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The Economic Impact of Building 1,000 Homes

money-houseBuilding 1,000 average single-family homes packs quite an economic wallop, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. In fact, a new study by the NAHB claims that building those 1,000 homes translates into nearly 3,000 jobs and $111.0 million in taxes and fees for all levels of government.

The association’s National Impact of Home Building study found that 1,000 single-family homes creates 2,975 jobs, out of which 1,759 are construction jobs that generate $95.9 million in wages.

In the construction industry, the substantial profit generated for business owners is largely due to the profit generated for owners of the subcontracting businesses‒‒which typically take 22 to build a home‒‒that usually handle a large share of the construction work, the NAHB reported.

"In some cases, the owners of these businesses perform construction work themselves," wrote Paul Emrath, VP for Survey and Housing Policy Research with NAHB. "In fact, this is essentially true by definition for the many one-person subcontracting firms that populate the industry."

Wages, profits and the construction activity are themselves subject to a variety of taxes and fees that generate revenue for the approximately 90,000 different governments in the U.S. , and that $111.0 million tax windfall generated by 1,000 single-family home includes $74.4 million in federal taxes, $10.3 million in state and local income taxes, $6.9 million in state and local sales taxes, and $13.7 million in impact, permit, and other fees local governments impose on new construction, the report stated.

Similarly, the NAHB found that building 1,000 rental units generates $42.4 million in taxes and creates 1,133 jobs. The tax revenue includes $28.4 million in federal taxes, $3.9 million in state and local income taxes, $2.6 million in state and local sales taxes, and $5.4 million in permit and other construction-related fees collected by local governments.

These fees, the report stated, are part of the government regulation that in total accounts for 24.3 percent of the price of a new home.

About Author: Scott Morgan

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