Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fourth consecutive month in September to a level of 59 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. This latest four-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since November of 2005. More.
Bipartisan housing finance reform legislation was recently passed by the Senate Banking Committee and deserves an up or down vote on the Senate floor. If passed, this bill will fix the nation’s flawed housing finance system and breathe new life into the housing sector by providing a consistent and affordable supply of mortgage credit for single-family and multifamily housing.
We need to urge all Senators to SUPPORT, S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014, AND urge its immediate consideration on the Senate floor.
After six years of government conservatorship, our nation’s housing credit system remains in a constant state of uncertainty and confusion. Home builders, lenders and other market participants cannot adequately plan for the future and home buyers are either denied credit or paralyzed by the mixed messaging.
Absent reform, all critical policy decisions on the operations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue to be left to one unelected regulator, bipartisan compromise that would fund nearly $5 billion in annual affordable housing programs would be put on the back burner, and taxpayers would be exposed to yet another government bailout. S. 1217 works to address these concerns in a rare bipartisan policy achievement and deserves to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote.
Urge your Senators to SUPPORT S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014.
Encourage the Senate leadership to advance long-overdue bipartisan housing finance reform legislation.
NAHB strongly supports congressional efforts to reform the nation’s housing finance system, but it cannot support the bill in the House of Representatives – the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act (PATH) – in its present form. Legislation put forward in the Senate, on the other hand, would better define government’s limited role in backing a mortgage market predominantly supported by the private sector. This would ensure liquidity and stability for homeownership and rental housing.
NAHB looks forward to working with House and Senate lawmakers as they work toward a bipartisan consensus that will result in a robust housing finance system.