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Mexican tariffs will hurt housing

Experts Say: Mexican Tariff Would Hurt Housing Affordability

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June 3, 2019

Housing analysts warn that President Donald Trump's proposal to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports could have a trickle-down effect on the U.S. real estate market, pushing up prices for homes and many household goods. Newly constructed single-family and multifamily units may become more expensive because the tariff would hike the price of homebuilding materials, CNBC reports.

Eleven percent of steel imports to the U.S. come from Mexico, according to international trade administration data. Steel is largely used in commercial and residential construction, as well as home renovations. Additionally, the tariff will raise the cost of cement—and Mexico is the fifth-largest supplier of cement to the U.S., CNBC reports.

Trump says the tariff on Mexican goods will be instated unless Mexico takes steps to curtail illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. The president has proposed that the tariff start at 5% on June 10 and “gradually increase” by 5% each month until October.