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Housing Perspectives

Research, trends, and perspective from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

Taking it to the House: Our Most Popular Blogs of 2017

As we turn the calendar to 2018, we took a moment to look back at the past year to see what were the most popular articles in our Housing Perspectives blog.

The top five articles of 2017 were:

  1. When Do Renters Behave Like Homeowners?
    In high-housing cost cities, renters and homeowners both oppose new residential developments proposed for their neighborhoods. (Written by Michael Hankinson, a Joint Center Meyer Doctoral Fellow)
  2. Wait… What? Ten Surprising Findings from the 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Report
    There were a number of surprises in our annual report, including the fact that fewer homes were built over the last 10 years than any 10-year period in recent history and that the homeownership gap between whites and African-Americans widened to its largest disparity since WWII. (Written by Daniel McCue, a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center)
  3. Are Home Prices Really Above Their Pre-Recession Peak?
    While nominal home prices were above their mid-2000s heights in 48 percent of the nation’s 951 local markets, in real dollars, prices reached their peaks in only 15 percent of those markets. (Written by Alexander Hermann, a Research Assistant at the Joint Center)
  4. Projection: US Will Add 25 Million Households by 2035
    Revising previous estimates, the Joint Center now predicts that the United States will add 13.6 million households between 2015 and 2025, and another 11.5 million households between 2025 and 2035. (Also written by Daniel McCue)
  5. Our Disappearing Supply of Low-Cost Rental Housing
    The number of units renting for $2,000 or more per month (in constant, inflation-adjusted dollars) nearly doubled between 2005 and 2015, while the number of units renting for below $800 fell by 2 percent. (Written by Elizabeth La Jeunesse, a Joint Center Research Analyst)