Housing Developments Podcast

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Housing Developments Podcast

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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September 2021


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Sept. 15: 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.“




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Sept. 7: 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.




June 2021


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June 25: Jerry Howard and guest host Paul Lopez, NAHB EVP 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.




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June 8: Host Jim Tobin and guest host NAHB SVP of Communications & 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.




May 2021


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May 27: 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.




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May 20: 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.




April 2021


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Apr. 29: 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.




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Apr. 21: 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.




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Apr. 12: 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.




March 2021


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Mar. 30: 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.




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Mar. 24: 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.




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Mar. 8: 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.




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Mar. 3: 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.




February 2021


Feb. 25: 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.




Feb. 17: 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.



Feb. 11: 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.



Feb. 1: 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.



January 2021


Jan. 29: 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.



Jan. 20: 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.



Jan. 12: 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.



Jan. 5: 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.



December 2020


Dec. 22: 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.



Dec. 15: 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.



Dec. 11: 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.



Dec. 2: 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.



November 2020


Nov. 17: 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.



Nov. 9: 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.



Nov. 4: NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin share their first thoughts after a very long night of watching election results roll in.


October 2020


Oct. 29: 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.



Oct. 14: 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.



Oct. 2: 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.


September 2020


Sept. 11: 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.



Sept. 3: 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.


August 2020


Aug. 31: 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.



Aug. 24: Jerry and Jim discuss Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden’s VP pick, and what a Biden-Harris White House could mean for home builders.



Aug. 17: 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



Aug. 10: 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.


May 2020


May 7: 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.



May 4: 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.


April 2020


April 20: 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.



April 6: NAHB Chief Economist Rob Dietz provides an update on our nation’s economy as it adapts to this new coronavirus environment.


March 2020


March 30: 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.



March 26: NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin outlines the housing provisions in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by the Senate.



March 20: 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.


February 2020


Feb. 26: NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss upcoming energy code legislation with American Gas Association Vice President George Lowe.


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.



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.



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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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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