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Yahoo Finance

Why U.S. homes need further remodeling, expert explains

Harvard University Remodeling Futures Program Director Carlos Martin joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss home improvement and repair spending, the need for additional investments in aging homes, and the outlook for the U.S. housing sector.

The Wall Street Journal

Home Renovations Were Always Tough. Now Many Are Giving Up Mid-Project.

Spending on home-improvement and repair projects in the U.S. increased by an estimated 15% in 2022 to a record $567 billion, following an 11% increase in 2021, according to a report issued Thursday by Harvard’s housing studies center. Historical growth has averaged around 5%, says Ms. Will, the lead author.

Marketplace

Rent hikes are finally easing — except for renters who can afford it the least

Meanwhile, high-market renters — and even some in the middle tier — got a break in 2020. Those rents dropped and landlords offered incentives for new renters, noted Whitney Airgood-Obrycki of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. “In the meantime, the middle- and lower-quality apartments just continued a steady rise,” she said.

Boston.com

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.

Marketwatch

‘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.