Housing crisis pushes more people to camp on public lands

Jun 7, 2022
Officials who help oversee public lands say they are seeing a lot more families living in these spaces.
A vehicle parked on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management outside Boise, Idaho. BLM officers say this is a typical setup of those living on public lands.
Madelyn Beck/Mountain West News.

First-time homebuyers found a tough housing market this year

Dec 28, 2021
The National Association of Realtors estimates about a million potential first-time buyers have been left on the sidelines because of rising home prices and other factors.
All-cash offers are making house purchases less accessible for first-time home buyers.
Brandon Bell via Getty Images

Why is it hard to create enough affordable housing?

Oct 5, 2021
The story of Austin's attempt to build one home for a low-income family in a wealthy neighborhood sheds light on the answer.
A judge forced the city of Austin to stop construction on a lot it owns at 3000 Funston St. more than a year ago.
Audrey K. McGlinchy

Housing market shows signs of normalizing

Sep 16, 2021
Homes are staying on the market a few more days. Plus, there are more new listings and fewer bidding wars.
The real estate market is finally easing up a bit, improving the position of buyers. Houses are staying on the market longer, and there are more new listings.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

How working from home accelerated the urban exodus

Jul 15, 2021
People were moving to suburban and secondary housing markets long before the pandemic began. But not like this.
Migration to the suburbs was taking place before the pandemic began. The work-from-home model only heightened the housing demands.
William West/AFP via Getty Images

Despite economic downturn, home prices haven't come down much

Jun 22, 2020
Demand is still outstripping housing supply.
The number of homes for sale is down 17% from this time last year.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Rising home prices linked to slowing job growth in some cities

Jan 23, 2020
Research suggests a decline in housing affordability can significantly reduce job growth.
Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

For public good, not for profit.

Support fact-based, independent journalism with a gift to Marketplace today.

How will the tech IPO boom change Bay Area real estate?

May 2, 2019
If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
People look at a home for sale during an open house on April 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California. In the wake of several tech IPOs, San Francisco is bracing for its already expensive real estate market to get even more expensive.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Home prices rise much faster than wages and consumer prices

Nov 28, 2017
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index hit a record high in August, and prices show no sign of moderating soon.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Why there's almost no mortgage lending in Detroit

Oct 5, 2016
Houses are cheap. But banks won't make loans, especially in black neighborhoods
Getting a loan in Detroit, where median home values are still well below $50,000, has become rare.
Lewis Wallace/Marketplace