Housing Developments Podcast

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Housing Developments is a podcast hosted by NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin. The two discuss the latest developments in housing and inside NAHB. Topics include housing affordability, housing economics, workforce development issues, the state of the residential construction industry and much more.

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NRCC Leader Shares Republican Take on Midterms, Redistricting and Election Strategy

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Episode 60|27:56|December 13, 2021

Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin welcome John Billings, executive director of the National Republican Campaign Committee for the second episode in a two-part series on midterm campaign strategy.

DCCC Executive Director Discusses Redistricting, Elections, and Infrastructure

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Episode 59|28:37|November 30, 2021

Special Guest Tim Persico, Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, discusses potential outcomes of redistricting, predictions for the 2022 midterms, and the importance of passing the infrastructure.

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IBS is Right Around the Corner

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Episode 58|14:49|November 17, 2021

Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss Jerry’s trip to Scotland for COP26, the impact of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and a lengthy look at IBS 2022, coming up Feb. 8-10 in Orlando.

Supply Chain, Infrastructure and Climate Change Dominate Headlines

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Episode 57|18:07|November 10, 2021

Jim Tobin and special guest host Paul Lopez talk about a busy week on Capitol Hill with the infrastructure package passing and supply chain issues still on the front burner.

Special Guest Answers Supply Chain and Infrastructure Questions

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Episode 56|29:32|November 01, 2021

Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin welcome Trey Northrup, CEO of LIXIL Americas, to discuss supply chain issues, labor shortages, appliance demand, infrastructure and more. LIXIL is a major player in the global appliance supply chain.

Infrastructure and Spending Package and Lumber is Back

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Episode 55|17:26|October 06, 2021

Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss the latest legislative developments on Capitol Hill, specifically President Biden’s proposed reconciliation package, and the renewed focus on finding long-term solutions to lumber price volatility.

This is Progress? The Uncertain Future of the $3.5 trillion Spending Bill

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Episode 54|16:49|September 24, 2021

The Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill faces a lot of obstacles, many from within its own party. Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss the latest developments in life of the massive legislation.

A Conversation with “The House That She Built” Author

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Episode 53|18:42|September 15, 2021

Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin sit down for an interview with Mollie Elkman, author of NAHB’s newest, and fastest selling, book, “The House that She Built.“

What IBS Attendees Should Expect in Orlando

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Episode 52|12:21|September 07, 2021

Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin briefly recap the summer in politics and then discuss the upcoming 2022 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Feb. 8-10.

Economic Forecast

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Episode 51|13:27|June 25, 2021

Jerry Howard and guest host Paul Lopez, NAHB’s SVP of Communications, sit down with NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz for his midyear economic report, forecast and advice to NAHB members on how to weather the upcoming “perfect storm” of high material prices, increased inflationary pressure, rising interest rates and regulatory challenges.

Successful Meeting with Commerce Secretary on Lumber Price Crisis

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Episode 50|16:27|June 08, 2021

Host Jim Tobin and guest host NAHB SVP of Communications and Public Affairs Paul Lopez discuss a recent — and long-awaited — meeting between the NAHB Senior Officers and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on the importance of finding a solution to the lumber crisis.

Oregon Mill Owner Discusses Lumber Prices, Tariffs and Sustainability

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Episode 49|27:38|May 27, 2021

In another conversation with a lumber mill operator, Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin sit down with Ross Stock, general manager of Western Cascades Industries, a mill in Oregon, to discuss lumber sustainability, the causes of the price increases, and the implications of trade disputes with Canada.

Mill Owner Discusses Lumber Crisis and Possible Solutions

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Episode 48|29:31|May 20, 2021

Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin talk with Alden Robbins, VP of sales for Robbins Lumber in Maine, about the lumber crisis and associated fallout for the home building industry. Hear straight from a lumber producer about why lumber is so expensive, and when and how the industry might see some relief.

Special Guest Sen. Sherrod Brown Discusses Housing

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Episode 47|19:06|April 29, 2021

On a special episode of NAHB’s Housing Developments podcast, hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin sit down with Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to discuss the fate of government-sponsored entities (GSEs) and rental assistance, and what the infrastructure bill could mean for home builders.

