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Building a Successful Home Building Business: Lessons from Steph Reed

Episode 111, May 21, 2024

In this inspiring episode, Steph Reed, owner of Partners by Design Homes, shares her journey as a successful female home builder in Iowa. She discusses her involvement with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the importance of networking and mentorship through Professional Women in Building (PWB), and her role as a state representative. Steph also highlights the challenges facing the home building industry, including workforce development and housing affordability, and encourages listeners to get involved with their local Home Builders Associations to make a difference. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the home building industry, whether you’re a builder, realtor, supplier, or simply passionate about supporting the American dream of homeownership.

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Steph grew up in Texas where her father was a contractor. As a teen, she worked alongside her father learning the trades of wallpaper hanging, drywall, painting and  the value of hard work.

Steph worked with another local builder for years doing all that she does today to help him build his portfolio and add to her own. In 2017, she went out on her own and launched Partners By Design Homes along with her husband Randy. Randy does many important behind the scenes things like their books, real estate and helps keep her grounded. Together they are Licensed REALTORS in the state of Iowa at The Reed Team with REMAX Concepts. Combined they have accumulated many years of awards including REMAX Hall of Fame for Steph in 2017 as well as Rookie of the year in 2010.

Steph is extremely hardworking and her passion for the home building industry knows no bounds. She is currently serving as the Iowa State Representative for the National Home Builders Association and is on the boards of the Iowa state HBA and the Des Moines HBA. She is a mentor for young women coming into the industry and when she is not with her family at an ISU event she is likely speaking to youth about their career options in the trades, attending an industry function or drinking her beloved DrPepper!

 In 2018, Steph won Builder of the Year and member of the year at the Des Moines HBA. In 2020, Steph won the National Home Builders Association Professional Women in Building Member of the Year award. 

To learn more: 

Professional Women in Building (PWB)

NAHB Leadership Academy

Spring Leadership Meetings and Legislative Conference

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