Housing Demand

Aerial view of downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Commentary: San Antonio Needs ‘Thoughtful Reforms’ to Improve Affordability

The growing Texas city needs a new approach to meet its residents’ housing and mobility needs.

February 29, 2024 - San Antonio Report

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APA Announces New ‘Housing Supply Accelerator’ in Partnership with the National League of Cities

The American Planning Association and the National League of Cities have announced a new partnership to find and implement solutions to the national housing affordability crisis.

January 26, 2023 - American Planning Association

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Wave of Household Growth Likely Cresting, Relieving Crowded Housing Markets

A recent series of data on the growth of households in the United States reveals the unprecedented scale of housing demand in recent years.

January 22, 2023 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Apartment buildings under construction with crane.

A Menu of Proposed Housing Policy Reforms

The Mercatus Center published a list of 16 policy recommendations designed to help states clear local obstacles for housing construction.

September 7, 2022 - Mercatus Center


Has the Millennial Housing Boom Only Just Begun?

The largest, most diverse generation in U.S. history has experienced setbacks, but many are now moving past student debt and the effects of the Great Recession into their prime buying years.

November 8, 2021 - Barron's

Home For Sale Signs

How Do We Calculate Demand for Housing?

Actual demand for a place's housing might exceed increases in the number of residents or households.

October 4, 2021 - Michael Lewyn

Brooklyn Redevelopment

Study: Market-Rate Development Filters Into Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

New research sheds new light on one of the most hotly debated questions in planning and development.

September 15, 2021 - Full Stack Economics

Texas Apartment Construction

Apartment Construction Ramps Up to Meet New Demand

It's unclear if or when the supply of entry level rental housing options will catch up with the demand, but some cities are building quickly.

August 26, 2021 - RentCafé


Demand for City Living Hasn't Declined Yet, According to Real Estate Searches

Media is full of stories about people fleeing the city for suburban or even rural climes during the pandemic. The data from real estate search sites tell a different story.

June 16, 2020 - CityLab


Demand Expected to Slow in U.S. Rental Market

Analysis from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University predicts the pandemic will reduce rents, but only at the top of the market.

April 20, 2020 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Texas Suburb

Texas Housing Market Starting to Resemble the California Housing Market

The hordes of people moving to Texas every year could soon encounter the same kinds of housing affordability challenges they left behind.

February 12, 2020 - Houston Chronicle

Seattle Brick Loft

Apartment Units Fill Fastest in Seattle

Demand for housing in and around Seattle is way up—so much so that the region led the entire country in the number of apartments it has filled so far this year.

April 21, 2019 - The Seattle Times

Fire Escape

Rental Demand Grows as Rental Supply Drops

Increasing numbers of renters, at all income levels, and in all U.S. metropolitan areas, are competing for a dwindling supply of rental units, according to a new analysis.

October 29, 2018 - Joint Center for Housing Studies

Downtown Cleveland

Report: Not Enough Housing Supply to Meet Demand in Downtown Cleveland

The findings of a new report might run counter to common perceptions about Cleveland's shrinking population. Downtown Cleveland could, and should, provide more housing opportunities, according to the report.

September 28, 2018 - The Plain Dealer

Fall Sprawl

Prescriptions for the 'Broken' Massachusetts Multi-Family Market

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is taking a strong stance in support of zoning regulations that enable new multi-family housing developments.

July 19, 2018 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Seattle, Washington

Study Predicts the 'Amazon Effect' of HQ2 on Rents

Spoiler alert: the rent will go up in whatever city Amazon chooses for the site of its second headquarters.

April 26, 2018 - Zillow Research

Minneapolis Celebration

Housing Not Keeping Pace With Employment in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities provide a case study for the role of the housing market in regional employment markets.

August 10, 2017 - Urban Land Magazine

San Francisco Houses

Report: Demand, Not Market-Rate Supply, Drives Housing Prices in San Francisco

The Urban Institute takes a detailed look at San Francisco's real estate market, where most home sales top $1 million, revealing that old units are far more likely to attract top dollar.

June 5, 2017 - Urban Institute


Condo Developments Trending in Boston

When more people start looking to buy a home in downtown areas, developers start to build condos. Boston provides the latest case study of this market tendency.

September 12, 2016 - The Boston Globe

Report Details Multi-Family Housing Gap on Long Island

When a region isn't building enough housing to meet the demands of a growing population and shifting demographics, zoning codes reform and infrastructure investment can be the solution.

February 8, 2016 - Regional Plan Association

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