Emerging Legislation That Could Impact Housing

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Episode 46|13:14|April 21, 2021

Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss some of the legislation that Congress is likely to consider this session, including the full Low Income Housing Tax Credit bill that NAHB has championed. The hosts also discuss the fate of the filibuster, immigration, a possible expansion of the Supreme Court, and a brief update on the lumber shortage and price outlooks.

Congress is Back in Town

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Episode 45|17:53|April 12, 2021

Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss policy changes on the horizon with Congress back in session and explore what President Biden’s infrastructure plan might mean for housing.

NAHB’s Legal Victory on the Eviction Moratorium

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Episode 44|18:10|March 30, 2021

Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss a recent legal victory noting the federal overreach of the CDC eviction moratorium and what this means for NAHB members.

A Renewed Momentum on Housing Legislation

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Episode 43|13:56|March 24, 2021

Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss the steps that can now be taken by the Administration to promote housing growth with the entire cabinet confirmed. Jim and Jerry discuss Sen. Sherrod Brown’s new housing-focused direction for the Senate Banking Committee and steps Commerce Secretary Raimondo and Housing Secretary Fudge can take to ensure housing remains a driving force of the national economy. Plus, hear about NAHB’s efforts to launch the COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction, taking place the week of April 19.

NAHB Celebrates Women in Home Building

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Episode 42|18:33|March 08, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin talk to California home building professional Linda Hebert and hear her story about how she got her start in the industry, challenges she’s faced during her influential career, and how she hopes the next generation of women and girls in home building will change the industry for the better.

How the Future of the GOP will Impact Business

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Episode 41|17:51|March 03, 2021

Hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss how the evolution of the Republican party will impact how legislative business gets done, which will likely eventually impact the business of NAHB members. They also touch on a potential solution to the ongoing lumber crisis: Direct trade with Canadian provinces.

An Inside Look at Appraisals and Rising Lumber Prices

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Episode 40|21:52|February 25, 2021

In a a candid discussion about home appraisals during a surge in lumber prices, hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin welcome special guests Scott Reuter, chief appraiser and head of valuation at Freddie Mac, and builder Kurt Dinnes, founder of Sun Custom Homes in Oklahoma City.

Mayor of Colorado Springs Discusses Importance of Home Building

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Episode 39|34:33|February 17, 2021

Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin discuss the biggest headwind facing home building: skyrocketing lumber prices. In early February, prices surpassed the September peak, causing concern for home builders and buyers alike. If your business has been hurt by rising lumber prices tell us about it.

Lumber Issue Heats Up, Hurts Affordability

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Episode 38|15:51|February 11, 2021

Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin record for the first time in front of a live, virtual audience as part of IBSx. The co-hosts were joined by the Mayor of Colorado Springs John Suthers to discuss the importance of residential construction on the local economy and workforce development.

Housing Finance Expert Weighs in on Reform

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Episode 37|18:48|February 01, 2021

CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin are joined by EVP of Housing Finance, Dave Ledford, to review recent updates housing finance, including the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s conservatorship, the uncertain fate of Mark Calabria as Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director, the implications of HUD Secretary-Designate Marcia Fudge’s focus on low-income housing, and the steps needed to truly make housing finance reform comprehensive.

Is Now the Time for Comprehensive Housing Reform?

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Episode 36|18:29|January 29, 2021

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the first week of the Biden Administration and whether the climate is right for comprehensive housing reform for the first time in 30 years.

Housing Industry Prepares for Next Political Chapter

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Episode 35|16:29|January 20, 2021

On a special Inauguration Day episode of Housing Developments, NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the next steps for the housing industry as President Joe Biden officially takes office and enacts new policies impacting home building, including a $1.9 trillion economic relief package. Jerry and Jim predict which cabinet secretaries will be the most likely to pursue to pro-housing policies, and which will present more of a political fight, as well as NAHB’s plans to negotiate with a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House.

Addressing Violence in DC and Special Election Results

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Episode 34|17:14|January 12, 2021

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin address the violence seen in the nation’s capital last week. They also discuss the implications of a pro-union Labor Secretary on home builders, and how a 50-50 split in the Senate will impact legislation for the foreseeable future.

