Housing Stock

View from above of wood-frame multifamily housing under construction next to green trees.

Biggest US Housing Gains in Southern and Western States

Nationwide increases in housing stock since 2020 mirror post-pandemic moving patterns, with six states in the West and South accounting for half of new units.

May 20, 2024 - Stateline

Wood-frame two-story rowhouses under construction.

Fair Housing Cannot Take a Back Seat to ‘Build, Baby, Build’

If we overlook fair housing principles in the plan to build US housing back better, we risk ending up right back where we started.

April 11, 2024 - James Jennings

Row of three-story buildings with stores and restaurants with awnings on ground floor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Preserving Affordable Housing Through Existing Stock

As the cost of building new housing rises, mechanisms that support the purchase of existing housing by local governments and housing authorities can help mitigate the housing crisis and create affordable housing faster than new construction.

January 19, 2024 - The Philadelphia Citizen

Aerial view of residential buildings in Koreatown, Los Angeles with downtown skyline in background

Los Angeles Looks to Preserve Affordable Housing

The maintenance of existing affordable housing units often falls through the cracks as funding programs target new construction.

January 18, 2024 - The Real Deal

Aerial view of destroyed home and cars after Lahaina, Hawaii wildfires.

Displacement Fears in Lahaina

Economists warn that reconstruction could put new housing out of reach for long-time residents.

October 6, 2023 - Route Fifty

Colorful historic brownstones in New York City

Conversions Eliminated Over 100K Housing Units in New York City

Apartment-to-house conversions are contributing to a net loss of housing in some of the city’s historic neighborhoods.

August 28, 2023 - The City

 The remains of a mobile home park in Sylmar, California. 480 of the park's 600 mobile homes were burned in the Sayre Fire in November 2008.

Rental Housing at Risk From Environmental Hazards

From wildfires to hurricanes, environmental risks pose a threat to around 40 percent of U.S. rental units.

March 10, 2022 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Earthquake damage

Protecting Affordable Housing After Natural Disasters

Research shows that low-income communities suffer most and take the longest to recover from disasters, which can often wipe out affordable housing stock and displace vulnerable households.

February 16, 2022 - The Conversation

Old houses with large porch and colorful siding

Opinion: New Construction Is Safer, Better for the Environment

The emotional attachment to old homes can obscure the benefits of new buildings, which consume less energy and provide more amenities for residents.

January 14, 2022 - The Atlantic

Condos Smart Growth

U.S. Condos Face a 'Midlife Crisis'

An overlooked but important part of American housing stock, many condominium complexes are facing the consequences of decades of deferred maintenance as their buildings and infrastructure reach a critical age.

August 17, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington


Nantucket Residents Pass on More Stringent Regulation of Short-Term Rentals

A recent Nantucket Town Meeting resolved a long-simmering controversy regarding short-term rentals.

June 10, 2021 - The Inquirer and Mirror

Tokyo Skyline

Japan's Rental Housing Market Defined by Land Scarcity, Earthquakes, Demographic Shifts

The island nation's housing market faces a discrepancy between existing stock and rapidly changing demographics.

May 9, 2021 - Brookings Institution

San Francisco Apartments

Research: Low-Cost Rental Housing Disappears While Rental Stock Grows

There are more rental units in the United States than ever, but fewer of them are available at low cost, so there are more cost-burdened renters than ever, according to new research.

September 18, 2019 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Seattle Apartments

In Seattle, One-Room Units More Common Than Ever

Over ten percent of housing units in Seattle are single-room units, a new high and the result of a shift in housing costs and trends in recent years.

October 16, 2018 - The Seattle Times

Seattle Apartments

Seattle Housing Not Family-Sized

As Seattle grows, families are finding it harder to find homes, because the city has a disproportionate number of one-bedrooms and studios compared to other American cities.

September 19, 2017 - Curbed Seattle

Vancouver Skyline

Housing Construction in Seattle and Vancouver a Study in Contrasts

Planning is only one ingredient of the cocktail that produces new housing, but planning should bear in mind all the other factors influencing the process. Vancouver and Seattle provide case studies and sharp contrasts in housing outcomes.

August 17, 2017 - Sightline Institute

Suburban Rowhouses

Big Investment Firms Are Dominating the Landlord Business

Large investment companies are betting against homeownership—by buying up homes in suburban areas and putting them on the rental market.

July 27, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Hope VI Housing

Op-Ed: To Lower Housing Costs, Make it Cheaper and Easier to Build Housing

The argument in the headline, put more specifically: inclusionary zoning, fees, legal challenges, and minimum apartment sizes are counter-productive. The only policy that will add housing stock, is to make it much cheaper to add housing stock.

July 25, 2017 - Sightline Institute

Montezuma Castle National Monument

U.S. Housing Stock Aging Fast

Age is only a number, they say. But that number is growing for the nation's housing stock, just like for the rest of us.

January 19, 2017 - Realtor Magazine Online

Oakland skyline and San Francisco Bay

Oakland Startup Trades Homes 'Like Stock'

Roofstock is an online marketplace where investors can buy, sell, and trade homes that tenants are living in.

December 15, 2016 - BizJournals

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