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Business is Booming for the Construction Industry

February 7, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

The future is looking bright for the Construction Industry. We at Construction Finance are ready to support and sustain this

The future is looking bright for the Construction Industry.

We at Construction Finance are ready to support and sustain this sudden growth!!

With sudden growth comes sudden financial growing pains. We are a construction factoring company that can help sustain you in hyper growth. We can buy your commercial project invoices as soon as today!

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Construction Dive

February 3, 2017 Daily Newsletter

Construction employment spikes in January with 36K new jobs

by Mary Tyler March

Dive Brief:

  • The construction industry boasted a successful start to 2017 with 36,000 net new jobs in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Industry employment crept to the highest recorded level since November 2008, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The month’s total construction employment of 6,809,000 showcased a 170,000-job — 2.6% — increase from January 2016.
  • Within the industry, the residential sector added 20,300 positions last month, while the nonresidential sector (including the heavy civil and engineering sectors) added 14,900 jobs.
  • Average hourly earnings in construction notched up 3.2% between January 2015 and January 2016 to $28.52 an hour. Wage growth for construction workers now hover around 10% higher than the overall private sector average.

Dive Insight:

The positive report signals the best month for construction job growth since March 2016, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors. While the U.S. Commerce Department reported a dip in December construction spending earlier this week, the month showed a resurgence in housing starts, due largely to growth in the multifamily sector.

2016 overall saw an uptick in nonresidential construction, accounting for nearly a quarter of the industry’s total job creation, according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. In January alone, nonresidential projects accounted for more than 40% of net new jobs, signaling faster growth in the sector, the ABC reported.

Despite marked employment growth, the industry’s unemployment rate shot up to 9.4% in January — a figure that Basu said points to increased interest in the construction industry. In a release, Basu said more people have started looking for work in the industry, a trend that he attributes, in part, to indications from the Trump administration and lawmakers that they will make infrastructure spending a priority.

The increase in new construction activity dovetails with an ongoing labor shortage and a pinched regulatory climate that could dampen the effect of the projects. In its analysis, the AGC noted that the spike in employment came as employers increased pay to combat the ongoing labor shortage.

A January survey released by the AGC noted that nearly three-quarters of the 1,281 participating contractors said they hoped to increase their employment in the coming year — but an equal number expressed trouble filling both hourly and salaried positions. And with end-of-month construction openings at a 17-year high, a dearth of workers continues to put a strain on the industry.

“The employment gains would be even larger if there were enough workers with the right skills available to hire,” Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist, wrote in a release.

In an effort to jumpstart the worker pipeline, industry groups have suggested marketing efforts, stronger focuses on technical training programs in school, immigration reform and a wide coalition effort. While the labor shortage will continue to squeeze the industry, Dodge Data & Analytics has predicted a 5% increase in starts for 2017, totaling $712.9 billion for the industry, and other industry observers remain cautiously optimistic about the year’s prospects for construction growth.

 

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Congratulations to Jaynes Construction of Jonesboro, AR

January 31, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Congratulations to Jaynes Construction! Best of Houzz  2017 – Client Satisfaction This professional was rated at the highest level for client

Congratulations to Jaynes Construction!

Best of Houzz  2017 – Client Satisfaction
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This professional was rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.
Great Job Dennis and Regina of Jonesboro, Arkansas!
From All of Us at Construction Finance!

 

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Have You Been Burned in the Past by Factoring Construction Invoices?

January 27, 2017 Uncategorized 0 Comments

  Have you been burned in the past by factoring Construction Receivables? * Why not refer all your construction clients

 


Have you been burned in the past by factoring Construction Receivables?

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Getting Paid for Hurricane Matthew Construction Work

October 7, 2016 Corporate 0 Comments

Wonderful article that is an absolute must share.  Matt Viator over at ZLein has valuable advice for general contractors and

Wonderful article that is an absolute must share.  Matt Viator over at ZLein has valuable advice for general contractors and subcontractors who will be rebuilding from hurricane Matthew.  Make sure that you are up to date and aware of all issues that could keep you from getting paid!
Issues Contractors and Property Owners May Face Recovering From Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on Florida, and residents are either evacuating or bracing for impact. Considering how often Louisiana finds itself in the crosshairs of natural disasters, we’re hoping for the best for our eastern neighbors. However, it is best to be prepared in the situations, so here are some issues that may arise while recovering from Hurricane Matthew

Contractors, Subs, and Suppliers

For those that are performing the much needed recovery work, protection is needed too. In order to secure payment, contractors, subs, and suppliers should be aware of the lien rights for their state. Some of the trickiest subjects when crossing state lines include licensing requirements, contract requirements, and what constitutes lienable work. To that end, here are some of the considerations in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. For more information on the lien law of those states, or any other state, head over to our Mechanics Lien FAQs and select your state.

