Even after the Great Recession, homeownership remains an important path to wealth-building and residential stability for millions of households. Our research examines changing patterns of homeownership at the national and metro levels, as well as the demographic drivers of those patterns. We also look at how government programs and policies shape homebuyer markets and the housing finance system

Reports & Papers

The Shifting Profile of First-Time Homebuyers: 1997-2017

August 21, 2019

Authors: Shannon Rieger, Jonathan Spader, Sean Veal

Strategies for Sustainable Growth in Community Land Trusts

April 22, 2019

Author: Aneliese Palmer


May 16, 2018

Author: Colvin Grannum

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Jonathan Spader

New Paper Shows Substantial Changes in the Profile of First-Time Homebuyers

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First-time homebuyers increasingly include never-married households and newly-formed households, according to a new working paper I co-authored with Shannon Rieger...

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Sean Veal

Research Assistant

Rebounds in Homeownership Have Not Reduced the Gap for Black Homeowners

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Although homeownership rates rose for all racial and ethnic groups in 2016-2018, rates for black owners rose at a slower...

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