Closer to the direct interest of HIA members who access HIA’s programs and services, I’m keen to enhance the strategy that HIA has been pursuing to make all of its services and products available to members in ways, and at times, that suit them best, whether that’s online, on weekends or over the phone. I’ll be working closely with my Board colleagues to make the significant investments that will be needed to support this goal.
In the longer term, the policy priorities that I’ll be keen to prosecute include the gross inefficiencies in our planning systems around the country, which have dogged me personally throughout my building and development career. Recent independent research sponsored by HIA shows that almost half of the cost of a new house and land package is made of taxes and other hidden costs – the largest of which is excessive planning delays. So, it’s certainly fertile ground for serious reform, and large potential benefits for home buyers and the industry.
It would be easy to despair about the federal, state and local government issues that HIA members confront every day that add to the cost of our homes and achieve little. But tackling these things is at the core of what HIA is about, and I’m looking forward to leading the charge during my term as President.