Rise in house completions means relief is coming for home seekers

Jul 17, 2024
The increase in housing supply will help bring down, or at least steady, prices, experts say.
"The best way to deal with inflation is supply, right?" says Logan Mohtashami of HousingWire. "You want to build as much as you can and get those homes out there for people to live in and bring down the rise of rents."
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Mobile home rent discrimination case raises legal questions in Massachusetts

Jul 3, 2024
The state bans price discrimination at parks. Hometown America argues it should be able to charge new residents more than longtime ones.
Ed and Rose Bartok look at their lilac bush in the front yard of their home at the Miller’s Woods and River Bend manufactured home community in Athol, Massachusetts.
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U.S. rents have grown faster than wages for the past 5 years

May 8, 2024
Rent growth is slower in some places, but much faster in others. We're looking at you, New York City.
Rent grew seven times faster than wages last year in New York City; rents also outpace wages in Boston, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Chicago.
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RealPage rent-fixing lawsuit highlights use of algorithms to set rents

Apr 16, 2024
Lawsuits allege that RealPage, a company many large landlords use to price their apartments, uses confidential data in an anti-competitive way.
"The lack of transparency encourages rents to spiral upwards," said Shanti Singh of the advocacy group Tenants Together.
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U.S. asking rents decline (slightly), but continue to rise in some regions

Jul 28, 2023
Asking rents are down 1% nationally, though they're still rising in some regions.
A man watches apartment construction in Austin, Texas. The increase in apartment supply is one reason for cooling rents.
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Asylum seekers are overwhelming shelters in some cities — can rental assistance help?

Jul 13, 2023
In Chicago, a lack of affordable housing, unwilling landlords and overstretched nonprofits can make the wait for an apartment a long one.
A truck filled with secondhand furniture at Chicago Furniture Bank's Brighton Park warehouse waits to be driven to deliveries across the city on June 14, 2023.
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How bad will it get for office real estate?

Jun 26, 2023
Tenants are celebrating the falling rents, but record vacancies could eventually upend the market.
Office buildings in San Francisco have particularly high vacancy rates.
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Rent is still high, but new leases reflect a cooling market

Jun 14, 2023
In Monday's Consumer Price Index report, rent prices rose 8.7% year-over-year in May. That sounds like a lot, but here's why that number isn't a reliable indicator of where rental prices are headed.
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Spike in new households adds to rent, home price increases

May 29, 2023
As of 2020, people living alone made up 27% of new households. That trend has been accelerating.
An apartment building in Manhattan, New York City, seeks renters. More Americans are forming their own households than in previous decades.
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There are now only 4 major U.S. cities where buying is cheaper than renting

May 25, 2023
That's good news if you're looking to buy in Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland or Houston, but what about the rest of us?
Even if monthly mortgage payments are higher than comparable rent, "you get the benefit of building up wealth," said Daryl Fairweather, chief economist at Redfin.
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