January 22, 2017

A Fresh Start

A fresh start is always good, particularly when the previous "go at it" didn't go at it quite so well, at least for quite a few in the Federation. 
The home-building industry has been held back over the past 8 years plus by many obstacles. It appears that some or most of those obstacles will start to clear as President Trump begins his first full week in office.
Will Obamacare be repealed and replaced? Will it be modified to make sure ALL Americans are treated fairly? Will small businesses begin to hire when those burdensome tax/penalties are relieved? 
How about those ridiculously extreme EPA regulations that have crippled efforts to sell or buy land needed to build homes? Seems like there will be relief coming there as well. No more dictatorial actions would be welcome among the members of NAHB. By the way, we have to breathe the air and drink the water as will our beloved children will and grandchildren, as well as other family members. We just want reasonable regulations not "take it and suffer" regulations.
 AD&C lending? How will that progress under a business friendly administration? It has slightly eased but thousands of builders can't meet the suffocating lending conditions that need to be loosened for those builders who actually have a business plan and buildable land. Common sense, please!

Job creation has been a lauded victory of the past 8 years but as the saying goes "you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig." Yes, job creation, mostly restoration, has improved. The actual compensation package? Shrunk. People who left the job search ranks? Increased. Millennials, who builders will need for building, are still not in the career choice they imagined. They are still renting or leaving at home. Does this sound like we had great jobs improvement? Before you give me the party "yes" for us in home building it's a resounding NO.

Will Donald Trump be the great panacea for our industry? He might but you can't please everybody so time will tell. Will he be an measured improvement over the Obama years? In my opinion, yes he will if what I outlined above comes to fruition. 

The use of violent protests, radical name calling and mass hysteria is not going to change the next four years. Donald Trump is not a politician, he is a businessman and those types of resistance are not going to sway him or the 50% of Americans who voted for him. In fact, you may lose more people to your call because of your lack of understanding of calm negotiating. This is who the president is and he was given an edict by the landslide of states, the same states that make up our federation of local home builders associations. 

We need to look towards the success of our companies that we own or are employed by. We need to care for those who rely on our industry to earn a living. We have our families to think about and their well being. Ideology makes your conscious at ease but does not pay the bills or create jobs.

Whether you voted for Donal Trump or not is irrelevant because he is the president for the next four years. Respect the office, respect the other half's choice and respect America. It's the only sane choice you have. 

submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP

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