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America Has a Housing Mess, and President Biden Wants to Fix It

It’s like sedimentary rock,” says Chris Herbert, the managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. “There’s never really been a time when we sat down and said, ‘Let’s think about a coherent U.S. housing policy.’”

The Wall Street Journal

Home-Improvement Retailers Raise the Roof

An April 15 forecast from the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University showed that spending on renovation and repairs is expected to increase at rates higher than year-ago levels through the end of 2021.

The New York Times

Emptying the Nest. Again.

Daniel McCue, a senior research associate at the Center, said there is evidence that as the pandemic eased in late summer and early fall of 2020, many young adults moved out.


Home Remodeling Is Surging and the Cost of Materials Is Higher Than Ever

Kermit Baker, a senior research fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, says setbacks in renovations are being fueled by global factors. ”The cost of lumber has tripled over the last three months …We’re seeing a lot of markets that are slowed down by fundamental problems in the supply chain.”


The home sales boom means you might end up renting

Monthly housing costs are much lower for single-family rentals compared with single-family home purchases, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and the typical income of families living in those rentals is more modest as well.

The New York Times

Renovating Your Kitchen This Summer? Proceed With Caution

In 2020, as the U.S. economy fell by 3.5 percent, spending on home repairs and improvements rose more than 3 percent, to nearly $420 billion, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.