President Trump Signs Executive Order on Housing Affordability

Filed in Housing Affordability, Membership by on June 25, 2019 13 Comments
Greg Ugalde

During the Oval Office ceremony, NAHB Chair Greg Ugalde thanks President Trump for making affordability a national priority.

This post has been updated.

In a key victory for NAHB, President Trump today put housing at the forefront of the national debate by signing an executive order that cites the need to cut costly regulations that are hampering the production of more affordable housing in America.

NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde attended the White House signing ceremony and provides further analysis on what the executive order means for our members in the video at the bottom of this blog post.

Ugalde also issued the following official statement:

“NAHB applauds President Trump for making housing a top national priority. With housing affordability near a 10-year low, the president’s executive order on this critical issue underscores that the White House is ready to take a leading role to help resolve the nation’s affordability crisis.

“Given that homeownership historically has been part of the American dream and a primary source of wealth for most American households, the need to tackle ongoing affordability concerns is especially urgent. As we celebrate National Homeownership Month, we must ensure that homeownership remains in reach for younger and future generations. This can be achieved by providing access to affordable rental housing and growing the inventory of for-sale housing, particularly at the entry-level.

“NAHB analysis has found that regulations account for nearly 25% of the price of building a single-family home and more than 30% of the cost of a typical multifamily development. We are pleased that the president’s executive order calls for the formation of a White House Council chaired by HUD Secretary Ben Carson that will seek to reduce regulatory barriers that are making housing more costly.”

More Progress on the Affordability Front

Addressing the housing affordability crisis is the association’s top priority. NAHB has met with top White House officials and leaders of Congress numerous times to discuss strategies to resolve supply-side constraints that are acting as barriers to increase the production of quality, affordable housing.

During the first week in June, NAHB and HUD cosponsored the Innovative Housing Showcase that took place on the National Mall. The event provided a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the nation’s housing affordability crisis and to seek meaningful solutions.

Industry and policy experts – including Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and NAHB leaders – participated in several panels with the goal to seek innovative solutions to make housing more affordable. Exhibitors also featured model homes and new technologies designed to increase affordability.

And on June 5, nearly 700 builders went to Capitol Hill and held 300 individual meetings with their representatives and senators as part of NAHB’s 2019 Legislative Conference. Builders delivered an important message to members of Congress: There is an urgent need to implement practical solutions to ease the nation’s affordability woes and enable more families to achieve homeownership or have access to affordable rental housing.

NAHB will continue to work with the White House, HUD Secretary Carson and Congress to achieve these goals.

In this video, Ugalde explains the importance of this development for NAHB members.




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  1. robin ward says:

    let’s get rid of the tarriffs ! on sidewall shingles, western red cedar !

  2. Mike Cummings says:

    Robin hit the nail on the head! Remove tariffs on flooring as well!

  3. Thank you Jerry and Greg! Keep up the great lobbying efforts to help our industry! Appreciatively, S. Robert August

  4. brett godfrey says:

    Opening up lumber markets between US and Canada is great! However, our biggest ADVISORY are the building codes! They are and have been sticking their $$$ nose into areas other than life safety!!!! If Trump wants to help housing affordability, make a statement that the codes are not government sanctioned and they are placating to the widget manufactures and the environmentalist!!!!

  5. Randy Lewis says:

    Workmans comp is a big cost Land is a major cost

  6. Murray Rust says:

    If Trump is serious about reducing housing costs, he could, on his own, immediately drop the tariffs on Canadian lumber as well as the other tariffs of materials that go into our houses. He could also cease using tariffs as a bargaining chip to gain other unrelated policy objectives. He could do this without any study by a Commission which is unlikely to yield any results in the foreseeable future.

  7. Every bit helps. Hope to see more of this in near future.

  8. Newt Loken says:

    How about a tax credit for a modestly sized home that’s built with efficient use of resources and efficient energy design, which would all make for a long term affordable home and more economically AND environmentally sustainable home. Resource depletion and climate change can ruin not only a young families dream but a whole societies… A healthy economy is based upon a healthy environment.
    Also, much of the world lives well in multi family housing and good design can improve that and help remove the stigma. As well, we should build housing that is a solution to our changing population and includes flexibility for the long term. There are many empty nesters living in large 3-4 bedroom homes. What a waste & it’s more to keep up and heat for them too. We need to develop the ‘missing middle’. Look it up!

    • NAHB Now says:

      Thanks for your comment, Newt. NAHB has been offering educational sessions about addressing the ‘missing middle’ at the International Builders’ Show for the past few years, and we also have an upcoming webinar on Sept. 11 dedicated to this topic as well. Registration is opening soon and we’ll include a blog post about it next month.

  9. Thomas says:

    Glad to see this change, any unnecessary regulatory costs should be mitigated.

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  10. Jack W says:

    Getting rid of the tariffs is really what we need now.
    Highlighting that younger generations need to be able to afford housing alongside other growing costs is important.

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