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Housing report documents shortfall

With the nation’s economy on sound footing and incomes on the rise, the number of people forming households in the United States has finally returned to a more normal pace. However, housing production has not, according to the 2019 State of the Nation’s Housing report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The report, released June 25, documents how the housing shortfall is keeping pressure on house prices and rents, eroding affordability for modest-income households in many markets.

Center researchers found that household growth is now back from post-recession lows, but new home construction remains depressed, with additions to supply barely keeping pace with the number of new households. Several factors may be contributing to the slow construction recovery, including excess supply following the housing boom and persistent labor shortages, according to the center.

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