The study finds that government regulations imposed on the construction industry — for example, raising the price of impact fees or construction permits — translates to a hike in new-home prices. And for every $833 incurred in building fees, there is a $1,000 increase in house prices, which disqualifies more households from obtaining mortgages.
“This study highlights the real effects that building regulations have on housing affordability,” says NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. “Local, state and federal government officials need to know that higher regulatory costs have real consequences for working American families. Oftentimes, these government regulations end up pushing the price of housing beyond the means of many teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other middle class workers.”