Homebuilders say they can't find enough workers despite better pay

Jan 20, 2022
Demand is pushing up wages, but not enough, some say, to bring young workers to the door as older ones head for the exit.
The construction industry is dealing with a labor shortage as older workers leave the field and too few young people choose to join it.
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What's behind the housing inflation disconnect?

Jan 11, 2022
For many Americans, rents are rising much faster than official numbers suggest.
Depending on the source, rent rose anywhere from 3% to 18% last year. Above, apartments in New York City.
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Borrowing for second homes to become more expensive

Jan 7, 2022
Demand for vacation homes has crowded out would-be homeowners, but will higher fees make a dent?
Upfront fees for some second-home loans could increase by as much as 3.9% starting in April. Above, beachfront vacation homes in Florida.
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Wage hikes outpace rent hikes in some parts of the country

Jan 6, 2022
And new data shows that buying a place is more affordable than renting in some areas.
In most places in most years, rents rise faster than renters' incomes, according to a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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For unincorporated communities, limited ways to regulate housing

Dec 20, 2021
Some rural communities in tourist destinations are finding it hard to grapple with short-term rentals, during a housing crunch.
Joshua trees and other desert plants grow in Joshua Tree National Park on July 22, 2021 near Twentynine Palms, California.
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Does the DIY home improvement boom have staying power?

Dec 14, 2021
Do-it-yourself projects were declining. Then the pandemic arrived.
Jessa Wais is co-director of the Station North Tool Library in Baltimore, where members can borrow tools and take home-repair classes.
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California's Project Roomkey "has really worked for a lot of people"

Dec 13, 2021
A Bay Area nonprofit has helped nearly 400 people move from the program into stable housing.
A resident gathers her belongings in a motel room provided to people needing shelter through Project Roomkey.
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Could home equity lines of credit come back in 2022?

Dec 6, 2021
After a pause, HELOCs could regain popularity if mortgage interest rates rise.
If interest rates creep up in the coming year, homeowners may turn from refinancing to HELOCs.
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As house prices skyrocket, some Aussies consider big moves

Nov 25, 2021
Homeownership was already out of reach for many young Australians. Then the pandemic hit.
Prices are rising at breakneck speed in places like Sydney's eastern suburbs, spurred by a housing shortage and low interest rates.
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To provide temporary shelter, Oregon launches hotel-to-housing program

Nov 22, 2021
Faced with an affordable housing shortage, COVID-19 restrictions and wildfires, Oregon started funding a program to purchase hotels and motels to shelter the unhoused.
Maria Caballero Rubio is the executive director of Centro Cultural de Washington County, the foundation that purchased the Forest Grove Inn to shelter displaced, low-income Latinx people.
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