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Curbed

The 5 types of buyers in the Boston-area housing market now

The number of Americans over age 80 will double, to 12 million, during the next 20 years, and, by 2035, 1 out of 3 U.S. households will be headed by someone north of 65, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Marketplace

Can the home improvement market continue to grow?

According to Abbe Will, a researcher at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, there was a 5% growth in the market for home improvement last year. That’s because it’s been easier for Americans to fix what they’ve got, rather than buy.

Boston Herald

Boston rents show signs they could be stabilizing, ‘good news’ for tenants

“Boston appears to be bucking the national trend with slowing increases in rents that seems clearly linked to the substantial increase in the City’s supply of new apartments in recent years,” Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, said in a statement.

Consumer Reports

How Millennials Can Achieve Financial Security Without Owning a Home

Instead of building equity, many millennials are renting or living with their parents. In 2018 more than 1 in 3 renter households was headed by someone under age 35 vs. just 1 in 10 homeowner households, according to recent research by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The New York Times

A Luxury Apartment Rises in a Poor Neighborhood. What Happens Next?

New apartments today overwhelmingly target higher-income renters. The median rent for a new unit is now $1,620 a month, 78 percent higher than the median rent nationwide, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (the gulf between those figures has been widening).

The New York Times

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People have to realize that homelessness is connected to housing prices. They have to accept it’s hypocritical to say that you don’t like density but are worried about climate change. They have to internalize the lesson that if they want their children to have a stable financial future, they have to make space. They are going to have to change.

Boston.com

At what point does a home become too big to sell?

A lot of us would welcome a little more space at home: that’s partly why Americans spent $30 billion on room additions and exterior add-ons like decks, porches, and garages in 2017, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Financial Times

Why big investors are buying up American trailer parks

Over the past decade, the cost of shelter has risen sharply compared with everything else. Last year, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reported that 47 per cent of people who rent in America are “cost-burdened”, meaning they spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing.