NAHB owns proprietary models that estimate the costs and benefits of new home construction. The benefits model estimates the income, jobs and taxes generated by home building in an area (usually a metropolitan area, nonmetropolitan county, or state). A companion model estimates the governments’ costs of extending services to the new homes and compares these costs to the tax revenue generated, to show how quickly housing pays for itself. This page provides links to reports with impact estimates for “typical” or “average” cases, as well as information on obtaining customized reports for a specific local area or individual construction project.
"Typical Case" Reports Available at the Click of a Mouse
By using national averages for key inputs like value of the homes, and taxes and fees collected by governments, NAHB has estimated the economic impacts of home building in typical cases and made the results available here.
Customized Local Impact Reports that Can be Ordered for a Fee
Customized reports for a particular area may be ordered by providing some specific information on the construction to be analyzed and agreeing to pay a fee. The information may be provided for construction in an entire market area (a metropolitan area, a county not part of a metropolitan area, or a state), or a jurisdiction or individual project within a market area. However, the local impacts estimated are broad and always spread over the entire market area. Analyzing an individual project usually involves extra work to make sure specific circumstances applicable to that project are captured and described appropriately. Typically, reports analyzing home building in a market area, or city or county within the market area, are ordered by state and local Home Builders’ Associations. Reports analyzing individual projects are usually requested by the developers of the projects.