NAHB Chief Economist Delivers 2021 Forecast

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Episode 33|25:36|January 05, 2021

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin invite Chief Economist Rob Dietz on the program to provide his review of 2020 and 2021 economic forecast.

Major Wins for Housing in COVID Relief Package

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Episode 32|11:54|December 22, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss how the latest round of COVID relief will help NAHB members. Tobin also shares his prediction for the first pieces of legislation that will be prioritized by the Oval Office following the inauguration in late January.

Members of Congress Discuss COVID Relief, Bipartisanship

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Episode 31|27:23|December 15, 2020

On a special episode of Housing Developments, NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin are joined by the co-chairs of the influential Problem Solvers Caucus, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), to discuss potential COVID relief and the need for bipartisanship efforts in Congress.

Outlook on COVID Relief and Housing Policy

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Episode 30|17:53|December 11, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the potential for another COVID relief package and other congressional developments before the end of the year, including a possible return of Portman-Shaheen. They also discuss the future of housing policy under a new administration.

Insights into Cabinet Secretaries Picks and Lumber Tariffs

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Episode 29|13:46|December 02, 2020

CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the latest round of likely cabinet secretary picks for the Biden administration, the recent lumber tariff developments and the IBSx Virtual Experience.

Home Building Can Continue to Thrive in New Political Environment

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Episode 28|18:37|November 17, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the factors that will affect the landscape builders will face in the near term, including: record high builder confidence, policy referendums, control of Congress, Cabinet picks, and housing policy likely to be enacted by the next administration. Jerry and Jim also touch on the exciting opportunities in store with the virtual International Builders’ Show IBSx.

Looking Ahead to the Next Four Years

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Episode 27|12:53|November 09, 2020

Wondering how the latest 2020 election news, including many media outlets calling the race for Joe Biden, might impact the home building industry? Listen as NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin give their take on the outcomes in races in Congress and for the White House. And, remember to subscribe to Housing Developments wherever you listen to podcasts.

Election 2020: What We Do (and Don’t) Know So Far

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Episode 26|10:06|November 04, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin share their first thoughts after a very long night of watching election results roll in. House races, what the presidential hopefuls need to do to cinch the White House, and how a new administration could impact the home building industry.

Final Thoughts Before Election Day

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Episode 25|18:37|October 29, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin give their final thoughts before the Nov. 3 election, including the tight Senate and House races, what the presidential hopefuls need to do to cinch the White House, and how a new administration could impact the home building industry.

Why the Builders’ Show Went Virtual

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Episode 24|09:44|October 14, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard explains the decision-making process behind the cancellation of the in-person 2021 International Builders’ Show (IBS), to be replaced by a virtual IBS experience. Learn more about IBS 2021.

NAHB Meets with All the President’s Men

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Episode 23|21:18|October 02, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss a very busy week of meetings with Administration officials on a variety of topics, including lumber prices and affordable housing. Jerry and Jim also address the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and offer their support for the president’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

CDC Eviction Moratorium is Bad for Housing

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Episode 22|16:27|September 11, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the recently-announced eviction moratorium, enforced by the CDC. They discuss how this moratorium will be harmful to renters and housing providers in the long term without effective rental assistance, and how Congress should take action to protect the housing industry. Plus, in a new election segment of the podcast, the hosts discuss the Arizona Senate race between incumbent Sen. Martha McSally and former space shuttle commander Mark Kelly.

Where the 2020 Election Stands Post-Conventions

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Episode 21|15:46|September 03, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss where both parties stand following the recent Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and what we can expect in the last two months before Election Day.

Update on Lumber Price Negotiations and Political Conventions

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Episode 20|08:50|August 31, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard updates listeners on how NAHB is working with the administration to tackle soaring lumber prices and looks at the impact of the presidential nominating conventions.

What a Biden-Harris Ticket Means for Housing

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Episode 19|13:16|August 24, 2020

Jerry and Jim discuss Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden’s VP pick, and what a Biden-Harris White House could mean for home builders.

Executive Orders, Lumber Prices and Hurricanes

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Episode 18|14:01|August 17, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss what President Trump’s recent executive orders and memorandums could mean for Americans in the wake of COVID-19, how NAHB is responding to rising lumber prices, and how NAHB members can prepare themselves and their customers for hurricane season.

