Housing Markets & Conditions

With residential construction, home improvements, and related household expenditures accounting for roughly a fifth of GDP, housing market conditions are a critical indicator of the economy’s health. Our annual State of the Nation’s Housing report and other publications provide comprehensive analyses of new and existing home prices and sales, rents and vacancy rates, construction and improvement spending, and financial market indicators.

Data & Charts


Alexander Hermann

Research Assistant

Price-to-Income Ratios are Nearing Historic Highs

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The typical sale price of an existing single-family home in 2017 was 4.2 times greater than the median household income,...

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Elizabeth La Jeunesse

Senior Research Analyst

Our Shrinking Supply of Low-Cost Rental Units

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Between 1990 and 2016, the number of rental units in the U.S. priced below $800 per month (in real terms)...

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