Burlington Home Builder – Lexar Homes – to Exhibit at SICBA Home & Garden Show

MOUNT VERNON, WA / March 22, 2013 – Lexar Homes, a leading on-your-site builder serving Northwest Washington and the Puget Sound, today announced its exhibit at the SICBA Home & Garden Show. The event will be held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds located at 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon.

Show Hours at Dates:
Friday, March 22nd, 11am-6pm
Saturday, March 23rd, 10am-6pm
Sunday, March 24th, 11am-4pm

Lexar Homes will present the 15-Point New Home Construction Checklist to detail why it’s crucial for Washington and Idaho home buyers to demand these items:

  • .30 U-Value Windows
  • Above Standard R-49 Attic Insulation
  • Insulated Headers and Corners
  • High Energy Efficiency Hot Water Tanks
  • Water Conserving Faucets
  • Airtight Drywall
  • Low-VOC Primers, Paints Adhesives and Caulks
  • Capillary Breaks and High Back Flashing
  • Pan Flashing Windows and Doors
  • Moisture Barriers with High-Quality House Wrap
  • Sealed Garage-to-House Common Walls
  • Energy Trusses
  • Exceeds Blower Door Test Requirements
  • ENERGY STAR High Quality Bath Fans
  • Engineered Wood Floor Systems

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to meet with property owners who are interested in new home construction,” said Lexar Homes franchise owner Dave Orth. “We look forward to discussing the advantages of building a new home versus purchasing an existing one.”

In addition to zero wear and tear, new homes comply with current building, safety and environmental codes and include the latest and greatest systems and components often making a new home less expensive to operate and maintain than older homes.
Lexar Homes of Burlington builds in Northwest Washington and the Puget Sound, Washington State including King County, Skagit County, Snohomish County, Island County, Whatcom County, and San Juan County.

“We are proud to build houses that are affordable to buy and affordable to maintain,” said home consultant and Lexar Homes team member Tracy Rhynes. “We apply green certified construction techniques that are energy efficient, have a positive impact on the environment and the communities we live in.”

Lexar Homes is one of the first volume on-site builders in the Northwest to build homes with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and healthier indoor air quality.

The Lexar Homes team has years of experience building new homes in the cities of Bellevue, Seattle, Lynnwood, Everett, Marysville, Bellingham, Oak Harbor, Kirkland, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Freeland, Clinton, Coupeville, Edmonds, Bothell and other nearby Washington State towns and cities. Lexar Homes holds membership with the Better Business Bureau Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association and Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

About Lexar Homes
Lexar Homes is a leading volume builder in the Northwest. The company builds quality homes with an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability and healthier indoor air quality. Lexar Homes offices can be found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and North Dakota. The company’s regional build areas include:
Bismarck, ND (Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McLean, Morton, Sheridan, Sioux and Wells Counties); Burlington, WA (Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohoish and Whatcom Counties)
Centralia, WA (Grays, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce and Thurston Counties); Lewiston, ID (Asotin, Beneway, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone Counties)
Coeur d’Alene , ID (Beneway, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties)
Moses Lake, WA (Grant County)
Olympic Peninsula (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap annd Mason Counties)
Pendleton, OR (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wallowa Counties)
Puyallup, WA (Pierce County)
Silverdale, Washington (Kitsap, Mason and Pierce Counties)
Spokane, WA (Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties)
Tri-Cities, WA (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Whitman Counties)
Tri-Cities, OR (Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties)
Wenatchee, WA (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Oknagan Counties)
Woodland, WA (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties)
Yakima, WA (Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima Counties)
For more information, visit: www.lexarhomes.com.

About SICBA
The Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association is a non-profit trade association of builders and associates devoted to promoting professionalism among its members. Chartered in 1979, SICBA is now 475 companies strong and growing. Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and Building Industry Association of Washington, our philosophy is to provide support to the members who are involved in our trade in one way or another. SICBA also offers a professional approach to legislative issues in an industry so vital to our local as well as our national economy. For more information, visit www.sicba.org.

Washington Home Builder – Lexar Homes – to Exhibit at Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce 48th Annual Home & Garden Show

CHEHALIS, WA / March 22, 2013 — Lexar Homes, a leading volume on-site builders in the Northwest, today announced its exhibit at the 48th Annual Home and Garden Show. The event will be held at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds located at 2555 N National Ave. in Chehalis.

