NAHB Wants to Hear from You

Filed in Disaster Response, Economics by on March 25, 2020 1 Comment

survey buttonAs NAHB continues to advocate for the needs of the housing industry during the coronavirus pandemic, we need to keep hearing how the crisis is impacting your business. We launched our first survey last week and will open a new survey every Tuesday to gauge the industry’s needs on a continual basis.

The week’s survey has additional questions about the impact on remodeling work and will take less than five minutes to complete.

Your feedback will help us promote policies to keep the housing sector running with as little disruption as possible during this difficult time.

Please complete this week’s brief, confidential survey today.

For the latest news and business resources, visit NAHB’s Coronavirus Preparedness and Response section on nahb.org.

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  1. Special needs of a growing Oil Community. For 10 years we have struggled to get builders here to build what we feel are 400 plus homes per year, for the next 15 years from now. We hired a national Consultant – Newmark Knight Frank out of Kansas City Mo. and they said to start a Housing Commission. Our newly formed Commission is trying to get a few Housing Incentives passed through City Commission, such as NO Permit costs, but we are still working towards that. Also trying to round up a pool of money for local builders to borrow for each home, and pay-back at the closing of each home. Started holding High School trade shows (learning forums) and holding Job Fairs to hire and encourage students in the construction trades 2 years ago. We struggle with the Insurance issue for on-the-job training of under 18 years old, the critical years when you need to spike their interest the most. We also struggle with housing our construction workers that do stay in town, and NAHB’s new “essential” building industry should be very helpful. We struggle getting qualified contractors here, high material costs, high labor costs, and struggle with the fewer number of homes built each year. We seem to have plenty of buyers, good paying jobs for buyers, and close to 700 available build-able lots. Problem is we can not build affordable homes, although no-one can clearly define affordable for an area where the medium income is higher than most areas of the Country. As far as the Virus, the State of ND does all the electrical inspections for areas that can not afford to hire their own electrical inspectors, and we have worked with the State to continue inspecting on a case-by-case basis, especially when needing to issue a Certificate of Occupancy. The City has continued to provide inspection services during this virus time, and we consider this essential to keeping our demands up, keeping contractors here in our area, and keeping our city moving forward and industry growing (although the Virus has not helped the Oil Industry markets as of lately). A lot of different issues, but thank you for all the support and national leadership you present to your membership.

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