When dealing with recovery work, contractors, subs, and suppliers will likely be receiving some, if not all, of their payment from insurance companies. Insurance check delays have caused problems in the past, so these parties should understand that it may still be necessary to preserve their rights to payment. We discussed this at length following Hurricane Sandy, so follow this link for more on the subject. For contractors who wish to avoid attaching a lien at all costs, here are some other creative options that may help secure payment.

Property Owners

In the wake of massive storms and natural disasters, contractors, subs, and suppliers flock to affected areas in search of work. Normally, this is a mutually beneficial relationship: contractors find work and help those people who need it the most, while property owners quickly repair the damage on their homes and businesses. However, the construction industry, like all other industries, does have some bad actors. Just recently, contractors have abused homeowners in Florida and New Jersey. Because of this alarming trend, we discussed how to avoid these situations in recovering from the recent Louisiana flood.

When recovering from Hurricane Matthew, the best way to avoid being burned by a contractor will be to prioritize communication on your project. By requiring that contractors list each party working on a project, coupled with a description of each party’s role, a property owner can better understand the payment chain for their project. Knowing what subcontractors and suppliers have been contracted by the prime contractor helps avoid surprises, including the all too common situation of a lien coming “out of nowhere.”

Perhaps more importantly, homeowners should couple payments with conditional lien waivers. By doing so, a property owner asks their prime contractor, subs, and suppliers to waive their right to file a mechanics lien. This may seem like a lot to give up, but the magic of using a conditional lien waiver is that the condition is typically that a party has received payment. So for parties worried about giving up their legal rights, these rights are only waived once they have been paid. Here’s what to keep in mind when requesting a lien waiver.

Conclusion

At zlien, we have plenty of personal experience in dealing with hurricanes, so our hearts go out to those that will soon be recovering from Hurricane Matthew. While the rebuilding process can be an emotional, uphill battle, it is important to protect yourself during the return to normalcy. It is equally important that the interests of contractors, subs, and suppliers are protected during this time. Good work is imperative during a time of recovery, and contractors can only continue to provide their services when they are compensated for their work.

Here are more considerations with Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina lien law. For more on construction issues during storm anticipation and recovery, check out the articles under our new Storms tag.

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Safe Workplace and Fair Pay Order for Federal Contractors

October 6, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

 At Construction Finance we strive to keep you up to date on all construction issue that matter most! The Fair

 At Construction Finance we strive to keep you up to date on all construction issue that matter most!
The Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Order issued by President Obama will go into effect later this month which will certainly have a widespread impact. The order certainly caught the attention of federal contractors.   For more information, here’s the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order in full, and here’s further guidance from the Federal Register.
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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order Goes Into Effect October 25, 2016

The goal of the order is simple: to promote safe and effective workplaces by rewarding contractors and subcontractors with an exemplary record. The order will do so by placing greater hiring restrictions on contractors bidding for federal projects. The underlying theory is that by excluding contractors with a checkered history regarding labor laws, the government will boost efficiency and quality on federal construction projects.

Preassessment (Began September 12, 2016)

The voluntary preassessment phase of the rollout began just over two weeks ago. At this point, up until October 25, a contractor or subcontractor can request an assessment from the Department of Labor. This assessment will determine if the contractor has any past violations and the degree of severity of such a violation. The advantage of taking part in preassessment is that by successfully clearing the assessment, a contractor will have a verified record of labor law compliance going into the next phase of the rollout.

Contractor Disclosure (October 25, 2016 – April 24, 2017)

The first phase of the rollout is the contractor disclosure phase. Beginning in late October, contractors bidding on federal projects will have to abide by the disclosure requirements of the order on projects of $50M or more. Following April 24, 2017, these requirements will apply to all federal contractors bidding for projects exceeding $500K.

