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U.S. Housing Market Is Nearly 4 Million Homes Short of Buyer Demand

Freddie Mac says gap has widened significantly in past two years as builders struggle to keep up

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Housing in the West – Growing Pains

House prices in small and midsized cities are rising rapidly in America’s Mountain West. Average home values in Colorado Springs rose by 15% between February 2020 and February 2021; prices in Bozeman, Montana, increased by nearly 20% (see chart). In Boise, Idaho house prices are up by 28%, the biggest increase among the 900 metro areas tracked by Zillow, an online listings platform.

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President’s Infrastructure Proposal Includes Addressing Housing Affordability

On Wednesday, President Biden announced and outlined the next priority on his legislative agenda: a climate-centered infrastructure bill. At $2 trillion-plus, the American Jobs Plan is a far-reaching proposal to modernize and transform the built environment and infrastructure of the United States. The scope of it is impressive. The plan would, if passed, provided a […]

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The Cure for the Wasatch Front’s Housing Crisis: More Affordable Homes Between North Salt Lake and Lehi

Critics will say that my proposal will drive up the costs of single-family detached and multi-family homes because I am limiting supply. I agree, initially, the price of these will rise, but I believe that it will slow and flatten.

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There is no such thing as ‘smart sprawl’

What is interesting about the “smart sprawl” idea is how little empirical evidence underlies it.

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State and Local Governments Must Further Address Housing Affordability

Utah has become an increasingly desirable place to relocate, especially among those stuck quarantined in coastal states with the highest cost of living in the country.

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We have to do something about Utah’s housing crisis

As I anticipate graduating with my bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in the spring, I am especially worried about the worsening housing affordability crisis that Utah finds itself in.

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What the Wasatch Front needs is more basement apartments

A lot of people want to move here, but there aren’t enough places for them to live.

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Cities Don’t Need High-Rises to Become Affordable

“Density” is a word only an urban planner could love. To normal people it’s a synonym for “crowded.”

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What’s Keeping Utah’s Real Estate Market Hot in the Time of COVID?

The recent global health pandemic has shaken the foundation
of our everyday lives and likely forced cultural shifts that will
stay with us for a long time. Every part of the economy has been
impacted to different degrees. While the economy fell into a
record recession and experienced all-time high unemployment,
Utah’s construction industry set a record for the first six months
of the year.

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Zoning Reform Is Not Leftism

To characterize proposals for zoning reform as “leftist” is incorrect. It is true that a number of Democratic candidates and progressive organizations have embraced some of these proposals. Yet it remains the case that for most of American history, from the time of colonial settlements to the heyday of the robber barons, American neighborhoods grew in response to markets, not zoning.

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Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis

By Dan Parolek As Published on Planetizen It is critical for jurisdictions in cities large and small and contexts rural and urban to understand how to enable Missing Middle Housing to meet their housing needs. To effectively deliver Missing Middle Housing, the conventional approach of creating plans, zoning, policies, and strategies to deliver housing must […]

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