Maryland home builder trade groups combine

Two Maryland home building trade associations said Thursday they have joined forces to form a larger organization, with official approval expected next month.

The Maryland Building Industry Association, formed by the combination of the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, will represent about 85 percent of homebuilders in Maryland, including much of the Baltimore metro region. Membership will top 1,200, according to a press release.

The new organization, an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders, will be based at the Maryland Center for Housing in Fulton. The national association is to formally ratify the merger at its board meeting next month.

"We are starting off fresh with MBIA," said Lori Graf, who will serve as CEO of the new group. "This new organization will give us one voice in Annapolis when we represent our industry and our association members."

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