Builders respond to virus in a variety of ways

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By Paul Emrath | Eye On Housing

In a recent NAHB survey, the vast majority of builders said they were allowing non-construction employees to work from home, but they were also implementing several measures to allow them to continue selling homes during the coronavirus pandemic.   The most common of these is private showings of model homes, but online and drive-through closings are also being offered.

This information was collected through a question added to the survey for the April 2020 NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).   The question listed eight possible measures and asked the single-family builders in the HMI panel if they were currently doing each, or planned to do it in the near future, in response to the coronavirus.  At the top of the list, 84 percent of builders were allowing non-construction employees to work from home or planning to do so in the near future.  According to a study published by NAHB last year, the average single-family builder has between 5 and 6 non-construction employees.

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