How Will This New Government Program Affect the Real Estate Industry?

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Just when I think the government has reached the highs of intrusion into our lives... I'm proved wrong.

On Monday, February 4, HUD announced what they're calling a "Bold new vision." It's called Advancing Healthy Housing - A Strategy for Action.

To quote HUS Secretary Shaun Donovan, “Today’s announcement will help the federal government unify action to controlling and preventing major housing-related exposures and hazards.”

What will be the consequences, intended or otherwise?

While I'm wondering how this will affect everyone involved with the housing industry, I'm envisioning another boated government agency - hiring thousands of well-paid workers to oversee the program and take action on the five goals:

  1. "Establish healthy homes recommendations
  2. Encourage adoption of healthy homes recommendations
  3. Create and support training and workforce development to address health hazards in housing
  4. Educate the public about healthy homes
  5. Support research that informs and advances healthy housing in a cost-effective manner"

How far will they take this?

Will they tear down the public housing that's been destroyed by uncaring tenants? Will they drag the street people into shelter whether they like it or not. Will they insist that old rental housing be torn down?

I can think of several old rentals in our community with wavy floors, single question markspane windows, mice in the walls, etc.

Will there be new, tougher inspection standards for people who "fix and flip?"

Will they insist that people move out of those old mobile homes with aluminum wiring? If so - where will they go? Will "We the people" buy them a new one or build them a new one?

One thing is certain - this will cost money.

moneyLooks to me like another case of government overstepping its authority. And WHY are they coming up with a new way to spend millions when they NEED to cut spending?

Is this something that went through Congress while we weren't looking, or is it something they simply decided to do without approval from Congress?

Read the whole announcement, and share your thoughts...

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Rainmaker
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Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Marte,

I agree with Lenn and YOU!  What will they think of NEXT!!!

Feb 09, 2013 07:26 PM #9
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Richard Iarossi
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Elections have consequences, and we're seeing one of them. Larger government begets even larger government. It has to continue to grow at our expense. This is a good example of a solution to something that wasn't a problem.

Feb 09, 2013 07:48 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thank you for sharing. I will check out the link. Have a good day.
Feb 09, 2013 08:06 PM #11
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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

The only people in Oregon that will gain, is Loggers. Looks like lots of paper will be needed.

Feb 09, 2013 10:44 PM #12
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

In favor of getting rid of community and societal trash, they will want to come into our homes to see what things we have in there.

What do you expect that a gun safe will be considered "unhealthy?!"

Feb 09, 2013 11:38 PM #13
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Marte Cliff
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Lenn - America can't afford more government employees (I agree, not all are "workers" in any strech of the imagination.)

Thus, we don't need another government agency. This is the second one I've seen announced since January 1. So what can we do? I know doing nothing won't help, so I just looked up the mailing addresses for my people in Congress. I intend to write them. Email is easier, but perhaps a "real" letter is better? I don't know.

Everyone can find their Senators and Representatives by visiting http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Just type in your zip code.

Debbie - Whatever it is, it will add to the national debt and likely intrude on personal liberties.

Richard - If there isn't a problem, create one!

Gita - Good - we all need to be well-informed.

Rob - That's for sure. Mountains of paper will be needed.

Jay - Oh, I'm sure that's an unhealthy piece of furniture. But then, so is that nightstand, if it happens to hold a revolver.

Feb 10, 2013 02:07 AM #14
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Janna Scharf
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Well, one thing we can count on no matter how this turns out, is that it will be a failure at achieving its stated objectives and will waste billions of our tax payer dollars. 

Feb 10, 2013 03:33 AM #15
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Marte Cliff
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Janna - You and I are on the same page. We need a few dozen agencies disbanded, and definitely don't need any new ones.

How many private sector workers does it take to pay enough taxes to support one more government job?

Feb 10, 2013 04:04 AM #16
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Melissa Zavala
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I hate to say it, but I agree with Lenn. When you make blanket statements, you need to have people to implement the plan. 

Feb 10, 2013 08:08 AM #17
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Melissa - How many more government employees will it take - just to write the process by which they will try to reach each of those 5 goals? And then, how many more to oversee putting them into action?

Even if I thought this was a good idea - we can't afford it.

(Someone needs to teach people in government how to say those four little words.)

Feb 10, 2013 08:25 AM #18
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William Feela
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This admin and my own State are working hard to slow things down.  Our Gov. is going over the deep end. 

Feb 10, 2013 09:58 AM #19
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William - I agree. Where does the insanity stop?

Feb 10, 2013 10:20 AM #20
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Marte. Unfortunately when the feds and Feds get involved they end up increasing the cost and price which we end up paying for. Ugh. I am beyond upset....

Feb 10, 2013 11:45 AM #21
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Lana - Yes. They need to back off and quit trying to fix things when they have no idea what they're doing. Safe housing for all sounds very nice - but it isn't possible. For one thing - who determines what is or isn't safe?

Feb 10, 2013 04:05 PM #22
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Than Maynard
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This is another way for the government to become bigger and stronger. Those with pull will get a pass on their houses/apartments/structures while the average person will get slapped around by bureaucratic red tape.

Show me one government agency that isn't bloated.

Feb 10, 2013 11:12 PM #23
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Than - I wish I could show you one! And I wish I could show you one that wasn't subject to the cronyism you mentioned..

Feb 11, 2013 12:55 AM #24
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Pamela Seley
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Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Marte, Don't tell me this was Greespan's idea!! He's the one who said we need to burn down all the foreclosures.  No, we don't need more government programs and agencies that do not actually help people. 

Feb 11, 2013 07:35 AM #25
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Pamela - I hadn't read that. Sounds like a way to make the housing crisis start all over again - since prices are rising in reaction to reduced housing inventories.

What we need is for government to do what the Constitution set forth as its functions - and leave the rest of it alone.

Feb 11, 2013 07:47 AM #26
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I think it's one of those good intentions that isn't practical. 

Feb 11, 2013 02:58 PM #27
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Michelle - and we need to remember that good intentions are what got us into this whole mess.

Feb 11, 2013 04:32 PM #28
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