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How to Design Your Home Office for Productivity

Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 in News

June is National Homeownership Month! In a connected world, working outside a traditional office is now a viable option for employees across the country. According to recent U.S. Census data approximately eight million people work from home. If you work from a home office, it is important to create a separate space for productivity with minimal distraction. One of the benefits of a home office is the ability to design a custom workspace. If you need ideas to spruce up your...

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June Builders News Newsletter

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in News

Check out the June issue of our Builders News newsletter!  June is Homeownership Month. Also learn about the August Parade of Homes, Member Benefit Brew Zooms, our  Upcycle Contest and more. Click the link below for the digital edition. June 2020 Greater Iowa City Area HBA Builders News...

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Universal Design: Homes that Work for Everybody

Posted by on May 29, 2020 in News

As we conclude National Home Remodeling Month, it’s a great time to start looking into universal design, aging-in-place and similar concepts.  The majority of U.S. homes today are designed to work best for the sensory skills, size and capabilities of an able-bodied, 170-pound, five-foot, nine-inch male. What if homes were instead designed to be accessible to anyone, regardless of age, ability, preference (e.g., right or left handed) or size? That’s the idea behind universal...

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2020 Aging-in-Place Forums

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in News

The 2020 Aging-in-Place Forums are online! Hosted in partnership among Johnson County Livable Community, the Iowa  City Area Association of Realtors and the Iowa City Area  HBA, these forums give you information, ideas and resources to successfully age at home. Find the schedule below. Sign up at...

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Housing Data Hint at Potential for Economic Recovery

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in News

Housing data was in focus recently, with April readings showing market impacts from government-imposed shutdowns intended to facilitate virus mitigation. While those impacts were strongly negative, the realized declines have been relatively smaller in the housing industry than initially forecasted. Moreover, the notable resiliency of housing demand amid historic job losses is an indicator of the potential of the housing sector to help lead the economy in an eventual...

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Iowa City Delays Required Radon Testing for Rental Units to July 1, 2021

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in News

The City of Iowa City’s plan to verify radon testing at all single-family detached and duplex rental units has been delayed until July 1, 2021 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In January, the City of Iowa City announced a new policy requiring all single-family detached and duplex rental properties to be tested for hazardous radon levels as a step toward improving public health. The ordinance, set to go into effect on July 1, 2020, has been extended and will begin July 1,...

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