Show Hours: Friday, 10am to 6pmSaturday, 10am to 5pmSunday, 10am to 4pm

Lexar Homes will present the 15-Point New Home Construction Checklist to detail why it’s crucial for Washington and Idaho home buyers to demand these items:

  • .30 U-Value Windows
  • Above Standard R-49 Attic Insulation
  • Insulated Headers and Corners
  • High Energy Efficiency Hot Water Tanks
  • Water Conserving Faucets
  • Airtight Drywall
  • Low-VOC Primers, Paints Adhesives and Caulks
  • Capillary Breaks and High Back Flashing
  • Pan Flashing Windows and Doors
  • Moisture Barriers with High-Quality House Wrap
  • Sealed Garage-to-House Common Walls
  • Energy Trusses
  • Exceeds Blower Door Test Requirements
  • ENERGY STAR High Quality Bath Fans
  • Engineered Wood Floor Systems

“We’re an experienced team of building professionals who are passionate about homebuilding, homeownership, our community and the environment,” said Lexar Homes co-founder James Moen. “We look forward to meeting with Lewis County property owners who are interested in new home construction and discussing the advantages of building a new home versus purchasing an existing one.”

Lexar Homes is one of the first volume on-site builders in the Northwest to build homes with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and healthier indoor air quality. In addition to zero wear and tear, new homes surpass current building, safety and environmental codes and include the latest and greatest systems and components often making a new home less expensive to operate and maintain than older homes.

“Homebuilding, homeownership, community and environment are what drive every member of our organization,” said Lexar Homes co-founder Bob Hollis. “We build homes that are affordable to buy and maintain by applying construction techniques that have a positive impact on the environment.”

Lexar Homes of Centralia builds in Southwest Washington’s Lewis County, Thurston County, Mason County, Gray’s Harbor, Pierce, and Pacific County. In January 2011, the corporation emerged after a re-branding of Hollis and Moen’s ten-year old construction business.

The Lexar Homes team has decades of experience building new homes in the cities of Centralia, Chehalis, Olympia, Tumwater, Rochester, Yelm, Shelton, Allyn, Vancouver, Washougal, Long Beach, Raymond, Tokeland, and other nearby Washington State towns and cities. Lexar Homes is a member of the Olympia Master Builders Built Green, National Association of Home Builders, Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes, Northwest EcoBuilding-Guild South Sound Chapter and Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.

“Our new corporate vision has proven to be the right one, benefiting our team members and most importantly our home buyers,” Moen added. “It is a privilege to build homes in the communities we live.”

About Lexar Homes
Lexar Homes is a leading volume builder in the Northwest. The company builds quality homes with an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability and healthier indoor air quality. Lexar Homes offices can be found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and North Dakota. The company’s regional build areas include:
Bismarck, ND (Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McLean, Morton, Sheridan, Sioux and Wells Counties); Burlington, WA (Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohoish and Whatcom Counties)
Centralia, WA (Grays, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce and Thurston Counties); Lewiston, ID (Asotin, Beneway, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone Counties)
Coeur d’Alene , ID (Beneway, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties)
Moses Lake, WA (Grant County)
Olympic Peninsula (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap annd Mason Counties)
Pendleton, OR (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wallowa Counties)
Puyallup, WA (Pierce County)
Silverdale, Washington (Kitsap, Mason and Pierce Counties)
Spokane, WA (Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties)
Tri-Cities, WA (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Whitman Counties)
Tri-Cities, OR (Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties)
Wenatchee, WA (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Oknagan Counties)
Woodland, WA (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties)
Yakima, WA (Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima Counties)
For more information, visit: www.lexarhomes.com.
About Lewis County and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce:
Lewis County is located in Washington state, United States. As of July 2011, the population was 75,901. The county seat is Chehalis, and its largest city is Centralia. Lewis County is equidistant and just an hour and a half from Seattle and Portland. Interstate 5 runs through the county north and south. The White Pass Scenic Byway (Hwy. 12) runs east and west, connecting the main cities of Chehalis and Centralia with the mountain communities of East County. Scenic Byway 6 (Ocean Beach Highway) extends to Pacific County, Willapa Bay and the Long Beach Peninsula. Just a few reasons Lewis County is the perfect place to live. For more information, visit www.chamberway.com.

Spokane Home Builder – Lexar Homes – to Exhibit at Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show

Sponsored by Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, the Show Runs March 21 – 24.

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON /  March 21, 2013 – Lexar Homes, a leading on-your-site builder in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, today announced its exhibit at the 2013 Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show. The event will be held at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St.

Dates and Times: March 21: 12pm – 8pmMarch 22: 12pm – 8pmMarch 23: 10am – 8pmMarch 24: 10am – 4pm

Lexar Homes will present the 15-Point New Home Construction Checklist to detail why it’s crucial for Washington and Idaho home buyers to demand these items:

  • .30 U-Value Windows
  • Above Standard R-49 Attic Insulation
  • Insulated Headers and Corners
  • High Energy Efficiency Hot Water Tanks
  • Water Conserving Faucets
  • Airtight Drywall
  • Low-VOC Primers, Paints Adhesives and Caulks
  • Capilary Breaks and High Back Flashing
  • Pan Flashing Windows and Doors
  • Moisture Barriers with High-Quality House Wrap
  • Sealed Garage-to-House Common Walls
  • Energy Trusses
  • Exceeds Blower Door Test Requirements
  • ENERGY STAR High Quality Bath Fans
  • Engineered Wood Floor Systems

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to meet with outdoor enthusiasts and property owners who are interested in new home construction,” said Lexar Homes franchise co-owner Bob Oliver. “We look forward to discussing the advantages of building a new home versus purchasing an existing one.”

