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Housing Markets & Conditions

GSE Reform: None or Mostly Done?

Author: Don Layton | August 05, 2019

Over the past decade, Congress and most housing finance policy developers and commentators have overwhelmingly focused on reform of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) in terms of comprehensive reform, meaning major changes in the design and structure of the housing finance system, which would require legislation by Congress. But, Donald Layton argues, reform has been “mostly done” already, quietly and competently, during conservatorship....

The State of the Nation's Housing 2019

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies | June 25, 2019

Although household growth is returning to a more normal pace, our new State of the Nation's Housing report shows that housing production still falls short of what is needed, which is keeping pressure on house prices and rents and eroding affordability. While demographic trends alone should support a vibrant housing market over the coming decade, realizing this potential depends heavily on whether the market can provide a broader and more affordable range of housing options for tomorrow’s households......

Defining Suburbs: How Definitions Shape the Suburban Landscape

Authors: Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Shannon Rieger | February 20, 2019

This paper examines three types of suburban definitions to understand how they differentially shape our understanding of suburban space and suburban change. The objectives of the paper are to investigate replicable methodologies for defining US suburbs at the neighborhood scale using national, publicly available datasets, to help researchers understand how these definitions compare to one another, and to provide scholars and practitioners with a guideline for evaluating and selecting suburban classifications....

How Many Homeowners Are at Risk of Missing the Window to Refinance? Evidence from the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances

How Many Homeowners Are at Risk of Missing the Window to Refinance? Evidence from the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances

Author: Jonathan Spader | November 15, 2018

With interest rates ticking upward in 2018 and the prospect of further rate increases to come, the era of historically-low mortgage rates may be ending....

A Shared Future: The Social and Economic Value of Intentional Integration Programs in Oak Park, IL

A Shared Future: The Social and Economic Value of Intentional Integration Programs in Oak Park, IL

Author: J. Robert Breymaier | July 06, 2018

The paper is a detailed discussion of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, which since 1972 has been working ensure that there is "meaningful and lasting racial diversity in Oak Park," a village of about 50,000 people located next to the West Side of Chicago. ...

A Shared Future: Addressing the Patterns of Resegregation in Urban and Suburban Contexts: How to Stabilize Integrated Schools and Communities Amid Metro Migrations

A Shared Future: Addressing the Patterns of Resegregation in Urban and Suburban Contexts: How to Stabilize Integrated Schools and Communities Amid Metro Migrations

Authors: Amy Stuart Wells, Lauren Fox, Diana Cordova-Cobo, Douglas Ready | July 06, 2018

This paper notes that, while a large body of research has documented the patterns, degree, and effects of racial segregation, what is missing from this literature is a more nuanced understanding of the process by which segregation is reproduced....