Builders to Hear on Industry's Financial State

DALLAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, one of only five urban areas in the nation recording gains in home prices in the second quarter, will focus an unusual spotlight on the homebuilding industry in the southwest this month.

The 2007 Sunbelt Builders Show(TM) Sept. 27-29 in Grapevine has announced a formidable list of national real estate experts for the event, says Jerry Carter, outgoing president of the Texas Association of Builders (TAB).

Sponsors TAB and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) expect more than 6,000 builders, contractors, suppliers and other industry groups.

Meredith Ply, TAB spokesperson, said many conference participants anticipate sharing recent market movement.

"Nationally home prices fell 3.2 percent in the second quarter, while Texas showed a 1.6 percent gain, according to Standard & Poor's quarterly housing index," says Carter, president/CEO of Jerry Carter Homes in Garland.

"Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Portland, Ore., and Charlotte, N.C., recorded gains in home prices during the second quarter," notes Carter. "Although modest, they represent a positive trend. You can practically hear a collective sigh of relief across the region."

The Dallas Morning News real estate writer Steve Brown reported Dallas home prices "up about 5 percent at mid-year compared with the second quarter of 2006, according to the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise overnight's quarterly report ... "

Speakers at the show at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine include David Seiders, NAHB chief economist, with a national and regional economic forecast. He speaks at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 and at a press conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

  -- Spencer Stuart Jr., senior vice president with Legacy Partners     Residential Development Inc., 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. His career     history includes involvement in real estate transactions with an     aggregate value in excess of $2 billion.  -- Tom Gebes, president of Builder MT and No. 40 on Builder Magazine's 50     most influential in the homebuilding industry, 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept.     28. Thriving - Not Just Surviving - in a Down Market, addresses     strategy to improve business during an adverse financial environment.  -- Legislative affairs officials from the building industry provide a     Texas legislative update, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.  Scott Norman and     Ned Munoz discuss recent legislation.  -- Small, medium and big builders from throughout Texas at a media Q&A,     3:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. TAB leaders and regional builders address     builder challenges and issues.  -- Henry Cisneros, head of CityView Companies and former HUD secretary,     heads a press conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and addresses     conference attendees at 9:45 a.m. on the challenges and solutions for     serving millions of Latinos seeking home ownership.

Cisneros' talk, Casa & Comunidad: Latino Home & Neighborhood Design includes information on his involvement as a champion of affordable workforce housing.

Full-conference registration for $275 and one-day conference and exhibits-only passes are available. For a complete list of events and for media credentials, visit or contact Ms. Ply toll free at (800) 252-3625.

  Contact: Kelly Hardwick  Anderson Hanson & Blanton  972-991-8871  Karen Taylor  Southwest Ink Public Relations  972-889-2800  Meredith Ply  Sunbelt Builders Show  800-252-3625

CONTACT: Kelly Hardwick of Anderson Hanson & Blanton, +1-972-991-8871; or Karen Taylor of Southwest Ink Public Relations, +1-972-889-2800; or Meredith Ply of Sunbelt Builders Show, 1-800-252-3625, all for Sunbelt Builders Show

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