Member Advantage

Member Advantage Update
APP Fuel Card Program – Benefiting You…Benefiting Housing

Fuel is probably the 2nd largest expense for any company involved in transportation, next to payroll.  In an effort to continually provide value to our members, NAHB sought a new affinity vendor for a fuel program that would invest in our members and what we believe in.  We found that in Associated Petroleum Products, Inc. (APP).

APP is a family owned company formed in 1981 based out of Tacoma, Washington providing a variety of fuel, lubricant, and propane products and services for many industries.  They created the APP Fuel Card Program unique to NAHB that benefits our members with a vast network of fueling locations, industry-best purchasing controls, and online management tools that provide fleet managers the security and operational control required to run a fleet of any size, whether you have one vehicle or 400!  The program is simple…Members earn $0.015 for EVERY gallon purchased and gain a fuel management program that replaces messy accounting practices and gains accountability for all your fuel purchases.

  • Accepted at more than 90% of all retail station and commercial fueling sites in the U.S.
  • Track & monitor fuel expenses by vehicle & driver
  • Consolidate all your fuel expenses with one report, no more receipts!
  • Access your account anyway, any time with a detailed online account management tool
  • No setup or monthly fees!
  • No gallon limits on rebates, every gallon counts!
  • Driver ID & Odometer required for security
  • Online purchase controls & alerts to help prevent unauthorized purchases
  • No member too big or too small to participate

Hopefully you had the chance to get to know APP at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas last week.  Ready to sign up?  Go to www.associatedpetroleum.com/nahb and fill out the simple form or contact Dennis Gregory at (800) 929-5243, Option 6.

GM NAHB Private Offer Continues and Business Owners Can Now Save $1000

We’re pleased to extend to NAHB members a private offer1 of up to $500 toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. NAHB members who are business owners can now qualify for up to $1,000 and also add on incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program2 and Business Choice3 to get the best value on vehicles that run your business. To get this offer just visit your local dealer, choose an eligible GM vehicle, and present your NAHB proof of membership form.

How it works:

1. Get your NAHB proof of membership form at www.nahb.org/gm.
2. Bring form to your GM dealer and mention this private offer.
3. At time of purchase or lease, present your NAHB proof of membership.

For private offer details, visit www.nahb.org/gm.

1Private offer amount varies by model. $500 offer for retail deliveries and up to $1,000 offer for fleet deliveries. Valid toward the purchase or lease of eligible 2013, 2014, and 2015 model-year vehicles. Customer must take delivery by 1/2/15. Not compatible with other private offers. Not valid on prior purchases. Compatible with many current incentives. Incentives are subject to change without notice. Excludes Buick Regal (2014); Chevrolet Corvette (2014), Sonic, Spark, SS, Volt; all Cadillac models. FAN number required. See dealer for complete details. 2Offer eligible for non-CAP customers only through 12/31/14. See dealer for details. 3To qualify, vehicle must be used in the day-to-day operation of the business and not solely for transportation purposes. Must provide proof of business. For complete program requirements, including information regarding offers, vehicles, equipment, options, warranties, and ordering, consult your dealer or visit gmbusinesschoice.com. Take delivery by 9/30/14.

Lowe’s ProServices NAHB Member Discounts Continue

NAHB Members Can Continue to Enroll to Receive Increased Discounts through December 2014

Visit www.LowesForPros.com/NAHB and register to save 2% on your Lowe’s Accounts Receivable purchases made now through 12/31/2014†. Plus, save 5% every day when you use your Lowe’s Account Receivable*.

And NAHB Members receive free delivery on purchases of $500 or more**.

* Offer is not automatic, see store for details.

**Exclusions and standard delivery rules apply, discount taken at time of purchase, see store for details.

†Exclusions apply, discount taken at time of statement, see LoweForPros.com/NAHB or call 877-435-2440 for details.

UPS Now NAHB’s Shipping Program

UPS is now NAHB’s small package and freight shipping program. NAHB members receive a larger discount than our previous program and HBAs continue to get support through the Revenue Share program.

