Howard was speaking on CNBC’s Power Lunch.
Stocks of the major homebuilders were falling Thursday after the tax plan was announced. Toll Brothers, a Horsham, Pennsylvania-based luxury homebuilder was hit hardest, falling more than 6 percent. Lennar and KB Home were each down more than three percent Thursday.
Fort Worth, Texas-based D.R. Horton, America’s largest homebuilder by the number of houses sold, was down less than one percent on the news.
The GOP tax plan also nearly doubles the standard deduction, meaning fewer taxpayers would itemize and take the mortgage interest deduction. Currently, about 21 percent of filers take the mortgage deduction, but under the new framework, only about 4 percent would, according to recent estimates from the Tax Policy Center.