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The Washington Post

Potential buyer seeks fixer-upper for $7,000. Can it be done?

With more homeowners hunkering down because of the coronavirus and staying in their homes longer, the home improvement industry experienced a surge of demand last year, although demand is expected to fall this year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, released quarterly by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Bloomberg

Are Millennials Finally Ready to Binge on Housing?

“For such a basic and fundamental measure, the number of households in the US is largely a mystery,” three researchers from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies lamented in 2015.

Realtor.com

Remodeling Expected To Remain Hot, Even as the Pandemic Eases

Homeowners are anticipated to spend about 4.8% more by the first quarter of 2022, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity. The indicator, from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, offers a short-term outlook for home improvement spending.

The New Republic

The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing

While nearly 11 million tenants–a quarter of the US’s tenant households–qualify as “extremely low income,” earning 30 percent of AMI, and while the median tenant made just $40,500 a year in 2018, the vast majority of Affordable Housing built through all mechanisms targets higher income thresholds.

The Washington Post

Three mistakes to avoid in your DIY home renovation

Home remodeling spending rose from approximately $332 billion in the third quarter of 2020 to an estimated $339 billion in the fourth quarter, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The New York Times

Affordable Housing Shouldn’t Be an Oxymoron

In 2019, according to Harvard’s 2020 State of the Nation’s Housing report, 37.1 million households — or roughly 30 percent of all American households — were “housing cost burdened,” meaning that they spent 30 percent or more of their income on housing.