Workers' compensation, development costs, impact fees/development exactions, product liability/construction defect laws, costs of lots and growth/no-growth attitudes were in the fifth to tenth places in this year's survey of critical issues.
Concerns over mold issues have eased significantly over the past year, moving down from the fourth most to the eleventh most critical housing issue.
With unemployment rising, concerns over labor issues have dropped out of the top 10 most critical issue list this year; a shortage of skilled labor was the leading concern of builders from 1998-2001, the survey showed.
To review more detailed survey results, NAHB members can click here.
Association members can receive the complete Critical Issues Survey results by e-mailing Marie Zenner or calling her at 800-368-5242 x8279.
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