NAHB Calls on Administration to Protect Consumers Against Price Gouging as Communities Rebuild

August 30, 2017

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on the need for fairly priced building materials as the people of Texas and Louisiana look to rebuild their communities following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

“A reliable supply of reasonably priced construction materials will be essential to getting people back into their homes in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and to maintaining housing affordability nationwide. That’s why the National Association of Home Builders today is urging U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to closely monitor the effects of the catastrophe on the cost of essential building materials, particularly lumber, and to act swiftly and decisively to prevent exploitative pricing.

“The need for extensive rebuilding and repair in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey is likely to affect the supply of building materials in markets around the country.

“We urge consumers nationwide to be aware of the potential for price gouging and to contact the U.S. Attorney General’s office if they believe that prices of building materials are being manipulated unfairly in their market.”