Felix Vizarreta Ramon Romero Chris Baca
Home Sphere, LLC Marlo Building Services Randall Smith, CPA StrucSure Home Warranty
Chris Hoag Roberto Martinez Randall Smith Scott Whisenant
HUB International Masco Contract Serv dba Gale Insulation Rebath of El Paso/Las Cruces Supreme Lending
Luis Rosas William Homan Lisa Walling Lisa Wren
Imperial Construction Massey Johnson Remcon Self Storage Su Casa Magazine
Alexandro Garcia Josie Ledesma Will Harvey Bob Skolnick
IES Residential McCoy's Building Supplies Rey Construction Sun City International Doors
Joshua Garnica Doug Danner Manuel Reyes Jorge Carmona
Interceramic Tile & Stone Gallery Merrill Lynch Richman Group Affordable Housing Corp. Sun City Winnelson
David Holguin Thomas Gabriel Kevin Hoffman Dean Moore
The Iron Snail Inc. Miguel Sanchez Cano Rito Magallanes Sun West Windows and Glass
David Zuniga Miguel Sanchez Cano Rito Magallanes Ernie Hernandez
J. B. Laminates Minerva Al-Tabbaa Realtor Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company Team Juan Uribe, LLC
Gina Rodriguez Minerva Al-Tabbaa Dean Inniss Juan Uribe
J. C. Balcorta Painting Mini Concrete Materials Roe, Brad Texas Gas Services
Cruz Balcorta Joe Soto Bradley Roe Maria Ortiz
J. F. Plastering Moen Rudolph Chevrolet Texas Title Company
Juan Florez Frank Graf Mike Ruffin Steve Raney
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City Desk El Paso Association of Builders releases PUBLISHING
local economic outlook survey results

The economy in El Paso, Texas was of whether business conditions would “What we find in the first of a series CONTENT MANAGEMENT
the subject of a survey sent out to be positive, neutral or negative during of planned member surveys is that
over 300 members of the El Paso the next six months. The survey business is good right now, and the
Association of Builders. In the survey showed that 72% of the respondents memberships plans for growth are

the members were asked to respond were positive, 23% neutral and slightly impacted by many outside sources,”
to business indicators on hiring, less than 5% are concerned that the Ray Adauto, Executive Vice President E-MAIL NEWSLETTERS
capital expenditures, sales business conditions could worsen. of the El Paso Association of Builders.
projections, revenue projections and Members were asked if they would “The survey still shows a conservative
the projections be considering hiring full time outlook because this industry is
for the El Paso employees in the next six months. The cyclical. We will continue to survey our
economy. In majority, over 64% said that they were members on economic and other COMMUNICATION
the survey, neutral or had no changes in plans to business drivers to keep up with the STRATEGY
sent out to hire full time employees. Only a small pulse of home building and its impact
313 recipients (1.54%) said that they would likely on the local economy,” Adauto
the results told decrease staff. The construction continued.
an overall industry has had a difficult time finding The El Paso Association of Builders
optimistic story skilled labor. The situation has roots in conducted the Survey Monkey online
with some many areas, with experts saying that poll from January 9, 2019 to January
cautions. not having “shop” class, or training in 21, 2019. There were 313 individuals
The survey was conducted over a the high schools, has caused a void in addressed. The association had a
week-long period. The respondent skilled labor. “We have talked about 21% response to the survey. Results
base showed that over 73 % of them the shortage for years, warning are based on responses received from
believe sales of products or services politicians, school districts, students a closed group comprising of names
will increase during the next six and parents that this shortage could of contacts for the member
months. Almost 25% of those happen. We are there now,” said companies. The El Paso Association
surveyed said that they did not see Randy Bowling, First vice President of of Builders is the premiant local trade
any changes or remain neutral during the Texas Association of Builders. association for new home builders,
that same time. A small percentage “We feel that the consumer will developers and suppliers with
(3.3%) predicted a decrease in ultimately feel the shortage in many affiliation with the Texas Association of
revenue or sales. In particular the ways, including new construction as Builders and the National Association
home building community has been well as remodeling. Our trades, like of Home Builders. The survey was
very busy as the U. S. and local job plumbers, electricians, and HVAC taken in mid-January 2019.
market has blossomed. Low technicians cannot keep up with
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Johnny Rodriguez, Lowe's
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vicE PRESiDENt Angelique Roman, Sierra Title
Edgar Garcia Ted Escobedo, Snappy Publishing
SEcREtARY Patricia Martinez, Stewart Title
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ExEcutivE vicE PRESiDENt ■ tAB StAtE DiREctORS
Ray Adauto Randy Bowling, Life Director
Sam Shallenberger
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Don Rassette
Luis Rosas
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Bobby Bowling, IV
Demetrio Jimenez
Sam Shallenberger
Kathy Carrillo/Treasurer
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Rudy Guel
Brad Roe
Sal Masoud
Wayne Grinnell
Don Henderson
Patrick Tuttle
Anna Gill
Mark Dyer
Ted Escobedo
Sam Shallenberger
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Builders: Edgar Montiel
Jaime Gonzalez, Blue Sage Homes Frank Torres
Frank Arroyos
Lee Gillett, Classic American Homes
Greg Bowling
Lydia Mlouhi, Crown Heritage Homes
Randy Bowling
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Delton Deal, Deal-2-Deal Doug Schwartz
Eder Gallardo, Edwards Homes John Cullers
Leti Navarrete, EPT Bella Custom Dream Homes Robert Baeza
Kathy Parry, Hunt Companies Mark Dyer
Samira Gonzalez, Icon Custom Home Builders Kelly Sorenson
Laura Loy, Loyalty Homes Rudy Guel
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Trevor Turner, Rassette Homes Herschel Stringfield
Fernie Santana, Santana Homes Bob Bowling III
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Associates: EPAB Mission Statement:

Sandra Lucero, Builders Source The El Paso Association of Builders is a federated professional
John Chaney, Hercules Industries organization representing the home building industry, committed
Luis Rosas, HUB International to enhancing the quality of life in our community by providing
Jorge Herrera, J & H Post Concrete & Tension affordable homes of excellence and value.
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