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Ongoing Trends in the Housing Economy
Ongoing Trends in the Housing Economy

One major influence on housing affordability is the state of the overall economy, and economic forecasting can help steer policy to best respond to the real-world economic conditions that Americans will face.



Slow Growth as U.S. Virgin Islands Recover From 2017 Hurricanes
Slow Growth as U.S. Virgin Islands Recover From 2017 Hurricanes

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a U.S. territory located in the Caribbean Sea approximately 40 miles east of Puerto Rico and have an estimated population of 101,900. In September 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands were struck by hurricanes Irma and Maria.



Habitat for Humanity Hosts Home Affordability Symposium
Habitat for Humanity Hosts Home Affordability Symposium

Households nationwide face a mismatch between income and housing costs, resulting in high percentages of cost-burdened households, housing instability, and, in the most extreme cases, homelessness.



New Research on Rural Housing
New Research on Rural Housing

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 created a “duty to serve” for the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.



Interim Impacts From the HUD First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration
Interim Impacts From the HUD First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration

For many homeowners, the path to homeownership begins with education about the homebuying process and the responsibilities of homeownership.



Rental Housing in the United States in 2020
Rental Housing in the United States in 2020

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) released its America’s Rental Housing 2020 report at a January 31 event hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.



Changes in the National Housing Market: Indicators as of January 2020
Changes in the National Housing Market: Indicators as of January 2020

Does the latest report show any significant housing market changes in late 2019/early 2020?The latest Housing Market Indicators (HMI) report shows that seasonally adjusted house-price increases have become more moderate, and mortgage interest rates are approaching all-time lows.



Strong Economic Conditions in the Evansville HMA Led by the Manufacturing Sector
Strong Economic Conditions in the Evansville HMA Led by the Manufacturing Sector

The Evansville Housing Market Area (Evansville HMA) is located along the Ohio River and includes parts of southwestern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky.




Available Data To Assess U.S. Housing Market Conditions
Available Data To Assess U.S. Housing Market Conditions

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) maintains the U.S. Housing Market Conditions (USHMC) website, which contains national, regional, state, metropolitan, and local data and analysis.



Keeping Housing Affordable: The Growing Need To Preserve Existing Housing
Keeping Housing Affordable: The Growing Need To Preserve Existing Housing

Medical advances and other demographic changes have increased life expectancy in the United States, and seniors now represent a higher percentage of the U.S. population than ever before.



 
Demystifying HUD’s CHMA Reports: An Interview with Kevin Kane
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In this column, Kevin Kane, PD&R’s Chief Housing Market Analyst, highlights how HUD’s Comprehensive Housing Market Analysis reports provide insight into local economic and housing market conditions.
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Is There a Slowdown in the Apartment Market?
Is There a Slowdown in the Apartment Market?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal posed the question of whether the national apartment market is cooling down. After years of high demand for rental housing, recent data suggest that supply may have finally caught up.
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The Opportunity Project, Creating Digital Tools with Open Data: An Interview with Drew Zachary
The Opportunity Project, Creating Digital Tools with Open Data: An Interview with Drew Zachary

In this column, Drew Zachary, Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council, discusses the Opportunity Project, a program that exploits open data sources and provides tools that enable greater access to opportunity for all Americans.
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Demand for Rental Housing at New High
Demand for Rental Housing at New High

The pace of multifamily housing construction in the United States has increased considerably since the recent recession, with most of the growth concentrated in the rental sector.
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Spotlight on Housing Starts
Spotlight on Housing Starts

If you watch or read economic commentary, you will most likely come across an economic indicator known as “housing starts.”
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Using Public Land to Defray the Cost of Affordable Housing
Using Public Land to Defray the Cost of Affordable Housing

Cities across the country are struggling to meet their residents’ demand for rental housing. The result: rapidly rising rents that often make housing unaffordable for low- and middle-income families.
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Spotlight on First Quarter Regional Rental Market Conditions
Spotlight on First Quarter Regional Rental Market Conditions

As more people have looked to rental housing as an alternative to homeownership over the past 8 years, researchers have renewed their focus on the importance of rental market conditions in analyzing the overall housing market.
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Employee Housing Improves Affordability in Watford, North Dakota

Employee Housing Improves Affordability in Watford, North Dakota

Watford City, North Dakota, the county seat of McKenzie County, stands at the southeastern edge of the Bakken oil fields.
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The Impact of Recent Oil and Natural Gas Price Declines on Local Housing Markets

The Impact of Recent Oil and Natural Gas Price Declines on Local Housing Markets

Domestic oil and natural gas markets benefited from strong demand and higher oil and natural gas prices in the early part of this decade.
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Spotlight on the Austin-Round Rock, Texas Labor Market
Spotlight on the Austin-Round Rock, Texas Labor Market

The steady growth in the national labor market has been one of the major stories of the current economic recovery.
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