New Orleans homebuilder takes on top role at National Association of Home Builders


Longtime New Orleans homebuilder Randy Noel has been elected chairman of the National Association of Home Builders’ Board of Directors for 2018.

In the position at the trade organization, he will work with elected officials, including President Donald Trump, on policies and regulations that affect America’s homebuilders and homeowners.

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“I’ll spend a lot of time in front of elected officials and tell them the real world of homebuilding and have them understand repercussions of what they do in legislation,” Noel said. “It keeps me and my business on the cutting edge.”

Noel has more than 30 years of experience in the residential construction industry. Noel founded Reve Inc., a custom home building firm in LaPlace in 1985. He’s a second-generation homebuilder with extensive knowledge of flood insurance rates and rebuilding communities following disasters.

Noel served as president of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans (HBAGNO) in 2000 and 2001 and served as president of the Louisiana Home Builders Assocation (LHBA) in 2004 and 2005. He was named Builder of the Year by the HBAGNO in 1997 and was inducted into the LHBA Hall of Fame in 2008.

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 “I’m thrilled to be leading the nation and be the first Louisianan—and New Orleanian — to have this opportunity,” Noel said. “Hopefully, we will engage more young people to get into our industry. There are a lot of good paying jobs in our industry.”

As chairman of the board, he said his goals are to encourage innovation, uphold responsible building codes and tackle the issue of housing affordability.

“It’s great that when I get the opportunity to sit down in front of the president, I can offer a real-world perspective,” Noel said. “We got finished with tax reform and I made sure it didn’t overburden our builders.”

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He adds, “A large part of the cost in our industry is regulations  — sixty percent of home builders’ costs on empty lots is because of regulations — that is what’s killing affordability. I want to get it back to where Americans can afford their own homes. Homeownership is the best thing we can offer Americans.”




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