The UPS Savings Program is available for our members! Make the most out of your membership and take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost. See how UPS discounts can help your bottom line:

•    Up to 36% on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®*
•    Up to 32% on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)*
•    Up to 34% on UPS International imports and exports
•    Up to 24% on UPS Ground shipments
•    Savings begin at 70% on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs.

You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit savewithups.com/NAHB or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*Discounts exclude UPS Express Critical® and UPS Next Day Air® Early A.M.®

Start 2014 with NAHB Payment Processing Savings

HBAs and their members know better than anyone that membership has its rewards.

NAHB members who have had their FREE merchant statement savings analysis have saved an average of $1,300 annually.* In fact, 8 out of 10 merchants who had the analysis found savings. With 24/7, U.S.-based merchant support and state-of-the-art data security technology, TransFirst offers a complete, potentially money-saving program.

Plus … Now you can accept American Express® Card transactions at the same rate as other payment cards† — accepting American Express Cards can potentially bring in new business and help boost your bottom line. And it’s all through TransFirst, all your processing information with one statement and one point of contact.

Call TransFirst today at 800.613.0148 or, to start saving even sooner, FAX or email your merchant statements to 800.297.3405 or NAHBstatements@transfirst.com for an immediate review.
Additional information can be found at www.TransFirstAssociation.com/nahb.

*Represents annual savings found for businesses that switched to TransFirst in 2012. †Merchants eligible to accept American Express Cards directly through TransFirst are those that process less than $1,000,000 in American Express annual charge volume. Certain restrictions and exclusions may apply. **Provided that your current pricing is not below standard fees charged by Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and/or Discover®. Members must provide their 3 most recent monthly merchant processing statements. Pricing comparison applies to fees only, not to include terminal or software fees. Additional fees may apply. Offer expires March 31, 2014.

TransFirst, LLC is a registered ISO/MSP of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Walnut Creek, CA and Synovus Bank, Columbus, GA for Visa and MasterCard transactions only.

Learn How Some Builders Earned a Profit

Share this informative study with your members, The Cost of Doing Business Study, 2014 Edition.

Although the housing downturn and struggling economy hit all builders hard, some managed to earn a profit in spite of the odds by building equity and positioning their companies to prosper when more buyers return to the market.

Builders have an opportunity to see which companies earned a profit and how they did it with NAHB’s “Cost of Doing Business Study, 2014 Edition.”

Available from NAHB BuilderBooks, this one-of-a-kind resource gives home builders a rare glimpse at other builders’ financial information by providing data on profitability, cost of sales and expenses from hundreds of home builders across the country.

The “Cost of Doing Business Study” examines and compares financial performance according to builder type and size, as well as industry-wide averages using the following key indicators:

  • Gross margin
  •  Net profit
  • Cost of goods sold
  • Operating expenses
  • Financial ratios — current ratio, debt-to-equity ratio, and more

The study contains a wealth of data, analysis and guidance to help builders boost profitability, increase efficiency, set realistic budget targets and improve upon their business practices.

It also includes more than 35 proven cost-cutting, profit-raising ideas that builders can apply to their businesses.

To Order

The “Cost of Doing Business Study” is available as an eBook at ebooks.builderbooks.com.

A limited number of print copies will be available beginning February 24, 2014, from BuilderBooks.com.

NAHB Study Provides Further Analysis on What Home Buyers Really Want

Before your members build another house this year, they need to read the study recently released by NAHB, What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences.

Builders and other industry professionals now have an opportunity to find out what home buyers from different ethnic groups really want and will not give up in  today’s market, as well as which features they are ready to leave behind in light of current economic realities with a new publication from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

NAHB’s publishing arm, BuilderBooks, recently released What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences, a survey of recent and prospective home buyers that compares and contrasts how housing preferences are affected– or not –by the racial/ethnic background of the home buyer (controlling for factors such as age and income).  The analysis focuses on four groups:  White (non-Hispanic), African-American (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, and Asian home buyers.

The study provides insights into buyers’ preferences for home type and size, room layout, kitchen and baths, windows and doors, accessibility and outdoor features, electronics and technology in the home, energy efficiency, choosing a community, and trade-offs buyers are willing to make.

What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences is available as an eBook at ebooks.builderbooks.com.

A limited number of print copies will be available beginning February 24, 2014, from BuilderBooks.com.