Oconee builder Tom Markovich presents Sandifer award from the Home Builders Association of South Carolina.

(Seneca, SC)—For his ongoing support of South Carolina’s home building industry, State Representative Bill Sandifer has been inducted into the S.C. Housing Hall of Fame. Sandifer was inducted by the organization’s trustees during a ceremony this month in Myrtle Beach.

“Home builders have had no better friend in the S.C. General Assembly than Bill Sandifer,” said former Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBA) President and Seneca-based builder Tom Markovich, who presented a plaque to Sandifer during his induction ceremony. “Sandifer has been an ardent supporter of the home building industry since he was first elected to the House in 1994. He recognizes the tremendous impact our industry has on the state’s economy and he’s worked tirelessly on legislation to protect it.”

“Without the concern and actions of Rep. Sandifer, our industry would not have been able to weather the recent economic storm and would not have been able to maintain the level of strength that it has today,” added Markovich.

Markovich also noted that Sandifer was selected because his efforts have been instrumental in keeping home prices affordable, so more South Carolinians will have a chance to realize the American dream of home ownership.

During his induction, Sandifer received a standing ovation from the crowd of more 150 HBA members and guests. He is one of only three non-builder legislators ever to be inducted into the S.C. Housing Hall of Fame. Sandifer previously was recognized by the HBA in 1998 with the Hammer and Trowel Award, the organization’s highest award for a legislator.

“It is a huge honor to be recognized by South Carolina’s home builders and to be inducted into their prestigious hall of fame,” Sandifer said. “Home building is truly a cornerstone of our state that affects our economy and quality of life. Because I believe this industry is so important, I have fought for legislation dealing with building codes, sprinklers, tort reform and permit extensions, which will help home building grow and prosper. I will continue supporting this industry so that it can help fuel our state’s economic recovery, put shovels in the ground, and put people back to work.”

About the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame
Established in 1995 by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, the S.C. Housing Hall of Fame has inducted 63 outstanding individuals from all over the state. Displayed proudly in the office of the HBA, the S.C. Housing Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the housing industry and to their communities as well as the state of South Carolina and the nation through their work in building and development, public service and housing-related areas such as education, architecture and planning.