Paycheck Transparency Provision Takes Effect (January 1, 2017)

The Paycheck Transparency Provision takes effect on the first of the year. This provision calls for a detailed record of payment information for employees when a project exceeds $500K. The record should include hours worked, including overtime, rate of pay, gross pay, and any deductions made.

Subcontractor Disclosure (Begins October 25, 2017)

Beginning in October of next year, subcontractors on federal contracts will also fall under the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order. Until then, subcontractors should treat this time as an extended preassessment period. Subs are encouraged to voluntarily request an assessment from the Department of Labor before subcontractor disclosure becomes mandatory.

Public Disclosure Period

The public disclosure period was harder to put a date on, but it goes into effect on October 15, 2016. But this creates more of a cut-off provision concerning violations prior to October 15, 2015. According to the order, contractors must publicly disclose labor law violations. However, in the interest of fairness, disclosures will only include labor law violations occurring after October 15, 2015. With this cut-off, contractors will not be penalized again for any violations occurring prior to the implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order.

Takeaway

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order has not been welcomed in the construction industry, at least not by the Associated General Contractors of America and the Associated Builders and Contractors. However, the goal of the act, which includes transparency in construction payment, is something that the industry desperately needs. No matter how a contractor or sub feels about the act, if they want to work on federal projects, these are important dates.

Construction Finance can help you get your finances in order ASAP!  Call John Sawyer at 870-277-0658 or visit www.constructionfinance.com today!

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You Can Actually Get Paid on Friday

September 30, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Do you ever get that defeated feeling on Friday when you finish a job only to turn in your payment

Do you ever get that defeated feeling on Friday when you finish a job only to turn in your payment app and invoice into the job trailer?  Do you ever wish that you could just walk in the trailer, turn in the invoice and get paid the same day that you complete work?  Well, that’s what Construction Finance can do.  We buy invoices so that you can get paid when you actually complete work.  Not 30-45 days later when your check is released on the company payment schedule.

After working in the construction industry for many years, we understand that you have employees to pay, materials to pay for and personal bills due as well.  We can factor your invoice and we can be the ones waiting to be paid.  And I promise we are enormously cheaper rate than the merchant cash advance company that is calling you daily!

Happy Friday- Payday to all our Construction Finance clients!!!

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Why Your General Contractor Wants You to Factor Your Invoices

September 29, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

The final video in our What is Construction Factoring series has tons of valuable information.  Read this information here or

The final video in our What is Construction Factoring series has tons of valuable information.  Read this information here or click below to watch the video.  Over the last 6 blog posts and videos, we’ve shared a lot about contracting, construction, the ins and outs of what tier you fall under in the overall construction project.  Also, the necessity of cash flow or working capital to keep everyone paid.  So often times, our prospective clients that are wanting to sign up to factor their invoices with construction finance but I’m worried that my general contractor or my customer won’t like it.  Or that they won’t let me do it, or may think less of me.  We hear this all the time.

What we’ve found on the contrary that once you explain that the process to your customer, that you are selling an invoice for work that is already completed, they are pleased.  That you are selling the invoice because you want to pay your materials on time,  that you want to take  advantage of those supply house discounts.  Many supply houses offer discounts will give an early payment discount.  Often times that discount alone offsets the fee that Construction Finance charges.

You general contractor requires you to submit unconditional or conditional lien wavers, proving that materials you’ve purchased have been paid for or will be paid for in the future.  When you have a partner, such as Construction Finance, your lien wavers will be unconditional.  You will have actually already paid for the materials before the customer pays you.  So when the general contractors hear this, they are happy that we are yet another layer of protection for them.  We ensure that no projects end up with lien wavers because vendors or suppliers haven’t been paid for materials purchased for the project.

It’s no fun to get to the end of a job and owe so much money to get that final lien waver.  We find that our clients pay for materials as they go, using our funding.  General contractors know that their lien wavers aren’t pending or conditional or waiting for those materials to be paid.  No, they’re actually already paid for.  General contractors like that.  They also like knowing that you won’t be calling regularly asking, “when are you going to release that check, when are you going to release that check?”  They like knowing that you have your cash flow in order.  That know that you have money for your materials, they know that you are paying for your materials and they know that you have the cash flow to grow and take on more and more projects.

For example, one of our large clients was billing his customer about $100,00 a month on a large plumbing contract.  Once he became a construction finance client we opened him a $250,000 line of credit that would be backed by his invoices.  Now he has been awarded a 2.4 million dollar plumbing contract that will invoice $200,000 a month for the next 12 months.  He shared with us that he could not have gotten the contract if he had not had Construction Finance’s help with working capital.

