Tony Crasi to be sworn in as OHBA president

Tony Crasi, president of the Crasi Company in Cuyahoga Falls and past president of the Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties, will be sworn in as the 2014 president of the Ohio Home Builders Association on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The event will be held at the annual fall OHBA meetings and inaugural dinner at the Hilton Hotel at Easton Town Center in Columbus. Members will explore issues affecting the building industry, attend committee meetings and exchange viewpoints. Awards for exceptional service to OHBA also will be presented.

Local association members are invited to attend the reception and dinner. Cost for both the reception and dinner is $50. OHBA group rates are available for overnight accommodations. For more information, call 330-869-6800 or send an email to info@akronhba.com.

NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) program hits milestone with 5,000 graduates

Jeffrey Tucker, president of Tucker Building & Design LLC in Wadsworth, Ohio, recently became the 5,000th graduate of the of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) program. The CAPS program, which launched in 2002, teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential for serving the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry

Tucker said he is seeing an increased need from his customers for aging-in-place home remodels. “It was important to me to earn my CAPS designation because many of my clients are 55 or older and plan to stay in their homes and maintain their independence for as long possible,” Tucker said. “I want to be able to provide the best solutions for my customers so that they can age-in-place comfortably and also show them that these home modifications can be stylish while at the same time making their homes low-maintenance.”

NAHB Remodelers, in collaboration with Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB 50+ Housing Council and AARP, developed the CAPS program to address the increasing number of individuals who require home modifications to accommodate illness or age. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, many are also builders, general contractors, designers, architects and health care professionals such as occupational and physical therapists.

“The majority of people age 55 and older say they want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, and professionals with a CAPS designation are able to provide the expertise these families need in order to age in place comfortably and safely,” said Joseph Irons, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB, chairman of the CAPS Board of Governors and a remodeler with Irons Brothers Construction Inc. in Shoreline, Wash. “We want to help consumers make their house their home for a lifetime, even when their needs and abilities change.”

To earn the designation, candidates must complete three classes: Marketing and Communications Strategies for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS I), which teaches marketing and customer service tools to gain access to the emerging aging-in-place market; Design/Build Solutions for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS II), which provides the technical knowledge to do home modifications to solve the remodeling needs of the aging-in-place population; and Business Management for Building Professionals, which shows remodelers, builders and others how to run a successful business in this market segment.

Source: Intercom e-newsletter of the Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties, August/September 2013

Stouffer Realty reports record 30 percent growth;

28 agents join since Fairlawn headquarters opened last year

Since its new headquarters opened last year at 130 North Miller Road in Fairlawn, Stouffer Realty has gained 28 agents, added an office in Chagrin Falls, and expanded into Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties. The newly renovated 10,300 square-foot headquarters houses seven independent service organizations related to the real estate transaction.

“Technology and non-traditional marketing is the ‘new face of real estate,’” said Gary Stouffer, company founder and owner. “Much of our growth this year is a result of the training and support we offer our agents so they can successfully develop business in this changing culture.”

In preparation for the merger of the Akron and Cleveland Realtors boards in October, Stouffer has adopted the contract of the North East Ohio Regional Exchange to provide consistent legal language across all the markets the company serves, said Jim Fox, company vice president of general sales and operations. He serves on the board of directors for the newly merged association, Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors.