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Materials remain top challenge for builders, securing employees second biggest hurdle

Confirmed through National Association of Home Builders
US construction spending tumbled in April
Posted at 3:13 PM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 18:13:42-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The National Association of Home Builders says securing materials remains the top challenge for builders.

According to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, 96% of builders said it was their main issue in 2021.

Other problems which may plague the 2022 housing market include:

  • Rising inflation in U.S. economy
  • Federal environmental regulations and policies
  • Gridlock/uncertainty in Washington making buyers cautious
  • Concern about employment/economic situation
  • Taxes on home builders
  • High interest rates
  • Attempts to limit mortgage interest deduction/other

Securing employees became the second biggest hurdle.

Labor availability and costs was a problem for 85% of builders last year.

Unfilled job openings was also an issue for 82% of builders.

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