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Housing as a Job Creator – Congressional Testimony

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new_home_construction_workersRecently, NAHB economist Robert Dietz testified before the Economic Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Banking Committee on housing issues and the economics of home building as a job creator.

The testimony summarized a number of issues, including:
• Economic impact of home building – construction of a typical single-family home creates on average three jobs
• Housing’s share of GDP – housing currently comprises 15.5 percent of GDP, with room to grow
• Short-term outlook – NAHB is forecasting growth for single-family and multifamily construction in 2014
• Industry headwinds – challenges in the forecast including rising building material prices and access to AD&C credit

The subcommittee also asked for policy recommendations. NAHB endorsed passing comprehensive housing finance legislation and enactment of a tax extenders bill that would extend the 9 percent credit rate floor for the LIHTC and the 25C and 45L energy efficiency tax credits.

View this original post on the NAHB Eye on Housing blog.

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