Housing

Governments Begin Pushing Back on Investors Snatching Up Homes

Institutional investors purchased nearly 20% of all U.S. homes for sale in the last three months of 2021, turning most into rentals. Now, some state and local officials want to slow the trend, worried it is boxing residents out of homeownership.

Housing Slump Would Place Greatest Stress on Black, Hispanic Residents

Many homeowners have counted on fast-rising home values and growing home equity.

Pandemic’s Impacts on How People Live and Work May Change City Centers for Decades

Barbershops, restaurants and other businesses that have long concentrated in traditional business districts may need to follow workers to suburbs or smaller cities to survive, new research shows.

Why People Are Moving Away From Big Urban Counties

New research suggests that housing costs and remote work are fueling a lasting shift in where people are choosing to live.

The Best-Performing Cities in the US

The top large and small cities based on job, wage and high-tech growth are mainly in the western and southern regions, according to a recent report.

3 Reasons Why Expanding Access to Homeownership Alone Won’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap

COMMENTARY | This strategy has not lead to real progress in the last few decades. More structural changes are needed in many policy areas to increase wealth for Black and Brown Americans.

15 US Cities Have Housing Markets Overvalued by More Than 50%

Four of those markets are overvalued by more than 60%, with Boise, Idaho leading the pack at 73%, according to a recent report.

Rents and Home Prices Are Blowing Up in Florida's Miami-Dade County

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has declared a rent emergency, as middle and working class families are hardest hit.

Largest US Counties Lost Record Number of Residents in 2021

Nearly 70% of urban counties with more than 250,000 people saw their populations erode last year, “an exceptionally high share by historical standards,” a new report says.

Cities Support Community Land Trusts to Protect Affordable Housing

Nonprofits aim to prevent developers from scooping up properties.

The Lawmaker Pushing for a State Fund to Help Pay for Home Repairs

Pennsylvania state Sen. Nikil Saval's bill would provide grants up to $50,000 to assist homeowners with the cost of certain fixes and upgrades and would extend loans to some landlords as well.

Top 10 Cities for Relocations

Eight of the top places people moved to last year are in the South and Southwest, according to a new report.

How to Draft Effective Energy-Efficient Building Policies

A new report offers recommendations to governments about better design and implementation of these policies and the program evaluations.

Greater Housing Density Would Mean a Better Shot at Grants Under New Biden Plan

The White House wants to drive down housing prices by boosting the supply of homes.

Katrina Survivors Were Told They Could Use Grant Money To Rebuild. Now They’re Being Sued

After Hurricane Katrina, struggling homeowners said they were told not to worry about the fine print when they received grants to elevate their homes. Now the state is going after them because they did exactly that.

The US Cities Most Attractive to Renters

There was a 10% increase in rental applications nationwide last year, and millennials were the generational group that moved around the most, a new report shows.

US Cities Where Housing Prices Are Falling

Home prices reached record highs during the pandemic, but they are declining in some localities across the country, according to a recent report.

Drive-by Property Appraisals Streamline Data Collection

A Kansas county is using vehicles outfitted with rooftop cameras and LiDAR units to quickly and inexpensively capture property images that are integrated into its cloud-based appraisal system.

A Three-Phase Strategy to Reduce Homelessness

COMMENTARY | As cities grapple with rising homelessness, states struggle to distribute relief money. But change is within our grasp.

Rising Construction Costs Stall Affordable Housing Projects

High lumber and labor prices can mean fewer homes built—or an entire project quashed.