We have several success stories like the above.  Another example is one of a seasonal contractor who invoice $300,000 to $400,000 dollars a month and has for many years.  However, from March until October his expenses are so so high because of the seasonality of his particular job industry.  So he has to spend, spend, spend for materials and labor until the end of summer.  But then he has levelized billing plans with his customers so that he has a much more dependable income and receivables.  So, he’s found that Construction Finance is a good partner to bridge that gap of the highs of summer and larger projects.  He can use that working capital to pay expenses and employees during that exaggerated expense season of summer.

One more example is a small electrical client was awarded a large service contract for an international energy, gas, oil supplier.  And like most large companies, they set the rules.  One of the problems is that it pays every 45 days.  He invoices them regularly.  We partnered with him so that his growing crew can take on this job that was above and beyond and totally separate from what they normally work.  So, with Construction Finance, he has a new revenue stream from a national energy company that pays him each month.  We are able to keep him growing and taking on new projects.

Call John Sawyer at Construction Finance today to find out how we can help your company grow.

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What You Can Do to Make Sure you Get Paid

September 29, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

Why is it important to know who you are and where you are in a building project?  In our last

Why is it important to know who you are and where you are in a building project?  In our last video and post we looked at the many tiers of subcontractors.  Let’s dive deeper into why it’s important and how to make sure you get paid at the end of completing your portion of a large construction project.

So, let’s say that you are the counter top subcontractor and you have finished your countertops beautifully.  No defects or chance of set offs.  Now, he’d waiting for his check.  And let’s say the casework contractor stops answering the phone.  So, the casework contractor owes the countertop contractor $5,000.  Now, here is where it becomes very important to know who you are and where you are in the grand scheme of the general project.  If the casework contractor fails to pay the countertop contractor on the project, the counter top contractor has a right to send preliminary notices, intent to lien and ultimately file a lien on the project.  However, if and ONLY if he does it in the timeline set by his state.

So, let’s say that he was on top of it and the countertop contractor sent a preliminary notice to the casework contractor.  Then the casework contractor doesn’t reply.  So the countertop contractor sends the notice to the finish work contractor.  Now the finish work contractor says, “Wait!  I’ve already paid the casework contractor!”  Now the countertop contractor sends the notice all the way up the line to the general contractor and owner.  Ultimately, the countertop contractor had to make a rucus to get paid his $5,000 and the casework contractor had taken off with his money.

So, who is going to pay the countertop contractor?  Does the general contractor not require his subs, subs, subs to prove they have paid their subs?  That is why it is important to know where to you fall in the project and what measures you need to take to make sure you get paid.

At Construction Finance, we can help you by filing the appropriate paperwork within your state’s timeline to make sure you are paid at the end of the job.

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Who Are You? First, Second and Third Tier Subcontractors

September 28, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

“Who Are You?” by Pete Townsend and “The Who”, what does this have to do with contractors, sub contractors, factoring

“Who Are You?” by Pete Townsend and “The Who”, what does this have to do with contractors, sub contractors, factoring and Construction Finance?  I was on a job site the other day talking to one of my clients and I was trying to share my information with another client.  He was a dirt and site prep guy that had half a million dollars in equipment.  Trac hoe, backhoes, bulldozers, drop trailers to pull his equipment.  I asked him, “who all are you working for on this project?”  He said, “John, I dig dirt.  All I know is that they’re going to pay me on Friday.”

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So ‘Who Are You?’ as a sub contractor?  Look at the photo below to see the ‘typical contracting project.’

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Typically in a construction project, there is an owner.  He or she decides to start a project.  So, he hires an architect.  The architect usually doesn’t pay anyone outside his or her office.  The owner and the architect decide on a good plan and choose a general contractor.  The general contractor bids the project at an acceptable price.  He agrees to hire sub contractors, buy materials to get the project done.

So, here’s where you come in.  That general contractor hire a variety of sub contractors.  Site prep work, pour concrete, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, drywall, and a variety of finishing techniques.  Painting, wall paper, finish work, trim work, mill work and many many others.  So, from there up, those are called ‘first tier subs’.  These individuals have sub contracted with the general contractor.