In addition to zero wear and tear, new homes comply with current building, safety and environmental codes and include the latest and greatest systems and components often making a new home less expensive to operate and maintain than older homes.
Lexar Homes of Spokane builds in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, including Spokane County, Lincoln County, Ferry County, Stevens County, Pend Oreille County and Whitman County in Washington. Boundary County, Bonner County, Kootenai County, Shoshone County, Benewah County, Latah County and Clear Water County in Northern Idaho.

“We are proud to build houses that are affordable to buy and affordable to maintain,” said Lexar Homes franchise co-owner Don Kolcz. “We apply green certified construction techniques that are energy efficient, have a positive impact on the environment and the communities we live in.”

Lexar Homes is one of the first volume on-site builders in the Northwest to build homes with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and healthier indoor air quality.

The Lexar Homes’ Spokane team of home building professionals have years of experience building new homes in the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Spangle, Rockford, Waverly, Liberty Lake, Deer Park, Cheney, Davenport, Odessa, Republic, Chewelah, Cusick, Newport, Pullman, Bonner Ferry, Kootenai, Pinehurst, Coeur d ‘Alene, Plummer, Potlatch and other nearby Washington & Idaho State towns and cities. Lexar Homes is a member of the Spokane Home Builders Association, North Idaho Building Contractors Association, Better Business Bureau, Inland Northwest Built Green, Northwest Energy Star and Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
About Lexar Homes
Lexar Homes is a leading volume builder in the Northwest. The company builds quality homes with an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability and healthier indoor air quality. Lexar Homes offices can be found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and North Dakota. The company’s build areas include:

Bismarck, ND (Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McLean, Morton, Sheridan, Sioux and Wells Counties); Burlington, WA (Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohoish and Whatcom Counties)
Centralia, WA (Grays, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce and Thurston Counties); Lewiston, ID (Asotin, Beneway, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone Counties)
Coeur d’Alene , ID (Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties)
Moses Lake, WA (Grant County)
Olympic Peninsula (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap annd Mason Counties)
Pendleton, OR (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wallowa Counties)
Puyallup, WA (Pierce County)
Silverdale, Washington (Kitsap, Mason and Pierce Counties)
Spokane, WA (Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties)
Tri-Cities, WA (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Whitman Counties)
Tri-Cities, OR (Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties)
Wenatchee, WA (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Oknagan Counties)
Woodland, WA (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties)
Yakima, WA (Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima Counties)
For more information, visit: www.lexarhomes.com.

About the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show
Established in 1960, the Big Horn Show is one of the oldest and longest continually operated sports and recreation shows in the United States. For more information, visit: the show’s website.

Nationwide Housing Production Edges Up in February

National Association of Home BuildersMarch 19, 2013 – Nationwide housing production edged up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This slight upward movement represented gains in both the single-family and multifamily sectors, with single-family housing starts reaching their fastest pace since June of 2008.

“Demand for new homes and apartments is definitely rising as the spring buying season approaches and more young people move out on their own,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Builders are responding to this improved demand by putting more crews back to work and pulling more permits for future construction, though this positive activity is being constrained by continuing issues with appraisals and credit availability for both builders and buyers, and also by newly arising challenges such as lot shortages and increased costs for labor and materials.”

“Today’s report indicates that, despite some bumps in the road, overall housing production continues on the solid upward trend that we saw throughout 2012,” noted NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Moreover, further gains in permit issuance are a positive sign that home construction will continue to drive economic and job growth in the coming months, albeit at a slower pace than would be possible without certain limiting factors.”

Single-family housing starts eked out a 0.5 percent gain to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 618,000 units in February, bringing them to their highest level since June of 2008, while multifamily starts rose 1.4 percent to 299,000 units.

Regionally in February, combined single- and multifamily housing production rose strongly in the Northeast and Midwest with gains of 18.4 percent and 37.5 percent, respectively, but fell 5.7 percent and 7.2 percent in the South and West, respectively.

Overall permit issuance rose 4.6 percent to 946,000 units in February, the strongest pace since June of 2008. That gain included a 2.7 percent increase to 600,000 units on the single-family side and an 8.1 percent increase to 346,000 units on the multifamily side.

The Midwest, South and West posted respective gains of 1.4 percent, 9.9 percent and 6.4 percent in permitting activity for February, while the Northeast posted an 18.2 percent decline.