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Home Building Less than Half of What It Used to Be

14 years ago, construction in the top 10 markets totaled 394,000 single-family homes. Today, those markets are building 54% fewer homes! Note the huge difference in recovery. While Houston (#3 in 2005) and Dallas (#5 in 2005) have largely recovered, …

88% Difference in Price Appreciation Explained by Supply and Demand

Consider these trends: Frothy markets: In 9 markets, home prices have risen faster than can be explained by falling mortgage rates and rising incomes. Beat-up markets: In 2 markets, income growth has outstripped home price appreciation despite receiving a 44% …

Owning Costs More than Renting

Categories: Rental Housing

In most areas of the country, homeownership costs more than renting. Many economists with calculators claim the opposite, but the calculations and conclusions are often highly misleading. As is often the case, the devil is in the details. We recently …

New Homes Too Expensive For Most Buyers

New homes failed to gain much market share last year, which can be partially explained by looking at two factors in more depth: 1. A shift in the preferences and demographics of current first-time home buyers 2. The pricing spread …

An Investor-Driven Recovery

Investors are buying homes at a more rapid pace than ever before, and this time their investments actually make sense. Most are buying homes below replacement costs, or at prices that allow for a reasonable rental return. Across the 167 …