Dues and Services
Where do my dues dollars go? And what am I getting for what I pay?
These questions are most often asked by new members or by member’s who have not participated in the association or when your membership is up for renewal. Suddenly, the association is asked to prove itself.
Once proven, the member usually discovers that the services provided – either directly or indirectly - are of higher value than the actual amount of the total dues. Let’s take a look at the Home Builders & Remodelers of CNY (HBR) dues and what services are provided.
The total dues that the HBR currently invoices Builder/Remodeler members is $740 Associate members is $660. It is important to know and remember that the amounts are split between three different associations (HBR of CNY, New York State Builders Association, and National Association of Home Builders).
Builders / Associates
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) $182 / $182
New York State Builders Association (NYABA) $165 / $165
Home Builder & Remodelers of Central New York (HBR) $393 / $313
Let’s first take a look at the $182 that is sent to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The HBR of CNY is proud to be a part of the NAHB federation. When you join our local Association, you also join NAHB. That membership entitles you to everything from discounts on car rentals, hotels, and office supplies to mobile phones, shipping, computers and other services. Your NAHB dues also support the University of Housing, which provides training and certification programs through our local association. One of the most significant services your dues support at the national level is representation on behalf of members at the nation’s Capitol. Promoting legislation that is favorable to the residential construction industry, and fighting legislation that is not - is something that must be done. No member can afford to do it alone at the national level.
Next, is the $165 that we forward to the NYSBA on your behalf. At the state level, your dues support representation in the legislature, as well as various offices within state government. NYSBA is continually monitoring proposed laws and regulations that will affect your business. From building codes, to land use, to environmental and energy codes, taxes, property rights and job site safety. These items are occurring on a daily basis. You can’t find anyone willing to monitor the hundreds of proposed regulatory and legislative changes that are occurring at such a great rate for $165.00 a year.
Finally, is the dollar amount that stays here locally at the HBR of CNY. A professional staff is retained to implement Association policies and to carry out the work of the Association, major elements of which are the Home & Garden Show, Parade of Homes, the Another Pro branding campaign, the Builder Warrenty program, governmental affairs and community relations, education and training, communications, meetings and programs, administration of HBR business affairs, and many other types of membership services.
Together the three Associations (local, state and national) form one of the nation’s largest and strongest trade organizations that benefit an industry of such fundamental importance.
Our Associations comprise the only organization working around the clock exclusively in the interest of the residential building industry…
Money well spent.