Why does it cost so much to build new houses?

Mar 11, 2020
We break down one builder's complaint: government regulations.
A new development in Lanham, Maryland, where rowhouses start at $355,000. The builder chalks up about 11% of that price to regulatory costs.
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The housing shortage isn't just a coastal problem

Feb 27, 2020
New research from Freddie Mac shows Minnesota, Idaho and Montana don't have enough homes to meet demand.
A new report from Freddie Mac says there are housing shortages in 29 states across the U.S.
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Housing starts down for the month, up for the year

Feb 19, 2020
The Census Bureau reported housing starts fell 3.6% in January 2020 from the previous month, but rose 21.4% from January 2019.
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Adventures in Housing

Building a house, one log at a time

Feb 19, 2020
Brigitte Ruthman has always wanted to live in a log home. "It's like living in artwork," she said.
Brigitte Ruthman's cabin she built near Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
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When teachers can't afford to live where they work

Feb 14, 2020
A startup partners with school districts to help educators buy homes.
Claire Battle, 33, relaxes at home with her son Leo, 3, after a long commute from her teaching job.
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As home prices rise in big cities, holding out hope of buying

Feb 14, 2020
Home prices have become unaffordable, but many are still trying to buy.
A Homebuying 101 class at the Blackstone Community Center in Boston.
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Landing a home on a teacher's salary

Feb 12, 2020
In exchange for a big cut, a startup is helping educators to buy houses in expensive cities.
Buying a house in the Bay Area of California has become out of reach for a lot of families.
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The rise of the high-rise

Jan 21, 2020
As more and more people want the amenities of urban living, there's nowhere to build but up.
At 44 stories, Baltimore's new 414 Light Street is the tallest apartment building in Maryland.
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Shelf Life

What if Florida caused the Great Depression?

Jan 17, 2020
An argument that Florida's land boom in the 1920s, not the stock market crash, was the real reason for the financial crisis that followed.
Aerial view of the Flamingo Hotel and several yachts in Biscayne Bay beyond, Miami Beach, Florida, 1920s. The Flamingo was built by Carl Fisher and was one of the first large hotels built in the area. It has subsequently been demolished.
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This year's New American Home is a $5.7 million "oasis"

Jan 17, 2020
With climate and affordability crises, should there be so many new, big houses?
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