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Vox_Veritas
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10/28/2015 4:47:00 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Just going by the homes themselves, the average American home must be dozens of times more expensive than the average home in, say, Pakistan.
Do extensive regulations on how houses are built actually hurt the poor by making homes unaffordable?
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10/28/2015 7:22:29 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/28/2015 4:47:00 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Just going by the homes themselves, the average American home must be dozens of times more expensive than the average home in, say, Pakistan.
Do extensive regulations on how houses are built actually hurt the poor by making homes unaffordable?

I don't think you can compare the two directly. I'd assume the parts are more expensive, and there is more of it (bigger), and taxes are a factor.

I'd assume building houses is not too affected by housing regulations in terms of cost, but retrofitting them, or repairing them, very much are.
I was quotted a price for plumbing once (adding a tub in the garage). To do it "legally" it would be $3,000. To do it "effectively" it was about $900. The additional cost was much, much, much more pipe.
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