Current Government Affairs News

Stay current with the most recent and pressing issues affecting our industry.

Fannie, Freddie to Allow Desktop Appraisals on New Construction Loans

Posted on April 6, 2020

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced several loan processing flexibilities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, including allowing desktop appraisals on new construction loans. Other flexibilities announced by ...

A Weekly Economic Update from NAHB’s Chief Economist

Posted on April 6, 2020

NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides analysis on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: The pace of job losses from the imposition of social distancing is accelerating. New jobless claims expanded from 3.3 million las...

FAQs for Those Seeking Small Business Loans Under New Stimulus Law

Posted on April 1, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loan program to include nearly $350 billion for a small business program called the Payroll Protection Pro...

COVID-19 Updates: Federal, State Announcements

Posted on March 30, 2020

To our members: As part of KCHBA's efforts to provide our members with the latest information related to COVID-19, I wanted to share two recent announcements. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued Executive Order 20-16...

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Posted on March 30, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from 30 days to 120 days. ...

DHS Designates Residential Construction as “Essential Infrastructure Business”

Posted on March 30, 2020

In a critical win for NAHB and the residential construction sector, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business.”...

NAHB Chief Economist Provides Economic Update on Impact of COVID-19

Posted on March 27, 2020

The latest weekly economic analysis on the impact of the coronavirus from NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz: Despite the strong start during the first two months of the year, incoming data are now showing the negative effe...

KCHBA Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 15

Posted on March 26, 2020

Do you know a high school senior interested in a career in the skilled trades? The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City is offering $10,000 in scholarships. The deadline has been extended to April 15. Click...

Construction Jobsite Safety Recommendations

Posted on March 25, 2020

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has published guidance for construction employers, employees and contractors on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedness and response. NAHB is a key member of CISC. Th...

NAHB Wants to Hear from You

Posted on March 25, 2020

As NAHB continues to advocate for the needs of the housing industry during the coronavirus pandemic, it needs to keep hearing how the crisis is impacting your business. NAHB launched its first survey last week and will open a...