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The New Republic

The Return of Rent Control

A recent study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that one in four renters in the Twin Cities spend at least half of their income on rent.


Does the DIY home improvement boom have staying power?

“I think all of those factors will continue to pull on the DIY share of home improvement spending and potentially revert back to these longer-term trends,” Abbe Will of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies said.


What Would It Take to Build This ‘Lost’ Eames House?

The housing shortage has only worsened and become more complicated since the postwar era. In 2018, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard said the country would need to build at least 1.5 million units of housing every year for ten years to close the gap.

Sticker shock: Special assessments can send condo costs even higher

“There’s a state of practice among property managers about how much to keep in reserves, knowing how often different systems in the building may deteriorate. There’s a huge conversation in this country around condo costs and repairs," said Carlos Martín, project director of the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The New York Times

Sharing Hard-Won Money Lessons to Build Generational Wealth

For example, Black home buyers, on average, pay significantly higher mortgage interest rates than comparable white borrowers, and the difference is larger for women, according to an analysis by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

The Wall Street Journal

Home Prices Are Surging. The Manufactured-Housing Industry Sees an Opening.

During the pandemic, households living in manufactured homes of all types have been about twice as likely to fall behind on rent or mortgage payments as the broader population, according to an analysis of census data by Alexander Hermann, senior research analyst at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.


How the pandemic broke the yardstick for measuring home values

Inflation-adjusted home renovation expenditures rose to $312 billion in the first quarter of 2021, the third highest amount on record, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, sitting just below the fourth quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007.


Hurricane Ida flooded their basement apartment. Months later, they’ve barely begun to recover.

“Unfortunately it’s a repeating story,” said Carlos Martín at the Brookings Institution and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard. “We see the most vulnerable people — this includes low-income people, people of color and people with mixed immigration status — living in precarious housing that is more likely to be damaged by these disasters.”