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Home Ownership

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.
CBC News
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.
NPR
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.
New Geography
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.
Miller-McCune
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.
NPR Morning Edition
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.
Los Angeles Times
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.
The Boston Globe
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.
The Wall Street Journal
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.'
City Journal
October 7, 2008, 8am PDT
Officials in Mexico are looking to crack down on rampant police corruption with an unlikely carrot: mortgages.
Associated Press
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