September 9, 2018, 9am PDT
A deep dive into what a Portland rent check pays for sheds light on strategies to help lower rising rents.
August 5, 2018, 1pm PDT
One common argument against building new housing in high cost cities is that people priced out of those cities can always move somewhere cheaper. This post responds to that claim.
January 2, 2018, 8am PST
A small San Francisco landlord argues for repealing state restrictions on rent control.
March 28, 2017, 2pm PDT
Some commentators argue that even if cities allow housing supply to expand, more permissive zoning will cause land prices to increase, causing rents to rise rather than fall. This post disagrees.
December 3, 2016, 11am PST
Enacted in 2015, Berlin's "Mietpreisbremse" ordinance limits rent increases on some (but not all) apartments. According to this study, results have not been ideal.
October 27, 2015, 5am PDT
Rebutting arguments against the law of supply and demand.
June 24, 2015, 12pm PDT
The State of the Nation's Housing, a closely watched report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, was released to the public today.
Joint Center for Housing Studies
May 28, 2015, 9am PDT
Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour by 2020. But with an inadequate supply of new housing, will this new spending power simply enable landlords to charge more? Some economists say yes.
December 14, 2014, 5am PST
A post by Matthew Yglesias for Vox shows how much you would need to earn an hour to be able to afford a median rental property in your city.
November 5, 2014, 12pm PST
Recent data by Zillow suggests that we might all soon be living like the Golden Girls (original author's joke).
August 14, 2014, 6am PDT
Jim Russell is again taking to the pulpit to dissent from the popular view that supply problems are causing housing affordability crises in cities like New York and San Francisco.