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The Washington Post

Meet ElliQ, the robot who wants to keep Grandma company

A study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts that by 2038 there will be 18 million households with people over the age of 80. More than half of them will live alone, too.

Boston.com

Looking to remodel? So will everyone else, Harvard study projects

“Although home remodeling is expected to accelerate broadly across top metros, ongoing shortages and rising costs of labor and building materials may dampen activity in the coming year,” Carlos Martín, project director for the Remodeling Futures Program, said in a news release.

Marketplace

Aging housing stock fuels home improvement boom

Those kinds of replacement projects make up about half of home improvement spending, according to Abbe Will, who follows the industry at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. She projects that home improvement spending will grow 17% this year nationally, partly driven by inflation. The long-term average is about 5%.

ABC News

Rents reach 'insane' levels across US with no end in sight

Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, lead author of a recent report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, said there was a lot of “pent-up demand” after the initial months of the pandemic, when many young people moved back home with their parents.

Bloomberg

Home Improvement Headaches to Intensify

Abbe Will, senior research associate at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, tells Bloomberg Radio's Denise Pellegrini to watch for a world of uncertainty and possible pain if you're embarking on a home improvement project this year.

CNBC

Here’s how inflation is hitting everything you buy for your home

“The rising costs of labor and construction materials, difficulty retaining contractors, and climbing interest rates could discourage owners from undertaking new or larger remodeling projects,” said Abbe Will, associate project director of the Remodeling Futures Program at JCHS.