October 29, 2015, 2pm PDT
An op-ed explains the significance of the 2016 presidential election for the political clout of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Those supporting the agenda of HUD, according to this argument, should be wary of a Republican vistory.
May 14, 2015, 8am PDT
Real estate website Trulia has released its most recent Rent vs Buy report, breaking down the value proposition of buying a home relative to renting one for cities around the country.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
February 10, 2015, 11am PST
A report by New York University’s Furman Center found that renters made up the majority of households in nine of the 11 largest cities in the U.S. in 2013, up from five in 2006. The demand is straining the supply of rental housing.
November 4, 2014, 5am PST
A recent study reveals that Los Angeles is the least affordable city in the country. The incentives of homeowners all but ensure that the city will never have a mandate to increase its housing supply and restore health to the city's economy.
October 17, 2014, 8am PDT
Sandie Angulo Chen of Trulia discusses the reasons why Millennials prefer to rent homes or apartments instead of buying properties.
May 24, 2014, 1pm PDT
As the real estate market sees dramatic price increases in much of California and the Northwest, more measures favor renting compared to buying.
New York Times - The Upshot
February 5, 2014, 10am PST
As housing prices increase on the post-recession wave, many experts are asking people to reconsider the dream of buying and owning a home, especially if that means sinking too deeply in debt or sacrificing mobility.
August 21, 2013, 1pm PDT
Noah Nelson explores the generational shift in the idea of ownership as Millennials ditch the traditional big ticket and consumer items - seemingly anything but a smartphone and food - for shared experiences.
June 4, 2013, 12pm PDT
While conceding that suburbia, and home construction patterns, will change in the coming decades, a new report from Joel Kotkin argues that the "dream" of suburban American homeownership is alive and well and poised to remain relevant.
December 1, 2011, 7am PST
Colorado Public Radio investigates the housing market in Denver, noting the revival of apartment building while single family homes and even condos remain at a standstill. Demand for rentals continues to outstrip supply in other cities as well.
Colorado Public Radio via NPR
February 24, 2011, 10am PST
Residents in New Orleans' still-struggling 9th Ward are considering the creation of a land trust to help revitalize the neighborhood.
June 24, 2010, 2pm PDT
NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel on aspects of the American dream of home ownership that apparently are not working. Not only does Wessel suggest eliminating the tax deduction, but pushes renting too.
May 11, 2010, 8am PDT
Community land trusts are an unusual but growing method of ownership, where the land is shared but members own their own homes. According to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, they're good for neighborhood stabilization and rarely foreclose.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy blog
January 27, 2010, 5am PST
In the midst of a dangerous and crime-prone area, one small section of L.A.'s South central neighborhood has retained a lower-than-average homicide rate and higher-than-average property values.
August 18, 2009, 11am PDT
The Obama Administration has announced a plan to invest $4.25 billion of stimulus money to build low-income rental housing.
August 18, 2009, 5am PDT
Home ownership remains a major part of the American dream. But more and more people are beginning to question the wisdom of investing in a home and are leaning towards renting.
May 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
Steven Malanga looks back at a century of efforts by Washington to promote homeownership, which he says 'has produced one calamity after another.'
October 7, 2008, 8am PDT
Officials in Mexico are looking to crack down on rampant police corruption with an unlikely carrot: mortgages.