The Las Cruces area is unique because most of the homes are considered custom homes built by a pool of talented home builders. Often floor plans are personalized to make each house different. The building materials can vary from traditional wood-framed houses, to insulated concrete forms, rammed earth and adobe. Each type of construction offers its own special benefits. New home construction is strictly regulated and inspected by the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. Lot location and size along with square footage of the home will directly influence the cost of the homes. Custom homes can range from $ 200,000 and up. Several builders offer excellent patio-style homes that provide significant comfort at reduced home purchase price. There are several state-of-the-art design showrooms where you can view the latest appliances and fixtures.
The evolution of “green building” is well entrenched in Las Cruces. New Mexico has launched a “green building” recognition program and encourages builders to develop environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes.
Building Industry Association Of Southern New Mexico
The Building Industry Association Of Southern New Mexico (BIA) is a non-profit trade association and it represents the residential home building industry in the region. Its designated membership area includes all of Dona Ana County as well as the Truth or Consequences and Deming areas. The BIA is a local association chapter and is affiliated with the state chapter – the New Mexico Home Builders Association (NMHBA). Both the BIA and the NMHBA are part of a national federation – the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The BIA has over 650 members, the state association has over 3,000 and the national federation has over 250,000 members nationwide. Members of our local association are elected annually to serve as directors and/or officers of both the state and national groups.
Of the 650 plus members in the BIA approximately one-third are licensed builders and the remaining members are subcontractors, suppliers of materials, and providers of services. All of the members have a vested interest in the success of home building in the community. A fourteen-member board of directors, a five-member executive committee, and executive officer manage the BIA. There are 16 committees, task forces, forums, and councils. The BIA’s activities are planned and managed by volunteer members and a staff of five.
Chartered in 1959, the Building Industry Association Of Southern New Mexico is comprised of members of the building industry and its affiliates. As the voice of the building industry, BIA’s serves its members and the community by:
- Promoting Balanced Economic Development
- Providing Education
- Promoting Professionalism
The Building Industry Association Of Southern New Mexico remains committed to improving the community’s quality of life. As a regulated industry, the BIA takes pride in working with local, state, and national governments in shaping fair and equitable policies that will help maintain sensible growth and help overcome the barriers to affordable housing.
Several major events are held by the BIA each year and provide multiple benefits to the association, its members and to the public. Through the annual Home Improvement and Lifestyle Show, and Spring Showcase of Homes, members have an opportunity to spotlight their products and services. The community benefits by seeing what the latest offerings are in home building and home remodeling. Because the BIA is a non-profit association, it must raise over 60 percent of its operating revenue and it does this in part through these association-sponsored community events.
Building Industry Association Of Southern New Mexico
2825 N. Main • Las Cruces, NM 88001
575-526-6126 • www.biasnm.org
Mesilla Valley Habitat For Humanity
The Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity serves the Greater Las Cruces area in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. They have given a hand up (rather than a hand out) to 69 new home owners in the community and are building at least three more homes this build year (October-May). The Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity makes a difference in the lives of those living in substandard housing conditions by helping those families into good housing conditions and subsequently changing their outlook on life.
Becoming a Habitat Homeowner is a two-year process from application to move-in. Applications are taken once a year and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Mesilla Valley Habitat qualifies families based on credit (including credit patterns, types of debt, and attempts to make payments) and income. We can only build for families making between 35% and 60% of the median income in Las Cruces. This income percentage varies with the number of people living in the home.
Habitat homes are sold – not given – to families using a normal mortgage, including taxes and insurance. The difference in cost between a Habitat home and buying a new home on the open market is that Habitat for Humanity doesn’t charge interest on the mortgage. Homeowners pay a $500 down payment at move-in, and monthly mortgage payments of approximately $400 a month. The house payments the families make are then “recycled” to build more homes for others in need. Thousands of volunteer hours go into the building of a single home.
Each Habitat partner family is required to invest at least 500 “sweat equity” hours into the construction of Habitat homes and other Habitat activities that are required to make the homes a reality. In the first two years of partnership with Habitat (or before they move in to their home), families contribute to the needs of the organization as well as the construction of Habitat homes – theirs and other families’. Volunteer labor, funds, and building materials are donated by individuals, churches, businesses, community organizations, Collegiate Challenge groups and RV Care-a-Vanners visiting the community.
Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity
720 N Santa Fe • Las Cruces, NM 88001
575-525-0475 • www.lascruceshabitat.org