Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nev., issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s proposals to seek refinancing aid for home owners and mend the housing market:

“The nation’s home builders commend President Obama for highlighting the vital role that housing plays in the U.S. economy, for recognizing the high value that Americans place on homeownership and for focusing on how to address the nation's housing problems. Clearly, more decisive actions are needed to increase refinancing opportunities, to reduce the inventory of foreclosed homes and to prevent additional homes from going into foreclosure.”

“NAHB looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to find constructive solutions in these areas as soon as possible. To create jobs and further stabilize housing and the economy, NAHB is also urging policymakers to end excessively tight lending standards that are preventing qualified borrowers from obtaining a mortgage and home builders from getting construction loans to build viable projects in communities that want and need them.”