Helping America Rebound from COVID

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Episode 17|15:32|August 10, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin return to the Housing Developments podcast to discuss the latest developments in Washington and around the country. Learn about how housing is poised to lead the economic recovery and what NAHB is doing to support home builders, home owners and renters five months into the coronavirus pandemic.

Political Analyst Charlie Cook on 2020 Elections

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Episode 16|35:12|May 07, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin welcome a very special guest: star political analyst, Charlie Cook. Founder, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, Cook is a political analyst for NBC News and an NAHB alumnus. Listen to Cook discuss the inner workings of the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election and share his insights and forecasts for races across the board.

NAHB Economic Forecast Update

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Episode 15|04:09|May 04, 2020

NAHB Chief Economist Rob Dietz provides members an update of the current economic outlook. To learn more about the effect of the coronavirus on the economy, visit eyeonhousing.org.

Job Site Safety During a Pandemic

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Episode 14|05:46|April 20, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the April 16 Safety Stand Down, and residential constructions ‘essential’ status in the latest episode of the NAHB podcast Housing Developments.

Coronavirus Economic Update

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Episode 13|03:01|April 06, 2020

NAHB Chief Economist Rob Dietz provides an update on our nation’s economy as it adapts to this new coronavirus environment.

Actions by DHS and FEMA are Important for Housing

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Episode 12|01:38|March 30, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard announces two new housing provisions from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency that were announced over the weekend.

Quick Update on Stimulus Bill Passage

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Episode 11|02:42|March 26, 2020

NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin outlines the housing provisions in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by the Senate.

Coronavirus Update

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Episode 10|12:37|March 20, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard, head of Government Affairs Jim Tobin and Chief Economist Rob Dietz provide updates on how the Federation is responding to the outbreak of the COVID-19 illness caused by novel coronavirus.

Energy Code Mandates Bad for Business

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Episode 9|21:16|February 26, 2020

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss upcoming energy code legislation with American Gas Association Vice President George Lowe.

A Gift to You: 2019 All Wrapped Up

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Episode 8|20:22|December 12, 2019

On a Very Special episode of Housing Developments, hosts Jerry Howard and Jim Tobin look back at 2019. Tune in to hear about NAHB’s key policy wins this year, and where we’re headed in 2020.

Inside the Building Codes Development Process

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Episode 7|17:22|November 21, 2019

NAHB podcast Housing Developments, NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the building codes development process with guest Anne Anderson, an NAHB member and a voting member of the International Codes Council.

Is Upzoning a Trend or a Solution?

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Episode 6|20:19|October 02, 2019

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the latest trend in the fight for affordable housing: upzoning. Does this policy have the legs to be more than a trend and become a viable solution for development?

Everything’s Under Control: Rents, Housing Finance and the Economy

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Episode 5|25:42|September 05, 2019

After a summer hiatus, co-hosts NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin return to discuss all things economics. From rent control measures to home-buying trends, they discuss some tricky issues at a very high level with special guests Lynn Fisher, senior economic advisor at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and NAHB Economist Danushka Nanayakkara.

Developing the Next Generation of Home Builders

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Episode 4|14:04|May 21, 2019

In this week’s episode of Housing Developments, CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin sit down with the CEO and President of the National Housing Endowment, Mark Pursell. The three discuss the challenges of workforce development, and the ways that groups all over the country are working to build up the next generation of the trade.

The Usual Suspects: Lots, Lumber and Labor

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Episode 3|22:45|April 18, 2019

In this week’s episode of Housing Developments, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz shares his 2019 economic forecast for the industry, and what the recent change in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index means for builders. Dr. Dietz also discusses how skilled labor shortages are affecting housing supply. Vice President of Communications Paul Lopez co-hosts.

Housing Finance: What’s a GSE, Anyway?

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Episode 2|20:31|March 29, 2019

In this week’s episode of Housing Developments, White House Deputy Communications Director Jessica Ditto joins hosts CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin to deliver breaking news on housing finance reform.

Welcome to Housing Developments

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Episode 1|19:47|March 07, 2019

In the inaugural episode of Housing Developments, NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas — including recaps of remarks by HUD Secretary Carson and leaders of the congressional Problem Solvers caucus — and the state of the 2020 primary field.

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