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U.S. Building More Apartments Than It Has In Decades, But Not For the Poor: Report

According to Sophia Wedeen, a research analyst at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, some of the problems laid out in the report can be remedied with subsidies like housing vouchers. “Housing assistance is really effective and wonderful for the households who get it, and obviously, there's not nearly enough funding,” Wedeen said in an interview with Motherboard.

Los Angeles Times

You don’t need this report to know California’s housing market is grim, but here you go

A new Harvard study confirms what most Californians can plainly see: housing is getting increasingly unaffordable in the Golden State, despite more people leaving. In their 2023 State of the Nation’s Housing report, researchers with Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies note that the market for both for-sale and rental houses has cooled, though homeowners and renters face costs above pre-pandemic levels.


Supply of low-cost apartments dwindled over last decade, study says

Naturally occurring affordable housing is basically cheap enough for low-income people to afford it without a government subsidy. “These tend to be older units, units in some cases that might not be particularly desirable in terms of the location or the kind of amenity value of those units,” explained Alex Hermann, a housing researcher at Harvard.


An Airbnb collapse won’t fix America’s housing shortage

“There’s a larger number of existing mortgage holders with record-low interest rates. So if you have a mortgage with an interest rate in threes or low fours, you’re less inclined to take on mortgages with rates in the sixes today,” Alexander Hermann, a research associate at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, which recently released a report on the state of the nation’s housing, said.

The Wall Street Journal

Nobody Wants to Buy a Fixer-Upper Right Now

The decline in home buyers wishing to renovate hasn’t put a dent in overall spending on remodeling. In fact, the market for homeowner improvement and repair projects in the U.S. is projected to reach $484 billion in 2023, up from $471 billion last year and $328 billion in 2019, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.