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Are empty-nesters really downsizing?

“The number one thing that I’m seeing through my position as a researcher but also through my residence in the Boston area is that people seeking to downsize often have a hard time doing it if they want to stay in their community,” said Jennifer Molinsky, project director of the Housing an Aging Society Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.


‘The incredible affordability challenges of the last year have hit minority home buyers’: Black American homeownership rates languish far below 50%

Just between April 2021 and April 2022, as interest rates rose by 2 percentage points to hit 4.98%, the number of Black renter households that could afford to buy a median-priced home in the US slid by more than half, with monthly payments on a median-priced home up by several hundred dollars, according to Raheem Hanifa of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Harvard Magazine

The Senior Housing Shortfall

For many, aging in place is about remaining in the home they have lived in and, in some cases, owned for decades, says lecturer in urban planning and design Jennifer Molinksy, who directs the JCHS’s Housing an Aging Society Program.

The Atlantic

How Florida Beat New York

In 2017, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies concluded that almost 44 percent of all households and slightly more than 27 percent of renter households in the New York–Newark–Jersey City metro could afford a median-priced home in their area.

The New York Times

The Next Retirement Communities Won’t Be Just for Seniors

A more diverse older population, increasingly without close family connections and often hard hit during market downturns like the 2008 recession, means the number of affordable units needed for future seniors is “daunting,” said Jennifer Molinsky of Harvard’s Joint Center on Housing Studies.