Lets single out the finish contractor.  That’s what I did many years go.  I had around 15 finish carpenters that did a variety of finish work.  Painters, mill workers, trim work etc.  Let’s say you were hired as the finish contractor as a ‘first tier sub’.  You bid the painting, trim carpentry, mill work, countertops and even backsplashes.  You are going to be in charge of all that.  You decide to hire a paint crew that’s not one of your employees.  That paint crew become the ‘second tier sub’.  You subbed out the painting portion of your bid.  You also hired a finish carpentry crew outside your own employees.  And you even hired a cabinet company and millwork crew.  All these sub contractors are second tier sub contractors.

So your cabinet guy is pretty smart.  So you decide to sub out the countertop job to him.  And then he hires a guy to finish the counter tops.  The countertop guy is now the ‘third tier sub’ on the project.  He isn’t a specialist in backsplashes.  So, he hires out a guy to finish the specialized alabaster backsplash.

The backsplash sub is now our ‘fourth tier sub’.

So, why is all this important?  The first tier sub contractor receive a contract from the general contractor.  This contract details in full what all exactly that the first tier subcontractor will complete, purchase and by when.  It will also state on the first page that the subcontractor will also agree to the terms and conditions that the general contractor agreed to in his signed contract.  The ‘prime contract’ between the owner and the general contractor.

It is so important for you to know what was agreed upon by the owner and general contractor.  The general contractor probably agreed to have the finish work completed by a certain date.  That information is extremely important for you to know.  These terms and agreements will trickle down to you.  As a first tier sub, these terms and conditions will be very apparent to you.  What deadlines, materials etc. are expected from you.  However, the second, third and fourth tier sub contractor may not know what the first tier and general contractor signed in their contracts.  Many times they don’t ask to see the contracts.

So, if you are wanting to take on bigger projects and bid larger contracts it is extremely important to know where you fall in the tiers of the overall project.  ‘Who Are You’ in a large project is very important when you need to be certain that you will be paid in full at the end of the project.

 

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How to Make Payroll While Waiting to Be Paid

September 27, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments

We’ve gone over the difference between these quick working capital advances verses selling invoices to a factor.  So now, let’s

We’ve gone over the difference between these quick working capital advances verses selling invoices to a factor.  So now, let’s walk through what most of our clients see as a typical job scenario.  Most of our clients are large sub contractors or service providers on larger projects.  Watch this video as John Sawyer, owner of Construction Finance breaks it down.

Here would be an example, there’s a general contractor on a project.  Let’s say the project starts on September 1, 2016.   Let’s say your company was just awarded this job and it’s a little bit larger than you’re used to receiving.

Let’s say you’re used to paying 10 employees at $200 per day each.  You’re paying $2000 a day and you begin the job on 9-1.  Most large construction projects allow you to invoice by the 20th – 25th of the month.  So if you submit your invoice to be approved for payment on the 20th, then you’ve already spent $2000 a day for 20 days paying employees.  Now, this isn’t even including materials, overhead or your paycheck.  So you’ve already got out $40,000 in basic payroll out before you ever send your first invoice in for payment approval.

Typically we’ve found with our clients that they need an architect’s approval, project manager’s approval that the work has been done, there are no set offs and no defects.  The architect needs to sign off and then the owner needs to approve the work and agrees to submit payment for the invoice the following week.  On a good payment cycle the general contractor will receive that payment on 10-10 and most G.C’s are typically good about releasing those funds to the underlying sub contractors.  So, around 10-15 you receive your money for the $40,000 that was accumulated in the first 20 days of the project.  However, we are now at ANOTHER 20-25 days out and only just now receiving payment for the first invoice.

So, if this is a 2 or 3 month project, there’s another $30,000 or $40,000 and possible to have $70,000 to $80,000 out before you even receive your first invoice payment check.

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Many of you have no cash flow issues whatsoever.  But some of you may want to take that job that’s a little bit larger and the profit margins a little bit bigger.  Jobs where you walk home with more money when the project is over.   And when  you get your punch list money, you get to keep it!  You made a bunch more profit.

Consider this, when you first started that job and invoiced $40,000 on the 20th, we would have purchased that invoice for $40,000.  We would have funded you the day you invoiced, so long as everything was approved.  You wouldn’t have had to wait that second round of invoicing and would have only had to float half as much money.

Construction Finance will purchase your invoice and fund you the day of invoicing.  We will wait for the architects, owners and general contractors to release the payment.

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