Robert Dietz

Robert Dietz

Robert Dietz is the chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Dietz was an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Ohio State University.

ARTICLES

  • [Pulse] Here's how higher regulatory costs are impeding housing affordability

    Regulatory burdens are driving up costs, and it's a problem for the housing market
    Despite recent declines in mortgage interest rates, housing affordability continues to be a key concern for homebuyers. Studies show that regulatory burdens significantly elevate the cost of land development and construction, driving up costs that are passed on to the homebuyer. If we as a nation want to ease housing affordability barriers, communities should begin by reducing the regulatory burdens associated with developing land and building homes.
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  • [Pulse] The housing market has a growing affordability problem, and here's why

    Should Fannie and Freddie step in?
    Since 2012, housing affordability conditions for prospective homeowners have declined. While the causes of this situation are complex, it's clear financing issues are a leading contributor holding back the market. A lack of available financing for acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) debt is restraining construction and increasing costs, and this means that new construction is not keeping pace with demand, signaling the potential for worsening affordability if policymakers don't take note.
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